2016-10-06 / News Briefs


Salvation Army Readies for Holidays

The Salvation Army is accepting family applications for Thanksgiving food baskets and toys for Christmas on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and Thursday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their 51 Memorial Blvd. location.

Residents must provide a photo ID, proof of residency, and proof of all household members (IDs, birth certificate, medical cards, etc.) in order to register to receive these holiday supplies. Families can only register with one agency in Newport County to receive a basket or toys.

The Salvation Army is also seeking volunteers over this upcoming season. For more information or to volunteer, contact Lt. James Bang at 401-848-3234 or bang@use.salvationarmy.org.

Yachting Center Update Oct. 13

At the Friends of the Waterfront’s upcoming annual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, guest speaker Sam Bradner, partner from Peregrine Group, will give an update on what’s happening with the Yachting Center property. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Yoga for Gardeners

The next monthly meeting of the Garden Club of Middletown will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 12:30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Cross Meeting Room. At 1 p.m. there will be a free program “Yoga for Gardeners” presented by Beth Ann Kerr, yoga instructor and AFAA fitness specialist. Potential members are welcome to attend. For further information call 401-846-0276.

Potter Pet University

This month’s Potter Pet is “What You Need to Know About Animal Abuse,” presented by Kimberly R. Ahern, special assistant attorney general, on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

In most cases, the only way that law enforcement is going to hear about instances of animal cruelty is through reporting by a concerned citizen. However, the public is often unclear on what defines animal cruelty and what they should do to report a suspected case. Get an inside the-courtroom look at animal abuse laws in R.I. and find out what you can do to help.

The program, from 6-7 p.m. at the Potter League, is free and open to the public. Potter Pet U is for humans only; please leave animals at home. For more information, contact 401-846-8276 x 120 or email eleanorh@potterleague.org.

Backyard Composting

The Newport Garden Club will host a backyard compost presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at the Newport Library. Learn about composting basics from Sanne Kure-Jensen, longtime organic grower and Northeast Organic Farming Association accredited organic land care professional. Reduce your household waste and create “Gardener’s Gold,” a great source of garden fertility. Hear how composting works and discover worm composting (vermiculture). Learn the benefits of using compost bins or piles and “hot” versus “slow” composting.

She manages educational programs and outreach for the NOFA of Rhode Island and is the Town of Portsmouth’s recycling coordinator.

Scottish Country Dance Classes

Students of all ages are invited to learn the basics of Royal Scottish country dance, which is similar to New England contra dance and English country dance. Classes will be taught at the Jamestown Grange, 6 West St., by BJ Whitehouse and his wife, Christine Ariel. Upcoming sessions are on Fridays, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. No previous experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes. Drop-ins are $10 per class. For more information, visit bwhitehouse2.wixsite.com or call 401-423-1574.

Arts Around the Fire

The new season of Arts and Cultural Alliance’s monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Salvation Café. Josh Short, founding artistic director of the Wilbury Group and director of the Providence Fringe Festival. No reservations needed. For more information or to become a member of the arts alliance, visit newportarts.org.

VFW Meeting

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5392 will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Post Headquarters on Shove Street in Tiverton. The main agenda item will be the election of a new trustee. After the meeting refreshments will be available. New members are welcome to join. Contact the Post at 401-624-2697 or the Post Adjutant Richard Urban at 508-672- 7588 for more information.

Mini Maker Faire

Share a project, tinker, and meet other makers at the free East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon-5p.m. Learn how to solder, play with robots and rocks, and tinker to your heart’s delight at this family-friendly Maker Faire organized by FabNewport and Tinker Bristol. Registration encouraged by Oct. 12 at Bit.ly/2cWB4H4.

Enjoy hands on access to a 3-D printer, electronic circuits and components, and talk to hundreds of community makers about their imaginative inventions. The Maker Faire features rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability projects, advanced manufacturing companies, alternative energy technology, bicycles, unique handmade crafts, and educational workshops and installations.

The Maker Faire is recommended for ages 5 and up. It will be held at the Florence Gray Center, 1 York St. For more information, call 401-439- 0160 or 401-441-7608.

Next Diabetes Support Group Meets Oct. 13

The next meeting of the diabetes support group is Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1-2 p.m. at the Edward King Senior Center, 35 King St., Newport. It is open to the public, and no appointment or referral is needed. The meeting is led by a certified diabetes educator who is either a nurse, dietitian or a pharmacist.

The group, sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, meets monthly, every second Thursday. For more information, call 401-682-2100 x1642.

Trees from Seed

Whether you’d like to plant native trees in your own yard, or help propagate seedlings to be planted in Newport’s parks and along our streets, your help is needed. Learn how to propagate, and become a Newport Arboretum Propagation Partner.

A three-class propagation seminar began with a seed collection day at Portsmouth’s Oakland Forest & Meadow Preserve.The second class will be Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Salve Regina and will discuss the life of a seed and the ways in which seeds stay dormant until conditions are right for germination. The final segment is planned for February. For tickets and to register, email newporttreesociety@gmail.com.

End of Life Discussion

A program that encourages people to talk about end of life issues with loved ones, family and/or friends will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Middletown Police Department at 7 p.m. The program, entitled The Conversation Project, does not ask participants to do anything now, just to think about what they would like to share. These conversations matter because 90 percent of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27 percent have actually done so; and 80 percent of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of their life, but only 7 percent report having had this conversation with their doctor. This program offers a step by step approach to begin the conversation.

The discussion will be presented by Joy Benson, the volunteer coordinator for Hospice at Visiting Nurses of Newport and Bristol Counties and is sponsored by the American Association of University Women. The event is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.

Newport Police Log

During the period from Sunday, Sept. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 2, the Newport Police Department responded to 471 calls. Of those, 134 were motor vehicle related; there were 107 motor vehicle violations issued and 27 accident reports.

Police responded to 6 noise complaints, 10 animal complaints, 15 home/business alarm calls, 6 calls of vandalism, and 1 suicide call. They transported 3 prisoners, made 1 private tow, assisted 7 other police depts. and 3 agencies. They also made 10 school security checks.

In addition, 16 arrests were made for the following violations:

2 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants

2 arrests were made for open container n

2 arrests were made for domestic simple assault

2 arrests were made for simple assault.

1 arrest was made for possession of narcotics.

1 arrest was made for disorderly conduct

1 arrest was made for public urination.

1 arrest was made for domestic cyberstalking/cyberharrasment.

1 arrest was made for driving with suspended or revoked license

1 arrest was made for felony assault.

1 arrest was made for DUI

1 arrest was made for holding a fugitive from justice.

For What It’s Worth

A local collector brought in a steel plate engraving of Judah Touro inquiring of its value. Familiar with this engraving, I knew that it was used from time to time in journals of The Bunker Hill Monument Association. Touro, a most generous citizen, donated $10,000 to help complete the building of the monument. This engraving, made in 1853 shortly before his death, has a value of between $75 and $150.

— Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques, 401-841-5060.

Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: drawrm@hotmail.com or 152 Spring St., Newport.

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