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Marchers in last year’s Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade show the spirit that has kept the parade going for 55 years. This year’s parade is the 56th, making it the longest-running annual St. Patrick’s parade in the Northeast. Hundreds of marchers will start from City Hall on Broadway on Saturday at 11 a.m. The parade route takes them south along Thames Street to end in the Irish stronghold of the Fifth Ward neighborhood at the doors of St. Augustin Church. (Photo by Kirby Varacalli)
For many ratepayers in the city, coming to grips with the costs associated with the city’s $80 million upgrade to its water system has been no easy task. Over the next five years, water bills are set to double over rates paid in 2010 – an amount that City Council members have likened to a property tax increase. So when the Associated Press earlier this week picked up on a local report that the cost to eliminate the persistent combined sewer overflows that have dogged the city for years would cost an additional $100 million, there was understandable concern. The trouble is, the group tasked with exploring the problem hasn’t reached any decisions on a specific plan, nor have they discussed any cost estimates associated with such a remediation project.
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Student Pen Pals Learn About More Than Penmanship By Meg O’Neil In what may be a sign of our increasingly digital times, a recent survey by the U.S. Postal Service estimates that the average American receives a personal, handwritten piece of mail just once every two months. While that’s not good news for the ailing postal service, neither is it promising for the seemingly dying art of letter writing. It’s a trend that students at Thompson Middle School are trying to reverse. Putting pens to paper, a group of 6 – 8th grade students have become international pen pals with students from the Summercove National School in Kinsale, Ireland – one of Newport’s Sister Cities. Since November, TMS teachers Rachel Andrews, Lisa Olaynack, Stephanie Sullivan, and Kacie Gallo have been teaching students the proper techniques and format of traditional letter writing. According to Andrews and Olaynack, their students jumped at the opportunity to connect with their counterparts “across the pond.” “They are so excited about it,” said Andrews. “The students are building a bond – a relationship, friendship, and curiosity in another culture. It’s a huge plus for them.” TMS Principal Jaime Crowley explained that the idea of connecting with the Summercove National School came from Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk and members of
Students participating in the pen pal exchange with students from the Summercove National School in Kinsale, Ireland will present Summercove Principal Kathleen Lane with a framed photo of themselves holding a banner that reads “Cead Mile Failte,” translated as “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,” when Lane visits TMS students on March 16. (Photo by Jane Reagan) the City Council. In addition to learning how to correctly handwrite a letter, the students are gaining information about other cultures and places, said Andrews.
For the many students from deep-rooted Irish families that settled in Newport generations ago, the project is especially meaningful. With the annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade falling on
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March 17 this year, a small Kinsale delegation will be celebrating in Newport, including the principal of Summercove National School, Kathleen Lane. Lane will visit TMS students on
Friday, March 16 for the first time. When she arrives, the TMS pen pals will present her with a group photograph taken on the front steps of the school as a gift to take back to Kinsale and share with her students. The teachers hope to continue the letter writing even after St. Patrick’s Day. “The kids get really excited whenever letters come in,” Andrews explained. “They love the idea of ‘snail mail’. To them, it’s ‘cool’ when you get a letter.” Olaynack and Crowley say that the letter writing has produced several “teachable moments” due to innocent language differences between the students. “One word here could mean something completely different over there,” laughed Crowley. “We’re learning that, too.” “Letter etiquette is important because it shows kids that you really need to think about what you’re going to write,” Crowley said. “It’s very different from the short blips of texting communication that occurs today.” Perusing some of the letters, it’s easy to see that technology still prevails as several students asked their pen pals for either their email addresses or their video-game identification tags so they could communicate over the Internet. “It’s cute to watch our students interact with people halfway across the planet,” Olaynack said. “It’s a big world out there, and these are little connections that are going to make them into more worldly, understanding citizens.”
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As a celebration in support of Thompson Middle School’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative, 278 students earned a special invitation to the Jane Pickens Theater, complete with a custom marquee welcoming them, on Friday, March 9, for a free screening of the film “Despicable Me.” According to TMS reading teacher Elizabeth Raffa, the 278 students were chosen because they did not get any D’s or F’s on their quarter 1 or 2 report cards,
did not receive any teacher detentions, and did not get sent to the dean for any disciplinary problems for the first two quarters of the school year. Raffa said the excursion to the Jane Pickens was the first reward initiative of its kind for the PBIS program, which was implemented last fall, thanks to donations from the TMS Parent/Teacher Organization, as well as a fundraising event that has allowed the group to offer similar opportunities to TMS students in the future.
The PBIS initiative established the concept of a TMS POWERful student this year, which stands for a student who: Participates, Organizes, Works hard, keeps Everybody safe, and Respects himself and others every day in the halls and classrooms of Thompson. According to Raffa, “The PBIS initiative is all about socially acknowledging the students who make positive behavioral choices on a consistent basis and remind those who don’t in a proactive rather than reactive way.”
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The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County will celebrate its third annual Spring into Art week, which recognizes the local arts community and promotes Newport County as an arts destination, March 23 – April 1. The calendar of events showcases local talent, artists, theater, musicians and arts venues. Spring into Art shares the same dates as Spring Newport Restaurant Week this year. “In addition to presenting the
third annual Spring into Art week, the Arts & Cultural Alliance is celebrating our 20th anniversary,” said Cristina Offenberg, President of the Arts & Cultural Alliance. “We have over 100 individual and organizational members, which we aim to support through events such as this. Our goal is to make art more visible and vibrant in our Newport communities.” This year’s Spring into Art offers over 25 events at 17 arts venues throughout Newport County. Many
events are free. A full list of events, dates and times can be found at www.newportarts.org as well as in brochures available throughout the state, including visitors’ centers, Chambers of Commerce, and Newport County libraries, arts centers and hotels. Events include: Newport Gallery Walks; Exhibitions and Workshops at Newport Art Museum, 100 years old this year; An open rehearsal of Island Moving Company, in its 30th year; Comedy, music, film, photography, tours and lectures.
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WATER CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 The news report, which was based on a presentation given by city consultants CH2M Hill to the CSO Stakeholders Work Group last Thursday, indicated that based on new hydraulic modeling, the city would be unable to curb its CSO discharges by working within the confines of the existing sewer system. But according to Director of Utilities Julia Forgue, the city is still far from coming to any determination regarding a systemwide upgrade, or for that matter fully defining exactly what level of remediation will ultimately be acceptable to residents and policymakers. “We’re still going through the process,” Forgue said on Monday, describing the presentation as “hypothetical.” The improvements are needed to bring the city into compliance with a consent agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Environmental Management that stemmed from a lawsuit brought by a group of concerned Newport residents who became frustrated with the city’s response to its CSO problem. Empowered by a consent agreement with federal regulators, the CSO Stakeholders Work Group is intended to represent the public as part of a set of guidelines set forth in the Clean Water Act. It’s made up of citizen stakeholders who were appointed to represent various factions of the community and provide a certain level of public input on the project before a final proposal is submitted by the council to state and federal agencies for approval. The group has met eight times as part of that charge, and Thursday’s meeting was just another step in the process, Forgue said, adding that over the coming months, the group will review various scenarios that would be used by the city to develop a plan that will appeal to all stakeholders. In May, CH2M Hill will present the group with yet another hypothetical proposal; and in June, discussion is expected to turn toward cost estimates. “Last week just focused on fixing
what we have,” Forgue said. “Now they’re going to look at what would happen if we added some storage.” She added that no dollar figures were mentioned in the report. Still, it should be noted that solving Newport’s combined sewer overflows will not be easy, and it will likely come at a price. But it will be up to the council to decide what price is acceptable to the city – and to tax payers. Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin serves as the liaison to the group. “Up until the last two meetings, it has been very educational,” he said, noting that it will be up to the group to determine what are the most important issues to the city when it comes to reducing the number of CSO events. For example, if the goal of the remediation plan is to keep the beaches open, the city will have to decide at what point does it become cost prohibitive for the city to ensure that even after the fiercest storms a CSO does not occur. And as Forgue notes, complying with the consent agreement is more nuanced than simply eliminating CSO discharges altogether. Myriad variables go into determining what steps are taken to reduce runoff into the bay and improve the water in Newport Harbor. The EPA may permit three or or four minor CSO events per year as an acceptable compromise. “We still have a ways to go before anything is decided on,” Forgue said. As for ratepayers concerned with the prospect of enduring even higher water and sewer bills, it should be noted that the stakeholders group ranked “Maintaining affordable rates” second only to meeting Clean Water Act requirements on their list of priorities. The group next meets again on May 3 at 3 p.m. in the City Council chambers. On the agenda: potential plans to add additional storage capacity to the system, and a discussion of the regulatory, social impacts, water quality, and costs associated with various improvement projects.
Fort Adams Prepares for Cup Races By Tom Shevlin Ten teams, with12 boats from nine countries are expected to take part in this summer’s America’s Cup World Series, according to Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport and the chair of the state’s America’s Cup Host Committee. Briefing the AC Host Committee on Friday during a meeting at City Hall, Read framed the upcoming race as “America against the world,” as two boats from ORACLE Racing, representing the Golden Gate Yacht Club, square off against competition from Sweden, New Zealand, South Korea, China, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. The event, which is slated for June 23-July 1, is expected to be one of the season’s highlights, drawing an estimated 70,000 people to the city and generating an estimated $72 million in economic activity. Meanwhile, at Fort Adams, which will be serving as the focal point for the event, crews have been working feverishly to upgrade the area’s electrical infrastructure and improve the park’s network of vehicle and pedestrian paths. One of the more noticeable improvements can be found on the jetty at the northern tip of the fort. There, a fresh layer of crushed stone has been laid to accommodate a series of bleachers planned for the event. The roadway that wraps around the fort as part of the Fort Adams Bay Walk has also been improved, again providing for a level landscape for spectator stands. According to Joe Dias, chief of the Division of Planning and Development at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which oversees the park, the improvements should be wrapped up by May 15 – leaving a little more than a month before ACWS teams arrive on scene.
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Photo Guild Meets The monthly meeting of the Newport Photo Guild will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Newport Art Museum. Presenters this month are Patricia Cahill Taft, David Pinkham and Ross Harris. The group meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jack Renner at 924-4747.
For What It’s Worth Mr. Santi: This vase has been in our family for many years. The color of the glass is red and it is about 18” tall. There are paintings surrounding the vase and the colors are bright with lots of gold decorations. Unfortunately while cleaning it a few years ago, I chipped the upper lip but glued it back. The chip is about 2” across. Do you know who made this vase and is it worth anything despite the chip. — Patricia K. Patricia: Your vase was made in the late 19th century, either in Venice of Vienna. Mythological scenes were popular at the turn of the century and yours is an excellent example. Unfortunately glass is very unforgiving; it is surprising that as many vases that were meant to be used (and cleaned) have survived at all. If perfect your vase would be worth between $1,000 to $1,200 but with the damage, it now has nominal value. – Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques (During the winter months, The Drawing Room will not be offering ‘free appraisal day’ on Thurs.; but will offer free appraisals by appointment only. Just call 841-5060 to make an appointment.) Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Federico at: email@example.com or 152 Spring St., Newport
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Ending Homelessness Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness will be sponsoring the presentation of “Open Doors Rhode Island: RI 10-Year Plan on Homelessness” on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Newport Public Library. The plan outlines steps to be taken in the next few years to end homelessness. Senator Paiva Weed and other state representatives will be attending.
International Film Series The Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library present the final film in the International Film Series held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library on Thursday, March 22. “Familia Rodante (Rolling Family)” (Argentina) will be shown at 7 p.m., preceded by refreshments at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at 423-7280.
Night of Comedy The Newport Lions Club will hold their annual “Night of Comedy” on April 5 at the Atlantic Beach Club from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The annual event raises funds for Lions Club charities. A hot and cold buffet will be followed by a performance by Newport’s Bit Players, and live and silent auctions. The cost is $25, two for $45, or $200 for a table of ten.
RECENT DEATHS Barbara (Connelly) Blank, 83, of Newport and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., passed away March 11, 2012. She was the wife of Michael (Mickey) Blank, Jr. Donations in her memory may be made to The Autism Project of RI, 51 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston, RI 02920. Susan Corseri, 56, of Portsmouth, passed away March 5, 2012 after a battle with cancer. She was the wife of Gary Corseri. Brian Donnelly, 67, of Portsmouth, passed away March 8, 2012 at home after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Kathleen (Carrellas) Donnelly. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. Donations in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, P.O. Box 690, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Vivian “Nee” (Breeze) Ellis, 96, of Portsmouth, passed away March 9, 2012. She was the wife of the late Grenville Brigham Ellis. Patricia N. Glazzard, 85, of Newport, passed away March 10, 2012, at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of Malcom Glazzard. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906. Andrew Kane, III, 83, of Newport, passed away March 5, 2012 at the Grand Islander Center, Middletown. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served the Newport Fire Department for over 40 years, retiring as the Deputy Fire Chief. Donations may be made to the Newport Fire Dept. Rescue Wagon Fund, 21 West Marlborough St., Newport, 02840.
Mary Pagac, 88, of Middletown, passed away March 5, 2012 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late John Pagac. She worked for twenty years at the Newport Naval Station. Albert Saunders Jr., 78, of Portsmouth, passed away March 7, 2012 at home. He was the husband of Valerie (Evans) Saunders. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Randall (Dusty) Sims Sr., 75, of Middletown, passed away March 9, 2012 in St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River. He was the husband of Elsa (Guevara) Sims. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Calling hours will be Friday, March 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway. Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. at Graceway Community Church, 215 Forest Ave., Middletown. Leona “Lee” (Ferris) Sorensen, 63, of Tiverton, passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2012. Calling hours will be Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a Memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Rd., Portsmouth. Donations in her memory may be made to We Love Children Fund Incorporated, 262 No. Marion St., Fall River, MA 02723.
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Newport Fire Newport Police Log Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, March 5 to Monday, March 12, the Newport Police Department responded to 458 calls. Of those, 90 were motor vehicle related; there were 68 motor vehicle violations issued and 22 accidents. The police also responded to 4 incidents of vandalism, 3 noise complaints, 17 animal complaints, and 20 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 8 school security checks (5- Triplett, 2-Rogers High School, 1-Underwood and 1-MET School)) and conducted 3 DARE classes. They transported 3 prisoners, provided escort for 3 funerals and recorded 11 instances of assisting other agencies and 6 instances of assisting other police departments. Nine private tows were also recorded. Officers also responded to 1 suicide call . In addition, 21 arrests were made for the following violations: n Six arrests were made for simple assault. n Five arrests were made for outstanding warrants. n Three arrests were made for dsiorderly conduct. n One arrests was made for DUI. n One arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n One arrest was made for felony assault. n One arrest was made for littering. n One arrest was made for driving without license. n One arrest was made for obtaining food with intent to defraud. n One arrest was made for fraudulent use of credit cards.
During the period from Monday, March 5 to Sunday, March 11 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 101 calls. Of those, 66 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 57 patients being transported to the hospital. 5 patients refused aid once the EMS arrived on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 98 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 47 calls • Station 1 - Engine responded to 35 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 19 calls • Station 2 - Engine responded to 10 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 29 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 2 - Trash / dumpster fires 2 - Downed power lines 3 - Electrical wiring problems 2 - Carbon monoxide incidents 10 – Fire Alarm (malfunction) 6 - Service, good intent calls In the category of fire prevention; the department performed 6 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 11 life safety inspections, and provided 10 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Did you change your smoke alarm batteries this past weekend? Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths in 2005-2009 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms (National Fire Protection Association). —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM
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Food Pantry Offers Weekend Hours With the help of local churches and service groups, the Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., is opening its food pantry on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Food or monetary donations and volunteers are always welcome and needed. For more information, call Lt. Helen at the Salvation Army, 846-3234.
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.
Newport Public Library will mark Women’s History Month and the 10th anniversary of Reading Across Rhode Island by presenting “Educating Women in New England in Colonial Times,” a lecture by Kathryn Tomasek, Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College. Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Program Room. As part of Reading Across Rhode Island, each year the Rhode Island Center for the Book invites all Rhode Islanders to read one book, and this year’s selection is Geraldine Brooks’ “Caleb’s Crossing.” The book is the story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. One of the other main characters in the book is Bethia Mayfield, daughter of the local minister, who grows up with a desire to study and learn in a time when educational opportunities for women were virtually non-existent. This program is free and open to the public. For more details check out the library’s website, www. newportlibraryri.org or call Mattie Gustafson, 847-8720, ext. 117 or Pat LaRose, 847-8720 ext. 208.
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Parade Parking Restrictions On Saturday, March 17, the day of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Paade, parking is prohibited on the following streets from 5 a.m.- 3 p.m. All vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed: Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square Equality Park Place and Equality Park West Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd. from Equality Park to Oak St. Washington Sq. from Broadway to Thames St. Thames St. from America’s Cup Ave. to Morton Ave. Carroll Ave. from Morton Ave. to Harrison Ave. Questions can be directed to Sergeant Christopher Hayes 8455717 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emmanuel Church Salon On Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. the Sunday Salon at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport will feature the Rev. Anita Schell-Lambert presenting “Making Pathways to Peace.” In this onehour program, the rector will describe Archbishop Oscar Romero’s conversion to peacemaker. The program includes interfaith chants and prayers and is free and open to the public. For information, call the church office at 847-0675.
Make a Difference Literacy Volunteers of East Bay is in need of volunteers who would like to make a difference in the life of an adult learner. Volunteers provide free 1-1 tutoring or small group instruction to area adults, helping them with reading, writing, math and/or English speaking skills. Attending a 16-hour training session is required. Then tutors are matched with a student, together they determine a mutually convenient time and place to meet for two hours per week. The next tutor training will be held at the Portsmouth Library, 2658 E. Main Rd. on Tuesdays, March 27, 29 and April 3 and 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 401-2472177 to register or visit www.lveastbay.org.
NEWS BRIEFS Educator of the Year Post Parade Middletown Education Collaborative annually presents its Litter Pick-up Educator of the Year award to a Middletown educator. You can nominate a teacher, teacher assistant,volunteer, mentor, extracurricular instructor or administrator in the Middletown public school system to be recognized for contributions during the 2011-12 school year. The award will be presented May 9. Visit www.mecmec.org to nominate an educator.
Brick Alley Pub’s TeamBAP will hold its first official event at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, rain or shine. As anyone who has been in Newport for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade knows, the streets need a little TLC afterwards. The Team will meet in front of the Pub and move down Thames St., picking up trash. Volunteers will receive T shirts.
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Visit Portsmouth Free Public Library on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m., for “Celebrating Ireland”, an all-Irish program on Irish history and culture, presented in song and dance. Fiddler and vocalist Mary King will perform, and Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Ireland, will be play his tin whistle and button accordion. Dublin-bred Hughie Purcell plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, and sings Irish song. This program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Seating is limited so please call the Library at 683-9457 or stop by to sign up for the program.
East Bay Community Action Program Head Start is now enrolling eligible children from birth to age five throughout the East Bay area of Rhode Island. Program offerings include: free half day classroom services for preschoolers; free home-based services for pregnant women and families with infants/ toddlers; and child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. EBCAP is a private, nonprofit organization providing health and human services in the East Bay area. Head Start sites are located in East Providence, Warren, Newport, Middletown, and Tiverton. For further information and enrollment, call toll-free (877) 367 2008 or visit www.ebcap.org.
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Feinstein Food Drive During the months of March and April, the Salvation Army will track food and money donations to the food pantry, and at the end of April, the philanthropist Alan Feinstein will match the total. ($1 per food item; dollar-for-dollar on money donations). Food can be brought to the Salvation Army directly. In addition, Forest Ave. school and Webster Bank have collection bins. Most-needed items: peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, soups, snacks, pasta.
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Time to Combine It’s an odd Rhode Island mindset, our parochialism. It’s found almost everywhere – from the halls of the Statehouse to our local city and town governments. Some see it as a positive trait – something that helps define our communities and makes Rhode Island such a unique place to live. And yet it may just be one of the most fundamental reasons why the state continues to wither in the economic doldrums. If we can’t govern ourselves efficiently; if we can’t give up that need for control over our self-defined fiefdoms; and if we can’t rise above our conventions, then how are we expected to demonstrate to the private sector that an investment in Rhode Island is one that will pay off over time? Nowhere is our resistance to this evolution more frustrating than within our schools. Last week, City Council members met in a special joint session with their counterparts on the School Committee. When the topic of combining the school’s finance department with that in City Hall was broached, the committee’s stance was inexplicably resistant. If Newport is ever going to see its school system among the toptier of public schools in the state, then we must be leaders in achieving efficiencies. On Tuesday, School Committee Chair Patrick Kelley lamented the loss of $23,000 that was put toward legal fees in its dispute with a group of parents over the construction of the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School. The money, he said, could have been put to better use. We couldn’t agree more. Just as the money currently being spent on operating a separate business office and facilities department could also be put to better use. At least one nearby school district seems to agree. At the same time that Newport’s School Committee was meeting on Tuesday, North Kingstown’s School Committee was voting 4-1 to consolidate their own finance and facility departments with the town’s. With talk of an island-wide school system idled, the time for consolidation of our municipal services has come. Newport can, and should be, a leader in this movement. Our kids and our finances can’t afford otherwise. A Lower-Proof St. Pat’s Day, please Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a nondescript white box truck rounded the corner at America’s Cup Avenue and bounded down Lower Thames Street on its way to one of the street’s more popular watering holes. Nearby, a police officer, a fresh cup of coffee in hand, watched as the driver exited the cab and began unloading cases of Budweiser, Bass, and Stella Artois. This Saturday, as the city hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we hope that moderation prevails. Each year, the Parade Committee works diligently to promote the parade as a family-friendly event; and each year, it seems to become harder for families to enjoy the festivities without encountering over-served and often under-age revelers whose antics overshadow the true spirit of the day. This will be the first parade as police chief for Gary Silva, who is no stranger to the problems that surround the day. We hope that he uses Saturday to send a message – to teenagers and out-of-town revelers drawn to the city for the promise of excess – that there are consequences for bad behavior; that, unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Newport on St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t stay in Newport; and that the parade is being reclaimed for Newport’s families.
Bibens Caveat (Drinker Beware) Last St. Patrick’s Day, 75 citations were issued by the police department. 44 of those violations were for drinking in public or for possession of an open container of alcohol. The fine incurred for 71 of those violations was for $743.50 (which included the $93.50 court cost). The remaining fines ranged from $193.50 - $393.50. According to municipal codes, the judge has the authority to issue a maximum $1,000 fine.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Culture of Drinking Endangers Parade Viewers To the Editor; The Irish Saved Civilization heralded Thomas Cahill some years ago in his noteworthy book celebrating the great St. Patrick for not only bringing Christianity to Ireland but for promoting literacy and learning in the future “isle of saints and scholars”. Rightfully, St. Patrick will be celebrated this Saturday with a joyful community parade with many embracing and trumpeting their Irish heritage in due recognition of the great saint. However, while the parade and accompanying celebration is a great event, the environment surrounding the parade is not something to be proud of nor is it worthy of encouragement. In fact, finding the behavior on the part of many of the spectators so intolerable, I no longer attend the parade and discourage my family with young grandchildren from visiting during the parade day. Much of the drunken, hostile and antisocial behavior does no credit to Ireland’s rich cultural traditions or to the city of Newport and, in my view, ruins
the joyful nature of the celebration for many, especially very young children. Frankly, the example we provide for our young children is shameful. It is also obvious to anyone paying attention that many of the offending individuals are underage as they move about freely and openly drinking, yelling, cursing and shoving their way through the crowds on the sidewalk. Further, many of these same young people (and others) drive away at the parade’s end clearly “under the influence.” A few years ago, the city experienced a tragedy resulting in a fatality during a “pub crawl” that vividly underscored how dangerous it is, in a crowded, alcohol saturated environment, to not maintain a strong security presence and in not making a serious attempt at controlling this behavior. We are asking for trouble in not doing so and we endanger the well being of one and all by not creating a sense of heightened security given the nature of the event. In fairness, I do believe that, in
recent years, city administration, the police and zoning depts. have taken measures to be more vigilant and forceful. However, the negative environment often overwhelms the security measures that are created by a community cultural ethos that is either encouraged or, at the very least, tolerated by many of us who should know better. Candidly, we all need to look in the mirror and understand that tolerating and frequently encouraging this ethos exacerbates the problem making it immensely difficult to control. Simply put, while acknowledging that recent security measures have been somewhat effective; I must admit that after witnessing some spectators and some marchers, as recently as last year, stumbling through my neighborhood seeking to retrieve their cars after the parade, it is clearly obvious that more needs to be done. Horrible as it is to contemplate but, each year, a tragedy is waiting to happen. We, as a community, can and must do better. Dave Wixted Newport
Living Next to a Wind Turbine is Not a Problem There has been much discussion regarding the wind turbine survey and the apparent impact that one neighbor has had on the outcome. I am that neighbor, and my opinion actually differs from that being portrayed. I agreed to meet with the three Town Council members at my home, and I commend them for taking the time to meet with a constituent to further discuss the balanced comments that I had put in my survey response. But what has transpired since then appears to have resulted in my opinion being given far too much weight in the formation of a town wide policy on turbines. I want to state that I do not have a blanket opinion on turbines one way or the other. My personal opinion is that the installation of turbines should be looked at on a case by case basis. Let the neighbors have a say in the matter, rather than approving general installation in particular areas of town or on particular types of property. I opened our discussion by stating the fact that I do not have a problem with the two turbines across the street. Furthermore
I added that we have never approached our neighbor with any sort of complaint about the turbines. The front of my house faces the 55’ turbines. Turbines do make noise, but the level of noise from these units, in my opinion, is acceptable in our personal situation. The noises are not something that can be measured in decibels; the comment about sounding like a fire engine missed out on some critical words, the sound is actually more like that of a distant fire engine siren. The flicker effect happens for a few short minutes at a particular time of the year, only if there are no clouds in the sky and the wind is coming from the south east at around 7a.m., so this is a tall order given the variety of weather conditions that we experience on the Island. The flutter noise happens when the small blades spin quickly during high wind, but nobody has ever lost any sleep in my house because of the turbines. During our discussion I also suggested that the town should look at directly surveying the people that live around these turbines to see what their opinions are, adding
that I was surprised that nobody had actually gone out and done this. This begs another question, why hasn’t anyone approached the owner of the turbines on Mitchell’s Lane and asked them first hand about their experiences, has it been worth it, would they do it again, has anyone ever complained about the turbines? Before purchasing anything large we all have a tendency to garner knowledge from reviews of products whether that be from reputable magazines or actual users. I consider myself to be a user when it comes to proximity to turbines, I have merely given a review and it should, like others, be considered as such. John Byrne Middletown
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To the Editor; I was interested in the article written by Ross Cann in last week’s edition about another Newport charrette. I fear that Washington Square has some real problems that have never been resolved, and are very difficult to resolve. The first is the old Navy YMCA. Having this service for homeless and alcoholics is necessary, but this is not a good place for it. Families with children will obviously steer away from these people. A hotel in this building, or even downtown offices would solve this problem. With the sale of the building, perhaps another suitable site could be bought, and a health care facility built for these guests. A performing arts center at the old Opera House would be a great stimulus if it could be financially feasible. Renovating the building would be easier than actually getting enough people to use it. I have toured the building a few times, and I remember it well as a child going to movies there with one big screen. Outdoor sidewalk cafes are a great idea in the warmer weather. Miami’s South Beach is loaded with them and they appear to be full every night. The Black Pearl hotdog patio is a good example. Tom Cullen told me that it makes more money in the summer than the Commodore Room. Anyway, foot traffic and lots of vendors and visual excitement are the only way I see to make Washington Square a viable place in Newport again. Don’t forget in the late 18th and early 19th century, the waterfront was a working neighborhood, probably not attractive or safe for women and children. Now that the slave trade has gone, and “Blood Alley” has become tourist “Main Street,” Washington Square has become the old Square, and mostly populated by Newporters. The recent improvements have been great, but making the Square viable and exciting again will need a lot of changes and gambles by shop keepers and developers. The pedestrian mall was supposed to help, but the Mall is dreary and again not exciting to tourists. It will be very difficult to draw the tourists and younger people away from the waterfront. I think two drinks for one paid drink is the only quick solution. Johnny Richmond Newport
Hoping to energize Newport’s economy, the city’s new Economic Advisory Working Group met for the first time in the upstairs conference room on Tuesday, March 13 at City Hall. Spearheaded by Councilors Naomi Neville and Henry F. Winthrop, the group’s mission is to “evaluate Newport’s current outreach to local business and Newport’s ability to entice new business opportunities.” The group is comprised of a mix of local business owners and policymakers: attorney Turner Scott; Sarah Atkins of Social Ventures Partners-Newport; real estate broker Stephen Kirby; Paul Harden of the RIEDC; Brad Cherevaty of the Fifth Element restaurant; Councilor Neville; City Manager Jane Howington; Jane Pickens owner Kathy Staab; and real estate developer Karl Olsen. Similar groups have been active in Portsmouth and Middletown for several years. Tuesday’s meeting touched on a wide range of issues – from seeking efficiencies within city hall and enhancing existing economic development opportunities, to partner-
ing with neighboring communities to help attract new companies to Aquidneck Island. Steve Kirby, whose Kirby Commercial has become omnipresent in the city’s commercial leasing space, likened the city to one of his favorite tools: his iPad. On its own, Kirby surmised, the device is good. But what makes it “indispensable” are the specialized apps created by third-party developers. Where Apple succeeded, he said, was in their ability to get the device right. Likewise, Kirby said, Newport needs to get its own internal mechanisms right in order to attract meaningful economic growth. But before any recommendations are made, the group will be doing a bit of homework: reviewing a draft of the forthcoming update to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, looking back at the past job description for the now-defunct position of economic development director, and weighing what kinds of businesses the city wants to attract, retain, and expand. The group is set to begin addressing those issues when they meet on Tuesday, March 27.
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New Math for a New School By Meg O’Neil Speeding through a light agenda, the Newport School Committee met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center at Rogers High School. With the release of last month’s New England Common Assessment Program test revealing low math scores in the district, Superintendent John H. Ambrogi announced the creation of a new committee consisting of director of curriculum Caroline Frey, as well as teachers and administrators from the elementary, middle and high school level. The committee will examine the issue of mathematics in Newport’s public schools. Calling the committee a “good first step,” Ambrogi said it will, “take a look at what we are doing now, what works, what we know needs improvement, and what we need to do to improve our math scores.” Ambrogi also discussed a pilot math program which will begin in the fifth grade at Thompson Middle School and continue at the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School in September 2013. Currently, teachers are allotted roughly one hour a day for math lessons. The pilot program will permit “teachers who love to teach
math … to teach math all day long.” Once the Pell School opens, teachers will be able to provide individualized learning to students, “so they can go as fast as their minds will carry them or … take the time they need,” said Ambrogi. The goal is to implement the new strategy at every grade level. The meeting closed with a discussion on the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Pell School on Dexter Street, set to take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 16. “We’ve got a good team in place, and I think the worst is behind us,” Ambrogi said, alluding to the long-fought lawsuit between the committee and a group of parents who claimed the design of the new school was flawed. According to the superintendent, the legal cost to defend the school department was $22,970, not including the time spent in preparing documentation. “I’m glad we’re moving on to the next chapter,” said School Committee Chairman Patrick K. Kelley. “We’re out $23,000 that should have been spent on education.” The School Committee will meet again on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in room 924 of the NACTC building at Rogers High School.
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The central question posed by the film “Waking Ned Devine” is: Are there times when winning the lottery is worse than not winning the lottery? This question swirls like a spinning leprechaun around the storyline, in which the inhabitants of Tullymore, a small seaside village in southern Ireland, try to figure out how Ned Devine’s boon can become their treasure. Among the 52 villagers, someone has to pose as Ned, because, as un-poetic as this may sound, Ned is dead. Ned Devine (Jimmy Keogh) suffers a fatal heart attack in his excitement over winning some 6.9 million Irish pounds. Dead Ned can’t claim his prize, so what are his friends and neighbors supposed to do? A Lotto Observer (Adrian Robinson) will be visiting the village to ensure the funds are handed over to the lucky winner, and someone who is breathing and in possession of a pulse must step up to pose as Ned. Who among us can’t imagine the misery of quick cash hovering just out of reach? It can make honest folks into scoundrels -- liars willing to commit identity fraud and, if you take the law literally, theft. The plot thickens: If some live inhabitant of Tullymore must pose as Ned, then Ned must be waked and buried under another identity. No other solution makes sense to the villagers, as they see money and all the things it can buy suddenly within reach. Damn that Ned! But wouldn’t his
Aquidneck Island is home to a host of varied and interesting birds of prey. Hawks, osprey, falcons, owls and an occasional eagle can be found searching for prey in our region. This winter has produced a number of Snowy Owl sightings in the Sachuest Point area. However, another raptor species has been sighted recently that is thrilling many local birdwatchers. Peregrine Falcons have been observed perched on wires and poles, bathing themselves and seeking prey in the Sachuest Point/Norman Bird Sanctuary region. At least two adult Peregrines have been observed and photographed by noted local wildlife enthusiast and birdwatcher, Rey Larsen of Newport. One of the falcons had a leg band attached to it. Larsen’s subsequent investigation revealed that it had been banded as a chick in the nest atop the former Industrial National Bank Building in Providence, during a past nesting season. According to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, there were four active Peregrine Falcon nests in the state last nesting season. The Peregrine Falcon was a victim of DDT poisoning during the 1950s through the 1970s. This amazing species was exterminated in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada due to the cataclysmic effects of the pesticide. Peregrines are apex predators, eating other birds. Fish-eating seabirds had high levels of the pesticides in their bodies due to eating contaminated fish, and the falcons became contaminated over time as they preyed on the seabirds. The poison did not kill the raptors outright, but instead altered the bird’s calcium metabolism in a way that resulted in thin eggshells. The eggs were too weak to support the weight of an incubating adult and were crushed. Eggshell thinning also decimated the populations of Golden and Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans, osprey, White Pelicans, and some hawk species. Fortunately, the cause of the breeding failures was identified in time, and the use of DDT was banned in 1972. The surviving populations of these species were awarded federal protection on the Endangered Species List and over time they have recovered and are now thriving. In the case of the Peregrine Falcon it took a great deal of work and cooperation between biologists and conservationists to help restore this species. Reintroductions
The Irish film, “waking Ned Devine” will have a special showing at the Jane Pickens this week. spirit be unable to rest in peace if that money were to go unclaimed? He’d be an angry spirit, indeed. So the charade begins, and a comedy of errors ensues. Will it work? A fake wake can prove quite humorous as the viewer wonders if these village folks are smart enough to outwit the lottery. But the lottery win isn’t the only drama playing out in this film. A pig farmer, appropriately known as “Pig” Flynn (Jason Nesbitt), wants to wed Maggie O’Toole (Susan Lynch), but the lady can’t stand the smell of pigs. Pat Mulligan (Clifton McKeown) also wants Maggie, and he thinks he deserves her because he doesn’t smell like pigs. In this little gem of a film from 1996, everyone becomes piggy over the money and their love interests, out-drinking each other and engaging in a public scam.
Only one person, Lizzie Quinn (Eileen Droney), balks at the scheme. Although she is threatened and called names, Lizzie wants to see her neighbors do the right thing. “Waking Ned Devine” is said to have been inspired by an older comedy called “Whisky Galore,” the story of a village joining in a conspiracy to rescue a shipwrecked cargo of whisky. That’s a pretty funny idea, but when hard cold cash is the prize, the stakes are higher. Even the funeral dirge played on a flute adds to the comedy in this film in which viewers wait to see – pardon the pun – where the chips will fall. Patricia Lacouture teaches film studies at Salve Regina University . She completed her graduate studies in film at Boston University.
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Peregrine Falcon. (Photo by Rey Larsen) dives (or stoops) at speeds up to 196 mph. They will take birds as large as Mallards and gulls, striking them downward with their talons. The average adult Peregrine Falcon is about 18 inches long and has a wingspan of approximately 40-43 inches. They have narrow pointed wings, a long narrow tail, and large yellow legs and feet. Plumage colors consist of steely blue-gray above, a black “hangman’s hood” which contrasts with its yellow orbital ring and cere, and pale below with dark barring on its breast. When they are perched, their long wings reach their tail tip. In flight, the falcon’s long, pointed wing, jut forward and present a “crossbow” silhouette. They fly with fleet, fluid wingstrokes as they search for prey high in the sky. The return of this beautiful and amazing species to our region is a testament to both the tenacity of nature and the determination of humans to not allow this gift of creation to go extinct. These special visitors should be in the area for awhile longer before they begin their mating season. There is still time to see them and witness their awe-inspiring flight patterns. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.
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As it is for any big event in Newport –whether it’s in the Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall–parking is always problematic. Of course, there are the city lots at Mary St. or on Touro St., right behind the Opera House. According to the Newport Police Department, you can expect traffic in the downtown area to be heavily congested beginning around 9 a.m. and lasting through 3 p.m. Parking will be limited, so if you find a spot, take it and know that you won’t be moving for the rest of the day! Our best suggestion is to take advantage of the city’s Gateway Visitor’s Center. Located at 23 America’s Cup Blvd., it’s walking distance from the parade. And, if you find yourself worn out afterward, it’s also the city’s public transit hub. Washington Square – The parade’s marching feet will be at their freshest as they take off from City Hall promptly at 11 a.m. and make their way slightly downhill through Washington Square. Performers make a point to stop and put on a show in front of the Colony House, so be sure to have your cameras at the ready. Eisenhower Park, in front of the Court House, the South end of the Brick Market Place on Upper Thames St. is traditionally the most family-friendly location to view the parade. “The Wave” Statue – Parade-goers looking for the heart of the route are well-advised to seek out space in the vicinity of “The Wave” Statue, located at the corner of America’s Cup and lower Thames St. The triangular park provides a prime viewing area for the lucky few who are able to prop themselves up next to the landmark sculpture. And, while it may be tempting, please leave the statue’s feet alone. Post Office Steps – The steps at the main post office at the corner of Thames and Memorial seem to have been designed with parade watching in mind. Ample viewing space and elevated seating turn the steps into a stadiumstyle viewing experience. Lower Thames – Things tend to get a little crazier along the longest stretch of the parade route. While there is plenty of space to line the street and get very close to the parade action, the majority of partiers, hooligans, and shenanigan-doers are seen between Ann St. and Morton Ave. Carroll Avenue – Many veteran parade-goers will tell you that the best place to be on Saturday is along Carroll Ave. in Newport’s historic, and very Irish, Fifth Ward neighborhood, when the marchers and floats finish their trek at St. Augustin Church, on the corner of Carroll and Harrison Ave.
Knowing where public restrooms are located along the two mile parade route is key information. Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of public facilities and Porta-Potties so you don’t need to go searching and miss any parts of the parade. Equality Park on Broadway Newport Police Department, 120 Broadway City Hall, 43 Broadway Gateway Visitor’s Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. Harbormaster’s Office at Perrotti Park, America’s Cup Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square The corner of Mill St. and Thames St. Mary St. Parking Lot The Armory, 365 Thames St. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. O’Brien’s Pub (Be prepared to leave your ID at the door to use the restroom), 501 Thames St. Community Police Office, 351 Thames St. Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. Firehouse Pizza, 595 Thames St. Ash Mart, 2 Carroll Ave. St. Augustin Church, 2 Eastnor Rd.
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Creating a Float is a Labor of Love By Mary Alexandre When you’re creating a float for the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you learn to expect the unexpected. That’s why Melody Mulcahey, founder of events website www. NewportRIRocks.com has been keeping an eye on the weather for weeks now. It’s her fourth year entering a float in the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and she’s already a veteran of weather extremes. It looks to be sunny and 60 for St.Patrick’s Day 2012, which is good news for Mulcahey since her float usually includes live entertainment on board. A couple of years ago, the forecast was dismal for parade day so she and her entourage stayed up until after midnight the night before constructing a roof and rain cover over the float. It did pour that day, but they improvised and put a soundtrack on board instead of the DJ. The crowds were a little lighter than usual, but those that were there were troupers, marching along and dancing with the float. Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is never a disappointment, said Mulcahey, who moved to Newport seven years ago. “It’s my favorite thing all year.”
The replica of the Fort is about nine by six feet, just the right size to fit on a small boat trailer. It took about 100 hours or so to put it together. NewportRIRocks has won the “Most Spirited Marcher” award for the last two years. “The first year, I was so nervous,” Mulcahey recalled. “Now, I know it’s a laid back thing that falls into place. We have a great team of people who are happy to get things done.” Their parade float is all about interacting with the crowd and having fun, Mulcahey said, so they keep the design fairly simple and do most of the work the night before or morning of the parade. They use a green banner, buntings and lots of Irish decorations and attire for the friends and fans who march along with the float and work the crowd, passing out freebies and souvenirs. Last year they spent Friday night blowing up 2000 beach balls to pass out, which believe it or not, only lasted a small portion of the route. They also pass out invitations to an “after party” event,
which is open to all and this year is at Easton’s Point. The band, or DJ, rides on the trailer pulled by a truck, this year, a Hummer from Pizza Hollywood. The band for 2012 is Run for Covers, a top RI cover band, which promises a great time for all involved. Over at Fort Adams, there’s not a lot of actual float construction to do this year, but 2011 was a different story. Last year was the first time the Fort entered a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “We were looking to expand our visibility in the community,” said Robert McCormack, director of visitor services at Fort Adams. “We talked about it forever, and then in January we saw a mock-up that looked like a real possibility.” The replica of the Fort is about nine by six feet, just the right size to fit on a small boat trailer. It took about 100 hours to put it together last year and there were a few bumps along the road to the parade route. “It did, undoubtedly, end up being a little more work than we signed up for,” McCormack said, “but we were very pleased with how it went. To a certain extent it was a labor of love. Smaller details that you think won’t take too long, end up taking much longer.”
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Legends of the Shamrock The magical aura surrounding shamrocks dates to a thousand years after the death of St. Patrick. Like most legends, the shamrock story is partly based in history. In 1762, a minister recorded in his diary that on March 17, the people of Ireland wore small bouquets of shamrocks affixed to their hats or lapels to commemorate what is believed to be the date of the saint’s death. Using the shamrock as a holiday fashion accessory became what is known as “the wearing of the green.” The shamrock itself is a threeleafed white clover. St. Patrick is said to have used this common weed to symbolize the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) to his followers. Each lobe of a clover’s leaf resembles the Celtic Trinity Knot. Good luck is associated with
finding a rare shamrock mutation: The four-leaf clover. Over the years, children have spent hours sprawled on the lawn looking for these four leaves. Discovering a four-leaf clover meant endless possibilities, from luck in love to finding a leprechaun’s pot of gold. During the 19th century, the shamrock became a powerful symbol of the solidarity of the Irish Republic. It was seen as such a token of rebellion that Queen Victoria forbade the “wearing of the green,” permitting only the wearing of a red and green paper cross. However, after learning of her Irish Regiment’s bravery and sacrifices during the Boer War, she decreed that soldiers from Ireland should wear a sprig of shamrock in recognition of their fellow Irish soldiers, a tradition that continues today.
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‘Wearing of the Green’ ‘O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round? The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground! No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?” “She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” “So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod
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But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.’ Rob McCormack, director of visitor services, works on the Fort Adams float. (Photo courtesy of Fort Adams Trust)
FLOATS CONTINUED FROM PG. 9 There are 150-200 little cannon openings, like windows, on the Fort replica, and each involved a template, cutting, and painting. “In theory it sounded just fine. In reality, it was a little different,” McCormack recalled. After St. Patrick’s Day last year, Fort Adams also used its float in the Bristol Fourth of July parade, and then it went into storage for the fall and winter. It was designed to last several parades, but parades are unpredictable. For instance, there was that overzealous parade-goer who tried to jump on
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‘Chaz’ Donovan to Lead Parade By Jack Kelly The Grand Marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a 32-year veteran of this distinctly Newport event. With his 83rd birthday just around the corner, Charles William Donovan, known as Chaz to his friends, shows no signs of slowing down. Donovan’s roots in Newport stretch back to 1866 and the arrival here of his Irish immigrant grandfather “Black Jack” Sullivan. Chaz was born and raised in Newport’s Fifth Ward neighborhood. He joined the Navy after graduating from Rogers High School in 1947, and went to see the world. During a deployment to Quebec City, Canada in 1948, Donovan met a lovely and interesting young woman named Francoise. Over the next few years, he and Francoise wrote to each other often, and their friendship grew into a romance. After a five-year courtship, they were married in November 1953, and celebrated their 58th anniversary last fall. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of six grandchildren.
“We’re basically border collies, keeping the herd together and moving forward in a uniform formation.” Donovan is very proud of his sons Dr. Kevin Donovan and his wife Patricia, Jacques Donovan and his wife Judy, and his daughter Michelle Brennan and her husband John. However, his eyes light up even more when he talks about his grandchildren. After leaving the Navy in 1957, Donovan took a job with IBM in Bedford, Mass., beginning his career with civilian defense contractors that provided the military with computer programs. He was a member of a Sperry-Univac team detailed to design programs for the Trident submarines, and this brought the Donovans back to Newport in 1978. The family settled in the Fifth Ward, not far from where Donovan was raised. Being a native son, Donovan joined the local Dennis E. Collins Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1979. In 1980, he volunteered to
Chaz Donovan, this year’s parade grand marshal, celebrated last year at Newport Storm brewery. be a marshal for that year’s parade. “That first parade was a learning experience, and I really enjoyed it,” Donovan says. In particular, he recalls the 1993 “blizzard parade”: “I was a marshal, and I started with a green sweater, and it was white by the time we finished – all of us were white all over. But we can claim the longest consecutive parade in the northeast, because both Boston and New York canceled their parades that day.” The Newport parade has six divisions, and each division has three to four marshals who assist the participants. The role of the marshals, explains Donovan, is to help the parade participants find their proper positions and stay on time, as well as watch for any “inappropriate behavior on the part of parade participants.” Marshals do not interfere with parade spectators who may be engaged in inappropriate behavior, but they do report them to law enforcement. Donovan chuckles as he says of the marshals’ role: “We’re basically border collies, keeping the herd together and moving forward in a uniform formation. At the end, we help them disperse in the proper directions.” Donovan has been a marshal at every parade since 1980, and over a decade ago he was appointed “Head of the Line of Marshals.”
The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade button design was inspired by Chaz Donovan, this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. The anchor is a reference to his involvement with the water; Donovan was in the Navy and also served on Newport’s Harbor Commission. The bridge symbolizes the City by the Sea, and it represents Donovan’s ability to bridge the gap between young and old.
Donovan keeps an active schedule with the AOH. He was involved in the reconstruction of Hibernian Hall a few years ago, and is a member of the Color Guard for the AOH Pipes and Drums. He’s also active in AOH philanthropic endeavors. Donovan has been a Eucharistic Minister at St. Augustin Church for the past 14 years. A student of American history, he is a member of a Civil War re-enactment group known as the 3rd Arkansas, a Confederate unit. He says he enjoys the camaraderie of his fellow history buffs. A few years ago, Donovan joined the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to help in the planning of this very large and complex event. At this year’s planning meeting to name a Grand Marshal, the other committee members asked Donovan to keep a tally of the results. As Donovan opened each folded ballot, he discovered just one letter: C-H-Z or D, spelling out his own name. “It was a shock and such an honor.” He jokes that usually he is in the rear of the parade, but this year he’ll be able to see the whole event. On Saturday, March 17, when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off from City Hall at 11 a.m., a very distinguished Grand Marshal will be leading the way south towards the Fifth Ward and home.
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1983 Claire Dugan (Mrs. Edward F.) 1982 Humphrey J. Donnelly, III 1981 Fr. George B. McCarthy 1980 Sister Lucille McKillop 1979 James L. Maher 1978 Paul F. Murray 1977 Gov. J. Joesph Garrahy 1976 Mayor H.J. Donnelly, III 1975 Bishop Kenneth Angell 1974 Bishop Louis E. Gelineau 1973 Gov. Philip Noel 1972 Lt. Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy 1971 Mayor Joseph A. Doorley 1970 Msgr. Gerald F. Dillon 1969 Gov. Frank Licht 1968 Robert E. Quinn 1967 Hon. Fred St. Germain 1966 Msgr. John T. Shea 1965 Bishop Bernard M. Kelly 1964 Justice Patrick P. Curran 1963 Colonel Florence Murray 1962 Msgr. James V. Green Pastor St. Mary’s 1961 Gove. John Notte 1960 Fr. J.A. Fitz Simmons 1959 Thomas Finn, Sr. 1958 Matthew Noonan 1957 Mayor John J. Sullivan
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Parade Order of March Danny Boy Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying ‘Tis you, ‘tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. And if you come, when all the flowers are dying And I am dead, as dead I well may be You’ll come and find the place where I am lying And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me. And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me. I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling There’s a tear in your eye, And I’m wondering why, For it never should be there at all. With such pow’r in your smile, Sure a stone you’d beguile, So there’s never a teardrop should fall. When your sweet lilting laughter’s Like some fairy song, And your eyes twinkle bright as can be; You should laugh all the while And all other times smile, And now, smile a smile for me. Chorus When Irish eyes are smiling, Sure, ‘tis like the morn in Spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing. When Irish hearts are happy, All the world seems bright and gay. And when Irish eyes are smiling, Sure, they steal your heart away. For your smile is a part Of the love in your heart, And it makes even sunshine more bright. Like the linnet’s sweet song, Crooning all the day long, Comes your laughter and light. For the springtime of life Is the sweetest of all There is ne’er a real care or regret; And while springtime is ours Throughout all of youth’s hours, Let us smile each chance we get.
Warwick Fire Department in parade last year. (Photo by Kirby Varacalli)
Division 1 Parade Banner Citizens Banner Newport Police Department Newport Artillery Company Warren Federal Blues, R.I.M. Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band RI State Police Dignitaries Kinsale Delegation Past Grand Marshals State AOH Grand Marshal Newport AOH Pipes & Drums Newport AOH Tom Kelly Auto Wilson Auto Ladies AOH Creaney Auto Maura Nevin Dance Academy Providence AOH East Providence AOH Warwick AOH Newport Fire Department
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Kentish Guards Fife and Drum Corps Kid Venture Newport Yacht Club Night Life Orchestra Smart Betty Newport Rents Portsmouth Fire Department Portsmouth Police Department Portsmouth & Dighton/Rehoboth High School Bands Hinckley Yacht Jamestown Fire Department Warwick Fire Department Bristol Police Department Bristol Fire Department Vasco Da Gama Society Hills Mills Clown Band Richmond Police Department Charlestown / Richmond Fire Department Barrington Fire Department Colum Cille Pipes and Drums of Cape Cod IYAC Lake Mishnock Volunteer Fire Co. West Warwick Police Department West Greenwich Police Department Hopkins Hill Fire Department Chepachet Fire Department Night Life Party Band Providence Police Department
Division 3 Middletown Fire Department Middletown High School Band Tall Cedar Clowns Tiverton Fire Department Colonial Chimney Sweeps Little Rhody Model A Club
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Elmo and a 2011 Parade Marshal (Photo by Kirby Varacalli)
Division 4 East Providence Police Department Clare Dodge Chrysler Jeep Blues Brothers Free Men of the Sea - Pirates West Warwick Fire Department East Greenwich Fire Department Westport Fire Department New Bedford Fire Department Friends of World’s Biggest Leprechaun The Landing Segway of Newport Home Depot Brian Boru Pipe Band Fall River Fire Department Fall River Police Department Rehoboth Fire Department Rehoboth Police Department Swansea Fire Department South Kingstown Fire Department Pizza Hollywood Newport RI Rocks Sig’s Market Trevor the Gamesman Tim the Unicyclist Frosty Freez Float North Providence Police Department Cranston Fire Department Cranston Police Department South Kingstown Police Department
Division 5 South Kingstown EMS Snug Harbor Fire Department South Kingstown Forest Fire Service Providence Brass Band North Kingstown Fire Department Exeter Fire Rescue Kingston Fire Department Narragansett Police Department Narragansett Beer Sakonnet Schooners Cheerleaders Central Falls Police Department Central Falls Fire Department Cumberland Police Department Battery B 1st RILA Westerly Police Department Westerly Fire Department Crann Tara Pipe Band Pawtucket Fire Department Newport BioDiesel Dunns Corners Fire Department Brown University Police Glocester Light Infantry R.I.M. Lincoln Police Department Limerock Fire District Orange Cab Frank Coleman Friends of Plum Beach Lighthouse
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An Irish Lullaby (Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra)
Over in Killarney Many years ago, Me Mither sang a song to me In tones so sweet and low. Just a simple little ditty, In her good ould Irish way, And l’d give the world if she could sing That song to me this day. “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don’t you cry! Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that’s an Irish lullaby.” Oft in dreams I wander To that cot again, I feel her arms a-huggin’ me As when she held me then. And I hear her voice a -hummin’ To me as in days of yore, When she used to rock me fast asleep Outside the cabin door.
Erin Go Bragh I’ll tell you a story of a row in the town,
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rag came down, ‘Twas the neatest and sweetest thing ever you saw, And they played the best games played in Erin Go Bragh. One of our comrades was down at Ring’s end, For the honor of Ireland to hold and defend, He had no veteran soldiers but volunteers raw, Playing sweet Mauser music for Erin Go Bragh. Now here’s to Pat Pearse and our comrades who died Tom Clark, MacDonagh, MacDiarmada, McBryde, And here’s to James Connolly who gave one hurrah, And placed the machine guns for Erin Go Bragh. One brave English captain was ranting that day, Saying, “Give me one hour and I’ll blow you away,” But a big Mauser bullet got stuck in his craw, And he died of lead poisoning in Erin Go Bragh. Old Ceannt and his comrades like lions at bay, From the South Dublin Union poured death and dismay, And what was their horror when the Englishmen saw All the dead khaki soldiers in Erin Go Bragh. Now here’s to old Dublin, and here’s her renown, In the long generation her fame will go down, And our children will tell how their forefathers saw, The red blaze of freedom in Erin Go Braugh.
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Irish Heritage Month Calendar of Events Thursday March 15 Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party, corned beef & cabbage lunch, ($5) followed by Irish musical program by Hughie and Ger Percell ($5). Lunch plus entertainment $8. 1 p.m., Edward King Senior Center, 35 King Street. 846-7426. Short Films from Ireland and Britain, selections from the 2011 RI International Film Festival. The Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St, Jamestown, 7 p.m. $10 donation at the door. 560-0979, www.jamestownartcenter.org.
Celebrating the Irish at La Forge, music, sing-alongs, food, immediately following the parade, La Forge Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., 8470418, www.laforgenewport.
Sunday March 18 Hibernian Mass in Honor of St. Patrick, St. Mary’s Church, Spring St., 11 a.m., built 1848 - 1852 by Irish architect Patrick Keeley, www. stmarynewport.org.com. Crowley’s Irish Breakfast, La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., for reservations call 847-0418, www.laforgenewport.com.
Friday March 16 Irish Breakfast & Music, Traditional Irish breakfast with Irish tunes to follow at 2 p.m. by pianist Christine Wilbur, noon, Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave., Middletown, 849-8823. Pre-Parade Party and Big Daddy Award Ceremony, entertainment includes pipe bands, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Hibernian Hall, 5:30 p.m., free, 846-5081, www.newportirish.com/events. Irish Step Dancing Workshop, introductory lesson for dancers of all ages, with Natalie Coolen, The Island Heron, 42 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. 7 -8 p.m., adults: $22/ under 18 years: $17, for reservations call 560-0411, www.TheIslandHeron.com.
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Parade Day Parade steps off promptly at 11 a.m. from City Hall on Broadway, then proceeds to Washington Square, down Thames Street, to Carroll Avenue and concludes at St.Augustin Church. Mass in Honor of St. Patrick, St. Joseph’s Church, Broadway, 9 a.m. Mayor’s Reception, City Hall, open to the public, 10 a.m. Museum of Newport Irish History, interpretive center open 10 a.m. 4 p.m., 648 Thames St., 848-0661, www.newportirishhistory.org.
Irish Radio, live parade coverage on 1540 AM WADK. Post-parade Family Party, an alcohol-free family event, clowns, parade bands, and refreshments, “The Hut,”(behind the Newport Public Library), following the parade at 1 p.m., free, 846-5081, www.newportirish.com/events. Post-parade Party, corned beef sandwiches, cash bar and plenty of Irish music, Hibernian Hall, noon, advance tickets only, $20, 847-8671.
Traditional Irish Music, Live traditional Irish session hosted by A. O. Gutierrez, Tim May, and Jack Wright, 5 - 9 p.m., no cover. Fastnet Pub, 845-9311.
Monday March 19 Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song, free, Portsmouth Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 7 – 8 p.m., celticharpri.com.
Tuesday March 20 Irish Sing-along with Dave Manuel, La Forge Restaurant, Bellevue Ave. 6 - 9 p.m. featuring corned beef and cabbage, www.laforgenewport.com. Irish Appreciation Night , featuring the Larry Brown Orchestra 14-piece band and vocals by Jim Winters, Harbor House, 111 Washington Ave., enter thru the chapel on Battery St., free, 7 - 8:30 p.m., 846-1990.
Thursday March 22 Rhode Island Famine Memorial Committee Fundraiser, an evening with Kieran Furey, the widely published and highly-acclaimed poet of Ireland’s “Great Famine,” Ceilidhe Club, 50 America St., Cranston, 8 p.m. $10 at the door, all proceeds to benefit the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial, www. rifaminememorial.com, for directions visit: www.irishclubri.org. “Your Granny’s Gramophone: Lecture hosted by Museum of Newport Irish History, “The cultural impact of early recording technology on Irish Music.” Speaker: Roxanne O’Connell. 6 p.m., International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave. Museum members: $2. Others: $15, which may be applied to a 1-year membership. Reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres to follow. Cash bar. Reservations required.
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Irish Radio, the Irish Hours on 1540 AM WADK , noon – 2 p.m., www.wadk.com. Museum of Newport Irish History, interpretive center open 10 a.m. 4 p.m., 648 Thames St., 848-0661, www.newportirishhistory.org.
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Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present, 648 Thames St., noon – 4 p.m., 848-0661. www.NewportIrishHistory.org. LAOH Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Augustin Hall, $15, 6 p.m., available at Creaney Cruise & Travel 849-8956 and Deborah Winthrop Fine Lingerie 682-2272.
Sunday March 25 Traditional Irish Music, Fastnet Pub, 5 – 9 p.m., see March 18.
Tuesday March 27 “The Irish in Newport,” short video and discussion presented by Vincent Arnold, president of Museum of Newport Irish History. Edward King Senior Center, 35 King St., 11 a.m., free, 846-7426.
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It can get a bit crazy during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, what with the narrow streets and burgeoning crowds on Lower Thames Street. These days though, thanks to contractor Patrick McGrath, the parade route is a little less chaotic as marchers head towards the Fifth Ward. Like so many involved in the parade, McGrath started out as a marshal – walking the route, keeping the way clear for the marchers. “It could get tough, with people spilling out onto the street as the celebration got going.” He thought that barricades would be a great way to define the parade area and help with crowd control. He was right. McGrath builds the wooden sawhorse barricades, paints them green, orange and white, and personalizes them to suit the buyer. Newport City Councilor Charlie Duncan, owner of Duncan Designs, donates the lettering. Each is designed to tell the story of someone who loved the parade. This year, McGrath made two in memory of Newport police officers John “Okie” Connell and Ronald Sears. They have the lettering across the rails, and on the ends McGrath painted a thin blue line on a black background, the symbol for a deceased police officer.
“They actually make the parade more fun. You don’t have people running out in front of the marchers and everyone has a good time.” Deborah Donovan bought two barricades last year: one in memory of her father Lawrence “Larry” S. Sullivan, and the other to honor her grandmother, Evelyn Fitzgerald. Sue Sullivan says the barricade is a wonderful tribute to her husband, “He was a proud Hibernian and just loved the parade.” The family puts out their barricades to block off West Narragansett Ave. The Carroll Avenue home of Ste-
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phen and Jeanne Kane embodies Irish-American hospitality at its best. “We love the parade and the whole celebration,” Jeanne says. Their house is decorated with Irish flags and banners, and of course there is a “Kane Family” barricade on the street. Her neighbors all have barricades and they line them up end-to-end to help with crowd control. “They actually make the parade more fun. You don’t have people running out in front of the marchers and everyone has a good time,” she reports. Buying a barricade is a great way to support the parade. “We’ll have about 35 barricades out there this year but we’d love to have twice that many,” says parade chairman Dennis Sullivan, “We have participants of all ages and we need to consider their safety.” What’s the best thing about the barricades? According to Jim Mahoney, who brings his down from McCormick Rd., it is all about the kids. “They can stand right behind them and get a bird’s eye view of the parade. Isn’t that what a parade is all about?” Barricades are sold at cost ($150) and the owners store and bring them back to the route year after year. For more information on ordering barricades, visit www.NewportIrish.com.
Newport This Week wishes to remember
James M. Toppa Sr., To whom this year’s parade is dedicated, and to Congratulate 2012 Grand Marshal Chaz Donovan and 2012 Hibernian of the Year
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periences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 8460669.
Bird Tales Join Norman Bird Sanctuary staff for “On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks, and a few More Icks,” storytime and craft. $4 members, $6 non-members, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., 8462577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary. org.
“Once Upon a Mattress” Swanhurst Chorus’s tribute to Broadway, dinner and show, Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Hall Ave., 6:30 p.m., $35 adult, $30 children, advance reservations, 682-1630, wwwSwanhurst.org.
Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Christian McBurney on “The Rhode Island Campaign,” examining the first French and American operation of the Revolutionary War. Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 841-2101. Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “The Rape of Europa,” by Lynn H. Nicholas, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., noon, members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 848-8200, www.NewportArtMuseum.org. “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, www.RedwoodLibrary. org. Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and en-
Music Under the Spire Music at Trinity presents internationally-acclaimed concert pianist Zsolt Bognár performing a program of romantic works by Schubert, Schumann and Liszt on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Bognár won first prize at the Harvard Musical Association Competition, the Boston Musician’s Prize, the 2004 Allegro Vivo Competition in Austria and the 2005 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. He has performed at Kennedy and Lincoln Centers, in Russia, Japan, Germany, Austria and Belgium, and as part of the “New Masters on Tour” series in Holland. Hawes Room, Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, $20, wine reception to follow. Advance ticketing at musicattrinity.ticketleap.com.
joy works of the Bard. Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m., free. Woodcock Walk Learn about woodcocks then go on an evening interpretive walk to witness the wonderful “sky dance” of the aerial acrobat. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 6 p.m., space limited, for ages 8 and up, members $6, non-members $8, call to reserve, 846-2577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org.
Film Screenings The Jamestown Arts Center screens films from Britain and Ireland, all selections from the RI International Film Festival, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10 donation, 560-0979, www.JamestownArtCenter.org.
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O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16 Billy Goodes–Live music Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Blockhead, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Doin’ Time, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center– Winter Concert with Daniel de Pino, 5:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Party St. Patrick’s Day storytime at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., wear something green and celebrate all things Irish, stories and shamrock crafts, ages 4 and up, free but registration is required, 846-1573.
O’Brien’s Pub–Buddy Roach Trio, 10 p.m. ‘til closing
Newport Mansions Open The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff and Chateau-surMer begin daily tours for the season. www.NewportMansions.org.
The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Warren Chaisson, Steve Heck, 6-10 p.m.
Victorian Wardrobe Collection Opens The Preservation Society of Newport County debuts new exhibit from the historic costume collection dating from 1840 to 1900, including several pieces never before displayed. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., www.NewportMansions.org. Meet to view the film “Michael Collins,” and discuss it and the book. With Frank O'Donnell New members welcome. Redwood Joe Ave., Hebert Library,Rockin' 50 Bellevue 2:30 p.m., Gene Valicenti 847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary. org. Col. Steven O'Donnell
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Newport Music Festival Benefit Friends of the Newport Music Festival present Spanish pianist Daniel del Pino at Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Blvd., 5:30 p.m., $25, 846-1133, www.NewportMusic.org.
Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m.
Coffee Hour with NTW to the Station Fire Drop in to the The People’s Café on Improv Comedy Memorial Fund Thames St. at 10 a.m. to ask ques8 p.m. See Friday, March 16. tions, give some news tips, or discuss Newport happenings with the Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club @ Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI Newport This Week and NewportNow.com staff. March 18 Job Seekers Workshop RI Department of Labor and Training representative offers advice on “ Interview Styles and Techniques Resumes and Cover Letters” in this first session of a series of workshops for job seekers being offered this winter. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., sign up at the Reference Desk, 847-8720.
Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m.
Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m.
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Book Group The Thursday Evening Book Group meets tonight to discuss “To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood,” by Alice Taylor, an all-time best seller in Ireland. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 847-8720.
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Newport Cooks! Cook Spanish Tapas with Alexandra Day of Chez Vous, 796 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown, 6-8 p.m., reservations required, 293-0740.
Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 849-3473, FirehouseTheater. org.
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Life of the Mind Series English writer Alexander Waugh will speak on “Evelyn Waugh – a Question of Inheritance.” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
One Pelham East–Brick Park Rhino Bar–The Face Show and Spogga Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Rusty’s-Open Mic Night with Dynimite Dom, 9 p.m.-closing
Saturday, March 17 Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Brothers, 9:30 p.m. Flo’s Clam Shack–Java Jive, 2-6 p.m. The Hyatt Five33 –Travis Colby, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Matty B, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Entertainment Center–Mr. Chubb-St. Patrick’s Day Show, 9 p.m O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Ten-8 (day), Blockhead (night) People’s Café–Mark Gorman and Rick Santos, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–The Face Show, 10 p.m. Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 Castle Hill Inn–Dick Lupino, Jordan Nunes, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferriera on piano, 11:30 a.m. Fastnet Pub–Traditional Irish Music, 5-8 p.m. Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones, 12-3 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–John Erikson, 9:30 p.m. ‘til closing
Bird Walk Jay Manning leads free guided bird walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 846-2577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org.
One Pelham East–Chopville, 6-9 p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Save the Bay Exploration Center Visit and learn about sea creatures, storytime, 175 Memorial Blvd., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 849-8430.
Tuesday, March 20
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., www.ocnrr.com. Sunday Salon Discussion on peace initiatives, Emmanuel Church, Spring St., 1 p.m., www.EmmanuelNewport. org.
Monday, March 19 Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, Gary Gramolini (lead guitarist for John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band),10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:3012:30 p.m. The Café–The Ubiquitones featuring Robert Holmes
Wednesday, March 21 O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 10 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Rhino Bar–Rhyme Culture Sardella’s–Dick Lupino, Dave Burdett, Mac Chrupcala, 7-9:30 p.m.
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Piano Concert at Trinity Internationally-acclaimed pianist Zsolt Bognár plays in Trinity Church’s “Concerts Under the Spire” series. Queen Anne Square, 2 p.m. Tickets available by calling 846-0660 or at musicattrinity@ ticketleap.com. Music in the Galleries Returns The Lois Vaughan Classical Trio plays at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. 2 p.m., $10 members, $15 non-members, www. NewportArtMuseum.org. French Film Festival Opens Salve Regina’s popular festival kicks off with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by romantic comedy “The Names of Love,” Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 6:30 p.m. reception, screening at 7 p.m., 341-2250 or www.salve.edu/frenchfilm.
Monday March 19
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. Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song All Irish program embracing Irish history and culture, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 7 p.m., 683-9457, www. PortsmouthLibrary.org.
Tuesday March 20
Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a lunchtime discussion on “Aztec Architecture: A Very Advanced Civilization in the Jungle,” 12 p.m., bring lunch, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200. Third Tuesday Arts Around the Fire features a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres and an informal atmosphere where artists, performers, writers and art lovers can connect at Spanglish, 162 Broadway, 6-8 p.m. Drop in, no reservations needed. Play Reading Group Weekly group discussion for theatre lovers who don’t want to be on stage but enjoy reading scripts. Edward King House, 35 King St., 7 p.m.,$2. East Bay Ballroom – Out on the Town Enjoy dancing, music, food, fun with East Bay Out on the Town,
Aquidneck Pizza, 27 Aquidneck Ave., 7-8 p.m. East Coast Swing lesson, 8-9 p.m. dancing, $15 lesson and dance, $5 dance only, 8495678, email@example.com. French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with kidnapping drama “Rapt,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 7 p.m., 341-2250 or www.salve.edu/ frenchfilm. 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. IYRS Lecture The Spring Lecture Series hosts Chris Museler on “Making it to Prime Time: How the America’s Cup will be in every living room by 2013,” 449 Thames Street, 7:30 p.m., members free, non-members $7, 848-5777 x222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Energy Scenario Lecture First of three lectures on “Our Energy Future: Problems, Solutions, New Directions,” presented by Channing Church at the Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 6:30 p.m., email@example.com Jamestown Library Film Series The Friends of Jamestown Library International Film Series screens “Rolling Family,” from Argentina, Meeting Hall, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., for more information, call 423-7280. French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with historical drama “The Princess of Montpensier,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 7 p.m., 341-2250 or www.salve.edu/frenchfilm.
Island Agriculture The Jamestown Community Farm in collaboration with the Conanicut Grange and the Friends of Jamestown Philomenian Library will present “Plant the Future Now.” Jamestown Library, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., for more information, call 423-7280. Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 619-1388.
Thursday March 22
Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after hours gathering at The Barking Crab, 151 Swinburne Row, 5-7 p.m., members free/nonmembers $25, 847-1608 or kathleen@NewportChamber.com. Building During the Colonial Era The Newport Historical Society presents Tom Paske on “From Tree to Floorboard: Building Colonial Houses,” discussing how building materials and technological methods changed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Colony House, Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., $1 members, $5 non-members, 841-8770. Arts & Cultural Alliance Annual Meeting Annual meeting, year-in-review and projections, presentation of the Dominique Award, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6
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p.m., www.NewportArts.org. Life of the Mind Series Internationally recognized early childhood development expert Lewis P. Lipsitt, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, will discuss “Recent lessons from the study of children about adult behavior – and misbehavior.” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
Chaisson to Perform at The Chanler Newport has an opportunity to hear one of the greats of the vibraphone, Warren Chaisson, at the Chanler Hotel on Cliff Walk Friday, March 16 from 7 - 10 p.m. The New York musician has played with many of the legends of jazz, including George Shearing and Chet Baker, and has toured with Roberta Flack. He often appeared in place of the late Lionel Hampton when that musical giant was unable to make a performance. The energetic player is inventive and a wonder to watch as he uses four mallets to play the entire range of his instrument. This is a unique chance to see him in the intimate venue of the Chanler bar instead of the festival stages and concert halls where he usually appears. On Friday nights, when Dick Lupino and friends hold forth, one is likely to see anyone from international jet setters to local jazz fans enjoying the scene. Seating is available at the bar or at tall tables. Easy chair seating is available in the room adjacent to the bar. Those who knew the spot when it was the old Cliff Walk Manor remember the good times that were had there. The good times now continue as people dance in any available space. Prices for drinks are a little higher than in other Newport establishments, but considering the ambience, the ocean view and the top quality music with no cover charge, it could be considered a bargain. Appearing with Chaisson is Lupino, bass and Mike Renzi, piano. – Ann McMahon
Newport Restaurant Week Begins Sample the best Newport has to offer. Enjoy three courses at lunch for $16 or dinner for $30 at Newport’s finest restaurants. www. GoNewportRestaurantWeek.com. Spring into Art Opens Artists, musicians, dancers, theater companies, photographers, arts organizations, galleries and others highlight their talents in venues throughout Newport County through April 1. Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, visit www.NewportArts. org for complete schedule. 4th Friday Live Music & Art Newport Art Museum’s 4th Friday gathering combines music, art and fun, featuring Sky Sabin, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6-9 p.m., $8, cash bar, 848-8200.
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Gardening Lectures Begin Gardening Lecture Series, Edward King House, 35 King St., 10 a.m., free, 846-7426.
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CALENDAR Naval Community Briefs Security Exercise The annual Navy-wide exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield will be held March 2024. The exercise is not in response to a specific security threat but is an annual drill designed to assess security readiness throughout the Navy. The exercise will result in major disruptions to normal base operations; personnel entering Naval Station Newport can anticipate delays on the morning of Tuesday, March 20 and again beginning at noon Thursday, March 22 through noon on Saturday, March 24. Only personnel with DoD ID cards will be permitted access.
Spouse Club Event Delayed Due to the base-wide security drill, the Officers’ Spouses’ Club Comedy Night Social originally scheduled for March 21 has been postponed. Visit www.NewportOSC.org for more information.
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Redwood Poets Group Forum for poets who are currently writing and who seek critique. New members are welcome. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., 847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
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Writing Workshop Hear from two local authors who got their works published: Marlene Marcello-McKenna, a cancer survivor and author of “When Hope Never Dies,” and Brad Pitman, author of “Ma is Back!” on his mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s and her extraordinary recovery. All adults and older teens welcome. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 847-8720. Birdwatching 101 Learn the basics of this wonderful pastime on a guided walk, Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, 2 p.m., free. Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “The Butler Did It,” an interactive murder mystery at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m., www.NewportArtMuseum.org.
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Spring into Art See March 23 for details. Golden to Gilded Walking Tour Discover the social history and architecture of Newport after its Golden Colonial Era and before the Gilded Age. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames Street, 11 a.m., 841-8770. 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., www.ocnrr.com. French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with comedy/drama “Le Havre,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 2 p.m., 341-2250 or www.salve.edu/ frenchfilm.
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MHS Girls’ Hoop Reign Ends * Rogers Boys Lose in Semi-Final early in the first half. Middletown, however, fueled by the inspired play of senior Breanna Freeman, who would finish the game with 11 points and 17 rebounds, cut the deficit to six at the break, 26-20. After intermission, the Islanders would close within one (30-29) with 11:34 left in the contest, but Juanita Sanchez would outscore Middletown 19-7 the rest of the way The Islanders’ senior co-captain Nina Traglia would also garner a double-double in her final high school basketball game, ending her high school hardwood career with a 10 point/10 rebound effort. MHS completed the season with an overall record of 18-4. For the Rogers High School boys’ basketball team, the rock just couldn’t find the hole on Friday MHS’s Breanna Freeman, #13, shoots over her Juanita Sanchez defenders in first-half action in the Div.-III championship game. Freeman would score 11 points and snag a game-high 17 rebounds, despite her team’s loss. night, Mar. 9, and it cost (Photo by Rob Thorn) them a shot at their first RIIL State Basketball Champi- career, with 16 points, 17 rebounds onship since 1991. The #5 seed and five blocked shots, but too few Central High School of Provi- of his teammates’ shots found the dence took advantage of the bottom of the net on this night. The opportunity and defeated the Vikings boys’ basketball team fin#9 seed Vikings 54-46 in the ished a stellar season with a 20-7 resemi-final at the Ryan Center at cord. In the championship game the URI before hundreds of disap- following night, the #14 seed Hope pointed Newport fans. Rogers High School defeated the #5 seed Nina Traglia, #32, blocks the shot of the Cavaliers’ senior Divon Bailey did his best Central High School for 66-59 for the D’Asia Allen, # 15, at URI’s Ryan Center on Saturday, to keep his team in it, finishing 2012 state title. Mar. 10. The Islanders’ senior co-captain had 10 the game, and his high school – By Kirby Varacalli blocks in the game. (Photo by Rob Thorn)
The 2011 defending state Division III state champion Middletown High School girls basketball team was dethroned on Saturday, Mar. 10, losing to top-seeded Juanita Sanchez, 49-36 in the state’s girls 2012 Division III, title game, 49-36. The game was played at the Ryan Center on the campus of URI. The second-seeded Islanders, who were twice defeated by the Cavaliers of Providence in the regular season (both times margins of 20 points or more) were plagued by turnovers (30) for most of the game and fell behind 15-2
Rogers senior Divon Bailey (center), skies above Central’s Brownell Dennis, #5, for one of his game-high 17 rebounds on Friday night Mar. 9, during state semi-final action at URI. (Photo by Jen Carter)
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