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Have a Chair This week, Newport welcomed not just the famous Folk Festival, but also a certain red chair – shown here with a backdrop of the Newport Bridge. The humble wooden chair’s recent celebrity began in the spring, when a photo of it was posted on the Facebook page of the Woods Hole Inn in Falmouth, Mass. Since then, the chair has been traveling from one New England bed-and-breakfast inn to another, gathering online fans as it goes ( (Photo by Rob Thorn)

It was an up-and-down week for tenants at the Armory Antiques Center after a disagreement between the city and the facility's landlord left dealers, and the center itself, in limbo. The tumult began last Friday, when just days after City Council members signed off on a 9-month lease with the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation (RILF) to operate the Lower Thames Street facility, the organization announced that it had decided to reject the offer and planned to shutter the antiques center at the end of the month. In an email sent early Friday afternoon, RILF said "RILF Armory Antiques will permanently cease retail operations at the end of the business day on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. A lease resolution enacted by the City of Newport on July 25th leaves us with no other option."

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Diary Opens a Window on Fort Adams' Past Changes at St. Clare's By Meg O’Neil

This summer has brought thousands of visitors to events with picturesque Newport backdrops. Fort Adams State Park has played host to several of the largest of those events, including the America’s Cup World Series, and most recently, the sold-out Newport Folk Festival. With the two events, over 80,000 people have visited the fort since the end of June, and even more will descend on its lawn this weekend, Aug. 4 and 5, for the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. With all the happenings this summer at the fort, it can be easy to forget that until the 1950s it was a bustling, active military base, filled with soldiers, officers, and their families. One elderly woman recently shared a treasure trove of family heirlooms that harken to a time before the fort was used for music festivals and sporting events. The pages of Helen Ely’s diary are yellowed, delicate, and invaluable. Originally belonging to her mother, the diary is over 100 years old, with entries that document daily life at Fort Adams in the early years of the 20th century. Today, Ely is 98 years old, living in Florida with her 100-yearold husband, and she values the diary as a way to connect to her family’s past.

Ely was born on Sept. 17, 1913 in Fort Adams military housing to Frederick and Lillian Mountford. The couple arrived in Newport from Ohio in 1910. Fort Adams was Mountford’s first duty station after graduating from West Point a year prior. An avid photographer, Mountford took hundreds of pictures of daily life in and around the fort that, when viewed with the diary entries, provide an unparalleled glimpse of a time when Fort Adams was an active military base, and a staple of lifestyle and society in Newport. Ely says that her mother wrote at least one line in the journal every day. Her mother wrote about traveling in to town for luncheons, tea times with other wives, and weekly laundry visits. While Ely has no recollection of her early years living in Newport, she says the photographs and journal entries have brought back memories of her parents, who she says were forever influenced by their time in Newport. As she flips through the diary, Ely says she's found old newspaper excerpts tucked into the worn pages. For instance, on the entry for July 1, 1910, pasted on the page is a clipping that described the “largest entertainment in the summer colony this season,” thrown by Hugh

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By Tom Shevlin

Helen Ely with her father, Lt. Frederick Mountford. (From the family collection)

Wearing their "Sunday best," this group is shown at the northern end of Fort Adams in the early 1900s.

Demolition began last week as part of an ambitious plan to upgrade the St. Clare Home into a model of 21st century elder care. Crews were taking down part of the old Garrettson Building on Monday, while two homes on Dennison Street – including one which was used by the winning skipper of Australia II during the fateful 1983 America's Cup – were also razed. Work had been ongoing at the site for the last several weeks following a ceremonial groundbreaking in June. But this week's activity was the most visible yet for the multi-million-dollar project. Located on Spring Street, in the heart of the city's downtown tourist district, the low-slung brick building normally draws little attention. It has quietly served the elderly here for over 100 years. Once construction is complete, the building will be significantly expanded, including 60 beds of nursing care and an additional 40 units for independent/assisted living. Plans also call for pushing the facility beyond the existing facade, closer to Dennison and Brewer streets, which border the property to the south and north, and increasing the size from the current 19,000-square-feet, to more than 30,000-square-feet. Parking is also

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Nola Haynes of Newport was the winner of the second week of Beach Idol.

'Idol' Competition Heats Up

Nearly three dozen youngsters have participated in the Thursday evening Beach Idol contests at Easton’s Beach. In addition to karaoke and a cappella singing, there has been interpretative dance and even a hula hoop routine. Beach Idol continues August 2, 9, and 16.

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Middletown’s History in Photos By Meg O’Neil The history of Middletown will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Colony House in Washington Square as Christine Haverington, a board member of the Middletown Historical Society, talks about her newly released book, “Images of America: Middletown.” “So much that’s unique and historic to Middletown is attributed to Newport,” Haverington says. “Because Middletown wasn’t established until 1743, I think it got stuck in people’s heads that it was classier to say [an event] was happening in Newport rather than Middletown, especially in the Gilded Age when

Newport was the center of social life in the world.” She says the book is her way of, “setting the record straight” about Middletown’s history. “Images of America: Middletown,” 126 pgs., softcover, 194 images, printed by Arcadia Publishing, $21.99, is available at the Newport Historical Society Museum Store, Thames Street, and Island Books, Middletown.

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City Urged to Improve Emergency Response By Tom Shevlin Six months after a Newport resident died from exposure after being reported missing, city councilors are being urged to include the public in its efforts to improve its emergency response protocols. The passing of Brenda Batts was tragic. Last week, Newport resident Mike Cullen asked that the city do its part to ensure that her death was not in vain. In prepared remarks delivered prior to the start of the council's July 22 meeting, Cullen, the moderator of the online community forum and an avid ham radio enthusiast, asked that the city take steps to improve its response measures in a way that is "together and out in the open." "I’m not here to point fingers," Cullen said. Rather, after reviewing police and fire records obtained through a public information request, Cullen posed a series of questions. They included: n Going forward, what will police and fire be doing to find an at-risk resident in a more prompt manner (Batts had already been missing 12 hours and Alzheimer's patients have a 60% death rate if not found within 12 hours). n When looking for an at-risk person, will the city continue to demand that at least three police officers conduct a search of a missing person’s residence as a condition for an aggressive search and/or the issuance of a Silver Alert? n The issuance of the Silver Alert via the state police appeared to take four hours. Are there local or state process improvements that could be made to streamline the process? n Newporters are used to see-

ing strange human behavior. Can the city help us understand why public safety leadership would expect the public to phone in reports of strange behavior when the public has not been cued to be on the lookout for a missing, at-risk person? Why should the onus be on the public to “see something, say something”? n Referencing the city council's mission statement adopted earlier this year as part of a series of strategy sessions, Cullen added, "If the strategic goal is to make Newport more livable, then quite literally we need to lower the odds that missing persons will be found dead." The City's Response: City Manager Jane Howington said that the administration has evaluated its response to the Batts incident, as part of its normal protocol. She added that the police department has "been working quite closely with Mr. Cullen" since the incident, including exploring synergies with his radio operators' group. Howington said that the city plans on continuing to roll out and develop its Code Red system. Utilized in communities across the country and touted as one of the most effective emergency notification systems available, Code Red, which alerts residents via landline or cell phone to emergency notifications, figures prominently in the city's emergency response. It was most memorably used in advance of last year's brush with Tropical Storm Irene. At the time, Cullen and others lamented its performance, and urged the city to embrace social networking as a means of conveying information during times of emergency.

However, as Howington noted, the system has come a long way since last summer. "When Irene hit," she explained, "We deployed it, but we didn't really have many people signed up for it yet." That has since changed. Over the past year, the city has engaged in a concerted effort to encourage residents to sign up for Code Red notifications through notices included in water bills and on the city's website. As far as the Batts case is concerned, Howington said that while the police department did go doorto-door in The Point and other sections of the city to alert people, each incident comes with different variables. "Unfortunately, we can't bring that missing person back," Howington said, adding "There's no one set way to deal with all missing persons cases, because there's always going to be differences in situations." In other business, councilors: Approved an application by JH Enterprises, Inc., the owners of The Rhino Bar, to expand their service to a 726-sq. ft. outdoor patio, with the conditions that service cease at 10 p.m. and that the area be cleared by 11 p.m. Heard a request by Vivian Nelson, of 16 Third St. to place a stop sign on the corner of Third and Elm Streets. The request, which didn't receive the recommendation of the city's traffic advisory commission, was initially proposed as a way to crack down on large vehicles transiting the historic street. First Ward Councilor Charles Y. Duncan said that the request speaks to a broad-

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Progress Report on School Finances By Meg O’Neil Two months after the release of a report that cast a shadow over the school department's financial management, members of the Newport School Committee met at Rogers High School on Tuesday, July 31 to update the Newport City Council on their reform efforts. The report, which led to the resignation of the school's business manager in May, was provided by the Providence-based accounting firm LGC&D. Among its findings was the discovery that the school department had not successfully entered its Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012 data into the Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCOA) system. In 2011, the Rhode Island Department of Education implemented the UCOA system as a statewide financial reform program. Designed as a method of accounting that provides the ability to compare school districts' financial data in a consistent manner, UCOA must be used by schools to track revenues and expenditures in their day-today accounting and to inform their

financial decisions. According to Superintendent John Ambrogi, the district’s new business manager, Joan Tracey, has spent the past month “cleaning up the concerns” that the previous manager had left behind, a task that he said is “taking a lot longer than any of us anticipated.” Called an “incredibly detailed and tedious task” by Laura Sitrin, the city’s Director of Finance, the UCOA system breaks down the school department’s budget into “miniscule portions” that must be properly coded and entered into the database. The project requires the assistance of city personnel. The Accounting Supervisor, Controller, and Finance Director each will receive stipends for assisting with the effort. The committee also discussed the possibility of the City Council being involved in future contract negotiations within the school department. School committee member Robert Leary said the council should be “involved from the getgo, because [they] are the taxing authority.”

To help avoid costly contract errors in the future, school committee member Thomas Phelan added, “I think a city finance person would be a good outside look for us. To have someone impartial could help us avoid situations that we’ve encountered in the past.” Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop agreed, saying, “If the school committee asks us to participate, we’ll participate … I like the approach that we’re involved prior to the end of negotiations.” Pell School Update According to Leary, several days of rain have not caused any erosion at the construction site of the new Claiborne deB. Pell Elementary School on Dexter Street. Newly installed drainage systems on the school grounds have helped ease the possibility of oversaturation. Ambrogi said that the structural steel for the site will be delivered by mid-August. He also said the project is on target for “substantial completion” by June 30 of next year and to be officially opened to students for the start of school in Sept. 2013.

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Food Drive Success For two days in July, the Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant on Thames St. collected food donations for the Martin Luther King Community Center in Newport. The brainchild of Salve Regina University student and Team Brick Alley member Chris Hebert, the “Christmas in July” food drive rewarded every person who donated a food item during those two days with a $5 gift certificate to the restaurant. In total, patrons donated over 350 food items.

Ida Lewis Distance Race Registration The roster for the eighth edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race is growing, with both veteran competitors as well as newcomers. The offshore sailing competition begins on Friday, Aug. 17, with a start off of Fort Adams. Competitors will head out on one of four coastal race courses with distances between 104 and 177 nautical miles before ending inside Newport Harbor. Registration for the race is open until Aug. 16. For more information, visit or contact Dirk Johnson at

A Novel Evening Celebrating Inspiration and Imagination will be the theme when the Newport Public Library honors Marriam & Al Ring at the library’s annual fundraising event on Sunday Aug. 12, 6-8:30 at the library. The cocktail party will focus on raising funds for the expansion of the library’s collections and technological resources. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Pranzi Catering, music by David Manual, complimentary wine and beer with enticing “live” and silent auctions. For reservations or information call the library at 847 8720 Ext. 100. Reservations at $75 per person.

Tech Nite New England Institute of Technology will hold its “Tech Nite” open house at the East Greenwich Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 4 - 8 p.m. New England Tech has several new Associate in Science degree programs that include Veterinary Technology, Respiratory Care Technology and Health Information Management Technology. A Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology is also being offered in response to the needs of regional employers. Licensed Registered Nurses may learn about Rhode Island’s first online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The college will also launch its new Master of Science degree program in Information Technology in October, 2012. For more information regarding the open house or degree programs, contact the admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit

Steak Fry The Pyramid Club is holding a steak dinner on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 3 – 7 p.m. $10 includes rib eye steak, baked potato, and baked beans. Dinner can be eaten at the club or taken out. For More Details Call 401-207-1707.

Newport Hospital Annual Report In the recently released Lifespan Annual Report for 2011 the following information was reported for Newport Hospital. Employees 899 Affiliated physicians 299 Licensed beds 129 Total assets $307,372 Patient discharges 4,903 Births 583 Emergency department visits 31,188 Outpatient visits 51,427 Outpatient surgeries 4,906 Inpatient surgeries 1,632 Net patient service revenue $115,269 Net cost of charity care and other community benefits Charity care $4,012 Subsidized health services $4,355 Community health improvement services and community benefit operations $378 Unreimbursed Medicaid costs $1,460 Total cost of charity care and other community benefits $10,205 ($’s in thousands)

Musical Performance Benefits Nurses On Tuesday, Aug. 14, a one man show starring Broadway’s Jon Peterson will take place at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., at 7:30 p.m. The play, titled Song Man/Dance Man, will benefit the homecare, hospice, and community health programs of the Visiting Nurse Services. Peterson will impersonate seven of the legendary song and dance men from the stage: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, George M. Cohan, Anthony Newley, Donald O’Connor, Bobby Darin, and Sammy Davis Jr. Tickets to the show are $85 for general admission, or $150 for premium seating. To reserve, call VNS at 682-2100.

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For What It’s Worth: My mother purchased this vase in Hungary several years ago from an antiques dealer there. They told her it was quite rare and valuable. How old is it and what is it really worth? (I think it is pretty ugly). —Rebecca T. Rebecca: Your mom’s vase was made at the Zsolnay factory in Hungary. The glaze is called a shriveled glaze and it was made in the 1880s. Not the most common glaze but not really rare or especially valuable. The Art Nouveau production from 1900 can be quite valuable but this vase is worth under $400. — Federico Santi, Partner, 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: or 152 Spring St., Newport

Coaching Weekend

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Authentic 19th-century coaches drawn by matched and highlytrained teams of horses will return to Newport from August 16-19, 2012, in the triennial Weekend of Coaching, hosted by The Preservation Society of Newport County. The public will enjoy free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches every day, as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition. The routes of the daily drives will be announced here, and on the Preservation Society’s website (www., along with suggested viewing spots. In addition, there will be a free-to-thepublic driving exhibition on the grounds of The Elms starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Aug.18.

Save the date! The 3rd annual Jamestown Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Fort Getty (rain date - Saturday, Sept. 15th). This annual event is sponsored by the Friends of Jamestown Youth. All monies raised will go to support youth and family programming at various organizations including the Litter and Conservation Team, Teen Center, Student Assistance Program and Prevention Coalition. The event includes a bonfire, live music and activities for all ages. For more information call 423-7260 (daytime) or 423-7261 (evenings and weekends) or email TeenCenter@

Rock the Docks Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport will host its 6th annual Rock the Docks Lobsterfest on Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Newport Shipyard. This very popular event raises critical operating funds for Seamen’s mission. Tickets are $95 per person and reservations should be made by Aug. 22. To attend, call Megan at 401-619-3990, email, or visit

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Bird Camp for Kids A few spaces are still available in select camp programs at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Day camp for grades K-4 explores nature through guided hikes, games, songs and much more. There is also an Explorers camp for grades 4-6. In addition to traditional nature camps, there is a high school community service camp. All camps are accredited by the American Camp Association. A limited number of partial scholarships are still available for new camp families. To apply, contact camp director, Nicole Lavoie, 8462577 ext.32 or by email at nlavoie@

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Newport Police Log Newport Fire Incident Run Report During the period from Monday, July 23 to Monday, July 30, the Newport Police Department responded to 665 calls. Of those, 142 were motor vehicle related; there were 86 motor vehicle violations issued and 56 accident reports. They also cited 6 bicycle violations.

The police also responded to 10 incidents of vandalism, 2 suicide calls, 26 noise complaints, 23 animal complaints, and 23 home/ business alarm calls. Police conducted 3 liquor establishment checks, transported 10 prisoners, recorded 4 instances of assisting other police departments and 6 other agencies. 20 private tows were also recorded. (Including: 1- Coffeys Citgo, 7- Wellington Resort Parking Lot, 3- 130 Bellevue Avenue, 1Thames Street Shell, 4 - Wellington Square Condo, 1 - Emmaunel Church, 1 - Blue Rocks Catering.) In addition, 33 arrests were made for the following violations: n 8 arrest were made for simple assualt. n  4 arrests were made for DUI. n  3 arrests were made noise violations. n  3 arrests were made for larceny. n  3 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. n  2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n2 arrests were made for possession of marijuana. n 2 arrests were made for conspiracy. n 2 arrests were made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n 1 arrest was made for felony assault n 1 arrest was made for pos-

session of open containers of alcohol. n1 arrest was made for vandalism n1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer.

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During the period from Monday, July 23 through Sunday, July 29, the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 196 calls. Of those, 94 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 73 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 1 patient was treated on the scene and 7 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 170 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters responded to 77 calls • Station 1 - Engine responded to 67 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 36 calls • Station 2 - Engine responded to 28 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 63 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include:   1 - Cooking fire 1 - Vehicle fire 1 - Unauthorized burning 1 - Watercraft rescue   1 - Carbon monoxide incident 1 - Downed power line 6 - Motor vehicle / pedestrian incidents 3 - Electrical / equipment problems 18 - Fire alarm system sounding - no fire In the category of fire prevention, the department reviewed plans/ inspected 23 tented events, performed 11 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 10 life safety inspections, and provided 4 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: When reporting an emergency from a cellular phone: DIAL 911. It is important to know the location of the incident you are reporting and to communicate that location clearly. If you are unsure of the location, be prepared to give a street name, exit number, or a landmark that will help responders locate you. Speak slowly and distinctly. Most cellular carriers do not have the ability to quickly determine your location the way wired telephones can. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM


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The Andréa Rizzo Foundation will hold its 11th Annual Walk for the Children & Dance Celebration at Salve Regina University’s Rodgers Recreation Center on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The event will benefit the Dréa’s Dream program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and in local public schools by providingdance therapy to children with cancer and special needs. There will be a 2-mile walk along Cliff Walk and a free family event featuring door prizes, raffles, Kid Zone, free refreshments and performances by local dance companies. Form a team to walk in support of your favorite charity or organization or in memory/support of a loved one. Each walker who collects $30 or more in donations receives a free T-shirt. The team that raises the most will win a $500 award to donate to their favorite children’s charity. No pre-registration is required.

St. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting a one-day workshop by Yoga 4 Classrooms on Wednesday, August 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The six-hour interactive workshop will demonstrate simple yoga and mindfulness techniques that can be brought into the classroom to help create a peaceful and productive learning environment. Teachers, administrators, school counselors, special education teachers, health educators, speech and occupational therapists, as well as others who work with children in a school setting are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please visit the Yoga 4 Classrooms website Instructor Jenny Williams can be reached at 401-359-2315.

Interpreter Certificate Program The Community College of Rhode Island will offer a health care interpreter certificate program this fall. An informational meeting about the program will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on the Knight Campus, Warwick, Room 0028. The course is designed to teach students who are bilingual in English and Spanish, the necessary medical/health care background and terminology to enter the health care profession.

Easton’s Point Annual Meeting The Easton’s Point Association will hold its annual meeting and potluck in the General Common Room at St George’s School on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Featured speaker will be Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are requested to bring a covered dish to share. For further information call Kathy Silveira at 848-5358.

Celebration of the Arts

St. Mary’s Campaign Complete The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) recently completed the fundraising for its $3 million Campaign to Save the St. Mary’s Church Land when it was awarded $110,000 for the project from The Nature Conservancy through a grant from The Champlin Foundations.

The Middletown Committee for the Arts proudly presents Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 18, from10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Paradise Park, Middletown, at the corner of Paradise and Prospect Avenues. More than a dozen visual artists and performers have already signed on to participate. Children’s Activities, Demonstrators, Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Raffle, Silent Auction and much more! Rain or Shine and admission is free. Participating Artists and Performers: Shawndavid, Molly Kulger Dickinson, Hope Craft, Autumn Olive, Wolf and Pear, Sharon Morgera, James Auli, Tory Libby, Sue Gray Sea Glass, Saltwater Studio, Beyond Blondes, Middletown Garden Club, Gladding School of Dance and many more.

A Dog Day of Summer The Potter League hosts a morning of summer fun for dog-friendly dogs over eight weeks old and their human companions on Saturday, Aug. 11, 9-11 a.m. The festivities include a Frisbee contest, agility course, companion photos, and even a sand-digging contest. There will be door prizes and goodies available. No registration required. The cost is $10 per dog, but human companions are free. 87 Oliphant Ln., Middletown, For more information call 846-8276 x122 or visit A Taste of RI History

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he Rhode Island Foundation announced this week that it would be holding a summit this fall to help generate ideas to pull the state out of its economic doldrums. The nonprofit says its two-day event called Make It Happen RI, scheduled for on Sept. 7 and 8, aims to bring together leaders in the state’s private sector to develop an action plan for improving economic development. A good place to start might be in reforming the state itself. Every year, CNBC conducts a survey on the top states for business. And for the second year in a row, Rhode Island ranked dead last. Among the reasons given for the bottom-of-the-barrel ranking was the state's perceived "Business Friendliness," where Rhode Island ranked 49th, and "Cost of Doing Business," where we posted a slightly better ranking at 45th. Both elements directly reflect the state's governmental policies, tax burdens, and regulatory hurdles. Which means, at least in theory, that they can be changed. For inspiration, we needn't look further than the golf course. That's because bad government is like a bad golf swing. Just as any golfer will tell you that no swing is exactly the same, the same can be said for states. Rhode Island doesn't need to be a miniature version of Texas (ranked #1 on the CNBC list) or New Hampshire (ranked #19 and top in the Northeast); it just needs to be a better version of itself. Much as a golfer's idiosyncrasies will vary depending on his height, weight, body type, dexterity, and rhythm, so too is each state bound by its unique nature. In Rhode Island, dysfunction, corruption, and escalating debt have become par for the course. If we, as a state, are to reform ourselves, then perhaps we should take a cue from a good golfer. What Rhode Island can and should do is deconstruct itself, taking cues, tips, and hints from those who are succeeding. A golfer's natural instinct is to tweak his swing. Likewise, when it comes to plugging the deficit or fixing our education system, a politician's first instinct is to "tweak." Why? Because most politicians are elected by the status quo. Many of their constituents benefit from that status quo, and immediate risk in politics is rarely outweighed by long-term rewards. In seeking to improve his swing, a duffer will often add a move, change a grip, shift his feet and adjust his club head. But he will seldom address the fundamentals: turning the shoulders rather than swinging the arms; keeping a centered plane; and maintaining a consistent rhythm throughout the swing. Instead, the duffer will add layer upon layer of tweaks and temporary fixes until his swing no longer resembles the pure movement it is meant to be, but rather a collection of idiosyncratic habits, jolts, and twitches. Similarly, rather than fundamentally reassess its purpose, or the manner in which it operates, government too often adds layer upon layer of bureaucracy and one-time fixes to make it through to the next election. Often, what we wind up with is bureaucratic barriers, unsustainable entitlement programs, and government intrusion into areas it previously had no role in. As Rhode Island's lawmakers struggle with the state's debt load and persistently high unemployment – tweaking here, cutting there – they would do well to consider the golfer who succeeds in remaking his swing. If current economic projections hold, it doesn't seem likely that there will be any lucky bounce off the cart path; no miraculous hole-in-one. Good golfers don't play for birdies; they shoot for par. Let's get back to basics and shoot for par. If you have any ideas you'd like the RI Foundation to consider, send them to by Aug. 27.

Municipal Boards NEWPORT Zoning Board: Meets every fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: Marvin Abney Lynn Ceglie Martin Cohen Michael Martin Rebecca McSweeney – Chair Mary Joan Hoene Seiter – Alt.

Planning Board: Meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: James Dring – Chair Deborah Melino-Wender Mary Moniz – Vice-Chair Kim Salerno

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Say 'No' to More Gambling in Rhode Island Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) has been actively opposed, since 1977, to any attempts to introduce casino gambling in any venue in Rhode Island. This year, referenda will appear on the ballot asking voters to allow casino gambling at Twin River in Lincoln and Newport Grand in Newport. CCACG strongly urges a “NO” vote, especially by Newport voters who have resisted similar efforts in the past by overwhelming majorities. Here's why: Newport, a community characterized by a deep sense of pride in its historic past and its many lovely natural endowments, would be significantly diminished by the establishment of a full blown casino located at the gateway to the city. Newport Grand “Casino” would be within walking distance of the main gate of our proud, expanding and critically important U.S. Naval Base and of the beautifully restored Newport Heights housing area with CCRI and, of course, the

new Pell School, opening in 2013 and serving all public elementary students in the city. A casino expansion at Newport Grand would be poor public policy and ultimately prove to be an economic dead-end for Newport. Massachusetts will certainly build their brand new casinos drawing customers away and beginning a decline which will leave our community to deal with a diminished predatory business replete with immediate negative social experiences and long-term social costs. One need only examine the experience of Atlantic City and especially Foxwoods presently struggling with its $2.3 billion debt to understand the risks. To go further down this road, Newport would be relying on a revenue source that is fundamentally unreliable and finite. The key components of any vision for Newport’s economic development essentially center in a 21st century technology expansion, a growing tourist economy grounded in the preservation and

ARMORY CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 It went on, "We thank our many customers, vendors, employees and friends who have supported us through this difficult year, and deeply regret the inconvenience that this action is causing you." The lease, which had originally called for a 15-month agreement with monthly rent set at $5,000 per month for the summer and $3,000 for the months of November through April, was amended by councilors on Wednesday, July 26 who asked for a 9-month lease with uniform lease payments of $5,000 per month. City Manager Jane Howington said that she was "perplexed" by the decision and that she hadn't been in touch with the RILF. But, Howington said, she has been in contact with several vendors at the antiques center, and offered them the option of remaining open at least through August. By Monday, however, things had begun to quiet down. That's when Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation Executive Director David McCurdy reported that after speaking with the city, the organization has agreed to a monthto-month lease that will ensure the Armory Antiques Center's continued operation through the month of October. A visit to the Armory on Tuesday showed a busy, but not quite full, space.

According to McCurdy, upon hearing of the RILF's decision to decline the city's 9-month lease proposal, several vendors packed up and moved on. "We're hoping to get them back," McCurdy said. Howington said Friday, "None of the councilors, or myself, have any interest in seeing the building vacant. It wasn't ever our intent to try to kick people out." It is, however, the city's plan to attempt to redevelop the building. As Howington noted, a series of charettes are being planned for the fall and winter to possibly come up with a long-term plan to redevelop the property. While the council's decision to amend the terms of the contract may have caught the RILF offguard, the non-profit's decision to reject its offer may not have been so unpredictable. According to Howington, at one point, the RILF had communicated with the city that they weren't certain they would continue with the arrangement without a firm commitment to operate through the following summer season. As for what happens after October, that's yet to be determined, says McCurdy. However, he is hopeful that the RILF will be able to maintain its second-story office space at the building regardless of what happens with the antiques center.

development of Newport’s rich historic heritage and, above all, in attracting young, well-educated and talented families who, while seeking personal challenges and rewards, would bring energy and resources to help our community and economy grow and flourish. CCACG believes that a casino would fundamentally work at cross purposes and impede these key elements of Newport’s vision for the future. CCACG will actively oppose any expansion by urging a “NO" vote. We invite anyone wishing to join us to contact: Fr. Gene McKenna, President (789-2098) or Nancy Corkery, Treasurer (845-8315) or Dave Wixted, Secretary (846-2246 or We generally meet on the first Saturday of each month in a Newport Public Library conference room at 9 a.m. (summer) or 9:30 a.m. (winter). Gene McKenna President, CCACG


CONTINUED FROM PG. 3 er issue. "We are all asking for strict traffic enforcement," Duncan said. "I think that somehow or another, we have got to address, as Ms. Nelson said, traffic safety – not only here, but the entire city. And I don't think there's anyone on this council that can't give an example today in violation of the law." The council's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Prior to the night's meeting, former councilor Stephen R. Coyne will be sworn in to take the place of now-retired Councilor Stephen C. Waluk, who resigned last month to take a position with the state's District Court.

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Feeding Birds Can Kill Them

August 2, 2012 Newport This Week Page 7

By Jack Kelly

of Angel Wing Disease, “Geese that are fed bread or other refined-flour The balance of nature is the products can develop this condisystem by which plants and anition. It causes inverted wings bemals are kept relatively constant cause the wing muscles don’t dein numbers. The balance among velop properly, and this causes the various kinds of plants and aniwing to extend and droop. Young mals is maintained by factors such geese need a diet high in protein as disease, natural enemies, clithat consists of invertebrates and mate, habitat, water supply and insects.” food supply. When the balance of Water quality testing by Save nature is disturbed by the eliminathe Bay revealed very poor results. tion of one factor, or by the addiWenley Ferguson, Restoration Cotion of invasive species of animals ordinator for Save the Bay, exor plants, or by the interference of plained, “The phosphorous loading humans, there can be disastrous of the pond due to bird droppings consequences. One example of huand storm water runoff has made man interference is the feeding of the water unhealthy. In late August wildlife by well-intentioned but naof 2011, a Cyano-bacteria bloom ïve people. occurred in the pond. This causes Newport’s Easton’s Beach has the water to turn a pea-soup green seen incidents of gulls’ aggressively Attacks on people by herring and is extremely toxic. If ingested, begging for food from beachgoers gulls are common in areas it can cause severe illness and posattempting to enjoy a meal at the where people feed the birds, sibly death.” Other tests revealed seashore. Unfortunately, people making them aggressive. the presence of high levels of cohave been feeding the gulls at the liform bacteria (also known as E beach, and this has led to the pres- ing on park grasses, many patches coli bacteria) in the pond. “Imagent situation. Beach officials have of bare earth were exposed leadine a child innocently putting their posted signs citing state laws that ing to dangerous erosion probhand in the water while riding in a prohibit the feeding of wildlife. In- lems. Park officials recorded multiSwan Paddle Boat and then touchdividuals cited for violation of this ple water quality problems as well ing their face, eyes or mouth,” Wilas public safety issues due to the statute are subject to a $100 fine. da said. The poor water quality had large amount of goose droppings. Once gulls associate humans become a threat to humans and with a food supply, they lose their Officials sought the advice and aid was destroying the birds’ habitat. natural fear and can become a nui- of federal, state and private wildThis spring, volunteers with the life agencies. With the assistance of sance. Young gulls can lose their Natural Resources Conservation natural abilities to forage for food these agencies, a program was beService and the USDA oiled 400 and become dependent on human gun in 2009 to reduce the number goose eggs in an attempt to lower handouts. Food types that are fed of waterfowl at the pond and in the the burgeoning population. Howto gulls may also cause the birds surrounding park area. ever, over 400 geese were still presto become ill and die. Whether inent at the pond despite the efforts tentional or unintentional, these of every agency involved. Officials “People just won’t learn, actions can cause uncomfortable were faced with a difficult decision. situations for beachgoers and danand wildlife has to pay Wilda explained the decision: “The gerous ones for the gulls. geese had become habituated to the price. " The feeding of waterfowl such harassment and the situation in the as geese and ducks can also have –Wenley Ferguson, park was becoming unhealthier harmful effects on those populaover time. The decision to cull this Save The Bay tions. According to Jason Osenartificially created flock was made. kowski, Supervising Wildlife BiIt was not an easy choice because ologist for Waterfowl with the R.I. everyone involved cares deeply The agency that took the lead Department of Environmental about wildlife. We tried to alleviate was Wildlife Services of the U.S. DeManagement, “Feeding waterfowl the problem for three years but we creates artificially concentrated partment of Agriculture. Donald were unsuccessful.” groups of waterfowl that are un- Wilda of Wildlife Services explained In early July, during molting his agency’s role, “We assist private, sustainable. It enables avian bird time when geese can’t fly, a carediseases to spread more readily; it governmental, or public agencies ful round-up of 335 geese was conalters habits and can delay migra- facing wildlife conflicts. The criteducted. According to Wilda, “The tion.” Osenkowski also addressed ria we use are property damage, geese were removed and taken to the issue of feeding bread to wa- human health and safety, effect on a site where they were euthanized terfowl: “Bread is not healthy at all natural resources and agriculture.” by humane, veterinary approved According to Wilda, “The first for waterfowl, because it does not methods. They were processed contain any of the nutrients that step was the posting of signage and donated to Rhode Island food they need. While the waterfowl that alerted the public to the dankitchens and shelter kitchens. We may look big and healthy, the re- gers of feeding the waterfowl and left 65 geese in the park to continality is they are malnourished, and the legal penalties and fines that ue a normal flock existence.” violators could expect. Non-lethal they can suffer from other issues.” Not long after the round-up, Roger Williams Park in Provi- harassment of the birds was utiFerguson was in the park to check dence recently had to deal with an lized in attempts to scare them water quality results. She made a artificially concentrated population away from the park. Noise bombs shocking and sad discovery. Someof waterfowl on and near the park’s were deployed as well as specialone had left 20 loaves of bread in pond. Human feeding of the Can- ly trained Border Collies that were the pond area. Ferguson and her used to herd the geese away from ada goose population had caused two sons removed the bread and the increase in flock numbers as the pond and the park.” However, discarded it. “People just won’t more geese sought food. At times human feeding continued, and the learn, and wildlife has to pay the geese returned. the flock numbered between 500BIF_NewportThisWeek_Ad_12.qxd:BIF 4/16/12 1:54 PM Page price, 1 ” Ferguson commented. Wilda also addressed the issue 1000 geese. Due to the geese feed-

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FROM THE GARDEN Flowers Add Flair to Food By Cynthia Gibson

Flowers make a lovely surprise when placed with salads, on desserts, or in sandwiches. But some people are afraid to eat them. Encourage your guest to take just one bite. They will be surprised that flowers have little taste. Let us put this aversion to rest: The flower garden has been a source of vitamin C and healthy, beautiful cuisine for centuries, although certain flowers, such as orchids, are used for visual presentation only. What better time than summer to try some flower-friendly desserts, side dishes, and appetizers? There is only one golden rule to selecting your flowers to eat: NEVER purchase flowers that you are planning to eat from a florist or supermarket. They are sprayed with very toxic preservatives and pesticides. The pesticides are very difficult to wash off without ruining petals or the flavor of the flower. Only use flowers that you have grown yourself that are pesticidefree, or select, with permission, flowers from a friend’s garden (a friend who does not spray). Many flower dishes and desserts are made especially attractive by using flower petals to visually enhance the dish. Flowers give the “Wow” factor to any plate of petit fours they touch. Topping the edible flower list is the herb category. The flowers of rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, parsley, oregano, summer savory, and dill are all edible. They are great for placing on the top of a cold soup. Dill flowers are particularly beautiful, and the tiny flowers are great for garnishing any soup, dip, or salad. The prettiest flowers to use for edible garnishes are violas, (sweet violets in the spring), calendula petals, bergamot petals, bachelor’s button florets, marigolds (the tiny Gem variety are best), nasturtiums, hollyhocks, daylilies, lavender, carnations, pinks, and roses. Tea sandwiches made with soft white bread carefully covered in room-temperature soft cheese (Boursin is perfect), are lovely, but when you place a beautiful rose petal on top of the small sandwich, it becomes a jewel. You can mix all of the petals from the flowers mentioned above to create a potpourri of fresh petals reminiscent of con-

Hollyhock petals are a colorful alternative to lettuce. fetti. Using the petals individually on the two-bite sandwiches is perfect for an afternoon tea. Violas, or Johnny-Jump-Ups, are favorites among edible flowers because they have tiny faces that smile back at you! The variety of colors is vast, from pure black to pastel apricot, to the old-fashioned purple and yellow bi-color varieties. They are grown as an annual, but they self-seed easily. Pinch them back, and they will continue to blossom all summer long. Next spring, they will “Jump-Up,” maybe where you do not want them! The small violas will really perk up an ordinary potato salad. The tiny Lemon Gem marigolds are also tasty and are great to add to your salad tableau.

Nasturtiums have a peppery flavor and are a colorful addition to a garden salad. The hollyhock is a true “cottage” flower. The petals easily become a colorful alternative to lettuce. Used as a garnish, the petals provide a splash of color that sets off many an entrée. Hollyhocks range in color from creamy white to deep mahogany. Just picture a tuna salad sandwich with bright red petals peeking

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out from the slices of bread. You will need four hollyhock flowers for two sandwiches. Carefully pull the petals away from the flower head. Always rinse gently and pat dry the petals as they bruise easily. Add the petals of six hollyhocks to any salad that will serve six (one flower per serving). Always add the petals last, placing them on top of the pre-tossed salad. Salmon salad with the petals of carnations or pinks is a true summer delight. Both flowers have a spicy fragrance and taste a little bit like cloves. They are a perfect botanical frill for any salad, but the pink, fuchsia, or red petals of these flowers add the ideal finishing touch to a cold poached salmon salad or a simple salmon salad made with homemade mayonnaise. It is a winning combination, with the pink of the salmon enhanced by the pink of the petals. Nature has made the perfect cup, the daylily. After carefully cutting and removing the pistil and stamens, hold each lily upside down (stem side up) and rinse gently with cold water. They are fragile and brittle, so cut a few extra. Fill the daylilies with fresh raspberries and add a dollop of fresh, sweetened whipped cream. Daylilies can become cups to hold any salad of your choice. They taste like lettuce and hold their shape well when picked in the morning and used by early afternoon. They are beautiful when filled with lobster salad and will look stunning on a plate. Nasturtiums are peppery in taste. They ask so little of the gardener and grow like weeds. They give great color and zing to the cook. This simple flower produces its lovely and delicious edible blossoms all summer long. You will be able to pick them from mid-June through October. They turn any ordinary salad into an explosion of color. This flower has a definite crispy bite and tastes like arugula. The use of edible flowers may appear to be exotic and only for the adventuresome, but this is no longer true. Many pages of seed catalogs are now dedicated to edible flowers. Herb flowers usually taste like the herb itself. Most of the flowers have no taste, but they add beauty to your food. So bypass the vase, enjoy your flowers as food – and please eat the hollyhocks!

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


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FORT CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 D. Auchincloss of Hammersmith Farm, which was accompanied by a band on the lawn at Fort Adams – an event that her parents surely attended. “My mother and father were part of the Newport society because I think the young officers and their wives were quite attractive and sought-after people,” she said. There are also mentions of German ships arriving in the harbor. Ely’s parents were sometimes invited to visit the ships for an evening of entertainment. Other entries document what life was like for the Mountford family outside the fort’s walls. The family attended Mass at Trinity Church every Sunday, and often went roller-skating at the Training Station – known today as the Naval War College. Mrs. Mountford wrote of her love of playing bridge and of playing games with neighbors. Mr. Mountford often went to the Newport Casino to play tennis. Ely says that because her father was a good athlete, he was introduced into many of the social circles around town. An entry from October 1911 records that the Mountfords went

This turn-of-the-century image was of Fort Adams taken by Frederick Mountford. outside late one night, fixed their gaze to the sky and watched the Brooks Comet with neighboring families. A stark contrast to the usual light entries by Mrs. Mountford is dated April 19, 1912. On that date, she pasted a newspaper clipping: “The dance arranged to be given by the officers at Fort Adams has been indefinitely postponed on account of the loss of the Titanic.” After being stationed at Fort Adams for less than four years, the Mountford family was transferred

to Fort Monroe in Virginia in 1914, but the societal lessons learned during their stay in Newport had a profound impact on Mrs. Mountford. “I think my mother was very impressed with Newport,” Ely said. “She cautioned me and my sister to always behave like ladies, to have good manners, and to try to associate ourselves with nice people rather than the dregs of society. I think that was an effect Newport had on her.”

ARCHI-TEXT A Fort with New Functions By Ross Sinclair Cann, AIA Unlike other forms of artistic expression, architecture is an art form best understood and enjoyed through use. Sometimes a work of architecture is used in very different ways over time, and Fort Adams is one such structure. The enormous six-acre enclosed “parade,” once designed to hold the troops and armaments that would repel hostile forces, has been the center of Newport activity this summer, first as the home base of the America’s Cup World Series, then as the setting for the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festivals. Newport in the Colonial era was one of the most populous and prosperous cities in the country. It was a major deep water port, a center of shipping and a place that required military protection. Fort Adams, which has gone through many modifications, was first begun in 1799. The fort, built originally on a 130-acre site on a promontory projecting out into Narragansett Bay, was intended to provide protection to Newport Harbor. Named for John Adams, the United States’ second President, the original structure was a small and primitive fortification. At the instruction of Congress, military engineer Joseph Totten undertook the redesign and expansion of the structure in 1824. Built using the “Third System,” Fort Adams is Totten’s masterpiece of fortification design. Heavy, soil-filled ramparts conceal brick-arched casements, where troops and armaments were housed. The structure was designed with 438 slots (or embrasures) through which canons could be fired. The plan is an elaborate pentagon, with projecting “bastions,” so that every wall face can be protected from another in the structure. The enormous project consumed the next thirteen years that Totten lived in Newport and he used the construction effort as an opportunity to train the first generation of American military engineers and as an opportunity to experiment with new armaments and design— a tradition carried on by the Naval

Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) today. Even though Totten left the Newport area in 1838 as he rose in the ranks (eventually becoming General Totten, the US Army’s chief engineer), work on the project continued until 1857. Although Fort Adams is not one of the larg-

conflict, the fort was retired without ever having been involved in armed conflict. To counteract the decay of this important architectural and historical landmark, the Fort Adams Trust was founded in 1994 as a nonprofit organization, dedicated to stabiliz-

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The western casement's interior and roof are being restored. (Photo by Rob Thorn) est coastal fortifications of the 19th century, it is often credited as being one of the most sophisticated in terms of its design. But even as fortification design was evolving, armament design was evolving much faster. In 1820, when the new Fort Adams was first conceived, an 18-pound iron ball fired from a smooth-bore canon could travel only several hundred yards and with undependable accuracy. By the end of the construction of the Fort in 1860, shells being fired from rifled bores could travel far greater distances with greatly improved potential for destruction. The fall of Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Georgia to the Union forces using new armaments on April 11, 1862 marked the start of the Civil War and the end of “Third System” fortress design. By 1940, 16-inch shells could be fired more than 26 miles. The location of Fort Adams became irrelevant to coastal protection, and the structure was allowed to deteriorate. After more than hundred years of development and preparation for military

ing, restoring and operating Fort Adams as a historic site. With the help of a “Save America’s Treasures” grant and contributions from private citizens, much has been accomplished, but much more needs to be done. A bond issue to help restore the structure was narrowly defeated in 2006 but succeeded when next brought to the voters in 2010. As a military installation, Fort Adams never saw military action and was made obsolete by advances in military technology. Today, as a venue for sailing events and musical performances, it offers access to the water, beautiful vistas, and historic architecture. This building will hopefully see many decades, if not centuries, of useful deployment in the future! Ross Sinclair Cann, AIA, LEED AP, is an historian, and practicing architect in Newport and is the Founding Chair of the Newport Architectural Forum.

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Local members of the RI Army National Guard Special Forces Unit based in Middletown recently conducted training exercises off Easton’s Beach. Twenty-one Guardsmen and Navy personnel jumped from a Chinook helicopter into the water to meet annual qualification requirements.

neighborhood. City Council members would eventually overturned that decision by creating an exception in the city's zoning ordinances that allowed the expansion by right rather than by special use. Founded in October 1909 by a small order of nuns known as the "White Sisters," the St. Clare Home has been an integral part of Newport's downtown area for generations. The chapel at St. Clare offers mass six days a week attended by both residents of the home and the community at large. Two "White Sisters" currently reside at St. Clare’s convent and remain active in the community. Construction is expected to take about two years.

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Naval Station Newport is participating in the nationwide Feds Feed Families federal food drive campaign to support area food banks. The program, overseen by the Office of Personnel Management, is in its fourth year of operation and runs though August. Naval Station Newport’s goal for 2012 is 4,500 pounds. Dropoff locations are the Commissary, Navy Exchange, Building 690, and the Chapel of Hope. For more information, contact the Chapel of Hope at 401-841-2234.

Officer Graduation

USMC Training Graduate Marine Corps Pfc. Robyn Austin, daughter of Barbara Austin of Newport, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from the 13-week recruit-training program at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. she joined the Marine Corps in February 2012.

Officer Development School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. in Kay Hall for 162 members of the medical, dental, nurse, judge advocate general, and medical service corps. Rear Adm. Michael H. Mittelman, deputy surgeon general and deputy chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, is the guest speaker.

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'Battle Buddies' to Hold Walk-a-Thon By Jack Kelly

Presently, one percent of the American population serves in the United States Armed Forces. It is easy to forget the sacrifices of our military, and their families, when they do not affect the general public. One organization that focuses on these sacrifices is USA Battle Buddies. This small but energetic association is aiding combat wounded veterans who suffer from a multitude of service-related medical issues. USA Battle Buddies was founded less than two years ago by Newport resident and Iraq veteran Steve Frye. Frye suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) during two tours in Iraq with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He survived two roadside bomb attacks directed at the vehicles in which he was a passenger. The resulting concussions led to his TBI. Frye has short-term memory loss and also suffers from balance issues. He began researching the use of a service dog shortly after his discharge from the military. He discovered that the costs were prohibitive for a vet with a disability and a fixed income. Frye enlisted a group of disabled vets to assist him in establishing a donation-driven, 501c3 nonprofit organization that would help veterans with service-related issues. This was the beginning of USA Battle Buddies. Frye explained why he chose the name, “Battle Buddies are assigned to each other in army units. They become close friends and brothers, protecting each other in combat and assisting each other in life.” The organization issues specially trained service dogs to qualified combat wounded veterans. Frye received one of the first service dogs issued by the organization, a German Shepard named Charlie Zino, in June of 2011. Charlie is named in honor of Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino, U.S. Army, of Middletown, who was killed in action in Afghanistan Nov. 5, 2010. All of the dogs issued by USA Battle Buddies are done so in memory of a veteran who gave their life

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tol. This event is being held in conjunction with National Assistance Dog Week, Aug. 5-11. According to Frye, “Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners by serving as their devoted companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of the family.” These four-legged "angels of mercy" include Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Medical Alert/Response Dogs. “In addition to honoring assistance dogs during their special week, one of the goals is to raise awareness about these very special and highly trained dogs,” Frye said. All service dogs are welcome at the event which, is family oriented and is supported by a number of veterans groups and active duty military units, as well as the American Red Cross. All donations and proceeds from this event will go toward the issuing of a service K-9 to a combatwounded veteran. There will be a cookout at noon and children’s activities; along with a Bouncy House on site. Pets are welcome, but they must be leashed.

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The 6th annual Newport Antiques Show Gala glistened last Thursday night with over 400 patrons roaming the St. George’s ice rink building, in Middletown, which had been transformed, as in all previous years, into a world of art and antiquities. Expanded into a three-day event, the show featured a new exhibit presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “Kindred Port: Art and Affluence in 19th Century New Bedford” showed off the museum’s collection of paintings, decorative arts, scrimshaw, and the maritime heritage of Newport and New Bedford. Ann Hamilton, with her expertise and passion, along with her cochairs Britty Bardes, Norey Cullen, Kate Gubelmann and Eaddo Keirnan, are the powers behind this successful event, and William Vareika has sponsored it since the beginning. The gala is always sold out, and the three days were filled with serious dealers and visitors buying and learning about exceptional items. “What makes this show great,” said Kate Gublemann “is that there is something affordable for everyone.” People must agree, because this event, last year, raised over $200,000 for the Newport Historical Society and the Boys and Girls Club. Because items range from $200 to a million dollars, the show attracts a huge range of buyers. Be they collectors, decorators, or just curiosity-seekers, they come because of what the legendary decorator Mark Hampton said about his field: It’s about “people and beauty and the timeless activity of domestic life.” Maybe that’s why the St. George’s ice rink was bustling last weekend. “In today’s unsettled world, at least our private world can reward us with peace and pleasure,” said Hampton. Many thanks go to Hamilton, for a weekend of being able to retreat into a world of beautiful things.

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Patriotic Theme Prevailed at the Redwood Gala At the Redwood Library & Athenaeum’s annual summer fundraiser, a “Revolutionary Soiree,” several gala-goers took the theme to heart and donned brocaded costumes and powdered wigs. The “Redwood singers and dancers” opened the evening’s festivities by rewriting words to traditional French songs. A dozen ladies, plus Toby Field in female attire, performed the cancan. Honorary Patron Jane Rovensky Grace, event co-chairs Angela Fischer and Terry Grosvenor, and board president Dr. Edwin G. Fischer were delighted with the success of the event, which was the first under the library’s new director, Jennifer Tuleja. Redwood’s next big social event is their annual garden party on Sunday, Aug. 26.

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BridgeFest 2012 City-wide musical performances, Collections Viewing Special display of Progressive Design at the Isaac Bell House, Bellevue Ave. and Perry St., 11 a.m., members $5, non-members $10, Island Farmers Market Aquidneck Grange Hall, 499 East Main Rd., Middletown, 2-6 p.m., 401-441-4317. Newport Police Night Out for Safety Activities and info to highlight summer safety, prizes, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 4:306:30 p.m. free, 401-845-5810. “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, Life of the Mind Series Venture philanthropist and corporate/government advisor Peter Kiernan will discuss his book, “Becoming China’s Bitch,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., members free, non-members $5, 401-8470292, (rescheduled from July 26). Children’s Night The City of Newport’s Children’s Night with the Toe Jam Puppet Band, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., free, 401-845-5810. Beach Idol Contest Kids of all ages are invited to participate in Newport’s version of “American Idol” following the Children’s Night performances at Easton’s Beach. Participants should register by 6:30 p.m., for more information call 401-847-7766 x105.

Mad Hatter Tea Party The Friends of Ballard Park will host the 3rd Annual Mad Hatter (Iced) Tea Party on Monday, Aug. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ballard Park quarry meadow. The late afternoon event features treats, sweets and summer fun for children of all ages. Children will make crazy hats, play croquet and go on an Alice in Wonderland-themed scavenger hunt along the park trails. Story characters come to life and will be on hand to meet and greet partygoers. Easiest access to the quarry meadow is through the Hazard Road entrance. Park trails are uneven and steep in places, so sneakers or sturdy shoes are recommended. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (children under two are free). Visit or call 401-619.3377 for ticketing information. newportFILM – “The Queen of Versailles” Film about extravagant billionaires who were building America’s largest house when the housing bubble burst, The Elms Mansion Gardens, Bellevue Ave., Newport Community Band plays 6:30 p.m., film at sunset, bring chairs and picnics, Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “Murder They Wrote,” an interactive murder mystery at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., Boom Scones Boom Scones Improv Comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473, www. Southern Comfort Southern Comfort, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, at Newport Grand, 150 Adm. Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m.,

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Tween Wish Beading Wish bead craft-making event for children ages 9-12, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 11 a.m., drop in. USCG Cutter Eagle Open for public tours, State Pier, Long Wharf, 1-5 p.m. State Pier 9 Farmers Market Fresh lobsters, fish, produce, State Pier, Long Wharf, 2-6 p.m. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 846-0669. Braveheart Ball Newport Polo’s summer gala to benefit Star Kids Scholarship Foundation, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., dinner, dancing,

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Sunset Music Series Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group in concert, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7 p.m., Improv Comedy Join the Bit Players for lightningfast interactive comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473, Jazz Festival Opening Night Kick-off concert with Dr. John & The Lower 911 and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 194 Bellevue Ave., 8 p.m.,

Redwood Lecture The John Quinlan Murphy Summer Lecture features Dr. Kurt C. Schlichting on “Newport & New York: From Rivals in a Golden Age to the Rise of New York,” free, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., 847-0292, Special Train Ride Scenic two hour train ride to northern end of Aquidneck Island, photo opportunities, train departs from parking area at Burma Rd. and Green Ln., Middletown, 4 p.m., Polo USA vs. Scotland, Glen Farm, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 5 p.m.,

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Summer Fair and Dinner St. John’s on The Point, 9 a.m. “white elephant” and clothing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. food, baked goods, jewelry, books and auction, catered 4-course dinner under the tent begins at 6:30 p.m. , 401-8482561 or Gardening Program Learn about mid-summer gardening with Craig Gaspard, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 10 a.m., free.

Candlelight Mansion Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 401-846-0669. Sunset Music Series Cowboy Junkies with the PoussetDart Band in concert, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., Pousset-Dart 7 p.m., Cowboy Junkies 8 p.m., Newport Festivals Foundation Gala Marble House, 7:30 p.m. www.

Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, local produce and products, 909 East Main Rd. (Newport Vineyards), Middletown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., www.

Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Friday, Aug. 3.

Newport Jazz Festival Full line-up of artists performing on multiple stages, Fort Adams, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,

Bird Walk Jay Manning leads free guided bird walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 846-2577,

USCG Cutter Eagle 1-7 p.m. See Friday, Aug. 3. Long Wharf Concerts The Shops at Long Wharf Summer Series continues with Inca Son, Long Wharf Mall, 1-5 p.m., free. Redwood Poets Group Forum for poets who are currently writing and who seek critique, new members welcome, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 1:30 p.m., 847-0292,

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USCG Cutter Eagle 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Friday, Aug. 3. Soil Testing Offered Weekly Bring a soil sample from your garden to receive a basic analysis by URI Master Gardeners at two Middletown locations. Gardeners are also available to answer your gardening questions. Prescott Farm (2009 West Main Rd.), 10 a.m. – noon, and Paradise Park (Prospect and Paradise Ave.), 12 - 2 p.m., free.


Birding Lecture Charles Clarkson on “Trophic Relationships in Birds: Niche Fulfillment,” discussing the difference between species that adopt specialized vs. generalized foraging habits and unique physiological processes that allow them to thrive, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 10:30 a.m. members free, nonmembers $4, 401-846-2577, www. Newport Jazz Festival Full line-up of artists performing on multiple stages, Fort Adams, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Boyd’s Windmill The Paradise School and Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill open for free touring, Paradise and Prospect Ave., 2-4 p.m. NIMfest Concert Newport Independent Music Festival summer concert series with R&B by Diane Blue and acoustic by Olivia Chaves, King Park, Wellington Ave., 3-6 p.m., free, www. Teen Improv Join the Trinity Zoo, teen interactive improve comedy, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-849-3473,

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Mad Hatter Children’s Party Croquet, scavenger hunts along park trails, hat-making, refreshments, Ballard Park, Hazard and Wickham Roads, 4-6 p.m., $20 adults, $10 children, Candlelight Mansion Tour Tour Belcourt Castle by candlelight, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., 401-846-0669.

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Garden Storytime Join Norman Bird Sanctuary staff for “Forest Night, Forest Bright,” by Jennifer Ward, ages 3-6, craft, members $3, non-members $6, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m., 401-846-2577,

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By Jonathan Clancy The “Weck” and the “Gorilla Grinder,” along with hand-cut sirloin steaks, have people returning again and again to The Deli, a new food business on Broadway. Owners Christian Schroder and Tony Lostracco both grew up in the meat market business. Schroder’s family were longtime owners of Schroder’s Deli in East Providence, and Lostracco’s family operated The Meat Store in Philadelphia. The two men met while working in Newport bars and restaurants, including the Red Parrot, The Pier, and Benjamin’s, where Schroder still occasionally tends bar. Their idea for a business of their own was to open a full deli and butcher shop, just like their families ran. The Deli offers prime cuts of beef, pork, chicken, ground meat, sausage, more than 20 styles of sandwich meat, 18 styles of sliced cheese, and an array of salads. Lostracco: We decided in September to open up a deli. I walked into his bar and said, “I’m gonna open up a deli.” Chris told me, “I was walking around town saying, ‘I’m gonna open up a deli.’ We both said, “Let’s open up a deli!” Our first day was April 11. Schroder: One of the best things I’ve learned about business is, don’t rip people off. There’s no reason to. We’re both butchers. We don’t have to pay for anyone to cut the meat, so our costs are less. We figure you give people a good deal, and they’ll keep coming back. Lostracco: Our best specialty sandwich is the Weck. It’s a halfpound of roast beef, with horseradish cheddar on a fresh-baked Kimmelweck roll with caraway seeds and salt on it. It comes with au jus, and the key to it is to dip the salted end of the bun right in it. S: I don’t really have any pet peeves when it comes to eating out. I’ve been in the restaurant business since I left the deli business. What would upset a lot of people doesn’t bother me. I understand that things can go wrong in the kitchen. Lostracco: My best food experience has to be my mother’s cooking. I crave her chicken cutlet, some spaghetti, or maybe rigatoni. I use her recipe for our meatballs. They’re dead on! Well, they’re almost as good as my mother’s. She does everything from scratch. She even makes her own pasta. That’s why we try to do as much as we can from scratch. We bake our bread, make all our own salads, roast our own meat, and grind our own beef. It’s all fresh. S: I would want my last meal on earth to be New York strip, with a side of New York strip. I’m a simple man. Give me some steak, some grilled asparagus, some tomatoes, and I’m happy. Lostracco: When we go to someone’s house for a party, we bring wine and steak – or chicken, pork, whatever we have. Hopefully, they have a grill. Come on! Who’s gonna

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Lunch & Dinner Every Day Owners Christian Schroder (left) and Tony Lostracco (right) are ready to take your order. (Photo by Jonathan Clancy) throw a better party, the bartenders or the butchers? Both! S: One of my first memories working in my family’s deli is boning prosciutto from a doorknob when I was twelve years old. Just hanging it up on the cooler door, cutting out the bone, and tying it up to wrap. Lostracco: In the kitchen, our biggest splurge was the slicers. They’re number one. They can cut frozen meat. We couldn’t do without them, or the pizza oven. I like to make sure my kitchen is set up clean, all day. We did everything here ourselves, the tiling, the ceiling, the wiring, the woodwork. My father built that cabinet. We want to keep it looking good. Lostracco: One thing you don’t see in restaurants anymore is people who can break down hindquarters. There may be some chefs who say they can do it, but I bet there’s only one guy in Newport who could actually pull it off: Deli Bob. He did that for years. It’s a lost art. Not that you would ever want to do it now, because you’d lose your shirt. It’s 200 pounds of meat. You’d never be able to sell it like in the old days when everyone bought every piece of it. S: Our deal as an eatery is to keep things fresh and simple. Even

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down to our salads, we don’t make anything crazy; we make them like your mom made them. That’s the way to do it, I think. In addition to the Weck ($6.99), specialty sandwiches at the Deli include the Gorilla Grinder (18 inches; $12.99), meatball sub ($6.99), and Caprese Prosciutto ($8.99). Salads range from $4.99 to $9.99 per pound and include scungilli (snail) and cucumber.

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An Evening in Honor of John Grenville Winslow Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Avenue 8:00 p.m. Admission:

Enjoy a visual tour of rooms we love from movies past and present. Designer, writer, style provocateaur and now President of the legendary textiles firm Scalamandré, Steven Stolman, will provide his pointed commentary on how these films related to the trends and tastes of the times.

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Pre-K Storytime Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in.

Serving Lunch from 11:30am Daily - Serving Dinner from 4:00pm Daily

Sunset Special Mon thru Friday 4:00pm - 6:30pm Choice of - Baked Stuffed Lobster Tail or 12oz Prime Rib Dinner $14.95 and 1/2 Price Appetizers at the Bar 4:00 - 6:00pm Entertainment Nightly

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Aquidneck Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market Artisans and growers sell their wares, Elks Lodge front lawn, Bellevue and Pelham St., 2-6 p.m. Job Seekers Workshop Workshop on how to best present yourself during an interview, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30-4 p.m., free, registration required, call 401-847-8720 x208 or sign up at Reference Desk. Dinner and Concert Series Sweet Berry Farm presents The Elderly Brothers playing music from the 50s and 60s, 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown, 6 p.m., dinner available (call to reserve) 401-8473912, Beach Concert The City of Newport’s Family Night features Los Gatos playing jazz and dance music, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., free, 401845-5810. Winslow Lecture Steven Stolman presents “Iconic Interiors from the Silver Screen,” Rosecliff, 8 p.m., members $20, non-members $25,

Wednesday August 8

Summer Reading Outdoor Fair Celebrate the children’s summer reading program with music, magic, food and fun, Aquidneck Park, next to the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 401-847-8720 x204. Matinee Wednesday Free movie screening of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., 401-847-8720 x208. Stories and Crafts Story and craft time for K-Grade 4 at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3:30 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in.




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PM Musical Picnic Enjoy the sounds of the Honky Tonk Knights on the Newport Art Museum lawn, 76 Bellevue Ave. 6 p.m., members $5/$10 household, non-members $10/$15 household, no reservations, www.NewportArt-

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Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival The 3rd Annual Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival takes place at the Newport Yachting Center on Saturday, Aug. 11, noon-10 p.m. Enjoy the soundscape of roots reggae, ska, rocksteady and dancehall music by internationally-known artists Barrington Levy, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley’s Wailers, Bushman, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Mighty Mystic & The Thunder Band. Newport’s own reggae band, The Ravers, will kick the event off early with a free performance outside the gates at 10:30 a.m. Gates open at noon. Flexible general admission allows concert-goers to come and go as they please. Enjoy Caribbean island-inspired vendors, artisans, food and drink right here on Aquidneck Island. Tickets are $35 advance, $45 at gate, Movies on the Rocks Free screening of “The Lion King” at Ballard Park, quarry meadow off Hazard Rd., 8 p.m.,

Thursday August 9

Island Farmers Market Aquidneck Grange Hall, 499 East Main Rd., Middletown, 2-6 p.m., 401-441-4317.

Outdoor Children’s Theatre Newport Children’s Theatre presents “Alices in Wonderland,” a takeoff on an old classic, outdoors at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 6 p.m., bring blankets and bug spray, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children, Beach Idol 7:30 p.m. See Thursday, Aug. 2.

Newport Gallery Night Evening hours at Newport’s art galleries, 5-8 p.m., 401-848-0550.

Summer Comedy Series Comedian Bob Marley performs live at Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., 7:30 p.m.,

Playtime in Europe Play croquet and bocce, view art and fashion exhibit, Rough Point 680 Bellevue Ave., 5-7:30 p.m., $5,

newportFILM Documentary “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters,” Newport Art Museum Lawn, 76 Bellevue Ave., sunset,


“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” 5 p.m. See Thursday, Aug. 2.

August 10

Children’s Night The City of Newport’s Children’s Night with Supercool Beans, interactive music and dance, Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd., 6 p.m., free, 401-845-5810.

State Pier 9 Farmers Market Fresh lobsters, fish, produce, State Pier, Long Wharf, 2-6 p.m.

Beekeeping Learn about honey bees and beekeeping efforts at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., 6-7 p.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577,

Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour 6 p.m. See Friday, Aug. 3 for details.

Outdoor Children’s Theatre 6 p.m. See Aug. 9 for details.

Sunset Music Series Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Mountain’s Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Savoy Brown’s Kim Sim-

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Live Musical Entertainment

Thursday, August 2

Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Tom Wright & Friends, 8 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Name That Tune-DJ Robert Black, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Green Line Inbound

The Fifth Element–The Merge The Port–Diesel, 9-12 p.m.

6-10 p.m.; Keith Manville, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira, 6:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Church–Jazz Sunday, Lois Vaughan Jazz Quartet, 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, August 4

The Fifth Element–Mike Warner & Friends

Greenvale Vineyard–Dick Lupino, George Zecher, Pat Cardeiro,1-4 p.m. Long Wharf Mall–Inca Son, 1-5 p.m.

The King Park Gazebo–Diane Blue, Olivia Chaves, 3-6 p.m. The Port–Diesel, 3-7 p.m.

Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 6

The Port– Pat Cottrell, 7-11 p.m

Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Nasty Habits, 9:30 p.m.

Fastnet–”Blue Monday”, Toni Lynn Washington

Rhumbline–Jazz History Jam Session, Lois Vaughan and friends, 2-3 p.m.

Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Frank Marino Band, 9 p.m.

Firehouse Theater–Hip Hop Fused with Jazz, 8-9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 3

O/Brien’s Pub–TBA, 10 p.m.

One Pelham East–Bruce Jacques

One Pelham East–Take 3

Tuesday, August 7

The Fifth Element–DJ Maddog

Billy Goodes–Live music Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe Jamestown Mercy Bullets, 9:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Sugarbabies, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Summer School, 9 p.m. Newport Grand Event Center­­– Southern Comfort-Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, 9 p.m.

Rhumbline–Ron Sanfilippo, 6:30 p.m. The Fifth Element–Honky Tonk Knights The Port–Alger Mitchell, 3-7 p.m.; Charlie Scopoletti, 8-12 p.m.

Sunday, August 5 Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferreira, 11:30 a.m. Fastnet Pub–Traditional Irish Music, 6-10 p.m.

O’Brien’s Pub­–John Erikson, 4: 30 p.m.; The Choos, 10 p.m.

Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Big Cat Blues, 4-7 p.m.

One Pelham East–10/8

O’Brien’s Pub­–Steel Drum Session, 3-6 p.m.; Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

The Chanler–Johnny Souza, Paul Del Nero, Steve Heck, 6-10 p.m.

Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:30-12:30 p.m. One Pelham East–Stu from Never in Vegas The Café–Ubiquitones

Wednesday, August 8 Newport Grand Event Center–Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m. Norey’s–Michael Tarbox, 9 p.m. One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Sardella’s­–Jim Parcella, Mike Renzi, Dave Zinno, 7:30-10 p.m.


Long Wharf Concerts The Shops at Long Wharf Summer Series continues with Abbey Rhode, Long Wharf Mall, 1-5 p.m..

August 11

Growers’ Market Aquidneck Growers’ Market, local produce and products, 909 East Main Rd. (Newport Vineyards), Middletown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., www. Dog Day of Summer Fun-filled day of canine fun, Frisbee, photos, digging contests, prizes, Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Ln., Middletown, 9-11 a.m., $10 per dog, 401-846-8276 x122, Reggae Festival Day-long celebration with full lineup of internationally-recognized reggae bands, Newport Yachting Center, America’s Cup Ave., free performance outside gates at 10:30 a.m. by The Ravers, gates open at noon, music 12-10 p.m., French in Newport Tour Learn about the French soldiers and sailors who lived in Newport during the Revolutionary War and the role they played in the

“Words into Poetry” Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3-4:30 p.m. Comedy & Wine Boston-area comedian Tony V. named “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” by Showtime Television, Newport Vineyards, 6 p.m. wine tasting, 7 p.m. show, $30, 848-5161 x0, Polo Newport vs. Palm Beach for the Lufthansa Cup, Glen Farm, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 5 p.m., Outdoor Children’s Theatre 6 p.m. See Thursday, Aug. 9. Comedy Hypnosis Show Bruce James at Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., 9 p.m., 18+,

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Boyd’s Windmill The Paradise School and Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill open for free touring, Paradise and Prospect Ave., 2-4 p.m.

Weekday Specials Thurs: All-U-Can-Do Crab Fri: Thick-Cut Prime Rib

Walk for the Children 11th annual benefit for the Drea’s Dream dance therapy program, family event with 2 mile Cliff Walk, children’s activities, performances, SRU, Rodgers Recreation Center, Ochre Point Ave., 2:30 p.m.

Outdoor Children’s Theatre 6 p.m. See Aug. 9 for details. “A Novel Evening” Newport Public Library’s annual fundraiser celebrating inspiration and imagination, 300 Spring St., 6-8:30 p.m., $75, 847-8720 x100.

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Answering a Call to Serve CHURCH NOTES By Pat Blakeley When Anne Hutchinson and her followers fled religious persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and settled on Aquidneck Island in 1638, it was unlikely that she could have imagined the large number of female clergy serving here today. While women make up 25% of the active clergy in many denominations nationwide, here in New England the percentage is higher. While their paths to service may not have been as dramatic as Hutchinson’s, they each faced their own challenges in a male-dominated field. In the early 1990s, Rebecca Baumann was a happy, busy, divorced mother of two young sons living in Quincy, Massachusetts. She

Rev. Rebecca Baumann is the pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., Newport. owned her own medical transcription company, was active in her church, and also taught health information management at the college level. The only thing missing, it seemed, was spare time. Despite her full plate, she says she had a nagging feeling that she wanted to do more with the church. But no matter what she did, she felt it wasn’t enough. Baumann did not grow up going to church with her family. As a young girl, she tagged along to the Methodist church with neighborhood kids and loved it – so much so that when the other kids went home after Sunday school, she would slip upstairs and sit by herself at the adult worship services. The church was always important to her as a child, but this feeling was different. That gnawing restlessness did not go away. Finally, she went to

her pastor who knew exactly what was happening. Baumann recalls, “He looked at me and said: ‘My prayers have been answered. My dear, you are being called.’” Baumann was stunned, but she “could not ignore the unquenchable desire.” Within 12 months, she was at the Boston University School of Theology, and for the next six years she studied, worked, and raised her boys. Pastor Becky, as she prefers to be called, was ordained in 2000 and came to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Newport in July 2008. She was the first full-time pastor appointed to that church in 12 years. At the time, St. Paul’s was at a pivotal point and had to consider whether to close or spend the money to try to turn the church around. “The people of St. Paul’s decided to take a leap of faith spiritually and hire a full-time pastor,” Baumann explains. Slowly things fell into place. In 2010, an anonymous donor pledged $30,000 annually for ten years to fund upgrades and repairs to the building. St. Paul’s was able to meet all the new public safety requirements and develop and implement a master plan to restore the church. The same donor also committed $30,000 yearly for community mission work and congregation development. Programming continues to grow. It is clear, Baumann points out, that “God isn’t done with St. Paul’s yet.” Baumann sees the church as a beacon for social justice, and she is committed to serving the needs of the community in the development of a relationship with Christ. Her greatest joys at St. Paul’s are the active outreach programs, serving those with the most need. The building is open every day for 12step recovery meetings and hosts a soup kitchen every Thursday. They also offer outreach fellowship events for all age groups and strive to make all feel welcome and loved at St. Paul’s – no matter where they may be on their spiritual path. Pastor Becky invites, “Put your religious history behind you, and see what St. Paul’s has to offer.” First in a series on women in the clergy on Aquidneck Island. Of the nearly three dozen churches on the island, seven are headed by women.

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Song and Spirit

Vacation Bible School

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will host a community yard and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also offer Heartsong, Finding Your Voice, a workshop led by singer/songwriter Ana Hernandez on Aug. 11 & 12 at 10 a.m. All are welcome and free parking is available. For information, call 401-847-0675.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will celebrate its 13th annual Festival of Song and Spirit during the month of August. The Sunday 10 a.m. worship services are dedicated to the celebration of music and will recognize Newport’s jazz and folk festivals. Performing are: Aug. 5, Lois Vaughan, jazz; Aug. 12, Jazz Candy with John Monllos and Art Manchester; and Aug. 19, Chuck Ciany, folk. Music begins at 9:45 a.m. The services will be followed by a salad brunch. All are welcome.

• The Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., will host Vacation Bible School the week of Aug. 13 – 17 for children ages 5-12. The free program will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. daily and includes lessons, games, crafts and snacks. For more info or to sign up, stop in or call 846-3234.

St. John’s Summer Fair St. John’s on The Point in Newport will hold its Annual Summer Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4 on the grounds of the church from10 a.m. - 1 p.m., but a “white elephant” and clothing sale will open at 9 a.m. The fair will feature food, baked goods, jewelry, books and a silent auction. Area vendors will be on hand to sell their wares. Fair Day will be capped off with a four-course catered dinner under the tent starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner cost is $25. To make reservations for the dinner, call 401-848-2561 or e-mail

Sunday Services at Third Beach All are welcome to attend outdoor worship services at Middletown’s Third Beach on Sundays at 8 a.m. Gather at the smaller of the two town-owned parking lots (but not the Peabody’s Beach lot). The informal weekly ecumenical services, led by Rev. Amy Alletzhauser of Calvary United Methodist Church, will be held through August. Bring beach chairs and blankets.

Barbara Joan (Laurence) Deveau, 80, Newport, passed away July 24, 2012 at RI Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Robert John Deveau. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02903. Anna (DeComa) Fonti, 85, of Newport, passed away peacefully July 28, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of the late Albert Fonti. Calling hours will be Friday, Aug. 3, from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m at St. Joseph’s Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

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RECENT DEATHS Kathleen F. Chase, 76, of Newport, passed away July 25, 2012. She was the wife of the late Alden “Al” Chase. Donations in her memory to the St. Augustin Church Building, 2 Eastnor Rd., Newport, RI 02840.

• Emmanuel Church will offer a children’s program on “Caring for All in God’s World” the week of Aug. 6-10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. The focus will be on stewardship of the earth and will incorporate stories, songs and fun activities. For more information, call 847-0675.

Charles Burnett Grosvenor, 85, of Newport, passed away July 27, 2012 peacefully at home. He was the husband of Louise (Wheeler) Grosvenor and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Church. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Caroline Westbrook Williamson, 86, of Jamestown, passed away peacefully July 27, 2012. She was the loving wife of the late Paul W. Williamson, CDR, USN Retired. A memorial service will be held Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown. Donations in her memory may be made to Jamestown Emergency Medical Services, 11 Knowles Ct., Jamestown, RI 02835.

Complete obituary notices available for a nominal fee. For more information call 847-7766, ext. 107

Area churches and organizations work together to provide nutritious meals in a caring environment for members of community. Upcoming meals include:

Thursday, August 2 7:30 a.m. –MLK Center

Friday, August 3

7:30 a.m. –MLK Center

Saturday, August 4

8:30 p.m.–Emmanuel Church Dearborn St. & Spring 4:30 p.m.­­­­­­­­-Community Baptist 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.

Sunday, August 5

4 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.

Monday, August 6

7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 11:30 a.m. –St. Joseph’s R.C. Broadway & Mann St.

Tuesday, August 7

7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5:00 p.m –Emmanuel Church (with St. Columba’s Chapel), 42 Dearborn St.,

Wednesday, Aug. 8

7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m. -First Presbyterian Church (with Newport Friends Church) 4 Everett St.

Thursday, Aug. 9

7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (with St. Mary’s Episcopal ) 12 Marlborough St.

Friday, Aug. 10


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Flying Fish, Red Drum Sighted in Doldrums By Tim Flaherty Bass anglers had another slow week, according to Sam Toland of Sam’s Bait and Tackle. Most of the bass taken this week tended to be schoolie-sized to 15 pounders. As Narragansett Bay waters continue to warm, the bigger stripers will continue to seek cooler, deeper water on ocean side. Experienced anglers and oldtimers often refer to this period as the summer doldrums - times that try anglers’ souls. Long hours of hard fishing often go unrewarded as bass become more and more elusive. There is nothing an angler can do but wait for the bite to improve. Although switching to live bait can help, there are no guarantees. I only know of one thing that will help: a series of Canadian cold fronts to lower ocean and bay temperatures. On Sunday, bay water temperatures were in the up-

Sachuest Prepares for New Exhibits

are a warm-water species common to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and Louisiana. They get their moniker from the drumming sound they make when stressed. This species is reddish in color and has a distinctive spot on its tail resembling an eye. This feature, called by some anglers the third eye, is said to discourage attacks by predators. Losing fish after they have been hooked, as a result of mechanical failure, is not an uncommon occurrence when teaching people to catch big fish on light tackle. It happened again last week on one of our charters while fishing a deep hole near Seal Ledge for elusive big bass. One of our less experienced guests had a surprise hit that nearly took the rod from his hands. Instead of throwing the a lever forward to engage the reel’s drag, he released the drag, causing it to free-spool resulting in an


The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Visitor’s Center is undergoing more changes. For the next 3-4 weeks the visitor’s center’s main entrance, lobby, gift shop and main exhibition area will be closed. The north entrance, single restroom and classroom will remain open to accommodate visitors during this time. This closing will allow for the installation of new habitat exhibits, interpretive displays and visitor contact stations similar to those in the award-winning Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center in Charlestown. This is the final stage in a construction project that began in February. At that time J.G. Edwards Construction of Portsmouth began construction to reconfigure and upgrade the interior of the visitor’s center for the upcoming installation. A planning committee of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Staff and NWR volunteers worked for over two years on the project. Led by Janis Nepshinsky, Visitor Service Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Rhode Island, and Margaret Bellucci, a longtime and volunteer at Sachuest Point, the group explored many design concepts and display options before deciding on the final plans. According to Nepshinsky, the exhibits “will showcase and highlight the wildlife, varied habitats, and plants of Sachuest Point- and will be an educational destination for the public, teachers and class trips.” Interactive displays will explain the life cycles, habitats and behaviors of the wildlife populations of the refuge. They will also explore the interdependence of wildlife and habitat. One particular visitor contact station will trace the geological, archaeological, and anthropological ages of the refuge, beginning with the last glacial period 10,000 years ago. Artifacts attributed to the different cultures and inhabitants of the Sachuest Point region will be included. A date for the opening of the exhibits will be announced later in August. To follow the progress of this project, or for more information, visit ninigret/complex or call 401364-9124.

immediate backlash that created an impenetrable bird’s nest of line around the reel and handle. As the bass continued its run, the line exploded with a bang that quickly silenced the screaming drag alarm on the reel. Of course, the line quickly parted, resulting in the loss of the fish and causing my mate, ex-Coast Guardsman TJ Harris, to muse for the rest of the day about the size of that fish that got away. The slow passage of the cold front Thursday and Friday set the stage for the cool northwesterly breeze that delivered us relief from the week’s high humidity. These breezes also cleanse the bay and coastal waters of sediment and seaweed making for low turbidity. Clear seawater is good news for anglers, particularly those drifting for fluke and sea bass, as well as stripers. With good, clear water, fish can find baits more easily, thus raising the number of hits an angler gets and hopefully increasing his catch. Tight Lines!



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Flying fish were reported at the Mud Hole, 25 miles offshore, and two were spotted on a local charter about two weeks ago. per 70s and even 80 at Conimicut Poiint. The water was in the 70s at the reefs. When the water warms up, though, so do tropical species sightings. More reports of exotic fishes have been reported this past week. Flying fish were reported at the Mud Hole, 25 miles offshore, and we saw two on a charter about two weeks ago. This species is a joy to see and often causes great excitement with crewmembers who have never seen them before. There are 64 species of flying fish in the earth’s oceans, from the family of fishes known scientifically as Exocoetidae. All of the species have unique adaptations on their large and webbed pectoral fins which give them the ability to glide gracefully above the water. Another unique characteristic of the species is its high-speed tail, capable of whipping back and forth at 70 times per second, like the wings of a hummingbird. This allows the fish to propel itself out of the water at high speeds, then to employ those webbed fins to escape predators. Other reports of exotic species have been reported this week. It was confirmed that a Red Drum, in excess of 30 pounds was taken on the Cape last week. Red Drum

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