2015-10-01 / News Briefs


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.

The Changing Table

Established in 2011, The Changing Table is a service organization whose mission is to provide diapers and wipes to families in crisis in Newport County. To date, this nonprofit has provided more than 20,000 diapers to needy families. On Friday, Oct. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., associates from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will volunteer at the ’Table’ for their fourth annual Day of Service, and will present a $5,000 grant from BCBSRI as part of its Blue Across Rhode Island program.

Donations are always welcome. The Changing Table is located in the Baptist Church, 30 Spring St. For more information, contact director Jennifer Mulcahey at thechangingtablenewport@gmail.com, or at 401-862-4376.

Baby Steps October Session

Baby Steps, a program designed to engage parents and caregivers with newborns to three-year-olds in activities that build effective parenting and learning strategies will hold its next session on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Florence Gray Center, 1 York St. The focus this month is social and developmental learning through reading and play activities. The program welcomes all Newport County residents.

Registration for the Saturday program will be held during a 9:30 to 10 a.m. breakfast time that precedes the parent and child development sessions. All family members will have the chance to participate in reading and music activities and a Halloween craft experience. Families that complete all three morning sessions will be eligible for raffles that include books, toys and household supplies.

For transportation assistance to the program or to register, contact Niko Merritt at 401-533-1160 or nmerritt@ebcap.org.

Baby Steps is a program of the East Bay Community Action Program. For more information, visit ebcap.org.

Gilded Age Newport in Color

Channing Memorial Church’s program series “The Learning Center” kicks off a new semester on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with Newport historian Theresa Guzman Stokes presenting a two-part lecture and walking tour, exploring key sites in Newport where families of color lived, worked, vacationed, and worshipped in the late 19th century. She will highlight the latest research concerning the social, religious and political life of the black community in the Gilded Age. The Oct. 6 lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Channing Church Parish Hall, behind the church at 135 Pelham St. On Saturday, Oct. 10, a walking tour will be offered at 5 p.m.

The registration fee is $15 for the two programs. Register by contacting the Channing Church Office at 401-846-0643, or email office@channingchurch.org.

Adult Volleyball League Begins

Registration is now open for the Newport County YMCA’s Monday night, mixed level, co-ed volleyball league. All levels are welcome, beginners to more experienced players are encouraged to sign up now and join the fun. Subs are allowed so if you cannot make every week you can still sign up to participate. Individuals can sign up, you do not need to form your own team. Individuals will be drafted evenly for teams once everyone is registered. Costs are $45 for a member and $85 for a non-member. Play will start the first week of October and run through the winter. Games begin at 6 p.m. and rotate through the schedule until 8 p.m. The league is capped at 48 players.

For more information, email Sue Hatch at satchri@yahoo.com.

City Plan Kickoff

The City of Newport is updating the city’s comprehensive land use plan and would like public input. A kickoff meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. A presentation will be given by the city’s consultant. An informal workshop will follow where participants will be asked to provide suggestions, comments, concerns, and insights regarding the subject areas that will be addressed in the updated city plan.

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.

Monthly Diabetes Support Group

A diabetes support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, will meet Oct. 8 and is offered monthly on the second Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Edward King Center, 35 King St., Newport. No doctor’s referral is required. It is free and open to all who are living with diabetes. To attend or for more information, call 401-682-2100.

Race for Open Space

Registration is now open for the Aquidneck Land Trust’s Race for Open Space, 5k Run and Walk on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The race starts at The Glen and proceeds cross-country along ALT’s Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Though not allowed in the running category, leashed dogs and strollers are welcome in the walking category of the race. Entry fee is $20 with proceeds directly benefiting operations of ALT and further maintenance of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Teams are encouraged to participate. Sign up online and for more information, contact John Fornoff at jfornoff@ailt.org.

Scout Yard Sale

Portsmouth Boy Scout Troop 82 is preparing for its 50th anniversary. One of the troop’s fundraising events is a community yard sale Saturday, Oct. 3 at 63 Lepes Road, Portsmouth from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you have items you wish to donate to the yard sale, drop them off Friday, Oct. 2. Donations and sales will be used for the anniversary celebration. Contact troop82@cox.net for further information.

Sister City Visit

Representatives from Newport’s Italian sister city in Imperia will be visiting Newport from Oct. 8 -13 in conjunction with Newport’s Festa Italiana and Columbus Day celebrations. The public is invited to welcome them at a reception on Friday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the lobby at the Gateway Center. The event is hosted by Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and the Newport City Council. Light rereshments will be served.

Imperia is one of Newport’s six sister cities. The others are Shimoda, Japan; Kinsale, Ireland; Ponta Delgada, the Azores; Skiathos, Greece; and St. John, New Brunswick Canada.

‘Fall for Lucy’s Hearth’

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Lucy’s Hearth will celebrate its 31st year of making a profound difference in the lives of young mothers in Newport County, and their children, who are in crisis and have nowhere else to turn. The Hearth is a unique program that each year provides essential services to homeless women and children in need, providing shelter, meals and basic human needs in addition to programs designed to meet the specific needs of each family, with the goal of putting them on the path to self-reliance and achieving permanent affordable housing.

“Fall for Lucy’s Hearth” will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and small plates by Russell Morin Fine Catering, an open bar, live music by Pat Cottrell, a raffle and silent auction, and a tour of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum. Individual tickets are $85, with the level of sponsorship beginning at Supporting Sponsor (for $250) and rising up to Shelter Sponsor (for $3,000.)

For more information, please call Lucy’s Hearth at 401-847-2021 or email info@lucyshearth.org.

Rain Gardens Talk

The public is invited to the Seaside Garden Club’s next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7. A presentation titled “Rain Gardens and Butterflies” will be given by Eugenia Marks, Senior Director of the Rhode Island Audubon Society. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fenner Ave Hall. For more information, call 401- 847-3807

Mini Maker Faire

The first annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire [East Bay Edition] is being held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 7 p.m., at the Florence Gray Cultural Center, 1 York St.

Local organizers have been putting out a hyperlocal call for makers, manufacturers, performers, STEAM-centered organizations, vendors and crafters, and virtually anyone who makes things with their hands and wants to explain their creative process to viewers.

The organizers – Tinker/Bristol and FabNewport – want to have so many things on display and people on hand to view them that the event will be free and open to the public. There is a fee for merchandizing, however.

Any group or individual interested in participating in this inaugural event should research more at makerfaireri.com or call Todd at 413-441-7608 with any questions.

Computer Workshops

The Newport Public Library will continue to offer computer workshops on Wednesdays this fall from 2:30 - 4 p.m. October’s workshops will focus on a variety of special topics, including an introductory course in using Facebook on Oct. 14. Using the online library catalog will be offered on Oct. 21. The last October workshop will help people learn how to stream videos and magazines for free from home using the library’s Zinio and Indieflix database services. Registration is required and a limited number of seats are available. All necessary materials will be provided. Participants must possess basic computer skills in order to participate in these programs. The programs are open to all.

For more information or to register, call 401-847-8720 x 208 or email info@newportlibraryri.org.

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