Newport This Week - February 23, 2012

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Vol. 40, No. 8



Teachers Will Get Pink Slips


By Meg O’Neil



Salve Soars in CCC Tourney Salve Regina University’s Isiah Pringle, #10, skies for a jumper over his WNEU defender at the Rodgers Recreation Center on Tuesday Feb. 21. Pringle and his SRU teammates started fast, then, kept their collective feet on the gas all night, cruising to a 58-47 victory over Western New England University in the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament in Newport. The top-seeded Seahawks will advance to face Nichols College at home in the tournament semi-final on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Another win would propel SRU into the 7 p.m. championship game at home on Saturday, Feb. 25. (Turn to SPORTS on page 19 for more story and photos.)

Twin Sisters Recall Radio Days of the 1940s By Meg O’Neil Long before Americans received their news from television or the Internet, when radio was king and when a turn of the dial to a favorite AM station provided instant access to distant voices through small speakers, a small Newport-centric station hit the airwaves. WRJM, now known as WADK, began broadcasting in 1948 with a handful of programs that provided citizens of Newport with a morning news program as well as sports scores and updates from the Rogers High School and De La Salle teams. In March of 1948, a program debuted that would remain on the air for more than 30 years. Called the “Voice of the Azores,” the Portuguese program started by Luis Raposo was a lifeline for the Portuguese population of Aquidneck Island, allowing them to hear both local news and news from their homeland nearly 2,400 miles away. It wasn’t a one-man show. Raposo’s three daughters worked at the station as soon as they were old enough. The eldest daughter, Anna, would translate news announcements from Portuguese to English and recite them on the radio. She also transcribed Portuguese music for her younger sisters, identical twins Mary and Margaret, who would sing background vocals for a small, traditional Portuguese music group on-air. Today, Mary Perry and Margaret Hargrove, the two remaining family members from that radio show, look back fondly on their years spent at WRJM, recalling the radio

era, and reflecting on how the island has changed since they were born at home in Portsmouth on June 17, 1927 – the same day that their sister Anna’s second birthday party was being celebrated in an adjacent room. During their childhood, living in Middletown and Portsmouth was considered “living in the country.” To get to Newport, you’d drive down Valley Road, which at that time was a dirt road. The family eventually moved to Newport, and Perry and Hargrove attended elementary school at Cranston-Calvert, the Mumford School and Coggeshall. When they decided not to finish high school, their father told them to get to work. They worked together as seamstresses for the Navy, taking the daily ferry to Goat Island to work at the torpedo station, and also worked for several of the department stores that once lined the streets of Newport. They say that they never pulled the identicaltwin prank of switching places with one another, although it did happen by accident on occasion. “We never purposefully switched,” said Perry. “But one time when we worked at Woolworth’s, this woman approached me looking for some light bulbs. We didn’t have any at the counter, so I told her I’d be right back and I went to see if we had any in the stockroom.” As humor would have it, Hargrove came from around the corner. The customer asked her if she had had any luck in finding the light bulbs. “Find what?” replied Hargrove. At that moment, Perry Free Local News Matters

NEWPORT – Due to a state law that requires school districts to send layoff notices to staff by March 1, 34 teachers in the Newport school system will receive pink slips, as the Newport School Committee voted to approve the action item at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14. “This is a foolishness that we enter into every February,” said School Committee Chair Patrick K. Kelley as he introduced the item. According to Supt. John H. Ambrogi, school departments are required to send out layoff notifications as a “worse-case scenario” to protect the districts in case of a future budget problems. “It’s about time they stopped the angst and unneeded stress on the part of our teachers by having a date this early to notify them when the budgets have not been set and

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Renovations Underway at Sachuest By Jack Kelly

Identical twins (center) Margaret Hargrove and Mary Perry and the WRJM staff, including their father Luis Raposo and older sister, Anna, from “Voice of the Azores” posed for a special Christmas card dated December 15, 1951. returned to the counter as well, where the customer did a double take. “She looked back and forth between the two of us a few times before she realized we were twins!” said Perry. Older by an hour, Perry does most of the talking and is also a self-proclaimed jokester, an attribute the women say comes from their mother, who enjoyed playing practical jokes. Hargrove, however, while quieter, is armed with a razor-sharp wit. Of her younger twin, Perry says, “[Margaret] is more reserved, with a dry sense of humor, but boy does she make me laugh.” On weekends, the sisters would work for their father’s radio show. “Everybody listened to ‘Voice of the Azores,’” Perry said. “Our father had a friend that would record the voices of people in the homeland and send it to Newport. He would put it on the radio so people here could hear the voices of their families. There were a lot of Portuguese

farmers in Middletown and Portsmouth at the time.” The hours spent on the radio gave Perry and Hargrove celebrity status around Newport, and they did a few special performances at the former Paramount Theater on Broadway. Going from the anonymity of the radio to center stage was an easy transition, according to Hargrove: “It was nice singing there, because you couldn’t see the audience. The light on us was so bright that all we could see was total darkness, so we couldn’t get nervous.” Now 84 years old, Perry and Hargrove both live in Middletown, less than a mile from one another. Although they each have cars, they don’t leave the island much. In fact, a major milestone came last summer, when for the first time, the sisters visited Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. The twins are in great health and say: “You’ve got to feel youthful and have a good sense of humor.”

Changes are coming to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. J.G. Edwards Construction, of Portsmouth, has been awarded the contract to begin a reconfiguration of the interior areas of the center. For the next four to six weeks, the main entrance, lobby, reception area, gift shop, and main exhibition area will be closed. The north entrance, single rest room, and the center’s classroom will remain open to accommodate visitors during this period. The project will prepare the center for the installation of new habitat exhibits and interpretive displays, similar to those in the award-winning Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown. A project committee of U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff and NWR volunteers worked for over two years to plan the project. Led by Janis Nepshinsky, the Visitor Service Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Rhode Island, and Margaret Bellucci, a longtime volunteer at Sachuest Point, the group explored many design concepts and display options before deciding on the construc-

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AROUND TOWN Twins Try to Change The World, One Step at a Time By Stephen Gerard A set of 11-year-old twins from Newport are on a mission to change the world. Emmett and Connor Shawn are asking residents of Aquidneck Island to recycle “gently worn” shoes to be distributed to people in need. In affiliation with Soles4Souls, based out of Nashville, Tenn., the two sixth graders have recently organized collection centers in Middletown and Newport for those who want to donate their old shoes. “I want to send the message that everyone can help even a little to make a big difference in the world, by giving regular, everyday things that you might just throw out,” said Connor. Founded in 2005, Soles4souls is a relief organization for people worldwide living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. “With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes that take up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world

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one pair at a time,” said the organization’s founder, Wayne Elsey. Soles4Souls also helps Americans. “I found out that there were poor children that needed shoes just to go to school here in the U.S. and Soles4Souls contributes to the devastated poor in West Virginia,” said Connor. The organization has distributed more than 13 million pairs of shoes worldwide and is looking to increase that number with the efforts of people like the Shaws.

“I smile when I think of Soles4Souls and all the people we can help together,” said Connor. “Even kids can make a huge difference in the world and everyone can lend a helping hand for people in need.” Drop off locations are set up at Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, and in Newport at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Michael’s Country Day School, 180 Rhode Island Ave. and Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd.

Folk Fest Seeks Approval to Add Capacity at Fort By Tom Shevlin Hoping to build on the success of recent years, organizers for the Newport Folk Festival are asking city and state officials to increase the capacity at Fort Adams, freeing up 1,000 additional tickets for the two-day concert event. In a letter to the city council, Festival Director Jill Davidson writes, “We are in the process of completing an amendment to our contract with the DEM that will allow us to make a few changes to the way we operate the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals at Fort Adams State Park.” “The first change we have requested is an increase in the capacity to allow for an additional 1,000 tickets or admissions to the festivals, contingent upon the use of the Interior (Parade Grounds) of Fort Adams as part of the venue setup during the events.” As Davidson explained in a phone interview on Tuesday, in 2010 the festival moved one of its stages into the interior of the Fort,


Emmett and Connor Shawn are spearheading a local drive to collect shoes for the international cause Soles4Souls. (Photo by Rob Thorn)

which created the opportunity for additional capacity at the venue. The interior stage, which started as a small side venue in 2010, was expanded last year. This year, organizers plan on tweaking the venue, allowing for a slightly larger crowd. “We have been operating with a capacity of 10,000 for many many years,” Davidson said. At capacity last year, organizers are hoping to give themselves a bit of a cushion this year. The interior parade grounds could help them do that. According to Davidson, while the total capacity for the front lawn is 10,000, the parade ground can handle half of that. However, rather than requesting to increase the capacity to 15,000, Davidson stressed that she has only requested an increase to 11,000. “We’re always trying to balance what the venue can handle,” she said, adding that the goal is grow the festival “at a rate that we can handle.”

To that end, organizers have also asked permission from the council to host evening events during the folk festival weekend. The first evening event being proposed is a benefit concert on Friday, July 27. Since music impresario George Wein saved the iconic concert from an uncertain fate in 2009, the festival has undergone what can only be described as a second renaissance, drawing not only mainstream performers like Elvis Costello and Emmy Lou Harris, but also folk-rock innovators like Deer Tick, The Decemberists, M. Ward, The Avett Brothers, Iron and Wine, and many more. Last year’s concert was particularly memorable for music fans, who for the first time were invited to a festival fundraiser at which musicians mingled with fans, holding impromptu jam sessions at the fort. This year’s lineup is expected to be announced on Feb. 29, with tickets scheduled to go on sale March 1.

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SACHUEST CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 tion plan being implemented. According to Nepshinsky, the exhibits “will showcase and highlight the wildlife, varied habitats, and plants of Sachuest Point—and will be an educational destination for the public, teachers and class trips.” The new configuration will open up the interior space of the center. The gift shop, reception desk, main lobby, and main exhibition area will be merged into one large exhibition and display setting. The wall-sized mural in the main exhibition area will be saved and incorporated into the new project. Interactive displays will explain the life cycles, habitats and behaviors of the wildlife populations of the refuge, and will explore the interdependence of wildlife and habitat. A visitor contact station will trace the geological, archaeological, and anthropological ages of the refuge, beginning with the last glacial period 10,000 years ago. Artifacts attributed to the different cultures and inhabitants of the region will be included in the exhibit. Charlie Vandemoer, Refuge manager for the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island, said, “This project has been a priority of the USFWS staff for over two years, and we are glad that construction has finally begun, so that the public will have this great educational facility to visit and utilize.” He added that


our enrollments are unknown,” he said during the meeting. While the March 1 pink-slip deadline is early compared to other states, the concept, according to Ambrogi, is to allow teachers enough notice so they have time to find other job positions, a move which Ambrogi said, “is not happening in this economy and market.” Reiterating that they were only approving the action item because they were required to by state law, Ambrogi added the process of sending the notifications was “unconscionable,” and that it, “bothered a lot of folks and with good reason.” While Ambrogi said that the majority of those teachers will likely be returning and the slips are sent more as a precautionary measure, the concept did not sit well with members of the school committee. “Personally, I have three issues,” said Kelley. His first issue dealt with the timing of the matter, with the rest of the committee agreeing that work needed to be done in the push the notification date back. Secondly, he said, “We all know the most important thing is to put the best teacher possible in the classroom, yet we do this by seniority,” meaning the notices are sent to the newest hires. Finally, he commented on Newport’s increasing enrollment, saying, “Why do we think we’re going to be able to reduce our teaching staff…without significantly impacting education?” The action item passed 7 – 0.

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the name that voters give them when they obtain their ballots at the polls. The simple act of asking for ID protects the rights of every voter,” said Mollis. If voters cannot make the March 1 date, they can obtain a voter ID at Jamestown Town Hall March 8 from 1 - 3 p.m. or the Middletown Senior Center March 16 from 10 a.m. - noon. Beginning in 2014, poll workers will accept only photo IDs including a R.I. driver’s license, college ID or U.S. passport. Eligible voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will not be turned away. They can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. If the signature they give at their polling place matches the signature on their voter registration, their ballot will be counted. “No eligible voter will be denied the right to cast a ballot at the polls,” said Mollis. The Secretary of State’s office prepares the ballots for all federal, state and municipal elections held in Rhode Island. In addition, the office maintains the statewide voter registration list and creates guides to running for office and voting. For more information and the complete schedule of locations and dates to obtain voter IDs, visit the Secretary of State’s website (

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On Thursday, March 1, representatives from the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office will be at Newport City Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., to provide free IDs to registered voters. Under Rhode Island’s new law, voters will be asked to show a current and valid ID when they vote at their polling place. The first test of the new law will be the state’s April 24 presidential primary. Other acceptable IDs include a R.I. driver’s license, U.S. passport, an ID card issued by a U.S. educational institution, U.S. military ID, State of RI or U.S. governmentissued ID, or government-issued medical card. “The perception that identity theft could occur at the polls weakens the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections. Voting should be at least as secure as everyday tasks like renting a car or getting a library card that routinely require ID,” said Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. In order to obtain one of the new state-issued IDs, voters must bring one item that shows proof of identity. Items include a social security card, credit or debit card, utility bill or government-issued document. A full list of items that can be shown to provide proof of identity is on the Secretary of State’s website ( elections/voterid/card/). “Photo ID ensures that poll workers can match a face to


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he expects the project to be completed in late spring, to be followed by a public dedication in early July. While the majority of funding for the project is from a federal grant, the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of R.I. also contributed more than $22,000 toward the new exhibits, much of it donated in the memory of the late Jerry Morris, one of the first volunteers at Sachuest, and one of the founders of the Friends, which is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, dedicated to assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in fulfilling their conservation and public education goals at the R.I. Refuge Complex. The Friends recently announced that they are designating $5,000 to match public donations made in support of the new Visitor Center

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The Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from 17-year-old Danielle Mongeau of Middletown on legislation introduced at her request by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton) to make restaurants in Rhode Island safer for those with food allergies. The bill would require every food service establishment to have a certified food protection manager and make employees aware of their role in preventing allergic reactions, and would require menus to include notices reminding those with food allergies to alert their servers. Rep. J. Russell Jackson (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport) is sponsoring the bill in the House.

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dent mentors The House passed legislation to require a national and state criminal background check for any person seeking to participate in a mentoring program working with students, in school settings or other mentoring situations.

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Legislation mandating full disclosure of previously unregulated political expenditures by third-party organizations, including “super PACs” has been introduced. The goal is to provide Rhode Islanders better insight into who is funding elections messages.

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Newport Grand Bill Heads to a Hearing Following up on a request by city councilors for a statewide referendum on whether to allow casino gambling at Newport Grand, Newport County lawmakers have submitted legislation in the General Assembly to put the question on the November ballot. The bill, which was sponsored by state Rep. J. Russell Jackson and Peter Martin, both Newport Democrats, was submitted in the House on Tuesday. Newport Grand CEO Diane Hurley says that expanding her facility’s offerings is needed in order to compete with planned casinos in Massachusetts. The first hearing on the bill has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the State House in Providence.

On Saturday night, Feb. 25 the Casino Theatre at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will be filled with song when three regional collegiate a cappella teams take to the stage to compete for the title in the inaugural Casino Theatre A Cappella Invitational. Guests will be treated to three pure a cappella songs by each of the teams, followed by judging by local celebrities including Miss Rhode Island Robin Bonner. Competing clubs include the all male group, The Heightsman of Boston College, a female club called Anaclastic from Providence College, and co-ed challengers, The Blend from Wheaton College.Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 with a Winter Festival Button or Hall of Fame members and $10 for students with ID. To order tickets, call 324-4072 or order online at

Red Carpet Gala at Pickens The Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater will host the Second Annual Red Carpet Gala on Sunday, Feb. 26. The event will feature a live broadcast of the 84th Academy Awards as well as live performances during commercial breaks by pianist Dave Manuel, vocalist Jimmy Winters, and dancers. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail party. Hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants will be served, and there will be a cash bar with champagne, wine and beer. Dress is “Blue Jeans to Black Tie.” Coffee and dessert will be served after the telecast segues to the Academy Awards Ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater, a group dedicated to the protection and preservation of the historic building of the Jane Pickens Theater. Tickets are $35 per person online at and at the theater box office. Tickets are $25 for students and seniors (65 and over) with ID available only at the theater box office. For more information, call 846 – 5474.

Annual Tribute to Broadway Swanhurst announces its 18th annual tribute to Broadway with Mary Rodgers’ “Once Upon a Mattress.” Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evenings; March 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., Newport. Swanhurst will offer seven dinner theater-style shows with intimate staging that places the audience within the walls of the royal castle. Sunday matinees will be March 4 and 11. Doors will open Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening performances are $35 and include a full dinner, dessert buffet, and the show. Sunday matinees are $28 with full lunch and dessert included. Children 12 & under are $30 for Fridays and $23 for Sundays. Reservations are strongly. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 401-682-1630.

For What It’s Worth Recently a collector brought in a ‘drawing’ of a hand that they believed was a charcoal drawing and wanted to know the age and value. My first impression was that it was an engraving and upon closer examination it was discovered that it was an engraving, probably late 19th century. About half of the visitors who come in for our free appraisal bring a picture that they think is either oil, pastel, watercolor or pencil and almost all are disappointed. We even had someone earlier this year who thought they had an original Monet. The surface of the print was raised to reflect the type of surface made to resemble brush strokes. Needleless to say, I told them that the value was nominal: “Having minimal real worth.” Federico Santi — 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: or 152 Spring St., Newport

Camp Happy Tails The Potter League is now accepting registration for children in Camp Happy Tails in July and August. The theme for the second and third grade age group will be “Talk like an Animal.” Campers will learn how animals talk to us, using sound and body language. They will visit the Potter shelter to decode some animal communications first-hand. The older group, grades 4 – 6, will learn how to use a clicker to train different kinds of animals, during their “Click and Treat” themed week. The group will start some of the shelter dogs off on the right paw before their adoptions, and the children will each be assigned a cat to train. Visit the website www. for more information and registration forms, or contact Anastacia Spang, 846-0592 ext 114, email

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Warm-Up Wednesdays St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., is opening their doors on Wednesday afternoons, 1 -4 p.m. to anyone in the community who would like to stop in, have a cup of hot coffee, read a newspaper and get in out of the cold.

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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, Feb. 13 to Monday, Feb. 20, the Newport Police Department responded to 507 calls. Of those, 128 were motor vehicle related; there were 99 motor vehicle violations issued and 29 accidents. The police also responded to 7 incidents of vandalism, 9 noise complaints, 20 animal complaints, and 23 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 8 school security checks (4-Rogers High School, 2-Thompson, 1- Triplett, and 1-Cranston-Calvert) and taught 4 DARE classes. They transported 4 prisoners, provided escort for 3 funerals and recorded 4 instances of assisting other agencies and 5 instances of assisting other police departments. Seven private tows were also recorded. In addition, 26 arrests were made for the following violations: n Four arrests were made for violating no contact orders. n Three arrests were made for noise violations. n Three arrests were made for possession of narcotics. n Two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. n Two arrests were made for driving with a revoked or suspended driver's license. n Two arrests were made for trespassing. n Two arrests were made for vandalism. n One arrest was made for simple assault. n One arrest was made for disorderly conduct. n One arrest was made for leaving the scene of an accident. n One arrest was made for possession of an open alcohol container. n One arrest was made for underage drinking. n One arrest was made for felony assault. n One arrest was made for an outstanding warrant. n One arrest was made in connection with a missing juvenile.

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During the period from Monday, Feb. 13 to Sunday, Feb. 19, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 95 calls. Of those, 66 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 56 patients being transported to the hospital. 4 patients refused aid. 0 patients were treated on the scene, transport to hospital not needed and 6 patients left scene or cancelled on scene.

The 56th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee will hold a breakfast buffet of “green eggs and ham” and more on Sunday, March 4 at the Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. from 9 a.m. - 1p.m. There will be Irish music and entertainment following the breakfast. Tickets are $10, family rates will also be given. Proceeds will benefit the parade to be held on Saturday, March 17. For more information, visit www.

Fire apparatus was used for 96 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 45 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 21 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 21 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1 - Cooking fire 1 - Structure fire 1 - Gas leak 3 – Fire Alarm (malfunction) 9 – Fire Alarms (unintentional) In the category of fire prevention; the department performed 5 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 15 life safety inspections and provided 11 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: When using medical oxygen, the amount of oxygen in the air, furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding can increase. This means there is a higher risk of both fires and burns because it is easier for a fire to start and spread. Never smoke in a home where medical oxygen is used. (US Fire Administration). —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Sing-along with Shanachie The public is invited to the Singalong with Shanachie, a Hibernian family social event on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. This is a free event and will be held at the Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave.

Firefighters’ Chili Cookoff and Fire Safety Day Fire safety demonstrations and a Department chili cook-off will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Newport Elks Lodge, 103 Bellevue Ave. Firefighters from the City’s four shifts will go head to head to see who makes the best chili, your votes will be counted towards the winner. Other events will include a CPR demonstrations, free blood pressure checks, and fire safety discussions. Historic firefighter equipment will also be on display. This is a free event, donations welcome, and a 50-50 raffle to benefit the Newport Fire Department will be held. For more information, contact coordinator Chris Cudworth at

Free Vaccination Clinic A Whooping Cough Vaccination clinic is scheduled for Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rogers High School. There is no charge for the vaccine and you do not need health insurance. The clinic is open to anyone 11 years of age and older. For more information, call the RI Dept. of Health at 222-5960.

Learn to Dance the Tango Tango fundamentals for beginners will be taught on Tuesdays, Feb. 28 and March 6 by the Newportenos Tango group in the second floor ballroom at the Edward King Center. No partner necessary. Shoes with leather or suede soles only. Class is from 7 - 8 p.m. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 846-7426 or email

Indoor Miniature Golf On Saturday, March 3 there will be an indoor, 9-hole miniature golf course set up inside the Jamestown Rec Center, 41 Conanicus Ave. from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per family with unlimited play. For more information, call the Teen Center at 423-7261.

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Masters of Tomorrow A classical guitar concert, presented by Masters of Tomorrow, will be beld Sunday, March 4, at St. Paul’s Church, 12 Marlborough St., at 5 p.m. Guitar duo Mark and Beverly Davis will perform works by Assad, Dyens, Haydn, Scarlatti, York, and others. Tickets are$18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 847-6453.

Guest Chef Series On Friday nights in March executive chef and proprietor John BachSorensen will hold a guest chef series at his Asterisk restaurant. For one night only, you, the guest chef, will plan and prepare a private dinner at the restaurant for your eight invited guests. For more details and costs for the event, contact Tracy Bach-Sorensen at or 835-5348.

Mother Goose at Rosecliff Join the Island Moving Company for an exciting new ballet designed for all ages. Follow the minstrel through the beautiful mansion as Mother Goose reads her playful rhymes, and watch the IMC dancers frolic as the famous characters. Enjoy the magic of Humpty Dumpty, Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill and more – you might even get a chance to dance yourself. Tickets are $45 and available at Performances Friday, March 2, 4 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 3 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.


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EDITORIAL Have A Happy Leap Day As the poem goes, 30 days hath September, April, June and November; All the rest have 31. Except of course for February, which normally has 28, but then, every four years, boasts one day more. Such is the case this year. And since it’s a relatively rare that we can write about leap years, we’ll gladly take the opportunity to do so here. Let’s begin at the beginning. Adding an extra day to the calendar every four years allows for the fact that while our calendar year is set at 365 days, the actual time it takes the earth to circle the sun is about 365 days and 6 hours. While the ancient Egyptians are credited with first aligning their calendar to the true solar year, it wasn’t until Julius Caesar tacked on an extra day in the Julian Calendar some 2,000 years ago that Western civilization began observing leap years. However, even then, there was need for refinement. That would come with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar roughly 1,500 years later. It’s that calendar that we still use today, and upon which many leap year traditions have evolved. Among them: an old Irish tradition which encourages women to propose to men. As one legend goes, the practice can be traced back to a deal that was struck between St Bridget and St Patrick as a means to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar. While there’s no way to be sure how the tradition originated, it has served to inspire modern-day Sadie Hawkins dances. But Leap Day isn’t always recognized as a day of whimsy. In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on Leap Day. And in Greece, some hold that it’s unlucky for couples to marry on Leap Day. Those born on Feb. 29, however, have reason for optimism. Aside from celebrating 75 percent fewer “birthdays” over the course of their lives, Leapers, as they’re known, are often said to be blessed with unusual talents. Among those born on Feb. 29: Pope Paul III (b. 1498), Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, whose credits include the Barber of Seville, and American songstress Dinah Shore, who was born on Leap Day in 1914. Other notables include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and Big Band leader Jimmy Dorsey. If that’s not enough, there have also been some notable events that have taken place on Feb. 29 over the years. In 1504, Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies. On the same day more than 450 years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower used the occasion to announce his reelection campaign. Four years later, in 1960, the long-running Family Circus cartoon debuted, and in 1980, Hartford Whalers star Gordie Howe made NHL history by scoring his 800th goal. And, more recently, in 1988, South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was arrested along with 100 clergymen during an anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town. All this goes to show is that there are plenty of reasons to make the most of the day that comes around only once every four years.

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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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ‘No’ to Turbines in Middletown To the Editor: I have been involved with wind turbine discussions since my first term on the Middletown Town Council. In fact, I helped to stop the fast-moving wind turbine approval freight train. I tried to keep an open mind about smaller units, but lacked the tools and data to evaluate the impact of a unit on neighbors, that is, until recently. After reviewing the submittals to the recent Middletown wind turbine survey, I noticed one submittal from the neighbor of the wind turbine unit on Mitchell’s Lane. I called this person to ask for a meeting, also including two other council members. This person said he and his family experience flutter noise like that of a fire engine when the wind comes from a certain direction. When flicker occurs, they don’t want to even be in the room. This family is not anti wind turbines, in fact they burn pellets and are very green oriented. This family felt that they could live with these annoyances but felt that it would be difficult if the unit was in an area where they spent most of their time like the back of the house, which would impact their sleep. We also discussed the impact on their view. If you look to the left of their front window, you see a beautiful view of fields. If you look to the right, you see a less desir-


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able view of the wind turbine. We talked about designing setbacks to guarantee that these annoyances would not occur, but I do not feel comfortable that we came up with absolute criteria that guarantee these events can be eliminated. While some may say it is important to be considerate of neighbors and the situation can be similar to that of an air conditioner next door, the difference is that this noise, and the flicker and flutter distractions are inconsistent, stopping and starting, and are very annoying. I was reminded of the comments of a person in Portsmouth who lives next to the large unit and who asked us twice to protect neighbors by not allowing wind turbines. I am not anti-green. In fact, I fully support a solar panel request on our recent consent calendar. But I feel an obligation to protect the neighbor in the town who is not aware of these potential distractions. Unlike during the terms of the last two councils, when the local data did not exist, I feel now we have all of the facts that we need to make a decision. The local Middletown survey results provided feedback from people in the town of Middletown, but it might have been more productive had it been given to those living close to an existing wind turbine, those who are actually af-

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Maintenance Work Goes On Forever By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – As the director of the Department of Public Services, Bill Riccio oversees a department charged with maintaining the city’s above-ground infrastructure and ensuring the delivery of a wide variety of essential services. When it snows and the roads need plowing, his department is responsible for plowing them. When the sidewalks buckle, he’s charged with making sure they get smoothed out. When pothole season arrives, which it will soon enough, his team is in charge of filling them. And when a seawall crumbles, it’s Riccio’s department that scrambles to fix them. To say that he’s been busy would be an understatement. For the last few years, the city has been a virtual construction zone. On any given day, police details have stood watch over projects large and small, planned and unplanned (just think of the $14 mil-

Open HOuse Director of Public Services Bill Riccio examined the reconstruction of the seawall along King Park. (Photo by Meg O’Neil) ager Edward F. Lavallee in 2006. And with the city expected to take center stage this summer with the America’s Cup World Series regatta, and the return of the tall ships, the administration is doing its best to

Until last summer, bicyclists and runners had to navigate a badly rutted top layer of pavement. But now, this most scenic portion of the Drive has been repaved from Brenton Point to Harrison Avenue.

lion Long Wharf sewer main break). This year is shaping up to be no different. According to Riccio, over the last three years, the city has embarked on an aggressive infrastructure improvement plan, repairing or reconstructing 21.7 miles of roadways, dozens of sidewalks, and undertaking no less than three major seawall repairs, the most recent of which began just this month at King Park. The ambitious pace is a credit both to the collective resolve of recent City Councils and the singleminded focus of the Department of Public Services – a relatively new entity created by former City Man-


ensure that Newport’s streets and sidewalks leave a positive impression. It was late last spring when Riccio took time to spotlight a few of the more notable projects his department has been overseeing. Standing on the pier jutting out to Ida Lewis Yacht Club, he pointed to the newly-repaired seawall at the juncture of Wellington and Hallidon avenues. The road had begun to depress in parts, he said, the result of heavy winter storms. Along Ocean Drive, another seawall repair also recently wrapped up, this one just to the east of the island’s southernmost point. A constant barrage of waves had re-

duced one section of wall to rubble, and according to Riccio, had placed the road at risk. Funding for the project had been secured through a federal emergency grant. The system used to rebuild the wall is state of the art, and represents the first major such repair along the city’s iconic drive in decades. It likely won’t be the last; Riccio is working on securing funding for improvements to other sections of wall, much of which has been left untouched since it was built some 75-80 years ago. Like the city’s ambitious water and sewer repairs below ground, the improvements to Newport’s road network have also been aggressive. Over the last five years, the city has spent an estimated $10 million on road, sidewalk, and seawall repairs, and under the proposed Capital Improvement Plan, could spend $6 million more over the next five years. So where has the money been spent so far? Let’s begin at Ocean Drive. Until last summer, bicyclists and runners had to navigate a badly rutted top layer of pavement. But now,

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Protest Phony Tax ‘Relief’ To the Editor: RI General Law 44-30-2.6 was passed by the General Assembly under the guise of tax relief by expanding tax brackets, lowering the top marginal tax rate and eliminating the use of itemized deductions – a change likely to affect most middle class property owners. This received little if any publicity in the news media or anywhere else because it was advertised as “tax relief.” In place of itemized deductions, we are required to use a standard deduction of $7,500 for a single or married filing separately taxpayer; or, $15,000 for married couples filing jointly. On closer examination, elimination of itemized deductions

will be a major tax increase for many Rhode Islanders. Taxpayers can no longer deduct mortgage interest, medical expenses, taxes paid, significant medical expenses, or gifts to charities. I have written letters to Senator Paiva-Weed and Representatives Jackson and Martin asking them for a public explanation to their constituents via the Newport Daily News and Newport This Week. Perhaps the Middletown and Portsmouth representatives will do the same. Lee D. Crane Newport

Council is the Problem To the Editor; I just read the letters written by Bill Fitzgerald and Steven G. Cundy about the Ann St. Pier in the last edition and found both letters very interesting. They each stated one common problem: City Hall. Perhaps, rather than a new pier or a new park, what Newport really needs is a new City Council--one that listens rather than tells. All of us would benefit greatly from such an improvement. Mary Weston Newport

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What’s Cooking at the Base? By Pat Blakeley There’s something new in the air at Naval Health Clinic New England – and it isn’t just the hint of springtime. The sizzle of grilling vegetables and the tempting aroma of spicy paninis lead all to the Bridge View Café - the newest and most welcome addition to the NHCNE campus. Located in Building 43, and connected to the clinic by a walkway, the 50-seat café opened last week and business is booming. Staff, clinic patients, and visitors have been flocking to see what’s cooking – and they have not been disappointed. Operated by Easton’s Beach Snack Bar entrepreneur Barry Botelho, who also runs the Navy Exchange Blimpie’s and The Lighthouse at Surface Warfare Officers School, the café offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, and includes items specifically tailored to the Naval Station, some inspired by sailors. One of the most popular sandwiches is the “Wilky II” named after SWOS’s Seaman Josh Wilky. Barry was at The Lighthouse when regular customer Wilky came by and asked him to “kick up” his regular sandwich a bit. Between the two of them, they concocted a treat of pepper ham, capicola, pepperoni, and provolone, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and a secret sauce and served on parmesan bread - all grilled panini style. It quickly became the most popular sandwich sold at SWOS, and Botelho said it was the first item he knew had to be on the NHCNE menu. “We want to keep the customers happy,” he grins.

The Newport Officers’ Spouses’ Club will host a Girls’ Night Out at Mamma Louisa Ristorante, 673 Thames St., on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Members and friends are invited for great food, fellowship and fun. Register at www.

‘Giant Voice’ Testing The Naval Station will conduct weekly testing of the loud speaker announcement system “Giant Voice” each Wednesday at 12 p.m. The system is designed to function in case of emergency and will be audible in areas near the base. The following is a sample of the test script: “Attention Naval Station Newport…Attention Naval Station Newport. The following is a test of the mass notification system…exercise… exercise…exercise, (a siren will sound, followed by an “all clear” tone). This is only a test.”

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So many choices… Byron McKenzie, NHCNE staff, orders lunch from Shawn Floren at the Bridge View Café. (Photo by Rob Thorn) Botelho’s excellent customer service is the hallmark of his success. The first day the new café opened, a customer jokingly asked if he was planning to offer the Easton’s Beach Snack Bar’s signature “Twin Lobster Rolls.” The next day, they were on the menu. The Twin Lobster Rolls are offered every Thursday. NHCNE Public Affairs Officer Kathy MacKnight says the response to the café has been phenomenal. “Many on the staff don’t get much of a lunch break, and it is wonderful that we have an opportunity to get great food, quickly, right here at work.” The frenzy begins at 7 a.m., an hour before the clinic opens. Breakfast burritos, wraps and smoothies are ordered and delivered. The week-old café hums like

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Women’s History Month Observance The Women’s History Month observance will be held at the Naval Supply Corps School, March 7, 12 p.m. This event is open to anyone with routine base access. Call 841-2201 for information.

Boot Camp Breakfast The R.I. Disabled American Veterans Lawson-Raiola Chapter 15 will host a Boot Camp Breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the Middletown VFW Post, 52 Underwood Lane. The event will include a DAV national service officer to answer questions or concerns about benefits, help file a claim, etc. All veterans and disabled American veterans are invited to attend. The charge is $6 per person. Reservations are required by Saturday, March 3, to Mike Minutelli, 32 Platt St., Bristol, R.I. 02809; or call 253-9036.

it has been running for years, and the customers are in and out with a quick “hello” to the staff as they bustle off to take care of patients. The menu features salad and fruit options and Botelho’s famous fruit smoothies all day long. Made with a puree of fruit and ice chips, the Bango Bash – banana and mango- is a particular favorite. The delicious lunchtime sandwiches and wraps are heavily accented with vegetables and made to order. Customers are enthusiastic. Air Force veteran Anthony Vessella, who stopped by after an appointment, says, “This café is great and the coffee is just too good to pass up.” The Bridge View Café is open Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. All personnel with base access are authorized to use the facility.

Jurors Wanted for Mock Trial Naval Justice School is seeking volunteers with base access to serve as mock court-martial members. On March 26, 27 and 28, new judge advocates from the Navy and Marine Corps will test their trial advocacy skills in mock trials at the school (bldg. 360). This is a great opportunity to see the military justice system in action, and it helps the students to have strangers in the jury box. Military members from E-1 to O-10, civilians who have permission from supervisors, retirees and spouses are welcome to volunteer. Participation in one trial will take approximately half a day, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m. There are two separate trials on each of the three days for a total of six. Members can volunteer for one trial or multiple trials depending on availability. If interested in volunteering, contact Capt. Jerry Harre at or 841-3800 ext.167.

Since its founding in 1639, Newport has been a model of each of the new urban planning philosophies that were popular at different times. Newport is the “Metropolitan Museum of Architecture,” but it is also a “Metropolitan Museum of Urban Planning.” On Feb. 9, the Preservation Society of Newport County held a panel discussion to introduce the “Newport Urban Plan History Project.” The society has received a grant from Elizabeth Prince de Ramel and the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities to collect, document and review more than 350 years of maps and urban plans that have been drawn for Newport. The panel consisted of John Tschirch, director of museum affairs and architectural historian for the Preservation Society, Ron Onorato, URI historian and author of the AIA Guide to Newport, Catherine Zipf,

A grid plan … would be the dominant form of road planning for most of the 18th and 19th centuries.

an Art historian and author who has taught at Salve Regina University, and Mack Woodward, principal architectural historian at the RI Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission. The event featured a slideshow of maps, urban plans and historical photographs. Each of the presenters (and many in the capacity crowd at The Elms) then contributed their observations. It was a lively and intellectually stimulating event, the first of more that will be held as the project progresses. The earliest planning of Newport’s roads was driven by natural topography. Broadway and Touro streets are shown on some of the oldest maps of the city. A grid plan was used for roads in the Point, which is the heart of the early residential development of the city. This would be the dominant form of road planning for most of the 18th and 19th centuries, both here in Newport and across the nation. Some of the grand axial planning that became popular in capital cities like Paris and Washington DC in the early 19th century is reflected in the “Parade,” which was the grand avenue that connected Long Wharf to the Colony House in Washington Square. It was along this grand axis that George Washington arrived to meet General Ro-

chambeau to begin the final march to victory over the British forces at Yorktown. By contrast, the latter part of the 19th century was a period when landscape architecture and planning took on a much more picturesque and natural approach under men like Frederick Law Olmsted. Serpentine roads and irregular lot shapes became fashionable, and this is how the land was developed around Ocean Drive, which was a model of this “picturesque” approach. This style of planning was perhaps linked to a desire for a return to nature and pastoral settings at time when industrialism was in full swing. Even some of the now discredited ideas of urban planning are reflected in Newport’s design. During the 1960s and 1970s, vast tracts of old buildings were torn down in cities across the country to create wide avenues for the new dominant factor which governed urban planning at that time: the automobile. America’s Cup Boulevard, a four lane highway that cuts the waterfront off from the residential districts on the hill, is an example of the planning philosophy of the poorly named “Urban Renewal.” That the highway begins at a cemetery and ends unceremoniously at the base of Memorial Drive did not seem to factor into the thinking of the traffic engineers of that era, who only cared that there were wide drive aisles to accommodate rapid car traffic. Now we are looking back to what has been and wondering what will be. The Newport Comprehensive Plan is in the midst of its ten-year update, and plans are underway to hold community planning sessions on the future of important areas within the city. Many new planning philosophies are at work. New Urbanism calls for the restoration of pedestrian-friendly, traditionally scaled cities that are more like the compact city that Newport once was. “Smart Growth” calls for mixed use that helps protect rural assets by fully developing urban areas. Whatever comes, it is good to learn the lessons of the past (both good and bad) to help us shape where we might want to go in the future. The Newport Urban Planning Project should become a wonderful resource and tool to help this and future generations do a better job at this important task. Ross Cann is an architectural historian, teacher, author and practicing architect who lives and works in Newport.



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FROM THE GARDEN Of Garden Follies and Seed-Grown Tomatoes By Cynthia Gibson A garden “folly” is garden architecture at its most whimsical -- a frivolous, garden or landscape surprise. A folly may be made of wood, brick, raw timbers, or marble, and it’s a fun place to have tea, read on a warm day, or take shelter from rain. Follies came into vogue in the 18th century. Wealthy people returned from their grand tours of Europe with many favorite foreign sights in mind. They built small follies representing Roman ruins, Turkish tents, and even Chinese pagodas. Many of these follies were quite elaborate small buildings, sometimes including a bedroom. The owner might add chairs, chaise longues, or a desk, or a tea table. Many a grand residence in Newport has a folly, but more often these days you might find a small gazebo in a backyard. The gazebo is considered a type of folly. It is usually made of wood, with a wooden bench inside, and is open on all five or six sides, with a peaked roof and columns. A gazebo can be made in the Adirondack fashion by using rough-hewn wood, or it can be quite fancy when it’s made of wire or hand-forged iron. Today, a gazebo can be customdesigned or come in a kit. Should you not care for the twilight onslaught of mosquitoes, you can screen the open sides of your gazebo. Where can you buy a gazebo? You can find them at big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, or at local retailers such as Bill’s Sales on East Main Road in Portsmouth. Bill’s has a large array of models on view, as well as books filled with gazebo designs to fit your every desire and whim. Bill’s will visit your site and suggest an installation. They also build custom arches, gateways, and trellises to stand alone or to match your gazebo. A gazebo is the perfect spot to sit, contemplate, stare idly at the sky, be alone, or share moments in a quiet place.

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It is time to start your seeds. This is the week to begin planting tomatoes. Squashes and melons germinate quickly, so you can wait to plant those seeds until the beginning of March. There is one major rule to remember about growing seeds, and that is that they need heat, more

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than sun, in order to germinate quickly. A tray filled with gravel sitting on top of a radiator is an ideal location for your mini-garden pots of tomatoes. Make sure they are wet but never soggy, or they will rot.

Seed kits work well, and they can be found almost anywhere today. If you are a do-it-yourself type, you can use a cookie sheet, tin foil, and gravel to start a growing tray. First, line the sheet with foil, add fine gravel, then place your grow pots on top of the gravel, and add water. The gravel allows for drainage. A south-facing window is an ideal place for your grow tray. Peat pots are a must. Do not buy tiny pots, as you will find yourself transplanting tender shoots in no time. Instead, buy pots that are at least four inches tall. Standard potting mix without

fertilizer is best for growing seeds, which do not need that boost of added fertilizer until after their root systems are established. Fertilizeradded potting soil, even it is the time-release variety, can burn the fragile new roots. After the plants are at least three inches tall, you can start to stake them, and then you can add watered-down liquid fertilizer. Seeds always grow towards sunlight, so if you do not have a southern exposure for your plants, remember to rotate your grow trays, so as not to put a strain on your fledgling seeds. Purchase some small stakes and a bit of twine. Tomatoes tend to get leggy, and they need help standing up. Do not be afraid to pinch off an inch of their top growth, as this will strengthen their root system. Now is the time to sow, and soon it will be time to transplant these small plants into the garden. If the weather remains this mild till April, the fear of a late frost will be gone. It looks as if we just might have an unusually long growing season this summer! Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens passionately and tends her miniature orchard in Newport.

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Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Fredrik Stanton on “Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World,” examining major episodes in modern diplomacy. Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 841-2101.


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Marionettes The Pennfield School presents “The Dragon King” by the Tanglewood Marionettes, 110 Sandy Point Rd., Portsmouth, 10:15 a.m., free and open to the public, 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.


Magic at the Library Award winning magician Mat Franco will be bringing his amazing sleight of hand to the Jamestown Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m. 423-7280.

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“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., $2, 847-0292, Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and enjoy works of the Bard. Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m., free. Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after hours gathering at the Redwood Library and Athenæum, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., members free/non-members $25, 847-1608 or Jamestown Library Film Series The Friends of Jamestown Library International Film Series screens “A Peck on the Cheek,” from Sri Lanka, Meeting Hall, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., for more information, call 423-7280.


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Governor’s Business Forum The Newport Chamber of Commerce hosts Governor Lincoln Chafee at CCRI Auditorium, 1 John H. Chafee Blvd., 8-10 a.m. 4th Friday Live Music & Art Newport Art Museum’s 4th Friday gathering combines music, art and fun, featuring the art band Castle performing an avant garde mix of folk and high art rock, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6-9 p.m., $8, cash bar, 848-8200. Ballard Park Illuminated Garden Enjoy an evening walk in the quarry meadow of Ballard Park when it is transformed into a magnificent blooming winter garden with thousands of lights. Free, wear hiking shoes/boots, bring flashlights, 6-9 p.m. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her ghost stories at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.

Not Just Another Tequila Sunrise Enjoy an entertaining night out with America’s most authentic Eagles tribute band “Another Tequila Sunrise.” They offer a sophisticated performance encompassing all of the best hits from the Eagles, and solo hits from Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Newport Marriott Hotel. $20 at door.

Madrigals Cabaret Dinner Members of the Madrigals choral ensemble will perform and wait tables during the cabaret dinner in the Ochre Court State Dining Room. Proceeds will benefit the group’s concert tour fund. Ochre Court, Ochre Point Ave., 7-9 p.m., $30, 341-2945.

Saturday February 25

Mind Body Medicine Healing Co-op workshop features Dr. Christa Johnson, 272 Mitchell’s Ln., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 845-6777. Firefighters’ Chili Cookoff Newport’s firefighters compete for chili bragging rights and offer safety demonstrations in this equipment fundraiser. Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Great Animal Tales “Taking Care of Animals A to Z: the Rhino with Glue-On Shoes and Other Stories,” with veterinarian and author-Dr. Lucy H. Spelman, a “must” for animal lovers of ages, Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 11 a.m. Winter Lecture Series Steve Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office, will present “Lights, Camera, Action Rhode Island: The romance of making films in the culturally and visually rich Ocean State” and will address the film industry in Rhode Island. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, 848-8200, Writing Workshop In this session of the writing and publication series, I. Michael Grossman, a self-published author of two successful books, and creator of the online “Ebook Bakery”, presents this session with a focus on ebooks and publishing your work as an e-book. Adults and older teens welcome. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 847-8720. Ballard Park Illuminated Garden 6-9 p.m. See Feb. 24 for details. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour 6 p.m. See Friday, Feb. 24. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Feb. 17 for details.

Sunday February 26

Red Carpet Gala Black-tie-to-blue-jeans Oscar event

at Jane Pickens Theater, 7 p.m., cocktails, tastings, and awards,

Monday February 27

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. Teen Book Club Teens welcome to discuss “Heist Society,” by Aly Carter. This book is a RI Teen Book Award nominee. Refreshments, walk-in, free, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday February 28

Artist E-Marketing E-ssentials Workshop by The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County and The Preservation Society of Newport County aimed at helping artists and craftspeople get the word out about their work, Preservation Society Headquarters, 424 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., free to Arts & Cultural Alliance members, $5 general public, refreshments, space limited, advance registration required, email Book Chat Tuesday Book Group welcomes all for an informal discussion of any book. No registration - no required book to read - no worries. Just come and talk (for 3 minutes) about whatever you’ve been reading or listening to lately. Library staff will moderate. Free, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 1 p.m., 847-8720. Documentary Screening Salve Regina University’s Department of Social Work and the Social Work Club will sponsor “Blood in the Mobile,” a glimpse into the world of conflict minerals, focusing on minerals acquired in the Congo and corporate responsibility for the conflict. Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Ave., 6-8 p.m., free.

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Newport Winter Festival Ongoing During Winter Fest many of our museums are open every day … For daily updates and more information visit or call 847-7666. 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Make Your Own Marshmallow SnowmanDestination Chocolate, 15 Bowen’s Wharf. From the warmth of our candy wonderland, create your own marshmallow snowman, $6/$5 with button. 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum-194 Bellevue Ave. Daily activities and special events during Winter Festival,, 849-3990. 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Newport Art Museum- 76 Bellevue Ave. New hands on gallery activities for kids and families. Kids activities are free with admission to the museum, www., 848-8200. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Newport Mansion Tours - The Breakers 44 Ochre Pt. Ave., The Elms 367 Bellevue Ave., and Marble House 596 Bellevue Ave. Admission $14.50-$28/$13.50$27 with button, youth 6-17 free when accompanied by an adult, 847-1000. 10 a.m. –9 p.m. Ice Skating - Newport Skating Center, open 7 days a week - Located at 4 Commercial Wharf, off America’s Cup Ave. The Skating Center is an outdoor ice skating facility offering public skating sessions, skate rentals, concessions, warming area, and free parking,, 846-3018. 11 a.m.-5p.m. Sakonnet Vineyards -162 W. Main Rd., Little Compton, 635-8486. 11 a.m.-5p.m. National Museum of American Illustration - 492 Bellevue Ave. Exhibition on Norman Rockwell: The American Imagist, 50% off admission with button, www., 851-8949, ext. 18. 12p.m.-5p.m. Mother Daughter Makeovers -Cosmetic Cosmos 387 Thames St., (866) 842-0666, $30/$15 with button. 12p.m.-5p.m. Newport Storm & Thomas Tew Distillery tours- 293 JT Connell Rd., 849-5232, $7/$5 with button for beer tour and $9/$7 with button for rum tour. 2p.m. Redwood Library Tours - 50 Bellevue Ave. Newport explore the oldest lending library in America, $5/$4 with button, 847-0292. 2 p.m. Greenvale Vineyards Tour 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth, 8473777. 3-6 p.m. Paint Your Own PotteryThe Accidental Artist, 516 Thames St., paint time for one person $9/$7 with button, 662-0221.

Newport Naval Station and along scenic Narragansett Bay. Parlor car $13.50, adult coach $10, and child coach $6, $1 off with button, reserve at 849-0546. 11 a.m. Road to Independence Walking Tour- Departs from the Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. Learn about riots and rebellion as you hear stories from the years surrounding the American Revolution in Newport, $12/$10 with button, weather permitting, space is limited, 841-8770. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Make Your Own Perfume - Newport Aromatherapy, 127 Bellevue Ave., all ages welcome, without button $3-$12 with button $1-$8, 846-1101. 1 p.m. Collection of Children’s Film Shorts Presented by newportFILM KIDS! Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., adults $10/$5 with button, kids $5/$2 with button. 1 p.m.- p.m. Watch the Potter Make Ceramic Vases - All Fired Up Pottery, 452 Thames St., experience the art of making pottery, space is limited shows every 20 minutes, free event. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 12th Annual “Live Jazz for Kids” - Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Rd., Portsmouth, musicians will play songs kids know and love in a jazz setting, free event. 6:30 p.m. Movie Screening of “BUCK”- Island Cinemas, 866 West Main Rd., Middletown. The real-life story of the horse trainer who became an inspiration for the novel and movie “The Horse Whisperer,” fundraiser for Ponies as Partners Therapeutic Riding Inc., adults $10/$8 with button, children $5/$3 with button, optional dessert reception from 5p.m.-6:30p.m. at an additional cost. 7 p.m. BubbleMania! with Casey Carle, International Comic Bubble Artist – Hyatt Regency. Part scientist, part comic and completely entertaining, Casey Carle charms audiences of all ages. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Latin and Swing Dance Classes - East Bay Ballroom, 15 Fenner Ave., take the first step for a fun-filled evening! No partner required, beginner friendly, $15/$10 with button, 849-5678. 9 p.m. Hot Drink Contest - The Red Parrot, 348 Thames St. The competition heats up as judges determine the Best Hot Drink in Newport.



Thursday, February 23 Be sure to check the daily ongoing activities also! 10:30 a.m.,12:30 p.m. & 2:30.p.m. Scenic Train Rides- Old Colony Newport Railroad 19 America’s Cup Ave. Remember the days of old riding in heated vintage rail cars? Enjoy a 70-minute narrated trip through

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Friday, February 24 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.& 2:30.p.m. Scenic Train Rides- See Feb. 23 for details. 11 a.m. Working Waterfront Walking Tour - Departs from the Whitehorne Museum, 416 Thames St. Walk in the footsteps of the immigrants, sailors and merchants who once lived and worked in the lower Thames neighborhood, $12/$10 with button, weather permitting, space limited, 841-8770. 11:30 a.m. Colonial Site Tour Public & Private Life–Tour begins at the Museum & Shop Brick Market, 127 Thames St. and heads to the 1739 Colony House, built to house R.I. government meetings and the c. 1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, Newport’s oldest house museum. $12 / $10 with button. Weather per-

mitting; space is limited, 841-8770. 4:30p.m.-Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport - Tour begins at the Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., weather permitting, space limited, $12/$10 with button, 841-8770. 6-9 p.m. Annual Illuminated Garden - Ballard Park. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow, free event. 6:30 p.m. Comedy with Magic Matt Roberts appears at the Hyatt Regency, 1 Goat Island, Matt Roberts best seen on NBC’s Today Show and at Boston’s Symphony Hall. 8 p.m. Comedy Show with Kevin Meaney- Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave, Kevin Meaney best seen on the Tonight Show, 30 Rock, and Sirius XM plus special guest Stacy Kendro, $25/$20 with button VIP $45/$40 with button, must be at least 16 years to attend.


Saturday, February 25 Be sure to check the daily ongoing activities also! 11 a.m. Rogues and Scoundrels Walking Tour - Departs from the Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. See where scoundrels live, where pirates profited, and where criminals were punished. Find out why this colony is sometimes known as “Rogue’s Island,” $12/$10 with button, weather permitting, space limited, 841-8770. 11 a.m. Taking Care of Animals A to Z - Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Dr. Lucy H. Spelman author of “The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes,” shares a fascinating and up-close look at wild animals, the dedicated professionals who care for them, for animal lovers of all ages, free event, 847-0675. 11 a.m. - Dog Stroll– Event begins at Wag Nation, 92 Williams St.and ends downtown at the live Newport Winter Festival Snowman. Dress your pets in their winter outfits and take a stroll through Newport. Prizes awarded to Best Dressed Dog, Best Coordinated Canine/Human and more, free event, 619-3719. 11:30 a.m .- Colonial Site Tour Public & Private Life - See Feb. 24 for details. 12 p.m. & 1p.m.- Light House Tour/ Seal Watch Cruises – Departs from Bowen’s Wharf Landing on M/V Alletta Morris, two hour tour to view seals and cruise around Rose Island, $30 adult & $25 kids/seniors; $2 off with button,, 3246020. 12p.m.-3p.m. Nautical Crafts for Kids-Newport Mansions Store, 1 Banister’s Wharf. The little sailor in your life will learn how to tie knots, get temporary tattoos, and more, free event. 12p.m.-3:30p.m. Chicken Wing Cook-Off - Hyatt Regency Newport. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Psychic Tarot Readings – See Feb. 18 for details. 1p.m.-UK’s National Gallery landmark exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan - Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, 49 Touro Street.




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Casting Call for ‘Newportants’

Luck of the Draw at Spring Bull

For more than 12 years, local artist William Heydt has been producing paintings of the people of Newport in his series “Newportant People.” Recently he has brought to his series an historical edition that re-creates historic paintings using descendants of the historical people in the paintings as models. The collection contains several hundred images and paintings of people and landscapes in Newport. Now Heydt is planning to have fictional scripts written for selected images in the collection. There will be an open casting for a television pilot based on the series of images on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Edward King House, 35 King St., Newport. If interested, bring a headshot and resume to the casting call. The storyline for the proposed television series is that Newport’s most renowned playboy/artist Richard Davenport was born with a golden spoon in his mouth. His hobby is to watch and paint the people of Newport. He is about to befriend newspaper reporter Tim Sullivan. These two form a partnership to bring the people of Newport and their stories to the world. Local musicians are writing original music for each episode.

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A seascape painting by Lianna Slater.

Local Arts With a Purpose Works by local artists are featured at Downtown Designs Gallery on Broadway (entrance is on Broadway, but the gallery’s address is 7 Marcus Wheatland Blvd.) Among the paintings on view and for sale is the seascape above, by gallery manager Lianna Slater. The paintings and beaded jewelry in the gallery are created by clients in day programs run by Looking Upwards, a nonprofit agency that assists developmentally challenged individuals. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, call 845-9661 or visit

Our 55 th Season 2011-2012

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048

Pre-concert talk by Dr. Samuel Breene - 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 Mass in G Major BWV 236 Motet No. 6 Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

Soloists are winners of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra's 4th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition Edward Markward, Music Director

‘Out of Line!’ DeBlois Gallery’s annual Open Show this year is entitled “Out of Line!” The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. Artists have found being “out of line” a way to demonstrate their creativity through their interpretation of the theme and the execution of their work. Cash prizes and awards of merit in several categories will be presented. This year’s show runs from March 3-23. DeBlois Gallery, 138 Bellevue Ave., is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 847-9977.

Anchor Bend Glassworks Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16 Franklin St., 849-0698,

Downtown Designs Gallery On Broadway across from City Hall. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 401-845-9661.

Anthony Tomaselli Gallery 140 Spring St., 419-2821,

Duris Studios 26 Franklin St., 849-1540,

Arnold Art Open Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, noon - 5 p.m., 210 Thames St., 847-2273,

Harbor Fine Art Open daily 11 a.m – 5 p.m., 134 Spring St., 848-9711,

Art on the Wharf Gallery open every day, noon 6 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 965-0268.

Bach is Back The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul 30 Fenner St., Providence, RI 02903

“Artist, Teacher, Mentor” drawing of Richard Grosvenor by Paola Mangiacapra.


th Anniversary Season as Music Director

Edward Markward’s

“The Luck of the Draw” exhibit opening reception is Saturday, March 3, from 5-7 p.m. The show runs through March 30.The exhibit features the work of local artists using pencil, graphite, chalk, pastel, charcoal, colored pencil or ink to convey line and shape rather than mass and color. The exhibit showcases depictions of the face, body, landscape, still life, mood or an event. Success in mastering these techniques depends on the “Luck of the Draw,” and on the artist. Viewers can judge who is successful. The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 for Gallery Night in Newport. Spring Bull Gallery, 55 Bellevue Ave., is wheelchair accessible and open free to the public. For additional information call the gallery at 849-9166 or visit

This concert is supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England.

For ticket information, visit or call RICCO at 401-521-5670.

La Forge Casino Restaurant

Blink Gallery Travel photography and Newport images, 89 Thames St., 847-4255,

Isherwood Gallery Wed.-Sat., noon – 5 p.m. and by appointment, 108 William St., 619-1116, Jamestown Arts Center Gallery open Sat. & Sun. noon3 p.m.,18 Valley St., Jamestown.

Brimstone Studio Open Sat. and Sun., noon–5 p.m., or by appointment, 134 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 440-3974.

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

Cadeaux du Monde Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 26 Mary St., 848-0550

Joseph Matose Gallery At the Sunrise Center, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 164 Broadway, 835-3477.

DeBlois Gallery Open Tues.-Sun. 12-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave. 847-9977,

Luniverre Glass Gallery International artists showing sculpture and jewelry from Paris, open Thurs.-Mon., noon – 5 p.m., 146 Bellevue Ave., 846-9009,

Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414,

Roger King Fine Art Two floors of 19th and 20th century American paintings. Open daily, 21 Bowen’s Wharf, 847-4359, Sage Gallery 435 Thames St. (2nd floor). Sheldon Fine Art Gallery open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull Gallery Gallery open daily noon to 5 p.m. 55 Bellevue Ave., 849-9166 The Lady Who Paints “Onsite” paintings by Rosemary Kavanagh O”Carroll, 9 Bridge St., 450-4791. The Third & Elm Press & Gallery Woodcuts and paper created by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, open Tues. - Sat., 11 a.m - 5 p.m. and by appointment, 29 Elm St., 848-0228, William Vareika Gallery Three centuries of American art, 212 Bellevue Ave., 849-6149,


Mother Goose at Rosecliff Mansion March 2nd - 4th

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East Bay Ballroom Enjoy dancing, music, food, fun with East Bay Out on the Town, Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave., 7-8 p.m. East Coast Swing lesson, 8-9 p.m. dancing, $15 lesson and dance, $5 dance only, 8495678, PJ Storytime The Newport Library invites all Aquidneck Island children ages 5-8 years old for a pajama time storytime. Trained teen readers read childhood favorites books. 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., 847-8720. Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.

Wednesday February 29

Economic Luncheon Series Chamber of Commerce State of the State series kickoff, with RI Director of Administration Richard Licht, Atlantic Beach Club, $25 chamber members, $35 non-members, 847-1608. Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.

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Business Before Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s before work gathering, Sears, 1235 West Main Rd., Middletown, 8-9 a.m., 847-1608 or Bird Tales Join Norman Bird Sanctuary staff for this “Bugliest Bug” storytime and craft. $4 members, $6 nonmembers, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., 846-2577, Architecture Lecture John Ochsendorf, Associate Professor of Architecture, MIT, will present “The Guastavino Family & the Creation of Great American Architecture,” an illustrated lecture on the history and technology of Guastavino tile vaulting. The Elms, 367 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m. Free for Preservation Society and AIA-RI members, non-members $5. Advance reservations, 847-1000 ext. 154. Voter IDs The Secretary of State’s Office will issue free voter IDs, Newport City Hall, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., www.sos. “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Shakespeare in Middletown 5 p.m. See Thursday, Feb. 23. Optimize Online Marketing Newport Interactive Marketers meet at 41 North, 351 Thames St., 6-9 p.m., all welcome, free. “Because They Have No Words” Devised theatre by Tim Maddock and Lotti Pharriss based on Maddock’s personal experience doing animal rescue work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Megley Theatre, Antone Academic Center, 8 p.m., $5.

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North, 351 Thames St., 8-9 a.m., 847-1608 or Alaska Presentation for Kids Children’s author Debbie Miller will provide a presentation for children ages 5 and up on Alaska and its wildlife. Children will have an opportunity to try on clothing made from caribou hides and handle bones and antlers and animal puppets. She will share how she researches, writes and edits her books. No registration is required for this free program, just drop-in. This event is part of “March into Reading”, a free event for children and families promoting reading. Newport Public Library, .300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m., 847-8720. Mother Goose at Rosecliff Island Moving Company performs new ballet for all ages at Rosecliff, 4 p.m., $45, Brown Bird Live at JAC Jamestown Arts Center hosts an evening of music with Brown Bird, Bob Kendall opens, 18 Valley St., 8 p.m., “Because They Have No Words” 8 p.m. See Thursday, March 1. Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 849-3473,

Saturday March 3

IYRS Marine Industry Career Day This free one-day event brings marine industry experts and employers to connect with individuals interested in pursuing marine careers. IYRS Restoration Hall, 449 Thames St., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., www. 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, Mother Goose at Rosecliff 3 p.m. See Friday, March 2. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour 6 p.m. See Friday, Feb. 24. Irish Music Concert at Channing Common Fence Music presents Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Irish music at its finest, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 8 p.m., $28 at door, $25 advance, 683-5085, “Because They Have No Words” 8 p.m. See Thursday, March 1. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Friday, March 2.

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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., 1:45 p.m., Mother Goose at Rosecliff 3 p.m. See Friday, March 2. “Because They Have No Words” 3 p.m. See Thursday, March 1. Snowflakes and Seashells Support RI Legal Services Newport Office, with live jazz, wine, tastings, The Spiced Pear, The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd., 5-8 p.m., $100, 274-2652,


Musical Entertainment Thursday, February 23 Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m. Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Greenvale Vineyard–Dick Lupino, David Polansky, Yvonne Monnett, 1-4 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Decades, 9 p.m. Newport Marriott–Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, February 24 Billy Goodes–Live music Buskers Pub– The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 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–Sugar, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Triple Threat Blues, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Joop & Jake, then Punch Drunk,10 p.m. ‘til closing One Pelham East–The Criminals 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, Dan Moretti, Yvonne Monnett, 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, February 25 Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Brothers, 9:30 p.m. The Hyatt Five33 –Lois Vaughan, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–World Premier Band, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Rumors, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Bear Fight Rhino Bar–The Face Show, 10 p.m. Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 6:30-10 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 Castle Hill Inn–Dick Lupino, Jordan Nunes, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferriera on piano, 11:30 a.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, February 27 Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, Sam Gentile,10 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Tuesday, February 28 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 29 O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 10 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Rhino Bar–Rhyme Culture Sardella’s–Dick Lupino, Judy & Barry DeRossi, 7-9:30 p.m.

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WELLNESS Kids Learn: You Are What You Eat By Shawna E.M. Snyder “When did eating junk food become fashionable?” asks Joy Feldman of East Greenwich, the awardwinning Rhode Island author of “Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health” and of the new children’s book, “Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?” Food is a source of energy and it helps build bone, muscle, nerves, hair, and the immune system, among other things. However, food can also be an opponent in our pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Children are most vulnerable to the negative consequences of eating poorly, as their bodies are under construction as they grow into adulthood. A diet made up of fresh fruits, vegetables and beans, as well as high-quality protein like eggs, milk, chicken and fish, will provide a child’s body with an abundance of nutrition. Feldman feels strongly about encouraging healthy eating habits at a young age: “Parents should not feel like they are depriving their kids of anything except perhaps a lifetime of bad health by not letting them indulge in their favorite cookies.” Healthy eating habits taught at an early stage will help to develop the skills necessary to maintain a healthy diet which will continue through their adulthood. Feldman wrote “Is Your Hair Made of Donuts” to inspire children to become healthy eaters through a story that parents and kids alike can relate to. The book is the story of Matt and Maddie, siblings who are fed up with being different. Their friends get to enjoy candy and sugary snacks, while they are stuck eating healthy food their mom insists on feeding them. Finally, one day their mother agrees to let them pick out anything they want from the section of the supermarket that their mother

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But, when the mountains of gooey foods are gone, Matt and Maddie feel ill. They discover that the phrase “you are what you eat” is true. “Is Your Hair Made of Donuts” is a Rhode Island collaboration. The book’s illustrators, Beth Slocum and Amanda Mueller, are Rhode Island School of Design graduates. Rhode Island milliner Everett Hoag

custom-made a hat for Feldman to wear during her readings that makes it appear that doughnuts are growing out of her hair. She reads from her book in schools, after school programs, day care centers and libraries in Rhode Island at no cost. Feldman has also developed a free curriculum guide for teachers. She says, “What started as a simple children’s book has taken on a life of its own.” Feldman will be reading at the Middletown Barnes & Noble store on March 9 at 10:30 a.m.,coinciding with National Nutrition Month. To request a reading by Joy Feldman or learn more, call 885-8800 or email

Sunday, February 26 Be sure to check the daily ongoing activities also! 10:30 am, 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Scenic Train Rides - See Feb. 23 for details. 11 a.m. Souls and Stones Walking Tour - Tour begins at the Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. Explore the Common Burying Ground, view the remarkable gravestones that make this cemetery a work of art and learn about select colonial-era and 19th century residents who helped shape Newport’s history. $12 a person/ $10 with button, weather permitting, space limited, 841-8770. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Festival Day at Easton’s Beach - All ages welcome, 11 a.m. Block Hunt hosted by the Kiwanis Club; Sand Sculpture Contest begins at 10 a.m.- trophies awarded in adult, family & children categories, judging at 1:15p.m.;

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noon Polar Bear Plunge- the daring are invited to join in the frosty swim with The Newport Polar Club. 2:30 p.m. Beach Polo - presented by the Newport International Polo Series- See Feb. 25 for details. 3 p.m. Eelgrass Man Puppet Show Save The Bay’s Exploration Center at Easton’s Beach, Eelgrass Man and his friends teach students about themselves and their unique underwater habitat, fun for all ages and interactive, free event, 324-6020. 3:30 p.m. IHOP Pancake Eating Contest -195 West Main Rd. Middletown, compete or just watch in awe as people devour their way to the title of the Queen or King of Pancake Eating, win a $100 IHOP gift certificate, limited to 50 participants. 6 p.m. Live Action Oscar ShortsJane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., the nominated short films for Academy Awards will be screened, $20/$18 with button, www., 846-5474.


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WINTERFEST CALENDAR continued from page 11 1p.m. & 3p.m.- WINEterfest Wine Tasting & Wine Tour Newport Vineyards – See Feb. 18 for details. 2:30 p.m. Winter Fest Beach Polo presented by the Newport International Polo Series - Atlantic Beach (East of Easton’s Beach), free event, 5:30 p.m. Murder at the Museum –“The Butler Did it” - Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., a “whodunit” mystery fun for the whole family, 848-8200. 6-9p.m. Annual Illuminated Garden - Ballard Park. Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow, free event. 8 p.m.- Another Tequila Sunrise Newport Marriott Hotel. Enjoy an entertaining night out with America’s most authentic Eagles Tribute band, $20 at door/$15 in advance with button.


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Volunteers Help to Protect Plovers By Jack Kelly The 2012 Piping Plover nesting and breeding season will be starting soon. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteers to help protect nesting territories, monitor beaches, document activity at nesting sites, and educate the public on Piping Plover biology and local laws. This endangered North American shorebird has suffered from the loss of Atlantic coastal habitats due to development and destructive erosion. The members of this species that do remain are often disturbed by beachgoers and predators. Volunteers can assist in minimizing these intrusions into active nesting areas. The Piping Plover is just over seven inches in length and has a wingspan of approximately nineteen inches. During breeding season the plumage of this species is very pale so as to match its beach nesting environment. The breeding adults will have a black-tipped, orange bill and orange-yellow legs. They will also display a black neck ring, which may be partial in some males, and a distinctive black “eyebrow” plumage between their eyes. Piping Plovers scratch out a nesting area in the sand and pebbles of local beaches. They may attempt to disguise it with small sticks or other beach debris. The female lays her eggs directly on the sand and then incubates them. This is a vulnerable time for this species as the nests and parents are hard to see, and beachgoers may trample the nests without even knowing it. For this reason, sections of Second Beach and Third Beach are cordoned off annually to protect the nesting areas, and signs are posted to inform the public of the importance of these sites. Unlike some species, plover chicks are precocial, which means they are capable of moving about after hatching, and that they can

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visitors, to education assistance, trail maintenance, wildlife observation and habitat control. For those who wish to volunteer for the Piping Plover Program, the staff of the R.I. National Wildlife Refuges will be conducting a volunteer training session on Saturday, March 17 from 10–11:30 a.m., at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown. Information is online at: ninigret/complex/ or on Facebook, or call 401-364-9124. For any other volunteer opportunities contact Lang, at: sarah_ or call 847-5511 ext 203, daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline for the Junior Duck Stamp Program is March 15, and artwork and applications can be dropped off at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge visitor 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. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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All ages can “try” Island Rugby for free during the last two winter training sessions at the Newport County YMCA on Feb. 26. The schedule for that day includes: flag/ non-contact rugby for 5 – 8 year old boys and girls from 10 – 10:55 a.m., followed by “slightly contested rugby” for 9 – 13 year old boys and girls from 11 – 11:55 a.m. and finally, a session for 14 – 19 year old young men interested in full-contact rugby from noon – 1 p.m. If children enjoy the free day of training, they are encouraged to register for the April 1 – May 27 spring season at the YMCA. The Island Rugby U19 program will starts its inaugural spring season with an introductory match against the Bishop Hendricken Rugby Club on Sunday, April 15 at Fort Adams with kick-off at 3 p.m. The Full-Contact U19 Rugby will meet twice per week starting Wednesday, March 7, on Easton’s Beach starting at 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, also at Easton’s Beach from 3 – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Christopher Gray at 639-4901 or

Every player to ever hold a baseball bat dreams of going to the World Series. Earlier this week, a group of players from the Portsmouth Little League’s Challenger Division received word that their dreams will come true in Williamsport, Pa. this summer. Rhode Island District 2 Challenger, supported by Portsmouth Little League, was selected as one of two teams nationwide to play a challenger game at this year’s Little League World Series. The Challenger Division is a division of Little League Baseball that gives children with disabilities the chance to enjoy the game. The second team is from North Carolina. The game will take place on Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Stadium in Williamsport. The team will be raising funds to help pay the expenses for travel to the Little League World Series. Anyone interested in making a donation to support their efforts to play in Williamsport should make a check out to PLL Challenger Division, and mail it to PLL Challenger, PO Box 38, Portsmouth, RI 02871. For additional information, contact 368-0549.

RECENT DEATHS Janet N. Allen, 81, of Middletown, passed away Feb. 14, 2012 at Newport Hospital. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps for 20 years. Donations in her memory may be made to the Portsmouth United Methodist Church, 2732 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871. Mary Helene Kane, 85, of Newport passed away Feb. 14, 2012 at Newport Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Feb. 23 at Jesus Savior Church, 509 Broadway, at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Columbia Cemetery in Middletown. Miriam “Mimi” Krakoff, 86, passed away Feb. 16, 2012 at Blenheim Newport, Middletown. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 547, Newport, RI, or The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI.

Paul Parsonage, 74, of Myrtle Beach, SC and formerly of Middletown, passed away Feb. 13, 2012. He was the husband of the late Patricia “Pat” (Saunders) Parsonage. He served in the U.S. Navy and also worked for the Middletown School System for 18 years. Visiting hours will be at the O’Neil-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Feb. 23 from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 24 at 9a.m. at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross.

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Middletown goalie, Peter Geraghty, stops another Prout shot on goal. The Islander senior stopped 28 shots in the game.

Joyous Islander teammates suround Harrison Coogan (center) after the MHS sophomore forward scored the game-winning, overtime goal against division-leading Prout on Monday, Feb. 20 at the West Warwick Center. (Photos by Rob Thorn)

In a thriller on Monday Feb. 20, Middletown High School beat The Prout School 5-4, in sudden death overtime, to climb to within 2 points of their Div. II-South rivals at the West Warwick Civic Center. The Islanders raised their record to 113-3, while the Crusaders remained atop the division at 12-3-2. MHS faces off against East Greenwich on Friday, Feb. 24 and Prout hosts Portsmouth on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the final regular season games for each before the state playoffs begin next week.

ROADS CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 this most scenic portion of the Drive has been repaved from Brenton Point to Harrison Avenue. New wooden guardrails were added, and dozens of signs that had cluttered the view were removed at the request of the City Council. When considered along with the 2009 improvements to Green Bridge, and the recently completed efforts to bury the remaining utility lines in the vicinity of Gooseberry Beach. These improvements warrant a pinch of pride. If that’s not enough, after nearly six years of stalled efforts to repave one of the city’s main arteries, Riccio was able to secure $300,000 in funding from the state DOT to smooth out Lower Thames Street in what is being described as a temporary improvement. The work, which calls for the replacement of the top layer of pavement in time for the start of the America’s Cup World Series in June, is not expected to interfere with long-term plans to improve the area’s streetscape. It should, however, prove to be a welcome relief to both business owners and residents throughout the Yachting Village. The project, which is slated to begin in March, is similar to others which are meant to extend the useful life of the roadway undertaken in recent years. Two summers ago, the southern section of Harrison Avenue was repaved through a process known as chip sealing – a method of repair also used on Eustis Avenue. Meanwhile, the narrow streets of the Historic Hill and Yachting Village have also been improved with new sidewalks, a fresh layer of asphalt, or both. And in Washington Square, peace has finally come to businesses around the city’s histor-

Bill Ricchio, director of Public Services. ic center. But other sore spots still remain. Despite being cited frequently as a top priority by city leaders, Broadway, from Equality Park to Washington Square continues to deteriorate. However, with final engineering currently being conducted on a highly anticipated streetscape project, it appears that it too could undergo significant enhancements as soon as next year. Also vexing is the condition of Spring Street. Despite earmarking a portion of a 2006 road bond totaling $12 million to improve one of the city’s more heavily trafficked thoroughfares, the ride down Spring has only become more unwelcoming. Even Bellevue Avenue, which underwent an extensive $1 million restoration project just a few years ago, is looking ragged in spots, as chunks of concrete have become dislodged around the road’s met-

al joints. The City Council last year went so far as to suggest that it should seek to be reimbursed for the project by the contractor, Aetna Bridge Construction. Riccio says repairs are continually being made to the street, however he notes that it’s difficult to keep up with the wear and tear. 
The city’s influx of tourists, tour buses, and commercial traffic puts a disproportionately heavy toll on it’s public assets. Some have suggested that the city petition state lawmakers for the authority to place a surcharge on tour buses, which are often blamed for slowing down traffic, negatively impacting air quality and damaging streets and curbsides. However, absent any new revenue streams, the city relies primarily on its capital improvement plan to guide its infrastructure improvements. According to the most recent document, over the next five years the city has budgeted $2.5 million in road improvements, another $2.5 million for seawall repair, and $425,000 in park and ADA improvements. That’s in addition to annual allocations for road and sidewalk maintenance projects that the city lists under its Public Services budget and any state or federal funding that might be received through grants or matching funds. Some of the projects planned for the next five years include a continued focus on the city’s seawalls, with repairs scheduled for Storer Park, Easton’s Beach and Ocean Drive; and construction on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Plan, targeted to begin either in spring or fall of 2012.

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Seahawk Men/Women Advance in Conference Tournaments SRU Men Hunt Down Golden Bears 58-47 As the top seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament, the Salve Regina University men’s basketball team had little trouble with their opening round opponent, Western New England University on Friday, Feb. 21, winning 58-47. Seahawks were led by graduate student Ryan Burrell’s 20 points, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds. Junior William Smiley added 15 points and grabbed 10 boards. Sophmore Joshua Hohlfelder chipped 9 points and 9 rebounds. SRU raised their overall season record to 18-3 and face Nichols in the semi-finals at 6 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 23. If they win, again, they play for the CCC championship on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Newport. – Kirby Varacalli

At left William Smiley, #22, maneuvers in heavy traffic to score two of his 15 points against the Golden Bears. The Seahawk’s junior guard from Saunderstown, RI, added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

At left, SRU’s Ryan Birrell, #11, goes up and over WNEU’s Ryan Mickiewicz, #11, for two of his gamehigh 20 points during the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament. The Seahawks won, 58-47.

SRU Women Force Colonels to Surrender, 54–32 Salve Regina University Junior Kaitlyn Birrell scored a game-high 17 points, while senior Lindsay Shorey set a school record with 14 blocks as the #2 Seahawks defeated the #7 Curry College, 54–32, during the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship (CCC) tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Rodgers Recreation Center. The win improves the Seahawk’s season record to 17–9

The women will take on Western New England University on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. at home in the CCC semifinal game. A victory against WNEU on Thursday will put the girls in the conference championship game on Saturday, Feb. 25, either away against #1 University of New England or at home versus #4 Endicott – Meg O’Neil

Lady Seahawk Kaitlyn Birrell, #2, drives the lane against her Nichols College defender in SRU’s first-round, CCC tournament win. Birrell, whose brother stars for the SRU’s men’s basketball team, led all scorers with 17 points.

Senior center, Lindsay Shorey, #23, blocks the shot of Nichol’s Hailey Rafferty, #44. SRU’s Shorey recorded 14 blocked shots in the game, setting the SRU women’s basketball single game record .

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