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Vol. 40, No. 3



Vote on Toll Hike Delayed


By Meg O’Neil



Wonders of Technology Rogers student, Fiona Heaney (third from right) was awarded 5th place in the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo. for her work in Technical Computer Applications. (Photo courtesy of Monica Awde) Inset: Senior Yoni Corleto accesseshis AOIT website projectvia the classroom’s Smart Board technology. (Photo by Meg O’Neil)

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Boston’s Gardner Addition has Newport Connection By Ross Sinclair Cann Newport and Boston have long shared a connection, both socially and architecturally. Rhode Island’s Boston, and more than three hundred years later, Rhode Island retion,” despite whatever sibling rivalries the two states have experienced over the years. It is good

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HDC Tackles Neglected Buildings By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – Members of the Newport’s Historic District Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to formally recommend that City Councilors begin the process of reviewing whether two historic properties have entered a state of demolition through owner neglect. The homes, located adjacent to one another at the corner of Spring and Mill streets, are owned by Providence-based DSM Realty Corp. The company’s principal, David Malkin, purchased the properties at 62 Mill St. and 166 Spring St. – along with two others at 219 Spring St. and 23 Sherman St. – from the estate of Ann Twomey following a series of municipal hearings on the condition of her portfolio of historic homes. While DSM Realty has successfully restored 23 Sherman St. and is currently in the process of rehabbing 219 Spring St., little has been done to either of the Mill and Spring street properties. Malkin was not present at the meeting and could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. In brief remarks, HDC Chairman John Shehan said that, personally, he believed the

and then to see what is going worth the trip to Boston to see the new addition to the Gardner to the public Jan. 19. The Gardner Museum was built by Isabella Stewart Gardner in the Fenway of Boston to display her spectacular art collection. In 1903, she opened the grand house (which was built in the form of a Venetian Palazzo with a large open courtyard) and her priceless collection of art open to the public. When Mrs. Gardner died in 1924 she left an endowment to create a permanent museum fund, and the institution has continued the traditions that she established, including serving Champagne and freshly made donuts at parties. For the last ten years, plans have been underway to greatly expand the museum, keeping and restoring the original facility,

Motorists’ E-ZPass charges will remain the same for now, as the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) opted to delay a vote on whether to raise tolls on the Newport Pell Bridge from $4 to $5 for drivers without an EZPass and those with an out-of-state EZPass, and to increase the toll for Rhode Island E-ZPass drivers from the current 83 cents to $1. The action item stalled at RITBA’s Board of Directors regular monthly meeting, held on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. The item will be on the agenda at the board’s next meeting on Feb. 8. According to RITBA Chairman David A. Darlington, the increases are needed to fund the bonds being used to maintain the safety of Aquidneck Island’s bridges. Had it been held, the vote would have prompted RITBA to request

Photo courtesy of Gardner Mus e um/N ic L e houx to handle functions that the original building could not accommodate. This building project was led by lifelong Newporter William Egan, who also resides in Boston and was chairman of the Gardner Building Committee. “My mother took me and my brother Jack and all my siblings there as children, and I fell in love with the place,” Egan said. “Many

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The new Renzo Piano wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photo by Ross Cann)

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Students Tackle Technology By Meg O’Neil

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This is the fourth in a series of articles that focus on the programs at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center at Rogers High School. To read past entries, log-on to Newport-Now. com’s E-Edition. It’s just before 1 p.m. on a recent Thursday afternoon, and Monica Awde is standing at her desk, which looks like a makeshift command center in the back of the classroom. Her students are slouched in their chairs, and the familiar click of a mouse is heard every few seconds. A Smart Board has replaced the traditional chalkboard at the head of the classroom. While this may look like an ordinary classroom at Rogers High School, it’s not. It’s the Academy of Information Technology, and its students are delving into computer sciences that are not usually taught at the high school level. As part of the Newport Area Career & Technical Center, AOIT is the go-to class for students whose interests go beyond the rudimentary scope of a basic computer course. At RHS, all ninth grade students are required to take a class called Essentials of Computer Technology. There, they learn the programs that will be used throughout high school and college: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. While they are taking that course, Awde promotes the higher-level AOIT program. According to Awde, some 30 students are currently in the AOIT program. From the start of the program in their sophomore year, AOIT students hit the ground running. With a solid knowledge of the usual Mi-

organization competition held annually. Students then learn about computer hardware by taking apart a computer, down to the central processing unit, the device that executes all instructions from the software. Students then put the computer back together. “At that point, they’re learning more about what’s inside,” says Awde. “They’re learning what all the pieces are, where they go, their function, how to discharge static electricity so they work properly … they’re learning how to set up a brand new computer from scratch.” Besides learning about computInset: Alex Diomandes, a third year student in the Academy of Information Technology and Rogers senior, works on dismantling computers in the program’s hardware shop. (Photo by Meg O’Neil) belts, they learn database programs, the history of the computer, and how to write HTML code to create their own websites. They also are required to produce a major report on an emerging piece of technology.

“Whatever piece of technology they think is cool … I encourage it.” Monica Awde Rogers High School Instructor

In the past few years, students have done reports on DVRs, or Digital Video Recorders, Amazon Kindles, Play Station 3, Xbox 360, and more. “Whatever piece of technology they think is cool … I encourage it,” said Awde. Students then begin creating their own web pages. In order to do that, they need to learn how to write code. In computer science, code is essentially the language used to program computers. The process of writing source code requires a student to know how to input instructions into computers tions. To see the types of websites that students in Awde’s classroom are creating, visit AOIT’s website at The website also features the numerous accolades the group has earned over the years. Five students in the past three years have competed at the state and national levels of SkillsUSA, the career and technical

learn about digital cameras, scanners, video cameras, and editing. Students who come back for the second year of AOIT learn C++ programming, a language that is used in many operating systems. Awde says that she often takes second-year AOIT students into her ninth grade computer essential class to recruit new students into the AOIT program. She said she overhears her students telling freshmen, “When you do this program, you feel smart.” She sees her students having what she calls the ure out the complicated computer language. Because AOIT is a vocational tech program, one requirement is that tion upon course completion. Second-year AOIT students can qualIn 2011, 100 percent of Awde’s second-year AOIT students went on to gram that recognizes an individuognized by the National Skill Standards Board. Any student who completes the AOIT program and chooses to attend Bristol Community College receives six college credits, saving $1380 in course costs. As technology is evolving faster than ever before, Awde says that she constantly has to learn new things to teach her students. “I learn something new every summer,” she says. “I have to know new software inside and out.” For instance, when exposing students to video game development, she’s been using a program called Torque Game Builder, but she will be moving to a Microsoft Program

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Woman Sentenced in Ponzi Scheme By Tom Shevlin Elizabeth “Liza” Baldwin, a longtime Newport resident accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, was sentenced to serve eight years at a state prison under a plea agreement reached Friday, Jan. 12. The former sailor, who swindled close to $8 million from 49 investors through her Newportant Group investment firm, had been scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday. Instead, Baldwin, with a last known address of 34 Miller Rd., Middletown, pled nolo contendere to 92 counts of obtaining money under false pretenses, computer fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, and writing bad checks. In accordance with the plea agreement, Baldwin received a sentence of 30 years, with eight to serve and the remainder suspended with probation and has been ordered to pay $7.9 million in restitution to the victims. Baldwin was remanded to the ACI immediately upon entering her plea. “Good old fashioned greed drove Liza Baldwin to lie and steal from her clients,” said Attorney General Kilmartin. “With promises of high yield investments and a more secure retirement, 49 individuals gave Liza their trust, faith, and savings only to be trapped in a cycle of lies, deceit and eventually left with nothing. It is my hope that today’s plea will put the victims at ease knowing Liza Baldwin is paying for her crimes.” According to Kilmartin, Baldwin misrepresented the past and future profitability of the Newportant Group to prospective investors, stating that the Group had been, and could be expected to continue, earning monthly profits of approximately 3- 10 percent. These representations were false because, during the relevant time period, Baldwin consistently lost money while trading in all but one month. Baldwin also provided most of the prospective investors with a “Commodity Trading Agreement” that stated Baldwin would stop

trading if the investor’s funds ever lost more than 10 percent of the principal invested – effectively promising investors that they could not lose more than 10 percent of their investment. These representations were false because Baldwin’s trading records show that she continued trading investor’s funds even though her trading resulted in steady losses well exceeding the 10 percent threshold. Moreover, Baldwin failed to inform the prospective investors that the vast majority of funds she received from investors would be used to support her lifestyle and to make payments of phantom profits to earlier investors, leaving only a small percentage for commodities trading purposes. Baldwin pled to 49 counts of obtaining money under false pretenses (OMUFP), 42 counts of computer fraud, one count of misappropriation of funds, one count of embezzlement, and one count uttering and publishing (bad check). Baldwin was sentenced to 10 years, eight to serve with the remainder suspended with probation, on each count of OMUFP, to run concurrent. She was sentenced to five years suspended with probation on each count of computer fraud, to run concurrent to each other yet consecutive to the OMUFP. She was sentenced to 20 years suspended with probation for the one count of misappropriation of funds, to run consecutive to the OMUFP, 10 years suspended with probation for the count of embezzlement, to run consecutive to the OMUFP, and two years suspended with probation, consecutive to the OMUFP. Superior Court Justice Melanie Thunberg presided over the proceedings. Special Assistant Attorney General Emily Maranjian and Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division Patrick Youngs prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General. Lieutenant Todd Catlow and Investigator Gerard Ratigan, both of the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit, led the investigation.

Tribute Planned for Former Mayor By Tom Shevlin The city is paying tribute this week to former Mayor Robert McKenna, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 80. Current Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk ordered flags across the city to half-mast, and an honor guard comprised of past mayors and current and former City Council members will attend McKenna’s funeral on Saturday. Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, who worked for McKenna as a college intern while he was chair of the Senate finance committee, said that the city “has suffered a great loss.” “He was one of the big men of the city,” Waluk said, adding that his passing “leaves quite a void.” Waluk recalled one of the first conversations he had with McKenna on the evening before the 2001 council election. It was the first time that Waluk had run for office, and he found himself standing in line with McKenna at the Newport Creamery. They were both buying Awful Awfuls, and Waluk was nervous at first, but by the end of the conversation, he felt at ease. “He was a guy that loved the city and was proud that he was the mayor for all of the right reasons,” Waluk said. “He was a gentleman.” (Obituary, p.18)


Council to Review Resident-Only Parking By Tom Shevlin City Council members pledged Wednesday to begin a review process of Newport’s residential sticker parking program. The move comes after months of casual, off and on discussion between councilors over the merits of sticker parking and its proliferation throughout the city. This latest round comes after School Street residents asked the council to implement 24-hour resident parking on their street. Under current ordinances, Newporters are allowed to petition the city to institute restricted sticker parking if supported by a majority of residents on the given street. School Street, which until two years ago had been home to Child

and Family Services, was one of the only streets in Historic Hill not to have some form of resident parking. Councilor Henry F. Winthrop has been vocal in his opposition to expanding a program which he says has gotten out of hand. “We don’t need less parking in the city, we need more parking,” Winthrop said. While some areas allow for non-resident parking during daytime hours, other streets have been granted 24-hour resident only status. Winthrop believes it won’t be long until other neighborhoods are asking for 24-hour restrictions on their streets, too. “For me it’s time to just stop.” Councilor Naomi L. Neville also expressed her concern over the

expansion of the program, and asked that the ordinance governing resident-only parking be reviewed by the Planning Board. Mayor Stephen C. Waluk agreed and directed the administration to formally begin a review process to examine how the city can best meet the needs of residents, downtown employees, and visitors. In the meantime, the request to allow 24-hour residential parking on School Street between Church and Mary streets was approved 6-1 on first reading, with Councilor Winthrop opposed. Second Ward Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin, who voted in in favor of the request on first reading, said that he will oppose it on second.

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NEWS BRIEFS Business After Hours The Newport County Chamber of Commerce will be holding the monthly Business After Hours on Thursday, Jan 26, 5 - 7 p.m. at People’s Credit Union, 858 West Main Rd., Middletown. To attend, register online at www.NewportChamber. com or call 847-1608. The event is free for members and $25 for nonmembers.

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Reservations are requested by Jan. 23 for the Aquidneck Land Trust’s 22nd Annual Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Atlantic Beach Club. The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. and is preceded by a cash bar and complimentary buffet. The Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report will be available at the meeting and online after Feb. 6 at The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP to Courtney Huth at or 849-2799, x 19.

The Newport Public Library will hold a workshop on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. on how to download library eBooks from the web and transfer them to your Kindle, Nook, or other device. If you have a new Kindle or Nook but aren’t sure how to start getting free eBooks from the library, this workshop is for you. All are welcome, but registration is required. Call 847-8720 x208 to register, or email for more information.

General Assembly Highlights n  Veteran driver’s license passes The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously approved two bills that will allow a ‘Veteran’ designation on a stateissued driver’s license or identification card. Sponsored by Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), the bills are scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives next week. n Senate leaders oppose casino at Quonset/Davisville President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), Senator Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, Providence, North Providence) and Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere (R-Dist. 38, Westerly) announced their strong opposition to any proposal to bring a casino to the Quonset/Davisville port. The Senate leaders expressed concern that a casino could undermine efforts the state has made to develop industry and business at the site. n House approves education advance bill The House approved legislation sponsored by House Finance Committee Chairman Helio Melo (D-Dist. 64, East Providence) to give budget commissions – the panels appointed by the state to help financially troubled municipalities address their fiscal needs

– the authority to ask for an advance payment of their community’s education aid from the state. The legislation was requested by the East Providence Budget Commission to prevent the city from running out of cash later this month. The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on companion legislation. n Municipal pension study panel appointed As part of the pension reform legislation approved last year, legislators agreed to the creation of a 14-member study commission to review locally administered (municipal) pension plans. The five legislative appointments to the panel named this week are: former representative Antonio J. Pires, former senator J. Michael Lenihan, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena and Jamestown Town Administrator Bruce R. Keiser. n Governor overturns parking ban in Central Falls Central Falls legislators thanked Gov. Lincoln Chafee for his decision to rescind the controversial on-street parking ban in Central Falls, marking the ordinance for further study. n Bill to revise vehicle valuations Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (DDist. 19, Warwick) has introduced legislation to amend car tax statutes so that the assessment of

used motor vehicles is based on the average trade-in price of a car, rather than the clean retail value, and that will extend from 30 to 45 days the amount of time a taxpayer has to appeal a vehicle valuation and excise tax bill. n Commission studying etexts issues report A special legislative commission studying the use of e-texts in the state’s public schools has issued its final report. As a result of the study and in cooperation with the commission, the Department of Education announced it will initiate a pilot “paperless classroom” program in one school through an expanded use of electronic media. n State restores funding for West Warwick Public Library A waiver was obtained for the community’s maintenance of effort and bring $173,748 back to the West Warwick Public Library. n House commission explores technical career training The House Commission to Study Public Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility in Rhode Island, led by Chairman Frank G. Ferri (D-Dist. 22, Warwick), met with several authorities on business-higher education partnerships, economic development and career and technical training.

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MLK Center Holds Annual Meeting

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All are invited to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to celebrate the Keeper of the Dream and Annual Meeting celebration on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The annual event honors those who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King and the mission of the Center, which includes a passion for equality and justice, promotion of the center and its work in the community, and a commitment to creating opportunities for those needing advocates. This year, the Center will be honoring Keepers of the Dream Emlen and Liz Drayton; Corporate Keeper of the Dream Atlantic Beach Club and Pavillion; and Volunteers of the Year Bob and Liz Mastin. “The Keeper of the Dream celebration honors champions of our community who are great friends of the Center. The trustees and staff unanimously agreed on our honorees. We are excited to celebrate their contributions,” said Executive Director Marilyn Warren. Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, is the evening’s keynote speaker. The public is welcome at this free event but registration is required. To register, contact Alyson Novick at 846-4828 ext. 102 or anovick@

Shops along Bellevue Ave. are joining together on Saturday, Jan. 21 for a Bellevue Block Party. With special sales and events, seven different locations along the famous avenue are celebrating throughout the day. With a special arts and crafts day at the Elk Lodge, 141 Pelham St., from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., shoppers can continue their spree at Miniature Occasions & Dolls at 57 Bellevue; Mimi’s for Kids at 154 Mill St.; Sequin at 119 Bellevue; Luniverre Gallery at 146 Bellevue; Farmaesthetics Skincare Apothecary at 144 Bellevue. At 2 p.m. The Newport Art Museum will be hosting Hayat Alvi to discuss the “Middle East Today and Tomorrow: Long Term Trends.” The lecture will be followed by a tea reception.


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Turning Around Ministries Accepting Donations Turning Around Ministries, the faith-based community outreach program designed to offer aftercare services to previously incarcerated persons is in need of some help from the community. The organization is looking for volunteers to serve in a variety of areas including mentors, fundraising coordinators and helpers, grant writers, and graphic artists. In addition, TAM is looking for contributions in the form of office supplies: paper, envelopes, and stamps, as well as office equipment including a color copier. Any monetary donations will also provide services such as purchasing identification, financial assistance for education, clothing for jobs, case management, recovery and medical support. If you’d like to contribute to TAM, call 846-8264, email, or visit their website at

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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, Jan. 9 to Monday, Jan. 16, the Newport Police Department responded to 428 calls. Of those, 97 were motor vehicle related; there were 80 motor vehicle violations issued and 17 accidents. The police also responded to 7 incidents of vandalism, 10 noise complaints, 19 animal complaints, and 37 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 13 school security checks (8- Triplett, 3-Rogers High School, 1-Coggeshall, and 1-MET School). They transported 5 prisoners, provided 3 funeral escort, and performed 1 liquor establishment check. Five instances of assisting other agencies and 4 instances of assisting other police departments were recorded, 5 private tows were also recorded. In addition, 23 arrests were made for the following violations: n Four arrests were made for possession of narcotics. n Two arrests were made for driving with a revoked or suspended license. n Two arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n Two arrests were made for domestic assault. n Two arrests were made for breaking & entering. n Two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. n One arrest was made for larceny. n One arrest was made for simple assault. n One arrest was made for trespassing. n One arrest was made for violation of entertainment license. n One arrest was made for possession of an open container in public. n One arrest was made for failing to register as a sex offender. n One arrest was made for receiving stolen goods. n One arrest was made for violating an outstanding warrant. n One arrest was made for an obscene phone call.

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During the period from Monday, Jan. 2 to Monday, Jan. 16, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 117 calls. Of those, 71 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 57 patients being transported to the hospital. 4 patients refused aid. 3 patients were treated on the scene, transport to hospital not needed and 3 patients left scene or were not found. Fire apparatus was used for 113 responses, including the following situations: 1 - Cooking fire (confined to container) 1 - Fireworks explosion (no fire) 1 – Fire Alarm (malfunction) 8 – Fire Alarms (unintentional) 67 – Assists with medical rescues or EMS calls Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 49 calls for rescue. Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 18 calls for rescue. Station 5 - Touro Street responded to 0 calls for rescue.

The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation will hold its 6th Hidden Kitchens of Portsmouth Tour on Friday, May 12. They are seeking community volunteers to help in organization and leadership roles. If you can help in this rewarding and fun event, email The kitchens are beautiful, the tastings are great, and the event is a community gathering. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with seven Portsmouth kitchens open for viewing.

In the category of fire prevention; the department performed 6 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 12 life safety inspections and provided 4 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters. Store matches and lighters out of your children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet. (National Fire Protection Association). —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Biomes Center Marine Animal Program Get up close and personal with various marine animals such as horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers, starfish, seahorses and pufferfish on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m. This special program is presented by the Biomes Center. The hands-on program gives children the opportunity to touch and learn about these amazing sea creatures. Best for ages 4 and up. Free tickets for seating will be available in the Middletown Library Children’s Department one week prior to the program.

Irish Heritage Month Carpentry Workshop The Newport County Mentor CoCalendar Op welcomes all high school stuIf your organization is planning an event in March celebrating Irish Heritage, you can contact Peter Martin at calendar@stacyhouse. com. He will post your event on the Ancient Order of Hibernians website This on-line version of the calendar is linked to the Newport Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau site:

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Channing Church Lecture Series The next lecture to be presented at Channing Church is “Thwarting the Spread of Nuclear Weapons: The Challenge of North Korea and Iran,” presented by David Cooper on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Cooper, Chair of the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College, is internationally recognized and has served two decades as an official within the Office of Secretary Defense. The event is open to the public, tickets are $10. For more information, call the church at 846-0643 or email to

Open House The Pennfield School, an independent day school for nursery-8th grade, is holding an open house Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9-11 a.m. at the school, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth. Visit www.pennfield. org for information on the 5th and 6th grade Merit Scholarship exam and the admission and financial aid process. To attend the open house, call 849-4646 or email kemory@

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Spring into Art, a week of arts events at various venues in Newport County, will be held March 23 through April 1. The Arts & Cultural Alliance (ACA) of Newport County, which is coordinating the week for the third year, welcomes participation by all arts organizations, galleries, artists, photographers, musicians, dancers and theater companies. Participants are asked to plan an event that showcases their art, such as a hands-on demonstration, a musical performance, a lecture, or a light snack at a gallery opening. For the first time, Spring into Art is scheduled to coincide with Newport Restaurant Week, which is always a big draw to Newport County and is coordinated by the Newport & Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau. Spring into Art participant registration deadline is Feb. 6. To register, request a participant form and details from ACA president Cristina Offenberg at or Betty Czech at Participation is free for members of the Arts & Cultural Alliance and $25 for non-members. Spring into Art details and the participant form will soon be posted on the ACA website, newportarts. org, where a membership form is available.

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dents to a carpentry workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center, Rogers High School. For more information, contact Heidi Willner at or any of the local high school guidance departments.

Winter Book Sale The Friends Bookstore will hold a five-day winter clearance sale in the lower level lobby of the Newport Public Library, beginning Saturday, Jan. 28. through Feb. 1. The sale will include thousands of fiction and non-fiction books. Paperbacks will be sold for 25 cents. Other books will be $1 except for some selected eBay specials and bundled series. Wednesday, Feb. 1 will be “Bag of Books Day.” Patrons will be given a bag which they fill with books for $4. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m.5:30 p.m., Sunday 1 -5 p.m., Monday 12:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and, Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 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. All proceeds from the book sale support library programs and update the reference section.

Volunteers Needed for Literacy Program Literacy Volunteers of East Bay is in need of volunteers who would like to make a difference in the life of an adult learner. Literacy Volunteers provides free one-on-one tutoring or small group instruction to area adults, helping them with reading, writing, math and/or English speaking skills. In addition, we provide support for students who are enrolled in GED programs. Classes to prepare for Citizenship classes are also available. For more information call 6193779 or visit


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EDITORIAL Suggestions Wanted It was shortly before 9:30 on Saturday morning when Mayor Stephen C. Waluk came bounding into the program room at the Newport Public Library. One by one, his fellow council members followed. They took their seats (facing one another), and got to work. For the next three hours, the group discussed their priorities – for the city, for its staff, and for the task at hand. Joined for the first time by new City Manager Jane Howington, the session was productive, building upon four previous meetings held over the last 12 months. The general consensus: that while much progress has been made over the last 10 years, there’s still plenty of work that remains to be done. They singled out four areas of potential focus: namely, communication, infrastructure, business development, and employee continuous improvement. Thankfully, Newport has been fortunate over the years to attract a slew of hardworking and dedicated public officials. The recent passing of Robert McKenna, a former mayor, state representative and state senator, underscores that point. To those who remembered him this week, McKenna was unabashedly in love with the city and thoroughly dedicated to its service. On Saturday, Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano observed that in certain areas – roads, for instance – the perception exists that the city remains “so close, yet so far” from boasting the amenities and public infrastructure that a world-class destination can be proud of. She may be right. It could be that it won’t be until Broadway, Spring and Thames Streets are all repaved that Newporters will feel a sense of real progress. However, we suspect that feeling will be fleeting, as other issues are bound to take its place. That’s why it’s so important that the city does what it can to attract a new crop of leaders willing to volunteer their time to serve on municipal boards and commissions, run for office, and contribute to the general civic discourse. Last week, we encouraged people to consider running for public office this coming November. This week, we’re asking for ideas. Over the next few issues, we’d like nothing more than to be able to fill our pages with suggestions on how the city can improve itself. Repaving Spring Street? Revisiting the Mary Street parking garage facility? Developing a satellite parking facility? Or adopting a comprehensive economic development plan? Yes, Newport has its fair share of challenges, but we also have more than enough smart, enthusiastic boosters to face those challenges. Let us know your thoughts. E-mail us at news@newportthisweek. net, or send your thoughts in writing to Newport This Week, 86 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.

Municipal Boards for Newport and Middletown NEWPORT Zoning Board: Meets every fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: Lynn Ceglie Martin Cohen Mary Joan Hoene Seiter Planning Board: Meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: James Dring – Chair Deborah Melino-Wender Mary Moniz – Vice-Chair Kim Salerno Board vacancies and new appointments to be filled in the upcoming month.

MIDDLETOWN Wind Turbine Committee, meets first Tuesday of month @ 6 p.m. in the MPD Community Room Planning Board, meets second Wednesday at 6:230 p.m. in the Council Chambers Zoning Board, meets fourth Tuesday of month @ 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Council Focuses on Communication By Tom Sheviln More than six months after they last met to discuss their collective goals and objectives, city councilors picked up where they left off in what was their fifth strategic planning session on Saturday. Toting coffee and donuts for the early morning session, Mayor Stephen C. Waluk took time to welcome the group, the handful of residents in the audience, and new City Manager Jane Howington, for whom the session provided a good opportunity to observe the council interact and hear first-hand of their priorities. The meeting was requested by several councilors, including Waluk, Justin S. McLaughlin, and Henry F. Winthrop. Moderating once again was volunteer Hank Kniskern, who has conducted similar exercises with the U.S. Navy. While the council had previously settled on a broad mission statement which called for making Newport “the most livable and welcoming city in New England,” this session was aimed at producing actionable results. Kniskern provided the basis for the early discussion, reviewing the council’s four main goals: To im-

prove communication between City Hall and constituents; improve the city’s infrastructure; create a proactive business climate; and develop a plan for continuous employee improvement. Improving communication was singled out as one of the council’s main objectives. Reflecting on the city’s response to Hurricane Irene, Councilor McLaughlin suggested that the city missed a key learning opportunity by failing to review its response, how it kept the public informed, and what areas could be improved. Areas where communication is most important, councilors agreed, can be broken down into four areas: day-to-day announcements, infrastructure projects, emergency situations, and special events. Repeatedly, the idea of creating a social media presence such as a Facebook account or Twitter feed was suggested as a possible mode to better communication. Howington said that she has experience in her former job in Kalispell, Mont., in implementing a social media plan, and offered to report back to the council on the feasibility of doing the same here. Newport, so far, has been slow to adopt social networking tools into

its online strategy. By comparison, Middletown, has embraced new media, with 15 town departments using Facebook, Twitter, or Vimeo accounts to communicate with residents. Whether the city should hire a public relations or communications specialist was another topic of discussion. In the end, Kiniskern emphasized the importance of creating a culture of trust within City Hall to allow what he described as a well functioning organization to grow into a high functioning one. Howington was then charged with coming up with a possible action plan to review the city’s processes and improve its communications. Other areas also discussed were strategies to improve infrastructure project management, working with a newly formed Economic Development Working Group to help foster a better business climate, and putting into motion a continuous improvement process for municipal employees. The council is expected to reconvene within the next 90 days to allow staff to report back on the progress of the various goals discussed.

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STUDENTS CONTINUED FROM PG. 2 called XNA, a code which is used to create games for Xbox 360, the popular gaming device. The new program will allow students to test their programs using an Xbox controller. “I have to learn it, so I can teach it to them,” she says. “I support them because by the time they get to this point, and they are doing independent study, it’s only fair that I know the program, too.” Once they get to the point of self-directed study in their senior year, Awde admits there is only so much she can do. “I facilitate in the last year. I can hook them up with mentors. If they need a book, I get it for them. If they need hardware, I try to get my hands on it for them … I’m sort of like a coach and a cheerleader,” she says. “They’re doing their own thing, and they blow

my mind.” For instance, one of her senioryear students is incorporating his Senior Project into the classroom by creating an iPhone app that will allow every Rogers student with an iPhone to have their individualized rotating schedule in the palm of their hand. Another senior, Tiphanie Fuentes, is creating a web site that would translate English to German. The project is incorporating her love of technology and language studies. To her, Awde’s class is much more than one period out of the day. “This class helped me discover things I really like and helped me find my passions,” she said. Taking a look around the small class of AOIT students, Awde explained that the group is very

tight-knit. “They spend years together, and they’re like-minded,” she said. One of the secrets to the success of the program is that Awde allows her students to sample different facets of technology before they can decide what they want to specialize in. “There are no two people who are interested in the same thing,” she explained. “I think that’s one of the strengths of this course – It’s way better to expose students to a ton of things and hear them say ‘oh, cool!’ and that’s what happens. It’s telling them to try this. Take a bite, and see if you like it.” Looking over the list of accomplishments, student projects, and Web sites, Awde beams, saying, “It’s this kind of thing that makes my day, every day.”

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HDC CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 time had come for the city to take a hard look at the properties. According to the city’s historic district ordinance, only the City Council, with the accord of the HDC, may identify structures of historical or architectural value whose deteriorated physical condition warrant mandatory repairs or other measures. And while the phrase “demolition through owner neglect” certainly carries with it an ominous tone, demolition is rarely pursued, even in the event that the council decides to act. However, should the owner fail to comply with whatever course the city chooses, the council may undertake the needed repairs on its own, placing a lien on the property for repayment. Built in 1750, 62 Mill St. was once a stately colonial of roughly 3,000-square feet, with views of Newport Harbor and Trinity Church. Today, dull yellow paint peels away from its rotted clapboard facade, and cracks are visible in its red brick foundation. Its most recent assessment, for $414,600, was completed in 2010. The house at 166 Spring St. was built in 1762, a decade after its Mill

Street neighbor but more than a decade before the war with Britain. At just 1,676-square feet, it has an assessed value of $222,200. In April of 2007, it was the site of a suspicious fire, later determined to be arson, which burnt through much of a rear addition before being extinguished by firefighters. The council is expected to take up the issue as early as their next meeting. Beechwood Plans Reviewed Meanwhile, commissioners will examine more closely next month a proposal to restore the former Astor’s Beechwood and convert it into a fine art museum. On Tuesday, they were given the chance to weigh in on the project for the first time, with five separate applications appearing on the docket. All were continued, though not before architect John Grosvenor provided the commission with a thorough overview of the property, its history, and the plan by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to restore it. At the presentation’s conclusion, HDC Chair John Shehan remarked that he was happy to see that there

are people out there with enough money and interest in Newport to restore a home as important as Beechwood. “I’m in favor of everything you’ve presented,” he said. Added Vice Chair Vincent O’Dwyer, “It’s beautiful what you’re doing.” In other business, commission members: n  Approved an application by Stephen Phillips for in-kind vinyl window replacements at 7 King St., with the condition that the homeowners install wood windows in the future. n  Approved an application by William Woodhull to convert a three-car garage at 27 Kay St. into a residential structure. n  The following were also given summary approval: An application by Edward Stone to make improvements to 519 Bellevue Ave.; an application by James Coleman, Jr. to make improvements to 5 Price’s Cove; and an application by Clare Gesualdo for various improvements at 22 Ridge Rd.

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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 legislation from the RI General Assembly, allowing the turnpike authority to reinstitute tolls and set the rates for the Mount Hope Bridge. Darlington said that, if approved, the reinstated tolls on the Mount Hope would offset the newly increased toll rate on the Newport Pell Bridge beginning July 1, 2012. However, Department of Transportation Director Michael P. Lewis made a motion to table the discussion until RITBA’s next meeting on Feb. 8. His motion was unanimously agreed to by the board. “I think there are some opportunities here that may be better than what is being proposed…that may be more equitable and may serve residents better,” Lewis said. Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk, also on the RITBA board of directors, concurred with Lewis, saying, “I don’t deny that there is a fiscal need to raise more for the authority to maintain these structures … but it cannot just be on the backs of the users of the Newport Pell Bridge. It needs to be distributed.”

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has named 38 members to the the America’s Cup World Series Host Committee. The Committee, established last month, will coordinate Rhode Island’s efforts to ensure a successful event. Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport, will serve as Chairman. The AC World Series will take place June 23 – July 1, 2012 in Newport. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) has estimated that the event could create hundreds of new jobs and pump more than $70 million into the state’s economy. “The America’s Cup World Series races have great potential to bring job creation and revenue to Rhode Island,” Chafee said. “This Host Committee, led by Newporter and renowned sailor Brad Read, will help to coordinate important preparation efforts to ensure that this exciting event is thoroughly successful. Its members have strong ties to the sailing world, marine trades, hospitality and tourism, and a number of other relevant fields. What they all share is an understanding of what it will take to make the AC World Series a success for Newport and the State of Rhode Island.” The committee will be made up of the following individuals: Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport, Chair; Keith Stokes, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation; Robin Wallace, David Elwell, David Holley,

the Rhode Island State Yachting Commission; Michael Keyworth, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association; Martha Sheridan, Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Evan Smith, the Newport and Bristol County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Paul Costabile, Rhode Island’s commercial shipping industry; Jody Sullivan, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; Jane Howington, the City of Newport; Bruce Keiser, the Town of Jamestown; Shawn Brown, the Town of Middletown; Diane Mederos, the Town of Bristol; Representative from the Town of Portsmouth to be named; Richard Nagele, the Fort Adams Trust;Terry Nathan, International Yacht Restoration School/Museum of Yachting; Dyer Jones, the Herreshoff Museum; Peggy Forbes, Donna Kelly, representatives with knowledge and experience regarding implementation of large scale sailing and hospitality events; Richard Licht, Department of Administration designee; Michael Lewis, Department of Transportation designee; Janet Coit, Department of Environmental Management designee. Any other such representatives as the Governor may deem necessary: Chris Boyle,,Edward Burman III, Quentin Chafee, Trudy Coxe, Eli Dana, Alison Eichler, Jay Gowell, Geoff Grout, Bill Harsch, Halsey Herreshoff, Stephen Hourahan (Governor’s Office), Colin Kane, Howard McVay, Jack McVicker, Bill Plumb, Lynn Singleton, Harry Winthrop.

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NUWC Division Newport Names New Director Mary S. Wohlgemuth has been named the new Technical Director of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, effective Jan.15. She replaces Dr. Paul Lefebvre, who retired in December. As director, Wohlgemuth is responsible for managing NUWC Newport’s efforts in science, technology, and innovation; executing human capital strategies and business operations; and providing oversight to optimize national work alignment decisions. During her 28-year civilian career, Wohlgemuth has held a variety of leadership positions of executive responsibility in engineering and management and was appointed a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service in December 2004. Her prior assignments include Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers Corporate Business Executive; Director, Executive Management Program Office, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Civilian Human Resources; and NAVSEA Assistant

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Mary S. Wohlgemuth, new Technical Director of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. Deputy Commander, Fleet Logistics Support. She also previously served in a variety of leadership positions at NUWC Newport, including Head of the Torpedo Systems Department; Acting Director, Weapons Systems Directorate; and Acting Product Area Director for Weapons and Vehicle Systems.

NHCNE Names Sailor of the Year Captain Kim Lyons, Commanding Officer, Naval Health Clinic New England, recently announced that Newport’s HM1 (FMF/AW) Anthony J. Barlow has been chosen as the NHCNE Sailor of the Year. Barlow, a native of Utah, has been a member of the NHCNE Newport team since 2010. He serves as the Leading Petty Officer for the Director for Administration, supervising 31 sailors in eight departments, and as Plans Operations and Medical Intelligence Petty Officer, preparing medical personnel for deployment. Barlow competed against sailors from the Groton, Conn.; Saratoga Springs, N.Y; Portsmouth, N.H and Newport facilities for the honor.

The R.I. Blood Center will run a blood drive at Officer Training Command, on Thursday, Jan. 26. The mobile unit will be located between Callahan Hall and King Hall from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Blood supplies dwindle during the holidays, so roll up your sleeve for a shipmate or neighbor. Participation limited to those with base access.

O’Club Comedy Line-up The Winter Comedy Series kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Topside Lounge at the Officers’ Club and continues every other Wednesday evening. Veteran comedian Jim Dunn will open the series. Other comics performing: Tony V, Feb. 8; Joe Yannety, Feb. 22; Paul D’Angelo, Mar. 7; Joe DeVito, Mar. 21; and Jim Lauletta, Apr. 4. All shows are free and open to those with base access. Please note that the comedy is geared towards adults and not suitable for children. For more information, call 841-1442.

Navy League to Gauge Interest in NJROTC The Newport County Council of the Navy League will hold a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 2 to provide information on the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program to determine if enough interest exists for implementation at an area high school. The meeting will be at the Best Western Mainstay Inn (across from the Newport Grand) at 6 p.m.

VNS Emergency Response Program Celebrates 10 Years This year, Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties marks the 10th anniversary of its personal emergency response program. The program was started in 2002, when home care nurses saw the need to keep home-based seniors connected to assistance services through new devices and technology. An emergency call center monitors any incident requiring assistance, whether it be for ambulance, fire, fall, break-in, or family assistance. Susan Dugan, Special Projects Manager at VNS, says, “The VNS stands out from other commercial emergency response programs because we assess the home environment for the best level of protection, we install, maintain and test the system, and we train the sub-

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scriber and family on how to use it. We provide the personal relationship to make it a successful and safe system.” VNS currently has about 450 subscribers. In 2011, there were 289 emergency calls. Of these calls, more than half resulted in an intervention at the home but did not require transport to the hospital. The cost of the standard service is $37 per month. An advanced fall detection system is an additional $13 per month. The VNS offers grants to those who are not able to afford the personal emergency response program. For those interested in finding out more about the personal emergency response program for themselves or for a family member, call Susan Dugan 682-2100 x635.

NJROTC was developed in 1964 to instill in high school students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as maritime heritage, the importance of sea power, and basic naval skills training. Those with interest in attending or requiring additional information should contact George Wardwell at or 619-3899. Naval Base Information by Pat Blakeley

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Anchor Bend Glassworks Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16 Franklin St., 849-0698, Anthony Tomaselli Gallery 140 Spring St., 419-2821, Arnold Art Rare print editions by John Mecray in third floor gallery, Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon - 5 p.m., 210 Thames St., 847-2273, Art on the Wharf Gallery open every day, noon 6 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 965-0268. Blink Gallery Travel photography and Newport images, 89 Thames St., 847-4255, Brimstone Studio Open Sat. and Sun., noon–5 p.m., or by appointment, 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 440-3974. Cadeaux du Monde Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 26 Mary St., 848-0550 DeBlois Gallery Open Tues.-Sun. 12-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave. 847-9977, Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414, Duris Studios 26 Franklin St., 849-1540, Harbor Fine Art Open daily 11 a.m – 5 p.m., 134 Spring St., 848-9711, Isherwood Gallery Wed.-Sat., noon – 5 p.m. and by appointment, 108 William St., 619-1116,


Jamestown Arts Center Gallery open Sat. & Sun. noon3 p.m.,18 Valley St., Jamestown. Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design Gallery open Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. and by appointment. 226 Bellevue Ave., suite 8, the Audrain Building, second floor, 849-3271, Joseph Matose Gallery At the Sunrise Center, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 164 Broadway, 835-3477. Luniverre Glass Gallery International artists showing sculpture and jewelry from Paris, open Thurs.-Mon., noon – 5 p.m., 146 Bellevue Ave., 846-9009, Sage Gallery 435 Thames St. (2nd floor). Roger King Fine Art Two floors of 19th and 20th century American paintings. Open daily, 21 Bowen’s Wharf, 847-4359, Sheldon Fine Art Gallery open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull Gallery “Wonder of White” show thru Jan. 31, 5-7 p.m. 55 Bellevue Ave., 849-9166 The Lady Who Paints “Onsite” paintings by Rosemary Kavanagh O”Carroll, 9 Bridge St., 450-4791. The Third & Elm Press & Gallery Woodcuts and paper created by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, open Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m - 5 p.m. and by appointment, 29 Elm St., 848-0228, William Vareika Gallery Three centuries of American art, 212 Bellevue Ave., 849-6149,

MUSEUM CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 years later, when they asked me to chair the architect selection committee, I was excited but I also felt the awesome responsibility of making the right choice. One of the greatest joys of the project has been in working with a talented architect, and the end result has been better than any of us on the Building Committee ever imagined it could be.” The internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano was selected to design an ethereal glass box at a construction cost of approximately $114 million. Ground was broken about three years ago, and now the renovation and addition project is reaching fruition. The new structure has much of the form and character of the original building, but it is a modern interpretation that incorporates galleries, performance spaces and other functional areas. Contained inside is a fourstory performing arts center in the shape of a cube, in which each row of seats overlooks the performance area. Only two rows of seats are on the ground level. In a way, the new performance space emulates the original palace’s courtyard, but in a very modern and technologically innovative way. For the pre-opening party, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma was invited to perform in the space, and every brush of the bow on the stings of his instrument was perfectly audible. The space should be the site of hundreds of wonderful concerts in the future. Isabella Stewart Gardner was a good friend of Maude Howe Elliot, who founded the Newport Art Association, which became the Newport Art Museum. In fact, the very

first bequest in Gardner’s will was to Elliot. With the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Art Association here in Newport this year, it is important to remember that our own institutions and early philanthropists had strong ties to New York and Boston, and that we should, on occasion, pay homage to these connections by visiting some of the sister organizations, particularly when they have created an important work of new architecture such as the new addition to the Gardner Museum. Ross Sinclair Cann, AIA, LEED AP, holds degrees from Yale, Cambridge and Columbia and is an historian, educator and practicing architect living and working in Newport.

“Year of the Dragon” by Bettie Sarantos

Welcome! Chinese Year of the Dragon By Bettie Sarantos On January 23, we usher in the Chinese New Year of the Dragon. According to one Chinese legend, Buddha established the zodiac many centuries ago when he attempted to restore order to the affairs of the world by inviting all of the animal kingdom to a summit conference, but only twelve beasts came. He named the years after them in the order in which they arrived: Rat, Oxen, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each animal presides over an entire year, and all of the events that occur during that year are influenced by the special characteristics of the animal. The Dragon is the only mythical animal in the Asian animal zodiac. It represents fire, authority and power. Dragon years are associated with high and lofty accomplishments, great deeds, victory over adversity, good fortune in business and finance. This may be a good year to start a new business or endeavor. Parents consider themselves fortunate to have a child born in a Dragon year, because it is believed the child will be endowed with the “four blessings”: harmony, virtue, prosperity and long life. The oldest and most im-

portant festival in China is the Spring Festival, known in the West as the Chinese New Year. The date is determined by the lunar/solar calendar, so the date of the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. It arrives with the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. Like the West, the East has a zodiac, but the Eastern system has a cycle of twelve years, instead of months. Each year has its own particular animal. People who are born in the year of the Dragon are vital, scrupulous, successful, enthusiastic, generous, tenacious, and influential. They also can be stubborn, demanding, malcontent, judgmental, impetuous, and irritable. Notable Dragons: Joan of Arc,

Salvador Dali, Bing Crosby, Sigmund Freud, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, Deng Xiao-Ping, Nietzsche, Pearl Buck, Florence Nightingale, Haile Selassie and Shirley Temple. Many customs and traditions are associated with the Chinese New Year. All debts from the old year are paid, children receive red packets decorated with gold symbols and filled with “lucky money.” The home is cleaned thoroughly, sweeping away any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year. Doors and window panes are decorated, and fresh spring flowers are a must. A very important celebration is that of food. There are a lot of symbolic foods. For example: noodles uncut represent a long life; an orange means good luck; a whole chicken symbolizes family togetherness; and fish is served whole symbolizing a good beginning and ending for the coming year. Fireworks are a must, as it is believed that good spirits love them and bad spirits fear them. Bettie Sarantos, a Newport artist and teacher of Oriental Brush Painting, has traveled to China several times and is a member of the Spring Bull Gallery in Newport.

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CCRI Fall Dean’s List The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) announced that 1,170 students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester. Local students are named below. Students enrolled in a degree program who completed 12 credits this fall with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher with no grade lower than “C” are eligible for this scholastic honor. The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest community college, has full-service campuses in Newport, Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and operates satellites in Downcity Providence and Westerly. CCRI enrolls an average of nearly 18,000 students annually in credit courses and thousands more in noncredit and workforce training classes and programs. Jamestown Victoria Delmonico, Jenny Lathan, Leesa Mercer, William Oatway, Jeremy White. Middletown Pauline Bacon, Ian Bartenbach, Erik Borodemos, Christina Boston, Randi Budlong,Cristee Budlong, Jay Cook Jr.,Omayra Cosme, Joshua Dominikoski, Joshua Dondero, Kaylie Gil-

chrest, Naomi Hoots, John Huet, Brendan LaPrey, JohannaLovendale, Charles Mally, Danielle McCalla, Taylor McQueen, Lisa Murphy, Mary O’Bryan, Calvin Ross, Miles St. John, Thomas Sterczela, Vincent Tarducci, Darlene Thomson, Jozef Tremblay Erica Waldron Ryan Wilke. Newport Alyse Antone, David Bierman, Sarkis Boghossian, Caitlin Hebert, Angel Hopeau, Kayla Jenkins, Deborah Johnson, Donald Mathews, Lilia Matteotti, Sean Moran, Meredith Motley, Kaori Oneil, Gregory Palmer, Tearria Peterson, Robert Ramos, Catherine Ranaldi, Carolyn Reynolds, Ugodna Smith, Amie Smith, Zoe Steele, Sean Sullivan.Elena Swann Lisa Tasker Nerry Terpening. Portsmouth Richard Calzolano, Zachary Casselman, George Chelf Jr., Kelly Danielson, Brittni Demello, Kelly Garofalo, Lawrence Hurley III, Anna Kane, Kayla Kemper, Beth Leinberry, Patrick Lynch, Catherine McCarthy, Erin McGee, Jesse Moffa, Patricia Mortrude, Cynthia Perrotti, Abilyn Silvia, Frank Smith, Paige Stoker, Kimberly Walin.

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Brendan Burns of Newport was named to the Dean’s List at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. for the fall 2011 semester. Burns is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Hannah Farrelly of Jamestown has been named to the Fall 2011 Dean’s List at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Kyle Gardullo of Newport and a member of the class of 2014, was named to the Dean’s List at Providence College’s School of Continuing Education, for the Fall 2011 semester. Michael Harpool of Jamestown was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2011 at Keene State College. Madeline Holloway of Newport was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 Semester at

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn. Kara Lessels of Newport was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 Semester at Assumption College. She is in her freshman year of study. Brett Uttley of Jamestown was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 Semester at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn. David Vieira of Newport was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 Semester at the University of New Haven. He is in his junior year of study. Rylie Walsh of Newport, and a member of the class of 2012, was named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the fall 2011 semester. Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars.

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FROM THE GARDEN Berries: More Than Just a Pretty Fruit By Cynthia Gibson Have you noticed the popularity of berries at the supermarket these days? Grocers are giving a lot of space to a very small fruit. There are reasons for this. Not only are berries very pretty for topping a dessert, they are delicious and good for you, too. The darker the berry, the more antioxidants are in the fruit. What are antioxidants? The word is tossed around a great deal when it comes to fruits and vegetables, but before you select your berries to plant this spring, it is best to have a definition. “Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer are all contributed to by oxidative damage. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.” (From Health, a site with information only from registered dieticians.) Blueberries, black raspberries, blackberries, and currants are all very high in antioxidants. The dark color of these berries holds nutritious deliciousness. It is very easy to grow these fabulous berries in your backyard. Three or four bushes can yield quarts of exquisite berries within a few years. Buy at least five plants of one variety. For the longest time, Rhode Island and most states in the northeast could not grow or order currants due to the ‘White Pine Blister Rust’ epidemic. When we had more forests for logging, especially in the state of Maine, all currants and gooseberries were banned. The white pine of Maine became an endangered species. ‘White Pine Blister Rust’ also spread throughout New England. It is a fungus (carried by currants and gooseberries) that kills five-needle pine trees. But now, breeders have created varieties of currants that can grow in our state. Black currants are the most tasty, but their taste is very strong and pungent. It is a favorite

‘Pink Champagne’ Pink Currant berry in Austria, Germany, and Scotland. Red currants, Champagne currants (pink), and white currants have a tangy sweet-sour taste. They do not taste the same as black currants at all. The marked difference is that black currants have a hint of pine in their taste. One quick rub

each berry. True Bar le Duc sauce or jelly is never made with red or pink currants, only white. Black raspberries are a true treat. Who doesn’t like fresh raspberries and lots of them? The best heirloom variety is ‘Bristol’. This plant produces only summer blackberries – not a fall crop. It has a very strong ‘raspberry’ flavor. A tried and true blue ribbon winner is ‘Jewel’. This black raspberry grows in clumps on its canes. It is prolific and produces berries most of the summer. ‘Mac Black’ is a newer variety of black raspberry and is known for its long production season. All of these berries have an excellent raspberry taste and are perfect for making jams and tarts. Blueberries are a spectacular fruit, whether you prefer the very large ‘high-bush’ varieties or the ‘downeast’ Maine ‘low-bush’ smaller berries. All are scrumptious. The high-bush blueberry grows very well in Newport County and throughout our state. With most berries, you will find

The darker the berry, the more antioxidants are in the fruit.

of the leaves of a black currant leaf can transport you instantly into the center of the ‘Schwarzwald.’ Nourse Berry Farm in Massachusetts is definitely the place to go for all berries large and small. They are online and take phone orders from their catalog. Their selection of currants is perfect for our growing area and will not harm a pine. They suggest: ‘Ben Serak’ Black Currant ‘Pink Champagne’ Pink Currant ‘Jonkeer von Tets’ Red Currant ‘Blanca’ White Currant The last of these, ‘Blanca,’ is a revelation when it comes to exotic fruits. (I call it exotic, as it is not easily found in farmers’ markets or supermarkets.) The French create an incredibly expensive sauce from the white currant. The sauce is called Bar le Duc, after the region in France where the jelly is made. Not only are the currants white, or opalescent in color, their seeds must be removed by hand with a goose quill in order to make the sauce. Currants do have many black seeds; you can see them floating inside of

that there are early, mid-, and lateblooming varieties. You will have to decide, when you select your plants, when you want to harvest the berries. The best ones are ‘Reka,’ a prolific, fast-growing early blueberry and ‘Northland,’ a mid-season berry that also is a vigorous grower and tastes the closest to the wild Maine blueberry. The pride of the late-season bloomers are ‘Jersey’ and ‘Elliott.’ Both are excellent for making pies. Peruse your catalogues, email your local nursery to see what this spring’s berry stock list looks like, or hop online to order your berries. I suggest you do this now, as the finer, more prolific, fastest growing, great-tasting berries always sell out first. Do not wait and lose your chance for these ‘antioxidants’ to find a place in your garden. I never can think of any raspberry as nutritional, they are simply sublime. Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens passionately and tends her miniature orchard in Newport.

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La Forge and Pub: A Newport Tradition


By Annette Leiderman Rasky My mother, who lived in Florida before she passed away, used to visit Newport several times a year. We had a ritual: –lunch at La Forge Casino Restaurant. She would order the same thing each time, year in and year out – the legendary La Forge lobster roll. Simply made, with chunks of delicious, fresh lobster, some mayonnaise, lemon juice, seasoning and a little celery, it is served on a roll with lettuce. Executive chef Nicholas Violette proudly proclaims it “the best lobster roll in town.” Violette has been at La Forge for 15 years and has been executive chef for the past ten. The La Forge lobster roll is one the most requested dishes at this popular Newport restaurant and pub that has been pleasing locals and tourists alike for more than 40 years. Owned and operated by the Crowley family, La Forge is situated on the grounds of the Newport Casino, home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The restaurant and pub’s menu, style and friendly atmosphere reflect the Crowley family’s Irish heritage. Upon entering La Forge, you come into the pub area which occupies two rooms, both with comfortable seating. The room on the right features a bar as well as cozy seating area. On Friday and Saturday evenings, live entertainment is provided by Dave Manuel on piano from 7-11 p.m. Patrons have been known to hoist a glass and join in song in the traditional Irish way. Walk through to the back of La Forge, and you will come to the Kinsale Bar and Porch. Open daily for lunch and on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner, the centerpiece here is a gorgeous bar, beautifully stocked and decorated with treasured mementoes. The Crowley family has a longstanding connection to Newport’s sister city, Kinsale, Ireland, and that is reflected in some of the memorabilia. You’ll notice a wall clock displaying Kinsale’s actual time. During the summer, the porch has a great view of lawn tennis, and tables are highly prized. During the off-season, however, it still offers a great view of the beautiful grounds and museum, and the setting is a welcome companion to a meal. La Forge is open for Sunday brunch and for lunch and dinner

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Chef Nicholas Violette, left with La Forge owner Peter Crowley. (Photos by Laurie Warner) daily. When I asked the chef to name his favorite dish (a bit liking asking someone to choose their favorite child), he took a breath and smiled before saying that he is partial not only to the lobster salad roll ($17.95) but also the baked stuffed lobster, which is a select native lobster split and stuffed with sea scallops, shrimp and lobster meat, with a light dusting of crumbs, served with drawn butter and lemon (at market price). The lobster is hardshell Maine lobster, and Newport Lobster in Middletown is a major supplier. Violette also recommends the New York sirloin, a 14oz. flame-grilled center-cut sirloin steak served with your choice of Irish Murphy’s Stout sauce or sautéed mushrooms and onions ($24.95). Braised short ribs are often a special. Those wanting traditional Irish fare will want to try the Crowley’s Dublin Fish & Chips, made with deep-fried fresh cod and served with fries, tartar sauce and lemon ($15.95).There’s also “Bangers and Mash” – plump sausage imported from Ireland, flame-grilled and served with mashed potatoes, gra-

TO GO: La Forge Casino Restaurant and Crowley’s Pub 186 Bellevue Ave. 847-0418 Hours: Sunday 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. -9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. Serving dinner from 5 p.m. vy and vegetables ($12.95). There are salads, sandwiches, burgers and pastas, as well as a robust selection of domestic and imported beers and ales, well-priced wines, malt whiskies and many other beverages. Desserts include the insanely delicious Irish Raisin Bread Pudding, La Forge’s signature dessert, served with creamy French vanilla ice cream and topped with caramel rum sauce. They also offer a classic hot fudge sundae, Boston cream pie and crème brulee), among others. La Forge Casino Restaurant is currently presenting “Newport

Nights,” a special menu served Monday-Thursday. All dinners on this menu are served with a vegetable and a choice of potato, unless otherwise specified. The menu changes every few weeks. Prices range from $11.95-$16.95. Choices on the current menu include homemade lasagna made with a hearty meat sauce of beef, veal and pork layered with pasta, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese ($13.95); filet mignon, 8 ounce filet topped with mushroom-Marsala sauce ($16.95); and Wiener Schnitzel, pan-fried veal in a breadcrumb crust topped with a lemon-butter caper sauce ($13.95).There are at least 14 different dinners included in the Newport Nights menu, making it one of the best values in town. Annette Leiderman Raisky is a former New Yorker who has worked for the Food Network. In this column, she’ll bring her behind-the-scenes knowledge of our chefs and restaurants our to readers.

(serves 8-10) Ingredients: 1 loaf soft white bread, cut into quarters 8 eggs 5 additional egg yolks 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 1/4 cups whole milk 1 1/4 lbs. sugar 5 tbs. brown sugar 14 oz. raisins 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place the cut bread into a 13x9 inch baking dish. Distribute raisins on and in bread evenly, pulling slices apart to push raisins between some slices. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over bread, pushing bread down to soak up liquid. Fill a second larger pan, one quarter full with water. Place bread pudding pan into the center of the water bath and bake in pre-heated oven for 1 and onehalf hours, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean and top is evenly browned. (If top browns before done, cover with foil and continue baking). Let cook and slice into desired portions. Top with caramel rum sauce and serve. Caramel Rum Sauce: 1 lb. unsalted butter, cut into one-half inch cubes 2 cups heavy cream 1 lb. brown sugar 1 cup silver rum Combine the heavy cream and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat on medium. When hot, but not boiling, gradually whisk in cubes of butter until incorporated. In a separate pan, heat rum and flambé to burn off alcohol. Once flame is out, add to the finished sauce.


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Jim Murphy, Danny Otero, Chris Stanton. Hyatt Regency, Goat Island, 6-11 p.m., Winter Constellations Join Kim Botelho for an evening under the stars. Learn about the life cycle of stars, followed by an outdoor observation and hike, dress appropriately, $3 members, $5 non-members, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 6-7:30 p.m., advance registration required, 8462577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary. org. Newport Cooks! Learn how to “Warm Up with Indian Cuisine,” with Chef Sarah Peppercorn, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, 6 p.m., reservations required, 293-0740. Thursday Book Discussion The Thursday Evening Book Group meets tonight to discuss, “The Sea Around Us” by Rachel Carson. Still relevant more than 50 years after its publication, this is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 847-8720. “Films with a Twist” Jamestown Arts Center screens selections from the RI International Film Festival, 18 Valley Rd., 7 p.m., $10, 560-0979,

Friday January 20

Job Seekers Workshop Jane Palmer, RI Department of Labor and Training, will give advice on “Resumes and Cover Letters” in this first session of a series of workshops for job seekers being offered this winter. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., sign up at the Reference Desk, 847-8720. Opening Reception Redwood Library’s new exhibit, “Tiles: The Spirit of Design,” showcases a diverse selection of tiles dating from the 16th through the 20th centuries. 50 Bellevue Ave., 4:30-7 p.m., 847-0292, Auditions Salve Regina University’s Theatre Dept. auditions for “Grey Gardens” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Prepare a monologue and 32 bars of musical theatre song. Open to students and community members, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St, 5-7 p.m., 341-2250. Candlelight History Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.

“High Society” at Casino Screening of “High Society,” set in Newport, at Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show, ITHF members free, non-members $12, 849-3990, Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 849-3473, Mini-golf Newport Rec’s mini-golf at The Hut, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $9 adults, $7 ages 12 and under, 845-5808.

Saturday January 21

Winter Tree ID Learn to identify winter trees at the Norman Bird Sanctuary with Jacqui Mitchell. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor exploration, dress appropriately, members free, non-members $3, advanced registration required, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 846-2577, Redwood Book Group Discuss Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” part I. New members welcome. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m., 847-0292, Under the Sea Storytime Mermaids, fish, and sunken treasure abound in this underwater adventure storytime, craft activity follows, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., preregistration required for this free program, ages 4 and up, 846-1573. Save the Bay Seal Cruise One-hour seal watching tours aboard M/V Alletta Morris, Expert guides and binoculars provided, depart from Bowen’s Wharf Landing, 11 a.m., 324-6020, Redwood Poets Group Forum for poets who are currently writing and who seek critique. New members are welcome. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., 847-0292, Winter Lecture Series Dr. Hayat Alvi, of the U.S. Naval War College, discusses “Middle East Today and Tomorrow: Long Term Trends,” Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, 848-8200,

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4) Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway, Newport 5) Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport 6) Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport 7) Mudville Pub, 8 West Marlborough Street, Newport 8) Rhumbline, 62 Bridge Street, Newport 9) Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport 10) Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames Street, Newport 11) Pier 49, 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport 12) Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen 41 Bannister’s Whf, Newport 13) O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport

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Teen Book Group All teens welcome, this month’s book “Pretty Little Liars,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m., refreshments, just drop in. Celebrate the Chinese New Year It’s the Year of the Dragon! Celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories, fortune cookies, and a craft. Pre-registration is required, free, for ages 4 and up, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., 846-1573. Ebooks Know-how Got a new Kindle, Nook, or other device and wondering how to get free library eBooks transferred to it? This workshop is for you. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, but registration is required, 847-8720.

Tuesday January 24

Newport Cooks! Normand Gourmand Chef Alexandra Day leads this hands-on class on classic French cooking, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, 6-8 p.m., advanced registration required, 293-0740, International Affairs Lecture David Cooper, Chair of the National Security Affairs Dept. of the U.S. Naval War College, presents “Thwarting the Spread of Nuclear Weapons: The Challenge of North Korea and Iran,” Parish Hall, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., email learningcenter@ or skierons@ for more information. East Bay Ballroom – Out on the Town Enjoy dancing, music, food, fun with East Bay Out on the Town, Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave., 7-8 p.m. East Coast Swing lesson, 8-9 p.m. dancing, $15 lesson and dance, $5 dance only, 8495678, Play Reading Group Weekly group discussion for theatre lovers who don’t want to be

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Musical Entertainment Thursday, January 19 Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Decades, 9 p.m. Newport Marriott–Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, January 20 Billy Goodes–Live music Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Triple Threat, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Triad, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–O’Doyle Rules, 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–Take 3 Rhino Bar–The Face Show and Spogga Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Rusty’s-Open Mic Night with Dynimite Dom, 9 p.m.-closing The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Ted Casher, Yvonne Monnett

Saturday, January 21 Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Brothers, 9:30 p.m. The Hyatt Five33 –Lois Vaughan, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Never In Vegas, 9:30 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Rumors, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Fast Times Rhino Bar–Run for Covers/ The Face Show Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m.

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on stage but enjoy reading scripts. Edward King House, 35 King St., 7 p.m., $2. Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.

Wednesday January 25

Still Life at Sachuest Explore the wildlife refuge and your inner artist. This program is self-led and no instruction is provided. Bring bag lunch and art materials. All levels and ages welcome. Sachuest Point Visitors Center, Middletown. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sampler Exhibit Newport Historical Society’s exhibit, “Their Manners Pleasing, and Their Education Complete: Newport Samplers 1728-1835,” continues at the Seventh Day Adventist Meeting House. The exhibit, featuring 18th and early 19th century samplers from the Society’s textiles collection, reflects the evolution of Newport needlework over the course of a century and includes examples of the different types of samplers that a girl might produce. 82 Touro St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 8460813, Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.

Thursday January 26

Preservation Society Archives Miranda Peters, Collections Manager, presents an illustrated lecture about treasures from the archives, including rare views of The Elms garden, a collection of photos from the filming of “The Great Gatsby,” and a photo album documenting the construction of The Breakers. 424 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., members free, non-members $5, reservations 847-1000 x 154. Research Workshop The Newport Historical Society hosts workshop to acquaint public with its collection and introduce research strategies, NHS Headquarters, 82 Touro St., 1-2 p.m.,$10 non-members, members free, 8460813.

Portsmouth Teen Book Groups Portsmouth Free Public Library hosts discussion groups for high schoolers (2:30 p.m.) and grade 6-8 students (7 p.m.), 683-9457 or “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See Thursday, Jan. 19 for details. Shakespeare in Middletown 5 p.m. See Thursday, Jan. 19 for details. Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after hours gathering at People’s Credit Union, 858 West Main Rd., Middletown, 5-7 p.m., members free/non-members $25, 847-1608 or Owl Prowl Learn about owls and then search for them on the sanctuary. All ages, 5 and up, with the understanding that young children will need to be silent during owl calling times. Registration and payment required in advance. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., 6-7:30 p.m., members $8, nonmembers $10, 846-2577, www. Jamestown Library Film Series The Friends of Jamestown Library International Film Series screens “I’ve Loved You So Long,” from France, Meeting Hall, 6:30 p.m., for more information, call 423-7280. Keepers of the Dream Awards The Martin Luther King Center will present the Keepers of the Dream awards and hold its annual meeting at 20 Marcus Wheatland Blvd., hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, 6:30 p.m., free.

Friday January 27

National Girls in Sports Day Salve Regina invites all girls in grades 2-6 to learn basic skills of various sports at the Rodgers Recreation Center, followed by pizza for all the participants. Ochre Point Ave., 5:15-7:30 p.m., free, 341-2247. Candlelight History Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.

4th Friday Live Music & Art Open Mic Night at Newport Art Museum’s 4th Friday gathering, combines music, art and fun, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6-9 p.m., $8, cash bar, 848-8200. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Jan. 20 for details.

Saturday January 28

Friends of the NPL Book Sale All volumes $1, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 847-8720. Writing Workshop Rose Pearson, founder of The Writers Circle, and publisher of their annual anthology, offers advice and resources for writers who want to get their work published. All adults and older teens welcome. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 847-8720. Winter Lecture Series Michael Conforti speaks on “The Clark: Making an Impression in the Berkshires and Beyond,” looking inside the revered Clark Art Institute, noted for its impressionism collection, Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, 848-8200, Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner HarleTinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 8460669. Irish Museum Benefit Evening of Irish music highlights the third annual benefit for the Museum of Newport Irish History’s Interpretive Center, Ochre Court, 100 Ochre Point Ave., 6:30 p.m., $65, www.NewportIrishHistory. org.

Senator Louis DiPalma accepts his Hospitality Ambassador of the Year award from 2012 RIHA Chairman of the Board Ken Cusson. (Left to Right: Senator Louis DiPalma and Ken Cusson).

Hospitality Industry Honors its Stars The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) recently recognized Senator Louis DiPalma as a Hospitality Ambassador of the Year at its 22nd Annual “Stars of the Industry” Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. The Stars of the Industry Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of members of the hospitality, food service and tourism industries. Award recipients were chosen not only for their dedication and contributions, but also for their involvement in their local communities. “It is with great pleasure that I recognize Senator DiPalma as Hospitality Ambassador of the Year,” said Dale J. Venturini, President and CEO of RIHA. “His many achievements have helped make

the hospitality industry one of the most successful, strengthening the industry’s position as the cornerstone of the state’s economy and the community.” Senator DiPalma currently represents District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, and Tiverton. He is Secretary of the Senate Committee on Finance. Also recognized for their contributions and achievements as Hotel Employees of the Year were: David Stebbins, bartender and server at the Hyatt Regency Hotel; Michelle Bearne, accounts receivable at the Hotel Viking, and Patricia O’Neill, banquet manager at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina. Named Catering Employee of the Year was Barbara Stover, Blackstone Catering event manager.

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Odd Couplings are Among the Strange Attractions of Nature By Jack Kelly Nature holds a plethora of mysteries and conundrums. One of the yearly enigmas that confront wildlife professionals, naturalists, and bird watchers is the identification of strange-looking offspring. The natural world is full of examples of species cross breedig. This process is known as hybridization. Hybrids are somewhat rare, but they do occur, and they can lead to vexing situations. One of the best known local illustrations of this process is a Mallard Duck/Northern Pintail Duck hybrid named “Blue Bill”. This notable waterfowl is a member of a migratory Mallard Duck flock that winters in the Gooseneck Cove saltmarshes. The flock usually arrives in the marsh in late November or early December, and departs in mid-April. Due to the extended warm weather to our north, the flock only arrived last week. This is

Blue Bill’s fifth season in the marsh. He was first sighted in December 2007, and given his nickname by area birdwatchers because of his unusual light blue bill. It is unknown if he has mated and passed on his hybrid DNA to any other flock members. In the Rhode Island area, it is fairly common for Mallard Ducks and American Black Ducks to breed and create hybrids, complicating identification. Although it is well short of breeding and nesting season, courtship usually occurs in the winter months and spring months. These courting rituals usually involve calling, exaggerated head movements, and flight displays. Ducks are highly gregarious and will form large flocks for the winter. It is interesting to see different species consorting with each other. Waterfowl families and their many species, especially geese and dabbling ducks, are known to hybridize. Dabbling ducks feed by

Above: A female Northern Shoveler (center) and her male Mallard friends at Gooseneck Cove saltmarsh. Inset: Close-up of Northern Shoveler

taking food from the surface of the water, or by tipping “bottoms up” to feed on underwater vegetation. Recently, I have observed two pairs of ducks that almost defy the imagination. All of the ducks involved are of the dabbling duck family. The first pair I sighted was in the Gooseneck Cove saltmarsh. For the past few weeks, it has become apparent that a Mallard male is squiring a Northern Shoveler female around the wetlands. This Northern Shoveler Duck is especially distinctive because of its large head and elongated, flat, wide bill. It uses this bill to sift mud and water, straining out tiny invertebrates and plant matter to feed on. It has been called the “Jimmy Durante” of ducks because of this large bill. The Northern Shoveler is about 19 inches in length with a wingspan of approximately 30 inches. The female has a contrasting plumage of deep brown and white, with an orange bill and feet. The Mallard male is very colorful, with an iridescent green head, yellow bill, white neck collar and richly deep brown breast with bright orange feet and legs. I have observed the Mallard male skirmish with other male and female Mallards. I can only guess that they made disparaging remarks about his girlfriend’s bill. If by any chance these two nest and breed, there will be some strange looking ducklings. The second pair I sighted can often be found in various parts of the moat surrounding Easton’s Pond. A Mallard male and a Green-winged Teal female have been keeping

“Blue Bill” (front) is shown with a mature male Mallard at the Gooseneck Cove saltmarshes. (Photos by Jack Kelly) company for the past two weeks and seem to be inseparable. I photographed them on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the moat close to the Braga Park region. The Green-winged Teal female is about 14 inches long with a wingspan of approximately 23 inches, nearly half the size of the Mallard. She has a dark head and throat with brown and white patterned plumage, including a creamy stripe near the tail. Her voice can best be described as a series of quacks in a weak, descending, “whiskey voice.” They say that opposites attract, and in this case, that statement may be

The Norman Bird Sanctuary is conducting an “Owl Prowl” on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a rain date of Friday, Jan. 27. The public is invited but registration is required. For more information go to or call 846-2577. This is a wonderful chance for a family outing and an opportunity to hear and possibly see fine specimens of these nocturnal birds of prey. Dress warmly!

n Common Loon n Surf Scoters n Harlequin Duck n Black Scoters n Black Ducks n Common Eiders n Northern Gannet n Dunlins n Red-throated Loon n Great Blue Herons n Peregrine Falcon n Coopers Hawk n Sharp-shinned Hawk n Red-tailed Hawk n Harrier Hawk n Red-shouldered Hawk n Pie-billed Grebe

The Junior Duck Stamp Program and art contest is accepting applications and artwork through March 15, 2012. Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the art contest is open to all students, kindergarten through grade 12. For more information go to: www.fws. gov/juniorduck or contact Sarah Lang, the State Coordinator at: or call 8475511. For a complete article on the Junior Duck Stamp Program see Newport This Week Dec. 12, 2011 issue or in the E-edition file.

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MHS Close Ones! Boys Win on Ice – Lose on Hardwood Sophomore Michael Curtis scored the tying goal in the third period, then fired home the winner less than a minute into overtime, lifting Middletown High School to a 3-2 victory over Portsmouth. The game was played on Monday, Jan. 16 at URI’s Bradford R. Boss Arena. Sophomore Harrison Coogan added the Islanders’ other goal and MHS goalie and senior co-captain Bennet Coogan stopped 29 Patriot shots. With the win, the second place Islanders raised their Div. IISouth record to 7-1-2. The Prout School of Wakefield remains atop

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Ruth Norbury, 99, of Middletown, passed away Jan. 10, 2012 at the Grand Islander Center, Middletown. She was the wife of the late William J. Norbury and the late Robert J. Clark. During World War II, she cut hair for the Women’s Army Corp. and made parachutes.


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The Islanders’ Bennet Coogan turns away a Patriot shot on goal in the third period. The Middletown senior goalie stopped 28 other shots in the 3-2 overtime victory. Down 2-1, Middletown’s Michael Curtis, #19, above, fires on Portsmouth goaltender Matt Maggiacomo in the third period. Curtis, a sophomore, scored on the play to tie it, then would do it again, 45 seconds into overtime, to win it.

Photos by Rob Thorn Middletown’s Toryn Smith-Neves, #44 (right), finger rolls in two of his team high 17 points over a pair of Prout defenders.

Middletown senior forward Kevan Sullivan, #10, clears the puck out from behind his own net after checking Portsmouth junior Dallas Wynegar, #6, into the boards.

Middletown High School head basketball coach Kevin Lendrum, designs a play during a time-out with seconds to play and the Islanders down by 3.

Junior guard Justin Sellar, #14, gets fouled by Prout’s Eric Rameika, #22, during the first half.

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