2015-06-18 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS


Team Remains Victorious The double Dutch Sharks jump rope team returned victorious from the World Championships held in New York. The singles team made the finals and finished fourth. The doubles team came in sixth place. Team Remains Victorious The double Dutch Sharks jump rope team returned victorious from the World Championships held in New York. The singles team made the finals and finished fourth. The doubles team came in sixth place. ‘Ten Words or Less’ Scholarship Winner

Sailing enthusiast and Portsmouth High School freshman, Magdalena Tabak is the recipient of Semco Orthodontics’ second annual “10 Words or Less” $1,000 college scholarship. The question posed to scholarship applicants this year was “What is your idea of perfect happiness?” Her winning words were “afloat…luffing sail, laughing gull…sheeting in, a journey shared.” In addition to sailing, Tabak plays basketball and lacrosse. She is also a part of the PHS music program, playing flute and violin. She grew up speaking Polish and English and visits her grandparents in Poland every year. Her aspirations include veterinary science and the WNBA.

Pitch, Hit and Run Winners

Kendall Ferris of Portsmouth and Alex Clemmey of Middletown both won their respective age groups at the New England finals of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Both Ferris and Clemmey qualified for the event by winning at the local event hosted by the Newport Recreation Department and then placing first again at the sectional level held at McCoy Stadium. Both competitors now wait to see if their scores qualify them to compete at the national event held at Great American Ball Park during the Major League Baseball all-star game festivities.

Luxury Yacht Career Day

The first Luxury Yacht Career Day will be held on Sunday, June 21 at the Newport Yachting Center. Participants will have an opportunity to tour different types of yachts and meet with crews who work in the capacities of captain, engineer, and chef. Attendees will also learn about land-based careers for the luxury-yacht industry. Information sessions will be held throughout the event. Boat tours will begin at 2:30 p.m. and a question-andanswer session will take place at 3:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with the Newport Charter Yacht Show and organized by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and Nicholson Yachts. This is a free event. Attendees must pre-register; find a registration link at the news section of rimta.org.

Upcoming Tennis Tournaments

The Newport Recreation Department has announced its upcoming tennis tournament schedule. Registration forms are available at the Newport Recreation Department, 35 Golden Hill St. The fee is $15 per player. For tournament information and registration call 401-845-5800.

The schedule is:

Aug. 22 and 23 - Men’s and Women’s Singles Open, Aug. 29 - 60 years and Better Men’s Doubles, Sept. 12 - Mixed Doubles Open, Sept. 19 - Mixed Doubles Century “100 years total combined ages,” and Sept. 26 and 27 - Men’s and Women’s Doubles Open.

Class of 1950 Reunion

The Rogers High School, St. Catherine Academy and De La- Salle Academy Class of 1950 will hold its 65th reunion on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Atlantic Beach Club and on Oct. 1 at Laforge Restaurant. (This is a date change from previous dates of Sept. 23 and 24). If anyone has information on the location of classmates, call Herb Zornow at 401-841-0737 or Mary Rego Pedro at 401-846-0241.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery).

The Academy Award documentary semifinalist, “Under Our Skin,” updated edition, and a second film, “Emergence: Under Our Skin 2,” will be shown at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in Kingstown on June 24 at 7 p.m. This film tells the hidden story of Lyme disease. After the showing of the film there will be a panel available to answer questions.

For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

MHS 1970 Reunion

The Middletown High School Class of 1970 will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year on Friday, July 17 at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club. An evening clambake beginning at 6 p.m. is planned. Non-seafood menu choices are also available. Tickets are $65 per person. Family and friends welcome. Additional weekend opportunities offered.

For more information, call Donna Trickey Nedderman at 401-849- 2050, or email Jason Thomas at jathomas2@cox.net.

Blue Cross Medicare Seminar Offered

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, Middletown for individuals newly eligible for Medicare and/or retiring. This seminar is geared for Rhode Islanders who want to learn more about Medicare and the range of options available from Blue Cross.

For more information, email michael. foster@bcbsri.org or call 401- 459-5854.

McCarthy Sports Grant

The Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Youth Sports Grant program is now accepting applications for the fall cycle.

The Youth Sports Grant program, in honor of Michael McCarthy’s love of sports and his dedication to academics, will provide funding for Newport County schools, sports organizations, and individuals. Eligible applicants must be participating in the following areas: youth athletic programs; community based programs addressing an active lifestyle and team building skills; and established camps with an emphasis on sports.

The grant program is particularly interested in providing opportunities for participation of children and young adults age 18 and under. The grant program may provide financial support for the following purposes: youth sports programs and projects, full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs, and financial support for equipment and small capital projects.

Grants will be awarded to a variety of sports and recreational activities in Newport County. The deadline is July 1. The application can be found at mccarthyscholarship.org/grant/.

Wonderful World of Trees Workshop

A children’s workshop examining the trees of Ballard Park and learning about the animals that live in them will be offered Wednesday, June 24, at Ballard Park.

Children will learn how to identify trees by their bark and leaves. This one-and-a-half hour program offers hands-on activities like making colorful tree rubbings in a fun learning environment.

The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Younger and older siblings are welcome. The cost is $5 per child. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 401-619-3377 or e-mail education@ballardpark.org for more information or to register.

Chowder Cook Off Winners Named

At the recent Chowder Cook Off held at Fort Adams, titles for “Best Clam” and “Best Seafood” chowder were given and other award winners named.

2015 Best Clam Chowder

1st Place – The Barking Crab, Newport, 2nd Place – McT’S Tavern, Cumberland, 3rd Place – Grid Iron Ale House and Grille, Warwick.

2015 Best Seafood Chowder

1st Place – The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, 2nd Place – Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Taunton, Mass., 3rd Place – StoneRidge, Mystic, Conn.

Most Spirited Team

Winner – McT’S Tavern, Cumberland

Best Decorated Booth

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Taunton, Mass.

Streetscape Update

Progress continues on the Broadway Streetscape Project, with crews working toward completion of the first segment from Farewell Street to Marlborough Street on the east side of Broadway. The Department of Transportation anticipates finishing this segment by early- to mid- July and will then proceed north to the next section from Spring Street to Kilburn Court.

Recent work on the first segment has involved installing electrical and communications structures, removing inactive gas street lights, preparing for sidewalk and curb replacements, and completing the drainage system.

From Marlborough Street to Farewell Street, Broadway remains one-way southbound and parking is restricted. Stone Street, from Broadway to Spring Street, is closed through late June.

Women in Business Luncheon

On Tuesday, June 30, together with the Preservation Society of Newport County the Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host its 12th Annual Women in Business Luncheon on the terrace of the Marble House. The luncheon annually draws over 150 business women. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a presentation by the president of Newport Hospital, Crista Durand titled “How Does She Do It?” Durand’s thought provoking talk will inspire attendees to strive for balance in their lives and consider what is attainable.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Chamber’s new Executive Director Erin Donovan- Boyle, network with fellow business womenandparticipateinaQ&A after the presentation.

The event will be held from noon - 1:30 p.m. at the terrace of the Marble House, and catered by Russell Morin Fine Catering. The cost for members to attend is $35 and $45 for non-members.

Reserve at newportchamber.com or call the Chamber at 401- 847-1608.

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