Year of the Dragon – Arts Pg. 9 Vol. 40, No. 3 BORN FREE THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 Vote on Toll Hike Delayed WHAT’S INSIDE By Meg O’Neil DINING OUT PG. 11 Table of Contents CALENDAR 12 CLASSIFIEDS 18 COMMUNITY BRIEFS 4-5 CROSSWORD 17 DINING OUT MAP 13 DINING OUT 11 EDITORIAL 6 NATURE 16 NAVY BRIEFS 8 FIRE/POLICE LOG 5 REALTY TRANSACTIONS 7 RECENT DEATHS 18 SUDOKU 17 SPORTS 20 www.Newport-Now.com Twitter.com/newportnow Facebook.com/newportnow Wonders of Technology Rogers student, Fiona Heaney (third from right) was awarded 5th place in the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo. for her work in Technical Computer Applications. (Photo courtesy of Monica Awde) Inset: Senior Yoni Corleto accesseshis AOIT website projectvia the classroom’s Smart Board technology. (Photo by Meg O’Neil) See Page 2 for Story Boston’s Gardner Addition has Newport Connection By Ross Sinclair Cann Newport and Boston have long shared a connection, both socially and architecturally. Rhode Island’s Boston, and more than three hundred years later, Rhode Island retion,” despite whatever sibling rivalries the two states have experienced over the years. It is good See TOLL HIKE on page 7 HDC Tackles Neglected Buildings By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – Members of the Newport’s Historic District Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to formally recommend that City Councilors begin the process of reviewing whether two historic properties have entered a state of demolition through owner neglect. The homes, located adjacent to one another at the corner of Spring and Mill streets, are owned by Providence-based DSM Realty Corp. The company’s principal, David Malkin, purchased the properties at 62 Mill St. and 166 Spring St. – along with two others at 219 Spring St. and 23 Sherman St. – from the estate of Ann Twomey following a series of municipal hearings on the condition of her portfolio of historic homes. While DSM Realty has successfully restored 23 Sherman St. and is currently in the process of rehabbing 219 Spring St., little has been done to either of the Mill and Spring street properties. Malkin was not present at the meeting and could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. In brief remarks, HDC Chairman John Shehan said that, personally, he believed the and then to see what is going worth the trip to Boston to see the new addition to the Gardner to the public Jan. 19. The Gardner Museum was built by Isabella Stewart Gardner in the Fenway of Boston to display her spectacular art collection. In 1903, she opened the grand house (which was built in the form of a Venetian Palazzo with a large open courtyard) and her priceless collection of art open to the public. When Mrs. Gardner died in 1924 she left an endowment to create a permanent museum fund, and the institution has continued the traditions that she established, including serving Champagne and freshly made donuts at parties. For the last ten years, plans have been underway to greatly expand the museum, keeping and restoring the original facility, Motorists’ E-ZPass charges will remain the same for now, as the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) opted to delay a vote on whether to raise tolls on the Newport Pell Bridge from $4 to $5 for drivers without an EZPass and those with an out-of-state EZPass, and to increase the toll for Rhode Island E-ZPass drivers from the current 83 cents to $1. The action item stalled at RITBA’s Board of Directors regular monthly meeting, held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. The item will be on the agenda at the board’s next meeting on Feb. 8. According to RITBA Chairman David A. Darlington, the increases are needed to fund the bonds being used to maintain the safety of Aquidneck Island’s bridges. Had it been held, the vote would have prompted RITBA to request Photo courtesy of Gardner Mus e um/N ic L e houx to handle functions that the original building could not accommodate. This building project was led by lifelong Newporter William Egan, who also resides in Boston and was chairman of the Gardner Building Committee. “My mother took me and my brother Jack and all my siblings there as children, and I fell in love with the place,” Egan said. “Many See MUSEUM on page 9 www.Newport-Now.com Free Local News Matters The new Renzo Piano wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photo by Ross Cann) See HDC on page 7 Newport-Now Right Now: Scan the QR (Quick Response) Code with your mobile phone’s barcode app to get instant access to our website, with updated local news.