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Newport† Vol. 38, No. 28



Sharing Fields of Dreams

What’s Inside

Newport’s Bittersweet Summer of Music By John Pantalone


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Fifth Ward Little Leaguers were treated to special baseball clinic with the Newport Gulls this week. Boys and girls, ages 6-12, took to the ballfields on Wellington Avenue for the day on Monday, taking infield, batting practice, and running drills with players from the hometown Gulls.It’s all part of the team’s regular seasonal community outreach. Similar camps are also held in Portsmouth and Middletown. (Photos by Tom Shevlin)

One Man’s Story: Life at 50 Washington Square The tale of a disenfranchised soul in Newport

Another long-time resident confirms Parmenter’s disdain, “People in Haiti have better living quarters. There must be a minimum space standard; a 9 ft. by 12 ft. room is just ridiculous, for the money they get, there’s only room for a bed, nothing else — it’s just that tiny.”

By Lynne Tungett NEWPORT – As I sat in the district courtroom on Monday, May 24, I wondered what the outcome would be of the case I came to observe. Judge Walter Gorman seemed to have a full docket that morning; several lawyers were at the tables in the front gallery and every bench was occupied by those waiting for their turn to be heard in the austere courtroom on the first floor of the Newport County Courthouse in Washington Square. Several weeks before, a man entered our offices on Broadway and said he had a story to tell. He was quite tall, lean; wearing a black silkscreened T-shirt, jeans and a gold cross around his neck. His thin, nearly shoulder-length brown hair protruded helter-skelter from beneath the baseball cap turned backwards on his head; age 42, he had been living at the 50 Washington Square complex for the past five years; his name — Scott Parmenter. The initiation Since I became the publisher of Newport This Week in March of this year, and began spending every day in the office at 86 Broadway, right across from Thompson Middle School, I have become initiated with the neighborhood residents, many of whom spend a lot of their time walking up and down the length of Broadway; from the historic cornerstone of 50 Washington Square at Broadway and Farewell Streets, towards the northerly end of Broadway near the hospital. Parmenter has not been the only resident of 50 Washington to come by our offices anxious to talk. But, he has been among the most articulate and persistent in wanting to tell his tale. Safe-haven begins In the shelter Parmenter’s began his residency

at 50 Washington Square downstairs in the McKinney Shelter (with the official address of 15 Meeting Street). The open-bunk style space has an occupancy limit of 18 men and categorized as a “wet” shelter, those seeking refuge are not denied because they are intoxicated. Space is also allocated on the second floor for six women. Parmenter said that he spent 6 months sleeping on one of the provided cots in the shelter and abided by the rules, one of which is “in by 8 p.m. and out by 7 a.m.” and maintained his mental health treatment regiment so that he qualified to be moved to the “transitional” phase. During the second phase of his continuing transition, he was among 12 men promoted to reside for six months in a room divided in half by a walled partition. Despite the cramped semi (not so) private quarters, with only a bed in each “room;” he spoke highly of the shelter’s transitional staff and was prideful when he explained how next, he was “graduated up” to a room on the floor above. Getting the shaft Before being assigned to a permanent room, residents take one more intermediate step by, “living in a

Scott Parmenter in front of his former home at 50 Washington Square.

shaft room for a year to a year and a half, depending on room vacancies,” Parmenter explains. The shaft rooms are situated on four of the building’s five floors and surround an open, center shaft of the edifice, topped by a skylight. With only one window that opens to the airless “shaft” and completely surrounded by other rooms, Parmenter disgustedly proclaims, “the rooms are inhumane; some jail cells are bigger. But what do you do? You put up with it until you get a real room and that’s what I did — just put up with it.”

Room 213 Parmenter became a model tenant; he worked through his addiction issues, was “cooperative” and was able to get a job. His shaft room time over, he was rewarded with a bigger room and his own mailing address, 4 Farewell Street, Apt. 213. The tiled-floor room accoutrements include; a bed, a wardrobe for clothes, and a table to eat from with a chair. A small microwave, sink and a mini-fridge comprise the efficiency “kitchen” and because of the $9.5 million renovation in 2005, the room now had a private shower, sink and toilet. The former Armed Services YMCA “shore-leave” room was now home — at least for the next three years.   May 24, 2010 and the legal journey   On May 14, Parmenter received a summons to appear in District Court on May 24 to answer a “complaint for eviction for non-payment of rent.”   That morning, Parmenter appeared in court clean-shaven, wearing a dress shirt, pressed khakis and a polished pair of loafers. When it was his turn to go before Judge Gorman, he stood, alone, at the table designated for defendants on the left side of the room. At the other table, was the plaintiff, Fifty Washington Square L.P. with two representatives, their legal counsel and a Newport County Community Mental Health Center (NCCMHC) advocate.

See “Fifty” on pg. 3


NEWPORT – The 42nd Newport Music Festival began last week and will continue until July 25. Sixty-five concerts of chamber music in 17 days with several musicians performing multiple times, often playing or singing compositions they had never seen before the time of the festival. A musical spectacle to be sure, but a bittersweet one this year.   The Music Festival’s protean schedule reflects the personality of its director, but the director is gone. Mark Malkovich, who arrived in Newport 35 years ago this summer and nurtured the festival to its status as one of the world’s most prestigious, died in June in a car accident in his native Minnesota at age 79. His passing came as a shock, but in the manner he would expect, the festival has gone on, albeit with a pall of regret tempered by the celebratory nature of the event itself.   Malkovich was an outsized character, a bravura personality, at times sweet, at times gruff. As with most driven people, he poured himself completely into his interests: first business, later music. Thinking of the Music Festival without seeing Mark Malkovich at the center of it seems like imagining a forest without the trees. What would you see? Yet his 35-year tenure, in which he rescued the young festival from ruin and raised it to international stature, leaves a legacy to be enjoyed still. The music was the moment for him; it still is.

See “Music” on pg. 9

Council dives back into Historic District ordinance By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – City Council members were scheduled to reconsider a vote which derailed efforts to make the Historic District review process more user friendly on Wednesday. As we reported last week, several councilors have been working behind the scenes in recent weeks to come to a compromise over the long-awaited ordinance change. First Ward Councilor Charles Y. Duncan placed the matter on the docket for reconsideration last week, and was expected at press time to offer up his support to a slightly revised ordinance. To find out how the council voted, be sure to visit us online at www. You can also follow along live online via our Twiter stream at (handle @newportnow)

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AROUND TOWN Black Ships Celebration Sails into Town By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – Ever since its stateside debut in 1984, Newport’s annual Black Ships Festival has proven one of the season’s most intriguing events. As Newporters, we’re surrounded by history every day. Bronze statues, historic plaques, and the very homes we live in are a testament to Newport’s colonial roots. Visitors come from far and wide to delight in our history, and indeed our community is strengthened by these ties to the past every day. And yet, despite this confluence of history and hotel visitors, events dedicated to celebrating particular moments or figures with ties to Newport, are often overshadowed by a multitude of modern festivals which dot the calendar each year. The Black Ships Festival, while a tourist-driver to be sure, is one such event steeped in local history. Showcasing Japanese culture and celebrating the 150-year old relationship between Japan and the United States, the festival draws on the historic accomplishment of one of Newport’s most decorated native sons. On July 8, 1853, Newport native Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived outside of Edo Bay, just off Tokyo, Japan. At his command were four U.S. Naval warship cloaked in black soot from a long overseas journey. The Japanese dubbed the fleet, “Kurofune,” or “black ships.” With him, Perry brought a letter from the President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, addressed to the Emperor of Japan. At issue: nothing less than opening up the isolated Japanese islands to trade – a lucrative market that until Perry, had only been accesible to the Chinese and later, the Dutch. For months, Perry waited onboard his heavily armed ships and refused to see any dignitaries sent

A woman in traditional kimono dress demonstrating the art of calligraphy during a past year’s Black Ships Festival.

by the Japanese. He would only negotiate with the highest emissaries of the emperor. On March 31, 1854, Perry’s persistence paid off. Facing the increasingly long reach of international influence, the Japanese abandoned their isolationist stance, and embraced Perry’s overtures, signing the historic Treaty of Kanagawa, which solidified Japo-American relations for the first time and setting forth four key provisions: 1. 2. 3.


Peace and friendship between the United States and Japan. Open trade for American vessels at the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate Help for any American ships wrecked on the Japanese coast and protection for shipwrecked persons Permission for American ships to buy supplies, coal, water, and other necessary provisions in Japanese ports.

After the signing, the Japanese invited the Americans to a feast – an occasion which we will celebrate for the 27th time this year in Perry’s

hometown. Slated to begin on Thursday, July 15, organizer are anticipating an estimated 20,000 people to descend upon the city for the four-day festival – taking in a wide variety of events, demonstrations, and oneof-a-kind workshops. This year, the Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival of R.I. was honored to have been chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan to receive a prestigious citation acknowledging the Society’s dedication to developing and understanding educational and economic ties between the citizens of Rhode Island and Japan. As usual, this year’s Black Ships Festival promises a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Events include a formal gala, Japanese arts and crafts such as Origami and Ikebana; martial arts demonstrations; Sumo wrestling; and a Japanese tea ceremony. Highlighting it all will be the wildly popular Taiko drummers. Also marking the 52nd anniversary of the sister city relationship between Newport and Shimoda, Japan, the festival is presented by The Japan-America Society and Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan organization. For further information, contact The Japan-America Society of Rhode Island, 28 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840 or call (401)8462720. For a listing of events, turn to our Calendar section on page 14

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Undaunted, leaders looking to lure Cup prelims for 2011, beyond By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – Newport will not play host to the next America’s Cup. Just days after the Cup and members from BMW Oracle Racing visited Rhode Island on an east coast victory tour, team CEO Larry Ellison announced that San Francisco would be the only American city considered for the next Cup match. Coming as a stunning blow for local proponents who were still riding high following the high-profile visit, the news reverberated around the state, taking many off-guard. And while Newport has been ruled out as the focal point for the next Cup race, it has been identified as a primary site for the America’s Cup pre-regattas, a series of qualifying races leading up to the main event. Now, work is set to begin to prepare the city for the prospect of creating a permanent infrastructure that would not only play host to those qualifying races but carry with them the potential to lure

other world-class events to the city. Russell Coutts, CEO of BMW ORACLE Racing, personally notified Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, of the decision last week and reiterated the team’s desire to host races in Newport. Starting in 2011, BMW ORACLE Racing anticipates holding six or more pre-regattas in each of the years leading up to the 34th America’s Cup finals, which will be held in 2013 or 2014. The pre-regattas create an opportunity for Rhode Island to build a world-class sailing facility that will put the state in the forefront to host other premier sailing competitions. “We continue to develop an AC34 event plan that includes six or possibly more pre-regattas each year (2011, 2012 and possibly 2013 if the Match ends up in 2014). Newport will be given top priority for any such regattas in the USA assuming this is of interest to you and your

See “Cup” on pg. 24

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FIFTY CONTINUED FROM PG.1   The judge heard both parties’ brief statements and ordered Parmenter to pay $100, contact the mental health advocate’s office and continued the case. According to the case activity record, the next hearing was set for June 9, 2010.   When Parmenter and I returned to the courthouse on the 9th, his name was not called. I inquired at the court clerk’s office regarding our confusion. I was handed a copy of a Civil Docket Sheet dated 6/8/10, the day before Judge Gorman had scheduled the continuance of the May 24 hearing. Under the activity section, it noted that the plaintiff’s attorney was accompanied by Deb Johnston, the director of Fifty Washington Square. Johnston stated the apartment was uninhabitable and unsanitary with dirty dishes, rotting food and bugs. She suggested to the judge Parmenter move back to the shelter. Also in attendance was Rita Stinson from NCCMHC who said the agency “applied as (Parmenter’s) rent payee yesterday and will work w/ 50 Wash. Sq. on payment.”   On June 14, Parmenter received a notice from the Social Security Administration stating: “We are writing you to tell you that we have information that shows you need help managing your money and meeting your needs. Because of this information, we plan to send your Social Security benefits to NCCMHC.” The letter closed by stating he could appeal the decision and was given the Social Security office on Bellevue Avenue.   He walked up to the Bellevue Avenue office that afternoon and came back to see me a few hours later, jubilantly handing me a sheet of paper that said, “Due to your appeal of the appointment of NCCMHC as your payee, we have elected to have you remain the responsible party for your benefits.” Judgement Day & Rhode Island Legal Services   On June 17, Scott came to my office with the court’s final writ of eviction. The sheriff was at his room,;a mover had been called and his belongings were being removed. I went back down the street with him to see if there was anything I could do. The sheriff’s deputy was unwaivering about proceeding. I then thought to go downstairs to the Rhode Island Legal Services office. I went in and asked if someone could give me some advice about eviction proceedings. I was told to wait a moment for Mr. Sabel.   Robert M. Sabel, manager of the Newport office of Rhode Island Legal Services came out to the waiting area to speak with me, I asked if his organization could be of assistance. His first question was; “Where does

the person live?” I said, “Right here.” He then informed me, his office could not be of assistance because there was a conflict of interest and that they could refer the case to another attorney who volunteers to work with them. I pressed Mr. Sabel for a more logical answer and he told me it simply wasn’t possible, that he served on the board of 50 Washington Square and thus, was not able to represent a single disenfranchised sole who lived there.   Disheartened by the turn of events, I stood on the curb and watched as Scott’s belongings, bundled in large, black garbage bags were loaded into a U-Haul truck. I loaned him my cell phone so he could call a friend to come pick him up. We parted on that sultry afternoon with the feeling that I had just witnessed the epitome of a “failed system.” Dollars and sense The cost for living in one of the rooms at 4 Farewell Street (the sign above the entrance reads Emery Lodge) rangeses from around $700 to upwards of $1,000. The 53-page lease agreement actually issued by Phoenix Property Management Inc. requires 28 places for the occupants’ signature. According to the lease agreement, the lease is between Fifty Square Limited Partnership and the tenant.   The lease goes on to show a dollar amount for total rent and then states, “Of this total rent, your share shall be $___ per month; the remainder shall be payable by Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance Corp. as housing assistance payments on your behalf.”   Up to 1/3 of the tenants’ income is to be allocated towards rent at 50 Washington. A lot of the residents receive unemployment, Social Security or disability benefits, as did Parmenter.   According to the Newport Tax Collector’s office and Tax Accessor, Allan Booth, Fifty Square Limited Partnership, located at 50 Washington and 15-19 Meeting, is scheduled to pay $74,034.38 in taxes for 2010 to the City of Newport.   Further research shows that Fifty Square L.P., a Domestic Limited Partnership, with its date of organization registered with the Rhode Island Secretary of State on June 9, 2004 has FWS Corp. listed as the General Partner.   And, FWS Corp., a Domestic Profit Corporation, incorporated with the Rhode Island Secretary State on June 9, 2004 has its president listed as Stephen P. Ostiguy.   The “agent” on both Secretary of State documents is listed as Robert M. Sabel, Esq.   In a Quitclaim Deed registered with the City of Newport on the 30th

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of November, 2004 Church Community Housing Corporation turned over all rights to the property to Fifty Square LP for $10. Church Community Housing Corporation In a 40th anniversary tab printed by Church Community Housing Corporation, their timeline begins with 1969-1970: “Church Community Corporation is formed to improve housing for Newport County residents. 1st ownership home is built in Newport. CCC partners with Vista volunteers and Newport’s Redevelopment Agency.”   In 1985-86 they changed their name to Church Community Housing Corporation to “better reflect its mission as a housing provider.”   Eight other milestone dates are highlighted and then there is the citing for 1989: “50 Washington Square in Newport is completed using a unique IRS Tax Credit Program. HUD nationally recognizes the successful partnership between CCHC and Newport in opening R.I.’s 1st emergency shelter and transitional housing program.” Broadway committees persevere Over the years, residents, business owners, social services representatives and other concerned citizens have met to address the quality of life issues along Broadway. About two years ago, the Broadway Improvement Organization was formed. Dozens of interested individuals met numerous times and countless hours were spent examining the issues of homelessness, mental health, and police and social services intervention. Catherine Petrie assumed the chairperson position and was assisted by Sheila Tyler, Maxine Shavers, Newport police officer, Jimmy Winters, John Feld from CODAC and councilman, Justin McLaughlin.   Last month, a flyer was circulated along Broadway summoning people who were concerned about “quality of life issues” to an open meeting at the police station. Another meeting is scheduled at the police station for Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.   Editor’s Note: Through Scott Parmenter’s experience, we reveal the unseen complexities that characterize just one segment of our community’s population. We hope to raise the level of awareness regarding the nearly one hundred people living in the heart of our historic, downtown business district. Recognizing that the 50 Washington Square facility has undoubtedly had countless success stories to their credit, it is equally hoped that other citizens in the community will ask more questions about how these people’s needs are being met.

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NEWS BRIEFS Council Workshop on Easton’s Damn Improvements City Council members are scheduled to meet for a public workshop on proposed improvements to the Easton’s Pond damn. The meeting will be the first time the council addresses the design since a heated workshop late last year. It’s scheduled for July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Redwood Library now ‘Live’ on Koha catalog system On June 30, Redwood Library and Athenaeum successfully migrated to the Koha integrated library system and are now ‘live’, delivering services to their community. The library upgraded to Koha from the Winnebago system. Executive Director, Cheryl Helms explained, “We have set up an introductory session schedule for any of our members who may be timid about exploring the system, but think most of them will find it so much easier than our

prior system that they will need no help from us.� The project was funded by a grant from The Champlin Foundations. The online catalogue can be found at

Local chef in national competition In March, Elizabeth Maloney, of Portsmouth, a teaching assistant at Johnson & Wales University, in Providence, won the Northeast Region Make it Mini - Dessert Trio competition. She will now compete for $2,000 and the national award at the 2010 American Culinary Federation National Convention in Anaheim, CA on August 3.

Norman Bird Sanctuary appoints new Executive Director The Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Natasha Harrison as Executive Director. Hired in January 2007 as the Director of De-

velopment, Harrison was promoted to Assistant Executive Director in May 2008. In her role as Assistant Executive Director, Harrison was instrumental in the ongoing success of the $2,200,000 capital campaign for the renovation of the Paradise Farmhouse, home to the organization’s benefactor, Mabel Norman. Upon completion, the Farmhouse will serve as a Residential Nature Center, housing visiting urban youth groups, ornithologists, volunteer groups, and others who will participate in nature based programs offered through the NBS Environmental Education Department. Harrison was also responsible for all aspects of fund-raising, membership, annual appeals, events, donor relations, marketing, and sponsorship within the organization. The entire board, staff and membership enthusiastically welcomes Harrison to her new role as Executive Director of the 325 acre Norman Bird Sanctuary.

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“Transforming Education in Rhode Island� Deborah Gist, RI Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, is set to speak at an ALN public forum on July 22, at CCRI Newport from 6:30-8 p.m. Ms. Gist will provide an overview of the significant progress her department has made since she began her tenure as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education just a year ago. Ms. Gist was recently recognized as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People’ by Time magazine. For more information or to submit questions that you would like to be

Scholarship awarded to Newport resident Great job, Kaitlyn! The Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport is pleased to announce the award of a $1,000 scholarship for a local student pursuing studies in 2010-11. Kaitlyn M. Nanartowich of Newport will be entering her first of four years in the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay this fall. The scholarship is provided by the Seamen’s Church Institure to honor “Bill� Hayward, a WWII sailor who served in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations. For more information about the scholarship and services of the Seamen’s Church Institute, contact Tom Blair, Interim Superintendent at 847-260

ABC-6 News anchor talks travels with Presidential Candidates What happened behind the scenes of the 2008 Presidential election? Award-winning journalist and ABC6 news anchor, Mark Curtis, traveled from coast-to-coast with all the candidates and along the way, he spoke with average Americans in small towns and big cities alike. His recently released book, “Age of Obama,� chronicles the hopes and dreams of not only the candidates, but also the voters. Come see Mark discuss the book on Wed., July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Middletown Library, 700 West Main Rd. Free admission, contact 846-1573 for more information on the event.

All you need is Love Amor Vincet Omnia. The Thirtyfourth Annual Love Day is set to take place on Thursday, July 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rochambeau Memorial Monument, King Park, Wellington Ave, in Newport. An evening of music, dance, and picnicking. Come celebrate with someone you love. For more information, call 847-9434 or


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Castle Hill Inn was the scene of a fabulous luncheon celebrating the launch of author Elaine Colton’s first book. Local artist, Bettie Sarantos, whose watercolor “View from Ocean Cliff� was the cover of the book, “The Newport Girls,� and eleven other Newport girls landed in Newport to take part in the day’s event. This memoir tells the tale of 15 Newport girls who met as children and have been connected for over fifty years. In attendance were Arlene Callahan Dovel, Gretchen Buxbaum Kelly, Mary O’Hanley Clark, Nancy Ellis Carroll, Virginia McGinn Regan, Barbara Nelson Watterson, Lynn Harvey Summers, Eileen O’Reilly Daschbach, Kathy Ewart Keay and Ellen Parsonage Wright. The book is available at Island Books, 575 East Main Road, Middletown

Pop’s Ice Cream & Ice, a new haunt to satisfy your sweet tooth, located at 121 Memorial Boulevard, 439-4107 The Newport Shipyard has brought their gear to downtown, with the recently opened Newport Shipyard Outfitters at 33 Bannister’s Wharf, just across the way from the Coffee Grinder. 846-6000. Also on Bannister’s, artist David O’Keefe has set up shop at 3 Bannister’s Wharf with his aptly named David O’Keefe Studios Gallery. 218-9549



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Battle Royale 4th Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands Rumbles into Ballard Park By Meg O’Neil One of the most peaceful spots in Newport, away from the hustle and bustle of Thames and Bellevue, is a quiet, well hidden gem. Ballard Park is a usually a place used to escape, to sit, relax farfrom the crowded beaches, bars, and those two-seater green scooters. However, on Saturday, July 17, the pristine and calm quarry meadow will turn into a rock and roll battlefield. Six local bands are going to tune their favorite axes, crank their amp dials to 11, and play their music until their frets are worn and their drumsticks shatter; all to ultimately be named triumphant as the last band standing at the Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands. From 2-7 p.m. the six bands will take the stage and perform their hearts out to a crowd that reached over 500 attendees last year. This year marks the fourth year for the day of music at Ballard Park. It celebrates the life of Molly Finn, a young Newporter who was involved with Friends of Ballard Park, who helped develop the original idea of a Battle of the Bands series at the park with students from Rogers High School. Unfortunately, the Free Spirit, a boat Molly was a passenger on, was lost at sea in 2006. Molly’s friends requested that the Battle of the Bands be held in Molly’s memory and it has been one of the park’s most successful events. The six local bands that are clashing and thrashing for the highest honors are “Compass Band,� the youngest of the groups from South Kingstown, Ports-

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NEWPORT – The Boathouse, the once popular Lower Thames Street haunt which sat vacant and left to deteriorate for more than a decade, is no more. Demolition crews made easy work of the structure last week, razing and clearing the lot within only a matter of hours. As was reported on Newport Now in June of 2009, The city zoning board gave its approval on Monday to an application to raze the former Boathouse Restaurant on Lower Thames Street, replacing it with a three-story six unit multifamily complex. The application was at the time filed by Betsy Braconi of Canton, Mass. Records show that Braconi purchased the property on Dec. 31, 2002 for a price of $387,000. Since then, the building has stood empty quickly becoming an eyesore for the neighborhood and a potential fire hazard according to city officials. If built, the proposed structure will not occupy any more square footage than the former building, but will take up a slightly greater







percentage of the lot. The number of parking spaces, which will be located behind the building, will also be increased from five to 10, and the building height is expected to nudge upward from 36 to 40 feet. A sketch on file with the city shows the approved design for a split three story building with a driveway cut through the middle of the structure, reminiscent of The Towers in Narragansett. An earlier design had called for a four-story, 45-foot structure with seven units totaling over 12,000 sq. ft. The property is located in a limited business area, with offices and residential units surrounding it. It has been listed for sale as “vacant land.�


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EDITORIAL Understanding the 50 Washington Square Complex This five-story yellow brick building was an important fixture when Newport was a Navy town. Commonly referred to as the “Navy Y”, it was completed in 1911 for the purpose of serving visiting Army and Navy personnel. It was a haven for servicemen until the ordered military base shutdowns of the early 1970’s. Over the ensuing years, the building became a haven, not for servicemen, but for pigeons. Lying practically vacant, it would open for the 1976 Tall Ship Celebration. Offering an extraordinary view of Newport harbor, it could have been a prime target for condominium conversion, or worse - a parking lot. Underutilized, by the mid 1980’s efforts were being made to transform this structure. After some serious obstacles and the maneuvering for funds in excess of the 5.5 million dollars needed to obtain and renovate this downtown landmark, this unique project would finally be realized. This was all made possible by a large scale community, state and national effort combining elected officials, social service and housing agencies, local residents and private funding sources. It was the first in the nation to receive funding under the new Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The official start of the project began on April 8, 1988 with traditional ceremonies and speeches held across the street at the Colony House. The construction and renovation would be completed within the year and the ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 31, 1989. This facility, the first of its kind in the country, also offered a very unique function - counseling is offered on the premises. 50 Washington Square is divided into several areas which include the McKinney Shelter at #15 Meeting Street, the Emery Lodge at #4 Farewell Street and the River Lane apartments at #19 Meeting Street. The breakdown for the various living arrangements is as follows: the lower level houses the emergency shelter for men with eighteen beds and the transitional shelter for men has seven rooms, two men per room for a total of 14 beds. On the second floor, the woman’s emergency shelter offers six single beds and one room for one family. The women’s transitional component includes two single beds and one room for one family. The upper floors are the low-income permanent housing component with 108 units; seventy single rooms, fifteen efficiencies, and twenty-three onebedroom apartments, respectively.

- Historic research by Brian Stinson

Upcoming Municipal Meetings Newport City Council - July 14, at 6:30 p.m. – City Hall Zoning Board of Review - July 15, at 7 p.m. – City Hall Historic District Commission - July 20, at 7 p.m. - City Hall Planning Board - July 21, at 7 p.m. - City Hall

Middletown Board of Tax Assessment Review - July 14, at 3 p.m. – Town Hall Economic Development Advisory Committee - July 14, at 5 p.m. Wind Turbine Committee - July 14, at 6 p.m. – Town Hall Wind Turbine Committee - July 14, at 6 p.m. – Town Hall Planning Board - July 14, at 6:30 p.m. –Town Hall Comprehensive Community Plan Update Committee July 15, at 5 p.m. – Town Hall

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 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.


Well-intended poll asks wrong question To the Editor,   Newport is facing, if not a crisis, a series of crucial decisions about how to develop our future. We face many important issues and every one listed in your (July 7 issue of NTW) poll is important. However, we cannot effectively solve problems when they are taken in isolation. The issues you list are inter-related. Many of them are the result of a failure to plan ahead and take effective action over many years. We can no longer afford to address them year-to-year or one issue at a time. We must have a long-term strategy that identifies what we need to do, what we can do, and how we will afford to do it. In order to move Newport forward, we must have an idea of where we’re heading.   The first step is to develop a strategic budget that will guide the city’s efforts. The city council, acting in its policy-making role, must work with city residents and the city manager to establish a list of projects that we need to accomplish over the next 5 to 10 years, then prioritize them, identifying the most important and immediate concerns. The city council should, with the city manager, develop a strategic budget approach that will guide the city’s planning and provide a roadmap to getting those

projects done.   The city council should audit progress every 6 months and make adjustments based on what’s been accomplished, what’s behind schedule, and what has changed. Each year, the annual budget should be developed with the strategy in mind, so that it addresses the longer-term improvements needed as well as the day-to-day city operations. In addition, the city council should publish quarterly reports to the people on the on-going work toward these identified priorities in Newport This Week, the Newport Daily News, and any other available media. The mayor should also spend the first 15 to 30 minutes of the monthly radio appearance on WADK to update the city on our progress.   Clearly some projects demand priority. The sewer and water systems have to be top priority since we are under a court mandate to get these done. While we always need to keep taxes and fees in check, the city council must develop more realistic and responsible budgets that include revenue increases that enable us to pay our expenses and not simply move funds around in a shell game.   Some projects may be desirable, but may be unaffordable at the present. The city should reach out

to those residents who are interested in civic improvements and work to identify private funding to contribute toward their achievement. The wonderful work done by Lillian Dick and the Washington Square group is a fine example of how public and private funding can be leveraged to achieve a desired goal.   Three years ago, City Manager Lavallee held a 3-day planning retreat with his staff. They reviewed the many consultant studies done in recent years and consolidated them into a document that presented their collective opinion on what projects were most important. The Council has never responded to this effort. The report can serve as a starting point and foundation for developing a strategic budget that will focus our limited resources on the most important issues we face. It’s time to move Newport forward in a city-wide effort that recognizes that the people of Newport are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Herb Armstrong 104 America, Newport

Honoring George Wein To the Editor,   The Newport Council for International Visitors (CIV), a non-profit, local membership organization which fosters world understanding through people-to-people communication among international visitors and residents of Newport County, recently held it’s Annual Summer Members’ Reception. Jazz Impresario George Wein, who created and produced the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and founded the Newport Folk Festival in 1959, was honored by the organization and the City of Newport. The Reception was held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the venue for the early years of the Jazz Festival.   Mr. Tom Feeney, President of CIV, presented to Mr. Wein an Appreciation of Excellence award for significantly contributing to the appreciation of American music around the world. Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano of Newport proclaimed August 7, 2010, as George

Wein Day and presented him with the Key to the City. Accepting awards for Mr. Wein, who was unable to attend due to a traffic tie-up on I-95, was.Mr.Tim Tobin, longtime Operations Manager for the Folk and Jazz Festivals.   At this reception the Council also recognized Patrick Fogerty, a 2010 Middletown High School graduate with an award for his superior academic achievements.   CIV gratefully thanks the International Tennis Hall of Fame for use of its venue; The Dick Lupino Trio for their delightful music; The Pour People for their cash bar; and White Glove Services, Inc. Frank and Virginia Hanson provided black and white historic photos from the early years of the Jazz Festival. Area restaurants which generously contributed food were Bliss Market, Canfield House Restaurant and Pub, O’Brein’s Pub, Sambar and Sardella’s Italian Restaurant.   Thanks to CIV committee mem-

bers for their hard work in making this special event happen: Barbara Baum, Conrad Donahue, Randy Keck, Ken and Tia Scigulinsky, Robert Sleiertin, Peter and Judy Tarpgaard, Judy and David Terry, George Wardwell, Angela Vars and Armando Heredia. Thanks to all those CIV members who brought buffet appetizers as has become a tradition at all CIVsocial events   Thanks also goes to the Newport Folk Festival 2010 and the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival for their donation of two pairs of tickets to each of the Festivals, all of which were raffled off to benefit Newport Council for International Visitors programs. Committee Co-Chairs Merrilee Zellner and Anne Huot

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The Billy Bull Way street sign appears outside Cardines Field, attached to a light pole on America’s Cup Avenue. Apparently, it honors Billy Bull, manager of the Bull Memorial team, which captured both Sunset League and Rhode Island amateur championships in 1946. Cardines Field remains the home turf of the amateur Sunset League, and is also the home of the Newport Gulls of the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League. Take another look, the next time you’re there to catch a game. (Photo by Kirby Varacalli)


Rhode Island’s Most Important Day By Brian Stinson   The eighth of July is extremely significant in the annals of Rhode Island history. It marks the birth of our colony, the bestowing of the official name, and the first written constitution guaranteeing the right to religious freedom. On this day 347 years ago, King Charles II of England granted a royal charter in 1663 written by Dr. John Clarke, joining all the settlements surrounding Narragansett Bay into a new single colony called “The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”   Unfortunately, this year politics have run headfirst into history as some people want to change the state name and drop “Providence Plantations,” claiming it conjures up images of slavery and Rhode Island’s involvement in the slave trade. In fact the word “plantation” means men banding together to form a colony. This November, Rhode Island voters will decide the fate of the official state name.   This discussion should not diminish the accomplishments of Dr. Clarke, the person responsible for this extremely important document. This is a time to pay homage to a physician, minister, statesman and pioneer of religious liberty, whose legacy tends to be overshadowed by Roger Williams.   A man of exceptional ability, noted for his fellowship and leadership, Dr. Clarke arrived in Boston in 1637. He spent that winter in New Hampshire before venturing south to this area the following spring. Upon the advice of Roger Williams, he settled here on the Island of Aquidneck, or the “Isle of Peace” as it was named by the Native Americans. He was one of the co-founders who purchased this island from these people on March 24, 1638. Originally he had settled at Pocasset, on the northern tip which is now known as Portsmouth. About a year later he, and others, would settle in the southern part of the island. He was one of the founders of this community who signed

a written agreement on April 28, 1639 thus marking the beginning of Newport. These settlers had picked the finest part of the island with its natural harbor and exceptional beauty.   In time, Roger Williams obtained a charter in England incorporating the towns of Providence/Warwick on the mainland and Portsmouth/ Newport on Aquidneck Island into a colony entitled “The Colony of the Providence Plantations in the Narragansett Bay in New England”.   Charter in hand, Roger Williams returned from England in 1644. Problems arose as Williams was not authorized by the two towns on Aquidneck (now known as Rhode Island) to secure such a charter. It would take a few years before this charter was accepted.   With political upheaval taking place in England in the year 1649, William Coddington, who helped in the founding of Newport and who was also at this time the President of this colony, took a bold step and made a secret trip to England. He obtained a commission annulling the existing charter. The stipulations of this commission separated the towns on Aquidneck from the towns on the mainland and made him Governor of the islands of Aquidneck and Conanicut (Jamestown) for life.   It is evident that this news was not well received by Dr. Clarke and Roger Williams who were dispatched to England to nullify the work of Coddington. Successful in their endeavors, Williams returned while Dr. Clarke remained in England for the next twelve years to protect the interests of the colony.   Throughout the existence of the colony, Rhode Island was not well liked due to its religious beliefs and numerous territorial disputes with her neighbors.   When Charles the Second came to the throne in 1660, the existing charter was disposed of and a new one had to be secured for this colony as soon as possible. It is very fortunate that Dr. Clarke was

in England at the right place and at the right time. As a statesman he served his colony well. As the author of the Charter of Rhode Island of 1663, he included items which might be subject to ridicule by others. He secured the new charter with the signature and seal of King Charles II on July 8, 1663. It stipulated that this colony would now be known as “The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”   One historian says, “This charter was the first such charter to specifically state that freedom of worship and conscience was a basic individual right.” This charter is considered remarkable according to Wilbur Nelson’s The Life of Dr. John Clarke, who states that “In it, absolute religious freedom was, for the first time in the history of the world, secured and guaranteed. It was so democratic, both in letter and in spirit, that doubts were entertained in England whether the King had a right to grant it.”   It has been further stated in the words of Dr. Clarke, inscribed on the west facade of the Capitol in Providence, “That it is much on their hearts (if they may be permitted) to hold forth a lively experiment, that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained, and that among our English subjects, with a full liberty in religious concernments.”   We are all greatly indebted to Dr. Clarke, who financed his tenure in England as the agent of the colony by mortgaging his property here. He lies resting in a cemetery on Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard across the street from the rear of the Newport Police Station.   Rhode Island was founded upon people banding together to form a colony – a plantation – in the name of liberty. Our colony was the first to enact anti-slavery legislation and our citizens were the first to enjoy religious freedom. Let’s not negate Clarke’s work on behalf of all Rhode Islanders and perpetuate this mythical belief by some that our state name represents slavery.

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Plain and simple: What’s on display inside the old Brick Market nowadays is one of Newport’s best kept secrets. Tens of thousands of island residents and ten times as many tourists walk or drive right by this museum over and over again, and while most people casually notice that it’s a gift shop, almost no one gives the lovely neo-classical style building or the sign on the front of it a second look. It’s just not the spot where you’d expect to find an 18th century architectural gem as well as an interesting history museum. With the Newport Historical Society’s gift shop occupying the entire first floor, the site rather blends in with the shopping district at the sidewalk level. The newer buildings around it, tenanted with touristy boutiques, fancy clothiers, offices, restaurants and condo apartments, will never in a million years be worthy of architectural recognition, however, the old marketplace is one of the three buildings in the city by Newport’s gentlemen-architect Peter Harrison to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, at the rear of the first floor – which is entirely retail except for one or two small plexi-case displays of historical items which change from time to time – there is a broad staircase leading up to the second floor. Simply tell the person at the cash register that you’d like to see the museum and go up for a selfguided tour. As soon as your foot hits the top landing, you’re back in pre-colonial days to the time when Aquidneck Island was part of the hunting and fishing territory of the Narragansett and Wampanoag tribes. There to greet you, eye to eye, is the life size image of a man who was a member of the great “Algonquin nation.” No war paint, no malice, just as it was when the first English arrived on these shores (less than 20 years after the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts) and the then-friendly natives eagerly formed trading alliances with these wool-clad, trinket-laden foreigners. From there, the exhibits continue in a loop through seven contiguous spaces, each of which makes a leap forward on the timeline from the old town’s early years as an important American seaport to the 20th century. It took plenty of creative genius for the museum’s designers to flow more than four centuries of history into small nooks and tight corners within this single floor, and they did

Not to miss: James Franklin’s printing press: James (elder brother of Benjmin) moved his business from Boston to Newport, establishing the Rhode Island colony’s first printing press in 1727. it, first, by carefully choosing only the most exceptional artifacts from the organization’s vast collections to display – a rare Bible box from 1674, a still for making rum, TownsendGoddard furniture, priceless silver pieces, a huge ship’s figurehead, and a printing press from the 1720s that came from the Newport print shop owned and run by James and Ann Franklin. Secondly, the curators minimized the amount of text to only headlines and highlights, reducing the sometimes wearying task of leaning over to read vertical print. Finally, they devised an entire bus tour right inside the museum. Visitors actually climb aboard a reproduction of an 1890s omnibus, as these coaches were called then, and take a 7-minute narrated video tour along the city’s famous “millionaire’s row” while they ride back in time to the fabulous Gilded Age. Together, the artifacts, text panels and the video are a tidy synopsis of everything that has made Newport Newport since it was settled. To carry the exhibits’ various themes far beyond these four walls, the Newport Historical Society provides free flyers titled “Where To Go Next.” Look for them – they are in boxes mounted on the walls at various places in the museum. If it’s colonial Newport that intrigues you, one flyer leads you to nine other places where you can take additional tours and learn more about Newport prior to the Revolution. The flyer about the Gilded Age is a list of museums

where you can immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the Vanderbilts, Belmonts, Dukes and others in the decades when Newport was known as “the Queen of Resorts.” The third flyer directs you to churches, meeting houses and other sites where the story of religious freedom and toleration in early Rhode Island unfolds in full detail. The best thing about this museum is that when you get to the last room of the exhibits, you can go around again because you are right back where you started. Although you likely haven’t missed anything, you instantly want to see it all twice to be sure. In a sense, the nano-exhibit in the Brick Market is just a teaser to tantalize you with the city’s rich cultural heritage – and it works. You can’t help but be enticed to visit to every historic venue in town. At the bottom of the stairs, be sure to leave a donation, as suggested. The Society’s staff members in the shop are available to answer questions and can recommend books and publications about Newport. If the museum experience, their free itinerary flyers, and the shelves full of books in their shop aren’t enough of a history fix for you, then stick around to join the docent-led walking tours which begin at the Brick Market. Ask at the cashier’s desk for the schedule of walks and the costs; the topics and times vary from week to week. You’ll soon discover that Newport is a small town with a very big story to tell about its long and colorful past.

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Details on the website – Summer hours Monday through Thursday 10 am to 5:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 6:30 pm; Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. Admission – by donation. Self-guided tour – allow 30 minutes. Location – 127 Thames Street at Washington Square. (401) 841-8770 Gift Shop – yes. Universal access – gift shop and restrooms-yes; museum on 2nd floor-no. Restrooms – yes. Parking – metered spaces on the streets and in lots near the site. Free one hour parking with validation in the on the south side of the building

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drinks, a picnic blanket, and your closest friends for an afternoon of young, talented musicians playing against the big rock wall. If the weather does not cooperate on Saturday, a scheduled rain date is set up for Sunday, July 18, also from 2-7 p.m. Summer in Newport is full of all different kinds of music festivals and shows, but only one is geared toward friendly competition between youthful, local bands. Help the spirit of Molly Finn live on and support local artists for a good cause by coming down to Ballard Park on Saturday and enjoying what the Newport music scene has to offer.


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ARTS Celebrate Newport’s Live Music Scene BridgeFest, August 2-5. Don’t Skip a Beat! By John Hirschboeck, Secretary, Arts & Culture Alliance of Newport County   Each summer thousands of folk and jazz lovers flock to Newport for George Wein’s long-standing Newport Folk Festival SM & CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival. The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County created BridgeFest, a celebration of Newport’s dynamic local music scene, to connect Newport’s two, world famous festivals. Music enthusiasts who enjoy the Newport Folk Festival can extend their stay and experience Newport’s local musicians during the week from August 2-5, then cap off 14 days of great music with the CareFusion Jazz Festival.   “This summer, Newport is hosting the 42nd Newport Music Festival, the 51st Newport Folk Festival and the 56th edition of the Newport Jazz Festival. Our City-by-the Sea has a richly deserved reputation for outstanding music,” said Cris Offenberg, president of the ACA. “What many may not know is that Newport County also has a vibrant local music scene. BridgeFest showcases these talented musicians, supports local venues and celebrates the power of great music.”   In addition to public venues such as Washington Square, Easton’s Beach, and King Park, more than 25 music clubs and restaurants throughout Newport County will be featuring live music during BridgeFest’s four days.

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James Montgomery Blues Band singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett) at the Newport Yachting Center followed by “Jimmy Buffett Live at Wrigley Field” concert film at the Jane Pickens. n Special children’s performances and workshops at the Redwood Library and Newport Art Museum. n A special BridgeFest fund-raiser for the Martin Luther King Center featuring legendary (and Newport’s own) James Montgomery Blues Band at the Newport Yachting Center. n A lecture at the Newport Art Museum by Jack and Barbara Renner, founders of Telarc Records titled “Twenty Years with the Legends of Jazz.” n Six free live concerts at Newport’s Easton Beach, King Park and Washington Square featuring rock & roll, jazz, folk rock, Celtic and bluegrass music with some of the area’s top musical groups. n One of the last Newport appearances of “Bloody Knuckles,” multiple time winners of Newport’s Best Local Band — before one of the boys heads off to college this fall.   There will also be special jazz

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phone while winking at me. Whatever it took. Malkovich didn’t suffer fools gladly unless they could advance the Music Festival. In that case he would embrace them and make the best of it. The music was everything to him, which is why he would spend weeks during the winter scouring music libraries the world over searching for obscure composers and even more obscure works for his coterie of international musicians. He certainly appeared to enjoy the lavish social scene attached to the festival and the limelight that came with his attendance at nearly every concert every year. He was a bit of a carnival barker, though the carnival was beautiful. Yet it was the hunt that inspired him. And why not? The festival’s uniqueness certainly has something to do with its historical backdrop in the homes of robber baron industrialists of a century ago. The fact that Malkovich gave young musicians, many of them from what would then have been called Iron Curtain countries, their first American stage also lent to the unique personality. Still, it was the music

whether it was a parade of Mozart’s sonatas or a long buried rhapsody from Hungary. He loved it all, and he wanted to share it, but not just with the well-heeled. The Music Festival’s charm emerged from the fact that schoolteachers from Sandusky, Ohio, would drive to Newport for a few days of glow or that latter day hippies would show up in sandals for an evening of French music at the Breakers. Seated on folding chairs next to Mrs. Stuyvesant Von Braun would be Frank the furniture salesman and Miriam the hairdresser. With eyes sometimes closed, other times riveted on the magical hands of the piano player, together they would enjoy the music as much as Malkovich, the immigrant’s son basking in the sphere of muses. Just as with George Wein, the indefatigable impresario of the Jazz Festival, which actually inspired some summer colonists to create the Music Festival in the 1960s, Malkovich was an out-of-towner who saw the brilliance of Newport and polished its luster for the rest of us to enjoy. He is gone; the music he loved plays on.

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The Course of Newport’s history was never to be the historian’s dream of a smoothly ascending curve to greater prosperity and the perfectibility of man. Its evolution was more a lively experiment. George Herrick; Newport 1853, a Golden Year By Virginia Treherne-Thomas   India, like Newport in 1776, suffered a destruction of its culture during British imperialism, and E.M Forester’s literary landmark novel “A Passage to India” was a scathing indictment of that period in the 1920’s. One of the great epic screen adaptations, it was an enormous undertaking, as was the Newport Hospital gala last Thursday night, with Cynthia Gibson and Nanette Herrick like the great Da-

The Passage of India, the Japan Craze and Broadway at The Redwood Library vid Lean, behind the cameras, creating a hugely successful evening that brought in over a quarter of million dollars supporting a major expansion of the hospital’s very important radiology program. Indian samosas, papadoms with chutney, and Senegalese soup were part of the Indian fare served to sari clad guests with their bindis, dhotis and turbans getting into the swing of the Indian theme as they bid up auction prices to double digits and danced the night away to the music of Bob Hardwick. Well done to a talented group of chairwomen who worked awfully hard to create this winning shindig.   From India to Japan: The Newport Art Museum’s “Japan Craze” gala on Saturday night honored Jimmy and Minnie Coleman who have made an enormous contri-

bution creating a museum school that provides state- of- the- art digital media studios for over 2,000 students each year. Don’t miss the exhibition at The Cushing Gallery highlighting America’s fascination with Japan.   And lastly: congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kinder and their charming extended family. Next weekend, please support The Redwood Library gala in honor of Nuala Pell. If you are unable to attend, stop by the library, pick up Mr. Herrick’s enchanting 13 page glimpse into a Newport during the1800’s. It’s a gem of a book that supports this treasured institution, And, it’s a double bang for your buck, because, purchasing it for only $20, initiates you into a singular society that honors writers and scholars who breathe life onto the page of our past.

Mr and Mrs. Peter Damon and Lisa Goddard (above), and the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kinder (inset right)

Tie Breaker: Jimmy Van Alen and Tennis In the 20th Century M.T. Train/Scala Books, 177 pages, By Eleanor Dwight

By George G. Herrick

With her new book Tie Breaker, Jimmy Van Alen and Tennis in the 20th Century Eleanor Dwight has served an ace. This original work delivers the first published histories of James Van Alen himself, of the foundation of the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and of the origins of the Van Alen Simplified (later Streamlined) Scoring System (VASSS) and the Tie Breaker, which revolutionized the game. John Isner’s recent eleven hour, five minute, 183 game victory over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon adds timeliness to the story. Jimmy Van Alen (1902-1991) was born to a Newport family of Gilded Age magnificence for whom society was “a religion” and a lavish lifestyle an obligation. The senior Van Alens lived in Great Britain and France for much of their son’s early life and returned to Wakehurst, the family’s Tudor Mansion in Newport as World War I got under way and boarding school became an unwelcome necessity for the boy.

Dwight, who has written so well of that world in books on Edith Wharton and Mrs. Potter Palmer, deftly paints in the background with skill for presenting large amount of information in the smoothest possible way. Meanwhile, the Van Alen had begun to take a serious interest in the game of tennis. After a year at Harvard he spent four years in the early nineteen twenties at Cambridge University in England where he won a coveted light blue jacket by captaining the tennis team and developed his personal style and interests. Van Alen was always to have an outsized personality, which seemed to attract colorful descriptions. Dwight reaches for eccentric, creative, fun loving and determined with a need for action and an urge to organize and teach. One could probably add self-centered and spoiled. Those qualities emerged also from his recreations of playing the ukulele, writing light verse and reciting his Christmas poem, activities which served to make himself the center of attention. Van Alen had the resources to undertake some interesting endeav-

ors before the Hall of Fame claimed his full attention. In these ventures, and later with the Hall of Fame, he showed an instinctive recognition of high quality. He also learned the fabled and exclusive game of court tennis, becoming indeed National Amateur champion in the 1930’s. Jimmy returned to Newport in 1950 from New York City with his new wife, the beautiful and intelligent Candace Alig from Louisville, bought a sprawling mansion overlooking Ocean Drive, and became President of the Newport Casino in 1951 at the age of 49. The Casino had been founded by James Gordon Bennett in 1880 after a celebrated incident at the Newport Reading Room resulting in his dismissal from the club and built

in the shingle style by the architects McKim, Mead and White on a Bellevue Avenue plot of 11 acres, about twice the size of today’s grounds. Tennis courts were laid out at the new Casino, which quickly became a center for the new game, hosting the National Championships from 1881 to 1915. A Major Wingfield invented the game in England with the odd name Sphairistike in 1874. Sets of equipment soon appeared in Boston and New York which compete still today for the honor of having the first game in America. Dwight diplomatically does not choose sides in this debate. The golden years of Newport tennis ensued. Observers nostalgically recalled a pleasant ambience of colorful parasols and beautifully dressed spectators in the famous edenic enclosure, politely applauding the gentlemen players in white flannels with colorful accessories. The surrounding horseshoe-shaped green piazza provided a lovely site for social gatherings, theatricals, concerts, and balls. Nothing that good could last forever. The first discussions about a Hall of Fame for tennis, which was to be dedicated in 1955, took place in 1952. The Casino was in a state of disrepair. Developers were knocking at the door. Jimmy wanted to preserve the historical evidence of the Gilded Age and maintain the tournaments. It is hard to imagine

today how skimpy the early museum displays were or the difficulties facing Van Alen. The good things don’t just happen: they may require vision, creativity, promotion, timing, leadership and good luck. Newport is the happy beneficiary of those factors of success as Dwight shows in her readable book. Chance favors the prepared mind, and Jimmy Van Alen was ready for the challenge. The Van Alens also gave or left several million dollars to the Casino.    In 1954, Van Alen imagined a simplified scoring system. VASSS, as it was to be called. It included a tie breaker to shorten the length of games and radical changes in the scoring of points and games. After much testing, and debate with tennis traditionalists and bureaucrats, the “tie breaker” was accepted at the 1970 U.S. Open and a 12 point tie breaker game by tennis officialdom in 1974. He did not succeed in gaining acceptance for his changes in scoring, but his legacy of the tie breaker may stand for all time. The Isner-Mahut match at Wimbledon, which has not yet accepted a fifth set tie breaker, proves the point in a dramatic way. Dwight lays out, in a winning way, the steps in Van Alen’s long march to overcome opposition to his plan and promote the greatest change in tennis in over 100 years. Her book belongs in every collection of works on Newport or tennis.

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DINING OUT Scampi offers seafood, steaks and sunsets on the Sakonnet By Portia Little   After being in business for just over a year, Scampi in Portsmouth has attracted a large following of both locals and tourists. It’s no wonder. With Scampi’s varied menu of seafood, steaks, and Italian specialties, there’s something for everyone. They pride themselves on preparing every meal “homemade� on site, and all menu meals are priced under $20. We drove the short drive to the northern tip of Aquidneck Island recently and entered this friendly restaurant on the Sakonnet River where the hostess greeted us warmly and showed us to our table by the window. Scampi has a comfortable atmosphere, with pastel colors and nautical-themed photos on the walls. Families, couples, and assorted groups sat at tables and booths in the two dining rooms. The open bar area was alive with folks enjoying the $5

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was willing to share. This dish arrived with a dramatic presentation; baked stuffed lobster with a delectable shrimp dressing, served on a long decorative ceramic tray with two large claws, drawn butter, and lemon wedges; outstanding!   Believe it or not, after this sumptuous feast, we made room for dessert, Scampi’s signature crème brulee, which they make on the premises. There’s also a dessert cart assortment to choose from. We left with a satisfied feeling, and look forward to returning soon to this charming eatery for their Monday and Tuesday Dinner-for-2 with a bottle of wine for just $32.95. “Wine Down Wednesdayâ€? beckons also, with a choice of seafood tasting and a glass of wine for only $17.95. Bring the kids along; they can eat for just $3.95.

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drink specials, munching on bar food, and catching a game on the 62-inch TV. The upstairs dining room, which is open to customers on Friday and Saturday evenings, is a great place to gaze at the sunset over the Mt. Hope bridge. It can also be reserved as a function room for parties and meetings. Our server, Deanne, who was friendly and attentive, brought our glasses of Argentine malbec, which we sipped while perusing the menu. The list offered so many tempting choices. But this was Thursday Prime Rib or Lobster Night for $19.95. Oh happy day; our mouths were watering.   Before our entrees arrived, however, we were lucky to sample an amazing array of appetizers. First Deanne brought the incredible lobster salad—chunks of ten-

der lobster served atop a bed of mixed greens and tomatoes, and finished with a balsamic drizzle. My dining companion raved about his lobster bisque, which he said was “the best,â€? with pieces of lobster tail and a hint of sherry. He also enjoyed his chourico and little necks, which are a popular item at Scampi; four clams nestled with sliced sausage served on fresh greens with a lemon twist. And, my Maryland crab cake was a tasty treat filled with jumbo crab and served with the chef’s special remoulade sauce. For my entrĂŠe I selected the steak medallions from the specials menu, which were juicy and tender, accompanied by sweet potato fries. The other main-dish specials that night were prime rib and grilled mahi mahi topped with mango salsa. My dining companion went for the lobster, which; bless him, he





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Wednesday July 14

The Beatles Rare Footage:Lecture & Film Jane Pickens Theater, Film archivist Bill Shelley will introduction and Q&A session, 7 p.m., 846-5252 Aquidneck Growers Market Fresh produce, baked goods, and more, 2-6 p.m., Memorial Blvd. Green Animals Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party From 4 - 8 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets sold at the door. Members $10, member children 6-12 free; Gen. admission adults $15, children 6-12 $5. All children 5 and under are free, 380 Coryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane, Portsmouth, 847-1000 Newport Gulls Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collegiate wooden bat league team, 6:35 p.m., Cardines

Thursday July 15

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82nd Annual St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast Four days of festival fun at the Portuguese-American Citizens Bluc on Thursday and Friday from 5-11 p.m., Saturday noon - midnight, and Sunday noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m., 35 Power St. (across East Main Rd from St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church) Black Ships Festival A Festival of friendship between Newport and Japan that offers a variety of events emphasizing both Japanese and art and culture, more information at 847-7666. Identity Theft Class See how your everyday computer interaction (directly and indirectly) places you at the highest levels of risk for identity theft. Registration required. 1 p.m., free, Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., 380-6643 Eastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Summer Series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toe Jam Puppet Band,â&#x20AC;? vocalist, show lasts about 45 min., sponsored by Newport Secret Garden Tour, 6p.m., Eastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Beach Idol For ages 13 and under, starts about 6:45 p.m. , Eastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thursday, It Must be Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;? Informal group meets to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare works, 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m., free, Redwood Library, 847-0292,

Beach Soiree Eastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beach Rotunda, 6 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing! $45 per ticket, $425 Table of 10. 847-1608 Great Friends Dance Festival Island Moving Co. presents their Great Friends Dance Festival at Great Friends Meeting House, 30 Marlborough St. Performances are every night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/$18 for seniors and students (must show ID), 847-4470, www. Murder in a Mansion! The Beechwood Theatre Company presents an interactive murder mystery experience, 90-minute, family-friendly event, 7 p.m., Belcourt Castle, 846-3772 RI Comic Throwdown Billey Goodes, 29 Marlborough St., Stand-up comics battle for a title of ultimate RI comic. 8:30 p.m., $5 at the door, 848-5013

Friday July 16

Black Ships Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for more details 82nd Annual St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast 5-11 p.m., Please see Thurs., July 15 for more details The Velvet Rope - Court Tennis 16-18 Come see Handicap Doubles tennis from ages 21-40., International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 194 Bellevue Ave., 849-6672, or www. for more information Newport Gulls Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collegiate wooden bat league team, 6:35 p.m., Cardines Field, 845-6832 Great Friends Dance Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for details Hello Broadway! CCRI Newport campus this summer, enjoy two different musical reviews 8 p.m. and features music from both! Tickets $15/$10. The Bit Players Newportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning comedy improv troupe, The Bit Players create on the spot laughs from audience suggestions, 8 p.m., Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, $15, 849-3473,

Saturday July 17

Aquidneck Island Growerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown 82nd Annual St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feast Noon - midnight. Please see Thurs., July 15 for more details 34th Annual Save The Bay Swim Register at 4:30 a.m. and start swimming at 6:30 a.m.! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 1.7 mile route from the Newport Naval Station to Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove in Jamestown. The funds raised will benefit Save The Bay, more information at 272-3540 Eastern Rhode Island 4-H Country Fair The fair kicks off with the Horse Show at 8:30 a.m. A day of fun for the whole family at Glen Park, Portstmouth, 245-5127 Aquidneck Island Growerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown The Velvet Rope - Court Tennis Please see Fri., July 16 for more details 23rd Annual Tiverton Four Corners Arts & Artisan Festival Located at the Mill Pond area of Historic Tiverton Four Corners. Rain date July 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3952 Main Road, Tiverton, 662-6269 Old House ABCs History Walking Tour Tour departs at 11:30am and lasts approximately 75 min. Reservations suggested, Museum & Shop at Brick Market, 127 Thames St. Beehive Tour and Honey Tasting Tour the newly installed hives at Prescott Farm with beekeeper Jeff Mello of Aquidneck Honey. Enjoy tasty samples of this local honey along with home-made johnnycakes. Tickets are $10 and reservations are suggested. Tour begins at 10 a.m., 846-4152, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown Black Ships Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for more details 4th Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands An all age event featuring local, talented, young musicians competing for recording time and concerts at local venues. Free. Rain Date: Sunday, July 18., Ballard Park, 2-7 p.m., 619-3377

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Hello Broadway! 2 p.m., See Fri., July 16 for details

July 20

Polo Match Gates open at 4 p.m. for tailgating math play begins at 5 p.m., Glen Farm, Portsmouth, 847-7090

Family Night Concert Series The Northeast Navy Show Band to play show tunes and patriotic favorites, 6-7:30 p.m., Easton’s Beach

Jubilate Ringers - Hand Bell Concert The Jubilate Ringers of St. Luke’s Church, East Greenwich performing a hand bell concert at 7 p.m. ,42 Dearborn St., 847-0675, or www.

Newport Gulls Newport’s collegiate wooden bat league team, 6:35 p.m., Cardines Field, 845-6832

Classic Cabaret The Redwood Library and Athenaeum celebrates this summer with a Classic Cabaret. Festivities begin at 6:30pm, black tie. Call 8470295 ext. 115 for reservations.

Up on the Roof Join your friends for music, food, fun and the best views of Newport, at Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport. Benefits Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties. 6 - 8 p.m. $20 per person. Call 849-2101.


Sunset Music Series: CAKE Cake - $50 preferred/$35 standard, gates open at 5:30 p.m. The headliner starts at approximately 8 p.m., Newport Yachting Center, 846-1600

July 21

Aquidneck Growers Market Fresh produce, baked goods, and more, 2-6 p.m., Memorial Blvd.

Great Friends Dance Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for details

Thursday July 22

The Bit Players 8 p.m., see Fri., July 16 for details.

Toe Jam Puppet Band 10 – 11 a.m. A unique combination of original songs, shadow puppetry and story telling. The concert is in the Quarry Meadow. Seating is on the grass--bring a blanket or lawn, free, 619-3377, www.ballardpark. org

Sunday July 18

Black Ships Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for more details King Park music series Features performances of two Rhode Island folk musicians, singer/guitarists Jim McGrath and Jon Campbell, King’s Park from 3-6 p.m. 82nd Annual St. Anthony’s Feast Noon - 5 p.m., Please see Thurs. ,July 15 for more details. The Velvet Rope - Court Tennis Please see Fri., July 16 for more details Great Friends Dance Festival Please see Thurs., July 15 for details

Portsmouth Pop Warner Cheerleading Equipment day From 5:30 - 6:30pm at Aquidneck Island Christian Academy. Cheerleaders ages 5 - 15 as of Aug. 1, 2010; 35 cheerleaders per squad max (first come, first serve), Call 849-9313 or visit Easton’s Beach Summer Series Txxxxxxxx, show lasts about 45 min., sponsored by Newport Secret Garden Tour, 6 p.m. Newport Gulls Newport’s collegiate wooden bat league team, 6:35 p.m., Cardines Field, 845-6832 Rhode Island Comic Throwdown Jimmy’s Saloon, 37 Memorial Blvd, Newport, 8:30 p.m., $5 at the door, come see stand-ups battle for title of best RI comic, 207-4812 for more information

Monday July 19

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Hall of Fame / USTA New England Junior Grass Court Tournament Level 7 event for boy’s and girl’s 10’s, 12’s and 14’s; singles only; all play is on grass; access into ITHF Museum included with entry; go to for more information International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 194 Bellevue Ave, 846-0642 Hellenic Fest 2010 23-25 Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church presents the 28th Annual Hellenic Fest. Free Admission. Located at the corner of Thames & Brewer Streets, Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight, 846-0555 or

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Tattoo Girl Strikes Fire By Patricia Lacouture â&#x20AC;&#x192; If the name Lisbeth Salander doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ring a bell, you may have been living under a rock. The stealth heroine of the late Stieg Larsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trilogy, Lisbeth has been cited as one of the main reasons for the booksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and now two filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; phenomenal success. According to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entertainment Weekly Magazine,â&#x20AC;? what has now been dubbed the Millennium Trilogy, have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. The first film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ&#x20AC;? hit theaters like a firestorm, and now book two, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl Who Played with Fire,â&#x20AC;? explodes onto the screen. â&#x20AC;&#x192; Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) emotes little and trusts no one. A cipher, she is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best computer hackers, and she uses her skills to track down misogynist creeps and exact revenge. A skinny Lara Croft, Salanderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all five feet and 88 poundsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;should be feared by those who exploit women sexually. She has good reasons and an odd code of morality that, somehow, seems right for her. â&#x20AC;&#x192; In the first installment, Lisbeth had allowed herself to fall in love with Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), publisher of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millennium,â&#x20AC;? a magazine dedicated to exposing corruption among the power players. By that bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, she had felt betrayed by Blomkvist and taken off to lick her wounds in a globe-trotting escapade financed by money she has scammed from scam artists. With her life in danger and wanted by both the police and some very sick men, Lisbeth has only Blomkvist to trust as she confronts some of the demons of her

childhood. â&#x20AC;&#x192; Lisbethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment, with its white walls, uncarpeted hardwood floors and undressed windows, reflects her no-nonsense approach to life. A lack of furnitureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;save for a mattress that serves as her bedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; her spartan surroundings meet her most basic needs and amplify the fact that creature comforts mean nothing to her. This is a direct deviation from the novel, where she makes her apartment very cozy. In

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to find your own anger and contempt and hate and frustration and loneliness. I was terribly lonely (while the films were being shot),â&#x20AC;? she states. â&#x20AC;&#x192; And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of corruption of all sorts to fuel all those emotions. â&#x20AC;&#x192; The books announce their intention of unveiling the sexploitation of women. One chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s break page states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over 600,000 women every year are forced into the sex trade.â&#x20AC;? Another section claims: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forty-six percent of the women in Sweden have been subjected to violence by a man.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x192; And the films, thus far, do not shun from violence, sexual and otherwise. Larsson has sparked a debate as to whether he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;showingâ&#x20AC;? sexploitation to try to stop it or for salacious thrills. Unless we find a way to channel him from the beyond, we shall never know his true intent. â&#x20AC;&#x192; One thing we do know is that Larsson, like Blomkvist, worked to expose deeply rooted political corruption. His death, at age 50, of a heart attack came just after he submitted the trilogy as â&#x20AC;&#x153;first draftsâ&#x20AC;? to a publisher. I leave that coincidence to the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl Who Played With Fireâ&#x20AC;? offers nail-biting suspense and a shocking sense of realism with its unwavering camera and naturalistic lighting scheme. It may offend some, but fans of the paranoia suspense thriller wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed. â&#x20AC;&#x192; I plan to see all three of the Swedish films, as I wonder how closely the American versions to be filmed in 2011 will capture the raw energy and unflinching realism of the books.

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Thursday, July 15 Pier 49 - Scott Kraus, 6-10 p.m. The Barking Crab -Erik Sperl, 7-10 p.m. Newport Blues - Rune, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. One Pelham East - Blockhead, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Perro Salado - Honky Tonk Knights The Pier - Live Music Rhino Bar & Grille â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Hot Like Fire, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Friday, July 16 The Chanler - Live Jazz with Dick Lupino and Friends, 6-10 p.m. Pier 49 - Positivity ,6-10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House The Foreverly Brothers Dockside - Those Guys, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub - Sean Rivers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. LaForge - Dave Manuel, piano Newport Blues- The Criminals, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhino Bar & Grille - The Merge, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. Rhumbline - Bobby Ferreira, jazz piano, 6:30-10 p.m. Sambar - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Nights with Andreâ&#x20AC;?

Saturday, July 17 Pier 49 - Positivity, 6-10 p.m. The Barking Crab - LB & The Restraining Orders, 8-11 p.m. Clarke Cooke House The Foreverly Brothers Dockside - Never in Vegas, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. LaForge - Dave Manuel, piano Newport Blues - Separate Ways, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. One Pelham East - Fast Times, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhino Bar & Grille â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mixed Tape, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhumbline - Lois Vaughan, jazz piano, 6:30-10 p.m.

Sunday, July 18 The Barking Crab - Matt Hartke, 1-4 p.m. Clarke Cooke House Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. DeWolf Tavern - Rick Costa Trio, 2-5 p.m. Dockside - The Ravers, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Fastnet - Live traditional Irish music, 6-10 p.m. One Pelham East - Chopville, 6-9 p.m., Chris Gauthier, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Monday, July 19 Buskers - Stoney Jack, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Fastnet - â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Mondayâ&#x20AC;? with blues great, Tim Taylor, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Newport Blues Cafe - Sean Rivers & Dave Stejna, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina - Hamish and Dave

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By Meg Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil On Saturday, July 17, the Sacramento based, alt-rock darlings, CAKE, will be taking the stage at the Newport Yachting Center as part of the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series. The group, known for their funky sounds, and distorted guitar riffs, is getting ready to release their seventh album this winter. I got a chance to speak with one of the original band members and resident trumpet player, Vince DiFiore, over the phone to talk about CAKEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming appearance in Newport.

Can you give me a brief background on how you guys formed CAKE and what the beginning years were like? It felt like we were doing something for the scene in Sacramento; Adding to a very small cafĂŠ and bar music scene, where we were very grounded and the music was important to us, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t this feeling of a surge as if we were going to the big time. It was all about playing to the audience. We had aspirations but there were very little frustration in the small steps that we took. It was something where it was important for us to make an honest statement on a very grounded, grassroots sort of level. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kept that up to this day. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been that same perspective of playing to an audience. Keeping the sound contained so that we are playing as a band with each other and not blindly lashing out with sonic waves. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a new album coming out in January, how was the recording process? It was a very intense recording period this time. We have our own studio, in aâ&#x20AC;Śnot quite dumpyâ&#x20AC;Śbut itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a two bedroom house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoned commercially, and we make a lot of noise at times, during the day, but we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bothering any neighbors. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten better at the process of making albums on our own. We know what to expect from each other, and we To go: know which When: Saturday, July 17, at the Newport strengths individually Yachting Center, gates open at 5:30 p.m., we can bring to the band, so we have main act begins at 7 p.m. that experience this time Tickets: $50 for preferred seating / $35 of taking it to the next level for standard seating, tickets may be and working purchased at www.newportwaterfronte- with a good understanding of what, or 846-1600 ext. 2 we could expect to achieve. This whole album was made entirely using solar energy, right? It is, we put solar panels on the roof which takes away a lot of the anxiety of being cooped up in a building with a bunch of guys. Just to know that the sun is charging everything instead of being on the umbilical cord of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power grid, makes you feel a little bit more grown up, you know, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken some steps to control your energy. For people who are interested, there is a video on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; page on our website that says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;solarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; there is a YouTube video that we made of the entire process from beginning to end of installing the solar panels. Speaking of the website, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an awesome site; polls, advice column, news flashes. My favorite is the sticker challenge in Rome. Can you explain that game? It went on for about a year without any response, and somebody just responded and found one near the Coliseum. John [the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead singer] was on his honeymoon, and we did that. He put five CAKE stickers up, and if someone found one, they would win a year of free CAKE concerts. The new album is currently untitled, how does CAKE go about giving names to the albums? This time, every time somebody would say something in the studio that was a catchy phrase, I would make a note of it. I would keep a running list, it seems like a running joke that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oh that would make a good album titleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d write it down, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually something that percolates up out of someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind towards the end of the process. Something that has maybe been brewing for a while and then blossoms right at the end of the process and is some sort of linguistic representation of where we are at the moment. Maybe as a band, and as a commentary on some aspect of society. Do you have any personal favorites off the new album? Yeah I like song called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;long timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing live quite a bit, and you know, it has a lot of good musical ideas, and the lyrics are really great. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun to play in concert and I think we got a great recording off of it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my favorite right now. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another one called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sick of youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone is going to be disappointed. When you play here this weekend, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your setlist going to be like? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny, playing new material is asking a little out of the audience. If people havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard a new song, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sometimes not that fun to hear it. [Laughs] You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sink your teeth into it and sing-a-long, you have to listen and pay attention and then process it all. So, you know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an even representation of all five or six of our albums. We want to make sure, especially since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a festival show, that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing music that the people recognize. As a former percussionist, band geek myself, I have to ask, is there going to be any vibraslap on the new album? (Laughs) Of course, yeah. Definitely, there is more vibraslap than ever. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more vibraslap.

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NATURE Quiet Observation Often Yields a Gift from Nature By Jack Kelly   Sometimes, I find that the greatest gifts I receive are free. After an especially long day, I went to the third beach parking lot. The lot overlooks a salt marsh and small pond that is part of the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. I parked in the southeast corner of the lot and turned on the Red Sox game. It was high tide in the marsh, but the tide was going out. It was just after 7 p.m. and the area, teeming with wildlife, began to come alive.   At the far eastern side of the marsh three Great Egrets were roosted in a tree. Below them, two young stags grazed on sweet grasses by the water’s edge. Their seasonal antlers were covered in velvet. A doe and her fawn made an appearance along the brush line. Barn and Tree Swallows, about thirty in number, flew inches above the water, feasting on mosquitoes and other flying insects. Five species of gulls spread across a large mudflat. There were sixty or so Laughing Gulls, divided between adult and juvenile birds. Herring, Ring-billed, and Great Black-Backed Gulls were also represented. In the middle of this large group stood one, lone Bonaparte Gull. In the southeastern corner of the marsh three Glossy Ibises swept their de-curved bills through the water. As I watched the ibises, I heard the alarm call of a Green Heron. It had been flushed by one of the stags walking along the edge of the marsh.   All around me were Goldfinches, Yellow Warblers, Robins, RedWinged Blackbirds, Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves, Song Sparrows, a Tree Sparrow, a Sharp-Tailed Marsh

A Barn Swallow rests on the tip of a phragmites. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Sparrow and a Willow Flycatcher. They were flying between the tall grasses, bushes, and perched on nearby signs. A juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk landed and perched in a pine tree overlooking the wetlands, while an Osprey circled above.   I was getting dizzy and my neck was sore from watching all this activity. Just try following one Swallow on the hunt. I called my friends Matt Grimes and Mark Anderson, to tell them about this incredible show, courtesy of Mother Nature. As I spoke with Mark, shorebirds began to arrive in the marsh. Killdeers, Semi-Palmated Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, a Black-Bellied Plover, and Semi-Palmated Plovers could be seen moving about the marsh while feeding.   Just as I was about to hang up with Mark, five Caspian Terns flew into sight and began to dive into the waters of the main channel on the eastern side of the marsh. These are the largest terns in the world, with a wingspan of over four feet and a body length of almost two feet. After speaking with Mark, I immediately called Rey Larsen, one of the deans of area bird-watching. Rey, knew as well as I did, that the Caspians wouldn’t stay for long.

They are definitely a “dine-anddash” species.   As I waited for Rey, I realized that this aerial ballet was highly synchronized. The swallows continued to fly inches above the water. From that point, to nearly fifty feet up where the gulls were soaring, various species created an amazing flight pattern. It was awe-inspiring. The Caspian Terns gorged on small fish. Their feeding frenzy had been going on for about fifteen minutes. Then, just as quickly as they had arrived, they departed, flying south over Second Beach. Of course, Rey pulled in just a minute later.   However, nature had more gifts in store for us that evening. Amongst the gulls on the mudflat was a juvenile Iceland Gull, that I hadn’t noticed but Rey spotted immediately. As Rey and I scanned the horizon, a Great Blue Heron made its debut. A Black Crowned Night Heron landed in the water near the mudflat and began to stalk its prey. The sun began to set behind the St. George’s Chapel and spread golden hues through a few cumulus clouds that dotted the sapphire sky.   As the sun was setting, the mosquitoes began biting, and Rey and I parted company. What had been a long arduous day, became a wonderful peaceful, blessed evening. To cap it off, as I drove home, Big Papi hit a home run. Now it was a perfect night!

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By Capt. Tim Flaherty   Hello Anglers! The heat wave, that began last week, upset the normal bay and ocean side water temperatures. Back on Monday July 5, the ocean water temperature was 64.5 degrees; ideal for striped bass fishing. After three days of scorching heat, the water temperature at Brenton Reef rose to 73.5 degrees, the highest temperature we have ever recorded in our 30 years of fishing out of Newport. The bass abandoned what became the tropic-like waters of the bay and coastline to seek cooler and deeper environs offshore. The comfort zone for striped bass is between 60-68 degrees. With water temperatures at 73+ degrees, the near-shore bass bite has collapsed.   On Sunday, reliable sources reported the bass bite at Block Island was excellent and many local anglers headed there. Locally, some stripers are still being taken, during the early morning hours, at the #2 buoy, as well as at Seal Ledge. The upper bay fleet has been down this way, taking bass by yoyoing fresh, frozen pogies, while others in this fleet are using live scup. These spots are easy to find: look for the tight cluster of their boats, right out front. Bass fishing over offshore wrecks, is picking up, as well. These warm water temperatures do not bode as well for chunkers, trollers and shore bass fisherman. This, by no means suggests, that the local bass bite is over for the season. Water temperatures can change, again, and rapidly. A Canadian cold front could settle in and quickly cool our waters.   Higher water temps will, however, please tuna anglers, as they will not have to travel as far to find their prey. With rising water temps the disparity between the offshore Gulf Stream and local ocean waters dissolves and tropical fish will range closer to shore. The word is that the “Tuna Tribe” has been

slamming yellowfin within 60 miles of our shores. This is good news for local tuna devotees, as well as restaurants; the commercial striped bass season is now closed, but soon, tuna will become plentiful on local menus.   The warm water is good news for scup fisherman. Scup will now be schooling and the bite will improve. Jumbo scup are now being taken all along our shores. The reefs are producing scup to 19 inches. Scup may not be a familiar species to visitors from outside the region. This species is a member of the snapper family. Anglers in our southern states are very familiar with snapper. There, common snapper species are red snapper, yellowtail snapper and mangrove snapper. These species are prized down south and are found on the finest restaurant menus. The meat is a favorite of many Europeans, too. Mediterranean and Caribbean snapper is considered a delicacy. Here, natives will fillet jumbo scup, carefully removing any of the scups small bones that remain. A favorite, local recipe is to panfry panko-coconut encrusted fillets.   This past Monday we had the distinct pleasure of taking Mitchell Chalfin out with us, again this season. Mitch and his family, who have a summer home in Newport, have been fishing with us for over 12 years. Mitchell’s guests were long-time friend and local angler Paul Sullivan and future son-inlaw, Nicolas. Nick was a first timer on the FishFinder and was eager to try his hand. We dropped by the reef at 8 a.m. and put Nick on a bottom rig in search of scup. After several failed attempts at hooking the swift little devils, Nick’s technique began to improve and he was hooking scup with ease. Sully and Mitchell, meanwhile, fished for stripers. The bass bite was slow, with only a few hits in the first hours. Near 10:30, as the tide slackened, the bite began. Mitchell hooked into a school bass on a12 lb. test and had a fine time

landing it. At only 27” (1” shy of the legal limit), this fish was returned to the sea. A few drifts later, Mitchell again hooked up. This time, the line screamed out for 60 yards and the battle ensued. After 14 minutes, Mitchell was rewarded with a 38” bass. Soon after, Paul hooked a bass and landed it. Nick, having now mastered scup fishing, was ready for bigger fish. On his first bass drift, Nick hooked into a linescreamer, while his coaching staff beleaguered him with many confusing instructions, all at once! Despite the peanut gallery, Nick landed a 35” striper and passed his first bass exam. Congratulations to the lads. Capt. Tim, of Flaherty Charters, Castle Hill, Newport, is an island native, who taught high school and college history. He has been bay angling for over 50 years as was his father, Frank.

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Hall of Fame / USTA New England Junior Grass Court Tournament Please see Fri., July 23 for more details Hellenic Fest 2010 Noon - 6 p.m. ,Please see Fri., July 23 for more details The Friends of Anne Hutchinson A picnic at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring picnic, blanket or chair, and cut flowers for memorial (optional). This event is free and open to the public. Founder’s Brook Park, Boyd’s Lane, Portsmouth, 846-6101 Ecclesia Consort Sings the Six Bach Motets In memory of the late Dr. Mark P. Malkovich, III. Tickets $20 with a limited number available online from Emmanuel Church to Benefit the RSCM Scholarship fund. See website for program details. www., 4 p.m. ,42 Dearborn St., Newport, 847-0675 Newport Comedy Series Stand-up great, Brian Regan, 7:30 p.m., Newport Yachting Center. Tickets $39-45, all ages permitted. 800-745-3000 or to purchase tickets. One of the best shows of the season.

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Birds, Trails and More Seven miles of hiking trails in the 300-acre wildlife refuge, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 846-2577; www. Old Colony & Newport Railway The 80-minute, 10-mile trip takes riders along Aquidneck Island’s west shore through the Naval Base to Portsmouth and back, 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sundays, train leaves from the Depot at 19 America’s Cup Ave., $7.50 adults, $5 children under 14, $6 seniors 60 and older, no reservations, 624-6951; Rocky Shore Exploration Go down a rocky beach to look at tidal pools and use field guides to identify any organisms that are found. Program is held during low tide, and wear closed-toed shoes to walk on the rocky beach. Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, 1-3 p.m. Save the Bay Exploration Center & Aquarium The facility features 14 tanks and exhibits showcasing some 150 species that call Narragansett Bay home, educators answer questions and guide activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Easton’s Beach, $5 non-members, free for Save the Bay members and children under 3, 272-3540, ext. 133;

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Belcourt Castle A Gilded Age mansion, guided tours, evening ghost tours, reservations recommended, 657 Bellevue Ave., 846-0669, The Breakers Open daily, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 847-1000, Chateau-sur-Mer Open daily, 474 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, The Elms Open daily, 367 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, Fort Adams Largest coastal fortification in the United States, an engineering and architectural masterpiece. “History you can touch”. hourly tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (weather permitting) 841-0707, 90 Fort Adams Drive, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Discover the history of tennis through a diverse collection of memorabilia, art and video, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 194 Bellevue Ave., free for kids under 16 , 849-3990; Marble House Open daily, 596 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www. Museum of Newport History Exhibits on display depict the city’s role in the American Revolution and its emergence as a Gilded Age resort, open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 127 Thames St., 841-8770, 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, Naval War College Museum Permanent exhibits on the Navy in the Narragansett Bay area, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. weekdays, 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 Permanent collection of contemporary and historic works, open daily, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200, 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. Prescott Farm Restored 1812 windmill, guided tours, Rte. 114, West Main Rd., Middletown, 847-6230, Rosecliff Open daily, 548 Bellevue Avenue, 847-1000, Redwood Library The nation’s oldest library, c 1748, 50 Bellevue Avenue, free, donations always welcome, 847-0292; Rough Point Doris Duke’s oceanfront estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, 847-8344, Whitehall Museum House Berkely Road, Middletown, open Tuesday-Sunday

Gallery Shows & Artist Openings Art on the Wharf Show through June 30. “ A Coastal View,” Gallery hours are Fri. – Mon., noon-5 p.m., or by appointment, 33 Bannister’s Wharf, 846-6858 DeBlois Gallery New show “Summer Lights.”Gallery hours are Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., 138 Bellevue Ave., 847-9977, Didi Suydam Contemporary New show until July 5. Gallery is open Thurs.-Mon., 12 - 5 p.m., 25 Mill St., 848-9414, www.didisuydam Isherwood Gallery Show through June: “New Work, New Artists,”Gallery hours are Wed.-Sat., 38 Bellevue Ave., 6992276, Sheldon Fine Art Show featuring several members of the American Society of Marine Artists, gallery is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 59 America’s Cup Ave., Bowen’s Wharf, 849-0030. Spring Bull New show “Memories,” opening June 5. Gallery is open daily noon-5 p.m., 55 Bellevue Avenue, 849-9166,

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John David Correira, of Middletown, died July 5, 2010. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Providence, RI 02886. Mary Louise Feigelman, of Jamestown, wife of the late Dr. Nahan E. Feigelman, died July 6, 2010. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society of Rhode Island, 931 Jefferson Blvd.,



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Donations in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurses Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, and the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department. Antonio Jorge Souto, of Middletown, husband of Angelina Emilia (Soito) Souto, died July 5, 2010. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Jesus Savior Church, 509 Broadway, Newport.

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Middletown Duck Race raises dollar ‘bills’ for education MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Education Foundation hosted their annual Duck Race at Third Beach on Thursday, July 8. Dozens of families turned out on a perfect summer day to see their ducks race the waves. Participants sponsored individual yellow ducks for $10 each ,and with hundreds dispersed, all signs point to another successful year for fund-raiser organizers . In addition to bragging - nay, quacking - rights, prizes were handed out, including $1,000, beach passes, a Newport Gulls package, and more. Funds from the event go to sup-

Young visitors seek answers to the energy scavenger hunt at the rTerra Renewable Energy Partners exhibit at the Second Annual Energy Independence Day, Sunday afternoon, July 11. More than 70 exhibitors drew a crowd of over 500 people to the site of the SGE wind turbine at the Aquidneck Corporate Park in Middletown. (Photo by Mary Pat Radeka)

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CONTINUED FROM PG. 14 this is of interest to you and your venue team. We hope it is, and please let me know,” Coutts told Stokes in an e-mail. “We are grateful for Rhode Island’s strong support,” said Tom Ehman, BMW ORACLE Racing’s head of External Affairs. “The work already done by the Governor’s team, headed by Keith Stokes, bodes well for hosting an America’s Cup pre-regatta. The level of enthusiasm and experience we saw last week in Newport underscored that the spirit of the America’s Cup is alive and well in the Ocean State.” “While we are disappointed to learn that Newport is no longer under consideration to be the host city for the final America’s Cup race, we are confident that we will ultimately play an important role as a venue for the challenger races that will be held in the two to three years leading up to the final race,” said Governor Donald L. Carcieri. “It was clear from the BMW ORACLE visit to Rhode Island last week that the team appreciates Newport’s storied America’s Cup history and tradition, and they recognize that we have significant infrastructure in place. We will continue to promote the assets and advantages that Newport has to offer. We congratulate San Francisco, and look forward to being a part of the 34th America’s Cup races.” “Hosting the challenger series races is a great opportunity for Rhode Island to continue its long tradition of America’s Cup racing. The pre-regattas will showcase Newport on the world stage and provide a significant economic boost to Rhode Island,” said Stokes. “We congratulate San Francisco on its selection. We are very proud of the effort Rhode Island put forward to showcase Newport as one of the world’s premier sailing venues. We are honored to be considered the top candidate to host potentially multiple America’s Cup races over the next few years.” BMW ORACLE Racing, winner in February of the 33rd America’s Cup, also announced that its hometown, San Francisco, is the sole U.S. candidate to host the next America’s Cup finals. In addition to San Francisco, at least two European cities are competing to host the America’s Cup finals. BMW ORACLE Racing will announce a decision on the venue, along with the date and other details of the next America’s Cup, by the end of this year. “Congratulations to San Francisco for being named the North American city vying to be the host venue for the America’s Cup. A clear frontrunner in this race to host the cup, we stand by to help in any way to promote San Francisco over any other foreign port for the running

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of the 34th America’s Cup,” said Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. “Newport will allow a perfect bookend to the 34th running of the America’s Cup by offering to run preliminary America’s Cup Regattas in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Rhode Island is engaged at the highest levels to pursue these preliminary regattas.” The America’s Cup, first contested in 1851, currently resides at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, the home club of BMW ORACLE Racing. Newport was host to 12 of the 33 America’s Cup regattas, from 1930 to 1983, and is the home of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

The Coastal Living Newport Regatta brought three exciting days of racing with more than 20 classes of boats taking to Narragansett Bay. The annual event, hosted by Sail Newport brings in millions in revenue for the city each year, according to a recently completed economic impact study.

Photo by Andrea E. McHugh

Newport This Week - July 14, 2010  
Newport This Week - July 14, 2010  

Newport This Week