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By Jill Connors



Mock Drunk Driving Crash Makes Impact on Students SIMULATION: Top: A view of the entire staged drunk driving crash scene in the parking lot of Rogers High School. Bottom Left: Students watched the activity unfold as police try to comfort a set of mock parents grieving over the loss of their son as they arrive at the scene of the accident. Bottom Right: The scene looks real, but Haley Murphy only pretended to be the wounded passenger being pulled from the wreck. Newport Fire Fighters loaded her into an ambulance. To read more about the exercise see page 12. (Photos by Meg O’Neil)

Long-Awaited Berm Repairs to Begin


By Tom Shevlin Critical repairs are coming for the crumbling embankment that surrounds Easton’s Pond, a oncepopular walking and running destination that has been off-limits since 2007. Aimed at addressing deficiencies in the western and northern earthen embankments of South Easton’s Pond, the project has been on the city’s radar for well over a decade. Last year, councilors were on the verge of approving a final design before public outcry forced the project back to the drawing board.  Last week, a final design calling for the use of vegetated concrete to shore up the embankment, was approved with little fanfare.  The total cost of the project is expected to top out at roughly $6 million. On Wednesday, councilors approved two bid awards for the project – a $4.5 million contract to  RP lannuccillo & Sons, and another $484,000 contract to engineer Fuss & O’Neil.  The bid totaled above includes the use of articulated concrete blocks for the slope and channel protection, a pedestrian bridge at Old Beach Road for $52,000 and the installation of a turbidity curtain along the Western embankment at a cost of $33,000. According to City Manager Edward F. Lavallee, if all goes according to schedule, work on the berm could be wrapped up by the spring of 2012. 

See BERM on page 12

Water is diverted from Easton’s Moat into the UV plant by a steel dam triggered during significant rain events. The layer of water is thin – only inches deep – but moves at a brisk pace.

The plant, which would be located adjacent to the Wave Avenue pump station, would use ultraviolet light to disinfect runoff originating from Easton’s pond and moat.

Beach Closures May Be A Thing of the Past By Tom Shevlin

City Council members on Monday got their first look at a new ultraviolet stormwater treatment plant at Easton’s Beach. Standing atop a metal platform with freshly treated water rushing underneath, Mayor Stephen C. Waluk reflected, “It’s been a long time coming.” The high-tech facility, which uses UV rays to disinfect water from Easton’s moat before it empties out in the bay, is the latest in a string of improvements made at the popular swimming destination over the last several years. Joined by Director of Utilities Julia Forgue, City Manager Edward F. Lavallee, and Dean Audet, from the engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill, council members were given a brief overview of the plant’s operations before climbing a set of stairs for an upclose view of the process and its various mechanical elements. The first point of interest on the tour was a diversionary dam, designed to be lowered whenever a nearby rain gauge records a significant rain event. Once redirected, the water is sent through a narrow channel where a series of UV bulbs shine down a bright

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The bright green glow of the UV lights can be seen through the grate floor system above. The bulbs are not unlike those used in tanning beds – except much, much larger. Bacteria is killed instantly as the water passed under the powerful UV rays.


The now treated water exits the plant on the opposite side of the diversion dam, re-entering the moat channel, traveling under Memorial Boulevard, onto Easton’s Beach, and eventually into the bay.


Members of the Middletown Town Council approved funding priorities for the $400,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) the town is pursuing. The requests, which were the subject of a public hearing on Monday night during the regular Town Council meeting, include $60,000 for a new HVAC system at the Middletown Senior Center, $35,000 for the East Bay Community Action Program to furnish a new community health center in Newport’s North End, $25,000 for Lucy’s Hearth to provide shelter and services to homeless women and children, and $10,000 for after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. Susan Schenck, chief operating officer of the East Bay Community Action Program,

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Fire Staffing Levels Debated By Tom Shevlin David Hanos was called to the witness stand inside Superior Court on Thursday, April 28 shortly before noontime. Testifying over the course of more than three hours, the veteran fire fighter and local 1080 IAFF president was the first witness called during what is expected to be a drawn-out hearing process over the city’s proposal to reduce its fire department staffing levels to 17-man shifts. More than a dozen Newport firefighters filled the upstairs courtroom while Hanos was guided through a series of questions on topics ranging from the city’s existing standard operating procedures to public safety concerns that could result from decreased staffing. Led through the first half of his testimony by union attorney Marc Gursky, Hanos told the court that moving to a 17-man force could have a detrimental impact on the department’s response capability. Saying that Newport is “probably the most dangerous city in Rhode Island” to be a fire fighter, Gursky spent the bulk of his questioning trying to paint a picture of a city – and a department – at risk. The hearing stems from a dispute that arose after the city moved to unilaterally reduce staffing earlier this month. Operating without

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Island Moving Co. presented Miki Ohlsen’s Struggle for Comfort at the historic and newly renovated Stanford White Casino theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photos by Thomas Palmer) The dance, which celebrated Architecture in Motion, will be performed at the Company’s New York performances May 6 and 7 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. The dance company’s next local performance is Great Friends Dance Festival, July 21-31, with guest dancers and choreographers from around the country.

Park Beautification

Mayor Stephen C. Waluk was among a number of city officials and neighborhood residents who turned out on Saturday, April 30 for an Earth Day clean-up at Morton Park. Here, Ella Dring does her part to keep the popular Fifth Ward park clean. (Photo by Michelle Palazzo)

Supporters of the Company joined the Island Moving Co.board for drinks before the performance.The evening’s chairwomen, Michelle Burgess and Bethany DiNapoli, are shown at left with sponsor Paul Weber, architect.

Run For Education The NPEF Mother’s Day 5K hits the road again. The run is open to ages 10 years and under to 60 plus. There will be a two mile non-competitive Family Fun Run/ Walk at the same time. The certified course starts at Rogers High School and will be held rain or shine on Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m.

Robot Challenge

4-H AIR Strike 78 robotics team member Kevin Reilly, left, carries the team robot on to the playing field at the national FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis. With the help of volunteers like Aquidneck Island Robotics 4-H leader Rick Blight, right, the 30 member team was able to build the robot in six weeks and compete in local and regional events to advance to the finals. The team seeded fourth in their division and played through the semi-final rounds at the event.

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NPEF Teacher Excellence Grants Awarded This year, the Newport Public Education Foundation (NPEF) awarded Teacher Excellence Grants and Community Grants totaling $24,000. The purpose of the grants is to enhance the learning of students in Newport Public Schools through creative and innovative projects that are not covered by the school budget. Underwood School n Japan through Food and Dance (Grant Recipients/Teachers: Aaron Sherman, Holly Minuto) n Close Up Science (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Susan Moore) Cranston Calvert School n Bilingual Activities (Grant Recipients: Rebekah RosenGomez and Jane Perry) n How Much Time? (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Claire Mey) n Formative Assessment: Use of White Boards for All Content (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Clare Mey) n Learning about Ability and Disability (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Cheryl Demenezes) n Rhode Island Audubon (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Terrence Mey) n Learning Games Galore! (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Terrence Mey) n Reading Together (Grant Recipients/Teachers: Meg McCauley And Lisa Pagliarini) n Listening for Fluency (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Elizabeth Rosenthal) n Kites in the Classroom – Where Learning Takes Flight (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Lori Delemos) n Lights, Camera Action! and Animation in the Classroom (Grant Recipient/Principal: Jennifer Booth)

Garden Objects • Antiques • Unique Gifts 9 Bridge Street, Newport 401.848.8477 Kate Caruolo, a teacher at Cranston Calvert, explains an exhibit illustrating a grant awarded to the school at the recent NPEF event.

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(Grant Recipients/Teachers: Kate Caruolo And Lori Delemos) Sullivan School n How Tall? How Short? How Far Away? (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Jennifer Conhenny) Coggeshall School n Legos for the Young (Grant Recipient/Principal: Michael Franco) n 21 Century Visual/Digital Report (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Jane Perry) Thompson Middle School n Electronic Book Action Research (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Lorraine Pfeifer) Rogers High School n Spanish WIKI (Grant Recipient/ Teacher: Amy Kalif ) n 2011 Rhode Island Teen Book Award (Grant Recipient/Teacher: June McGreavy) n Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Jamie Butterworth)

n Never Too Early to Start

(Grant Recipient/Teacher: June Mcgreavy) All Elementary Schools n All City After School Ensembles (Grant Recipient/Teacher: Alan Bernstein) ADDITIONAL RECOGNITIONS   Bill Vareika received the Friend of Education award; Mark McKenna, family service coordinator at Sullivan School, received the Unsung Hero award, and Salve Regina received the Partner in Education award.   Other Community Grants were awarded to the Newport Restoration Foundation for Rough Point Collaboration- Sportswear in Art; Boys and Girls Club for Reading Reaps Rewards “R3;” Island Moving Co. for Creative Movement at Sullivan School and Salve Regina University for March into Reading.

PLANT CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 green light as it passes underneath before being sent back to the stream that flows from the moat and into Easton’s Bay. Waluk said the plant – along with the now two-year old algae harvester – is a testament to the city’s commitment to improving the water quality at the beach. “I think it’s very neat, if it works,” added Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano. Plagued for years by persistent beach closures due to high bacteria counts, Easton’s Beach had been a black eye for a city that prides itself on its scenic vistas and proximity to the water. For several years, the state Department of Health has had in place a standing policy to close the beach to swimming for at least 12 hours after a significant rain event. But according to City Manager Lavallee, he expects that policy to be lifted. “Once they see this, I think they’ll relieve the requirement,” he said. Up until now, Lavallee said, the city has been faced with the presumption of being guilty until proven innocent. Studies revealed that runoff contaminated with animal droppings from Easton’s Moat was to blame for the frequent bacteria warnings. Also contributing to the beach’s high bacteria count has been the near-constant presence of fine, red

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City officials tour the recently-completed UV Plant at Easton’s Beach. (Photo by Tom Shevlin) algae that lines the shore. But that problem has been addressed by the city’s first-of-its-kind algae harvester. The UV plant is expected to further reduce, if not eliminate, water quality concerns at the beach. However, carrying a price tag of $4 million, the plant was not without its critics. Third Ward Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard repeatedly voiced her opposition to the project, preferring instead to take a more holistic approach to the problem by incorporating natural, or green, filtration methods. The plant, she said, is simply too expensive in terms of energy consumption and

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Robert Fye Memorial Entering the Digital Scholarship Age

The Aquidneck Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their monthly meeting at the home of Margaret Hendricks in Newport on May 11 at 5:30 p.m. It will be a potluck supper and the newly elected officers for the term of 2011-2012 will be installed. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. For more information contact, Barbara Simmons, at 849-2629.

In memory of Robert S.H. Fye, of the class of 2002 at Middletown High School, a $1,000 merit based scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior to help support his or her post secondary education. Rob was a scholar, artist, athlete and devoted friend, diagnosed with cancer during his freshman year at MHS. For the following nine years, he battled his recurrent illness while pursing academic excellence at Middletown High School and Yale University. This Scholarship honors his integrity, his wise counsel and his refusal to let hardship conquer his love of life. Criteria for this award include acceptance to a two- or four- year college, evidence of strong academic achievement and an essay describing a challenge, faced with courage and integrity. In the event that more than one candidate in a given year is selected for the award, the Scholarship Committee may grant a $1,000 scholarship to each of the chosen candidates. Application forms, due May 14, are available in the Middleton High School guidance office or by calling 401-369-5646.

Visiting Nurses Annual Meeting The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 p.m., at Ochre Court, Salve Regina University. During the meeting, the Mary Dwyer Award for Community Service will be presented to honoree William Burns. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested. Contact 682-2100 x 631 to reserve.

Ocean State Child ID Program Offered The nation’s most comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system – EZ Child ID – will be offered as a free community service by the Newport office of New York Life Insurance Company. The Ocean State Child ID Program, which was created in cooperation with law enforcement officials, ensures that the digital fingerprints taken meet industry standards required by the Amber Alert system. A parent or legal guardian must be present in order to have an ID made. The process takes about five minutes and produces a printout as well as a digital file on a CD which can be downloaded onto a computer to be easily transferable. To take advantage of this free service, call Bill Geasey, 841-8989, to set up an appointment for an office visit, or to arrange for a site visit to a day care center, nursery school, kindergarten, church hall, athletic club or other suitable venue. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.

Chili’s To Help Fund Recreation Programs The Newport Recreation Department has partnered with Chili’s Restaurant in Middletown for a fundraiser benefiting the Newport Recreation Department’s scholarship fund. This fund enables Newport Recreation to offer financial assistance for those in need to attend any of their programs. To contribute, pick up a voucher for “Chili’s Gives Back” from The Hut, the Recreation Department’s gym off Golden Hill St. Bring the voucher with you when you dine at Chili’s any Thursday in May, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (take out or dine in), and Chili’s will donate 10 percent of your bill to the Recreation Department.

Cruising into Town Cruise Ships coming soon to Newport: Silver Whisper, May 19; Caribbean Princess, May 25; Independence, May 27 and June 2.

An introductory digital photography class and two beginner computer classes will be offered for seniors, over age 55, starting in May at the Middletown Senior Center. In the photography class, attendees will learn how to transfer photos to a computer, share images, and use free photo programs found on computers or online. A digital camera with a cable, and an existing email address are required for this class, which will meet four Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m., beginning May 17. An introduction to computers, designed for beginners, will include instruction in the basics of computing, using a mouse, and navigating the Internet, as well as computer safety and how to use email. This class will meet five Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., beginning May 18. A more advanced computer class – designed for “intermediate beginners” – will focus on email and formatting, using Google to search the Internet, and useful sites for maps, recipes, medical information, travel, genealogy, and more. This class will meet five Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m., beginning May 18. For information or registration, call the Middletown Senior Center at 849-8823 or the instructor at 683-7968, or email Class fees: $40$45, size of classes are limited, but need a minimum of five to run.

Cinco de Mayo Goes Green Green Drinks, an international organization that allows people in the “green” and environmental community to come together, is holding a Cinco de Mayo event at Forty 1 North on Thursday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. Located at 351 Thames St., complimentary appetizers will accompany a cash bar. Through the Green Drinks Newport network group, people have found jobs, exchanged information, developed new ideas, and have helped others in the “green” field.

For What It’s Worth

Dear Mr. Santi Enclosed is a photo of a candy dish that has been in my family since my childhood. My mother would fill it with candy at holidays and my brothers and sister would be able to take pieces from it. There is a squirrel on the handle and the mark says it was made in Meriden, Connecticut. How old is it and what is it worth? — Shirley T.

Dear Shirley: Your candy dish was actually made to serve nuts; hence the squirrel on the handle and the form is of an acorn. Very popular between 1880 and 1900, this form is still very collectible today. The condition looks excellent and the name on the underside is not only the town in Connecticut but also the manufacturer (Meriden). The value would be in the $500 to $600 price range. — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques

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Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Federico at: or 152 Spring St., Newport

Auditions Set The Newport Playhouse has set the audition schedule for its upcoming season. Two auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 10. They will audition performers for the Cabaret at 6 p.m. and seek singers with great personalities. Performers should bring their own music (no CDs) and be prepared to sing 16 bars of one ballad and one upbeat song. A pianist will accompany. Auditions for “Lend Me a Tenor” will begin at 7 p.m. that same evening. Four men and four women (all 18 and older) will be cast. Rehearsals begin in May and performances will run in July and August. Auditions for “Let’s Murder Martha” will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27. Three men and four women are sought. Rehearsals will begin in late June, with performances August through October. These are all paid positions. Auditions will be held at the Playhouse, 102 Connell Highway, Newport. For more information, call 848-7529.

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Garden Club Plant Sale The Portsmouth Garden Club will hold its May meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at the Atria Aquidneck Place. The topic of “Container Gardening” will be presented by Master Gardener and Past President of the Bayberry Garden Club in Bristol, Betsy Ose. Her presentation will include handouts and a floral demonstration. Later in the month, on Thursday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a plant sale at Island Garden Shop, Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth, to benefit the club’s beautification efforts.

Zumba for One and All A mix of Latin-inspired dance and aerobics, Zumba is a great way to have fun and exercise at the same time. A super sized Zumba class will be held at Thompson Middle School on Saturday, May 7, from 12:30 – 3 p.m. Zaida Humphrey, who teaches Zumba classes all over Aquidneck Island, will be leading the class.

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responded to 475 calls. Of those, 107 were motor vehicle related; there were 91 motor vehicle violations issued and 16 accidents. The police also responded to 4 incidents of vandalism, 14 animal complaints, 16 noise complaints and 24 home/business alarm calls. Officers also performed 2 liquor establishment checks and 15 school security checks (2-Rogers, 6-Thompson, 4-Coggeshall, 1-Sullivan, 1-Cranstan, 1-Met). They transported 5 prisoners and recorded 10 instances of assisting other agencies. They also conducted 7 DARE classes. In addition, 23 arrests were made for the following violations: n Four arrests were made for larceny. n Four arrests were made for driving with a revoked or suspended license. n Four arrests were made for simple assault. n Three arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n Three arrests were made for outstanding warrants. n Two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. n One arrest was made for DUI. n One arrest was made for open container of alcohol. n One arrest was made for false pretense or personation.

Teen Employment The East Bay Youth Centers will be hosting an open enrollment session on Monday, May 16 from 4-6 p.m. The youth centers have agreements with local employers to hire youth ages 14-24 for parttime, full-time and summer jobs. Guidance will also be given to help students determine skills and talents, explore career opportunities, improve grades, work on resumes, learn job readiness skills, gain leadership skills, enroll in GED classes, and obtain occupational skills training. Enrollment will be held at the Jamestown Teen Center, 41 Conanicus Ave. For more information or to sign up, call 423-7261 or email

Newport’s radio station WADK is one of two area businesses/organizations that will receive the Governor’s Tourism Achievement Award at the 26th annual Rhode Island Tourism Unity Luncheon, to be held May 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. The awards luncheon is part of the state’s celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week. The other local award-winner is the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association. Both entities were nominated by the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau to receive the award, which this year honors “entities and individuals that spearhead cooperative efforts to promote the local tourism and hospitality industry.” WADK has been a Newport institution since 1948. The station began as WRJM (“RJM” for owners Reeny and John Malloy) broadcasting local sports and programming including “Voice of the Azores,” a Portuguese show which remained on air for more than 30 years. In 1953, new owner Milton Mitler changed the call letters to WADK—”ADK” for “Aquidneck.”

Welcome to New Businesses Mimi’s for Kids, owned by Mimi Lonski, is the newest place to shop for children’s clothing and gift items. 154 Mill St., directly across from Touro Park. Adornment Fine Jewelry, at 213 Goddard Row located in Brick Market Place, opens its doors on Friday, May 6. Tucquet, a store specializing in handmade, home décor items, and hammocks from South America, is owned by Evelin Braaskma, Seigio Monterro, and Sarah Perine. The store is at 34A Bowen’s Wharf. Have you just opened a business? We want to say welcome! Email NTW at with owner and business name, address and brief description.

Road Work Underway on Bellevue Ave. Restoration of the concrete road surface at two Bellevue Ave. locations began this week as part of the Catch Basin Area 6 Separation Project. The work areas are at the intersection of Bellevue Ave., Touro St., and Kay St. and at the southernmost end of Bellevue. The first phase of work includes the sawcutting of the area to be repaired. Starting May 9, the area will be prepped and the new concrete panels poured. Afterward, no traffic will be allowed on the new concrete for approximately 2-3 days. In order to maintain alternating traffic in the repair areas, only one travel lane will be repaired at a time, and both travel lanes will be open to traffic on weekends. The time needed to complete the road repairs will be dependent on weather, however it is anticipated all work will be completed no later than May 27. Traffic delays are expected on Bellevue at the repair sites, so drivers should seek alternate routes to avoid construction areas while work is underway, which will be during daytime working hours beginning prior to 7 a.m.

The Newport Water Division will continue with the water main flushing program during evening hours, lasting approximately three more weeks. In Middletown, flushing will continue in the West Main Rd. and Valley Rd. areas and will continue south toward Newport. In Newport, flushing will begin in the Memorial Blvd. and Eustis Ave. areas, and will continue west toward Thames St. and Broadway. Also, flushing will continue from Bellevue Ave. heading toward the Harrison Ave. and Ocean Ave. areas. Flushing is done from 8 – 11 p.m. Discolored water may be experienced anywhere throughout the system during the flushing activity. It is recommended that use of water be minimized during those hours. Call 845-5600 for more information.

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the commission that as many as 1,000 new jobs and $70 million in wages and $8 million in new tax revenue could result from port growth. Sen. William A. Walaska and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero cochair the commission. n Under 21 club ban The House Committee on Judiciary heard legislation that would ban anyone under the age of 21 from nightclubs that serve alcohol. n Bill proposes commission to study legislative pay classification plan The Senate Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans’ Affairs has voted to recommend full Senate passage of legislation to establish a commission to study a legislative position and pay classification plan. The commission would also be directed to recommend a formal performance evaluation system for classified employees.

n Bill to recognize civil unions Legislation to allow civil unions for same-sex couples in Rhode Island is due to be introduced next week. The bill, which is modeled after laws recently approved in Delaware, Illinois and Hawaii, would grant samesex couples equal rights to those afforded to married couples in Rhode Island. n Senate OKs energy board The Senate bill to create a renewable energy coordinating board was introduced by President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown). A House version was sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown), and is before the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. n Port study commission The study to assess potential market opportunities, told

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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EDITORIAL Waterfront Attention Welcomes Development Recent efforts to rejuvenate the city’s Maritime Alliance could not have come at a better time. As we wrote last month, attention to this issue at the state level seems to have finally turned toward harnessing the economic potential of Narragansett Bay. For the hundreds of harborfront businesses and organizations in Newport’s downtown core, this renewed attention to the waterfront is a welcome development. The potential that our maritime industry holds for the city cannot be overstated. For proof of that, we needn’t look any further than the Newport Shipyard, where earlier this week two of the world’s most advanced sailboats were docked. Rambler 100 and Puma’s 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race entry, Mar Mostro make for an impressive tandem. For sailors, they’re tourist attractions. But for the support crews and businesses that maintain them – and in the case of Mar Mostro – built them, they represent something more: Jobs. On Wednesday of this week, IYRS hosted their second career open house of the year. Another is being planned for later in the month. Interest in the industry is growing, they say. And while Rhode Island continues to slog its way through this unrelenting economic fog, we hope that state leaders will be able to look beyond luring high-tech companies to Providence and come to see the marine trades as a worthwhile investment. In the meantime, we leave you with this photo of Mar Mostro, submitted to our online news site,, by reader George Herchoenrother.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Important Lesson To Be Learned To the Editor; Osama bin Laden is dead. A lot of people are seemingly overjoyed by this man’s passing. Many people viewed Osama bin Laden as something more powerful than a man –some of his misguided followers revered bin Laden as a god among men. Those who opposed him viewed him as something less than a man–some sort of monstrous, cunning beast that was always plotting his next act of heinous cruelty against humanity. How many innocent victims fell prey to this madman and his blindly loyal followers? Osama bin Laden was just a man and history will remember him as a mere man who was able to rise to great heights of

power by the most evil means possible. It is important that history DOES NOT repeat itself. Our children will need to learn about this man so that history may not repeat itself …we need to educate our children to make better choices. We need to make better choices ourselves so that someone like Osama bin Laden will not rise to power again. A special thanks should be given to former President George W. Bush and to President Barack Obama and all of the men and women of our United States Armed Forces for their brave efforts on behalf of every man, woman, and child who live in our great country. And a special prayer to all those

who lost loved ones in the heinous attacks that took place in our country on September 11, 2001 and to all those who helped or were affected in any way by the events that took place that day. You are in my thoughts, heart, and prayers… as well as many others. Your losses will always be remembered. The United States of America is a wonderful country and we as an American people have come out of the treacherous reign of Osama bin Laden and his minions, stronger and more united than ever. We did not give up or give in to fear and despondence. We came together, healed, and persevered. God Bless America! Kimberly Sue Boiani, Newport

Municipal Meetings NEWPORT Public Information Meeting, Comprehensive Land Use, May 5 @ 6 p.m., Planning Directors Office Boards/Conference Meeting, ADHOC-Wastewater, May 5 @ 6 p.m., City Hall-Conference Room Council Workshop, May 9 @ 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers Regular Council Meeting, May 11 @ 6:30 p.m., City Hall-Council Chambers

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Education – the Key to our Future…the Future of our Economy The key to our future and the future of our economy hinges precipitously on the results that are produced by our educational system. By the very nature of our citizenship of the State of Rhode Island, we are all stewards and custodians of this system. As stewards, we are accountable and it is our responsibility to ensure that quality products are produced; that all Rhode Island students receive an affordable, world-class education preparing them to compete in the global economy. It’s a responsibility we cannot and must not delegate. Competing in the global economy will certainly require a firm grasp of the basics, though a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, which is commonly referred to as STEM, is paramount. Currently there exists, and it is expected that this will continue for years to come, a crisis with respect to the shortage of engineers and scientists, especially those who are U.S. citizens. While it not expected that all will be engineers and scientists, we need a populace who feels comfortable discussing STEMrelated issues, which can dramatically impact their daily lives. Take for instance, the simulated, though never implemented or tested, proposed 4.25-mile pipe-in-a-pipe associated with a proposed off-shore berthing location in Mount Hope Bay. A STEM-familiar populace will understand that while simulation is

a powerful tool, real, and not simulated, facts and data are required to make objective decisions. Reaching all, and I mean all, students will require a concerted campaign. Whether one looks at education from a cognitive or emotional perspective, there’s no denying the impact of not achieving the desired results from a financial perspective. Dr. Paul Harrington, the Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University, who has briefed the R.I. Senate on a couple of occasions, has done extensive research on the fiscal impact of educational attainment. For instance, the lifetime net fiscal impact of high school graduates is positive, but a dropout will cost taxpayers by requiring social services. A high school graduate, who will also need social services, will have contributed more than he or she will have consumed. Simply put, on average, those who drop out and do not complete a high school equivalency program will cost all of us. What does that mean? While not all students will attend college, we need to ensure all students attain a high school diploma or equivalent, whether it is through our traditional means or another pathway. As has been previously been reported, one in five (20 percent) of Rhode Island students drop out of high school, and when one looks specifically at Rhode Island’s urban schools, one in three (33 percent)

drop out. While this trend is improving, it is not improving nearly fast enough. We need to set high expectations for all students. With the expected results from Rhode Island’s Race to the Top and our involvement with the New England Secondary School Consortium, which is focusing on high school education redesign, a blueprint has been established. All Rhode Island residents must share a mutual accountability and responsibility to ensure our students achieve the necessary skills to compete in the global economy, and the approximately $2 billion investment in K-12 education provides the expected return on our investments. Each Rhode Island resident must no longer stand on the sideline. We need everyone to get engaged. Contact the members of your city or town’s school committee, members of your city or town’s council and your state senators and representatives expressing your concern about the current situation. Ask what each elected official is doing to ensure the trend continues to improve and inquire about how you can get involved. Education is the key to our future… the future of our economy. The time to act is now!

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton)

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MIDDLETOWN CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 addressed the council, explaining that all six towns in Newport County have been asked to support the new community health center. The Small Cities CDBG is a part of a federal program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that helps communities provide services for low-income residents. The program has been in effect for many years, and Middletown has received grant money in the past. In Monday night’s meeting, the Town Council also approved a bid of $56,611 for construction of a split-cedar fence around the 33acre, town-owned Kempenaar Valley land located south of the Aquidneck Centre shopping center. The fence is required in order to address Department of Environmental Management mandates that the land not be used for recreational activities until toxins are removed from the soil. Discussion during the meeting included the suggestion that the town allow corn or hay to be planted on the land. Although the town originally purchased the

land with the intention of creating a town center and recreational areas, those plans were put on hold while the soil, which contains arsenic and dieldrin, can be remediated. The levels are low enough to permit agriculture, but not recreation. “Regardless of whether we build a Farmer’s Market or anything else that happens there, right now we can’t escape the DEM requirement to restrict access,� noted Town Administrator Shawn Brown. In the past week, the Town Council has also continued its review of the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. During a meeting on April 27, the council discussed the budgets for the Senior Center and Middletown Public Library. The Senior Center’s proposed budget for FY2012 of $161,041 is $8,000 more than FY2011, mainly due to repairs that are needed. Arleen Kaull, Executive Director of the Senior Center, voiced concerns about the transportation costs for seniors who use the Center; in the past the RIDE bus brought seniors to the Center free of charge as part of a Rhode Island

Public Transit Authority program; now, there is a charge of $3 each way for the service. “If a senior has to pay $6 for transportation, plus $3 for a meal, it is now costing them $9 to go to the Center for a day,� said Kaull. The Council asked for data regarding how those costs are affecting attendance at the Center, to help decide what actions might be taken to alleviate the cost for senior citizens. The Middletown Public Library’s proposed FY2012 budget of $740,665 is $25,000 more than last year, a cost mostly due to book purchases that are planned. Library Director Theresa Coish told council of increased circulation in recent years, noting a 20% circulation increase in FY2010 over FY 2009, and higher circulation in the first 6 months of FY 2011 than the first six months of FY2010. “One of our top five requests is for space to sit and read in a quiet area,� said Coish. The review of the Proposed Budget for FY2012 continues with public hearings scheduled for May 18 and May 23.

FIRE CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 a formal contract since June 30, 2005, the union filed a request for an injunction on April 1 claiming that reducing the force to 17 man shifts was unsafe and violated the terms of the latest arbitrator’s ruling. Stopping short of granting the injunction, Judge Stephen P. Nugent issued a temporary restraining order pending the outcome of a full hearing, which got underway Thursday. Currently, the city operates three engine trucks, two ladder (or aerial) trucks, and a pair of rescue units. Under the city’s proposal, which reduces per-shift staffing from 20 men in the summer and 19 in the winter to 17 year-round, it’s likely that one of those ladder trucks would be sidelined from regular use. Hanos testified that Newport poses many challenges that other nearby communities don’t face. That opinion was backed up by a series of city documents entered into the record by attorney Gursky. The first, a 2008 Multi-Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, states that the risk of losing a significant percentage of Newport’s historic housing stock is possible during a major fire event. The city’s 2009 Annual Performance Report also includes a finding that delays in fire response times “could lead to catastrophic results.� And that doesn’t begin to address the narrow streets, water rescues, or high angle incidents that come along with Newport’s tourist attractions. In order to effectively respond

to those challenges, the union believes that it needs to be able to staff both of the city’s ladder trucks. On paper, the fire department has 99 positions, including 11 unfilled vacancies and seven administrative employees. That means, there are 81 fire fighters that can be spread out over four platoons. Under the current agreement, 19-20 men per shift are required to be on duty at any given time. However, when factoring in normal rates of sick days and vacation time taken, the city is left with a very slim margin before it finds itself in an overtime situation. The move to 17-man shifts is projected to save some $1.5 million in overtime costs. Faced with an estimated $8 million budget shortfall over the next year, according to the city administration, those are savings Newport cannot afford to pass up. In order to make up for the reduced manning, the city is expected to increasingly rely on surrounding communities for mutual aid. That proved to be a point of concern for the union. Currently, Newport does not actively engage in training sessions with surrounding communities, and according to Hanos, the NFD approaches fires differently than other departments. For example, in the case of structure fires, Newport practices what is known as vertical ventilation – whereby fire fighters will use one or both of its aerial ladders to provide a platform for cutting through

roof systems as a standard operating procedure. One incident where the department’s tandem of ladder trucks played an integral role occurred in 1998. When fire broke out on Bellevue Avenue at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, all hands were called to the scene. Gursky introduced an aerial photograph which showed a still-smoky Casino with holes punched into the roof and the city’s two aerial units covering either end of the building. Both vehicles played critical roles during that fire to be sure, but as Assistant Solicitor Behan pointed out during cross-examination, even with 17-man shifts, should a call come in that required additional manning, both ladder trucks could still be put back on-line. As far as the city’s HAZMAT response goes, Behan asked Hanos about the scope of the department’s role in cases where hazardous materials are suspected. Hanos responded that while the department is trained for decontamination response, it relies on a regional specialty team to address more significant HAZMAT situations. Moving on, Behan concluded his questioning by referencing an April 7 Newport This Week article in which Hanos is quoted as saying that the union had been prepared to go to 18-man shifts and give up a dispatcher position. Read more online at

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Since last year, David Ferro has lost 106 pounds and more than 50 inches off his waist. Heidi Jones, seen here, works with Ferro at the Cybex Lat Pull Down. (Photo by Aaron Phaneuf) and greatly improve my quality of life.” David realized that something drastic had to happen. He had noticed Heidi bounding around the gym and decided to join one of her fit camps. He also enlisted the aid of a local nutritionist, knowing that diet would be as important as exercise. “At first, when Heidi and I began to workout, I couldn’t see the end. I couldn’t envision how I was going to lose all of this weight and be able to keep it off. I have to admit those first weeks were extremely tough. Had it not been for Heidi’s determination and rigorous follow up, I might have quit.” All of Heidi’s fit campers receive individualized attention based on their particular goals and objectives. “I call campers, I text, I email. I want them to know that I’m in their corner and believe they can succeed,” says Jones, adding “The same was true with David. I could tell that he was ready for change. He was willing to put in the effort and endure the challenge those early weeks presented.” Through Jones’ camp, David

learned about every machine and station at the gym. “If you know how something works,” said Jones, “and how to use it well, you are far less likely to skip that station or cheat.” Jones spends considerable time making sure each camper feels comfortable in the gym. “This is their gym,” she said, “they ought to feel at ease here and they should be having fun.” Early on David sensed the difficult path ahead. “When we began, I couldn’t do more than ten seconds in the plank position (a particularly effective and difficult abdominal exercise), I couldn’t do more than two push-ups and forget about pull-ups. I really struggled to grasp just how we were going to accomplish this. Thankfully, Heidi did see the light at the end of the tunnel and understood how this weight was going to come off.” “I think it was really hard for David those first couple of weeks,” Jones added. “I pushed him and tried to instill a sense that feeling sore was o.k.

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MEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Four Aquidneck Island men are among 16 statewide who will be honored on Saturday, May 7, as “Men Who Make a Difference.” The event is the 15th annual fundraiser dinner hosted by the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol County. The four local men chosen are John H. Ambrogi, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools; Michael N. Browner, Jr., a social studies teacher at Thompson Middle School; Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer of Temple Shalom in Middletown; and Thomas Kelly, CEO of BankNewport and OceanPoint Financial Partners. The “Men Who Make a Difference” dinner will be held at the Hotel Viking to honor men “who have made a positive impact on their community.” These men chosen this year, as in previous years, range from bankers to educators, religious leaders to businessmen. What they have in common, however, is service, whether that means sitting on boards or leading youth sports, or donating their money or their time – to improve the quality of the lives of others. Although the mission of the Women’s Resource Center is the prevention of domestic violence, the contributions of the “Men Who Make a Difference” are not directly related to that issue. “The initial idea

(behind the event) was to engage more men in our work of ending domestic violence,” says Lori DiPersio, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center. “We wanted to make the point that even though 95 percent of abusers are men, 95 percent of men are not abusers. Over the years since the event began, she says, it has had the positive effect of getting more men involved in the agency. “For example, two of our chairmen this year were past honorees. We hope that, of the 16 honored this year, three or four may become involved in the future.” At first, the men chosen were primarily from Aquidneck Island, says DiPersio, but in recent years, more have been included from all over the state. “Next year, we hope to bring the event statewide” in collaboration with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Even though the subject of domestic violence is serious, Saturday’s gala dinner promises to be lighthearted and fun, as the 16 men honored will be serving as “celebrity” waiters, singing, dancing, and serving those who sit at their tables. They will try to earn “tips,” which will be donated to the Resource Center.

Dr. John (Jack) H. Ambrogi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a school administrator (1978-88) and the superintendent (1984-88) in Lincoln, Rhode Island before moving to New Jersey serving as superintendent in various school districts. He then returned to Rhode Island six years ago as the new superintendent for the Newport Public Schools district. Ambrogi is a member of the Rhode Island State Council - Interstate Compact on Education Opportunities for Military Children. He is on the Municipal Advisory Board for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and serves as trustee for the Rhode Island Interlock Risk Management Trust. Ambrogi earned a B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, DC, a M.Ed. from the University of Delaware, and a Doctor of Education from Temple University. He was a trustee of the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys’ & Girls’ Club, member of the Rhode Island Urban Education Task Force and Board member of the Middlesex County Educational Services Commission. In his spare time, Ambrogi enjoys reading and walking on the beach. He and his wife Mary have two children, four stepchildren and nine grandchildren. Ambrogi’s commitment to education and expansive leadership roles makes him a Man Who Makes a Difference! Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Michael (Mike) N. Browner, Jr. grew up in the Community Baptist Church, where he attended Sunday school, served as an usher, sang in various choirs, and later became choir director and church organist. Browner is a social studies teacher at Frank E. Thompson Middle School in Newport. His steadfast commitment to youth in our community includes accompanying students to the Newport County branch of the NAACP to its annual banquet, and establishing a Saturday “boys club” mentoring program. Browner serves on the Board of Governors for the Newport Health Care Corporation and is a member of the RI Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He received a B.A. in History/Secondary Education and his M.Ed. in School Administration from Rhode Island College, and he has stayed involved with his alma mater, serving as a member of the Rhode Island College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Browner has been honored with several awards, including Newport County Branch NAACP Education Award, the “Newport Teacher of the Year,” and the “Rhode Island Teacher of the Year.” A resident of East Providence, he is a musician and director of the Inspirational Choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church. A steadfast passion for educational opportunities for youth and deep commitment to his Christian faith makes Browner a Man Who Makes a Difference! Providence native Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer has been the spiritual leader at Temple Shalom in Middletown for 36 years. He is the chaplain at Roger Williams University and is an adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University, where he teaches a course entitled, “The Jewish Experience.” Rabbi Jagolinzer is the president of The Aquidneck Island Clergy Association, Convener of the Interfaith Leaders of Rhode Island and serves as a member of the Diocese of Rhode Island’s Child Protection Advisory Board. Before these roles, the Rabbi was President of the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis, Chair of the Principal’s Council, secretary of the Newport Hospital Board of Trustees, and chair of the Hospital’s Ethics Committee. He was also a Chair of the Interfaith Committee of the Conference for Community and Justice, as well as the chaplain for the Middletown Police Department for many years. Jagolinzer has received many honors and awards from the United States Navy, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, where he was honored for his dedication to fighting for human rights and preventing discrimination. Jagolinzer currently writes a regular religion column in The Newport Daily News and has created an “Evening of Jewish Humor.” He and his wife Barbara, live in Middletown. His spiritual leadership makes him a Man Who Makes a Difference! Thomas (Tom) Kelly is the President and CEO of BankNewport and of OceanPoint Financial Partners. Prior to this role, he held the positions of chairman and CEO of MountainOne Financial Partners, and president and CEO of Hoosac Bank in North Adams, Massachusetts. Kelly began his banking career at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, and later held progressive positions at various banking companies in New Hampshire, Colorado and Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and his Master’s in Administration from the School of Business at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas which he obtained while a captain in the Air Force. In addition to Kelly’s vast corporate experience, he is a role model for his community spirit, currently serving as a director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, Governor of the Newport Health Care Corporation, and as a member of the President’s Council for Charlton Memorial Hospital. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board of Big Brothers of Rhode Island and is a guest speaker and member of the Advisory Board for the Roger Williams University Gabelli School of Business. Kelly’s commitment to the financial world and his countless efforts to enable stronger communities makes him a Man Who Makes a Difference!

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High School Regionalization:

Advantageous or Not? By Meg O’Neil With student populations projected to decrease on Aquidneck Island to roughly 6,500 students by the 2013-14 school year, the question of whether to regionalize the area’s three high schools continues to draw intense interest from parents from Portsmouth to Newport. A complicated issue for many reasons, the idea of regionalization at the high school level is a sensitive subject for many – both financially, and academically. On Tuesday, May 3, Ashley Denault, of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), presented an overview of a 2009 study conducted by her organization which found that island schools could save up to $12 million if they consolidated. “Regionalizing these schools is a potential path to financial stability,” she explained to the roughly 40 people in attendance at Gaudet Middle School. RIPEC’s Donald Kennedy also spoke during the meeting. He said that regionalization could benefit educational quality by putting money back into the classroom. According to Kennedy, many regionalized school districts report better graduation rates and higher test scores. In addition, he asserted that a larger district can provide more electives, AP courses and extracurricular programs. Meanwhile, special education programs would also be strengthened, with increased collaboration boosting the teaching skills and professional development for faculty, according to Kennedy. Finally, he argued that rather than lowering the bar, a regionalized school system could serve as a platform to share the individual strengths of each community with the whole island. With the RIPEC representatives’ presentation complete, the island’s three superintendents took turns at the podium, revealing some of their thoughts on the idea of consolidating the three area high schools. Newport Superintendent John Ambrogi spoke in support of the idea, saying, “If you take a look at what we could do here as an island for our children, it could be exciting.” According to Ambrogi, bringing the schools together would allow for the strengths of each district to combine as one. For instance, Portsmouth schools, known for their fine arts programs, would mix with New-

port, known for their career and technical programs, and Middletown High School, which has made strides in technology and sciences. However, for the years that the topic of regionalization has been on the table, so have parental concerns over students from the three districts mingling. To that, Ambrogi says, “The kids in Newport are great kids and I think diversity is a good thing. It’s good for the island, and it’s good for individual students.” In closing, he said, “I hope everyone keeps an open mind going forward and that we continue the dialogue on how this can work.” Superintendents of Middletown, Rosemarie Kraeger, and Portsmouth, Susan Lusi, were more hesitant to commit to the idea. Kraeger stated that the plan, “comes down to a community decision, and there are lots of emotions around that.” Knowing that much of the community is cautious on the proposal, she spoke of bringing people together and, “proving to them that there will be educational benefits.” It’s the community’s decision, she said, and “We need to be doing this for our students and not just do it because it’s going to save money.” She continued: “If [the community] says regionalization is where we’re going to go, then we’re going to deliver the best education we can. We’re here to service the children, and we take those directions from you.” Susan Lusi, superintendent of Portsmouth schools, opened by saying, “I think the answer to the question of how regionalization will impact our students is that ‘it depends.’ The devil is in the details, and my remarks may be broad and vague.” Pointing out that as enrollment declines across the board, to her, the concept of adding variety to classes and extracurricular programs becomes difficult. She also touched upon the issue of school and community identity, and community support: “New identities are more easily developed among students than among adults. Sometimes I think change is much harder for all of us grownups, and we need to look at that.” In closing, she added, “If we want to maintain independent systems, we need to figure out how to fund those systems. This is not a question of if we can do this, but if we want to do this or not.”

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2010 Sailors of the Year Capt. Joseph M. Voboril, Commanding Officer, Newport Naval Station, recently announced the selection of the Navy League Service Members of the Year for 2010. The three selectees were chosen from the thousands of sailors serving at the twenty-eight tenant commands at the complex. “All of the nominees had impeccable qualifications and were shining examples of the Navy’s best,� said Voboril. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Cody D. Jones, Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE), was selected as the Navy League Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year. Assigned as the Leading Petty Officer in the Fam- HM2 Cody D. Jones ily Practice Clinic, Jones was recognized for his exceptional record, impressive leadership skills, community involvement and exemplary performance. He is an advanced radiology technologist and serves as the assistant leading petty officer for the radiology department. Cited as being “the benchmark for excellence at NHCNE Newport,� he performed more than 500 radiologic examinations with only a 0.3 percent error rate. Jones is active in the NHCNE sponsor and mentor programs, has trained the NHCNE color guard, and was in charge of field events at the 2010 Paralympics games held onboard the Naval Station. Yeoman First Class Mingo D. Boards, Center for Service Support (CSS), was chosen as the Navy League Senior Enlisted Service Member of the Year. Recognized by his command as “epitomizing what a sailor stands for as a role model,� he was commended for his work ethic, support of the entire CSS domain, and dedication to YN1 Mingo D. Boards self-improvement. Boards serves as the yeoman training manager, and

was cited for his role in the development of the new yeoman/personnel specialist (YN/PS) advanced course. He was also credited with coordinating an American Council on Education review, which ultimately awarded 100 cumulative college credit hours for YN/PS courses benefiting sailors Navy-wide. Repeatedly volunteering for additional duties when manning levels impacted programming, Boards advised and tracked the professional development of CSS staff members, directly contributing to high morale and a Golden Anchor retention award. He was also cited for developing a suicide prevention program, implementing a crisis response plan for the CSS-wide community and his volunteer efforts. Lt. Patrick N. Kilcrease, International Division Officer and Department Head instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS), was named Navy League Junior Officer of the Year. Kilcrease was cited for his professional acumen, enthusiasm and Lt. Patrick N. Kilcrease ability to inspire his students. He has trained more than 500 students since arriving at the command. “Poised, articulate and engaging, he masterfully presents the most complex procedures and tactics while continuously assessing student comprehension,� said Capt. Neal Parrott, Commanding Officer, SWOS. Heavily involved in the local community, Kilcrease has logged over 200 hours as an as assistant football, baseball and softball coach for Middletown youth athletics, supports the RI Special Olympics and is a student mentor to Surface Warfare Officers and International Naval Officers. The Newport Council of the Navy League of the United States sponsors the Service Members of the Year program. They will partner with other local civic groups to hold awards dinners in the coming months.

Naval Community Briefs Navy League to Host Military Appreciation Night The Newport Council of the Navy League of the United States will host its annual Military Appreciation Night dinner on May 24 at the Atlantic Beach Club. The event is open to the public, as well as all Department of Defense personnel, and will honor the contributions of our Navy, Marine and Coast Guard. Rear Adm. John N. Christenson, President, Naval War College, will be the speaker. Local businesses are invited to host members of the military community in recognition of their many sacrifices in service to our country. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be reserved by May 12. For ticketing information or to sponsor a table, contact 864-4028 or MilitaryAppreciationNight @gmail. com.

“Proudly We Sing� The Newport Navy Choristers’ spring benefit concert, “Proudly We Sing,� will be held Friday, May 13, at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Road. The Choristers have held benefit concerts for over 50 years, providing much needed funds to area charities. This year’s concert will benefit Child & Family and features patriotic music, with appearances by Sea Chanteys and Nautical Notes. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., with tickets available at the door. Adult tickets are $10, seniors/students $5, family $20. Naval Base Information Compiled by Pat Blakeley

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NHCNE Corpsmen – Competition Ready Three teams of corpsmen from Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) recently competed for the honor of representing Newport at the annual NHCNE Hospital Corpsman Challenge. Team Fore beat out teams Bovice and Minoriteam and will try for Newport’s third straight championship title. The challenge, which will be held May 12-13 at Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Portsmouth, N.H., will test the skills of corpsmen from NHCNE Newport, NBHC Groton, NBHC Saratoga Springs and NBHC Portsmouth. Teams will be evaluated on the speed and accuracy with which they assess, triage and move wounded in simulated battlefield conditions. The corpsmen run from station to station wearing weighted vests, perform IV setups, deliver emergency treatment to “casualties,� and transport “patients� in extreme circumstances. Emphasis is placed on critical-care competencies and the high level of physical conditioning required for combat readiness.

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MAINSHEET Star Kids Soirée Aims High and Succeeds! The 9th annual Star Kids Stargazing Soirée fundraiser was held April 30 at Carnegie Abbey. By all accounts, the evening was a tremendous success and event chair Jane Fleming tallied more than $85,000 in funds raised. Star Kids is a local nonprofit organization, founded in 2000 by Tim Flanigan, that provides high risk, low-income children with an early childhood private school experience, with the aim of encouraging them to go on to higher education. The youth are followed through high school and supported with tutoring, tuition and mentoring until they graduate.

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For added dramatic effect to the simulated activity, NFD Fire Fighters loaded a body bag containing Nathan Hurd in to the back of an Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NeillHayes hearse. (Photo by Meg Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil) hicle and ground. In the other car, two students, Hanna Horan and Haley Murphy, were screaming as if in pain. The stunned students stood in an eerie silence as they watched the scene unfold. Rogers High School principal, Patti DiCenso, stood by. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has moved me deeply,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a parent, it is our worst nightmare. Prom and graduation season is always a concern.â&#x20AC;? This is the first time Rogers and the local SADD group have collaborated on such an event. Jen Buckley, an advisor for SADD, suggested using the crash scene instead of holding a drunk-driving assembly. The reenactment was taken to another level when a set of mock parents of Hurd arrived at the scene, grief-stricken, pushing their way through the police, and screaming at Janes seated in the back of the police car. The Jaws of Life machine was used to pull back the roof of the twisted wreck to remove Horan and Murphy, who were covered in fake blood. The two were placed on stretchers and carried to the back of an ambulance.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This lets the students see the result of drinking and driving,â&#x20AC;? says DiCenso. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to keep our students safe, and as our kickoff to prom season begins, we want to help them make good decisions through what should be an exciting time in their lives.â&#x20AC;? The arrival of a hearse from Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill-Hayes Funeral Home added another dimension to the scene. Firefighters removed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bodyâ&#x20AC;? of Hurd, covered in a white sheet, placed him in a body bag, and loaded him into the back of the hearse. The scene drew the attention of several motorists passing by. What was the impact on students? Senior Deanna Roberts said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw students crying. I think it definitely affected everyone. It was really hard for me to watch, especially since the students involved were my friends.â&#x20AC;? Rogers will hold its annual Military Ball on Friday, May 6, its Junior Prom at the end of May, and Senior Prom during graduation week in June. DiCenso thanked SADD, and the Newport Police and Fire Departments, for bringing a very powerful, message to students this prom season.


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Colony House Remains a Hub of Activity Newport’s storied history still thrives in the Old Quarter and the Newport Historical Society offers many programs and tours that share the stories of our past. Washington Square, in the heart of the Old Quarter, was the center of civic life in colonial Newport. Its many buildings, including Rhode Island’s Old Colony House, overlooked the bustling harbor of this historic seaport. Today the square

is revitalizing, through the efforts of many individuals and organizations to support both historic preservation and modern commerce, and sometimes both at once. In collaboration with Washington Square Roots, a group working to revitalize the Square, Historical Society Director Ruth Taylor will join Edward Sanderson, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the history of Newport’s Colony House, recent research, and the state’s ongoing restoration work. Today the Colony House is open to visitors as an historic site, and used by the Historical Society and other bodies for lectures and other programs. Committees of the state legislature still meet here from time to time. The Society’s spring lectures series continues at the Colony House on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. when Elaine Crane, Phd. presents Cold Comfort: Race and Rape in Rhode Island. Dr. Crane’s latest research on early Newport has been on the

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p.m., rain or shine, $10 per car, or 423-0005. Jazz at the Vineyard Live jazz at Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Middletown, 1- 4 p.m., 847-3777, Totally Shipwrecked Party Annual fundraiser for Sail Newport, Bellevue Gardens Shopping Center, 7:30p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; midnight, www. Spring Fling: Salute to Broadway Jamestown Community Chorus Concert, Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., 7:30 p.m., 423-1574. Cheryl Wheeler Concert Common Fence Music presents singer-songwriter-raconteur Cheryl Wheeler, with Kenny White. 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 8 p.m., $35, 683-5085.

Sunday May 8

NPEF Run for Education Newport Public Education Foundation Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day 5K, Rogers High School, 9 a.m., rain or shine. Discover Newport Walking Tour 11 a.m. See Saturday, May 7 for details. Spring Fling: Salute to Broadway 3 p.m. See Saturday, May 7 for details. Belcourt Castle Candlelight Tour Tour the mansion by candlelight. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 8460669. .

Monday May 9

Business Awards Breakfast The Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Business Awards break-

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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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Friday & Saturday Evenings Lobster Pot Pie $18 or

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Dear Traveler,

Spring is here!

We are organizing our wine cellar full of decadent new arrivals and planning some delightful events:

Thursday, May 5th we open our Oceanfront Patio for Cinco de Mayo with festive food & cocktails. & Sunday, May 8th Chef is offering our Bistro Brunch and just for Mother we have invited Gypsy Nights to perform! Oceanfront views, fine wine, live jazz, will you join us? 65 Ridge Road | Newport, RI | 401.849.4873 |

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CALENDAR Rhumbline Restaurant

A Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood

Dining in the Point Section

Featuring Rhumbline’s Grilled, House-Smoked 14oz. Pork Chop with Rosemary-Honey Jus, Red Pepper Cole Slaw and Sweet Potato Fritters LIVE JAZZ with Lois Vaughan Fri. & Sat. 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm Tuesday thru Sunday & Sunday Brunch 10 am -2 pm 62 Bridge Street, Newport 401.849.3999

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Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Menu $42.00 Choice:

*Bisque de Homard- LobsterBisque *Pâté Maison – Chefs house Pâté *Crevettes aux Trois sauces- Cold Shrimp, three Sauces *Oeuf au Truffe Soft egg with a truffle Parmesan Crust *Salade de Saumon Fumé- Smoked Salmon, Arugula Salad

Life of the Mind Series Bing West, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, will discuss the current status of our involvement in the Middle East based on his latest book, “The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292,

Choice: Mother’s Day

*Filet de Porc “en Croute”- Pork Tenderloin withMenu Spinach, Roasted Red Prix Fixe $42.00 Pepper and Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry *L’onglet du Bouf – Flat iron Steak with Béarnaise Sauce *Poulet “ Oscar’- Chicken Breast with Crab and Asparagus * Saumon Roti - Salmon with a Green Peppercorn Sauce *Plate Legume- Chef’s Vegetable Plate\ * Omelet a L’Homard Cardinal- Lobster Omelet


Comedy & Magic The Newport Lions Club presents Comedy Central’s Jim Dunn, Atlantic Beach Club, 6-8:30 p.m., dinner buffet, auction items,

*Chocolate Soufflé,*Crème Brouillée *Warm Apple Tart, *French “Banana Split”, * Chocolate Crepe

505 Thames 4USFFUt$BMM 846-0123

Serving our full Sunday brunch menu in addition to Mother’s Day brunch specials:

SUNDAY BRUNCH … Lazy man baked lobster 16.95 …stuffed IT’S ON! Filet mignon 16.95 One-Man Show In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, Filet and lobster tail 21.95 and playwright Michael Mack will present his one-man show, “Hearing 10AM to 2PM poet Voices, Speaking in Tongues”, Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. at St. George’s School, Únase a nosotros el Cinco de Mayo se nos tequilla, burritos y la corona de Mucho bueno!

to benefit Harbor House. His work has aired on NPR; been published in the

Good Food, Cheap, Every Journal Day! of the American Medical Association; and been performed at colleges, museums, churches and conferences. For more information about

the performance call 846-9003 or visit www.michael Good32 Food, Cheap, Every Newport Day! Broadway,

32 Broadway, Newport 401.619.2115 401.619.2115

fast, Newport Officers’ Club, Naval Station, 8:30-10 a.m., 847-1608,

Spring Schedule Dinner: Every Night Lunch: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Brunch: Sunday

Happy Mother’s Day! Great Bargains on Lobsters • Clams Swordfish & More!

Live Music: Saturday Night

Belcourt Castle Candlelight Tour 6 p.m. See Sunday, May 8 for details.


Disco: Saturday Night

May 10

Reservations 849-2900

Artful Readers Children ages 2-5 and their parents are invited to read in the galleries and make a simple art project. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m. $5 child, parents free, 848-8200,

Crossword Puzzle on p. 21

Open Wednesday-Sunday at 11am Close @ 6pm Thurs; 7pm Fri & Sat. Sundays @ 5pm


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Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Roundtable, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, 35 Valley Rd., Middletown, 8:30-9:30 a.m., 847-1608,

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Thursday May 12

Exhibit Opening The MUSE exhibition, curated by students from Portsmouth High School, East Bay Met School and Rogers High School, opens at the Newport Art Museum on Gallery Night, 76 Bellevue Ave., reception, 5-7p.m, free, 848-8200, Game Night at Rough Point Try backgammon, mahjong and other games in Rough Point’s Great Hall, cash bar, music, 680 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., $5, 8464152, www.NewportRestoration. org. Artist Discussion Artist Susan Duca will talk about her photography exhibition, “Stop. Run. Play.” on Gallery Night and share her experiences photographing school children in Florence, Italy. Wright Gallery, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m., 848-8200, www.

Taco Tuesdays Celebrating Our 31st Year in Business

Monday Night

Thursday Night

FREE POOL all night!!!!

(6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Carnivore Craze Night…$9.99 per entrée DJ Curfew – 10:00 to 12:45

Tuesday Night

Friday Night

Taco Night!

Next of Kin

(6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)

.25¢ Wings (bleu cheese = .25¢)

(6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Pub Trivia @ 9:30 p.m. First Place Cash Prize!!!

Wednesday Night (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) ½ Price Grilled Pizzas Karaoke @ 9:00 p.m.

Winter Hours: Mon-Thurs Open at 5pm Fri-Sun Open at 11:30am


The perfect antidote for the end of the workday. $6 for Three Fish Tacos every Tuesday 351 Thames St. • 401.847.5400

Live Band


10pm til Closing

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Small Prices Under the Big Tent are Back

Saturday Night (11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.) ½ Price Appetizers DJ Curfew – 10:00 to 12:45

Sunday Night (6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) ½ Price Grilled Pizzas Karaoke @ 9:00 p.m.

Colony House Lecture Lecture by Newport Historical Society, in collaboration with Washington Square Roots, on RI’s historic civic buildings and the history of Colony House. Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., $5, 841-8770,

OPEN for the Season, May 5th Open at NOON $1 Burgers and Hot Dogs, Cheap Beer, Cheap Margaritas and Free Giveaways!!!

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Friday May 13

Lynx - America’s Privateer Ship tours aboard the Lynx. The Lynx Educational Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization, dedicated to hands-on educational programs that teach the history of America’s struggle to preserve its independence. 60 Fort Adams Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 (under 12 free), 866-446-5969, www. Women in Colonial Newport Follow a guide in colonial costume as she retraces the lives of the shopkeepers, tavern owners, teachers and other entrepreneurial women who once lived and worked in this diverse seaport. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., 841-8770, iNCASE End-of-Year Dance Newport County After School Excitement dance for grades 6-8, Jamestown Teen Center, 41 Conanicus Ave., 7-10 p.m., $5 with canned good donation, 423-7261. Choristers Benefit Concert Newport Navy Choristers perform “Proudly We Sing” to benefit Child & Family, St. Lucy’s Church, 909 W. Main Road, Middletown, 7:30 p.m., $10 adults, $5 seniors/students, $20 family, 848-4123.

Saturday May 14

ALT Wicks Nursery Tour Get a behind-the-scenes look at a working nursery and fruit and vegetable operation on prime agricultural land, led by the Aquidneck Land Trust, free, 219 Moitoza Lane, Portsmouth. 9 a.m., RSVP to Sophia DeMaio, or 8492799 ext. 14. The Working Waterfront History Walking Tour Walk in the footsteps of the women and men -- sailors, merchants, immigrants -- who once lived and worked in the Lower Thames neighborhood. Whitehorne House Museum, 416 Thames St., 11 a.m., $12, 841-8770, Music at the Redwood Pianist Brett Bodreau will perform music from the Romantic repertoire and his own compositions. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., $5, 847-0292,

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Musical Entertainment Thursday, May 5

Buskers Pub­â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Newport Blues CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Local Band Jam-Lost Radio, 9 p.m. Newport Marriotâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pubâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Keith Manville Portofinosâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Lois Vaughan, piano, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Perro Saladoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m. Rhino Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Hot Like Fire

Friday, May 6 Asterisk â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fran Curley, Jazz Trio The Chanler at Cliff Walkâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dick Lupino, Dennis Cook, Mike Renzi, 6-10 p.m. Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Hyatt Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dave Manuel on piano, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFWâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Joshua Tree, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stu Krous, 9 p.m. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub­â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Next of Kin, 10 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til closing OceanCliffâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dick Lupino Quartet One Pelham Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Bruce Jacques Portofinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Bobby Ferreira, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Barâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Designated Driver/Run Rhumblineâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambarâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Shades

Saturday, May 7 CafĂŠ 200 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Foreverly Bros. Greenvale Vineyardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dick Lupino, Dennis Cook, Yvonne Monnett, 1-4 p.m. Hyatt Hotel - Dave Manuel, 4:30 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11p.m. Middletown VFWâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Loungeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Morons, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Frank & Liza, 8 p.m. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub­â&#x20AC;&#x201C;DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.12:45 a.m. One Pelham Eastâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fast Times Portofinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Bobby Ferreira, piano, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bean Town Project Rhumbline â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rod Luther, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DJ Butch, 9:30 p.m.

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo On a trip â&#x20AC;&#x153;out Westâ&#x20AC;? this winter with my favorite friend and traveling companion, I never tired of the Mexican food that is almost a birthright to everyone who lives in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. We ate nopalitos with our eggs, chile rellenos with butternut squash and quinoa, cuitlacoche (a corn fungus, much like a truffle) shaved over our soup, tamales, Marybeth chile verde and reHUNTE freshing creamy spiced horchata. We craved more of everything as we drove back East. On the journey when it was time for lunch or dinner, we would both opt for Mexican, yet again. But, really, do we ever need a reason to indulge our craving for Mexican food? An excuse for the margaritas, perhapsâ&#x20AC;Śbut, Thursday is, after all, Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the unlikely victory of the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May and is actually more widely celebrated here in the United States than in Mexico itself. So, a battle won by a small and poorly armed Mexican militia over the French in Puebla, Mexico in 1862 offers as good a reason as any to celebrate Mexican pride! With the perennial popularity of Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite Mexican restaurants, getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;south of the borderâ&#x20AC;? for the 5th is a quick trip. Why not start with Perro Saladoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cilantro-Jalapeno Margarita? or Spicy Cucumber or Blood Orange? They are all perfecto and served by the pitcher. The guacamole with warm tostones is an irresistible entrada to share over cocktails. Their signature sticky pork ribs and the Michelada (Pacifico beer, Tapatio hot sauce with fresh lime and a salted rim over ice) are delicioso and true gustos. Their ensalada de casa is vibrant and crisp with spinach, shredded beets, jicama, radish and pomegranate vinaigrette. The menu here features taqueria favorites as well as farm fresh daily specials inspired by Mexico, using local ingredients. For Cinco de Mayo, like everyday, the cozy bar, warm dining rooms and twinkle-lit courtyard promise to be festive and authentic with live music by the Honky Tonk Nights, starting at 9:30 p.m. At Titoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina, the first Mexican restaurant on the island, the possibilities for observing the holiday are endless. A house-made fresh fruit Sangria with a chicken enchilada made with blue corn tor-

tillas, shredded chicken and mole sauce is just one of many. The chourico chimichanga is a spicy twist to the local classic chourico and peppers and the roasted poblano chile relleno with cheddar and jack cheeses is always a favorite. Titoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has dozens of margaritas, Mexican beers and tequilas, delicious variations on burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, famous chips and salsa, and vegetarian options. ÂżPor quĂŠ no? Sitting on the outside patio at Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on a spring day is a celebration in itself. With their popular loaded fish tacos and antojitos (small plates) of grilled corn on the cob or avocado with queso Oaxaca and one of their whimsical 100% blue agave libations or unique cerveza cocktails, it is almost a vacation. On Thursday, they offer their popular taco night specials, a Cinco Lunazul Margarita and mucho mas! While you are trying to choose what to order, try the Salsa 4 Ways: homemade fresca, creamy tomatillo, pineapple-jicama and roasted tomato-grilled corn salsas served with freshly made tortilla chips. Perfect with an ice cold Dos Equis. Sapo Freaky Burrito has long had devoted fans of their fabuloso quesadillas, burritos and laid-back surfer-shack style. The restaurant re-opened under new management in December. Owner Alex Pulichino is planning a traditional mole (widely thought to have originated from Puebla) for Cinco de Mayo. Real mole, from scratch, is very special; toasted chiles are ground together with seeds, nuts and spices in a mortar and pestle, with cocoa and more than 23 ingredients, it takes several days to macerate and the spice sauce is traditionally served with turkey. He is waiving the BYOB fee that day. Along with his fresh jalapeno lemonade, he will also be making aqua fresca-like mixers with freshly squeezed organic juices and fruit like mango and strawberry for your vodka, rum or tequila! Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hinting about adding horchata to the menu some day. With so many updated takes, revised tastes and local twists, you need not go far for an authentic comida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lose your load, leave your mind behindâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;way up hereâ&#x20AC;? in our city-by-the-sea. There is no excuse not to celebrate Cinco de Mayoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;and every dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;right here in Newport! Marybeth Hunte has been a caterer in Newport for 20 years. When she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t traveling, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cooking, baking and planning parties.

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Budget Workshops Press On By Tom Shevlin

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WELLNESS CONTINUED FROM PG. 8 There is a balance to it all, but especially at first, the client needs to understand that they are creating a new routine and that can be very difficult. You are going to be sore if you doing things you are not used to doing.” During those first key months, David tried hard to stay focused on the prize. “People make the mistake of looking at the total amount of weight,” said Heidi, “they wish to lose it all at once. 160 pounds is too much to imagine. You must break it down into manageable segments that you can wrap your mind around.” Listening to how difficult those first few months were, I wondered if the two ever argued, or fought about progress. “I never fought Heidi, she would win anyway,” said David. My approach was to take the routine she outlined for the day and do what I could. And most days I could almost do all of it. Sometimes I couldn’t. Take planks, for instance. When we started, I could only hold the position for ten seconds. Now I can do more than two minutes. That happened over time simply by repetition and discipline. Heidi would text me, call me, email. Particularly those first few months, she was so good about keeping tabs on me.” I wondered, as David lost more and more weight, if over-training ever became an issue? “There was a point in time when I was working out too much and Heidi noticed that,” said David. “The body needs a recovery period,” Heidi noted. “Muscles don’t grow when you’re working out, you gain strength during periods of rest, when the body can heal. Overtraining is not a good idea.” By August 2010, David had lost 30 pounds and several inches from his waist. By December he had shed

nearly 60 pounds. To date, David has lost 106 pounds and more than 50 inches off his waist. He is no longer on any medication and his doctor can’t believe the turnaround he has accomplished in so short a time. “My family and friends are ecstatic! They are incredibly proud of what Heidi and I have accomplished. Strangers, even, here at the gym or around town, will come up and tell me how much of an inspiration to them I have been,” said David. It must be emphasized that everything David has done is sustainable. “This is my new life. Coming to the gym, working out, these are no longer negotiable items in my day. I know how much work this took and have no intention of giving up any ground.” David eats a well-balanced diet full of vegetables and fruit, but no longer sees the nutritionist. I wondered about what happens next. “I want to be the male version of Heidi,” David joked. “Through this process I have become a student of muscle development, I would actually like to get into bodybuilding.” Knowing how far David has come, it would be hard to bet against him. “Nothing he has done has been geared toward finding a quick fix,” said Heidi. “It has been slow amd deliberate, born from a well-researched plan and executed brilliantly. So many of us want immediate results, wake up the next morning – fit, thin, ready for our Cosmo or Men’s Fitness photo shoot – but that is not how real life works. Real health, lasting health takes years to develop and the process never ends. You simply keep getting better and better, stronger, and develop more stamina. There are lots of levels of fitness. Take aim, set realistic goals and get to work. Getting in shape and staying in shape can be so much fun. What are you waiting for?”

City councilors continued to dive into Newport’s finances this week with a pair of back-to-back workshops as the push to close a roughly $8 million budget deficit continues. On Monday, councilors met for the second time on the proposed $130 million budget, hearing reports from the city’s administrative offices – City Manager and Council, Finance, City Solicitor, Human Resources, Canvassing, Planning, and City Clerk. After a brief overview by Finance Director Laura Sitrin, focus turned initially to the city’s projected reserve fund, which at the end of the year, is estimated to total $9.5 million. And while Newport is currently struggling to close a budget gap of nearly the same size, she explained that maintaining a reserve balance of at least 10 percent of budgeted expenditures is key to maintaining a positive investment rating. According to Sitrin, for FY201011, the city is expected to realize a $1.2 million surplus – a sum which would be easily eclipsed by the estimated $2–$2.5 million the city is

City Manager Edward F. Lavallee was careful to emphasize that while the grant writer position would be eliminated under his plan, individual departments would be encouraged to seek out their own grant opportunities. Reports on the city’s Canvassing and Planning departments were mostly boilerplate, as were reports on the City Council and City Clerk’s budgets. On a final note, Sitrin reported that the city’s annual required contribution to its post employment benefits trust is expected to increase by $900,000 – from $1.6 million to $2.5 million. On Tuesday, councilors again convened for their third workshop, this time turning attention toward the city’s fire and police departments. Faced with declining revenue, and handcuffed by contract obligations, Fire Chief Harry Hallgring told councilors on Tuesday that it may be time to consider modified staffing models for the city’s fire department. Whether the city moves to a 17man staffing level (as has been proposed by the city), or revisits the

During a night when other departments, from the Library to Public Services and Recreation, were sticking closely to a directive handed down by the city manager to reduce spending by 5 percent, Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano wondered where were the savings in the Fire Department’s budget? “I don’t see a decrease,” she said. “I see an increase.”

expecting to pay to settle an expired fire fighter contract. Though most of the evening’s proceedings were familiar to councilors, a remark made later in the session gave pause to some. According to Human Resources Director Michael Coury, the city is expected to pay an estimated $135,000 in FY2012 in unemployment taxes – a significant increase from three years ago. Among those collecting unemployment, according to Coury, are seasonal employees, such as lifeguards. Overall, six people – five full-time employees, and one part-timer – are expected to be laid off in the next fiscal year. Among the positions proposed to be eliminated or defunded under the city manager’s budget are: a deputy tax assessor, city grant writer, a senior account clerk, and director of recreation.

recommendations made in the Berkshire Report to reconfigure its platoons from four to three depends largely on the kinds of concessions willing to be given by the city’s fire fighter union and the will of the council. Overall, Hallgring has proposed a $15.7 million budget for FY201112. That represents a 1.96 percent, or $302,000, increase over the current fiscal year. During a night when other departments, from the Library to Public Services and Recreation, were sticking closely to a directive handed down by the city manager to reduce spending by 5 percent, Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano wondered where were the savings in the Fire Department’s budget? “I don’t see a decrease,” she said. “I see an increase.” Hallgring explained that in order to cut 5 percent from his budget, he would need to reduce spending by $867,000. Due to contract obligations, however, he only has control over $250,000 of that number.

In an effort to offset some of the costs of the city’s fire service, Hallgring suggested that he would seek outside grant money through the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) program, which aims to improve firefighter safety by meeting minimum staffing guidelines. In the meantime, the Fire Department’s proposed FY2012 budget includes a 15 percent increase to salaries and benefits in the fire prevention division due to a recent hire; a $500,000 request for overtime costs; and maintains a total of 10 unfunded firefighting positions. Earlier in the evening, Hallgring’s counterpart, Police Chief Michael McKenna framed his department’s budget as “a continuation of what’s been done over the last five years,” in which a total of seven sworn positions have been eliminated. Under McKenna’s plan, in FY2012, three non-sworn positions will also go unfilled, while the records office will see a decrease of an additional two non-sworn positions. Though McKenna’s budget makes some significant staffing reductions, it still falls short of the 5 percent goal set by City Manager Edward F. Lavallee. All told, the proposed expenditure for the city’s police force totals $15.35 million, a decrease of $35,056, or 0.24 percent from last year. It is, however, roughly $1 million more than the actual expenditure from 2010, and some $60,000 over the projected actuals from the current fiscal year. Charged with maintaining the city’s roadways and trash collection, perhaps no other department has the same kind of day-to-day interaction with Newport residents as the Department of Public Services. Director William Riccio told councilors that keeping expenses in check while maintaining services was “a big challenge” this year. When preparing his budget, Riccio said that he performed a lineby-line analysis. Like other department heads, the first thing he looked at was personnel. Already operating under reduced staffing levels, Riccio said, “It’s been a struggle…But while we’ve had vacancies, we’ve been able to maintain services.” To help offset his proposed reductions, Riccio said he tried to think outside the box for low or nocost solutions to common problems, such as instituting volunteer litter and graffiti patrols. The city might also achieve savings by instituting a no bin-no barrel program or modifying its bulky waste collection schedule, he said. Other opportunities to trim costs include mowing parks and roadsides at increased intervals and turning off fountains – both decorative and drinking – in public parks.

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An American Bittern stalks prey at Gooseneck Cove saltmarsh. Finally, this slow and deliberate predator struck itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target and was rewarded for its patience with a small fish. I raised my body to get a better picture, and my quarry sighted me. I expected the bird to flush or fly away, but what it did next was astonishing. It hopped up the bank of the marsh into the tall cordgrass and reeds. It pointed its bill skyward and lowered its body down until itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bill was level with the height of the grass and reeds! Due to its cryptic coloring, this camouflage master almost vanished from sight. There was a light wind from the north. When the surrounding grasses and reeds moved with the breeze, the bird swayed to match the movement of the grass. All I could see was its eyes. It had become practically invisible! When I related the tale of my encounter to my friend and mentor, Matt Grimes, he chuckled and told me, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an American Bittern, they think they are invisible!â&#x20AC;? Since that astounding meeting, I have learned a great deal about the bittern. When the early settlers came to America and heard the call of the American Bittern, they likened it to the sounds of a rusty pump or a stake being driven with an axe. Because of this, the bittern is sometimes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;thunder pumperâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;stake driver.â&#x20AC;? Today it is recognized as a sound of the American wilderness. The average American Bittern is 29 to 34 inches in length with a wingspan close to 4 feet. It is a solitary bird, living alone except at nesting and breeding time. The bittern makes its crude nest on the ground among reeds and cattails. The female will lay 3 to 5 brownish eggs. Bitterns seem to prefer freshwater habitats for nesting. Bitterns feed on frogs, lizards, crayfish, mice, insects, and fish, and often stand motionless for extended periods while foraging for food. The American Bittern is just one of the countless wonders of nature that await discovery on our beautiful island. If you want to join in a journey of discovery the following Websites can direct you to nature programs: NormanBirdSanctuary. org and

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Middletown High School Boys Drop Lacrosse Heartbreaker to PCD

Providence Country Day 11 Middletown High School 10

In a hard-hitting and contentiously officiated game, the Middletown High School Boys Lacrosse team lost a tough one to Providence Country Day by the score of 11-10 on Tuesday at the Gaudet field. Tied at six at halftime, the penalty prone Islanders fell just short in the second half. Despite the loss that dropped Middletown to fourth place in Div. II-South with an overall 6-5 record, the Islanders Ned Murphy continued to be a bright spot. Murphy, a senior mid-fielder, scored four times and assisted on another to keep the Islanders in it, before PCD prevailed. The Div. II-North PCD Knights raised their record to 7-3 with the win.

Sophomore goalie Connor McGrath, at left in the photo at right, readies to defend a shot on net by PCD attacker Nick DeBlasio, #28. The Islander’s McGrath recorded 12 saves in the bitter loss. Photos by Rob Thorn

Little League Opening Day Newport’s Fifth Ward Little League celebrated their annual opening day on Saturday, April 31. It was a particularly special day for the girls’ softball league, who celebrated the installation of a new flagpole at Douglas Marine Field and later broke out into clinics with players from Rogers High School. The flagpole had formerly been located at Easton’s Beach, but was moved to its new location after being refurbished this winter. Middletown junior, middie, Ned Murphy, #54 (above) shoots and scores, despite the effort of his PCD defender, Cameron Sigal, #27. Murphy had a gamehigh of four goals and added one assist against the Islander’s Div. II-North opponent on Tuesday.

The following local athletes were chosen for the 2011 Providence Journal All State - Independent team.

Senior middie Field Martin, #92 (above), fires in a goal against the PCD defender, Peter Kilmartin, #29. The Islander’s Martin, a senior, later added another goal and an assist.

Mary O’Connor of Middletown earned first-team All-ISL and was selected to the New England Prep school Class A/B all-star team. O’Connor led her team in rebounds and steals and was second in scoring and assists. O’Connor led the St. George’s School Dragons to their first berth in the Class B tournament in three years. She will play at Babson next season. Liam O’Farrell of Jamestown is a three-sport, All-EIL selection in football, basketball and baseball, O’Farrell surpassed the 1,000-point mark this winter. He averaged 18.1 points per game in addition to pulling down nine rebounds per game for his school, Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth. Patrick McGinnis of Middletown became the most accomplished freestyle sprinter in St. George’s swim team history this winter as he led the Dragons to their second consecutive undefeated dual meet season and second ISL Invitational championship. He will swim at Connecticut College next year.


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MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASEBALL 5-6 5/5 4p.m. Chariho @ Middletown, Gaudet 5/9 4p.m. Middletown @ Coventry 5/11 4p.m. S. Kingstown @ Middletown, Gaudet GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL 8-0 5/6 6p.m. N.Kingstown @ Middletown, Complex (NL) 5/9 4p.m. St. Ray @ Middletown 5/11 4p.m. S. Kingstown @ Middletown BOYS LACROSSE 6-5 5/5 4:30p.m. C @ M.S.C., Lower Field 5/12 Prout @ Middletown, Gaudet GIRLS LACROSSE 5-2 5/6 6p.m. Tiverton @ Middletown, Gaudet 5/11 4p.m. Middletown @ Warwick, Warwick Vets BOYS TRACK 3-4 5/9 4p.m. MEET @ Barrington HS Division Championship GIRLS TRACK 2-2 No meet this week BOYS TENNIS 6-1 5/5 3:30p.m. Middletown @ Tiverton5/10 3:30p.m. W. Warwick @ Midd, Gaudet 5/12 3:30p.m. Middletown @ Mt Hope GOLF 1-3 5/5 3:30p.m. TOURNAMENT @ Newport CC Middletown vs Mt. Hope vs Rogers 5/9 3:30p.m. TOURNAMENT @ Green Valley Middletown vs Rogers vs Portsmouth 5/12 3:30p.m. TOURNAMENT @ Wanumetonomy Middletown vs Tiverton vs Mt. Hope High School

Members of the Hallman Portable team were ready to play ball at the Fifth Ward Little League Opening Day game, held Saturday, April 30 at Harry Hogan Field in King’s Park, Newport. (Photo by Tom Shevlin)



BOYS BASEBALL 2-7 5/5 4p.m. N. Kingstown @ Portsmouth 5/7 6p.m. Portsmouth @ Rogers, Cardines 5/9 4p.m. Portsmouth @ Tiverton 5/11 4p.m. E.Greenwich @ Portsmouth GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL 5-2 5/9 4:30p.m. Moses Brown @ Portsmouth 5/11 4p.m. Portsmouth @ Narragansett BOYS LACROSSE 3-3 5/6 7p.m. Moses Brown @ Portsmouth 5/11 6:30p.m. Portsmouth @ Barrington GIRLS LACROSSE 6-1 5/6 5p.m. Portsmouth @ Pilgrim 5/11 7p.m. Chariho @ Portsmouth BOYS TRACK 6-1 5/9 4p.m. MEET @ Barrington HS Division Championship GIRLS TRACK 2-1 No meet this week BOYS TENNIS 4-2 5/5 4p.m. Ponaganset @ Portsmouth 5/10 3:30p.m. Portsmouth @ Cranston West 5/12 4p.m. Prout @ Portsmouth GOLF 4-1 5/5 3:30p.m. Portsmouth @ Bay View, Wannamoisett 5/9 3:30p.m. TOURNAMENT @ Green Valley Rogers vs Middletown vs Portsmouth

ST.GEORGE’S HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASEBALL 2-6 5/7 3:45p.m. Belmont Hill @ St. George’s 5/11 4:30p.m. St. George’s @ Rivers GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL 2-6 5/7 3p.m. Tabor @ St. George’s 5/11 4:30p.m. Rivers @ St George’s BOYS LACROSSE 2-7 5/7 3:45p.m. St. George’s @ Belmont Hill 5/11 4:30p.m. Rivers @ St George’s GIRLS LACROSSE 3-5 5/7 3:30p.m. Pomfret @ St George’s 5/9 5p.m. St. George’s @ Wheeler 5/11 4:30p.m. St. George’s @ Rivers SAILING 12-0 5/6-7 Mallory Regatta, Austin Texas YC 5/8 Mallory Cup, Austin Texas YC BOYS TENNIS 8-2 5/7 3:45p.m. Belmont Hill @ St. George’s 5/11 4:30p.m. St George’s @ Rivers GIRLS TENNIS 8-1 5/7 3p.m. Worchester @ St George’s 5/11 4:30p.m. Rivers @ St George’s BOYS TRACK 9-4 5/7 3:30p.m. Meet @ Thayer St George’s vs Thayer vs St. Pauls vs Roxbury Latin


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PORTSMOUTH ABBEY SCHOOL BOYS BASEBALL 5/ 6 4p.m. Lexington Academy @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Pingree School @ Portsmouth GIRLS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL 5/6 4:45p.m. Newton Country Day @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Portsmouth @ Pingree School BOYS LACROSSE 5/6 4p.m. Lexington Academy @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Pingree School @ Portsmouth GIRLS LACROSSE 5/6 4:45 Newton Country @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Portsmouth @ Pingree School BOYS & GIRLS TRACK 5/11 3p.m.@ St. George’s School BOYS TENNIS 5/6 3:30p.m. Dexter School @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Pingree School @ Portsmouth GIRLS TENNIS 5/6 4:45p.m. Newton Country Day @ Portsmouth 5/11 4:45p.m. Portsmouth @ Pingree SAILING 5/6-7 Mallory Regatta, Austin Texas YC 5/8 Mallory Cup, Austin Texas YC GIRLS GOLF 5/6 3:30p.m. Notre Dame Academy @ Portsmouth 5/11 12a.m. Portsmouth @ Notre Dame Academy

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RECENT DEATHS Richard Manuel Batista, 65, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Newport Hospital. A Funeral Service was held on May 4. Donations in Richard’s memory can be made to Looking Upwards, Inc., 438 East Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842; the Newport County Chapter for Retarded Citizens /James L. Maher Center, 120 Hillside Avenue, Newport, RI 02840; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1309 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 Attn: Donations for the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; and the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842. Robert A. Homer, 77, of Newport, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011. He was the husband of Alice E. (Lovell) Homer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 2 in St. Augustin Church, Newport. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI, 02840 or to St. Augustin Church, 2 Eastnor Rd., Newport, RI, 02840.

Frances Williams of Newport, passed away on Sunday May 1, 2011. She was the wife of the late William W (Williams). Her funeral was held on, May 5 with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph’s Church, 5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

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Thousands of people watched the popular police parade on Sunday, May 1. (Photos by Rob Thorn)

BUDGET CONTINUED FROM PG. 18 For FY2012, Riccio has proposed a total budget of $7.7 million, a decrease of 4.47 percent, or $362,105 from the current year. Other departments also presenting their annual budgets on Tuesday included the Department of Recreation and the Newport Public Library. The Recreation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed $1.2 million budget represents one-half of one percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall budget, costing residents just 35 cents per week. Still, working under Lavalleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5 percent directive, recreation staff sought to cut expenses wherever it could. Among the more notable suggestions: saving $12,000 by eliminating the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six passenger minivans; eliminating the Hutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot water showers, winter

tennis lights, and sports fieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; irrigation systems for a $11,500 in savings; and reducing by $5,650 playground repairs, restroom supplies and program supplies. However council members didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take well to the thought of reducing such basic recreation needs. Saying that turning off lights and shutting off sprinkler systems â&#x20AC;&#x153;takes away from the public,â&#x20AC;? Councilor Henry F. Winthrop said he would be open to maintaining the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget at a level where such reductions donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to take place. Also troubling was the proposal to cut back on playground maintenance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a safety situation. We should never, ever do that,â&#x20AC;? Winthrop said. Napolitano and Leonard agreed, as did Mayor Stephen C. Waluk,

who asked that the department revise its budget proposal so that the council can look for revenues elsewhere in the general fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably the only department thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to hear that (request),â&#x20AC;? quipped Winthrop. As for the Library, the city has proposed level-funding its contribution to the facility at $1.6 million â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the same level it has operated with since 2010. Civic support contributions have also been proposed to be level-funded, though several organizations such as Lucyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hearth and the Seamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church Institute have requested modest increases over last year. The next budget workshop is set for Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Newport This Week - May 5, 2011  
Newport This Week - May 5, 2011  

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