2015-09-17 / News Briefs


Name the Blue Sheep

The blue sheep naming contest kicks off a year of sheep-themed events at the Newport Public Library.

Newport’s blue sheep, one from the international, creative art project Blue Sheep Flock, wants to get a library card, but can’t without a name. The top six suggested names have been selected by the librarians: Beatrix, Bluebacca, Coddington, Lola the Lamb, Virginia Wool or Winnie the Blue.

Patrons can vote until Sept. 30. Stop by the library and cast a vote or library newsletter subscribers can email their input. The winning name will be announced Oct. 1.

Florence Gray Center Open House

The Florence Gray Center will host an open house Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 4 – 6 p.m. The Health Equity Zone Community Launch will immediately follow from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

By Irini Sztukowski By Irini Sztukowski Presented in partnership with the Newport Housing Authority and The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, the open house will provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the programs and services offered by the organizations housed at the Florence Gray Center.

Participating organizations include FabNewport, Cross Point Church, Bike Newport, Parent Partners and a variety of programs from East Bay Community Action such as Even Start, Skills Alliance and Baby Steps.

Call for Daffodil Art

Paintings, drawings, and photographs of daffodils are wanted however they are interpreted to benefit Daffodillion. Works can be dropped off at the Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center, until Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All donated art will be on display from Sept. 25 – Oct. 2. Donations will then be auctioned off at Daffodillion’s free bulb giveaway at Easton’s Beach on Oct.17. Proceeds from the auction will help buy additional bulbs for the city and residents to plant throughout Newport during the fall.

Boy Scout Rally and Car Wash

Boy Scouts from St. Mary’s Troop 82 will hold a car wash Sunday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at DeCastro Farm, 1780 East Main Road, Portsmouth. For a donation, cars will be hand washed and dried by Troop 82 scouts. The proceeds are earmarked for the troop’s 50th anniversary gala to be held in January 2016.

Boys ages from 11 - 17 who are looking for something fun, rewarding and adventurous can join Portsmouth’s Boy Scout Troop 82. Weekly meetings are held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall, 324 E. Main Road, Portsmouth.

This year’s calendar of events includes numerous campouts, rock wall climbing, the Troop’s 50th anniversary celebration, caroling for senior citizens, Scouting for Food supporting the Rhode Island Food Bank, and much more. New scouts are always welcome. For more information contact Troop 82 Scout Master Justin Mostert at jmostert@cox.net or 401-862-2495.

Learn About Cub Scouting

Newport Cub Scout Pack 33 will hold a recruitment night on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the basement hall of St. Joseph’s Church on Broadway. All boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 -10 years of age are welcome to join. For more information, contact Cubmaster Paul at 401-848-5388 or pvdelg@aol.com.

Legislative Leap

September is Hunger Action month, and ten R.I. legislators are taking a leap and raising funds for the R.I. Community Food Bank on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Newport State Airport. The first sky diver take off is at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the participants as they jump to support a great cause. Food bank donations welcome.

Free Day at Green Animals

As part of the continuing celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Preservation Society of Newport County invites all Portsmouth residents and their families to enjoy free admission to Green Animals Topiary Garden on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Last Casino Workshop

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

The meeting will be held at the Tiverton High School, 100 North Brayton Ave. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

COA Partners with International Cleanup

Saturday, Sept. 19. International Coastal Cleanup, Clean Ocean Access (COA) is partnering with Save The Bay on the effort to clean up our shoreline.

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, volunteers can join Clean Ocean Access leading the cleanup at Sachuest Point from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m, Second Beach from 9 a.m until 12 p.m., 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 the 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.

Newport Marathon Volunteers Wanted

The Newport Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 11, has partnered with five local charities: the Aquidneck Land Trust, Boys Town New England, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Newport County YMCA, and Ronald McDonald House, Providence. The first $15 from every entry fee is donated directly to the charities. The marathon and half-marathon will utilize a USATF-certified course and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and all other major marathon events.

Volunteers are needed on the race weekend to work as registration staff, race course marshals, and to man the aid stations and finish line. If you would like to volunteer contact Jon White at jwhite@graymattermarketing.com.

CNA Training

A Health Care Certified Nursing Assistant job skills training program is being offered for Newport County residents beginning Oct. 5 by East Bay Skills Alliance (EBSA), a program of East Bay Community Action Program.

Those interested in participating must attend one information and testing session, which will be offered on the following dates: Mondays, Sept. 21 and 28, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 11a.m. - 2 p.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. - noon, at East Bay Community Action Program, 19 Broadway. Applications for the program will be distributed at the end of each information session.

The training will consist of work readiness/soft skills, resume and interviewing preparation and six to eight weeks of certified nursing assistant instruction. A 120-day temporary license will be issued after successful completion of the CNA training. Classes will meet for five and a half hours per day, five days per week. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Cost to students is $5 for BCI during enrollment, $99 testing fee, and $35 licensing fee due just before clinical.

For more information, visit ebcap.org or contact Jamoya, Project Manager, at 401-848-6697 x 205, jridgell@ebcap.org or Stacey at 401-848-6697 x 209.

‘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. The program cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, call 401-849-8823.

Cell Tower Workshop

The Newport School Committee will meet with the three cellular communications companies that lease rental space on a tower on the Rogers High School grounds for an informational, community workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in room 924 of the NACTEC building. The public is invited.

Friends of the Waterfront Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Waterfront is holding its annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Seamen’s Church Institute. Teresa Crean, a coastal community planner from URI Graduate School of Oceanography, will present a redesign of King and Morton parks by third year architectural students. Other agenda items will include a review of the year’s activities, election of Board members and approval of changes to the current by laws. For more information, visit newportwaterfront.org.

Elks Dinner Fundraiser

The Elks Lodge is holding a fundraising dinner on Friday, Sept. 25 to support its local charities. The evening will feature a dinner buffet from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and music. Newport’s own DOWNCITY band will play from 7 -11 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Elks lounge on Pelham Street until Sept. 23 or by calling 401-225-6166.

The Elks local charities include the DARE program, the Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shootout, Boy Scout Troop 3, a Little League team, children’s special needs programs, school scholarships, a children’s Christmas party, a food pantry, and others.

Home School PE Program Offered

The Newport Recreation Department will offer a six-week physical education program for children being home schooled beginning Monday, Sept. 21. Classes will consist of physical fitness and exercise through various games and activities. The program will be offered to two age groups; 5-10 year olds meet 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. and 11-16 year olds will meet 1:15 – 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. Cost is $15 per child. Go to cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation/recreationactivities to download the registration form or stop by 35 Golden Hill St. to register in person. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Monday –Friday. For more information, call 401-845-5800.

MOMS Club Open House

Meet other moms from Portsmouth, Newport, Middletown, Tiverton and Bristol at the MOMS Club open house on Monday, Sept. 21. All moms and their children are welcome to gather at Howland Park, 1 Third Beach Rd, Middletown, at 10 a.m. Coffee, drinks and snacks will be provided. Learn about the monthly events planned throughout the year. For more information, visit MOMS Club of Portsmouth on Facebook.

Arnold Civic Award Nominations

The League of Women Voters of Newport County is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Joan C. Arnold Civic Participation Award.

Joan Arnold was a long-time member of the league and served in many other community organizations. She believed in her power to make a difference in the world, and if she saw a need and felt she had skills to offer to help, she would step forward.

After her death, the League wanted her legacy to continue, so the award was established.

Nominees must be a resident of or work in Newport County. The award will be given to an individual(s), an organization or group. The deadline for applications is Oct. 2. and the award ceremony will take place in early November.

Applications are available at lwvri.org or by contacting Susan Wells at 401-378-7595 or swells229@yahoo.com.

Youth Tennis Lessons

Newport Recreation will begin youth tennis lessons on Sept. 19. Six weeks of instruction will be given by Tina Schroeder, co-director of Elite Tennis Academy. All classes are held on Saturday afternoons at Vernon Park. Class ages are 4-5, 6-8, 9-10 and 11-13. Class size is extremely limited. Cost is $50-$75 for residents and $60-$85 for non-residents. Go to cityofnewport.com/ departments/recreation/recreationactivities to see the time slots available and to download the registration form, or stop by 35 Golden Hill St. to register in person. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday –Friday. For more information, call 401- 845-5800.

Call for Singers

Swanhurst Chorus, Rhode Island’s oldest choral ensemble, is holding open rehearsals for its 87th season. Singers interested in joining are invited and encouraged to attend the open rehearsals on Tuesday, Sept. 22 or 29; Wednesday, Sept. 23 or 30; or Oct. 6 or 7. Registration will begin at 6:45 p.m. with rehearsals starting at 7 p.m. All rehearsals take place at St. Lucy’s Church, West Main Road, Middletown.

No audition or previous experience is necessary. Students age 13 and up are especially welcome and encouraged and will be paired with an adult member for a successful learning experience.

Swanhurst holds weekly rehearsals every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 - 9 p.m., with chorus members expected to attend one session per week.

Swanhurst’s first concert is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5 with a selection of Christmas works by Rutter, Willcocks, Vittoria, Des Pres, and others.

For more information, e-mail info@swanhurst.org, call 401-682- 1630, or visit swanhurst.org.

Flood Analysis Meeting

The second public meeting of the drainage and flood analysis project in Newport is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Pell School. An update of the work performed to date will be given and input from the audience will be solicited.

The Newport Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division and the engineering consultant, CH2M Hill have been working on the Drainage Investigation and Flood Analysis Project for two study areas: Wellington Avenue near Marchant Street and the Bridge Street and Marsh Street area.

The city recognizes that participation from residents and stakeholders of the study areas is necessary and valuable for the success of the project. For more information, contact Julia Forgue, Director of Utilities, at 401-845-5600.

Y Run Club

Registration for the Newport County YMCA Run Club’s fall session is now open. The club caters to beginners, but welcomes runners of all speeds and experience levels. The group meets at the Y every Tuesday and Thursday and goes on runs from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. from Oct. 5 - Nov. 26. The cost is $30 for Y members and $40 for non-members. It’s a great way to train for the Thanksgiving Day Pie Run on Nov. 26.

For more information, contact samanthac@newportymca.org or 401-847-9200 x104.

Picture Purr-fect

The Humane Society of Jamestown is starting to create its annual animal calendar. Any interested animal owner is invited to submit pictures of pets for possible inclusion. Photos can be humorous, candid, posed or cuddly - of course, they will all be “picture perfect.”

Pictures can be e-mailed to hsj.02835@cox.net or mailed to The Humane Society of Jamestown, P.O. Box 681, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Youth Mentor Workshop

Volunteers are wanted to help mentor children and adults who have been or are currently homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. The program will be held Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Pell School library. A school counselor will review the need for mentors for children. Representatives from three different organizations will give an overview of their mentoring programs in terms of the people being served and what is involved in becoming a mentor.

The workshop is sponsored by Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness, a community-based group whose mission is to end homelessness through public awareness, advocacy and support for local organizations that provide services to adults and families in our community who are without a home.

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