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Seedlings Show Spring Growth It may have been April vacation for students in Newport’s schools, but spring time activities have kept kids of every age busy! Learning how to grow seedlings into plants, the children from the Lighthouse Preschool at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center placed seeds in cups and have spent time observing the growing process, every day. The little ones took their plants outside to see the spring blooms that were planted last year by the older children of the Center’s Lighthouse After School Academy. (Photo by Rob Thorn)

Boy Scout Honored as Hero for Selfless Actions By Jack Kelly “Be Prepared” is the Boy Scout motto. On Oct. 13, 2011, as Boy Scout and Thompson Middle School student Daniel O’Donnell, 11, competed in a Grade 6 crosscountry race at Goddard State Park in East Greenwich, he found himself in a situation that would test his courage, and he was prepared. As the race got underway, O’Donnell saw a boy from Cole Middle School in East Greenwich just ahead of him. Suddenly, the Cole student collapsed, falling face down into the dirt. O’Donnell stopped, checked him, and found him unresponsive and in medical distress. As other runners passed them, O’Donnell located an adult and explained the situation. The adult protected the Cole student from being trampled by other runners, while O’Donnell ran to the finish line to alert the coaches and get help. All of the athletes had been warned that they would be disqualified if they left the race course for any reason. O’Donnell was aware of the price his selfless actions might cost him. Because of his bravery, the coaches of both schools were quickly notified and emergency personnel were dispatched to assist the fallen runner. According to Thompson cross-country coach Carlene Pas-

choal, O’Donnell returned to the stricken boy and stayed with him until emergency first responders arrived to take him to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. O’Donnell was disqualified from the race, and this took an emotional toll on him because he felt that he’d let everyone down. Yet his teammates, coaches, and family told him they were proud of what he’d done. His sister Morgan, 14, is also a member of the cross-country team, and she told her brother that he had been heroic. (Because of privacy laws, O’Donnell never learned the name or the condition of the boy he assisted.) The youngest of three children of Newport natives Mark and Lisa O’Donnell, Daniel has been a member of Newport’s Boy Scout Troop 3 for one year. His older brother Patrick, 16, is an Eagle Scout with the same troop. The younger O’Donnell wants to follow his big brother’s example in the scouting tradition. He has earned his first two merit badges for Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the Community, and will be promoted to Scout Second Class at his troop’s next Court of Honor. Through his English language arts class at Thompson, O’Donnell is participating in a Community Garden Project. Under the guidance of teacher Lisa

A normally procedural vote on a funding request for the state’s Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG, became an unexpected source of debate during last Wednesday’s City Council meeting when Mayor Stephen C. Waluk used the opportunity to take a stand against further subsidizing the McKinney Day Shelter at 50 Washington Square. Reserved for communities comprised of populations of low and moderate incomes through the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act, this year the city had been eligible for up to $500,000 in federal funding, with a minimum entitlement amount of $300,000. According to the city, requests totaling $643,380 were submitted for consideration, and a final package was voted on by councilors at their April 11 meeting.

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Middletown: Boat Racks and Bonfires By Jonathan Clancy


Daniel O’Donnell received a Certificate of Merit (shown right) for his bravery Olaynack, the class is raising a vegetable garden that will benefit St. Joseph’s food program. In early March, O’Donnell was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America for his “quick, independent thinking and compassion in committing a selfless act.” His mother said: “I support the Boy Scouts wholeheartedly and the wonderful effects they have had on my sons.” Her husband Mark added, “This has been a great experience for both boys.” Glenn Gardiner, Scout Master of Troop 3, says that the Boy Scouts of America have three objectives: character development, citizen-

On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

ship training, and personal fitness. “They learn life lessons, personal responsibility, self worth, honor and how to become good citizens,” says Gardiner. The scouts of Troop 3 range in age from 11-17 years old. For more information on Troop 3, call Gardiner at Northeast Collaborative Architects at 846-9583, ext. 2002.

In a meeting on Monday, April 16, the Middletown Town Council waived a $100 fee for the “May is Mental Health Month 5K Fun Run/ Walk,” which will take place at 127 Johnny Cake Hill Road on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Council member Richard Cambra said that he believes the fee, “should come out of the council president’s discretionary fund.” Vice Chair Bruce J. Long argued that it should be waived because the event is nonprofit and benefits the community. In a first reading, the Council discussed an Amendment to the town code on the matter of the new Third Beach dinghy/kayak rack rental rate. Three racks are available to store small boats. Fees will be $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents. A $150 seizure fee will be charged for the removal of any abandoned boats or kayaks. The rental season is from April - Nov. 1. A lottery will be held to allocate the initial rack rentals, followed by a waiting list for anyone else wishing to rent, with priority given first to residents, then to non-residents with a mooring, and finally to non-residents with no mooring. No commercial use of the racks will be allowed. Also discussed was an amendment to the Town Code in regard

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Making Friends Hanna Dwyer of Newport strokes the muzzle of a miniature horse on a recent visit to Hammersmith Farm. A donkey nuzzles the hand of Hanna’s mother, Wendy, at left. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

Shakespeare at Redwood By Meg O’Neil It took William Shakespeare, the world’s most venerable playwright, 884,647 words to say everything he had to say. Having written 37 plays and 154 sonnets in his lifetime, Shakespeare would have turned 448 years old next week, as scholars believe he was born around April 23, 1564. Tackling his complete works is a small group of dedicated enthusiasts who meet every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Middletown Public Library on West Main Road. Started in May 2011 by Middletown resident Ernest Gibbons and Newporter Betsy Rice, the group spends one hour a week immersing themselves into Shakespeare’s plays, taking turns reading them aloud in the round. Here, everyone plays a part. Coming from every town on

Aquidneck Island, Jamestown, and parts of southeastern Massachusetts, the group has finished reading several of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies and is currently reading the bloodiest of the bard’s plays, Titus Andronicus. By no means experts, the group welcomes anyone who is interested in the plays to join them. Janice Martin attends the group regularly with her husband, David. From Jamestown, the couple started reading Shakespeare several years ago, after both admit they avoided studying the plays in high school. “I feel like you start to appreciate things when you get older,” Martin explains. “David and I got in to reading Shakespeare because we wanted to enrich ourselves …

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MIDDLETOWN CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 to dry camping at the Third Beach parking lot. A maximum of three RV campers, mobile homes, or travel trailers will be allowed to park overnight in the lot for a $25 fee. Tents and pop-up trailers will not be allowed, and no services will be provided. Council member Antone Viveiros requested that the words “self-contained” be added to the amendment to alert campers to a carry-in, carry-out policy for all trash. The council decided to continue considering the wording on an amendment to the fire code regarding bonfire and rubbish fires. In its April 2 meeting, the council heard an argument from Karen DiMattia that the rules for the burning of yard waste, which were written in the 1970s when residential space was not as tight as it is today, are outdated and should be revised. The council agreed that because the town now provides ample alternative ways to dispose of yard waste, burning should not be necessary. At this week’s meeting, council member Cambra requested that agricultural burning at nurseries continue to be allowed, as well as burning at residential properties sizes R 30 and above. Council president Arthur Weber disagreed, ar-

guing that all residential burning should be banned in order to make the rules clearer. The ban would not affect recreational contained burning such as in a fire-pit, as long as the fire does not produce enough smoke to bother neighbors. In other council business at its April 2 meeting, the council voted to add a question to the November ballot on the issue of building a new pavilion at Second Beach. Arguments were heard from Beach Commission Chairman Rian Wilkinson and Vice Chairman David Lees on the matter. In other actions, the coucil: BULLET Approved a Special Event Permit and fee waiver to the Middletown Education Collaborative for a Family Beach Party and Duck Race to be held at Third Beach on Thursday, July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. BULLET Granted to John Messenger, doing business as Jay Vending Company, Maryland, a Victualing House License (Second Beach) for the 2011-2012 licensing year, and a Hawker’s License (Second Beach) for the 2012-2013 licensing year. BULLET Granted to KJ’s Pub an expansion of Victualing House License to include 24 seats on their outdoor patio for the 2011-2012 licensing year.

DEM Grant Awarded for Local Playground The effort to build a rockclimbing playground for Jamestown children got a monolithic boost recently with the announcement that the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has awarded the project a $38,000 grant. The grant represents half the cost of kidsROCK, which will consist of at least two large, manmade boulders with connecting ropes designed for use by middle-school age children. The climbing rocks will be located behind the Lawn Avenue School, where middle schoolers will use them during school hours, and will be open to the public the rest of the time. Lawn Avenue School Principal Kathy Almanzor, who is involved in planning the project, said that if all goes well, the “very cool” playground could be begin construction as early as this July. “I’m so excited about kidsRock,” said Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown). “This is going to be an amazing recreation resource for kids in Jamestown, especially older kids who’ve outgrown monkey bars and swings, but still need the opportunity to move around. This project will give them a unique and really

fun place to hang out and get some exercise with their friends, and hopefully help them maintain healthy recreation habits as they grow up.” Jamestown Town Planner Lisa Bryer said, “This is critical funding for a fantastic project for the school kids. We are very appreciative to the Department of Environmental Management for selecting this project.” The grant is one of 35 local recreation grants the DEM announced last week, and requires that organizers raise enough money to match it. Those planning kidsRock have already raised about $31,000 for the project through donations from the Frederick H. Prince Memorial Fund, the Laurie Foundation, the Leigha Carlisle Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Prospect Hill Foundation, Jamestown PTO, Jamestown Women’s Club, the Lawn School Student Council and several other private donations, as well as through a fundraiser by the Laurie Family that netted more than $9,300. About $7,000 more is still needed, and anyone who wishes to contribute can send a check made out to “Town of Jamestown – KidsROCK project” to 25 West Passage Drive, Jamestown, RI 02835.

City Moves to Smart Meters By Tom Shevlin You’ll be able to leave the quarters at home this summer. Over the last two weeks, crews have been busy updating the city’s remaining parking meters with socalled “smart meters” capable of accepting cash as well as debit and credit cards. The new meter heads, which were part of a new five-year, $941,000 contract awarded in December to Central Parking Systems of Providence, are being installed throughout the city’s downtown core. That same contract also effectively increased the parking rate by 25 cents per hour, giving motorists 12 minutes for every 25 cents inserted at metered spaces compared to 15 minutes previously granted for 25 cents. According to city officials, the fee hike is need to help offset the cost of the new smart meters, which had been installed in certain areas of the city last year as part of pilot project.


Included in the total was $10,000 for the Washington Square Corp.’s McKinney Shelter day program. However, Waluk, citing observed problems associated with the facility and, specifically, it’s status as a “wet” shelter (that is, one that doesn’t require residents to refrain from alcohol), took issue with the request. “I think that is wrong,” he said, noting that he regrets voting for the allotment in the past. “Look at the Newport Police blotter, and where do you have the most problems?” With that, he offered a motion to amend the request to eliminate the funding for the facility, and apply the amount to infrastructure improvements. His proposal drew the support of Councilors Kathryn E. Leonard and Charles Y. Duncan, who suggested taking a $2,500 portion of the total amount requested and apply it to Turning Around Ministry, which helps low income residents find housing. The motion, however failed to secure a majority sentiment, though it perhaps raised the topic for future discussion. As Second Ward Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin noted, the funding for the day shelter should actually help mitigate the problems that stem from the facility by providing residents a place to go during the day. However, he did agree that the shelter should not permit alcohol. Ultimately, Waluk’s motion failed 4-3, with Councilors Jeanne Marie Napolitano, McLaughlin, Henry F. Winthrop, and Naomi Neville opposed.

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n  Senate hears governor’s

municipal relief package The Senate Finance Committee met to discuss the governor’s municipal aid package, which aims to provide means of economic relief to cities and towns in Rhode Island. The House Finance Committee is poised to take up the House versions of the bills, on Thursday, April 26, when the General Assembly returns from the break.

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scrutinized The House Finance Committee held hearings on all community service grants included in the 2013 budget bill, which includes a 25-percent reduction from this year’s $8.3 million total. The grants to dozens of community organizations range from $649 to $230,000 and are facing increased scrutiny this year to ensure proper use.

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of workforce efforts The Joint Committee on Economic Development heard presentations from the Economic Development Corporation, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island, focusing on the role the state’s colleges play in workforce development and on the status of workforce development and training programs currently in place. The hearing was one in a series held by the joint committee this year. Officials from Bryant Uni-

versity, the Small Business Administration and the Office of the Secretary of State made presentations at earlier sessions.

n  House hears bills concerning

abortion The House Judiciary Committee took testimony on to require an ultrasound of every fetus about to be aborted for review by the woman seeking the abortion and a bill introduced by Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) to make those who cause the death of an unborn child guilty of murder. It also heard legislation prohibiting the state from interfering with a woman’s decision regarding pregnancy, including her decision to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability or at any time if the decision is necessary to protect her life or health.

n  Committee hears tenant,

housing, mortgage legislation Legislation relating to tenant rights, mortgages and foreclosures was heard by the House Judiciary Committee t. It proposes a mortgage conciliation process, requiring mortgage providers to participate in good faith in a conciliation process to reach agreement with homeowners to avoid foreclosures.

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increase size of polling places An increase in the size of polling

places from the current maximum of 1,900 voters to 3,000 has been proposed. The bills were passed in conjunction with the recently completed reapportionment process to accommodate new legislative district lines.

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for night deposit boxes The Senate Corporations Committee gave its approval to require all financial institutions to have security cameras aimed at night repository areas.

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sions Act approved The Senate approved legislation to eliminate a requirement in the hospital conversions laws, which states that a for-profit operator must wait three years after acquiring one hospital in Rhode Island before acquiring any other hospital in the state. The bill, which relates to the proposed purchase of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center by Steward Health Care Services, includes a list of stipulations.

n  Child Care Awareness Day

The first Child Care Awareness Day was held at the State House. Children from various child care agencies enjoyed arts and crafts, pizza and snacks. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and staff from Rhode Island Kids Count spoke at the event.

Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Middletown); Rep. J. Russell Jackson (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Daniel Patrick Reilly (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled several events for the latter half of April. On Wednesday, April 25, there is the “Women in Business Semi-Annual After Hours” from 5 - 7 p.m., at Cory Farms Past & Presents, 3124 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. Next, there is a “Business After Hours” event on Thursday, April 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites of Newport, 317 W. Main Rd. The “Excellence In Business Awards Breakfast” will be held on Monday, May 7, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Newport Officers’ Club at Naval Station Newport with keynote speakers Carolyn Rafaelian and Giovanni Feroce from Alex & Ani. To attend an event, register online at or 847-1608. All events are free for members unless noted otherwise and $25 for non-members.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State will host the Big Night Out Fiesta on Saturday, May 5, a gala event to be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport from 6 to 11:30 p.m. The newest members of their Magical Circle of People We Admire will be recognized. There will be a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band. Tickets are $125. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Emily at 401-9212434, ext. 102, or email her at

Money Smart Week at Middletown Library In recognition of National Money Smart Week, Middletown Public Library is offering three different workshops to help you become more financially savvy. On Monday, April 23, Anthony Hanos and Jerry Bowen reveal the truth about credit lies and give you a plan to walk out of debt with confidence. On Tuesday, April 24, the Better Business Bureau’s Amy Schram will show you how to avoid the latest scams, frauds and identity theft schemes. And on Thursday, April 26, extreme couponer Heather Polochick will teach you how to shop more effectively and efficiently without breaking the bank. All programs are free and begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 846-1573.

Dog Care Professionals Open House The Potter League will hold a open house for dog care professionals who want to learn more about the Potter League’s dog training programs on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. The forum is geared toward pet sitters, dog walkers, veterinary technicians, groomers, veterinarians, boarding kennels and anyone who works directly with dogs. This will be an opportunity to meet the trainers, learn about the variety of classes and programs offered, see a training demonstration, tour the green facility and ask questions. Refreshments will be served. Class discounts will be offered to all attending as well as door prizes.

For What It’s Worth Mr. Santi: I was going through some of my father’s things and found several drawings that he must have picked up while touring Egypt about 40 year ago. They are very colorful and show Egyptian figures during the times of the Pharaohs. Are they worth anything? — Bernard K. Bernard: Your Egyptian drawings were made for the tourist market and painted on papyrus. Bright colors mimicked decorations in the tombs of ancient Egypt. The price, 40 years ago would have been pretty modest, perhaps as little as $5 each and unfortunately they haven’t appreciated much in value and are found in the market place today for under $20 apiece. – Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques (The Drawing Room will not be offering ‘free appraisal day’ on Thurs.; but will offer free appraisals by appointment only. Just call 841-5060 to make an appointment.) Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Federico at: or 152 Spring St., Newport

Artwork Needed for Bike Map Bike Newport is looking for the perfect photograph or illustration for the 2012 edition of the Newport Bike Map. Looking for something “hip, clever, and totally Newport,” the winning photo or drawing will grace the brochure’s cover and will be produced on over 10,000 biking maps distributed with the help of Discover Newport, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and Bike Newport. The winning selection will be honored on Bike to Work day on May 18, when the map will be released to the public. Digital submissions are to be sent to

Common Cause Meeting Common Cause Rhode Island will meet on Saturday April 28, 10 -11:30 a.m. at the Newport Public Library. Hear the legislative updates, learn about plans in the election year, meet staff and connect with other regional members. Common Cause Rhode Island is the only ‘good government’ organization in the state with a full time lobbyist. For more information or to RSVP, contact Caroline at 861-2322. Common Cause Rhode Island is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at the local, state and national level by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Rhode Island. All are welcome.

Groovy Girls A new program called Groovy Girls which focuses on empowering young girls waiting to be adopted, many of whom spend years without a family has been developed by Child & Family along with Adoption Rhode Island and Communities for People. An information session will be held May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Child & Family, 31 John Clarke Rd., Middletown. If you are unable to attend and would like to hear more about this new program, contact Maureen Philbin at 848-4105.

Newport Craft Beer Festival The first annual Newport Craft Beer Festival will be held on April 28 on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, 21 Farewell St., from 2 – 6 p.m. Over 30 breweries from around the country will be on site to show off their handcrafted brews to 500 craft beer lovers. The festival will celebrate Newport’s brewing history, which dates back to before the American Revolution and proceeds will benefit the Newport Historical Society. Guests will be given the opportunity to try samples from a spectrum of craft brews, listen to live music, and will be able to nibble on foods provided by restaurants from the Broadway area. Tickets are $45 and are available at Tickets include admission, beer samples, and a souvenir glass. This event is strictly for those 21+.

Feinstein Food Drive Continuing during the month of 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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NEWS BRIEFS Newport Police Log Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, April 9 to Monday, April 16, the Newport Police Department responded to 582 calls. Of those, 115 were motor vehicle related; there were 82 motor vehicle violations issued and 33 accidents.

The police also responded to 14 incidents of vandalism, 14 noise complaints, 32 animal complaints, and 26 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 7 school security checks (54-Rogers High School, 1- Triplett, and 2-Thompson). They also held 2 DARE classes. They transported 6 prisoners. Recorded 9 instances of assisting other police departments and agencies. Conducted 1 funer escort. 11 private tows were also recorded. In addition, 26 arrests were made for the following violations: n 7 Bench warrants. n 7 arrests were made for simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for possesion of narcortics. n 1 arrest was made for DUI n 1 arrest was made for tresspassing. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for leaving the scene of a collission n 1 arrest was made for larceny n 1 arrest was made for weapon violation. n 1 arrest was made for disturbing the peace. n 1 arrest for animal violation.

Fakes and Forgeries Exhibit The fifth graders at St. Michael’s Country Day School have been immersed in the world of art history, and will put their research and creative abilities on display at the annual Fakes and Forgeries show April 25-27 in the Rose Canepari Library. Each student selects an artist to study and then chooses one of their original works of art to copy. Teachers Claire Stieff and Sarah Szabo incorporated not only art, but literature, math, and technology lessons into the project as well. Seventeen artists will be represented by thirty students, including works by Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Claude Monet. Lisa Goddard, Executive Director of the Newport Art Museum, with Eric Brocklehurst of the National Museum of American Illustration, and local artist, Peter Hussey, will be guest judges for this year’s exhibition. The judges will be on hand to meet the students and select first, second, and third place winners on Thursday, April 26 at 8:30am.

During the period from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 119 calls. Of those, 79 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 56 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 79 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 50 calls • Station 1 - Engine responded to 50 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 29 calls • Station 2 - Engine responded to 15 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 34 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:   1 - Structure fire 1- Vegetation fire 1- High angle rescue 1- Smoke scare   2 - Motor vehicle accidents 13 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire   In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 9 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 10 life safety inspections, and provided 6 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Discolored or warm wall outlets and switches can be a warning sign of danger! If you notice discolored or warm outlets, covers, or switches, or sparks from an outlet or switch, avoid using the device and contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible. These warning signs are often an indicator that arcing, smoldering, or burning is taking place behind the cover which is usually the result of improper installation or a problem with the switch or outlet itself. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM


The Robert S.H. Fye Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Robert S.H. Fye, Middletown High School Class of 2002, a $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating MHS senior. In the event that more than one candidate in a given year merits the award, the Scholarship Committee may grant a $1,000 scholarship to each of the selected candidates. Applications are available in Guidance Room #239 at Middletown High School as well as in theirCareer Center. The application form and all required documents should be mailed to: The Robert S. H. Fye Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 4726, Middletown, RI, 02842. Postmark deadline is May 7 2012.

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Open to Rogers High School female seniors who will study educcation. Applications are available at the main office at Rogers High School. Deadline is April 27.

Hayward Maritime Scholarship

Students living in Newport County interested in pursuing maritime occupations for the 2011 can apply for the Leonard W. & Katherine C. Hayward Maritime Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available online at or at 18 Market Square, Newport. Deadline is May 6, 2012. For more information, contact Deedra Durocher, at 847-4260 or

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Cliffside Inn Wins Award The Cliffside Inn recently announced that it has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2012. Cliffside Inn’s accommodations are housed in the stately Victorian mansion that was home to noted 20th century artist Beatrice Turner. The new owners of the Cliffside Inn, Bill and Nancy Bagwill, purchased the historic Newport inn at the end of 2010 and invested time and resources on a complete and detailed restoration of the property, fully reopening in August, 2011. For more information, visit

Potter League Jewelry Sale The Potter League for Animals is holding its annual Critter Glitter fashion jewelry sale Wednesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 6 at the Potter League at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily and are extended on Wednesday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission is free. Kim Renk of Sequin generously donates the jewelry with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Potter League. For more information, visit www. or call 846-0596.

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Howington Goes Hybrid City Manager Jane Howington recently traded in her city-issued vehicle for a “greener” model. Howington, who took over the helm of the city’s top administrative post from Edward F. Lavallee in January, had also assumed responsibility for her predecessor’s black 2010 Ford Taurus. After a few weeks driving the sedan, which had been outfitted for police use, Howington found a more suitable use for the vehicle. As it happens, she said the city had an identified need for a detective car in the capital budget. “I didn’t believe it was in the best interest of taxpayers dollars to purchase another police vehicle,” Howington explained. So, she turned the Taurus over to the police department, which then acquired a new red Toyota Prius for what Howington said was “significantly less” than the cost of a new police cruiser. With the price of gas continuing its march upwards, Howington says that she’s been quite pleased with her decision, and the message it sense. “I wanted to set the example of sustainability and the greening of the community,” she said.

Association of University Women to Hold Public Forum The Newport County-East Bay Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a free, public forum on April 25, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in room 162 of the Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences building at Roger Williams University in Bristol. The forum will feature three Muslim women speaking on the status of Muslim women in the US and their native countries. The panel moderator is Hayat Alvi, Ph.D, an associate professor at the Naval War College and a specialist on global political affairs. One of the panel members is Maha Chamseddine, a native of Lebanon who resides in Middletown and works as a special education teacher assistant and in the family business, Ash Mart in Newport.

The Easton’s Point Association will be holding its spring meeting on Sunday, April 22 from 4:30 - 8 p.m. at Easton’s Point Pub and Restaurant, 116 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. The event will feature a presentation by master gardener Linda Finn and a buffet dinner there will also be a cash bar. The cost to attend is $20 per person. This event is open to the public. Reservations requested by calling Kathy Silveira at 848-5358.

Students Receive Medals in SkillsUSA Competition On March 29, the Rhode Island SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony was held at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that works to maintain American productivity, quality, and competitiveness. The following medals were presented to students from the Newport Area Career and Technical Center: Gold Medals: Fiona Heaney for Technical Computer Applications; Ben Wyatt for Advertising Design Silver Medals: Alex Bronk for Web Design; Michael O’Connell for Web Design; Erik Sola for Technical Computer Applications; Alyssa MacKinnon for Prepared Speech Bronze Medals: Courtney Ferreira for Commercial Baking; Hannah Deen for Extemporaneous Speaking; David Richards for Technical Computer Applications Students from Monica Awde’s Academy of Information Technology class swept the Technical Computer Applications Contest, an NACTC first. Heaney and Wyatt will be traveling to Kansas City, Mo. in June to compete in the SkillsUSA National Contest. They will be competing against the top 2 percent of all technical students in the nation, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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EDITORIAL Our April Optimism


t’s been busy in town lately, and that’s a good thing. The sun rose on Thursday at 5:59 a.m. and will set at 7:30 p.m. April optimism is setting in. On the water, buoy data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration showed sea temperatures topping out at 54 degrees locally. Last year at this time, the water temperature hovered around 45. In the car, the dashboard thermometer read 81 on Tuesday, good enough to bring out short sleeves and pale skin (largely in equal measure). They say we’re in for a cool-down this week, but not by much. This is a good thing; Newport lives and dies by the weather. In downtown, fair skies and hints of summer make for crowded streets, fill up restaurants, and make merchants happy. The season can’t come soon enough. On Saturday, a few brave souls were enticed into the surf at Easton’s Beach. On Monday, still more were lured into the water at Jamestown’s Mackerel Cove. In Middletown, Second Beach was filled with surfers over the weekend; the waves, small as they were, seemed secondary. The water, it was remarked by one longtime sun worshipper, seemed particularly clean. As it turns out, it’s some of the cleanest. At least, that’s what the EPA reported in a recent study that ranked the nation’s cleanest waterways. Rhode Island ranked only behind Nevada and Arizona, which as you’re probably aware, aren’t particularly known for their coastlines. We, of course, are. That’s why it was heartening to see so many volunteers who donned green shirts last weekend as groups like Clean Ocean Access and the city’s Clean City Program turned out from King Park to Brenton Point for a preemptive Earth Day cleanup. If you missed out, not to worry: Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, and there are plenty of opportunities around town to celebrate it. Martha Stewart was in town this week, tweeting photos from Bailey’s Beach and visiting Sweet Berry Farm. This, as she would say, is a good thing. So, too is the news that the we’ve been hearing from City Hall. Last week, city councilors got behind a proposal by Gov. Chafee to help communities rein in their finances, while the School Committee committed to pursuing shared services. On Saturday, councilors are scheduled to once again meet for a special strategy session to discuss how best to improve its communication efforts. We’re hopeful the meeting will yield results. And, then there was City Manager Jane Howington’s decision to set an eco-friendly example; you’ll find her these days going from here to there in a red Prius bearing city plates. We wonder how much gas and how much carbon dioxide could be saved if the city were to adopt a policy of “greening” its fleet, even if only for non-emergency vehicles. Speaking of the environment, ours has been rather dry lately. At the Clarke Cooke House over the weekend, a recent arrival from Southern California marveled at the recent spate of red flag warnings cast over the region, indicating a high risk of brush fires. A lively conversation about the weather (of all things) ensued. All agreed, April optimism has set in.

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Gender Discrimination is Wrong To the Editor: The League of Women Voters was born more than 90 years ago from the long fight to get women the right to vote. Since 1992, when League members studied health care policy, we have worked to ensure access to quality health care for all. The League also has a strong commitment and belief that public policy in a diverse society must affirm the right of individuals to make their own reproductive choices. That’s why the League is so deeply concerned about recent proposals that would allow employers and health plans to block contraceptive services and discriminate against women. By a narrow margin, the U.S. Senate recently defeated an amendment that would limit access to contraception for women if any employer or insurance plan has an undefined “religious or moral objection” to it. This open-ended invitation to cut back on preventa-

tive health care services would turn back the clock for women and for American society. We understand that not everyone agrees with the League on this subject. But we strongly believe that public institutions, including schools and hospitals that receive substantial federal assistance, should not limit the health care choices available to their employees. Institutions that serve the public at large should not impose their own views but should respect the conscientious decisions of each individual. The League of Women Voters believes that all persons, regardless of gender, should be eligible for preventive health services. Allowing employers to exclude contraceptive services is discrimination based on gender, and it’s wrong. Susan Wells President, League of Women Voters of Newport County

Work Ethic vs Job Ethics To the Editor: Recently a national poll noted that 60 percent of USA employees stated they; “hated their work” for various reasons including employers who mainly cared only about increased worker productivity, and selfish profits resulting in worker enslavements. It’s time the USA embarked on a better concept labeled Job Ethics which involves not just employees, but employers to even-out an equal; ‘Pursuit of Happiness!’ Reduce the current mandate of our current eight hour work day, five day work week, 40 hours total work week and remake it into an eight hour job day, four day job week and 32 total hours job week at the increased dollar amounts as the current 40 hour week. Increased hour options at time and a half pay for individuals within spe-

cialized contracts. Two weeks normal paid vacation contracts before the first two years of employment are reached and then one month per year vacation time or split-up weeks as per special agreements can also vary the jobs on-site hours considered by both parties. This newer concept already in place in other countries can be tweaked to serve the USA even better for both jobs partners of employers and employees if honest. These ideas justify a jobs harmony, increased employments, profits, pay-rates and taxes ‘Talk of Change’ by flip/flop leadership, isn’t a ‘Walk of Change’ by honest people! William Gramitt Newport

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A Dog’s Letter To the Editor: My name is Dozer and I came to live in Newport three weeks ago with two great parents and a not so loving cat. I am 10 months old and I came from a kill shelter in Aiken South Carolina where I was returned twice before these nice people found me. I am trying to be really good and listen so I can stay here in Newport. Last week mommy took me to Rovensky Park to walk and forgot to take my leash off of me in the back of the wagon. I was bored and I’m teething so I chewed it. Little did I know when she opened the door I would jump out and be separated. I chewed right through it leaving her with half of the leash. I immediately met a sweet little boy, a chocolate lab and a nice lady. A few moments later I see another dog rounding the corner and within seconds his daddy was yelling at me. I was scared so I hid behind mom. Then he continued to yell at us scaring the little boy and me. The other lady went to talk to him and we walked further away to not hear him. He called the police! I thought for sure it was back to the kennel for me. I don’t understand why he was so mad since we were not within a sticks throw away from them. Please be more patient and kind to me, I am a good dog with responsible parents. Can’t we all just be happy and nice to one another? See you in the park! Dozer the Dog c/o Lisa Morrison

Doubt is Cast To the Editor: Your opinion piece by Maggie Gillis, “The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin,” restores some respectability to Newport journalism. Another news outlet in town has published pieces that attempt to cast doubt on the history of murder and abuse of black people by whites in our society. Such toxic views are hardly novel. One wishes the apologists for racist horror would educate themselves in the subject of race relations in America. They could start with “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, and go from there until glutted on the fact of racism in America.

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City Scores Victory in Washington Street Extension By Tom Shevlin In what’s being hailed as a victory for public access, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 17, sided in favor of the city over a long-standing dispute over the ownership of the Washington Street extension. The nearly decade-long dispute, which centered on the city’s management of a small, deadend street that was bifurcated by the construction of the Newport Bridge in the late 1960s, had become a source of controversy when the city reasserted its claim over the parcel. Neighbors, who had seen the road steadily deteriorate and become a gathering place for teenage drinking, argued that the city had long since given up its right to the roadway. In 2001, a small group of abutters approached the city to request that it formally abandon the property, or sell it. Initially, the city seemed willing to part with the land. On March 12, 2003, the City Council passed a resolution declaring that the street had, “ceased to serve any useful public purpose” and agreed to sell the land. However, several months later, on September 10, 2003, however, the city council voted again – this time to retain the street. In July 2004, then-Mayor Richard Sardella and the abutting property owners entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which gave the abut-

ters “non-exclusive access to the Washington Street Extension, socalled, to maintain and improve the Washington Street Extension at no cost to the City of Newport.” The MOU also expressly declared that the abutters were not to “exclude any member of the public from using the Washington Street Extension,” as the MOU was “a non-exclusive right to maintain and improve the Washington Street Extension only.” After executing the MOU, a pair of neighbors, including Shannon and William A. Reagan, and Terrance and Margaret Moy, expended what the court acknowledged to be “a large sum of money” improving the Washington Street Extension. Those improvements included replacing the existing asphalt with loam and grass, as well as reinstalling curbs. But the arrangement didn’t last long. Just two months after adopting the MOU, the council again voted on Sept. 22, 2004, to terminate the agreement. By June of 2005, the neighbors became plaintiffs, and filed a complaint in District Court seeking to clear title to the extension. On Tuesday, the ordeal came to a close, with a final ruling issued by Chief Justice Paul Suttell. In a 12-page decision, Suttell wrote that in order for any road to be formally abandoned, several steps first need to be taken. “The Abandonment Statute explicitly dictates the precise process required to abandon a high-

way—a town or city council must declare by a final, conclusive order or decree that a highway has ceased to be useful to the public; a sign stating ‘Not a public highway’ must be placed at each end of the highway; public notice of the decree must be published; and personal notice, as well as an opportunity to be heard, must be given to abutting property owners.” The court further found that the argument made by the plaintiffs that the city’s failure to maintain the roadway amounted to a de facto abandonment to be “unavailing.” “We previously have held that ‘in this state a municipality may permanently close or abandon a street only after formal proceedings of a semi-judicial nature in accordance with [the statutory requirements,’ Suttell wrote, adding that “the law is clear in Rhode Island that a town cannot abandon its obligation to maintain a rightof-way by simply failing to fulfill its maintenance obligations.” Newport Mayor Stephen C. Waluk described the decision as “a big victory for all the people of Newport.” Moving forward, he said that in the long term, the road could complement the city’s efforts to redevelop the nearby Navy Hospital property. In the short term, Waluk said that it will be up to the city administration to not only publicize and maintain the public right of way, but to also see to it that the abutting homeowners’ properties are indeed clearly delineated.


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Will Newport Need Another Elementary School? By Meg O’Neil When the new Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School opens in the fall of 2013, for the first time in memory, Newport’s entire elementary population will be housed under one roof. The four remaining elementary school buildings will be shuttered and presumably put on the auction block. But what if Newport’s schoolage population rises? City Councilors and School Committee members discussed that possibility during a meeting on Wednesday, April 11. Although any action on the properties is months away, City Manager Jane Howington said that she and Supt. John H. Ambrogi have already begun planning for the eventual disposition of the school buildings: “(The city) does an assessment on the possible reuses of the buildings, which may shed some light on what buildings are more marketable, or which buildings would bring in a greater amount of revenue … which would help inform [the school department] which one

would be best to keep.” Ambrogi and school committee member Robert Leary said that at least one of the school buildings should be saved for future use. When the Sullivan School was demolished to clear the site for the future Pell School, all of its students were moved to the Triplett School on Broadway for the interim. However, before the students and teachers from Sullivan could relocate, the Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center had to move from Triplett to the Kennedy School Annex in Middletown. Leary pointed out that keeping one of the school buildings might allow the adult education program to come back to Newport. It also is possible that a surge in student enrollment could cause a need for more space than the Pell school will provide. As recently as last month, the School Committee voted to construct two additional classrooms at the Pell School after it was revealed that a bump in Newport’s student population put the school on the brink of being undersized. Also, Leary pointed out that a

fenced-off area in the city’s north end is the future site of a new public housing development that would potentially bring in many families and children.“This is going to be one of the big issues coming up in the next election,” Leary said. City Councilor Naomi Neville confirmed there will be future housing developments in the north end: “It’s always been known, so those [enrollment] numbers should be accounted for.” Adding to concerns, the capacity of the Pell School was decided upon at a time when the general enrollment in Newport’s schools was declining, a trend that was reversed last summer when a late jolt in enrollment came as a surprise to the school department. “The question is whether or not the information we got during the [planning] process is the information that ultimately comes to reality a couple years from now,” Ambrogi said. “The need to keep at least one of the schools for a number of different reasons might be something the school committee may want to do.”


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ARCHI-TEXT House Tour Puts the Focus on George Champlin Mason Ross Sinclair Cann, AIA On Sunday, April 29, there will be a tour of six Newport houses to benefit St. Michael’s School. Not only is this a great opportunity to see the inside of some beautiful and spectacular houses that are rarely, if ever, open to the public, it is also a special chance to see three houses designed by George Champlin Mason Sr: Chepstow, Gravel Court, and Starboard House. Also on the tour are two houses on the Gray Craig estate (the Manor House and the Gatehouse), as well as a new but traditionally designed Shingle style house on Ella Terrace. Unlike many of the architects who worked in Newport during what is now known as the Gilded Age, George Chaplin Mason Sr. actually resided in the community. He was a leading intellectual light of both the city of Newport and the state of Rhode Island during the 19th century, and not just as an architect. He was also a journalist, a landscape painter, and an historian who was among the earliest to



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Chepstow (Photos credit credits Mason as one of the proponents of the Colonial Revival style. The three houses by Mason on the tour are excellent examples of the gracious yet relatively unpretentious style that was typical of his work before the Civil War. In Chepstow (c.1860), now owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County, we have an emblematic example of his early work. Mason mixes together a French Mansard roof, Italianate arch top windows and brackets, and colonial-inspired horizontal wood panels that roughly approximate laid stone. There is not a great deal of formal symmetry in the house, but rather a more practical approach to letting the inteGravel Court rior program determine the exterior design. This is a mark of Mason’s independence from strict geometries and symmetries. The house is large and comfortable, but it does not have the historical pretensions that the work of Richard Morris Hunt showed in buildings like Marble House or the Breakers.

I think this is perhaps why Mason’s work remains so popular today and why so many of his buildings have survived more than 150 years after they were built. Mason designed with the owners primarily in mind. Where did a window need to be? On which side of the house would there be a comfortable place for a porch? Where is the convenient location for the entrance? These seem to be the sort of questions Mason was asking himself during the design process. In contrast, the builders of the grand houses of the Gilded Age seem to have been asking, “How can I best bowl over a visitor to this house?” and, “How can I achieve a full expression of my historic architectural knowledge in this project?” Americans, by nature, are pragmatic and rational. They like and demand beauty, but not to the exclusion of practical necessity. Mason seems to have been just the sort of architect to meet these requirements, which helps to explain his lasting popularity. Ross Cann is an architectural historian, teacher, author and practicing architect who lives and works in Newport.



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and it makes it much more fun to read it with a group.” The laid-back atmosphere of the Middletown Library group allows for its members to discuss the texts, analyze, and clarify what is occurring within the play’s lines. “It’s loose here, not structured,” says Gibbons. “We can speak about Shakespeare and find out what brings us here and what keeps us coming back. We’re just a group of friends who gather together to read and enjoy his works.” Rice concurred, saying, “People are sometimes afraid of Shakespeare and they don’t ask about it. In this group, we’re all interested and excited and the more we meet, the more comfortable we become in reading – that’s the joy.” Adding roughly 1,700 words to the English lexicon, Shakespeare is considered by experts to be an unparalleled linguist. Members of the group in Middletown explain that one of their favorite topics is discussing today’s commonly used phrases that the bard created in the lines of his plays. “As you’re reading, there will be some quote that you’ve forgotten was even said by Shakespeare and this gives you the chance to talk about it,” says Rice. In today’s digital age where conversations are often limited to 140 characters on the internet and are tapped through text messages on cell phones, Rice says there is a comfort in knowing that Shakespeare’s English is permanent.

Betsy Rice, co-founder of the Middletown Library’s Shakespeare reading group, takes her turn reading from the first act of the sordid-tragedy, Titus Andronicus. “There is so much English slang today; our whole sentence structure is short and blurred. There’s a real security in reading Shakespeare. It’s a little flowery and so what?” While the bard’s language and wordplay can appear confusing to readers, to quote Shakespeare, “fear not” – the members of the group say that anyone is welcome to join, even if the person doesn’t feel comfortable reading aloud. According to Rice, “I think some people are afraid to read aloud and are afraid to make a mistake, but that’s not what we’re about and that’s not what Shakespeare was about.” Rice says that people have attended who didn’t feel comfort-

able reading aloud and simply wanted to listen to the group read. “Think of who Shakespeare’s audience was,” Rice says, referring to the crowds of people that packed in to London’s Globe Theatre, the outdoor, rounded stage used during the heyday of Shakespeare’s career. “It was for everyone. And so is this group,” she said. Sometimes straying from the lines of prose and iambic pentameter, the members will bring in a movie version of a play, allowing an additional visual accompaniment. But, during most meetings, text and words prevail. Scholars say that even nearly 400 years after the death of Shakespeare, his themes, characters, and language have stood the test of time and continue to resonate in the minds of his readers around the world. Gibbons sums the connection up best, saying, “If you look at Shakespeare from a history standpoint and examine the way of life from that period, all of these parts of human nature that you can see expressed today, are already there in his plays from hundreds of years ago.” If you can’t make it to Middletown, the Redwood Library has also an established Shakespeare reading group which also meets on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Carpenter Board Room. The group, which we’ve also featured in the past, costs $2 for non-members to join in.

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Rogers Goes Green: Cleaning Lily Pond By Meg O’Neil After the Friends of Lily Pond determined that the water quality in the pond was “extremely poor,” students from nearby Rogers High School decided to take action. Led by Rogers High School science teacher Scott Dickison, the students suggested several ways to lower the amount of rainwater runoff from the school grounds into the storm drains that feed into Lily Pond. Located on the north end of the Lily Pond watershed, the RHS campus is situated on top of a hill that causes a downward flow of storm water runoff directly into the pond. The poor water quality in the pond was determined through tests done by the ESS Group, a Rhode Island based environmental consulting agency hired by the Friends of Lily Pond. The tests revealed a water visibility level of 0.9 meters. Visibility of less than 1.25 meters is considered “exceedingly poor,” and in the case of Lily Pond, was due partially to suspended sediment. According to the ESS Group study, 77 percent of the pond’s total inflow comes from surface runoff water entering after a rainfall or storm, much of it from Rogers High School parking lots. Runoff from parking lots contains such pollutants as oil and gasoline that are carried into storm drains. “Pavement, impervious asphalt, and roofs of the buildings all cause water to flow into the stormwater system,” Dickison said. “Some of those things are here to stay, but we felt some could be addressed.” As a first step, rain gardens were installed in several areas on campus to collect rainwater, allowing it to seep into the ground instead of into storm drains. Dickison described the rain gardens as a slight depressions in the soil. Each garden is ringed by dirt that forms a berm to contain the rainwater. He pointed out four areas on the campus where rain gar-

At the northeast corner of Lily Pond, algae blooms (right), which grow as a result of nitrogen and nutrient enriched water, are caused by polluted water runoff that drains directly into the pond, giving it a stagnant appearance. Additionally, Phragmites (left), or common reeds, have also sprouted as a result of the nutrient-rich water. (Photos by Jack Kelly)

A largemouth bass swims among algae blooms. dens could be installed, including three at the edge of the school’s main parking lot. The other would be located adjacent to the school’s front driveway. According to Dickison, the proposed rain gardens would collect the runoff and retain it until it can naturally disperse into the groundwater. In addition to the rain gardens,

the proposal calls for the removal of two asphalt areas that lead to storm drains. The asphalt would be replaced with loam, grass, and plantings. Newport School Superintendent John H. Ambrogi said he favors the project: “Not only does the plan help with stormwater runoff, it makes the campus more studentfriendly. Right now, it’s broken macadam.” The work is expected to be done his spring. Dickison added that a 2013 project will address runoff from the school’s eastern parking lot, and will examine the possibility of disconnecting the school’s roof drains – allowing the roof runoff to go into the rain gardens. Dickison has been writing grant proposals to help fund the project, and says he plans to reach out to the community for volunteers and donations. The Newport School Committee is expected to examine funding for the project at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 8.

Flower Show Will Sizzle this Summer The Newport Flower Show will celebrate its 17th year as America’s premier summer flower show. Themed Salsa—A Celebration of Latin Cultures, the Newport Flower Show will bring special sizzle and spice to the opening of Newport’s summer season, treating visitors to a fusion of hot colors, passionate designers, exotic plants and cultural adventures. Held on the historic grounds of Rosecliff, the show will kick-off the Newport social season with the much-anticipated Opening Night Cocktail Party on Friday, June 22 at 6 p.m., offering Tapas and Tango with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The Show continues through the weekend with themed floral designs, horticultural exhibits, garden displays, unique shopping and free

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Naval Community Briefs Soldiers Return After Year in Afghanistan Thirty two members of Bravo Company, 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, were surrounded by family, friends and colleagues Saturday, April 14 at the SGT. Michael Paranzino U.S. Army Reserve Center, Naval Station Newport for their return from a one year deployment in Afghanistan. The soldiers returned on April 4 to Ft. Dix, N.J. and arrived home for the first time in nearly a year. At the midpoint of their tour, the soldiers of Bravo Company had already earned three Purple Hearts, two recommendations for Bronze Star Medals for Valor and several Army Commendation Medals for Valor. Their tour has been and still

is looked upon as one of historic precedence of valor. Bravo Company is now the most decorated Civil Affairs Company in its Battalion.

Health Clinic CO Relieved Capt. Marcia Kimberly Lyons, commanding officer (CO) of Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE), was relieved April 6. She had been in command since July 2010, and has since been reassigned to Navy Medicine East in Portsmouth, Va. Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner, Commander, Navy Medicine East, identified command climate issues following results of an annual command climate survey. NHCNE’s Command Master Chief, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief Robert Whitten, was also relieved

of his duties for similar reasons. Capt. Sheherazad Lena Hartzell, NHCNE executive officer, has temporarily assumed command until Capt. Tina Davidson reports to the command later this month. Davidson is currently executive officer of Naval Health Clinic Annapolis, Md. Patient safety and security were not adversely affected and were not a factor in the decision. No impact to the medical care at NHCNE is expected. NHCNE is the health care system for the Navy in the Northeast Region, providing medical care to more than 70,000 beneficiaries. The command headquarters is located in Newport, with Navy Branch Health Clinics at Groton, Conn., Portsmouth, N.H., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Southern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Assoc. will hold its April luncheon meeting on Friday, April 27 at the Naval Station Newport Officers Club. The guest speaker will be Ms. Asha Zacharias for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office Investigator and consumer protection unit. She will provide information on identity theft fraud. Social gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. The hot buffet luncheon begins at 12:15 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Reservations are required by Monday, April 23by calling Bob Onoska at 401-7830498 or mailing payment to him at P.O. Box 15, Wakefield, RI 02880.

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NUWC Luncheon The NUWC retiree luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 2 at noon at McGovern’s Family Restaurant, Laurel Room, entrance at the end of the building, 310 Shove St., Fall River. The cost is $16 per person. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Jean Sherman at 8465146 or Bev Ferris at 846-4292.

Adventure and Education Under Sail Celebrating the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, more than 25 tall ships will participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2012 series of races and public maritime festivals. Coordinated by Tall Ships America in collaboration with local organizers, the fleet will be hosted at festivals in four major ports of call: Savannah, Ga. (May 3-7), Greenport, N.Y. (May 24-28), Newport, (July 6-9) and Halifax, Nova Scotia (July 19-23). Among the international ships planning to participate in the events are the 191foot Indonesian Naval barquentine Dewaruci; the French Naval tall ships La Belle Poule and Etoile; and the 179-foot barque Picton Castle from the Cook Islands. U.S. vessels include the majestic 295-foot U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle, HMS Bounty, Gazela, Lynx, Pride of Baltimore II, and many more. “The member vessels of Tall Ships America help young people – who are referred to as students or trainees – develop confidence, competency and courage through the authentic challenges and adventures of seafaring,” said Tall Ships America Executive Director Bert Rogers. While in port, the ships will be open to the public for viewing, and many will feature dockside exhibits and lively interactions with crew. Each ship has its own educational mission and style, providing the American public with a rich selection of programs, all conforming to Tall Ships America’s credo: Adventure and Education Under Sail.

Middletown Education Grant Showcase The Middletown Education Collaborative (MEC) will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting and Grants Showcase at the Forest Avenue Elementary School Learning Center on May 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. The showcase will celebrate the commitment to education by Middletown teachers, students, parents and the entire Middletown community. The 2012 Educator of the Year Award and the 2012 MEC Scholarship Award to a graduating Middletown High School senior will both be presented. This year’s Grant Showcase will include several teachers planning performances, displays and presentations to demonstrate the benefits of the MEC grants awarded over the past year. New Board members and the executive committee will be introduced. Families are encouraged to attend, especially children attending Middletown schools. This event is free and open to the public.

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FROM THE GARDEN Growing Vegetables: A Child’s Garden of Delights By Cynthia Gibson

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true vegetable. The carrots that your child grows will taste far sweeter than those that are storebought. Like radishes, carrots come in many colors. ‘Purple Dragon’ is just that: purple. Burpee Seed company has an exclusive carrot mixture that children will love. It is their ‘Kaleidoscope’ mixture. The colors are day-glo bright, and who wouldn’t want to take a bite out of a ‘solar yellow’, ‘cosmic purple’ or ‘atomic red’ carrot? There are even round carrots. Two varieties that grow well are ‘Paris Market’ and ‘Romeo.’ ‘Little Finger’ carrots are perfect for young gardeners to grow. They are bright orange with a frilly green top, and they are only four to five inches long. Carrots take longer to grow than radishes. The average time for carrots, large or small, is about 50-70 days. Once you see the colorful tops popping out of the ground, you know your carrots are ready to harvest. Lettuces are the easiest and quickest vegetables to grow. Leaf lettuce can be grown in small containers and flowerboxes. ‘Red Salad Bowl’ will not disappoint with its purple to bright red leaves. ‘Freckles’ or ‘Trout Back’ is a green lettuce with bright purple speckles. ‘Deer Tongue’ looks just like its name, except that it is green. Old-fashioned ‘Oak Leaf’ lettuce is a very sweet green and is a good one to grow. Lettuce takes only about three weeks to grow, and it can be resown all summer long. After your

lettuces begin to ‘bolt’ (go to flower and seed), it is time to pull them out of the soil, add a bit of new soil, and start again. For tomatoes, try the smaller varieties. Even a child who doesn’t like tomatoes might fall for a yellow cherry tomato by the name of ‘SunGold.’ It is neon-yellow-orange in color and sweet tasting. Sun-Golds are some of the first tomatoes to ripen and the very last to harvest. There is great satisfaction in growing your own produce, and you are never too young to start.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame expanded its footprint last week, scooping up a prime piece of real estate abutting the new Stanford White Casino Theater. While the purchase has had neighbors abuzz, the organization does not appear to have any imminent plans to develop the property. According to land records on file with the city, the non-profit purchased 17-23 Memorial Blvd. for $850,000 on April 10. The property, which consists of three separate buildings – one mixed-use commercial unit and a stately multi-family home with detached garage – had been owned by John Duggan, of Milton, Mass. The most prominent building, 23 Memorial Blvd., is currently home to the Waterbrothers surf and skate shop.

Sid Abbruzzi, who owns the iconic island brand, says that his lease is scheduled to run out on Nov. 1, though he has written assurances that would bring him through the holidays. “We’re here through Christmas, definitely,” Abbruzzi said. What his plans are beyond that, he said, will depend on his new landlord. At least for now, there doesn’t seem to be much to worry about. Speaking from Paris, Mark Stenning, CEO of the ITHOF, said the decision to purchase the property is part of an established practice by the organization of acquiring contiguous parcels around the landmark casino. “There are no imminent plans for the property,” Stenning said, noting that during the casino’s heyday, it actually comprised a much

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Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens passionately and tends her miniature orchard in Newport. Tips for container gardens:


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Poke your finger into the soil in the morning and afternoon. When it is dry, add water.


Buy pre-fertilized potting soil in bags. You will not have to fertilize again all summer.


You will get hundreds of carrot and radish seeds in one packet. Plant one seed per hole.


Sprinkle your lettuce seeds carefully, and don’t put too many in a row. Each seed will become a plant.

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Children like to see things grow; it is part of their wonderful, inquisitive nature. By the age of four, a child can start gardening. Parental supervision is necessary, of course, and if the parent enjoys gardening, that is a plus. It’s not necessary to have a backyard in order to have a garden. Flowerpots and flower boxes make fine gardens for children, and in fact, gardening on a small scale is more to their liking and size. Planting in large tubs and barrels is great, as children can stand up next to them and get their hands into the soil with ease. Children can begin with tomato plants and many kinds of herbs, but it is even more fun if they can grow a plant from seed. Children will be most intrigued by vegetables that grow fast, such as lettuce, radishes, and carrots. In order to grow carrots, the soil must be at least 10 inches deep. Lettuces are available in many colors of green and red. They are not only fun to grow, but might just tempt your child to enjoy eating salad. Radishes may not be the first vegetable a child wants to eat, but they surely are fun to pull out of the ground, and they come in fun shapes, sizes, and colors. The ‘Watermelon’ Radish is an import from China. What makes it interesting to children, and to adults, too, is that it is whitish on the outside and hot pink in the center. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top of one of these radishes, and you will have a perfect bite. ‘French Breakfast’ radishes are red, white, long, and skinny – not your ordinary red radishes. The French eat them with butter at breakfast. For children who enjoy the creepy-crawly things in life, there is a perfect radish. Its name is the ‘Spanish Black Round,’ and yes, it is black on the outside. It would be amusing to pop these into an everyday salad. The ‘Easter Egg’ blend of radish seeds gives you a range of colors from red to pink and white. As in an Easter egg hunt, you do not know which color you will be pulling up from the earth. Now that is having fun in the garden! The ‘French Breakfast’, ‘Easter Blend’, and ‘Cherry Belle’ radishes take approximately 25 days from seed planting to maturity. The ‘Black Radish’ and ‘Watermelon’ radishes take much longer, about 50 to 60 days. Plant different types so that you can have radishes all summer. Carrots are another tried-and-

more expansive swath of land that stretched into the current Bellevue Plaza shopping center. In 2008, the Hall of Fame purchased 11 Memorial Blvd., which in recent years has housed a law firm, interior design company, and real estate office. In all, the Hall of Fame boasts holdings that total 4.6 acres between Bellevue Avenue and Freebody Street with a combined assessed value of $8.1 million. The purchase of 17-23 Memorial Blvd. adds .23 acres to that portfolio, worth an estimated $979,900 according to the latest assessment. And while the Tennis Hall of Fame is a 501( c)3 non-profit, according to Tax Assessor Allan Booth they do pay property taxes on the full market value of their holdings at the city’s commercial rate.

Owners hairstylist Roberta Medeiros and her husband Michael are pleased to announce the opening of Rob Michael Salon Spa. "Michael is a native Newporter, so he's thrilled to be opening a high-end salon and spa in his hometown. We are carrying products that are green and made in the USA." Roberta said, adding "While on a trip to Brazil we noticed the great demand for American-made products. We both feel that the best products come from the US, so why carry products from other countries." Roberta has been running the successful n'Style Salon and Spa in Tiverton for over eight years and knows that her new and talented staff will shine at Rob Michael Salon Spa.

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CALENDAR Spirits and Stogies Welcome the warm weather every Wednesday with a vibrant blend of spirits, cigars and atmosphere. ‘Spirits and Stogies Wednesdays’ offers superior cigars matched perfectly with high quality spirits at the Top of Newport, on the Hotel Viking rooftop. Each Wednesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm; $35 per person, non-refundable. Purchase tickets by calling 401.848.4824 or email

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Dancing with the Stars The James Montgomery Blues Band will perform at the Star Kids “Dancing with the Stars” event on April 28 at the Carnegie Abbey Club from 7-10 p.m. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeurves, and of course, dancing. Rasaanh Matra, a Star Kids student and junior at Portsmouth Abbey School, will perform a special number with the band at the fundraising event. (Photo by Jack Renner) For more information or to purchase event tickets, call 848-4187.

Rough Point Doris Duke’s Newport home opens with a new exhibit showcasing her life as an international traveler, 680 Bellevue Ave., Thurs-Sat, 401-8497300, www.NewportRestoration. org. Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated ten-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, heated cars, 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. departures from Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave., | 401.847.3300 One Bellevue Avenue Newport, RI

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Mike Matheny on “Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945,” 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 “Seven Days in the Art World,” by Sarah Thornton, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 401-848-8200, Research Workshop The Newport Historical Society hosts workshop to acquaint public with its collection and introduce research strategies, NHS Headquarters, 82 Touro St., 1-2 p.m., $10 non-members, members free, 401846-0813. Baby Steps Fundraiser Annual fundraiser at the Atlantic Beach Club, Purgatory Road, Middletown. Pasta dinner $25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact Linda Finn at 258-6851 or Tickets can also be purchased online at www. “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, 401-847-0292, Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and enjoy works of the Bard. Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m., free. Green Screening “Last Call at the Oasis,” documentary on the global water crisis, sponsored by newportFILM and Aquidneck Land Trust, Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., reception 5:30 p.m., screening 6 p.m. Free but space is limited. To reserve, email or call 401849-2799 ext. 19. Life of the Mind Series China expert Angela Casey will discuss the Chinese economy and its growing impact on ours. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 847-0292, Arts& Cultural Alliance Annual Meeting Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursday Book Discussion The Thursday Evening Book Group meets tonight to discuss, “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,” by David McCullough and examine the expatriates of the Belle

Epoque. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free and open to the public, 401-847-8720. RIIFF Screening Selection of short films from the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., $10, 560-0979.

Friday April 20

Rogues and Scoundrels Tour Learn why this colony was sometimes known as “Rogue’s Island” as you stroll through Newport. See where scoundrels lived, where pirates profited, and where criminals were put on trial. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11 a.m., 401-841-8770. Scenic Train Rides 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. See April 19 for details. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 401-8460669. Screening at Sachuest View the “Planet Earth” series’ “Mountains,” Sachuest Point Visitors Center, Middletown. 6 p.m., free. Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473,

Saturday April 21

Soil Testing Bring a soil sample from your garden to receive a basic analysis by URI Master Gardeners. Gardeners are also available to answer your gardening questions. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., 10 a.m.-noon, free. Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour Hear stories of revolution, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 10:30 a.m., 401-841-8770.

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A Conversation with John Bach-Sorensen By Annette Leiderman Raisky

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Since it opened in 1995, Asterisk & Obelisk, has been known for its sophisticated bar and French bistro cuisine. The restaurant has just undergone a renewal not only in its design concept but kitchen as well.


What better way to lean more about the evolution of what is now called Asterisk than having a conversation with the chef-owner, John Bach-Sorensen. What brought you to Newport? I’m Danish, and first came to the States as a high school exchange student in Michigan from 19791981. After high school, I went back home to Dragor, a small seaside town just south of Copenhagen. I was friends with Janne Steffanson, who owned Pronto which is now Tallulah’s, she came to Newport in the 1980’s. I was also familiar with Ted Turner from his TV station and involvement in the America’s Cup and Newport. And I loved to sail. What’s your background? My family owned hotels and restaurants, but they didn’t want me to follow in the business. It’s such a hard life. But when I was quite young, I had a chance to apprentice with the Haeberlin family who own the famous Auberge de I’ll in Illhausen, Alsace, France. I also cooked for a while in Greenwich, Connecticut at the Homestead Restaurant. Then, I owned a restaurant in Copenhagen which I called Newport. You chose a part of Lower Thames that was off the beaten path. Wasn’t that pretty bold for such a sophisticated restaurant? I saw the space which was originally a garage. I thought this part of Newport could be like New York’s Soho. We were going to make it like Dean & DeLuca’s and do mostly gourmet take-out food. But I decided it should be a restaurant. At one time you also owned Boulangerie Obelisk and A&O Fish House. That was a lot on your plate, excuse the expression, wasn’t it? I really liked doing those different outlets, but having young children gives you different priorities. My oldest daughter Tatum will be 11 and I have twins, a boy and girl named Teagan and Tuleh who will

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Crispy Salmon with Mushroom Orzo and Red Wine Sauce Serves 6 Ingredients: 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 pound mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, sliced 5 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth 2 cups dry red wine ½ cup whipping cream 2 cups canned beef broth 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves 8 fresh thyme sprigs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 bay leaves 6 (5-ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets 1 pound orzo ¼ cup salted butter 6 shallots, minced Directions: In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add wine, beef broth, thyme and 1 bay leaf. Boil until liquid is reduced by 1 cup, about 35 minutes. Strain sauced into a small saucepan. soon be six. Now I’m totally focused on Asterisk, although I might want to do another bakery – some day. How would you describe your style of cooking? We specialize in the freshest available local seafood and produce, plus we’re known for our hand-cut beef filets. We also have flat bread pizza margarita ($12.50), sandwiches and burgers. We do a great seared tuna au poivre with a classic peppercorn sauce ($28). I’m also using a lot of flavors and techniques from Japan, Africa, India, Pakistan, Portugal, and of course, Scandanavian. I’m doing a Japanese-style Pork Belly with Dancing Bonito—you take an entire bonito fish and you shave it. Applying heat makes the bonito flakes “dance.” What’s the classic Asterisk dish? The most popular one that will stay on the menu is the Crispy Salmon ($23). We serve it with mushroom asparagus orzo risotto and cabernet. I’m in the process of reexamining everything. But the salmon stays.

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place orzo on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown for about 20 minutes. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in another heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots. Saute for 4 minutes. Add mushrooms. Saute until golden, about 10 minutes. Add orzo, chicken broth, and 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to mediumlow. Cook uncovered until orzo is tender and broth is absorbed, while stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add cream and tarragon. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and sauté just until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Bring sauce to simmer. Add butter, whisk until just melted. Season with pepper. Spoon orzo onto six plates. Place salmon fillets on top of orzo. Serve with sauce.

all the furnishings and decorative touches. I’m doing a guest chef series which uses the chef’s table. It would be great to have people come and ask me to create something especially for them. I also plan to add another smaller version which might have breakfast seating. This would be in addition to brunch. Copenhagen is now considered among the best places to dine in the world thanks to the success of Restaurant Noma. Has that influenced you at all? My roots are in Denmark for sure. But I’m also influenced by the great chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Thomas Keller, Alastair Little of Great Britain as well as Pierre Koffman of Alsace. I study all the time. I’m also inspired by an uncle who had multiple sclerosis and was wheel-chair bound but so alive. He taught me about vegetables and how to store them in season so they could be served in the winter. Annette Leiderman Raisky, a former New Yorker, who worked for the Food Network, brings us behind-thescenes knowledge of chefs

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If you build it, will they swim? “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” examines this question in a tale of importing salmon to a man-made dam in an especially arid region of The Republic of Yemen. The film weaves a love story and global politics into a tapestry that offers wit, warmth and wisdom. The opening shot shows fish gliding through gently swishing water – an “aahh” moment and the beginning of a truly remarkable movie. A man wearing a turban and caftan casts with a fly rod, and thus we are introduced to a cast of characters whose stories provide close to two hours of humor, heartache, romance and suspense. Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is a compulsively organized scholar whose specialty is fisheries. When the British Prime Minister’s press secretary, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) decides that her boss needs some good public relations, she happens upon a rare story about a sheik’s (Amr Waked) wish to introduce salmon fishing to the Yemen. Her fellow Brits are up to their gills in news coverage of

bloodshed in Afghanistan, so this is news sure to make everyone smile, she decides. Not exactly. It turns out that the two million fly-fishers in Great Britain don’t cotton to the idea of 10,000 of “their” Atlantic salmon being shipped off to fulfill the whims of a sheik. But Patricia is determined, so she makes a pitch to get Fred on board. At first, he finds the idea absurd. The effort would require bringing water to a dry river and shipping live fish a long distance before plopping them into strange waters and expecting them to behave as they do in their natural habitat. Preposterous! But his job is at stake, so he must meet the sheik and pretend that he doesn’t think the whole plan is crazy. First, he meets the consultant hired to facilitate this grand scheme. Emily Blunt plays discreetly sexy Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, who is romantically involved with a handsome soldier, Robert (Tom Mison), who gets shipped off to Afghanistan just as their courtship hits the boiling point. Harriet charms Fred, but he’s too much of

a traditionalist to follow his heart. The plot thickens when Harriet’s beau is reported missing in action. By this time, director Lasse Hallstrom (“My Life As A Dog,” “Chocolat” and “The Cider House Rules”) has quite a mix of elements in play, even without the addition of political extremists who are out to kill the sheik and sabotage his dream. Hallstrom juggles all of this as gracefully as a choreographer, and the plot glides along, giving adequate time for each story line and just enough backstory to make the characters believable and likeable. The best moment in “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” comes after the dam is sabotaged by Islamic radicals. Just when we think that impossible dreams cannot be realized, the fish do something quite remarkable, and we have to think that all can be peaceful and right in this wacky world. Patricia Lacouture teaches film studies at Salve Regina University . She completed her graduate studies in film at Boston University.

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The Newport and Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau will now conduct business as “Discover Newport” with the tagline, “Nine Coastal Towns, One Big Experience.” The decision to change the name was monumental, and made with thoughtful consideration. “There have been more than 200 destination marketing organizations nationwide that have moved beyond the cumbersome ‘convention and visitor bureau’ moniker to embrace a more accurate, user-friendly name that better reflects the destination and the visitor experience there,” says Discover Newport President

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& CEO Evan Smith. The process began last summer when Discover Newport appointed Robert J. Leaver, principal of New Commons, a consultancy think tank based in Pawtucket, to undertake a study to consider a new name and tagline. “The process worked. We evaluated input, logically debated the research and discussed many options,” says Smith.

Discover Newport turned to Newport’s own Lakuna Design, a graphic design studio founded by Misi and Dave Narcizo, to create the visual identity that will be used in marketing efforts and branding materials including the website and social media networks. “The new name and new look opens a new chapter for Discover Newport,” says Smith, “but our mission remains the same. We’re committed to promoting Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol, Barrington and Warren because all nine towns have something extraordinary to offer travelers.”

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Newport Tokyo House, 6 Equality Park, Newport Ben’s Chili Dogs, 158 Broadway, Newport Norey’s, 156 Broadway, Newport Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport Mudville Pub, 8 West Marlborough Street, Newport Rhumbline, 62 Bridge Street, Newport Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames Street, Newport Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames Street, Newport Pier 49, 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bannister’s Wharf, Npt. O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport @ The Deck, 1 Waites Wharf, Newport Sambar, 515 Thames St., Newport Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., Newport One Bellevue, Hotel Viking, Newport La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Npt. Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport Flo’s Clam Shack, 44 Wave Ave., Middletown Atlantic Grille, 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown

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Other Area Restaurants & Dining Options Not Within Map Area Safari Room - OceanCliff Hotel 65 Ridge Road, Newport Newport Grand 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport Batik Garden Imperial Buffet 11 East Main Rd., Middletown Coddington Brewing Company 210 Coddington Highway, Middletown International House of Pancakes 159 W. Main Rd., Middletown Bay Voyage Inn & Restaurant 150 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown

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Flower Potting Party Time for the young ones (ages 3 and up) to roll up their sleeves and plant at the Middletown Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., free but registration required, 846-1573. Colonial Site Tour: Public & Private Life Tour the 1739 Colony House, built to house RI government, and the 1697 Wanton Lyman Hazard House, Newport’s oldest house museum. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11:30 a.m., 401-841-8770, www.

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Historic Tours for Curious People Walking tours of Newport’s historic “Point” area, tickets and departures from the Visitors’ Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. 2 p.m., 401-848-7281,

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Music at the Redwood The Redwood Library presents a free musical program, “Halley’s Comet: Around the Piano with Mark Twain & John Davis,” an intersection of white and black cultures in music and literature. 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., 401-847-0292, www. 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., Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 401-8460669. Dance Concert SRU Dance performs “Come Alive,” Salve Regina University, Rodgers Recreation Center, Ochre Point Ave., 7 p.m., donation to Andrea Rizzo Foundation. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See April 20. Saturday Night Comedy Joe DeVito and Kerri Louise at Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., 8 p.m., $15,

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Earth Day Discover Colonial Newport Walking Tour 10:30 a.m. See April 21 for details. Scenic Train Rides Enjoy a narrated ten-mile scenic ride along Narragansett Bay, heated cars, 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. departures from Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave.,

Dance Concert 3 p.m. See April 21 for details. Abbey Rhode Beatles Tribute Band Sunday Music Concert presented by The Friends of Jamestown Library, Meeting Hall, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., for more information, call 401-423-7280.

Monday April 23

‘Switch’ For Earth Day the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) is hosting the premier Rhode Island showing of the environmental documentary “Switch,” Jane Pickens Theater, 6 p.m. film with a reception at 5:30,no charge, but registration suggested, sarah@ Environmental Movie Screening Aquidneck Island Planning Commission presents a free screening of the film “Switch,” on energy use in the world. Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, reception 5:30 p.m., screening 6 p.m. Belcourt Castle Candlelight Tour Experience Belcourt mansion and learn about its history with owner Harle Tinney, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 401-846-0669.


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Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Fathoms at the Newport Marriott– Paul del Nero 7-10 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Video DJ Mike DMulti-floor dance party. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–Reggae Night

Friday, April 20 Billy Goodes–Live music Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Never In Vegas, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Island Storm, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Designated Driver, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Fast Times Rhino Bar–Diesel; The Face Show Rhumbline–Joe Parillo, 6:30-10 p.m. Rusty’s-Open Mic Night with Dynimite Dom, 9 p.m.-closing The Chanler–Dick Lupino, John McKenna, Debra Mann, 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Brothers, 9:30 p.m. The Fifth Element– The Hyatt Five33 –Dave Manuel, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Sugar, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Rumors, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Fast Times Rhino Bar–The Situation Band, 10 p.m.

Channing Reading Group Second in a three part series on William Ellery Channing, one of the most famous liberal religious and political figures of the 19th century, Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., 846-0643.

Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferriera on piano, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 22 Fastnet Pub–Traditional Irish Music, 5-8 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Acoustic Night with Matt Hartke O’Brien’s Pub­–John Erikson, 9:30 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville, 6-9 p.m.

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Friday, April 20 Children’s Tree Walk & Touch-A-Bucket-Truck Tree Climbing Demo An exciting event for kids of all ages, meet Charlie Ridolph, Newport City Forester, as he demonstrates tree climbing techniques and equipment and leads families on an entertaining tree walk through historic Morton Park. Meet at Morton Park at 1 p.m. FREE

Monday, April 23 Colonial Tree Walk The Colonial Tree Walk begins in Newport’s historic town common: Washington Square. On your walk, you will pass the first Fernleaf Beech specimen planted in America, along with numerous architectural landmarks including the nation’s oldest synagogue, oldest lending library, and the oldest Episcopal Church in continuous use. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the horse trough in Washington Square. FREE.

Tuesday, April 24 Tree Walk At Chateau-Sur-Mer Hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County, this guided tree walk is a unique opportunity to walk the grounds of one of Newport’s legendary Gilded Age mansions, Chateausur-Mer, and examine its exceptional collection of specimen trees. The 11 a.m. guided walk will be led by Jeffrey Curtis, Preservation Society Director of Gardens and Grounds. FREE Tree Walk And Free Movie A tree walk will be held at Aquidneck Park at 6 p.m. then followed by the award-winning documentary, “Taking Root: The

Vision of Wangari Mathai” at the Newport Public Library at 7 p.m. “Taking Root” tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. FREE

Wednesday, April 25 Newport In Bloom Spring Gardening Workshop Scott Wheeler, Newport Tree and Parks Supervisor, will speak about tree maintenance, and lecturer Katie Dyer will explain how to make any garden a Certified National Wildlife Habitat, among other activities. Visit for more information. Workshop will be held at Fenner Hall from 6 - 9 p.m. FREE

Thursday, April 26 Tree Walk At Bellevue House A unique opportunity to explore a wonderful private Newport landscape. Built in 1910 by celebrated designer and landscape architect, Ogdon Codman, Bellevue House’s grounds include a reproduction McIntire tea house, garden follies and an Oriental garden. 5:30 p.m. at 304 Bellevue Avenue. FREE

Friday, April 27 Arbor Day Arbor Day Tree Planting A memorial tree planting in honor of Peter Simpson, with the Rogers High School Horticultural Team will be held at 9 a.m. in Morton Park. FREE

Tree Walk Celebrate Newport Arboretum Week with Preservation Society Gardens & Grounds Director Jeff Curtis on a walking tour of the grounds at Chateau-sur-Mer, 474 Bellevue Avenue, 11 a.m., free. Science and Faith Lecture Lenn Goodman, professor of philosophy and Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, will discuss “Evolution and Faith” as part of the Atwood Lecture Series. SRU, O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 4:30 p.m. Money Smart Week Workshops “How to Avoid Scams, Frauds and Identity Theft,” Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 6 p.m. Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Wednesday April 25

Newport in Bloom Workshop Annual workshop on container gardens, building a habitat, flowering trees, Newport Tree Society rep on site, Vasco de Gama Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., 6 p.m., 401-339-0243,

Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Thursday April 26

Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after hours gathering at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 317 West Main Rd., Middletown, 5-7 p.m., members free/non-members $25, 401-847-1608 or kathleen@ “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See Thursday, April 19. Shakespeare in Middletown 5 p.m. See Thursday, April 19. Olmstead Lecture The Newport Historical Society presents Justin Martin on “Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmstead,” Colony House, Washington Square, 5:30 p.m., $1 members, $5 non-members, 401841-8770. newportFILM Green Screening “If a Tree Falls,” documentary on the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group on the FBI watchlist, Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street, 6 p.m., $10, www.

Life of the Mind Series Nationally recognized expert on aging Dr. Richard Besdine presents “Fit at 50, Sex after 70 - Prevention is the Answer,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., $5, 8470292, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Set at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Paris, the play imagines an encounter between artist Pablo Picasso and scientist Albert Einstein in 1904. Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m., $15, 341-2250.

Friday April 27

Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” 8 p.m. See April 26 for details.

Saturday April 28

Soil Testing Bring a soil sample from your garden to receive a basic analysis by URI Master Gardeners. Gardeners are also available to answer your gardening questions. Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Rd., 10 a.m.noon, free.

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Money Smart Week Workshops “Extreme Couponing 101,” Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 6 p.m. IYRS Book Group The book group for those who love boats and boating will discuss Michael D’Antonio’s “A Full Cup: Sir Thomas Lipton’s Extraordinary Life and His Quest for the America’s Cup,” IYRS, 449 Thames St., 7 p.m., 401-848-5777. Big Bang Lecture Dr. Frank Levin will present on “Calibrating Our Expanding Big Bang Universe,” Emmanuel Church Library, 42 Dearborn St., 7 p.m., free, 401-847-0675.

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Redwood Book Group Meet to discuss two stories,satirical look at RI A short musical, Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” and Catherine Hiller’s “Her Last Affair.” New members welcome. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10 a.m., THURSDAY – APRIL 19 401-847-0292, www.RedwoodLi11 a.m.: Jazz Bash 5 p.m.: Grace and Truth 6 p.m.: Community Baptist Church Discover ColonialSee Newport 7 p.m.: Center Stage Walking Tour 7:30 p.m.: Newport: Pell School Groundbreaking or call 401.353.3330 Hear stories of revolution, strug8 p.m.: Newport School Committee Mtg: 4.10 gles for religious liberty and re9:20pm: Newport City Council Mtg: 4.11 markable entrepreneurship among FRIDAY – APRIL 20 Newport’s diverse people. Museum 9 a.m.: Grace and Truth of Newport History, Brick Market, 10 a.m.: Community Baptist Church 127 Thames St., 10:30 a.m., 40111 a.m.: Center Stage 841-8770. 11:30 a.m.: Newport: Pell School Groundbreaking

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Colonial Site Tour: Public & Private Life Tour the 1739 Colony House, built to house RI government, and the 1697 Wanton Lyman Hazard House, Newport’s oldest house museum. Museum of Newport History, Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 11:30 a.m., 401-841-8770, www.

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SATURDAY – APRIL 21 10 a.m.: Crossed Paths 10:30 a.m.: Newport County In-Focus 6 p.m.: Crossed Paths 6 :30 p.m.: Newport County In-Focus 7 p.m.: Forest Ave School Music In Our Schools Concert 7:35pm: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 4.12 8:15pm: Middletown Town Council Mtg: 4.16

Historic Tours for Curious People Walking tours of Newport’s historic “Point” area, tickets and departures from the Visitors’ Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave., 2 p.m., 401-848-7281,

SUNDAY – APRIL 22 10 a.m.: Crossed Paths 10:30 a.m.: Newport County In-Focus 11 a.m.: Forest Ave School Music In Our Schools Concert 11:35 a.m.: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 4.12 12:15 p.m.: Middletown Town Council Mtg: 4.16 6 p.m.: Crossed Paths 6 30 p.m.: Newport County In-Focus

Calling All Poets Poets and would-be poets are invited to come read a poem or two and cheer on compatriots as National Poetry Month comes to and end. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., 401-847-0292, www.

MONDAY - APRIL 23 10 a.m.: Crossed Paths 10:30 a.m.: Newport County In-Focus 5 p.m.: Richard Urban Show 5 :30 p.m.: Cowboy Al Karaoke 6 p.m.: Americo Miranda Show 6 :30 p.m.: Extreme Karaoke 7:50 p.m.: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 4.12

Birdwatching 101 Learn the basics of this wonderful pastime on a guided walk, Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, 2 p.m., free.

TUESDAY – APRIL 24 9 a.m.: Richard Urban Show 9:30 a.m.: Cowboy Al Karaoke 10 a.m.: Americo Miranda Show 10:30 a.m.: Extreme Karaoke 11:50 a.m.: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 4.12 6 p.m.: Art View 6 :30 p.m.: The Millers (Walter Hall/Dave Brown/Shawn Finnerty) 7 p.m.: It’s the Economy 7 :30 p.m.: Caring For Our Community 10 p.m.: Middletown Town Council Mtg: 4.16

Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669. Common Fence Music Singer/songwriter John Gorka, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the “folk tailgate picnic,” concert 8 p.m., $28 at door, $25 advance,401-683-5085, www.

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 25 10 a.m.: Art View 10:30 a.m.: The Millers (Walter Hall/Dave Brown/Shawn Finnerty) 11 a.m.: It’s the Economy 11:30 a.m.: Caring For Our Community 2 p.m.: Middletown Town Council Mtg: 4.16 5 :30 p.m.: Perils For Pedestrians 6 p.m.: Time Capsule 6 :30 p.m.: Newport City Limits (Girl Haggard) 7 p.m.: Jazz Bash (Dave Zinno)

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NATURE Bring on the Birds! Spring Migration Begins By Jack Kelly Each year, spring’s warm winds deliver a promise of renewal and a continuation of the circle of life. Spring is also the beginning of the annual migration cycle for many species. In the next few weeks, billions of birds will migrate north from their tropical wintering grounds. Hormonal changes, which are activated by changing lengths of daylight, stimulate migratory behavior. The warming temperatures of spring also produce insects that a number of bird species feed on. Driven by instinct, the search for food, and favorable weather conditions, birds travel to their ancestral breeding and nesting grounds. Using the Atlantic Flyway, many species will pass through Aquidneck Island. Birds use a variety of navigational techniques to arrive at their final destinations. Some species use visual aids such as the sun by day or the stars by night, as they orient themselves to fly in the proper direction. Some may cover vast distances in a single night because of cooler temperatures and less wind resistance after dark. Some use the earth’s electromagnetic field or polarized light to locate their flight paths. Others, such as geese, begin migrating with their parents, learning specific routes from them and using coastlines and rivers as landmarks. Weather is a key factor in migration cycles, and it can give birdwatchers some unexpected sights. “Bad weather brings good birds,” is a common expression among birders. During spring migration, birds rely on southerly winds to carry them north. If they encounter winds that impede their progress, such as a cold front pushing south, they will stop migrating and

Great Egret with breeding plumes, at Fort Adams, seeks to attract mate. (Photos by Jack Kelly) land to wait for better conditions. On occasion, large numbers may set down in a small area, creating a phenomenon known by birders as “fallout.” Weather may also play a role in the appearance of vagrant birds on Aquidneck. Vagrants are migrating birds that have been blown off course by strong storms. Spring migration is due to hit its full stride in southern Rhode Island in the next week or two. Also during this time, many species of shorebirds, seabirds, wading birds, raptors and songbirds will be arriving in our area to breed and nest. This is an excellent time to begin birdwatching. It is also a wonderful way to build family memories that will last a lifetime.

Nesting Notes: On Saturday April 28, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Birding for Beginners program from 2 to 4 p.m. Shannon Griffith, a USFWS volunteer, will lead a walk to search for bird species typically found on the Sachuest Point habitat. Bird identification guides and binoculars will be available to those who do not have their own. Sachuest Point NWR also provides Birding Backpacks for the public to use while they walk the trails at the refuge. These items can be borrowed from the visitor center daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information about migration or specific bird species, visit This website is maintained by Cornell University, which is one of the top universities in the world for the study of birds. The site includes live-feed nest webcams and online discussion forums.

Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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Junior Duck Stamp Winner Announced This year there more than 550 original pieces of art work submitted by students in Rhode Island for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition. Jung Kim, age 15, from Chariho High School, was announced as the Best of Show along with the other top 100 winning artists in this year’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition in Rhode Island. Students K-12th grade compete in this program to have their art work struck into a $5 Cinderella stamp. Sarah Lang, coordinator of the Rhode Island portion of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, says “I feel honored to play a part in this amazing program in support of the arts and environmental education. Being able to view first-hand how this art program not only encourages students to go outside and explore the natural world, but also


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CHURCH NOTICES Rethinking Church Calvary United Methodist Church is participating in the Rethink Church movement. The objective of this movement is to touch lives, making church something we do, not just some place we go. During the week of April 15, members and friends of the church will be sharing in service projects in the community – going beyond the doors of the church to serve those in need. The community is invited to join in these projects, and to come to a screening of the award-winning documentary “Lost In Woonsocket” at April 18 at 6 p.m. To volunteer or for more information call 847-6181. Who Is That Man in Touro Park? A program to explore the life of William Ellery Channing, America’s foremost Unitarian preacher during the 19th century, will be presented on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Channing Memorial Church library. On Sunday April 29, there will be a walking tour of “Channing’s Newport.” Robert Thorson, Eleanor Doumato and Susan Kieronski will lead the program. Suggested donation is $10. To register contact 846-0643 or

Big Bang and Beyond Emmanuel Church’s speaker series continues on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. with “Calibrating Our Expanding Big Bang Universe.” Dr. Frank Levin, professor emeritus at Brown University, will describe how cosmology calibrates and explains our expanding universe - using simple analogs like an aspirin tablet and a balloon. No math or science background is required for this exploration of the theory and data that led to a determination of the age and the far future behavior of the cosmos. Levin is the author of “Calibrating the Cosmos: How Cosmology Explains Our Big Bang Universe.” The lecture is free and open to the public, 42 Dearborn St. For more information, call 847-0675. Channing Coffee House Channing Memorial Church will host the last coffee house of the season in the Parish Hall, 135 Pelham St., on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy coffee and music by the MetroGnomes and other Channing and local musicians. Bring a dessert to share. The event is free but donations are welcome to support the work of the church. Interested performers should contact John Burnham at 835-2686 or johnsburnham@gmail. com.

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RECENT DEATHS Leslye Marilyn Brawley, 89, of Middletown, passed away April 14, 2012 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Henry N. Brawley. Burial was private. Reginald H Ford Jr., 65, of Portsmouth, passed away April 13, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Mary (Halliday) Ford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. at Jesus Savior Church. Donations in his memory may be made to the James L. Maher Center, PO Box 4390, Middletown, RI 02842.

J Class Yacht Velsheda competing in the 2012 St. Barths Bucket. (Photo by Billy Black)

Newporter Receives Seamanship Award Lt. Donald Gunning of the Newport Fire Department was awarded the prestigious Vitters Seamanship Award at the recent 2012 St. Barths Bucket Regatta. His professional actions were instrumental in the successful emergency response and rescue of a seriously injured sailor from the J Class Yacht Velsheda. For his professional response and unselfish commitment in a critical situation, the Bucket Organizers together with Vitters Shipyard

President awarded this year’s Bucket Seamanship trophy to Gunning. He is the first individual recipient of the award, which is normally given to a yacht that exhibits exemplary seamanship during the three day regatta. The Bucket Regattas take place annually in St. Barths in March and in August in Newport. There were a record 47 yachts racing for 2012 Bucket Trophy last month. The Newport Bucket will be held August 24-26 at Newport Shipyard.

Mary T. Petrucci, 83, of 28 Connection St, Newport, RI, died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Newport Hospital. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. Burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Newport Hospital Foundation, 11 Friendship Street, Newport, RI 02840.

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DUCK STAMP CONTINUED FROM PG. 19 moves to the Rhode Island Audubon Environmental Education Center in Bristol until May 25 and will then be at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. What are Duck Stamps? Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Ducks Stamps,” are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today. Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. In 1989, the first Junior Duck Stamps were produced. Junior Duck Stamps are now the capstone of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Junior Duck Stamp environmental education program, teaching students across the nation “conservation through the arts.” Revenue

generated by the sales of Junior Duck Stamps funds environmental education programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 2 territories (American Samoa and the Virgin Islands). In 1989, with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Dr. Joan Allemand developed the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program, a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students from kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum. Today more than 28,000 students throughout the United States, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands submit entries to a state or territory JDS Contest. The program’s success is due to partnerships with Federal and State government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, and volunteers who have helped to recognize and honor thousands of teachers and students throughout the United States for their participation in conservation related activities.

John “Jack” E. Rogers, 89, of Middletown, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2012. He was the husband of the late Mary Lou (Serbst) Rogers. He served in the US Navy during World War II. After the war, he was a Newport letter carrier for 36 years. Donations in his memory may be made to Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties ( Hospice Care. Dean Cavanough Scanlon, 66, of Middletown, passed away April 11, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Carol Ann (Livesey) Scanlon. He retired from the US Navy as a Chief Gunners Mate. Donations in his memory may be made to the Rhode Island Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903. Madeleine E. Silvia, 91 formerly of Middletown, RI, passed away April 12, 2012 at Village House Nursing Home, Newport. She was the wife of the late Manuel P Silvia. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or to the Village House Activity Fund, 70 Harrison Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

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(Seated in front) Michael Sherlock, and Shea Burnley. Coach David Rollin, O’Malley Sherlock, Mason Gilman, Kieran Gallison, and coach Scott Wolfe (back row).

Boys Gymnastic Team Places at State Meet The Newport YMCA Level 5 Boys Gymnastic Team finished their competitive season by competing against the other teams in Rhode Island at the state meet. Their combined scores earned them the 3rd place team trophy. The Level 5 team consists of five boys; Mason Gilman, Shea Burnley, Kieran Gallison, O’Malley Sherlock and Michael Sherlock. Shea Burnley took 1st place on parallel bars and 3rd place on vault which earned him a spot at the USAG Regional Meet in Braintree, MA. For more information about the gymnastics program at the Newport YMCA, call 847-9200.

Rugby Squad Heads to Ireland On Monday, April 16, the Newport Rugby Football Club (RFC) left for Ireland with a 51 man group to be take part in international matches against two prestigious rugby clubs, Monkstown RFC from Dublin and Kinsale RFC from Kinsale, County Cork. In addition to the matches Newport RFC looks forward to defending the “Paul Crowley Cup” against Kinsale RFC. The trophy was named after State Representative Paul Crowley who passed away in 2007. He was one of the driving forces behind the twinning of Kinsale, Ireland and the city of Newport as well as one of Newport Rugby’s biggest supporters. This will be the third time that Newport and Kinsale have faced each other with the home team winning each of the previous meetings.

Last Race for Frostbite For the last day of the 2012 Newport Yacht Club Frostbite Series they were able to hold eight races with southwest winds of 12-22 knots. The following are the results for the day: Tripp Alyn took first with a score of 2.25, FJ Ritt came in second at 2.5, third place was a three-way tie between Chris Arner, Adam Cove, and Dave Wilson with scores of 3.75 each, Robert Morton at 4.75 took fourth place. Overall season standings are: FJ Ritt, 1; Rick Nebiolo, 2; Chris Arner, 3; Adam Cove, 4; Steve Clarke, 5; Kate Wilson, 6; Suzy Harrington, 7; Tripp Alyn, 8; Fred Roy, 9; John Thurston, 10; Roy Guay, 11; Charlie Shoemaker, 12; Bea Grimmitt, 13; Whitney Slade, 14; Rob Vitello, 15; Dave Wilson, 16; Rufus Van Gruisen, 17; Mike Arsenault, 18; Jim Currier, 19; Joe Curran, 20; Ed Brady,21; Paul Cove, 22; Jillian Krause, 23; Alan Renfrew,24; Dave Davis, 25; Scott Chase, 26; Brenda Mitchell, 27; and Larry Goss, 28.

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Islanders v. Rebels: Girls Dominate on Diamond – Laxmen Fall Short Despite rallying from two goals down to tie the score at six-all, late in the second half, the Middletown High School boy’s lacrosse team couldn’t finish the job, dropping a tough one on the road to South Kingstown 7-6 on Tuesday afternoon, April 17. Senior midfielder Ned Murphy spearheaded the Islander attack with three goals, sophomore Ryan Traeger fired in two and senior Dan Coogan added the other. With the loss, the Islanders record in Division II-South dropped to 1-3. The Rebels improved theirs to 3-1.

–Kirby Varacalli On the attack, Middletown lacrosse’s Ned Murphy, #54, blows by two South Kingstown defenders. The senior had a team-high three goals.

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Islander sophomore midfielder Tucker Lucey, #15, toughs-out a body check from #31, the Rebel’s senior co-captain, Nicholas Neill.

Sophomore Ryan Traeger, center, fires and scores against the Rebels, in the second half.

Middletown second basemen Lauren Sullivan, #4, gets the force out on sliding Rebel, Bonnie Branch, in the second inning.

The Middletown High School girl’s softball team improved their Division II-South record to 4-2 on Tuesday, April 17 with a 14-0 thumping of South Kingstown High School at Gaudet Field. For the Islanders, it was their second consecutive “mercy rule” invoked victory, having trounced Burrillville High on the road the day before by the score of 15-5. McKenna Barlow and Rachel DeBerardinis led the way for Middletown against

South Kingstown. Barlow, a junior pitcher, tossed the shutout, striking out four, walking none and scattering only five hits. She also contributed on offense with two hits of her own. Sophomore third basemen DeBerardinis was 3-for-3 with three RBI, senior Glenn Murphy was 2-for2 and scored four times and freshmen Lauren Sullivan added two doubles for the Islanders.

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“Moonshadow” Euonymus #1...................................$5.99 Heather Pink & White #1.........................................$5.99 Boxwood “Green Velvet” #1...................................$5.99 Juniper “Blue Star” #1..............................................$5.99 “Cameleaon” Houttuynia #1......................................$5.99 Dwarf Andromeda “Cavatine” #1...........................$5.99 Dwarf Mugho Pine #1...............................................$5.99 “Degroot Spire” Arborvitae #1.................................. $5.99 “Emerald Green” Arborvitae #1................................$5.99 “Bald Hill” Arborvitae #1........................................... $5.99 Save on hundreds of sizes and styles of terracotta, glazed & resin planters....way below garden center prices!




Aveeno Hydrosport Sunblock Lotion SPF 85 OR Baby Mineral Block

Ocean Potion Suncare

6 oz - 8 oz Assorted SPFs Compare $8-$10

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock

SPF 55 & SPF 90+ 3 oz Compare $10.99

SPF 30 • 3 oz Compare $10.99

Pet Crates

Bird Seed 25 lb Nyjer Thistle Seed 25 lb Signature Blend Wild Bird Food Your Choice






55 $65




Prestone®, Turtle Wax®, Simonize®, Black Magic® & More!

Auto Care Your Choice


7”-17” $4-$22

7”-16” $6-$20



SALE DATES: Thursday, APRIL 19 THRU WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 STORE HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 8am-10pm; Sunday 9am-8pm; Monday-Wednesday 8am-9pm

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Newport This Week - April 19, 2012  

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