2015-08-06 / News Briefs


Business as Usual on Broadway

Since the start of the second 600-foot segment on July 15 of renovations and repairs being made through the Broadway Streetscape Project, cars may experience slowdowns but the merchants and eateries are still open for business as usual. And in the thick of things, the cacophony of vehicles seen near City Hall on Aug. 5 included a pavement cutter, cherry picker power washing the front of the building and scaffolding at the side of the building working on the cuts for the elevator soon to be installed. (Photos by Lynne Tungett)

New Veggie Program at MLK Center

Newport County residents seeking fresh vegetables to help feed their families are invited to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s Veggie Distribution Program. An assortment of vegetables will be available every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., through the end of the growing season, at least through September. Participants are welcome to take as much produce as they can use and are urged to bring their own bags. Registration is not required.

Volunteer of the Year

At the Edward King House’s recent second annual Senior Week, Ann Gardella was recognized as its Volunteer of the Year.

After retiring from a 35-year career in teaching music, she knew that she wanted to give back to the community. After exploring many options, she joined the Newport AARP chapter and was soon elected president and later became Rhode Island’s first AARP state president.

At the same time, she became involved in the Edward King House Senior Center and has spent many rewarding hours with fellow retirees. She has served as chair of the board of directors at three different times for a total of 18 years and continue to help out when needed.

Ann Gardella Ann Gardella Rogers HS Reunions

1960 - The Rogers High School Class of 1960 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club. Tickets are $80 per person for a full clam bake with lobster, steak or chicken. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. For more details, call Linda Marvelle, 401-849- 6101; Mike Platt, 401-835-2277; or Jane Roach, 401-339-0139.

1950 - 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. 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. For more information, contact Mary Rego Pedro at 401-846-0241.

Recycling Rate Increases

The City of Newport’s new cartbased recycling program has proven successful. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation recently announced that Newport’s fiscal-yearbased recycling rate has increased from 23 percent to 29 percent, resulting in Newport’s first ever municipal “tip fee” rebate. The tip fee for fiscal year 2015 was reduced from $32 to $31 per ton, a savings of $6,544.33. Recycling efforts not only protect the environment but also save taxpayers’ dollars.

Food Pantry Drive

The community is invited to join BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency (OPIA) to show support to local pantries in their efforts to provide food to families and individuals in need.

Through Saturday, Aug. 15, all BankNewport and OPIA locations will be accepting community donations of non-perishable food items, including hot and cold cereals, canned and dry fruits, rice, beans, canned vegetables and granola bars. Gluten-free options will also be accepted. Donations will benefit 10 state food pantries. The three island bank branches and Ocean- Point in Middletown will collect food for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Local Places First in National Marksman Competition

Newport Rifle Club member John Warszawski placed first in the marksman class at the 2015 International Style Pistol Shooting Competition, a nationwide event sanctioned by the National Rifle Association.

A member of the club for four years, Warszawski, of Jamestown, has been shooting for about 40 years. Also an accomplished rifle shooter, he won the Rhode Island High Power championships the past three years. Newport Rifle Club’s team won the Rhode Island High Power League for 2014.

Founded in 1876, the Newport Rifle Club is the oldest continuously operating gun club in the U.S.

For the first time in many years, the club has a few openings for new members. Membership is capped at 700. Information about joining is available at newportrifleclub.org or by calling Bob King, 401-847-5678.

‘Outside The Box’ Offers Music Scholarships

Outside The Box is offering full scholarships for children ages 4-7 who would like to participate in the youth music program beginning Sept. 17 at Emmanuel Church. Applicants from the community at large are eligible for six full scholarships for these Thursday afterschool classes based on a popular music program which is directed by Waylon Whitley , organist and choir master at Emmanuel Church. The Angel Choir operates as part of the Choir School of Newport County.

Outside The Box is a program that supports extracurricular science and arts education in the schools both in Newport County (new last year) and in Borrego Springs, Calif. (now in its fifth year ). The program is managed by Joya Granbery Hoyt of Middletown and her sister, Pamela Granbery, of Newport.

In 2014, Outside The Box facilitated a joint project with the Rogers High School technical school students, Emmanuel Church and the Preservation Society of Newport County. Shop classes visited Emmanuel Church to learn about the newly restored historic doors and the Preservation Society workshop for presentations by restoration specialists.

For more information on the Angel Choir scholarships, contact jordan at 401-847-0675 or admin@emmanuelnewport.org.

VNS Volunteers Needed

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties is looking for flu clinic volunteers to greet and register clients. Clinics run September through December at many locations. No experience needed, training will be at the end of August.

If interested, call Dale Dupuis, agency volunteer coordinator, at 401-682-2100 x1452.

Hiring Workshop

The Newport County Chamber is hosting a best practices for staffing workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber, 35 Valley Road, Middletown. The workshop will discuss best ways to select the right person for a job that needs to be filled, where and how to advertise for positions, effective interview techniques, including what questions to ask and employment law basics. This workshop is free. For more information, call 401-847-1608.

Free School Supplies

Free school supplies will be available on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the East Bay Community Action Program, 6 John H. Chafee Blvd. The event will also include entertainment, food, and other activities and information. Children must be present to receive the supplies.

Sign Language Class Offered in September

The Friends of the Jamestown Library is sponsoring a free ten-week American sign language class for beginners. The class will be taught by Gemma Guinguing, a former Miss Deaf Rhode Island, starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Library. Registration begins Monday, Aug. 17.

Guinguing was born in the Philippines and is a strong advocate for the hearing impaired. She volunteers with firefighters, police departments, and other community groups on how to assist and communicate with deaf people.

The program is free and open to students14 and older, as well as adults. Pre-registration is required. Sign up online at jamestownphilomenianlibrary.org or by calling the library at 401-423-7280.

Lighthouse Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed at Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation Mondays through Fridays in August. Transportation is provided. If interested, contact Joan at 401-286-1209.

Friends of the Waterfront

The public is invited to attend the Friends of the Waterfront’s next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Newport Public Library, Rotary Room. Agenda items will include the upcoming annual harbor inspection cruise/boat ride, the Harbor Walk planter project, and the annual meeting. For more information, call 401-847-3807.

‘Eating for Life’

The Quononoquott Garden Club invites the public to a presentation titled “Eating for Life” on Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Main Road. The focus will be on organic and sustainable agriculture, non- GMO projects, bees as pollinators and the benefits of herbs. Mike Jacquard of Jamestown Mercantile, an organic general store, has asked some of his local associates to speak about the quality of the food we eat. All gardeners and cooks should enjoy this program open to the public. The club will conduct its monthly business meeting at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in membership information may contact Jeanne Archambault at 401-423-2873.

Victory Day Closings

In recognition of Victory Day on Monday, Aug. 10, state offices, City Hall, and other municipal departments will be closed. Residents should also expect a one-day delay for trash pick up. There will be mail delivery. Most banks will also be closed.

New Children’s Book

Author Paige Kane and illustrator Jerry Sleeper are holding a book signing and launch of their new children’s book, “Howie in Newport; A Cricket’s Alphabet Journey through the City by the Sea” on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 3 - 6 p.m. at The Tavern on Broadway. Free appetizers, children welcome. Activities for little ones.

Biannual Rec Reunion Events

The 2015 Rec Reunion committee has planned six days of activities beginning Friday, Aug. 7 with a Meet and Greet at the VFW Middletown, 6:30 p.m. - midnight, cost to attend is $10. A family cookout will be held at Miantonomi Park on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring their own food, no alcohol is allowed. On Aug. 9 a dinner dance will be held at the Elks Club featuring the Prymal Funk Band and Newport’s Angelo Howard, $40 to attend. A basketball tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 10 at the Martin Luther King Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 11, an African-American songfest with live singing and karaoke will be held at the center from 6 - 9 p.m. A $5 entry fee will benefit the scholarship fund. The reunion concludes on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a farewell dance at the VFW Middletown, $10, bring your own food or snacks.

The Rec Reunion Association was established in 1980. Its purpose is to preserve the reputation of The Rec in promoting a healthy, vibrant way of life, as well as to recognize and support the positive impact of community relations and its effect on establishing strong family ties.

For more information, call Gary Key, president at 401-855-6016.

Brain Injury Support Group

The support group is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family and friends to come together to provide mutual support and assistance in coping with the consequences of brain injury.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is Aug. 11. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

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