2015-06-25 / News Briefs


‘Wave’ Designed to Make Roads Safer

The Wave is crossing Newport and it has nothing to do with the ocean or the fans sitting in the grandstands at Cardine’s Field.

Newport has launched a campaign to promote traffic safety and cut down on crashes involving motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians by urging people to wave to each other. The effort comes from the double tragedy of 2014 when two pedestrians were killed in the city after being struck in crosswalks.

The marketing center of the campaign is a short video, called “Newport Waves,” which may be found at newportwavesorg. The marketing endeavor was put together through the collaborative effort of a dozen area businesses and organizations and grant money.

The video shows well-known people around town – such as Heather Abbott, who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon, raconteur Sid Abbruzzi, Police Officer Jimmy Winter, Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed and others, waving at each other as they cross paths. Abbott is shown exchanging waves with a trolley driver and the video also features a motorist stopping for a surfer, and bicyclists stopping for a skateboarder.


Candace Sharkey, RN, MSHA, CCP, has been appointed to be the new Chief Executive Officer of Visiting Nurse Services. She has been serving as the Interim Chief Executive Officer since October 2014. The Visiting Nurse Services, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit home care agency serving Aquidneck Island, the East Bay communities in Bristol County, and Southeastern Massachusetts with top quality home care nursing, rehabilitation, hospice, and community wellness clinics.

Sharkey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters in Health Care Administration from Salve Regina University.

As interim CEO she assumed responsibility for financial stability of a $13 million home care agency, achieving clinical outcomes that exceed industry standards, and implementing processes and practices to position the agency to succeed in the challenging post-acute care funding environment.

YMCA Offers First Aid and Swim Classes

The Newport County YMCA will be offering a CPR/AED First Aid course. This is a Red Cross class that covers lay responder adult, child and infant CPR, AED and standard first aid. Class offered the second Monday of each month (July 13 and Aug. 10) from 6 to 9 p.m. ($65 members, $85 non-members)

Swim Team summer session I is offered July 6 - 31; session II Aug. 3 - 28; for 6 years old to high school.

Swim instructors and lifeguards Needed. Call if interested in a great after-school or weekend job.

For more information, contact Jim Farrell, at 847-9200, x 108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Residents’ Day

The Attractions Council of Newport County invites all Newport County residents and employees of the hospitality industry to visit many great local attractions on Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29. A total of 13 attractions/organizations are participating, including two in Bristol. Visitors showing proof of residency (driver’s license or other identification with an address) or proof of hospitality employment (business card, employee ID or pay stub) will enjoy free admission or another value when visiting many of the county’s attractions. Visit websites or call the individual attractions for operating schedule and other detailed information.

Attractions included: Gansett Cruises, 401-787-4438; Greenvale Vineyards, 401-847-3777; Historic Fort Adams, 401-841-0707; International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 401-849-3990; Museum of Newport History, 401-841-8770; Newport Mansions at the Preservation Society of Newport County, 401-847-1000; Newport Vineyards & Winery, 401-848-5161; Norman Bird Sanctuary Hiking Trails & Natural History Museum, 401-846-2577; Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium at Easton’s Beach, 401- 324-6020; Touro Synagogue, 401- 847-4794; and in Bristol, the Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center, 401-245-7500; and Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, 401-253-2707.

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. Tickets are $65 per person. Family and friends welcome.

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

The George Donnelly Sunset League derived its name because games used to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at dusk. It is the oldest continuous amateur baseball league in the U.S. All games are played at Cardines Field.

For more information, visit gdsunsetleague. pointstreaksites.com.

Saturday, June 27 @ noon
Brothers vs Town Dock
Town Dock vs Legion @ 3 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30 @ 7 p.m.
RR Construction vs Town Dock
Sunday, July 5 @ noon
Legion vs Brothers
Westcott vs Mudville @ 3 p.m.

Team Standings Wins Losses
RR Construction 4 2
Town Dock 6 4
Westcott Properties 4 3
RR Legion 5 4
Mudville 5 5
Brothers Oven 2 8

Marine Trades Internship

A six-week paid internship opportunity is available through the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). It is a work-andlearn program, where participants learn about marketing careers in the recreational boating industry and make valuable professional connections.

RIMTA also recently expanded its Marine Trades & Composites Pre- Apprenticeship Training Program. This is a free training program for Rhode Islanders who are interested in gaining the entry-level skills to do hands-on work in the marine industry. The last graduation class in April had a 100 percent job-placement rate at graduation.

Fireworks from the Rose Island

Watch the fireworks on July 4 from Rose Island Lighthouse and enjoy an evening of great food, live music, and lighthouse tours too. Festivities run from 6:30 -10:30 p.m.

Dinner served by Becky’s Barbecue includes a slow-cooked hardwood, feast of grilled chicken and pork ribs, cole slaw, three bean bake, potato salad, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. Watermelon, cookies, lemonade and iced tea also included. A cash bar also available. Boat transport included in cost of ticket; $80 for members, $90 for non-members.

Make reservations soon by calling 401-847-4242 or visit roseisland.org.

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.

McCarthy Sports Grant

Youth sports grant program is now accepting applications for the Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship fall cycle.

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/.

Food Security

Island Commons Food Initiative will host a wine tasting on Tuesday, June 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Newport Vineyards.

This celebration will mark the official launch of the initiative to gather the people and organizations of Aquidneck Island that share a growing concern for the many issues surrounding food, from access to healthy food for all to growing more food locally that sustains our environmental heritage for future generations.

The event will launch a series of community discussions about food security, the vital relationships between health, environment, agriculture and a thriving local economy.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and a Newport Vineyards wine tasting. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

To make reservations email islandcommons@ gmail or call Bevan Linsley at 401-932-9007. To learn more about the initiative visit islandcommons.org.

Rugby 101

The Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club invites the community to try rugby at its instructional training games every Tuesday and Thursday in front of Middletown High School from 6 - 8 p.m. until July 30 for free. These non-contact mini rugby matches are open to all RI males and females ranging in age from 10 to adults. Parents of all ages can interact with their children playing touch rugby. For more information, visit islandrugby.org.

To watch experienced play, attend the Olympic-style rugby tournament on Sunday, June 28. Youth rugby clubs from all over New England will “Battle for the Fort.” Matches kick off at 10 a.m. and continue through the day. This year more teams have been invited and it has been named “The Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Cup” Tournament as a thank you to the FHP Memorial Fund at Newport Hospital for its ongoing support of youth fitness programs.

For What It’s Worth

Antique American Indian collectibles can be quite valuable, if they are the right one. The pictured basket is unfortunately modest in design and form. Colors plus figures would have increased the value dramatically. The area resident who brought it in said it belonged to her father. This basket, which dates from the very early 20th century, has a value, around $250.

Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060.

Watch America’s favorite
pastime with the Gulls,
Newport’s collegiate
wooden bat league team,

Friday, June 26 vs Danbury
Monday, June 29 vs New Bedford
Wednesday, July 1 vs Valley
Home Games Begin at 6:35 p.m.

NECBL Southern Division Standings
Wins Losses
Newport Gulls 10 3
Mystic Schooners 10 5
Ocean State Waves 7 6
New Bedford Bay Sox 7 7
Plymouth Pilgrims 6 7
Danbury Westerners 2 13

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