2015-07-23 / News Briefs


Natalia Harnett Natalia Harnett Grants for Local Writers

Rhode Island writers who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 7 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Established in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards up to three grants a year, rotating among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. They are considered to be among the largest nostrings attached grants available to writers in the U.S.

Students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program and writers who have advanced levels of career achievement are not eligible.

Applicants will be judged on the quality of their work samples, artistic development and the creative contribution to the field of writing. Applications will be accepted from writers creating new original work including novels, short stories, plays and poetry.

Lucia Katz Lucia Katz This year’s recipients will be selected by a panel of four out-of-state jurors. For more information about applying for a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, visit rifoundation.org.

JYC Race Results

The Jamestown Yacht Club held the sixth race of its Summer Series on Tuesday, July 21. The following are the results for the race:

A Class: 1. Linc Mossop III; 2. Bill MacGowan; 3. John Sahagian; 4. Stephen Clarke; 5. Tristan Mouligne; 6. Jake and Ben Jacobsen; 7. P. Hamilton and P. Young; and 8. Todd Stuart.

B Class: 1. A. and J. Kallfelz; 2. Ed Adams; 3. Jeff Roy; 4. Peter McCarthy; 5. E.C. Helme; 6. Stephen Lipman; 7. C. Brown and S. Hakki; 8. Pat Clayton; and 9. Michael Brown.

C Class: 1. Rob Lambert; 2. M. Buechner/P. O’Connell; 3. Harry and Ann Lane; 4. Alice and Bill Porter; and 5. Mike Nahmias.

D Class: 1. Charles Beal; 2. Dennis Nixon; 3. John Burnham; 4. Larry Buckley; 5. Robert Fadden; and 6. Bill Clavin.

Artist’s Choice 2015

Participating artists choose their best work, not restricted by subject matter or theme, for submission to Spring Bull Gallery’s next juried exhibit, Artist’s Choice 2015. The art chosen by the juror will be on display for the month of August. The show will have an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 5-7 p.m.

Spring Bull Gallery will feature Anne Winthrop Cordin during its Meet the Artist event to be held on Thursday, Aug. 13 during Gallery Night in Newport.

Members’ Show

The DeBlois Gallery Annual Members’ Show will hold a reception open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 4 - 7 p.m. Various media from 15 members will be displayed including painting, photography, assemblage, encaustic, collage, pots, ceramics, sculpture and more. The show will run through Aug. 30. The gallery will be open for Gallery Night on Thursday, Aug.13, from 5-8 p.m.

10 x 10 Art Show

The Portsmouth Arts Guild is holding its first-time 10” X 10” show where local artists are challenged to create works within a 10-inch by 10-inch format.

The opening celebration and reception will be at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 2579 East Main Road, Portsmouth, on Friday, July 31, from 6 - 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Class of 1950 Reunion

The Rogers High School, St. Catherine Academy and De LaSalle 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). The cost to attend the cocktail party at the Atlantic Beach Club is $35. The dinner at LaForge is $45 per person. Reservations are due by Sept. 15. If anyone has information on the location of classmates, call Herb Zornow at 401-841-0737. For more information, contact Mary Rego Pedro at 401-846-0241.

Extending Earth Day

Members of the Off Broadway Neighborhood Association and fellow neighbors have decided to start a regular cleanup on Saturday mornings along Broadway. Anyone interested in donating an hour of time can meet up with organizer Ellen Nichols at 10 a.m at Equality Park. Collection bags and gloves will be provided.

Annual Networking Event July 30

The Newport Interactive Marketers will hold its annual 100 percent networking event on the rooftop of the Hotel Viking on Thursday, July 30, from 6 - 9 p.m. It will be cohosted by Newport County Chamber Connections, Search Engine Marketing New England (SEMNE), South Shore Designers, Writers, and Web Folks and Providence Entrepreneurs. Newport Interactive Marketers (NIM) convenes new media talent and innovation, traditional marketers, small businesses, nonprofits, marketing directors, PR pros, and beyond for quality education and great networking. For more information, contact Sue at sue@designatededitor.com.

‘The Wizard of Oz’

Local youth from the Newport Children’s Theatre will present two perfromances of their interpreation of “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, July 25, at 2 and 7 p.m. at Mount Hope High School, 199 Chesnut St., Bristol. General admission is $10, children under five can attend for free.

City to Receive $2.3 Million Award

The Rhode Island State Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) has informed the City of Newport that pending final contract execution, an award of $2.3 million will be made to the city for collaborative work to be undertaken in association with the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA), the Town of South Kingstown and a consortium of local, state, national and global partners.

The award is the result of an application the city submitted for funds related to green and water infrastructure. Specifically, the city will disperse the funds across three project areas; green infrastructure job training, green infrastructure skills gap analysis and water infrastructure.

During the next six weeks, the city will work with OHCD, and other subcontractors, to complete environmental review procedures and finalize project details. It is expected that projects will begin in early September 2015.

Author Luncheon

The Rhode Island Chapter of Hadassah will host its fifth annual “Books on the Beach Author Luncheon” on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m at the Atlantic Beach Club. The cost to attend is $50. Proceeds from the event will support the work of Hadassah. The registration deadline is Aug. 2.

Guest authors are Hank Philippi Ryan, whose latest mystery, corruption, and romance novel is “Truth Be Told” and Rabbi Susan Abramson, whose newest book in her Rocketpower Family Series is “Challah: A Chewish Guide to the Torah.”

For more information or to register, call 401-463-3636, email rhodeislandchapter@hadassah.org,or visit hadassah.org/rhodeisland.

Baby Sitter Class

The Newport County YMCA will be holding a Red Cross Baby Sitter training class on Wednesday, July 29 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The class teaches the basics of babysitting, child care, first aid and the business of baby-sitting. ($65 members, $85 non-members) For more information call 401-847-9200 x108 or email jimf@newportymca.org.

Youth Showcase

FabNewport’s summer Skunk Works Camp will hold a showcase on Thursday, July 30 from 1 - 3 p.m. Sixteen middle school participants will show their creations in the realm of digital fabrication, 3-D modeling, electronics, and old fashioned tinkering. Stop in. Meet the children. Share ideas. All are welcome. For more information, call Steve Heath at 401-439-0160. Fab- Newport is located at 1 York St.

Salve to Offer Digital Forensics Program

Beginning in fall 2015, graduate students in the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security program at Salve Regina will be able to pursue a concentration in digital forensics in the field of cyber criminology. Courses are offered at Salve’s Center for Adult Education in Warwick, online, or on-site at the workplace. It is now possible for students working with their advisor to complete either a Certificate of Graduate Study and/or a graduate degree completely online.

Royal School of Music

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) will conduct its sixth annual summer program in Newport, Aug. 3-9.

Based at Salve Regina University, the course focuses on the finest sacred, choral music in the church repertoire and involves 43 schoolaged children and a handful of adult singers. In five short years, the program has grown to more than 80 children and 48 adults.

RSCM was founded in England in 1927. This year’s course will include the music of Bairstow, Ives, Murrill, Vierne, Hogan and others.

The public is invited to attend four separate services throughout the week, featuring the choir of 125 voices, at Choral Evensong, Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Trinity Church, Newport at 5 p.m.; a Hymn Festival, Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Newport Choral Evensong, Friday, Aug. 7 at St. George’s Chapel, Middletown at 5 p.m.; and Festival Eucharist, Sunday, Aug. 9 at St. George’s Chapel, at 10 a.m.

For further information, call 401- 486-5886 or go to rscmnewport.org.

Beach Idol Continues

The first week of the 2015 Beach Idol competition on July 9 was won by Lucia Katz, 12, of Newport. Veteran Beach Idol singer, Natalia Harnett, 7, of Newport took the top spot with her rendition of “Kissin’ Frogs” on July 16.

Beach Idol continues on Thursdays, July 23, 30 and Aug. 6 following the children’s night show. There are 10 singing slots available for 6 -16 year olds. Contests should sing a capella or bring music on an iPod or cell phone. Signup begins at 6:50 p.m. near the stage area.

Park and Ride Lots

Looking for free parking? Bike Newport offers two safe places to leave cars and bike into town. Parking is first come, first served.

One of the lots is at 437 Broadway and is open year-round. The other location offered to bikers is by the Newport County YMCA at 792 Valley Road, Middletown. It is open May 1 to Sept. 1. Note: Do not park in their first or second lot; the third lot (highest up the hill) is free to visitors. There is no charge for parking, though donations are always welcome to support bike eduation.

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