2015-11-25 / News Briefs

News Briefs

Going to the Dogs

The Humane Society of Jamestown calendars are now available for $12. Because of all the good pictures submitted, both a dog calendar and a cat calendar have been created. Healey, above, belongs to Jessica Holden of Newport. For more information contact Sue Rasmussen at 401-423-2949.

Where Do All My Taxes Go?

The Alliance for a Livable Newport will present a public forum on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Newport Public Library from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Laura Sitrin, Director of Finance, and other members of the city finance department will be the panel speakers. Following a presentation, members of the department will answer questions from the audience. For more information, visit newportalliance.org.

$300,000 Innovation Fellowship Offered

Rhode Island Foundation is offering people with innovative ideas for moving Rhode Island forward grants of up to $300,000 to pursue their proposal. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 11.


(Left to right) Michael Curry, Chantee Lans, Josephine Brown, Veronica Hobbs, and Raymond Malone (Left to right) Michael Curry, Chantee Lans, Josephine Brown, Veronica Hobbs, and Raymond Malone Made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship program will award two applicants up to $300,000 apiece over three years to develop, test and implement inventive proposals that have the potential to move the state forward.

Preference will be given to proposals that promise the greatest good for the greatest number of Rhode Islanders, a small idea with big potential, or new approaches to long-standing challenges.

Although applicants do not have to be residents of Rhode Island when they apply, if selected they must commit to living in-state during the term of the Fellowship.

The one-page, initial application asks applicants to summarize their proposed innovation in no more than a few hundred words and to describe how it would benefit Rhode Islanders. The application and answers to frequently asked questions are posted on the Foundation’s website at www.rifoundation.org/innovation.

In February 2016, the selection panel will ask a group of semifinalists to submit a more detailed application and a short video. The Foundation expects to announce the winners in April.

This is the fifth year of innovation funding. The 2015 recipients were John Haley and the husband and wife team of Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian.

Haley is working on a plan to stimulate the state’s shellfish industry by creating a more reliable method of obtaining blue mussel seed stock fixed to a growth/cultivation substrate.

Kamil and Steffian are working on the Providence Cinematheque, Rhode Island’s only multi-screen exhibition space and educational facility focusing on first-run, independent film programming; a repertory series, and a curriculum in film history and media literacy. In October they launched the first annual Providence Art and Design Film Festival.

See the LaSalette Lights

Anyone who wants to see the lights at LaSalette Shrine this Christmas season can sign up at the Edward King Senior Center.

The trip is planned for Friday, Dec. 11. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. and the all-day trip includes a full course luncheon at Wright’s Chicken Farm Restaurant, then on to the shrine. Visitors will arrive by 4 p.m. in time to hear the daily Christmas choral concert. At 5 p.m., more than 400,000 lights will be turned on in full display. Return arrival time will be approximately 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person. Reservations requested by Nov. 30, call 401-846-7426.

E-Marketing Essentials for Artists

The Arts and Cultural Alliance, in conjunction with the Preservation Society of Newport County, will present a free informational seminar, “E-Marketing Essentials for Artists” on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Preservation Society’s office, 424 Bellevue Ave. In this day and age, electronic marketing is vital when it comes to generating more business. The presentation will offer tips from the experts and how to make the best use of the World Wide Web.

Panelists include Meredith Nordhem, marketing manager, Newport Film, and Jennifer Sunderland, executive director, Four Corner Arts Center.

Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Email info@newportarts.org to sign up.

Medicare Annual Enrollment

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island provides extended support as the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) deadline for Medicare enrollment approaches. For people looking for help with the application submission and for a representative to answer any questions, visit the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road, on Monday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

Lifeguard Training

The Newport County YMCA is offering a lifeguard training class on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 9 -11 a.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. a water skills session/CPR/ AED first aid will also be offered. For more information, or if interested in becoming a lifeguard, contact Jim Farrell, aquatics director at 401- 847-9200 x108 or jimf@newportymca.org.

Garden Club Holiday Home Tour

The Quononoquott Garden Club of Jamestown is presenting a “Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes” on Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are on sale at the Secret Garden and Baker’s Pharmacy. The cost is $20 per person. Guests can pick up their program/maps on the day of the event, Dec. 13, at 21 Bayview Drive, Jamestown and also purchase tickets. The club focuses on civic beautification in Jamestown by planting and maintaining several gardens around town, including the ones under the two “Welcome to Jamestown” signs.

Proceeds from the tour of homes will assist with future projects. For more information, contact joany73@cox.net or 401-423-0208.

Doorway Contest

Christmas in Newport is sponsoring its annual Newport Doorway Contest again this year. The categories for judging are residential, restaurant, bed and breakfast and commercial. The deadline is Thursday, Dec. 10 to enter, judging takes place on Dec. 11. Register your home or business at info@christmasinnewport.org. List category, name, address and door color on application. Please use natural materials/ decorations.

Pistol Class for Women

The Newport Rifle Club offers about eight NRA basic pistol courses a year. Due to demand, the majority of them are for women only. The course emphasizes safety and is geared to first-time shooters or those with little experience with handguns.

Among other things, the all-day, hands-on instruction covers firearm and range safety, pistol and ammunition knowledge, basic marksmanship, target scoring, pistol selection, basic cleaning, safe storage and laws on firearms transportation. For safety and individualized training, each student has her own instructor for the live-fire portion of the course.

A common reason for taking the class, say the women, is to become comfortable and safe around handguns. Many join the club after completing the course and go on to qualify for concealed carry permits.

The next women-only basic pistol class is December 12. For more information, go to NewportRifle- Club.org.

The NAACP Newport County Branch held its annual awards dinner at the Mainstay Inn on Nov. 1. Branch President Jimmy Winters was joined by keynote speaker Michael Curry, emcee Chantee Lans, and branch member Josephine Brown in presenting the organization’s Education Award to Veronica Hobbs and its Role Model Award to Raymond Malone for his work with the double Dutch team.

NACP’s Annual Awards Dinner

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