2015-07-02 / News Briefs


Artist William Heydt recently presented his newest addition to the “Newportant People Series” to the Newport Police Department. There to accept the framed print were five of the officers and detectives in the portrait who were given complimentary prints.

Heydt has captured and showcased hundreds of Newportant people, the people who live, work, and make Newport a great place to live and visit. His collection is being proposed as a television series and a staged musical. Newport RI: The Series has a completed pilot that showcases the art of William Heydt in entertaining episodes.

Realtors Recognized at Convention

During the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services national sales convention that took place in Las Vegas this spring, three local realtors were recognized for their excellence in sales in 2014. John Silvia was named to the President’s Circle, David McCauley was presented the Leading Edge award, and Lynn Creighton Freeland was named to the Honor Society.

Beach Idol Returns

For five Thursday nights this summer, Easton’s Beach will host the sixth annual Beach Idol singing competition. It is great family fun, and according to Easton’s Beach snack bar owner and Beach Idol originator Barry Botelho, this year’s Idol promises to be the best ever.

“We get better and better singing talent every year. I’m always impressed with the quality of many of our competitors. I’m really looking forward to this season,” he said.

On Thursday nights, there is a children’s performer at the beach. Beach Idol takes place immediately following the kids’ show.

Here is how Beach Idol works: Participants must be ages 6-16. (There will be an open mic from 7-7:15 p.m. for kids younger than 6 who wish to sing a short tune, but it is not part of the judged competition). Signup begins at 6:50 p.m. near the stage area, and the 10 available singing slots are given on a first-come-first-served basis. (Those not getting a slot will go first the following week). Contestants should provide their own music as follows: a CD, a cell phone or iPod (volume up, cued to the song) or they may plug a guitar into the PA system.

Team of the Year The Rogers High School girls softball team was recognized at the Interscholastic Awards dinner at North Kingstown High School last week. Each girl pictured received an award, Coach Lauren Dunbar was named Coach of the Year, and the RHS team got the Sportsmanship of the Year awarded by the umpires. Team of the Year The Rogers High School girls softball team was recognized at the Interscholastic Awards dinner at North Kingstown High School last week. Each girl pictured received an award, Coach Lauren Dunbar was named Coach of the Year, and the RHS team got the Sportsmanship of the Year awarded by the umpires. In the interest of time, each performer gets a maximum of three minutes to sing.

Beach Idol will take place on the following Thursday nights: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30 and Aug. 6. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the weekly winners will compete for the grand prize-a recording session at Stable Sound Studio in Portsmouth.

For more information, visit beachidol.com.

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.

Team Standings Wins Losses
RR Construction 6 2
Town Dock 7 5
RR Legion 5 5
Mudville 5 6
Westcott Properties 4 4
Brothers Oven 3 8

Sunday, July 5
Legion vs Brothers Oven @ noon
Westcott vs Mudville @ 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
RR Construction vs Brothers Oven
Saturday, July 11
Mudville vs Town Dock @ noon
Westcott vs Legion @ 3 p.m.

#1 Comes to Town

Newport’s National Tennis Club has announced that it has engaged Camden Riviere, of Aiken, South Carolina, as its head professional. Riviere most recently has been head professional of the Aiken Tennis Club, and has served as a court tennis professional at clubs in Europe and the United States.

Riviere is the top-ranked court tennis player in the world, and has recently won the U.S. Singles and U.S. Doubles tournaments for professionals. Nicholas Howell of Melbourne, Australia will continue to serve as senior professional at the National Tennis Club. He is the tenth ranked player in the world.

The National Tennis Club is one of nine active court tennis clubs in the U.S., and 60 worldwide. Courts are currently active in England, France, and Australia. Court tennis is the precursor of all racquet sports, with a history going back to the 12th century. World open championship competition began circa 1740.

The public may play and view the sport at the National Tennis Club. To do so, contact the club at 401- 849-6672 for further information.

Pet Calendar

The Humane Society of Jamestown is starting to create its annual animal calendar and would like to invite interested animal owners to submit pictures by Sept. 1 of their pets for possible inclusion. Pictures can be e-mailed to hsj.02835@cox.net or mailed to The Humane Society of Jamestown, P.O. Box 681, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Summer Pops Concert

The American Band will perform a free summer pops concert Thursday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Manor House. Led by musical director Brian M. Cardany, 60 musicians will offer an Armed Forces Salute and play “American Civil War Fantasy,” “Opening Night on Broadway,” “As Time Goes By,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Stars & Stripes Forever” as well as other favorites. Families are welcome to bring blankets or chairs and picnics. Glen Manor is on Frank Coelho Drive in Portsmouth, and the grounds will open at 5 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held under the east patio awning. For more information, call 401-683-4177.

Newport Fireworks

The City of Newport will set off its traditional fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, over Newport Harbor, with a raindate of Sunday, July 5.

The fireworks show begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen which is anticipated to be 9:15 p.m. and lasts approximately 20 minutes, with Atlas Pyrovision Productions of Jaffrey, N.H., supplying the pyrotechnics.

The best viewing of the display is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west.

Public restrooms will be open at King Park, the Harbormaster building at Perrotti Park and at the Mary Street parking lot until after the fireworks are completed. Portable restrooms will be available at the Goat Island causeway, Perrotti Park and King Park.

Weather related cancellations will be made no later than 6 p.m.

4th Wreath Laying

The Newport County Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual wreath laying ceremony honoring the Rhode Island Black Regiment on Saturday, July 4 at 9 a.m. at Patriots’ Park, Portsmouth, at the instersections of routes 114 and 24.

Mr. James Sweney, vice president of the Portsmouth Town Council will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.

YMCA Offers CPR and Babysitter Training

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

Babysitter training will be offered Wednesday, July 27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Red Cross class teaches the basics of babysitting, child care, first aid and the business of babysitting. ($65 members, $85 nonmembers)

Swim instructors and lifeguards needed. For more information, contact Jim Farrell, at 401-847-9200, x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Women’s Bike Garage Night at Rogers

Bike Newport will hold a Women’s Bike Garage on Monday, July 6 at 6 p.m. at the Bike Garage at Rogers High School. Bike making weird noises? Chain need some TLC? Brakes just not what they used to be? Ready to repair your own flat? This may be for you. The class is taught by women and for women. Minimum recommended donation: $5 for students, $15 for adults - all proceeds go to Bike Newport’s educational programs. Space is limited. Email Liza to reserve a spot, liza@bikenewportri.org.

Save The Bay Honorees

Save The Bay recently announced its 2015 annual award recipients. The Environmental Advocacy Award was presented to Dave McLaughlin, of Middletown, co-founder and executive director of Clean Ocean Access. McLaughlin also serves on a wastewater and stormwater committee and is a member of the City of Newport’s Cliff Walk Commission.

Heidi Gauch, of Middletown, science teacher at Gaudet Middle School was recognized as the Bay Educator of the Year. She has successfully sought funding that has allowed hundreds of her students and colleagues to participate in Save The Bay’s Narragansett Bay Field Studies program.

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