2015-10-08 / News Briefs


ALN Forum on Gateway Center

The Alliance for a Livable Newport is hosting a public forum Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Newport Gateway Visitor’s Center to review and provide feedback on the RIPTA/city proposal for exterior repairs and improvements to the Visitors Center.

The evening’s speakers are Lillian Shuey Picchione, RIPTA director of capital development; Evan Smith, Discover Newport CEO; and Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano.

The project will bring the facility up to industry standards, restore outdoor roofing and reduce surface runoff from the site.

Project information available at ripta.com/newport-gateway-center.

Planter Workshop

The Middletown Garden Club invites green thumbs to attend a presentation by Barbara Chaves titled “From Fall to Frost” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Chaves Garden Center. The planter workshop is free and open to people interested in becoming new members. For more information, call 401-847-3345.

Comprehensive Land Use Plan Workshop

The City of Newport is updating the city’s comprehensive land use plan. An informal workshop will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pell School. A presentation will be given by the city’s consultant. Participants will also be able to make comments and suggestions.

Marathon Gets Ready

The Newport Marathon will take place on Sunday, Oct. 11, with the start at 7:30 a.m. on Memorial Blvd. at Easton’s Beach. The runners will travel along Memorial to Thames Street, out to Fort Adams State Park, around Ocean Drive onto Bellevue Avenue, back onto Memorial by Easton’s Beach into Middletown, and then return to the finish line at Easton’s Beach.

Parking will be restricted on Memorial Blvd. around the beach as well as Old Beach Road. There will be temporary road closures along the route. A map of the course can be viewed at newportmarathon.com.

Athletic Fields Meeting

The Middletown Athletic Fields Subcommittee will meet on, Friday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. at Middletown Town Hall. They will consider, discuss and act upon the following items of business: conditions of the town athletic fields; how to improve current field conditions; if additional fields are required, and matters related thereto. The public is welcome to attend.

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 of 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 nonmembers. For more information, contact Jim Farrell at 401-847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Women in Business After Hours

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host the Women in Business After Hours on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Rosecliff from 5 - 7 p.m.

The Women in Business initiative is a partnership between the Chamber and The Preservation Society of Newport County and provides informative networking events, seminars and forums of interest to local women in business. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Blackstone Catering. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. To RSVP, call 401-847-1608 or visit newportchamber.com.

Volunteers Make a Difference

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County welcomes students, parents or caring neighbors to help youth with homework, playing games, coaching swimming and basketball, participating in events, office help, or assisting with facility needs. Volunteering can change lives in a positive manner and help make the club experience even better for all.

The club will hold volunteer orientations on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 - 7 p.m. each session. Orientations will be held at The Boys & Girls Club, 95 Church St.

To ensure the safety of its members, background checks are conducted on all volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact Debbie Bailey at 401-847-6927 x 121 or dbailey@bgcnewport.org.

Blue Cross Medicare Seminar Offered

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Mainstay Hotel. This seminar is for Rhode Islanders who want to learn more about Medicare and the range of options offered from Blue Cross. For more information and to RSVP, email michael.foster@bcbsri.org or call 401-459-5854.

AARP Italy Trip

The Newport AARP Chapter is sponsoring a trip to southern Italy and Sicily from Nov. 3 - 14, 2016. An overview of the tour will be given on Monday, Oct. 19, at noon at the Vasco da Gama Hall. You do not need to be an AARP member to attend this informational meeting or to take part in the trip. For more information, contact 401-847-0954 or 401-293-5070.

Feline Frenzy Cat Adoption Event

The Potter League will offer a special cat adoption opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11. Adopt a cat eight years and older for only $25. Be one of the first 10 to adopt a cat for only $10. All cats are spayed or neutered, examined by a veterinarian, have age appropriate vaccinations, have been treated with flea/tick preventatives and have microchips. Adoptions include a cardboard carrier, a collar and ID tag, and a bag of Hill’s Science Diet cat food. Visit potterleague.org to view the cats and other adoptable animals.

Christmas in Newport Deadline Oct. 15

Organizations wishing to have their December event published in the Christmas In Newport calendar and listed on the CIN website must have the information submitted no later than Oct. 15. Send event information to Christmas In Newport at P.O. Box 716 or email CIN at info@christmasinnewport.org.

Orphan Train Talk

Author Tom Riley will discuss the Orphan Train era in America, from 1853-1929 on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

He will talk about what happened to the 273,000 New York City children, as many as one-quarter Irish, who were sent out across America on Orphan Trains, in an attempt to assist the massive numbers living in poverty and exposed to disease, abuse and exploitation. Learn how the American Female Guardian Society built 12 industrial schools to teach children a trade and how two orphan train riders, sent on the same train to Indiana, later became the governors of Alaska and North Dakota.

This talk is part of the Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series. Following the lecture, a reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held.

Reservations are required. Call or e-mail Ann Arnold at 401-841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net. The cost to attend is $15 or $3 for Museum of Irish Heritage members.

Before School Care Openings

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County has openings for new participants in its before school program. Transportation is provided to Newport and Middletown schools. Children may arrive as early as 6:30 a.m., will be fed breakfast, given help to finish homework, and participate in a program activity.

Before school care takes place at the Central Clubhouse, 5 Church St. for a modest weekly fee. For more information, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 401-847-6927 or visit bgcnewport.org.

Immigration Workshop

To help the public better understand the many complicated layers of immigration, a free and interactive workshop will be presented Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Newport Public Library at 6:45 p.m.

Participants will be informed about the current demographic makeup of the foreign-born population in Rhode Island, develop an awareness of the immigration process and forms of migration, understand the differences between immigrant, refugee, and asylee, recognize the many factors that affect one’s decision to migrate and learn about the journey of refugees and the challenges they face. Questions will be taken throughout the presentation.

The workshop is presented by Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Dorcas International assists thousands of people each year through education and training programs, family literacy programs, refugee resettlement programs, and citizenship and immigration services.

The American Association of University Women advocates equity for women and girls through education and legislation.

For more information, contact Dorcas International at 401-784 8649 or AAUW at 401-849-6073.

AARP Monthly Meeting

The Newport Chapter of AARP will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 19. The speaker is Carmela Geer, Executive Director of the Edward King House Senior Center. She will speak on the programs available at the center and other programs that are available to seniors. She will also talk about the center’s history.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Fenner Hall, Fenner Ave, Newport. New members are asked to come earlier and bring their national AARP card. Members are reminded to bring canned goods for local food pantries.

Writers’ Roundtable

The Newport Round Table Writer’s Group celebrates ten years by inviting the public to hear several of its current members read from in-progress and recently published works on Friday,Oct. 9, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. The Newport Round Table was founded by author Mark Ellis and author and artist Melissa Martin- Ellis. Together they have mentored many local writers from first draft to published works. Seven participating writers will read samples of their fiction.

The event will be held at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts Gallery, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Suggested donation is $5.

Race for Open Space

Registration is 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. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome in the walking category of the race. Entry fee is $20; proceeds will benefit ALT and maintenance of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Sign up online at ailt.org. For more information, contact John Fornoff at jfornoff@ailt.org.

CPR/AED First Aid

CPR/AED first aid classes will be offered at the Newport County YMCA on Mondays, Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 from 6 - 9 p.m., and also on Saturdays, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 19 from noon - 3 p.m. The nine-hour class is a Red Cross course that covers lay responder adult, child and infant CPR, AED and standard first aid. 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.

Brain Injury Support Group

The support group is an opportunity for individuals with brain injury, family and friends to come together to provide mutual support and assistance in coping with the consequences of brain injury.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Newport Hospital from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 13. For more information, contact the Brain Injury Association of RI, 401-228-3319.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 15 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.

Safe Cycling Workshop

An overview of how to ride in traffic safely and with confidence will be offered by Bike Newport on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 - 5 p.m. The afternoon will begin in the classroom at 437 Broadway, progress to practicing bike maneuvering skills in a car-free parking lot, and culminate in a three-mile city ride in small groups led by instructors. Participants will gain experience riding with traffic in a variety of on-road conditions, applying the safe riding techniques learned in the classroom and out in the parking lot. The workshop is geared for ages 18 plus, but younger youth can participate with permission. The cost to attend is $30.

Participants must have a bike, helmet, and basic riding skills. To sign up, visit bikenewportri.org. Space is limited.

Newport Parkinson’s Support Group

The next meeting of the Newport Parkinson’s Support Group is Saturday, Oct. 10 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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