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PUMA TAKES MIAMI Skipper Ken Read and crew crossed the Miami finish line at 1414 local time on Wednesday, May 9, taking the sixth leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race over CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand. The win is the second in a row for Read’s Puma Ocean Racing Team, earning them 30 points in the standings and vaulting them into serious contention for an overall podium spot. “This is unbelievable,’’ Read was quoted by organizers as saying just minutes after crossing the line. “It’s great to be back in the United States, actually we’ve been to Miami before in this boat, so this marks our complete circumnavigation.” (Photo by Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race)
Celebrate ‘Bike to Work Day’ By Meg O’Neil The bicycle-advocacy group Bike Newport is hosting a bike event in Washington Square in honor or Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 18, with activities for cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Cities and towns across the country will also be participating in Bike to Work Day as part of National Bike Month. Since its inception one year ago, Bike Newport and its founder, Bari George, have been working to encourage cycling in Newport as a healthy, safe way to navigate the city’s streets – and their hard work is paying off. The Newport City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday, May 9, commending Bike Newport for its initiative in the past year and seeking the group’s assistance in the goal of making Newport the first city in Rhode Island to achieve “Bicycle Friendly Community” status from the League of American Bicyclists. Currently, Rhode Island is one of only two states in the country without a certified Bicycle Friendly Community. To achieve the designation, applicant communities are judged in five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning. “We’re a bicycle-friendly city waiting to happen,” said George. “It’s all happening in a very positive, one-step-at-a-time way, and the resolution really confirms that. It’s a wonderful vote of confidence.” City Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin said he’s ready to get the process underway: “We’re a tourist community, and cycling is a great way to see the city and to become familiar with all the things we do here. Anything we can do to make Newport a more bike-friendly community, we’ll do it.” George is predicting an even better turnout for Bike to Work Day than last year, when some 300 people participated in the event at multiple venues. George hopes that having the central location at Washington Square will attract many more cyclists and community members. “On May 18, pass on your car, and get on your bike,” George said. “We’re hoping that if people just ride their bike on this one day, it will encourage them to see if it’s something they’d want to keep doing. It’s a lot easier and more pleasant to give up the car and get on the bike.”
NEWPORT–Meeting three times over the course of the last week, City Council members have making fairly quick work of their annual budget sessions this year. With a directive from City Manager Jane Howington, the evening sessions have been focus primarily on providing councilors with a broad overview of departmental operations, rather than individual line-item reviews. The result has been meetings of just about hour, touching on a broad range of issues, including a look at the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, the decision by the City Manager to reevaluate the city’s enterprise funds, and even a discussion about repaving Spring Street. According to Howington, with a $110 million budget that’s essentially been level-funded from the previous year, rather than focusing on the minutia, she thought it best
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Maps, Movies and More By Jonathan Clancy
City Manager Jane Howington. (Photo by Jason Evans)
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MIDDLETOWN–At its meeting on Monday, May 7, the Middletown Town Council was given an overview of the town’s new Webenabled GIS database system by Alison Ring of the planning department. The system’s main function is to provide access to town maps and geographically referenced property information such as town parcels, buildings, lot numbers, water bodies, utility poles, fire hydrants, manhole covers and sewers. Ring explained that the system can perform a variety of services for the town and its residents, including measuring approximate distances and providing information about abutting properties. The planning board has been working on the program for the past nine months, and it went live in late April. Town Administrator Shawn Brown said, “This is a huge leap forward to create a 24 /7 Webintegrated town hall, and it’s in a form that is useful to the town residents.” The program requires the software program Silverlight, which can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Camaraderie, Rivalry at Salve Rugger Reunion By Jonathan Clancy Every year the Salve Regina Rugby Club hosts an alumni event at Fort Adams State Park, where former “Ruggers” are invited to play a friendly game with the current team. This year’s event, held last Saturday, was a special one, as the team was fresh off their National Championship victory over Cal Maritime in Glendale, Colorado on April 29. The Salve Seahawks were undefeated this season with a record of 16-0. “Our team worked well together; our defense was sound,” said team Captain Jesse Ditullio about their championship run. Ditullio added that the toughest part was The Rhody Cup: “Three games in one day. We had to beat URI, Bryant, and Boston University, who are Division 2.” Spirits couldn’t have been higher on May 5, as club members past and current, ranging in age from 18 to 46, split into two teams. It took no time at all for the taunting and cackling from the sidelines to induce smiles and laughter as the players engaged in an age old tradition of rushing, flushing, kicking, and crushing each other for 80 grueling minutes.
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Two rugby teams–each made up of a mix of current and alumni players from Salve Regina University–met for a friendly game at Fort Adams. (Photo by Jonathan Clancy) “We had 20-year-olds mixing it up with 40-year-olds -- three artificial hips and two artificial knees,” said Class of ‘89 alumni Mike Farley. “It was a lot of fun to come out and celebrate this championship season with these guys, and to see the way that they have elevated and sped up the game.” A total of 48 alumni participated in
the match, while another 40-50 watched and reminisced from the sidelines. Some former Seahawks traveled from as far as Newport Beach, California and St. Petersburg, Florida for the game. Family and friends watched as the two teams tore at each other in a game full of spills and thrills.
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Track Name Approved By Meg O’Neil The Newport School Committee tackled a loaded agenda during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center, approving recommendations for the new Claiborne deB. Pell Elementary School, the Rogers High School Goes Green Project, and naming the RHS athletic field in honor of a former coach. Following the recommendation of the Pell Building Committee, the school committee voted unanimously to approve adding an all brick exterior to the new elementary school, an add-alternate cost of $95,000. Previously, the plans involved using brick on the front exterior of the school and less-expensive concrete masonry unit blocks around the side and back walls of the building. Agreeing with the construction manager Bacon/Agostini and project manager Farrar & Associates, Supt. John H. Ambrogi said that using brick is “tried and true construction,” compared to CMUs. The committee also voted to approve the allocation of $10,000 from reserve funds to the Rogers High School Goes Green rain garden project. Presented last month by science teacher Scott Dickison, the project’s goal is to reduce the amount of polluted runoff water
draining into Lily Pond by creating several rain gardens on the RHS campus. Committee Chair Patrick K. Kelley said the funds would cover the cost of backhoe excavation and gardening materials. Several members of the public offered to donate to the project, which Ambrogi called a “great community activity.” In addition, the committee mentioned their talks with the city’s director of public services, Bill Riccio, who offered assistance in the removal of three areas of macadam on Rogers’ school grounds near the auditorium, the front office, and inner courtyard area near the library. According to Ambrogi, once eliminated, the areas could be planned for multi-year projects for Dickison and the green team students. In other business, the committee unanimously voted to name the Rogers High School track and athletic field for former longtime coach, Charlie Gibbons. The usual procedure for fieldnaming is for the school committee to form a subcommittee which would suggest a list of possible name choices. The choices would then be given back to school committee for a final vote. But in this case, the NSC decided to temporarily suspend the rules. Kelley said the
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BUDGET CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 to provide the council -- and the public -- with a look at the various “big ticket” items that are leading to a proposed 2.45 percent tax hike. Here’s a summary of some of the more notable points, as reported by city staff: nThe city is experiencing an increase in the number of retirements – especially within the ranks of the police and fire departments. According to City Manager Jane Howington, with the police department’s contract expiring at the end of FY2013, she expects to see further attrition in at least that half of Newport’s public safety department. nOnce again, the city is keeping 10 firefighting positions on the books, but will not be funding them. The council wondered if it was time to take a look at reducing the number of positions it maintains on paper. However, it was also noted that the city is currently pursuing a SAFER grant, a federal program which would provide temporary funding for five additional fire personnel. nMeanwhile, the city is budgeting to spend $8.2 million on police and fire pensions over the next year; and another $9.8 million in pension costs for all other municipal employees. n$2.3 million will be spent on contributions to the city’s OPEB Trust, which covers “Other Post Employment Benefits” for retired public employees.
nThe city is being hit with a 15 percent increase in it’s liability insurance, which should require an additional $107,703 expenditure. According to Sitrin, the increase “is higher than anything we’ve seen before.” nThe current budget proposal has the School Department level funded for the next year, with roughly $37 million going toward education. The city is also recommending to spend $134,625 on Bond Anticipation Notes for the new Pell Elementary School. nAs far as the Capital Improvement Plan goes, Howington described the document as first and foremost a planning document. For FY2013, the plan calls for total spending of $7.3 million on everything from road repairs to building maintenance. Councilors voiced support for a proposal by Sitrin about placing the plan on the city’s website and updating it throughout the year as grants are received. The City’s budget is the blueprint for the financial and policy decisions that the city will implement during the fiscal year. In addition to setting tax rates, it also serves as the city’s predominant planning and policy tool. The next budget session is scheduled for May 29, when councilors will meet with their counterparts on the School Committee. That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Water Rates to Remain Steady By Tom Shevlin It appears that the city’s $85 million upgrade to its water treatment facilities is allowing for more fluidity in the budget process than first anticipated. Utilities Director Julia Forgue, told City Council members on Wednesday that the latest estimates on the federally-mandated project have come back favorably enough that it should allow the city to put off a planned rate increase until July of 2013. However, as Forgue explained, the city is still on the hook for an $85 million construction project, and rates are expected to rise significantly over the next five years. How much they will rise remains to be seen, but as Forgue noted, the state Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a multi-year proposal that could see water rates double by 2015 over last year’s levels. And already, ratepayers were recently confronted with a 22.5 percent increase that went into effect on Dec. 1, 2011. It’s not completely clear what rates will look like in July 2013, however Forgue did say that the current economic climate may be on the side of the ratepayers. Specifically, she cited construction bids that came in lower than expected as well as interest rates that remain friendly to borrowers. “We haven’t changed anything (in terms of the project),” Forgue said. “It’s just that we have more information now.” Current projections show that the upgrades to the Lawton Valley and Station One treatment plants will total roughly $68 million for construction, plus an allowance for borrowing costs, engineering work, and other peripherals. According to Forgue, the Newport Water Division is close to finalizing a deal to borrow some $53 million which is anticipated to take the department through the next fiscal year. The good news is that during that time, customers can expect their Billing Charge to remain at $18.75, while the retail water rate will hold at $6.43 per thousand gallons used. The bad news is that the relief will only be temporary. As far as the construction on the project goes, Forgue reported on Tuesday that there’s quite a bit of work going on behind the scenes. “We’re moving along,” she said, noting that the division is currently going through the permitting process – both before the state Department of Environmental Management and the Portsmouth Zoning Board. If all continues on schedule, work on the Station One facility should begin in earnest in September, just as the peak season comes to a close.
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Police Honor Their Own The Newport police department held their annual awards presentation on Monday, May 7. The Officer of the Year Award went to Officer Matthew Corcelli, an 11-year veteran of the Newport police department, who currently serves in the Criminal Investigation Division as the department’s chief crime scene investigator. Officers Jason Brown, Maurice Sellers, and Patrick Walsh each re-
ceived the Medal of Honor Award for their efforts in solving the string of restaurant delivery robberies last fall. Officer Matthew Clark and Officer Joshua Wildes also received Medal of Honor Awards for their efforts to save a suicidal woman on the Pell Bridge. They were able to convince the woman not to jump and then escorted her back over the railing to safety.
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Housing Development 101 A presentation on what it takes to develop affordable housing for the homeless and low-income households will be given by Steve Ositguy from Church Community Housing on Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Channing Memorial Church, Parish Hall, 35 Pelham St., Newport. Anyone from the community is invited to attend.
George Washington Letter Winners On Thursday, May 3, Rogers High School held an awards assembly to announce the winners of the George Washington Letter Essay Contest, sponsored by the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom, a foundation established by Ambassador John Loeb. All Rogers sophomores enrolled in a US History course crafted essays on the history of religious freedom in America and researched the historical background of the 1790 George Washington letter addressed to the Hebrew congregation at the Touro Synagogue. Nick Kreis was the thirdplace winner, Allison Thompson was the second-place winner, and Jesennia Zamora won first place.
Rogers Performances On May 18 and 19, the Rogers Theatre Company will be presenting “Our Town” in conjunction with the city-wide “Big Read Project.” Performances take place at 7 p.m. at the Rogers High School Auditorium and admission is $5 per person. The Rogers HS Spring Concert, featuring the Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Band will take place on May 23 at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family.
nA photo journey through Panama and Colombia will be presented by Newport resident Merrilee Zellner Wednesday, May 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. She spent the past winter traveling on a shoe-string budget. Her presentation will highlight Casco Viejo, the old colonial section of Panama City, and in Colombia the colonial Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Her travelogue of this trip can be viewed at www.ZellnerTravel2012.wordpress.com. For more information contact the Newport Public Library at 8478720. nA travel program on a visit to Cuba will be presented by Delia Klingbeil Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Library, 26 North Rd., Jamestown. Klingbeil will share her experiences during her recent visit to Cuba. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Artist Donates Painting to USA Battle Buddies Local artist, Paula Visnoski, of Middletown, will have 21 watercolor paintings on display in the lower level gallery at the Newport Public Library during the month of May. Visnoski recently donated a painting to help raise money for USA Battle Buddies. Tickets are currently being sold to raffle the painting on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. Details can be found on www.pmvart.com. Ms Visnoski has won numerous awards locally and internationally in painting, photography and graphic design. In 2010 and 2011 she received awards in the Middletown Historical Society’s “Beautiful Middletown Photography Contest.”
Excellence in Business Awards The Newport County Chamber of Commerce held the 2012 Excellence In Business Awards on May 7 at the Newport Officers’ Club. The winners were honored by more than 200 attendees from the local business community. The Excellence in Business Awards are an annual tradition started by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce six years ago. This year’s winners were selected from twenty-five nominations in seven categories. A selection committee was made up of volunteers from the Chamber’s Member Services and Ambassadors Committees. This year’s winners were: Micro-Business of the Year: Marketing & Events Small Business of the Year: Newport Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Medium Business of the Year: Tallulah on Thames Large Business of the Year: Hotel Viking Woman Owned Business of the Year: Greenvale Vineyards Business Entrepreneur of the Year: Newport Biodiesel Non-Profit Business of the Year: Child & Family
For What It’s Worth Mr. Santi: I saw this glass vase at a group shop last week. I really like it but wonder if it is a good deal. It is signed Galle and the price is $325. It is about 14” tall. I know that Galle is valuable and the price sounds reasonable. What should I do? — A Cautious Antiquer Dear Cautious: This price for this glass vase does sound reasonable for Galle mainly because it is not made by Galle but is a reproduction. Most vases like this were made in Romania from the 1970s on, though many are being forged in China today. If real, the vase would have a value of around $6,000. Is this reproduction over-priced? Probably. If you really like it, make an offer. I would think that under $150 would be fair. — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques (The Drawing Room offers free appraisals by appointment. Call 841-5060 to make an appointment.) Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Federico at: email@example.com or 152 Spring St., Newport
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Registrations are now being accepted for Newport County YMCA summer camps which are accredited by the American Camping Association. Camp offerings include: gymnastics, sports, rock climbing, Top Chef, Beach Bum, Newport & More, surfing, windsurfing/kayaking, sailing, carpentry, “Happy Tails,” R.A.V.E., Greenside Skate Camp and traditional day camps. Ages range from 3-15 (depends on the age limit of the camp). A new Junior Counselor program is also offered for teens 15 and 16 years old. Contact the Newport County YMCA at 847-9200 for more information or go to www.newportymca.org to download the 2012 camp brochure.
MEC Awards The Middletown Education Collaborative (MEC) announced the winners of its 2012 Scholarship Award and its 2012 Educator of the Year Award at the Grant Showcase held at Forest Avenue School on May 9. Based on his record of community service, Middletown High School senior Covell Anthony was been awarded the 2012 MEC Scholarship for $1,000. He plans to attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall. The MEC 2012 Educator of the Year Award went to Kevin Zahm, a Middletown High School science teacher. MEC also introduced its new executive committee: Cindy Shugart, Ann Johnson, Bondi Macomber and Liz Rosenthal, and new board members: Jennifer Holubesko, Laura Huntoon, Penelope Bennett and Kellie DiPalma.
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Nursing Alumnae Open House The Alumnae Association of Newport Hospital School of Nursing will hold an open house Saturday, May 12 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Photos from the late 1890’s to the 1960’s, nursing pins, school rings, uniforms, hospital equipment and more will be displayed. The gathering will in the Mac Laurin Building, the former school of nursing. Light refreshments will be served.
ALN Recyling Forum The Alliance for Livable Newport will hold a public forum to introduce the new “single-stream” sorting and recycling system being implemented in Newport beginning next month. “Single Stream” will allow households to combine their recycling into one container rather than separating it. The forum is on Tuesday, May 15, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.
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NEWS BRIEFS Newport Police Log Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, April 30 to Monday, May 7, the Newport Police Department responded to 493 calls. Of those, 118 were motor vehicle related; there were 84 motor vehicle violations issued and 34 accidents.
The police also responded to 12 incidents of vandalism, 15 noise complaints, 14 animal complaints, and 29 home/business alarm calls. Police conducted 4 school security checks (1-Rogers High School, 2-Triplett, 1-Thompson, 1-Cranston-Calvert). They also transported 3 prisoners, recorded 8 instances of assisting other police departments, 5 other agencies and conducted 1 funeral escort. 16 private tows were also recorded. In addition, 21 arrests were made for the following violations: n 7 arrests were made for simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for possession of open containers of alcohol. n 2 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n 2 arrests were made for noise violations. n 1 arrest was made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for public urination. n 1 arrest was made for breaking and entering. n 1 arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n 1 arrest was made for cyberstalking. n 1 arrest was made for trash collection outside of permitted hours.
Potter Pet University The May Potter Pet University program will address the topic of common illnesses in senior pets on Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. Dr. Gary O’Neal, DVM of Portsmouth Veterinary Clinic, will be the presenter. He will acquaint the audience with signs and symptoms of common illnesses as well as ways to help prevent problems. There will be a question and answer session. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, contact Amy Chamard 8468276 ext 118, or visit www.PotterLeague.org for more information.
During the period from Monday, April 30 through Sunday, May 6, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 126 calls. Of those, 68 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 56 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 7 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 111 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 47 calls • Station 1 - Engine responded to 42 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 21 calls • Station 2 - Engine responded to 19 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 36 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1 - Brush / mulsh fire 2- Dumpster fires 1- Vehicle accident with injuries 1 - Gas leak 2 - Eletrical wiring problems 19 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 7 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 32 life safety inspections, and provided 10 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Escape Planning: In 2010, there were an estimated 369,500 reported home structure fires and 2,640 associated civilian deaths in the United States. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning — a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced. To learn more about escape planning, click on the “Safety Information” tab at www. nfpa.org —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM
Volunteers Needed to Flag Veterans’ Graves Local cemeteries will be reflagged in preparation for Memorial Day weekend, and volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. There are opportunities to help May 19-21. On Saturday, May 19, meet at 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Main Road in Portsmouth. When done, volunteers will caravan to Trinity Cemetery, the Portsmouth Burial Ground, and outlying cemeteries and town monuments/ memorials. On Sunday, May 20, volunteers gather at the cemetery on Van Zandt Ave. in Newport and move on to Braman Cemetery on the railroad track side of Farewell St. The historic cemetery at Fort Adams will be flagged on Monday, May 21 at 5:45 p.m. Volunteers muster at the cemetery. This location is traditionally flagged at sundown.
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EDITORIAL Our (Rhode) Island Mentality
he sun rose over Sachuest Point at just after 5:30 Monday morning. Some days you’d swear that you can see all the way to Vineyard. Other days, you might wish you could swim there. As Islanders, our geographic orientation naturally points our attention south; and judging by the bad news that continues to flood out of Providence and other points north, it’s much easier to gaze out on the Atlantic than it is to face what’s happening on Smith Hill. In a recent story posted to Rhode Island Public Radio’s political blog, Ian Donnis poses the question of whether the state should bring in outside counsel to help it get back on track. On face value, the idea has merit. Rhode Island’s economic malaise has drawn the attention of national and international media outlets, from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, to Bloomberg News and the influential Financial Times. It could be that the hole we have dug ourselves is too large and too deep to climb out of on our own. It could also be that our legislative leaders have a blind spot when it comes to making the fundamental and perhaps sweeping reforms that are needed to turn the state around. More likely, it’s a symptom of a greater problem, though: our Rhode Island mentality. We’ve heard it all too often: Rhode Island’s size and proximity to Boston and New York should make it a model of efficiency. Instead, it seems that we cannot get out of our own way. When the new Kingston Junction commuter rail station opened last month, the response heard on talk radio was baffling. “Rhode Islanders drive, we don’t take trains,” was the overall sentiment during a particularly depressing hour. Rather than using the station’s debut as an opportunity to discuss how we might improve our public transit system as a whole, or simply promote rail use for commuters traveling from South County to Providence or Boston, the conversation degenerated to a frustratingly low level. What message does that kind of self-defeating attitude send to businesses? What a poor habit of backwards thinking we find ourselves in. Unfortunately, this mentality is not confined to the local AM radio waves. Take, for example, our obstinate resistance to shared services. It was only earlier in this legislative session that Middletown state Sen. Louis P. DiPalma, a Democrat, was able to create a new permanent joint commission to assist municipalities and school districts in sharing services. For all of the public discourse we’ve heard about achieving efficiencies in government over the last 10 years, DiPalma’s commission is a positive step. However, that it’s taken so long for the legislature to take such a proactive position, is troubling. So, too, are the missed opportunities to impart confidence in the uprightness of our elected officials, which is critical to creating a robust economic climate. So, when a pair of state legislators are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and allegedly proceed to threaten the responding police officer’s pension, you have to wonder: Where was the swift action by the legislature to hold one of their own accountable? Where were the legislative hearings on the matter? Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed has done a laudable job representing her home district, and in particular, Newport. Over the last few years, the house and senate have led difficult votes to reform the state’s pension system and reduce the size of government. Thanks in part to these measures, experts now believe that the state’s economy will slowly begin to improve, but only slowly. However, with an unemployment rate more than double that of Massachusetts, and with fiscal problems spreading across municipalities, we shouldn’t settle for mediocrity. As Donnis suggested, perhaps we should bring in some fresh eyes; charge them with dispassionately evaluating our strengths and our weaknesses; have them treat Rhode Island as a test case for new modes of economic stimulus. It’s worth a shot. After all, at this point, what more do we have to lose?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Plants May Not Be What They Seem To the Editor: I just read Cynthia Gibson’s May 3 article on weeds, including Wild Onions. It is imperative to understand that you shouldn’t eat anything you didn’t plant intentionally. I live near the hospital and many yards around here are plagued by a bulb plant called Star of Bethlehem. I think the Latin name is Ornithogalum Umbellatum. They look like they could be part of the onion family, but my research suggested that they are highly toxic, all parts. The plant Gibson was describing sounded exactly like this until she said red flower. The Star of Bethlehem is a white flower that spreads
rampantly and is about impossible to get rid of. I’ve tried for seven years. I got to the point of speaking with the regional biologist for the department of Agriculture a few years back (I think this was the federal department I spoke with), and he couldn’t suggest a way to get rid of it. Neither could the cooperative extension at URI. My concern is that all the research I did on this all shows it is toxic to ingest. It is also known as the Star of Death in some circles. Brian Russell Newport
Let’s Call It What It Is To the Editor: Maybe it’s because I wasn’t born on Aquidneck Island, but I object to what I consider an obvious Islandwide tendency to worship elected or appointed officials. I further object to elevating to celebrity status people like Claiborne Pell and our late womanizer President, John F. Kennedy, whose name is plastered upon both Newport’s Saint Mary’s Church property and Middletown’s West Main St.
elementary school. He’s some role model for children! This Island does not require the personal name of Pell or anyone else attached to the previously long-standing name of the “Newport Bridge.” Remove the Pell name from our “Newport Bridge” and John F. Kennedy’s from the Middletown Elementary School! William Gramitt Newport
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Firefighter Elvis Dacamara extinguished the Middletown fire caused by a tossed cigarette butt. (Photo by Jonathan Clancy)
Carlessness Ignites Roadside Fire By Jonathan Clancy
A lit cigarette butt, probably tossed from a car, caused in a small fire in some mulch at 178 Green End Ave. in Middletown on Tuesday, May 8. Arriving on the scene at about 4:30 p.m., firefighters extinguished the blaze, which had been reported by a passing motorist. Firefighter Elvis Dacamara said that this was the fourth or fifth such
mulch fire they have responded to this spring, and added that it was lucky the flames didn’t spread to nearby brush and houses. Littering is punishable in Rhode Island by a fine ranging from $55 to $500 for a first offense. A second offense can result in a fine of $300 to $500, and the convicted person may also be required to perform 4 to 50 hours of litter pickup.
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Rogers boosters suggested that the honor go to Gibbons to coincide with the coach’s induction to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. According to Kelley, the boosters acted as a subcommittee in this case. A 1952 graduate of RHS, Gibbons returned to teach and coach until his retirement in 1990. He led the boys indoor and outdoor track teams to more than 20 championships, including a New England Championship, five indoor state championships and four outdoor state championships. According to the boosters, no other coach has led the school’s track and field team to another state championship. Committee member Robert J. Leary, who was coached by Gibbons, called the field-naming, “a great honor.” The remainder of the meeting was spent on discussion items: n Mathematics Review Team Update: Calling the district’s math scores “abysmal,” Ambrogi presented upcoming changes for math programs at all educational levels. Next year, the goal is to extend time-on-task per day on mathematics from 60 to 90 minutes at the elementary level, a 50 percent increase of instructional time. According to Ambrogi, it would not be 90 straight minutes of math, but rather broken up over the course of the school day. n Truancy Intervention Update: According to the most recent statistics, 424 (20.6 percent) of the district’s 2054 students are considered chronically absent, having missed 15 or more days of school. This school year, Attendance Officer Eddie Merritt received 80 student referrals for truancy court. This spring, an additional 38 petitions were filed. The majority of the cases will not be heard until September, as the court system is to be shut down on May 21 due to being overloaded. Director of Student Services Amy Donnelly Roche said next year will be spent monitoring absences to pre-empt students from reaching the 15-day mark. n Pell School Update: According to Ambrogi, the furniture and technology budgets are substantially lower than initial cost estimates, but still approximately $200,000 more than is in the current construction budget. Work is also being done on several items on the kitchen’s design, including examining the size of the walk-in freezers, and maneuverability of kitchen workspaces.
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MIDDLETOWN CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Also at the meeting, resident Karen Roarke spoke on behalf of the Motion Picture Production Tax Credit Incentive Program, which is intended to promote movie-making in Rhode Island. She argued against the recently imposed state cap on the program, saying that capping the amount of the incentive has had the effect of discouraging filmmakers from coming to Rhode Island, sending them instead to Massachusetts, which has a $15 million cap, and New York, which has no cap. “We need revenue,” Roarke said, “[These productions] bring in companies that bring money into our state.” Council member Christopher Semonelli agreed that the tax incentive had been effective in bringing more money to area businesses. In other Council business, attorney Jay Lynch spoke on behalf of KJ’s Pub regarding the matter of expanding their victualling house license to include the restaurant’s new 24-seat outdoor patio. Lynch stated that no alcohol would be served this year, but that KJ’s plans to seek a liquor license next year. In response, attorney Robert Silva spoke on behalf of a resident
who lives close to KJ’s and who is concerned about the disruption the patio could cause in the neighborhood. Silva said, “The restaurant is not conforming as a structure,” in reference to KJ’s parking-to-table ratio, which is supposed to be one space for every three people seated in the restaurant. Lynch replied that the expansion of the restaurant’s kitchen had caused a loss of 30 seats in the dining area, so the six new tables outside would not present a parking issue. The council decided to take no action and to seek more information before conferring on the matter at a future meeting. Silva also spoke on behalf of Frank Epps, who wants to build a solar panel array at the end lot of Silva Lane in the Aquidneck Corporate Park. Silva said, “The array would be no more than ten feet high and is too far from any residence to be seen.” The council gave its approval. Silva said that there is still much more work to be done to get the project in motion. The energy created would be sold to National Grid. The council also voted against the 2% increase in meals and beverage tax proposed by Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
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Zoning Board members are poised to take up for the first time a proposal by a Massachusetts developer to convert the former Carey School into a 13-unit condominium project. In an application appearing on the Zoning Board of Review’s Monday, May 28 docket, Boston-based Arch Street Development will be asking permission to convert the former elementary school building to residential use. The project, which received the conceptual approval of City Council members in December, calls for a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units that will retain many of the building’s original features. According to paperwork on file with the city, the proposal is “designed specifically to incorporate as many existing classroom demising walls (partitions) as possible.” Unit sizes will range from 951 square feet for the building’s lone one-bedroom unit, to about 1,200-square feet for the 11 twobedroom units, and 2,400-square he would explore alternatives that feet for the largest unit in the buildcould be used on the street as a ing, a three-bedroom penthouse in temporary fix. But unlike Lower what is now attic space. The application also states resiThames Street, Riccio doubts that Spring Street would be a candidate dents will have the use of a shared for the milling technique used on terrace that will feature an enclosed glass seating area and “dramatic Thames. “It becomes complicated be- views of the City, Newport Harbor, cause that portion of Spring Street and Newport Bridge.” Vacant for over three years, the (south of Memorial Boulevard) is concrete,” he said. Also of concern Carey School occupies a prominent are the undulating curb heights lot at 32 Carey St., with frontage and various catch basins and util- also on Narragansett Avenue. The city acquired the building ity points that would need to be accommodated during any reha- from the school department after bilitation project. What kinds of un- it was deemed obsolete, and began derground utility repairs may also preparing the property for sale. In December, councilors signed be needed is yet another complioff on a $735,000 purchase and sale cating factor. That’s not to say, however, that agreement with Arch Street Development to redevelop the building, the project isn’t feasible. Still, at this point, it’s far too soon which, if approved, would bring the to know whether Spring Street will property on the tax rolls, generatbe included in any state-funded ing both property taxes and water projects, or what alternatives are and sewer fees for the city. The project is also due to be takout there that the city could pursue. However Riccio was pleased to en up during this month’s Planning have been given such a clear chal- Board meeting. Zoning Board meets every fourth lenge from the council. “It’s good to have that direction,” Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. he said.
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Naval Community Briefs SNA 5K By the Bay The Newport Chapter of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) will host its semi-annual 5K Road Race/Walk, Friday, May 18, 5 p.m. The race is held on the Naval Station but is open to the public. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The race starts and finishes at Surface Warfare Officers School, Arleigh Burke Hall, 446 Cushing Rd. For more information, call 401-8414963 or email david.huljack@navy. mil. Register online at www.sna5k. com.
Echo Taps The Echo Taps ceremony will take place at the RI Veterans Cemetery in Exeter on Saturday, May 19. Volunteer brass players of all ages are welcome. Brass players should muster at the cemetery at 11 a.m. to practice. Volunteer flag line participants muster by 11:30 a.m. Ceremonial taps “in the
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Eight Bells Lecture The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, May 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum. William F. Althoff will discuss his book, “Arctic Mission: 90 North by Airship and Submarine,” recounting three dramatic U.S. Navy missions to the region: the Nautilus transit, the flight of a USN airship, and the establishment of Research Station Bravo. Althoff enjoys dual careers as a geologist and historian. He has logged numerous visits to the Arctic, working with Canadian and American officials, and conducted research at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg as a guest of the Russian government. He was also a Ramsey Fellow in Naval Aviation History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Sail Navy The Navy Marina is now open for the season and MWR is offering two-week sail training sessions for personnel with base access. Students learn “rules of the road” during the first week and the second week is spent on the water learning to sail a Rhodes 19. Classes begin every two weeks and run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Call 401-841-3283 for more information or to register. Naval Base Information by Pat Blakeley
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Beach Cleanup and Walk By Sarah Murphy Clean Ocean Access’s upcoming coastal cleanup has a dual mission: In addition to the shoreline cleanup, they are holding their third annual walk to support “Team Sween” in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In July 2006, the state of Rhode Island mandated that newborns be screened for Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. In August of 2006, Luke Sweeney became the first positive case of CF to be discovered through the screening. Soon afterward, Luke’s parents, Remy and Mike Sweeney, began their own fundraising chapter of the CF Foundation, “Team Sween.” “Raising money and awareness go hand and hand,” Mike Sweeney said. “Clean Ocean Access has always scheduled a cleanup to coincide with our walk.” Several fundraisers over the past year have brought in $25,000 for Team Sween. (Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly toward CF research for a cure.) “(The walk) is a totally family-oriented day and is for a great cause, plus it doesn’t get any better than Brenton Point,” Remy Sweeney said. Participation in the walk is free, and baby-strollers, skateboards, scooters, dogs and bikes are welcome.
TO GO: Clean Ocean Access Team Sween Walk WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. WHERE: Brenton State Park Beach Cleanup WHEN: May 12, noon to 2 p.m. WHERE: Marine’s Beach (near the end of Ruggles Ave.). Activities and food will be available at the park. There’s a natural connection between finding a cure for CF and keeping beaches clean. One of Luke Sweeney’s daily therapies is inhalation of a saline mixture that helps to clear his airways. Surfers in Australia with CF reported that their airways felt clearer after exposure to salt spray, and this observation has led to saline treatments and research. Clean Ocean Access is a volunteer group that supports open access and keeping coastlines clean. Their last beach cleanup was held on the coastline from Bailey’s Beach to Ledge Road along the Cliff Walk. At that event, 30 people collected over 400 pounds of trash. “Last year, there was a great turnout for this event, and hopefully this year even more folks will come out and participate,” said Dave McLaughlin of COA.
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Improvements Planned for Run-Down Homes By Tom Shevlin Prompted by city action, the owner of a pair of historic, but badly neglected homes in the city’s Historic Hill has pledged to make necessary improvements to secure the structures in the hopes of staving off any further deterioration. The homes, located adjacent to one another at the corner of Spring and Mill streets, are owned by Providence-based DSM Realty Corp. In a letter to members of the Historic District Commission, the company’s principal, David Malkin, indicated that he is “committed to a proper restoration and repair of these properties in a timely yet appropriate manner.” The announcement came on the heels of a resolution by the City Council to initiate action on the properties after the HDC determined they had entered into a state of demolition by owner neglect. According to an outline submitted by Malkin through his attorney, Turner Scott, DSM Realty is prepared to make some significant exterior improvements. At 166 Spring St., the proposed scope of work includes replac-
ing any and all broken windows, weather-proofing exterior entryways, and patching any area on the building’s original roof to prevent any further water damage. On the more recent rear addition, where a fire damaged the roof, a tarp would be applied over all existing leaks. Improvements are also being proposed for 62 Mill St. Those include replacing the plywood currently covering the front entryway with a more appropriate door; repointing and reconstructing the home’s foundation where needed; a full window replacement; new roof; and the construction of new stairs and a landing on the east entrance of the property. In addition, all the building’s chimneys will be repointed, and the property will be regraded to prevent future water damage. Should the city sign off on the work, it could help mollify concerns by preservationists who have for years lamented the sorry state of the buildings. The HDC is expected to take up the matter at their May 15 meeting. If approved, the work would represent a turning point for the properties. According to city staff, since 2006 more than 60 inspections
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of the properties have shown “no progress made” in regard to their condition, and weekly inspection photos have shown a “degrading condition and neglect” since 2008. The house at 166 Spring St. was built in 1762, more than a decade before the war with Britain. At just 1,676-square feet, it has an assessed value of $210,300. In April of 2007, it was the subject of a suspicious fire later determined to be arson which burnt through much of a rear addition before being extinguished by firefighters. Known as the Norton Wilbour House, the 2 1/2-story clapboard home was noted as being in good condition on Aug. 14, 1970 by the Historic Building Data Sheet of the Rhode Island Statewide Survey. That same survey also described the property as the “anchor” of a row of historically significant 18th and 19th century homes among Mill Street. 62 Mill St., or the Joshua Sayer House & Bakery, was completed in 1807 and was similarly noted as being in “excellent condition” by the 1970 statewide survey. Once a stately Federal-style home of roughly 3,000-square feet with views of Newport Harbor and Trinity Church the building today has rotting clapboards with peeling yellow paint, and cracks are visible in its red brick foundation. Its most recent assessment, for $398,200, was completed earlier this year. It is also considered a contributing property within the Newport National Historic Landmark District. According to the HDC, the two properties are each “historically and architecturally significant and valuable to the City of Newport.” Additionally, because both properties are listed on the Newport National Historic Landmark District, they are therefore “deemed important beyond the local and state level.” A progress update is expected to be given to the council sometime after July 1.
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BIKE CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 The morning will start with a commuter breakfast from 6 – 9:30 a.m., followed by the first of several guided bicycle tours to the Newport mansions at 10:30 a.m. In an effort to encourage those who don’t live in Newport to participate, Newport Grand is providing a dedicated area to “Park & Bike,” allowing people to park their cars in the southwest corner of the Grand lot with direct access to Halsey Street. The neighborhood streets will be marked for easy biking navigation, with maps available for riders to follow the 1.1-mile route to Washington Square. Newport Pedicabs will also be available throughout the day to provide rides to customers throughout town, using their customary “pay as you please” rate. The pedicabbers will also be equipped with repair kits, ready to provide roadside assistance to bicyclists. A Bike Fair will begin at 11 a.m. in the Square, with vendors specializing in bike safety, maintenance, rentals, spinning, and bike tech help. There will be music, food, and children’s activities. At 1 p.m., there will be a presentation, with comments from City police lieutenant William Fitzgerald, McLaughlin, and others. The presentation will be followed at 2 p.m. by another bike tour to the mansions. (In addition, anyone who dons a helmet and rides their bicycle to the Breakers on May 18 will receive free admission throughout the day.)
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At 3 p.m., there will be a bicycledecorating session in preparation for the 4 p.m. community bike ride – a six-mile, police-escorted ride through the city. As the sun sets on the day’s events, riders can attend a special 8 p.m. showing at the Jane Pickens Theater of the 1979 film “Breaking Away” ($10 admission, with a portion of the proceeds going to Bike Newport). A complete list of the day’s events is available on the Bike Newport website, www.bikenewportri. org.
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Big Celebration for Big Brothers Big Sisters At the “Big Night Out Fiesta” held by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State on Saturday, May 5, at the Hyatt Regency Newport, there were many reasons to celebrate. The organization recently received the “Gold Standard Award” from the National Leadership Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The recognition was presented this year to just 13 agencies among the 355 Big Brother and Big Sister agencies that operate nationwide. BGBS has been serving youth in our area for the past 45 years. Brown University Mariachi group and Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano folk dancers added to the festive evening, Joyce Stevos from Rhode Island College was honored with the “Legacy Award.” BGBS recently opened a Donation Center in the Airport Plaza on West Main Road in Middletown.
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Plant Sales Kick off Gardening Season The city beautification group Newport In Bloom will hold its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19. The sale gives the public the opportunity to purchase perennials, annuals, herbs, dahlias and transplants from the gardens of Newport In Bloom members. Proceeds from the sale support the mission of Newport In Bloom, which is to beautify the city through flower and gardening projects, education and outreach. During the week following Memorial Day, Newport In Bloom will decorate prominent city streets including Touro and Bellevue with colorful hanging flower baskets which the group maintains through Columbus Day in October. “We design the baskets in March, and they are then planted by Schartner Farms (in Exeter) and delivered the week after Memorial Day,” explained Nikki Vazquez
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Other Upcoming Plant Sales The Seaside Garden Club Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 132 Ruggles Ave., Newport. For further information call 848-2545.
The Preservation Society
Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Animals Topiary Garden, 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth. The sale is an opportunity to pick up special Mother’s Day gifts, topiaries, bedding plants, hanging baskets, perennials and vintage garden items.
The Quononoquott Garden
Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at East Ferry, Jamestown. Extensive selections of perennials, annuals, and herbs. Proceeds from the event help fund the club’s civic beautification projects. Rain date will be Sunday, May 20. For more information call 423-0208.
Still Time to Sign Up for Relay By Jack Kelly
of Newport In Bloom. The baskets cost approximately $150 each to design, plant and maintain through the season, meaning that providing the city with 100 baskets costs about $15,000 annually. The baskets are hung by volunteers and funded by donations from area residents and businesses. “People often think that we work for the city, but without the financial support of individuals and small businesses, Newport In Bloom would not be able to provide the many services it offers each year,” said treasurer Mary Kager. The Newport In Bloom Annual Plant Sale will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 138 Old Beach Rd.
Red Hot Chili Steppers, Dazzling Dress Barn Darlings, Boobie Buddies, and Charlie’s Angels are among the 30 teams that have already registered for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life of Aquidneck” fundraiser, to be held at Gaudet Middle School, Middletown, overnight from 4 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 10 a.m. on Saturday May 19. This event raises funds for cancer research and patient services in Rhode Island. Chartwell’s Catering Co. will cater a Survivor’s Dinner at 5 p.m. on Friday evening. Survivors and their care-givers from Aquidneck Island are invited to attend. To register for
TO GO: Relay For Life of Aquidneck WHEN: May 18 – 19 WHERE: Gaudet Middle School INFO: 855-0885 the dinner contact Kerry Seibert at: email@example.com or at 855-0885. There is still time to join an existing team or to register a new team of walkers/runners for this event, in which team members take turns doing laps around the Gaudet track all night long. In addition to the relay, there will be a Market Place set up for spectators to purchase food, art, photographs, and other items. Many of the teams have created “Bra Art” which will be auctioned. Massages, performed by therapists
from Spa Terra of the Viking Hotel, will be available for both Relay participants and the general public. For a fee of $10, 10-minute massages or facials will be offered from 7 - 9 p.m. Friday and 7 - 9 a.m. Saturday. The Middletown Fire Department will prepare and donate their “World Famous” Firehouse Chili, and it will be available from 6 p.m. Friday until it runs out. Blount Seafood is donating soups. For more information visit: NTW e-edition dated May 3, 2012 at Newport-Now.com or go to: relayforlife.org/aquidneckislandri.
Relays are held in many states. Women create Bra Art to raise funds for cancer research. The two pieces shown here are typical of Bra Art works.
Car Wash to Benefit Relay for Life Students from iNCASE (Newport County Afterschool Excitement) Youth Council will be hosting a car wash Saturday, May 12 at the James L. Maher Center, 906 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to be held May 19 at Gaudet Middle School. The iNCASE Youth Council is a group of students grades 6-10 from communities throughout Newport County. For more information contact Debbie at 847-6927 ext 17 or at iNCASE@bgcnewport.org.
CALENDAR Thursday May 10
Eastons Beach Carnival Rides, games, food and fun for everyone. Eastons Beach parking lot, Memorial Drive, Newport, 1-6 p.m. Rough Point After Dark – A Trip to Asia Sample Thai cuisine, enjoy traditional Thai live music and performers, and learn about Doris Duke’s travels during mini-talks in the galleries. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., 5-7:30 p.m., cash bar, $5 adults, children 12 and under free, 401- 846-4152. “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, www.RedwoodLibrary.org. 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. Newport Gallery Night Evening hours at Newport’s art galleries, 5-8 p.m., 401-848-0550. Big Read Event Big Read Newport continues with a movie screening of “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” from the book by Thornton Wilder, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m.
Friday May 11
Eastons Beach Carnival 1-6 p.m. See May 10 for details. “Peter Pan” at Pennfield Classic J.M. Barrie tale at The Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., public welcome, free, 401849-4646, www.pennfield.org. Journal of a Conspiracy Panel discussion of the recently replaced 1744 book, “A Journal of the Proceedings in the Detection of a Conspiracy,” one of the most famous trial accounts in early American legal history. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 4-6 p.m., $20 members, $30 non-members, reception to follow, seating limited, reserve at 401-847-0292, www. RedwoodLibrary.org.
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THE SAFARI ROOM
Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt. 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.
Rd., Jamestown, 12-4 p.m., $10 per car, $5 for Historic New England members, 401-423-0005, www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
newportFILM “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” pre-release screening, Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 6 p.m. wine reception, 7 p.m. film, $12 film, $20 with reception, www.NewportFilm.com.
newportFILM KIDS Screening of “A Cat in Paris,” 2012 Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature, Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 1 p.m., $10 adults, $5 under 12, www. NewportFilm.com.
11:30am - 4:00pm Treat your Mother to an extravagant Brunch Buffet served in our Grand Ballroom overlooking Narragansett Bay! Live Jazz Trio with Joe Esposito
Screening at Sachuest View the “Planet Earth” series’ “Desert,” Sachuest Point Visitors Center, Middletown. 6 p.m., free.
“Peter Pan” at Pennfield 1 p.m. See May 11 for details.
Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473, www.FirehouseTheater.org.
Saturday May 12
Eastons Beach Carnival 1-6 p.m. See May 10 for details. Run for Education Newport Public Education Foundation’s 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk, begins at Rogers High School and continues around Ocean Dr., 9 a.m., rain or shine, www.NPEF-RI. org Green Animals Plant Sale Annual Plant Sale kicks off the summer season at Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Thanks, Mom!” Storytime and Card Making Say Happy Mother’s Day with a handmade card and share a special storytime at the Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., for ages 4 and up, registration required for this free program, 401-846-1573. Clean Up Cliff Walk Clean Ocean Access spearheads Cliff Walk clean-up, 12-2 p.m., meet at Marine’s Beach at noon. Sheep Shearing Day Celebrate spring at the annual sheep shearing at Historic New England’s Watson Farm, 455 North
Statins Lecture Encore Dr. Barbara Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at Miriam Hospital, will discuss her latest book, “The Truth About Statins: the Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m. This is a repeat of last month’s SRO program.
Sunday, May 13th
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“Haiku” Words into Poetry Join three local members of Ocean State Poets to discuss, write, craft and read your poems. Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3-4:30 p.m., Music at the Redwood The Redwood Library presents a free musical program with pianist I-heung playing Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Bach, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., 401-847-0292, www. RedwoodLibrary.org. Swanhurst Chorus Concert Spring concert at St. John’s on The Point, Washington and Willow St., 4 p.m., $20 adults, $12 students, 401682-1630, www.Swanhurst.org. newportFILM Pre-release screening of “Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog,” a heartwarming true story of a Labrador retriever’s life of service, Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 4 p.m., $10, www.NewportFilm.com. newportFILM “Under African Skies,” documentary follows Paul Simon on 25th anniversary of his “Graceland” album,
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Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 6:30 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. film, $12 film, $20 with reception, www.NewportFilm.com. Shipwrecked on the Small Screen Fundraiser to benefit Sail Newport’s public access sailing programs, Bellevue Gardens Shopping Center, 181 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., $50 Sail Newport members, $65 non-members, 21+ only event, 846-1983, www.SailNewport.org. Island Moving Co. Island Moving Co. continues its 30th birthday celebration with “A Handful of Pearls,” Casino Theater, 9 Freebody St., 7:30 p.m., preceding cocktail reception at Canfield House, $25 performance, $50 performance and cocktails, 401-8474470, www.IslandMovingCo.org.
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Common Fence Music Folk-pop singer-songwriter Ariana Gillis in her Rhode Island debut, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, hall opens at 7 p.m. for the “folk tailgate picnic,” concert 8 p.m., 683-5085, www.CommonFenceMusic.org. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See May 11 for details. Artists’ Ball Returns This creative, costumed celebration returns to the Newport Art Museum in honor of their centennial, 76 Bellevue Ave., 8 p.m.midnight, $60 advance, $80 door if available, 401-848-8200, www. NewportArtMuseum.org.
Sunday May 13
Happy Mother’s Day Bird Walk Jay Manning leads free guided bird walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401846-2577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org. Tea and Turtles Celebrate Mother’s day ‘nature style’ at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Turtles, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10–11:30 a.m., $8 members, $10 non-members, moms and children under 3 free, call 401846-2577 to register. Eastons Beach Carnival 1-6 p.m. See May 10 for details.
Down on the Farm Historic New England’s Watson’s Farm will host its annual Spring Sheep Shearing Day on Saturday, May 12, 12-4 p.m. Shearing will take place continuously as experts remove the wool from the farm flock. Spinners and weavers will be on hand to demonstrate how wool is made into yarn and cloth. Visitors are welcome to hike the scenic farm trails down to Narragansett Bay and visit with Red Devon cattle and see their newborn calves. This wonderful outdoor activity for all ages is at 455 North Main Rd., Jamestown. Admission is $10 per car. The event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit www.HistoricNewEngland. org or call 401-423-0005.
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. Paradise Park, Middletown (Prospect and Paradise Ave.) 12-2 p.m., free.
Monday May 14
Teen Time Chocolate Make chocolate candies in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4:30-5:30 p.m., free, just drop in, 401-847-8720 x206. Belcourt Castle Candlelight Tour Experience Belcourt mansion and learn about its history with owner Harle Tinney, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669.
Tuesday May 15
Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a lunchtime discussion on “Winter Paintings: The Greatest Artistic Use of Whites,” 12 p.m., bring lunch, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 8488200. The Big Read Keynote Lecture Dr. Sarah Littlefield, Salve Regina University, presents “From Lima, Peru to Newport, RI: Images of Thornton Wilder and His Literary Journey,” Casino Theater, Freebody Street, 6 p.m. free
but registration required, call (401) 847-1000 ext. 154, or register at www.newportmansions.org/ events/events-calendar. Portsmouth Library Book Group Join the library staff for a discussion of “Fall on Your Knees,” by Ann-Marie MacDonald, the internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 6839457, www.PortsmouthLibrary.org. What’s Single Stream Recycling? The Alliance for a Livable Newport hosts forum to introduce the new “single stream recycling” program being implemented in Newport next month, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 6 p.m. Homeless in Newport Presentation by Steve Ostiguy, director of Church Community Housing, on developing affordable housing. Channing Memorial Church, Parish Hall, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., public welcome, refreshments. PJ Storytime Aquidneck Island children ages 5-8 welcome at pajama time story time, Newport Public Library, Children’s Program Room, 300 Spring St., 7-7:30 p.m. Trained teen readers share childhood favorites. 401847-8720.
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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 The Deli, 66 Broadway, Newport Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport Mudville Pub, 8 West Marlborough Street, Newport Newport Dinner Train, Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave. 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 Midtown Oyster Bar, 345 Thames Street, Newport 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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Spotlight on Music
Thursday, May 10
Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m.
Open Mon-Fri 5pm-1am and Sat/Sun 11am-1am
515 Thames Street, Newport 619-2505 • theSambar.com
Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Video DJ Mike DMulti-floor dance party. Marriot–Paul Del Nero, Jazz, 7 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville Perro Salado–Honky Tonk Knights, 8:30 p.m. Rhino Bar–Reggae Night
Friday, May 11
Tom Rush Live
Billy Goodes–Live music
Common Fence Music at Channing Church presents folk luminary Tom Rush on Thursday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary at 135 Pelham St. The iconic Rush’s distinctive guitar style, wry humor, and warm, expressive voice have made him a legend over his five decade career. His story-telling skills and mastery of both melancholy ballads and gritty blues draw audiences worldwide. Tickets are $35. For tickets contact 866-468-7619 or www.commonfencemusic.org.
Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Downtown Fever, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– The Morons, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–John Erikson, late afternoon; Punch Drunk, 10 p.m.
Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.
Marina Cafe & Pub
3 Marina Plaza, Goat Island Newport, RI • 401-849-0003 www.marinacafepub.com
Now Open 7 Days a Week Every Monday is “Buck a Shuck” All Raw Bar Items only $1.00 Every Tuesday is “Island Nights” Locals Receive 20% off Food Bill Every Thursday Is “Steak Lovers Night” Get a House Salad and 14oz. NY Sirloin for only $20.00 Now Taking Reservations for Mother’s Day
For Reservations Call 401-849-0003 The only waterfront restaurant in Newport with a view of Newport Harbor and the City of Newport Free Ample Parking
Wednesday May 16
Still Life at Sachuest Explore the wildlife refuge and your inner artist. This program is self-led and no instruction is provided. Bring bag lunch and art materials. All levels and ages welcome. Sachuest Point Visitors Center, Middletown. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fight Hunger! Dinner Join the Salvation Army at this spaghetti dinner and auction to raise money to combat hunger in our area, 51 Memorial Blvd., 6:30 p.m., $10, call 401-846-3234 to reserve. Potter Pet University Gary O’Neal, DVM, discusses common illnesses in senior pets and how to care for these aging friends, Potter League, Oliphant Ln., Middletown, 6:30 p.m., humans only, free, pre-register at 401-846-8276 ext. 118 or AmyC@ PotterLeague.org. Panama and Colombia Travel Journal Merrilee Zellner presents a photo journey through Panama and Colombia, Newport Public Library, 360 Spring St., 7 p.m.
Armchair Travel Delia Klingbeil will discuss her recent trip to Cuba, Jamestown Library, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., 401423-7280.
One Pelham East–Brick Park
Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.
The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Jack Martin, Steve Beckler, 6-10 p.m.
Thursday May 17
Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “Americans in Paris,” by David McCullough,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., noon, members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 848-8200, www.NewportArtMuseum.org. “If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See May 10 for details. Shakespeare in Middletown 5 p.m. See May 10 for details. Life of the Mind Series Collector Jim Baker will discuss his tiles featured in the gallery exhibit “Tiles: The Spirit of Design.” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese, 6 p.m. presentation, $5, 401-847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
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Rhino Bar– The Face Show Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:3010 p.m. Rusty’s-Open Mic Night with Dynimite Dom, 9 p.m.-closing
The Fifth Element–DJ Maddog, top 40 and dance.
Saturday, May 12
Clarke Cooke House–Foreverly Brothers, 9:30 p.m. Fifth Element–Ubiquitones, 10 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Ubiquitones, 10 p.m. Greenvale Vineyard–Dick Lupino, Mike Renzi, Jeff Fountain, 1-4 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Sugar Babies, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– The Merge, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m.-12:45 a.m. One Pelham East–Fast Times Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:3010 p.m. Rhino Bar -The Buzz
Sunday, May 13
Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferriera on piano, 11:30 a.m. Fastnet Pub–Traditional Irish Music, 6-10 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Acoustic Night with Matt Hartke Hyatt Hotel–Dick Lupino, Jordan Nunes, Dennis Cook, Mothers Day Brunch,11 a.m.-4 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–Steel Drum Session, 3-6 p.m.; Karaoke, 9:30 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville, 6-9 p.m.
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The Fifth Element–Sunday Brunch with Toni Lynn Washington, 12-3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 14
Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, Tim Taylor, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15
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Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:3012:30 p.m. Gas Lamp Grille–Karaoke w Erika Van Pelt The Café–The Ubiquitones, 10-1 p.m. One Pelham East–Stu from Never In Vegas
Wednesday, May 16
“famous for clams since 1936”
Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m.
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Topside Raw Bar
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Sardella’s–Dick Lupino, Mary Andrews, Pat Cardeiro, 7:30-10 p.m.
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DINNER & A MOVIE
91 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI
Film Connects Dynamics of Family and Climate
By Patricia Lacouture Leave it to a woman to tell a story on film that ties together the personal problems of a dysfunctional family and what she sees as society’s dysfunctional relationship with Mother Earth. Last week, “Future Weather,” which was written, directed, co-produced and edited by Jenny Deller, made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film focuses on Laudree (Perla Haney-Jardine), a 13-year-old girl who comes home from school one day to find a house stripped of any remnants of her mother, including clothes and the TV. Her mother Tanya (Marin Ireland) has left behind only a note stuffed in a bread box along with a $50 bill. We learn that she has left her family to pursue her dream of being make-up artist to the stars in Hollywood. Despite Laudree’s denials, her grandmother, Greta (Amy Madigan), senses that something is wrong, and she storms into their home, a house trailer perched in the middle of weeds, wildflowers and scrubby fields. Greta, played pitch-perfectly by Madigan (“Field of Dreams,” “Pollock” and “Gone Baby, Gone”), is familiar with the mother’s knack for “forgetting” to come home at the end of a date, so she harbors no illusions about her daughter’s behavior. Meanwhile, Laudree’s science teacher, Ms. Marcovi (Lili Taylor), serves as a link between the young girl’s dreams of saving the planet and some reality checks. (An icon of independent films that have made it into the mainstream, Taylor
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Newport in Bloom Plant Sale Annuals, perennials, herbs, 135 Old Beach Rd., 8 a.m. - noon, www. NewportinBloom.org.
“A Star to Steer Her By” Fundraising auction and reception to benefit the construction of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Castle Hill, 590 Ocean Drive, 6:30 p.m., 401841-0080, www.OHPRI.org.
CROP Walk Walkers should meet at the Martin Luther King Center at 8:30 a.m., www.CropWalk.org. Relay for Life American Cancer Society Fundraiser, Gaudet Middle School, Turner Rd., Middletown, 401-855-0885, www.RelayforLife.org.
Ebay Workshop Bob Heess teaches how to sell on Ebay - from setting up an account, listing your item, getting paid, and shipping to your customers. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 683-9457, www.PortsmouthLibrary.org.
Stone Wall Workshop Learn to build and repair traditional stone walls in this handson experience with master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., reservations required, 401-847-8344.
International Short Films Selections from the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10, 401-560-0979, www.JamestownArtCenter.org.
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Tom Rush at Common Fence Channing Folk rock icon Tom Rush performs at the Common Fence Music at Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show at 8 p.m., $35, not part of the picnic series, 401-683-5085, www.CommonFenceMusic.org.
Redwood Poets Group Forum for poets who are currently writing and who seek critique. New members are welcome. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 1:30 p.m., 847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org.
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Lighthouses of Rhode Island and their Keepers Jeremy D’Entremont, author of “The Lighthouses of Rhode Island,” will discuss our lighthouses and those who cared for them, cosponsored by the Jamestown Historical Society and the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, Jamestown Library, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., 401-423-7280.
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Atlantic Cup Race Week Begins Visit www.AtlanticCup.org for information. 30th Annual Birds & Breakfast Breakfast by the White Horse Tavern, guided bird walks, kids activities, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., 7:30 a.m., www. NormanBirdSanctuary.org. Grass Courts Opening Day Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 401-849-3990, www.TennisFame.com.
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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. Paradise Park, Middletown (Prospect and Paradise Ave.) 12-2 p.m., free. For more information, call Jim Garman at 401-847-1191. Music in the Galleries Jazz with MSD Quintet, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave. 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, www.NewportArtMuseum. org. Celebrity Big Read Local celebrities (community leaders and officials) invited to read from Wilder’s “Our Town,” “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” or “Theophilus North,” Newport Public Library, 360 Spring St., 2 p.m.
A LOOK AHEAD June 22-24 Newport Flower Show, www.newportmansions.org June 23 – July 1 America’s Cup World Series, www.americascup.com July 6-9 Tall Ships Challenge, www.oceanstatetallship.com July 9-15 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, www.tennisfame.co, July 19-22 Newport Black Ships Festival,www.newportevents.com July 28 & 29 Newport Folk Festival, www.newportfolkfest.net Aug. 3-5 Newport Jazz Festival, www.newportjazzfest.net
Gala Fundraisers The Artists’ Ball, a tradition at the Newport Art Museum for decades, returns Saturday, May 12. Tickets are limited. Call 848-8200 ext. 7989 or visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org. Sail Newport’s annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 12. “Shipwrecked on the Small Screen!” will celebrate the best of television through the decades. Tickets are available only for those over 21. For information, call 8461983 or visit www.sailnewport.org. “A Star to Steer Her By,” hosted by the non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) and will be held at Castle Hill on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 8410080 or visit www.OHPRI.org. On Saturday, June 22 the Friends of Ballard Park will hold its annual fundraiser at Holly House, the home of Carol and Les Ballard. All proceeds support programming at the Ballard Park. For ticket information, call 619-3377 or visit www.ballardpark.org. At East Bay Community Action Program’s “We’re Rolling Out the Red (White and Blue) Carpet” on June 14 at Castle Hill Inn, their annual awards will be presented. For more information, contact Maggie Laurianno, at 847-7821 x 339. On the evening of July 7, the waterfront campus of IYRS will be transformed for a landmark celebration, “Mastering the Craft: 15 Years of Excellence.” The gala crowns an entire weekend of festivity centered around IYRS. For more information, visit www.iyrs.org.
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NATURE The Birds are Back By Jack Kelly Last weekend saw the early arrival of a number of migratory songbird species to local woods. Last On Saturday morning, a group of hardy and dedicated bird watchers braved rain showers and cool temperatures to find a bonanza of magnificently colored birds in the Miantonomi Park area. Warblers, Orioles, Flycatchers, Sparrows and Vireos were observed. One of the more intriguing sightings was of a Prothonotary Warbler. This species is named for the male’s velvety saffron plumage which has been likened to the golden- yellow vestments worn by Roman Catholic clergy. This species migrates early in the spring and fall. According to ornithologists, the Prothonotary Warbler population declined in North America in recent years due to clearcutting, development and fragmentation of forests. However, the population seems to have stabilized and may be rebounding. It is possible that this species may be expanding its range to find new nesting areas north and west of its historic grounds. The Prothonotary Warbler nests in tree cavities in, or near, wooded swamps. It has the unique habit of lining its nest with mosses and liverworts. Due to the locations of their nests, the fledged young can usually swim if they fall into the water when leaving their nest. The average Prothonotary Warbler has a body length of 5.5 inches and a wingspan of 8.75 inches. Birders describe its song as a rich, sweet, pulsating set of “Tsit” or “Tsweet” notes. It winters in the tropics. Another interesting sighting at Miantonomi Park was a blue-gray Gnatcatcher foraging for insects. This species has a bright blue back and crown with white below, and had a prominent white eye ring. It has a body length of 4.5 inches and a wingspan of 6 inches and also migrates from tropical areas. The best time to observe these and other migrants is just after dawn until late morning and approximately 2 hours before sunset. A walk through the wooded regions of Miantonomi Park will reveal hundreds of migratory birds singing, feeding and flying about the forested hills of this area.
The Prothonotary Warbler forages in low foliage in dense, woody streams, mainly for insects and snails. Other habitat regions including local marshes, beaches and meadows were very active with migratory shorebirds, seabirds and raptors last weekend. At Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, a Birding for Beginners class was treated to the sightings of numerous species on Sunday afternoon. A small flock of White-crowned Sparrows, a Tree Sparrow, a Chipping Sparrow, 5 male Indigo Buntings, a Yellow Warbler and a Brown Thrasher all appeared in the area between the Visitor Center and the equipment garage within seconds of each other. During the next two weeks, tens of thousands of migrating birds representing many varied species will be in our area. This is the best time of the year to begin an adventure in nature. The choice of destinations and habitats is as limitless as the boundaries of a late spring walk. Nesting Notes: Noted wildlife enthusiast Jay Manning will lead a free guided bird walk Sunday, May 13, at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, at 8 a.m. No registration is necessary, but you will need to bring your own binoculars. For more information: call 846-2577 or visit www.normanbirdsanctuary.org Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.
Recent Songbird Sightings at Miantonomi Park Orchard Oriole White-crowned Sparrows Wilson Warbler Magnolia Warbler Nashville Warbler Kentucky Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Palm Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Prairie Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Blue-winged Warbler Northern Parula Scarlet Tanager Blue-headed Vireo Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Tennesee Warbler Ovenbird Red-eyed Vireo Summer Tanager
For More Information
www.RIBirds.org www.ASRI.org (Audubon Society of RI) www.SaveBay.org www.normanbirdsanctuary.org www.AllAboutBirds.org www.alcoa.com/eaglecam www.ustream.tv/decoraeagles
Eastern Towhee Eastern Kingbird Ruby-crowned Kingbird Birds seen at Sachuest Least Sandpipers Caspian Tern Glossy Ibis Brown Thrasher
The construction project at the Visitor Center at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is nearing completion. The installation of the displays and exhibit areas is slated to begin soon, with a dedication date and opening in early summer. During this period of construction the center will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with access from the north door. (Closest to the parking lot) The refuge trails are open from sunrise to sunset. For more information go to: us.gov/ninigretcomplex or call Sarah Lang, USFWS, 847-5511.
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CHURCH NOTES St. John’s to Host Swanhurst The Swanhurst Chorus Spring Concert will be held at St. John’s on The Point, Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature Aaron Copland’s “In the Beginning” plus Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” and selected spirituals. Tickets are $20 adults, $12 students and children 13 and under are free. Contact Swanhurst at 401-6821630 or www.Swanhurst.org for more information. Trinity Forum on Islam Trinity Church will host Professor Hayat Alvi, Regional Studies Group Scholar for the Middle East at the U.S. Naval War College, on Sunday, May 13 at 9 a.m. in Honeyman Hall. Dr Alvi will discuss “Islam and the Arab Awakening.” All are welcome. For more information, call 401-846-0660. Fight Hunger! The Salvation Army will host a spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16 to fight hunger in our area. Former Newport mayors Paul L. Gaines and Richard Sardella are co-chairing the event. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd. Tickets are $10. Call 401-846-3234 to reserve. Choir Sunday at Channing On Sunday, May 20 the Channing Memorial Church Choir will provide the entire program for the church service. This annual event is filled with beautiful music and inspiring readings. There will be a special offering for the benefit of the choir for music related expenses. Visit www.ChanningChurch.org. Trinity Open for Tours Historic Trinity Church is now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for guided tours. CROP Walk Join area churches at the annual Aquidneck Island CROP Walk on Saturday, May 19. The annual event
raises funds to address hunger in our community and throughout the world. All are welcome to join in person or in spirit. Funds raised benefit community food programs. The walk begins and ends at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Registration is at 8 a.m., with all walkers stepping off at 8:30 a.m. The ‘registration fee’ is a nonperishable food item. The Unitarian Church (Pelham St. near the Elks Club) will offer a free breakfast to all who walk or who donate from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. To make a donation online, visit www.CropWalk.org. “A Bible of God and King” Dr. Timothy J. Demy, Professor of Military Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College, will present a lecture on “A Bible of God and King: Reflections on the History and Influence of the King James Bible,” at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown. Dr. Demy will present an overview of the history of the translation and publication of the King James Version in 1611 and its subsequent influence on the English language, literature, the arts and religion. Dr. Demy spent twenty-seven years as a Navy Chaplain, and holds advanced degrees from The Naval War College, Salve Regina and The University of Cambridge. He was involved in the 1979 publication of the New King James Version and the publication of The Greek New Testament according to the Majority Text. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the lecture. Due to the limited seating reservations are required by May 16 and can be made by contacting the English Speaking Union at 401-847-1185, or firstname.lastname@example.org. A donation of $25 is requested. Warm Up Wednesdays All are welcome at Warm Up Wednesdays each week at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St. from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome for friendship, games, reading and refreshments.
Discussions at CBC Jamestown’s Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., welcomes all to their Sunday morning forum and evening book group meetings. On Sunday, May 13 author Jill Connett will discuss what led her to write the books “The Green Plate” and “Camouflage Prayers.” On Sunday, May 20, three members of Occupy Providence will discuss their experiences and future plans. The Sunday forums begin at 11 a.m. The evening book group will meet Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. to discuss the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi and “Chasing Francis,” by Ian Morgan Cron. For more information, call 401-423-1651 or visit email@example.com Channing Annual Meeting Channing Memorial Church will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 16 in the Parish Hall. The evening begins with a dessert potluck at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. The meeting will include business of the church, budget presentation, and member recognition. For more information, call 401-846-0643.
Community Meals and Fellowship Area churches and organizations work together to provide nutritious meals in a caring environment for members of our community. Upcoming meals include:
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7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m. –St. Paul’s Methodist (with St. Mary’s Episcopal) 12 Marlborough St.
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RECENT DEATHS Daniel Carl Anderson, 53, of Newport, passed away May 3, 2012 while vacationing in North Carolina. Alfred J. Barker, of Newport passed away May 2, 2012 at South County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Helen E. (Champlin) Barker. Calling hours will be May 11 at 3-5 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m.. Donations in his memory may be made to the Middletown Rescue Wagon Fund, 239 Wyatt Road, Middletown, RI 02842. Ann (Marshall) Hunter, 94, of San Diego, California, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Marshall, formerly of Fenner Ave., Newport, passed away March 13, 2012. Ann is survived by her sister Dorothy Moniz of Middletown, RI, daughter Susan Reeves, son Richard MacManus (wife Carol), daughter Mary E. Park (husband Roy), daughter-in-law Mary MacManus, wife of the late Patrick MacManus, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Lieut. Cmdr. USN (retired) William Hunter. A Memorial Mass was held March 30, in San Diego. Ada Howarth Pedro, of Portsmouth, passed away May 4, 2012 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Jesse J. Pedro. Her funeral service will be held May 10, at 11 a.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Rd., Portsmouth. Donations in her memory may be made to Portsmouth Senior Center, 110 Bristol Ferry Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871.
Friday, May 11
7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m.– Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.
Saturday, May 12
4:30 p.m. –Community Baptist Church 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.
NEWPORT May 10, 3-7 p.m. Ancient Order of Hibernians 2 Wellington Ave. May 10, 4-7 p.m. Heatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 398 Bellevue Ave.
May 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Portsmouth High School Gym 120 Education Lane
May 9, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Olympic Physical Therapy 1181 Aquidneck Ave.
May 16, 3-7 p.m. St. Philomena School Auditorium 324 Cory’s Lane
4 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd. 7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 11:30 a.m. –St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Broadway & Mann St. 5 p.m. –St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church Thames and Brewer St.
Tuesday, May 15
7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m. –United Baptist (with St. Lucy’s R.C.) 30 Spring St.
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Wednesday, May 16
7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m. –St. Paul’s Methodist (with Calvary Methodist) 12 Marlborough St.
Friday, May 18
7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m. -Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.
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Elaine M. (Verriest) Weinand, 76, of Middletown, passed away May 2, 2012 peacefully at home. She was the wife of the late James Weinand. Donations in her memory may be made to Middletown Rescue Wagon Association, 239 Wyatt Rd., Middletown, RI 02842.
Sunday, May 13
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Polly Talbott Toland, of Mainline, Philadelphia and Middletown, passed away April 28, 2012 after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 15 at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Penn. A “remembrance” will be held in July at the family compound, “Whetstone,” in Middletown. Donations in her memory made to the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Thursday, May 17
May 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Arnold Zweir Post American Legion & Memorial Post 447 VFW 134 Marragansett Ave.
May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hinckley Yachts 1 Little Harbor Landing
Mary Lou Schmidt, 79, of Portsmouth, passed away May 6, 2012 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Schmidt. A graveside service will be Friday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s churchyard 324 E. Main Rd. Portsmouth. Donations in her memory may be made to Wings of Hope, 18370 Wings of Hope Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63005.
7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 12 p.m –United Baptist (with St. Mary’s R.C.) 30 Spring St., .
Lorraine (Gomes) Miranda Santos, 82, of Portsmouth, passed away May 4, 2012 at home. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886.
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Cpt. Paul Arthur Romanski, USN, Ret., 65, Newport, passed away May 5, 2012, at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Karen (Maple) Romanski. Calling hours will be May 10, from 4-7 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport. His funeral will be May 11, at 1 p.m., in the auditorium of the Naval War College, at Naval Station Newport.
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Islanders Strand Division I-South, leading Skippers, 7-5 Middletown High School senior Jake Murray scattered 8 hits, walked only two, struck out five and went the distance for his fourth win of the year, as the Islanders defeated first-place North Kingstown High School 7-5 at Gaudet Field on Tuesday, May 8. In a see-saw, error-filled affair, MHS came from behind for the second time in the game with a 3-run, bottom of the sixth, capped by a 2-out, bases-loaded single by senior Anthony Geer that drove
in two to break a 5-5 tie at the time. Murray set down the Skippers in order in the top of the seventh to seal the deal. With the win, MHS raised their Division I-South record to 7-6 and moved into fifth place. The loss dropped NK’s record in the division to 11-2. The Skippers maintain a 2-game division-lead over South Kingstown High.
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Senior Anthony Geer scorches a line out to centerfield in the fifth inning. One inning later, he would drive in the winning runs. Middletown senior Jake Murray stayed focused and earned a complete game victory against North Kingstown. A happy bunch of teammates congratulate Jake Murray (center, with hat askew) after notching his fourth pitching victory of the season.
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MHS Dylan Altibagos, #26, advances safely to second base after his hit and a subsequent NK error in the second inning. The senior had 2 hits, 2 walks and scored twice in the 7-5 win.
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