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What’s Inside

Second Council Workshop Sets a Vision By Meg O’Neil

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The near, sub-zero temperatures of the past week were enough to ice over the sea water of the inner harbor, as seen in this photo taken at Bowen’s Whart on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (Photo by Will Tuthill)

After a productive first meeting last week, City Council members convened in the Newport Police Station’s Conference Room on Monday for the second of four public workshops geared toward mapping out a cohesive vision and mission to guide the city over the next two years. With multiple buzz words like “inviting,” “diverse,” and “community,” abounding, the council finally agreed on the short and concise vision for Newport. Namely: “To be the most livable and welcoming city in New England.” Originally aiming to be the most livable and welcoming city in Rhode Island, the councilors agreed with Jeanne-Marie Napolitano when she said that, “[We] don’t want to compare to just Rhode Island. Let’s say the best in New England because there are only 39 towns in the state. That’s setting the bar too low” The strategic planning session lasted for two hours, with six mem-

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St. Clare Home Project Denied

Can We Build Pell… Smarter? By Tom Shevlin

By Tom Shevlin

When voters approved a $30 million bond to construct a new elementary school last November, the vote seemed to signal the end to years of debate and discussion about the future of the city’s public schools. And while true that the question of whether we build at all was settled, exactly what the new school would look like has yet to be decided. That may come as a surprise to school watchers, who over the past year have been given a glimpse of what the new Sen. Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School could look like, courtesy of preliminary renderings by Cambridge-based HMFH Architects. Proponents used the now familiar image of a brick T-shaped building with separate entrances for the upper and lower schools as a rallying point along with the phrase, “Let’s Build Pell.” Now, one group is saying, “Let’s build Pell smarter” On Sunday, a small group of Newport residents met in the board room of the Public Library to discuss the possibility of building a truly magnet school – one that would stress environmental sustainability and incorporate leading edge designs. The meeting was organized by Positively Newport Schools (PNS), a local nonprofit originally founded to “bring about public awareness regarding school needs.” James Asbel, an architect who

A proposal to expand the St. Clare Home was defeated on Monday, bringing an end to a nearly yearlong hearing process and dealing a serious blow to efforts to ensure the facility’s continued viability. In a split 3-2 decision, the city’s Zoning Board of Review ruled that while the project has merit, its size and scope was simply too much for the neighborhood. The decision throws into question the very future of the venerable downtown nursing home, which had argued that it needs to expand in order to remain in business. St. Clare Home has pledged to appeal the decision. “St. Clare Home is understandably deeply disappointed in the decision of the Zoning Board,” said Christopher Boyle, chairman of the St. Clare Home Advisory Board. “We are confident that based upon the uncontroverted evidence that constitutes the record, an objective review of this matter will warrant a reversal of tonight’s decision.” He continued, “Anything less than a reversal of this decision will result in the loss of a beloved and critical institution that has lovingly cared for the elderly and their families of our community for over 80 years. If this decision is left to stand, the community has to know, St. Clare will close.” The decision by the board came after nearly 10 months of testimony, and was not without controversy.

ran unsuccessfully for School Committee last year and one of the co-founders of PNS, led the discussion about ways the city could move forward to not only build a new school, but one that could be heralded as a model of green design. As an architect, Asbel says it’s imperative to ask questions and seek out answers. Over several iterations, he said that he has come to the conclusion that there’s no reason why Newport can not only build a greener school, but a more affordable one, and one that could serve as a model to other communities.

Plans are Plans

Pat Kelley is the chairman of the Newport School Committee and the former head of the ad hoc building committee, which had worked for the last four years to come up with a proposal that would be acceptable to the state and palatable to voters. That plan came to form in only the last 12 months. As voters are likely aware, the plan calls for replacing the Sullivan School on Dexter Street in the

Renderings of an alternative design for the new Pell School have been offered by architect James Asbel

city’s North End with a K-4 facility spanning roughly 100,000-square feet. Once built, it would be one of the largest elementary schools in the state, and its proximity to the border with Middletown could position it well, to capitalize on efforts to regionalize the island’s school system. Preliminary plans detail a steelconstructed building with brick facade, large flat roof, and an auditorium and cafeteria at the rear of the building. Its footprint would form a rough T-shape design, with two distinct wings designed to create two distinct learning environments for older and younger students. A parking lot across the street would help accommodate the expanded facility. In addition, the architects for the project, HMFH Architects, have pledged to incorporate environmentally-friendly design elements like

roofing material that’s more reflective to reduce the building’s heat absorption, as well as geothermal and stormwater control elements. According to Kelley, the ad hoc committee worked diligently with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to ensure that the project is environmentally friendly. But could Newport be doing more? More in the way of green design? More to encourage a productive learning environment? More to provide the community with an end product they can truly be proud of? According to a RIDE spokesperson, while the state has approved the city’s preliminary design, there’s still time for a new plan to be submitted. Whatever

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National Recognition Boosts Rum Sales The success of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe episode, featuring the Newport Distillery and their Thomas Tew Rum that premiered nationally two weeks ago, has made a huge difference in sales at local liquor stores. Vicker’s Liquors on Bellevue Avenue was selling about six bottles of Thomas Tew Rum a week on average before the episode appeared on TV. Since airing, they have sold more than 300 bottles in two weeks. Rob Vicker’s, co-owner of Vickers’ Liquors in Newport commented on the sales saying, “We knew the show would boost Thomas Tew sales a little, but the show really caught people’s attention. We’ve probably sold as much of it in the last few weeks as in the last few years.” The Distillery and Brewery Visitors Center, located at 293 JT Connell Hwy., is hopping with guests who learned about it from seeing the show–some have traveled from as far as Texas. “Someone emailed from Alaska asking when would be a good time of year to visit the distillery,” adds Laura Blackwell of the Newport Distilling Company. “I guess people really like Mike Rowe.” Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum is sold only in Rhode Island. Hopefully, the publicity from its hour of fame on Dirty Jobs will draw more tourists to the Ocean State in months to come.

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Captain Voboril, CO Naval Station Newport, Past Navy League Council President Mike Slein, Current President Anne Huot, and RADM-Ret. Joe Strasser, member of the Council Board of Directors. The Commanding Officer of Naval Station Newport, Captain Joe Voboril, USN, updated the Newport County Council of the Navy League on the status of the Naval Station at a recent Board of Director’s meeting. Present for the update were members of the Board of Directors and several additional Navy League members including representatives of two community affiliate members; The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and Webster Bank. Captain Voboril noted that: the naval station’s yearly economic impact on Rhode Island exceeds 2 billion dollars; more than 221 million dollars has been spent on construction of new or updated facilities on the

base; and that the student throughput now exceeds 17,000 students yearly. The Navy is also looking at the use of renewable energy on the base with a goal of reducing the cost of energy by 30 percent. Upcoming Navy League events include a “Welcome Luncheon” for international students and their families from the Naval Staff College on Jan. 28 at the Best Western Mainstay. This luncheon will be cohosted with the Newport Lions Club. The annual recognition dinner for the Newport area Junior and Senior enlisted sailors of the year will be held on Feb. 16 at the Best Western Mainstay. It will be co-hosted by the Middletown Rotary Club.

The Navy League of the United States is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating our citizens about the importance of sea power to the US National Security and supporting the men and women of the sea services and their families. Membership is open to all except those serving on active duty. For more information on council activities or membership please contact council president, Anne Huot at 847-9992, email: president@newportnavyleague.us or membership chair, Richard Ryan at 401-996-8086, email: membership@newportnavyleague.us or visit the council’s website, www. newportnavyleague.us.


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Cloverleigh Condo Conversion Approved By Tom Shevlin A proposal to convert Cloverleigh, an historic 9,656-square-foot manse at the corner of Catherine and Ayrault streets into five separate condominiums received unanimous support by the city’s Zoning Board of Review on Monday.  An application on file with the city specifies that the property would be parsed into five separate single-family units, with parking expanded from the current two spaces to 13. A nearly identical proposal was approved in 2005 by the city’s Planning Board, and reaffirmed last week. Plans to move forward with the earlier project, however, never materialized. And since then, the building has been sold twice – most recently to the current applicant. Built in 1863-1864  by George Champlin Mason for Colonel Henry Ledyard, a former mayor of Detroit and one of the founders of Newport Hospital, Cloverleigh is considered an important residential structure. Its location at 44 Catherine St. places it adjacent to other notable properties, including Ayrault House, a grand single-family home at 45 Catherine St., and the Richardson-Blatchford House, at 37 Catherine St., which today is used as a multi-family.

According to the 2005 Planning Board decision, converting Cloverleigh into a multi-family dwelling falls well within the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. “There is a well-established pattern of larger properties in the neighborhood and in comparable districts in the City being successfully converted to multifamily dwelling units as condominiums,” the Board wrote. In order to complete the conversion, the application indicates that six new bathrooms and four new kitchens would need to be added, along with wall per the design. The application also indicates that both the electrical and plumbing systems need to be modified along with minor cosmetic repairs and new landscaping to accommodate the proposed increase in parking spaces which would be required. Meanwhile, a petition to expand the bathhouse facilities at Gooseberry Beach was continued until the board’s Feb. 28 meeting. In other business, the board: n  Approved a petition for Genie’s Hookah Lounge n  Approved a petition for improvements to 4 Anthony Pl. n  Approved a petition for a special use permit to demolish an existing mudroom and construct a new family room at 101 Kay St.

n  Approved an application to construct a deck and pool at 54 Brenton Rd. n  Approved an application to construct a first floor kitchen and second floor study at 77 Middleton Ave. n  Approved an application for a special use permit to convert an existing retail space into an ice cream shop at 26 Broadway. n  Approved an application for a special use permit to convert an existing retail space into a frozen yogurt shop at 217 Goddard Row. n  Approved an application for a special use permit to construct a third-floor deck at 421-423 Thames St. n  Approved an application for a special use permit to convert the second floor space at 282 Thames St. into a coffee shop n  Approved an application for a special use permit to construct a new outdoor patio and second floor addition at 140 Broadway. n  Approved an application for the property at 126 Second St. to construct two decks – one on the second floor and one on the first floor – with the condition that a 6-foot tall privacy screen be installed the length of the secondfloor deck.

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Councilors Want Efficiency Review By Tom Shevlin Seeking to continue an ongoing review of efficiencies within City Hall, a pair of city councilors are asking the administration to conduct a review of the Department of Planning, Zoning, Development and Inspections. In a resolution appearing on the council’s Jan. 26 docket, Third Ward Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard and Mayor Stephen C. Waluk write that the review is needed as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to “create a User-Friendly Environment related to city services.” Likening the city to a business, Leonard said on Wednesday that she was hoping to continue an intra-administration evaluation process begun by City Manager Edward F. Lavallee several years ago. That process led to the division of the city’s public works department into two separate units, the Department of Public Utilities, which is responsible for water and sewer matters, and the Department of Public Services, which handles issues related to roads, sidewalks and trash services. “Every business looks back on

their organization,” Leonard said. “The goal, in business, is always how that business can be improved.” Paige Bronk, who oversees the department said that he welcomes the review. “We think that our department is pretty efficient,” he said, “but if additional efficiencies can be found, I actually believe that’s something we desire.” For a relatively small department, PZDI carries with it a broad range of responsibilities. According to the city’s Website, the department serves as a one-stop shop for land development review and regulations for building, housing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, zoning, subdivisions, site plans and development proposals within the City of Newport. Five critical review boards including the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Review, Historic District Commission, Building Code Appeals Board and the Critical Area Review Board also fall under the department’s auspices. In addition, it handles functions of community development such as issuing small business loans, Community Development Block Grants and guiding large scale re-

development projects such as the North End and Chafee Boulevard from concept to completion. And while dealing with such an encompassing entity can sometimes be confusing to residents, Bronk said his staff is readily available to help individual construction or renovation projects move forward. “It’s in our interest to have things move along quickly,” he said. At least one division of the department has already been the focus of a recent streamlining effort. Last year, the city complete a yearslong effort to revise and refine the operations of the HDC by amending the governing historic district ordinance. The review sought to streamline the HDC process by giving more authority to the Historic Planner position and providing members more leeway in dealing with simple repairs. The administration is being asked to report back on its findings for streamlining the department’s overall functions within 60 days. Councilors were expected to move forward formally on the matter at their Jan. 26 meeting.

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NEWS BRIEFS Donate A Book The Newport County East Bay branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at Child & Family on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Members are collecting children’s books for the Afghan Child Project. The public is welcome and encouraged to bring a book, new or used. Refreshments will be served. Call 683-1950 for more information

Gold Medal Laughs The opening match of 2011 “Season of Laughletics� will be held at the Firehouse Theater on Saturday night Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. The competition immediately follows the regular Saturday night comedy show which starts at 8 p.m. The Bit Players, a comedy improv troupe who perform regularly at the Firehouse Theater will be competing against a select all-star comedy group composed of “laughletes� from all over New England. A large electronic scoreboard records the applause and tallies the results. Ticket price for the Laughletics event is $10. Those audience members who attend the 8 p.m. comedy show pay only $5 for the Laughletics event. Reservations are required. For additional information contact the Firehouse Theater at 849-FIRE. Keep up to date at www.firehousetheater.org

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Newport Elementary School Teacher Dale Blaess joined U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) as his guest for the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Blaess teaches kindergarten at Underwood Elementary School. She was recently recognized for her outstanding teaching abilities with the Milken Family Foundation Award. She was also recently honored for being Newport’s Teacher of the Year. In a letter invitation asking Blaess to join him at the State of the Union address, Cicilline said, “I am proud of your service to the State of Rhode Island and to the children whose lives you shape each day. There is no responsibility more important than providing our young people with the best education we can to compete and succeed in the global economy, and that begins with an excellent teacher. Our students are competing with children not just from neighboring cities and towns but from China, Japan, India and the world. Cicilline continued in his invitation to Blaess, “The work for which you have committed your life, and the ways in which you continue to be such a positive influence within your professional community and among those you serve is truly remarkable.�

Area high school students are invited to come meet the professionals and tour the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center. Speakers will include; Janie Herrema, ATC Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, Christina Savoie, Kinesiologist, Cindy Millard, Registered Dietician and LCDR Ron Citro, Dentist . Explore each career and hear about the rewards of working in the wellness industry. Tour the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Facility to see what working in the wellness field is like. Newport Hospital, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Contact your School to Career Coordinator for more information.

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Great Decisions Kickoff Rescheduled

Members of all Aquidneck Island Communities are welcome to attend the Middletown Historical Society meeting on the first Saturday of every month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Paradise School, located on the corners of Prospect and Paradise Ave. in Middletown. For more information, contact Denise D’Amico at 842-0551

The Council for International Visitors will be rescheduling the Great Decisions Seminar Series kickoff. The reception, cancelled on Jan. 26 because of potentially bad weather, will be held at a later date. The first of the eight topics to be discussed will be “The Horn of Africa� on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Newport Public Library. For more information call 847-9992 or 847-5196.

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Art conservation professional Alex Allardt, founder of Newportbased ArtCare Resources, will climb a 35-foot high temporary scaffolding, erected inside Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St. and spend the next two weeks conducting a technically sophisticated assessment of the water-damaged murals that adorn the walls of the chancel surrounding the high altar. Painted by the noted artist Robert Wade and dedicated in 1921, the murals surround worshipers at the altar rail with vivid portrayals of biblical and historical figures and allegorical scenes. Ms. Allardt’s findings will form the basis of a long-range plan to repair, restore and conserve the murals for generations to come.

Plan Ahead for Winter Break The City of Newport Recreation Department announces they are now accepting registrations for the Winter Vacation Camp at The Hut during the winter school break Feb. 21- 25. Camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Boys and girls in grades 1 – 5th are eligible to attend. Fun-filled activities, games, and field trips. Children need to bring a bagged lunch each day. The cost per child, is $95 (which includes all field trips and activities.) Limited registration. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.cityofnewport.com under the current news or Recreation Department. You can also stop by the office to register at 35 Golden Hill St.

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Dear Federico, We purchased this teapot at a church fundraiser a number of years ago. It is small and doesn’t hold much tea. It says on the bottom: “C.M. Golfe-Juan� How old is it and what is it worth. — Brad F.

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The Lure of the Far East Lecture Series “All the Tea‌â€? a lecture about Chinese luxury goods for New England, will be presented by Karina Corrigan on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Elms. She is an H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. This lecture will provide a broad overview of the role of the China Trade in New England and examine its impact on many great fortunes and the collecting tastes of prominent merchant families. Admission for Preservation Society non-members is $5, members are free. Advance registration requested, online at www.NewportMansions.org, or call 847-1000 ext. 154.

Flu Season Peaking Achoo! Increased flu activity has been reported in several areas of the country by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Prime flu season does not usually hit the Northeast until February. Plenty of flu vaccine is available to the public through Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties. Every Monday and Wednesday between 2:30 - 4 p.m. and every Tuesday and Friday between 10 a.m. - 12 noon, anyone aged 18 and older can get a flu shot from a registered nurse at the VNS Wellness Room located at 21 Chapel Street, Newport. VNS of Newport and Bristol Counties accepts most insurances in payment. Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or loose clothing. Persons who are allergic to eggs cannot receive the flu shot. For more information, 682-2100, ext. 470.

Energy Improvement Allied Marine Comes to Town Seminar Are you planning an alternative energy installation or an energy efficiency upgrade? If so, come learn about grants, loans and local opportunities. The “Small Business Funding Opportunities for Alternative Energy & Energy Efficiency Projects� will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the Middletown Town Hall, 350 E. Main Rd. Three key presenters including, Ronald M. Wolanski, AICP, Director of Planning & Development, Town of Middletown, Charles Dubuc, REAP Coordinator (Rural Energy for America Program) of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development , and Karina Lutz, Deputy Director, People’s Power & Light will help you learn what you need to know about alternative energy upgrades. Register at www.newportchamber.com

As the primary distributor for the Ferretti Group yacht brands in North America, Allied Marine has recently expanded its operations in the Northeast with the opening of a new office in Newport. Allied Marine in Newport will actively represent a selection of the group’s most exclusive brands including Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Mochi Craft and CRN throughout Rhode Island, Mass. and Conn. in addition to offering brokerage vessels. The Newport office will operate in concert with the Allied Marine office in Sag Harbor that primarily supports New York and Long Island. Jim Mattingly has been appointed as Sales Manager to spearhead Allied Marine’s Newport location. With evidence of nearly 40 years in the industry, he brings a spectrum of expertise to the Allied organization. . More announcements will soon be available on www.alliedmarine.com.


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Volunteer Training Volunteers welcomed at the Newport Boy’s & Girl’s Club to help with homework, inspire budding artists in the art room, play games in the gym or game room or help coach the swim team or basketball teams. Upcoming volunteer orientations are Tues., Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 2 11a.m.

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n Assembly approves funding for unemployment benefits call center The General Assembly approved legislation to earmark $1.9 million in available federal money to help the Department of Labor and Training to ensure continued staffing at the unemployment call center, which has faced high demand under the weight of the state’s 11.6percent unemployment rate. The bill was sponsored by the chairmen of the House and Senate finance committees, Rep. Helio Melo (DDist. 64, East Providence) and Sen. Daniel Da Ponte (D-Dist. 14, East Providence, Pawtucket). n  Walsh submits bill to reduce small-business tax burden Rep. Donna M. Walsh introduced legislation (2011-H 5060) to eliminate the minimum corporate tax – currently set at $500 – for companies that gross less than $250,000 annually, and institute a graduated tax system based on gross receipts. Under the plan, 56 percent of businesses in Rhode Island would no longer have to pay the tax, and another 22 percent would pay less. n  DaSilva calls for harsher penalties for murder of state, local elected officials

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The Rec Reunion Association will be holding their “Sweetheart Jam� on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 3-7 p.m. at the Fenner Hall Club, 15 Fenner Ave., Newport . Tickets are $10 For tickets and information contact Cynthia Robinson at 520-370-8262 or clois44@cox.net.

The Friends of the Jamestown Library and the Jamestown Historical Society are pleased to present a showing of the film “Traces of the Trade� followed by a discussion with filmmaker Elizabeth DeludeDix on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7p.m. This program is the opening program of the Jamestown Historical Society’s community-wide series on “Jamestown and the Silver Screen,� and marks the first time this film has been shown on Jamestown.

n  Edwards bill would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) has reintroduced legislation to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill (2011-H 5031), which he first introduced last year, would call for civil fines of $150 per occurrence for those who possess small amounts of the drug. Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Warwick) plans to introduce similar legislation in the Senate.

In the wake of several recent attacks on elected officials across the country, Rep. Roberto DaSilva (D-Dist. 63, East Providence, Pawtucket) is calling for harsher punishments for those convicted of murdering a state or municipal elected official. Under his bill (2011-H 5033), the first-degree murder of a state or municipal elected official would be included as an offense punishable by mandatory life imprisonment without parole.

n  Felag, Gallison introduce legislation to ban tolls on bridges Bills introduced by Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren) and Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) to prevent tolls on bridges connecting East Bay communities. The bills would prevent tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge. n  Bill introduced to create ‘Re-

turn to Work’ program Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation to establish a “Return to Work� program that will allow those receiving unemployment compensation to continue to collect benefits while they are involved in an approved training program with a Rhode Island employer.

n  Senate committee continues hearings on state’s homelessness problem The Senate Committee on Housing and Municipal Government held the second in a series of planned hearings on the homelessness crisis in RI. Representatives of United Way, Crossroads and Amos House were among those who testified before the committee, chaired by Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield). n  Bill introduced to reinstate executive order on illegal immigrants Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) and Rep. Joseph A. Trillo (R-Dist. 24, Warwick) introduced legislation to restore some of the tenets of the “Illegal Immigration Control Order,� an executive order that was instituted by former Gov. Donald Carcieri and rescinded by newly-elected Gov. Lincoln Chafee. The bill would require the Department of Administration to order the Executive Department to utilize the E-Verify program for new state hires and by entities doing business with state departments.

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The Friends of the Pickens is screening “Dr. Zhivago� on Sunday, Jan. 30 with the doors to The Jane Pickens Theater opening at 6 p.m. The spectacular David Lean film stars Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alex Guinness, Ralph Richardson and Omar Sharif as Zhivago. Tickets to this fundraiser are $20 each and will be available at the door or online at: www. friendsjpt.org. There will be complimentary cocktails and door prizes. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. and should be over by 10 p.m. Pickens fans should also save the date for the Academy Awards Night at the Pickens Feb. 27. This gala includes Red Carpet, entertainment, food and fun! The Awards will be broadcast live on the big screen. The Newport Film Commission is a City of Newport Commission. For more information you can visit their Web site or on Facebook: Newport Film Commission. Questions can be sent to newportrifilm@hotmail. com

The Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation was recently awarded a $100,000 grant to continue the restoration of the Fort Hamilton barracks on Rose Island . This grant was awarded by the van Buren Charitable Foundation to assist in the manufacturing and installation of 19 windows and 9 doors on the historic structure. The barracks building, built in 1798, is considered one of the best examples of first system forts left in America. David McCurdy, the Executive Director of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, looks forward to beginning the second phase of the Fort Hamilton Restoration Project. In 2007 they completed the first phase of the restoration with the construction of a new roof and two chimneys. Phase II of the restoration process includes manufacturing and installing new windows and doors throughout the 211 foot -long barracks building. Masonry repairs will also be a big part of the project as historic chimneys have been bricked over and a great deal of the exterior masonry needs attention. Once completed the Fort Hamilton Barracks will be utilized in several different ways. The east and west ends of the building will be used for overnight stays. A museum will also be constructed in a central chamber. This museum will help educate the more than 7,000 island visitors annually about the surrounding island and the historical uses of the island. Upon completion of the second and final phase of this project they will have preserved this historically significant building for future generations to enjoy.

Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/ n  Legislation introduced to toughen drunk-driving laws Legislation has been introduced in the Senate to amend and toughen a number of drunk-driving laws and their penalties, including increasing penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test, making drunk-driving convictions apply for 10 years for repeat offenders and sending drunk-driving and refusal cases to the District Court. The bill (2011-S 0028) was introduced by Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield).

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sponded to 254 calls. Of that, 87 were motor vehicle related; there were 67 motor vehicle violations issued and 20 accidents. The police also responded to 5 separate incidents of vandalism, 5 animal complaints, 5 noise complaints and 7 home/business alarm calls. In addition, 32 arrests were made for the following violations: n  Four arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n  Three arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n  Fourteen arrests were made for drug manufacturing/possession, with intent to deliver. n  One arrest was made for domestic simple assault. n  One arrest was made for animal restraint. n  One arrest was made for illegal possession of weapons. n  Seven arrests were made for alcohol possession by minor. n  One arrest was made for driving with a revoked license.

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OPINION EDITORIAL Let’s Be Civil

Shortly after the tragedy in Tuscon, which claimed the lives of six people and nearly that of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the national media turned their attention toward the lack of civility in our political discourse. Building a narrative that the shooter had been incited into violence by what he had heard over the radio and on TV, cable news channels churned out talking heads to drive the point home that we, as a nation, were somehow losing our civility. By now it should be clear that despite the (premature) contentions of local officials, incivility had little if anything to do with the shooter’s crime. But that shouldn’t stop us from striving for the better. Over the last two weeks, our own City Council has done a laudable job in setting a new tone for the city during their recent strategy sessions. In this week’s issue, we turn to the schools and highlight the efforts of a small group of residents who are hoping to begin a discussion about how we, as a community, can come together to ensure that the new Sen. Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School is a facility that would make its namesake proud. We hope that the ensuing discussion will be as productive and civil as possible. We are, after all, building a school for our children. What better time to set a good example? When it comes to the St. Clare Home, it was hard not to note how torn Zoning Board members were in their decision to deny the nursing home’s expansion. After we first reported the story on Monday evening on Newport-Now.com, a string of comments began to flood in. Tempers were clearly running high, and we seemed for a moment to lose some our civility. Just as we urge our elected officials to conduct themselves with a level of respect when conducting city business, we ask that our online commentators do the same. Newport This Week has a long history in the community, and we’re happy to be Newport’s community weekly. We know that sometimes we make mistakes – and be sure that we live with a heavy dose of humility. But we also know that this community is forgiving. And though we are free to disagree, we humbly ask that we attempt to do so without being disagreeable. If we can take anything away from the Tuscon shooting, perhaps it’s that it takes a certain level of courage to speak out publicly on an issue or to serve in public office. Whether you’re a parent concerned about the new Pell school or a son or daughter now charged with the care of your mother or father, as in the case of the residents of the St. Clare Home, there are some critical decisions being made at City Hall. We hope that more people will become engaged in the process. Meanwhile, we’ll do our best to report on the issues fairly and without sensationalizing them.

Upcoming Municipal Meetings NEWPORT Boards/Commissions Meeting, Affirmative Action, Jan 27 at 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Conference Room

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Economic / Gay Mirage To the Editor, On 01/20/2011 Newport This Week published an article concerning both; 1.) “Gay Marriage”, intertwined with; 2.) “The R.I. “Economy” by Governor Lincoln Chafee’s recent proclamations and those similarly expressed by “MERI” (Marriage Equality Rhode Island)–who both appear confusedly focused, combining two separate issues that also appears to be supported by this Newspaper’s seeming farleft ownership. Although I am a registered ‘independent’, I did not vote for Chafee and believe as others who say Rhode Island needs a new law which requires a further run-off vote to decide a majority vote of the two highest vote receivers, to wisely elect the Governor. When voters elect a son of a previous politician like our current agnatic Lincoln Chafee, R.I. State becomes a patriarchal, geneticonly-formulated, celebrity-styled

dynasty. Chafee’s offbeat hopes include his hell bent promotions of his own gauche State of a Gay Mirage and his old fashioned, R.I. clannish worship of tainted money! Since I am also not a Christian, but an Agnostic, I cannot entirely side with the Christian Biblical community who I feel has lost its spirituality in favor of only its vacillating style of Religiosity, and who Jesus himself stated to his disciples; “Go not unto the Gentiles, for I have come for the Israelites only”, yet I do see homosexuality as unnatural, unwholesome and detrimental to the health and proactive balance of our state community life when out of its various closets and made more legal than is useful to their own minority or our heterosexual majority. I’ll note with a quote of an unnamed author in a debate originated at Harvard University where it was stated: “Christianity started in the Middle East as a fellow-

ship; it then moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved again to Italy and became an institution; it further moved to all of Europe and became a culture; it finally came to America and became an enterprise, and when a fellowship changes into an enterprise, it becomes a prostitute” I fully agree with the above Harvard quote and if correct, it makes Chafee, Fox and Cicilline nothing less than just “sexuality and/or enterprise” oriented as politico pimps! It’s way-past time that all common Rhode Islanders get wholesomely mature and intellectually reeducate its complacently sheepish voting followers into useful citizens. “Freedom and Equality” is measured and/or granted to American citizens within a pure combination of spiritual and mental human circumstances as discerned through wisdom! William Gramitt Newport

MIDDLETOWN Middletown Tree Commission, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Middletown Technical Review Committee, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. Middletown Town Council, Jan. 31 at 6p.m. Please note that some meetings scheduled after press time may not appear above. For the latest upcoming meeting schedules visit SOS. RI.Gov, or visit Newport-Now.com.

Lynne Tungett, Publisher & Editor Tom Shevlin, Associate Publisher & News Editor Letters Policy Newport This Week encourages all citizens to comment publicly on the events and times in which we live. We will print any letter sent to us, adhering to guidelines for taste, accuracy, fairness, and public interest. Letters must be signed by the author and must include a telephone number and street address. Letters are limited to 500 words. Direct letters to: Newport This Week, 86 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Letters may also be sent via email to newsl@newportthisweek.net, Attention: Editorial. Corrections: We adhere to the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethical responsibility. If you feel we have not met those standards, please notify us.

Gaming Industry Good Source for Future Careers To the Editor, I agree with the recent selection of Keith Stokes as the head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. From 1900 to 1910, Rhode Island saw the biggest boom in its population, with an increase of almost 27 percent. That makes the increase of the 2010 census a century later, look like a rounding error. The source of the growth was that 33 percent of Rhode islanders had been born in a foreign country. They poured into the textile mills and other factories as the industrial revolution begun in Pawtucket a century earlier, chugged on. Rhode Island needs another economic engine similar to the industrial revolution. I feel, the Gaming industry is a prime candidate for such an engine. Games such as Black Ops have sold more than $650 million worldwide, in its first five days, with an

estimated 16 million copies of the game sold and generating more than 600 million hours of online game play. More people play the game every day than watch Leno, Letterman and Jimmy Fallon combined. Zynga Nation, the virtual world invented in 2007 as a place where PC users could gather on social networks and play casual games at their leisure, boasts more than 225 million active members a month. The Gaming Market is huge and the Job Opportunities are vast. At a recent gaming career seminar of the Newport County Mentor/ Co-Op Group. Students from the entire county flocked to listen to the presentations and understand the number of career offerings. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation under Keith Stokes leadership provided a financial Guarantee to entice Kurt Shillings group, 38 studios to

Rhode Island. While this decision may be controversial, it was a decision made to help enhance the job opportunities in Rhode Island. A visionary decision. The numbers of job openings listed on the web site of 38 studios are numerous and the potential company growth can be huge, these factors confirm that this was an excellent decision. Congratulations to Keith Stokes on his recent selection as head of the Head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. I feel that we need to continue to pursue the Gaming Industry segment as source of future careers for our students, an obvious candidate for the much needed economic engine of the next millennium for Rhode Island. Chris Semonelli Middletown Town Councilor


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Several board members were clearly of two minds about the decision. Ultimately, however, a majority cited strict adherence to the city’s zoning ordinance in their decision to deny the application. Zoning Board Chairwoman Rebecca McSweeney described the decision as the hardest she has had to make during her tenure on the board. Indeed, several board members found themselves torn between following the letter of the zoning code and recognizing the importance St. Clare’s plays in the community. After writing out her decision in favor of the project, McSweeney ultimately relented. “It was like fitting a square peg into a round hole,” she said. “It’s just a very large facility for the area.” McSweeney was joined in her concerns by fellow Board members Martin Cohen and Elizabeth Minifie. Board members Michael Martin and Marvin Abney voted in favor of the project. Even opponents of the plan expressed their desire to see the St. Clare Home succeed. “This is not a victory,” said Robert Loebecker, an abutter and primary opponent to the project. It wasn’t the use of the facility that Loebecker had objected to, but rather the size of the building, he said. Zoning Officer Guy Weston explained, for the benefit of the audience, the process by which the Board would be voting, and several conditions the applicant would need to meet if it won approval. He also noted that under the rules of the Zoning Board of Review, as put forth by the State of Rhode Island, at least four of the five members voting are needed for the application’s passage. Plans had called for a significantly expanded facility with a 60-bed nursing facility and an additional 40-units of assisted living. The expansion is needed, say proponents, in order to ensure the continued financial viability of the organization, which according to documents on file with the city, has been running a deficit since 1996. Had it been approved, the project would push the facility out behind the existing facade of the building, closer to Dennison and Brewer streets, which border the property to the south and north, and increase the size of the building from a current 19,000-squarefoot building, to more than 30,000square-feet. Parking would also be expanded, from 24 designated spaces to 107. A pair of homes on Dennison would also have to be demolished, including one that served as the home of former Australian America’s Cup skipper John Bertrand. The application also originally sought permission for a 25-person day care facility at the Garrettson building on Spring Street, but that plan was scrapped in order

to accommodate the concerns of neighbors. Those concerns were articulated in a filing submitted on Dec. 22 by Kevin Hagan, an attorney for objectors Loebecker and Herbert Motz. In that filing, Hagan asserted that the St. Clare Home’s petition should be denied on a number of grounds. To begin, he claimed that the project does not comply with the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and specifically, that an assisted living facility is not allowed for in the residential R-10 zone. Hagan also argued that the facility would result in more traffic in an already congested area, cause shadowing on neighboring properties, and conflict with the historic single family homes that make up the Yachting Village neighborhood. On several points, the board agreed. Zoning Board member Cohen explained his decision to vote against the project against the backdrop of the city’s zoning code. He began by dismissing an argument made by proponents which claimed that traffic patterns would not be negatively impacted by the expansion. Expressing concern around an underground parking facility and the impact it would have on traffic flow, Cohen stressed that the board’s decisions should only be predicated on what is outlined in the city’s zoning ordinance. To that end, he cited a provision which clearly states that approval should not be based primarily on economic concerns, but rather, on how the project complies with code. It was evident, he said, that the decision to expand the facility, “is very much economic in nature.” He went on to consider whether the project would be injurious to the neighborhood – another standard by which the board is asked to base their decision. Cohen said that the structure would “overwhelm the neighborhood” and in that respect, would indeed be injurious to the area. Still, he added, “I would like to see the St. Clare Home continue operation,” but he said he couldn’t bring himself beyond the simple fact that the present application is not consistent with current zoning ordinances. Fellow board member Minifie agreed. She began by saying, “This is not an emotional decision.” Rather, like Cohen, she said it’s a matter of whether the current plan falls within the regulations on the books. Over the course of the hearing process, proponents argued that the project would be similar in size and scale to another building located just across the street: the Newport Public Library. But Minifie said that unlike St. Clare’s, the library is surrounded by green space. The St. Clare Project, she said, would take away air and sunlight from the surrounding prop-

erties, and was bound to increase congestion in the neighborhood. McSweeney cast the third vote denying the application. It was a decision she had only reached hours before. “I know that the residents [at St. Clare] are hoping for improvements to the facility,” she said, adding, “I think this is an excellent project. But not on this site.” Hoping that the applicants can configure a smaller version of the project, McSweeney acknowledged, “Who would say that an extension of an undisputedly good” mission would be bad for the community?” “On the other hand,” she said. “How can the Zoning Board approve something that would have “an undisputedly negative impact” on the surrounding neighborhood. “I didn’t see any figures that would show that it really would be financially unviable to have a lesser facility,” she said. Nor did she see any figures that showed there was demand for an assisted living facility. While she does find that the use does fit with the surrounding area, she said that the hardship facing the applicant is insufficient to justify approval of the project. “I believe there are other opportunities that would be more harmonious to the neighborhood,” she said. Board member Mike Martin, however disagreed. And while he had previously held serious concerns with the project’s encroachment towards Brewer Street, those issues were addressed in amendments to the design submitted last fall, he said. Meanwhile, a proposal to construct a two-story parking garage on the property did still give him pause. The excavation alone, Martin said, would pose a serious harm to the neighborhood, and asked that the below-grade level feature be reconsidered. Overall, Martin believes Newport needs St. Clare. Citing the proximity of community amenities such as the library and Edward King House, as well as the accessibility to public transit, he concluded, “St. Clare has been a part of this community for a long time. This neighborhood is St. Clare’s and St. Clare is this neighborhood.” Marvin Abney shared Martin’s belief that the application’s merit can be found in the service it provides. Although parking, traffic, noise, and the aesthetic of the neighborhood are all important quality of life issues, he said, that on the other hand, “the petition applies to a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the elderly in our community.” The city’s Planning Board had approved the project in March of last year, finding it in compliance with the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

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Is the USS Kennedy Bound WELLNESS for Newport County? The Battle of the Bulge

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Congratulations to Officer Candidate School Class 0511. Sixty-four ensigns will be commissioned on Friday, Jan. 28, after completing an academically and physically rigorous 12-week program to prepare them for service as naval officers. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall at Officer Training Command Newport. The guest speaker will be CAPT James Davis, SC, Commanding Officer, Navy Supply Corps School. For more information, call 841-1171.

Naval Aviation Centennial Exhibit

The decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (above), could be headed to Newport County as a museum after Portland, Maine passed on an option to utilize the carrier, this week.

Naval War College Museum recently opened its latest exhibit, A Century of Naval Aviation. The display, which runs until June, highlights Rhode Island’s contributions to naval aviation with pictures and artifacts. The NWC Museum is free and open to the public. Visitors without a DoD decal/ID card should request access by calling 841-2101 at least one working day prior to visit.

In an apparent boost to a Rhode Island group’s campaign to construct a naval museum along with western shore of Aquidneck Island, City councilors in Maine on Wednesday refused to endorse a proposed site to berth the USS John F. Kennedy, effectively bringing to an end a year-long effort by a nonprofit to bring the decommissioned aircraft carrier to Portland. According to the Press Herald, the council voted 9-0 against endorsing the site, citing concern over the ability to raise the roughly $5 million needed to bring the project to fruition. That seems to leave an effort by the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame as the only remaining bid for the carrier. According to the group’s website, the USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier Project seeks to create a selfsufficient heritage and technology park in Narragansett Bay, complete with museum, special events space, and educational facility. Though no firm plans are in place, the likely home for the carrier

Comedy at the Officers’ Club The Winter Comedy Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Topside Lounge at the Officers’ Club. Comedians Kelly MacFarland and Patty Ross will perform. MacFarland has appeared on The Today Show, The View and as a contestant on the hit reality show, The Biggest Loser. Ross has been seen on every major television network and performed at Caesar’s Palace, MGM Grand and the Taj Mahal. The comedy series is geared towards adults. The show is free and open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 841-1442.

would be the Melville Area in Portsmouth. (Some published reports have suggested that the ultimate destination for the carrier would be Newport, however a more accurate description would be Newport County) The group attempted a similar project with the USS Saratoga, but that plan was scrapped after the Navy determined the ship was removed from donation hold and scheduled for disposal. The USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) was the last American non-nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be built. Nicknamed “Big John”, she was in service for nearly 40 years before being officially decommissioned on Aug. 1, 2007. She is currently berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance facility in Philadelphia, Penn. If the Navy accepts the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame’s proposal, a massive fund-raising effort would need to take place in order to ready her and the proposed site for arrival.

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SENIOR SAVVY The Advantages of Belonging, Locally By Florence Archambault You turned 50 and the dreaded letter came from the AARP inviting you to become a member. “Not I,” you said. However, you may want to reconsider because there are advantages to becoming a member even if you are not retired. For over 50 years, The Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has been fighting for a better life for older Americans. It was created in 1958 after its founder discovered a retired teacher in poor health living in a chicken coop unable to afford medical care with barely enough money to live on. Since then, AARP has been lobbying for health and financial security for all Americans on both the state and the federal level. In 1999, it officially changed its name to “AARP” to reflect that members no longer needed to be retired, but only to have attained the age of 50 years. The organization claims over 40 million members, making it one of the largest membership organizations in the United States. According to its mission statement, it is “a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over…dedicated to enhance quality of life for all as we age,” which “provides a wide range of unique benefits special products, and services for our members.” Members receive benefits and discounts for many types of insurance and medications. They have a voice in Washington as AARP is one of the biggest lobbyists there for any legislature that affects those over 50. Members also receive two publications, AARP The Magazine and The AARP Bulletin. The organization also promotes healthy living and discounts for leisure activities including travel. Statewide programs organized by the state AARP include the first driver safety course for older adults introduced in the nation which can be completed in a classroom setting or on the Internet, featuring defensive driving techniques. They also provide income tax return preparation to seniors who qualify at locations around the state. Both of these programs are administered by volunteers. On the local level (particularly in Newport), it is an advantage to belong to a local chapter. The only criteria is that you need to be a member of the national group. The Newport County Chapter 207 AARP meets on the third Monday of the month at Fenner Avenue Hall, 15 Fenner Avenue in Newport from September through May. Meetings start promptly at 1:30 p.m. The business meeting usually lasts about a half an hour followed by a program and then refreshments. Dues are $5.00 a year. The group has nearly 400 mem-

bers, but fortunately they don’t all have perfect attendance. Attendance usually runs about 100125. The programs vary. Sometimes they are pure entertainment. Sometimes they are educational. This past year, they have included a talk by Dorothy Garman detailing nursing during the Civil War and a program about Maud Howe Elliott’s trip to Greece to return Lord Byron’s Helmet presented by yours truly. In November members of Lisi and Lisi Coin gave an interesting talk about how to look for valuable coins in your change and did appraisals. December was the Christmas luncheon. In January Roberta Humble presented a program “Little Rhody and the Other 49” featuring slides of Rhode Island in comparison to the other 49 states and February’s presentation will highlight services available from the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties hospice program. But the biggest perk from belonging to the local chapter has to be its travel program. The group offers overnight trips, as well as day trips. The commissions from

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The first miraculous thing about the Coen Brothers’“True Gritâ€? is that it is the first Western in decades to become a box office bonanza. In four weeks of release, “True Gritâ€? has amassed upward of $128 million and ranks number three at the box office after holding the number one spot for most of its run. Why is the Western suddenly such a popular commodity? Westerns reigned in the forties, fifties and sixties. They started off as tales of bravery and rugged individualism. The solitary man fights the “savage Indiansâ€? in what, in retrospect, looks like an homage to America’s imperialism—its conquest of a land that was as resilient as those who lived in harmony with the elements. Joel and Ethan Coen seem to have been aware of this as they scripted this latest adaptation of the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. That book Patricia also served as LACOUTURE the source for the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and featured a macho male point of view. The book looks at the narrative from the perspective of 14-year-old Mattie Ross, and so does this film. Haille Steinfeld steps into the role of moral compass, and her point of view filters through a darker lens than that shaped by John Wayne. Essentially, Mattie wants revenge for her father’s death at the hand of outlaw Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), and she hires US Marshall Reuben “Roosterâ€? Cogburn to achieve her vengeance. A third party, Texas Ranger La Bouef (Matt Damon) also wants Chaney for the killing of a Texas senator. They set off on a mission of retribution, but they find it at the cost of personal injuries and, for Mattie, a sterner, sadder soul. The film opens with a partial quote from the Book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when none pursuith‌â€? That quote ends with words left out by the Coens: “But the righteous are bold as a lion.â€? Mattie’s signature song is “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,â€? borrowed from the 1955 book “Night of the Hunter,â€? a tome about the battle between good and evil. This and other music lifts “True Gritâ€? to

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French Toast is Winter Comfort Food It’s time to sound a positive note about winter: there are only two months left! And, if ever there were a winter that called out for comfort food, it’s this one. One of our pleasures as we open the blinds in the morning and view those snowflakes coming down, hear the wind-a-howlPortia ing, and listen to LITTLE our weather guru predict another nor’easter on the way, is to enjoy a platter of hearty French toast, custardy on the inside, crusty on the outside, and dripping with pure maple syrup; none of that artificial stuff. There are so many variations on the main theme. Actually one of our favorite versions is served at a Victorian style B&B across the bridge in Jamestown, East Bay Bed & Breakfast. Innkeepers Diane and Paul Cardin serve their special cornflake-crusted French toast with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup. Diane says that the toast is also great with raspberry preserves on the side. And, it can be kept warm in the oven. One of the advantages of serving French toast is the convenience of making it ahead as a casserole dish, assembling the ingredients the night before, and baking it in the morning. Weekend guests will love waking up to the enticing aroma of this special treat. Use fresh fruits and berries, cream cheese, or some liqueur such as Grand Marnier to enhance a basic recipe. We like to melt butter in a baking pan, scatter pecans and brown sugar over it, then top it with slices of Italian bread that have been soaked in eggs and milk or cream. After it puffs up in the oven, we invert the toast slices onto plates and spoon some of the pecan-brown sugar syrup over the top. Of course, not all French toast comes loaded with high-calorie ingredients. A casserole version is made with cider, and baked rather than fried. This is a good choice also for anyone who may be lactose intolerant.

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6 large eggs 1-1/2 cups half & half, or milk 1 teaspoon grated orange zest 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 large loaf challah, brioche, or Portuguese sweet bread Crushed cornflakes Unsalted butter Vegetable oil Pure maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar to serve In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, zest, vanilla, honey and salt. Slice bread into 3/4-inchthick slices. Soak slices in egg mixture for a couple of minutes, then coat with crushed cornflakes. Heat 1 tablespoon each butter and oil in large sauté pan over medium heat.

Whisk together eggs, Triple Sec, cream, syrup, rind, and juice. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and sauté in butter on hot griddle. To serve, sprinkle with nutmeg and pass maple syrup. Serves 6.

Cidered Baked French Toast

4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread 2 eggs 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Confectioners’ sugar, for sprinkling on top Cider Baked French Toast Add bread; cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve hot with syrup and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. Can be kept warm in oven. Great also with raspberry preserves on the side. (Recipe from East Bay Bed & Breakfast, Jamestown, RI)

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

4 slices Italian bread (or enough to fit in 2 layers in bottom of casserole dish) 2 ounces cream cheese, softened (or enough to spread thickly on bread slices) 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 large eggs 1 cup milk, cream, or half-and-half 2 tablespoons maple syrup Cinnamon-sugar Cover bottom of buttered 1-1/2quart casserole with 1 layer of bread slices, which have been spread with cream cheese. Sprinkle blueberries on top. Add second layer of bread slices. Whisk together eggs, milk, or cream, and maple syrup. Pour over bread. Let sit about 1 hour or overnight. Sprinkle with cinnamonsugar. Bake in preheated 350-degree F. oven for 45-60 minutes, or until puffed and browned on top. Serves 4. (Recipe adapted from Taste of the Midwest by Midwest Living)

Praline French Toast

8 eggs 1-1/2 cups half-and-half 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 8 thick slices sourdough or Italian bread 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup chopped pecans Beat eggs and half-and-half in bowl. Wisk in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and vanilla. Pour 1/2 of egg mixture into 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange bread slices on top; trim crusts to fit if necessary. Pour remaining egg mixture over bread. Chill, covered, for a few hours or overnight. After bread has completed soaking, melt butter in separate 9x13inch baking dish. Stir in 3/4 cup brown sugar and maple syrup. Sprinkle pecans on bottom. Using spatula, place egg-soaked bread slices on top of pecans. Pour any remaining egg liquid over bread. Bake in preheated 350-degree F.

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Rum Raisin French Toast

3/4 cup rum raisin ice cream 3 large eggs, beaten with fork 1 tablespoon dark rum 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 5 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts 6 slices raisin bread (or more) 6 tablespoons butter, or as much as needed Additional rum-raisin ice cream, to serve Maple syrup Combine melted ice cream, eggs, rum, cinnamon, and walnuts in bowl. Beat with whisk. Dip raisin bread into egg mixture, coating on both sides. Sauté in melted butter over medium heat until toasted. Serve with a scoop of rum raisin ice cream and maple syrup. Serves 4.

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Bristol Art Gallery’s “New England h2o” will be ongoing until March 4. The winter exhibit features gallery artists that have chosen to paint our unique and varied New England waters. Victor Bauer, has introduced winter EXHIBIT a new series of East Coast beach paintings featuring families and What: New England h20 featurcouples walking, playing, or med- ing: Sara Connell, Victor Bauer, itating by the sea. John Bowdren and Walter Scott Jr. Other artists include: Sara ConWhen: Ongoing until March 4 Where: Bristol Art Gallery nell, who specializes in realistic paintings of the water, beaches, 423 Hope St., Bristol inlets and her own secret places of Martha’s Vineyard; Walter Scott Jr., well known marine artist famous for his Rhode Island coastal scenes, from quiet marshes to sailing ships on rough rolling seas and John Bowdren, who prefers the calm safe harbors of Maine and their smaller simpler crafts (mostly rowboats) shown tethered to a buoy or dock waiting.

Nine Palms, Barbados

Tony Gill brings back a show of recent work done in the slightly warmer climes of Barbados. For further information please call 965-0268.

exhibition What: Tony Gill When: Through Feb. 14, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. Where: Art of the Wharf 33 Bannister’s Wharf, Newport

DeBlois Gallery Calls for Artists! Artists are invited to enter their annual non-juried open show March 5-26. The theme of the show is: “Figure This.” Delivery is Feb. 26-27, noon to 5 p.m. If you have a heavy or large piece, please call first. All media accepted. Work must be original (no giclee or laser prints) and created within the last two years. Safe, sturdy framing required, no sawtooth orclips.Show opening is Saturday, March 5. Registration fee is $25 for one piece and $30 for two pieces. Awards will be given. DeBlois Gallery, 138 Bellevue Ave., Newport, for more information visit www.debloisgallery.com or call 8468439 or 846-5681.

Gallery Shows & Artist Openings Tom Deininger, recognized for his recycling of trash into “photographic”imagery, will be presenting a multimedia installation transforming piles of “stuff” into recognizable imagery when viewed on video screens. The exhibit is dedicated to Deininger’s youngest son and fourth child. Tom is an art instructor and previous artist-in-residence at the Newport Art Museum, and has been a visiting artist in several RI museums and schools. He has exhibited widely throughout the region and is the recipient of numerous awards. Tom’s works are in public and private collections worldwide. He currently resides with his family in Bristol, RI. opening reception http://www.tomdeiningerart. What: Beautiful Accidents and com/works.html “Animal Krackers” When: Friday, Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m.,

Roger Birn, RI photograWhere: DIDI SUYDAM pher, will be exhibiting for CONTEMPORARY the first time photographs of 25 Mill Street, Newport “found” compositions that resemble animals . The show is entitled “Animal Krackers” and includes “The Dog Show”, a special series focused on canine varieties. Roger resides in Jamestown with his wife, master metalsmith and sculptor, Janet Prip.

Art on the Wharf Tony Gill Exhibit through Feb. 14. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 845-6858 Bristol Art Gallery “New England h2O,” Jan. 1 - Mar. 5, 423 Hope St., Bristol, 396-9699, www.bristolgallery.net DeBlois Gallery Gallery open Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave., 847-9977, www.debloisgallery.com Didi Suydam Contemporary Opening reception for Tom Deininger, Friday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414, www.didisuydam.com.

Harbor Fine Art Featuring the work of seven local artists, open daily 11 a.m – 5 p.m., 134 Spring St., 848-9711, www.harborfineart.com Isherwood Gallery “Favorite Things, 2010 Holiday Show” will feature work from all 25 of the gallery’s resident artists. Show thru Jan. 29. Gallery open Wed.-Sat., 38 Bellevue Ave., 6992276, www.isherwoodgallery.com Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design Gallery open Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. and by appointment. 226 Bellevue Avenue, #8, the Audrain Building, second floor, 849-3271, www.jessicahagen.com The Lady Who Paints Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll’s working studio, open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 9 Bridge St., 450-4791

Sheldon Fine Art Opening reception for landscape artist, Charles Emery Ross, Sat., Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m. Gallery open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull Gallery 18 Annual Fakes & Forgeries will open with a reception on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. 55 Bellevue Ave. Gallery open daily noon to 5 p.m. 849-9166 William Vareika Gallery Special Gilbert Stuart exhibit, 212 Bellevue Ave., 849-6149 www.vareikafinearts.com


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History of J Class Yachts “A Night with the J Class” presented by Sail Newport at the Jane Pickens Theater, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Entry is $25 donation to Sail Newport, www. sailnewport.org/specialevents. html Newport Cooks! Learn tips, tricks, and new skills on French Cuisine. 6 – 8 p.m. at the Edward King House, 35 King St. Newport, $50, 293-0740 Dining Fundraiser The Norman Bird Sanctuary’s First Annual Executive Director’s Dinner at 6 p.m. $90 per couple, pre-register at info@normanbirdsanctuary. org or 846-2577. Teen Screenwriting Workshop 6 p.m. Please see Thursday, Jan. 20 for more information. Run and Chug Club Running and walking group that meets at 6:15 p.m. weekly outside Fastnet. Meet new friends for a three-mile walk or run around Newport and then return to the Fastnet Pub for a pint.

Friday Jan. 28

Job Fair at CCRI Job Fair at CCRI Newport Skills Alliance hosts its third Health Care and Educational Fair from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Bring copies of your resume and appropriate interview attire, free, 8511656, or tcostello@ccri.edu, 4th Friday Meet your friends and mingle after work, while enjoying the Newport Art Museum’s galleries, music, refreshments and a cash bar. 6 – 9 p.m., $5, 76 Bellevue Ave., 8488200 The Bit Players Newport’s award-winning comedy improv troupe, The Bit Players create on the spot laughs from audience suggestions, 8 p.m., Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, $15, 849-3473, www.firehousetheater. org

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Musical Entertainment

Saturday Jan. 29

Art Museum Lecture Series Dr. Amini of Salve Regina University will discuss the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2 p.m. in the Griswold House, 848-8200, ext. 109, 76 Bellevue Ave.

Thursday, January 27 Buskers Pub­–Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Newport Grand–Local Band JamKing Friday, 9 p.m. Newport Marriot–Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville

Open Drawing Session An open drawing session with a model, 9 a.m. – noon, $13, at the Coleman Center, 24 Liberty St., Newport. 662-1630.

Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Bobby Ferreira, 4-7 p.m.

When Irish Eyes are Smiling The Museum of Irish History is hosting a full evening of Irish at 6:30 p.m. at Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Tickets are $60 a person. 847-7156

Asterisk Restaurant–Fran Curley Jazz Trio

Basketball and Lock-In The 3rd Annual Lock-In and Basketball Tournament at the Jamestown Rec. Center from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. $10, call 4237261 to register. Laughletics 2011 10 p.m. Following the Bit Players performance at the Firehouse Theater The Bit Players 8 p.m., Please see Friday, Jan. 28 for more details.

Sunday Jan. 30

Old Colony Railway A scenic train ride from Newport along Narragansett Bay. Departs at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. from Old Colony depot at 19 America’s Cup Ave. College Goal Sunday Financial aid professionals will assist college students and their families with completing the free application for Federal Student Aid at the CCRI-Newport campus. 1 p.m., 1 John H. Chafee Blvd., www. collegegoalri.org Documentary Series Come see “Blue Gold: The Water Wars,” directed by Sam Bozzo playing at the Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 7 p.m., this documentary examines how wars of the future will be fought over water as they are fought over oil today. $5 donation is requested, 849-3473

Rhino Bar–Hot Like Fire

Friday, January 28 The Chanler at Cliffwalk– Dick Lupino & Friends, 6-10 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Bros. Hyatt Hotel–Dave Manuel on piano, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. Newport Blues Café –Batteries Not Included, 10 p.m. Newport Grand–Triad 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Dacoda 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–Couzin Eddy Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Lois Vaughan, 4-7 p.m. Rhino Bar–Element Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 7-11 p.m. Sambar – Live Acoustic with Andre, 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 29 Castle Hill – Dick Lupino & Friends, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Bros. Hyatt Hotel - Lois Vaughan, Jazz piano, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11p.m. Newport Blues Café–The Criminals, 10 p.m. Newport Grand–Touch of Spicefeaturing LuAnn Dutra, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Kick Peoples Cafe–Doin’ Time, Acoustic Duo, 5-8 p.m. Rhino Bar – Felix Brown Rhumbline – Dawn Chung Sambar – DJ Butch, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 30 Castle Hill Inn–Dick Lupino & Friends, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fastnet–Irish Music Session 5 - 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Chopville, 6-p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira

One-hour Narrated Seal tours aboard the Coast Guard certified MV PATRIOT

Please call Oldport Marine at 401.847.9109 or www.oldportmarine.com

Does your organization have an event coming up? Let us know in advance to help increase attendance. If you would like post event coverage or would like Newport This Week to attend please e-mail us at calendar @newportthis week. net or call 847-7766, ext. 105

The Fifth Element 11–Sunday Brunch featuring live music, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, January 31 Fastnet–”Blue Monday” , 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Rhino Bar- Karaoke Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan

Tuesday, February 1 Cafe 200–”Tuesday Blues” Rhino Bar–Metal Night

Wednesday, February 2 Newport Grand–Grand Karaoke, 9:30 O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Rhino Bar–Rhyme Culture Sardella’s–Dick Lupino & Friends, 7-9:30 p.m.


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Monday

Thursday

Jan. 31

Feb. 3

Teen Improv Class Teens can learn the basics of improv in this six session course before putting on their own show at the Firehouse Theater. 3 – 5:30 p.m. 4 Equality Park Place, 849-3473.

ALT Annual Meeting Celebrate an amazing year of land conservation at the Aquidneck Land Trust’s 21st Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club, 53 Purgatory Rd., Middletown. Free and open to the public. RSVP at 849-2799 ext. 19.

Tuesday Feb. 1

Working in Wellness An Open House for area students interested in entering the wellness field at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center of Newport Hospital, 20 Powel Ave., 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., 845-1845. NARFE Meeting The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Newport Chapter, will meet at 1 p.m., at the United Congregational Church, Valley Road, Middletown. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend. For more information call R. Bianco at 683-5421. Volunteer Training Volunteer orientation for the Newport Boy’s & Girl’s Club at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to help with homework, inspire, and play games. 847-6927.

Wednesday

Teen Screenwriting Workshop 6 – 7:30 p.m. Please see Thursday, Jan. 27 for more information. Run and Chug Club 6:15 p.m. Please see Thursday, Jan. 27 for more information.

Friday Feb. 4

The Bit Players 8 p.m., Please see Friday, Jan. 28 for more details.

Saturday Feb. 5

Middletown Historical Society Monthly meeting held at 9:30 a.m. at the Paradise School on the corners of Prospect and Paradise Avenues in Middletown. All residents of Aquidneck are welcome, 842-0551.

Feb. 2

Open Drawing Session 9 a.m. – noon, Please see Saturday, Jan. 29 for more information.

Energy Improvement Seminar Are you planning an alternative energy installation or an energy efficiency upgrade? If so, come learn about grants, loans and local opportunities. 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Middletown Town Hall, 350 E. Main Rd.

Comedy at the Casino Two headliners in one night. Paul D’Angelo and Tony V. at the Newport Grand Event Center. 8 p.m., 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., 608-6777. 18+ show, $20.

Open Drawing Session An open drawing session with a model, 3 – 6 p.m., $13, at the Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport. 662-1630. Volunteer Training 11 a.m. Please see Tuesday, Feb. 1 for more details. Chess Group 7:30 p.m. at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, all are welcome to play.

The Bit Players 8 p.m., Please see Friday, Jan. 28 for more details.

Sunday Feb. 6

Musica Dolce Chamber Concert Featuring the music of Beethoven and Brahms, at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 2 p.m., 846-2125.

Mansions, Museums and Historic Sites The Breakers Open daily, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Discover the history of tennis through a diverse collection of memorabilia, art and video, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 194 Bellevue Ave., free for kids under 16 , 849-3990; www.tennisfame.com. Museum of Newport History Exhibits on display depict the city’s role in the American Revolution and its emergence as a Gilded Age resort. Open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 127 Thames St., 841-8770, www.newporthaavaistorical.org National Museum of American Illustration Original artworks from the Golden Age of Illustration in a historic Gilded Age mansion, 492 Bellevue Ave., 851-8949, ext. 18, www.americanillustration.org Naval War College Museum Free and open to the public, visitors without a base decal must call the museum to gain access to the Naval Station; 841-2101. Newport Art Museum “The Abstract in Realism”: Riley, Simpson and Gaucher-Thomas share a strong sense of composition, an appreciation for mystery, and an approach to their representational paintings and drawings that incorporates many of the characteristics usually associated with Abstract Art. Open daily, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200, www. newportartmuseum.org Ochre Court One of Newport’s first “summer cottages” built in 1892, now Salve Regina University’s administration building, ground floor open Monday thru Friday, 9-4 p.m. Redwood Library The nation’s oldest library, c 1748, 50 Bellevue Avenue, free, donations always welcome, 847-0292; www.redwoodlibrary.org Rough Point Doris Duke’s oceanfront estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, 847-8344, www.newportrestoration.org

NATURE

The Great Backyard Bird Count By Jack Kelly The 14th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Feb. 18-21. Each year tens of thousands of people throughout the United States and Canada take part in this event. The GBBC is a joint project of the Audobon Society and Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. People of all ages and all levels of bird-watching experience are welcome to join in this fun, family friendly, educational, and free program. You can count birds wherever you are: your own backyard, off your balcony, at your local park, at a nature refuge or preserve, on Ocean Drive, reservoirs, ponds, marshes, beaches or at the harbor and the bay. The GBBC is a great way to learn more about the birds in your community and to connect with nature. It’s an ideal way for more experienced birders to introduce children, grandchildren, and others to the wonderful world of birds. Teachers have found the GBBC to be a great tool in helping young students focus on their tasks. Families have discovered a wonderful way to spend quality time together and learn about nature. Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout troop leaders have found the GBBC to be a fantastic educational tool for the young people of their organizations. However, you can count by yourself, with your family, community group, school, or friends, it’s up to you! The GBBC website, www.BirdCount.org, makes it easy to participate, simply enter the data you collect and explore your results online. You will also find instructions on how to enter the GBBC’s photo contest and a list of the prizes available to winners online. Make memories that will last a lifetime and instill the love of nature in our future

Workshop

A Short-eared Owl (Photo by Jack Kelly) generations. This activity is free and available to all; there’s nothing to lose and you will not be disappointed!

Local Bird-Watching Report

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge has been extremely active in the past few weeks with the arrival of some new guests. At least three Short-eared Owls have been spotted hunting prey in the fields and marsh area of the refuge. Local birders report that the best time to see them is after 2:30 p.m., or just after dawn. The Green-tailed Towhee is still present in and near the campground at Second Beach, on Sachuest Point Road in Middletown. If you watch the poles and wires along Sachuest Point Road, from the surfer’s end of Second Beach through to the gates of the refuge, you may see additional raptors. The marsh is active with ducks and the wintering population of sea ducks, atop the waters of the ocean and the Sakonnet River. Raptors spotted this past week: Short-eared Owls (3) Rough-legged Hawk (1) Red-tailed Hawks (3) Cooper’s Hawk (2) American Kestrel (1) Harrier Hawks (3) Peregrine Falcon (1)

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bers of the public present. The small feel of the meeting allowed council members to freely adjust the words and phrases of the Newport vision as they saw fit. Mayor Stephen C. Waluk especially liked the “superlative language” of the new vision. Council member Kate Leonard agreed that the key word of “livable” is one that “encompasses” all facets of the town. “It lets those know that Newport is safe, affordable, and has a good education system,” said Leonard. The bigger task came when the council struggled on creating a more in depth, longer mission statement for Newport. Mayor Waluk decided that the mission statement that the council came up with would be put onto the city’s Website so that citizens of Newport may comment on provided feedback for what they thought on the mission. The council wants to get the wording of both the vision and mission statement just right because, as Mayor Waluk stated, “We can only evaluate our efforts by what we put out there. And we can only be held accountable for that which we have control over.” Hank Kniskern, the moderator of the meeting, closed the session by instructing each member of the council to “walk into the future and think about outcomes. How is

our goal of this meeting going to be different in the future than it is today? Think in terms of quality of life, from today to five years down the road.” Councilors then listed off present concerns that Newport faces on a daily basis: parking availability, concerns over valet parking, traffic patterns, zoning, and communications with business owners were deemed as the top concerns. With those items listed, Kniskern had the members of the council discuss how they hoped those issues would be resolved in five years time. The council agreed with Waluk that having a “proactive coordination” with business owners would be key to solving the problem of “hobby” business owners. “The main problem is that people are opening these businesses without a plan,” said Leonard. By 2016, the city hopes to have in place a process for new businesses, with an ordinance set to help local store owners bring their dreams into fruition. Another meeting date wasn’t immediately set, but Waluk said he will coordinate to have one posted online as soon as possible. We’ll also list the meeting, when it’s announced, on our sister publication, Newport-Now.com


SPORTS

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Freshman Forward, Ny’Jah Rivon, #42 grabs a loose ball

Division II South 6–3 record in league 8-6 overall Photos by Rob Thorn

Sports Wrap - Up Rogers High School Boys Basketball 1/2  7 pm @ Narragansett 1/31  7 pm @ Chariho 2/2  7:30 pm Home vs Westerly

Junior Guard, NiFaty Morales drives toward the basket

2/4  7 pm @ Tiverton Girls Basketball 1/28  7:30 pm Home vs Tiverton 1/31  7 pm @ Toll Gate 2/3  7 pm @ Warwick Vets Girls Indoor track 1/31  5:30 pm- Meet – Providence Athletic Facility

Middletown High School Boys Basketball 1/28  7 pm Home vs Mt. Hope 2/4   7 pm @ East Greenwich Girls Basketball 1/27  6 pm @ Juanita Sanchez 2/4  7 pm Home vs North Smithfield

supporter. Inductees will be limited to those who have been graduated from high school a minimum of ten years or have been retired from their athletic-related position for a period of at least five years.

Gymnastics 1/30  6 pm Meet @ Coventry High

Nomination forms will be available at varsity games, at the Middletown High School main office or can be printed from the following link: http://www.ri.net/

1/31  6 pm Meet @ South Kingstown

middletown/mhs/index.html Nomination forms may be submitted at any time, but must be received prior to Feb. 14 to be considered for induction in school year 2011-2012. Forms should be mailed to: MHS Athletic Director, Attn: Athletic Hall of Fame, 130 Valley Rd., Middletown, RI 02842

2/5  3:30 pm Meet @ Middletown Wrestling 1/27  5 pm Meet @ Middletown 2/3  7 pm @ Mt. Hope Hockey 1/29  6 pm vs Pilgrim @ West Warwick Civic Center 2/4  9 pm @ Cumberland 2/5  8:30 pm Home vs South Kingstown Swimming 1/27  7:30 pm Home vs Lincoln 2/3  3:30 @ East Providence

Portsmouth High School

You don’t have to pay the sticker price on your college education.

2/5  1:30 pm @ Govenors Academy Girls Basketball 1/29  3 pm @ Pingree 2/2  4 pm @ Nobles 2/5  1 pm Home vs Masters Boys Hockey 1/29  3 pm @ St Sebastians

2/5  2 pm Home vs Roxbury Latin

2/5  7 pm Home vs Narragansett

The Middletown High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has developed a program of recognition designed to honor those individuals and teams who, through their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the Middletown High School Athletic Program ,have brought pride, excellence and distinction to our community as a player, coach, team or active

2/4  4 pm Home vs Hyde

2/2  5:30 pm @ Toll Gate Girls Only

2/4  7 pm @ Ponagansett @ Levy Rink

Middletown Hall of Fame Nominations

2/2  4 pm Home vs. Nobles

2/2  4:30 pm Home vs Middlesex

Hockey 1/28  6:30 pm @ Cumberland @ Thayer Arena

Freshman Forward, Brianne Morgera, prepares to shoot a free throw

BOYS BASKETBALL 1/29  1:30 pm Home vs Boston TrinityCancelled

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Salve Regina University MENS BASKETBALL 1/29  3 pm @ NEC 2/2  8 pm @ Roger Williams 2/5  3 pm Home vs Colby-Sawyer Women’s Basketball 1/29  1 pm @ NEC 2/2  6 pm @ Roger Williams 2/5  1 pm Home vs Colby-Sawyer Men’s Hockey 1/29  2:45 pm Home vs Nichols 2/1  7:35 @ Assumption 2/2  6 pm @ Suffolk 2/5 7:20 pm @ Johnson and Wales Women’s Hockey 1/29  1 pm @ Holy Cross 2/4  4 pm @ Mass- Boston 2/5  3 pm @ St. Anselm

Portsmouth Abbey School

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2/5  3 pm @ Concord Academy

2/4  7 pm @ East Providence

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1/30  6 pm Meet @ Coventry

Boys Hockey 2/2  7:30 pm @ Worcester Academy

Swimming 1/27  7 pm Home vs South Kingstown

2/5  6 pm @ St. Thomas More School

2/3  5:30 pm @ Toll Gate- Girls Only

2/4  4 pm- @ Windsor School

Ice Hockey 1/28  7:30 pm Home vs Narragansett

2/5  2:30 pm @ Thayer Academy

Girls Hockey

1/29  9 pm @ St Raphael @ Dennis Lynch Arena 2/5  8:30 pm vs Pilgrim @ Thayer Ice Arena Girls Indoor Track 1/31  5:30 pm Meet @ Providence Athletic Facility

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SCHOOL CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 plan moves forward, however, must meet several state-mandated requirements dealing with maximum cost, square footage, location, and specified classroom space. Asbel designed his plan to meet those requirements, he says, and ultimately hopes that the School Committee will decide to take a cue from a nearby project when finalizing their design.

Going Green

Not far from the site of the proposed Pell school, work is scheduled to begin shortly on the new East Bay Met School. Since announcing their plans to construct a new state-of-the-art facility for its burgeoning charter school program, officials at the Met School have made it a priority to build a completely net-zero energy building. As Asbel asks, “Why can’t the Newport Public Schools accomplish the same thing?” During a roughly 90-minute presentation, Asbel, who teaches architecture at Roger Williams University and has been involved in several school projects over the years, took those gathered here in the library through what he called a design investigation. The atmosphere was decidedly collegial. A few of those in attendance had been members of the Alliance for Neighborhood Schools, which campaigned under the banner of “Pell No” to oppose the November bond. Others had lent their support for the bond and have been active in various aspects of the public schools. All seemed intrigued by the prospect of turning what had been a source of contention into a source of pride. Asbel said he developed this hypothetical design in order to demonstrate some of the newest ideas in green building and how they could be incorporated into a final project design. One of those ideas served as the basis for the overall shape and form of the building. Wondering if it were possible to have all of the school’s classrooms facing south in order to maximize natural light – which in addition to saving energy costs, has been acknowledged to improve learning – Asbel set out to answer his own question. The result is a curved two-story structure on the back side of the building with floor-to-ceiling windows and a pitched roof with photovoltaic cells. Anchoring this S-shaped corridor would be a lowslung wing with administrative offices, common spaces, and two separate entrances for the upper and lower schools. Asbel based his design on the criteria specified by the state department of education. All of the classrooms are identical in number and size to those proposed in the current design, as are the support rooms and common spaces including the library. But the outcome is radically different. On the front, a green roof is featured prominently on the flat surface, while a series of stepped windows light the main corridor connecting classrooms on the second floor. Rather than re-grading the site (something that the current plan requires), Asbel’s design works with the natural slope of the property – creating a roughly 14-foot difference in scale from the east side of the building to the west. Consequently, the lower school would feature a smaller scale than the upper school. Different materials could also be used in the construction process. The current design calls for a steelbased building with brick facade, similar to that used at Thompson Middle School. Asbel believes that a structure such as his could

be built using less steel (which he notes is energy-intensive to produce) and in a relatively short period of time. The goal, he says, is to develop a school that will not only be greener, but more conducive to education.

Moving Forward

At this point, the plan presented by HMFH is just that – a plan, said RIDE spokesperson Elliot Krieger. Making it clear not to endorse one design over another, Krieger added that it is the state’s policy to pursue projects which embrace sustainable design. Which direction the city chooses to take is entirely up to the School Committee, he added. So has Asbel’s proposal come too late? According to Superintendent Dr. John H. Ambrogi, the administration is completely open to public input. In fact, he noted that a public process is poised to get underway which is intended to solicit this kind of public input. Still, he noted that the current design has been sanctioned by the state for reimbursement and “At some point, decisions are going to have to made.” In addition to construction schedules, the school department also needs to concern itself with the state of the bond market, so as to get the most favorable value out of what  

Overhead view of the alternative, S-shaped design for the new Pell School is shown in James Asbel’s rendering, above. is a significant investment. Regarding the school’s green components, Ambrogi notes that throughout the process, members of the city’s Energy and Environment Commission have provided input into the design and the committee has committed to making the new school as green as possible. As far as Asbel is concerned, he says that the ultimate goal is to ensure that the new building not only possesses good aesthetic values but is also functional. For example, Asbel notes, by incorporating a pitched roof and a stepped window system, the new building could be designed with a natural ventilation system, effectively eliminating or reducing the need to run an expensive HVAC system. Also, by curving the outside of the building, the design would eliminate secluded alcoves, while 

moving the cafeteria and auditorium space toward the front of the building would allow for easier servicing, thereby freeing up outdoor space. To that end, there could be larger play areas and more room for community gardens, he notes. The School Committee has yet to issue a contract for final design schematics, though Ambrogi says it’s important that that process gets underway, soon. Asbel, meanwhile, is aware of the criticisms. He knows that people will claim that he’s just an architect hoping to score a contract; or that he has an axe to grind after coming up short in the November election. But he insists otherwise. For the past four years, public meetings have been held to review potential design options, but the plans have changed significantly. For a time, committee members

considered plans that would keep some of the old schools, and close others. Then, discussion centered around expanding the Coggeshall School on Van Zandt Avenue. It wasn’t until November, that it even became clear, that a new school would be built at all. Through it all, some parents have found it hard to keep up. But now that a bond has been passed, and a new school a certainty, School Committee members are hopeful that parents will become engaged in the process. On Wednesday, Feb. 2, they’ll have the chance to do just that. According to Ambrogi, that’s when the first public meeting will be held on the Pell School’s design. Parents and interested parties are encouraged to attend, and Ambrogi noted that child care will be provided. If there’s anything Asbel hopes to convey by bringing forth these new designs, it is the importance of the inquiry process, he says. As for Kelley, he noted that while the T-shape design currently being explored has been the only plan on the table, that isn’t to say that the committee wouldn’t be open to hearing suggestions from the public–especially those that would save money or diminish the carbon footprint of the project. A meeting on Asbel’s plan is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Newport Library at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

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Newport This Week - January 27, 2010