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No matter the weather – rain, snow, sleet or wind – the 55th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 12, beginning at 11 a.m. from Newport City Hall and progressing down Washington Square, south on America’s Cup Avenue and Lower Thames to Carroll Avenue at St. Augustin’s Church in the Fifth Ward. The parade is expected to last two hours and will include eight pipe and drum bands, nine marching bands, three fife & drum corps, three clown units, eight reenactment units, and dozens of groups representing local, state and regional organizations including police and fire units, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, social/fraternal groups, schools and others. In this issue, Newport This Week lets you know the best places to park, to watch, and where to enjoy Newport’s biggest and best parade of the year! NTW wishes you a happy–and safe–St. Patrick’s Day. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

Council Gets Update on Island Traffic Study By Tom Shevlin Planners from the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and associated Aquidneck Island Reuse and Planning Authority updated city councilors here Tuesday on a range of projects which could well wind up shaping how we get around and enjoy Aquidneck Island. The meeting, which was divided into two parts, began with a presentation from AIPC Executive Director Tina Dolen, who reviewed the initial findings of a two-year transportation study aimed at increasing alternative transit options and relieving traffic problems on the island. The Aquidneck Island Transportation Corridor Study was compiled by the AIPC and consultants VHB Associates. Since May of 2009, VHB has been collecting input from residents of each of Aquidneck Island’s three communities, and using that information to identify priorities for improving the island’s traffic system. Interviews were also conducted with representatives from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth planning, DPW, and police departments; Newport Department of Economic Development; Naval Station Newport; Old Colony & Newport Railroad; Newport County Chamber of Commerce; Newport Dinner Train; Newport Accesibility Advisory Group; the Edward King House and others. The study is the culmination of a nearly two year process started in May of 2009 that aims to develop a “balanced comprehensive multimodal transportation plan for

Where does this road go? (Pictured at center of photo, above) Nowhere. The AIPC, however, has been working on a concept that could bridge the gap between state and local officials on what to do with it. (Source: Google Maps) Aquidneck Island.” That plan, once finalized later this year, will include most notably, recommendations for short, medium and long range transportation improvements suitable for inclusion into municipal and statewide capital improvement plans. The study area included the following roadways: Route 114 (West Main Road); Route 138 (East Main Road); Burma Road; America’s Cup Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; Admiral Kalbfus Road; Coddington Highway; Route 138A (Aquid-

neck Avenue); and Route 214 (Valley Road) And while the bulk of the envisioned projects are still a long way off, several projects currently underway can trace their implementation to the study. Already, work is being conducted to improve left turns off of West Main Road at Cory Lane, Hedley Street, King Charles Drive, Raytheon Drive and Union Street. West and East Main roads are also being primed for traffic signal retiming; and road safety audits at 16 loca-

tions are studying how local communities can reduce the number of traffic accidents across the island. Throughout the process, the study has been highly data-driven. A critical piece of that has been input from the community. Over 500 comments were received during public meetings, and another 300 were tallied over the Internet. Still more were collected through some 1,200 postcard surveys seeking in-

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While communities across the state prepare for what promises to be a challenging budget season, a bill making its way through the General Assembly that would allow cities and towns to tax currently exempt organizations, like universities and museums, has city officials keeping a watchful eye on Smith Hill. The bill, introduced by Providence Rep. John Carnevale, would give cities and towns the option of assessing up to a 25 percent fee on the value of a college or hospital’s tax-exempt holdings, to pay for police, fire, rescue, and other essential services. As one might imagine, the bill has set off a debate among legislators who continue to grapple with a sluggish economy and non-profit executives charged with overseeing some of the state’s most important and intrinsically valuable institutions. Carnevale recently told the Providence Journal that the bill is aimed at helping the Capital City close a projected $180 million budget gap, by effectively bringing onto the tax rolls, organizations like Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, and Johnson and Wales University. Newport, though nowhere near in the financial mess as is Providence, could also be facing a grim outlook for the upcoming fiscal year. While the city has yet to release any firm projections, it’s possible that councilors will be asked to find several million dollars in savings next year in order to account for decreased revenues and increasing liabilities. As it happens, Newport is one of more than a dozen communities in the state which would also benefit from Carnevale’s legislation. The proposal is similar to one that then-Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline introduced into the General Assembly in 2009. If approved and signed into law, the city would be given the authority to tax a variety of organizations in town including the Preservation Society, Newport Hospital, and Salve Regina University, (SRU) among others. According to the city’s tax assessor’s office, SRU currently holds property assessed at just shy of $183 million. The Preservation Society of Newport County is a relatively close second with property totaling $117 million in assessed value. And Newport Hospital, which could also fall under the bill, has roughly $110 million in total assessed holdings. Taken in sum, those three organizations would be responsible for over $5 million in city property taxes if their tax exempt sta-

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Irish Stonemasons Helped Build City’s Iconic Landmark Since its founding in 1639, Newport has seen numerous cycles of boom and decline and waves of immigration that matched those cycles. The decades after the Revolutionary War were particularly hard on Newport, and it was not until well after the War of Ross 1812 that Newport CANN began to recover. It was determined that the country’s defenses needed to be greatly improved, and that included strengthening the coastal fortifications. This was seen as particularly vital for Newport, one of the most important harbors and trading ports on the East Coast. Fort Adams, originally built in 1799 with a complement of just 12 cannons, was leveled in 1824 and a new, larger fort was designed incorporating space for 468 cannons. This work was done under Joseph

Gilbert Totten, the foremost military engineer of his day. The enormous undertaking required the labor of skilled stonemasons, which were in short supply in the U.S. At the same time, large numbers of skilled Irish masons were looking to emigrate to this country, and many of them settled in Newport where their labor was needed for the major “stimulus project” and military investment of the time period: The construction of what was hoped would be an impenetrable coastal defense network. Although the new Fort Adams was first garrisoned in 1841, construction work continued through 1857. The fort was active through five American conflicts but never saw battle. In 1941, 3,000 troops were assigned to the fort, but following World War II, its usefulness as a military fortification steadily decreased. In 1953 Fort Adams was transferred from Army control to the Navy, which used it for housing. In 1965, it was turned over to

Historic image of Fort Adams, circa 1940. (From the collection of the Fort Adams Trust) the State to become a public park. Used for several decades to host the jazz and folk festivals and many other large gatherings, it had fallen into a serious state of neglect. It is now being restored. Lately, it has been in the news as the possible venue for preliminary races leading up to the next America’s Cup races. Currently the fort is operated by the Fort Adams Trust, under agreement with the State. Their mission, as a non-profit organization, is to restore the fort and keep it open to the public. To date the trust has raised over $8 million for restoration and stabilization projects from public and private sources Not only did the building of Fort Adams account for a large part of the economic activity in Newport during the period of its construction, it also brought workers who changed the complexion and makeup of the city. Saint Mary’s Church, the 125-foot high brownstone monument located at Memorial Blvd. and Spring St., is an important case in point. The construction of this large edifice, designed by Patrick Keeley in 1848, showed the

increasing wealth and presence of the Roman Catholic community in the city. At the time of its construction, the church counted 600 members among the city’s 9,000 residents and was funded, in part, by wealthy parishioners who summered in Newport. Ron Onorato, in his “AIA Guide to Newport,” reports that the priest of St. Mary’s stated in the first baptismal register that, “St. Mary’s congregation started with Fort Adams.” It does not seem coincidental that the first and only Roman Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, was married at St. Mary’s. Fort Adams was once the economic savior of Newport and led in part to the creation of a strong Irish-American community here in the city. It will be interesting to see if this great 130-acre complex can be made to work for the 21st century to, once again, help bring energy, vitality and money back to the City by the Sea. Ross Sinclair Cann, AIA, LEED AP, is an historian, educator and practicing architect living and working in Newport.

Irish stonemasons were employed by the thousands to construct the stone walls of the massive Fort Adams. As shown in this detail photo above, their masonry craftsmanship included piecing together irregularly shaped natural rocks with regularly shaped manmade bricks. Note the detail of the arch in the photo above. (Photo courtesy of Fort Adams Trust)

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The initials “JKS” along with the date, “1908” can be seen in the bricks of Thames Street. (Image has been enhanced to highlight the stonemason’s personalized message. Photo by Rob Thorn)

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George Brian Sullivan, perhaps better known around town as Dr. Love, and the driving force behind the Newportant Foundation, is sharing the love this St. Patrick’s Day. After researching a small section of roadway outside of People’s Cafe, Sullivan has written a letter to the City Council asking that the intersection of Green and Thames streets be renamed for the Irish stonemason who left his initials in the roadway. With a signature set in stone, yet hidden in plain sight, Jeremiah “JK” Sullivan capped off his work in 1908 in grand style. J.K. Sullivan must have thought it was an accomplishment worth commemorating.

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County invites the public to its 19th annual meeting on Thursday, March 24, at the Newport Art Museum from 6 – 8 p.m. The meeting will include a panel discussion about arts spaces in Newport County, moderated by Tina Dolen, Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. The County has seen a recent boom in the development of arts spaces in every community. The spaces range from nascent ideas to longstanding institutions. Panel members include Lisa Goddard of the Newport Art Museum, Eric Broudy from the Portsmouth Arts Council, Linda Phelan of the Middletown Committee for the Arts, Liz Drayton of the Opera House Performing Arts Center project, Lisa Randall from the Jamestown Arts Center, Jennifer Sunderland from Tiverton Four Corners Arts and Gail Malloy from the Little Compton Community Center. For more information and to join the Alliance, please visit www.newportarts.org

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TRAFFIC CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 put on the island’s existing multimodal transit options. For Newport, the study recommends a variety of possible transit improvement options from the mundane to the transformative. On the more practical end, ideas like providing additional bus service along route 60 as well as limited service to TF Green and Kingston Station would appear to be among the most easily achieved. Other suggestions like providing real-time bus information and branded bus shelters; strengthening and expanding island-wide multimodal centers; creating additional park-and-ride facilities; and implementing rapid bus service are only slightly more ambitious. For tourists and those in town who cringe at the thought of driving through downtown Newport during the summer, the study also recommended the establishment of a Newport jitney service which could provide direct transportation from downtown to the beaches. The study also recognizes the city’s harbor shuttle service, and advocates for the revival of the ProvidenceNewport Water Ferry during the summer months.

And, as we first wrote in December, one of the study’s more ambitious plans calls for significant improvements to the Pell Bridge interchange that would finally remove the so-called Road to Nowhere, extend Halsey Street, and introduce a series of roundabouts. In Middletown, reconfiguring Two Mile Corner – perennially one of the island’s highest crash locations and the second worst bottleneck areas, according to an online survey – would cost $4 million. Other suggested improvements focus on making the island more bicycle friendly by connecting missing links between suitable roads, installing uniform signage, introducing shared-use paths along certain roads like West Main and Burma roads, and placing others like East Main Road and Memorial Boulevard on so-called road diets. On the pedestrian front, the study recommends upgrading existing sidewalks and installing new ones at Coddington Highway, Admiral Kalbfus Road, and along Aquidneck and Valley roads. Adding crosswalks with countdown timers at heavily crossed areas like America’s Cup Avenue, and

creating an island-wide crosswalk and sign standardization were also mentioned. Of course, each of these concepts would come with a range of price tags, and it remains to be seen which projects could be afforded given the worrisome financial picture facing the state. How expensive would some of the projects be? Revamping the Pell Bridge interchange, for example, would cost an estimated $34 million, according VHB. Meanwhile, other projects, like making Burma Road into a viable north-south corridor would cost an estimated $20-25 million to improve the existing two-lane road, and $40 million to expand it to four lanes. The second half of the meeting focused on the current status of the Navy Hospital property just north of the Pell Bridge. Councilors Justin S. McLaughlin, Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Kathryn E. Leonard, Charles Y. Duncan, City Manager Edward F. Lavallee, and Planning Director Paige Bronk all took part in the meeting. Mayor Stephen C. Waluk and Councilors Henry F. Winthrop and Naomi L. Neville were unable to be in attendance.

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Battered by years worth of punishing waves, work is about to begin to repair a badly damaged seawall just south of King’s Beach on the city’s scenic Ocean Drive. Crews arrived on scene late last week with the first load of an engineered block wall system which will replace a 70year old set-in-place concrete structure, and give this area of the Drive new life.

A friendly reminder to move your clocks forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday morning, March 13, at 2 a.m. The bad news is we all lose an hour of sleep. The good news however, is that the sun won’t be setting until later in the day. Hooray for Spring and Summer! Roberta Stevens, left, President of the Portsmouth Garden Club with Ce Borden.

General Assembly Highlights 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/

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Security number privacy bills To further protect Rhode Islanders’ personal information, bills have been introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives to strengthen existing privacy laws by forbidding the recording or collection of any part of an individual’s Social Security number. The Senate bill is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence). The House bill introduced by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly). n  Proposal to lower state sales tax In order to make Rhode Island more competitive with neighboring states, Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) has introduced legislation calling for the reduction of the state sales tax from 7 percent to 3 percent, while broadening the tax to cover items exempt in Rhode Island, but taxed by neighboring states. n  Bill makes seatbelt violation a primary offense Legislation has been introduced in the House making the failure to wear seatbelts by adults a primary offense. Currently, officers can cite seatbelt violations only if a primary offense has occurred. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anas-

tasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), was heard this week by the Committee on Judiciary. Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield) has introduced the bill in the Senate. n  Senate Housing Committee Chair lauds governor on homelessness action Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Municipal Government, applauded Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee for re-activating the Interagency Council on Homelessness, keeping a promise made by his administration during testimony before the Senate committee. Senator Tassoni, who was on hand when the governor signed his executive order, has chaired a series of committee hearings looking into and seeking answers to Rhode Island’s homelessness problem. n  Bill to propose biennial state budget Rep. Brian C. Newberry (R-Dist. 48, North Smithfield, Burrillville) introduced legislation that would ask voters in the 2012 general election to amend the state constitution to require the governor to prepare the state budget every other year instead of annually. There are 20 states that currently practice biennial budgeting.

Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. Dipalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Middletown); Rep. J. Russell Jackson (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Daniel Patrick Reilly (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)

Honorary Status Awarded The Portsmouth Garden Club has awarded its highest distinction of Honorary Member to Ce Borden. She joined the club in 1964 and has served as Vice-President and Bird Chairman. As an active, hard working member, Borden helped create, craft and decorate the Club’s tree for the Navy Festival of Trees held in the early 1990’s. At this event, the Portsmouth Garden Club won several awards for best decorated tree. Ce Borden’s family home, The John Borden Farm, built in 1865, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The historical records of the Garden Club, organized in 1934, were stored at a barn on the Borden Farm. However, now the records are now permanently stored at the Portsmouth Historical Society.

Local Student Receives High Honor Last month, two Rhode Island students received the highest honor any high school student can receive for Advanced Placement testing in Math and Science, the 2010 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. Luckily for us on Aquidneck, one of those two lucky students was Huck Joon Yang, a senior at St. George’s School in Middletown. Yang, along with Jing Wang of Cranston, a senior at Cranston West High School, were among only 98 students across the 50 states to receive this prestigious honor. “These students lead the nation in performance on AP math and science courses and we are proud to support them as they strive for excellence,” said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President of the Siemens Foundation.

For What It’s Worth: Please find enclosed photos of a set of 4 oyster plates; each plate holds 5 oysters. On the back edge of each plate is what looks like an American Eagle. These belonged to my Grandmother. How old are they and what is the value. – Eszter H.

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Great Decision Series Salve Regina’s French The third seminar of the NewFilm Festival port Council for International Visitors’ Great Decision Series will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “USA National Security since 9/11” will address the evolution of the U.S. national security agenda since 9/11 and its impact on American life. Prof. Mackubin T. Owens, Jr., of the U.S. Naval War College National Security Affairs Department faculty, will present. Owens specializes in the planning of U.S. strategy and forces, especially naval and power projection forces; the political economy of national security; national security organization; strategic geography; energy security; and American civil-military relations. He is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. His book, “The U.S. Civil-Military Bargain after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain,” was published in January. The Newport Council for International Visitors and Salve Regina University are co-sponsoring the series. The lectures are free but seating is limited. To reserve email Newportciv_res@yahoo.com. For more information, contact Bob Sleiertin at 847-5196.

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Free Art Workshops Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to transform discarded books into works of art at the Jamestown Arts Center as part of a free workshop with all resulting artwork to be hung in the exhibit. Paint it, rip it up, drill it, draw or write in it. Use it as a sketchbook - Do anything your imagination can come up with! All materials including the books will be provided. 5th and 6th graders are invited to attend on March 15 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. 7th and 8th graders on March 17 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by East Bay Met School students and John Kotula, the Met School arts coordinator. Collaboration is an annual community art show featuring 12”x12” artworks created by people of all ages and abilities. These classes will be held at the Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown.

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n  Five arrests were made for possession of alcohol by minors.

n  Four arrests were made for simple assault.

n  Three arrests were made for disorderly conduct.

n  Three arrests were made for DUI.

n  Two arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants.

n  Two arrests were made for driving with an expired license.

n  Two arrests were made for possession of drugs.

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noise disturbance. n  One arrest was made for obstructing an officer. n  One arrest was made for vandalism. n  One arrest was made for larceny. n  One arrest was made for resisting arrest. n  One arrest was made for domestic-felony assault. n  One arrest was made for fraud. n  One arrest was made for public urination. n  One arrest was made for false 911 call.

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Restaurant Week Dates Announced Much to the delight of palates across New England and beyond, Newport Restaurant Week returns with more than 40 participating restaurants between March 25 – April 3. Diners will get to enjoy three-course lunches for just $16, and three-course dinners for just $30. For a complete listing of Restaurant Week events and to view menus, visit GoNewportRestaurantWeek.com.

NUWC Employee Wins Daily Point of Light Award Justin Mostert, Protocol Officer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), has been honored with a 2011 Daily Point of Light Award. The award, established by former President George H.W. Bush, honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service. Each weekday, one volunteer effort in the country receives is recognized for making a difference in the lives of others. “For the past four years, Justin Mostert has volunteered countless hours as a scoutmaster,â€? said Dr. Paul Lefebvre, NUWC Newport technical director. ��€œThe Points of Light Foundation recognized him for the hard work and long hours he dedicates to this effort.â€? Mostert currently oversees a group of about 41 young men between the ages of 11 and 17 within the Boy Scouts of America program. As scoutmaster, his goals for these young men are to build character, train in the responsibilities of good citizenship and develop personal fitness. “During his tenure as a scoutmaster, he has made a positive impact on the lives of about 150 scouts,â€? said Capt. Todd Cramer, Commander, NUWC Newport. “His dual roles as leader and mentor have been a significant influence on the lives of these young men.â€? Mostert will receive a certificate of recognition from the Points of Light Foundation signed by former President George H.W. Bush.

Supply Corps Birthday Ball

Relief Fund Drive in Full Swing

The New England Supply Corps Association will host the 216th U.S. Navy Supply Corps Birthday Ball on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Newport. Chief of Supply Corps Rear Adm. Michael J. Lyden, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command, will be the guest speaker. The celebration will include dinner with music and dancing to the sounds of Navy Band Northeast. Uniform is dinner dress blue/civilian black tie. The event is open to all but advance ticketing/meal selection is required by March 11. Call 8414819 or email raymond.d.obrien@ navy.mil for more information.

The annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive runs through March at all commands onboard Naval Station Newport. This year’s theme is “It Takes All Hands. It’s About More Sailors and Marines Giving!� The non-profit, private agency is supported entirely by charitable donations and supports the active duty and retired communities of the naval service, providing financial and educational assistance. Last year, NMCRS distributed $49.9 million in interestfree loans and grants, handling 99,854 financial cases. Call 8416198 for more information.

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Congratulations to the graduates of Officer Candidate School Class 0711. Eighty-four ensigns will be commissioned on Friday, March 11, 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 Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations. For more information, call 841-1171.

Road Closure Advisory All hands are advised that portions of Knight St., the road west of Gym 109, will be closed March 17- May 1. Signs will redirect traffic.

Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) has achieved re-accreditation from the Joint Commission, receiving the Gold Seal of Approval, for health care quality and safety. To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an unannounced, on-site survey by a Joint Commission team every three years. Key operational systems that directly impact the quality and safety of patient care are scrutinized by the surveyors, all of whom have advanced medical or clinical degrees. NHCNE’s compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals, evidenced by achieving the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval, reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality healthcare in Navy medicine. Well done!

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tus were completely revoked, and somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.3 million if the city were permitted to collect the 25 percent of the assessed value as proposed in the Carnevale legislation. It’s important to note at this point that each of the above-listed organizations also have taxable sub-corporations which do contribute direct property taxes to the city. Salve Regina, for example, operates SRU Holdings, Inc., which owns property totaling roughly $12.3 million, and pays $138,000 per year to the city in local property taxes. The Preservation Society and Newport Hospital also have their own taxable corporations. And, Newport does receive socalled PILOT (Paid In Lieu of Taxes) funds from the state to off-set monies lost from properties owned by tax-exempt organizations. However, that money – up to 28 percent of assessed value of a given organization’s holdings – comes in the form of payments out of the general fund – paid for by fees and taxes levied by the state – not from checks written by the organizations themselves. Needless to say, the economic activity generated by the city’s nonprofits cannot be understated, nor should the importance of having a high quality health provider onisland be underestimated. There’s also no telling how many of Newport’s most cherished buildings would have fallen to the wrecking ball or condo conversion hadn’t taken them over years ago. The fact is, while these “Big Three� non-profits account for more than $400 million in assessed property values, they represent just a fraction of the $1.8 billion in municipal, state, federal, and privately held land in Newport currently exempt from property taxes. So what do you think? Should the city be allowed to tax currently exempt properties, or do they already pay for themselves? Stay tuned as we follow the debate on Smith Hill over the proposal, and dive more into this issue in the coming days.

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During the period from Monday, Feb. 28 to Monday, March 7 the Newport Police Department responded to 546 calls. This list has now been expanded to include all public services provided. Of those, 155 were motor vehicle related; there were 141 motor vehicle violations issued and 14 accidents. The police also responded to 7 incidents of vandalism, xx animal complaints, 10 noise complaints and 26 home/business alarm calls. Officers also performed one funeral escort, 5 liquor establishment checks and 14 school security checks (3-Rogers, 8-Thompson, 3-Coggeshall, 2-Cranston). They transported 6 prisoners and recorded 12 instances of assisting other agencies.

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EDITORIAL Brighter Days Ahead … Maybe? Lighter Days Ahead … For Sure! Could it be that Rhode Island’s elected officials are finally getting serious with tackling the state’s fiscal mess? One would hope so. Governor Chafee took a bold step earlier this week in laying out his FY2011-12 proposed budget. As a centerpiece of his proposal, he argued that Rhode Island should shift its reliance away from taxing manufactured goods to service providers. He also proposed reducing Rhode Island’s corporate tax rate and requiring state employees to allocate more toward their annual pension contributions. Whether the General Assembly chooses to act on this new vision is still unknown. We’ve seen bold ideas from governors before. What we haven’t seen enough of is the same kind of action on the part of legislators. What we can be sure of is that we’ll at least start to see more in the way of sunshine over the coming months. Don’t forget to “Spring” your clocks ahead, by one hour before retiring on Saturday night. Spring is nearly here, and for the moment, there seems to be a hint of optimism in the air.

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Boards/Commissions Meeting, Housing Authority, March 10 at 5 p.m., NHA Adminstration Office Waterfront Commission, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. City Hall-Conference Room Boards/Commissions Meeting, Trust and Investment, March 11 at 8 a.m., City Hall-Conference Room Boards/Commissions Meeting, AD HOC-Wastewater, March 11 at 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers Boards/Commissions Meeting, Historic District, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. City Hall-Council Chambers Regular Council Meeting, March 23 at 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers

MIDDLETOWN Middletown Committee for the Arts, March 14 at 5 p.m. School Committee Budget Workshop, March 17 at 6 p.m., Oliphant Conference Room-Lower Level 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.

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Don’t Drink & Drive Newport celebrates the 55th St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Though traditionally Irish, Newport is a mixture of religious and ethnic cultures. A few years ago the Parade Committee named an Italian American, Mary Salas, a local philanthropist, as Grand Marshal. The parade attracts participants from the Northeast US as well as Ireland. The parade includes bands, bagpipers, drummers, Irish Step Dancers, police and fire departments, US Army and US Navy, Militias, High Schools and Elementary Schools. The Irish Air Corps Pipe and Drum Band is a special treat. Everyone is Irish on St. Pat’s Day. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport was in 1957 when I was a little over a year old. My first memory of the parade was watching it from my Great Aunt Ann Fitzgerald’s second floor porch on Carroll Avenue, now the 5th Ward Square, just down from the reviewing stand in front of St. Augustin’s Church. In 1967, with Troop 14, Boy Scouts of America, sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), I marched in my first parade under Scoutmasters Bill Beebe and Tim Buckley. I also marched with the Rogers High School Junior ROTC, but then missed a few years while in the US Army. While attending URI I took part in the parade and enjoyed seeing the characters that marched: Harry Winthrop with

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the music began and they danced. It was great to see her dance again. Brigid was always dancing. Brigid was killed by a drunk driver at 8:45 a.m. on December 1, 2001, while on her way to school. Every time I see a young girl Irish step dancing, I feel both sadness and joy. Sadness to have lost someone with so much love and promise, and joy that I have such beautiful memories of the little dancer that grew into a graceful, beautiful young woman. In 2002, the 46th St. Patrick’s Day Parade was dedicated in memory of Brigid Erin Kelly. Come to Newport On Saturday, March 12, 2011, for the 55th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, revel in the Irish culture, and enjoy yourself to the fullest. Stay at one of the many fine hotels in Newport, they may offer off-season rates, arrange for a designated driver, take a cab, a train, a plane, a bus or a boat, but please, “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.” –Tim Kelly, Newport This article was originally published in the Spring 2006 edition of the Pineapple Post. It has been updated to celebrate the 55th year of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Its’ message is still as pertinent and urgent today as it was in 2006. Tim and Margaret Kelly remain strong supporters of the parade and will be marching in this year’s parade; Tim with his fellow AOH members and Margaret with the Ladies AOH. Reprinted with permission of the Pineapple Post.

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his favorite walking stick or Shalala; Rick O’Neil dressed as a Leprechaun; Tom Kelly in a green suit and others who painted their mustache or face green. In 1987, I brought my fiancée Margaret, now wife, to the parade and for years we took along my brother Chris’ children, Brigid and Elise. When they got older, Brigid and Elise marched with the Maura Nevin School of Irish Dancing or the Rogers High School Cheerleaders. In 2000, I joined the AOH, the host of the parade, and convinced my brother Chris to march with me in the 2001 parade. As a Hibernian, not only do you march, but you also get to watch the rest of the parade because Hibernians lead the parade. As the Maura Nevin Irish Step Dancing School passed I recalled all the years my niece Brigid marched with them, first as a beginner and then on the float with other champion dancers. From the crowd I heard my niece Brigid call out to her friends on the float. As the song ended the dancers called out, “Brigid! Come dance with us!” Brigid waved them off. She was in college then and her days of competitive dancing and years of preparation for her threetime appearances at the National Championships were behind her. As the float moved away the dancers called out to Brigid again. Reluctantly she climbed onto the float, the dancers formed a circle,

Residents of Upper Thames Street may just be one step closer to a quieter neighborhood. City Council members last week reviewed a memo from the city administration addressing what has become an increasingly tender point of concern for the area: oversized trucks rumbling through the neighborhood, sometimes jumping curbs, impacting cars and even historic homes. After receiving complaints from residents over the last several months, the City Council last year directed the Interdepartmental Traffic Commission (ITC) to review the traffic flow and related traffic issues on Upper Thames Street and

provide recommendations for any appropriate changes in the city ordinance governing those traffic issues. Last week, the council received those recommendations, and pledged to continue working on the problem. The residents made several suggestions with regard to traffic approaching Upper Thames Street from Farewell Street, including the potential installation of bump-outs on abutting streets and changing the traffic direction on Upper Thames to be northbound. The ITC reviewed the residents’ recommendations, discussed the issues with residents on several occasions, and, at the same time, police stepped up monitoring the area for traffic violations and weight limit infrac-

tions. Based on the police department’s review, the ITC recommended not changing any vehicle traffic patterns, but councilors were apprised of other suggestions such as reviewing the allowed weight limit on the street. First Ward Councilor Charles Y. Duncan made a point to remind the council that whatever changes are made should not impact businesses that operate in the neighborhood, while Second Ward Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin stressed that enforcement should also not be overlooked. Meanwhile, neighbors took the effort as a step in the right direction. “I think we’ve made progress,” Point Association President Jeff Marshall told councilors.


Scores Concern Committee By Meg O’Neil In their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Newport School Committee tackled a weighty docket on Tuesday, ranging from local student NECAP scores, to an update on the new Pell School and the transference of students from the Sullivan School site, to the Triplett School. Caroline A. Frey, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, gave the committee, and those in attendance, an overview of the districtwide NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program), and how Newport compared to other towns in Rhode Island. Positive areas of growth were seen in district eighth-grade testing that showed reading, writing, and math scores that were on par with state scores. However, statewide seventh-grade test scores outperform all areas of district scores. Grade 11 district scores dropped dramatically for both math and writing. In an effort to find out the root of the problem, Frey recommended, “examining what goes on in the classroom day-to-day. I think we need to have a better tool kit of interventions for all of our students.” School committee member Charles Shoemaker chimed in, saying, “We need a process of looking back and seeing if the student really did learn. The students are presented with information, and then we move them on to another subject. I think we’ve got to go back and make sure they’ve picked up the basics before moving on.” Committee member Sandra Flowers touched upon teaching

“the whole student,” considering economic background, race, and where students live. “Some of these youngsters carry a lot of baggage,” explained Flowers. “I wonder what the student’s level of self-motivation is? I wonder if young people, regardless of their grade level, understand the consequences of not achieving?” In a Pell School update, School Committee Chairman Patrick Kelley stated that the schematic design phase of the new school is anticipated to end in the very near future, “in the next week or so.” Robert Leary of the school committee was the lone member who voted against the approval of the contract for Strategic Building Solutions to be the new Pell School’s Owner’s Representative. Leary stated, “In today’s economy, as elected officials, we are the stewards of this money, and we have a major responsibility. I would like to see as much local participation as possible…I don’t think we’re being good stewards of the money.” Before any construction can begin on the new Pell School, the existing Sullivan Elementary School on Dexter St. needs to be demolished. The students from Sullivan will be transferred to the Triplett School at 435 Broadway for two years while construction takes place at the Pell School site. Superintendent Dr. John H. Ambrogi brought everyone up to date on the work being done at the Triplett location. “We’re looking at the improvements needed in order to bring the building up as a safe, educational environment for our students for two years…We’re pleased to be moving forward.”

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New Funding Formula Cuts Aid to Local Schools Local school districts stand to lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in school aid, under a new state funding formula released on Tuesday. Under the plan, made public in advance of a high profile budget address by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, each of Aquidneck Island’s three school districts, as well as Jamestown’s, would see reductions in the amount of money allocated to local school budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Here’s how local schools would fare, should it pass through the General Assembly as proposed. Town: 2011 State Aid/ 2012 State Aid/ Dollar Change/ Percentage Change Middletown: $9,312,401/ $9,004,560/ ($307,839)/ -3.3% Newport: $10,528,468/ $10,221,998/ ($306,470)/-2.9% Portsmouth: $5,821,300/ $5,494,264/ ($327,036)/ -5.6% Jamestown: $373,118/ $351,396/ ($21,722)/ -5.8%

The Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center wish to thank the following sponsors for their generous and invaluable support of the Red Carpet Gala fundraiser held at the Jane Pickens Theater on Sunday, February 27th.

A & P Orchids ~ Blackstone Caterers ~ Castle Hill Inn Clarke Cooke House ~ Closet Revival Flow Natural Health ~ FreshPoint Connecticut Island Moving Company ~ It’s My Party Bake Shoppe M. S. Walker ~ Matrix Productions Associates Newport Chocolates ~ Newport Film Commission Newport Harbor Corporation ~ Newport Restaurant Group Newport Restoration Foundation ~ Newport Storm Newport Wine Cellar ~ Newportenos Tango Club Oriental Arts, Ltd. ~ Perro Salado Pleasant Surprise ~ Pour Judgement Bar & Grill Puerini’s Restaurant ~ Rubic Design & Interactive Sardella’s Italian Restaurant ~ Seven Oceans Video Soma Yoga ~ Sully’s Beer Wine & Spirits ~ Sushi Go The Pearls Boutique Hotels ~ The Platinum House The Red Parrot ~ The Spa at Newport Marriott Tucker’s Bistro ~ Vintage Revival We also wish to thank the following individuals for their time, expertise and goodwill: Barbara Bessette, PJ Catledge, Chase Clifford, Kim Fuller, Crissa Keen, Doug Key, James Kiker, Susan Killebrew, Nick Maione, Maya Manion, Ella Miller, Kenji Omori, Mary Elizabeth Pereira, Pia Peterson, Charlotte Provost-Dubois, Matt Ramsey,

Middletown Enacts Wind-Turbine Moratorium By Jill Connors

The seven-member Town Council of Middletown voted unanimously Monday night to enact a nine-month moratorium on windturbine permit applications while the town gathers new information regarding the siting of turbines. Council member Bruce Long introduced the moratorium motion during a regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. “Our current wind turbine ordinance does not address many of the gray areas of wind turbines, including the appropriate distance from a neighbor for siting a turbine,” Long said. He called for the town to gather more information—either from a study currently underway by the state of Rhode Island or from a study the town itself might undertake—to provide answers about the various impacts from wind tur-

bines, including health, safety, and real estate value. Middletown resident Tom Cook encouraged the Town Council to support the moratorium so that more time could be given to researching the regulations that should be in place. Portsmouth resident Donna Olszewski, who lives several hundred feet from Portsmouth’s municipal turbine and is affected by the sound and flicker from the turbine, also urged Middletown to take more time to study the issue. “I am not against wind turbines,” she said, “but I don’t want other people to have to live with the results of them like I do.” Before the vote, council member Edward Silveira noted, “It is important to not let go of the town’s desire to embrace wind energy. It can be helpful and useful and save us money. But at the same time, we

need more information.” The approval of the moratorium prompted a round of applause from the audience, which numbered approximately 50 people. Middletown now joins four other Rhode Island towns—North Kingstown, Charlestown, Tiverton, and Exeter—that have wind turbine moratoriums in place. Wind-turbine awareness surged in Middletown last fall when a resident who lived near Second Beach applied for a special-use permit to build a large wind turbine. That application was eventually withdrawn by the resident, but during the process, many residents voiced concerns about the scenic impact. Middletown’s wind turbine ordinance, which guides the specialuse permit process for building a wind turbine in town, was originally approved in February 2010.

Elizabeth Stetson, Butch Taylor, Mary Wall, Kate Winthrop, Sara Winthrop and the staff of the Jane Pickens Theater.

We greatly appreciate the contributions made by these businesses and individuals and the community support of our efforts to preserve the Jane Pickens Theater. Many thanks to one and all for helping us make the Red Carpet Gala a fun and successful event!

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On any given day you might hear Jake Rojas, chef & co-owner of the popular bistro-style restaurant, Tallulah on Thames, utter these words: “Did the trawler fleet text come in yet?’ ‘The Farm Fresh RI Web site should indicate whether golden beets are still available this week.’ ‘Did you see Brambly Farms Facebook post? Pasture pigs are ready and duck eggs should be here by April!’ ” Rojas’ commitment to sourcing the best quality, locally grown ingredients means he spends a lot of time communicating with farmers, fishermen and food cooperatives in ways you might never have imagined, and that you can easily do too. Getting the word out about what is fresh or in season, has to be fast. A text message on his iPhone tells Chef Jake what type of fish are coming in from the day’s catch so he knows what he can expect to work with that night in his restaurant. He finds out what is available this week from sustainable farms in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut via the Farm Fresh RI Web site and plans his menus accordingly. Tallulah on Thames is a Facebook friend of Brambly Farms in Norfolk, MA, and through a post on their wall he learns that pasture pigs are ready. A form is downloaded onto his MacBook, and an order is placed for a pig. This multitude of fastpaced communications keeps both Chef and producer in sync. In our community, you can keep up to date on what’s fresh, and in season at farms, farmstands and farmers markets by going to the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Web site www.farmfreshri.com. This site also publishes which local restaurants and grocers are purchasing their products from local farmers and fishermen and exactly what they are buying. Most of our local farms, farm stands and restaurants also have Facebook pages that are updated regularly and provide timely information on availability of product and what’s new. Sweet Berry Farm, Simmons Farm, Greenvale Vineyards, Newport Vineyards and Aquidneck Honey all have Facebook pages. A quick search of your favorite farm stand or fish market will certainly uncover more. As for the text messages from the fishing fleet, for now, Chef Jake has the exclusive on these. Just in time for spring pasture pig season, Chef Jake Rojas shares a favorite pork recipe that he suggests serving over creamy polenta with native root vegetables.

Chef Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients in his cooking, such as the Brambly Farms pork loin in the recipe given here.

Creamy Polenta

1 cup yellow cornmeal or polenta 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup milk 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup fontina cheese, grated 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated 4 tablespoons butter

Brambly Farms Violet Mustard Crusted Pork Loin

Serves 4 - 6 1 (3-4 lb) boneless pork loin 1 cup violet mustard 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar Sea salt Fresh ground white pepper Preheat oven to 350º F

Season pork loin with salt and pepper. In a small bowl mix together vinegar and mustard, reserve. In a medium to large ovenproof sauté pan, heat vegetable oil; sear all sides of the loin until golden brown. Brush all sides of the loin with mustard mix. Roast in preheated oven until internal temperature reaches 145º F. (about 15-20 minutes) Remove from oven and dust heavily with parsley crust (see recipe). Let rest for 10 -15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Parsley Crust

1 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 bunch parsley leaves (no stems) 1 teaspoon sea salt Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until vibrant green.

Over medium flame, heat saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons butter, onion, garlic and cook until onions are translucent. Add chicken broth and salt, bring to a boil, Gradually whisk in yellow cornmeal or polenta. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir until the mixture thickens and cornmeal/polenta is tender. (1015 minutes) Whisk in both cheeses and remaining butter. Season to taste, if needed. Serve with a mixture of locally sourced root vegetables, like Simmons Farm’s baby beets, or Sweet Berry Farm’s winter squash. A lovely local wine to pair with this meal is a Newport Vineyards Riesling or Greenvale Vineyards Cabernet Franc. Newport Cooks! Notes: Join Food & Wine Magazine nominated Chef of the Year, Jake Rojas of Tallulah on Thames for an exciting Ides of March cooking class featuring Brambly Farms pork on Tuesday, March 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Edward King House. To register for Newport Cooks! classes or to see the current class schedule, go to www.facebook. com/NewportCooks or email info@ newportcooks.com.


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FROM THE GARDEN No Sham in Shamrocks! By Cynthia Gibson The use and tales of the shamrock began over a thousand years after the death of St. Patrick and have become legend. Like most legends, the story is partly based on history and tradition. In 1762, a minister recorded in his diary that the people of Ireland wore small bouquets of shamrocks affixed to their hats or lapels on 17 March, St. Patrick’s Day, to commemorate what is believed to be the date of his death. Using the shamrock as a holiday fashion accessory became what is known as “the wearing of the green.” The shamrock itself is a threeleaf white clover. Legend has St. Patrick using this common weed to describe the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) to his followers. Each lobe of a clover’s leaf resembles the Celtic Trinity Knot. The four-leaf clover is not a shamrock, it is a mutant shamrock leaf. This mutant leaf is said to bring good luck, as it is quite rare. The luck attributed to finding a four-leaf clover is a fun legend; many of us spent hours of our childhood sprawled on the lawn looking for these leaves. Discovering one meant endless possibilities, from luck in love, to finding a leprechaun’s pot of gold. Symbolism and legends change through the years, and the shamrock is no exception. It evolved into a very powerful symbol during the

A four-leaf clover is said to bring good luck. 19th century, reflecting the solidarity of the Irish republic. It was seen as so rebellious that Queen Victoria originally forbade the “wearing of the green,” permitting only the wearing of a red and green paper cross. However, after learning of her Irish Regiment’s bravery and sacrifices during the Boer War, she decreed that soldiers from Ireland should wear a sprig of shamrock in recognition of their fellow Irish soldiers, a tradition that continues today. The biggest parade of the year in Newport is this weekend. Join us downtown and show your pride by the “wearing of the green.” The very common white clover in our lawns seems to have taken on such power. Since our spring is early and the grass is starting to green, take a chance, revisit your youth and see if you can find a fourleaf clover.

‘Wearing of the Green’ ‘O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round? The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground! No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?” “She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” “So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod But never fear, ‘twill take root there, though underfoot ‘tis trod. When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.’ — Author Unknown (circa 1798)

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One of the biggest days of the year to eat, drink and be merry is upon us. Whether you’re a parade veteran or amateur, looking for the best family-friendly spots to view the pipe bands, or looking for a party atmosphere, we’ve got you covered–from the first steps of the parade at City Hall to the festivities two miles down the road into the Fifth Ward.

Traffic and Parking

As it is for any big event in Newport –whether it’s in the Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall–parking is always problematic. Of course, there are the city lots at Mary St. or on Touro St., right behind the Opera House. According to the Newport Police Department, you can expect traffic in the downtown area to be heavily congested beginning around 9 a.m. and lasting through 3 p.m. Parking will be limited, so if you find a spot, take it and know that you won’t be moving for the rest of the day! Our best suggestion is to take advantage of the city’s Gateway Visitor’s Center. Located at 23 America’s Cup Blvd., it’s walking distance from the parade. And, if you find yourself worn out afterward, it’s also the city’s public transit hub.

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Viewing Locations

Washington Square – The parade is marching feet will be at their freshest as they take off from City Hall promptly at 11 a.m. and make their way slightly downhill through Washington Square. Performers make a point to stop and put on a show in front of the Colony House, so be sure to have your cameras at the ready. Eisenhower Park, in front of the Court House, the South end of the Brick Market Place on Upper Thames St. is, traditionally, the most family-friendly location to view the parade. “The Wave” Statue – Parade-goers looking for the heart of the route are well-advised to seek out space in the vicinity of “The Wave” Statue, located at the corner of America’s Cup and lower Thames St. The triangular park provides a prime viewing area for the lucky few who are able to prop themselves up next to the landmark sculpture. And, while it may be tempting, please leave the statue’s feet alone. Post Office Steps – The steps at the main post office at the corner of Thames and Memorial seem to have been designed with parade watching in mind. Ample viewing space and elevated seating turn the steps into a stadium-style viewing experience. Lower Thames – Things tend to get a little crazier along the longest stretch of the parade route. While there is plenty of space to line the street and get very close to the parade action, the majority of partiers, hooligans, and shenanigan-doers are seen between Ann St. and Morton Ave. Carroll Avenue – Many veteran parade-goers will tell you that the best place to be on Saturday is along Carroll Ave. in Newport’s historic, and very Irish, Fifth Ward neighborhood, when the marchers and floats finish their trek at St. Augustin’s Church, on the corner of Carroll and Harrison Ave.

Restrooms

Knowing where public restrooms are located along the twomile parade route is key information. Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of public facilities and Porta-Potties so you don’t need to go searching and miss any parts of the parade. n Equality Park on Broadway n Newport Police Department, 120 Broadway n City Hall, 43 Broadway n Newport County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau,

23 America’s Cup Ave.

n Harbormaster’s Office at Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Ave. n Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square n The corner of Mill St. and Thames St. n Mary St. Parking Lot n The Armory, 365 Thames St. n Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. n O’Briens Pub (Be prepared to leave your ID at the door

to use the restroom), 501 Thames St.

n Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. n Firehouse Pizza, 595 Thames St. n Ash Mart, 2 Carroll Ave. n St. Augustin’s Church, 2 Eastnor Rd.

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Two Very Proud Irishmen By Paige Farias Raymond Lynch, Jr. never dreamed he would be given the honor of leading the 2011 annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade as Grand Marshal. He remembers one of his fondest childhood memories: watching his father, Raymond Lynch, Sr. march in the parade that pays homage to the patron saint of Ireland. He recalls his naivety saying, “I was so in awe of seeing Dad all dressed up, I thought he was the Pope!” Although his father has since passed, he knows he would have been extremely proud of his son this Saturday, March 12, marking the 55th anniversary of the parade. Lynch’s involvement with the St. Patrick’s Day parade began as a youngster. The first time he marched was in 1970. As a nineyear-old, he held the banner for the Dennis E. Collins Division #1, Ancient Order of Hibernians. He continued to march with the Thompson Middle School and Rogers High School bands. Presently, as lead drummer, Lynch struts with the Hibernians Pipes & Drums Band. Not only has he marched in the Newport parade, and in others around the state, but in New York City, and South Boston, too. However, “Nowhere else has the tight-knit feeling that we have here in Newport,” he says. This year’s parade is dedicated to the memory of Kevin Martin Burns, a man described by Lynch as “one of those very traditional Irish characters that always had a good joke and a smile.” Selection of the Grand Marshal, made by the chairman of the Parade Committee, is based upon one’s contributions to the community and what one personally does to keep the Irish heritage alive in Newport. Besides playing the snare drum with the Pipes and Drums Band since 2006, Lynch served as chairman of the parade committee and vice president of the Hibernian club from 19931997. His other connections to the Irish Catholic community have included being club president in 1998, chosen as Hibernian of the year in 2000, being a member of Saint Augustin’s Church, and teaching religion at Saint Joseph of Cluny School. As a second generation Ameri-

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can, Lynch’s Irish heritage can be traced back on both sides of his family; his mother’s great-grandfather came from Bere Peninsula, and on his father’s side, his ancestors hailed from Ballygar, County Cork and from Sneem, County Kerry. From his first steps in front of City Hall, to those all along the

route and with their conclusion in the heart of Newport’s Irish neighborhood at Saint Augustin’s Church, this year’s Grand Marshal knows how proud his father would have been to witness the event and to see his son guide the parade that he had been so passionate about during his life.

Past Parade Grand Marshals 2011 Raymond J. Lynch, Jr. 2010 Michael C. “Chad” Donnelly 2009 Kiki Finn 2008 James F. Mahoney 2007 Leo F. Downey 2006 Christopher J. Behan 2005 Stephen P. Martin 2004 Teresa Paiva Weed 2003 Joseph T. Houlihan 2002 Mary Salas 2001 Rear Admiral Barbar McGann 2000 Sister Josephine St. Leger 1999 Ralph H. Plumb, Jr. 1998 John Booth 1997 Robert Sullivan 1996 Richard “Rick” Kelly 1995 Mayor David Roderick 1994 Richard “Dick” Crane 1993 Dr. Michael Wood

1992 Rep. Paul W. Crowley 1991 Rear Admiral Joseph Strasser 1990 William D. Nagle 1989 John Toppa 1988 Paul Gaines 1987 Hon. Kathleen Sullivan Connell 1986 Mayor Patrick Kirby 1985 Robert J. McKenna 1984 Matthew Smith 1983 Claire Dugan (Mrs. Edward F.) 1982 Humphrey J. Donnelly, III 1981 Fr. George B. McCarthy 1980 Sister Lucille McKillop 1979 James L. Maher 1978 Paul F. Murray 1977 Gov. J. Joesph Garrahy 1976 Mayor H.J. Donnelly, III 1975 Bishop Kenneth Angell 1974 Bishop Louis E. Gelineau

1973 Gov. Philip Noel 1972 Lt. Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy 1971 Mayor Joseph A. Doorley 1970 Msgr. Gerald F. Dillon 1969 Gov. Frank Licht 1968 Robert E. Quinn 1967 Hon. Fred St. Germain 1966 Msgr. John T. Shea 1965 Bishop Bernard M. Kelly 1964 Justice Patrick P. Curran 1963 Colonel Florence Murray 1962 Msgr. James V. Green Pastor St. Mary’s 1961 Gove. John Notte 1960 Fr. J.A. Fitz Simmons 1959 Thomas Finn, Sr. 1958 Matthew Noonan 1957 Mayor John J. Sullivan

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Raise a Toast to St. Paddy’s Day By Portia Little

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It’s almost time for the wearin’ of the green. With weekend parties and the St. Pat’s Day parade, everyone will be a little bit Irish, no matter what their background. Plan on lots of beer and some great food. Perennial favorite dishes include shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and hearty stew made with lamb and ale. Top it all off with an irresistible dessert such as a bread pudding made with both white and dark chocolate. If you don’t feel like making the sauce, just pass the Bailey’s Irish Cream for topping. And, of course, it wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day without Irish soda bread. Author and blogger Wona Miniati has worked to improve the traditional version by adding sour cream, which creates a moister, richer bread. She notes that while this bread is mildly sweet, for a more savory bread you can reduce the sugar and add caraway or sunflower seeds.

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1 cup (2 sticks) soft butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey 1/2 teaspoon Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey’s), or 1/4 teaspoon Irish cream flavoring 2 cups flour 1/2 cup white rice flour (or barley flour) Preheat oven to 325º F. Butter and flour 2 8-inch round cake pans or molds. Beat butter until smooth. Beat in sugar, salt, whiskey, and Irish cream or flavoring until fluffy. Mix in flour and rice flour. Divide dough in half. Wrap and chill about 1 hour. Press half of dough into pans. Prick all over with fork to prevent from puffing. If it puffs up, use flat spatula to press dough down and continue to bake until golden. Remove from oven; let cool 15 minutes, then loosen edges with knife before turning over onto flat surface. Cut into wedges. Stores well wrapped for a week. Can freeze for longer time.

White and Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Irish Cream Sauce

Sauce: 2 cups half & half 6 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons water Bread pudding: 10 cups 3/4-inch cubes French bread with crust 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped 6 ounces white chocolate chips 4 large eggs 1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups whipping cream 1/2 cup whole milk Nonstick vegetable oil spray For sauce: Bring cream, liqueur, sugar, and vanilla to boil in heavy medium saucepan over mediumhigh heat, stirring frequently. Mix cornstarch and 2 teaspoons water in small bowl to blend; whisk into cream mixture. Boil until sauce thickens, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes. Cool, then cover and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.) For bread pudding: Combine bread, chocolate, and white chocolate in large bowl; toss to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and vanilla in another large bowl to blend. Gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups cream and milk. Add cream mixture to bread mixture; stir to combine. Let stand 30 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Transfer bread mixture to prepared dish, spreading evenly. Drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup cream. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake pudding until edges are golden and custard is set in center, about 1 hour. Cool pudding slightly. Drizzle bread pudding with sauce and serve warm. (Adapted from Bon Appétit, November 2003

Irish Lamb Stew with Ale

2-1/2 pounds cubed lamb shoulder 2/3 cup flour 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, chopped 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup amber or brown ale 2 teaspoons sugar 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1-1/2 cups frozen petite peas 1-1/2 cups frozen pearl onions Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper; dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Heat oil in Dutch oven or large heavy pan over medium-high heat. Work in 2 batches to brown lamb. Remove from pan. Add garlic to pan; stir for about 30 seconds. Add lamb to pan, along with any juices, then broth, ale, and sugar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 40 minutes. Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, and thyme. Cover; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes longer. Add peas and onions; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

Irish Soda Bread

3-1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup raisins 2 large eggs 1 (16-ounce) container regular or light sour cream (2 cups) Preheat oven to 375º F. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add raisins and mix them in with your fingers, making sure raisins separate and are coated with flour. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, and then add sour cream and combine again. Do not overmix as this will result in tough bread. Dust hands with flour and lightly shape dough into circular mound, approximately 8 inches wide. Do not knead or handle dough too much. Transfer to lightly oiled baking sheet; cut a big X on top. Not only does this make your bread look professional, but it also allows the heat to get to the center. Bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If splitting dough into 2 loaves, check for doneness at 35 minutes. Sweet variations: Substitute cranberries, currants or dried blueberries for raisins. Savory variations: Reduce sugar to 2 tablespoons, omit raisins, and instead use 1 tablespoon caraway seeds or 1 cup sunflower seeds. (Recipe from Wona Miniati in her blog, cookingwithtraderjoes.com) Portia Little is the author of theme gift cookbooks, including Bread Pudding Bliss; The Easy Vegetarian; New England Seashore Recipes & Rhyme.

Newport Blues Café–Felix Brown, 9:30 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 Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m. Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Lois Vaughan, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–Hot Like Fire Rhumbline–Joe Parillo, 7-11 p.m.

Friday, March 11 Asterisk –Fran Curley, Jazz Trio The Chanler at Cliff Walk–Dick Lupino, Johnny Souza, Paul Schmeling, 6-10 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Hyatt Hotel–Dave Manuel on piano, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. Newport Blues Café –Blockhead, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand–Sweet Desire, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Skinny Millionaires, 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–Bear Fight Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Lois Vaughan, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–Wild Nites Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 6:30-10 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 Café 200 – Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Bros. Hyatt Hotel - Tim May, Irish music, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11p.m. Newport Blues Café–St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party, 1 p.m. Blockhead, Felix Brown, Sugar and Never in Vegas... all day long Newport Grand Event Center–Kevin Meaney with Carolyn Plummer, 8 p.m.; Russ Peterson, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Bear Fight Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Bobby Ferriera, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar – Wild Nites/Felix Brownt Rhumbline – Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar – DJ Butch, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 Castle Hill Inn–Dick Lupino & Jordan Nunes, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferreira, jazz piano,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, 6-9 p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira The Fifth Element 11–Sunday Brunch featuring live music, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, March 14 Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan

Tuesday, March 15 Cafe 200–”Tuesday Blues” Rhino Bar–Live Band

Wednesday, March 16 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, Dan Moretti, & Mac Chrupcala, 7-9:30 p.m.


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DINING OUT There are many fine restaurants and eateries in the area. We hope this map helps you find one that suits your taste.

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SPORTS St. George’s Goes to Tournament By Ray Fullerton

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Local Basketball Teams remain on the ‘Road to the Ryan Center’ State Playoff Update At press time, on Wednesday March 9th, the Rogers High School Girls Basketball team was set to tip off in the state Div. II semi-final game vs. Mt. St. Charles at RIC. Should the Lady Vikings have prevailed in the semi-finals, they will advance to the state championship game vs. the winner of the Prout/Johnston game on Saturday at the Ryan Center on the campus of URI. Tip off for the final is at 1:30pm. Here’s hoping that the Rogers girls get there and play for all the marbles! What is certain is that the undefeated Middletown High School Girls Basketball team will play for the championship and the “perfect” season in the state Div. III finals vs. Central High School, a team they have beaten twice during the regular season. Game time at the Ryan Center will be 11a.m. on Saturday March 12. Go Islanders!

The St. George’s girl’s basketball team completed its regular season with a 57-43 victory over Middlesex and will be the fifth seed in the upcoming New England Prep School Basketball Tournament. They were led in this game by Mary O’Connor, who scored a career high 26 points and added eleven rebounds, four steals and six assists. O’Connor has had a stellar season for the Lady Dragons, helping to lead her team to a 13-7 overall record including six wins in their last seven games. In that stretch, O’Connor averaged a “double-double” (double-digit points and a double-digit number of rebounds). In December, she was voted MVP of the St. George’s Holiday Classic as the Lady Dragons swept the event with four straight victories. O’Connor, who is from Middletown, attended St. Philomena’s School and learned her basketball skills by playing St Joseph’s CYO basketball and travel basketball at the Newport Recreation Department. She has been accepted to attend Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. where she will play for one of the top Division III women’s basketball teams in the country. Mary O’Connor, St. George’s School senior (at left, above and inset), led her team to victory in final game of season. (Photo by Louis Walker)

Frostbite Results

Turnabout Frostbite sailors. (Photo courtesy of the Newport Yacht Club)

Twenty Turnabouts sailed six races in the Newport Yacht Club Frostbite Series on Sunday, March 6. Sailors battled a stiff breeze, all on the stern, to keep the bow from nose-diving. In first place was Whitney Slade with a score of 1.6. Tied for the number two slot was Roy Guay and Dave Wilson with 2 points. Suzy Harrington took third with 3.3. Ed Brady 3.5, Chris Arner 3.6.

Frostbiters with Sail Newport reported a fabulous day on Sunday, March 6 with breezes out of the SSE, from 10 to 18 knots and temps in the high 40s. The race committee (RC) team of PJ Schaffer, Rob Breslin, and Ned Jones cranked out eight races, with plenty of reaches to keep everyone entertained. Steve Kirkpatrick won the day with a score of 28. With 39 points, second place went to Peter Shope with four firsts, and Chad Atkins in third place. Dave Armitage took fourth with 44 points. The father-son duo of Ted and Alex Hood is scheduled for the RC Sunday, March 13. However, there are still a number of holes on the RC schedule for the spring. Volunteers are also being sought for the Pete Milnes Regatta on May 1.

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“Anything Goes� 6:30 p.m. Please see Friday, March 11 for more details.

Shred-a-Thon The public is invited to drop off up to two “banker boxes� worth of documents for shredding at no cost 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Middletown Police Station, 123 Valley Rd.

Art for Kids For children ages 7 and up, Newport Public Library, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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March 10

Eight Bells Lecture “Law of the Sea� , Cmdr. James Kraska will discuss his new book about maritime power and, international law, noon – 1 p.m., Naval War College Museum. Reservations required, 841-2101. Dr. Seuss Party Meet famous characters from Dr. Seuss stories at the Middletown Public Library, 3:30 p.m., kids ages 4-8, 846-1573. Corned Beef and Cabbage Irish dinner at the Newport Knights of Columbus Hall, 60 Halsey St., 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. $10, 846-0256. Free Art Workshop 7th and 8th grade students are invited to turn discarded books into works of Art, Jamestown Arts Center,18 Valley St., 4 – 5:30 p.m., 222-0105 CCRI Info Session An information session for adults wishing to attend CCRI. Newport campus, One John H. Chafee Blvd., 6:30-8:30 p.m., 455-6011. Gallery Night Artist studios and galleries citywide stay open late. Redwood Library Lecture “The Winds of Democracy and Change in the Arab Middle East� presented by Hayat Alvi, Ph.D., Redwood Library, 6 p.m., 847-0292. “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare� Informal group meets to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, free, Redwood Library, 6 – 7 p.m., 847-0292, www.redwoodlibrary.org 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.

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Coffee Hour with NTW Drop in to the The People’s CafÊ on Thames St. at 10 a.m. to ask questions, give us some news tips, or

Pre-Parade Party Early parade celebration, Hibernian Hall , Wellington Ave., free, 5:30 p.m., 846-5081. Open Art Session for Kids Kids ages 7+ are welcome to practice drawing still life, cartooning and more. Presented by SRU student Danielle Derrica. Newport Public Library, free, 3:30 – 5 p.m., 847-8720 ext. 204. “Anything Goes� Swanhurst Chorus tribute to Broadway, dinner and show, Fenner Hall, 6:30 p.m., reservations required, 682-1630, www.swanhurst.org Bits O’Irish Humor Blarney, leprechauns, and laughs with the Bit Players, Newport’s comedy improv troupe, Firehouse Theater, $15, 8 p.m., 849-3473.

Saturday March 12

Mass in Honor of St. Patrick Kick off parade Saturday with mass at St. Joseph’s Church, located on Broadway, 9 a.m. 55th Annual Parade in Honor of St. Patrick Wear your green from Broadway to St. Augustin’s Church in the 5th Ward. Parade Grand Marshal: Raymond J. Lynch, Jr. dedicated to the memory of Kevin Burns. Steps off in front of Newport City Hall promptly at 11 a.m. Post-parade Family Party Clowns, parade bands, food, refreshments, a non-alcohol family event. The Hut (behind the Newport Public Library), Following the parade at 1 p.m. 846-5081. Celebrating the Irish Music, sing-a-longs, food, and beverages, immediately following the parade at La Forge Restaurant on Bellevue Ave. 1 p.m., 847-0418. Post-Parade Hibernian Party Celebrate the end of the parade at the Hibernian Hall, Wellington Ave, 1 p.m. $20 advance tickets, 847-8671.

March 13

Crowley’s Irish Breakfast Enjoy a hearty Irish country breakfast at La Forge Restaurant on Bellevue Ave. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Reservations, 847-0418. Choristers Sing into Spring The Newport Navy Choristers will present “Music for a Sunday Afternoon,� St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 4 p.m., 849-1135. Winter Speaker Series “The Middletown Police Department, an Historical Perspective,� a fascinating look at the MPD from its humble beginnings, Middletown Public Library Community Room, 700 W. Main Rd., 2 – 4 p.m.

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Teen Time Weekly social event exclusively for teens. Create crafts, play on computers, and hang out with friends. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Every Monday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 847-8720 ext. 206.

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Irish Magic and Storytelling Hear fascinating Irish stories with Debbie O’Carroll at the Newport Public Library, Children’s Department, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m., 847-8720 ext. 204. Free Art Workshop 5th and 6th grade students are invited to turn discarded books into works of Art, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 4 – 5:30 p.m., 222-0105 Newport Cooks “Modern, Fresh, & Local�, cooking class at The Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport, 6 – 8 p.m., $50, 293-0740.

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Hibernian of the Year Awards The Ancient Order of Hibernians honors Bill Cardinal, featuring the Nevin Academy stepdancers. AOH Hall, Wellington Ave., 6 p.m. $25. Reservations 847-8671 Irish Music The Patchy Caubeens perform at the Officers’ Club on the Newport Naval Base, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Dancing with Your Dog A fun dancing class at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Ln., Middletown. 7:15 p.m., $10. Registration required, 846-8276 ext. 122

“Anything Goes” 6:30 p.m. Please see Friday, March 11 for more details. Bits O’Irish Humor 8 p.m. Please see Friday, March 11 for more details.

Saturday March 19

Road to Independence Walking Tour Riots, rebellion, enemies, and allies! Learn about Newport in the years surrounding the American Revolution, $12 Newport Historical Society Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., 841-8770. Bus Tour of Irish Newport Leave from Hibernian Hall on Wellington Ave. and visit famed Irish spots in Newport. 9:30 a.m., free, Reservations required 846-8865. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner The famous Irish dish is served and sponsored by the Middletown Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Rd., $12, 846-8800.

Bits O’Irish Humor 8 p.m. Please see Friday, March 11 for more details.

Sunday March 20

NBS Bird Walk Free guided bird walk with Jay Manning at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 3rd Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m. No registration necessary – bring your binoculars! Irish Tea Delicious Irish tea, food, and entertainment, Ochre Court, Salve Regina University, 2 – 4 p.m. Tickets available at La Forge Restaurant: 847-0418, Creaney Cruise & Travel: 849-8956, Ireland Calls: 849-8174, Deborah Winthrop Lingerie: 6822272. No tickets sold at the door. Cereal Night 2 Substitute your usual dinner for a bowl of cereal at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church to raise community consciousness of existing hunger on Aquidneck Island. 12 Marlborough St., Newport, 6 – 9 p.m., 846-0966.

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RECENT DEATHS William V. Batten, Jr., of Newportpassed away on March 4, 2011. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Broadway and Mann Ave., Newport. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 10 from 4-7 p.m. in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport. Donations be made in honor of Bill to Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA, 01805. Anna J. Bulk, died Saturday, March 5 at age 105. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Anna’s life at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at Blenheim-Newport in Middletown. Donations in her memory can be made to Blenheim-Newport Employee Fund, 303 Valley Road, Middletown, RI, 02842. Jessie Dannin Herstoff, 95, of Newport, died March 2, 2011 at the Heatherwood Nursing and Subacute Center in Newport. A Graveside Service was held on March 3 at Beth Olam Cemetery, Middletown. Donations may be made in Jessie’s memory to Touro Synagogue, 85 Touro St., Newport, RI, 02840. Kathleen “Kitty” (Teehan) Holder, 70, of Newport passed away on March 3, 2011. A Mass of Christian burial was held on March 9 at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorial donations may be sent to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Rd., Westport, CT 06880 or www.savethechildren.org

Joy Diane (Johnson) Koponen, of Middletown, died March 3, 2011. Joy Diane (Johnson) Koponen. A memorial service was held on March 7 in Lifepath Church, Middletown. Joseph T. Lyons, Sr., 86, of Middletown, died on March 1, 2011 at home. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 4-7 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. Burial with Military Honors, will be held at Newport Memorial Park in Middletown on Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Ann “Bunny” Fay (Vars) Silvia, 77, of Portsmouth died on March 5, 2011, at Newport Hospital, Newport. Her funeral was held on March 9. Donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society of Rhode Island, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886. Marjorie Rita (Wright) Skahill, 92, of Middletown, died March 3, 2011 at Newport Hospital, Newport. Her funeral was held on March 10 with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Lucy’s Church, Middletown. Donations in her memory may be made to Lucy’s Hearth or Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island Hospice.

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Underwood School Collects “Pennies for Patients” Students at Underwood School will be bringing in spare change from home, family, and friends to donate to the 17th annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser to be held from March 725. The Rhode Island Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in partnership with Domino’s Pizza and Loomis, sponsors a national coin drive to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services. During this period, students bring in spare change to their school in this fun and educational program to fight the #1 fatal disease of children ages 1-20…leukemia. The top fundraising classroom of each school receives a reward lunch, the top five fundraising schools receive a school-wide Ice Cream Party, and the top 20 schools receive grand prizes.

At a St. Baldrick’s event, young and old, male and female sit side by side, and face the clippers as part of the worldwide effort of Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer.

Firefighters Shave Heads to Help Fight Cancer

By pooling their coins, healthy children have a chance to learn about and help children struggling with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, and myeloma. The challenges of treatment for children with leukemia are enormous – numerous hospitalizations, rounds 7.19'' of chemotherapy, spinal taps, bone marrow transplants,

and hair loss, but their hope is always high, and the research is promising. With tremendous advances in research, 80% of children with leukemia survive today, compared to a 4% survival rate in 1960. To make a donation to Pennies for Patients 2011 through Underwood school, contact Lori Russell at 846-9590.

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students in our region to get hands-on engineering experience. And with programs that build technology, science, and math skills, engineering feats like building smart grids and next generation delivery systems will be in very good hands. For more about what we’re doing, visit www.nationalgridus.com/commitment ©2011 National Grid

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we’re creating paid internships, mentoring programs, and job shadow opportunities that allow high school

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National Grid has invested more than three million dollars in our “Engineering Our Future” Program. Every year,

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America needs more engineers. Simple as that. And as a company that depends heavily on engineers,

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Middletown firefighters have formed a team to participate in a fundraising event in which their heads will be shaved in order to raise money to help defeat childhood cancers. The shaving will occur as part of an evening-long program at McFadden’s restaurant 52 Pine St. in downtown Providence March 23 beginning at 6 p.m. The fund-raising effort is coordinated by the volunteer St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which seeks donations to help support research into curing and preventing childhood cancers. In past years, other Rhode Island fire departments, including East Providence and others, have participated, and this year Middletown firefighter Rob McCall decided that it was time for Middletown to jump in and do its part. “We wanted to do something, and we’ve been so busy with so much going on around here that time just got away. I saw something about this, and I jumped on it.” So far, ten Middletown firefighters have signed up to be shaved. “The way it works, there are about 15 chairs set up in a row, and the whole team gets shaved as a group,” explains McCall. “There are people from salons there to do it, or you can have someone on your team volunteer. It’s one haircut for all – basically, just the lowest setting on the clippers.” Each team seeks donations for undergoing the shaving. Any group may sign up. The schedule for the event includes live music by the Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band, as well as by other bands such as The Broadway Bad Boys and by various bagpipers. There will be silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle, T-shirt sales, and awards. Family hour is from 6 to 7 p.m., when children are encouraged to attend. Group head shavings are interspersed throughout the evening. So far, a total of 110 people have volunteered to be shaved at the McFadden’s event. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, including how to volunteer, visit www.stbaldricks.org.

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By Katherine Imbrie


Newport This Week - March 10, 2011