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THURSDAY, June 9, 2011

Vol. 39, No. 23

Oldest US Regatta Begins Anew Middletown Approves Budget By Jill Connors



The New York Yacht Club’s 157th Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex and set for June 10 to 12 off Newport, will host 135 yachts – more than ever in its history, which spans more than one and a half centuries, making it the oldest regatta in the country. “The oldest regatta … is also going to be one of the most exciting on the East Coast this year,” says Event Chair Peggy Comfort, adding that the regatta has drawn many first-time entries, due to being scheduled between the Annapolis to Newport Regatta and the Transatlantic Race 2011. See story on page 18 (Photo by Dan Nerney/NYYC)

Casting Call for ‘Signing of the Declaration’ By Anita Rafael There are only a few moments in a lifetime when you can both repeat history and make history at the same time, and the invitation to the casting call for models to pose for the creation of an important American painting is just such a moment. The Washington Square Roots 4th of July Committee is assembling a cast of characters to re-create the scene in the John Trumbull painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which has hung in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since 1826, as part of the upcoming Fourth of July celebration in Washington Square. On the Fourth, Newport artist William Heydt will paint his version of the scene of the signing from life. Heydt’s version of the Trumbull painting will be an 18-by 24-inch watercolor. Trumbull’s original was an oil on canvas of about 21 by 31 inches. A later version enlarged it to 12 by 18 feet. The addition of the Trumbull painting event was inspired by Tom Erb of StageRight. One of the most iconic compositions in American art history, Trumbull’s painting depicts 42 of the 56 signers of the Declaration. According to Yale University art historians, Trumbull began the smaller work while in Paris, probably at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson, who provided the artist with a first-hand account of the event in the Assembly Room in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Models are needed to pose for

On Monday night, June 6, members of Middletown’s Town Council unanimously approved a $63.4 million combined municipal-school operating budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins July 1. They also approved a 2.99% tax rate increase to generate the necessary revenue needed to support the budget. The impact on an average residential tax bill is expected to be an additional $125 approximately, for a person owning a $320,000 property. According to Lynne Dible, Middletown’s Finance Director, the tax rates will not be final until the town’s assessor certifies the tax roll next month. Town Council president Art Weber thanked all parties involved in the budget process, which has been ongoing for several months. Town Administrator Shawn Brown presented a proposed budget in early April, and workshops and public forums have been held at least once a week since.

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School Stats Paint Startling Picture By Meg O’Neil

The Declaration of Independence painting, by John Trumbull (1756-1843), was used on the reverse of the $2 bill, even though the original was 12 by 18 feet. Trumbull was an American artist known for his historical paintings. a modern and interpretive version of the same image as a celebratory re-enactment of the 235th anniversary of American independence. Although the painting depicts only men, this time women are also eligible to be one of the “signers” – this means there could be a Joanna Hancock or a Benjamina Rush. Two of the actors will be asked to portray Rhode Island’s signers, who were William Ellery of Newport and Stephen Hopkins of Providence. To boost authenticity, the organizers are hoping descendants of America’s revolutionary-era fami-

lies will volunteer to pose for the group portrait, however, no willing participant with a love of history and Newport will be turned away. Washington Square Roots is a group of local residents, nonprofits and business owners who first gathered in 2010 to plan improvements and public events for the historic park area. The recreation of Trumbull’s painting is just one of the events on the roster for Independence Day. The casting call is June 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Old Colony House on Washington Square. Anyone with costumes or anyone audi-

tioning who has colonial-style garb is asked to bring it that evening. For the re-creation of the painting, all cast members will be required to sit as a group for three 15-minute seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on July 4 on the second floor of the Old Colony House in the House Chamber, a room rarely open to the public for events. The cast is also being asked to attend one dress rehearsal on Sunday, July 3 from 4 - 6 p.m. at

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Revealing some startling statistics on the current state of education in Newport, Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist held an open forum at Rogers High School on Monday evening. The discussion, open to all Newport residents, was poorly attended, with just over a dozen people present, including four members of the Newport School Committee and Superintendent John Ambrogi. Gist started the forum with a short presentation on the current performance of Newport schools; compared to the rest of the state. Touching on a range of topics, from diversity to national standing, Gist stressed the need to set a higher expectation for every student in the state. One area of high concern to the small number of those in attendance was chronic absenteeism of students in schools. According to Gist, the absentee rate of students in Newport is significantly higher than the state average. Newport’s rate is 26 percent, compared to the state average of 16 percent. Gist explained that chronic absenteeism is defined as a student who is missing more than 10 percent of the school year. The figure is something that has been on Gist’s radar for some time.

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A Barking Good Time

Two Potter League mascots lead the way for hundreds of two and four-legged friends. (Photos by Meg O’Neil)

Emily Cassidy of Middletown, walked her furry friend Izzy, a Maltese, on the one-mile loop.

Hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged pets turned out to the Potter League’s 22nd Annual Heart and Sole Walk at Glen Manor in Portsmouth on Sunday, June 5. The paw-pular pet event included a one and three mile walking course around the lush green fields of Glen Park, along with other events including a “Pet Boutique,� agility course, doggy sized pools for the ultimate cool-off, and treats-a-plenty. Potter League raised around $82,000 from the event, thanks to donations raised by families, local businesses, and all those in the community who love their pets.

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Artist Maya Lin regards a scale model of her proposed enhancements to Queen Anne Square. (Photo by Rob Thorn)

Maya Lin and the Challenge of Creating Public Art By Ross Cann Creating public art and architecture is challenging under the best of circumstances. Creating a work of architecture about the Vietnam War while the controversy was so fresh and the emotions so raw made that task that much more difficult. A young Chinese-American woman, at the time, Maya Lin, with no established firm or power base behind her, managed to do the impossible. The young woman fought valiantly for her design, seeing it through many obstacles and great controversy. Now, many years later, Lin is a well-known and successful designer, and she continues to blend the lines between art, architecture and landscape design in her work. Several years ago, she was approached to undertake a renovation of Queen Anne Square, which was created by Doris Duke in1978. At a press conference on Monday, June 6, Lin spoke about her appreciation of Newport, which is one of the reasons she agreed to take on the assignment. She talked about how, through her study of Newport’s history, she found the in-

spiration to create something new and special to serve Newport far into the future. Although there are more details about the proposal to be finalized, sketches show the use of re-created foundations as landscape features and sitting areas. The Newport Restoration Foundation will make a presentation about the proposal at an upcoming Alliance for Livable Newport meeting, and a public workshop regarding the Queen Anne Square proposal is being scheduled by the City Council. In keeping the area open, but by revealing the architectural history of the site through landscape elements, perhaps Lin will again find a way to bring opposing sides together to create a remarkable solution, as she did so long ago with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Back in 1981, when the judges of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial competition opened the envelope on the back of the winning entry board, they found the name “Maya Lin” and the address of the Yale dormitory where the young woman

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the Colony House. There is no compensation. On the Fourth, the public will be invited to come into the upper chamber of the Old Colony House to view the tableau and watch the artist at work. Models are not required to provide their own colonial costume for the portrait, but it would be helpful if they could dress in colonial garb. Descendants will have preference to play their ancestors, while other volunteer models will be assigned to represent one of the famous people in the tableau. The only other requirement for the actors is that during the time they are not posing for the artist, they will be asked to mingle and chat “in character” with the people attending the other events in Washington Square that day. The completed painting will have a key identifying both the original signers in Trumbull’s painting and the people who posed for the new portrait. To apply to be one of the models, come to the casting call or email Liz DraytonWashingtonSqRoots@

Colonial Costumes Needed for July 4 The committee for the Fourth of July celebration in Washington Square is seeking people or organizations willing to loan colonial costumes for adult men and women. The costumes are needed for models who will re-create a historic tableau of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as seen in the famous painting by John Trumbull. Although the signers in 1776 were all men, the actors depicting the signers for this event will be both men and women. In all about 50 costumes are needed. The costumes will be worn by the cast members for 2 days: on Sunday, July 3 for the dress rehearsal and on Monday, July 4 for the celebration events in Washington Square, and available for return immediately thereafter. Any person or organization willing to loan a costume may email Liz Drayton at


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MIDDLETOWN CONT. FROM PG. 1 Even so, Councillor Richard Cambra asked for next year’s budget process to include more opportunities for public input, a suggestion Councillor Bruce Long supported. “The process should be as transparent as possible,” said Long. Art Weber asked the Town Administrator to consider whether next year’s process could be designed in such a way as to encourage more public input. These sentiments may have been prompted by the fact that the FY2012 budget process elicited very little public interest, with the 10 workshops and two public fo-

rums lightly attended. One plausible reason the FY2012 budget process was so subdued is that so little changed in the overall numbers from the previous year. FY2011’s budget was $63.434 million, nearly identical to FY2012’s $63.453 million. A tax rate increase is needed, however, to compensate for decreases in state and federal aid to the school department and various town programs. The budget approved by Town Council indicates a shortfall of $349,046 for the school department, which leaves Superintendent

of Schools Rosemarie Kraeger and the School Committee with the task of finding ways to trim that amount from their budget. Middletown residents will be notified this summer of changes to their tax bills, before the first tax payments for FY2012 are due, in September. In other Middletown news: Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator for Rhode Island, will be hosting a community dinner this Sunday, June 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Gaudet Middle School Cafeteria. For more information, call 401-453-5294.

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n Bill to prohibiting ‘sexting’ by minors The House has approved legislation to establish a lesser offense (a status offense) for minors who “sext,” or transmit sexually explicit photos and videos electronically. Sponsored by Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), the bill is intended to protect minors from being prosecuted under the state child pornography laws and face a possible five-year prison term. A similar Senate bill was also introduced.

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plates to be available Legislation passed by the General Assembly has been signed into law by the governor, offering RI motorists license plates that bear the official Boston Red Sox insignia. The bills provide for a $40 additional fee for the plates, with $20 of that donated to the Red Sox Foundation to support Rhode Island-based charitable organizations. Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) and Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (DDist. 1, Providence) sponsored the bills in their respective chambers.

n Legislation passes to protect

Social Security numbers Legislation to expand the state’s Social Security privacy laws has been approved by the General Assembly and now goes to the governor. Rhode Island law already prohibits merchants from requiring Social Security numbers on checks or for other transactions. The legislation passed this week would outlaw the use or request for “all or part of” an individual’s number.

n Bill to develop policies for re-

cording interrogations The House approved a bill to establish a task force to investigate and develop policies and procedures for electronically recording custodial interrogations. The Senate has approved identical legislation.

n Senate OKs bill expanding

domestic violence law The Senate approved legislation that expands the state’s current domestic violence statute to include “cyberstalking and cyberharassment.” Although cyberstalking is a crime in RI, it is not an action punishable under the state’s domestic violence statute.

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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Yappy Hour for a Cause Stop by the patio at Wag Nation on Wednesday, June 15 from 5-7 p.m. for a special “Yappy Hour” with Sailors for the Sea. Meet Tiller, the Sailors for the Sea “Salty Dog” who will be announcing a new membership for fourlegged friends along with the June Salty Dog. Also, pet owners are invited to either post a photo of their salty dog on the event page on Facebook, or bring a photo with to the event for your dog’s chance to win a free membership to Sailors for the Sea, be the featured Salty Dog of Month and win a Nautical Chart courtesy of NV-Charts (runners up will also receive a chart). Wag Nation is located just off Bellevue at 92 William St.

For What It’s Worth Mr. Karl L. brought in a framed picture on Thursday (our free appraisal day). The image depicts a man gathering hay into a wagon drawn by 2 horses at the sea shore. It had belonged to his grandmother and he could not make out the signature and wanted to know the value. Upon close examination we determined that the watercolor was by area artist A.H. Dyer. Dyer was born in 1872 in Providence and died there in 1943. He lectured at Brown and R.I.S.D. and was a member of the Newport Art Association. Under the signature was the name Newport. Size about 11” x 14”. Judging by the condition of the paper and style we would date the image at the turn of the century. Auction records are for the most part are modest for this artist with this simple charming picture having a value of between $300 and $400. — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques

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RI Unemployment Highest in New England Rhode Island had the highest jobless rate (10.9 percent) among the New England states and the third-highest jobless rate in the nation. Rhode Island was among seven states nationwide that had unemployment rates significantly higher than the national average. The New England unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The national jobless rate edged up by 0.2 percentage point between March and April to 9.0 percent, but was 0.8 point lower than a year earlier. In April, five of the six New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. New Hampshire (4.9 percent), Vermont (5.3 percent), Maine (7.6 percent), and Massachusetts (7.8 percent) recorded lower-than-average unemployment rates. New Hampshire reported the third-lowest jobless rate nationwide.

Extreme Sailing Launch “Extreme Sailing” – OnTheLine’s interactive TV series -- begins filming in Newport next month, with local actor Tom C. Erb producing. The loosely scripted reality show goes behind the scenes of a fictional crew filming documentaries about extreme sailing. The public is invited to meet Erb and members of the crew at O’Brien’s Pub on Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m.

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Kevin Case has opened Newport Spice Shop at 24 Franklin St. The shop carries a wide aray of spices and other gourmet gems. 846-8400,

Matthew Condon and Sophy Christensen have opned the Goode Kitchen at 29 Marlborough St. They will be serving Billy Goodes staples, and specialty desserts.

Anthony Tomaselli Gallery at 140 Spring St. features original work by painter and owner Anthony Tomaselli. Have you just opened a business? We want to say welcome! Email NTW at with owner and business name, address and brief description.

NUWC Partners with Local Schools Superintendent John Ambrogi recently announced the continuing relationship between the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport and Newport Public Schools, which was memorialized in the signing of an Educational Partnership Agreement. The staff at NUWC is involved in the Science Club activities in all Newport elementary schools, an Engineering Club at Thompson Middle School, the “Bring a Future Engineer Day Program,” and the “Undersea Technology Apprentice Program” (UTAP), which provides high school students with a fourweek internship at NUWC in the summer.

On Thursday, June 16, The Chamber is holding a Women in Business Brown Bag Luncheon at the Chamber of Commerce offices from noon to1:30 p.m. The next day, the group will hold their annual luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Newport on Goat Island, noon to 1:30 p.m. Opening remarks will be by Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and keynote speaker is Lisa Churchville, President and general Manager at NBC 10. Churchville will discuss “How the Female Consumer Drives and Influences Media Innovation and Change.” Tickets to attend the lunch cost $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Finally, on Thursday, June 23, The Loeb Visitors Center at Touro Synagogue will be hosting Business After Hours from 5 – 7 p.m. To register for any Chamber events, log on to or call 847-1608.

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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, May 31 to Monday, June 6, the Newport Police Department responded to 830 calls. Of those, 162 were motor vehicle related; there were 132 motor vehicle violations issued and 30 accidents. The police also responded to 23 incidents of vandalism, 29 animal complaints, 35 noise complaints and 34 home/business alarm calls. Officers also performed 11 school security checks (2-Rogers, 8-Thompson, 1-Coggeshall). They transported 69 prisoners and recorded 10 instances of assisting other agencies. They also conducted 3 DARE classes. In addition, 62 arrests were made for the following violations: n Eighteen arrests were made for possession of narcotics. n Eight arrests were made for conspiracy. n Eight arrests were made for simple assault. n Six arrests were made for breaking and entering. n Five arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n Four arrests were made for vandalism. n Three arrests were made for larceny. n Three arrests were made for bench warrants. n Two arrests were made for open container. n Two arrests were made for domestic disturbances. n One arrest was made for driving with a revoked license. n One arrest was made for robbery. n One arrest was made for DUI. n One arrest was made for felony assault. n One arrest was made for failure to register as a sexual offender.

Children’s Puppet Workshops A series of puppet workshops with Sue Klau will be offered at the Newport Public Library, Tuesday, June 12, 19, 26 at 10:30 a.m. Learn storytelling through puppets, put on a puppet show and create a craft. This free program is geared for children ages 5 and up. Registration required, call 847-8720.

Jalisa Lynn Jackson, of Newport, has been named the Rhode Island Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Youth of the Year Jalisa Lynn Jackson, of Newport, has been named the Rhode Island Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The Youth of the Year program recognizes outstanding contributions to school, community, family and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Jackson will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Jackson was an active member of the Rogers High School Dance Team and Jr ROTC; president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County Keystone Club and Jr staff member; she is also employed at Panera Bread. She has organized volunteer efforts at soup kitchens, neighborhood clean-ups, and most recently, co-planned a dance at the Club for the Haiti Relief Fund. This summer, the 18-year old Jackson will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members in the Northeast Region. If named regional winner, she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands. Five regional winners will advance to Washington , D.C. in September to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year.

Dennis DeMarinis Jr. has assumed the role of capital campaign manager at the James L. Maher Center. He will help to guide the center through its first-ever capital campaign. DeMarinis comes to the center with more than ten years of experience in fundraising and non-profit leadership. Recently, he helped another non-profit raise well over $2 million and brought them from an association that was unknown to a nationally recognized organization. The James L. Maher Center is a notfor-profit organization that has supported persons with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years. The center operates a number of educational, vocational and residential programs designed to maximize the abilities of those needing support and enhance their lives; the center presently supports nearly 400 adults and children from the Newport County Area.

Foreign Policy Lecture

Patrick Sampson of Middletown with a Bachelor of Arts, Samuel Shore of Middletown with a Associate of Applied Science, Andrea Berberick of Portsmouth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Brandon Criner of Portsmouth with a Bachelor of Science, and Emily Powell of Portsmouth with a Bachelor of Science.

Computer Workshops The Newport Public Library will host computer workshops for beginners on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. during the month of June. On June 10, there will be an introduction to computers and using the mouse. The next workshop, on June 17, will focus on an introduction to Microsoft Word. The final session on June 24 will be an introduction to the Internet. Registration is required and sign-up is at the reference desk. For more information, call 847-8720.

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The Newport Council for International Visitors will present a lecture on foreign policy, “The Other Side of COIN: Building the Afghan Army and Police,” by Derek Reveron, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m., in the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. Reveron will draw from his latest book, “Exporting Security,” to provide a comprehensive analysis of the shift in U.S. foreign policy from coercive diplomacy to cooperative military engagement, examine how and why the U.S. military is an effective tool of foreign policy and explore the methods used to reduce security deficits around the world. The lecture is free but seating is extremely limited. To reserve, email For more information, contact Bob Sleiertin at 847-5196.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will host a free community dinner in Middletown Sunday, June 12 to hear ideas and concerns from the people of Middletown. The dinner will take place at Gaudet Middle School Cafeteria, 5-7 p.m., June 12. For more information, call 401-4535294 or visit Senator Whitehouse’s Website, www.whitehouse.senate. gov.

The Friends of the Newport Public Library will hold their annual meeting Thursday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the library. There will be an election of officers and a social gathering for members of the Friends and their volunteers.

Solstice Poetry Reading A poetry reading to celebrate the summer solstice will be held at Newport Public Library on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Members of Ocean State Poets will read original poetry. This group of volunteer poets visits schools, social organizations, nursing homes, and other venues, sharing poetry with those who may not have opportunities to hear and talk about poetry. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 847-8720 ext. 103.


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EDITORIAL Looking Back at A Clean Slate Flipping back through a reporter’s notebook can be an interesting exercise. Like finding an old journal or photo album, a good notebook can take you back to a given day, time, and place. Quotes jolt memories of what was said, while small, corner notations provide details that set the scene and sometimes capture the mood. I came across such a notebook earlier this week. The first page was dated Jan. 3; a clean slate for the year. In it were notes and story ideas centering around the new City Council. Within the first few pages, it became clear: For the better part of the last six months, city council members have had the budget on their brains. From their inauguration day forward, the sacrifices that would need to be made in order to make ends meet have been a constant theme, permeating everything from discussions on roadway enhancements and economic development to staffing cuts and department realignments. As the council adopts this year’s municipal budget, it’s true that there are few departments spared from what has been termed our “shared sacrifice”. From the police department to City Hall, there are people who won’t be coming back to work on July 1. For another year, the school department is being level-funded, and staff, there, also continues to be trimmed - down more than 25 percent in the last five years. No one wants to see their neighbors out of a job. With every negative employment report, it seems as though we all share in the bad news; this recession is not coming to a quick end. With that in mind, we hope that the city can resume or continue its negotiations with its various union representatives to lighten the burden placed on taxpayers, while upholding the commitments made by past administrations. On that same note, we encourage rank and file union members to hold their leadership accountable, not only to their interests, but to the community, as well. Local Newporters know that families are in scarce supply in town, with more and more year-round residents made up of seniors on fixed incomes and recent graduates, who may or may not decide to put down roots in our city. The City Council has demonstrated a laser-like focus on the budget this year; and that’s a good thing. But there are other issues facing us as well, and if we are to look ahead, we need to have our financial house in order. It’s our hope that, at this time next year, we’ll be writing more about contract agreements and less about contract disputes. Who knows? maybe then we’ll be able to better focus on issues like economic development, creating a more sustainable community, and how Newport is leading the state out of its economic malaise.

Municipal Meetings NEWPORT

Thames St. Enhancement Group, June 9 at 9 a.m., Department of Public Services Boards/Commissions, Housing Authority, June 9 at 5 p.m. Boards/Commissions, Trust and Investment, June 10 at 10 a.m. Boards/Commissions, Harbor Center Working Group, June 15 at 8 a.m., City Hall-Conference Room Public Information Meeting, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, June 15 at 6 p.m., Planning Directors Office Boards/Commissions, Energy and Environment, June 15 at 5:30 p.m.

MIDDLETOWN Conservation Committee, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.,in the MPD Community Room Please note that some meetings scheduled after press time may not appear above. For the latest schedules visit SOS.RI.Gov, or visit

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR No Excuse for Flag Desecration Dear Editor, This past weekend, two men, who live locally in Newport, were charged by Newport Police with the theft and destruction by fire of two privately owned American flags. The two men allegedly stole the flags from Nikolas Pizza on Memorial Boulevard in Newport. Witnesses told police that the suspects then set the flags on fire at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue, early on Sunday, June 5. When I first heard of this incident, I wondered if it was a political statement, being made by men, so provoked to action that they risked arrest and prosecution for their civil disobedience. Was this a misguided attempt to rally others to a cause they held noble? Over twenty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the burning of an American flag, as a tool or statement of protest, is the right of a citizen. Under the auspices of the first amendment of the Constitution, it’s covered by the freedom of speech clause. However, upon investigation, I discovered that this incident was not politically motivated but was instead a product of drunken, boorish behavior. This is unacceptable behavior, and being drunk is not an excuse for disgusting and despicable behavior. Millions of men and women who have served our country, and their families who faithfully wait, have

held the flag to be a symbol of the very nature of America. At this juncture of American history, we as a nation have extremely brave men and women facing injury and death, every minute of every day around the world. They do this, so that those of us here, can live in the freedoms we so cherish. Newport County has seen the toll taken by war for 265 years, and it continues even today. The memories of those who have given, as Abraham Lincoln eloquently stated, “the last full measure of devotion,” should not be sullied by a couple of drunken miscreants! These gentlemen deserve their day in court, as promised by the Constitution, but if they are convicted of their offense, they should be held accountable for this atrocious act. The irony that they burned flags on a boulevard dedicated to Newport’s heroes and war dead should be considered. Hopefully, the sentence meted out to those two, will fit the crime. Public service in a veteran’s cemetery, working with a vet’s organization, or helping military families, may bring them a sane and sober realization of what they have truly done. At the least they owe an apology to those who have served and still serve today, in our name and defense. Jack Kelly US Army Veteran

Historic Square Made Hideous Dear Editor, The decade-long restoration of Washington Square is almost complete, and what does the City decide to do? They install a hideous and enormous, fluorescent green sign on a beautiful gas lamp post and another one directly across the street!  This is the same Historic Square that is home to the Colony House, Brick Market and the Newport Museum of History.  The ugly parking meters were bad enough, and now this. What’s next? neon signs at Queen Anne Square? Please remove them now!! Matt Gineo

Harbor Center Gets Tweaked By Tom Shevlin   Changes to the interior of the city’s planned transient boating center could make the facility friendlier to visiting yachtsmen, after a group charged with reviewing its design paid a visit to the Armory building last week. Meeting for the second time in as many weeks, several members of the Harbor Center Working Group met at the Lower Thames Street site for what for most was their first look at the space which will become the city’s first municipal boating center. After touring the dark confines of the basement expanse, attention turned toward the layout of the entryway and adjoining spaces. The goal: make the space more welcoming to the public by eliminating proposed walls and doors. According to Planner Andrew DeIonno, the walk-through was

productive and any changes to the interior layout likely won’t result in any overall delay in the project, which is still in a holding pattern while the group awaits permission from the state Department of Health to remove a minimal amount of asbestos before construction can begin. However, DeIonno also cautioned that whatever changes are made need to also win approval from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, who is providing the majority of grant funding for the project. “ We do need their approval,” DeIonno said, cautioning that, “if we go forward without their approval, we could be jeopardizing our reimbursement.” Working Group member Hank Kniskern, who also sits as chair of the city’s Waterfront Commission, likewise described the walkthrough as a positive step. Given the importance that the facility

could play to visiting boaters, he believes that it’s vital that the city “gets it right.” The group is next scheduled to meet on June 15, at which time final design plans are expect to be presented.

Correction In an article appearing in the June 2 edition of Newport This Week, we wrote that under a proposed budget amendment, Paige Bronk, the city's director of planning zoning development and inspections would face a salary reduction of $9,916, bringing his annual pay to $143,652. That number includes benefits. We regret the error. A corrected version appears online at

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STATISTICS CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 “We know that absenteeism is an issue. Teachers cannot teach children if they are not in school. It’s certainly something that I know Newport is paying attention to, as well.� One area in which Newport does have a slight advantage over the state average is in the high school graduation rate. At Rogers, 80 percent of seniors graduate, compared to the 2009 state average of 76 percent. Gist said that the jump is something to be proud of, as the number at Rogers has climbed significantly in recent years. In addition, the Newport dropout rate is lower than the state average. According to Gist, 12 percent of students in Newport drop out, versus 14 percent in the state. However, when it comes to academic achievement, Gist pointed out that, across the board, Newport schools are performing below the state average in all subjects. The one bright spot, Gist explained, can be found in the reading level at Rogers, which almost matches the state average. When comparing the current state of education in Rhode Island to the rest of the world Gist said, public schools, here, still have a long way to go. In explaining a graph that shows how the US has slipped in education standing, compared to other countries, Gist, said, “It’s not that the US has fallen or gotten worse. What has happened is that

other countries have gotten better. While we’ve always been a leader in post-secondary education in the world, other countries are also making tremendous strides.� Even comparing Rhode Island’s top high school students to the world’s top students and students from other states puts Rhode Island in the bottom quartile, she added. To change the direction of educa-

“We know that absenteeism is an issue. Teachers cannot teach children if they are not in school.â€? — Deborah Gist, RI Department of Education Commissioner tion in both Newport and the state, Gist pointed to the recent procurement of $75 million in federal “Race to the Topâ€? funds. That, she said, is “the state’s chance to really turn things around in three years.â€? “In order to have the best public schools ‌ it takes the whole community,â€? Gist explained, “from the families, students themselves, community leaders, faith-based leaders, state elected officials, school committees ‌ we’re all going to have to work together, all across the board.â€? Gist added that her goal for students leaving high school is to see

that they are ready for college, careers and life. While she acknowledged that not every student needs to attend a four-year college, she believes they should be ready for some form of post-secondary education, including community college or technical school that would, as she put it, “create new pathways ‌ that would provide students with a living wage.â€? When School Committee member Robert Leary suggested Rhode Island schools extend the school day to achieve optimal success, Gist agreed, saying that would be ideal. However, because of the $300 million budget deficit, a complete overhaul of the school day is something not possible, at the moment. Charles Shoemaker, another School Committee member, seemingly bothered by the lack of public attendance at the forum, questioned Gist on the number of attendees at her other public forums across the state. To that, Gist pointed out that attendance at meetings varies across the state. She explained that now that as the days have gotten longer, and the weather warmer, attendance at such forums has gotten worse. In closing the forum, Gist expressed her determination to bring Rhode Island public schools to a higher level. “Let’s lift ourselves up a little bit and have higher expectation for every single student in the state,â€? she said.


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In the circa 1900 image, details of the Federal-period mansion owned by a wealthy merchant, Samuel Whitehorne are still intact. In 1925, the property had been converted for commercial use. By 1964, the once elegant Samuel Whitehorne House had fallen into extreme decay as an apartment rental. (Historic photos by Richard Walker, Courtesy of Newport Restoration Foundation.)

300 Years of Arts & Culture is Footsteps Away The Whitehorne House, owned by the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), has a colorful history. It was built in 1811 for a rum distiller and wealthy merchant named Samuel Whitehorne Jr. (17791844). This Federal-era mansion was certainly a grand statement of his success, especially during the depressed post-Revolutionary War economy when few in Newport could afford such extravagance. Whitehorne lived on Thames Street with his family until 1843, when he lost two of his ships at sea and went bankrupt. Sold at auction, the house was converted to shops and

apartments; it slowly deteriorated until 1969 when it was purchased by the NRF. The restoration of Whitehorne House took four years. The storefronts were removed and the foundation, windows, and some of the brickwork were replaced. Despite the severe gutting which the building underwent, a large amount of the original structure and trim lay hidden under layers of reconstruction materials, including patches of the original wallpaper, from which reproductions were made. Among other fascinating elements, was the first floor stairway, which remained

in the house, but had been shifted forward to gain more rental space. The reuse of materials proved invaluable in preserving the historic character of the building. Whitehorne was destined to be a museum from the start of the rehabilitation project. Having developed a fascination for the artisanquality craftsmanship of Newport furniture makers, Doris Duke collected some of the finest examples of their work. In five years, she gathered 146 pieces of period furniture; 56 are from Newport and Rhode Island. Although often unsigned, the pieces have distinctive design, construction methods and workmanship which allow them to be credited to John Townsend, Benjamin Baker and Holmes Weaver, among others. On June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the NRF is holding a community open house to honor the 200th anniversary of this architectural gem. Created by Doris Duke to share the work of Newport’s craftsmen with its local citizens, the Whitehorne House Museum hopes to do just that. Free to all Newport County residents ($6 for non-residents), the open house is a chance to learn about or become reacquainted with the city’s

2011 The 2011 photo shows the restored house as it looks today as a property of the Newport Restoration Foundation.

A Chippendale chair, with inset showing its ball-and-claw foot detail, is typical of the antique furniture items that Doris Duke collected to showcase in the Whitehorne House. (Photo courtesy of the NRF.)

proud heritage of furniture makers. It is also a chance to meet a dedicated group of modern day craftsmen – The Society of American Period Furniture Makers, a volunteer group, will share their passion for furniture through demonstrations in Whitehorne’s garden. Visitors to Whitehorne are sure to discover an exceptional part of Newport’s rich history. For event details, visit or call 847-2448.

Newport’s Old Quarter is a vibrant historic neighborhood where 18th and 19th century buildings continue to be used as homes, places of worship, restaurants and shops, as they have been for three centuries. It encompasses six non-profit organizations: International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum at the Newport Casino, Newport Art Museum, The Newport Historical Society, Newport Restoration Foundation, The Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Touro Synagogue & Loeb Visitor Center, and the Whitehorne House. www.

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The Museum of Newport Irish History announces the opening of its new Interpretive Center at 648 Thames St., just south of Narragansett Avenue. The Center will be open for the season beginning Saturday, June 11. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, June through October. Admission is by donation. Visitors to the Center will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and of the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent. The exhibits, which were designed by Northeast Collaborative Architects, Inc., include maps, photographs, video, and artifacts, including some from the construction of Fort Adams, which was built primarily with Irish immigrant labor. The Center and its signage is organized

around several key themes, including “Work”, “Play,” and “Pray,” recognizing key aspects of life in the local Irish community. On opening day, June 11, there will be a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at approximately 10:15 a.m., to which the public is invited. Representatives from Newport City Council, including Mayor Stephen Waluk, will be on hand, as well as special guest Michael Lonergan,

Ireland’s Consul General to New England. Founded in 1996, the Museum of Newport Irish History is a non-profit organization with over 400 members. The organization sponsors numerous educational and social events throughout the year, including the popular Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series. The organization restored and also maintains the Barney Street Cemetery at the corner of Barney and Mt. Vernon streets. The cemetery is the resting place of many of Newport’s earliest Irish residents and was the cemetery founded to support Rhode Island’s first Roman Catholic parish, the forerunner of the current St. Mary’s on Spring Street. To learn more about the Museum of Newport Irish History, please visit or phone 848-0661.

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Disaster Preparedness Workshop The Fleet & Family Support Center will offer a workshop on disaster preparedness Wednesday, June 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Advance preparation can often prevent an emergency from becoming a disaster for your family. All military and DoD personnel are eligible to attend but advanced registration is required. The workshop will be held in building 1260. Call 841- 2283.

Operation Home Front Visits NHCNE Personnel at Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE) enjoyed a recent visit from Operation Home Front New England. The group, in collaboration with the Exeter RI Jobs Corps Academy culinary students, provided a host of treats during the military appreciation event. Pictured are: (left to right, kneeling) Cindy Garcia and Megan Hollembaek from the Exeter Job Corps Academy. Left to right, standing - Kim Simoneau (Exeter Job Corps), Ramona Cook (Operation Home Front New England),HMCM Bob Whitten (NHCNE Command Master Chief ), Mike Hart Exeter Job Corps Academy) and Christina Costa, (STARS Coordinator, Exeter Job Corps Academy).

Upcoming Library Events n The Newport Public Library has several upcoming book discussion programs. Maryalice Huggins’ “Aesop’s Mirror: A Love Story,” fiction based in part on the Brown family history, is the featured selection of the Tuesday Book Group meeting on June 14 at 1 p.m. Tim Warren, first RI resident to climb Mt. Everest, will discuss his book, “Lessons from Everest: 7 Powerful Steps to the Top of Your World,” Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m. There will be a book signing following the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The Thursday Book Club will discuss “Open: an Autobiography,” by Andre Agassi, June 16 at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 847-8720. n Start your child’s globetrotting reading adventure at the Middletown Public Library with their free summer reading program, “One World, Many Stories”. Register your child for this summer’s multicultural reading program to enjoy weekly performers, raffles, prizes, discounted and free passes to local attractions, and much more. This program is open to children in preschool to those entering 6th grade. The program runs July 1Aug. 17 . To register, please visit the Children’s Department of the Mid-

dletown Public Library or call 8461573. For more information, visit n The Redwood Library’s Life of the Mind Salon series will continue Thursday June 16, 6 p.m., with “Revolution and Reinvention in the Middle East,” presented by Dr. Sally Goma and Dr. Chad Raymond, of Salve Regina University, and Dr. Hayat Alvi of the Naval War College. The library’s bi-monthly Poets Group will meet Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. and is open to writers who are currently writing and seek critique. The Redwood Library Book Club will meet to discuss the poem “Gretchen” read by author Dr. Ted McCrorie, on June 18 at 3 p.m. The Redwood Library is located at 50 Bellevue Ave. and welcomes new members. For more information, call 847-0292. n Portsmouth Free Public Library will hold its annual spring used book sale on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.- noon. A preview sale will be held 9-10 a.m. for members of the Library Association. Hundreds of titles of adult hard-cover books and paperbacks will be available. There are also children’s books as well as used videos, music CDs, and books on CD and tape. For more information, call 683-9457.

5K for Special Olympics The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) will host its semi-annual 5K Road Race/Walk, Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. This race is held on the Naval Station but is open to the public. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. The race starts and finishes at Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Arleigh Burke Hall, 446 Cushing Rd. For more information, call 841-4981 or email adam.t.vanhorn @navy. mil. Register online at www.

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War College Graduation Congratulations to the over 500 U.S. Naval War College students who will graduate Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. on the Coaster’s Harbor Island campus. Flags will be flying over Dewey Field as the students parade from the college to the ceremony area. The graduating class includes senior and mid-level U.S military and civilian personnel, as well as 124 international students. Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 841-2220.

Fridays at the O’Club All hands with base access are invited to join the festivities each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the O’Club deck. Upcoming musical guests: June 10 - Becky Chase Duo, rock and folk music, and June 17 - The Big Paycheck, alternative rock and jazz. Naval Base Information Compiled by Pat Blakeley




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FROM THE GARDEN Clematis, the Empress of Vines By Cynthia Gibson In the garden, there are many vines that are troublesome; bittersweet, bindweed and kudzu come to mind immediately. Then there is clematis, a magnificent climbing, flowering vine native to Japan and China. You can create the look of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;waterfallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of blossoms on a trellis by planting clematis in your yard or garden. The flowers can be showy, demure, look like Chinese lanterns or even dogwood blossoms. Clematis turns an ordinary trellis or arch into a tiara of blossoms. It also adds a great deal of color and interest to the garden when grown over shrubs, through climbing roses or up trees. Clematis, unlike ivy or trumpet vine, does not have tiny hairy feet to cling to walls or fences. Clematis needs guidance. Train and help your clematis with garden string or any type of garden wire, or plastic garden tape that you tie to your arch or trellis. The stems of clematis twist around trellis slats with an arm of steel. Once they take hold and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;get a gripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; they are un-likely to let go! I use plastic green garden tape to keep the masses of vines in place and it works very well. Never tie twine, plastic tape or covered

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A fun collection of clematis is the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Montanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; series. The blossoms all resemble dogwood blossoms. They come in light pink, dark pink and white. The classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Montana Rubensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which is light pink grows like a weed on Aquidneck Island, and only blooms in May to June. It rambles on low growing fences and will cover a trellis in two and a half years. It is an extremely vigorous grower. For those of you with little or no patience, this is the Clematis for you! A bonus is that it smells like vanilla! Bi-color clematis are neon in color and look like fountains. They may resemble the spectacular passionflower. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mrs. N. Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has bright purple petals with large bright red stripes down the center. It grows from four to nine feet tall and blooms in the spring and fall. An unusual clematis that has white petals with large purple anthers goes by the name of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Florida Seboldiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is one of the most beautiful, yet, traditional clematis. The stark contrast between the white petals and deep purple anther centers is a creation of nature that begs the question, how did that happen? Only nature and hybridizers know. Along the same variety of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Florida Seboldiiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is yet another dramatic clematis by the name of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Avant-Gardeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The flower has reddish petals, with lighter pink petaloid stamens. This flower is stunning and it blooms from June to September. For housekeeping purposes, be aware that clematis come in three categories of pruning. They are: Group 1: These clematis do not have to be pruned at all, but deadhead all blossoms. Group 2: Pruning in this category takes place in the spring before the vine leafs-out. Look for fat, healthy buds and prune just above them. You will be cutting away some new growth but the plant will benefit from this pruning and care. Trim away all dead and or damaged branches as well. Group 3: This group of clematis

blooms in the late summer and fall. You can hard prune these clematis to two feet above the ground if you like, and they will come right back the following summer. Herbaceous Clematis: The national and international clematis organizations have not yet created a category 4. , but Herbaceous clematis like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Roguchiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; die back to the ground every fall, early winter. You can take the old vines off your trellis and start anew with training each spring. These clematis are extremely vigorous growers and can grow over a foot a week. If you consistently deadhead them, they will produce flowers all summer long. Regardless of color or shape of flower, clematis is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;must haveâ&#x20AC;? flower for your garden. They are heavy feeders, but the good news is that bugs really do not much care for them. They are currently available and in bloom or budding in your local nursery or garden center right now. Now is the time to plant your waterfall of blooms. Cynthia Gibson is a painter, garden and food writer. She gardens voraciously and tends her miniature orchard in Newport.

The varieties of clematis are almost endless. Some of the most fun clematis have very different shapes. Some petals look like squiggly worms, others like Chinese lanterns, yet other like small stars.

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New Pell School Interior Discussed By Meg Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil With the school year rapidly coming to a close, the plans for the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School are progressing, as decisions are made by the Pell Building Committee. At a meeting on Tuesday, June 7, members of the building committee, as well as architects from HMFH, the firm chosen for the $30 million project, reviewed a list of over $384,300 worth of savings they procured with modifications to the school plan. Hoping to garner more savings from the budget, the building committee spent a considerable amount of time discussing the differences between a standard brick façade, compared to a Norman brick, which is 30 percent larger than the standard. The Norman brick would give the building a different look, but would save roughly $71,400 in labor cost. More aesthetically pleasing and historically accurate to Newport architecture, the standard brick costs more, as the bricks are smaller in size and thus require more labor to stack. Ultimately saving $71,400, the committee voted to change the front exterior of the school to the jumbo brick, even after Laura Wernick, principal architect from HMFH, expressed her concern that the change in brick size would alter

the feel and masonry of the building. That vote put the total savings at over $450,000, which the committee hopes can be allocated to the technology and furniture budget of the new school. Potentially saving even more money, Dexter Street might be repaved by a city grant, worth approximately $50,000, and coordinating with the construction of the school. Already in the budget for the school is a $24,600 cost of changing granite curbing to concrete. If the city already has plans to pave the area, the alleged grant would cover the cost of paving and changing curb material. Wernick then moved tof the proposed interior of the school, discussing different flooring elements. Flooring for the cafeteria, as well as the entrances to the upper and lower school, would be a stained, polished concrete. Considered to be very durable, the new floor would be completely water resistant, easy to clean, and cost-effective, according to Wernick. Superintendent John Ambrogi did not appear to be in favor of concrete flooring, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t conjure up a nice image.â&#x20AC;? Classrooms will use VCT, or vinyl composition tiles, in a standard 9x9 size. Administrative areas, as well as the library and media center, will

be floored in recycled carpet tiles, which can be easily removed and replaced if necessary. Discussing the gym, which will remain a regulation size court, despite the idea of reducing the size by 300 square feet for $75,000 in savings, will not be hardwood flooring, but instead, a resilient rubberized floor, with official lines painted on for basketball and volleyball usage. Doubling as a performance space, the gym will feature a platform for stage use, which will have a hardwood floor. In addition, to help with the acoustics of a large open space, the walls, made of concrete blocks, will have sounddampening materials. Closing the meeting, Wernick presented a 3-dimensional animation of the full exterior of the school, to be shown to the Newport School Committee at an upcoming meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that we have a budget back within where we want to be and the major materials have all been determined, the purpose of the next meeting is to get the school committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official blessing,â&#x20AC;? she explained. Impressed by the overall result of the design so far, building committee member and Chair of the school committee Patrick Kelley said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This school is such an upgrade, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of mind-boggling as to how good itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be.â&#x20AC;?

Enroll Now in Summer Camps Save the Bay Camp sessions with different themes and activities are scheduled for two weeks for youngsters who have completed grades 3 through 8. Camp costs for nonmembers of Save The Bay range from $150 for half-day sessions for younger children, to $250 for older children. Spark, a more intense science camp, is offered in partnership with Brown University, from July 18-22 in Providence (special registration at or call 863-7900). For details on the day camps or to register, call 2723540, ext.139, email cfriedlander@ or see camp.

Norman Bird Sanctuary The range of summer sessions at NBS includes a wide variety of nature, science, exploration and themes and outdoor activities for ages K through high school. Costs range from $100 for a week of halfday sessions for younger children to $340 for a short five-day â&#x20AC;&#x153;wildernessâ&#x20AC;? experience for older children. Camp sessions run from late June until late August. The two five-day â&#x20AC;&#x153;challengeâ&#x20AC;? camp sessions in July and August are for high school stu-

dents wishing to work to help their community while having fun. Online registration for the Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp is open; note that some Nature Day Camp weeks are sold out. For more information, call 846-2577, e-mail or see

Newport Gulls Baseball The Newport Gulls is offering summer camp for both boys and girls 6-12 years old of all skill levels. Players are grouped based on age and ability. Camps run four days per week, 9 a.m. - noon. The five sessions run from June 27 - July 28. The $85 cost includes 12 hours of camp instruction, a Gullsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game ticket, and a Newport Gulls T-Shirt. To register, go to Walk-in registrations are limited.

Newport Rec Dept. The City of Newport Recreation Department is registering for summer camp both on a daily and weekly basis. Regular camp hours are 8 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. and extended care will be offered from 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Specialty camps are available for ages 4-17 for tennis, cheer, soccer, dance as well as the newest camps,

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Blood Banks Need Donations By Breegan Semonelli While most Rhody locals are concerned with depositing their summer income into the bank, another sort of bank is being drained. This summer, the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) will host its first Walk for Pints in an effort to remedy the decline of blood donations in the summer months. The five blood centers across the state are funded by Rhode Island hospitals. Hospitals used to collect all the blood for the state, but hospital directors knew that they needed a central organizationfor blood donation. In 1979, the first RI blood center was opened in Providence. The Aquidneck Island Donor Center opened its doors to the public in 1993, and has had tremondous impact on the island. Barbara Arcangeli, vice president of Human Resources for Newport Hospital, holds the organization in high regard, noting that “because of the RI Blood Bank, the hospital has a very consistent supply of blood, and we don’t have any more shortages.” In regard to blood collection nationwide, about 50 percent of collection is completed by organizations such as the RIBC, 45 percent of collection is done by the Red Cross and the remaining 5 percent is done by hospitals that choose to do their own blood collection. For 32 years, the RIBC served as the only blood collection agency in RI. However, the Red Cross has recently injected some confusion into the

Sue Lynch, of the Aquidneck Island donor Center, commends Dr. Rey Larsen who is making his 83rd donation. (Photo by Rob Thorn) mix. The RIBC is concerned about our local blood supply because of Red Cross blood drives recently held within the RI borders. Scott Asadorian, the vice president and Chief Operating Officer of the RIBC, views the Red Cross as a threat to the RIBC, explaining that “there is

absolutely no benefit for the Red Cross to collect blood in RI.” The blood center has a goal of at least 25 donors per day, a target that is sometimes unmet during the summer months. Sue Lynch, the supervisor for the Aquidneck Island Donor Center, elaborated:

“During the summer, people are on school vacations, people are busy. People forget to donate. But there are statistically more accidents in the summertime.” In order to make up for the difference, the blood center has a plethora of promotions in the summertime, and small businesses will often direct their patrons towards the center. Lynch continues, “The best season for blood donations is the fall. Christmas season through January is good as well… people make resolutions and sometimes that includes donating blood.” On average, there are about 20 RIBC blood drives held on Aquidneck Island a month. Asadorian noted, “With the frequent island blood drives and the location on Aquidneck Ave., there are plenty of opportunities for locals to donate.” When patrons do come in to donate blood, they often approach the process with concern. Lynch explains, “People are concerned that they may pass out, experience pain, or generally not feel well afterwards.” But this is not the case. The blood donation process is relatively painless, and the rewards the donation reaps for others proves to be greater than the slight pinch of the needle. The center is always mindful of the well-being of the donors. Before one may donate, they must be identified as being eligible to donate, have their iron checked to ensure they are not anemic, and have their weight and vitals checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour.

Some people believe that certain types of blood are more sought after than others. “That is probably the biggest myth in regard to blood donation.” Asadorian explains, “All types of blood are needed. At times, hospitals may use a lot of one type and that blood type may be in demand at that moment, but there is no one type that is consistently more desired than others.” In order to keep up with the demand, the RIBC makes the Rhode Island hospitals their first concern. Asadorian elaborates, “Our first priority is always the local need for blood. Our second priority is nonlocals who could use the blood the most.” Asadorian continues, “We never want a unit of blood to go to waste and we are very good at expertly managing the blood so that a donation is hardly ever wasted. We are very proud of that.” The Blood Center will hold the Pints for Life walk on June 12, beginning at the Providence Donor Center and ending at the Rhode Island State House. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The goal of the walk is to educate the community about the need for blood donations, especially during the summer months. All money raised during the walk will go towards donor education. Former New England Patriot and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi, the honorary walk chairperson, will attend the event to walk and raise money for RIBC, as well as his own foundation, the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.

Rhode Island Blood Center Drive for June

The Rhode Island Blood Center is hosting its first Pints For Life Walk, a public education event which anyone can join or support with a monetary pledge. The purpose of the walk is to educate the community about the need for blood donations, especially during the summer months when supplies run low and demand is high. The Pints For Life Walk on June 12 begins at the Providence Donor Center and ends at the Rhode Island State House. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. The walkers will go down Promenade Street through Water Place Park, along the Providence River Greenway and back to the State House along South Main, Park Row West and Francis Streets. The RIBC’s mobile donor vehicle will be on Gaspee Street for a mini-blood drive that day. There are snacks and hydrating beverages at rest stops

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Who Can Donate Blood? In general, you need to be: n  in good health; most medications do not keep individuals from donating. n  at least16 years of age, with no upper age limitations. n  16-year-old donors must weigh 130 pounds, and present a signed parental permission form, which can be found online at; 17year-olds must weigh 110 pounds.

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MAINSHEET Seaside Soiree a Smashing Success Saturday, June 4, the local Habitat for Humanity East Bay RI chapter held their 3rd Annual Seaside Soiree at Regatta Place on Goat Island. The event was co-chaired by Danielle Braun and Missi Monahan. Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that builds simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. To date the group has built three homes. The event is the chief benefit to fund local builds throughout Newport and Bristol County. More than 250 supporters turned out on the sunny spring evening to dance to the sounds of Honky Tonk Knights and toast this worthy cause.

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Game Night at Rough Point Try backgammon, mahjong and other games in Rough Pointâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Hall, cash bar, music, 680 Bellevue Ave., 5-7:30 p.m., $5, 8464152, www.NewportRestoration. org. Gallery Night Newport Art Museum will feature the exhibitions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trent Burleson: Birds and Other Metaphors,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;China Blue: Firefly Projects,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things with Wings.â&#x20AC;? 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-8 p.m., free, 848-8200, Fall River Line Lecture Newport Historical Society presents Andrew Lizak on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fall River Line and the 1937 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Spectator Fleet Off Newport in Color.â&#x20AC;? Colony House, Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., 841-8770. Life of the Mind Series Author, humorist and world traveler Daniel Asa Rose discusses his extraordinary adventures as described in his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kidney: Being the Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Find Him a New Kidney...and Save His Life,â&#x20AC;? Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292, Candelight Evening History Tours Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight. 657 Bellevue Ave., Doors open at 5:45 p.m., 846-0669. Architecture Lecture at Elms â&#x20AC;&#x153;McKim, Mead & White and Colonial Newportâ&#x20AC;? will be presented by Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chair in Architectural History, University of Virginia, at The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., 6:30 p.m., reception following lecture, members $5, non-members $10. Register online at www., or call 8471000 ext. 154.

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20th Annual Garden & Tea Party It looks like old England, and for one day a year, during the annual Garden Party, the grounds at St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapel off Indian Ave. in Portsmouth could really be old England. The event on June 11 is free, rain or shine, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 p.m., there are hourly seatings for Devonshire cream tea ($10). Join the fancy hat contest, hum along with the Casino Barber Shop Quartet, and take your littlest ones to the petting zoo and for pony rides. And, big or small, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love a good Balloon Man? All proceeds from the booths and raffles go to local charities. For more details, go to

Newport Gulls Season Opener The boys of summer are at it again! Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Collegiate League team plays the North Shore Navigators, Cardineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Field, 20 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Ave., 6:35 p.m., Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 849-3473,

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SVF Visitors Day Once a year peek into the inner workings of the Swiss Village Farm. Free trolley service from Fort Adams. Fort Adams Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free, 848-7229, Museum Explorers This family series features handson fun and learning for the whole family. Visitors are invited for a family tour and art-making project. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 10-11:30 a.m., 848-8200, Rum and Revolution Explore the changing role of alcohol in Newport through stories of taverns, distillers and rum runners during this downtown walking tour. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., 841-8770,

St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20th Annual Garden Party Experience the charm of the English countryside, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the garden party is free, Devonshire Cream Tea $10, Kids games, activities, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea $5, 847-5571, Jazz at the Vineyard Live jazz at Greenvale Vineyards with Dick Lupino, 582 Wapping Road, Middletown, 1- 4 p.m., 8473777, Polo Competition Root for Team USA in the New England Challenge, Glen Farm, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 5 p.m., Ghost Tours See details Friday, June 10

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Bird Sanctuary Walk Join naturalist Jay Manning for a free bird walk, bring binoculars! Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 3rd Beach Rd, Middletown, 8 a.m., Whitehorn House Anniversary Celebrate the 200th anniversary of this Federal-period home, demonstrations, Townsend/Goddard furnishings, 416 Thames St., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., free for Newport County residents today only, others $6,

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Not a Secret Anymore:

Newport’s Spring Garden Tours By Katherine Imbrie For gardeners, June is the big pay-off: It’s the month that makes all the hard work of April and May worthwhile: The roses are opening, rhododendrons are a riot of color, and iris, peonies, clematis, and so many more flowers are at their peak. That makes the timing just perfect for one of Newport’s most popular annual garden events: the Spring Secret Gardens Tour, this year June 17, 18 and 19. This year is the 28th that the tours have been held. Fifteen private gardens in the historic Point section of the city will be open, including four that are new to the tour. The exact addresses are a tightly held secret until the weekend of the tours, but organizer Donna Maytum says the gardens include a mix of rustic and formal, sunny and shade, large and small. Gardeners love to share ideas, and the Secret Garden Tours are a great opportunity to see what others have done with a wide variety of spaces and to get new inspiration. Ilse Nesbitt’s Elm Street garden has been on the tour for more than 20 years, “almost since the event began,” she says. Like all gardens, hers is a work in progress, evolving each year. “It has become shadier over the years,” says Nesbitt. “Now I have to put my vegetables in pots on the roof.” Down on the ground level, a climbing rose “has blossoms that open and change from yellow to purple.” In the shadier part of the garden, she has hostas, astilbe, azaleas, and an unusual variety of dwarf goatsbeard. “What I like about a shade garden is that once you’ve cut back and mulched it,

“Pushing Boundaries” wood-fired stoneware by Thomas Ladd

‘The Process’ Displayed at DeBlois The DeBlois Gallery’s new exhibit, “Pattern and Process,” focuses on the creative process and features the work of three prominent artists, Thomas Ladd, Yvonne Leonard and Erika Sabel. An award-winning potter and ceramic sculptor, Ladd displays his hand-thrown and altered utilitarian ceramic vessels. Leonard combines her extensive background in printmaking with both drawing and painting. Brooklyn artist Erika Sabel utilizes paint and line to fill the canvas with complex visual layers. The exhibit runs through June at 138 Bellevue Ave., Tuesday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 847-9977. Unique plantings can be seen in any of the 15 properties on this years’ Secret Garden Tour. you can sit back and enjoy it over the summer,” she says. Nesbitt, who is German but was raised in Japan, says both cultures have influenced her garden. “The dry waterfall feature is very Japanese, while the whole garden has the feeling of a German cottage garden, I think.” A different sort of garden experience awaits at the Stella Maris bedand-breakfast inn, where Ed and Dorothy Madden have a waterfront garden that includes stately copper beech trees, several stands of arborvitae, and an arbor walkway lined with Kousa dogwoods. Madden says that the couple have been working on the garden as long as they’ve owned the inn, which is about 20 years. They’ve

been on the tour for seven or eight years, he says. “The main reason we do it is because we like the concept of a charitable purpose. The money raised goes to support art and music programs at Newport schools.”

TO GO: What: Secret Gardens Tour Where: Historic Point neighborhood, headquarters at 33 Washington St. When: Friday through Sunday, June 17-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. Cost: Tickets cost $25 on the day of the tour, or they may be purchased in advance for a discount of $5. (Purchase tickets online at

SUNDAY … Upcoming Join UsBRUNCH for Gala Fundraisers Lunch … IT’S ON! June 17– “Summer Solstice, An Weekdays 11am - 4pm of Revelry” to benefit 10AM to 2PM Evening Fort Adams, Fort Adams, 619Dinner Menu Served ‘til Midnight


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June 24–Newport Flower Show Opening Night, Roseliff, 8491000, July 7–Newport Hospital’s Evening of Tribute Honoring Noreen Stoner Drexel, Ochre Court, 845-1619 July 9–Newport Art Museum Summer Gala, “Honoring Artful Women: Painters and Patrons,” Newport Art Museum, 8488200, x 109 July 9–IYRS Summer Gala, “Black & White Party,” IYRS Restoration Hall, 848-5777, www.

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Art Galleries & Artist Openings Anchor Bend Open Thurs.-Mon, 16 Franklin St., 849-0698,

Jamestown Arts Center Gallery open Sat. & Sun. noon-3 p.m.,18 Valley St., Jamestown.

Arnold Art Floral watercolors by mother of Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, 210 Thames St., 847-2273,

Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design Gallery open Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. and by appointment. 226 Bellevue Avenue, 8, the Audrain Building, second floor, 849-3271,

Art on the Wharf Coastal Landscapes through June 30. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 965-0268. Brimstone Studio Open Sat. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m., or by appointment, 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown 4403974. Cadeaux du Monde Featuring fairly traded international folk art in the main gallery and the work of 15 local artists in ‘Galerie Escalier’, open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 26 Mary St., 848-0550 DeBlois Gallery “Pattern Process” opening reception on Saturday, June 4, 5 –7 p.m. featuring the work of Thomas Ladd: ceramic vessels, Erika Sabel: paintings and drawings, and Yvonne Leonard: prints and drawings. Show thru June 96. Open Gallery Night, June 9, 5 - 8 p.m. Open Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave., 847-9977, Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414, Harbor Fine Art Open daily 11 a.m – 5 p.m., 134 Spring St., 848-9711, Isherwood Gallery Gallery open Wed.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. 108 William St., 619-1116,

The Merton Road Artist Studio “Art & Happiness” presented by Chris Wyllie will hold an opening cocktail reception on Saturday, June 11, 6-9 p.m. The studio is located behind the Tennis Hall of Fame at 7 Merton Rd. Old Man & the Sea Gallery Specializing in Cuban & nautical art, 99 Spring St. Roger King Fine Art Two floors of 19th and 20th century American paintings. Open daily, 21 Bowen’s Wharf, 847-4359, www. The Lady Who Paints Working studio, open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 9 Bridge St., 450-479.1. Sheldon Fine Art Opening reception for marine artist, Jeffrey Sabol on Saturday, June 11, 5-7 p.m., open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull Gallery “Count Us In” exhibit runs through May 31, open daily noon to 5 p.m. 55 Bellevue Ave., 849-9166. The Third & Elm Press & Gallery Woodcuts and paper created by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, open Tues Sat., 11 - 5 and by appointment, 29 Elm St. 848-0228 William Vareika Gallery Special Gilbert Stuart exhibit, 212 Bellevue Ave., 849-6149


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Upscale Dining on Waites Wharf Saturday and Sunday join us on the deck for lunch and Champagne Brunch on Sundays


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Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Masters, New World,â&#x20AC;? by Cynthia Saltzman, an in-depth look at the key figures who started Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great art collections. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., noon, members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 848-8200,


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The Newport International Polo Series will feature the opening round of the New England Challenge, a heated contest between Newport and regional rivals in a season-long tournament for a berth in the Finals in September. The match takes place at 5pm at the polo grounds of Glen Farm.

Music at Trinity Gala performance by the groundbreaking ensemble Community MusicWorks, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, 2 p.m., 846-0660.

Monday June 13

Colony House & Wanton Lyman Hazard House Tour Tour the 1739 Colony House, built to house RI government, and the 1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest house museum. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11:30 a.m., 841-8770, www. Candlelight History Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.

Tuesday June 14

Flag Day Breakfast Atlantic Beach Club, Proceeds benefit the Services to Armed Forces at American Red Cross, 8 a.m., 8468100, Olmsted Landscape Lecture The series continues with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newport Estates: Part I,â&#x20AC;? Preservation Society Headquarters, 424 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m., members $10, non-members $15, register online at or call 847-1000 ext. 154.

Canine Cadet Adventure A social gathering for dogs and their owners. Fort Adams, Fort Adams Drive, 6-8 p.m., 841-0707, Friends of the Waterfront Annual meeting, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., open to public.

Wednesday June 15

Newport Cooks! Island Fresh: Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market to Table Cuisine Join Chef Casey Shea for a trip to the farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and back to the kitchen to prepare dinner using fresh local ingredients. Edward King House, 35 King St., 5-8 p.m., $50, advanced registration required, 293-0740. Foreign Policy Lecture â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Other Side of COIN: Building the Afghan Army and Police,â&#x20AC;? by Derek Reveron, U.S. Naval War College faculty. Sponsored by the Newport Council for International Visitors. Pell Center, Salve Regina University, Ruggles Ave. & Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m. Free but seating is limited. To reserve, email Climb Your Mountain The first Rhode Islander to scale Mt. Everest, Dr. Tim Warren, will discuss and sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lessons From Everest: 7 Steps to the Top of Your World,â&#x20AC;? Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7:30 p.m., free. For more info call 8478720 x208 or email

Life of the Mind Series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revolution and Reinvention in the Middle East,â&#x20AC;? presented by Dr. Sally Goma and Dr. Chad Raymond of Salve Regina University and Dr. Hayat Alvi of the Naval War College. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292, www. Preservation Society Annual Meeting Annual members meeting, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, 6 p.m.,

Friday June 17

Secret Garden Tours Begin Peek inside private gardens in historic Newport. Start at 33 Washington Street, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $25 day of tour, $20 in advance, tickets available online 847-0514. Athletic Foundation Gala Tuesday Night Athletic Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Annual Gala, cocktails, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, music, silent auction, horseshoes. Proceeds benefit local youth sports. Elks Lodge, Pelham St. & Bellevue Ave., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance online, $40 at door. Summer Solstice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An Evening of Revelry Annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;friend and fundraiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; benefits the Fort Adams Trust, behindthe-scenes tours, Scrumptious Food by McGrath Clambakes & Catering, silent & live auctions, music & dancing. Fort Adams State Park, 7-10:30 p.m. For more information, call 841-0707 or visit

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The city’s sailing season starts off with a bang this weekend as the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by Rolex will be as big as ever in its 157th edition. Scheduled to run this Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, the regatta will feature 135 boats, three more than the 2006 race when 132 boats took part. “What is the oldest regatta in the country is also going to be one of the most exciting on the East Coast this year,” said NYYC Annual Regatta Event Chair Peggy Comfort. Comfort, also a NYYC trustee, explained that this year’s Annual Regatta has drawn many first-time entries due to its being scheduled conveniently between the Annapolis to Newport Regatta and the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011). It hosts handicap racing in divisions for IRC (in six classes), PHRF (in spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes) and Classic as well as one-design racing for J/105, Herreshoff S, 12 Metre, 6 Metre and Swan 42 classes. “We’ve enhanced post-racing social events and prizes, so that anyone missing from the mix this year will hear about it and know to come next year!” said Comfort. Live music will greet the sailors as they come ashore to the rolling lawn at NYYC’s Harbour Court clubhouse for cocktails and refreshments and daily prizes. New this year is the awarding of a Rolex timepiece on Friday evening to the overall IRC winner in that day’s optional Around-the-Island Race. (As in past years, the two-boat team with the best individual finishes in Friday’s race will win the Rolex Bowl.) Also new, Rolex will award a timepiece to the winner of Saturday’s and Sunday’s combined series of races, which officially constitutes the NYYC 157th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. This special prize, as well as engraved overall trophies in each class and the Great Corinthian Trophy for yacht club teams of three or more boats posting the best class finishes, will be awarded at the November 10 Annual Awards Dinner at the NYYC’s main clubhouse in New York City.

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Buskers Pub­–Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. H20–Justin Beech Newport Blues Café–Sweet Tooth & The Sugarbabies, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Local Band Jam-Rocks, 9 p.m. Newport Marriot–Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–Hot Like Fire

Friday, June 10 Frank Romanelli

Wesley Ray Thomas

Romanelli, originally from Providence, has appeared at many wellknown Los Angeles venues, including The Joint in West Los Angeles and The Rainbow on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. He has played Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Honolulu. Romanelli is performing at Pineapples on June 11. He also does shows at Johnny’s Atlantic Beach Club, The 501 Café and sets at Empire Tea and Coffee. You can listen to a sample of his music on

Opera singer Wesley Ray Thomas will perform Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. at Long Wharf Mall. Known by many in the Boston area as “the Opera Guy,” he performed in open spaces in Cambridge, Boston and New York before accepting a position with the Boston Lyric Opera. Thomas, a baritone, has also performed with Masterworks Chorale, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Amici Opera, Speakeasy Stage Company and Longwood Opera.

Asterisk –Fran Curley, Jazz Trio Billy Goodes–Live music Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. H20–Doin’ Time, 8-12 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Café–Kick, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Russ Peterson, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Triple Threat, 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–What Matters Rhino Bar–Element 78 Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar–Big John Tierney

“Another new feature of the regatta is the addition of a Navigator Class for those who prefer a classic government buoy course to the more prevalent short-course racing on Saturday and Sunday,” said Comfort. (In this class, teams can race on either one or both of the weekend days; Friday’s Around-the-Island Race is also optional for all classes

“We’ve enhanced postracing social events and prizes, so that anyone missing from the mix this year will hear about it and know to come next year!” Peggy Comfort and can be entered separately or not at all.) Showing on the roster as the largest boats competing are Dan Meyers’s JV 66 Numbers; Puma Ocean Racing’s Volvo Open 70 mar mostro; George Sakellaris’s mini maxi (72’) Shockwave and the Oakcliff All American Offshore Team’s R/P 65 Vanquish in IRC 1. But it’s Charlie Robertson’s venerable 70’ Cannonball that has the longest waterline length compared to its rivals in IRC 3 and certainly the most stories to tell about the maxi yacht racing heydays of the 1980s. Competing against Cannonball are such notables as Lawrence Huntington’s Ker 50 Snow Lion, which will be competing in the TR 2011, and Stephen Devoe’s Swan 45 Devocean. Exciting action is sure to be seen in IRC 2, which has eight boats in the 50-foot range, with six of those being 52 footers, including Peter Cunningham’s PowerPlay, making its debut; Richard Oland’s (St. John, New Brunswick) Vela Veloce, Jim Swartz’s (Park City, Utah) Vesper; Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge; David and Sandra Askew’s Flying Jenny7 and Louis Henry’s Invictus. John Brim’s RP 55 Rima2 and Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 Privateer are also competing in this class.

The classic yachts just may provide the most beautiful of the images on the water. Sam Croll’s 8 metre, Angelita, which won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1928, will rival the many competing Herreshoff-designed S boats and metre boats in representing the perfect restoration of a glamorous bygone sailing era. While Angelita will sail in her class against such beauties as Joseph Dockery’s 53’ S&S Sonny and the late Don Glassie’s custom 50’ Fortune, the elegantly refined S boats—from the oldest one-design class still actively racing and sailing in its original boats–will get their own start. Among the 12 Metres are three that have won the America’s Cup: Columbia, Courageous and Intrepid. And while Joe Loughborough’s Luders 24 Belle will sail against six 6 Metres, including NYYC Commodore Robert C. Towse Jr.’s and son Farley Towse’s SYCE, it’s also notable that two New York 32s, Isla and Siren, are signed up. The New York 32 dates back to 1935 and was a one-design fleet at the NYYC designed by Olin Stephens.

NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex The tradition of the Annual Regatta began at the New York Yacht Club’s original clubhouse in Hoboken, N.J., in 1845, during its second year of existence. Racing for the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex takes place on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound, with daily awards and social activities at Harbour Court, NYYC’s on-thewater clubhouse in Newport, R.I. For a full list of entries and additional information, please visit the New York Yacht Club on the web at

Musical Entertainment The Chanler at Cliff Walk–Dick Lupino, Steve Ahern and Mike Renzi

Saturday, June 11 Café 200 – Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers Castle Hill–Dick Lupino and Jordan Nunes Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Bros. Greenvale Vineyard–Dick Lupino, Daryl Sherman and Mike Renzi H20–John Brazille, 1-4 p.m.; Gary Palumbo, 8-12 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Café–Flock of Assholes, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– The Salty Johnson Band, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center–Through the Doors-Tribute band, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–The Situation Pineapples–Frank Romanelli Portofino’s–Lois Vaughan, piano, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar – Run 4 Coverz Rhumbline–Rod Luther, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar –DJ Kris Hanson, 9:30 p.m.

Fastnet–Irish Music Session 6-10 p.m. H20–Los Gatos, 1-5 p.m.; X Isles, 6-9 p.m. Hyatt Regency–Dick Lupino Trio, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Newport Blues Café–World Premier Band, 9:30 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Chopville, 6-9 p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Fifth Element –Sunday Brunch featuring music,11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, June 13 Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. One Pelham East–Bruce Jacques

Tuesday, June 14 Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Cafe 200–”Tuesday Blues” Newport Blues Café–Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. One Pelham East–Reggae Band T.B.A. Rhino Bar–Sons of Sedition

Wednesday, June 15 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier

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Castle Hill–Dick Lupino & Jordan Nunes, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferreira, jazz piano,12:30-3:30 p.m.

Rhino Bar–Rhyme Culture Sardella–Karen Frisk, Kent Hewitt, and Dave Zinno

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Summer Screening Series Debuts

The Mooring took home first place in the Best Creative category in Saturday’s Knorr Great Chowder Cook-Off.

And the Cook-Off Winners Are… Thousands of chowder lovers descended on Newport on Saturday for the 30th Annual Knorr Great Chowder Cook-Off. And while savoring some of the area’s best soups was hardly a chore, festivalgoers also had a job to do — to determine who was going to take home the coveted titles of “Best Clam,”“Best Seafood” and “Best Creative” chowder along with thousands of dollars in prize money. Drawing competitors from as far away as Florida and North Carolina, the annual “clam-petition” featured both traditional and creative categories. Taking the top prize this year was Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder, from Cedar Key, Fla., with Newport’s own Ocean Breeze Cafe taking third place. And while Newport missed out on the win in the coveted “Best Traditional” category, area entries dominated the “Creative” category, with three Newport Restaurant Group eateries sweeping the top prizes. And the winners are… The 2011 Best Clam Chowder 1st Place – Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder, Cedar Key, FL and chef, Eric Jungklaus 2nd Place – Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant, Long Beach Island, NJ and chef, Stephen DiPietro 3rd Place – Ocean Breeze Cafe, Newport, RI and chef, Christine Melucci The 2011 Best Seafood Chowder 1st Place – Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, NC and chef, Michael McGowan 2nd Place – Melville Grille, Portsmouth, RI, and chef, W. Scott Cowell, III 3rd Place – Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI and chef, Jonathan Cambra

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The 2011 Best Creative Chowder 1st Place – The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Newport, RI and chef, Rob Deluise 2nd Place – 22 Bowens Wine Bar & Grille, Newport, RI and chef, Jay Bourassa 3rd Place – Trio, Narragansett, RI and chef, Mike Conetta Most Spirited Team Winner Bobette’s Take Out Bistro, Milford, CT Best Decorated Booth Winner Melville Grille, Portsmouth, RI

Newport Film will open its 2011 Summer Screening Series with a two-day mini fest beginning with the showing of “Submarine” on Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Casino Theater. “Submarine,” which The Hollywood Reporter called “jaunty and sly with a great many laughs” is a comedic whirlwind ride inside the mind of a precocious British teenager as he embarks on a quest to reunite his father and mother (played by Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins) while attempting to win a girl’s heart. The festivities continue the next day on June 18 at 4 p.m. at the Antone Academic Center at Salve with roughly one hour’s worth of short animated films (part of the New York International Children’s Film Festival), each less than 10 minutes long. The films were made for children ages 3-6. Also showing on June 18 at Casino Theater, “Matter of Taste”, beginning with a wine reception at 6 p.m. and a screening of the film at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, and the animated shorts $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit



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Mansions, Museums and Historic Sites Belcourt Castle A Gilded Age mansion, evening ghost tours, reservations recommended, 657 Bellevue Ave., 846-0669, The Breakers Open daily, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 847-1000, Chateau-sur-Mer Open daily, 474 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, The Elms Open daily, 367 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Open daily, 194 Bellevue Ave., free for kids under 16 , 849-3990, Marble House Open daily, 596 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, Museum of Newport History Exhibits on display depict the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in the American Revolution. Open daily, 127 Thames St., 8418770, National Museum of American Illustration Norman Rockwell Exhibit, open weekends and guided tour Fridays, 3 p.m., 492 Bellevue Ave., 851-8949, Naval War College Museum Free and open to the public Mon.Fri.. Visitors without a base decal must call the museum to gain access to the Naval Base, 841-2101. Newport Art Museum Permanent collection of contemporary and historic works, open daily, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200, Ochre Court One of Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer cottagesâ&#x20AC;? built in 1892, now Salve Regina Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration building, ground floor open Monday thru Friday. Prescott Farm Restored 1812 windmill, Rte. 114, West Main Rd., Middletown, 8476230, Redwood Library The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest lending library, built circa 1747, 50 Bellevue Ave., free, 847-0292, Rough Point Doris Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oceanfront estate, open Thurs.-Sat. 680 Bellevue Ave., 847-8344, Rosecliff Open daily, 548 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, For more information about local attractions visit the Newport and Bristol County Visitors Bureau at 23 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup Ave. or

NATURE Friends of Refuges Fill a Need By Jack Kelly Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most beautiful places on Aquidneck Island. Located on 242 acres of former Navy land, the refuge offers breathtaking vistas of Sachuest Beach, Sachuest Bay, and the Sakonnet River. This refuge is an important stopover for migratory birds during the spring and fall migration seasons. Its diverse habitats offer prime wintering grounds for many species of waterfowl, including the Harlequin Duck. Sachuest Point is only one of the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. Along with Ninigret NWR, Block Island NWR, Trustom Pond NWR, and John H. Chafee NWR, the refuge system in Rhode Island totals 2,400 acres. It encompasses many different habitats, including fields, scrublands, woodlands, fresh and saltwater ponds, sandy beaches, and dunes. Located on the Atlantic Flyaway, Rhode Island refuges offer vital resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for many migratory species. Approximately 250 bird species, more than 40 mammal species, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians call our refuges home. In addition, there is a rich diversity of marine life that will offer any angler a rewarding fishing experience. Responding to budget cutbacks and an inadequacy of funds, a group of concerned citizens established a non-profit association to support the Rhode Island refuge system. This group, known as the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island, is devoted to the conservation and development of healthy habitats for flora and fauna, and a safe, accessible, ecological experience for all visitors. The Friends support numerous efforts of the refuge staff, including financing summer interns, manning the contact stations, assisting with the invasive plant species eradication programs, and monitoring salt marshes and the species dependent on them, to name a few. The Friends also support interpretive and educational programs, both on the refuges and in local classrooms, to augment science curriculums. Friends’ financial support, along with others, enabled the installation of solar panel arrays at Sachuest Point and Truston Pond, thereby allowing the visitor’s buildings to remain open year round rather than seasonally. There are many more projects that the group is working on, especially at Sachuest Point, which will be the recipient of some amazing additions to the visitor’s center in the near future. Every organization needs to raise money to meet their goals. On Thursday, June 23, the Friends are conducting a microbrew and

Sachuest Point is renowned for its fishing opportunities. Night fishing permits are available at the visitor center. Some of the fish caught from the shoreline of Sachuest Point NWR are striped bass, bluefish, tautog and scup.

Migration Report Latest Bird Sightings

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Miantonomi Park and Norman Bird Sanctuary n  Black and white Warbler n  Yellow-rumped Warbler n  Yellow Warbler n  Rose-breasted Grosbeak n  Blue-headed Vireo n  Baltimore Oriole n  Orchard Oriole n  Ovenbird n  American Red Start n  Summer Tanager n  Scarlet Tanager n  Great Crested Flycatcher n  Bobolinks n  Red-eyed Vireo n  White-eyed Vireo Sachuest Point: n  Common Yellowthroat n  Willow Flycatcher n  Brown Thrasher

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Jessie N. Davis, 91, of Newport, passed away at home on June 4, 2011. She was the wife of George B. Davis. Dorothy Jane (Carr) Doherty, 89, of Newport, passed away May 30, 2011 at home. She was the wife of the late David Edward Doherty. Donations in her memory may be made to the Robert Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840. Robert “Johnny” Carr Hale, 80, of Middletown, and New York City, passed away June 2, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was an Air Force veteran. James E. Kennedy, 93, of Newport passed away on June 1, 2011 at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Lord Kennedy. He was an Army veteran. Donations may be made in his memory to Visiting Nurse Services of Newport County, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Restoration Fund, PO Box 547, Newport, RI, 02840. Albert Morais, 82, of Newport, passed away May 31, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Lillian Ruth (Addison) Morais. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

David Wayne Castings, 52, formerly of Newport, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Bradenton, Fla. where he had made his home for the past 14 years. A quiet, gentle, man who loved the beach, found peace in nature, he worked as a gardener in both Newport and Florida. He is survived by a sister, Claudia Bruffy; aunts, Cindy Peloquin of Jamestown, and Emilie Shrewsbury of NC; an uncle, David Fuller of Fla.; his many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his good friend, Robert Sisk of Fla. He was the son of the late D. Faith (Fuller) and Wm. E. Castings II and grandson of the late Florence (Ellis) and Albert S. Lougee, Jr., Bettie A. (Fales) and Harold A. Castings. He leaves behind, brothers Wm. E. Castings III and Steven M. Castings and sisters Christine (Castings) Rotman and Suzanne (Castings) Nelson. Burial will be at the North End Burial Ground, Branch Ave., in Providence. For date and information: Donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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wine tasting event at the Westerly Yacht Club, 6-8 p.m. There will be hors d’oevres, as well as a silent auction. For ticket prices and donation information, or if you wish to become a member of the Friends and get more information on the organization, contact Jack Kelly at 595-6125. Jack Kelly is a volunteer at the Sachuest Point NWR and a member of the board of directors of Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of RI.


Correction: The May 26, 2011 edition of NTW incorrectly identified a photo as that of a Golden Pheasant. It has been correctly identified as either a Green Pheasant or possibly a hybrid of Green Pheasant and Ring-Neck Pheasant.

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Margaret D. (Ferris) Souza, 91, of Middletown, passed away on June 3, 2011 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Manuel P. Souza. Donations in her memory may be made to VNS Hospice of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871. George A. Spear, 81, of Portsmouth passed away June 5, 2011 after a long illness in the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara M. (Keniston) Spear. He was a Navy veteran. Donations in his memory may be made to the Choroideremia Research Foundation, 23 East Brundreth St., Springfield, MA 01109-2110. Martha Virion Watkins, 59, of Sanford St., Newport passed away June 6, 2011 at home. She was the wife of Donald R. Watkins. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Mann Ave. and Broadway, Newport. Donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, Hospice Care, PO Box 690, Portsmouth, RI, 02871. Kevin Phillip Welch, 54, of Newport, passed away June 2, 2011, at Newport Hospital. Donations in his memory may be made to the EFC Newport, Synergy Youth Ministry, 70 Bliss Mine Road, Newport, RI 02840.

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1. Stick up at sea? 5. Riches’ precursor, maybe 9. Sound in a bar 12. Scream 15. Lambs’ moms 16. Ending for many women’s names 17. Clumsy partygoer? 19. Mdse. 20. Not yet posted, on a sched. 21. Vietnamese capital 22. Grass-growing “pet” 23. Clumsy home run? 26. Wooded area 29. Ending with liquid 30. Inkling 31. Reeves of “The Matrix” 34. Hard water 37. Clumsy footwear? 41. Retirement agcy. 42. Checks for fingerprints 43. Pronto 44. Brewski 46. Talkative 48. Clumsy bar item? 53. Yokel 54. Abstainer’s frequency 55. “What did I tell you” 58. Card with a big pip 59. Clumsy social climber? 62. Anger 63. Frothy quaffs 64. Madison Square Garden team 65. Dogcatcher’s need 66. Top of the head 67. Nod, vis-୶is Eden

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Mercy! Islanders Romp over Patriots – Advance in Playoffs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 1 3 0 2 1 1 6 X X 10 12 0

Portsmouth H.S. Middletown H.S.

Grace Eng, tossed a one-hit shut out and she, and her teammates bunted and slashed their way on and around the bases with 12 hits of their own, to propel Middletown High School to a mercy rule-invoked, 10-0 win over Aquidneck Island rival, Portsmouth High School, on Monday at Rhode Island College. Middletown will play East Greenwich, tonight, at 7:30 p.m., in the Division-II winner’s bracket finals. With

another playoff win, the Islanders will advance to the championship final on Saturday June 11 at 1 p.m. With a loss tonight, Middletown will be forced to play and elimination game in the loser’s bracket final on Friday June 10 at 5:30 p.m. All remaining games in the state’s 2011 fast-pitch softball playoffs will be played at the RIC complex in Providence.

Photos by Rob Thorn

Senior, Brittany Lewis, #15 (above), gets ready to hit the brakes after rounding second base in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Lewis had another good day at the plate. The Islander co-captain contributed two hits, two RBI and scored twice against Portsmouth on Monday.

Pitcher Grace Eng, #10 (above), brought her “A-Game’ to the mound on Tuesday and, mercifully (for the Patriots), only had to show it off for five innings. Eng tossed a nifty 1-hitter (she surrendered a triple to Portsmouth’s Noelle Robinson in the fourth) and, in doing so, raised her season record to 10-2.

The slide home by Chelsea Dowler, #2 (above), beats the tag of Patriot catcher Amy Hamilton in the bottom of the second. Dowler sped all the way home from second base on Lauren Simard’s rare, two-RBI sacrifice bunt. Islander shortstop, senior Lauren Paiva (left), fires off-balanced to first base to nip a Portsmouth runner late in the game. Paiva and her teammates played errorless ball to advance to the winner’s bracket final on Thursday against East Greenwich.

Middletown junior, Nina Traglia (right), takes a cut during an at bat in the fourth. Moments later, Traglia, who went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI in the game, would get down a bunt to drive in Chelsea Dowler from third for the Islander’s fourth run.


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SPORTS Sail Newport Season Kicks-Off

J Boats Begin to Line Up for Regatta The two J-Class yachts slated to race in the regatta scheduled for the weekend of June 15 through 19 are already in their slips in at the Newport Shipyard on Washington Street and their respective crew members are busy making the last minute preparations for what is expected to be a most exciting race series. Even landlubbers with a keen eye may see the two – the 127’ Velsheda and the 135’ Ranger – out on some practice runs in the bay during the days before the starting gun, scheduled to go off on June 15 at 1 pm. Floating quietly, the pair are beautiful, but in motion, they are breathtaking. The shipyard is also serving as the regatta headquarters and media center. A third J-Class yacht, Hanuman, 135’, was also seen at the Newport Shipyard this week, but it may soon be hauled or moved. The return of J-Class racing to Newport is the dawn of what the J-Class Association hopes will be a new era in seasonal yacht racing in the US and abroad for these magnificent rebuilds and brand new replicas. The J-boats as they are sometimes called, arguably a more famous group of yachts than the precious 12-meters, first competed in the America’s Cup races in the 1930s. In all, only 10 of these particular boats were ever built in the USA and in Britain. Their lines and sail plans were extraordinary, unlike anything ever built before their time, because the boats had to be constructed according to the Universal Rule for racing yachts first established in 1903 by Bristol’s Nathaniel Herreshoff and the New York Yacht Club.

Newport’s waters have seen JClass racing before when the 119’ Shamrock V raced against the 129’ Endeavour in August, 1986. These two, plus Velsheda, refitted in 1997, are the only originals of the class. The rest were scrapped during the WWII era, with the steel and lead going to the war effort. However, with the building of the replica of Ranger in 2004, and an Endeavour II twin called Hanuman in 2009, followed by a third J-boat called Lionheart in 2010, the idea that once again the great yachts would race again suddenly seemed like a dream about to come true. Four more J-boat replicas are either in building stages or design phases, so the fleet of competitors could someday mirror the original eleven. There are five races scheduled from Wednesday June 15 through Sunday June 19.The details of the regatta with a printable or downloadable map of the race course which is in the Bay (not offshore) are on the regatta website at . The map also notes that there are several locations that are ideal for viewing, most notably Fort Adams State Park which is both the starting line and finish line of the each race. There will be good viewing as well off the Castle Hill area and from Fort Wetherall and Beavertail State Parks in Jamestown. In the days before the race, the Newport Shipyard is open to the public, and visitors may look at the two yachts from the upper docks. During race weekend, the Velsheda and Ranger will be reberthed closer for better viewing from outside the shipyard.

Sailors Celebrate with Summer Galas The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) will host its 14th annual Summer Gala Black & White Party at its campus at 449 Thames St. on Saturday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to midnight. For ticket information, contact Noah Ellis, 848-5777 x 209 or email As part of the evening’s festivities, a Beetle Cat with a value of $11,500, including a new sail, will be raffled. A fundraiser will be held for the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team (which departs July 3 for the 2011 Transatlantic Race) will be held Saturday, June 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Herreshoff Marine Museum on Hope St. in Bristol. Tickets cost $125. There will be music by the Honky Tonk Knights and a discussion led by America’s Cup sailing legend Jerry Kirby. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Mark Towill, (808) 223-5947 or email him at Harry Anderson’s Birthday Gam, an event celebrating an endowment honoring Anderson on his 90th birthday, will be held June 18 at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. For tickets and information, visit the Web site of the American Sail Training Association, www.sailtraining.

Clarification: The May 26, 2011 edition of NTW included a book review of “Tennis and the Newport Casino.” In addition to the four authors named in the press release for the book, there is another author: Joanie Agler, the former coordinator of the research center of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

Newport’s season kicked off last Saturday with the Sail Newport Family Sailing Festival. A full slate of regattas are scheduled for the season. Volunteers are needed for their on-the-water or shore side team and at regattas and events during the summer. To volunteer for race committee contact, anderson@, and to volunteer shore side, contact kim.cooper@ The schedule is listed below. June 11-12 Youth Challenge, Race Committee, Registration/Tent June 15-19 J Class Regatta: Race Committee, Marshall Boat Drivers and Help, Escort Boat Drivers and Help June 24-26 Bacardi Sailing Week presented by Efg Bank: Race committee, Registration Wed/ Thurs./Fri. Mornings. July 8-10 The Newport Regatta: Race Committee, Registration Fri. afternoon and Sat. morning July 15-17 The Sail Newport Irc Challenge: Race Committee. Registration thursday eve at shipyard July 29-31 Melges 32 North American Championship Race Committee. Other upcoming sailing events include: Club 420 Jr. Regatta, Aug. 9; US Youth championships, Aug. 14; Etchells Newport Series

Newport Polo Team Prevails Over Argentina The 2011 season of the Newport International Polo Series commenced on Saturday with the USA playing host to Argentina. The well played match ended in a 13 all tie after the 6th chukker and led to a sudden death playoff. The Newport polo players ultimately scored the winning goal, two minutes into the overtime. The next match is the New England Challenge and will be held on Saturday, June 11 at Glen Farm, Portsmouth. Gates open at 4 p.m., match play begins at 5 p.m. For more, call 846-0200 or visit

Sunset League Standings W Horan Brother’s Oven Mudville R&R Legion Westcott Town Dock

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The George Donnelly Sunset League will continue its 91st season at Cardines Field until August 10. The league was founded in 1919 and is a wood bat amateur league for players over the age of 18. For more information, visit www.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual golf tournament fund-raiser at the Montaup Country Club on Monday, June 27. Registration begins at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Cost for a single golfer is $160, $600 per foursome. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner follow the afternoon of golfing. The event will conclude with prizes at 6:45 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available including Tee Sponsors for $125 and Hole in One sponsors for $500. For more information, call 847-1608 or email

Beach Volleyball World Rated Tennis Player Slated for July Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas has been awarded a wild card to compete in the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, hosted at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 4 – 10. After beginning a comeback to the ATP World Tour in late April after a 14-month hiatus due to surgery, this will be Haas’ first appearance in Newport. Tickets for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships are on sale now. To purchase tickets or learn more about the tournament or Hall of Fame membership, visit or call 849-6053 or 866-914-3263.

Annapolis to Newport Race Results Continuing to build upon an already impressive record, Rambler 100 (formerly Speedboat), took the line honors in the 2011 Annapolis to Newport Race. Owner George David’s rig finished the biennial race at 09:20:33 on Sunday, the best time in the 70-boat fleet. She was followed by ICAP Leopard, which crossed the line at Castle Hill 11:16:48, and Beau Geste, at 15:36:35 in third place.

The Newport Volleyball Club will hold two tournaments on Saturday, June 11 at Easton’s Beach for men and women two-member teams. Walk on registration is from 8- 8:30 a.m. Come join in the revelry with lighthearted teams like the “Ninjas Don’t Wear Corduroy.” For more information, call 267-8225 or visit

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Tennis Tournaments The Newport Recreation Department will host four tennis tournament in July for both men and women in single and doubles play. The tournament schedule will continue through September. For more information, call 845-5800.

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