2015-09-24 / News Briefs


Two Dead in Isolated Shooting

Stephen J. Jemo Jr., 35, of Newport and Christopher C. Smith, 48, of Middletown died early Tuesday morning after an apparent murdersuicide. The incident took place at the rear of a residence known to the individuals on William and King streets in Newport.

The men, who were known to be good friends, were walking back to Jemo’s house around 2 a.m. when an argument escalated to a physical struggle, according to police.

Jemo allegedly took out a gun and shot his friend in the head and immediately fired the gun to his own head. Smith was transported to Newport Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Jemo was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:44 a.m Tuesday morning.

Police said the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the public. The investigation is ongoing.

Front (l to r) Matt Williams, Gary DaSilva, Curtis Cord, Dougald Parkinson. Back row (l-r) Steve McBride, Adam Avakian, Dean Spaulding, Matt Viana, Scott Harkin, Kenny Payton. Front (l to r) Matt Williams, Gary DaSilva, Curtis Cord, Dougald Parkinson. Back row (l-r) Steve McBride, Adam Avakian, Dean Spaulding, Matt Viana, Scott Harkin, Kenny Payton. Baby Sitter Training

A Red Cross class that teaches the basics of baby-sitting will be offered Monday, Oct. 12 at the Newport YMCA from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Child care, first aid and the business of baby-sitting are some ot the topics that will be covered in the class. Oct. 12 is Columbus Day and school is not in session. The cost to attend is $65 for Y members and $85 for non-members. For more information, contact Jim Farrell at 401-847- 9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Pet Microchip Clinic

The Potter League is offering a microchip clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals. The microchips will be administered by Dr. Wanda Wyand. There is a $25 fee per animal payable on the day of the clinic. Call 401-846-8276 or email info@ PotterLeague.org to pre-register.

By Irini Sztukowski By Irini Sztukowski Promotion Ceremony

Christopher J. Mariotti was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at a promotional swearing-in ceremony at the Newport Fire Department headquarters on Friday, Sept. 18. Congratulations, Lt. Mariotti.

Wounded Warrior Canoe Paddle

The 25th annual canoe/kayak paddle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project will be held Sunday, Sept. 27. Navigate a canoe, kayak, or stand-up board through 6.5 miles of scenic salt marshes, ponds and streams of South County. The event starts at the Ocean Mist Restaurant in Matunuk and finishes with a post race party at Mews Tavern in Wakefield. To register, visit mewstavern.com or sign up the morning of the race at Ocean Mist.

Jim Royer and Karen Camp, mixed doubles century champions. Jim Royer and Karen Camp, mixed doubles century champions. 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.

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


The ninth annual Jamestown Skatefest will be Friday, Oct. 9. The activites begin at 5 p.m. at the Jamestown Skate Park, behind Lawn Avenue School, 55 Lawn Ave. Rain date to the next day. The event is hosted by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department.

Kimsoo Seawell and Jay Sullivan, mixed doubles champions. Kimsoo Seawell and Jay Sullivan, mixed doubles champions. There will be prizes, raffles, gear tosses, live music and a dance competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for skateboarding.

There is a $10 fee to enter the competition; spectators watch for free. Music will be provided by DJPlatz all night and a live performance by IONEYE. Eddie’s BBQ will be there with food and drink. This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event. Waivers for those competing under the age of 18 are required to be signed by a legal guardian in order to enter the competitions. Helmets required for those skating. For more information, call 401-423-7261.

Island Champs

The Island Baseball League’s seventh season drew to a close on Saturday night, Sept. 19, as the Aquidneck Islanders beat the Newport Storm 13-5 at Cardines Field in the championship game. The league resumes playing in May. For more information, visit islandbaseball.com.

Climate Change Workshop

On Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., the public is invited to a 350.org “Power Through Paris” workshop, co-hosted by Channing Memorial Church’s Green Congregation and Emmanuel Church’s Environment Committee, at Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street. The goal of the workshop is to build momentum for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris. Those interested may sign up for the event by emailing green@channingchurch.org.

Home School Discovery Class

Ballard Park’s next Homeschool Discovery Class is Sept. 30. Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore the different habitats of Ballard Park, which include a forest, vernal pond, and meadow. Participants will investigate these habitats and the plants and animals in them. The program will convene at the Hazard Road entrance to Ballard Park at 1 p.m. Email education@ballardpark.org or call 401-619-3377 to register.

Daffodil Art Auction

Paintings, drawings, and photographs of daffodils will be on display until Oct. 2 at the Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center. The pieces will then be auctioned off to benefit Daffodillion at it’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.

Votes for Halloween Movie Night

The second annual People’s Credit Union’s Halloween Movie Night will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Ballard Park. The event will feature two movies, one for children and a second scary movie for the older crowd plus a Halloween costume parade and contest, free daffodils given away by Newport Daffodillion, and a meet and greet with members of the Newport Fire Department. Movie night is a free event.

The public is invited to vote on which movies they’d like to see. The movies that garner the most votes will be shown. Selections for the children’s movie include “Beetlejuice,” “Book of Life,” “Casper,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.“ There are several more options in the scary movie category. They include “Alien,” “Freddy vs. Jason,”“Friday the 13th,” “Poltergeist,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Birds,” “The Conjuring” and “Young Frankenstein.”

Both surveys are on ballardpark.org and Facebook page, Ballard Park. Voting closes on Oct. 2.

October Diabetes Education Series

The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties will host a four-week Diabetes Self- Management Education Series Thursday evenings in October (Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29) at Newport Hospital, from 6 - 8 p.m. The classes are conducted by a nurse, dietitian and pharmacist, all of whom are certified diabetes educators.

Topics include but are not limited to: who gets diabetes and why, glucose monitoring, medication, preventing long- and short-term complications, understanding food labels, and basic meal planning. Individuals are encouraged to bring a support person with them. Most insurances are accepted, and no person will be turned away due to inability to pay. To register, call VNS at 401-682-2100 x 1642.

Autism Car Wash Fundraiser

On Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m - 2 p.m., participants and members of the Autism Project, the James L. Maher Center and the Boys & Girls Club will help vacuum, clean and dry cars in the parking lot adjacent to the Blue Wave Car Wash, 1379 W. Main Road, Middletown.

Blue Wave Car Wash will donate $2 for every car wash purchased on the day of this event. Donations will also be accepted.

‘Wine Tasting & Politics’

The Middletown GOP Committee in conjunction with the Newport GOP Committee will hold a night of “Wine Tasting & Politics” fundraiser at Newport Vineyards, 909 E. Main Rd., Middletown, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7 - 9 p.m. Former Providence mayor and talk show host Buddy Cianci and Gary Sasse, Founding Director, Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, headline the night. The cost to attend is $25, and includes wine tastings, appetizers, raffles and cash bar. RSVPs appreciated to lianaff@aol.com.

ALN Public Forum

The Alliance for a Livable Newport will present a community forum featuring Newport’s Department of Public Services on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

The forum will ask, “Who is responsible for potholes, garbage bins and graffiti? Street sweeping? Sidewalks? Grass mowing? Traffic control? and City basketball courts?

Speakers are William Riccio, Director of Public Services along with Scott Wheeler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor; William Boardman, City Engineer; Erik Reis, Beach Manager; Ed Harrigan, Recreation Administrator; and Maureen McManus, Clean City Coordinator.

Following a presentation, members of the department will answer questions from the audience.

Flu Shot Clinics

Visiting Nurse Services will offer weekly flu shot clinics until Thanksgiving week at its Portsmouth offices, 1184 East Main Road.

Flu shots will be given Wednesday mornings, from 8 - 10 a.m. and Thursday afternoons, from 1 - 4 p.m. starting Sept. 30. Wear short sleeved or loose shirts and bring insurance cards, most insurances cover flu shots; regardless, no Rhode Island resident will be denied a flu shot.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, at 11:30 a.m., the Visiting Nurse Services will offer flu shots at Emmanuel Church at 42 Dearborn St., Newport.

VNS offers other shot clincs, call 401-682-2100 for other locations on Aquidneck Island and in the East Bay.

Basketball Skills Camp

Newport Recreation will be offering an “Offensive Skills Basketball Camp” with instruction by Keith Holubesko. This camp will focus on offensive skill development, including shooting, offensive moves, ball handling, post work, getting open and running the break. The five-week camp is open to boys and girls in grades 4-8. It will begin Thursday, Oct. 8 and run until Nov. 5 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents. The deadline to register is Oct.1.

‘Financing a Higher Education’

The Newport Public Library will host “Financing a Higher Education” on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 -7 p.m. Bill Bianchi of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) will answer financial aid questions and discuss options for scholarships, grants, work study programs, and federal financial aid. He will also give an overview of why debt management is important.

This program is open to students and parents. No registration is required.

Bianchi will present again on Oct. 29 from 6 -7 p.m. with a more in depth look at strategies and ways to win scholarships with his talk on Free Money for Higher Education.

RISLA is a non-profit quasi-state authority which has been providing affordable higher education solutions since 1981. RISLA offers low cost state-based education loans, free admissions and financial aid assistance through the College Planning Center of Rhode Island.

For more information, visit newportlibraryri.org.

Constituent Meeting

As part of her ongoing series of meetings with local residents and businesses, Rep. Lauren Carson (DDist. 75, Newport ) will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 5 at 6:15 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. This session will focus on human services. All residents of District 75 are encouraged to participate, particularly those who work in the human services field.

“As always, I want all my constituents to feel comfortable bringing any of their concerns to me at any time. Since I know access to and support for human services are issues that affect many Rhode Islanders, I’d like to invite anyone who would like to talk about them to be a part of this conversation. Constituents’ input helps inform my work at the State House, and I hope to help connect those who have questions or needs with answers and solutions,” said Rep. Carson. “I also want to recognize those Newport organizations that work so hard to deliver services to children and seniors, disabled, homeless and the underemployed. They are a critical part of our Newport community.”

Newport Tennis Tournaments

At the Sept. 19 Mixed Doubles Century Tournament, “100 years total combined ages,” Jim Royer and Karen Camp emerged victorious from a field of eight teams. Anne Sullivan and Joshua Bell were the finalists. In the previous week’s competition, Kimsoo Seawell and Jay Sullivan were deemed the champions and Karen Camp and Jim Royer were finalists. Men’s doubles, 60 years and better will be played on Friday, Oct. 2. Men’s and women’s singles matches will be held Oct. 3-4. For more information or to register, call 401-845-5800.

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