2015-09-03 / News Briefs


Newport Public Schools Schedule

Schools open Tuesday, Sept. 8

Pupils not yet registered should visit npsri.net/registration to download the registration packet and make an appointment to complete the process at the Newport Public Schools Administration Center, 15 Wickham Road, Room 416.

Rogers High School and Newport Area Career & Technical Center

For all students in grades 9 through 12, classes begin at Rogers High School on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 a.m. Dismissal will be at 2 p.m.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will report directly to their Advisory at the 7:25 bell. Freshmen will remain in the cafeteria and be escorted to the Advisory by their Advisor.

Thompson Middle School

For all students in grades 5 through 8, classes begin at Thompson Middle School on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. Dismissal will be at 2:30 p.m. Students will be assigned to classrooms once they arrive at school.

Claiborne Pell Elementary

For all students in grades 1 through 4, classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. Dismissal will be at 3 p.m.

Kindergarteners report by appointment for “soft start” on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 12:10 or 1:30 p.m. or on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 or 10:20 a.m. or 12:10 p.m.

All kindergarteners start full day on Wednesday, Sept. 9.


Pre-Kindergarten programs are held at the Pell Annex Located at John F. Kennedy School, 740 West Main Road, Middletown (site of Newport Public School’s Early Learning Program) Morning sessions are 8:45-11:30 a.m., afternoon sessions are 12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

All registrations for Newport Public School’s pre-kindergarten program require pre-approval. Before registering for pre-kindergarten, contact Nicole Cardoza, early childhood coordinator at 401-619- 3054 or by email at nicolecardoza@npsri.net.

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.

School Lunch Prices

All elementary school pupils must remain in school for lunch. Lunch may be purchased for $2.50, or students may bring a bag lunch with beverage. Children bringing a bag lunch may purchase milk at 50 cents per day. Elementary students may purchase breakfast for $1.10.

Middle school, high school and career & technical center students may purchase lunch at school for $2.75 or bring a bag lunch. Breakfast may be purchased for $1.40. Milk may be purchased for 50 cents per day.

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.

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., the New England clam boil 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.

JYC Race Results

The Jamestown Yacht Club held the first race in its fall series on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The following are the results for the race:

A Class: 1. John Sahagian; 2. Stephen Clarke; 3. Linc Mossop III; 4. Bill Kneller; 5. Jake and Ben Jacobsen; 6. Tristan Mouligne; 7. Paul Grimes; 8 Jay Gowell; 9. Mark Nannini; 10. Pat Clayton.

B Class: 1. Jeff Roy; 2. M. Buechner and P. O’Connell; 3. Rob Lambert; 4. Harry and Ann Lane; 5. Aurora, Tartan 41, A & J Kallfelz; 6. Bearly Movin’, J/24, Mike Nahmias; 7. Conundrum, J/22, Alice & Bill Porter; 8. Victor Bell; 9. Peter McCarthy; 10. Marcus Cochran; 11. C. Brown and S. Hakki; 12. Michael Brown; 13. Howard Balloch.

C Class: 1. Dwight Escalera; 2. Dennis Nixon; 3. Charles Beal; 4. Rob Bestoso; 5. Bill Clavin; 6. Nick and Wendy Bowen; 8. Tripp Alyn.

Shields Fleet 9 Results

Eighteen boats raced in the second race of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club’s Shields Fleet 9 summer series on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The top ten finishers are:

1. Jamie Hilton/Chris Murray (Hull #217); 2. Tom Hersh/Tim Dawson (Hull #254); 3. Mark Kroening/ Joel Hanneman/Nick Ewenson (Hull #224) ; 4. Reed Baer/John Burnham (Hull #107); 5. Tom Rich/Hap Fauth (Hull #253); 6.Ted Slee (Hull #33); 7. Bill Shore (Hull #74); 8. Peter Denton/ Will Wells (Hull # 226); 9. David Bush Brown (Hull #121); 10. Kurt Edenbach/ Charles Edenbach (Hull #36).

Elks Clam Boil

The Newport Elks Lodge #104 will hold a fundraiser clam boil on Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Lodge, 141 Pelham St. Food will be served from 2 - 6 p.m. The cost of the clam boil with lobster or steak is $35.

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.

Belmont Chapel Open to Public

Belmont Chapel, located at the Island Cemetery, will be open to the public on Monday, Sept. 7, from 12:30- 3:30 p.m., for self-guided tours. Members of the Belmont Chapel Foundation will be available to provide tour brochures and to answer questions.

For more information, contact belmontmemorial@verizon.net.

Honoring Past Tennis Players

A celebration will take place on Monday, Sept. 7 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Aquidneck Park “Pop Flack” Tennis Courts on King Street.

The “Friends of the Pop Flack Tennis Courts” invite the public to join them in honoring fellow tennis players who have recently passed away: George Brenner, Bill Boatwright, Frank Maguire, Edward Hole, Frank Faulkner, Jack Ferber, William Murphy Sr., Manley DeAscentis, Arthur DeAscentis, Jimmy Ring, Al Landolo, Charlie Oxx, Bud Turano, Dorothy Turano, Dave Jenkins, John Martin, Jimmy Martland, Frank Kenny, Charlie Dwyer, Tom Fleming, Terry Burns, Rachel Kilroy.

The flags of both the United States of America and Canada will be raised and words will be shared to acknowledge the occasion. In addition, a new bronze plaque will be unveiled marking the Paskle “Pop Flack” Memorial Tennis Courts, 1995 Restoration Project.

Open Tennis Tournaments

The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the annual open tennis tournaments. All matches are played at the Pop Flack tennis courts.

Mixed doubles, round robin format tournaments begin at noon on Sept. 12. Mixed doubles century, 100 years total combined ages will be Sept. 19. The mens and womens doubles open, round robin format begin at noon on Sept. 26.

Call 401-845-5800 for details or visit cityofnewport.com/departments/ recreation-580.

Christmas in Newport Deadline

Although it isn’t even time to carve the pumpkins yet, plans are being finalized for Christmas in Newport programming.

Organizations wishing to participate by listing new or previously held events in the printed Christmas in Newport calendar and on the website must submit material by Oct. 15 to be included. To obtain an event form, email info@christmasinnewport.org. Events cannot be accepted after the cutoff date.

Visitor inquiries start flooding into the CIN website from late August on, so it is important to get your organization listed as soon as possible. Periodic updates will be made but all events must be submitted within the next 45 days to have them covered under the CIN city blanket event license, listed on the website and printed in the calendar.

For more information, visit christmasinnewport.org or leave a voice message at 401-849-6454.

Laser Tag at the Fort

Fort Adams will be offering laser tag at the fort from Oct. 9 - 26. Adult volunteers are needed. If interested, call Ray at 401-619-0888 for more details.

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, Mass., 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 email ronnielovesparis@gmail.com.

How to Apply for Dual Citizenship

The Museum of Newport Irish History announces the first talk in its 14th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Guest speaker Barbara (Lepley) Roy will explain how those with at least one Irish-born parent or grandparent may apply for Irish Republic (dual) citizenship. Roy will walk lecture attendees through the process for fulfilling all the requirements of obtaining both Irish citizenship and an Irish passport. In addition, she will share her perspective on the many benefits of being an Irish citizen, from both a practical and sentimental point of view. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Barbara Roy, a Newport County native with two maternal grandparents born in Ireland, has been an Irish citizen since 2007. She has helped many with this process, including the required interaction with the Irish Consulate Office.

Following the talk, a reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held and a cash bar will be available, courtesy of the La Forge Casino Restaurant.

The lecture is $3 for Museum of Newport Irish History members and $15 for non-members, which may be applied to the annual membership fee.

Reservations are requested. To reserve, contact Ann Arnold at 401- 841-5493 or newportirishhistory@gmail.com.

For more information about the Museum of Newport Irish History, visit newportirishhistory.org.

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.”

McCarthy Sports Grants Available

The Michael E. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Youth Sports Grant program is now accepting applications for the winter cycle.

The Youth Sports Grant program, in honor of Michael McCarthy’s love of sports and his dedication to academics, will provide funding for Newport County schools, sports organizations, and individuals. Eligible applicants must be participating in the following areas: youth athletic programs; community based programs addressing an active lifestyle and team building skills; and established camps with an emphasis on sports.

The grant program is particularly interested in providing opportunities for participation of children and young adults age 18 and under. The grant program may provide financial support for the following purposes: youth sports programs and projects, full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs, and financial support for equipment and small capital projects.

Grants will be awarded to a variety of sports and recreational activities in Newport County. The deadline is Oct. 1. The application can be found at mccarthyscholarship.org/ grant/.

Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards

Celebrate preservation in Newport at Rough Point, the former home of Doris Duke, on Friday, Sept. 11, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Stroll through the mansion and view the 2015 exhibit, “Fired and Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point.”

A joint program of the Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport, the awards ceremony will honor three Newport preservation projects. This year’s honorees are:

The Audrain Building for restoring its exterior to near its 1903 condition;

David and Laura Pedrick for restoring a badly deteriorated Gothic Victorian barn; and

Jay and Brenda Wilson for the painstaking and meticulous restoration of Quatrel (c. 1853), an Ogden Codman, Jr. design.

The funds raised from this year’s event will support the work of the foundation’s new research center, The Newport Institute for Historic Preservation and Material Culture.

As a kick-off event for the institute the NRF will present “Keeping History Above Water,” a conference on climate change and the effects of sea level rise on preservation efforts in historic cities such as Newport in April 2016.

To purchase tickets to the awards ceremony, visit newportrestoration.org.

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