2015-08-27 / News Briefs


Fireworks to Launch at Naval Concert

The Annual Salute to Summer concert and fireworks show returns to the Naval Station Newport Base on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will feature the music of Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band “Changes In Latitudes” at 5 p.m., followed by a performance by Navy Band Northeast at 7 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.

Gate One, on Training Station Road, will open at 4 p.m. for pedestrian traffic only. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink concessions will be available for purchase, and a children’s play area will be available until dusk. Guests should be prepared to present a picture I.D. upon entry to the base.

Prohibited items on the base and at the concert include coolers, outside food or drink and pets. Strollers and small bags such as diaper bags, backpacks or handbags are permitted, but, will be subject to search.

Department of Defense (DOD) authorized vehicles should enter via Gate Two or Gate 17.

Parking is available inside the Naval Health Clinic New England off of Third Street for guests who do not have DOD identification cards.

Volunteers Sought to Spruce Up Tall Ship

The 140-foot Tall Ship Spirit of South Carolina has arrived in Newport and is seeking volunteers to help service it while it is out of the water at Newport Shipyard.

Spirit of South Carolina will be dry docked and have her bottom repainted and her rig removed, re-finished, and reassembled. The maintenance is scheduled through fall, with the ship returning to Charleston in October. All those interested in volunteering should contact Captain Trandell at captain@spiritofsc.com for details.

Open Tennis Tournaments

The Recreation Department is still accepting registrations for the annual open tennis tournaments.

The 60 Years and Better Men’s Doubles will be held Aug. 29.

Mixed doubles and doubles tournaments begin on Sept. 12. Call 401-845-5800 for details or visit cityofnewport.com/departments/ recreation-580.

Enjoy Being with Kids, Volunteers Needed

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County invites the community to work with the kids in the various programs offered at the club. Youth and adult volunteers are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the administrative office and with facilities and maintenance. Background checks are required for any volunteer who wishes to work with children.

Orientation sessions will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 12-1p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St. RSVPs are encouraged to ensure space for all attendees.

Summer’s End 5K Run and Walk

The Portsmouth Business Association will host a “summer’s end” 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will begin in Common Fence Point at 11 a.m. It is a flat and fast 5K course with scenic water views. Leashed pets and baby strollers are welcome.

Woman Arraigned for Domestic Murder

A local woman was allegedly choked to death by her domestic partner who greeted police when they arrived and shouted a confession to them.

Middletown Police responded to Apt. 50 at Oxbow Farms on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to find the body of Rachael Kilroy, who residents said was fun, kind to children and wellregarded. According to police, Melissa Sue Anne Castle, 33, of Pascoag, described as Kilroy’s domestic partner, told officers at the scene: “I choked her. She’s dead.”

Castle did not enter a plea to the charge of domestic murder during a brief appearance Tuesday afternoon in District Court in Newport. Judge Colleen M. Hastings ordered her held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, with a court appearance set for Sept. 8.

Police Chief Anthony Pesare said that Castle was cooperating with their investigation, and was providing details about the argument which resulted in the strangulation just before 7 a.m.

It is the first murder in Middletown since March 2011.

Elks Clam Boil

The Newport Elks Lodge #104 will hold a fundraiser clam boil on Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Lodge, 141 Pelham St. Starting at 2 p.m., chowder and clam cakes will be served until supplies run out. There will be lots of activities including a bounce house, horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole and music by the Lois Greco Band. Food will be served from 2 - 6 p.m. and the band plays from 3 - 6 p.m.

The cost of the clam boil with lobster or steak is $35. Without boil ticket prices are $25. Hamburgers and hot dogs are available a la carte.

For more information, contact Newport Elks Lodge at 401-846- 0815 option 1 or Robynne at 401- 225-5656 or robalber@aol.com.

All proceeds benefit Newport Fire Prevention, Providence Canteen and Newport Elks Lodge #104 charities.

Democratic Town Committee Clam Boil

The Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee’s annual clam boil will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, on the grounds of the Portsmouth Portuguese American Citizens Club, 35 Power St. off of East Main Road.

Open to the public, festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the always entertaining auction and all-you-can-eat chowder and clam cakes. The New England clam boil with fresh clams, chourico, sausage, hot dogs, onion, potato and corn on the cob, will be served at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for adults, and $10 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets are available at the PA Club, Allen’s Wine and Spirits, Ferreira’s Package Store or by calling Marge Levesque at 401-683-3231.

There will also be plenty of time for meeting and talking with the elected officials and candidates who stop by to connect with voters.

Proceeds from the event go to the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee.

2015 Champions

The Westcott takes the lead in the fifth inning to beat the Brothers Oven, 8-1 on Friday, August 21 at Cardines Field. The Westcott scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Dave Hopkins, a three-run home run by Jake Tillman, a solo home run by Anthony Pagano, and an RBI single by Matthew Pagano. The Westcott's Austin Barry, Ryan Wordell, Tillman and Pagano combined for eight hits and six RBIs.

Seaside Garden Club

The Seaside Garden Club invites the public to its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Fenner Ave. Hall at 6 p.m. Steve Cotta from Portsmouth Nurseries will present the program.

Inaugural Fundraiser to Benefit BabySteps

Enjoy a view of the moon over the ocean and cocktails and Chinese canapes to benefit BabySteps on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Chinese Tea House at Marble House.

BabySteps is a community funded educational outreach program providing monthly sessions that bring parents and children together for a community breakfast, interactive sessions of crafts, music, reading and speakers addressing parenting and educational topics.

The event begins at 6 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit babysteps-ri.org or call Linda Finn at 401-258-6851.

Ballroom Dance Contest and Concert

Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra will be hosting a free concert and ballroom dance contest on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Donavan Manor , 19 Chapel St. There will be cash prizes and refreshments. The evening is presented by the Newport Housing Authority.

Artist Showcase

Downtown Designs is hosting an artist showcase on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 - 8 p.m. for artists Kaitlyn Bric, Sam Buentello, Zelinna Garcia, Rita Heymann, Kelsey Kriner, Laura Langa and Lisa Wexler.

There will be hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment by Julio Amaro and Michael Collins. There is no admission charge.

The entrance to Downtown Designs is on Broadway across from City Hall, with a parking lot in the rear on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.

For more information, call 401- 845-9661 or visit downtowndesignsnewport.com.


‘Black Regiment’ to be Honored in Portsmouth

On Sunday, Aug. 30, the Newport County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will sponsor the observance of the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island at 3 p.m. in Patriots Park, Portsmouth, at the intersection of routes 114 and 24.

Particular recognition will be given to the First Rhode Island Regiment, “The Black Regiment,” a contingent of slaves, freedmen and Native Americans who valiantly stopped the advances of the Hessian forces at the site on Aug. 29, 1778 during the Revolutionary War.

The featured speaker will be David Cicilline, U.S. Rep., 1st District. Call Audrain Triplett at 401-848- 5439 for more information.

NOWZAD Animal Rescue Fundraiser

NOWZAD, the only animal shelter and rescue organization in Afghanistan, will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Cappy’s on Memorial Boulevard.

NOWZAD has assisted more than 700 soldiers to be reunited back in their home countries – including the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Holland and Germany – with the dog or cat that they adopted. Naval War College professors Drs. Negeen Pegahi and Joan Johnson-Freese will be guest bartenders, with all bar tips going to NOWZAD, and a raffle will be held for several pair of September Boston Red Sox tickets.

Garden Club of Middletown

The Garden Club of Middletown invites the public to a free talk by Master Gardener and garden columnist Kristin Green on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library. Her talk called “Gardening with a Generous Nature” will be accompanied with visual presentations of gardens and flowers. She is also the author of the publication “Plantiful.”

Portsmouth Arts Guild Bus Trip

The Portsmouth Arts Guild (PAG) is going on the road again, and will visit the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts to see an exhibition of masterpieces by three generations of the Wyeth family artists, “The Wyeths Reflected.” The chartered bus will leave Thursday, Sept. 17, from the PAG parking lot, 2679 East Main Road, at 9 a.m. and will return by 6 p.m. Registration is requested by Sept. 3. Cost of the trip is $75 for nonmembers, $60 for PAG members (after Sept. 3, $65). Registration forms are available at portsmoutharts.org. For more information about the trip, call 401-486-2824 or ema

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