2016-11-10 / Opinion


Shocker at Queen Anne Park

To the Editor:

I went to sit in Queen Anne Park on Sunday to listen to the music from the wandering musicians who play on the wall. My friend and I decided to use the public restroom in the Mary Street lot. It was in such filthy condition, I almost vomited when I got in the stall. I backed out and looked around for some paper towels to wipe my hands off and of course there were none – no soap either! I can't imagine a mother bringing a young child in there. No place was there a clean spot! It's disgusting and a poor reflection on a tourist city if we can't even offer a clean restroom. Whoever has the responsibility for that job should be fired. And it didn't just happen – the signs of neglect were everywhere.

Barbara Peters

Sunset Homers

To the Editor:

I would like to comment on Jonathan Chapman’s recent letter about the Newport Gulls playing at Cardines Field (“Nice Play by Florez,” Oct. 27).

The Newport Gulls are not the only baseball team to hit home runs in right field that hit homes. The Sunset League also uses Cardines Field, and so do the American Legion, Rogers High School, and college teams. The net was put up in the month of August during the Sunset League’s playoff game. I have seen home runs hit over the right field fence a lot. And why are there not nets up in left and center, as they hit home runs in left and center field as well?

From the Sunset League’s number one fan.

Joe Tremblay

Overdue Thanks

To the Editor:

A belated note to congratulate the committee on the fantastic Broadway Street Fair. We enjoyed it so much and it felt like a real neighborhood event. So many folks have told me what a great time they had. We are looking forward to next fall’s street fair.

A huge thank you to all who planned, helped, cleaned up, and worked so hard. Truly appreciated.

Penny and Barry Fitch

Thanks Extended to All

To the Editor:

The Newport Festa Italiana just completed another very successful year of celebrating Italian and Italian-American culture and there are so many reasons why this has been possible and so many people and organizations to thank. We have enjoyed outstanding success because of our very rich heritage of which we are immensely proud. At the same time, we recognize that there are many other cultures that contribute in remarkable ways to make our community such a wonderful place in which to live.

Still, we want to express our collective gratitude to some very special people and organizations for being so supportive: the R.I. State Senate (Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed & Sen. Louis Di Palma); R.I. House of Representatives (Rep. Marvin Abney); Sponsors (especially the John O. Pastore Family); Forum Lodge – Sons of Italy (especially Shirley Ripa, President); Edward King House (especially Carmela Geer); St. Joseph Church; City of Newport; Newport Tent Company; Minuteman Press; Seaside Garden Club; @ The Deck (Tom Abbruzzi); Newport Gulls and O’Brien’s Pub (Greg Fater); Stagecraft Audio (Frank Dwyer); Knights of Columbus; Newport Public Library; Columbus Day Parade participants and marshals; all vendors at Festival in the Park; and Sardella’s Restaurant. Very special thanks to Rogers High School Football Coach Frank Newsome and, Members of the Rogers Football Team for helping at Touro Park.

As is obvious, it takes a lot to make these things work. But, I would totally be out of order if I didn’t mention the tremendous work of the Newport Festa Italiana Committee itself, all of whom are volunteers and all of whom contributed mightily to make it all come together. Sometimes it’s glue and masking tape, but it is always the people who really care and come through. To them, I tip my hat and offer a most sincere thank you.

After 15 years of serving as chair of Newport Festa Italiana, I am stepping aside and handing the baton over to Diane McCaffrey and Sandra Flowers. I want to say how profoundly grateful I am to all those people and organizations who have been so very supportive of our efforts over the years. It has been a very enriching and rewarding experience for me.

Multi grazie.

J. Clement Cicilline
Chair, Newport Festa Italiana

Thanks for Broadway Fair

To the Editor:

The Broadway Merchants Association Fair turned out to be a delightful event. It was so kind of the volunteers to assist me in setting up and helping with breaking down before the raindrops increased. It was a fun day for all the merchants, vendors and attendees; we all are hoping that this becomes an annual event.

Marca Lewis

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