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Swinging Into Spring High school girls fast pitch softball got underway for local schools yesterday and, in a match up of Aquidneck Island rivals, the Middletown High School girls romped over Rogers in a Division II-South opener. The final score was 11-1. In the photo above, the Viking’s team captain, Maryellen “Mel” Settle, takes a big swing at an Islander pitch, called for by Middletown’s catcher, Glenn Murphy. The Islander’s play, next, at Barrington High School on April 9th, while Rogers will swing for their first win on April 11 at East Greenwich. Photo by Rob Thorn
Soilless Growing Takes Root at SRU
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By Meg O’Neil Walking through a basement corridor of Salve Regina University, a figurehead appears – almost visibly excited – in an otherwise dreary cellar room of the Hunt & Reefe residence hall. Sister Leona Misto, Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning, is welcoming a small group to the bare expanse of a room. The space is monastic; with concrete floors, an exposed dropped ceiling, and dated wooden wall panels, lit only by the yellowish glow of fluorescent lighting. It’s hard to imagine that, soon, this room is not only expected to turn into a lab for the new Environmental Studies program at the university, but also projected to produce a plethora of plants, vegetables, and fruits in the coming months. Using hydroponic gardening methods, which allow growing to occur with only mineral and nutrient rich water, the new lab has taken root in the basement at SRU. It’s hard to picture at first; the suspended ceiling, with the paneling taken out, leaves only a tic-tactoe-like matrix of aluminum beams left in place as a means of hanging various lighting systems that will be used to grow plants in a controlled climate. But, as Assistant Professor Dr. Jameson Chace explains, it’s the very lack of windows and climate controlled capability that make the location perfect. According to Misto, the lab equipment will be installed by the end of April, and growing plants by June.
The city’s firefighter union scored a quick victory on Friday, temporarily staying a plan by the city administration to cut the department’s minimum staffing levels. According to David Hanos, president of Newport Firefighter Local 1080 IAFF, both sides have agreed to a temporary restraining order that will keep the city staffed at 19 firefighters until a full hearing on the city’s plan can be held. The agreement was reached on the same day that the city had planned on reducing the minimum staffing level from 20 men per shift to 17, in what administration officials say is part of a impending citywide restructuring program. Operating without a formal contract since June 30, 2005, the union had filed a request for an injunction on Friday, April 1 in Superior Court claiming that reducing the force down to 17 man shifts was unsafe
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While the basement room doesn’t look like much right now, SRU’s Sister Leona Misto points out details to Irving Backman and Eric Milner, in what will become a state-of-the-art hydroponics lab by the end of April. (Photo by Meg O’Neil) If the new lab performs as anticipated, it could help transform how we look at local agriculture. The project is the result of a collaborative effort between SRU, Boston College, and Massachusetts philanthropist, Irving Backman. The two campuses are working closely together in an effort to become the leading hydroponics education program on the East Coast. Backman, who donated the lab equipment to both SRU and BC, sees the opportunity for hydroponics as a way to both reinvent the way the world produces food and solve the world’s food shortage. “It isn’t rocket science,” he says. “But, in a sense, it is. We’re re-
producing what nature has done, and creating crops without soil. If we can eliminate soil, we’re ultimately eliminating pesticides.” Brought together by Providence-based social venture program, Betaspring, together, this team of agricultural innovators is hoping to parlay their “Growhouse” concept into a commercially viable business model. They’ve dubbed the project GrowhouseRI. According to hydroponics experts, the growing time for hydroponic plants is faster than it is with traditional outdoor planting methods. Planting outdoors poses two major limitations: limited outdoor
months in which to grow, and limited light due to weather conditions and the darkness of night. In a hydroponics lab, a variety of different indoor lighting systems double the growth period, shortening the amount of time it takes for a plant to reach maturity. By doubling growth time, twice as much food can be produced. Not only is food production increased, but proponents say that the yield can be even healthier than organic standards, as the water used in organic growing may not be as clean as that used in a hydroponic system.
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Bari George isn’t a competitive cyclist. She doesn’t own an ultralight road bike, you won’t find her in spandex, and she’s not interested in breaking any speed records on her jaunts around Ocean Drive. But George does live in Historic Hill, and when the weather breaks, chances are you’ll find her car in the driveway and her bike on the road. Frankly, it makes sense for her to pedal rather than drive; gas prices are on the rise, parking is at a premium, and she lives in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from a wealth of shopping, restaurants, and the recreation points. However, as anyone who navigates the mash of cars and pedestrians that clog the city’s streets during the summer months can tell you, biking in Newport can be tricky. In an almost unspoken traffic hierarchy, cars rule our roadways. Pedestrians and scooters fill in a space just below. Bicycles, though a critical form of transportation for many in our community, rank somewhere lower still. Consider this: We have dedicated walking trails like the Cliff Walk and Harbor Walk; we even have a blue trail designed for kayaks and other small craft in the inner harbor. But
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At an award ceremony, held following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, outstanding entrants were recognized with plaques and certificates. The celebration was held at the Coastal Extreme Brewing Company in Newport. Hostess Laura Blackwell, below, presented a $2,000 donation from the brewery to St. Patrick’s Day parade chair, Dennis Sullivan. The youngest to come forward, was the son of Mike Farley, who is seen at right holding the “Best Float” award in recognition for the Soap Box Derby’s parade entry. The Mystic Highland Pipe Band, one of four bands acknowledged by parade judges, attended in full regalia for the evening. Sullivan also announced that Chaz Donovan, a 30-year veteran of the parade committee, will be honored as Grand Marshal of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade. Next year’s parade will also be dedicated to the late Jim Toppa. (Photos by Rob Thorn)
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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 With the confines of a small 120 square-foot classroom at BC, Associate Professor Michael Barnett, head of the new hydroponic classroom at the college, is expected to produce a crop of lettuce, spinach, and cucumbers that would normally be yielded from roughly a half acre of land. As the project proves to be successful, and the lab space can expand, so can the possibilities of growth. What can be grown in such a small space, like a classroom at BC, and a larger basement room at SRU, is just the beginning of what could become the next wave of food production in the United States. Breaking it down to a local level, Barnett explains the educational possibilities hydroponics could bring to a community. The collaboration between SRU and BC is not just a program for those at the college level. It will be a means of community outreach; extending knowledge learned at the universities, to the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, and ultimately, the homes in those communities. As Barnett explains, the science behind hydroponics is a practice that is geared toward lifelong learning at a multitude of levels. While the BC project is only a few months ahead of Salve’s, proponents say the idea of connecting to younger students in the community is apparent in both. “Local elementary students can learn the germination process and sprout the seedling,” Barnett says. “From there, the plant would go to the older middle and high school students, who have been trained with the undergrads, to raise the plants to maturity in the labs…all while learning the science and math used in hydroponics. Kids can do pretty sophisticated work in the lab.” Once the food is harvestable, it can be served in the cafeterias of local schools or sent home with students. “It’s a way to keep kids engaged and motivated,” says Barnett. This way, students get hands-on experience growing their own food. Backman elaborated that traditional “Farm to School” programs have been hampered locally by New England’s climate. People can’t start planting until May or June, he explains, and the primary growing months occur during the summer, while children are on vacation. “With a controlled environment, we can plant seeds in a controlled setting…all year long.” If the hydroponics labs at the two universities are successful endeavors, the possibility of expansion to larger facilities is imminent, advocates say. “The future of food is here,” as Backman continues, “As (President) Obama said, we need innovative technologies to move our country forward.” On this issue, Newport appears to be on the leading edge.
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Building Committee Asks for Less ‘Whimsy’ By Tom Shevlin Given their first glimpses of a pair of revised exterior designs for the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School, members of the Pell School Building Committee agreed on Wednesday to pursue a more traditional appearance over one that featured what architects described as touches of “whimsy.” During a roughly hour-long presentation, HMFH Architects’ Matthew LaRue and Laura Wernick took committee members through a PowerPoint presentation in which they laid out the process that ultimately led them to the two most recent designs for the $30 million school. LaRue explained how the residential nature of the neighborhood had influenced their design. The goal, he said, is to create a building which does not overwhelm its surroundings, while at the same time providing a stimulating learning environment for school children. Wernick explained that the goal of the exercise was not to pick one design over another, but rather to identify specific elements which the committee responded to. The committee was then presented with two design investigations: Option A and Option B. Featuring a sloping roof in the center span of the building, clock tower, and colorful perforated metal panels to accent the outside of the building, Option A incorporated what LaRue described as some “playful elements.” It would also feature an entry plaza with separate entry canopies for the upper and lower schools, as well as an arbor which could be used to grow vines or other vegetation. But several members of the committee expressed reticence over the design, citing community reaction to other schools where tradition was put aside for whimsy. “People still complain about the ‘new’ Rogers High School,” said School Committee Member Sandra J. Flowers. Option B, on the other hand, featured most of the same win-
dow placements and setbacks, but a more traditional roofline and no metal panelling. School Superintendent Dr. John H. Ambrogi likened the streetscape to that of a row of townhouses. “The more classic building fits better in the community,” he said, adding that Option B features cleaner lines that he believes will stand the test of time. Building Committee Member Marty Grimes agreed. He said that he thought that Option A would age more quickly over time than Option B. “I don’t really like whimsy,” he said. At that point, Wernick interjected, “Who likes whimsy?” Building Committee Chair Jo Eva Gaines offered some tepid support. “I like a little whimsy,” she said. Wernick noted that the building is not meant, necessarily, for the community, but for kids. “This is a place for little kids,” she said, “it’s a place for them.” But the consensus of the group was to take the money that would otherwise be spent on playful exterior elements and allocate it toward the interior learning space. Soon after, the 10 committee members in attendance voted unanimously to pursue Option B. From there, discussion moved to the building’s exterior cladding. Under the proposal put forth by HMFH, the front of the building would be comprised of brick, similar to Thompson Middle School. The back of the building would be clad with a concrete-based material, similar in look to granite, which could come in a number of different colors. Ambrogi suggested that the committee hold a public meeting with neighbors at the Sullivan School in the coming weeks to further discuss the design, for which there was broad agreement. On a final note, committee members indicated that beginning later this month, future meetings would be held on Tuesday evenings, as opposed to Wednesdays in order to encourage more participation.
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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 and violated the terms of the latest arbitrator’s ruling. Stopping short of granting a full injunction, Judge Stephen P. Nugent issued a temporary restraining order after the two sides met in a closed door meeting. Attorney Elizabeth Wiens, who represented the union in the matter, said the order was agreed to by both sides, and essentially maintains the status quo until an full hearing could be held on April 20. Hanos, who had voiced his concern over the implications that the planned cuts would have on the safety of his men and on the city, was buoyed by the ruling. “This is really significant,” he said. With 19 men per shift, Hanos said that the department would be able to keep both aerial trucks in operation, hopefully, until a final contract agreement is reached. Up until this week, the city had planned on honoring an expired contract which required a minimum of 19 firefighters per shift during the winter, and 20 firefighters per shift in the summer. The city was preparing to move up to its 20 man shift on April 1. But according to City Manager Edward F. Lavallee, the reduction was needed in order to cope with a potentially crippling budget deficit. On paper, the fire department has 99 positions, including 11 unfilled vacancies and seven administrative employees. That means, there are 81 firefighters that can be spread out over four platoons. The city hadn’t planned on cutting any actual active positions, but is rather hoping to reduce the amount in overtime paid out over the course of a year by reducing its minimum manning requirement. That’s something that both the city and the union have discussed for some time, as negotiations have been ongoing for months. In fact, according to individuals familiar with the discussions, the two sides had been close to a deal at least once over the summer, but things fell apart before a final contract could be signed. According to Hanos, his union had been prepared to reduce staffing to 18 man shifts, plus give up a dispatcher position. Whether the two sides can come to an agreement before their April 20 court date remains to be seen. Hanos said Friday that he looks forward to sitting back down to the bargaining table.
Middletown OKs Coyote Hunter By Tom Shevlin Over the objections of a dozen or so animal rights activists, Town Council members here voted on Monday to approve an ordinance change that would allow the town to hire a professional hunter to deal with Middletown’s growing coyote problem. The move comes on the heels of an island-wide coyote summit held in February and affirms a proposal by the police chief to combat overly-aggressive coyotes. In a memo to councilors, Police
Chief Anthony M. Pesare requested that Chapter 90.01 of the town’s municipal ordinances be amended to allow the chief to allow, at his or her discretion, hunting of an identified nuisance animal with a firearm other than a shotgun. If authorized, no caliber size above .229 would be permitted, and hunting will be restricted from April 1 – Sept. 1. According to Pesare, certain predatory animals, specifically coyotes, cannot be effectively hunted due to their limited range. The change in the ordinance would allow the police department to authorize a hunter or landowner to use a more
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The Friends of the Jamestown Library is offering a free, 10-week sign language class on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. through June 8 at the library. Gemma Guinguing, Miss Deaf Rhode Island in 2005, will teach the class. For more information visit www.jamestownri. com /library/
Aquidneck Islanders have stepped out in force in recent weeks to support local food pantries. Two drives focusing on cereal have netted great results. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church invited parishioners and members of the community to meet for a cereal dinner, asking participants to donate what they would have spent on their evening meal to support local food programs. Proceeds were donated to the Martin Luther King Center, the Salvation Army, the Florence Gray Center and the Methodist Community Garden. Also, the Middletown Rotary Club held a Cereal Night food and fundraiser at the Middletown Library. Many monetary contributions were received from library patrons and all food and funds were donated to Lucy’s Hearth.
Inn Gains Elite Status The Mill Street Inn was recently selected as a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) brand. A former 19th-century mill, the inn at 75 Mill St., was converted to an all-suite hotel in the 1980s and has undergone more than $1 million in major improvements under its current ownership. It now features 23 newly renovated luxury suites. Only the world’s finest small luxury hotels are accepted into the SLH brand based on strict criteria. The Mill Street Inn is proud to be part of an unrivaled portfolio consisting of 500 hotels in 70 countries.
Roger Williams Names President The Roger Williams University Board of Trustees has named educator, scientist and attorney Donald J. Farish, Ph.D., as its 10th president. Chairman Richard L. Bready announced the selection on March 29 to university students, faculty and staff at a campus event. Dr. Farish concludes a 13-year term as president of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. this semester and will take office on July 1. He succeeds Ronald O. Champagne, Ph.D, who has served as interim president at RWU since Aug. 2010.
Secret Garden Soirée The Secret Garden Tours will host Bouchard On Bellevue Trois, an elegant afternoon at Bellevue House, 304 Bellevue Ave., on Sunday, April 17, 1-3 p.m. Bellevue House, owned by Ron Fleming, features beautifully restored gardens and the fundraising event is timed to coincide with the blooming of thousands of daffodils. Guests will be treated to a gourmet cooking demonstration by Chef Albert Bouchard and winetasting with Susan Samson of Sakonnet Vineyards. Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door (if available). Proceeds benefit arts education in Aquidneck Island public schools. Tickets are available at www.secretgardentours.org.
Food & Wine Expo The third annual Food & Wine Expo will be held at OceanCliff on April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. The ticket donation is $25, with proceeds to benefit the music departments of Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth High Schools. The evening’s musical entertainment, which is donated, will be provided by Dick Lupino, Mac Chrupcala, Dennis Cook, and Jeff Fountain.
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Middletown Rotary Cereal Night The Middletown Rotary Club held a Cereal Night food and fundraiser for Lucy’s Hearth on March 23 at the Middletown Library. Food was collected and more than $200 was raised; many monetary donations were received from people coming to use the library. Donations will be accepted through April. For more information, or to make a donation, call club president Carol Mitchell at 737-2221.
“Two Gentlemen of Verona” at Salve Salve Regina University’s Department of Performing Arts will close its season with “Two Gentlemen of Verona: the Musical,” April 15-17. The show combines a Latin pop-rock score by the composer of “Hair” with Shakespeare’s story. Directed by Salve Regina alumni and New York City actor Bobby Matteau, the musical is the story of lifelong friends who leave their rural hometown of Verona to experience life in the big city of Milan. Performances will be in the historic Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students, and may be purchased by calling 341-2250.
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Mr. Santi, The enclosed photos of a marble head has been in our family for a long time. It looks like it was broken off a larger statue, but the back side is flat and it sits on a table evenly. I saw a similar item on The Road Show a few years ago and it was worth over $20,000. How old is our head and what is it worth? — Marisa G.
Marisa, After looking at the several photos you emailed, your head is a grand tour copy sold to tourists in the late 19th century. This type of carving was mass-produced for tourists who wished a memento of their trip to Italy. Period Roman era sculptures are valuable while sculptures such as this one have a value of between $500 and $600. — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques
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Swanhurst Spring Concert “Back to Bach,” Swanhurst Chorus’ Spring Concert will honor Johann Sebastian Bach with an offering of two choral masterpieces, the Motet BWV 227, “Jesu, meine Freude, “ and Cantata #4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden.” The chorus will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. at the Church of S John the Evangelist, corner of Washington and Willow streets. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. Visit www.Swanhurst.org or call 682-1630 for more information or to reserve advance seating.
Victor Borge Remembered The Friends of the Newport Music Festival will host its spring reception and presentation on Tuesday, April 12, at 5 p.m. at the Pell Center, Salve Regina University. Janet Borge Crowle will present “My Father Victor Borge, A Daughter’s Reflections,” discussing the professional and personal aspects of his life, including his childhood, escape from the Nazis, musical training and humanitarian work. A longtime favorite of the Newport Music Festival and friend of Mark Malkovich III, Borge drew record crowds each time he appeared in Newport. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the Newport Music Festival at 846-1133.
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Nominate a Newport Preservation Project Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards, which celebrate preservation excellence in Newport. Application deadline is Friday, April 29. Each year, individual homeowners, non-profit organizations or local businesses are honored for their contributions to the community. A wide variety of projects may be nominated, including small or large buildings; landscapes or streetscapes; education or advocacy projects; sustainable “green building” preservation; and projects showcasing craftsmanship or artisanship. Nominations are due by Friday, April 29. Visit www.newportrestoration.org or email lisa @newportrestoration.org for nomination information. Award recipients will be recognized in a ceremony at Doris Duke’s Rough Point on Friday, September 9. Event proceeds are given as grants to fund community preservation projects.
Self-Image of Women The women’s group, Women Empowered and Blessed (W.E.B.), of the United Congregational Church in Middletown invites the public to attend a discussion in the church’s Manchester Room on Monday evening, April 11 at 7 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Green End Avenue and Valley Road. This discussion of self-image, for women of all ages, will be led by Dara Chadwick, Psychology Today blogger and author of the award-winning book, “You’d Be So Pretty If…. Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies-Even When We Don’t Love Our Own.” Tweens, teens, and women of all ages are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. The discussion is free, but those attending are asked to bring an accessory appropriate for a teenage girl; these will be donated to the Ophelia Project of The Child and Family Services.
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Living Stations of the Cross Portrayal Jesus Saviour Youth Group will present the Living Stations of the Cross on Palm Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. and again on Good Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Jesus Saviour Church, 509 Broadway. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 847-1267.
Nelson Eddy, RIâ€™s Own Russell Crowe, the Oscar-winning star of the 2000 Film Gladiator, celebrates his 47th birthday on April 7th. While this column usually focuses on film-related information that has taken place in and around Newport, Mr. Crowe has never made a film here. We hope that changes. â€œRose Marie,â€?a film starring Rhode Island born, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald will be shown Wednesday, April 13, at 6:45 p.m. at the Jamestown Library. Read more about Eddy on page 10.
Mentors Needed Turning Around Ministries (TAM) provides support services for people recently incarcerated as they transition back into the community. By providing counseling and case management services, TAM assists individuals in becoming productive members of society, finding jobs, housing and a supportive social circle, helping them avoid the recidivism that often plagues former inmates. The organization is in need of mentors for those going through the â€œreentry porcessâ€? and also for people being placed in apartments through Housing First. TAM will host a fundraising dinner and silent auction at the Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth, April 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 846-0607.
Bike Ride for Charity The public is invited to learn about the clean water and hiv/aids charity: Blood:Water Mission at a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, April 14, from 6-9 p.m. at Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave. There will be food, games, raffles and prizes. This summer, Newporterâ€™s Lisa and Aaron Phaneuf will be cycling from San Diego to Seattle (2,000 miles) to raise support and awareness for the project. The pair will partner with 10 other riders passionate to help this cause to continue their work in communities of need. The cost is $20 per person, with a portion of the nightâ€™s proceeds going toward the coupleâ€™s charity ride.
DAR Chapter to Hold Meeting The Aquidneck Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a joint meeting with the Nathanael Greene-Pettaquamscutt Chapter of East Greenwich at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mary Ann Huggins, who will talk about her book â€œAesopâ€™s Mirror.â€? At the March meeting, the following slate of officers was elected: regent, Barbara Simmons; vice-regent, Margaret Hendrick; secretary, Maris Humphreys; treasurer, Linda Becker; registrar, Rosemarie Mello and chaplain, Florence Archambault. They will be installed at the May meeting. The chapter is a merger of three Island chapters: the William Ellery Chapter, the Colonel William Barton Chapter and the Major William Taggart Chapter. The chapters merged into the Aquidneck Island Chapter in 2001. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. For information, contact Barbara Simmons at 849-2629.
The National Womenâ€™s Council of Realtors selected the Newport/Kent Washington Chapter to receive the Gold Award, recognizing excellence in membership value for 2010. The award is based on the quality of the local chapterâ€™s membership recruitment and retention, educational programming, leadership development and communications. The Gold Award will be presented to the local chapter at the councilâ€™s national convention in Washington, DC this May, and will be accepted by Shannon Buss, of Keller Williams Realty, who serves as the councilâ€™s Rhode Island governor and local chapter president. To learn more about the organization and membership opportunities, please visit www.WCR.org or contact the local chapter vice president of membership, Erica Sousa, 835-8523 or at ESousa@RaveisRE.com.
New Officers Installed National Association of Realtors president, Ron Phipps, recently installed the 2011 officers of the Newport/Kent Washington Chapter of the Womenâ€™s Council of Realtors during ceremonies at Castle Hill Inn. New officers installed were: president Shannon Buss, Keller Williams Realty; president elect, Michelle Drum, Gustave White Realty; vice president of membership, Erica Sousa, William Raveis; treasurer, Cynthia Valenti Smith, Washington Trust Bank; and secretary, Anna Anton, William Raveis. Phipps also presented the 2010 Member of the Year Award to Nancy Rutter, Keller Williams Realty and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Shannon Buss.
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n Six arrests were made for outstanding warrants. n Five arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n Four arrests were made for possession of alcohol by a minor. n Four arrests were made for simple assault. n Three arrests were made for manufacture, possession, or delivery of narcotics. n One arrest was made for noise violation. n One arrest was made for weapon law violation. n One arrest was made for having a toy vehicle on a roadway. n One arrest was made for trespassing. n One arrest was made for assault with a deadly weapon. n One arrest was made for driving with a revoked or suspended license. n One arrest was made for DUI. n One arrest was made for open container of alcohol. n One arrest was made for possession of marijuana. nâ€‚ One arrest was made for larceny.
Spring into Art week is just around the corner, perfectly timed to coincide with April school vacation. This yearâ€™s celebration of the arts in Newport County runs April 16-23, kicking off with an opening reception on Friday, April 15 at Downtown Designs, 57 Broadway, 4-6 p.m. Dozens of events are scheduled in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown and Tiverton at 18 venues. Theatre, music and visual arts for all ages are showcased across Newport County. Visit www.NewportArts.org or www.GoNewport.com for a complete schedule.
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The Shantel N. Bailey Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Shantel N. Bailey, a junior at Middletown High School, who was killed crossing West Main Rd. in November 2003. Two awards are given annually, one for a graduating senior from Middletown High School and one for a graduating senior at Rogers High School. Applicants must be seniors as of June 2011 who will be attending a two or four year college or educational program. Applicants must be involved in interscholastic sports, extra curricular activities, have been involved in community service and be committed to continuing his or her education. Applications are available at the guidance offices at Middletown and Rogers high schools or at www.shantelbaileryproject.org. Deadline for applications is May 15.
During the period from Monday, March 28 to Monday, April 4, the Newport Police Department responded to 562 calls. This list has now been expanded to include all public services provided. Of those, 125 were motor vehicle related; there were 103 motor vehicle violations issued and 22 accidents. The police also responded to 12 incidents of vandalism, 16 animal complaints, 10 noise complaints and 22 home/business alarm calls. Officers also performed 10 liquor establishment checks and 14 school security checks (5-Rogers, 7-Thompson, 2-Coggeshall). They transported 7 prisoners and recorded 10 instances of assisting other agencies. They also conducted 8 DARE classes.
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EDITORIAL How Can City Close Deficit? Send Us Your Opinion As we recently reported, preliminary estimates show that the City of Newport is facing a budget deficit upwards of $9 million. In the current fiscal year, the city is being forced to make up some $1.5 million. The reasons for the gap are many: the economy, reduced state aid, and mounting legacy costs. Last week, we received an e-mail from a reader who had some rather interesting suggestions to help close the city’s projected budget gap. With the city manager poised to present his proposed budget to the City Council later this month, we’re interested to know what ideas you might have for either 1) generating new revenue, or 2) cutting the budget. We’re looking for some creative ideas; ideas which could get our elected officials thinking a bit outside the box. This year, it’s up to us. There won’t be any federal stimulus money to save us; the state is tapped dry. There are going to be hard choices made over the next few weeks, and some in city government could very well be out of a job, soon. If you were on the City Council, what would you do? Is it time the city moves to tax its non-profits? Is an admission surcharge to summertime events the solution? What about working with the municipal court to come up with some creative ideas for community service? Councilors will begin the budget process next week when they formally receive the administration’s proposed budget at their regular April 13 meeting. Perhaps we can get the discussion going here in print with your suggestions. If you have an idea on how the city can make ends meet, we’d love to hear them. Send in your ideas electronically to news@newportthisweek. net, or mail to Newport This Week, 86 Broadway, Newport, R.I. 02840, and we’ll print them here in our Letters section over the next several weeks. For space purposes, please try to keep letters to 450 words or less, and be sure to include your name and mailing address for verification purposes.
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Nuclear Science Center in RI a Community Risk To the Editor and Governor Chafee: Located on the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay campus, the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center has operated for nearly fifty years. Construction on the 2-megawatt research reactor began in 1962 and reached criticality, or stable research usability in 1964. Professor Dan Hirsch, the president of the non-profit nuclear policy organization Committee to Bridge the Gap, has commented that a reactor at this age is “old in terms of safety, security, and usefulness.” In the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, it is critical that we reevaluate the use value of this facility and address the potential risks it poses to the Rhode Island community.
What is the lifespan of this reactor? Is the state of Rhode Island taking a risk by continuing to operate this aging facility? The initially projected operational lifetime of most nuclear reactors is 30 to 40 years. When a reactor exists beyond this time frame, its usefulness and stability must be assessed consistently and rigorously. Because the reactor in Narragansett is quite small and dedicated to research, its security threat is easily underestimated. Like many other research reactors in the nation, the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center converted to low-enriched, non-weapons grade uranium in 1994. The primary security concerns at facilities such as this are for the potential theft of nuclear fuel, the targeting
of the reactor with an automotive bomb, and the possibility of an errant, though catastrophic, reaction. Facility director Terry Tehan has verified that the enacted security system is fully prepared to coordinate a response to any of these scenarios. The cost of maintaining the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center—in terms of both budget and community risk—cannot be overstated. Now, more than ever, we must reevaluate the utility of nuclear energy and research in Rhode Island. Following in the example of similar research reactors at other universities, I strongly encourage that you consider a decommission of the facility. Ray Rickman Providence
Korea Announces First America’s Cup Challenge For the first time in its 160-year history, a challenge has been made by a South Korean yacht club for the America’s Cup. The Sail Korea Yacht Club, represented by Team Korea, has been officially accepted as a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, the team announced on Wednesday. Team Korea will be known as the ‘White Tiger Challenge’. The White Tiger, or ‘Baekho’ in Korean, is one of the revered ancient guardian gods in Korean mythology, ferocious and potent, and a fitting image for a team from one of the world’s major industrial nations with long term America’s Cup ambitions. Founder of Team Korea is Dong Young-Kim, an accomplished sailor and the organizer of one of the biggest prize money sailing events in
the world, The Korea Match Cup. The inaugural 2011/12 America’s Cup World Series begins this summer with three regattas to be staged in Portugal, England and the USA further series are planned for 2012/13, before the Louis Vuitton Cup for all the challengers in San Francisco in 2013, followed by the 34th America’s Cup match itself. Racing begins in new AC45 catamarans, which are then replaced by giant 72-foot wing sailed ‘monsters’, potentially capable of speeds over 40 knots, competing in a combination of both fleet and match racing. “One of our major goals for the new America’s Cup is to enable teams to be sustainable sports franchises, so we’re excited to see Korea enter the America’s Cup for the
first time, with sights set on building a team for the future,” Chairman of the America’s Cup Event Authority, Richard Worth said. ‘’Having a country such as Korea enter the America’s Cup adds to the global impact of our event, so we’re very pleased to welcome Team Korea to our growing field of international competitors.” Team Korea becomes the ninth Challenger accepted. They join two teams each from France and Italy, one each from China, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand, plus the defender from the USA. There are three additional challengers who have yet to announce and two more are in the process of having their challenges vetted, making a total of 15 teams set to compete in the 34th America’s Cup.
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CYCLISTS CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 unlike many other historic and scenic cities, Newport is at a loss for bike trails. But the issue is broader than that. To many, Newport lacks a cohesive cycling culture. For years, civic leaders have espoused the need to promote bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation. But bringing concept into reality has proven elusive. That’s where George comes in. Hoping to boost the city’s cycling consciousness, for the last several months, George has been spearheading a multi-pronged effort to make Newport more bike-friendly. Working with city and school officials, George believes Newport can be a model, bike-friendly, road-sharing city. Bike Newport, and its associated Website BikeNewport.me, launched in earnest this week. Working toward nothing less than a fundamental shift in the way the city views and approaches bicycling, George can picture a day when people – tourists and residents, alike – leave their cars at home or in public parking facilities removed from downtown and opt to bike, walk, and trolley. The result would be less traffic, quieter neighborhoods, and an overall healthier city. On Tuesday, George met with city officials in the morning and then joined Schools Superintendent Dr. John H. Ambrogi at a meeting with state education officials in the afternoon. Plans are currently underway to develop a K-12 grade-appropriate curriculum centered around the concept, and according to George, both the Met School and the Newport Public Schools have signed on with the project. According to a 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation study, the percentage of students walking or bicycling to school has decreased from 48 percent to 13 percent in the past 40 years. In the same period, the percentage of
students arriving or leaving by car has increased from 12 percent to 44 percent. Not surprisingly, childhood obesity has seen an increase from 5 percent to 28 percent in the same period. On the city side, momentum is building toward developing an educational outreach program that would educate bikers on the rules of the road. That’s just the beginning. The group plans on kicking things off in style with the city’s first Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. Joining the organizing effort are the AARP, Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, the Met School, Newport Historical Society, the City of Newport, T3 Fitness, Ten Speed Spokes, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, and the Newport and Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The day will start out with a breakfast meet up at the Friends Meeting House, followed by a midday press conference, and a community ride to King Park where the day will wrap up with a citywide bike fair. Any money raised during the fair will go to fund the proposed bicycling education program at local schools. The CVB has also signed on to produce the first Newport City Bike Map, which would provide cyclists with the safest and most scenic routes in Newport, as identified by the state Department of Transportation. According to George, whatever concerns or objections there might be to promoting more cycling – the narrowness of our historic streets, the condition of the roads, and current lack of dedicated signage – have all been faced by other communities around the country. What it all boils down to, she says, is making Newport a healthier, more livable city. We’ll be following along the efforts of Bike Newport in future editions of Newport This Week. For more on the group, visit us online at Newport-Now.com.
Helping the world of AIDS sufferers In conjunction with the humanitarian agency World Vision, First Presbyterian Church, Newport, is launching a drive to raise money for basic supplies – medicine, bandages, ointments, soaps, washcloths and other items – to stock AIDS Caregiver Kits for distribution to family members and friends of AIDS victims in Africa and other AIDS-afflicted parts of the world. A second phase will occur on Saturday, May 14, after the supplies have been ordered and received, when volunteers will break down the pallets of supplies, set up assembly tables in the church dining room, sort the supplies, and pack
the contents of each kit. The assembled kits will then be sent to a World Vision warehouse for shipment overseas. An estimated 32.9 million people are living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. Every day, more than 5,400 people die from AIDS. This project will provide basic care – which requires simple drug store supplies often unavailable locally – those who are living and dying with AIDS can be comforted and helped by those closest to them. The church invites community participation in both the fund drive and the “hands-on” kit assembly process. Donations may be sent
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Cage’s Gray Craig Sells Gray Craig, the landmark mansion overlooking Second Beach purchased by actor Nicholas Cage in 2007, has sold. Lila Delman Real Estate, the listing agent for the property, announced the sale on Monday. The buyers are Pamela and Andrew Constantine. Originally listed at $19 million in 2008, the price for the opulent manse was recently reduced to $7.75 million. Cage purchased the home in 2007 for $15,700,000, but was cited for unpaid taxes by the town amounting to over $128,000. Built in the tradition of the great English country manors, Gray Craig occupies more than 27 acres of land abutting the Norman Bird Sanctuary and Nelson Pond, with views of the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The Constantines are “proud to proceed with the established tradition of respectful stewardship and plan to continue the conservation and preservation undertaken by previous owners,” Lila Delman Real Estate said in a statement. ”They have a true appreciation of historic buildings and extensive experience in their restoration.” The Constantines plan to make Gray Craig available for rental to those wishing to experience the beauty and tranquility of a seaside country estate. “This is a significant sale in the context of the realities of today’s market,” said Melanie Delman, president of Lila Delman Real Estate. “Rhode Island is positively impacted in that, as a previously somewhat undiscovered treasure, our high end properties present as a significant value relative to other northeast destinations. Buyers who have previously considered areas such as Nantucket or the Hamptons are delighted by the beauty and livability of a place like Newport that is also so accessible from New York and Boston.”
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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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tion of pets introduced Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio has introduced a legislation to prohibit devocalization of pets unless deemed by a veterinarian as a medical necessity for the animal. Devocalization, also known as debarking, is a surgical procedure that permanently takes away the ability of dogs to bark and cats to purr. n Health insurance exchange approved The Senate Health and Human Services Committee recommended the approval of a legislation sponsored by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) to create a health insurance exchange through which small businesses and individuals can learn about their health insurance options and available subsidies. Required under the federal health care overhaul, the exchange would help individuals and small businesses com-
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)
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Rep. Martin Named to Whitehouse Honored Mental Health Board for his Support of Arts Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport) has been named to the Board of Directors of the Newport County Community Mental Health Center. A graduate of Providence College in 1964 with a degree in sociology, Rep. Martin’s first job was as a psychiatric social worker at the Taunton State Hospital in Taunton, MA. Martin, now serving his second term in the House of Representatives, is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Municipal Government and a member of the House Committee on Judiciary and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
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pare health plans. Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy is sponsoring the bill in the House. n House approves full-day kindergarten The House approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Roberto DaSilva calling for full-day kindergarten classes. The measure requests that kindergarten school days contain at least five and one half hours of actual school work, excluding lunch, recess periods, common planning time, pre- and post- school teacher time, homeroom periods, etc. n Bill would require felon DNA samples Jayann Sepich, whose daughter Katie was murdered in 2003 in New Mexico, testified before both chambers’ Judiciary Committees in favor of legislation that would require DNA samples of anyone arrested for a felony. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy and Sen. David E. Bates.
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, in conjunction with The United States Conference of Mayors, will present the 2011 National Award for Congressional Arts Leadership to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The award, which recognizes distinguished public service on behalf of the arts, will be presented at the Congressional Arts Kick Off during Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
Economic Update Luncheon The Newport County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to learn more about Governor Chafee’s Fiscal Year 2012 proposed budget and its impact on Rhode Island businesses on Thursday, April 21 at noon. RI Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Keith Stokes and a representative from the RI Department of Revenue will give an overview of the budget and provide detailed information on the governor’s Businesses Tax Competitiveness Proposal which includes: reduction of the corporate income tax rate; lowering and restructuring the minimum corporate tax/franchise fee; and reduction and modernization of the state sales tax. The luncheon will be at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, advance registration is required, contact www.NewportChamber.com or 847-1608.
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Happy National Library Week! Newport Library Best Buddies Book Club Meeting On April 11 at 3:30 p.m. there will be a Book Buddies Book Club meeting. The Book Buddies Book Club for children in grades 3, 4 and 5 will meet monthly to discuss a popular children’s book. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. For more information visit the Book Buddies Blog or contact Cathy Antonio. Writer’s Workshop On April 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Dianne Grinnell will be holding a Writer’s Workshop in the Rotary Room of the library. Book Discussion On April 12 at 1:00 p.m. the Tuesday Book Club will discuss “Finn,” by Jon Clinch. No registration required, but please read the book and be willing to share your thoughts. Free and open to the public. The discussion will be held in the library’s Stride Room. Pajama Time Story Sharing On April 12 from 7:00-7:30 p.m. The library will be offering a pajama time story 1/2 hour during which teen readers will share age appropriate stories with 5-8 year old patrons. A librarian will supervise reading sessions. Parents are asked to remain in the building. Books & Crafts On April 14 at 3:30 p.m. Books & Crafts for children ages 4 - 6 years old features read alouds, songs, activities and a craft. The program assists children with school readiness and supports emergent readers. Registration is required. This will be held in the John Clarke Children’s Program Room. Author Presentation On April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Author Dr. Frances Gerber will present her book of nursery rhymes and activities, Teaching with Heart, to parents and preschoolers ages 2 - 5 years old. No registration is required for this free program held in the John Clarke Children’s Program Room. For more information contact the Children’s Department. 300 Spring St., 847-8720 Hours: Monday: 12:30 – 9 p.m. Tues. – Thurs.: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday & Sat..: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Middletown Library Storytelling by Fairy Queen Flutterby On April 12 at 1 p.m. the Children’s author Robin Aliece Borakove will be storytelling her book, “Little Edwin’s Triumph” at the Middletown Public Library in character as Fairy Queen Flutterby. This program is free but tickets are required. Please visit or call the Children’s Department at 846-1573 to pick up or reserve tickets before the show. Please contact Candise Prewitt or library director Theresa Coish for more information. About the event.
Meet the Author Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. On Tuesday April 12 at 7p.m. author Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. will be speaking at the Middletown Public Library. Let’s talk “Politics and Pasta” with Providence’s most notorious mayor! The “one and only” Mr. Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. will be here to discuss his life in politics and share his experiences as the author of his newly released book “Politics and Pasta: How I prosecuted mobsters, rebuilt a dying city, dined with Sinatra, spent five years in a federally-funded, gated community and lived to tell the tale.” Seating is limited and tickets are required. Following the ticketed program, all are welcome to attend the “After Hours” Meet and Greet with “Buddy”! Books will be available for purchase and signing, along with a photo opportunity. Light refreshments will also be served. 700 West Main Rd., 846-1573 Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m
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Author Presentation On Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m the internationally renowned artist John (Fud) Benson will be giving the presentation “Is the freedom of artistic expression seriously threatened by current trends in political correctness and religious fanaticism?” Map Exhibit “A Sense Of Place: Exploring Newport and Narragansett Bay Through Historic Maps” has been mounted in the Van Alen Gallery and Rovensky Room Display Cases at the Redwood Library. These maps reflect the perceptions and uses of these spaces over time and according to interests, including ownership, exploitation of natural resources, strategies of warfare, navigation, and tourism. This exhibition will be on display through Dec. 50 Bellevue Ave., 847-0292 Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Closed
Jamestown Library Library Music Program The Jamestown Library is offering a wonderful program of music on Sunday April 10 at 3 p.m. Musicians Lisa Spraragen & Josué Pérez have joined forces to form a new
Redwood Library Poetry Winners At its annual island-wide High School Poetry Contest on Saturday, April 2, the Redwood Library awarded winners of the top three coveted spots with a free yearlong membership to the library. Pictured above, Portsmouth Abbey student Jesse Bessinger was rewarded with the third place spot. In addition to Bessinger, Elizabeth White from Portsmouth High School took home second place. Top honors went to St. George’s School student, Tao Ouyang. Congratulations to our local poetry pros!
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Naval Community Briefs Auschwitz Survivor to Speak Rabbi Barush Goldstein, one of the last Auschwitz survivors, will be the guest speaker at Naval Station Newport’s observance of Holocaust Days of Remembrance on Wednesday, April 13. The lecture will be at 11 a.m. in the Naval Justice School auditorium, building 360. The event is open to all hands with base access.
Summer Camp Registration Naval Station Newport’s Youth Center Summer Camp will begin Monday, June 27. Children (ages 5-12) of active duty personnel, DoD civilians and contractors are eligible to participate. Registration for children of active duty personnel begins April 11; children of DoD civilians/contractors may register April 18. Call 8412883 for more information.
Spouse Social The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club will host a private tour and social event at the Newport Storm Brewery on Friday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Members are invited to register online at www.Newport OSC.org. Registration deadline is April 13.
SEA Graduation The Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) graduated 48 students during a graduation dinner at the Officers’ Club on Naval Station Newport on April 7. The SEA is the Navy’s only professional military education institute for the senior enlisted force and provides education in communication skills, leadership and management, and national security affairs. Completion of the SEA program is a prerequisite for assignment as command master chief or chief of the boat.Go Navy!
O’Club Easter Brunch All hands with base access are eligible to enjoy an Easter brunch and traditional breakfast at the Officers’ Club on Sunday, April 24. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and advanced ticketing is required. Tickets are available at the ITT office. For more information call 841-3116.
Naval Base Information Compiled by Pat Blakeley
Chamber Opposes Chafee Tax Plan By Tom Shevlin The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has joined in the chorus of opposition to Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s plan to extend the state’s sales tax. Speaking at the group’s annual meeting at OceanCliff on Tuesday, Chamber Executive Director Jodi Sullivan said the group “will join in the fight against Gov. Chafee’s tax proposal,” pledging at the same time to mobilize the business community if necessary. Seeking to close a projected $300 million budget deficit, Chafee’s plan looks to raise close to $165 million in new revenue by reducing the state’s sales tax from 7 to 6 percent, while at the same time applying it to an array of currently exempt services and items, from haircuts and dry cleaning to car repairs. Some big-ticket items such as home heating oil would be subject to a 1 percent sales tax. The Newport Chamber joins other prominent business groups, including the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, in opposing the Chafee plan. Sullivan also told members that the chamber would continue its fight against a proposal by Hess LNG to bring an offshore liquefied natural gas terminal to Mount Hope Bay.
ALN Looks Ahead After Seven Influential Years By Tom Shevlin For an organization whose purpose is admittedly abstract, the Alliance for a Livable Newport enters into its seventh year having left an indelible mark on the city’s civic discourse. From school issues and noise complaints, to municipal elections and city finances, ALN has been driving the conversation on a wide range of topics that speak to the heart of their mission: improving the quality of life for Newport residents. Just last year alone, the group held a series of 10 public forums ranging from candidate panels in the run up to the November elections, to an in depth look at the future of Fort Adams. On Monday, just over two dozen people gathered inside the Warren Weston Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center for the Alliance’s annual membership meeting. Founded in 2004 by Newport citizens concerned about the quality of life in the city, ALN brings together an otherwise loose collection of neighborhood organizations under one umbrella. And while their mission is broad and their influence strong, for most, their work remains unseen. “It’s not something you can drive by and point to,” explained ALN’s new president, Isabel Griffith. ALN is not a political organization; its mission is strictly non-partisan. As Griffth said, “People tend to take sides...ALN has always strived to be non-biased and aware of all
sides on an issue.” Because of that, the group has drawn a diverse array of members and supporters, including city officials, municipal workers, small business owners and leaders in the religious, arts and environmental communities. But Griffith is hoping to expand its reach. The meeting’s location at the MLK Center spoke to that point. Speaking at the beginning of the evening, the center’s executive director, Marilyn Warren, reflected on the center’s history as a gathering place for the community – first as the Newport Community Center. “This was the place where (Newporters) learned to be good citizens,” Warren said. In many ways, ALN continues on that mission. Topics of upcoming forums for 2011 include combined sewer overflow reduction results, the Tallship, Oliver Hazard Perry construction and educational program, plans for the possible return of America’s Cup racing to the city, and an update on planned improvements for Fort Adams. Leading up these effort will be ALN’s newest executive officers: the aforementioned Griffith; Roger Wells, vice president; John Hirschboeck, secretary; and Ron Becker, treasurer. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the group, or to catch up on its efforts over the last few years, should log onto www.AllianceForLivableNewport.org.
Nelson Eddy Film Screening Nelson Eddy was born in Providence and grew up in Pawtucket. A handsome baritone, with serious operatic credentials, he became a Hollywood heart throb for millions of American women at the side of the beautiful Jeanette MacDonald. The Jamestown Community Theatre, in concert with the Jamestown Historical Society’s “Jamestown and the Silver Screen,” is pleased to present “Rose Marie,” a film starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Jamestown Library. Because his father, William Darius Eddy, and his step-mother, lived in
Jamestown, Nelson Eddy’s work is included in the series of programs making up this year’s Jamestown Historical Society major exhibit “Jamestown and the Silver Screen.” Bill Eddy was divorced from Nelson’s mother, Isabel, when he met Marguerite Elliott at St. George Episcopal in Newport where they both sang in the choir, according to a biography written by Gail Lulay. The program is free and open to the public.
School Building Committee Pushes Ahead with Green Design By Tom Shevlin Members of the Pell School Building Committee took another step closer to incorporating some additional green energy elements into the final design of the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School. Meeting with representatives from HMFH Architects for yet another round of design review, committee members voted unanimously to move forward with a cost exploration on four potential add-ons aimed at reducing the new school’s carbon footprint. Most notable was a decision to consider employing a partial geo-thermal heating system, which if incorporated into the final design would draw on the very ground below the school to fuel part of its heating and cooling system. If it proves economically feasible, the system would be used to condition main administrative offices and media center, and would pay for itself within 24 years. An alternative, full-facility option was also discussed, but committee members determined that the upfront price and projected 37 year payback was too great to swallow. (For the complete story go to www.Newportnow.com)
International Sanctions and Nonproliferation Seminar The sixth seminar of the Newport Council for International Visitors’ Great Decision Series will be held Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “Sanctions and Nonproliferation” will address the effectiveness of sanctions in curbing nations in violation of international law. The Honorable Sue E. Eckert, senior fellow at the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University, will present. Eckert served as Assistant Secretary of Export Administration in the Clinton Administration and has recently worked with the U.N. Secretariat and the governments of Switzerland, Sweden and Germany on targeting sanctions. Her current research focuses on issues at the intersection of economic and national security – terrorist financing, targeted sanctions and critical infrastructure. 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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Spirits Were High for Swing Into Spring Even Mother Nature’s snow and sleet could not put a damper on the festivities last Thursday night at the Swing Into Spring benefit for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The Atlantic Beach Club was the place to be as Newport turned out in force for an evening of dinner and dancing in celebration of this organization which does so much for our community. The night was a smashing success for new Executive Director Marilyn Warren and the two dozen committee members who worked tirelessly to pull off such a memorable event.
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Displaced Actors Find Room at Inn By Katherine Imbrie When Astorsâ€™ Beechwood Mansion was sold last year, Newport lost not only a spectacular Bellevue Avenue mansion that had been open to the public, but also the unique attraction of the Beechwood Theatre Company. Led by actor/director Patrick Grimes, the company had earned acclaim for enhancing the experience of visiting Beechwood by having its troupe of costumed actors play the roles of upstairs and downstairs characters in the Astorsâ€™ Gilded Age world. Visitors were treated to vignettes of everyday life in that world, whether it was Mrs. Astor hosting a ball, or guests visiting for the weekend, orâ€“ at Christmasâ€“a multi-course feast. All of that thespian fun ended when Beechwood became a private home. In January 2010, Grimes and some of his actor crew â€“ who not only had performed at Beechwood, but also had been living there -- were packing up to leave the mansion for the last time when Grimes began chatting with friend Nick Maione, owner of the Architectâ€™s Inn. â€œBasically, I thought it would be great to do a series of weekend-long murder mysteries, with the guests at the inn getting involved by playing roles themselves over the course of a couple of days,â€? says Grimes. So, with a new name, Marley Bridges Theatre Company, and newly incorporated as a non-profit arts organization, Grimes and his â€œpartner in crimeâ€? Jessica Bradley, along with others from their old cast of characters, set about rebuilding themselves as a kind of rental theater company. Since leaving Beechwood, theyâ€™ve done murder mysteries and other plays at Belcourt Castle and at the Newport Art Museum â€“ but none with the depth and length of the performances they do at the Architectâ€™s Inn. â€œItâ€™s a unique concept and a great partnership,â€? says innkeeper Maione. â€œI loved what they were doing at Beechwood, and I would send our guests over there all the time. Patrick and Jessica are amazing people â€“ so dynamic, with so much talent and energy.â€? Now, Architectâ€™s Inn guests donâ€™t have to leave their lodging to experience the theatrics of a murder mys-
The right hand never seems to know what the left hand is doing during the â€œI Do or I Dieâ€? murder mystery weekend at the at the Architectâ€™s Inn. Soon-to-be newlyweds Nicole ( Cici Ice) and Neil (Patrick Grimes) have too many skeletons in the closet to ever find happiness. Letâ€™s hope that closet doesnâ€™t get too crowded! tery. When they reserve a weekendâ€™s stay at the inn, with the add-on of a murder mystery, they are given a role in a storyline and a character profile to study, so that when they arrive at the inn, they are prepared to play a part. Some guests provide their own costumes; others use the ones provided for them by the acting company. From Friday night through Saturday, while they are working on solving the â€œcrimeâ€? that occurs at the inn, guests donâ€™t even know who is another guest and who is actually an actor. Sometimes, they are sent on elaborate scavenger hunts around Newport to pick up â€œclues.â€? Then, on Sunday morning, the identity of the â€œreal murdererâ€? is revealed before everyone goes home. Guests have come from Boston, New York, Connecticut and Providence for the murder mysteries, says Maione. â€œThey love getting into it. It requires more energy than a regular murder mystery. They really get involved, and they want to solve the crime. Plus, (playing these roles) is a real icebreaker. Everybody becomes great friends by the time they go
Guests search for clues to the killerâ€™s identity during murder mystery weekends, combing the inn and Newport in their quest to figure out â€œwhodunit.â€? Are the hints red herrings or real clues? Only time will tellâ€Ś home on Sunday.â€? Occasionally, guests have gotten so caught up in the role-playing that they forget that the â€œmurderâ€? is fiction, says Maione, who frequently ends up playing the role of butler.
Participation Welcome If an inn stay isnâ€™t in your plans, there are other opportunities to join in the fun. An open-to-the-publicworkshop of a new â€œmusical zombedy,â€? will run April 22 and 23 at Broadwayâ€™s Empire Tea & Coffee. The comedyâ€™s content is adult oriented. The audience will be invited to give feedback after each performance which will be used to help shape the show for its October premiere. Saturday murder mysteries at the Newport Art Museum begin May 21. These all-new per-
formances will be set in 1896 and will run most Saturdays through the summer. The familyfriendly 90-minute show, â€œThe Hunt for Huntâ€™s Fortune,â€? invites the audience to role-play guests at a party that goes horribly wrong. Participants will search the museum for clues and question suspects as they play whodunit. For more information about these and other murder mystery events by the Marley Bridges company, visit the Web site www.newportmurdermystery.com.
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300 Years of Arts & Culture, Just Steps Away The road to American independence began in Newport well before Paul Revere’s famous ride in 1775. In fact, Newport played a pivotal role during the Revolutionary War. Such famous figures as William Ellery (Rhode Island’s signer of the Declaration of Independence), George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau walked Newport’s streets and lived in its houses. Vernon House, a Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) property, served as the headquarters for Rochambeau and hosted George Washington during his stay in Newport. The
home of William Ellery no longer exists, but his son lived at 51 Touro St., now the headquarters of NRF. Another NRF property, the Captain William Read house, located at 58 Thames, was home to the founder of Newport’s Liberty Tree. A new walking tour entitled ‘Road to Independence’ visits the site of the famed Liberty Tree of Newport, located in Liberty Park at the intersection of Thames and Farewell streets. In a tradition begun in Boston, Newport’s Sons of Liberty designated a tree as the rallying point for protests against Britain’s Stamp Act. Captain William Read donated the land and dedicated the tree to the Sons of Liberty. When the British arrived in Newport in 1776, cutting down the symbolic Liberty Tree was one of their first acts. The Road to Independence walking tour is a new addition to the Newport History Tours this year and will be offered Monday, April 18 and Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. and at several other times throughout the season. One, of a variety of walking tours, is offered daily from June to October and generally departs
This nearly 100 year-old beech tree, standing symbolically on the site of Newport’s first Liberty Tree, is one of the many historical landmarks that is explained on the Road to Independence Tour. (Photo by Rob Thorn)
from the Museum & Shop at Brick Market. Featuring a range of special themes – from architecture to the working waterfront – the tours draw on the wealth of the Newport Historical Society’s archives and research of Newport history. A complete schedule of tours is available at www.TheOldQuarter.org. Newport’s Old Quarter is a vibrant historic neighborhood where 18th and 19th century buildings continue to be used as homes, places of worship, restaurants and shops, as they have been for three centuries. It encompasses six non-profit organizations: International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum at the Newport Casino, Newport Art Museum, The Newport Historical Society, Newport Restoration Foundation, The Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Touro Synagogue & Loeb Visitor Center, and the Whitehorne House.
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A perfect toast to the season. It is light and refreshing and if you have violets sprinkled in your lawn, pick a few to garnish your drinks. They add a gorgeous burst of color and a delicate quintessential scent of Spring. For each mojito: 3 fresh strawberries 3-5 fresh basil leaves 2 ounces simple syrup 2 ounces white rum crushed ice club soda Slice the strawberries and place at the bottom of a tall glass with the basil. Add the simple syrup and muddle. Stir in the rum and ďŹ ll with crushed ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with violets. While you are sipping your cocktail, prepare your hors dâ€™oeuvres.
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Arrange varying shades of pink radishes, leaving some of the green tops, on a pretty dish and serve with a small ramekin of softened unsalted butter and a small dish of sea salt... try Fleur-de-Sel, available at French Source and Le Petit Gourmet. To enjoy, dip the radish in the butter and then lightly in the salt for a spicy, savory, earthy bite of bliss.
Minted Pea Soup with Spring Chive Blossoms
Delicious warm or chilled on those evenings when the sun is lingering later and later, as a ďŹ rst course or served as sips in sherry glasses or saucer Champagne coupes for an elegant hors dâ€™oeuvre. 1 small onion 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 cups fresh shelled peas 5 cups chicken stock or low-salt broth 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves 1 cup heavy cream Finely chop onion and cook in butter in 4 quart saucepan with salt to taste over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add peas and 3 cups of the stock and simmer, uncovered, until peas are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in mint and remaining 2 cups stock and remove pan from heat. In a blender purĂŠe soup in batches until very smooth. Whisk in cream and salt and pepper to taste. If serving soup cold, chill, covered. If serving soup hot, reheat slowly, being careful not to let boil. Garnish soup with fresh snipped spring chives, or better yet, if you can ďŹ nd chives with their blossoms or have them growing in your garden, sprinkle the soup with the tiny purple bell shaped ďŹ‚owers!
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Serve warm with baby lettuces, drizzled with herb vinaigrette for a salad course or main course at lunch or brunch or in small slivers alone as an appetizer. The mustard in this awakens like spring, slowly. 3 carrots (orange and yellow), trimmed and peeled
3 thin leeks, white and light green parts only, cut lengthwise in half and washed 2 sprigs rosemary 3 large eggs 6 tablespoons heavy cream 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard Salt, preferably ďŹ‚eur de sel, and freshly ground pepper 1 9- to 9 1/2-inch tart shell made from Tart Dough (your own recipe or store bought), partially baked and cooled. Use a ďŹ‚uted tart pan with removable bottom. Cut the carrots and leeks into slender bĂ˘tons or 1/4-inch-thick matchsticks. Steam carrots and leeks with a sprig of rosemary until tender; 10 or so minutes. Drain and pat dry; discard the rosemary. In a medi-
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
um bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream. Add the mustards, season with salt and pepper and whisk to blend. Taste and see if you want to add a little more mustard! Place tart pan on a lined baking sheet and pour the ďŹ lling into the crust. Arrange the vegetables in spokes coming out from the center of the tart. Top with the remaining rosemary sprig and a couple of grinds from the pepper mill. Bake the tart at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until it is uniformly puffed and a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean. Let it rest for 5 minutes before removing the sides of the pan.
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Filling 6 medium stalks rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon pure vanilla In a large bowl, stir together the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar, vanilla and lemon. Pour into a 2 and 1/2 quart baking dish or pie plate. Set aside. For the Crisp 1 cup all-purpose ďŹ‚our 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted In a large bowl, stir together the ďŹ‚our, rolled oats, sugars, cinnamon/ginger and salt until well blended. Stir in the melted butter for evenly moistened crumbs. Spoon the crumb mixture over the ďŹ lling. Bake until the rhubarb is tender when tested with a toothpick, the juices are bubbling, and the topping is golden brown, 3540 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with freshly whipped cream and edible pansies.
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