THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
Vol. 40, No. 4
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By Tom Shevlin
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Senator Visits Distillery
U.S. Senator Jack Reed paid a visit to the Newport Distilling Co. on Thursday, Jan. 19, to help fill the 200th barrel of the company’s Thomas Tew Rum. Brent Ryan, head distiller and one of the owners of the Newport Distilling Company, explained, “Our Thomas Tew Single Barrel rum is hand-made like it would have been 300 years ago, and takes two or more years to make.” Said Reed: “It is always great to see a local business using local products succeed and expand. I am pleased to have a chance to learn about the work they do here at Newport Distilling Company. I can see why visiting this place would put anyone in good spirits. I will continue working hard at the federal level to support local manufacturing and tourism and promote made-in-Rhode Island products.” (Photo by Tom Shevlin)
Babies Benefit From Learning Sign Language By Shawna E.M. Snyder “It must be frustrating to be a baby.” I remember those words so clearly. They came from a friend who had not yet experienced motherhood, as she watched me juggle two babies in diapers who were both crying. (It was up to me to decipher what each one needed or wanted.) A closely-followed schedule, plus the ability to distinguish the meaning of various whimpers, whines and cries, certainly helps to maintain a happy household. Heaven forbid that the parent who can anticipate every need and quickly defuse a child’s temper tantrum leaves for a couple of hours. The detailed schedule that this parent presents to the babysitter or grandparent may seem obsessive-compulsive at first, but eventually it is revealed to be critical to survival in the world of nonverbal communication. Research suggests that the first few years of life are the most crucial to a child’s development of language skills. Babies’ minds rapidly develop and they want to communicate. Hand gesturing (like pointing at an object or waving hello/goodbye) usually appears at age 8 months, which means that from that point on, babies have the capability to tell us their wants and needs. They know what they want (food, love, a clean diaper, sleep), but they are
Lori Halloran gets a young pupil to recognize a sign. hampered by their limited ability to communicate. Children usually start uttering their first words at age one. It’s a milestone that parents eagerly anticipate, because it allows for clearer communication. Any parent will tell you that their children want to share their stories, but without vocabulary this can be an excruciating process of trial and error. Sign language has been used by parents and teachers to foster communication for kids with special needs (like autism, Down syndrome, or speech delays) as well as to introduce a second language. Research shows that babies and children who learn to sign experience enhanced communication, easing their frustrations. Long-term studies show that children who sign have in-
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creased literacy skills by age four and a half, and that their IQs are raised 10-12 points by age eight. Lori Halloran, who started Miss Lori’s American Sign Language Play School in Jamestown in 2006, has seen a high demand to teach American Sign Language. She is the only certified Signing Smart Teacher in Rhode Island. Halloran’s background is in early childhood education. She owned her own daycare center for 15 years in Jamestown and raised four children of her own. When the babies who attend class with Halloran make the connection that different hand movements represent concepts, they begin to pay attention to their caregivers’ hands so they can learn more. Halloran found that signing with hearing babies
and children enhances speaking. Many of her students know the entire alphabet before they are even 18 months old. “Signing with babies gives adults a window into their child’s mind that wouldn’t be possible without this beautiful three-dimensional language,” says Halloran. Jennifer St. Jean started taking her daughter, Emma, to Halloran’s sign language class when she was 18 months old. “We learned the entire alphabet and over 100 other signs,” she says. “My daughter is now five years old, and we still use sign language today, especially the alphabet. I feel that it has helped her excel in reading and comprehension. When she is trying to spell a word, I will sign
Newport is facing deficits totaling close to $50 million over the next five years, a new report by the city’s Finance Department shows. The five-year prospectus, which is required under state law, shows that beginning next year, the city will be forced to grapple with what Finance Director Laura Sitrin described as a “structural imbalance” that has become all too common in state and local governments across the country. Most of the projected deficits are the result of mounting employee benefit costs. “We’ve known for a while, in Newport – and almost all governments – that expenditures are growing more than revenues,” Sitrin said Tuesday. Beginning in fiscal year 2013, expenditures on municipal services and education are each expected to exceed revenues by just over $6 million. By FY2014, that number will
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Regents Approve Pell Plans By Meg O’Neil
Waverly Waluk, 10 months old, signing “milk.”
Planning for the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School can continue, as the Board of Regents on Thursday, Jan. 19 unanimously approved the Newport School Committee’s request for a “space allocation exception” for the elementary school’s gymnasium and cafeteria. The meeting took place at the Rhode Island Department of Education in Providence. The Regents’ vote was prompted by a long-fought suit brought by a group of concerned parents against the Newport School Committee, claiming that the Pell design contained numerous design flaws, including a too-small cafeteria and gym. Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist gave her decision on the suit in December, ruling that the planned cafeteria and gymnasium were too small according to Rhode Island Department of Education construction guidelines: “Regulations require a 6,300 square foot gymnasium … the proposed size of the gymnasium of the Pell School … is 6,060 square feet.” The Commissioner also noted that the dimensions of the cafeteria
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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 the letter, and she knows it immediately. Taking her to sign language classes at a young age was one of the best things I ever did.” Halloran teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced classes for all ages, newborns to adults, as well as for teachers who want to integrate signing into their own classrooms. She offers private lessons for parents and hearing babies who are developing typically or who have delays, and also teaches signing at the James L. Maher Center. She is extremely pleased with the communication progress her students have made: “There are no rules in signing as far as when to start. The point is to just start, early or late. It is a beautiful language, and a great skill to have, and it will benefit all who learn to sign, young and old.” For more information on fees and class schedules contact: Lori Halloran 401-423-3327 3 Center St., Jamestown LoriSull55@live.com www.aslsigningchildren.com
Here are some basic ASL signs that are frequently used between parents and their young children. Remember, there is much more to learning American Sign Language than just memorizing signs. ASL has its own grammar, culture, history, terminology and other important aspects. It takes time and effort to become a “skilled language user.” Family – mom, dad, boygirl, marriage, brother-sister, grandpa-grandma, aunt-uncle, baby, single, divorced-separated Places – home, work, school, store, church, come-go, car/ drive, in-out, with Time – day, night, week, month, year, will-(future), before-(in the past), today-(now), finish-(“all done!”) Temperature– hot, cold Food – pizza, milk, hamburger, hot dog, egg, apple, cheese, drink, spoon, fork, cup, cereal, water, candy, cookie, hungry Clothes – shirt, pants, socks, shoes, coat, underwear Health – wash, hurt, bathroom, brush teeth, sleep, nice/ clean Feelings – happy, angry, sad, sorry, cry, like, good-bad, love Requests – please, excuse, thank you, help, who, what, when, where, why, how, stop Amounts – big, tall, full, more Colors – blue, green, yellow, red, brown, orange, gold & silver Money – dollars, cents, cost Animals – cat, dog, bird, horse, cow, sheep, pig, bug Source: www.lifeprint.com
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CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 are 4,710 square feet. At that size, three separate seatings will be required for the school’s 840 projected students. Last month, Supt. John H. Ambrogi and the Newport School Committee filed a request for a size allowance exemption from RIDE, saying they have been in compliance with RIDE construction regulations since the start of the project. At the Board of Regents regular monthly meeting on Jan. 5, the parent group planned to make final pleas to re-examine the size of the two facilities, but after 55 people signed up for public comment on a variety of educational issues, the allotted time for the meeting ran out. The Board of Regents said they would take up the remaining public comments at the Jan. 19 meeting. At the start of that meeting on Thursday, Board of Regents Chairman George D. Caruolo proposed that the board move all action items up to the start of the agenda, and push back all public comments to the end of the meeting. The requested exemption for the Pell cafeteria and gym was approved with no discussion. Several members of the parents group expressed frustration that their comments were not heard prior to the vote. After the meeting, Supt. John H. Ambrogi said, “I think it certainly vindicates the position of the school department. We prevailed on the public input aspect at the Commissioner’s decision level, and now the Board of Regents has confirmed that we did what we were supposed to do by working with the RIDE officials all the way through the process. So, we’re very happy about their decision this afternoon.”
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Plans for New Water Treatment Plants Aired By Tom Shevlin With a vote scheduled for next week on a pair of design-build contracts, city councilors were given an update on the status of improvements to its water treatment facilities during a special workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Featuring representatives from professional advisors CDM Smith, the session spanned just over an hour, touching on a range of topics – from a brief history of the project to a design unveiling and contract specifics. The meeting also served as an opportunity for council members to inquire about the status of the Water Division’s current negotiations with the Town of Portsmouth, which purchases roughly 1-2 million gallons of water from the system per day. City Solicitor Joseph Nicholson reported that while a contract has yet to be signed, “movement is being made” to finalize a formal purchase agreement with the town. “We are well into it and exceedingly optimistic” that an agreement can be reached, he said. However, given the upcoming vote on the construction contracts, several councilors expressed reservations with the outstanding contract. Third Ward Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard was the first to raise
the question, citing rumors that she has heard that Portsmouth had been looking into purchasing their water from Fall River or Tiverton. Leonard wondered whether the size of the plants could be reduced if Portsmouth were not a customer. Nicholson and Forgue sought to minimize those concerns, noting that the size of the plant doesn’t depend on whether Portsmouth continues to use the system. Rather, the capacity will remain the same as the current system. Still, Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano said she was wary of the timing of the vote. Mayor Stephen C. Waluk also acknowledged that voting on the contract before an agreement is reached with Portsmouth is not ideal. “I don’t feel comfortable without Portsmouth signing a contract, but we have to meet certain deadlines,” he said. Indeed, under a 2004 consent agreement with the state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management, Newport is required to make improvements by 2014 to its Lawton Valley and Station One treatment facilities to reduce the level of total trihalomethanes (THMs) found in its drinking water. THMs are a recognized human carcinogen occurring as a byproduct of chlorination. The new plants will use a hightech process of granulated carbon
filtration which is expected to use less water and require less chlorine for disinfection. Once online, the process is expected to dramatically reduce the levels of THMs across the system, and to improve the taste and overall quality of the island’s drinking water. To achieve that, the city commissioned CDM Smith to come up with a comprehensive 20-year plan, which calls for a new 7-million-gallon-per-day (mgd) facility to replace the current plant at Lawton Valley, and a significant upgrade to Station One, which should restore that facility’s capacity to 9 mgd. Currently, Station One is limited to only 6 mgd. In all, the project is expected to cost upwards of $85 million, most from a $62.3 million construction price tag. And while that number is high, it’s actually lower than the $100 million estimate the city had been initially given. According to Public Utilities Director Julia Forgue, advances in filtration technology are the main driver in the anticipated savings. The improvements are being paid for through a multi-year rate increase that is expected to double ratepayers’ water bills over the next five years. Look for more news about the new treatment plants in next week’s edition of Newport This Week.
Council, Committee Explore Cost Savings By Meg O’Neil NEWPORT -- Moving swiftly through a light agenda, the Newport School Committee/City Council Liaison Subcommittee, along with new City Manager Jane Howington, met on Jan. 24 to bring present members of the City Council up to speed on several items related to Newport’s schools. Providing an update on the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School, Supt. Dr. John H. Ambrogi told Councilors Naomi Neville and Justin S. McLaughlin that construction bid documents for the Pell School had been sent out to the three lowest prequalified bidders. Ambrogi said the school department expects to receive the bids back on Feb. 14, and that the School Committee is “looking for a nice Valentine.” Previously, the initial set of bids that the School Committee received in October all came in 20 percent over initial cost estimates. According to Ambrogi, if the bids come in at an acceptable cost, the groundbreaking date for the Pell school will be around March 1. He went on to explain that one item that has been removed from the design was a subsurface storm
water system designed by McGuire Engineering. Ambrogi said that eco-friendly drainage system did not offer the savings of roughly $325,000 after design fees, that McGuire anticipated. Discussion then moved on to the possibility of the school and city sharing facility and accounting services in the future. School Committee member Robert J. Leary said he’s already on board for the move: “The consolidation of government, in my opinion, is common sense.” The group then discussed the possible use of funds from the sale of surplus school properties to help reduce the $30 million bond for the Pell School. School Committee and Liaison Subcommittee member Thomas S. Phelan submitted for consideration resolution No. 2009-13, approved by the City Council on Jan. 28, 2009. The resolution was to collect all net proceeds generated by the sale of any excised school properties into a fund to help reduce the amount of the bond necessary for the building of a new elementary school. But according to Phelan, that didn’t happen. “I don’t see the city
living up to their obligation when they endorse a resolution – and once it passes – it’s like it didn’t exist,” he said, “It was something that was cut out, and it might be beneficial.” Councilor McLaughlin pointed out that no school buildings had been sold prior to the bond passing. Neville replied, “We are trying to work with the schools to make it a project that works. I think we can get it to work.” Ambrogi also discussed a 5-year financial forecast recently filed with the state Division of Municipal Finance. Ambrogi called the estimate, “a roll of the dice,” due to constant changes in budgets. The report lists significant projected deficits for the next few years for both education and the city, including a combined annual operating deficit of $6 million for FY 2013, which is projected to nearly triple to $17.6 million by FY 2016. The Liaison Subcommittee will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 29 in room 924 of the Newport Area Career & Technical Center at Rogers High School.
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At the recent RI Hospitality Association Stars of the Industry Award celebration several Newport “Stars” were recognized:Tourism Employees of the Year was Lucy Kinsley,Manager of Visitor Experience at the Preservation Society of Newport County; Cathy Morrison,Vice President of Operations at the Newport and Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Emily Ryan,Program Manager at Newport Hospitality.
The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties announces the appointment of Alison DeBlois to be Director of Provider Relations. In this management position DeBlois will be responsible for the agency intake department and for increasing referrals for service from a diverse resource community for both home health and hospice programs. DeBlois holds a MS in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina University and a BA from URI.
Thompson Students of the Month The Thompson Middle School Health and Physical Education Department “accentuates the positive” within its classes. The following are students of the month of December 2011: Grade 5- Emma Meehan and Brian Grednuk; Grade 6 – Alize Duarte and Michael Boughton; Grade 7 – Maeve Byrne and Zachary McCray; Grade 8 – Leidiane DeOliveira
Island-Wide Playgroup The Newport Pre-K Playgroup, open to all mothers regardless of town of residence, runs through May. The playgroup meets at the Hut, 35 Golden St., 9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m., is entirely co-operative, consists of 12 members/children, and provides socialization and growth experiences for both children and mothers. It is an inexpensive way to get a few personal hours a week, while providing your child with the opportunity to interact with others in a safe, happy and stimulating environment. The cost is $25 per month. For more information, contact Miki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8476183.
MOY Book Club The first meeting of the IYRS & Museum of Yachting Book Club will be Feb. 9, 7 p.m. at IYRS, 449 Thames St., 4th floor. The club was started for individuals interested in reading salty yarns and discussing them amongst fellow sailors. The first book is “A Voyage for Madmen” by Peter Nichols, an account of the 1968 Golden Globe. In this singlehanded, solo, nonstop race around the world, nine sailors left England in small sailboats navigating by sextant and paper chart to accomplish what many considered an ultimate test; only one sailor finished the race. Subsequent book choices will be voted on by participants. Those planning to participate should RSVP to Jay Picotte, Museum of Yachting Curator at 8485777 x222 or email@example.com.
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Indoor Gardening Program URI Master Gardener Anna McLaughlin will give a talk about indoor gardening and indoor plants Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd. McLaughlin’s experience as an interior landscaper, certified horticultural therapist, and greenhouse operator will come into play as she demonstrates how to make a dish garden. She is a member of the Northeast Chapter of the American Horticultural Therapy Association and the RI Nursery and Landscape Association. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, sign up by calling the library at 6839457.
Channing Church Lecture Series The weekly Channing lecture series continues with“How to Create Retirement Income Out of Thin Air, And Other Ways of Managing Risk in a Risky Economic Environment,“presented by Chris Yalanis on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Yalanis teaches investment plannning at Salve Regina University. The event is open to the public, tickets are $10. Lecture will be held in the Parish Hall behind the church. The next lecture will be “Awakening the Dreamer,” Saturday, Feb. 4 at noon. For more information, call 8460643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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For What It’s Worth Mr. Santi: We purchased this bust over 20 years ago at an antiques shop on Cape Cod. I think we paid about $200 for it. It is marked Copeland and is made of porcelain. How old is it and what is it worth today? Did we over pay for it? — Mrs. A. Mrs. A: First your bust is Parian, unglazed porcelain, and was made to look like marble. Copeland in the 19th century was one of the more important manufacturers of porcelain in England. I would judge that your portrait bust is between 15” and 20” tall. The subject is Lord Byron and I would date the bust sometime in the third quarter of the 19th century. If perfect, it has a value today between $1,200 and $1,500. You made a good purchase! — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques (During the winter months, The Drawing Room will not be offering ‘free appraisal day’ on Thurs.; but will offer free appraisals by appointment only. Just call 841-5060 to make an appointment.) Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Federico at: email@example.com or 152 Spring St., Newport
Newport County TV Program Highlights January 26 – February 1 THURSDAY – JANUARY 26 9 a.m.: Portsmouth Water & Fire District Mtg: 1.17 10:30 a.m.: Newport City Limits 11 a.m.: Jazz Bash 11:30 a.m.: Center Stage 12 p.m.: Portsmouth School Committee Mtg: 1.10 1:40 p.m.: Portsmouth Town Council Mtg: 1.9 5 p.m.: Grace and Truth 6:30 p.m.: Extreme Karaoke 7 p.m.: Newport City Council Workshop: 1.18 8:10 p.m.: Newport City Council Mtg: 1.25 9 p.m.: Newport School Committee Mtg: 1.10 FRIDAY – JANUARY 27 9 a.m.: Grace and Truth 10:30 a.m.: Extreme Karaoke 11 a.m.: Newport City Council Workshop: 1.18 12:10 p.m.: Newport City Council Mtg: 1.25 1 p.m.: Newport School Committee Mtg: 1.10 6 p.m.: Crossed Paths 6:30 p.m.: Newport County In-Focus 7 p.m.: Thompson Middle School Concert 7:50 p.m.: Rogers High School Chorus & Orchestra Concert 8:30 p.m.: Rogers High School Band & Navy Band Concert SATURDAY – JANUARY 28 10 a.m.: Crossed Paths 10:30 a.m.: Newport Count In-Focus 11 a.m.: Thompson Middle School Concert 11:50 a.m.: Rogers High School Chorus & Orchestra Concert 12:30 p.m.: Rogers High School Band & Navy Band Concert 6 p.m.: Crossed Paths 6:30 p.m.: Newport County in-Focus 7 p.m.: Gaudet School Concert (Johnson) 7:40 p.m.: Gaudet School Concert (Hookway)
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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, Jan. 16 to Monday, Jan. 23, the Newport Police Department responded to 434 calls. Of those, 93 were motor vehicle related; there were 68 motor vehicle violations issued and 25 accidents. The police also responded to 7 incidents of vandalism, 6 noise complaints, 11 animal complaints, and 41 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 13 school security checks (5- Triplett, 4-Rogers High School, 1-Thompson, 1-Coggeshall, 1-Underwood, and 1-Cranston-Calvert). 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, 16 arrests were made for the following violations: n Two arrests were made for driving with a revoked or suspended license. n Two arrests were made for breaking & entering. n Two arrests were made for larceny. n Two arrests were made for underage drinking. n One arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n One arrest was made for disorderly conduct. n One arrest was made for domestic threats. 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 DUI. n One arrest was made for an obscene phone call.
Marine Career Day The 7th annual IYRS Marine Industry Career Day will be held Saturday, Mar. 3, 10a.m. to 1p.m. at the IYRS Newport Campus. Exhibitors and marine trade employers are invited to reserve space; contact Clark Poston, 848-5777, ext. 210.
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Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, Jan. 16 to Monday, Jan. 23, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 129 calls. Of those, 82 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 60 patients being transported to the hospital. 3 patients refused aid. 2 patients were treated on the scene, transport to hospital not needed and 4 patients left scene or were not found. Fire apparatus was used for 112responses, including the following situations: 2 - Cooking fires (confined to container) 1 - Fire other 9 – Fire Alarm (malfunction) 6 – Fire Alarms (unintentional) 52 – Assists with medical rescues or EMS calls Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 59 calls for rescue. Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 28 calls for rescue. Station 5 - Touro Street responded to 0 calls for rescue. In the category of fire prevention; the department performed 5 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 25 life safety inspections and provided 11 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. They are not designed for this purpose and can be a fire hazard. In addition, gas stoves and ovens can produce carbon monoxide (CO) gas that might kill people and pets. (National Fire Protection Association). —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM
Fall Dean’s List Elizabeth Aresti of Jamestown was named to Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Delaware. Oskar Augustowski of Newport, was named to the UMass Dartmouth Chancellor’s List for the fall 2011 semester. Lindsay Butler of Newport was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at UMass Dartmouth. Victoria Dolce of Jamestown was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at UMass Dartmouth. Jenna Polselli of Portsmouth was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Connecticut. Derick Souza of Portsmouth was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Connecticut.
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tax exemption reintroduced Legislation has been submitted in the Senate to restore the sales tax exemption on scenic tour and transportation services. Sponsored by President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), the bipartisan legislation has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. n East Bay legislators fight tolls East Bay legislators, Rep. Raymond E. Gallison Jr. (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth), Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) and Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10,Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) introduced bills to prevent the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority from instituting tolls on the Mount Hope and Sakonnet River bridges. RITBA postponed a vote on tolls scheduled this week until Feb. 8 while the Department of Transportation works on alternative funding proposals. n House passes bills calling for ‘Veteran’ driver’s license The House of Representatives passed legislation to allow a “Veteran” designation on a state-issued driver’s license or identification card. Sponsored by Rep. Peter Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), the bills will allow veterans, upon presentation of a Certificate
of Release from Active Duty, to obtain a “Veteran” license for a reissue fee of $5. n Bill to adjust auto valuation process The House Municipal Government Committee heard testimony on legislation that would revise the motor vehicle valuation process that is used to set municipal auto excise taxes. The bill would use an assessment method based on the trade-in value of a car, rather than the “clean retail value” now being used. n University to launch R.I. campus Legislation was introduced to allow Neumont University, a private computer-science university with a campus of about 330 students in Utah, to apply to the Board of Governors for Higher Education to establish a second campus in Providence. nBill to keep DCYF children instate A bill has been reintroduced a bill that would require Rhode Island Family Court and the Department of Children, Youth and Families to allow state service providers the opportunity to develop an individual treatment plan for any child in need of service. No child would be sent to out-of-state residences, facilities or treatment centers without first allowing a Rhode Island provid-
er the opportunity to develop a treatment plan to help that child. n ‘Katie’s Law’ bills introduced in Assembly Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly again this year to require that a DNA sample be collected from suspects arrested for any crime of violence. The bills are modeled after “Katie’s Law,” which has been enacted in 24 other states. nBills set procedures for autism treatment Building on legislation enacted last year to provide insurance coverage for the treatment of autism, bills have been introduced this year to establish strict guidelines for the licensure of practitioners who provide or supervise autism treatments. n Bill to prohibit political contributions from vendors with state contracts Legislation has been introduced to prohibit any vendor who has a contract with the state worth more than $5,000 or who has bid on a state contract worth more than $5,000 from making contributions to any political committees established to promote the candidacy of an officeholder responsible for awarding contracts or any declared candidates for that office.
Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Middletown); Rep. J. Russell Jackson (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Daniel Patrick Reilly (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)
Winter Lecture Series Potter League to Hold Have a Heart Party The Preservation Society of Newport County recently announced their Winter Lecture Series. On Thursday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., there will be a panel discussion of Newport’s historic urban plan, from the city’s initial settlement in 1638 to the present day. The lecture will be held at The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave. Admission is free, but advance reservations are requested. On Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m. at The Elms, there will be an examination of a 19th century technological advance that created new possibilities in architecture. Admission is free for Society members and $5 for non-members. Advance reservations are requested for all events, at www. NewportMansions.org/events/ events-calendar, or by calling 8471000 ext. 160.
The Potter League will host their 39th annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Auction on Friday, Feb.10, at the Hotel Viking. The Preview Party is from 5:306:30 p.m. and will include Opulent Vodka Pawtinis, wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a Tuscan Charcuterie table, entertainment and auction preview. The Main Event, from 6:30-8:30 pm, features a cash bar, carving station, soup and harvest breads and a veggie station, Break-A-Heart bags, a live auction, a silent auction with over 300 items, and a 50/50 cash raffle. The Live Auction will feature an Ultimate Sports Package, a 12 Meter Yacht Charter, a view of the America’s Cup trials on the Gunga Din Too, a Jamestown Oceanview Garden Party, and the opportunity to be part of the live studio audience for the Martha Stewart Show in New York City.
Silent Auction items includes art, jewelry, animal-related gifts, clothing and accessories, golf packages, wine baskets, gift certificates, yacht charters, spa treatments, items for the home and garden, and travel getaways. Tickets for the Preview Party are $85 in advance, $100 at the door, and include Main Event admission. The Main Event tickets are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. For more information, call 846-0592 or purchase tickets online at www.PotterLeague.com. The Potter League is Newport County’s animal care and education center, providing shelter and care for thousands of animals annually, in addition to providing outreach programs and vital services throughout the community. All proceeds from the event will benefit the animals at the Potter League and these programs.
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EDITORIAL The Answer is Blowing in the Wind Next week, Planning Board members will be meeting in a special session to renew the city’s stalled effort to craft a comprehensive wind turbine ordinance. The meeting is scheduled to be held in the conference room just across from the Council Chamber. We hope that it’s packed. Crafting a reasonable, responsible ordinance to guide the city as new advancements are made in wind energy technology should be of utmost interest to all Newporters. Efforts to develop residential wind turbine applications have been somewhat hit or miss, however we should be prepared to take full advantage if, or when, the technology advances sufficiently to allow full use of one of our most celebrated natural resources: the prevailing breeze. Like the State Historic Preservation Office, which recently expressed concern over the size and scope of the Navy’s plan to erect a series of large-scale turbines that would interrupt Newport’s historic cityscape, we have deep reservations about the impact that commercial turbines would have on our historic city. But that doesn’t mean there is no place for wind energy in our future. While surrounding communities, including Portsmouth, Middletown, and Jamestown, have been out front in their efforts to develop, or encourage, wind turbines of various sizes, Newport thus far has chosen to take a wait-and-see approach. That may have been wise, given the impact that turbines could have on the city’s historic landscape. But it is not a clear plan for the years to come. Encouraging the use of alternative energy sources should be integral to future development, and where appropriate, it should be encouraged when renovating existing homes. The city’s Energy and Environment Commission has already spent considerable time and effort exploring ways that Newport can “go green.” Their knowledge will certainly be welcomed by the Planning Board as they draft their recommendations to the City Council. Planning Board members are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. All are heartily encouraged to attend.
City Hall, Can You Hear Me?
Beginning last January, we closely followed the City Council as they worked to craft a strategic plan that would serve as a guide for this and future councils. At the council’s strategy sessions, we saw firsthand the process by which the city’s goals were developed and affirmed. Broadly, the group began with the over-arching mission to make Newport the most livable and welcoming city in New England. When the group reconvened earlier this month after a roughly sixmonth interlude, the discussion was more pointed. During that session, improving communication was stressed as a top priority within City Hall. This past weekend’s snowstorm served as a prime example of how the city can improve its information flow. Just as we should be prepared to embrace new technologies in supplying energy to our homes and businesses, the city should also embrace new forms of communication that could significantly improve the dialogue between residents and city leaders. We suspect that improved communication will be valuable not just in emergencies, but also as a means of convincing residents to support measures that will be needed in order to stave off a financial emergency.
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LETTER TO Bars Ask to Turn the Music Up THE EDITOR Waites Wharf complex seeks to increase decibels, expand entertainment license
Fill Up Those Empty Buses To the Editor; Here is a suggestion: I see so many buses that go by almost empty all day long. (And cringe at the energy used to move 2 people). Fill them up for a reasonable price, tourist and native friendly routes, and TONS of press, signs, about where the routes go and where. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could take a trolley for a few dollars along Ocean Drive? From the Transportation Center to ALL the mansions and back again? From one end of America’s Cup to the end of Thames. (I don’t think I have ever seen a trolley on Thames). I think it is essential for Newport’s economy. If 1/10th of the energy that went into the Queen Anne Square “discussion” could be put towards this, it would have been solved already. Parking and drop off and pickup locations could be at: Brenton Point, Newport Grand, Salve, Ft. Adams, Navy Base Hospital, etc, And what about all the church parking lots that are empty all week? I would be happy to volunteer in any way I can. Laura Travers Newport
Municipal Boards for 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.
By Tom Shevlin The owners of the complex of bars and restaurants at the end of Waites Wharf have petitioned the city to allow them to expand and to increase the decibel level permitted under their Class A and B entertainment licenses. In three separate applications, @ The Deck LLC, Riptides North LLC, and Waites Wharf Grille, LLC, all of which are owned by Scarsdale, N.Y. resident Thomas Abruzese, have asked the council to increase the allowable decibel levels at the popular venues from 65 dbs to 75 dbs, and to allow for outdoor entertainment along a 30x90-foot section of pier. Meanwhile, Harbour Realty, LLC, which is also owned by Abruzese, has requested approval from the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council to replace the existing lawn area at @The Deck with a 2,166-square foot outdoor deck. According to Newport zoning ordinances, decibel levels of up to 75 dbs are normally allowed for businesses in general and in waterfront business zones. Council members had initially limited the allowable level at Waites Wharf after neighbors expressed concern that the noise from the properties would have a negative impact have on the area. The new applications have prompted a round of early objections. As of Wednesday, Jan. 18, four abutters had written to the council to formally oppose the application package. Describing the complex as “an eyesore” on the city’s waterfront, Coddington Wharf resident John Nicolace warned that Waites Wharf is “an over crowded area of drinking-to-excess bars, unruliness and loud music.” He added that he is “vehemently opposed to any increase in the decibel rating requested for the Deck and Riptides” and likewise to the request for outdoor entertainment on the pier off of The Boat Dockside. Also objecting is Chandler Hovey, who noted that the timing of the application should be cause for concern. “This location abuts at least 100 residences, including mine, which are infrequently occupied in winter and fully occupied during summer,” Hovey wrote. “Scheduling public
hearings in the middle of winter is a slap in the face for summer resident home owners whose real estate taxes pay for much of Newport’s budget. How and by whom was this hearing scheduled? This needs to be investigated and the findings publicized. Why was the City Clerk’s notice mailed with no date on it? The council needs to reschedule this hearing when a majority of abutters can reasonably be expected to be present. Too many changes that affect tax-paying Newport summer residents are enacted under the cover of winter.” Mike and Marion Mohoney have lived on Coddington Wharf for the last 32 years. They also objected to the proposal: “It is not our intent to cast disparaging assertions on the applicants, nor is it our intent to expound on the many times we have been disturbed or awakened by the loud noises from Waites Wharf. It is also not our intent to express our overwhelming disappointment in past and current efforts to bring under control the increasing lack of care or consideration, by owners and customers alike, given to the residents of this neighborhood. At the current limit of 65 decibels, the contents and structural components of our home already bounce, buzz, rattle and vibrate to the sound pressures emanating from the above establishments. Our intent is very simple. We understand that an important part of the council’s collective charter is to consider these applications. Our most sincere request is that you adamantly refuse.” Added Caryn Johnston Leahy and David Leahy, “As a long time resident of Newport, we applaud efforts that have occurred in the past to maintain a reasonable decibel level and reasonable outdoor entertainment space size for businesses in the downtown Newport area. As we know, owners that are asking for these permit extensions are doing so for further economic profit, and are, for the most part, not residing or using property within an immediate radius and therefore, are not unduly affected by these requests. We will be unduly affected and request that our right to quiet enjoyment of our property and the resulting detraction of possible property value not be allowed and we request that these these permit expansions be denied.” Councilors are scheduled to consider the request at their Jan. 25 meeting.
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Wind Turbines Under Review: Workshop Set By Tom Shevlin Long known for its steady winds, Newport has been reluctant to embrace wind turbine technology. But on Thursday, Jan. 19, members of the city’s Planning Board renewed an effort to put forth a comprehensive ordinance to govern the future development of residential and commercial scale turbines. According to Paige Bronk, the city’s director of planning, it’s a topic the city administration has been grappling with for years. It’s also an issue that’s familiar to the Planning Board. In 2010, under past Chair Naomi Neville, the board began a push to develop a wind turbine ordinance.
However, following Neville’s election to City Council, the effort lost steam. But after an Eastnor Road resident requested permission to construct a residential turbine in the densely populated Fifth Ward neighborhood, the issue was revived. Last month, City Council members voted unanimously to place a 9-month moratorium on turbine construction, and specifically requested the Planning Board to report back to them with a comprehensive draft ordinance. Now, Planning Board members are set to pick up where they left off at a special Feb. 1 workshop on Feb. 1 at City Hall. “We’re kind of in a reactive
mode, when perhaps we should have been proactive,” Bronk said on Thursday. The group is expected to rely on a number of different sources for drawing up a final proposal, including a report on clean energy conducted by the Energy & Environment Commission which included a draft turbine ordinance, and an effort recently begun by the University of Rhode Island to develop a model ordinance that could be applied by municipalities across the state. Board members are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
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Judge Overturns Eastbourne Lodge Decision By Tom Shevlin A Superior Court judge last week overturned a decision by the city’s Zoning Board of Review denying the application of a Massachusetts real estate developer to convert the Eastbourne Lodge property at 80 Rhode Island Ave. into 11 luxury condominium units. The decision, filed Jan. 17 in Newport Superior Court by Judge Stephen Nugent, found that the Zoning Board’s 2008 decision to deny a special use permit requested by R.I. Core Investments, LLC was “clearly erroneous,” “arbitrary,” and that “substantial rights” of the applicant had been prejudiced. Purchased in March 2006 by Boston-based developer Core Investments for more than $4 million, the 3.8 acre Eastbourne Lodge property occupies a prominent space in the historic Kay-Catherine neighborhood. The main house dates to the late 1800s. Currently, the property consists of 14 separate rental apartment units spread out over the 18,000-square-foot building. In 2006, Core obtained approvals from the Planning Board and Historic District Commission to subdivide the property and construct 12 single-family homes and restore the mansion with up to 11 condominium units. Core then requested a special use permit from the zoning board. However, objections quickly arose, as neighbors claimed the development was not in keeping with the area. Among their concerns: lot coverage, density, traffic, and plans to construct a series of water retention ponds to cut down on stormwater runoff. By May of 2007, when Core first
appeared before the board, the issue had reached a fevered pitch. Six public hearings would follow, with testimony taking place on a monthly basis between July 2007 and January of 2008. As noted in the court’s decision, Core presented testimony from seven witnesses, five of whom qualified as experts. Through it all, opponents waged an intensive letter-writing campaign and neighborhood mobilization effort. By the court’s estimation, the applicant succeeded in proving their case, noting that four out of the five board members had accepted as findings of fact several key arguments explored in depth over the course of the hearing process. However, when it came time for a vote, the proposal failed by a 3-2 margin, with two of those members, including then-Chairman Peter O’Connell, appearing to contradict their accepted findings. One of those findings was that the application “is harmonious with the other uses permitted in that district.” That assertion was backed up by Edward Pimental, who was hired by Core as an expert witness on land use development. However, despite voting in favor of the findings of fact, a majority of board members voted against the project. According to the court’s review, Chairman O’Connell and Martin Cohen cited the negative impact on the neighborhood in explaining their opposition, while board member Michael Martin pointed to the potential dangers posed by a series of manmade retention ponds. But as Judge Nugent wrote, “After review of the entire record, the Court is satisfied that… the finding
that the proposed use would not be harmonious with the neighborhood was not supported by substantial evidence.” In fact, the court found there was “uncontradicted expert testimony” that the development would indeed fit with the area and would positively benefit property values. “Four of the five Zoning Board members expressly found that the proposed use ‘is consistent with and in harmony with the surrounding area,’” Nugent wrote. “What is further perplexing to this Court is the fact that Chairman O’Connell specifically accepted Mr. Pimental’s testimony as credible with regard to his opinion that the proposed use would be harmonious with the surrounding area. However, his ‘additional findings’ inexplicably contradicted this initial finding.” He continued, “Where there is no competent evidence to offset that of an applicant’s experts, the Zoning Board’s denial of the application may be characterized as arbitrary and an abuse of discretion.” After reviewing the record, Nugent ruled that the board’s denial was “clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, probative, and substantial evidence of the record and was clearly arbitrary. Substantial rights of R.I. Core have been prejudiced. Accordingly, this Court reverses the decision by the Zoning Board of Review of the City of Newport.” He concluded simply, “R.I. Core’s application for a special use permit is granted.” Whether the city plans to appeal the decision is not clear. A phone call to Core Investment’s offices on Tuesday was not returned in time for press.
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Ocean Drive is Now Pole-Free By Tom Shevlin Motorists cruising Ocean Drive recently may have noticed that the scenic stretch of road just got a bit more scenic. Thanks to an effort by the Aquidneck Land Trust, the last remaining overhead utility poles along the drive have been removed. In all, 14 poles – some that had begun to tilt precariously – were taken down last week, and the lines they carried were buried. The project, which got underway earlier this fall, was part of the ALT’s Newport Conservation Initiative. It follows up on a privately funded initiative which removed 22 overhead utility poles, and effectively restores the viewshed of the area to a more natural state. In total, nearly a mile of overhead utilities (approximately 4,800 feet) has been buried through both projects. “These visionary restoration projects ensure that our island’s residents and many visitors can now enjoy the critical four mile scenic stretch of Ocean Drive, from Bellevue Avenue to Castle Hill, completely free of any visual obstructions from above-ground utility poles and lines,” ALT declared on Friday. “This is a historic
restoration milestone for the island, and ALT is proud to have led the effort with a dedicated team and generous financial sponsorship.” Since its launch in 2009, the Newport Conservation Initiative has seen a number of successful projects, including: the conservation of Braga Park, the Merrillton Estate off of Bellevue Avenue, Sulthorne field near Salve Regina University, Spencer Park, King Park, Rovensky Park, and the Ocean View Estate next to the Cliff Walk. Ted Clement, ALT Executive Director commented, “On behalf of ALT, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the two visionary benefactors who enabled ALT to successfully complete this project: Philip and Patricia Bilden. The Bildens are long-time supporters of land conservation projects across Aquidneck Island. They previously led the initial project in 2009 to privately remove 22 utility poles along Ocean Avenue, from Hazards Beach to Hazard Road, burying nearly 3000 feet of overhead utilities. The team, resources, and funding that the Bildens assembled were critical in making this final phase possible under ALT’s leadership.” Patricia Bilden noted, “We are
all grateful to the Aquidneck Land Trust, under Ted’s dedicated and energetic leadership, for championing difficult projects, such as the utility pole burial on the Ocean Drive, that restore and preserve the natural beauty of our island. We are all fortunate that such vision and commitment by Ted, ALT, and its many supporters will ensure that future generations may enjoy the natural beauty of our island.” Others singled out by ALT included: Mike Ward, project manager; Mike DaPonte, operations and excavation manager; Tito Camacho, logistical support; and Turner Scott, project legal counsel. Clement concluded, “The team is particularly grateful to Adam Silveira, Operations Engineer of National Grid, whose persistence and dedication to both projects went ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty. ALT is thankful for the cooperation of National Grid, as well as Cox Communications, Verizon, and the Coastal Resources Management Council. We also thank the landowners who came together to support the project: the Bernhard family, the Doumato family, Gooseberry Beach, and the City of Newport.”
Naval Community Briefs Cupid at the O’Club Naval Station personnel are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Officers’ Club at the annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Friday, Feb. 10. The festive evening features dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Navy Band Newport’s Rhode Island Sound will perform. Tickets are $50 per person and are available in advance at the ITT office (Bldg. 1255). Call 841-3116 for more information. Early ticketing is strongly suggested.
Eight Bells Lecture The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue Thursday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum. Historian George Daughan will discuss his recently released book, “If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy - from the Revolution to the War of 1812.” He examines the early debate on the role of the Navy in the new nation and its resolution. Daughan, an Air Force veteran, holds a Ph.D. in American History and Government from Harvard University and has taught at the Air Force Academy, Connecticut College, University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, and Wesleyan University. The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. For reservations and base access call 841-2101.
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The Officers’ Club Winter Comedy Series will continue with veteran comedian Tony V on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Topside Lounge. Tony V has appeared in clubs across the country and on every major network. His television credits include “Seinfeld,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd.” He has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Steven Wright and Adam Sandler, and has opened for Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Billy Ray Cyrus, and The Beach Boys. The show is free and open to all hands with base access. Please note, the comedy series is geared toward adults. For more information, call 841-1442.
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Larry Ellison’s ambitious plan to convert the former Astor’s Beechwood Mansion into a fine art museum breezed through the Newport Zoning Board on Monday., Jan. 23. Following a brief hearing, board members voted unanimously to approve the application, by Eastern Estates LLC, to combine the home’s existing lot at 580 Bellevue Ave. with an adjacent lot and make various improvements to the property. With Planning Board approval in hand, the project next moves on to the Historic District Commission, which took up the matter briefly earlier this month before continuing it to a future session at the request of the applicant. Once again, attorney Peter Regan of Sayer, Regan & Thayer LLP, represented the application. With him was a small group of witnesses prepared to testify in the fields of real estate, traffic, and architecture. However, with the application drawing only minimal concern from board members, there was no need for testimony. In fact, the only line of questioning during the hearing came from Mary Jo Hoene Seiter, who asked whether, in light of plans to demolish an existing 1980s-era garage, the applicant would be coming back in the future to ask permission to construct a new garage. Regan responded that he doesn’t anticipate any such request, noting that he doesn’t expect there to be much residential use during the winter months. The board then voted 5-0 in favor of the application. Receiving a bit more scrutiny was an application by Kevin MacDonald, of 54 Ellery Rd., who had come before the board to ask permission to install a 15’x9’ in-ground therapeutic spa in the rear of his home for his elderly father. MacDonald, who owns the two-
family home with three-car garage and sweeping views of Easton’s Pond, told board members that the pool was needed for his father, who lives in one of the units and suffers from diabetes and joint ailments. The spa, which was described as a warm-water exercise pool, would increase the lot coverage at the 11,670-square-foot lot from 29 to 31 percent – a level which attorney J. Russell Jackson described as in line with other properties in the neighborhood. But there was an objection. Turner Scott, representing abutter Marylin McDonnell, asked whether the applicant had received approval for various additions to the property, including a 1-1/2 story addition to a garage which features a retractable drawbridge, slide, and rooftop deck; a 4’x McDonnell said that more than the pool, she was objecting to the house’s transformation over the years. “It’s getting very confining,” she said, also citing the number of vehicles she’s noticed coming and going from the property, allegedly associated with MacDonald’s construction firm. Further, Scott argued that because the property is the largest in the neighborhood, the proposal to increase the lot coverage to over 30 percent would have a disproportionate impact on the neighborhood. Jackson responded by saying that he doesn’t believe the size of a lot should justify any different treatment under zoning rules. Board members seemed to agree, voting 4-1 in favor of the application, with Martin Cohen opposed. The rest of the meeting centered around an application by Nancy Grinnell to add a one-story, 424-square-foot addition and 120-square-foot deck to her home
at 18 Prescott Hall Rd. Initially considered a summary hearing, Zoning Board members expressed concern over the size of the addition, which they noted would significantly increase the existing lot coverage. Chairwoman Rebecca McSweeney wondered whether the request was for the least variance required, as stipulated by the city’s zoning ordinance. Grinnell said that she believed it was, explaining that the addition simply called for a new combined bedroom/office space and new bathroom. Board member Martin Cohen also expressed reservations about the scope of the application, asking whether a new deck was necessary. At that, the board removed the document from the summary calendar to give it a full hearing. Later in the meeting, the application was revisited. After the applicant agreed to eliminate plans for the new deck, the project was approved by a unanimous vote. In other business, the board voted to approve an application by Jamie Aguiar to convert an existing retail space at 6 Broadway into a fast food use. She plans to open a smoothie shop, Shape Up Newport. Also receiving approval to convert an existing retail space into a fast food use was Shivaya LLC, which plans to open a self-serve frozen yogurt shop at 198 Thames St. An application by William and Eve Woodhull to convert an existing garage into a single dwelling unit at 27 Kay St. was also approved unanimously, as was an application by Carol Ballard to install a gas generator at 31-33 Beacon Hill Rd. Attorney Turner Scott, who represented the applicant, told the board that the generator would only be operational at times when the power is lost.
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CRMC Tackles Ann Street Pier Extension By Tom Shevlin JAMESTOWN – The state’s Coastal Resources Management Council on Tuesday took up for the first time a request by the city to extend the Ann Street Pier as part of what proponents say is a bid to expand the availability of transient dockage in Newport Harbor and boost the fortunes of the Lower Thames Street Armory. No decision was reached during the more than 3-hour-long session and council members seemed resigned to the likelihood of an extended hearing process, which began here inside of a crowded Town Hall. Representing the city was attorney Joseph DeAngelis, who asserted that the application put forth represents nothing short of “one of the most important public access, public interest cases the council has ever heard.” But he was met with staunch opposition on the part of a trio of abutters including 802 Partners, LLC, which owns 41 North; the Newport Onshore Condominium Association; and Astoria Realty Trust, which owns H20. Represented by a team of attorneys led by Turner Scott, himself the former chairman of the city’s Waterfront Commission and CRMC, the objectors argued that the application represents a navigational hazard that infringes on the littoral rights and use of existing private interests, and constitutes a de facto marina operation. They were pointed in their criticisms of the project and the city’s claim that there had been an established need for the extension. But the city claimed that it has history, and the public interest, on its side. In brief opening remarks, Mayor Stephen C. Waluk told councilors of stories that his grandfather still recalls from the early 1930s, when the pier extended well into Newport Harbor. However, as historic photos and maps detail, the pier was severely damaged during the 1938 Hurricane. The city is hoping to reclaim some of the area beyond the current pier. According to an application on file with CRMC, the city is proposing to add a 193-foot floating concrete pier system which could be used for expanded harbor shuttle service and transient
dockage for boats under 40-feet. If approved, the project would extend the pier a total of 393 feet into Newport Harbor, bringing it in line with neighboring docks operated by 41 North and Newport Onshore. It would also serve as a critical component in the success or failure of the city’s broader Armory Wharf complex, which aims to pair the added dock space along the pier with a transient boater facility currently under construction in the lower level of the historic Armory building. “This is really the last piece of property the City of Newport has that’s ours along the downtown waterfront corridor,” Waluk told councilors, adding, “It’s an objective of the CRMC to preserve that access irrespective of economic means. We’re not expecting megayachts to come in there; we’re expecting regular boaters from around Rhode Island – from around the region – to come in for less than 48 hours, take advantage of that dock, to go in to use that transient boater facility and enjoy all of the City of Newport has to offer.” Boosting the city’s case was a CRMC staff report, which found no objection to the project. The report states: “The City is attempting to assert for the public its ‘riparian’ right to access the navigable waters of the State and more fully develop its public resources, and compete with surrounding uses which have historically freely utilized the City’s ‘riparian’ area for private benefit.” However, before the CRMC hears formal testimony, the city must clear a series of hurdles – including specifying whether the application represents a marina facility or a commercial enterprise (which are classified differently under CRMC regulations). Another issue is whether or not the proposal is too similar to earlier plans put forth by the city for the pier. Hoping to bring the project to an swift end, Scott and fellow objecting attorneys Sean Coffey of Burns & Levinson, LLP, representing 802 Partners and Gregory Fater, representing Astoria Realty Trust, pursued a three-pronged approach, arguing that the project would create a navigational hazard; that it infringed on their littoral boundaries; and finally, that as a competing marina, it could have a detrimental impact on their client’s business.
“This is a disaster in terms of navigation,” Coffey said, adding that the 200-ft. megayachts that dock at 41 North could “disappear” from Newport Harbor if the plan is approved. Scott also argued that the project is nearly identical to two previous proposals that were denied by the same body in 1984 and 1994, and effectively constitutes a marina operation, which under CRMC rules requires that a different standard be met by the applicant. “A marina is a marina,” Scott said, contending that the city is entering into a business and therefore should be held to its own zoning regulations. Fater, meanwhile, cited a long-standing dispute with the city over the boundary line associated with the pier. However, staff – and the council – sided with the city, opting to move ahead with a full hearing. DeAngelis then called former City Manager Edward F. Lavallee to testify on behalf of the project. Lavallee put the project in the context of the broader Armory Wharf complex, noting that the city lacks sufficient publicly owned dock space. As the self-described City-by-the-Sea, “It’s almost embarrassing to have to admit,” he said. However, under cross-examination, Scott and Coffey picked apart Lavallee’s testimony, arguing that when viewed along with the shower, restroom, and other associated facilities planned for the visiting boater center, the project looks an awful lot like a marina. Following Lavallee was Waterfront Commission Chairman Hank Kniskern, who referenced several goals contained in the city’s recently completed Harbor Management Plan as a basis for the project. Kniskern pointed to a study which revealed “a tremendous lack of public facilities for boaters” in Newport Harbor. But Scott, who was chair of the Waterfront Commission when the study Kniskern referenced was conducted, questioned whether it was a reliable indicator, and even if it should be considered a “study.” After a series of brief, tense exchanges, CRMC Chair Anne Livingston suggested the matter be continued until the council’s next meeting.
lar shortfall, except to note that “a combination of additional revenues and reduced expenditures” will be needed. Mayor Stephen C. Waluk said that the report highlights an issue that he has been concerned with for some time. “This is something that I’ve been talking about, and something we’ve known,” he said. “We have to find ways to save money.” According to Sitrin, the “big dollars,” are in employee benefits. “Every year, the total cost of benefits grows closer to the total cost of salaries and may soon outpace salaries. For instance, the projected cost of salaries in FY2016 is $24.2 million versus the projected cost of benefits in FY2016 of $23.7 million. “All governments face an issue right now as to what kinds of services they can afford to provide, and Newport is no different,” Sitrin
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DEFICITS CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 grow to roughly $10.5 million. If no action is taken, the deficit would swell to $15 million in FY2015 and $17.6 million in FY2016 – or just over $48 million over the next five years. Specifically, the report shows that the city’s expenditures are anticipated to rise from $115 million in the current fiscal year to $134 million in FY2016. Meanwhile revenues will remain relatively flat, inching up from $115 million in the current year, to just over $116.5 million in FY2016. “As you can see, there are significant deficits projected for the next few years,” Sitrin wrote in a Jan. 12 memo to council members. The document, which beginning this year was required to be submitted to the state Department of Revenue, didn’t contain any specific recommendations for addressing the multi-million-dol-
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DINNER & A MOVIE ‘The Artist’ Silently Celebrates Cinema’s Past By Patricia Lacouture French director Michel Hazanavicius offers up a warm and charming celebration of cinema’s history in “The Artist,” a mostly silent film in glorious black-and-white. Since its infancy, cinema has looked forward to new techniques and technologies. From the “magic lantern” illusions of Georges Melies, showcased brilliantly in Scorsese’s “Hugo,” to evolutions in editing by pioneers like Edwin Porter (“The Great Train Robbery”) and D.W. Griffith (“Way Down East”), as well as Russian intellectuals like Sergei Eisenstein (“Potemkin”), film has aimed to pack more meaning into the frame and more excitement into the narrative. Fast-forward through Technicolor and wide-screen processes like CinemaScope and Vista Vision, and you see film bursting into vivid color spread across a screen space that allowed for a broader, bolder cinema. Of course, the most startling step in cinema history was the introduction of the “talking picture.” Sound changed everything, and some feel it robbed film of its visual purity. Another fast-forward, and we have James Cameron earning Oscar accolades for fine-tuning and advancing the technology of 3-D. Where do we go now that the objects seem to float off the screen and hover above our heads so that we feel that we can touch them? I think Hazanavicius has come up with a lovely solution: Go back to the roots. He does so with panache and polish in this whimsical love story that’s as much about loving movies as it is about romantic love. The story unfolds between 1927 and 1932 in “Hollywoodland,” the name originally perched on a Los Angeles hillside. This period coincides with the introduction of sound, which changed film forever. While the audience of that time could hear singing, as it did with, Al Jolsen’s “Blue Skies” in 1927s “The Jazz Singer,” the camera was immobile. Static shots resulted from the new bulky cameras that could record sound and sight, but film could
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Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin star in a must see movie in which the characters don’t speak. no longer dance or follow characters as they meandered about. That has, of course, been corrected, but in a world of dizzying special effects and spectacular stunts, today’s movies seem to have become more about spectacle than story. “The Artist” has a relatively simple story line. Screen icon George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) has a face that the camera loves. He’s a Valentino-like figure with his tuxedos, starched shirts, dazzling smile and slicked-back hair. He revels in his career until the day he meets the charming Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), a pretty creature who captures the tabloids’ attention with the query, “Who’s That Girl?” Soon, that anonymous girl becomes Hollywood’s “It Girl,” as she gets a small part that leads to larger and larger roles, until a new star is born. As Peppy’s popularity climbs, especially because she can speak as well as show off her smile, Valentin’s fate plummets. He’s already in trouble at home, where his neglected wife Doris (Penelope Ann Miller) tries to have an argument rather than suffer through his silence. “Why won’t you speak?” Doris prods. The studios would also like Valentin to become verbal, but he clings to his silence, and that isn’t selling motion pictures anymore. Dejected, Valentin sets his old films on fire and almost perishes
in the resulting flames. He is saved by his loyal dog, Jack, a cheeky nod to the Nick and Nora Charles films (the “Thin Man” series) with their ubiquitous pooch, Asta. Later, he’s rescued by Peppy, which offers another pleasant reversal from those early films in which the men did all the rescuing. “The Artist” lovingly pays homage to black-and-white films with its use of variations on the “wipe” and the “iris” shot. The final confrontation between Valentin and his unhappy wife echoes “Citizen Kane’s” brilliant “breakfast table” montage. You can find many vintage film references in this film, including the song “Singing in the Rain” and a treatment of Bernard Hermann’s haunting love song from “Vertigo.” The most telling fact this critic can relate about “The Artist” is that this movie feels so much shorter than its almost two-hour running time. Like a pleasant summer breeze, “The Artist” gently hums along with wit, grace and charm. It’s a must-see. Patricia Lacouture currently teaches film studies at Salve Regina University. She also taught at Rhode Island College for ten years. She completed her graduate studies in film from Boston University.
‘The Artist’ is an Award Winner “The Artist” has won three Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture; Best Performance by an Actor: Jean Dujardin; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Berenice Bejo. It has also been nominated for Academy Awards in these categories: Best Picture: Thomas Langmann, Producer; Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin; Actress in a Supporting Role: Berenice Bejo; Directing: Michel Hazanavicius; Writing Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavisius; Art Direction: Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould; Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman; Costume Design: Mark Bridges; Film Editing; Music (Original Score): Ludovic Bource; Film Editing: Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius.
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The Fifth Element Adds Luster to Broadway
By Annette Leiderman Raisky
Executive chef Chris DePerro, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, describes the Fifth Element menu as “constantly evolving.”
Chris DePerro’s Stuffed Eggplant (Serves 4) (Preheat oven to 400 degrees) Ingredients: 4 Italian (or other) eggplants 1/4 cup spinach, cooked and coarsely chopped 2 scallions, sliced thin 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 8-10 oil cured black olives, quartered 1 tbs. walnuts, coarsely chopped Harissa paste to taste (spicy Moroccan red pepper paste) Juice from half a lemon, optional 2 oz. feta cheese, diced small 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese, grated 2 tbs. Pecorino or Parmagiano cheese, grated Olive oil Salt & pepper Directions: Working from stem to end, slice a thin cap off the eggplant (about one fifth), leaving the stem intact. Turn it over and slice a bit (but not too much), off the bottom to prevent the eggplant from rolling around. Then brush the entire eggplant with a small amount of olive oil, concentrating on the cut portions. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone mat and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the eggplant feels soft when squeezed on the sides. When done, remove from the oven and allow it to cool. When cool, use a small knife and cut around the inside of the top of the eggplant to release the flesh from the sides. Then, scoop out with a spoon. Reserve and coarsely chop. In a bowl, mix the reserved eggplant, spinach, scallions, parsley, walnuts, olives and cheeses. Season the mix with the harissa, salt and pepper to taste, adding lemon juice if more acidity is needed. All of this can be done a day in advance, if desired. To finish the eggplant, place on a sheet pan and fill the cavity with the eggplant mixture and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until the top is golden and the center is hot. Serve immediately.
The Fifth Element, which relocated from lower Thames Street to its present location on Broadway in December 2010, hit the ground running and never looked back. Thanks to an incredibly loyal following, it was one of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant openings in recent memory. Co-owners Brad Cherevaty and Frank Doyle, along with executive chef Chris DePerro, have created a stylish and inviting restaurant and bar that attracts locals, destination diners, and tourists. From the moment you walk into the stunning interior, you are struck by the wonderful way all of the elements play off each other. The use of wood, steel beams, glass and earth tones throughout the open space design are a perfect complement to the eclectic menu. The owners and Doyle’s wife, Anna Hattendorf, have created a setting unlike any other in Newport. The beautiful bar is the centerpiece for the lounge area. Built from reclaimed pine and featuring a water wall fountain, it sets the tone for a great night out. Both Cherevaty and Doyle are former bar tenders who waited tables together at the original Christie’s. Chef DePerro also worked at the original Fifth Element. All three draw on this past experience to ensure that everyone who walks through their doors feels at home. There are banquettes where you can eat or drink, as well as small conversational areas with soft, upholstered furniture. The restaurant side is set apart for quieter dining.
The open kitchen at The Fifth Element serves up mouthwatering aromas – day and night. Their signature Margherita pizza is served piping hot from the brick oven. (Photos by Laurie Warner) One element that immediately stands out is the sleek, open kitchen that invites you to take a look at the action. The open hearth is great to look at, especially at night when the glow warms the entire Fifth Element experience. DePerro is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and worked at the Atlantic Inn on Block Island. He has created a terrific menu for the Fifth Element that is always evolving. He cites two appetizers in particular that have become mainstays: the mussels and
Owners Brad Cherevaty and Frank Doyle have partnered delicious food with great décor and an inviting atmosphere to create a setting that draws locals, foodies and tourists alike.
spinach balls. The mussels are prepared in a garlicky, spicy, red wine tomato broth with andouille sausage and are served with grilled bread ($11). The spinach balls are made with fresh, sauteed spinach with diced French baguette bread and lots of secret ingredients ($8). It is based on a recipe from a friend’s mother. DePerro highly recommends a new main dish he has created with grilled Atlantic salmon served over a warm salad of endive, red grapes, bamboo rice, and shallot vinaigrette ($22). There is also the delicious spaghetti carbonara made with garlic and spinach for $14. If you’re a meat and potatoes person, you’ll enjoy the grilled New York strip steak with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic butter ($24). There is something for everyone, including burgers, salads and pizzas. For those who like to eat at the bar, snacks and complete dinners are served there. The Fifth Element also prepares food to take out, including its wonderful pizza Margherita, made with the finest San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, garlic and basil ($15). There are also desserts, including one that is off-thecharts delicious: Chocolate Guinness Cake. An extensive bar menu of wines, sparkling wines, beers, whiskys, dessert wines and after dinner drinks rounds out the beverage experience.
TO GO: The Fifth Element 111 Broadway, Newport 619-2552 www.thefifthri.com Hours: Mon-Sat 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sidewalk seating is planned when the weather turns warm. The floor to ceiling glass doors in front of the building allow natural light to permeate throughout. DJ-mixed recorded music is provided on Friday evenings, and there is live music including jazz and blues on Saturday nights. The Sunday brunch menu includes homemade granola with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, and baked French toast with maple syrup. Of course, there is a good selection of accompanying drinks such as mimosas and Bloody Marys. The Fifth Element focuses on high quality and friendly, yet sophisticated atmosphere. It is open daily, year round. Annette Leiderman Raisky is a former New Yorker who has worked for the Food Network. In this column, she’ll bring her behind-thescenes knowledge of our chefs and restaurants our to readers.
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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.
NBA player Chris Herron and sports journalist Bill Reynolds will discuss Herron’s memoir “Basketball Junkie,” at Pennfield School on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. The story chronicles the Fall River native’s life in the NBA and his spiral into the world of heroin addiction and recovery. Free and open to the public.110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth. 849-4646.
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, 846-0813. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Owl Prowl Learn about owls and then search for them on the sanctuary. Ages, 5 and up, but 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. NormanBirdSanctuary.org. 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 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. Candlelight History Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669. Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 849-3473, www.FirehouseTheater.org.
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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. Biomes Center Marine Animal Program Get up close and personal with various marine animals such as horseshoe crabs, sea cucumbers,
starfish, seahorses and pufferfish. This special program is presented by the Biomes Center. The handson program gives children the opportunity to touch and learn about these amazing sea creatures. Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., pre-registration 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, www.savebay.org. 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, www.NewportArtMuseum.org. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669. 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. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Jan. 27 for details.
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Musical Entertainment Thursday, January 26 Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m.
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Monday January 30
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., 846-0813, www.newporthistory.org. Bilingual Storytime Children ages 4 and up are invited to attend bilingual storytime with Dana Edward Ramey. Stories will be presented in Spanish and English with related activities. This storytime is excellent for families who speak Spanish as their first language as well as for children who are learning Spanish as a second language. No registration is required for this free program. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m. Pell Center Lecture Dr. James Ludes, executive director of the Pell Center, will discuss “New Directions for the Pell Center,” exploring the center’s work, its plans for the future and efforts to better integrate the Pell Center into the
Salve Regina community. A reception will follow. McKillop Library, Ochre Point Ave., 4 p.m..
Tuesday January 31
Newport Cooks! Vegetarian Chef Christian Pieper of the Salvation Café Alexandra Day lead this hands-on class on meatless meals, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, 6-8 p.m., advanced registration required, 293-0740, www. Facebook.com/NewportCooks. Retirement Planning Lecture Chris Yalanis, CFP, presents “How to Create Retirement Income Out of Thin Air, and Other Ways of Managing Risk in a Risky Economic Environment,” Parish Hall, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., email learningcenter@channingchurch. org or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Book Chat Casual meeting to discuss what you have been reading, no assigned reading. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 847-8720. East Bay Ballroom – Out on the Town Enjoy dancing, music, food, fun with East Bay out on The Town, Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck
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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 27 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–Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Gary “Guitar” Gramolini and the Grinders, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–Marvin Perry, 10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–Brick Park 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, Mary Andrew, Pat Cardiero
Saturday, January 28 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 Grand Cocktail Lounge– The Morons, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Never In Vegas Rhino Bar–Run for Covers/ The Face Show Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 Castle Hill Inn–Dick Lupino, Jordan Nunes Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferriera on piano, 11:30 a.m. Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–John Erikson, 9:30 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–Chopville, 6-9 p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Monday, January 30 Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, Tim Taylor, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
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A tribute to local country songwriter-singer, John Lincoln Wright will be held Sunday, Jan. 29 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Billy Goode’s Tavern. Wright, who passed away last month, was a regular at Billy’s for nearly 15 years. His band, The Sour Mash Boys will take the lead in the tribute, other friends and musicians will add to the afternoon performance beginning at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31 Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:3012:30 p.m. Cafe 200–”Tuesday Blues”, The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes,10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Wednesday, February 1 O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 10 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Rhino Bar–Rhyme Culture Sardella’s–Dick Lupino
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Ave., 7-8 p.m. East Coast Swing lesson, 8-9 p.m. dancing, $15 lesson and dance, $5 dance only, 8495678, email@example.com. Play Reading Group Weekly group discussion for theatre lovers who don’t want to be 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 February 1
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. Marine Mammal First Responder Lecture Mystic Aquarium Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program teaches how to identify local marine mammal and sea turtle species and how to determine whether an animal is in distress. Info on First Responder Program provided. (First responders must be age 18 or older.) 6-8 p.m., Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown “Basketball Junkie” Former NBA player Chris Herron and sports columnist Bill Reynolds speak on their book, “Basketball Junkie,” at Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Avenue, Portsmouth, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 849-4646. Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.
Thursday February 2
Bird Tales Join Norman Bird Sanctuary staff for this “Crickwing” story-time and craft. $4 members, $6 nonmembers, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 10 a.m., 846-2577, www. NormanBirdSanctuary.org.
Calling All Scouts! Earn the Wildlife Conservation Badge at Sachuest Point NWR Visitor Center.
Friday, Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7:30p.m. Learn about endangered species and habitat management projects. Call Sarah Lang at the Sachuest Point NWR at 847-5511 ext. 203 to reserve a spot, space is limited.
“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See Jan. 26 for details.
Shakespeare in Middletown 5 p.m. See Jan. 26 for details.
Newport’s Buried History Tour Discover the early history of Newport’s people of color, enslaved and free. Visit the Wanton-LymanHazard House and the colonial African burying ground. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., 841-8770.
Catholics in Antebellum Newport Newport Historical Society presents Dr. John Quinn on the history of Catholicism in Newport, specifically focusing on the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Colony House, Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., members $1, non-members $5, 841-8770. Aquidneck Land Trust ALT’s 22nd annual meeting, Atlantic Beach Club, 53 Purgatory Rd., Middletown, 6 p.m., cash bar, complimentary buffet, meeting starts at 6:45 p.m., free and open to the public but advanced registration is required, 849-2799 x10 or chuth@ ailt.org.
Friday February 3
Opening Reception Newport Art Museum hosts a reception for its four new winter exhibitions: “Andrew Nixon: I Am Here and You Are Not,” “Ann Daum: Now and Then: Paintings, Pastels and Prints,” “Bound Together: Sculpture by Jerold Ehrlich” and the “Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition,” 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., non-members $10, members free, 848-8200. Environmental Movie Night Monthly film series on environmental issues, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 6 p.m., 619-1388. Bird Sanctuary Dinner Norman Bird Sanctuary Executive Director’s dinner in Mabel Norman’s studio, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 6 p.m., advance ticketing required, $55, 846-2577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org. Mini-golf Newport Rec’s mini-golf at The Hut, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $9 adults, $7 ages 12 and under, 845-5800. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Jan. 27 for details.
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, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
Winter lectures 2012 Saturdays at 2 pm (through February 25)
The Clark: Making an Impression in the Berkshires and Beyond January 28 (Weather permitting) Museum members $10/non-members $15
Sponsored by: Ronald Lee Fleming II, Denise L. Roberts, CFP,CRPS George & Anita Furbish, Robert & Cynthia Sinclair, Robin and Fred Warren, The Felicia Fund, Inc., Johanna & Ronald Becker, Margot & Richard Grosvenor, Richard Hunt 401-848-8200 | NewportArtMuseum.org
Winter Lecture Series Richard Greenwood presents “Out to Pasture: Colonial to Present Day Dairy Farming in Rhode Island,” a historical analysis of resourceful farmers adapting to technological and cultural changes. Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, 848-8200, www.NewportArtMuseum.org. The Sweetback Sisters at Common Fence Music Renegade retro band Sweetback Sisters mixes up country, swing and honky tonk at Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the “folk tailgate picnic,” concert 8 p.m., $23 at door, $20 advance, 683-5085, www.CommonFenceMusic.org.
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Sunday February 5
Chamber Music Concert Musica Dolce performs at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 2 p.m., $20 adult/ $10 students, 846-2125.
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Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated ten-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, heated cars, Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., www.ocnrr.com.
Bad Company and Aerosmith Tribute Bands Rock Steady and Rock This Way play tribute to Bad Company and Aerosmith, Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m., $10, wwwNewportGrand.com.
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Who Spotted the Snowy Owl? We Did! By Jack Kelly On a recent cold and windy day, a friend, his two sons and I went to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. The boys were hoping to see a juvenile Snowy Owl that had been reported in the Sachuest Point area during the past five days. The boys, ages 10 and 7, have become junior wildlife aficionados due to our monthly excursions in the natural areas of Aquidneck Island. We have hiked through woodlands, fields, wetlands, and along the seashore, during all four seasons. Our travels have allowed us to chronicle many bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and even fish species. There have been sudden appearances of wildlife that left us speechless. Our little group has been witness to colorful sunsets, dazzling sunrises, and the miracle of new life in the spring. We have been treat-
ed to astounding displays of flight by countless bird species during seasonal migration cycles. On this particular day, we were facing cold temperatures in the low 30s with northwest winds of 15-20 miles per hour. Although it was a raw day, we were treated to a clear blue sky and abundant sunshine. After we checked all of our equipment and ensured that the boys were well layered, insulated and safely dressed, we set off on our adventure. We were joined by other nature enthusiasts as we made our way to the Island Rocks section of the refuge. This region is on the east side of the refuge and features several offshore rock formations in the Sakonnet River. It is a gathering place for sea ducks, gulls, grebes, and other waterfowl species, all of which might be prey for a Snowy Owl. When we reached our objective, we encountered a group of onlookers who were already observing the quarry. The young owl was hunkered down in a crevice of an offshore rock, approximately 100 yards from shore. The boys
A Red-tailed Hawk watches for prey from atop the visitors’ center flagpole at Sachuest Point NWR.
A doe nuzzles her yearling at Sachuest Point NWR.
Marissa Ellin, Brian Henry, Maggie Hayes and Ed Booth warm up in the Sachuest Visitors’ Center, in front of a wall mural inside. (Photos by Jack Kelly) quickly set up a telescope that we had brought with us. This process is always challenging because the height requirements vary drastically. The boys set it for an average height of about 4’ 10” inches to accommodate themselves, while failing to realize their father and I are 6’ 4” and 6’ 6” respectively. This always leads to quick adjustments and lots of laughter. The owl was only visible from the rear, and its sooty markings blended in well with the colors of the surrounding rock. As we strained to get a clear view, the owl surprised everyone present as it popped up from its hiding place and turned its white facial disc towards our position. It held this pose for a minute or two, giving all those present an excellent opportunity to observe
this wonderful sight. Suddenly, it opened its broad wings, displaying its four and one-half foot wingspan, before flying towards the southwest region of the Refuge and disappearing from sight. The entire episode only lasted for a few minutes, but the boys were ecstatic to see and record their first Snowy Owl. The cold and the wind were beginning to take their toll on us, so we began our return trip to the parking lot. As we walked we saw deer in the north and west fields. A Harrier Hawk was hunting low over the fields to combat the wind speed, occasionally soaring up to ride the wind to a new area of interest. As we neared the parking lot, we observed a Red-tailed Hawk perched on top of the visitors’ center flagpole, watching for prey. The boys took a picture, and then the
warmth of the visitors’ center beckoned us in. Inside, we met up with other hardy souls who had braved the elements to view the winter beauty of Sachuest Point. Jon and Cynthia Roberts-Speaker, along with their son Kai, had enjoyed their walk and were warming themelves while they completed a jigsaw puzzle together. The Roberts-Speaker family are frequent visitors to our area from their home in North Smithfield, RI. They enjoy spending weekends exploring the amazing attractions of our region of the state as a family. Middletown residents Marissa Ellin and Brian Henry accompanied Newport residents Maggie Hayes and Ed Booth on a “stimulating walk” through the refuge. They too, were warming themselves in the visitors’ center, while perusing the nature displays and enjoying each other’s company. For our little group, the day would not have been complete without hot chocolate, coffee and tasty treats at the People’s Café on Thames St. I think that the boys enjoy this aspect of our adventures together as much as the walks, possibly even more. However, I know that any time that they spend with their dad is special, and I’m certain their father feels the same way. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.
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Duck Stamp Contest
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 Conservation and Design Program has been announced and is accepting applications through March 15, 2012. The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It recognizes the conservation efforts of young people and supports environmental and conservation programs in the United States.
How to Enter the Contest Entry forms and rules: www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ artcontest.htm More information: contact state coordinator Sarah Lang, 847-5511 or email sarah_lang@ fws.gov.
To submit contest design: drop off at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge’s visitor’s center daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or mail to Rhode Island NWR Complex, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, R.I. 02813 c/o Sarah Lang.
For More Information
www.ASRI.org (Audubon Society of RI) www.RIBirds.org www.SaveBay.org www.normanbirdsanctuary.org www.AllAboutBirds.org
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Islander Girls drop to 10-2 with a home loss to Bishop Keough The Bishop Keough High School women’s basketball team took the 45-minute bus ride from Pawtucket for a Div. III match up against the second place Middletown Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Getting off to a slow start, the Islanders could not stop the Koalas’ senior center Carolina Guzman, as she became quite the presence in the paint. Turnovers seemed to be the recurring theme for Middletown as they closed the half behind 22-15. Throughout the second half, both teams exemplified great defensive play, but Middletown could not stop the dribble penetration of Bishop Keough’s guard play. Senior guard Nina Traglia led the Islanders with 11 points, with help from junior guard Chelsea Dowler who added 8 more. Bishop Keough’s Guzman finished with 15 points and controlled the boards the entire game. With a final score of 50-40 in favor of Bishop Keough, Middletown looks to bounce back in its next game at home against Central High on Wednesday, Feb. 1. After suffering their
second home loss of the season, the Islanders remain second in Div. III with a record of 10-2. After the win, Bishop Keough raised their Div. III record to 5-3.
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Middletown Senior, Nina Traglia, senior, # 32 shoots a jump shot over Bishop Keough’s senior, Carolina Guzman, #42.
Islander junior Chelsea Dowler, #22, drives and draws the foul against her Bishop Keough defender.
Koala’s senior Carolina Guzman, #42, stands strong in the paint against Middletown’s Michaela Conley, #55 (hidden). Middletown Senior Brittany Kivlehan, #24, gets swarmed by Bishop Keough’s zone defense, which was very effective all game.
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