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Al Fresco Movie Nights In this photo taken last summer, the lawn of the Newport Art Museum was the setting for an outdoor movie night hosted by newportFILM. This summer’s line-up of special showings and outdoor screenings begins Thursday, July 11 with “Stories We Tell,” shown at the Casino Theatre. See story on page 15 for details. (Photo courtesy of Hilary Bovay)
18-Mile aquidneck Bike route Planned By Tom Shevlin
In their latest effort to ease traffic and encourage alternative forms of transit, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission will unveil plans for a new 18-mile bikeway on Monday, July 15. The bikeway is seen as the first step in a long stated goal of developing a safe, scenic bikeway along the island's western shore. Funding for the project is from a $75,000 grant grom the Newport-based van Beuren Charitable Foundation. According to the Planning Commission executive director Tina Dolen, the project is an outgrowth of the commission's landmark Aquidneck Island Transportation Study and could be finished in as little as 3-4 years. Much of the early work is being done by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. "RIDOT is already taking the lead," Dolen says. With state crews re-striping the scenic coastal trail, much of the 18-mile loop is either already in place, or soon will be. Beyond striping, the project's main thrust will involve widening and resurfacing Anthony Road in Portsmouth, which will serve as a critical connection linking the northern and southernmost ends of Aquidneck Island via a designated cycling corridor. The improvement, "though relatively minor, will have impacts vastly greater than its scope and cost," according to the Commission. Most notably, once the Portsmouth connections are in place, the handicap accessible bikeway
will provide access to the bay for fishing, swimming, marine education and family activities at the proposed Greene Lane Park. It could also remove cars from the road and provide a commuter path for employees of the island's defense industry, downtown Newport, and elsewhere. Once complete, the bikeway will consist of a mix of both dedicated bike lanes plus a 1.2 mile "rail and trail" path, with riders biking alongside a section of the island's coastal railroad. More than that, though, it will connect 55 miles of off-island bike trails, allowing riders to explore not only Aquidneck Island, but also Tiverton, Little Compton, and the East Bay. The route is indeed ambitious. Stretching across each of Aquidneck Island's three communities, the trail will take cyclists from Atlantic Beach in Middletown, through downtown Newport and along JT Connell Highway before linking up with Burma Road. From there, it will continue on to the proposed 1.2 mile rail trail, brushing past Green Animals, up Cory's Lane and onto Bristol Ferry and Anthony roads before connecting onto the new Sakonnet River Bridge. As Dolen described in her grant application to the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, "Local interest in bicycle travel has increased tremendously over the last several years; but most roads on Aquidneck Island are heavily traveled routes such as 114 and 138 and cannot safely accommodate cy-
In the second of a series of planned public hearings, about 50 teachers, parents, school administrators, and community leaders gathered at the CCRI campus to air their views on a proposed countywide charter school on Monday, July 8. The Newport County STEAM Academy, which was first proposed by a small group of education advocates earlier this year, is aiming to provide students in grades K-6 with an option to pursue a curriculum heavy in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. To proponents, the school represents a golden opportunity to position Aquidneck Island as a hub for science and technology education, and would give some parents the right to choose where their children are taught. Opponents see things different-
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New Burma bikeway will be located along the waterfront and separate from road as shown in this rendering. Below: East Main Rd. with proposed separate bikeway.
clists. Families, commuters, students, the handicapped and visitors need a safe and enjoyable means to explore the island without a car." "Shoreline Bikeway’s unique scenic beauty and wide recreational appeal will make it a top tourist destination in Rhode Island with unquestionable impact on the lo-
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cal, regional and state economies," Dolen says. The ceremony will take place at Midway Pier on Burma Road just opposite Greene Lane in Middletown on Monday July 15 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Refreshments, cycling, and talks from local and federal dignitaries will all be on tap, and the public is welcome to attend.
The Preservation Society of Newport County will take its plan to construct a visitors center on the grounds of The Breakers to the city's Historic District Commission next week. But those interested in the project might have to wait to hear the full scope of the plan until a later date. One of nearly two dozen agenda items scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, July 17, the issue is expected to be continued to a special meeting in the coming weeks, say city staff. The decision to take the matter up separately underscores not only the significance of the application, but also the strong public interest that has enveloped the project since plans for the new facility became public roughly one year ago. Tuesday’s meeting will be the first time that the hotly debated plan is presented to a local decision-making body. It will also provide the first opportunity for opponents, who fear that the facility could have a significant negative impact on the surrounding area and Newport's historic fabric, to air their concerns in a formal setting. Design renderings show a meandering structure of more than 3,700-square feet and screened by
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STEAM CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 ly, arguing that the publicly-funded charter school would deplete already scarce resources, undermine traditional school districts, and ignore existing STEAM initiatives at local schools. On Monday, both sides were out in force for the roughly 90-minute hearing – each hoping to curry favor with the state Board of Education. Beginning the meeting, proponents sought to deflect attention from a pair of resolutions against the project that were recently passed by Newport and Middletown school officials. Tom Kowalcyk, a STEAM Academy founding board member, lamented that rather than competing for dwindling resources, the proposed school could actually enhance Aquidneck Island's academic reputation and lure new families to the area. Several supporters agreed. For Middletown residents Kevin Behan and his wife, the chance to send their five children to a school such as the STEAM Academy would be a welcome development for the island. A product of Rogers High School and the University of Rhode Island, Behan is an engineer by trade, and praised his own public education. But, he said, parents should also have a choice when it comes to their children's education. "I support the STEAM Academy," Behan said. Newport City Councilor Marco T. Camacho, who represents the city's First Ward, also said he supports the STEAM Academy. According to Camacho, providing an alternative learning environment could have a profound effect on some of the island's most at-risk youth. "We're talking about breaking the cycle of poverty," Camacho implored. Rather than benefitting any one particular socioeconomic strata, Camacho said that the STEAM Academy would level the playing field for students who might otherwise drift through their academic careers.
But opponents charged that the academy would have the opposite effect, citing in particular the use of a lottery system for the admissions process.
"Public schools can achieve at the same level or better than charter schools given adequate resources." –John Ambrogi
Newport Public Schools Supt. John H. Ambrogi, who has expressed reticence over the proposal in recent months, elaborated on those concerns on Monday. "I must admit to being opposed, in general, to charter schools, but I have specific objections to the Newport County STEAM Academy," he said, asserting, "Public schools can achieve at the same level or better than charter schools given adequate resources. The establishment of a STEAM Academy in Newport has the potential to decimate the finances of the Newport Public Schools." According to Ambrogi, the proposed STEAM academy "could reasonably siphon off $4,774,400 from our public schools in Newport." That would represent 15 percent of the school's total budget and almost half of its state aid. "Our public school system," he said, "would not be able to support such a loss in its budget and continue to operate effectively." Furthermore, given the proponents' enrollment figures, Ambrogi estimated that the school could enroll up to 400 students from Newport – or roughly 32 percent of the total student body in the city's elementary and middle schools. By comparison, in New York City, where Ambrogi noted that charter schools have become a "fixture,"
only 5.5 percent of the student population attend charter schools. "Should the enrollment goal of the charter school be realized, the Pell School and Thompson Middle School, both state and locally funded facilities, will be substantially underutilized," he said. "Would it not be more appropriate for the proponents to work with the public school system to develop those curricula components within the new Pell School and Thompson Middle School to achieve their stated goals?" That suggestion was reiterated throughout the evening as several teachers from Rogers as well from elementary schools spoke against the plan. Also expressing opposition was Ambrogi's counterpart in Middletown, Supt. Rosemarie Kraeger, who read a letter of opposition from the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association that questioned the competency of the organizing group and suggested that the school does not differentiate itself enough from existing schools to warrant approval. Others, including Middletown Town Councilwoman Barbara VonVillas, said that she would prefer to see the island take a serious look at regionalization before introducing a county-wide charter school. According to VonVillas, many of the same programs being touted by proponents could well be achieved in a regionalized school system. However, one Newport resident who noted that he had been the first member of his family to graduate from high school, responded to vonVillas by saying that the proposition needn't be "an either or" issue. Rather, he said, it should be "a both, and." Throughout the meeting, both sides drew a fair amount of applause, however opponents appeared to outnumber supporters.
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Bluestone Crosswalks Already Crumbling By Tom Shevlin It's been two years since city officials gathered at the Colony House to dedicate a rebuilt Washington Square. Replete with new widened sidewalks, decorative lighting, and a painstakingly accurate reproduction of a historic horse trough, the project was well received by community members and business owners alike. But after just two winters, some of the square's most visible – and more expensive – features are crumbling. On Wednesday, City Council members gave their approval to a $248,000 contract with HK&S Construction Holding Corp. to reconstruct sidewalks throughout the city. The contract is the latest in a series of annual outlays for sidewalk repairs meant to make Newport more pedestrian-friendly and
handicap accessible. Most of the sidewalks in need of repair are well beyond their expected lifespans, but the bluestone crosswalks in Washington Square are already showing a surprising amount of deterioration. According to Public Services director Bill Riccio, the bluestone hasn't held up as well as the planning committee that selected the material as part of the multi-phase Washington Square Redevelopment Project had initially hoped. Bluestone in several areas of the square is crumbling under the weight of passing cars and trucks. The surfaces are scarred from a pair of cold New England winters. A closer look also shows that the square's decorative curbing – also bluestone – is showing a similar degree of wear. As Riccio notes, like the concrete panelling used on Bellevue Avenue, the decorative bluestone used
for the sidewalks in Washington Square is not as durable as other materials. Repairs to the crosswalk are expected to cost roughly $4,700, and although they represent just fraction of the total contract, the bluestone repairs are nonetheless cause for concern for city staff. Moving forward, Riccio suspects that once the repairs are complete the city will need to closely monitor the stones' performance in order to determine how to best ensure the square's long-term maintenance. Other sidewalks scheduled for repairs include degraded spans along America's Cup Avenue between Commercial Wharf and Lower Thames Street; Spring Street between Church and Mary streets; Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, between Kingstown and Pond avenues; and along sections of Kay Street and Bellevue Avenue between Cottage and Pell streets.
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Tracing Your Roots A joint panel discussion at Portsmouth Free Public Library on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. will be geared to genealogists with Portsmouth roots. The presentation will introduce databases, web sties, documents, records, and books that are available locally and what types of information they yield for family history research. Handouts will be provided. This program is presented in conjunction with the Portsmouth 375th Committee in celebration of the town’s 375th anniversary. Seating is limited, stop by or call the Library at 683-9457 to sign up.
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General assembly Highlights For more information on any of these items visit www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/. n Seatbelt law changes Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation into law that allows failure to wear a seatbelt to remain a primary offense in Rhode Island and lowers the fine from $85 to $40. n 2014 budget approved The $8.2 billion 2014 state budget has become law with the governor’s signature. The budget includes no tax or fee increases, contains numerous economic development initiatives, fully funds the implementation of the school funding formula, adds funding to higher education and provides additional funding for cities and towns. n Sakonnet toll A trailer bill amending the budget calls for a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge to preserve the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s ability to enact a toll in the future. The toll cap will last until April 2014, which gives lawmakers time to study funding alternatives to maintain Rhode Island’s infrastructure. The trailer legislation also eliminates the freeze on the Claiborne Pell Bridge toll in order to protect RITBA’s bond obligations. RITBA has stated that it will not raise the toll while lawmakers continue to study alternatives. n Gun safety bills The General Assembly has approved three bills dealing with gun violations and gun safety. One bill creates a 20-member task force to weigh the rights of individuals with behavioral problems to own firearms and to consider the state’s participation in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. Another set of companion bills will increase the criminal penalties for carrying a stolen firearm while committing a crime of violence. A third set of bills sets a fiveyear prison sentence for anyone who knowingly receives, transports or possesses a firearm that has its identifying marks altered or obliterated.
n Municipalities to manage streetlights A House bill sponsored by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) has been approved to allow cities and towns the option of purchasing and maintaining streetlights as a cost-control measure. Currently, streetlights are owned by the electric utility, which charges municipalities for the power as well as bulbs, fixtures and maintenance at a rate approved by the Public Utilities Commission. n Veteran assistance The General Assembly adopted a package of legislation that will assist veterans with their reintegration into society, increase their access to educational opportunities and help them and their families obtain essential medical and human service benefits. Among the bills were creation of a Veterans’ Services Strategic Plan and 13-member advisory committee to develop, maintain and update a five-year service plan. Also passed was legislation to establish veteran-friendly educational programs to allow service personnel to receive credit for military training and coursework. Another bill will make it easier for veterans and their spouses to obtain certifications and licenses for professional services. n Sales tax study The General Assembly has passed legislation establishing a commission to study the Rhode Island sales tax, including, but not limited to, the possibility of repealing the tax. The 13-member commission established by the legislation is expected to report back to the legislature by Feb. 6, 2014, with findings and recommendations. n Biweekly pay approved The General Assembly approved legislation to allow Rhode Island businesses to pay employees on a biweekly basis if their average payroll exceeds 200 percent of minimum wage. The legislation
addresses businesses’ concerns that Rhode Island’s current law requiring weekly paychecks is burdensome, but also protects the needs of workers living paycheckto-paycheck. n TDI for caregivers The General Assembly passed legislation to expand temporary disability insurance (TDI) to employees who must take time out of work to care for a family member or bond with a new child in their home. The bills, which allow for up to four weeks paid leave, are meant to ease the pressure on working families while also helping Rhode Island companies compete with larger companies or companies from other states that offer paid leave for new parents or for those experiencing health problems. n Health care reforms Legislation has been approved to reform health care in Rhode Island to control costs for families and businesses while increasing the quality of care. The bills aim to innovate and modernize Rhode Island’s health care system and continually evaluate practices and laws to help ensure efficiency and effectiveness. n Economic development reform package The General Assembly has approved four pieces of legislation represent a blend of highlights to improve the way the state looks at economic development, including the creation of the Executive Office of Commerce, the overhaul of the Economic Development Corporation, the development and continual renewal of a long-term economic plan for the state, and the establishment of the Council of Economic Advisors, which will advise the state through the collection, publishing and analysis of economic data.
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NEWS BRIEFS Newport Police Log Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 7, the Newport Police Department responded to 887 calls. Of those, 127 were motor vehicle related; there were 72 motor vehicle violations issued and 55 accident reports. 17 liquor establishment checks were also made and 5 private tows.
The police also responded to 39 noise complaints, 19 animal complaints, 49 home/business alarm calls, and 11 incidents of vandalism. They also transported 2 prisoners and issued 9 bicycle violations. They recorded 6 instances of assisting other police departments. In addition, 68 arrests were made for the following violations: n 10 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 8 arrests were made for possession of open containers of alcohol. n6 arrest were made for underage drinking n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n5 arrests were made for noise violations. n 5 arrests were made for possesion of drugs with intent to manufacture or deliver. n 5 arrests were made for possesion of drugs with intent to manufacture or deliver. n 4 arrests were made for domestic simple assault. n 2 arrests were made for simple assault. n 2 arrests were made for larceny. n 2 arrests were made for DUI. n 2 arrests were made for driving without a license or an expired license. n2 arrests were made for purchasing alcohol for a minor. n2 arrests were made for obstructing a police officer. n 1 arrest was made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n 1 arrest was made for forgery/ counterfeiting. (12 counts) n1 arrest was made for assualt with intent to commit 1st degree sexual assault. n 1 arrest was made for possesion of crack cocaine. n 1 arrest was made for robbery 2nd degree. n 1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n1 arrest was made for illegal use of fireworks. n1 arrest was made for felony assault.
During the period from Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 181 calls. Of those, 93 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 68 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 15 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived and 3 people were treated on the scene. Fire apparatus was used for 181 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3 responded to 62 calls • Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 68 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 31 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 34 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 3 and 5 responded to 52 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1- Structure fire 1 - Cooking fire 1 - Unauthorized burning 1 - Person removed from stalled elevator 4 - Vehicle accidents 1 - Water problem, other 5 - Electrical wiring, equipment problems 6 - Lock outs 9 - Assist public calls 9 - False alarms/false calls 17 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire 22- Fire alarm malfunction - no fire 71 - Engine assist on EMS call In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 7 smoke alarm / CO inspections prior to property sales, 1 fire protection system acceptance test, 12 life safety / site inspections, 4 fire system plan reviews, and did 43 tent inspections / plan reviews.
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3D Workshops FabNewport and the International School of Yacht Restoration (IYRS) will present four free workshops on 3D printing on July 17, 24 and Aug. 7 and 14. The workshops include 30-minute talks by industry experts and the opportunity to tinker with 3D printers. The free workshops run from 7p.m. to 10p.m. at IYRS on Thames Street in Newport. For more information, contact Steve Heath at sheath@metmail. org or 401-439-0160.
EBCAP Dedication East Bay Community Action Program is dedicating its building at 19 Broadway in memory of the late Jean Hicks Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. Local, state and federal officials, will join Hicks’ family and colleagues for the event. Following the short ceremony, guests are invited to walk across the street to Community Baptist Church for a musical program and speakers.
Forum Lodge Presents Scholarships At the Sons of Italy’s Forum Lodge 391 annual awards night, three Aquidneck Island high school graduating seniors were presented Anna Ripa Memorial Scholarships. Ashley Morris of Rogers High School, Charlie Shea of Middletown High School, and Sophia Pagliarani of Portsmouth High School won based on their essays on the importance of their Italian heritage. Forum’s president Shirley Ripa and her sister Paula Kyle, vice president, awarded the scholarships that are in memory of their late mother who was one of the prime movers of the Catherine of Siena Lodge and Forum Lodge. Forum Lodge is the 101-year-old Newport branch of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), which is the largest and longest-established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Further information about the Sons of Italy may be found at www.osia.org.
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The Friends Bookstore will hold its four day annual summer book sale in the lobby, located in the lower level of the Newport Public Library, beginning on Saturday, July 13. The sale will continue through Wednesday, July 17. The sale will include thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, puzzles, records, children’s books and more. Most books will be priced at $1. On July 17, patrons may buy a bag of books for $4. Bags will be supplied. The Friends Bookstore will be open during these expanded hours with its huge selection of reasonably priced books. During regular library hours some books are for sale as well on tables in the lobby. Manned entirely by volunteers all proceeds from the Friends Bookstore support library programs and help to update the reference section.
Linden Place Camps Registration is open for Linden Place’s annual Summer Arts and History Camps. There are two one-week arts camp sessions, July 15-19 and July 29 –Aug. 2. History Kids camp is offered July 22-26. All children must be entering at least grade one or higher. To register or to request a registration form, call 401-253-0390 or visit www.lindenplace.org .
Fashion, Tennis & Autographs ATP tennis players will autograph pink tennis balls on July 11 at the Angela Moore Store. There will be informal modeling of the latest summer and tennis fashions from noon to 5 p.m. The afternoon will also include champagne, refreshments, and raffle prizes. The “after party” is free and open to the public.
Camp Happy Tails The Potter League for Animals offers full- and half-day camp for children in grades 2 to 6 thru Aug. 16. Camp Happy Tails camp activities include making animal crafts, playing animal-themed games, completing service projects, hearing from guest speakers and interacting with shelter animals. Full day camps are run in partnership with the Newport County YMCA. Visit www.PotterLeague.org for more information and registration forms.
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he push to bring a public K-6 charter school to Aquidneck Island was met with resistance earlier this week. Of the roughly 50 people who attended a public hearing at CCRI on Monday evening, the majority who spoke made clear that they held serious concerns over the proposed Newport County STEAM Academy, which if approved would provide students with an education that places an emphasis on developing skills that could one day be used in high-tech fields. (An acronym, STEAM, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). At first glance, the effort would seem to be a welcome addition to the island, which already boasts a robust hi-tech sector and a dynamic student population. Proponents stressed that point as they lamented the restrictive, test-oriented nature of the traditional public education system. A charter school, they say, would be a force of positive disruption on the island, forcing teachers unions to the table and prompting local school officials to rethink how they operate. Opponents – many of whom identified themselves as teachers and public school administrators – countered by pointing out the island's schools are already adjusting to new teaching standards and offering more options for students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology. A charter school would undermine those efforts, jeopardize the fiscal health of existing school departments, and disadvantage the many for the benefit of the few. However one might feel about the prospect of introducing an alternative school to the island, it's hard to ignore the calls from parents struggling to provide the best opportunities for their children. For young couples with children, deciding where to put down roots has as much to do with school districts as it does with curb appeal, square footage, and lot size. In Newport, often that means whether there is money in the budget for private schools. To be fair, Newport's public schools have made great strides over the last several years, and the Pell School should provide parents with a new source of pride. Nevertheless, there appears to be a demand for schools such as the STEAM academy. It's unfortunate that parents believe they can’t rely on traditional public schools to prepare their children for the 21st century workforce. An alternative must differentiate itself from the current school system without jeopardizing the already sizable investment we've made in our existing public schools. If it does, then it should be given due consideration. Several years ago, policymakers were abuzz with the potential of regionalization. Today, discussions are centered around charter schools. But at the heart of both of these debates is a common theme: At some point, sooner rather than later, Rhode Island will need to undergo fundamental education reform. According to the state Department of Education, Rhode Island public schools currently serve a total of 142,854 students enrolled in 300 schools. By comparison, Fairfax County, Va. has a student population of 181,536 at 196 public schools in eight "clusters." While Rhode Island has 36 local school districts, Fairfax County has just one, which is divided into eight "clusters," each with three or four K-12 "pyramids." Last year, of the 30 high schools located in Fairfax County, 16 received gold, silver or bronze medals in the “U.S. News” 2012 Best High Schools rankings, making it one of the strongest public school systems in the country. Rhode Island, which spends almost $4,000 more per student than Virginia, had 10 schools earn similar designations, and is ranked in the bottom third in student performance. The comparisons are striking. But there's another interesting difference between the two systems to consider as well: While Rhode Island currently has 22 public charter schools, Fairfax County has none. Perhaps if we're truly interested in maintaining the health of our public schools, we would be wise to reconsider how they operate in our communities, on our island, and across the state.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Irresponsible Spending by the School Committee To the Editor: On July 18, the Newport School Committee will vote to keep open the Sullivan-Triplett Elementary School by accepting a bid for a new roof. That bid will probably cost around $250,000. The trouble here is the voters were promised that when the Pell Elementary School opened in September 2013, all elementary schools would be handed back over to the city. Let’s not forget the condition of the fiscal year 2014 budget as it stands now. The Newport School Committee is $1,400,000 short (but it will be less than that). Presently, there are zero dollars available in the budget for Triplett School repairs. If the cost of electric, heat, insurance, water, custodian labor, and other staff is added to the cost of the roof repair, it will end up costing approximately $500,000, bringing our budget deficit to $1,900,000 for 2014. This is money we don’t have. The whole idea flies in the face of reality. So where is that money going to
come from? The answer is from one of two places: Presently there is a 3 percent property tax increase. The city would have to have a supplemental tax increase of another 3 percent, or take $1,900,000 out of the reserve fund balance the city has. However, you need a fund balance for a good bond rating and that money should never be spent unless a crisis or tragedy strikes Newport. It’s not to be used by irresponsible school committee members adding another $500,000 to an already $1,400,000 deficit. There is a lack of realism by some members of the school committee. So go ahead spend money you don’t have. The attitude of several school committee members is: We spend the money; the city has to give it to us – and if they don’t – the Newport School Committee will file for the money under the Caruolo Act (a law that essentially allows school committees to sue local governments for more money). A public office is a public trust of responsibility and I believe
STEAM School Would Be Inclusive To the Editor: Last Friday, June 28 the Newport School Committee voted on a resolution in opposition of the Newport County STEAM Academy. The NSC states in their resolution, "that without quality public education for every child, a great divide will exist between the educated and the uneducated, corresponding to a divide between the prosperous and the impoverished." I wholeheartedly agree with this statement, but I don't think the Newport School system is achieving this goal. There already exists a great divide in the education of the rich and the poor, particularly in Newport. Newly married, my husband and I talk about leaving Newport because everyone tells us that if we care about our (future) children's education, we should not send them to Newport public elementary schools. My peers, who are young families with children, move out of Newport into Middletown, Portsmouth, or across the bridge for better school districts. People we know who have remained in Newport are sending their kids to private schools. And I talk to other Newport residents who report the same thing happening in their social circles. This anecdotal evidence points to the conclusion that the public does not believe that Newport is providing quality public education because, otherwise, why would so many families leave this wonderful city-by-the-sea?
The NSC claims in their resolution that "the Newport STEAM Academy would create this exclusivity and forced segregation." But don't they see that by having rich families leave Newport for better districts or choosing private schools and the poor families staying and having no choice but the Newport public schools, that this exclusivity and segregation already exists? The NCSA may actually minimize this exclusivity and forced segregation. The NCSA is a public charter school that will use a lottery to pick its students, and it plans to have a weighted lottery to benefit the working-class population. How is this exclusive? Many families with means may also want to send their children to NCSA, which means their children will be attending school with children from families with less means. This sounds more like integration rather than segregation. My husband and I would love to stay in Newport to raise a family but we have concerns about the quality of public education here. I love public education and am a product of it, which is why I support the Newport County STEAM Academy. All families and children, especially those of little means, need options for quality education in Newport. The ability to choose a better educational option should not just be a luxury for the prosperous. Karen Chang Newport
the school committee is acting irresponsibly in the public eye. You might ask: Why is the Newport School Committee opening Triplett School? To allow Head Start, which closed at the Joel Peckham Center in Middletown due to a lack of federal funding, to have a new space. Why not use Kennedy School in Middletown? They have space. Why hasn’t the Middletown School Committee proposed that? Newport still has a Head Start Center located at John H. Chafee Boulevard. Head Start is so important for children, but it’s a federal program supported by federal money. Because of the sequestration cuts, it should not be the responsibility of the local taxpayer to pay for this. Please let your school committee members know you cannot take another 3 percent raise in your property taxes this year. Let them know it’s not a revenue problem it’s a spending problem. Robert J. Leary Newport School Committee member
How to Fix Roads, Traffic To the Editor: I moved to Florida in 1981, but now that I’m retired I come to Newport every summer. One of my pet peeves is the road conditions on West Main Road, Green End Avenue, Broadway, Pleasant St. etc. They should have a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge to pay for repairing the roads on Aquidneck Island and put some of the money into future bridge repairs. Also, weekends and holidays, Second Beach main lot fills up early, forcing people that bought a sticker and visitors to sit in traffic for 1 to 1 ½ hours to get on the beach. They should put a notice at the top of the hill, notifying people that the main lot is closed. They should then park the beach goers at St. George’s School and shuttle the people down to the main gate by trolley or bus. The money made from parking would pay for the shuttle and relieve traffic. Lastly, they need to put more trash containers and recycling bins along the beach to keep our beaches clean. We can have employees working the beach that can empty buckets as needed. It’s a win-win situation, less traffic and happier beach goers. Margaret Tordiff Deerfield Beach
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Newport Water by the Numbers The following information is from the Newport Water Annual Report and is available on the city's Website. Newport’s original water works was first started in 1876. Since 1936, the City of Newport has owned and operated the system. The Newport Water Division is part of the City’s Department of Utilities and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system. Newport Water is responsible for its own financial accounting and is independent of the overall City budget. Newport Water is licensed by the RI Department of Health as Public Water Supplier No. 1592010 and is regulated by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. There are nine surface reservoirs from which Newport Water draws its supply: North and South Easton Pond, Paradise Pond, Gardiner Pond, St. Mary’s Pond, Sisson Pond, Lawton Valley Reservoir, Nonquit Pond, and Watson Reservoirs. These reservoir systems are located in a basin area totaling 18.625 square miles or 11,920 acres of rural, forested and some developed lands. The reservoirs located in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton are interconnected through a complex network of pipelines and pumping stations. Newport Water has
purchased 350 acres of conservation easements to protect raw water quality of these reservoirs. The water is treated at either Station 1 Plant in Newport or the Lawton Valley Plant in Portsmouth. When combined, the plants treat 16 million gallons of water per day. Newport’s Water’s distribution system consists of water mains of various size, material and age which carry water throughout Newport, Middletown and a portion of Portsmouth to each individual customer. In addition, Newport Water provides water wholesale to the Portsmouth Water and Fire District and the U.S Navy for distribution within their systems. Newport Water maintains approximately 14,700 services, 170 miles of water main, 3,300 valves and 1,000 hydrants. In 2012, the Newport Water system violated the standard for Total Trihalomethanes (a by-product of water chlorination) in the 3rd quarter of 2012. A public notice was mailed to all customers in August 2012. A new Lawton Valley Plant and improvements to the Station 1 Plant will be completed by December 2014 – a $67 million project that will incorporate advanced water treatment processes to further assure compliance with drinking water standards.
LETTERS CONTINUED Unique and Special Belcourt Castle To the Editor: My name is Harle Tinney and I would like to respond to a story that ran in your newspaper recently regarding my former residence. I made the tough, emotional and life changing decision to sell a home that had been in the Tinney family for over fifty years. Belcourt was bought to save a home that was unwanted and subject to utter demolition as many homes were, The White Elephants as they were known. It was a personal risk for Donald to showcase his collections and then make it public as well. I did not sell a business but a home, that fact was known to all. I retained all to do with the name, Belcourt Castle. In fact, I insisted that the home go back to the original name of Belcourt. I celebrated many historical moments in Belcourt Castle, beginning with my own wedding, and ending how I started, giving a tour on Halloween night last year. Ruth Tinney taught me a great deal for she was the wind behind the sails, making both social and political barriers diminish for the cause of tourism and the Tinney family mission, preservation.
I believe what was given to the Tinney family by the City of Newport, and the State of Rhode Island was special, deserved and certainly proven by the hard work. History will say the Tinney family earned respect, the home was run privately unlike no other. I am blessed for having this vibrant history, a past without comparison and will continue to make history prevail. The neighborhood surrounding Belcourt is not that of years gone, many changes have required one to adapt. I believe neighbors should be heard, respect should be given to those who deserve it. My husband Donald, the inspiration behind it all, his mother and father, Ruth and Harold, and his Aunt Nellie Fuller had a dream in 1956 to create a museum open to the public, and it ended last year, after 56 years. Original as Belcourt is, still to this day, unheard of. I say thank you to all who made this dream come true, for we did make the magic! Mrs. Donald Tinney Newport
Hospital's Health is Fine To The Editor: I am writing in response to Lawrence Frank’s letter to the editor printed in Newport This Week on June 13 titled “Lifespan Is Killing Newport Hospital.” Unfortunately, Mr. Frank, who I have never met, made several incorrect and misleading assumptions in his letter. For over twenty years I have been a member of the active Medical Staff and Department of Medicine at Newport Hospital and continue to support its role as our local community hospital. Contrary to Mr. Frank’s accusation that there were “years of frustrating conversations with the administration at Newport", this is not true on my part. I have had, and continue to enjoy,
a close relationship with Newport Hospital CEO, Gus Cordeiro. Most informed consumers are aware that community hospitals across the country and in our own state are experiencing increasing financial difficulties. Newport Hospital is no different, but despite this I am confident in Mr. Cordeiro’s leadership and I am assured that he shares my conviction to provide the highest quality medical care to the residents of Aquidneck Island. The added services available through the Southcoast system should only enhance the access to quality care and improve the longterm health of our community. Richard V. Morgera, M.D.
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a heavily vegetated area inside The Breakers walls. At one time the site had been home to a series of romantic gardens. Drawing on inspiration from landscapes such as New York's Central Park, the new structure is meant to evoke the designs of the late 1800s replete with expansive windows, a copper roof, ornamental metal work and natural light. The building, however, would also have modern amenities such as radiant floors, central air conditioning, fully accessible restroom facilities, and a ticketing area that's designed more like an Apple store than a traditional ticket room. According to the Preservation Society, the center is not only needed (currently, visitors are ushered into a large tent), but is entirely appropriate for the landmark site. The project is also expected to play a central role in funding a list of projects across the society’s property portfolio. It will be up to Historic District Commissioners to determine whether the structure is appropriate for the site and the Ochre Point neighborhood in general. The project has already cleared one hurdle: Last month, the state's Historic Preservation Office gave its conceptual approval to the project.
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Association Calls for Fence Restoration One of Newport's active neighborhood associations is asking permission from the city for permission to restore an aging wrought iron fence surrounding what many consider to be the island's oldest tourist attractions. In a letter directed to City Council members, The Historic Hill Association has offered to restore the 19th century enclosure around the Old Stone Mill. "Due to age and limited maintenance resources, the fence is in a degenerative state," members of the HHA wrote in a report to the council. Dating back to August, 1869, the fence is comprised of 250 pickets divided into panels supported by seven poles and what the HHA describes as nine "highly decorated fluted posts." The report also observes that there is "extensive rust and general damage to the entire fence, but of greatest concern is the condition of the fluted posts of which two are missing, and a third is broken but still standing." Dedicated to maintaining the architectural integrity of one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, the Hill Association identified the fence as in need of repair earlier this year. After forming a subcommittee tasked with developing a course of action, the group soon approached Scott Wheeler, of the city's Department of Public Services, who helped the group settle upon a final plan. By March, bids were being solicited from local metalworkers and electricians to carry out the work. Plans are to replace the posts and other parts through castings created from molds taken from the original fence. Undamaged sections will be left on site where they'll be cleaned and painted. In all, the HHA estimates that the total cost for the fence restoration will be $34,500, which will be paid for by an anonymous donor. In addition, the Hill Association has also offered to replace the ex-
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Naval Community Briefs SEA Graduation
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The U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy graduated 71 students from both resident and distance learning classes today in ceremonies held at the Officers’ Club. Retired Fleet Master Chief Michael McCalip addressed the students, including members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Reserves, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Romanian army. During their six week program, the resident class was challenged to excel in the areas of professional writing, communication skills, public speaking, leadership, organizational behavior, team building, and physical conditioning. In addition, the students attended lectures discussing topics at the fleet, national security, regional studies, and strategic critical thinking levels. This training is essential for those seeking top leadership positions.
The Naval Station Newport School Age Care Center is registering for the 2013-2014 school year. In-house patrons may register July 22-26, active duty military July 2931, and DoD civilians and contractors beginning Aug. 1. Register at the center, bldg. 1297, 6:15 a.m.5:30 p.m. Youth must be entering full day kindergarten through 12 years of age. School Age Care hours are 6:158:30 a.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. The program offers transportation between the center and the following schools: Pell Elementary, All Saints Academy, Forest Ave Elementary, Melville Elementary, Aquidneck Ave. Elementary, Portsmouth Middle School and Gaudet Middle School. At the time of registration, the following is required: current Leave and Earning Statement and spouse's pay stub or proof of fulltime student status; Family Care Plan (if single active duty parent or dual military); $50 non-refundable deposit per child (applicable towards first payment); completed enrollment forms; and documentation of influenza vaccine for the 2012-2013 school year. Call 401-841-2883 for more information or stop by the Youth Center, building 1297, to register.
Army Reserve Unit Changes Hands Lt. Col. Dennis C. Edwards relieved Lt. Col. John C. Anderson as commanding officer, 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion during a change of command ceremony held July 7 on Dewey Field at Naval Station Newport. Anderson had been in charge of the battalion since July 2010 and will report to 3rd Army/Army Forces Central Command, where he will serve as the deputy assistant chief of staff for Army Reserve Affairs at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. and Kuwait. Prior to assuming command of the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Edwards was assigned to the Pentagon, working at the Department of the Army Special Operations Division as a civil affairs staff officer. His subsequent assignment was as chief of the commanding general’s Strategic Initiatives Group at the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Senator Jack Reed was the guest speaker.
OCS Graduation Officer Candidate School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, July 12. Ninety-seven new ensigns will receive their commissions following twelve weeks of rigorous academic and physical training before heading out for advanced schooling and fleet assignments. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall at Officer Training Command Newport. Rear Adm. Scott A. Weikert, deputy chief of civil engineers, is the scheduled guest speaker. Call 401841-1171 for more information.
Stress Training The Fleet and Family Support Center, (bldg. 1260) will hold a workshop on how to manage the stress inherent in everyday life, as well as the stressors that arise suddenly, on Tuesday, July 17, 9-11 a.m. The workshop focuses on building effective stress management routines and coping mechanisms. For more information or to register, call 401-841-6923.
MOAA Luncheon The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold a luncheon meeting at the Officers’ Club on Friday, July 26. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are required by Tuesday, July 23. The cost is $19. Contact retired Col. William Onosko at 401-783-0498 to reserve.
NOSC Girls Night Out The Newport Officers’ Spouses” Club will hold its next Girls Night Out event on Thursday, July 25 at Simpatico in Jamestown. All spouses and friends are welcome to attend. Email joytorino@gmail. com for more information.
Children’s ‘Secret Garden’ Auditions All Naval Station Newport youth and teens, ages six (entering first grade) through 18, are invited to audition for the Missoula Children's Theater production of “The Secret Garden.” Auditions will be held in the base’s Harbor Island Conference Center (building 684) on Monday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. This is a group audition; no advance preparation is necessary. Children cast must be free to rehearse all week, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for performances on Friday, Aug. The auditions are open to children of military and DoD personnel. For more information, call Gina at 401-8412883.
“The Newport Naval Training Station: A Postcard History,” by Federico Santi, captures the essence of a young sailor’s days at the training station and chronicles the heyday of the Navy in Newport.
Postcards of the Past By Pat Blakeley
Long before it was focused on officer education, Naval Station Newport was the epicenter of enlisted training, with thousands of recruits arriving regularly. The sailors trained on the base, in the bay and at sea, and their presence was felt in Newport as at no other time in history. Newport’s Federico Santi, owner of Drawing Room Antiques, has captured the essence of Navy training in Newport from 1900 to the 1950s in his new book “The Newport Naval Training Station: A Postcard History,” a collection of gems offering a glimpse into the lives of the sailors through the postcards they sent home to their loved ones. The book, published last month, provides a unique look into the minds of the young men as they entered naval service. The enthusiasm of the sailors – and their trepidation - often leaps from the pages. “Having a grand time,” “Never better in my life,” and “Having a swell time of it” are interspersed with “Why don’t you write?” “There are kids here 13 years old and it’s awful,” and “The war ships have been here since Wed.” - hinting at both the boys they were and the men they would become. The first thing most of these young men did when they arrived in Newport was to send a postcard to their parents or sweetheart, Santi says. The cards document moments in history: both the history of the Naval Training Station and moments in the lives of the ‘boys,’
many of whom had left home for the first time – often without the consent of their parents. The book features over 200 cards from Santi’s collection, each a “snippet of life” from one of the young sailors. One message rings true through the ages, Santi remarks: sailors yearn to hear news from home. Recruits often bought booklets full of Naval Training Station postcards, tearing them out to mail individually. One sailor, Ladis E. Zack, kept all his cards in the booklet but wrote on every one of them and sent the intact, beautifully-annotated booklet to his mother in 1926. Santi’s book features ten of those cards, which, though written by one man, echo the sentiments of so many: “Just as long as I receive a letter from home I will not be homesick.” The Naval Training Station was the city’s economic engine at that time, and businesses all over town vied for the sailors’ custom. Fortunately for posterity and this book, over a dozen photography studios catered to sailors. They would pose with their friends for portraits and the studios would make them up as personal postcards, capturing the pride and camaraderie felt by the young men. Santi has been collecting historic postcards for 15 years and Naval Training Station cards for the past four, savoring both the images on the front and the personal messages on the back. The few words are often a great insight into both the writer and the times, he says, and offer commentary from the banal to the profound. When studying history, you are often able to “mine quite a bit of information” through postcards, Santi observes, adding that even something as mundane
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U.S. Training Ship “Constellation” with men scattered aloft, circa 1910. “Dear Brother – the reason I am sending this in a envelope is because I am sending a letter to ma and also to pa. This is a fine training ship. Your brother Ray.”
The recently-arrived Thomas Houghton wrote to a girl back home on September 23 1907, sending a postcard of sailors during semaphore training. On the back: “Miss Oby, I am now here in Newport Rhode Island in the Naval Training Station, have joined the U.S. Navy, are going over to the Pacific Coast in December. Hope to get a letter soon. Yours forever Thomas/Don’t wait too long before you write.” as the weather or as intangible as morale can be determined by postcards of the day. At any given time, Santi has over 1,000 postcards in his shop. People of all ages are attracted to them, he explains, because they provide a snapshot of a particular place and time, and the notes offer a peek into the life of the writer. He has amassed his cards from a variety of sources; people frequently come in off the street with whole collections that they found or inherited, or even have purchased online in bulk. Santi usually buys them in groups or a series; he rarely purchases a lone card, but it does happen, he adds. Although Santi’s only prior experience with the military was boarding at Miami Military Academy, he says he developed a tremendous appreciation for those who serve, and for the Navy in particular. He treasures a letter from Rear Adm. John Christenson, former president of the Naval War College, saying how much he enjoyed the book. Santi dedicated his book to the sailors who trained at Newport and writes that, although the base was officially closed for recruit training in 1952, “What did survive were the deeds and actions of the thousands of Navy personnel who passed through the Training Station and went on to serve the Navy and their country. The citizens of the U.S. and their allies will forever be in debt to you for your service.”
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It’s an exciting time to be gay in Rhode Island. On Aug. 1, the state will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples just three months after Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the marriage equality bill into law. Two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional – a measure which will allow for federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in the 13 states (and District of Columbia) that permit marriage equality. Locally, an up-and-coming Website called Newport Out is capitalizing on the recent successes equality by creating a travel and tourism site for the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community. Owned by Newport resident Lionel Pires, NewportOut.com hopes to become the go-to resource site for the gay community. Previously, Pires owned Newport’s last gay bar, Castaway’s, which closed around 2007. Launched in 2005, NewportOut.com had been defunct for several years before Pires purchased the online domain a few years ago with the intention of creating an online presence to attract gay and lesbian visitors to the City By the Sea. According to Pires, gay travelers planning vacations typically conduct a Google search for the word “gay” followed by the name of the place they plan to visit to see what sort of amenities are welcoming to the gay community. “Our community will plan a vacation around that, and they gravitate towards the businesses that are advertised on a site like Newport Out,” Pires explains. It’s a marketing approach that has realized great success according to Advocate.com, a national gay and lesbian news magazine. According to a report from Out Now Global marketing firm, the
NewportOut.com is an up-and-coming Website featuring cultural events, accommodations, attractions, and wedding services all catered to gay and lesbian travelers. potential value of the GLBT leisure travel market for 2013 is $181 billion worldwide, up from $165 billion in 2012. The United States is the biggest single-country market, at $52.3 billion annually – a number that will grow as more states are expected to allow same-sex marriages. With Newport already ranked as one of the top destination wedding locations in the country for straight couples, traction is already building for the city to become a major market for gay weddings. A recent Reuters article out of London listed Newport as the number one up-and-coming destination in the world for same-sex marriage ceremonies, coming ahead of locations in New Zealand, France, Denmark, and others. That’s not the only list where Newport is named a gay wedding destination – a Google search brought up multiple lists on which Newport is ranked in the top 10. “I think the timing is exactly right for the site,” Pires says. Currently, the Website features listings for gay-friendly accommodations, wedding services, events
and more. As Newport Out continues to grow, Pires wants to branch out into the wedding planning industry. “We’ll be able to help facilitate the happiest day of someone’s life. That’s a great thing to do for a living,” he says. The site, which is in the final stages of development, still has a limited number of advertising spaces available, according to Pires. The site also features a Facebook (facebook.com/newportout) and Twitter (@newportout) social media presence. Plans to create and sponsor a weekly Sunday brunch at Christie’s are also in the works. Newport, which has been a haven of diversity and acceptance since its earliest days, is already seen as a gay-friendly resort town, but it doesn’t receive the same level of attention as locations such as Fire Island in New York, or Provincetown on Cape Cod. “Newport is completely different,” Pires says. “This is a romantic, couples-oriented place and also a place where gay couples can bring their children – with more cultural history and events and amazing natural beauty. It’s a niche unto itself – a very successful niche.”
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‘Keepers of the Dream’ Honored at MLK The Martin Luther King Community Jr. Community Center recently honored three shining stars in the Newport community – people who quietly step up to better the lives of others. David D. Schuller was named the 2013 Keeper of the Dream. Schuller, a recently-retired Navy engineer, underwrites educational programming at the MLK, supporting both core subjects and enrichment opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. Leading by example, he is active in hunger programs and is a regular volunteer. His recent challenge to guests at the annual Swing into Spring dinner inspired those in at-
Philanthropist Honored for Arts Efforts Ronald Lee Fleming, a philanthropist, urban planner, and noted preservationist, has been honored with a mayoral proclamation declaring Friday, July 12, 2013 as Ronald Lee Fleming Day. Fleming, whose Bellevue House occupies a prominent place at the beginning of the famed boulevard, was recognized for his unfailing generosity and commitment to beautifying the city through various projects such as underwriting the planting of thousands of daffodils along Newport's thoroughfares. A recognized authority on the role of art in creating vibrant, livable places, Fleming was credited for "adding luster to Newport’s worldwide reputation as a showcase of art and architecture." In addition to spearheading the city's annual daffodil display, Fleming has taken on and supported a number of other beautification projects, including the rehabilitation of the John Grenville Winslow Triangle at the entrance to Ocean Drive, and has been a strong supporter of the Newport Tree Society's efforts to maintain the city's specimen trees. He has also opened his property for the Secret Garden Tour which supports school arts programs. Over the years, Fleming has contributed to the publishing of the AIA guide to Newport, led an effort to install a historic marker program along Bellevue Avenue, and supported a neighborhood plan which resulted in a compact between the Bellevue Ochre Point Neighborhood and Salve Regina University and the Preservation Society of Newport County. A graduate of Pomona College and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Fleming was recognized as a pioneer in the "Main Street Revitalization Movement" in the early 1970s and is a recognized authority in matters of urban design. On Friday, he will open his house to the Island Moving Co. for their annual summer gala, where his work will be formally recognized. Fleming has used his property to showcase the work of local artists and architects and to support many organizations in the nonprofit community in Newport and throughout Rhode Island.
tendance to give to the most successful Fund-a-Need event in MLK history. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Donald G. Pfeiffer. A founder of the information technology department, Pfeiffer refurbished donated computers to start the computer lab and mentors youth to develop their computer skills. He has rebuilt hundreds of computers for community members unable to afford the cost of repairs and for donation to low-income individuals via the Center’s Computer Recycling Program. The Gilbane Building Company was honored as the Corporate Keeper of the Dream. The company, led by Thomas F.
Gilbane Jr., has a corporate climate that fosters community involvement through its “Gilbane Cares” initiative, routinely stepping in to offer assistance at a level that would not be possible without sizable funding and manpower. Last year, the company, led by 35 executives, painted the exterior of the Center. “’The Keeper of the Dream’ honors heroes whose passion and dedication have made an outstanding impression on the Center, and our community. The trustees and staff unanimously agreed on our honorees; we are excited to celebrate their contributions,” said Marilyn Warren, executive director.
Thomas Gilbane Jr., David Schuller, and Donald Pfeifer. (Photo by Jen Carter)
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Preservation Starts on the Roof For most of its 118 years, the roof of The Breakers was not quite itself. Even before it was 40 years old, it was torn apart by the legendary 1938 hurricane. For the next 60 years, it leaked in heavy rain storms, and its original vibrant tile pattern was lost in a mottled mixture of monochromatic repairs. In 1999, The Breakers roof was entered into a new digital historic preservation database administered by Preservation Society of Newport County Properties Director, and native Newporter, Curt Genga. That database, created by the internationally known firm of McGinley Hart, became the source for a 30 year, $100 million preservation and maintenance master plan for the Preservation Society’s properties that prioritized the most urgently needed projects. The Breakers roof was high up on that list. Consisting of 36,000 tiles in 9 different shapes and 5 different colors, the tile set was thought
virtually impossible to replicate. It took more than a year just to precisely pin down the 5 original colors. Meanwhile, Curt found a manufacturer that could replicate the tiles and contractors willing to take on the job. It took more than 2 years and $2.4 million, but, the end result is a 21st-century roof that looks identical to its 19th century original, and that will protect the irreplaceable interiors of this National Historic Landmark for at least the next 75 years. That’s just one of the $42 million in preservation projects that Curt Genga has overseen for the Preservation Society since 2001.
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MAINSHEET Jimmy Buffett Wows IYRS Gala Goers Newport might not be “Margaritaville,” but for the more than 600 guests at the International Yacht Restoration School’s summer fundraiser last week, it came pretty close. Gala-goers enjoyed cocktails inside Restoration Hall amidst examples of stunning student craftsmanship, dinner by Blackstone Catering under a cloud of white tent, and an unforgettable live performance by Jimmy Buffett and his band. The sold-out event, co-chaired by longtime supporters Earl and Elizabeth McMillen, did not disappoint. The evening included both a live auction during the sit-down din-
ner and an expansive silent auction. The top-earning item was a painting by maritime artist John Mecray of the 1885 schooner yacht Coronet, which is now being restored on the IYRS campus. Together with sponsors Fidelity Investments and Jaguar, attendees raised $885,000 for the school. IYRS trains individuals for careers in the marine and composites industries and associated fields that utilize wood and compositesbuilding technology, teaching craftsmen and skilled technicians in three full-time programs that all emphasize experiential, hands-on
learning. Students learn to make, restore and maintain vessels at unmatched levels, making them in demand across industries worldwide. President Terry Nathan notes: “More than 85 percent of our graduates are employed on or about the time they complete their programs. At a time when the conversation in America is about training more people to make and build things, an IYRS education is preparing people for life-long careers of working and thinking through their hands. It is a compelling and important story.”
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Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org.
Mad Science at Library Kids ages 4+ dig into the layers of the earth to find out what’s there, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, 10:30 a.m., drop in, 401-8478720.
Children’s Night The City of Newport’s Children’s Night with singer T-Bone, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., free, 401-845-5810.
Tennis Tournament Tennis Championship quarterfinals, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., tennisfame.com. Tennis Sensations Post show tennis fashions on display at Angela Moore, 190 Bellevue Ave., noon - 5 p.m. Teen Movie Portsmouth Library offers free screening of “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” 2658 East Main Rd., 2:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org. Teen Drumming Teen summer reading program kicks off with drumming by Rick Morin and Rhythm Imaginarium, Newport Public Library, 4:30 p.m., 401-847-8720. Ducks Race for Education 7th Annual Duck Race to benefit Middletown public school students, 1000 numbered plastic ducks “race” to shore for great prizes, kids activities, Third Beach, Middletown, 5-7 p.m., mecmec.org. Newport Gallery Night Newport’s art galleries offer evening hours, free walking art tours, Redwood Library open, free admission to the Newport Art Museum, 5-8 p.m., newportgalleries.org. Free Gallery Talks Exhibiting artists discuss their work, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Alexander Zaklynsky 5 p.m., McDonald Wright 6 p.m., 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org. “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of
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Beach Idol Contest Kids of all ages are invited to participate in Newport’s weekly version of “American Idol.” following the Children’s Night performances at Easton’s Beach, participants register at the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar at 6:30 p.m., prizes weekly, for more information call 401-8477766 x105. Pajama Storytime Children are invited to enjoy stories in their PJs, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-423-7280. newportFILM Documentary “Stories We Tell,” outdoor screening at St. George’s School Purgatory Rd., Middletown (rain location Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St.), sunset, approx. 8:20 p.m., $5, newportfilm.com.
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Newport Music Festival Opens Classical music in spectacular settings through July 28. For full schedule/ticketing call 401-8461133 or newportmusic.org. Newport Regatta Sailboat races in Narragansett Bay and RI Sound, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., courses available at newportsailingweek.com. Tennis Tournament Tennis Championship quarterfinals, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., tennisfame.com. ‘Tweens Dig In Kids ages 9-12 paint clay pots and plant flowers, Newport Public Library, 11 a.m., drop in, 401-8478720.
Cambridge Choir Concert The Pembroke College Choir of Cambridge University, UK, concert, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, 5 p.m., 401-846-0660. Family Night on the Rails Kid-friendly, 90-minute narrated train ride along Narragansett Bay, with music by the Candyman Conductor, pizza and ice cream, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 6:30 p.m., 401-841-8700, newportdinnertrain.com. Newport Gulls Newport’s collegiate league team plays the Danbury Westerners, Cardines Field, 20 America’s Cup Ave., 6:35 p.m., 401-845-6832, newportgulls.com. Sunset Music Series Iconic B.B. King live at Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7 p.m., newportwaterfrontevents.com. Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-8493473, firehousetheater.org. “Nuit Blanche” Gala Island Moving Co. presents fundraising gala at Bellevue House, 304 Bellevue Ave., 8 p.m., 401-8474470, tickets available at islandmovingco.org. Free Concert Those Guys, a high energy dance band, plays free concert, 18+, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 8:30 p.m., 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.
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Jamestown Half Marathon Scenic race around Jamestown, starts and ends at Potter’s Cove, 6:30 a.m. start, registration and shuttle info at uhctriplecrown. com/Jamestown. Book Sale Stock up on summer reading material at the Friends of the Newport Library Book Sale, 300 Spring St., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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Newport Music Festival The 45th Newport Music Festival will present 62 concerts in venues across the island, including the Newport Mansions and Touro Synagogue, July 12-28. The Opening Night Concert, July 12 at The Breakers, celebrates the bicentennial of opera titans Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner; a six-concert series of the masters’ works will be featured during the festival.
Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, local produce and products, 909 East Main Rd. (Newport Vineyards), Middletown, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., aquidneckgrowersmarket.org. Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Guided Nature Walks Family-friendly guided walks at Sachuest Point, meet at Visitors Center, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, 10:30 a.m., free, 401-8475511 x203. Newport Regatta 11 a.m. See Friday, July 12. Ice Cream Train Kid-friendly, 90-minute narrated train ride along Narragansett Bay, features an ice cream parlor car, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:30 a.m., 401-841-8700, newportdinnertrain.com. Tennis Tournament International Tennis Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for Martina Hingis, Thelma Coyne Long, Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and
Ion Tiriac at 12 p.m., championship semi-finals 2 p.m., 194 Bellevue Ave., tennisfame.com. Newport Kite Festival Hundreds of kites soar across the sky, Brenton Point, Ocean Drive, 12.-5 p.m., free, demos, workshops, open flying, full schedule at newportkitefestival.com. “Lost Mermaid” Book Signing Author Jan DiRuzzo will sign copies of her “Lost Mermaid” series books at the Newport Mansions Store, Bannister’s Wharf, 1-5 p.m., 401-847-1000, newportmansions. org. Middletown Authors’ Circle New group for writers ages 18 and up, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., register at 401-846-1573. “Words into Poetry” Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3 p.m., 401-846-1573.
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You don’t have to own an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven to make great grilled pizza at home. Making a fresh outdoor pizza only takes a crust, vegetables and herbs from your garden, a good old fashioned grill and a few accessories. Fresh finely chopped basil, rosemary, parsley, oregano and thyme are all excellent herbs for your homemade pizza. For those who really like the flavor of oregano, chop fresh oregano and you’ll never go back to the dried variety. The trick is to sprinkle the herbs on the pizza after it comes off of the grill. Cooking them with the pizza can diminish the taste of all but the most pungent herbs, like rosemary or thyme. You can make homemade pizza dough, which is always the best. But since it’s summer and it’s hot, why not go to the farmers’ market on Memorial Blvd. on Wednesdays or Saturdays at Newport Vineyards and stop by Olga’s Cup and Saucer pastry booth. They sell white and whole wheat pizza dough, already rolled out. Two crusts come to a package, and they cost a little over three dollars. The crust is thin, which is exactly what you want. They fly out of the booth, so get there early and buy a couple of packages. They freeze beautifully and are very quick to defrost. Stop n’ Shop also sells pre-made pizza dough in bags that is excellent. You can find it in the specialty tomato sauce cooler. It too comes in white and whole wheat. Once you have your crust, stop at the booths selling goat cheese, and pick up a small container of the herbed type. Narragansett Creamery and Simmons Farm make the best local goat cheeses. Goat cheese makes an excellent topping. If you do not have an herb garden at home, almost every fresh herb you might desire is at the market. Fresh basil is a must for a grilled pizza. You might have to go the local supermarket for fresh mozzarella cheese, but it is the only cheese to use on a traditional pie. As the summer progresses, you can make a simple homemade pizza sauce from the tomatoes in your garden. Experience a bit of Naples in your backyard – now that is a treat. Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens and tends her miniature orchard in Newport.
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The trick is to sprinkle the herbs on the pizza after it comes off of the grill. Cooking them with the pizza can diminish the taste of all but the most pungent herbs. You can purchase wood chips to add to the charcoal to give your pizza that true wood-fired pizza taste.
Pizza on the Grill Here is what you need and how to make your own artisanal pizzas. A grill, charcoal or gas. Light up the coals for a charcoal grill with a chimney starter. Avoid using lighter fluid, as it can add a chemical taste to your pizza or anything else you might grill. Start with a quick trip to your herb garden with scissors in hand. Select the herbs you desire and place in a mug filled with water and bring to the table next to the grill. Wait until the coals are hot and glowing. If you place your hand over the coals and cannot keep it there longer than a second or two, your coals are ready. If you are using Olga’s pizza crusts, brush olive oil onto the side with cornmeal on it and place it on the grill. Cover the grill for no more than two to three minutes or until the bottom of the crust has char marks. If you are using homemade pizza crust, roll out the dough. A perfect circle is not necessary, as these are rustic pizzas with homemade charm. Again, brush the bottom of the dough with olive oil and place on the grill. Homemade dough will start to bubble up immediately. After two to three minutes, check for char marks. When ready, remove the crust
from the heat with a large wide spatula and place it on a cookie sheet. Have all of your ingredients for toppings on a small table next to the grill ready for use. Swirl only four to five tablespoons of fresh tomato sauce on the charred side of the pizza. Add the freshly sliced buffalo mozzarella cheese, sprinkle minced garlic on top, salt and pepper to taste, and slide the pizza back on to the grill. Cover and let bubble for approximately three to five minutes. If using premade pizza dough, three minutes should do. If you are using homemade dough, check for char marks on the bottom of the pizza and make sure all toppings are bubbling. Since you have handrolled the dough, there will be irregularity of thickness. So check for doneness but don’t let the pizzas burn. The entire process should take no more than eight minutes for two pizzas at a time. Remove the pizzas from the grill, place on a plate, and scatter with fresh whole basil leaves. These grilled pizzas are small bits off heaven, and children love making and designing their own pizzas. They are also great for a summer dinner party, but I would then suggest that you have two Weber grills and a designated cook manning each grill.
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NewportFILM Shows Movies with a Twist By Jonathan Clancy Since 2010, newportFILM has been presenting documentary films at some of Aquidneck Island’s most interesting and historic venues, year round. These events are much more than a night at the movies. Upcoming screenings include a picnic dinner on the lawn of the Rosecliff mansion while listening to the music of blues legend James Montgomery, or cocktails and light fare on the back deck of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. First up, Thursday, July 11, on the lawn of St. George’s School, newportFILM OUTDOORS will show “Stories We Tell,” a genre-twisting film from Oscar-nominated writer/ director Sarah Polley. Friday July 19, the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will host a showing of “The Crash Reel,” a film about champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce battling his way back from a devastating injury. The film showing begins at sunset (about 8:20 p.m.) and will be preceded by live music on the Tennis Hall of Fame grass courts. Tallulah on Thames restaurant will have a cart selling tacos and burritos, and Le Petit Gourmet will have cheese plates, sandwiches and salads for sale. Bringing your own picnic is encouraged. In addition, Bike New-
Kevin Pearce, subject of The Crash Reel, will host post-film Q&A on Friday, July 19. Screening begins at sunset, approximately 8:20 p.m. port will provide a free bike valet, as well as bike tune-ups for sale. The film’s star, Kevin Pearce, will hold a post-film question-and-answer session. Later this month, newportFILM will partner with the Newport Folk Festival to show a pair of music documentaries during the weekend of the festival. “Musicwood” follows three legendary guitarmakers as they attempt to negotiate with Native American loggers about how to log rainforests without destroying them.
The second of the two films is “Muscle Shoals,” a look at the Alabama rhythm hotbed that launched songs like “I’ll Take You There,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Free Bird.” The film features commentary by Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Cliff, Etta James, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Alicia Keys, and others. For all outdoor showings, picnicking is encouraged, and there will be food for sale from Tallulah’s and Le Petit Gourmet as well as bike valet service by Bike Newport.
Lantern Parade and Workshops Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St. presents a Lantern Parade on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. This is a free event open to all ages. Make-your-own lantern workshops will be held in advance of the parade on July 22, 23 and 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center. The workshops are drop-in. Bring a flashlight for your lantern and any recycled materials you’d like to use. For more information, visit jamestownartcenter.org.
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Invoke memories of cinema’s heyday with our Movie Night and lose yourself in the Golden Age of Films. $18 per person including our extra special homemade truffle popcorn, with food and cocktails available for purchase. 8:30pm every Wednesday!
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Polo Newport vs. Dallas, Glen Farm, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, tailgating begins at 4 p.m., first chukka at 5 p.m., 401-847-7090, nptpolo.com. Redwood Gala “Strictly Sinatra,” with Michael Dutra and his eight piece band performing the original Nelson Riddle arrangements in an intimate 50s’ “supper club setting,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6:30 p.m., advance ticketing only, 401-8470292, redwoodlibrary.org. Murder Mystery Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “Newport Nuptials,” interactive murder mystery at the Newport Art Museum set in the 1920s, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., newportartmuseum.org. Summer Comedy Series The cast from TruTV’s Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins, kicks off Summer Comedy Series, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7:30 p.m., newportwaterfrontevents.com. Improv Comedy 8 and 10 p.m. See Friday, July 12. Free Concert Split Infinity, an 80s tribute band, plays free concert, 18+, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 9 p.m., 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com.
Sunday July 14
Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Newport Regatta See Friday, July 12 for details. Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated ten-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com.
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Newport Kite Festival 12-5 p.m. See Saturday, July 13. Striped Bass Fishing Learn how to catch the area favorites, families and novice fisherman welcome, Sachuest Point, meet at Visitors Center, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, 1:30-3:30 p.m., free, 401-847-5511 x203.
Go Fly a Kite! The Newport Kite Festival will be held July 13-14, noon to 5 p.m., at Brenton Point State Park. Grab your diamond, box, sled, roller or winged favorites and head to Newport’s scenic Ocean Drive. The days will be packed with free demos, workshops and open flying events. Visit newportkitefestival.com for more information.
Middletown Historical Society Witherbee Schoolhouse (Valley Rd. and Green End Ave.), Boyd’s Windmill and Paradise School (corner of Paradise and Prospect avenues), open for touring 2-4 p.m., middletownhistory.org. Tennis Championship Finals Hall of Fame Tennis Championship finals, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., tennisfame.com. NIMfest Concert Newport Independent Music Festival summer concert series with the James Montgomery Band playing blues and rock & roll, King Park, Wellington Ave., 3-6 p.m., free. Green Animals Children’s Party Circus acts, music, magic, clowns, puppets, pony rides, refreshments on historic estate, Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, 4-8 p.m., members adult $15/child free, non-members adult $20/child (6-17) $5, all children 5 and under are free, tickets at door, newportmansions.org. Summer Comedy Series Bill Burr performs at Summer Comedy Series, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7:30 p.m., newportwaterfrontevents.com. “Battle of the Sexes” 40th anniversary screening of the famed tennis battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 8 p.m., $30, 401-8496053, tennisfame.com.
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Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Book Sale 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. See Saturday, July 13 for details. Wildlife Exploration Learn about Rhode Island Aquatic Life, family-friendly program, Sachuest Point, Wildlife Refuge, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, 2 p.m., free, 401-847-5511 x203. “Goonies” Free screening of “Goonies” at Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 5 p.m., 401-847-8720 x206. Genealogy Workshop RI Genealogical Society shows how to research family history, part of the Portsmouth 375th celebration programming, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org.
Tuesday July 16
Book Sale 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. See Saturday, July 13. Pre-K Storytime Storytime for preschoolers at the
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For more information about these restaurants, please see their display ads found on the pages of this week’s edition of Newport This Week. 1) Ben’s Chili Dogs, 158 Broadway, Newport 2) Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport 3) Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway, Newport 4) PJ2Go, 88 Broadway, Newport 5) The Deli, 66 Broadway, Newport 6) Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport 7) Tavern on Broadway, 16 Broadway, Newport 8) Perro Salado, 19 Charles St., Newport 9) Newport Dinner Train, 19 America’s Cup Ave., Newport 10) Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., Newport 11) Pineapple’s On the Bay/Hyatt Regency, Newport 12) Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames St., Newport 13) El Perrito Taqueria, 190 Thames St., Newport 14) Aloha Cafe, 18 Market Square, Newport 15) The Wharf Pub, 31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 16) Diego’s, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 17) The Port Grille & Raw Bar, 359 Thames St, Newport 18) O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport 19) Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., Newport 20) One Bellevue, Hotel Viking, Newport 21) Genie’s Lounge, 94 William St., Newort 22) La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Npt. 23) Canfield House/Boca J’s, 5 Memorial Blvd., Npt. 24) Easton’s Beach Snack Bar, 175 Memorial Blvd., Npt. 25) Flo’s Clam Shack, 44 Wave Ave., Middletown 26) Atlantic Grille, 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown
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Children’s Music Interactive children’s music program for ages 2-5, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., drop in, 401-847-8720 x204. Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details.
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Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a lunchtime discussion on “Bayeux Tapestry, 1066” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, nonmembers $8, bring lunch, 401-8488200. Jamestown Tuesday Book Group Discuss “Mrs. Jack,” by Louise Hall Tharp, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 1 p.m., all welcome, 401-423-7280. “Dig into Cupcakes” Children’s summing reading program, kids entering grades 5 and 6 only, registration required, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 4 p.m., 401-423-7280. Beach Concert The City of Newport’s Family Night features the New York Minute playing classic rock, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., free, 401-845-5810. Dinner and Concert Series Sweet Berry Farm presents Beatles tribute band Abbey Rhode, 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, 6 p.m., dinner available (call to reserve), 401-847-3912, sweetberryfarmRI.com. Portsmouth Library Book Group Join the library staff for a discussion of “A Monster Calls,” by Patrick Ness, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary. org.
Wednesday July 17
Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Book Sale 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. See Saturday, July 13 for details.
Black Ships Festival The 30th Annual Black Ships Festival runs July 18-21 and celebrates the opening of Japan to trade in 1854, a treaty negotiated by Newport’s Commodore Matthew C. Perry. This celebration of friendship between Newport and Japan kicks off on Thursday, July 18 with a free concert at Long Wharf Mall by the Navy Band Northeast at 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies are Friday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Touro Park. The festival features citywide events including arts and crafts, Taiko drumming, Sumo wrestling, Asian cuisine, the Sushi and Sake Sail, and more. For a complete schedule of events, visit blackshipsfestival.com.
Nature Craft Day Free nature based arts and crafts, Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Sachuest Point Rd., Middletown, drop in between 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 401-847-5511 x203. Mad Science at Library Kids ages 4+ dig into the layers of the earth to find out what’s there, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., 401-8461573. “Dig In, Read and Succeed” Full program with Ronald McDonald, magic, music and audience participation, ages 4+, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., drop in, 401-847-8720 x204. Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, local produce and products, Memorial Blvd. from Bellevue Ave. to Chapel St., 2-6 p.m., aquidneckgrowersmarket.org. “Life of Pi” Free screening as part of summer reading program at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 4 p.m., 401-423-7280. PM Musical Picnic Enjoy live music on the Newport Art Museum lawn, 76 Bellevue Ave. 6 p.m., member adult $5/youth $4,
non-member adult $10/youth $8, no reservations, newportartmuseum.org. Genealogy Resources Panel discussion offering town history resources, part of the Portsmouth 375th celebration programming, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, portsmouthlibrary.org. Sunset Music Series Doobie Brothers live at Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 6:30 p.m., newportwaterfrontevents.com. Newport Gulls Newport’s collegiate league team plays the Sanford Mainers, Cardines Field, 20 America’s Cup Ave., 6:35 p.m., 401-845-6832, newportgulls.com. SVF Lecture Stephen Scanniello, president of the Heritage Rose Foundation presents “Roses of Yesterday’s Gardens,” Swiss Village Farm, 152 Harrison Ave., 7 p.m., free, registration required at email@example.com or 401-848-7229 x10.
Thursday July 18
Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “The Man Who Made Vermeers,” by Jonathan Lopez, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 401-848-8200, newportartmuseum.org.
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“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401847-0292, redwoodlibrary.org. Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Sunset Celebration Celebrate summer at Fort Adams, enjoy music and cocktails and the best sunset view in Newport, 5:3010 p.m., fortadams.org. Children’s Night The City of Newport’s Children’s Night with magician Tommy James, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., 401-845-5810.
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Music Entertainment Thursday, July 11 Newport Blues Cafe–Melanie Lynx Project One Eighty⁰–The Gentlemen Explorers , 9 p.m. Tavern on Broadwy–TBA, 9:30 The Port–John Erikson, 7-11 p.m.
Friday, July 12 Clarke Cooke House–Boom Boom DJ Nook. Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones, 10 p.m.-1a.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Downtown Fever, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Triple Threat Blues, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center–Those Guys, 9 p.m. Pineapples on the Bay–Gary Faria, 6-9 p.m. Rhumbline–Joe Parillo, 6:30 p.m. The Port–Stu Kraus, 8-12
Saturday, July 13 Bistro 162–Jazz Duo-Bobby Ferreira & Conny Williams, 8-11 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–DJ Corey Fifth Element–Honky Tonk Knights, 10 p.m. Greenvale Vineyard–Dick Lupino, Steve Ahern, Mike Renzi, 1-4 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m. Long Wharf Mall–Carlos & Ramos, 1-5 p.m. Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Separate Ways Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– The Beat Billies, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center–Split Infinity, 9 p.m. One Eighty⁰–To Be Announced, 9:30 p.m. Pineapples on the Bay–Jesse Liam Dou, 6-9 p.m. Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30 p.m. The Port–Zan Rickey, 2- 6 p.m.; Tony Fazio, 8-12 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fastnet Pub – Traditional Irish Music, 6-10 p.m. Fifth Element–Mike Warner, noon O’Brien’s Pub – Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. One Eighty–Los Duderinos, 8:30 p .m. One Pelham East–The Vudu Sister, 6-9 p.m. Pineapples on the Bay–Frank Romanelli, 6-9 p.m. The Port–Harrry French, 3-7
Monday, July 15 Pineapples on the Bay–Bobby T, 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 Fastnet–”Blue Monday” Newport Blues Cafe–Felix Brown SweetberrBerry Farm–Abbey Rhode, 6-8 p.m. The Wharf Pub–Acoustic Open Mic, 7 -10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 Newport Grand– Karaoke, 8 p.m. Norey’s –Lisa Mills, 8 p.m.
Black Ships Festival Concert Navy Band Northeast kicks off the city-wide celebration of friendship between Newport and Japan, Long Wharf Mall, 6 p.m., free, blackshipsfestival.com Pops Concert Free outdoor concert by the American Band, Glen Manor House grounds, 3 Frank Coelho Dr., Portsmouth, 6:30 p.m., bring chairs, picnic, glenmanorhouse.com. Summer Sailing Film 16mm footage of 1976 Tall Ships and historic Jamestown, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $5, 401-401-560-0979, jamestownartcenter. Summer Comedy Series Brian Regan performs at Summer Comedy Series, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7:30 p.m., newportwaterfrontevents. com. Great Friends Dance Festival The Island Moving Co. hosts dance companies from around the country at Great Friends Meeting House, 30 Marlborough St., performances 7:30 p.m., 401-847-4470, islandmovingco.org.
Friday July 19
Black Ships Festival A city-wide celebration of friendship between Newport and Japan with a variety of events emphasizing Japanese art and culture, opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., Touro Park, Bellevue Ave., blackshipsfestival.com. Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Fused Glass for Teens Teens design glass pendants, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 2 p.m., 401-846-1573. Hellenic Fest Celebrate Greek culture with authentic food, music and dancing, St. Spyridon Church, 390 Thames St., 4 p.m.-midnight, 401-846-0555, hellenicfest.org. newportFILM Benefit Summer Benefit at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 6-8 p.m., newportfilm. com. Newport Gulls Newport’s collegiate league team plays the Saratoga Brigade, Cardines Field, 20 America’s Cup Ave., 6:35 p.m., 401-845-6832, newportgulls.com. Shakespeare at Vineyard Rhode Island Shakespeare Co. presents The Merry Wives of Windsor,” 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 7 p.m., bring chairs, no BYOB, $20 at gate, $17 advance, reserve at 401-848-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Great Friends Dance Festival 7:30 p.m. See Thursday, July 18.
newportFILM Screening Outdoor screening of “The Crash Reel,” documentary on the world of extreme sports, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., sunset, approx. 8:20 p.m., $5, newportfilm.com. Branded at Grand Free country concert at Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Hwy., 8:30 p.m., 18+, 401-849-5100, newportgrand.com. Fort Adams Summer Ghost Hunt Investigate the fort with paranormal investigators, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., limited space, tickets at fortressofnightmares.com.
Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, local produce and products, 909 East Main Rd. (Newport Vineyards), Middletown, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., aquidneckgrowersmarket.org. 4-H Fair Eastern RI 4-H Country Fair, Glen Park, Glen Rd, Portsmouth, family activities 9 a.m.-5 p.m., www.eri4hfair.webs.com. Watercolor Workshop Artist Natalie Pfanstiehl presents full-day watercolor workshop, Watson Farm, 455 North Rd., Jamestown, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., bring materials and lunch, rain date July 21, all levels of experience welcome, members $25, non-members $40, registration required, 401-4230005, historicnewengland.org.
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showcase surf history and culture, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 2-7 p.m., $15, kids 12 and under are free, 401849-3990, tennisfame.com. Long Wharf Concerts The Shops at Long Wharf Summer Series with Taiko drummers and Japanese arts, Long Wharf Mall, 1-5 p.m., free.
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Polo USA vs. Spain, Glen Farm, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, tailgating begins at 4 p.m., first chukka at 5 p.m., 401-847-7090, nptpolo.com. Bake on the Beach Norman Bird Sanctuary’s traditional clambake, activities for kids, Third Beach Education Center, Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 5 p.m., tickets 401-846-2577 or normanbirdsanctuary.org. Night at the Museum Gala Major fundraising event with dinner, dancing, high-end auction, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6:30 p.m., contact 401-8488200 or email@example.com for invitation. Surf Classic Film “Searching for Tom Curren” screens at Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m.
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Bird Walk Jay Manning leads guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401-846-2577, normanbirdsanctuary.org. Newport Music Festival See Friday, July 12 for details. Newport Black Ships Festival See Saturday, July 20 for details.
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Healing Gardens Interactive lecture on medicinal plants with herbalist Kristin Minto, Watson Farm, 455 North Rd., Jamestown, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., bring lunch and take a self-guided tour, members $10, non-members
Doobie Brothers to Rock Concert Series By Meg O’Neil It’s mid July, and the Nantucket Nectars Summer Concert Series is in full swing at the Newport Yachting Center. On July 17, the Doobie Brothers, one of the most successful American rock bands, will take the stage to perform an arsenal of hits that are sure to get the crowd on their feet singing and dancing. Since the group was founded in 1970, the Doobie Brothers have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Newport This Week spoke with Pat Simmons, guitarist, vocalist, and original member of the Doobie Brothers, over the phone before their recent show in Boston. Simmons said he was excited to be performing in Newport. “Newport’s a great town – people there really like to have a good time,” he said with a chuckle. Simmons, 64, is known for creating some of the band’s most memorable riffs and guitar licks in addition to writing many of the group’s songs including “South City Midnight Lady,” “Dependin’ On You,” “Echoes of Love,” and “Black Water,” the group’s first #1 record. Simmons first picked up a guitar when he was around eight years old. “I primarily taught myself how to play the first 4 or 5 years, and then I began taking some lessons when I was around 12,” he said, adding that he would listen to records over and over and would attempt to play songs by ear. By the early 1970s, the Doobie Brothers had established a strong $20, registration required, 401423-0005, historicnewengland.org. Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated ten-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., 401-849-0546, ocnrr.com. Taiko Drumming World famous drumming exhibition, Cardines Field, noon, $8 adults/$4 youth, blackshipsfestival. com
following among the leather-clad motorcycle gangs of Northern California including the Hells Angels who gave the band a recurring gig at the bikers’ favorite venue: the Chateau Liberte. The biker lifestyle rubbed off on Simmons, who is an avid motorcycle collector and rider. In today’s music scene, where computer-generated instrumentals and voice modulators are common, the classic rock sounds of the Doobie Brothers have remained popular more than four decades after they were new. Night after night, the Doobie Brothers take the stage, delivering a show with an amount of energy that is hard to believe for a band with most members in their 60s. Simmons says the band has cut back on the number of yearly live shows in order to “keep it fresh.” “I think we live to play - it’s what we’ve always done,” Simmons said. “I used to dream of getting up to play, and people would know who we were and what the songs were all about.” Over the years, the band has achieved that level of success, with the audiences recognizing Doobie Brothers songs from the first few strums of the guitar. “Having that moment of recognition with the audience is indescribable it’s the ultimate ego trip,” Simmons laughs. “We thank our lucky stars every night for our successes.” Tickets to the Doobie Brothers at the Newport Yachting Center are still available at Newportwaterfrontevents.com
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Stars Aligning for Summer Comedy Season By Jonathan Clancy and Meg O’Neil Between July 13 and Sept. 1, the Newport Yachting Center will be one of the funniest places in the country as thirteen of the biggest names in standup comedy take the stage as part of the annual Newport Summer Comedy Series. Making their debut at the Newport Comedy Series on Saturday, July 13 are the Tenderloins, a comedy troupe hailing from Staten Island, N.Y. The foursome of high school chums Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray, and Brian Quinn have been bringing their style of sketch and improvisational comedy to audiences since 1999. They performed in theatres, clubs, and festivals throughout the country before taking their lowbrow act to the Internet, where their antics garnered millions of views. In 2007, they won the $100,000 grand prize in the NBC “It’s Your Show” competition for their sketch “Time Thugs.” The origin of the group’s name, the Tenderloins, is the cornerstone of their popular show, “Impractical Jokers,” which premiered in December 2011 on TruTV. “Our name is from a list that Sal used to keep in high school of words that he would be embarrassed to say in front of a crowd, like tenderloin, nougat, or culottes,” Quinn told Newport This Week during a recent phone interview. “Impractical Jokers” pits the four friends against each other through a series of embarrassing public challenges. Off-screen and through an earpiece, three members direct the fourth on what to do and say during interactions with random strangers that usually take place in a city park or other public location. Although each member must per-
Brian Regan form the same challenge, the results vary depending on the lines fed from the others. “There are certain things I would want to see Sal do versus what I would want to see Brian or James do,” said Gatto. The man on the spot always reserves the option to decline a line or action, but losing a challenge results in an equally embarrassing punishment, such as when Quinn was made to teach a sex education class to his parents. Their live performance is an interactive improvisational take-off from the show. Through storytelling, and also through media by showing certain videos that were considered too racy for TV, the Tenderloins let the audience in on some behind-the-scenes moments. On Sunday, July 14, one of the country’s hottest stand-up acts will return to the Comedy Series. Bill Burr, known for his off-the-cuff rants about whatever is bothering him that day, has graced the waterfront stage for the last several years. “Newport’s one of those cities where you see some little eight year old kid already dressed like a banker on vacation,” he told Newport This Week over the phone last
week. “You always see some blue blood kid walking around with an accountant-style haircut.” Burr can currently be seen in the buddy-cop movie “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. He plays one of McCarthy’s loudmouth brothers living in South Boston. Burr said of the two leading ladies, “They were absolute sweethearts and ridiculously talented. Watching the way the two of them played off each other was like witnessing a classic comedy team.” A few days after Burr’s set, one of the country’s premiere comedians for the past two decades will return to the tent at the Newport Yachting Center on July 18. Brian Regan is known as the “comic’s comic” – revered by both the comedy community and fans for his observational and self-deprecating sense of humor.
Bill Burr Regan spoke with Newport This Week from his home in Las Vegas where temperatures were pushing 110 degrees at 8 a.m. “If you wear contacts and go outside they’ll dry up in your eyes immediately,” he said, describing the unrelenting heat wave that has struck the west. Regan is escaping the heat by hitting the road for a cross country comedy tour – something he’s grown used to over the years. “I’m
basically doing the Gilligan’s Island tour – I went out for three hours and the next thing I know, I’ve been on tour for decades.” The constant travel has its perks though, as Regan recently performed in Hawaii during the Fourth of July holiday. Because his kids are homeschooled, they often get to travel with him, and the family makes vacations out of the tour schedule. While on Maui, Regan and his two kids went parasailing – a heart-stopping activity for Regan who “can’t even put into words” his fear of heights. “I went up there to make them feel safe, and they ended up comforting me, repeating ‘You’re going to be OK, Daddy,’ the whole time,” he said with an embarrassed laugh. With loyal fans around the country who flock to his shows, Regan says that every now and then, an encounter with a fan will leave him scratching his head. “This guy came up to me after a show and handed me a birth certificate to show me that his name is also Brian Regan,” he explains. “But when I tried to hand it back to him, he insisted that I keep his birth certificate. I don’t think he knew he might need that someday. So now I have two Brian Regan birth certificates.” Before he heads out on the stage in Newport, Regan says he’ll do his one pre-show ritual: re-tie his shoes. “That might put me in some “crazy man” category, but it would be very awkward if my shoe were to fly off in the middle of my set while I’m holding the mic. I don’t know how to tie my shoes with one hand and a mic in the other. That’ll make for an awkward one minute pause in the show. That’s my career advice – when people say they want to get into show business, I tell them to just make sure their shoes are tied. That’s all you need. You’re all set after that.”
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If you don’t like eating alone or cooking for one, yet you don’t want to spend an exorbitant amount of money on restaurant meals, there is a way that you can dine out without breaking your budget:coupons. There are many opportunities to obtain coupons for discounted meals. Here are some of them: Most of the national chain eateries have coupons in the local newspapers and in the weekly grocery circulars that come in the mail. They usually are “buy one meal and get one free,” or sometimes a percentage off the total check. Don’t have anyone to go to eat with? Then you can buy two entrees and take one home for the next day. Some restaurants, such as such as IHop and Applebee’s, have senior citizens club cards. Ask them for one. You can also purchase a Dinner Club book which contains coupons for 75 establishments in Newport County. The coupons are good for a second free meal if you buy one meal. What you save by using the booklet even once pays for the cost. Some restaurants don’t punch your card and instead invite you to use it again. If you are the owner of a Rewards Card at Newport Grand, you may want to take advantage of their specials in the Grand Grille restaurant. This doesn’t work too well for those who don’t frequent the casino. If you do play the slots and amass some reward points, you can use them to pay for your meal. If you are on their mailing list, they also give you some discount coupons. The food is delicious. If you are computer savvy, there are many places you can get coupons for cheaper meals. Simply
Senior Center News the edward King House senior Center has reopened after being closed for elevator repairs. New classes started July 8, but it’s not too late to sign up. Don’t forget the Old Fashioned Summer Picnic on Friday, July 26 from noon–3 p.m. at the King House sponsored by BlenheimNewport. Call 401-846-7426 for more info. Sad news from the King House is that Michelle Duga, executive director, has resigned as of July 26 to take the same position at the Seamen’s Institute in Newport. It’s a great step up for Michelle, but her bubbling personality and innovative programs will be greatly missed by those seniors who frequent the senior center. Bon voyage, Michelle! Newporters who often lament the demise of the Old Rhode Island Lunch downtown, will be heartened to know that the Middletown senior Center will be holding an Old Rhode Island Lunch on Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m. for the cost of $8. The menu will feature the famous melted cheese sandwich and vegetable sandwich (cukes, beets, onions, etc,) along with homemade baked beans and Google “Newport RI restaurant discounts,” and several sites will pop up. Pick what you want and hit the print button. You can also try Groupon.com for more options. New membership cards for the 2013-2014 year from the Edward King House Senior Center are accompanied by a Member2-Member Discount Program Card from the Newport Chamber of Commerce which can be used at hundreds of establishments in the county. They are mostly for 10%
chips. You will be served one of each. Dessert will be a root beer float. This meal will be prepared under the watchful eye of former Rhode Island Lunch owner Mike Janeres. Middletown will be offering a new Outdoor Art Class with Kate Psaki on Mondays at 9 a.m. Some familiarity with watercolors or acrylics is necessary. The group will work outside for two hours and the fee is $4 per session. the Portsmouth Center is gearing up for their Annual Giant Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The center’s items will be sold indoors but they are renting outside space to others for $15. If you have been thinking about downsizing, now is your chance to do so for a nominal fee. It costs less than a garage sale ad and draws more customers. For information, call Cynthia at 401-683-4106. Food and other goodies will be available indoors. Portsmouth will also hold their Country Jammin’ Annual Revue on Tuesday, July 16, from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $5 prepaid, and refreshments are included. Deadline is July 12. Come on down and stomp your feet. discounts and include several restaurants. Be sure to read the fine print on all coupons because there are times when you can’t use the discounts, especially during weekends, most holidays, and the tourist season. Florence Archambault, of Newport, is 83 years young and well-known for her community volunteerism and teaching and writing family history. She has published two Newport books and has contributed to Newport this Week since 1976.
team standings Wins Brothers Oven 10 Town Dock 6 RR Legion 6 RR Construction 5 Newport 5 Mudville 4 Westcott Properties 2
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Upcoming games: Thursday, July 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Legion vs Mudville Saturday, July 13 at noon, Construction vs Newport Brothers O vs Town Dock, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at noon Newport vs Brothers Oven Mudville vs Construction, 3 p.m. Monday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Newport vs Legion Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30 p.m. Construction vs Brothers Saturday, July 20 at noon, Town Dock vs Newport Legion vs Westcott, 3 p.m.
Cardines Field 6:35 July12, 14, 17, 19 Watch America’s favorite pastime with the Gulls, Newport’s collegiate wooden bat league team, 401-845-6832.
1968 Class Reunion Middletown and Rogers high schools, along with De La Salle and St. Catherine Academy will hold their 45th reunion, Aug. 23–25. For more information, contact a school representative: De La Salle, Steve Lepley, firstname.lastname@example.org; Middletown High, Kathy Creaney, email@example.com; Rogers, Colleen Conklin, Murray- class1968@ cox.net; and St. Catherine Academy, Peggy Morgiewiz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JYC Race Results
The Jamestown Yacht Club held the fourth race in their summer series on Tuesday, July 9. The following are the results for the race: A Class: 1. The Cat Came Back, Swan 42 Mod, Linc Mossop; 2. White Witch, King 40, Terence Glackin; 3. Next Wave, Farr 395, Steve Clarke; 4. Samba, Quest30, Tristan Mouligne; 5. Entropy, Tripp 41, P. Hamilton/P. Young. B Class: 1. Aurora, Tartan 41, Andrew & Julie Kallfelz; 2. Phantom, J/80, Victor Bell; 3. Rhapsody, J/30, Bill Kneller; 4. Spirit, J/925, EC Helme; 5. Epiphany, S2 9.1, Jeff Roy;
6. Floating Point, CTM Frers 40, Roy Guay; 7. Luna, Albin Nova, Chris Brown & Samira Hakki. C Class: 1. Big, J/24, M Buechner/P O’Connell; 2. Bearly Muven, J/24, Mike/Lindsey Nahmias; 3. Fast Lane, J/24, Harry & Ann Lane; 4. Blues eRacer, J/22, Louis Mariorenzi; 5. Conundrum, J/22, Alice & Bill Porter. D Class: 1. Chairman Arafat, P Electra, Rob Bestoso; 2. Grace, Shields, John Burnham; 3. Lynx, J/29, Dennis Nixon; 4. Time Bandit, Metal Mast 30, Robert Fadden; 5. Summer Wind, Scampi II, Tripp Alyn.
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FAITH COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD Cambridge University Singers at Trinity The Pembroke College Choir of Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, will perform a free concert at Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, on Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m. The concert is part of the 350th anniversary celebration of the King Charles II Charter; Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was an alumnus of Pembroke College. Program highlights include works by Hubert Parry, Gustav Holst, John Rutter, and Michael Tippett. The choir sings for all regular and special services at the college’s chapel, built by Christopher Wren in 1665, and tours abroad every year.
Touro 250th Celebration Concert Touro Synagogue will host a Newport Music Festival concert as part of the synagogue’s 250th anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Czech cellist Jiří Bárta will play a program of Bach Cello Suites and the Kodály Cello Sonata. Main floor seats are $25 and balcony seats are $20. Call the Newport Music Festival at 401-849-0700 or visit newportmusic.org for tickets.
Kids Care Meals Top 30,000 Volunteers for the Kids Care Food Ministry program, led by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, assembled over 30,000 meals at a recent meal-packaging event held at St. George’s School. The nutrient-rich meals are designed to meet children’s nutritional requirements but will be distributed to all in need through local hunger programs. The event drew volunteers from the community, Chapel of Hope, First Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Graceway Community Church, Channing Unitarian Universalist Church, St. George’s School, First Presbyterian and Central Baptist Church.
St. Spyridon Hellenic Festival St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church will host their 31st Annual Hellenic Fest July 19-20. The free event will feature Greek food, dancing, vendors and music. The festival is at the church on the corner of Thames and Brewer Streets. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday, noon-midnight. For more information, visit hellenicfest.org.
Benefit for Mission Trip Ben & Jerry’s has donated ice cream to be sold at the NIMFest Concert on Sunday, July 14 to raise funds for Emmanuel Church’s upcoming mission trip. The group is heading to Long Island to help with Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts. The concert, featuring the James Montgomery Band, will be held in King Park, Wellington Ave., 3-6 p.m. The free NIMFest concert series is sponsored by Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton.
St. Lucy’s Movie Night St. Lucy’s Church will show a free screening of the drama “August Rush,” a story about a musical prodigy’s search for his birth parents, on Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in the airconditioned parish hall, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Families are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-6153.
Royal School of Church Music The Royal School of Church Music America singing course will be held at Salve Regina University Aug. 5-11. This is the fourth time the program has been offered in Newport, and it draws over 100 choristers from around the country. The public is invited to attend morning prayer and Compline, sung each day at Salve, as well as two formal Evensongs, (Trinity Church on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 5 p.m. and Emmanuel Church on Friday, Aug. 9, 5 p.m.) and the closing choral festival Eucharist on Sunday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. at Emmanuel. For more information, contact rscmri@ emmanuelnewport.org.
Worship under the Trees Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, will hold worship services outside this summer with “Mass on the Grass” on July 14 and August 25, weather permitting. The 10 a.m. service will be held outdoors and the 8 a.m. service will be in the church. All are welcome.
Navy Chapel of Hope Summer Bible study The Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) on Naval Station Newport will offer a summer Bible study for women starting on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. inside Fellowship Hall at the Chapel of Hope. Contact PWOC at newport@pwoc. org for more information.
During the upcoming weeks, a listing for summer worship services will be printed. Houses of worship that would like to be included should send the information to email@example.com.
Community Meals and Fellowship Area churches and organizations provide nutritious meals in a caring environment for members of the community. Upcoming meals include:
Friday, July 12
7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.
Saturday, July 13
4:30–Community Baptist 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.
Sunday, July 14
4 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.
Monday, July 15
7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 11:30 p.m.–St. Joseph’s R.C. 5 Mann Ave. 5 p.m.–Channing Memorial 135 Pelham St.
Tuesday, July 16
7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m.–United Baptist (food by St. Lucy’s) 30 Spring St.
Gospel Music Fest
Graceway Community Church will host a Gospel Festival on Saturday, July 20 in King Park, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests are invited to bring chairs and a picnic. In the event of rain, the event will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St.
Jesus Saviour Bazaar
Jesus Saviour Church will hold its annual summer bazaar on the church’s Vernon Avenue grounds Thursday through Saturday, July 2527, 7-11 p.m. each day. The bazaar will feature bingo, games, white elephants, malassadas, and nightly dinner specials. A raffle drawing for cash will be held every night at 11 p.m. All are welcome. In case of rain on Saturday evening, the bazaar will be held on Sunday, July 28, noon to 5 p.m.
St. Lucy’s Picnic St. Lucy’s annual parish picnic will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6 on the Rectory grounds, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Volunteers are sought to help with planning and running the event. Contact Sheila at 401847-6153 x205 to volunteer.
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RECENT DEATHS Carmella Teresa Marfil, 60, formerly of Newport, passed away July 6, 2013 at home in Foster, RI. Calling hours will be Thursday, July 11 from 4-7 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be July 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Broadway. Donations in her memory may be made to Looking Upwards, Inc., P.O. Box 4289, Middletown, RI 02842. Helena Teresa (Barry) Mason, 93, of Newport, passed away July 5, 2013. She was the wife of the late Jack Alexander Mason. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Augustine’s Church. Jessica R. (Souza) Raposo, 63, of North Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Portsmouth, passed away July 1, 2013 in Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla. She was the wife of John M. Raposo. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886.
Morton Louis Sacks, 91, of Newport, passed away in June. He was the husband of the late Ruth Whitman. An accomplished artist, a special collection of his work is at the Boston Public Library. Donations in his memory may be made to the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport RI 02840. Carl F. “Fritz” Stahl, 80, of Middletown, passed away unexpectedly July 7, 2013. He was the husband of Catherine (Burns) Stahl. Donations in his memory may be made to the Middletown Fire and Rescue Wagon Association, 239 Wyatt Rd., Middletown, RI 02842. Augustin Anthony “Gus” Toppa, 85, of Middletown, passed away July 2, 2013 at the RI Veterans Home, Bristol, RI. He was the husband of Nancy (Kelly) Toppa. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Donations in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, RI Chapter, 1 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908.
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Art and History at Newport Congregational
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Newport Congregational Church, located at Pelham and Spring streets, is open to the public for viewing through September on Call us for info and pricing Friday and Saturday, with informal tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The National Historic Landmark’s murals Complete Veterinary Care Exclusively For Cats and stained glass windows by John La Farge, as well as the adaptive re-Kitty Corner use projects by Rhode Island School Cat Clinic Dr. Harris, DVM • 42 Spring St., Newport of Design students will be on dis845-VETS (8387) • Mon. 8 am-8 pm, Tues.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm play. The RISD exhibition consists of models and drawings related to potential adaptive re-use scenarios for the historic sanctuary and art installations incorporating the La Farge artwork. Entry is from Pelham Street. For more information, call 401-619-5109.
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Single Moms Support Group Are you tired, frustrated, discouraged or overwhelmed by the dayto-day challenges of being a single mom? Evangelical Friends Church offers a support group for single mothers on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 6-8 p.m. Single Moms Renewed by God invites single mothers of all ages to enjoy a free meal and engage in community with other single mothers. Child care will be provided. The group meets at the church, 70 Bliss Mine Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-924-3329.
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Big Bass Moving Down the Bay By Tim Flaherty Fishing this past week was the best of the summer. As water temperatures approach 72 degrees, the striped bass population has begun to migrate to the cooler waters of the lower bay and oceanside. Many report bass having been taken all over the lower bay and on the Sakonnet River. Early morning or late day plugging by shore anglers has been productive at Sachuest Point as well as on the flats off Brenton Point park and Ledge Road. Pencil poppers work well, as do the colorful iridescent Yozuri swimmers. My mate, Capt. T.J. Harris, had some great luck Wednesday after working at the tip of the breakwater at Brenton Point. Plugging for an hour, he landed seven school bass and two keeper-sized, stripers. Sam Toland at Sam’s Bait and Tackle reported that Joe Murphy landed a 30-pound linesider from shore this week. Murphy has had a banner summer, landing a 50-pounder last month. Also last week, Steve Ponte of Middletown took his sons fishing after work. While at “Old Bull” rock in the Sakonnet River, they landed several keeper bass in the high teens to low 20-pound range. They had similar luck at Flint Rock off Third Beach. Scup fishing has been good with many jumbo scup being taken from Common Fence Point to Castle Hill. Shore anglers are using a simple bottom drop rig. This can be purchased at a tackle outlet or easily made on the spot. Using 30 lb. leader material, simply make a large loop at the bottom of a 30-inch leader, then use a double overhand knot, then run the loop through the eye of a 3-ounce bank sinker. Then make another double overhand to form another large loop. Make the loop long enough
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to just touch the sinker below. Scup feed close to the bottom, so you want to have your bait nearly on the bottom. Make another double overhand knot one foot above the lower loop. Now, attach two #3 circle hooks, one to each drop loop. To attach the hook, run the loop through the eye of the hook then into the loop itself, thus making a hitch knot that slips tight. Lastly, put a #1 swivel at the top of your rig so it can be attached to your fishing line. To attach the swivel, use a simple clinch knot. For bait, use a small piece of squid. Always make sure the barb of your hook is exposed. Scup have no teeth; they flare their gills, sucking the bait into their mouths and then crushing the bait with a hard palate just inside the mouth. The circle hook will hook the fish easily by a simple lift of the rod tip. The beauty of a circle hook is that its shape ensures that scup will be hooked in the corner of the mouth every time, making for easy, quick release. Many marine biologists encourage the use of circle hooks for fish conserva-
tion. Some states require the use of circle hooks for certain species. It is also known as the humane hook, because fish can so easily be released. Black sea bass fishing is improving with big male “blueheads” being taken in 50-60 feet of water in rocky areas off the drive. They often are found together with fluke, driving squid and silversides near the beaches. Black sea bass is a local favorite. The fish of this diminutive species range in size from 6 to 15 inches. They are hermaphroditic, meaning that all young are born female and after 7 years of growth they begin to transform into males. Males are distinguished by a bluish protuberance on their forehead. Their diet is almost exclusively baby lobsters and crabs. Tight lines! Capt. Tim, of Flaherty Charters, Castle Hill, Newport, is an island native who taught high school and college-level history. He has been angling for more than 50 years, following his father, Frank Flaherty.
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NATURE Shorebird Species on the Move By Jack Kelly Wildlife enthusiasts have reported the beginning of shorebird migration throughout Newport County. Least Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs and Dowitchers have been sighted in the past few days. The shorelines of Sachuest Beach, Third Beach, and neighboring wetlands, as well as Easton’s Beach have been active with these early migrants. These species, along with others, have departed their nesting grounds in Alaska and Canada and are slowly making their way south to their winter habitats. Due to the very short nesting season in the far north, shorebirds that have lost their nests, eggs or young to predators or the weather do not have time to renest. Some of these avian transients may have failed to mate, or due to weather conditions, may have been driven off course while enroute to their nesting grounds. As the summer progresses, many large shorebird flocks, containing both adult and juvenile birds, will use Aquidneck Island as a stopover. They will forage for food and rest as they make migrations of thousands of miles. The usual timing for these movements is mid-August through mid-September, depending on the species and their point of origin. Other notable species will be on the move as the month of July progresses. Local wetlands will see an influx of a number of varied and colorful heron species. Great Blue Herons, which nest on inland streams, rivers, wetlands and ponds, will return to coastal waterways. With a body length of four feet and a wingspan over six feet, these magnificent birds stand out in any habitat. Adult members have deep, blue-gray plumage, black feathers above the eyes, and a white crown. They also have a heavy and strong blue and light yellow bill, as well as long black legs and black feet. Nearly as large as the adults, juveniles have a dark gray plumage, dark head cap and a pale throat. Great Blue Herons prey mostly on fish but they also eat reptiles, amphibians and small marsh birds such as rails. They will also take nestlings of other birds, and they will hunt small rodents in dry fields. This species is a year-round resident of the Rhode Island area. One of the more unique wading birds in our region is the Little Blue Heron. A few pairs of this species are known to nest on the more remote islands of Narragansett Bay.
Calico Heron forages at Gooseneck Cove. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Adult birds in breeding condition display a deep, slate-blue plumage that contrasts with a maroon colored head and neck. They have long black legs and black feet, as well as a bi-colored bill with a bluegray base. During the rest of the year they display a deep blue plumage. The mature birds and their young will soon begin to move to Aquidneck Island in search of fertile habitats in which to forage. With a body length of two feet and a wingspan of about 40 inches, they are similar in size to the Snowy Egret. The enigmatic Little Blue Heron species is unusual because the juvenile birds have white plumage before molting (process of shedding old feathers and replacing them with new feathers) and taking on adult plumage. Young Little Blue Herons are often mistaken for Snowy Egrets, but there are a number of identifying differences. The Little Blue Heron has an olive-gray bill and lores (area between eyes and base of the bill), with greenish legs and feet, as well as gray wing tips that are visible in flight. The Snowy Egret has a black bill, yellow lores, black legs and yellow feet. Juvenile Little Blue Herons begin to molt during the latter part of their first year, usually in early spring. During this transitional period they are nicknamed “Calico Herons” for the mottled white and grayish-blue plumage they display. This species stalks its prey slowly, usually feeding on small fish and amphibians. While they prefer shallow freshwater habitats, they will forage in brackish wetlands. These birds winter on the Gulf Coast,
southern Pacific Coast and the tropics. Another colorful species found in local wetlands is the Green Heron. The average adult Green Heron is about 17 inches in length with a wingspan of about 26 inches. It has a green cast to its back and wings, a rusty colored neck, splashes of white on its breast and underparts, and a dark head cap (which can be raised as a crest). It also has a strong, greenish-yellow bill and yellow legs. This cryptic bird forages in secluded locations of wetlands, ponds, and streams. It feeds on small fish, tadpoles, and amphibians from perches just above the water’s surface. The highly reclusive bird nests in isolated freshwater habitats in the Newport County area. This species is usually detected by its alarm call when flushed from its hunting perch, and it will give a loud and piercing call of skiew! or skyow! Green Herons are strongly migratory and nest throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. They winter on the Gulf Coast, southern Pacific Coast and into the tropics. These vividly colored birds are a gift from nature and can be viewed in many of Aquidneck Island’s wetlands. It may take some patience and perseverance, but a sighting of these species can be thrilling and uplifting. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.
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