2015-09-10 / News Briefs


New Staff On Board at Newport Hospital

Newport Hospital announced that Josef Fields, D.O., has joined the hospital medical staff as part of Newport Physiatry. Fields is a graduate of Cornell University and received his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida.

His areas of expertise include myofascial pain, musculoskeletal dysfunction, shoulder and knee injuries, hip pain, neck and back pain, neuropathic pain, rehabilitation therapy, electromyography, gait dysfunction, limb loss, wound care, and manipulative therapy or manual therapy used to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability.

Newport Hospital announced that Samuel Evans, M.D., has joined the hospital medical staff as part of Newport Pulmonary Medicine. Evans received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital and is board certified in pulmonary and internal medicine.

His clinical interests and expertise include pleural conditions, shortness of breath, pulmonary vascular disease, sleep disorders, pulmonary fibrosis and diaphragm dysfunction.

COA Partners with International Cleanup

After a busy beach season, volunteers are needed to help clean up trash and debris at beaches around Aquidneck Island on Saturday, Sept. 19. Although local cleanups take place regularly throughout the year, these events are part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which is an initiative organized by the Ocean Conservancy, based out of Washington D.C., and is the largest worldwide volunteer effort on behalf of the ocean.

This year, Newport-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access (COA) is partnering with Save The Bay on the effort.

In Newport, volunteers can join beach captain Tom Freeman at Kings Beach from 9 a.m.-noon, Clean Ocean Access and Friends of the Waterfront at King Park from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m, Clean Ocean Access and Sail Newport at Fort Adams from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and Clean Ocean Access and Save The Bay at Easton’s Beach from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

In Middletown, individual volunteers, families, and large groups are all welcome to join Clean Ocean Access leading the cleanup at Sachuest Point from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m, beach captains Gary and Sue Paquette at Second Beach from 9 a.m until 12 p.m., or Matt Schenck and the Norman Bird Sanctuary at Third Beach from 10 until 11:30 a.m.

In Portsmouth, volunteers can join beach captain Mil Kinsella and Common Fence Point Improvement Association at Common Fence Point from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m, or Portsmouth Conservation Commission and Clean Ocean Access at Weaver Cove from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

In addition, volunteers are needed to help identify and clean up “micro-sites” on Aquidneck Island.

McCarthy Sports Grants Available

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

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/.

MLK Veggie and Pantry Programs

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 is available every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration is not required for the Tuesday distribution. The program will run 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.

Fresh and local produce is also available for clients who use the MLK Community Center’s Food Pantry, along with a variety of nonperishable food, household and personal care items. The pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Registration is required to use the pantry. Clients must bring photo identification and proof of residency and are asked to bring their own bags.

Both programs are free of charge.

“We’re delighted to offer an abundance of fresh produce,” said Executive Director Marilyn Warren. “Thanks to our partners at Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Jamestown Community Farm, Methodist Community Gardens and more, we’re helping to move our clients from hunger to health.”

A community resource since 1922, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s innovative programs for the diverse residents of Newport County provide hunger relief, educational and community support with dignity, safety, and respect. For more information about the veggie program, food pantry or the center, visit mlkccenter.org or call 401-846-4828.

NHS Annual Meeting, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The Newport Historical Society will be getting out its biggest pair of scissors on Thursday, Sept. 17, when it holds an open house followed by its annual meeting to celebrate the opening of its newly renovated and reconfigured Resource Center. From 2 - 4 p.m. the facility will be open for touring; the annual meeting starts at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The NHS is located at 82 Touro St. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. To RSVP, email mdelaire@newporthistory.org or call 401-846-0813 ext. 110. For details visit NewportHistory.org.

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., and 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.

AARP Monthly Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP #207 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Fenner Hall on Fenner Avenue, Newport. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

The speaker for this month will be Mary Dennis. She represents the Middletown Historical Society and will talk about the organization, its properties, artifacts and the history of Middletown.

Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries. New members are asked to come earlier and bring their national AARP card.

Photo Guild Meeting

The Newport Photo Guild’s next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Newport Art Museum, Ilgenfritz Gallery, 76 Bellevue Ave.

The guest speaker is Tiverton photographer, Rob Van Petten, a consultant and writer for Nikon and a leading photographer in advertising and fashion. He will discuss and demonstrate what it takes to be at the top of a very competitive industry and relate his experience to the common elements of light and composition. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Doors open 6:30 p.m. for show and tell.

Fall Soccer

The Newport Recreation Department’s fall soccer season begins Sept. 19 and runs through Oct. 24. The deadline to register is Sept. 15. Some divisions may fill prior to the deadline. Visit cityofnewport.com/ departments/recreation/recreationactivities to download the registration form or stop by 35 Golden Hill St. to register in person. The cost to play is $35 for Newport residents and $45 for non-residents.

All abilities welcomed. Pee Wee, Rookie and Intermediate Divisions offered. Learning soccer skills in a fun, positive environment is the recreation philosophy. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday –Friday. For more information, call 401-845-5800.

Blue Water Sailing Seminar

The Salty Dawg Rally™ will host a free blue water sailing seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Edward King House at 9 a.m. Topics to be presented include blue water passage preparations, offshore sail repairs, and selection of emergency equipment. To register, email linda@saltydawgrally.org.

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.

‘Smart’ Road Course

The AARP Smart Driver course will be offered at the Middletown Senior Center at 650 Green End Ave. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This program is available to citizens 55 years and older to brush up on driving strategies to help them avoid mishaps on the roads. At the end of the course, a certificate is issued for a reduction in insurance costs.

The program cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Interested parties should call the center at 849-8823 to register. Participants must be on time, since the program cannot be restarted for late-comers.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Bob Poniatowski at 401-683-2212 or by email at Poniator@gmail.com.

Ride for Star Kids

The fourth annual StarRide is on Sunday, Sept. 13. Pick among six routes, from three to 45 miles to ride, walk or run. Register at starride.net. Sign-in at Cluny School begins at 8 a.m., and the event starts at 8:30 a.m. The routes also finish at Cluny School on Brenton Road.

If you need a bicycle, call Ten Speed Spokes directly at 401-847- 5609 and reserve one for free, while supplies last.

StarRide benefits Star Kids Scholarship Program, an organization that provides tuition assistance and educational support to low-income, high risk children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. In the past 5 years, 92 per cent of the students in the Star Kids program have graduated from high school.

For more information, call 401- 848-4187 or visit starkidsri.com

Casino Workshops

Twin River Management Group (TRMG) will host a series of three public workshops in an effort to gain more guidance from the residents of Tiverton on the design and planning effort for the proposed casino.

The sessions will be facilitated by members of Twin River’s project team including its architect, traffic expert, planning consultants and environmental specialist. They will seek feedback from residents on a variety of issues ranging from the architectural look and feel of the property, traffic around the proposed location, environmental considerations and the range of preferred amenities such as a hotel, dining and entertainment options.

All the meetings will be held at the Tiverton High School, 100 North Brayton Ave. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7- 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6:30–8 p.m.

Under the proposal, subject to town and statewide voter approval, the existing Newport Grand gaming license would be transferred to the proposed new casino. Initial concepts call for the new casino to offer approximately the same number of slot machines as Newport Grand (1,000 -1,200) but to be competitive with Massachusetts, and also offer 30 - 40 table games. There are currently 160 employees at the existing Newport Grand location and TRMG estimates a Tiverton workforce of approximately 350.

Rogers HS Reunions

1955 - The Rogers High School, St. Catherine Academy and De La Salle 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 La Salle 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.

Cheerleading Clinic

The Rogers High School cheerleaders will host a cheerleading clinic for girls ages 5-12 on Sunday, Sept. 13. The clinic will be held at The Hut from 1-3 p.m. Participants will learns cheers, a dance, and stunts that they will perform with the Rogers cheerleaders at the Rogers High School home football game on Friday, Sept. 18. The cost is $20 per person and includes a Tshirt. Pre-registration is preferred and can be done via email at rhscheer1115@gmail.com or by contacting Carol Mureddu at 401-855- 1701.

Potter Pet U

The next Potter Pet University program is a rabbit care workshop presented by Jennifer Sears from Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals Morris Education Center, 87 Oliphant Lane. Learn about nutrition, housing and enrichment for a pet rabbit. This is a free workshop. People interested in adopting a rabbit are encouraged to attend.

Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home.

Pre-registration required, contact Kerry McKinnon at 401-846- 0592 x 114 or kerrym@potterleague.org.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, Sept. 17 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.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Sept. 19 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.

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