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THURSDAY, December 23, 2010

Vol. 38, No. 51 What’s Inside

Bring It Home!

Broadway Proposal Denied By Tom Shevlin

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Hundreds of hospitality workers, local officials, and yachting enthusiasts turned out for a rally on Wednesday at the Newport Marriott to show their support for the state’s ongoing attempt to lure back the America’s Cup. The event, which was organized by the Newport & Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau, featured remarks from Sail Newport’s Brad Read, his brother, Puma Skipper Ken Read, and others. Interest in hosting the Cup in Newport was renewed last week after a bid by favored city San Francisco was received more cooly than anticipated by organizers. Keith Stokes, the head of the state’s Economic Development Corporation, has been actively courting officials from Cup Defender BMW Oracle Racing and the Golden Gate Yacht Club. A decision on the host venue is expected by Dec. 31. See page 5 for a full write-up of Wednesday’s well-attended rally, or visit www.Newport-Now.com for the latest updates. (Photo by Rob Thorn)

Doorway Decorating Contest Winners Announced Around this time of year, we love to drive around town checking out the winners of the Christmas in Newport Doorway Decorating Contest, which have just been announced. So plug these addresses into your GPS, and take a little holiday tour with us. Grand Prize winner (meaning the best in any category) is the doorway of the Wisteria Lodge, 452 Bellevue Ave., owned by Brian McKenna. First place in the Residential category is the home of Laurent-Armand LaChance at 39 Warner St. Second place Residential is Dale Oakes, 7 Young St., and third place is John Sawicki, 28 Sherman St. First prize winner in the Bed & Breakfast category is the Architect’s Inn, 31 Old Beach Rd., owned by Brian Hadley and Nick Maione. Second prize B&B is the Marshall Slocum Inn, 29 Kay St., owned by Dana and Mark Spring. Third prize B&B is Victorian Ladies, 61 Memorial Blvd., owned by Harry and Cheryl Schatmeyer. In the Commercial category, the first place ribbon goes to J.H. Breakell & Co., 126 Spring St. (Doris Foss, manager). Second place is Rib and Rhein, 86 William St. (Erin and Thomas Ribe iro), and third place is Cadeaux du Monde, 26 Mary St. (Kate Dyer). In the Restaurant category, first place goes to the Clarke Cooke House, Bannister’s Wharf (David Ray), and second place goes to Tallulah on Thames, 464 Thames St. (Kelly Ann Maurice and Barbara Bessette, decorations).

TOP LEFT: The doorway of the Clarke Cooke House was best in the Restaurant category. TOP RIGHT: The doorway at the Wisteria Lodge took the Grand Prize in the doorway decorating contest. Owner Brian McKenna stands next to his winning entry. LEFT: J.H. Breakell & Co. and manager Doris Foss won in the Commercial category.


A proposal to redevelop a prominent stretch of upper Broadway to accomodate an expanding local business ran into opposition on Monday from members of the city’s Planning Board. David and Deborah Whalley, who own and operate Newport Prescription Center, had petitioned the board for a demolition permit for a project to redevelop a pair of adjacent properties located at 283287 Broadway and 1 Friendship St. The Broadway property has been home to the Whalleys’ pharmacy business since 1985, as well as an adjoining liquor store, hair salon, and KC’s Cafe. The Whalleys had hoped to significantly redevelop the property, replacing it with a one-story building, with expanded retail, pharmacy, and restaurant space. “The whole block will be redone,” said Turner Scott, an attorney representing the applicant. Scott went on to note that the project calls for nothing less than the “complete revitalization of that whole area.” According to property records on file with the city, the Whalleys bought the mixed-used structure at 283-287 Broadway in May of this year for $600,000. They also own a multi-family residence at 1 Friendship St., which would be razed in concert with their renovation plans. After exploring several options, including a straight-forward restoration project, Scott said the couple determined that it would be more cost-effective to construct new rather than push forward with a rehab of the existing structures. Scott argued that both the planner’s report and a report by the historic district planner indicated that the proposed development wouldn’t have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood. And while both properties are in a limited business zone, concern on the part of Planning Board members quickly turned to the request to demolish the Queen Anne Victorian behind the Broadway structure. Board member Richard Carrubba was the first to raise the question, asking whether there had been any consideration given to offering the property up for removal rather than demolition.Scott replied that at the time, it hadn’t been something the applicant had given consideration to, but also didn’t rule it out. “It tears us up to see someone demolish” the building, Carrubba said. Chairwoman Naomi Neville agreed. “I do think that the architecture of this house is worth saving,” she added. But it was fellow Board member Deborah Melino-Wender who had some of the most pointed comments, expressing “serious reservations” about the project. Pointing

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids during school vacation week? How about a train ride on the historic Old Colony & Newport Railway? From Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, the non-profit train will run special Holiday Tours twice daily along Narraganset’s Bay. The trains will leave the depot at 19 America’s Cup Ave. at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.ocnrr.com. Last week, the Community Oriented Policing Unit of the Newport Police Department treated nearly 200 first-graders from Newport elementary schools to a train trip. In the photo, train conductor, Jack Doyle (top) and engineer, Peter Martin welcome the students while police officer Rob Salters helps some of the children aboard for their ride. (Photos by Laurie Warner)

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Newport’s Winter Visitors A short distance offshore from The Point, these harbor seals and their seagull friend spent low tide relaxing in the brisk December sun at Citing Rock (Photo by Caitlin Poplawski)

By Meg O’Neil Winter is finally upon us in Newport. The streets are unusually quiet, you can walk into virtually any restaurant and be seated immediately. Finding a parking space is a breeze. It’s a far cry from the bustling summer months, and with fewer tourists in town, the city, once again, belongs to the locals. There are few to zero boats idling in the harbor, save for a very important, very fun and informative few. On a recent brisk, and perfectly clear December weekend morning, roughly 20 hearty souls boarded the M/V Alletta Morris, a sturdy steel, bare-bones boat for an hour-long seal watching excursion with Save The Bay. Since 1970, Save the Bay has

been doing their part to ensure that the quality and value that Narragansett Bay brings to us in the Ocean State is protected, restored, and improved. In 2002, Save the Bay teamed up with the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and began offering seal cruises and tours of the lighthouse. Bundled in layers, with cameras and binoculars in tow, we board the Alletta Morris at Bowen’s Wharf, while tour guide, and 10-year Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation and Save the Bay employee Reda Evans introduced our captain for the day. After a brief safety orientation, we head out from the dock, our trusty vessel becoming a classroom of sorts, as Evans pulled out a chart of Narragansett Bay pointing to a doz-

en or so marks where harbor seals could be found. She tells us about the different kinds of seals that are seen every year between late fall and early spring, when they make their way down from Maine and Canada, following their prey south to the warmer waters of Narragansett Bay. Harbor seals, the kind we are most likely to see that day, are common inhabitants of the Bay from October through April of each year. The smallest of the four species that can be seen in the bay, harbor seals range from 200-250 pounds. The chart that Evans displays, shows the rocks, or “haul-out” sites that

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A dusting of snow on the streets of Newport on Monday didn’t deter guests from attending the annual Silver Tea at the Edward King Senior Center. More than 40 people dressed in their holiday finery came to share tea and cakes at the King mansion, which was also dressed for the holidays with greens and five decorated Christmas trees. Pianist Hugo D’Ascentis played holiday favorites while the guests mingled and sipped. Organizer Michelle Duga says the Silver Tea has been a beloved and well-attended event each year since the Center was founded decades ago. “It’s a nice way to come out, have some tea and enjoy the company and holiday décor at the mansion.” On Sunday, the King Center also played host to a group of about 50 young ladies and their American Girl dolls, who came out for an event sponsored by the Newport Park & Recreation Department as part of “Christmas in Newport.” The “American Girl Christmas Party,” which was new to the Christmas calendar this year, was a sell-out. It’s hoped that it will be repeated next year.

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The Mission Goes On


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At The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Renewed Purpose Amid Turnover By Tom Shevlin Marilyn Warren and Suzi Conklin Nance duck into a small conference room, tucked just away from the bustling entrance to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; they sit down, and exhale. It’s Friday, just a week removed from Christmas Eve. Outside, a group of staff and volunteers dart between stations attending to a steady stream of residents looking for a helping hand. Nearby, in another small, nondescript room, is an orderly array of brown paper shopping bags, brimming with foodstuffs. They’re meals. Donated and provided by the center for hundreds of area families who can’t afford to put food on their tables this Christmas. Over the last several years, the center has seen a surge in need. Along with it, has been a sharp decline in funding. In the world of private social service agencies, it’s the equivalent of a perfect storm. The center, long a fixture in the community, has been shaken. Earlier this month, it parted ways with longtime Executive Director Amanda Frye-Leinhos. In a separate move, six staff members had to be let go – at no fault of their own, notes Nance. The funding, she says, simply isn’t there.

Connor Dowd and the Keller Williams Realty team, who won the Newport County Board of Realtors food drive contest to benefit the MLKCC, join with interim Executive Director Marilyn Warren recently. Nance, the center’s board chairperson, explains that she can’t comment on the circumstances that led to Frye-Leinhos’ departure, but is ready to note that one former staffer has already come back to work on a volunteer basis. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors about the center’s death are premature. In fact, “It’s a very exciting time for the center,� says Nance. “We’re getting ready to go into our 90th year, and we’re planning on having a big 100th birthday celebration.� Guiding the center through this time, is Ms. Warren, who had previously served as the center’s executive assistant, has assumed the role of interim executive director. It’s a big job, and she is first to admit that she has big shoes to fill. For the past decade, her predecessor had been the public face of

the center, a tireless advocate for its place in the community, and a constant presence In recent weeks, rumors and reports have swirled, casting doubt over the center’s viability and direction. But it’s clear from this visit, in the wake of such startling news, that the center is alive and well. Peter Keirnan has been one of the organization’s biggest boosters. Last year, when the prospect of having to close the facility’s food pantry was raised, it was Keirnan and his family who stepped in to guarantee its continued operation. During a recent interview, he renewed his commitment to the center and its mission. As a primarily privately-funded organization

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A Farewell to Eleanor By Tom Shevlin The boneyard at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) is a little emptier this week. Eleanor, an historic sailing yacht, once the pride of the Hudson River, left Newport on Thursday, bound for upstate New York where hopefully, better days await. Built in 1903, she had been among the oldest boats in the IYRS collection. And while her departure marks somewhat of a melancholy milestone for local wooden boat buffs, it also signals the beginning of what her former owner hopes will be a new chapter in her already full life. “I learned to sail on her, said Louise Bliss, who donated Eleanor to IYRS in 2001. “A lot of people learned to sail on her.� Originally owned by Henry Livingston, the sloop was built by the well-known naval architect Clinton H. Crane to the so-called “length and sail area� rule in the Raceabout Class. At 36-feet in length, with a 9-foot beam, she possessed a large sail area courtesy of a gaff rig which allowed for quick, close-wind sailing. The sloop’s design was based on the Lanai, another boat Crane had


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Bliss and her family decided it was time to pass her along. In 2001, Bliss discovered IYRS and was impressed by its reputation for wooden boat restoration. Eleanor was among eight boats eyed for restoration by the school. Six others, Maria, Dominique, Norma B., Impatience, Watch Hill 15, and Patrol still guard in the school’s boneyard. Another, Ruweida V, is currently undergoing a full restoration as part of the school’s second year curriculum. Soon, Bliss hopes, Eleanor will re-

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NEWS BRIEFS Beach Cleanups Continue Monthly Clean Ocean Access (COA) performed a beach cleanup in Jamestown, at Hull Cove on Dec. 4. A group of 19 people, including six students from Portsmouth High School and residents of Newport, Middletown, Jamestown and Bristol, collected 12 contractor bags (250 pounds) of trash from the pathways and along the coastline. Among the plastic and glass bottles and other random waste, a substantial amount of fishing gear was also collected. This marks the thirty-third coastal cleanup performed by Clean Ocean Access since 2006. The next cleanup is scheduled for Jan. 8 at Taylors Lane in Little Compton, with other events planned monthly thru May 2011. COA is an environmental group concerned with safety, cleanliness and open access of the ocean and coastlines. The group was formed in the summer of 2006 as a result of access issues along the shoreline, water pollution at area beaches and a general interest of the ocean enthusiasts to form a group that would work towards preserving the environment for future generations to continue to enjoy ocean activities. Further information is available on the Internet at http://members.cox.net/ cleanoceanaccess.

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School Committee Info Now Online Seeking more transparency, the city’s School Committee recently upgraded access to its online meeting information. Earlier this year, the School Committee contracted with BoardDocs, a leading provider in eGovernance solutions to enhance its online database. Initially developed in 2000 for Marietta City Schools in Georgia, BoardDocs provides low-maintenance, turn-key paperless governance solutions. Since its national introduction in 2002, more than 400 organizations have adopted the system, which allows government agencies to upload meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting materials to a central website. It’s a move that’s been a long time coming for the School Committee. The city has for several years posted full dockets online at the city’s website, as well as on a similar third-party provider, ClerkBase.

Holiday Closing The Jamestown Philomenian Library will be closed for the following days to observe the holiday season: Friday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 26. The library will open again on Monday, Dec. 27 at their regular time of 10:00 a.m. They will also be closed on Saturday, Jan. 1 and resume regular hours on Sunday, Jan. 2

The City of Newport Recreation Department announces the “All Ages Open Gym” at “the Hut” for people looking to play pick-up basketball or just “shoot around” on Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 28 and 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Although a supervisor will be on duty, one adult may accompany no more than 5 youngsters. The cost will be $1/ child (up to age 18) and $3/ adult, with a cap of $5 per family. “The Hut” is located at the Martin Recreation Center, 35 Golden Hill St., Newport. For more information, contact the Newport Recreation Department at 845-5800.

Program Change The fitness walking and preschool open-gym programs held in the gym at “the Hut” will be suspended during school vacation Dec. 23 – Jan. 3.

Newport Cooks January Offerings Newport Cooks January classes will include “Pasta Making Made Easy” on Jan. 11, “Meatless Dinner Delights” on Jan. 19 and a French cooking class on Jan. 27. All classes are held at the Edward King House. For more information or to register contact info@newportcooks.com

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Church Institute will once again offer a Christmas Day breakfast from 9 - 11 a.m. at 18 Market Square. In addition, a Holiday Breakfast will be prepared for the community on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Seamen’s. There is no charge to anyone who is interested in attending. This year’s Thanksgiving Dinner was cooked and served turkey with all the fixings to approximately 220 people from all parts of the Aquidneck Island community. For information on the breakfasts, or to make a donation, contact Tom Bair, Interim Superintendent at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, or call 847-4260.

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On Wednesday, Dec. 29, Firehouse Theater will present a special mid-week performance at 8 p.m. The Bit Players, award-winning Comedy Troupe, performs highenergy, fast-paced improvisation entertaining to the whole family. Much like the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” everything is entirely made up on-the-spot, from characters to scenes to stories to music. This performance is offered at a special price of 2 for $20, 3 for $ 25; 4 for $30 and 5 or more $5 each with reservations. For more information visit www.firehousetheater. org and to make reservations call: 849-3473.

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NewportFed has made a commitment to heating assistance throughout the local community this winter. The bank recently donated $1,000.00 to ‘Keep the Heat On’, a program, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence that provides heating assistance to those who have exhausted all other public and private means of assistance. Since Bishop Tobin established the program in 2005, ‘Keep the Heat On’ has raised over $1 million in donations to assist more than 3,600 households in Rhode Island. Kevin McCarthy, President & CEO at NewportFed is seen here with Bishop Tobin. Through the generosity of individuals, organizations such as NewportFed and grants from the Catholic Charity Appeal, ‘Keep the Heat On’ helps those with no place left to turn for heating assistance. To apply, donate or for more information about ‘Keep the Heat On’ please visit www.heatri.com.

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Recycling is mandatory in Newport.

These one-day events allow residents to recycle electronic waste, clothing & household items, books, rigid plastic, bikes, Styrofoam, cooking oil, as well as shred sensitive documents and possibly purchase recycling bins or compost bins. Check our website closer to the date for a complete list.

Recycling bins are available in the Collections Office located on the first floor of City Hall, 43 Broadway. Recycling bins are $6 each. Please bring identification or a utility bill to prove residency. Contact the Clean City Program for “extra recycling” stickers to use on your own container (max. allowed is 32 gallons).

Eco-Depot Collections Eco-Depot hazardous waste collections will be in the Newport area on 4/16, 6/4 and 10/1. Hazardous waste such as oil based paints, gasoline, propane tanks, antifreeze and paint thinners cannot be thrown away in you regular trash. Appointments are required and can be made by calling RIRRC at 942-1430 x241 or for a list of event dates, visit www.rirrc.org.

Maximum Holiday Recycling Recycle extra wrapping paper and cardboard packaging in paper yard waste bags clearly marked “paper recycling” during the designated week in December on your regular collection day.

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For What It’s Worth

Dear Federico, Attached is a photo of a Christmas decoration I have had since my childhood. My parents used it as a centerpiece on our living room mantle and that is where I use it now. It is cardboard with wax decorations to look like snow and has a music box on that back side that plays Silent Night. What is it worth? — ­ Trish C.

Dear Trish; Of all the images I have received of holiday items, this is the most charming. Your church could have been sold through a local shop like a five and dime and was probably made in the U.S. Most music boxes at the time (the 194050’s) were made in Switzerland or Germany. Yours looks in excellent condition. The value would be in the $100 price range. The only thing that would add to the value would be the original box, if there was one. — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques

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The Book Discussion Groups at the Jamestown Library have chosen their books for the next five months. The first few are: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tender Bar: a memoirâ&#x20AC;? by J.R. Moehringer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secret Scriptureâ&#x20AC;? by Sebastian Barry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, February 15 at 1p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Major Pettigrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Standâ&#x20AC;? by Helen Simonson â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mon., March 21 at 7 p.m. and Tue., March 15 at 1 p.m. The Jamestown Library features two book discussions which are free. Meetings are ordinarily on the third week of the month. The Evening Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.; the Afternoon Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. For more information, call 423-7280.

Hundreds of hospitality workers, tourism officials, small business owners, and yachting enthusiasts filled the atrium at the Newport Marriott on Wednesday to rally behind the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing efforts to lure the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup back to Newport. Sponsored by the Newport and Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau, it was the biggest public display of support for winning back the Cup since July, when thousands of spectators descended on Fort Adams to catch a glimpse of the storied trophy. Though the rally was firmly focussed on the future, it seemed like everyone had a story about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup days on Tuesday. Evan Smith, CEO of the NBCCVB, declared that if Rhode Island lands the right to host the final races in 2013, it would be the largest media and sporting event in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Making associated improvements to the waterfront at Fort Adams, he said, would do nothing less than â&#x20AC;&#x153;establish Rhode Island as a worldclass international sailing center.â&#x20AC;? And while Newport is currently host to more than 20 regattas annually, it has lost out on several high-profile events like the Volvo Ocean Race in recent years due to its lack of certain infrastructure components. The significance of bringing the Cup back to the city was not lost on the crowd of roughly 300 in attendance on Wednesday. If the final races are held in 2013, participating teams could be here setting the stage as soon as this summer. Work on Fort Adams would begin in concert, promising both short-term construction and long-term jobs in the marine trades for the state, even well after the competition has subsided. Some in the crowd already have seen the impact that securing the Cup could have on their bottom line. Robert T. Olivera, sales manager for the Newport Bay Club, said

that he recently fielded a phone call from a sailing enthusiast who offered to pay $42,000 for one of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s timeshare units during the week the Cup would be contended. Typically, he said, timeshares will sell for somewhere around $2,600. Martha Sheridan is the president of the Providence and Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also heads up the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sporting Commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I owe my entire career to the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup,â&#x20AC;? she said. Working in Newport during the summer of 1983, she said she saw firsthand the powerful impact that tourism can have on a local economy. Witnessing the activity surrounding the Cup during that campaign â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the last that was raced in Newport â&#x20AC;&#x201C; led her down her career path, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like ripples on the water, the positive effects (of bringing the Cup to Newport) would radiate throughout the entire state,â&#x20AC;? Sheridan said, adding, â&#x20AC;?There are very few global sporting events. To be able to host this event, would be a true honor.â&#x20AC;? Ken Read, skipper of Pumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volvo Ocean Race entry and former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, said that bringing the Cup back to the waters it called home for some 50 years, would be a watershed moment for the city, and bolster Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (slightly self-anointed) reputation as the Sailing Capitol of the World. His brother, Brad Read, who heads up Sail Newport and is one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vocal sailing proponents, said that Newport is ready to answer the call should organizers from the Golden Gate Yacht Club and Defending BMW Oracle Racing Team bring the Cup home. Firmly in his gaze was Tom Ehman, who happens to be one of those organizers. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in town for the past two weeks, fueling negotiations with the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Development Corporation. Several officials speaking afterwards were pleasantly surprised to see Ehman in the audience. While the rally was well-publicized over Facebook and Twitter, the event was more of a spontaneous pep rally than official negotiating tactic. The groundswell of support from the community during what for many is a getaway holiday week, was to say the least, an impressive feat. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, San Francisco officials have doubled down on their efforts to secure the Cup, after a bid package they submitted to BMW Oracle team owner Larry Ellison, was received with less than enthusiastic response. That prompted race organizers to again consider bids from both Newport and Rome, the home base of the challenger of record Mascalzone Latino. A venue decision is due by Dec. 31.


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During the period, from Monday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 19 the Newport Police Dept. responded to 308 calls. Of that, 130 were motor vehicle related; there were 100 motor vehicle violations issued and 30 accidents. The police also responded to two separate incidents of vandalism, five animal complaints and eleven noise complaints. In addition, 21 arrests were made for the following violations: nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Five arrests were made for DUI. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Four arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Three arrests were made for domestic or simple assault. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Two arrests were made for disorderly conduct. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Two arrests were made for driving with a revoked license. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; Two arrests was made for larceny. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; One arrest was made for possession of narcotics. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; One arrest was made for assault. nâ&#x20AC;&#x201A; One arrest was made for noise violation.

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Giving, of Ourselves Just before Thanksgiving, we wrote of the importance of the city’s social service agencies. This week, we feature a story on the transitions facing one of those agencies: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. No doubt, like other non-profits, the center is facing a crisis of need. That is, there are more and more people in need of their help, and fewer donations coming in. Still, as we report, the spirit of the center is alive and well. Generous donors who have seen the center through difficult times in the past have stepped up, once more. Still, if you’re like us, there remains a voice in the back of your head, telling you to do more. Newport is fortunate to have some rather accomplished and giving citizens. But we needn’t not rely on a few to provide for the many in need. We can all do our part. At the MLK Center, for example, donations like food are as welcome as any check; the gift of time, just as valuable as cash. So it is at many of our local non-profits. Back in November, a reader made mention of her and her husband’s pledge to volunteer four times this holiday season at one of the city’s food pantries and meal sites. She said she wanted to do more. While we’re not ones for New Year’s resolutions, perhaps this year should be different. Whether it’s helping a homebound neighbor through the winter, or taking a few minutes out of your week to volunteer, let’s resolve to try to do more. With that in mind, we’re re-publishing a list of just some of the area’s meal and food pantry sites. Give them a call; see if you can lend a hand. Meal Sites Martin Luther King Meal Site 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., 8464828, Breakfast M-F 8:30 am - 9:30 am St. Josephs Soup Kitchen 5 Mann Ave., 847-0065 (rectory), Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Salvation Army of Newport, 51 Memorial Blvd., 846-3234, Fri. 4-4:45 p.m. and Sun. 5-5:45 p.m. Food Pantries Salvation Army of Newport, 51 Memorial Blvd., 846-3234, Wed., Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Martin Luther King Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., 8464828 Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. EBCAP, 19 Broadway 847-7821 x-212 Mon., Tues., & Wed. 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Community Baptist Church, 40 Dr Marcus Wheatland Blvd., 8471707 2nd and 4th Saturday, 2-4 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry 5 Mann Ave., 401-847 0065 (rectory) Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Newport Residents Council 1 York St., 848-3218, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m.; Wed. & Sat. 5-7 p.m. by apt. only

Upcoming Municipal Meetings NEWPORT City Hall will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 in observance of New Years Day.


Middletown Audit Committee -Dec. 30 at 9 a.m. Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force -Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. Please note that some meetings scheduled after press time may not appear above. For the latest upcoming meeting schedules visit SOS.RI.Gov, or visit Newport-Now.com.

Lynne Tungett, Publisher & Editor Tom Shevlin, Associate Publisher & News Editor Letters Policy Newport This Week encourages all citizens to comment publicly on the events and times in which we live. We will print any letter sent to us, adhering to guidelines for taste, accuracy, fairness, and public interest. Letters must be signed by the author and must include a telephone number and street address. Letters are limited to 500 words. Direct letters to: Newport This Week, 86 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Letters may also be sent via email to editorial@newportthisweek.net Corrections: We adhere to the highest standards of accuracy, fairness and ethical responsibility. If you feel we have not met those standards, please notify us.


Visit new websites To the Editor; I want to first say how grateful I am for all the support I have received this year on the Rhode Island Comic Throwdown, Newport Arts Scene Magazine, Newport Arts Scene Radio Hour and Newport City Limits . The reason I am writing is to ask that you please visit the two new websites NewportArtsScene.com and NewportCityLimits.com and check them out. There are a few things you should know about these sites. First, they are completely FREE! All your arts and entertainment press releases, announcement & fundraisers and more are always posted

for FREE, not only on the sites but also forwarded to Facebook, Twitter and many other social medias. Plus, there is an events calendar on Newport City Limits that all live music and entertainment is posted for FREE. A complete calendar of ALL Newport County Arts & Entertainment events will be coming early in 2011. Also, if you have a big event that needs a bit more promo there are opportunities for full story coverage. Don’t spend all your valuable time posting all your events on all the events calendars in Newport and beyond. Just send all events posting to newportartsscene@gmail.com. Also, please visit the NAS & NCL Facebook pages

and LIKE. This way you will get all the post as they are posted. There has been rapid growth and interested in Newport Arts Scene and Newport City Limits and we are trying to keep up with all the great new relationships that we are forming both with the arts and music scenes in Newport. There are many exciting things coming very soon that will make both of these endeavors more accessible and exciting. Please Pass the Word! For more info feel free to contact me at 401207-4812 or stagerightcom@gmail. com Tom C. Erb

What is the Answer? To the Editor; In your article, “Newport Ranks High for Housing Burden Index”, the U.S. Census Bureau said, 40 percent of people in Newport pay more than 30 percent of their household income on housing costs. So these people have a hard time living in Newport? Who doesn’t? That doesn’t mean what Executive Director of Housing works, R.I., Nellie M. Gorbea said is true. She said, Large numbers of families are on the verge of losing their apartments or homes because they can’t afford the rent or mortgage.”

I struggle to pay my bills but I don’t want more affordable housing in Rhode Island. I don’t want to go to the state lawmakers. Is Nellie M. Gorbea paid by the taxpayers? It sounds like she is. Maybe if we weren’t taxed to death and paying people to make things up, we’d have more money to pay our bills. If Newport has the state’s highest percentage of affordable housing and people still struggle, is that the answer? Ken Cordeiro Middletown

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FAREWELL CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 ceive a similar treatment. When she first arrived at IYRS, she was only months removed from plying the waters of the Hudson River. IYRS made several efforts over the years to find an individual or a party to fund her restoration, however, to no avail. Under an IYRS policy adopted in 2005, boats of Eleanor’s size are not placed in the school’s restoration program unless their restoration is funded – a provision that was put in place in order to ensure that the school’s cash flow adequately supports its operations. And so, without a funding source in place, Bliss – who has a background in non-profits and grantwriting – decided to make one of her own. Still with a sense of great ownership and responsibility to the vessel, she reached out to IYRS earlier this fall. Upon her arrival back in New

York, Bliss plans on organizing and incorporating a 501-(C)(3) organization to pay for the restoration and eventual operation of the vessel. Once complete, Bliss hopes to recapture the community spirit that surrounded the Eleanor, restoring her as an educational and cultural attraction for the area, which she notes once had a proud boatbuilding tradition. “We’re excited to be getting her back,” Bliss said recently. “She was a real part of the community” when her father had her. And the prospect of restoring her locally, has piqued the interest of the community, she added. Indeed, there’s just something about wooden boats. Perhaps it’s because of the painstaking labor put in them by the craftsmen who built them; or the raw materials that gives them their structure, but some say they have souls.

What is sure is that boats like Eleanor belong in the water. The longer they’re on the land, the faster they seem to age. Watching Eleanor over the past few years, one could’t help but hope that a benefactor would be found to restore her back to her former glory. And so, it was with mixed emotions that we report that Eleanor returned home last week, with hopes that we will see her back in the water someday. Terry Nathan is the President of IYRS. “We get a lot of offers from people who want to donate to our program,” he said. “When we do accept a vessel in need of restoration, we do our best to find underwriting.” Unfortunately that’s not always possible. Thankfully for Eleanor, Nathan said, she had someone willing to step up and bring her back to life.

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Mayor’s Dual Role Raises Hackles For Napolitano, Being One of Newport’s More Visible Mayors Came at a Cost By Tom Shevlin It’s a Saturday in Aug. and JeanneMarie Napolitano is thoroughly engaged. Even before her coffee comes, she wishes good morning to a passerby and gives a quick wave to a patron sitting nearby. We’re sitting at the Hungry Monkey on Broadway, making small talk a few weeks before the primary that would determine the final field for the city’s At-Large council race. Napolitano would go on to Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano,Karen King and Jody Sullivan place first in that election–the third of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce at the opening of straight time she would be city’s Style Newport, King’s new store on Thames Street. top vote-getter. She says that she hasn’t done cies, like the Department of Trans- table presence in the office, bemuch in the way of campaigning, portation, as evidence of the role coming Newport’s youngest mayor but through her public appearanc- a mayor can play in the back-and- in 2006), several incumbent counes over the last two years, she has forth between local taxpayers and cilors cited a desire for more open become arguably Newport’s most the state. communication as a reason for visible elected official. And yet, with its council-manag- their votes. Waluk is expected, in The oversized, white binder that er form of government, Newport’s January, to be elected to a second sits heavily on the dark wood of the mayoral post is decidedly titular. term as mayor–or, as he refers to it mayor’s desk tells the story better Unlike other cities with titled may- –council chair. than any reporter. ors, Newport’s is not directly electHowever one feels about the The binder, which she refers to ed, and it comes with no staff or role and responsibility the mayor simply as “the book,” frames the meaningful executive authority. should carry, Napolitano has placed mornings, days, and often, nights, In fact, day-to-day, much of the her stamp on the office. of the city’s top elected official with responsibilities of the mayor’s po“I considered myself on call 24public appearances, private meet- sition is limited to serving as a hours a day,” she says during a reings, and council business. conduit between members of the cent interview, her term now windLike most others, this interview council and the city staff. ing down. appointment has been set and A charter change in the 1950s That for the fourth time she recodified in the book. gave us the system which Newport ceived the city’s highest number A few months later, in late No- employs today. The commission of votes in consecutive city-wide vember, the binder elections speaks is fuller, still. During volumes to her a recent two-week appeal. That she For the fourth time Napolitano received the span, Napolitano avfailed to win a eraged roughly three city’s highest number of votes in consecutive city- single vote from appointments per those who have day, above and be- wide elections speaks volumes to her appeal. That served most yond normal council closely with her, she failed to win a single vote from those who meetings and workis also telling. shops. have served most closely with her, is also telling. Somewhere “It’s demanding “ along the line, a she says. “But I just disconnect occonsider it part and parcel of the charged with recasting the city’s curred. job.” municipal structure gave thought With former Mayor and thirdSince being sworn in as the city’s to eliminating the mayor’s post, al- place vote-getter Waluk ostensibly first female mayor in January of together. But Newport had always headed to the council chair once 2009, Napolitano has kept a robust had a mayor, and the position was more, Napolitano is resigned to the schedule. She’s appeared at count- saved – albeit in title only. fact that, for whatever reason, her less ribbon cuttings, public meetWhere the position is most visi- fellow councilors have chosen to ings, and fund-raisers. She’s used ble is at public meetings, which the go in another direction. her position to testify on Smith Hill, mayor, serving as council chair, is Parsing out her time on the job, lobby the state’s congressional del- charged with running. she estimates that running meetegation for federal funding, and It is in this regard that several ings accounts for “50 percent of the was one of a handful of mayors in- sitting councilors have expressed job.” The other half, she surmises, vited to speak at a national confer- frustration with Napolitano. deals with public appearances. ence in Pittsburgh earlier this year. While she has advocated on beAnd therein lies the duality of Her trips to Washington, she notes, half of the city on various stages, the job. To the public, Newport has were paid for out of her own pocket Napolitano has also drawn the eye an elected “mayor.” To those who sit or by private entities like the New- of critics who say that too much ef- as equals on the council, they have port and Bristol County Visitors and fort has been placed in public, and a chairperson. Convention Bureau. not enough has been placed in “The job is what you make it,” NaPeople–especially those out- the behind-the-scenes networking politano says. “I had the time and side of Newport–know the city has needed to keep the council on the the wherewithal to do what I did. It a ‘mayor,’ she explains. “It means same page. has been an honor to serve as maysomething that the mayor appear In throwing their support be- or, and I’ll continue to do my part at some of these meetings.” hind former Mayor Stephen C. for the people of Newport as an AtShe points to her dealings on be- Waluk (who himself became a no- Large member of the council.” half of the city with the state agen-

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to the lessons learned during the expansion of Newport Hospital, and the city’s previous recognition of the importance of the character of the Friendship Street and Broadway neighborhood, she argued that the proposed development would harm, not enhance the character of the area. “The way this plan is being presented,” she said, “it’s a one-story suburban type development that reminds me, sadly, of the development across the street.” “This plan does not do that neighborhood justice,” MelinoWender added. Hoping to convince Board members otherwise, Scott asserted that a denial of his client’s request is no guarantee against the loss of the structure. “The economic realities of maintaining that house in that neighborhood is challenging,” he said. In fact, Scott argued, that it’s well within the property owners’ rights to remove the top two floors of the house at 1 Friendship, independent of any planning or zoning approvals. “We can do it in a second,” he said. Bill Burgin, of Burgin-Lambert Architects in Newport, was responsible for the design of the new building, which would effectively expand the footprint of the main retail/business operation to the Queen Anne structure. He testified that, while the house may possess some notable architectural significance, it, along with the property on Broadway, had not been maintained over the years and the prospect for restoring them would be cost prohibitive. “You could turn [the Friendship Street property] into a jewel, but you’d never get the payback,” he said. Neville said that she was torn with the prospect of losing what Melino-Wender had described as “a cornerstone” to the neighborhood. “We want business development,” she added, “but at what cost?” “I’m torn, I really am,” said Board member James Dring. Board member Lisa Weyandt noted that according to the historic planner, the building retains the majority of its historic character and possessed moderate integrity, making it a property of “higher significance.” “I think it’s analagous to euthanizing a healthy pet,” said Weyandt. But Scott was unmoving. “Would

An entire block of Broadway, currently home to the Newport Prescription Center, would be transformed under plans submitted by the owners of the property. (Rendering by Burgin-Lambert Architects) The height of the proposed building, as compared with the height of the existing home at 1 Friendship St. you rather have him (Mr. Whalley) move to Middletown?” Scott asked. “You can’t expect them to just throw money at a property because it used to be a nice building.” Carrubba, an appraiser and Realtor, seemed to agree. ”The highest and best use of that property is not residential,” he said. As new owners, he noted that the Whalleys couldn’t have influenced the condition of the building before they bought it. And while he voiced support for the concept of integrating the structure into a new design, he noted that it was beyond the Board’s purview to stipulate such a request. In the end, he joined with Dring and Mary Moniz in voting in the minority to approve the demolition permit. Neville, Weyandt, MelinoWender, and Tanya Kelley were opposed. In Other Business n Planning Board members approved an application for a special use permit to place a removable outdoor grill in the patio area at Kilwin’s Chocolates, located at 256264 Thames St. The petition replaces an earlier request to locate a mobile kitchen on the same premises. Instead, a revised application now calls for a simple outdoor grill with pergola and cooking area for preparation of simple foods like hotdogs and hamburgers. The Hyatt, O’Briens, and OceanCliff all have similar facilities, according to

Turner Scott, the attorney for applicant William Hoffman. Board members peppered Hoffman with specific questions about cooking, serving, clean-up and payment procedures on the outdoor patio. Board member Tanya Kelley said that she was disappointed with the decision to withdraw their earlier plan for a mobile kitchen, and suggested that a facade might be installed to face the street in order to make the set-up look less transient. According to Scott, the fire department had reservations about the mobile kitchen concept so close to nearby buildings. The revised plan, however, received support not only from public safety officials, but Board members as well. The vote was 7-0 in favor of the request. n  Also receiving unanimous support was an application for a special use permit to operate a fast food business at 14 Long Wharf Mall, where Edible Arrangements recently opened their first Newport outlet. n  Meanwhile, an application for a special use permit to locate a fast food restaurant at 282 Thames St. was continued until the Board’s January meeting. And finally, in honor of her last meeting as chair, City Councilbound Naomi Neville was honored with a motion to express the “absolute gratitude” of her fellow Board members for her contribution and leadership over the last several years. “I really enjoyed my time here,” Neville replied, just prior to adjourning.

MISSION CONTINUED FROM PG. 3 (only 5 percent of its total funding comes from state or federal funds), it’s people like Keirnan, the former managing director of Goldman Sachs, who are critical to the center’s long-term health. From the center’s food pantry and food basket programs, to its early childcare facility and teen center, there’s simply too much the community relies on the center for to let it fail, he says. In reflecting on the role the MLK Center plays in Newport County, the phrase “Too big to fail” pops into mind. Keirnan counters that with one of his own. “The hearts of the people of Newport are too big to let it fail,” he says. It would seem critical that he’s proven correct. While casting an expansive, and arguably indispensable net, the center is a bit of an underdog. Most of its funding comes through private donations and grants from

family foundations. State and federal aid have never been much of a factor for the center. As Nance says, it really is a community-based organization. And, while at the moment struggling financially, there are plans to grow, and to improve. Systems throughout the building are being upgraded for efficiency; with the help of a local artist, the interior is poised to get an upgrade; the first pre-school scholarship was just handed out; and there’s movement afoot to expand the center’s programming for middle schoolers and collaborate more closely with the Providence-based Women in Enterprise group to help promote minority-owned businesses. The Bob Walsh Foundation also recently gave $10,000 to the center for its programming, and a Vista volunteer has come on board to help with the center’s teen offerings. Much of these expansion plans

rely heavily on volunteers. To that end, Warren says, that it’s important for the center to become visible. She notes that a Facebook page is being launched, and there are plans to reach out to local restaurants to establish a regular donation schedule to help supplement the center’s food pantry, which has found itself serving upwards of 800 families in recent months. Of that number, 20 percent are new families. “We’re dealing on such basic levels,” Keirnan adds. Like putting food on people’s tables and ensuring that children get the education and support they need to succeed in life. “That’s why my family is staying involved,” he says. Adds Nance, “The center can do more…We can do more.” The center is in the midst of its annual holiday appeal. To help, visit www.mlkccenter.org, or call 846-4828.

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Naval Community Briefs Christmas Dinner at the Naval Station A traditional Christmas dinner will be served at Ney Hall galley on Dec. 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. to active duty military, retirees, DoD civilian employees, and contractors who work on the Naval Station. The multi-course menu will feature prime rib and turkey, with all the traditional sides and desserts. The fee is $7. Reservations are not necessary but for more information, call 841-2048.

Naval War College Reaches Combined Federal Campaign Goal The East Bay Met School’s Green Team hosted a special evening, “Green on Thames” at People’s Café over the weekend. The decidedly eco-conscious group enjoyed acoustic performances by local musicians including Sideshow, Castle, Maxwell Infection and Chris Vaillancourt. The event was one of two fund-raisers put on at the recently opened cafe over the weekend. On Sunday, they hosted a Bead for Life jewelry sale. Part of an international grassroots movement to overcome extreme poverty in developing nations, the event raised money to help create sustainable local economies in Africa.

Playhouse Renovations Hit Snag… in the Form of a City Right-of-Way By Tom Shevlin Nestled against a bend in the road, and overlooking a small cove on Ocean Drive, the Playhouse occupies one of Newport’s more picturesque locations. Its modest white siding, large stone fireplace and distinctive roofline lends to it a romantic quality which has made this one-time boathouse an iconic structure along a stretch of road lined with waterfront mansions. Originally designed in 1900 by Irving Gill for Albert H. Olmsted, halfbrother of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, it was built as a boat and carriage house for the adjacent Wildacre Estate. And while modest in its original intent, the building is rich in character, and features some rather notable design elements. Among them, a stone archway on the north side of the building originally designed for use as a bridge, connecting a second level loft with Ocean Drive. It has been said that the bridge was intended for the storage of coaches on the upper level, while the lower level was utilized as a boat and horse barn. Indeed, the home’s proximity to Ocean Drive has made it one of the most visible homes along the scenic stretch. Its roof only inches away from the roadway at points, the property can’t help but be intriguing. So, thought JoAnn and David Vieau, who purchased the property earlier this year with the aim of converting it into a full-time residence. The couple, who have made a bit of a habit of restoring historic properties, immediately set to work. The work has been extensive. In recent weeks, entire portions of the historic home have been ripped down, exposing the building to the studs. Years of water damage, caused in part by its unique position just beneath the roadway, had left the property under constant barrage, acting not unlike a dam. In October, the Historic District Commission approved an application detailing the Vieaus’ restorative efforts. However, since then, the owners were informed of an is-

sue pertaining to two additions on the north facade: namely, they were built on the city’s right of way. According to an application on file with the city, the additions had also created conflicts with plans to install a series of underground drainage pipes, intended to alleviate the intrusion of surface water runoff from Ocean Drive into the building. Absent petitioning the City Council for special permission to rebuild the additions on the rightof-way, the Vieaus were left looking for a solution. On Tuesday, the matter was brought before the HDC again. This time, for approval to construct a new addition of equal square-footage to offset the loss of the structures found to be on city property. The proposed solution involves the removal of the northwest appendage, originally dedicated for use as a mechanical room for a planned geothermal heating, cooling and electrical system, and the relocation of a half-bath to the east end of the building, which would be accommodated by a 4-foot extension to the existing pantry structure. Meanwhile, the loss of an addition in the northeast corner – which previously dedicated for use as a family room – would also create the need for a new appendage, according to the applicant. Appearing before the commission in their final item of business for the night, JoAnne Vieau explained that while she would have preferred to have been able to restore the building as she found it, she and her husband were given little choice once the discovery of the right-of-way was made. Commissioners said that they understood her dilemma. A design submitted with the application, however, wasn’t precisely to their liking. Specifically, several commissioners expressed concern over what they deemed too severe a change to the roofline of the building. “The roofline is the face of the house,” noted Chair John Shehan. “It’s what people see.”

The Naval War College met its goal of raising $100,000 to support this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC provides all federal employees the opportunity to support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. Yeoman 1st Class Joshua Dempsey led the campaign efforts at the college. “I would like to thank everyone who donated

And while normally the slope and massing of a rear roofline isn’t normally the first thing that will give the commission pause, in the case of the Playhouse, it’s very much the most visible portion of the house. Armed with a “Plan B,” Ms. Vieau presented commissioners with an alternative, calling for a pair of ad-

and volunteered to make this year’s campaign a success,” said Dempsey. “CFC is a very worthwhile cause, and the donations from the NWC community will go a long way to helping others.”

Gate Closures Gate 1 will be open 24 hours a day throughout the holiday period. Gate 7 (NHCNE) and Gate 17 (North) will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31 and Jan 1 & 2.

Women’s Issues Series The Fleet and Family Support Center will hold a four-session program on Women’s Issues Jan 3, 10, 24 and 31, noon-1:30 p.m. The series will focus on health, self-esteem, communication and life stages. Advance registration is required, please call 841-2283.

Health Clinic Hours Naval Health Clinic New England will be closed Dec 24 and 31. Hours for Dec 27-30 are 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. If urgent care is required over the holidays, patients should call 1-888-628-9633.

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Have you ever had a memory so strong and so intense, that you are rocketed back in time to an exact point in the past? A recollection so clear, that sights, sounds, smells, and colors are so extremely vivid that it feels as if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening now? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had such experiences. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having the same reminiscences, on an annual basis, for the majority of my adult life. It always starts with the opening notes of a certain Christmas Carol. As I listen, memories flood into my consciousness of a Christmas long ago. These memories touch my heart, my mind, and flow deep into my soul. They produce warm and wonderful mental pictures of people, places, animals, and events that spring up and become animate, if only for me. It was the year 1962, I was ten years old and entering the fifth grade at St. Augustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School in Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth ward. St Augustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was a Catholic elementary school under the auspices of the Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Mercy. The sisters were devout educators and they worked diligent-

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who was assigned to a destroyer at the Newport Naval Base. Mr. McCarthy, as we came to know him became our hero. He coached our boys touch-football team in the after school leagues. We won games because of his coaching and the way he made everyone feel a part of the team. Mrs. McCarthy would cheer us on from the sidelines. Back at school, Mrs. McCarthy, expected us to show her the same level of respect we showed the sisters. If you acted up in her classroom, she would summon Sister Mary Roseanne, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal. We called her the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hanging nunâ&#x20AC;?. Sister Roseanne dispatched swift justice to miscreants! However, my classmates and I adored our teacher and there were few incidents of misbehavior. In October of 1962, our small, youthful, and simple world was rocked and turned upside down. As we soon saw the entire world was on tender hooks. President Kennedy, was ordering a blockade of Cuba, by American Naval vessels. The United States and

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are exposed at low tide, where the seals will be resting. They are called â&#x20AC;&#x153;haul-outâ&#x20AC;? sites, according to Evans, because when the seals are ready to rest, they will â&#x20AC;&#x153;haul-outâ&#x20AC;? of the water and make their way on to the rocks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, when you look at our boat schedule, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full of all different times for seal watches,â&#x20AC;? explains Evans, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because they (seals) are best seen at low tide, so we make our schedule around when Citing Rock is best seen.â&#x20AC;? As we made our way out to Rose Island, huddled together to stay warm, Evans informed everyone on board as to how close we would be able to get to the harbor seals. Very sensitive to human disturbance, harbor seals will oftentimes panic and flee into the water if humans or boats get too close to them while they are out on the rocks. If they become too scared to venture out onto the rocks, explains Evans, they very likely will not venture back later. As the boat got closer to the cluster of rocks, Evans went about rolling up the clear plastic windows for an optimal view as the groups approached the seals, now clearly visible basking in the December sun. Evans explains that if there is

Seal watchers, armed with binoculars take in the sights of a dozen harbor seals from aboard Save the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alletta Morris (Photo by Caitlin Poplawski) any sort of human disturbance to seals in the natural habitat, it is a breach of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. This act prohibits touching, feeding, harassing, or otherwise disturbing seals or other marine animals. While maintaining a safe distance around Citing Rock, and seeing a dozen seals either laying out, or enjoying an early afternoon in the chilly waters of the bay, we were then guided to the western end of Rose Island, where we heard a brief history of the island, including its many military uses over the years, the history of the lighthouse itself, and the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation. Evans also plugged the Lighthouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overnight accommodations.

Check out www.savethebay.org for more information and to download their 2010-2011 schedule on their seal watching trips in Newport. And the non-profit isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only group in town that has a winter time seal watching trip. Oldport Marine Services Inc., also offers their Newport Seal Safari, which also takes you out to Citing Rock, from December through April. You can view their December and January schedule at www.oldportmarine.com. Winter vacation is almost here, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for something fun, memorable, and educational that the whole family will enjoy, put on your long-johns, book a trip out to Citing Rock with either Save the Bay or Oldport Marine, and enjoy the seal show!

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Gingerbread Baking on a Grand Scale at the Marriott

Playing “gingerbread” house inside the giant cookie construction in the lobby of the Newport Marriott hotel is one of the joys of Christmas for many children of Aquidneck Island. The children’s play-sized house with its working gingerbread lighthouse that is a whopping16 feet tall, have become beloved annual attractions at holiday time for both visitors and residents of Newport. Anyone is welcome to view the two gingerbread buildings. A donation of a canned good is requested. (The donations will go to a local food distribution center.) Creating the house and lighthouse is a labor of love for the Marriott’s culinary team, which devotes more than 100 hours each year to baking, building and decorating the house, the lighthouse tower, and a lighthouse keeper’s cottage. For building materials, they use more than 450 pounds of organic gingerbread, 4,000 cookies and giant lollipops, along with nearly 50 gallons of royal icing. The Gingerbread House is part of the annual Christmas in Newport month-long celebration in the city.

Lily Whiting peeks out from one of the child-sized windows of the giant gingerbread house in the lobby of the Newport Marriott. (Photos by Rob Thorn)

Sprucing Up for the Candlelight House Tours By Katherine Imbrie

TO GO: WHERE: Sun., Dec. 26: 34 Malbone; 82 Second St., 58 Ayrault. Mon., Dec. 27: 3 Bellevue Court, 209 Spring St., 31 Rhode Island Ave. Tues., Dec. 28: 142 Mill St., 46 John St., 20 School St. WHEN: Houses are open from 4 to 7 p.m. COST: A $3 donation is payable at each home. MORE INFO: www.ChristmasinNewport. org. Tour organizers kindly request; no high heels, photographs, or children under age 10.

A highlight of the “Christmas in Newport” calendar each year is the Candlelight House Tours, which take place Dec. 26, 27 and 28. The tours – which are a fund-raiser for the Christmas in Newport nonprofit organization – offer a chance to peek inside some of the city’s loveliest private homes, all decorated for the season. Nine houses are featured – three different ones on each of the three days – for $3 per house. Outside the front door of each open house is a “Christmas in Newport” flag held by a member of the Newport Artillery Company in full uniform. Many people look forward to the house visits each year as a chance to prolong the season and to see how others have chosen to decorate their homes for the holidays. Among the special houses on this year’s list is the large Victorian belonging to John and Berit Hattendorf at 3 Bellevue Court. Berit, who is Swedish by birth, decorates with dozens of handmade Swedish ornaments that have been handed down through her family for generations. “I have a great big Christmas tree with decorations from all over the world,” she says. “The fireplace mantel has a lot of Santa Clauses which are from Sweden, and in the living room I have a little church with angels that was bought by my mother.” This is the second time that the Hattendorf’s house has been included in the Candlelight Tours; the last time was about ten years ago. “I love to do it, because I love Christmas,” says Berit. “I have five grandchildren, all right here in Newport (age 1 to 10, including 6-year-old twins), and they always want to know exactly where each piece is. They don’t forget a thing.” The Hattendorf house will be open Dec. 27. Kiki Mitchell’s 1770 Colonial at 46 John St. will be on the tour Dec. 28. This is the first time that the John Robert Brattle House has been featured, and Mitchell is looking forward to it. “I always decorate for Christmas, but this year, I’m doing a little bit more than usual,” she says. “It will have a Colonial feel to it, with a lot of natural greens and candles. One room is decorated as a child’s room, with old-fashioned toys and lamps. That’s the room my grandchild will stay in, so it’s a nice way to do something special.” Mitchell has decorated her outdoor patio as well, and if the weather cooperates, she hopes to have refreshments for her house tour visitors out there. Mitchell says that although she was initially a bit nervous about being on the tour, now she’s feeling more relaxed. “I love the age of my house (1770). I’ve lived in it now for five years, and this is a way that I can share it and honor its past.”

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Holiday guests seem to thrive on munchies. And with folks arriving hungry, sometimes just staying for a short hello, or hauling in their suitcases, we need to be prepared with finger foods, snacks, and appetizers. Along with the same old/same old chips and dip routine, it’s fun to surprise your company with some no-fuss apps that you can make ahead. Tiny pizzas, for instance, are a snap to put together using a couple of frozen pizzas and a biscuit cutter. Then just top the rounds with ingredients you have on hand such as olives, mushrooms, or fresh herbs. Or prep some savory caramelized onion apple bites in advance don’t be put off by the fancy name, they’re really easy, and in fact the onionapple topping can be made up to 2 days ahead. Pop the triangles in the oven when your guests arrive, and be sure to set the timer so you won’t forget to take them out! These can also be frozen for up to three months, so if you can’t fit them into your holiday routine, keep them for the future. Of course, nothing beats bruschetta for a handy last-minute appetizer. All you need is a baguette, some honey, and a little blue cheese for a festive and delectable treat.

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Impress your guests by serving a variety of mini pizzas. Start with one large, unsliced cheese pizza (easiest to use a takeout pizza) and add your own toppings. Using a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter, cut out as many circles as possible, avoiding the crust. Transfer to baking sheet. Sprinkle with toppings, such as pitted olives, marinated mushrooms or artichokes, sliced salami, sun-dried tomatoes, anchovy fillets or other cheeses. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven until warm, 5 to 10 minutes. Finish by adding fresh herbs; basil, flat-leaf parsley or oregano. (Real Simple, March 2006)

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Melt butter in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add apples and stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until onions are medium brown, about 30 minutes. Stir in pepper and salt to taste. Set aside and let cool, about 10 minutes. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Unwrap puff pastry sheet. Cut sheet into 16 squares, then halve the squares diagonally to make 32 triangles. Arrange them, not touching, on baking sheet. The onion-apple topping The triangles can be prepared, covered, and chilled the morning of a party, then popped into the oven when guests arrive. They can also be frozen, wrapped well, for up to 3 months (do not defrost before baking). Place spoonful of cooled onion-apple mixture on each triangle. Top with sprinkle of shredded cheese and minced thyme. Bake until puffed and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: Makes 32 hors d’oeuvres. (Sunset, November 2007)

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1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 17-ounce package frozen puff pastry Drain spinach well. Stir together spinach, artichokes, and next 5 ingredients. Thaw puff pastry. Unfold pastry, and place on lightly floured surface. Spread one-fourth spinach mixture evenly over pastry sheet, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Roll up pastry, jellyroll fashion, pressing to seal seam; wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry and spinach mix. Freeze 30 minutes; cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. (Rolls may be frozen for up to 3 months.) Bake slices at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 4 dozen. (Southern Living, November 2000)



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DINNER & A MOVIE Holiday Cinematherapy By Patricia Lacouture The rush is pretty much over. Gifts are wrapped. The goose is cooked. The halls are decked. Menorah candles have been burned. Dreidels have been spun. Sugarplum dreams abound. Solstice ceremonies have been celebrated. But wait! There are still three shopping days until Christmas. What about Uncle Frank or Aunt Margaret? They’re showing up unexpectedly, and you have no gift. Don’t get your blood pressure elevated. Take a time out. I’ll write this one more time for those who were not paying attention: Go to one of the many movies that have just opened or add a flick to your holiday plans. Books and professional journal articles have documented that movies can provide a respite from stress. So, take in a movie, and, while at the theater, buy gift certificates for those last minute exclamations of “Oops! I forgot ––” (You add the names.) From Dec. 22 on, movies will open faster than you can say, “Happy Holidays!” Because they will be jockeying for screens, opening dates have already begun to change. More changes may occur from the time these words hit my computer screen until this article hits the presses. So, take deep breaths and know that you need to check on-

“The Company Men”–The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

“The Illusionist”–A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both of their lives forever. line or on individual movie theater listings to make sure you’re in for the “therapy” of your choice. “The Illusionist,” slated for December 25, is an animated feature based on an unproduced screenplay by French legend Jacques Tati. Tati’s credits include “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” (1953), “Mon Oncle” (1958) and “Play Time” (1967). “The Illusionist” tells the story of an unemployed magician and the young woman who believes his magic is real. Rumor has it that this story was inspired by the bittersweet relationship Tati had with his own daughter. Writer/director Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville” (2003) and “Paris, Je T’Aime” (2006) brings Tati’s vision to life as he pursues his personal belief that live entertainers have fallen out of favor—become the casualty of rock stars. “The Triplets of Belleville” also explores this theme. This is a perfect family film, and I hope it plays on the “Island.” However, my bet is that it’s worth a short drive across those dreaded bridges. “The Company Men,” also vying for a December 25 spot, features Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones in a narrative that explores “the new realities of American life.” Unemployment and the changing nature of the American Dream in the corporate world form the underpinnings of a story that has been compared to “Boiler Room.” Here, however, some of the characters have the opportunity to discover

which is really important—the job or the family. Television producer John Wells makes his feature debut directing for the big screen. Something about the holidays seems to inspire a degree of silly escapism (therapy for many), and the latest rendition of “Gulliver’s Travels” provides one such outlet. Jack Black plays Gulliver, who sets off to discover the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle as a pitch for a big score feature article. Initially, he seems like a god who makes magic via technological gadgets, but the little folks have their own high-tech surprise. The cast includes Emily Blunt, Chris O’Dowd and Amanda Peet. “Gulliver” has had a long history and many incarnations. The book by Jonathan Swift was published in Ireland in 1726, and film and TV versions—both animated and live action—have starred Richard Harris and Ted Danson. The movie is billed as a Dec. 22 opening. On a much more serious level, “Rabbit Hole” stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as parents facing their son’s death from a car accident. The multi-talented Dianne Weist is also in the cast. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abair, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation, this drama has been described as “painful, poignant and often funny.” The odd story twist spins from Kidman (the Mom) developing a friendship with

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the teenage boy a comic book artist named Jason (played by Miles Teller), who was driving the car that killed her son. Think Oscar material after a summer of mindless junk. This film is rated PG-13 for “mature thematic material, some drug use and language.” Some Web sites have cautioned, however, that no one under 18 should see this. Jeff Bridges has been very busy: He stars in two major holiday releases, “Tron: Legacy” and “True Grit.” In “Tron: Legacy” Bridges reprises his role in the original. The film– science fiction mixed with action/ adventure, looks at the dangers of playing god with high-tech toys. Garrett Hedlund plays Bridges’ son. Bruce Boxleitner and Martin Sheen play major roles. The movie will screen in 3D, IMAX and standard versions and is rated “PG” for “sequences of sci-fi violence and brief mild language.” (By the way, I only report this. I have no clue about what “brief mild language” covers. We may need to channel George Carlin.) Personally, I’m most anxiously awaiting the Coen Brothers remake of “True Grit.” Jeff Bridges takes over the reins as Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. John Wayne first played this role in 1969, and a 1996 version started Robert Duvall. The storyline follows those versions closely: Mattie Ross, age 14, is played by Hailee Steinfeld. She’s out to hire the toughest U.S. Marshal she can find to hunt down her

father’s killer. Matt Damon co-stars, and Josh Brolin plays the bad guy. Trivia buffs may get a chuckle out of one alteration to the script. John Wayne was called “Duke,” while Jeff Bridges is known s “the Dude”–a name that endears him to the Coen Brothers’ fans. So, the Dude lives on happily for his fans, which is a total kick. My favorite quote from the Dude comes from NPR: Jeff Bridges states: “He’s a person who doesn’t, you know, care what people think about him…You know, he’s a character that sees the truth.” Take it from one of “the Dude’s” major fans: This movie has drama, fantasy, adventure and comedy enough for any frazzled holiday shopper in need of cinema therapy.

“Rabbit Hole”– Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

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CALENDAR Thursday Dec. 23

Save the Bay Seal Watching An educational view of these seasonal marine visitors in their natural habitat. 1 p.m., $20 per person, www.savethebay.org

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Join Newport Children’s Theater as they present the classic Mark Twain tale “The Prince and the Pauper” adapted by Ann Coulter Martens, and directed by Linda J. Vars. Come watch as Prince Edward VI trades places with the beggar boy Tom Canty 1547 London. Suitable for the whole family. Wednesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 30, two shows each day, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Newport Congregational Church, corner of Spring and Pelham Streets. Call 6627466.

Holiday Lantern Tour A lantern-lit stroll through Newport’s streets at 5 p.m. Hear stories detailing ways that Colonial residents celebrated the holiday season. Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 841-8770

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Reading of The Night Before Christmas Create a new family tradition, 2 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., Free, 846-7426.

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Dec. 25

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UnDecked Halls Glimpse behind the shutters at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave., 10-3 p.m. (last tour at 2:30), an authentic view inside heiress Doris Duke’s Newport mansion in the winter. see the decorated staff wing, hear about Miss Duke’s tropical holiday spent in Hawaii, and learn how Rough Point’s winter caretaking traditions have remained the same for the past half century. Tour is of the first floor of the house and refreshments are served. $10 adults, $8 children under 12 yrs. Tickets sold at the door. 847-8344.

SCI Christmas Meal The Seamen’s Church Institute holds its annual Christmas breakfast from 9 – 11 a.m. at 18 Market Square. No charge and the community is cordially invited.

Sunday Dec. 26

Holiday Train Rides Ride along scenic Narragansett Bay in antique railroad coaches, decorated, enclosed and heated. 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Old Colony Railway Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave. Adults $7.50, Seniors $6, Children $5, first class $11. 624-6951.


Newport Children’s Theatre Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper,” two shows each day, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Newport Congregational Church, corner of Spring and Pelham St. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children under 12. 6627466.


Candlelight House Tour Tour of Historic Private Homes, 4-7 p.m. Maps available at the Newport Visitor Information Center, $3 per house, payable at the door of each house, different homes open each day. (401)293-0965.

The Bit Players – Seasonal Bits Ho-ho-ho your way through the holidays with this seasonal twist on improv. 8 p.m., $15, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8493474.

Monday Dec. 27

Holiday Train Rides Please see Dec. 26 for details Candlelight House Tour Tour of Historic Homes, 4-7 p.m. Please see Dec. 26 for more details.


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Thursday Dec.30

Holiday Train Rides Please see Dec. 26 for details

Run and Chug Club Running and walking group, meets at 6:15 p.m. weekly outside Fastnet for a three-mile walk or run around Newport and then returns to the pub for a pint. Holiday Lantern Tour Hear stories detailing ways that colonial residents celebrated the holiday season. 5 p.m., Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St., 841-8770



Dec. 31

Save the Bay Seal Watching 11 a.m., two-hour tour, including a visit to Rose Island Lighthouse. $20 per person, www.savethebay.org The Bit Players – Seasonal Bits 8 p.m., Please see Sunday, Dec. 26 for more details.

Saturday Jan. 1

Happy New Year! Jamestown Penguin Plunge Come watch swimmers as they plunge into the frozen water to raise money for charity. Noon, Mackerel Cove, Jamestown, 8237411. Polar Bear Plunge Noon, The Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the frosty Atlantic. Easton’s Beach, Memorial Blvd. 846-0028. Save the Bay Seal Watching 11 a.m. and noon. Please see Thursday, Dec. 23 for more details. The Bit Players – Seasonal Bits 8 p.m., Please see Sunday, Dec. 26 for more details.

Newport Children’s Theatre 1 and 4 p.m. Please see Dec. 29 for more details.


Murder at the Museum Family-friendly interactive murder mystery show. 7 p.m., $30 for adults, $15 for 17 and under. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave.,

Save the Bay Seal Watching 11 a.m. and noon. Please see Thursday, Dec. 23 for more details.

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Musical Entertainment Thursday, December 23 Christie’s – DJ & Dancing with DJ Henney, 10 p.m. Marina Cafe–Dick Lupino & Friends 6:30-9 p.m.

Newport Marriot–Paul DelNero Jazz, 7-10 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub–DJ Curfew, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Keith Manville Perro Salado –    Honky Tonk Knights

Gallery Shows & Artist Openings

memorabilia, art and video, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 194 Bellevue Ave., free for kids under 16 , 849-3990; www.tennisfame.com.

Art on the Wharf The “Seaside Show.”through Dec. 20. Gallery hours are Fri. – Mon., noon-5 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 845-6858

Marble House Open daily, 596 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www. newportmansions.org

Bestoso Studio Jeannine Bestoso will hold drawing and painting classes at the Edward King House on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., 714-7263, www.bestosostudio.com Bristol Art Gallery “Just in Time for the Holidays,” show through Jan., 2011, 423 Hope St., Bristol, 396-9699, www.bristolgallery.net

Rhino Bar– Reggae Night Hot Like Fire,    10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday, December 24 Christie’s – DJ & Dancing, 10 p.m. Clarke Cooke - Foreverly Bros. Hyatt Hotel–Dave Manuel    on piano, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. LaForge Casino–Dave Manuel on piano, 7-11 p.m. One Pelham East–CLOSED Rhumbline–CLOSED Sambar – Live Acoustic with Andre, 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 25 Newport Grand – Triad, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Water Brothers Christmas Party Rhumbline–CLOSED

Sunday, December 26 Castle Hill – Dick Lupino & Friends, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clarke Cooke House– Bobby Ferreira, 12:30–3:30 p.m. Fastnet - Irish Music Session 5 - 9 p.m. Newport Blues Café – Badfish, 9:30 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Chopville, 6-9 p.m.; Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhumbline–Bobby Ferreira

Monday, December 27 Fastnet Pub- “Blue Monday” 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Rhino Bar- Karaoke Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan

Tuesday, December 28 Rhino Bar–Metal Night

Wednesday, December 29 O’Brien’s Pub– Karaoke, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Chris Gauthier Rhino Bar- Rhyme Culture Sardella’s – Dick Lupino & Friends, 7-9:30 p.m.


DeBlois Gallery “Itty-Bitty Picture Show,” show through Dec. 24, gallery open Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave., 847-9977, www.debloisgallery.com Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414, www.didisuydam.com. Harbor Fine Art Featuring the work of seven local artists, open daily 11 a.m – 5 p.m., 134 Spring St., 848-9711, www.harborfineart.com Isherwood Gallery “Favorite Things, 2010 Holiday Show” will feature work from all 25 of the gallery’s resident artists. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season thru January 29, 2011. Gallery hours are Wed.Sat., 38 Bellevue Ave., 699-2276, www.isherwoodgallery.com Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design Gallery open Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. and by appointment. 226 Bellevue Avenue, #8, the Audrain Building, second floor, 849-3271, www.jessicahagen.com The Lady Who Paints Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll’s working studio, open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight until Dec. 22, 9 Bridge St., 450-4791 Portsmouth Arts Guild Annual Holiday Show through Dec. 19, 2679 East Main Rd., www.PortsmouthArtsGuild.org Sheldon Fine Art Opening reception for Candy Way, Sat.,Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m. Gallery open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull Gallery ”20th Annual Les Petites Oeuvres (The Little Picture Show).” through Dec. 30. Gallery open daily noon to 5 p.m. 849-9166 William Vareika Gallery Special Gilbert Stuart exhibit, 212 Bellevue Ave., 849-6149 www.vareikafinearts.com

Mansions, Museums and Historic Sites The Breakers Open daily, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org The Elms Open daily, 367 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Discover the history of tennis through a diverse collection of

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Jewelry Retrospective

Museum of Newport History Exhibits on display depict the city’s role in the American Revolution and its emeravgence as a Gilded Age resort, open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 127 Thames St., 841-8770, www.newporthaavaistorical.org National Museum of American Illustration Original artworks from the Golden Age of Illustration in a historic Gilded Age mansion, 492 Bellevue Ave., 851-8949, ext. 18, www.americanillustration.org Naval War College Museum Free and open to the public, visitors without a base decal must call the museum to gain access to the Naval Station; 841-2101. Newport Art Museum The Abstract in Realism Riley, Simpson and Gaucher-Thomas share a strong sense of composition, an appreciation for mystery, and an approach to their representational paintings and drawings that incorporates many of the characteristics we usually associate with abstract art. Open daily, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200, www. newportartmuseum.org Newport Historical Society Headquarters Open Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm. through Nov. 30. 82 Touro Street, Newport, 401-846-0813 Ochre Court One of Newport’s first “summer cottages” built in 1892, now Salve Regina University’s administration building, ground floor open Monday thu Friday, 9-4 p.m. Redwood Library The nation’s oldest library, c 1748, 50 Bellevue Avenue, free, donations always welcome, 847-0292; www.redwoodlibrary.org Rough Point Doris Duke’s oceanfront estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, 847-8344, www.newportrestoration.org

This month, the Didi Suydam Contemporary gallery is showing a retrospective of jewelry of John Prip, who headed the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) jewelry department in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Prip, who died in 2009, was widely known for his line of production jewelry in a smoothly contemporary style that shows Scandinavian influences. Prip’s son and daughter, Janet and Peter, both metalworkers themselves, have revived their father’s line and are showing many of his jewelry pieces, as well as some sculptures and wall pieces at Suydam this month. Also in the show are jewelry pieces in mother-of-pearl and sterling by Robin Quigley, who now heads the jewelry department at RISD, as well as pieces by other local metalworkers and artists. The gallery at 25 Mill St. is open Thursdays through Mondays, noon to 5, including Friday, Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

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MEMORY CONTINUED FROM PG. 10 the Soviet Union were going toeto-toe in a confrontation with international consequences. Ships assigned to the Naval base in Newport were preparing to get underway. We watched as the destroyers and cruisers from Newport steamed down Narragansett Bay, passed Ocean Drive, and sailed towards Cuba. The fathers of some of my friends and classmates were on those ships. We found out that our hero, Mr. McCarthy, was also headed to Cuba. The words atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb, missile, and nuclear holocaust were spoken in hushed tones by parents around their children. Although our parents and teachers tried to shield us, we children knew that something was dreadfully wrong. Those of us who were altar boys saw daily Mass attendance soar as the church was filling up in response to the crisis. Special masses, prayer services, and rosaries were being held in almost every house of worship on the island. I used my time as an altar boy to pray for the safe return of Mr. McCarthy and my friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fathers. Some of the other boys were doing the same. We were sure that God would hear our prayers from the altar. Within three weeks, the crisis had subsided as far as the children were concerned. Although the ships hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t returned yet, the worst was over. It was against this backdrop of great fear and blessed relief that we entered late fall and the holiday season. After Thanksgiving vacation, the sisters went into overdrive preparing the entire student body for Advent, the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christ-

mas mass, and a Christmas music pageant in the church hall. Sister Mary Carmel was the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music teacher. She was a taskmaster when it came to musical classes and rehearsals. Armed with her pitch pipe, this mature, senior, petite nun was like a whirlwind, as she flew around us listening for those singing off-key. I was a particular target of hers because I could not carry a tune in a bucket. Sister Carmel had been my fourth grade teacher the previous year. I had exhausted her patience on more than one occasion as a result of my tone deafness. Well, I guess enough was enough, because one day she stopped the rehearsal and loudly commanded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Kelly, sing from your heart, not from your lips, God will still hear you!â&#x20AC;? For the rest of my time at St. Augustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, I mouthed the words but never sang again. Nine years later I had a drill sergeant in U.S. Army basic training who reminded me a great deal of Sister Mary Carmel. It was during this time that Mrs. McCarthy told us that â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Holy Nightâ&#x20AC;? was her favorite Christmas carol and that the class sang it very well. She was hoping that her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ship would return to port in time for Christmas because she wanted him to hear the students sing as well. The class would perform this carol at the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mass on Christmas morning. Call it fate, divine intervention, or Sister Mary Carmel hedging her bets, but I was assigned to be an altar boy for that Mass! As we approached Christmas vacation break, Mrs. McCarthy delighted in telling us about Christmas traditions and legends in oth-

er parts of the United States and around the world. I remember one particular legend she told us about. In certain parts of Europe, some people believed that the animals could speak at midnight on Christmas Eve, and that the animals knelt in honor of the Christ child. When I went to bed on Christmas Eve, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sleep. Eventually, I heard my parents go to bed. I looked at my bedside clock radio and saw that it was close to midnight. I crept and snuck to where our large, loving, mixed-breed dog, Hobo, and our cat Sam were lying. I wanted to see if they would talk. As I waited, they stared at me, but nothing happened. I figured it must be a European thing. That was a wonderful Christmas with my family. My siblings and I received our most deeply desired gift. However, the best gift happened at the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mass. Mr. McCarthy was there, and Mrs. McCarthy looked happy to the point of glowing. Over the years, most of us realized that Mrs. McCarthy probably told our hero that Christmas Eve that she was expecting their first child. Our wonderful teacher left us that spring on maternity leave, and most of us never saw her again. Yet, her memory and what she taught us lives on. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way I remember it. So today, when I hear the opening notes of â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Holy Nightâ&#x20AC;?, I am catapulted back into an innocent time of my life. A time when love was pure, right triumphed over wrong, heroes were ten feet tall, and life seemed endless.

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Writing a Novel in a Month – follow up By Aaron Phaneuf On November 1st of this year, just a few weeks ago, 200,530 writers embarked on a journey toward 50,000 words. From that earnest group, 37,479 crossed the finish line, winners of this year’s challenge. November is national novel writing month, and NaNoWriMo is the shortened name given to an organization that encourages writers to place their editing robe aside, and simply create. It really is forward motion and not much else. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days means hours behind a flickering screen, desperately fending off an urge to edit, take a break, or even quit. There is no shortcut, no easy path. This was my second year and it started well. Although I did reach the 50,000-word goal last year, I did so awkwardly, stumbling across the finish line. I was determined to apply knowledge from last November’s experience to this year’s task. 1,667 words per day is what the experts at NaNoWriMo suggest. That’s roughly 5 digest (5” by 8”) sized pages each day. Each writer is different. For me, that amounts to

roughly 2-1/2 hours of writing. For the first eighteen days, that is exactly what I was producing. Then, I came down with a sinus infection and bronchitis. For the next few days, I managed to find a few words, and then completely hit the wall on the 21st; empty pages for three straight days. I told myself that it would be acceptable to use the first days of December to finish. But a stubborn, competitive voice in my head urged me onward. Some novelists find solace in outlines, plot points, and character maps. As the fabled poet, W.H. Auden often did, I prefer to write blind, that is, write without knowing where I am headed, exactly. He said, “I write to know what I am thinking.” I like that strategy and have employed it for two Novembers in a row. So, on Monday the 1st, I sat down with a firm idea and not much else. I knew my story would be titled, Kame Boys, and take place on Howland Island. I found the bones of my tale while investigating Amelia Earhart’s race around the globe. A few months back, my wife and I watched the film, “Ame-

lia,” which traces her bold rise to fame and fortune, as well as her storied journey around the globe. She originally planned to fly west to east, but mechanical failures and a nearly devastating crash at Honolulu forced her to reconsider and adjust. Instead of making the dangerous trip to Howland, at the beginning of her voyage, she would attempt it at the very end of her flight. She and her navigator, Fred Noonan, would have to find a speck of land 2 miles long and a half-mile wide ,after nearly four weeks of non-stop flying. Howland is difficult to find under the best conditions; nearly impossible with tired eyes and the weight of the world bearing down. My story revolves around the lives of a group of boys, none older than 25, who were sent to Howland Island in 1935, two years prior to Amelia’s failed landing, part of a larger US Government plan to colonize several South Pacific Islands. In my story, two of these boys remain on Howland for more than three years, far longer than the 3 months originally scheduled. It is a story of adventure and how such journeys

shape our personal narratives. I am happy to report that neither a nasty cough, nor the frustration it caused, kept me from my goal, and by November 30th at 5.30pm, I had reached the finish line. 50,343 words later, I sat back and began to unravel what I was thinking. My story, while still very raw – ink barely dry – is for sale. You can purchase a copy at the website Lulu.com, by searching: Kame Boys, Aaron Phaneuf, or by my nom de plume – IDM Phaneuf. All of the profits from the book sales are going toward a long- distance bike ride my wife and I are planning for June and July 2011. We will be joining a team of cyclists pedaling from San Diego to Seattle, raising support for Blood Water Mission. You can learn a lot more about our ride and the Blood Water Mission organization at my blog aaronphaneuf. wordpress.com. In the coming months, I hope to add to my story, polish the edges, and create a 2nd edition that is a finer blend of inspiration and craft.

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For now, though, I’m happy to have something to keep me company on these cold, winter nights. Coming next: I write about the wonderful group of folks who spent November at the Middletown Public Library, huddled around local author, Mike Squatrito, who taught a course on how to write and publish your own book.

Now Voter-Approved, Public Meetings on Pell School Kick-off School Committee members, administration officials, and a smattering of interested parents turned out on Tuesday for a lightly attended public informational meeting on the new Sen. Claiborne d. Pell Elementary School, the first such gathering since voters approved a $30 million bond referendum in November. Hosted by the architectural team from Cambridge-based HMFH Architects, Inc., the roughly 90-minute session provided the public an opening opportunity to learn more about the project, the process leading up to the groundbreaking, and to offer up suggestions on various aspects of the design. As approved by voters, the current plan calls for the construction of a new k-4 elementary school on Dexter Street, adjacent to the existing Sullivan School. The proposed school, to be named after the late Sen. Claiborne de Borda Pell would take the place of the city’s traditional neighborhood elementary schools while seeking to retain the feel of a much smaller facility. According to Matt LaRue, one of the architects assigned to the project, while the general scope and design of the building has already undergone rigorous review by the schools’ ad-hoc building committee, specific aspects of the plan continue to be fluid. As an example, he cited several suggestions that came out of a recently wrapped up survey of Newport teachers. Among them: the need to add more classroom space for special education, and to spread out specialists around the new school building to make them more accessible. It’s possible that the proposed parking lot could be bisected

by green space, and a drop-off area for kindergarten students eliminated in favor of an outside play area. Moving the library to the second floor and using a solid partition in the proposed cafetorium space were also brought up, he said. Taking those suggestions to heart and translating them onto paper is one of the next steps for LaRue and his team. “We’ll go back to the drafting table,” he explained after the meeting. “We’ll see what works and what doesn’t.” Those concepts embraced by HMFH will then be incorporated and put before the new school building committee for comment. Public meetings will follow, and hopefully consensus will yield to a final plan that can be put out to bid. But, first, the teacher input needs to be catalogued. Superintendent Dr. John H. Amborgi said during the meeting that once those suggestions are translated into design elements, a more robust public meeting will be held. With just a handful of parents in attendance, and concern over whether proper notification was given in advance of the meeting, that came as welcome news to several in the audience. Because the meeting was hosted by HMFH Architects, there appeared to be some confusion over whether a formal public notice needed to be posted with the Secretary of State’s office under the state’s open meeting law. A majority of sitting and incoming School Committee members, however, were present during the meeting, namely current Chairwoman Jo Eva Gaines, Patrick Kelly, Rebecca Bolan, Sandra J. Flowers, Robert Leary, and incoming com-

mitteeman Thomas Phelan. At several points, school officials pledged to do a better job of informing the public as the process moves forward – including the potential development of new website and email notification system which will notify parents and interested taxpayer of developments related to the school construction process. As far as funding the project goes, Ambrogi said that he has reached out to the city to begin the process to unveil a series of short-term bond notes, known as BANs, or Bond Anticipation Notes, to fund ongoing design and engineering work before a full bid and associated bond is released. “These things are breaking, and they’re breaking quickly,” Ambrogi said, adding that the current bond market and construction climate are favorable at the moment for this kind of project. But, he urged, “We need to move expeditiously to get this project going.” According to HMFH’s Laura Wernick, if all goes well, construction on the new building could begin as soon as this summer. And with two years already spent on the current proposal, and a full decade of general discussion, it was clear that the administration is eager to push ahead on the project. In fact, School Committee member Bolan went so far as to suggest a field trip on the last day of school for students to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at the proposed site. But before then, there’s still a critical review and design process that needs to play out. More meetings like Tuesday’s are expected to be announced following the new year.





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Middletown High School Boys Basketball 12/23 – 7 p.m. Middletown @ Mt. Hope 12/27 – 6 p.m. Middletown vs Rogers @ Portsmouth - Newport County Holiday Tournament 12/28 – 6 p.m. Middletown vs Tiverton @ Portsmouth - Newport County Holiday Tournament Girls Basketball 12/26 – 4 p.m. Middletown vs Shea @ Smithfield Tournament 12/30 – 12:30 p.m. Middletown @ Block Island School

12/30 – 7:30 p.m. Rogers vs Portsmouth @ Portsmouth Abbey Rink Local Basketball Tournaments If you are looking to watch some great local boys basketball action this upcoming holiday week, you need look no further than Portsmouth High School and the “Hut” (the Martin Recreation Center) in Newport. Portsmouth High School will be hosting the Newport County Holiday Basketball Tournament featuring boys high school teams from Middletown, Portsmouth, Rogers and Tiverton. There is sure to be some very spirited and competitive games and it should be a great way to run into some friends you have not seen in a while from Newport County. Games will be played on the Dec. 27 and 28 at 6 and 7:45 p.m. A listing of those games and many others can be seen in our High School Sports schedule listings. In Newport, there will be an eight-team boys middle school basketball tournament featuring many of the top players from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth as well as teams from Narragansett, Westport and Fall River. Games will be played on the Dec. 27-30 beginning at 4 p.m. Contact the Newport Recreation Department at 845-5800 for further schedule details. Information compiled by Ray Fullerton

Senior Savvy By Florence Archambault

RECENT DEATHS David E. Del Nero, Sr., 88, of Newport, R.I., died Dec. 17, 2010 at the Heatherwood Nursing and Subacute Center in Newport. A burial with Military Honors will take place this spring at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 4-7 p.m. in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St. Newport. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI, 02840. William H. “Bill” Mulvey, 89, died Dec. 19. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 23, 2010 in St. Barnabas Church followed by Military Honors.

Frederick Albert Reif, 87, of Jamestown died Dec. 17 at Newport Hospital. Funeral arrangements are private. Donations may be made to the Jamestown EMS, 11 Knowles Court, Jamestown, RI 02835 or the Conanicut Land Trust, P.O. Box 106, Jamestown, RI 02835. Marion Lois (Horton) Trout, 88, formerly of Portsmouth, died Dec. 13, at Silver Creek Manor, Bristol, RI. She was the wife of the late Andrew C. Trout. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m., in Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, 11 Middle Road, Portsmouth. Donations in her memory may be made to Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, 11 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871

In an interesting article found at www.seniorscitizensguide.com, the author, Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed., maintains that in the after50 years, seniors can become more stimulated, their bodies more active, and their spirits more fulfilled through lifelong learning. There are two categories of lifelong learning, formal and informal. Informal learning can be doing crossword puzzles, playing cards or games, or reading newspapers and books. The more formal are participating in classes in a more structured environment. Senior centers provide both of these. Local centers are now gearing up for a new series of classes beginning in January of 2011. Now is the time for seniors to investigate what is being offered. There is such a variety that there is something available to interest everyone. Exercise classes include Yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi. In addition line dancing is regarded as an exercise program. Arts and crafts are covered with knitting as well as painting, watercolor painting, and handcrafting. The Edward King House also provides a writing family history class and will add an astrology program this next term.

There are choruses at all the centers if you like to sing and billiards for the men although I have seen some women playing at the Edward King House. Computer courses pop up every once in a while. The Middletown center will offer an intermediate computer course from January 19th through February 16. Other activities include bridge, canasta, Mah Jong, and Pokeno. All the centers offer Bingo. Believe it or not, looking and finding the winning numbers can help the players to think sharper and faster by engaging their mental agility. All the centers have Travel Clubs. They go on day trips to various shows, shopping malls, restaurants, casinos, museums, and many other places that are of interest. Leave the driving to others. Several overnight trips are also offered. The Edward King House is currently trying to fill a bus for a trip in May to New York City, Atlantic City and Philadelphia. In order for the trip to become a reality, 30 people need to sign up by the 10th of January. The trip includes bus tours of New York and Philly, and a day and night in Atlantic City. It also includes two nights lodging with two breakfasts and two dinners… all for the reasonable price of $279 for double

occupancy. What a bargain! I’ll be there! A deposit of $75 per person is due by January 10th. If you are interested, and want to obtain more information about this trip, call the Edward King House. It is apparent that seniors can do much to enhance their well-being in the years where they have the time to enjoy many activities that they couldn’t take part in during their working careers. As Nordstrom maintains, through lifelong learning we can stimulate healthy brains, use exercise to create more active bodies and lift our spirits through the interaction with our peers. I hope you will all take the opportunity to do this. The numbers for the centers are: The Edward King House 846-7426 Middletown Senior Center 849-8823 The Portsmouth Senior Center 683-2223 This column is scheduled to run on the last Thursday of the month. If you have any news that is pertinent to seniors or senior activities, please send it to me by email at floarch@cox.net or call 401-846-9024 by the 15th of the month.

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n  An application by Bart Dunbar to make improvements, including installing a greenhouse, five new skylights, remove an existing chimney, and other various improvements at 25 Bridge St. n  An application by Gary Murad for improvements to the building at 99 Spring St. n  And an application by Frances Peterson to renovate the exterior of the property at 22 1/2 Kay St., replacing a late-era entrance roofs with Italianate balustrades, construct a new awning on the east facade, construct a new cupola atop the flat section of the main, hipped roof, and to reconstruct a two-story garage and to connect the structure with a pergola. Three other applications were continued to the commission’s Jan. 18 meeting: an application by Albert Nalle to make improvements at 142-146 Spring St.; an application by Parish House, LLC to develop a 10-unit condominium complex at 27 High St.; and an application by David and Lucine Moller to make improvements to 9 Commonwealth Ave. And as a final note, commission member Vincent O’Dwyer was elected the HDC’s new vice-chair, replacing Patricia Watters, whose term expired.

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