2015-08-13 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

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.

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.

Newport Waves

Memorial Boulevard, Bellevue Avenue, America’s Cup Avenue, and Lower Thames Street are getting a new look – and lots of second looks – as the local campaign for safer streets takes to the light posts.

Workers from the city’s Department of Public Services recently scaled National Grid lamp poles and Newport fire boxes, raising the banners of “Newport Waves” – a community-based campaign encouraging all motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders, and others to “Stop, Look, and Wave” to one another when interacting on Newport’s busy streets. Designed to have the highest impact during the crowded summer season, a total of 21 street banners featuring local Newporters and a lobster mascot will be smiling and waving by the beach, shops, and mansions.

Funding for the public awareness initiative comes from the federal Safe States Alliance in response to high numbers of fatal crashes involving pedestrians. Funding for the street banners comes from a legislative grant secured by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, who is also featured in the Newport Waves campaign. However, funding was limited and the campaign now relies wholly on the community to spread the message, and to make it stick.

“We started running the WAVE message as an on-screen promotion before our films about a month ago,” shared Kathy Staab, owner of the historic Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center. “It’s a serious safety message in a friendly positive wrapper. Everyone benefits when people acknowledge each other by making the effort to wave.”

“The response on the street is perfect,” said Bari Freeman, executive director of Bike Newport and coordinator of Newport Waves. “People are smiling and waving and reporting the success of their efforts. The premise is that people who wave and wait for a response are going to move ahead more safely, and the inherent smiles are a really nice bonus.”

Boyd’s Windmill Open

The Middletown Historical Society’s museum and Boyd’s Windmill at Paradise Park will be open on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 2 - 4 p.m. The park and windmill are located at the corner of Paradise and Prospect avenues. For more information, visit middletownhistory.org or call 401-849-1870.

New Lyme Disease Center at Hospital

With the dramatic rise in the incidence of tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease in the Northeast over the past decade, Lifespan has created the Lifespan Lyme Disease Center at Newport Hospital. The first of its kind in the state, the center unites academic and clinical infectious diseases experts.

A wide range of services are available, including diagnosis and testing, evaluation of symptoms, individual treatment plans, and management of symptoms.

The center also uses a comprehensive team approach to Posttreatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, or chronic Lyme disease.

The Lifespan Lyme Disease Center at Newport Hospital is currently accepting patients. Hours are Monday through Friday with clinics held on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - noon and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only. For more information, call 401-845-1644 or visit lymediseaseri.org.

Submariner Meeting

The RI Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) will hold it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20. The meeting will open at 7 p.m. at the RI Aviation Hall of Fame building (former USS Saratoga Museum Foundation) located at 6854 Post Road, North Kingstown. Among the topics to be discussed is the status of plans for the Oct. 3 RI Submarine Veterans Day service. All submariners are welcome, whether a member of USSVI or not. For more information, contact Jack Hunter at 401- 849-7282.

Coast Guard Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new limited edition “forever” stamp commemorating the Coast Guard’s 225th birthday and its role in protecting the nation. The stamp showcases the Eagle and a Coast Guard rescue helicopter. Fifteen million stamps went on sale at post offices nationwide.

The Postal Service hosted a ceremony with the Coast Guard barque Eagle when the tall ship was visiting Newport.

Sign Language Class

The Friends of the Jamestown Library is sponsoring a free 10-week American sign language class for beginners. The class will start Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the library. Registration begins Monday, Aug. 17. 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.

Youth Nights at the Y

A Parents Night Out is offered at the Newport County YMCA on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Youth Nights are held each Friday. Additionally, free family events are offered one Saturday each month and are open to the community. Youth Night and Parents Night Out require in-person registration.

New Book Group

The Newport Public Library introduces a new book group, the Thematic Book Group, which will read books based on a centralized topic or theme in five-month rotations. It will meet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

This fall, the group will take a deeper look into World War II. Selected books will highlight extraordinary stories and underrepresented aspects of the war. The titles, both fiction and non-fiction, focus on locations and groups of people that are frequently not remembered history.

Participants do not need to come to all sessions and new members are welcome. Registration is not required. For a complete schedule, visit newportlibraryri.org/reading/bookdiscussion groups/. For more information, email info@newportlibraryri.org or call 401-847-8720 x 208.

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.

1955 - The Rogers High School, St. Catherine Academy and De LaSalle Academy Class of 1955 will hold its 60th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club and on Sunday, Oct. 4 with a brunch at the Mainstay Hotel. To attend, or for more information, call Helen Lawton Brennan at 401-848-0349.

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.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at Newport Hospital. Patients and/or caregivers are welcome to attend. The group meets monthly, every third Saturday, for an informal meeting on education and support for those affected with Parkinson’s.

For more information, contact Barbara Smith at 401-789-1333 or fes217@aol.com.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery). For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Back to School Celebration

East Bay Community Action Program’s East Bay Family Health Care (EBFHC) will celebrate National Health Center Week by hosting Newport County’s Back to School Celebration Event on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 6 John Chafee Blvd.

EBFHC will have information at the Back to School Celebration Event about services for families, including health wellness tips and a variety of other services offered by East Bay Community Action Head Start; WIC; youth services; the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone; employment and training and home visiting programs.

EBFHC is partnering with the statewide Back to School Celebration Committee in offering this event, which will feature free school supplies, food, entertainment, fun activities, a free book distribution and educational information for families. The Ronald McDonald mobile dental care van will also be at the event.

East Bay Family Health Care, nationally recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home, is presently accepting new patients at its health care facilities in Newport and East Providence that serve Newport County, Bristol County and East Providence.

For more than 47 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. During that time, community health centers have become the essential primary care medical home for millions of Americans, including some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

For more information on EBFHC or to enroll as a patient call 401- 848-2160. Additional information is available at ebcap.org.

‘Clean Team’ in Action

The City of Newport announces the kick-off of the new Clean Team Litter Patrol program sponsored by the city and local business owners and residents. The Newport Clean City Program has teamed up with East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) to employ four local youth who will work three days per week to help to keep our downtown streets litter free. The program began Aug. 5 with the Clean City Coordinator and other Public Services’ staff members training the team along the specified routes.

Special thanks to Clean Team participants and sponsors for assisting with keeping local roads clean. The sponsors of the program are: City of Newport, Peregrine Property Management, Preservation Society of Newport County, Sardella’s Restaurant, Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, Blackstone Caterers, Drupal Connect, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Discover Newport, Parvo’s Paint, Newport County Development Council, Elizabeth Phelps, and Judith Webb.

Fall Sports Registration

Registration is open for Newport County YMCA fall youth sports programs until Sept. 9. The fall soccer season runs from Sept. 12-Oct. 31. The 4 and 5-year-old soccer will be played at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. The 6-8 age group will play at noon. All games will be played on Saturdays on the outside fields at the YMCA. The program for youth ages 9-13, called Weekend Warriors, will include soccer, archery, gaga, rock climbing, and more. Weekend Warriors meets at 1:30 p.m. A parentand me 3-year-old class, Mighty Mights, will be offered at 9 a.m. For more information, visit newportymca.org or contact Josh Anderson, Athletics and Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 401- 847-9200 x113. Online registration is available.

AARP Tax Volunteer Training in Sept.

The Rhode Island AARP Tax-Aide program is holding training for new volunteers on Wednesdays from Sept. 9 - Nov. 4, from 1-5 p.m. The comprehensive 9-week course is designed to train volunteers in the use of professional tax preparation software and to prepare most types of personal tax returns. Preregistration is required due to limited class size. Training will be conducted at the Middletown Library.

There is a particular need for individuals with computer skills that want to learn how to prepare and file returns electronically. Preparers are needed to help the elderly, veterans, active military, and low and middle income tax payers of all ages. Anyone may volunteer.

A commitment to complete 45 hours of training, and to work 40 hours at one of the sites during the tax season are required. Volunteers are also required to complete the IRS certification test in order to work with us for the 2016 tax season.

Volunteers can be college financial interns, CPAs, retired military, or even engineers. You do not need to be an AARP member to take this course or to become a volunteer preparer. Computer skills and a lap top computer are required. Loaner computers are available.

Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Last year, 8,000 Rhode Island families were helped by Tax-Aide volunteers and 2,000 returns were prepared In Newport County at 10 sites.

AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, offered in partnership with the IRS.

Contact Bob Lobecker at Robert. Lobecker@verizon.net to register, or for further information

Short Term Rentals Workshop

The Newport City Council will hold a public workshop regarding short term rentals on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pell School. Interested residents are welcome to attend.

Potter Pet U

The next Potter Pet University will discuss preventing pet-related injuries. It will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League, Middletown.

From leash-walking to ballchucking, pet ownership can put a lot of stress and strain on the body. Learn about common injuries related to pet care and how to prevent issues before they occur.

Potter Pet U is free and open to the public, but is for humans only; please leave animals at home. Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland at 401-846- 0592 x 120 or anastacias@potterleague.org.

Blue Cross Medicare Seminar Offered

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott, 9 Commerce Drive, Middletown.

This seminar is for Rhode Islanders newly eligible for Medicare and/ or retiring who want to learn more about Medicare and the range of options available from Blue Cross.

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

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