Newport† Vol. 38, No. 28
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010
Sharing Fields of Dreams
Newport’s Bittersweet Summer of Music By John Pantalone
Table of Contents ARTS CALENDAR CLASSIFIEDS COMMUNITY BRIEFS CROSSWORD DINING OUT EDITORIAL LETTERS MAINSHEET REALTY TRANSACTIONS RECENT DEATHS
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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
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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. Newport-Now.com. You can also follow along live online via our Twiter stream at Twitter.com/NewportNow (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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War at the fort. Fort Adams hosted its annual Civil War Living History Weekend. (Photo by Michelle Palazzo)
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 Eastonâ€™s Damn Improvements City Council members are scheduled to meet for a public workshop on proposed improvements to the Eastonâ€™s Pond damn. The meeting will be the first time the council addresses the design since a heated workshop late last year. Itâ€™s scheduled for July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Redwood Library now â€˜Liveâ€™ on Koha catalog system On June 30, Redwood Library and Athenaeum successfully migrated to the Koha integrated library system and are now â€˜liveâ€™, delivering services to their community. The library upgraded to Koha from the Winnebago system. Executive Director, Cheryl Helms explained, â€œWe 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.â€? The project was funded by a grant from The Champlin Foundations. The online catalogue can be found at http://redwoodcatalog.org/
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 Sanctuaryâ€™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 organizationâ€™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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The Portsmouth Arts Guild presents The Artistsâ€™ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly Invitational from Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, August 15. The show will feature artwork by members of The Artistsâ€™ Cooperative Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts is located at 2679 East Main Rd. next to St. Paulâ€™s Church in Portsmouth 293- 5278. Parking is available across the street at East Main Studios. Visit www.PortsmouthArtsGuild.org, or info@PortsmouthArtsGuild.org for more information
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â€œTransforming Education in Rhode Islandâ€? 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 â€˜100 Most Influential Peopleâ€™ 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 Seamenâ€™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 Seamenâ€™s Church Institure to honor â€œBillâ€? Hayward, a WWII sailor who served in both the Atlantic and Pacific operations. For more information about the scholarship and services of the Seamenâ€™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, â€œAge of Obama,â€? 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.
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Castle Hill Inn was the scene of a fabulous luncheon celebrating the launch of author Elaine Coltonâ€™s first book. Local artist, Bettie Sarantos, whose watercolor â€œView from Ocean Cliffâ€? was the cover of the book, â€œThe Newport Girls,â€? and eleven other Newport girls landed in Newport to take part in the dayâ€™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 Oâ€™Hanley Clark, Nancy Ellis Carroll, Virginia McGinn Regan, Barbara Nelson Watterson, Lynn Harvey Summers, Eileen Oâ€™Reilly Daschbach, Kathy Ewart Keay and Ellen Parsonage Wright. The book is available at Island Books, 575 East Main Road, Middletown
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Battle Royale 4th Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands Rumbles into Ballard Park By Meg Oâ€™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. Mollyâ€™s friends requested that the Battle of the Bands be held in Mollyâ€™s memory and it has been one of the parkâ€™s most successful events. The six local bands that are clashing and thrashing for the highest honors are â€œCompass Band,â€? the youngest of the groups from South Kingstown, Ports-
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NEWPORT â€“ 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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, Newport-Now.com 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 – www.newporthistorical.org. 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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BATTLE CONTINUED FROM PG.4 mouth and metalcore’s own “East of Eden,” Exeter’s funk, reggae, fusion group “Leave it Blank,” Exeter’s “Coda,” who were also recently crowned North Kingstown HS Battle of the Band winners, the smooth grooves of Portsmouth’s “Milkbread,” and Newport’s hometown boys “Sidewinder.” The winning band will receive a full day of recording at Stable Sounds Studio in Portsmouth with engineer Steve Rizzo and will also win two gigs in 2011: The first being a concert at King Park, and the second, headlining a show at Ballard Park next summer. The second place band will win six hours of recording time with engineer Scott Rancourt at Summing Point Studio on Broadway. The five-hour music fest is free and open to the public. Grab your favorite cooler full of snacks and
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.
4th Annual Molly Finn Battle of the Bands When: Saturday, July 17 Where: Ballard Park Cost: Free as the summer sky More: www.BallardPark.org Ample free parking is available across the street at Rogers High School. Picnics are welcome!
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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.
Highlights, so far, include: n A lecture titled “Reflections on the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals” with producer and founder George Wein. n Parrot Head Night on OUR island, featuring the Navy band “RI Sound” at Washington Square, “Changes In Latitudes,” (one of America’s premier tribute shows to
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
cruises on the Majestic, music clambakes and picnics at our island vineyards and farmers markets, concerts at the beach and King Park, a musical themed Gallery Walk, and much more. The ACA is encouraging any venues interested in featuring live music or music themed activity during BridgeFest week to visit www.NewportBridgeFest.com and click on VENUE SIGN-UP
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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MUSIC CONTINUED FROM PG.1 I recall the day he was announced to the media as the festival’s new director. The previous director had moved out in some measure of disgrace, and there was some doubt that it would survive. Malkovich, buoyant and positive, told folks not to worry; he’d hold things together if only for that season in 1975. That was the first of many times that I interviewed him. We stood in the lobby of the little brick office building on Spring Street behind the Colony House, and he seemed as interested in my name as in telling me of his plans. “Giovanni,” he said. “Such a name.” Once when I was preparing a preview of the festival in the early 1980s, I sat in his office in what was then the Navy YMCA at the head of Washington Square. What could have been a 30-minute conversation dragged on for more than 90 minutes. Every time we started getting somewhere, the phone would ring, he’d answer it, and he’d be talking to some agent in London or a musician in Miami fretting over the difficulty of a piece he had asked him to play. “You’ll be magnificent,” he shouted into the
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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 â€ƒ After being in business for just over a year, Scampi in Portsmouth has attracted a large following of both locals and tourists. Itâ€™s no wonder. With Scampiâ€™s varied menu of seafood, steaks, and Italian specialties, thereâ€™s something for everyone. They pride themselves on preparing every meal â€œhomemadeâ€? 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! â€ƒ Believe it or not, after this sumptuous feast, we made room for dessert, Scampiâ€™s signature crĂ¨me brulee, which they make on the premises. Thereâ€™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. â€œWine 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. â€ƒ Before our entrees arrived, however, we were lucky to sample an amazing array of appetizers. First Deanne brought the incredible lobster saladâ€”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 â€œthe 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 chefâ€™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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