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MHS Girls - Champions at Last With their victory over Central High School at URI’s Ryan Center on Saturday March 12, the Middletown High School girls basketball team avenged their only loss of the season and captured the Division III girls state championship. The final score wasn’t even close, as the Islander ladies won in a rout, 52-32. MHS finished their stellar season with a 21-1 overall record. It was the very first time, in the history of the school, that MHS “Girls Basketball” captured a Rhode Island state title. More photos and details about the team’s victory appear on page 10. (Photo by Rob Thorn)
Secrets of the Restaurant Business in Newport Being successful for the long haul takes both deep pockets and warm friends
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By Katherine Imbrie “Want to know how to make a small fortune in the restaurant business? Start out with a large fortune.” That’s a joke that Brick Alley Pub owner Ralph Plumb likes to tell to give an idea of just how hard the restaurant business really is. Every year, in Newport’s ever-evolving dining scene, some restaurants open, and some close. Each opening is accompanied by someone’s high hopes, and each closing marks the demise of those hopes in the face of a reality that includes daunting obstacles. Running any business is tough, but running a restaurant takes a particular combination of business savvy, marketing know-how, creative chops and – last and perhaps most important – people skills. At 31 years old, the Brick Alley Pub is a veteran of Newport’s restaurant scene. It’s been on Thames Street for so long that it may seem as if it was always there. But it wasn’t. “Before we came, this place was the Bavarian Garden – a German restaurant complete with oompah bands, German food, the works,” recalls Plumb. “Before that, it had been so many different restaurants that people were saying it was a jinxed location. They were warning me not to open there.” But open he did, on Dec. 10, 1980 – and the rest, as they say, is
Located in the heart of Historic Hill, Kay Parish Hall looms over the corner of High and Church streets, slowly deteriorating, a victim of a poor economy and prohibitive zoning. In recent years, neighbors have expressed concern over the condition of the building and the impact its neglect has on the character of the neighborhood. On Tuesday, an effort to convert the property into a condominium complex, cleared the first in what is expected to be a challenging series of hurdles. According to plans on file with the city, developer Parish House, LLC hopes to transform the property into a 10-unit high-end condominium or hotel complex. Architect John
Peter Crowley says that in the restaurant business, “you have to give people what they want.” His family has owned The La Forge Casino Restaurant on Bellevue Ave. since 1963, making it one of Newport’s oldest restaurants. “I would say that the secret of our success is that we try to keep the prices reasonable and give good value.” (Photo by Rob Thorn) history. “Brick” is perennially one of the most popular spots to dine in Newport; as popular with locals as it is with tourists. And therein lies one of the secrets of Brick Alley’s success, says Plumb: “The number one thing is to treat every guest as if they were a guest in your home. Be delighted to see them– that is really the essence of it. You’ve got to have a great staff, and you’ve got to listen to them, because they are interacting with every guest, so they know what they are talking about.” Of course, the food matters, too. In a city with as many different restaurants as Newport, you have to
stand out. “I had a big advantage back then, because I had just come back to Newport from traveling all over the United States, so I was aware of things that we didn’t have around here,” says Plumb. “No one had heard of nachos, frozen margaritas, potato skins–all these things that are so ubiquitous now. But I had eaten them out West, so I was fairly confident that people around here would like them, too.” As popular as the old favorites on the menu are, diners always want something new and different. Plumb says he still does a lot of traveling to keep up with the latest
trends, and he adds menu items “to keep things fresh.” Among the recent additions: Ahi tuna sliders. Over the more than three decades since he’s been in business, Plumb has seen a lot of changes in Newport. “As far as restaurants go, the caliber of all of the restaurants in Newport is very, very high, now. Most of the places that open are owned by people who have either worked in, or owned other, restaurants, so they have a lot of professional experience. Very rarely do you find someone who’s new to the business, anymore.”
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At a public workshop at Middletown Town Hall last Thursday, the town’s urban design consultants presented three possible scenarios for the 14-acre stretch of West Main Road from Coddington Highway to the former JFK Elementary School, and asked for feedback on the pros and cons of the plans. Repurposing this stretch of land could significantly change the look and feel of the busy thoroughfare, which now sports a mixture of onestory shops, municipal buildings, and a recreational field. The current flow of traffic is often snarled by the many curb cuts that lead to each business or building along the road and result in left-hand turns. The new plans emphasize solving transportation issues along West Main Road, as well as enhancing the overall pedestrian experience, which, at present, is nearly nonexistent. All the scenarios include transformative landscape plans—from a grassy median strip to rows of trees along both the west and east sides of West Main Road. All the plans focus initially on the west side of West Main Road, as that is the stretch where the Navy land has been released, but the plans also include long-term redevelopment of the east side of the road. Geoffrey Morrison-Logan, a senior urban designer with the Wa-
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Distracting signs along Ocean Drive make for a not-so-scenic drive.
Seaside Signage a Sore Subject By Tom Shevlin It’s just after 10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, and Tim Lynch has a prime spot overlooking Brenton Point on Ocean Drive. Though the sun is out, the northwest wind is cold, even biting at times. Still, like dozens of other Drive devotees, he comes out here almost every day–to read the paper, to watch the seals out on Seal Rock, and to take in the view from what may be one the state’s most scenic vistas. Except that these days, it can get a bit distracting. From the start of Ocean Drive at the end of Bellevue Avenue to Harrison Avenue in the Fifth Ward, signs line the road creating what some are saying is an anything but a scenic drive. A retired marine biologist and avid fisherman, Lynch has fished off the rocks around Brenton Point for years. And for years, he’s been free to park his car, hop out, and cast his line. But sometime last fall, he began to notice signs popping up reading, “No Parking.” That caught the interest of not only Lynch, but dozens of other local anglers who fish the waters just off the Drive. So, one morning, he got in car and set out–pencil in hand– to answer a simple question: Just how many signs are there along what is supposed to be one of Newport’s most scenic drives? Beginning at Gooseberry Beach, where several “No Parking” signs rise up from the ground like cattails, he began his count. “I went down there first, because they had put some newer signs up,” he recalls. By the time he reached Castle Hill–just three miles away, he had counted over 60 signs. Our own count revealed even more. Excluding speed limit and stop
signs, but counting those that are double-hung, there are over 100 signs from the intersection of Coggeshall and Ocean Avenue to Harrison Avenue. In one 1.3 mile stretch – from the east entrance of Brenton Point State Park, to the entrance of Castle Hill– there are 33 signs. And that doesn’t even include the signs posted within the park. “There’s nothing scenic about the scenic Ocean Drive,” Lynch says. Third Ward Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard agrees. Last year, Leonard called to question the proliferation of signs at Easton’s Beach. At the time, she argued that the city should be held to the same standards as private businesses who have to comply with zoning regulations. It was Leonard, along with Councilor Henry F. Winthrop, whom Lynch had initially approached with the problem. He said that the signs were eyesores, and the new parking regulations sent the wrong message to tourists and locals alike. Last month, the council took up Lynch’s concerns and instructed staff to thin out some of the signs in the area around King’s Beach. Standing near the Fishermen’s Memorial, Lynch points out the remnants of what once was a series of bass stands that jotted out across the rocks; and the old pier that was once a focal point for local fishermen. Today, the only indication that the bass stands were there are rusted metal spikes, while the old pier has been reduced to a rutted out jetty. Somehow, though, these historic ruins seem to add to the character of the area. The signs every 10 feet declaring “No Parking” under the threat of being towed, don’t.
tertown, Massachusetts, firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, described the three plans that his firm has developed to date, based on research that included an open house session in Middletown in January, as well as interviews with stakeholders in the area. n Scenario One would create a frontage road along the west side of West Main Road, pulling traffic off the main road and into an enclave of mixed-use buildings, creating a destination area independent of the flow of traffic on West Main. The mixed-use buildings would be multiple-story structures, with retail on the street level, and offices up above. Angled parking along the retail shop fronts would create the character of a mid-20th century small town; additional parking would be placed behind the mixed-use buildings, and farther from West Main. This scenario includes 28,000 square feet of civic space, 94,000 square feet of retail space, and 82,000 square feet of office space. n Scenario Two does not feature the frontage road of Scenario One, but it does pull traffic off West Main to parking areas behind a grouping of mixed-use, multi-story buildings on the west side of West Main, and it allows for more municipal space. This plan calls for 75,000 square feet of civic space, 80,000 square feet of retail space, and 68,000 square feet of office space. n Scenario Three features an expanded municipal area and commons, 75,000 square feet of civic space, and 106,000 square feet of retail space. During a breakout session, residents gathered around four different tables and looked at renderings of the three scenarios. They voiced praise for the improved pedestrian experience that would result, but also questioned such factors as where public transportation buses would stop, what kind of retail would be developed, and whether having too much civic space would actually discourage retail merchants. “The right mix of shops is so important,” said one resident. Planning will continue into the summer, with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin working on fine-tuning the scenarios before the next public workshop, for which a date has not yet been set.
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School Dress Code Legislation Needs Alterations By Meg O’Neil A bill which would allow a uniform dress code for Newport’s public schools will have to be re-introduced to the General Assembly before School Committee members can move forward with plans which proponents say will help improve the educational environment of the city’s elementary and middle schools. House Bill 5501 was introduced by Rep. Peter Martin on Wednesday, March 2 and referred to the house committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, where it was designated
“Held for Further Study.” According to School Committee member Jo Eva Gaines, upon review, a discrepancy in the language of the bill, which was modeled after the same legislation used in the Woonsocket school system, was discovered. Specifically, Gaines said that one line in the bill mentioned a “dress code,” while another contradicted the term using the word “uniform.” Upon fixing the wordage, Gaines said that the bill is being reintroduced by Rep. Martin as early as this week.
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While some say that a dress code limits a student’s right to self expression, experts say that the pros of a dress code far outweigh the cons. The main idea is that a uniform dress code eliminates many opportunities for the ridicule of less popular or less fortunate students based on their attire. “This is a uniform dress code,” added Gaines, “It’s different from a uniform in that we will suggest that students wear khakis. No jeans would be allowed. For shirts, a polo style shirt with two or three varying colors.”
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SOS Big Band will perform at Faith Fellowship Church, Wednesday, March 23, 8-10 p.m., in a fundraising concert to benefit the Newport Housing Hotline and Turn Around Ministries. Refreshments, revelry and fun! Suggested donation $10. 7 Central St, Newport.
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The fourth seminar of the Newport Council for International Visitors’ Great Decision Series will be held Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “Banks, Governments and Debt Crisis” will address responses of governments to the recent worldwide financial crises. Governments around the world stepped in to bail out troubled private banks deemed “too big to fail,” underscoring the interdependence between private and public finances. The seminar will discuss what have we learned so far and whether it is possible to ensure that future crises will not occur. Dr. Cornel Ban, of The Watson Institute of International Studies, Brown University, will present. Ban is a visiting fellow and deputy director of Brown’s Development Studies Program. He is the author of numerous peerreviewed articles and book chapters on the transnational spread of economic ideas, and the political economy of migration. 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.
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is hosting several upcoming training and networking events. A seminar on “Social Media for Business” will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 9-10 a.m. The training is free to members and $25 for nonmembers. The Coalition 2011 Legislative After Hours will be Thursday, March 24, at the RI State House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. Cost is $15. The monthly Business After Hours is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, at DiPrete Engineering, 90 Broadway, Newport. The event is free to members and $25 for non-members. To reserve, contact Kathleen Papp at 847-1608 or kathleen@NewportChamber.com.
Elizabeth A. Goddard, Executive Director of the Newport Art Museum, recently announced the appointment of Shawn Parker to the position of Director of Education for the museum. Parker brings 14 years of leadership experience in museum education to his new role, including positions at Heritage Harbor Museum, Old Sturbridge Village and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts degree (and has completed doctoral coursework) in the Theory and History of Art from Binghamton University, State University of New York. In his new position, Parker will play a major role in shaping the future of the Newport Art Museum’s arts education programs as the institution enters its centennial year in 2012.
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Salve Regina University will host “Exchange and Inspiration: A CrossCultural Dialogue on Chinese and American Ceramics,” at the Antone Academic Center, March 25-26. The two-day program will bring educators and artists from China and the United States together to explore the history and cultural exchange that has taken place in Jingdezhen, China, the center of China’s porcelain production since the Han Dynasty (220 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Presentations will highlight the history, economic landscape and contemporary creative exchange through studio demonstrations, a gallery exhibition, film screening and panel discussions. The symposium is free and open to the public. Contact Gianna Sullivan to register at gianna.sullivan@ salve.edu or 341-2208.
The Aquidneck Land Trust, in collaboration with the Newport Garden Club, will present the second presentation of the 2011 Conservation Speaker Series. Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics, will present “The Living Lawn, A Lawn for Living: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care” at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, on Monday, March 28, from 6 – 8 p.m. In this presentation, Osborne will help participants understand how we can all become better conservationists at the most local level, our backyard. Public health, our children’s health, stormwater runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens. RSVP to Courtney Huth at email@example.com 849-2799 ext. 19
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Friends of NWR Annual Meeting The annual meeting of the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will meet on Thursday, March 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Sachuest Point NWR. During the meeting, which is open to the public, the five National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island will be discussed. As part of this meeting, Numi Mitchell will be the keynote speaker on the topic of her research and findings through The Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. Mitchell is a biologist specializing in the study of resource and habitat use by wildlife.
Efforts to Solve Homelessness Update The effort to reduce chronic homelessness in Newport is being mounted by a collaboration among law enforcement, shelter providers, developers of affordable housing, mental health service providers and faith-based communities. It is hoped that the collaboration will become a model for other Rhode Island cities and towns. On Wednesday, March 23, people who were formerly homeless will speak about their experiences at a public event at Faith Fellowship Church, 7 Central St., Newport. Among others scheduled to speak are Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Rep. Peter Martin.
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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, March 7 to Monday, March 14 the Newport Police Department responded to 702 calls. This list has now been expanded to include all public services provided. Of those, 93 were motor vehicle related; there were 71 motor vehicle violations issued and 22 accidents. The police also responded to 17 incidents of vandalism, 18 animal complaints, 16 noise complaints and 21 home/business alarm calls. Officers also performed two funeral escort, 13 liquor establishment checks and 13 school security checks (2-Rogers, 9-Thompson, 2-Coggeshall.) They also conduced 3 DARE classes. In addition, 109 arrests were made for the following violations: n 36 arrests were made for drinking or possession of alcohol in an open container in public on Saturday, March 12, eight of those arrests were made before noon. n 28 arrests were made for possession of alcohol by minors, 25 of those arrests were made on March 12, 15 were made before noon. n Twelve arrests were made for disorderly conduct or fighting, 10 of those arrests were made on March 12. n Seven arrests were made for improper possession of alcohol, all were made on March 12. n Seven arrests were made for simple assault. n Five arrests were made for possession of marijuana. n Three arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n Three arrests were made for driving with a revoked or expired license. n Two arrests were made for DUI. n Two arrests were made for shoplifting. n One arrest was made for receiving stolen goods. n One arrest was made for crank phone calls. n One arrest was made for trespassing. n One arrest was made for littering. n One arrest was made for possession of a weapon other than firearms. n One arrest was made for improper certification for use of a public motor vehicle.
Mat Class for Newbies Ever thought about trying a Pilates class but felt uncomfortable walking in to an ongoing class? Or have you been too scared about being a beginner at the gym? Come to Newport Pilates for a special session focusing on your needs as a first time Pilates student. Try a special class designed just for you on Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m. for just $5. Newport Pilates is located at 92 William St., second floor above Wag Nation. All you need it to wear comfortable gym clothes.
St. George’s Student Receives National Recognition St. George’s School senior Huck Joon Yang was among only 98 students across the country to receive a 2010 Siemans Award for Advanced Placement, the highest recognition possible for performance on AP math and science tests. The Siemans Foundation awards a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student in each state. “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.
12 Metre Class Discussion The English Speaking Union of the United States - Newport Branch will present “The Twelve Metre Class” by Commodore William H. Dyer Jones & Jan D. Slee, Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m. at Seamen’s Church Institute. Their book–“The Twelve Metre Class”, –is a tribute to this spectacular class of yachts. Jones and Slee will lead a discussion to include topics on “One Hundred and Four Years of The 12 Metre Class” and “The Olympics, the America’s Cup and the Revival”. Admission is $22 per person for ESU members and guests (includes presentation, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, tea, coffee & soft drinks). RSVP 847-1185 or email bromal05@ gmail.com.
“An Affinity with Newport” Historian Judy Anderson will discuss the Colonial architectural heritage of Marblehead, MA on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. The town shares much in common with Newport in its architectural legacy as well as its social and cultural history. Anderson will focus on the preRevolutionary architecture of Marblehead, placing it in context with the town’s Colonial-era history, and will discuss the preservation of many early homes like Newport’s. The talk is presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation and The Newport Historical Society. It will be held at the Colony House on Washington Square. $5 per person, $1 for NHS members; Reservations requested at 841-8770.
Please come and enjoy the “Jamestown and the Silver Screen” series with guest speaker Steven Feinberg, Executive Director, RI Film & Television Office. Feinberg’s active role in luring film and television projects to RI is evident in the 20+ projects filmed throughout the state in recent years. Join us Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Library to hear about “Movies and Rhode Island” – the past and the future of filming in the state.
Teen Film Making Series Teens are invited to participate in the Silver Screen film-making series to begin on Thursday, March 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Teen Center. Participants will learn the basics of film-making including storyboarding, using digital video cameras, editing using iMovie software, scriptwriting, and acting. Teens will be invited to submit a short movie to be viewed at a community showcase. Participants will also be introduced to a variety of careers in film. Teens will be invited to view “Dan in Real Life” and receive a special tour of Riven Rock, where the movie was filmed. Materials fee is $10 per participant. The program is sponsored by the Jamestown Education Foundation. For more information or to register for the series, call 423-7261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit them on Facebook: Newport Film Commission, or email them at email@example.com
Arts & Cultural Annual Meeting 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 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. Admission to the annual meeting is free for members of the Alliance and others are asked to make a donation. The meeting will also include a report on the Alliance’s activities from Chairman Cris Offenberg. Natasha Harrison and Dominique Alfandre will announce the second recipient of the “Dominique Award.” The award, for service to the arts community, this year goes to Alison Vareika, who has chaired the Newport Performing Arts Center’s Opera House Project for four years. She has served: as President and Board member of the Aquidneck Land Trust; on the Board of Swinburne School; on the Board of the Newport Art Museum, and as Chair of their Special Events Committee for ten years. She is a past member of the South County Singers and Swanhurst Chorus. Vareika currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. She currently sings with the Rhode Island Civic Choral & Orchestra, and also sings with the Berkshire Choral Festival. She is Director of William Vareika Fine Arts. For more information or to join the Alliance, please visit www.newportarts.org.
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Youth Council Spring Carnival The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will host a Spring Carnival on Friday, March 25, 3-6 p.m. with games, refreshments, swimming, and more! Free admission with donation of items for the Potter League or Lucy’s Hearth. Call CiCi Dunn at 847-6927 for more information.
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EDITORIAL Let’s Celebrate Without Stupidity Another Parade Day has come and gone, but the beer bottles remain. As you’ll find in this week’s police blotter, close to 100 arrests were made in connection with last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Walking the parade route, we were not surprised. In fact, judging by the number of Nalgene bottles filled with blue, red, and orange drinks, it’s possible that an even higher number of revelers could have been cited for violating city ordinances. Of course, some will say that it’s all in good fun; that it’s part of the experience of our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the migration of drunkenness and outright binge drinking along the parade route is disturbing. Consider the case of one local restaurateur who had to turn a group away shortly after the parade began for trying to bring their own concoctions into his establishment. They were already too intoxicated to be served. Other downtown restaurants chose not to open for the day, while still more closed down by 8 p.m. For the families lining the parade route, there were few areas of respite. At Washington Square, parade revelers filtered down from Broadway and onto Thames Street where throngs stood three-and four-deep along the street. Lower Thames Street was ground zero for college-age men and women carrying out acts of various degrees of stupidity. We understand the importance of the parade to local businesses as well as to the Irish community. However, there’s no tribute in 14year-olds being arrested for public intoxication. We can do better. Hopefully next year, we will.
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Boards/Commissions Meeting, Planning Board, March 21 at 7 p.m. City Hall-Council Chambers Regular Council Meeting, March 23 at 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers Boards/Commissions Meeting, Zoning Board, March 28 at 7 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers
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PARISH HOUSE CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Grosvenor of Northeast Collaborative Architects appeared before the city’s Historic District Commission as a first step in the proposed redevelopment. Formerly used as a parish building for the adjacent Kay Chapel, the building features three levels with 40-foot ceilings, 15,750 square feet, of space, and wide expanses which stretch nearly the entire length of the building. According to property transactions, the building was sold on Oct. 22 of this year for $375,000 by LHO Viking Hotel to Parish House, LLC, a Virginia-based corporation owned by Terry Hinderman, of Altus Realty Partners. According to the plans, the brick and mortar facade would remain virtually untouched while the building’s transformation takes place. In fact, from the outside, the project’s most visible changes would come through the removal of an old fire escape network, the addition of a dormer on the western side of the building, and the addition of outdoor patios. It was the second time the matter has come before the HDC, and commission members were told that another appearance may be warranted further along in the process. According to Grosvenor, the building is need of some major rehab. “It’s in a deteriorated state,” he said, noting that the roof has been leaking for the past 10 years, and while the exterior is in good structural shape, the interior – comprised of an auditorium on the upper level and a gymnasium on the ground floor, would require a good deal of attention. Hinderman testified that while the condo market has yet to come around, he is hoping to begin making improvements on the building in order to stave off any further deterioration. “I think this building is at a tipping point,” Hinderman said. And while it still has “good bones,” he added that it is in “horrendous shape.” HDC Chairman John Shehan said that he believes the building is worth saving, adding that its present condition represents an eyesore to the neighborhood. Shehan warned the applicant that he still has “a lot of hoops to jump through,” and given that the project had yet to receive Zoning Board approval on the building’s use and number of units allowed, the application seemed “premature.” But Grosvenor said that before any decisions could be finalized on
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the interior space, certain improvements need to be made to the exterior of the building. To that end, commissioners were asked to weigh in on five specific proposals: the installation of a new synthetic slate roof, construction of an elevator shaft on the south side of the building, a new shed dormer on the west side of the building, a new 8x13 foot opening on High Street to allow access to a basement parking garage, and the demolition of an existing fire escape in order to accommodate a new second-story deck at the existing door location on the west side of the building. But the application was not without objection. Several neighbors spoke against various aspects of the plan, including the number of units, location of mechanical elements like HVAC systems, and the potential for increased traffic congestion. School Street resident Marilyn McCarthy has been trying to bring attention to the condition of 27 High St. for several years. She said that while the neighborhood is “very excited” to see the building saved, she added that until it’s known how many units are going to be approved for the structure, it feels like the cart is being put before the horse. Three other nearby residents expressed similar sentiments. Julie Priestley owns an historic 18th century home located at 12 High St. She also said that she has concerns over the placement of the building’s HVAC system and other mechanical elements. Although glad that the project is underway, she also said that she intends to “be watchful” of its progress. However, before the project goes any further, it would require at a minimum a parking variance from the city’s Zoning Board of Review as well as action to change the zoning ordinance governing the building.
In the end, the commission voted unanimously to approve the application, however, the project’s ultimate fate will be determined by the Zoning Board of Review. In other business, HDC members voted to grant summary approvals to the following: An application by the Newport Country Club to replace all side wall shingles in-kind at 264 Harrison Ave.; another by Salve Regina University for a property at 41 Ochre Point Ave.; and James Purviance for in-kind replacements to a property at 86 Mill St. Also receiving approvals were the following n An application by Aaron Davis to rebuild a chimney and replace various trim work at 77 Rhode Island Ave. n An application by Mark Pietrantonio to replace basement windows at 45 Ayrault St. n An application by Stephen Ramponi to replace three windows, select siding area, and demolish a rear covered porch at 63 Ayrault St. n An application by Bill Bagwill to install roof-mounted mechanical equipment, remove a chimney and replace it with a stainless steel vent, and replace several windows at 67 Webster St. n An application by Swanhurst Theater, Inc. to build a garage with enough room for a small apartment above at 67 Webster Ave. n An application by William Connell to extend the east wing of the property, a non-contributing structure, at 303 Harrison Ave. n An application by Michael Terra for a property at 17 Third St. was continued to the commission’s April meeting at the request of the applicant. Also of note, commissioners voted unanimously to nominate 45 Ayrault St. – an 1800s Victorian designed by George Champlin Mason – to be included in the city’s inventory of contributing structures.
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Watch out, Rhode Island voters, big brother, Rep. Douglas W. Gablinske has introduced bill # H-7085 on Jan. 12th that would make failing to wear a seatbelt while driving a “primary” rather than a “secondary” offense. The attorney general’s office, the State police, and other insurance company kiss-ups have joined in to relieve Rhode Islanders of their civil rights and obvious choice of freedoms with this politically correct and disingenuous attempt to keep four more drivers alive and safe from accidental harm. All the talk about how we can keep people safe from harm by taking away private choices to wear or not wear a seatbelt is just another
legal legislative attack against our civil rights with their ‘mommy and daddy’ attitudes of insipid brainwashing oversight that keeps the lower and middle class voters and their families in line with insurance company lobbyists who also contribute money to political campaigns over and over again to promote laws that protect or encourage their own business interests. Call your legislators and socalled “leaders” among our representatives in both houses, and revolt against this proposed “primary” law that limits your freedom of choice and civil rights. If need be, vote them out of office in the next election process. Death cannot be totally eliminated by those who only wish to take your money upon your legal arrest for failing to think
like they do upon every issue. They attempt to remove money from your wallet to increase their finances, thereby hoping to off-set their failure to balance the State budget in more honest and intelligent ways. They are taking the easy way out by appealing to your emotions only and legally stealing from you with arrest citations. You alone as a licensed driver know when and where to wear your seatbelt or not, and if you don’t wear yours, you alone will suffer any health or financial consequences. All underage passengers already must be belted and everyone enjoys your money, if they aren’t William Gramitt
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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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Chafee’s budget proposal The General Assembly received Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s $7.66 billion proposed budget, which includes plans to lower the general sales tax to 6 percent but expand it to more products and services; a new 1-percent sales tax on items and services not currently taxed; $682 million in funding for schools under the new education aid formula, and a $19.3 million boost in aid to cities and towns. The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee for hearings. n Sales tax holidays proposed Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (DDist. 49, Woonsocket) have introduced separate bills to institute sales tax holidays in Rhode Island to boost business and stay competitive with neighboring states. Representative Ruggiero’s bill would create a sales tax holiday the third Saturday of each August. Representative Baldelli Hunt’s bill would allow Rhode Island to have up to two sales tax holidays each year to match sales tax holidays declared in neighboring states.
Get ready to hear some rumors about movie stars in Newport this summer. It has been confirmed that director Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,“ “Rushmore,” and more) is filming scenes of his newest movie “Moon Rise Kingdom” in Newport. On top of that, the picture is getting some big Hollywood names attached to it. Filming in Newport is taking place primarily at Trinity Church, which sits majestically atop Queen Anne Square. Anderson has made several trips to Newport over the past months to visit the location. Set in the 1960s, the film revolves around two young lovers who run away from their New England hometown, causing a stir in the community. According to reports, about six days of filming will be spent at Trinity Church in June–one of the longest shoots of the film. The scenes filmed at Trinity will mostly be interior shots. Another source has revealed that John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Middletown will also be used in the film. While the full cast has not been confirmed, stars such as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton are linked to the project. We’ll be sure to keep you informed as more details on the film are released.
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hear same-sex marriage bills The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on bills pertaining to same-sex marriage, including one to allow same-sex marriage, one to put a question on the ballot to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, another to ask voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman but allow the recognition of civil unions, a bill to create “domestic unions” and a bill sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) to create “reciprocal beneficiary agreements” to allow two people ineligible for marriage to obtain certain rights and responsibilities.
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n House committee considers bill extending teacher layoff notification The House Committee on Labor held a hearing on legislation that would extend the notification requirements regarding the dismissal, suspension or layoff of teachers in the state from March 1 to June 1. The bill was introduced by Rep. J. Russell Jackson (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown).
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. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Daniel Patrick Reilly (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)
Council Honors Irish, Debates Code Red By Tom Shevlin
City Councilors made quick work of a light docket on Wednesday, March 9, during a meeting that was punctuated with a tribute to Newport’s Irish heritage by members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Pipes and Drums Band. Indeed, the theme was decidedly “green” as the city declared March Irish Heritage Month, indicated support for a request to name a section of Thames Street after an Irish mason who left his signature in stone, and heard remarks from the mayor of Kinsale, Ireland, Michael Frawley, who was in town for the weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Frawley spoke to the importance of the two cities’ Sister City status, and the deep attachment many Newporters have to their ancestral home. He also lauded the efforts of the late Paul Crowley in leading the effort to “twin” the two cities. It was Crowley, Frawley said, who presented him with a street sign from Bellevue Avenue which now hangs proudly outside of his restaurant in downtown Kinsale.
The one point of debate came during discussion regarding the city’s plan to contract with emergency notification provider Code Red. Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard said that she would like more information on the service and the policies that would be put in place before signing off on the roughly $35,000 annual contract. City Manager Edward F. Lavallee said that the system is widely used across the country to notify residents of emergency situations such as hurricanes, winter storms, and gas leaks. He also assured her that only authorized city personnel would be able to access the system, and all data contained therein would be encrypted. But Leonard pushed back, reiterating her desire to see a policy in place before acting on the contract. Citing cost savings and the efforts already in place by media outlets, First Ward Councilor Charles Y. Duncan also expressed concerns about the contract. ”I can see this thing going awry,” he said.
But a majority of councilors lent their support to the proposal, and the measure passed 3-2. In other business, the council… Heard an update on the effort to install restrooms along the Cliff Walk from Cliff Walk Commission Chair Robert Power, who said that the commission continues to work on the matter, and also suggested that the city review its policies regarding vendors along the scenic stretch. Adopted a resolution allowing for individuals cited for bicycle offenses to pay their fines by mail. Continued a proposal to establish 24-hour resident sticker parking on Washington Street in the area between Marsh and Poplar streets. Continued, acting as Board of License Commissioners, show cause hearings related to the Class BV liquor licenses of Billy Goodes and Asterisk; and the Class D liquor license of the Kerry Hill Club. Meeting note: Councilor Henry F. Winthrop was not able to be in attendance for the night’s meeting.
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Putting the Car Keys Away A few weeks ago, I began writing about the 14 express bus, (#14) to Providence. I rode the #14 nearly every weekday. Rising at 6 a.m., I would walk, ride a bike, or hitch a ride with my wife to the Gateway Center in downtown Newport. The bus leaves at 7:10 a.m., makes one stop in Saunderstown (just over Aaron the Jamestown PHANEUF Bridge); then deposits passengers at various outposts around the capital city. In the late afternoon I would catch the #14 home, returning most evenings to Newport by 6:10 p.m. The #14 also makes additional trips to and from Providence throughout the day. My articles focused on the #14 express which makes just one trip in the morning and again one in the afternoon. Over the course of two previous articles, life on the bus was documented by focusing on the people who use public transportation in their daily life. This final installment highlights a few tips and tricks for those interested in putting the car keys away and hopping on the bus. Tip 1: Know the route and cost. Paul, a driver for RIPTA for ten years, shares his advice. “Start with the basics. Research the route. Sounds silly, but I constantly find riders who fail to realize we do not stop where they would like. It’s often too late before they find they’ll be walking further than they originally hoped. If you have Internet access, the RIPTA Web site is very helpful. You can also stop by the Gateway Center downtown and pick up maps for all the local routes,” he says. He went on to add, “Know how much the bus costs (currently $2 per ride) and whenever possible have the correct change. You can’t imagine the number of riders we see complaining about the limited options we have for money above fare. It’s not like I have a cash register and can make change. If you get on with $20, you end up with a pretty big fare card. Don’t expect to receive cash back.” Tip 2: Stay alert. “People get comfortable or just lazy and begin developing bad habits.” Tony, a 15-year veteran RIPTA driver, went
on to say, “Riders should always pull the yellow (I want to get off the bus) cord before standing up and moving toward the front of the bus. If they don’t pull the cord, the bell doesn’t sound and I don’t know whether they are getting off, stretching their legs, or something more sinister. When folks pull the cord, I can tell the oncoming riders to wait until my passengers are able to hop off. Without that simple gesture, we have a traffic jam at the front of the bus with riders trying to get off, new folks attempting to get on. It’s a mess.” Tip 3: Bikes on the bus and special seating. Each RIPTA bus is outfitted with a bicycle mount on its nose and can accommodate two bikes. Most buses have seating, just behind the driver, for those with disabilities. The bench seats face each other and offer riders more legroom and space to sit. There are also areas designated for those using wheelchairs. Tip 4: Ask questions. “I have found most drivers and riders are willing to help,” said Leah, a veteran RIPTA rider. “Even if someone is reading or listening to music, I find most, not all, are happy to offer advice. iPods and MP3 players have changed bus culture. They definitely allow folks the ability to escape the noise or activity around them. But, they also separate us from our fellow riders. Sometimes I miss the conversations that took place on the bus. Not that every bus is quiet, far from it, but with so many people moving through their day with tiny white plugs in their ears, I wonder if they are missing out?” I realize that public transport isn’t for everyone; family or work commitments can place special demands on our time and flexibility. But, I also know that more of us can and should use buses, trains and subways. We cling to our cars, believing that we need the freedom a personal vehicle provides. It is true that riding a bus can be more inconvenient than driving a car to the front door of the mall. It is also true that most of need more exercise, and could use a few extra minutes each day to read, think or just sit quietly. Aaron and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Newport for nine years. A 2001 graduate of URI, Aaron is a freelance writer, bike messenger, drummer, and lover of books.
NUWC Newport Forms New Partnership By Pat Blakeley Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport has established a formal educational partnership agreement with the newly established Undersea Science and Engineering Foundation, Inc. (USEF). Under the agreement, USEF will work with NUWC Newport’s Outreach Office to develop a program under which USEF will collaborate with NUWC to bring the scientific, technological, and undersea technology expertise from NUWC to area faculty and students. Foundation volunteers will also augment NUWC volunteers to provide mentoring and tutoring services for area elementary and high school students. “We recognized that there is a widely untapped resource in the community of retired scientists, engineers and other professionals that can support and help expand NUWC’s existing educational outreach programs,” said William Ferreira, chairman of the USEF board. “We want to utilize that expertise to meet the needs of our schools in enhancing math and science curri-
cula that support undersea science and engineering education.” NUWC Newport has established educational partnership agreements with a wide range of educational organizations to encourage and enhance study in scientific disciplines at all educational levels. Last year, the command received a Navy-wide award in educational outreach for its support to local schools in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “NUWC Newport has long recognized that we need to stimulate interest and participation in STEM education in our area so that students will continue to pursue education and employment opportunities in areas that support the undersea technical disciplines needed at NUWC,” said Dr. Paul Lefebvre, Technical Director of NUWC Newport. “Our partnership with USEF has the potential to significantly increase our level of support to local schools through additional volunteers and funding that can broaden these educational opportunities to students that might not otherwise be able to participate in the programs.”
Naval Community Briefs Brass Quintet Performance The Navy Band Northeast’s Top Brass Quintet will perform at the Aquidneck Island Relay for Life on Sunday, March 20, 7:30-9 p.m. at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. This ensemble is noted for its versatility and performs a wide range of musical styles from traditional and modern brass to Dixieland and patriotic marches. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life events are held around the world to promote awareness and raise funds for cancer research.
MWR Passport to Newport The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department will present its first “Passport to Newport” on Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Officers’ Club. The event will showcase area businesses, colleges and MWR facilities and is open to all hands with base access. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes as you learn what Newport has to offer the military community. Arts and crafts area available for children.
O’ Club Laughs The Winter Comedy Series continues Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Topside Lounge. Veteran comedian Ken Rogerson will perform. A mainstay of the Chicago and Boston comedy scenes, Rogerson also has an extensive television background, appearing on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” FX’s “Rescue Me” and ABC’s “It’s All Relative.” His film credits include“There’s Something About Mary” and “Fever Pitch.” The show is free and open to all hands with base access. Please note, the comedy series is geared towards adults. For more information, call 841-1442.
Volleyball Season Begins Naval Station Intramural Volleyball will run from Monday, March 28 through Friday, May 13. The league is open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members and DoD employees. All games will be played at Gym 109. Call 841-3154 for more information.
Eight Bells Lecture – The Great Wall at Sea The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue Tuesday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum. Author Bernard D. Cole will discuss his latest book, “The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-first Century,” offering a detailed look at China’s navy, its organization and the submarines, ships, and airplanes that form the heart of the sea-going force. China is now building a large modern navy to assure its status as Asia’s predominant power. Cole, a retired U.S. Navy captain, is a professor at the National War College and the author of five books on energy, Asia and maritime interests. He will examine China’s extensive territorial claims at sea and its increasing dependence on energy sources mined from the ocean floor. The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Visitors without a DoD decal/ID card should request access at time of reservation. To reserve, call 841-2101 at least one working day prior to event.
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are on their way out of the ground. Hand dig ‘ground ivy’ now. This is the time to remove this nastiest of weed out of your garden beds or lawn. Ground Ivy also known as Creeping Charlie is one of the worst banes to the lawn or garden on Aquidneck Island. Should your lawn have a severe infestation of this weed, it is best to call in a professional lawn service to eradicate the weed. The other weeds to start digging up are grasses. They spread like wildfire and choke your lovely perennials trying to grow. Varieties of wild grasses are not fussy regarding the soil in which they thrive. They do love cracks between bluestone and growing in your gravel driveway. Dandelions
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Middletown Girls Basketball RIIL Div. III State Champions
Middletownâ€™s head coach, Mike Yates, anticipates the final buzzer and his teams state title.
Michaela Conley, #55, shares in the thrill of victory with fellow teammates.
Middletown senior guard, Lauren Paiva, #23, drives past a Central defender for two of her 10 points. You may order photos that appear in the paper or online by calling 847-7766, ext 103 or email email@example.com
Nina Traglia, #32, soars down the lane for a layup. The junior forward also finished the game with 10 points for the champs. (At Far Right:) Only a sophomore, Chelsea Dowler, #22, seen shooting from the perimeter, netted a team high eleven points. Dowler received Player-of-the-Game honors.
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For the Love of Braising
Listen for the Sizzle & Savor the Sear By Mary Weaver, Newport Cooks!
The nuances of braising are many, but there are really only two steadfast rules to achieving the robust flavors of success. First and foremost is to properly brown or sear the meat prior to braising, and second is to sit back and let the rich flavors develop – slowly. I’ve learned these culinary tips from local Private Chefs Alexandra Day and Sophie Plowright, who have both taught classes on the art of braising for Newport Cooks!. I’ll share a few of their secrets and their creative adaptations of braised classics, Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin. Originally created as peasant dishes, invented by necessity, to render tough, inexpensive cuts of meat edible, braised dishes were elevated to haute cuisine by famed French Chef Auguste Escoffier (1846 – 1935). Before beginning this one-pot beef and/or chicken braising adventure, you’ll want to address what you’ll be cooking in. Everything can be prepared in one cast iron or heavy-bottomed stainless steel pot with a lid that fits tightly on top, often called a Dutch oven. And, conveniently, you can braise on the stove top or in the oven with equally delicious results. After choosing the right vessel, you’ll want to go in search of the perfect inexpensive meat. Beef should be well marbled with fat–a chuck steak, brisket, shank or most any roast will do. As for the chicken, purchase it whole to save money, or in parts with “skin on” if you don’t have the knife skills to cut up a whole bird. Fatty legs and thighs are preferred over lean breasts, if you buy parts. As with all meats, I highly recommend spending the extra money on organic and/or locally grown.
As adapted by Private Chef Alexandra Day, Chez Vous Makes 4-6 servings Chef’s Tips for Boeuf Bourguignon: 1. Trace the lid of your braising pot and cut it out of parchment paper. In the center, make a hole about the diameter of a wine cork. 2. If you don’t have a sachet to put your Bouquet Garni in, a non-bleached coffee filter tied with cotton butcher’s twine works great! 3. Remember to allow 24 – 36 hours of marinating time prior to braising. Ingredients: 3lbs beef, chuck, cut into 1” cubes 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 2 celery sticks, washed and finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, paper removed, and smashed Bouquet Garni (peppercorns, parsley, bay leaves, whole garlic w/ skins removed) 1 - 750 ml bottle rich red Burgundy (not too expensive!) 6 ozs lean salt pork, or bacon if you can’t find salt pork Vegetable or Canola Oil Salt & Pepper 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1lb small white mushrooms, stems trimmed, and caps wiped off Place beef cubes, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and bouquet garni in large bowl and add wine. Mix all ingredients together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator 24-36 hours. Remove meat from marinade, reserving marinade. Dry meat on paper towels. Fry salt pork in large
A Dutch oven is the ideal pot for Coq au Vin.
pot over medium heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove pork from pot but leave rendered fat. Season beef with salt and pepper. (Decrease usual amount of salt if using salt pork.) Sear meat in pot until brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Add vegetable oil, if additional oil is necessary. Sprinkle in flour, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Add reserved marinade. Scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon. Add additional water to cover meat–about 2 cups. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately turn heat to low. Place parchment paper with hole in center directly on top of the meat/marinade mixture, cover pot with tight fitting lid. Cook until meat is tender, about 21/2–3 hours at 350 degrees or on the stovetop at a low – medium simmer. Add mushrooms and salt pork 30 minutes before serving. Remove Bouquet Garni. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with buttered egg noodles tossed with fresh chopped parsley.
Coq au Vin
As adapted by Private Chef Sophie Plowright Makes 6 - 8 servings Chef’s Tips for Coq au Vin: 1. It tastes better the next day! So if you can, prepare and cook it a day in advance and only warm it prior to serving. 2. Mis en Place – literally, “putting in place”: Gather, chop and have all of your ingredients in small bowls or containers prior to starting this recipe. It makes for a more relaxing and enjoyable cooking experience. Ingredients: 6 - 8 lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces Kosher salt Olive oil or Vegetable Oil All purpose flour for dusting 1/2 lb slab bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces, called lardons 3 celery sticks, cut into 1/2” dice 1 onion, cut into 1/2” dice 2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 lb cremini or white button mushrooms, quartered 1/2 cup brandy 1/4 cup tomato paste 3 cups hearty red wine (Burgundy, preferable) 1/2 lb small cipollini onions (can substitute pearl onions, frozen okay) 4 - 6 cups chicken stock 1 bundle thyme 3 bay leaves 3/4 lb fingerling potatoes cut in 1” slices Chives, finely chopped, for garnish Serves 8 Pat chicken dry and season generously with salt, to taste. Coat a heavy large pot with olive oil and bring to a medium high heat. Working in batches, coat chicken with flour and put immediately into hot oil. Only flour chicken you are working with in that batch. Brown chicken well on all sides. Remove and place on paper towels. Remove excess oil from pan.
Add bacon lardons to pan with a splash of olive oil. Cook until brown and crispy. Add celery and onion, season with salt. Cook over medium heat until vegetables start to soften and have no color, about 7 - 8 minutes. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute. Add mushrooms, cook until they give off their juices, about 4 - 5 minutes. Stir in brandy and reduce. Stir in tomato paste. The mixture will become very thick. Stir in wine and bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook 4 - 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring pot of well-salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add cipollini onions, with skins on. Cook onions 3 - 4 minutes. Strain. When onions are cool, discard skins and reserve onions. Return legs and thighs to pan, reserving breasts. Stir in chicken stock until chicken is 3/4 covered. Add thyme and bay leaves. Bring mixture to a hard simmer, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if needed. Add cipollini onions and potatoes. Partially cover pan and simmer 20 minutes. Turn legs and thighs over and add breasts. Add more chicken stock, if needed. Partially cover pan and simmer for 15 more minutes. Remove chicken from pan and skim the sauce, if necessary. If sauce is thin, reduce it down until it becomes thicker. Transfer chicken to a serving platter, garnish with chopped chives and serve with lots of sauce.
wine pairing A lovely wine to complement either of these meals, chosen by Maria Glade, owner of Newport Wine Cellars, would be an Albert Bichot Domaine Adélie Mercurey Champs Martin or a Domaine Billard, Hautes Cotes du Beaune. Note that this is where you’ll want to spend a few extra dollars–on the wine you drink with the flavorful Boeuf Bourguignon or Coq au Vin. Save your pennies when choosing the cooking Burgundy, but of course, never cook with something that is not pleasant to your palate. A good rule of thumb is that the drinking wine should cost at least double what you pay for the wine used for cooking. Newport Cooks! Notes: Chef Alexandra Day of Chez Vous will be teaching a “Regional Mexican Cuisine” class on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) 6 – 8 p.m. at the Edward King House. Chef Sophie Plowright will be teaching a “Gourmet Underway – Boat Picnics To Go” class on June 2. To register for these Newport Cooks! classes or to see the current class schedule, go to www.facebook. com/NewportCooks or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SECRETS CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Another city restaurant that knows the secrets of longevity is the La Forge Casino Restaurant on Bellevue Avenue. The Crowley family has owned La Forge for nearly 40 years, since 1963. “We’ve always been family-run, family-owned,” says Peter Crowley. “I would say that the secret of our success is that we try to keep the prices reasonable and give good value to people.” To be successful, any Newport restaurant has to give locals a reason to come out year-round, he adds. “We do what we call Newport Nights on weeknights in the winter, where we offer 12 to 15 choices from $11.95 to $16.95. There’s always a filet mignon on there, but you know, one of the most popular things people order is liver and onions. You have to give people what they want, because it’s hard for a lot of people to get out in the winter – especially with the weather we had this year in January and February.” But enduring tough winters like the one just past is all part of running a restaurant in Newport: “You have to expect the highs and lows, and not get too excited when you have a great season and go and spend all that money.” A great staff is important, too: La Forge’s current chef, Nicholas Violette, has been there 15 years, and bartender Mike Tuohy has been there 35. Longevity counts for a lot in Newport. Two of the city’s newest restaurants are owned by people who have long been involved in other restaurants and who are now bringing that experience to new ventures. The Fifth Element opened on Broadway on New Year’s Eve after a 21-month hiatus, while owners Frank Doyle, Brad Cherevaty and Joe Fitzpatrick moved it from its former location on lower Thames. The three opened the original Fifth Element four years ago after hav-
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ing met while working as bartenders at the original Christie’s. “The restaurant is still a work in progress,” says Doyle. “It was pretty crazy for opening day right before New Year’s, and we’ve been holding off on doing a few things till St. Patrick’s was over. We still haven’t even unpacked all of our stuff! But we love it. For St. Patrick’s, we were able to open our sidewalk windows for the first time, and it was great.” Owning their own buildmeans that they can do things that they weren’t able to do in their old location, says Doyle. “There was a lot of construction to do. It was like a bomb shelter here for awhile. We did a ton of work to open up the ceiling, but the great thing is, now what we do is all ours.” During the nearly two years that the construction work was going on, and the restaurant was closed, encouragement from their former customers kept them going, says Doyle: “The restaurant business is a business of relationships. People were so supportive,. Even at our lowest points, that kept us afloat. And then, when we did reopen, it was like a class reunion with everyone coming back.” The name Fifth Element came from a combination of things, explains Doyle. “In our original location, we were right at the cusp of the Fifth Ward, so the name was homage to that. Element came out
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Josh Miles is an owner of one of Newport’s newest restaurants, Speakeasy, which opened in January 2011. (Photo by Rob Thorn) of the idea of the four elements being Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire – the fifth being the experience of the unknown. The menu at Fifth Element pushes the envelope of the unknown with creative combinations of some familiar – and some unfamiliar – ingredients. Crispy Cod is made with chick peas, green olives, shaved fennel, radish, and salsa verde, and a Chicken Stew is spiked with chorizo, garlic and pumpkin. Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Chocolate Guinness Cake are among the desserts offered. The Fifth Element reflects one of the biggest restaurant trends in recent years – that is, it’s a bar that also is known for its creative and interesting food. The combination seems particularly appropriate for a tourist-friendly place like Newport, where a fun night out with food and drinks is high on the agenda for many visitors. Speaking to that trend, as well, is another new restaurant in town: SpeakEasy Bar and Grill on Thames Street. Opened Jan. 14 in the highvisibility spot that formerly was occupied by the Rhode Island Quahog Company, SpeakEasy showcases the much-celebrated talents of
chef Rob Biela, who formerly was at the West Deck (before it became @ The Deck) on Waite’s Wharf. As it was at West Deck, the bar at SpeakEasy is a focus – but so is the food. Biela is doing many of the dishes at SpeakEasy that were favorites at the old Deck, such as Bermuda Fish Chowder with Gosling’s Rum, Baked Oysters Au Gratin, and Grilled Filet Mignon with Stilton Cheese Butter and Port Wine Sauce. Food is important, but so are the people working in a restaurant, says Josh Miles, an owner of the restaurant with Michelle Carter and Kevin Sullivan. Like Biela, all three are veterans of the Newport restaurant/bar scene. (Sullivan also is an owner of Pour Judgement.) “We have a unique mix here,” says Miles. “A lot of our staff have already worked together, so there’s a camaraderie already there. Everyone really loves coming to work, and it shows in their smile. That’s what makes people want to come back.” As the other new kid in town, SpeakEasy, too, is still working on finishing touches before the summer crowds come. “We’re still waiting on a new sign and logo for the front,” says Miles.
Live Music: Saturday Night
Newport Grand–Nuance, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center–WBRU Rock Hunt 2001-Semi-Final, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–Workhorse, 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–TBA Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Lois Vaughan, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–DS and the After Effect Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 6:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 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.
One Pelham East–The Criminals Portofino’s at the Royal Plaza Hotel– Bobby Ferriera, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Rhumbline – Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar – DJ Butch, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 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.
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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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NATURE March â€“ A Time of Transition
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By Jack Kelly The month of March is a time of vast and amazing transitions in the natural world. Along the coastal shorelines, sea ducks, such as Common Eider, Long-tailed ducks, various Scoter species and others, gather for migration north. Large floating groups of waterfowl, known as â€œrafts,â€? can be seen in Eastonâ€™s Bay, Sachuest Bay, along the Sakonnet River, or off Brenton Point, on Ocean Drive. Other waterfowl including Common Loons, Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebes, and Red-necked Grebes begin their transformations from dull winter plumage to full breeding colors, which are guaranteed to attract the opposite sex. This magnificent process usually begins in the later weeks of March and into early April, just before migration begins. As the weather warms, these migrant winter residents will begin the trip north to ancient breeding and nesting sites of their various species. One particular species, the Harlequin Duck, is a favorite of nature observers at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The next three to four weeks will be the last chance to see this spectacularly colored sea duck until next November. The Short-eared Owls and Rough-legged Hawks that have thrilled many birders at Sachuest Point NWR this winter, will also be departing the area soon. However, as the month pro-
A group of male Harlequin Ducks gather at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. gresses, it brings the promise of spring. This season is natureâ€™s wake-up call to the flora and fauna to continue the circle of life, after a long and cold winter. The mating antics of one bird species that attracts wildlife enthusiasts in early spring, is the American Woodcock. Classified as a shorebird, the woodcock is a nocturnal creature. The male performs his courtship flight for the female at dusk or on moonlit nights. The male flies in circles and produces twittering wing noises before landing and emitting a comical call. He may repeat this many times. The male also uses the preening of his plumage as part of his courtship display. The American Woodcock is about eleven inches long, with a wingspan of eighteen inches. It has
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a heavy body, with short legs and tail, and a long pliant bill that is very sensitive. The woodcock uses its bill to search for earthworms in the mud. It leaves groups of holes where it pulls out worms. This bird uses its very large, dark eyes for nocturnal flying and foraging. This species nest in leaves on the ground in dense thickets and is one of natureâ€™s best camouflage experts. Woodcocks are wood brown in color with black bars on their heads and orange-buff below. This coloration gives the bird a â€œdead leafâ€? pattern for camouflage and protection from predators. The female lays four tan and reddishbrown eggs. After the young birds are born, the woodcock sometimes carries them firmly between its thighs while flying, if it feels the nest is threatened. As of March 4th,
three males have been observed â€œdisplayingâ€? at Sachuest Point NWR, and two others have been reported at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. March also brings the beginning of Red-tailed Hawk mating season. This speciesâ€™ courtship display is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The male and female soar in circles at great heights. The male will begin the courtship with a series of breathtaking steep, acrobatic high-speed dives, followed by swift climbs in elevation. The female will answer with equally dazzling aerial maneuvers. As the two repeat these patterns, the male approaches the female from above. The pair will sometimes interlock their talons, and joined together, go on a downward spiral plummeting to treetop level before separating. They will repeat these maneuvers a number of times. The first time I witnessed this display I was speechless! I was reminded of the classic Joni Mitchell lyric, â€œthe dizzy dancing way you feel.â€? Red-tailed Hawks have a very strong pair bonding. Evidence suggests that they mate for life and stay together even out of mating season. For wildlife and nature lovers this is an exciting time of year with the comings and goings of so many species. It is the end of winter and the beginning of new life. It is a time for wonder and anticipation for all that spring has to offer to humanity. It is a great time to get out and experience the natural world for yourself.
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The following slate of officers for the 2011-2013 term were elected at the Newport Democratic City Committee, Feb. 7 meeting. n Chair: J. Clement Cicilline n Vice Chair: Susan T. Perkins n Secretary: Sandra J. Flowers n Assistant Secretary: Joanne Ritchie n Treasurer: Joanna T. Sommerville In addition, the Ward Committees elected their own officers:
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Women In Business Brown Bag Lunch Newport Chamber of Commerce, noonâ€“1:30 p.m., 847-1608 Hibernian of the Year Awards The Ancient Order of Hibernians honors Bill Cardinal, AOH Hall, Wellington Ave., 6 p.m. Call 847-8671 for reservations. Irish Music The Patchy Caubeens perform at the Officersâ€™ Club on the Newport Naval Base, 5:30 â€“ 8:30 p.m. 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 â€“ 5:30 p.m., 222-0105 â€œIf Itâ€™s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeareâ€? Informal group meets to give interpretive readings of Shakespeareâ€™s works, free, Redwood Library, 6 â€“ 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 Pub on Broadway.
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, 8468865. March for Equality Marriage Equality Rhode Island and Channing Church are holding a rally for marriage equality starting at 135 Pelham St., Newport, at noon. Supporters are asked to wear red clothing. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner The famous Irish dish is served and sponsored by the Middletown Knights of Columbus, 7 Valley Rd., Middletown, $12, 846-8800. â€œAnything Goesâ€? 6:30 p.m. Please see Saturday, March 18 for more details. Bits Oâ€™Irish Humor 8 p.m. Please see Friday, March 18 for more details.
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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, Coffee Hour with NTW Drop in to the The Peopleâ€™s CafĂŠ on Thames St. at 10 a.m. to ask questions, give some news tips, or discuss Newport happenings with the Newport This Week and Newport-Now.com staff.
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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 â€“ bring your binoculars!
â€œAnything Goesâ€? Swanhurst Chorus tribute to Broadway, dinner and performance, Fenner Hall, 6:30 p.m., reservations required, 682-1630, www.swanhurst.org.
Irish Tea Delicious Irish tea, food and entertainment, Ochre Court, Salve Regina University, 2 â€“ 4 p.m. Tickets available at La Forge Restaurant: 847-0418, Creaney Cruise & Travel: 849-8956, Ireland Calls: 849-8174, Deborah Winthrop Lingerie: 682-2272. No tickets sold at the door.
Bits Oâ€™Irish Humor Blarney, leprechauns and laughs with the Bit Players, Newportâ€™s comedy improv troupe. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., $15, 849-3473.
Pet Loss Support Support program for those dealing with the loss of a pet, or anticipating the loss of a pet. Potter League, 3 p.m., 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Choral Evensong Celebrate the first Sunday of Lent with the Ecclesia Consort, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 4 p.m., 874-0675.
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Teen Time at NPL 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 â€“ 4:30 p.m. 847-8720 ext. 206.
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Great Decisions Lecture â€œBanks, Governments & Debt Crisisâ€? by Dr. Cornell Ban of Brown University, at the Pell Center, Salve Regina University, 518 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. Email NewportCIV_res@yahoo.com. SOS Big Band Concert Benefit for the Newport Housing Hotline and Turn Around Ministries. Faith Fellowship Church, 8-10 p.m., 7 Central St.
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Redwood Library Lecture â€œA White Paper from Kew: Recent Research into the Life and Times of Dr. John Clarkeâ€? presented by James Wermuth of the John Clark Society. Redwood Library on Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., free and open to the public. Colony House Lecture â€œAn Affinity with Newport: the 18th century architecture of Marblehead, MAâ€? presented by histo-
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rian Judy Anderson at the Colony House in Washington Square. 5:30 p.m., $5.
Arts & Cultural Alliance The ACA’s Annual Meeting celebrates accomplishments in the arts community, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrating Ireland A program of Irish music featuring fiddlers, bodhran, tin whistle and accordion players. Free, Newport Public Library, lower level program room, 7 p.m., 847-8720.
Two-Day Symposium “Exchange and Inspiration: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Chinese and American Ceramics” at the Antone Academic Center, Salve Regina University, corner of Lawrence and Leroy Ave., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register 341-2208. Burlesque Affair Dance Party Dance the night away in the Boom Boom Room, at the Clarke Cooke House, to benefit Jackie Henderson’s “Icons and Inspirations” Show, $15, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., 862-0190. Extensions Dance Company 8 p.m., Please see Thursday, March 24 for more details. Bits O’Irish Humor 8 p.m. Please see Friday, March 18 for more details.
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Grand Opening Celebrate the opening of the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, 648 Thames St., 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 846-8865. Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Sponsored by the Ladies AOH at St. Augustin’s Church Hall, Carroll Ave., 6 p.m., $15. Tickets available at Creaney Cruise & Travel: 8498956 and Deborah Winthrop Lingerie: 682-2272. Two-Day Symposium 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please see Fri-
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u Portsmouth High School boys hockey team made it to the Division 2 championship finals against Coventry. The first game in the best-ofthree series was played March 16 (score results unavailable at press time.) Teams face-off for the second match on March 19 at 3 p.m. at Providence College’s Schneider Arena. The third game, if necessary, will be played the following night at 8 p.m., again at PC. u Congratulations to the Rogers girls basketball team and coach Frank Brow for a great run in the Girls Division 2 Tournament. Their loss in the semi-finals to Mt. St. Charles in overtime, 59-52, was a heartbreaker. The Mount entered the play-offs with a 17-1 record.
Extensions Dance Company The official dance company of Salve Regina University performs at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m. Tickets, 341-2250
Extensions Dance Company the official dance company of the Department of Performing Arts, is compråised of 16 dancers, all of whom audition to become part of the ensemble. Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Casino Theatre Admission to Thursday’s preview performance is $3 with a Salve Regina ID and $5 for the general public. Tickets for all other performances are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 341-2250 or visit www.tinyurl.com/salvecasino.
u Flag rugby sign-ups, for boys and girls, grades 1 through 6, will be held Saturday, March 19 at the Newport Recreation, Hut, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The season begins April 30. Games will be played on Saturday mornings at 9 or 10 a.m. For more information, call Mike Farley at 835-8775.
Soap Box Derby Continues The 2011 Ocean State Soap Box Derby is slated for Saturday, May 21. Volunteers and sponsors are still needed to continue this much-anticipated family event. For more information or to volunteer, contact any of the three 2011 co-chairmen: Mike Farley, Tom Callahan or Ned Connolly, or visit www.newportlionsclub.com.
Frostbite Results Twenty-seven racers turned out for the Sail Newport Frostbite series on Sunday, March 13. The skies miraculously went from mottled grey to bright blue in the space of ten minutes. It was warm, with a pleasant westerly breeze. But, the clearing skies brought in the postfrontal breeze, and after a moderate first race, it was full on for the next five, with 15 to 20 knots and more in the gusts. Steve Kirkpatrick gutted out the win with a score of 18. However, even he was quick to award “sailor of the day” honors to Tufts sophomore Will Hutchings, who went 7-2-1-1-1 before skipping the last race to get back to campus. Even with the DNS, Hutchings finished fourth with 32 points. Scott Milnes took the number two slot, with a score of 19 and Dave Armitage followed with a 27. With fairly light winds of 10-20 knots out of the NW, the sailors with the Newport Yacht Club Turnabout Frostbite Series were planning a full day on the water March 13. However, they decided to call it a day after four races once the winds picked up. Winkle Kelley placed first with a score of 1, followed by Paul Fleming with a 2.5. Roy Guay and Mike Arsenault each earned 3 points. Numerous competitors placed next with scores of 4; Robert Morton, Suzy Harrington, Whitney Slade, Patrick McDaid and Ed Brady.
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Tues., March 29, 7 p.m.: Welcome A drama with six best film awards. Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m.: Army of Crime Historical drama and thriller. Sun., April 3, 2 p.m.: The Concert Comedy, music and melodrama. Reception sponsored by Alliance Française de Newport and Sodexo Campus Services.
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RECENT DEATHS August F. “Gus” Ferreira, 85, of Portsmouth, died on March 13, 2011 at Newport Hospital. His funeral will be held on Friday, March 18 at 9 a.m. from Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Burial will follow in Portsmouth Cemetery, Portsmouth. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 17, 4-8 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Fund, PO Box 806, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or to Visiting Nursing Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Arthur Davis Freeman Jr., 49, of Portsmouth, died March 5, 2011 at Newport Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to Looking Upwards, Inc. 81 Willow Lane Portsmouth, RI 02871 or to the James L. Maher Center, PO Box 4390, Middletown, RI 02842.
Albert E. Honnen, Sr., 87, of Portsmouth, died March 9, 2011 in Newport Hospital. His funeral was held on March 14. Donations may be made to Portsmouth Education Foundation c/o Patty Cofield, 35 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Charles Morrissey, 57, of Middletown, died March 2, 2011 at Newport Hospital. Robert Joseph Shinners, 94, of Newport, passed away on March 9, 2011 peaceably. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 11. Donations may be made in Mr. Shinner’s memory to a charity of your choice. Capt. Walter T. Swanson, Newport Fire Department, Ret. 77, of Newport, died March 10, 2011 at Newport Hospital. His funeral service was held on March 15. Donations in his memory may be made to the Newport Fire Dept. Rescue Car Fund, 21 West Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840.
Volunteer Opportunities Have some spare time on your hands? Looking to make a difference in the lives of others? Have we got some ideas for you! American Red Cross–Seeking office help, health and safety instructors. Contact Beth Choquette at 846-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Artillery Company of Newport– Looking for volunteers to work in the museum, participate in parades and living history programs, fire and maintain cannons and muskets. Contact Robert Edenbach at 8468488 or email@example.com. BOLD (Books Open Life’s Doors)– Newport Community Literacy Partnership is seeking volunteers to spend an hour each week with Newport public school students. Call 847-2100. Child & Family–Volunteers needed to work with children, teens and seniors in many different roles and settings. Contact Landa Patterson at 848-4210 or lpatterson@ childandfamilyri.com.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center–Seeking volunteers for breakfast, K-5, middle school and teen programs. Call Jane Maloney at 846-4828. Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island– Volunteers needed for Portsmouth area. Call Maude Fletcher, 842-0878. Naval War College Museum– Looking for volunteers to assist with special tours. Call 841-4052. Newport Hospital–Recruiting new members to join the auxiliary to support ongoing service and fundraising efforts. Call 848-2237. Also, seeking volunteers to work in the gift shop. Call Lisa Coble 845-1635. Old Colony & Newport Railway– Various opportunities to support scenic train tours: engineers, flagmen, ticket agents, conductors, maintenance. Call Don Elbert at 644-6951. Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island–Looking for volunteers to assist with fund-raising, special events and office duties. Call 841-0080.
Newport County TV Program Highlights March 17 – March 23 n NCTV Presents: Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade - 2011 THUR @ 7pm / FRI @ 11am / SAT @ 8pm / SUN @ noon n Art Scene TUE @ 5:30pm / WED @ 9:30am n Broadway: From then ‘til Now - 2 FRI @ 7pm / SAT @ 11am n Crossed Paths FRI-SUN @ 6pm / SAT & SUN @ 10am n Fiddlers & Fishermen Concert SAT @ 7pm / SUN @ 11am n Jazz Bash (Alan Bernstein) WED @ 7pm / THUR @ 11am n Middletown: Gaudet School American Band Concert FRI @ 7pm / SAT @ 11am n Middletown School Committee Mtg: 3.17 MON @ 9pm / TUE @ 1pm n Middletown Town Council Mtg: 3.21 TUE @ 8pm / WED @ noon n The Millers TUE @ 6:30pm / WED @ 10:30am n Newport City Council Mtg: 3.9 THUR @ 9pm / FRI @ 1pm n Newport School Committee Mtg: 3.8 THUR @ 9:40pm / FRI @ 1:40pm n Newport City Limits (The Homewreckers) WED @ 6:30pm / THUR @ 10:30am n Newport County In-Focus FRI - SUN @ 6:30pm / SAT & SUN @ 10:30am n Perils For Pedestrians TUE @ 5pm / WED @ 9am n Portsmouth High School Hockey SUN @ 9pm / MON @ 1pm n Portsmouth School Committee Mtg: 3.22 WED @ 8pm / THUR @ noon n Portsmouth Town Council Mtg; 3.14 WED @ 9pm / THUR @ 1pm n Portsmouth Town Council (Wastewater): 3.10 For more information visit www.NCTV18.blogspot.com call (401) 293-0806, or email NCTV@cox.net
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Gallery Shows & Artist Openings
March is Youth Art Month
Art on the Wharf “Newport Classics” by Tony Gill exhibit through March 27. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 845-6858 Bestoso Studio “Follow the Leader,” 6-9 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Edward King House, 35 King St., 714-7263 Brimstone Studio Libby Manchester Gilpatric and Friends, gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon–5 p.m., or by appointment, 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown (401) 440-3974
Close to 200 children, parents and teachers attended the opening reception for the National Youth Art Month exhibition at the Newport Art Museum’s school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Artwork by Newport County students in kindergarten through grade 8 has been submitted by teachers and hung in the Coleman Center. The reception coincides with Newport Gallery Night. The exhibition is on view through March 30. Admission to the exhibition is free. National Youth Art Month was created in 1961 by the Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. as “an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs”. The Council for Art Education, Inc. sponsors National Youth Art Month.
Tatiana Kent is one of the students with her art work on display at the Newport Art Musuem. (Photos by Rob Thorn)
Bristol Art Gallery “Oil & Water Do Mix,” March 5–April 7. Opening Reception: Sunday March 6, 4-7p.m. “Stephan Brigidi Works on Paper,” March 6– April 8. Gallery hours are Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m, Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues. Cadeaux du Monde Featuring fairly traded international folk art in the main gallery and the work of 15 local artists in ‘Galerie Escalier’, open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 26 Mary St., 848-0550 www.cadeauxdumonde.com DeBlois Gallery “Figure This…” runs March through 26. Gallery open Tues.Sun., noon-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave., 847-9977, www.debloisgallery.com
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Didi Suydam Contemporary 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 Gallery open Wed.-Sat., 38 Bellevue Ave., 699-2276, 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
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Roger King Fine Art Two floors of 19th and 20th century American paintings. Currently featuring “Works on Paper: Watercolors, Prints, and Drawings from Private Collections.” Open daily, 21 Bowen’s Wharf, 847-4359, www. rkingfinearts.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 Tjasa Owen, Saturday, March 19, 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 “Inside Out” through March 31. 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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