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Touro Synagogue, at the corner of Spring and Touro streets, will be abuzz this weekend as the 63rd annual reading of George Washington’s letter to the congregation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. As America’s oldest synagogue, Touro is also recognized as one of our country’s proudest symbols of liberty. A reception will be held in Patriots Park following the reading. The Touro Cemetery will also be open from 12-4 p.m. for the first time in more than ten years in honor of the event. (Photo by Michael Melford/Loeb Visitors Center)
Take a walk through the synagogue’s new Loeb Visitor’s Center on on page 2
Taking Newport by Storm Newport’s Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. toasts a new brew, and a new facility By Meg O’Neil NEWPORT – Benjamin Franklin hit the nail
beer and rum manufacturing process with several plaques explaining the entire procedure of how the delectable libations are created from start to finish. The smell and taste of rum brings me back to the nights of one too many rum and cokes during my college days, so I decided to forgo those blurry memories and sample the four Newport Storm brews on tap. All the other visiting alcohol enthusiasts were also testing out and rating the beers that day as well. When you get up to the bar, you are handed a small piece of paper describing the beers, which also serves as a great reminder of which ones you liked and didn’t like as much. On tap that day were the Rhode Island Blueberry Ale, Summer Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and an “Experimental” Ale. You may be asking
on the head when he said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” The wonderful people at the Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. are proof that they love the people of Newport and want us to be happy too. Since the first batches of Hurricane Amber Ale hit shelves in 1999, there has been no stopping the power and popularity of Newport Storm beer. Six months ago, the brewery moved from its old location on Oliphant Lane in Middletown to a much larger facility at 293 JT Connell Highway in Newport. To put into perspective just how much things have changed for the brewery, there was only space and time for one tour a week at the old facility. The line would be insanely long See “Newport Storm” on page 14 and the tasting room was cramped and crowded. However, the new building and A glass of Coastal visitor center allows for tours and tastings Exteme’s newest batch, six days a week from noon – 5 p.m. the Ophelia Peachy Ale, is Even though they are still technically poured from a tap topped in their “soft” opening period, with the ofwith the local brewery’s hurricane cap during a ficial grand opening happening this fall, recent tasting at the new the visitor center was packed at noon on Connell Highway facility a Monday with people from all over the (top). country gathered around the high wood- Meanwhile, fresh bottles of en bar ready to sample the four beers on the well-received Thomas tap or the three Thomas Tew rums that Tew Rum stand on the line before being packaged the brewery also produces. There is a selfand shipped out to points guided tour open whenever the visitor unknown. center is open to take a sneak peek of the (Photos by Michelle Palazzo)
Commission meets on King Park Pier By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – As far as local waters go, the approach into the stone pier at King Park is one of the more welcoming in Newport Harbor. Removed from the bustle of downtown, far from the often tight quarters of the marina district, the pier juts out off of Wellington Avenue into a relatively open field of seasonal and private moorings. On its north side is a series of floating docks intended for transient dinghy tie ups and tenders to larger boats moored in the harbor. It’s a lifeline of sorts, providing visiting boaters one of the few public tie-ups for their tenders, while moored locals and live-aboards use the pier to come an go. Add in the pier’s proximity to Lower Thames Street, along with available free parking, and the dock’s popularity quickly comes into focus. Oftentimes, the pier is so popular with boaters that dinghies are tied up two, and, even three deep, making it difficult for some to traverse the floating melange. Boaters complain that some of the boats taking up the precious space on the docks, are over the 14 feet which the city uses to define dinghies, or are rarely used – spending more time collecting rainwater than ferrying people around the harbor. For the last several months, the volunteer members of the city’s Waterfront Commission have been batting around ideas to improve the pier, specifically hoping to come up with a solution to increase access and ease the crunch of vessels along the docks. Ideas have ranged from installing a new floating dock system closer to the beach, implementing a sticker program similar to that used to clean up the city’s driftways, and even coming up with a solution for accommodating small craft such as Boston Whalers and skiffs in the range of 14-16 feet. On Thursday, prompted by fears that the pier could be turned into a semi-private marina complex, close to two dozen boaters attended the commission’s August meeting. It was the largest attendance by the public at a commission meeting in months, and comprised the majority of the conversation. Concerns expressed by audience members were varied, but most centered on the idea that the city could begin charging the public for use of the pier, (which was granted with a deed restriction to the city that it be kept for public use) or in some way, restricting access to its facilities. But as Commission members repeatedly stated, far from there being any concrete plans, up until this point, discussions have been preliminary, and plans only concepts. “We haven’t committed to anything,” said acting chair Brian O’Keefe, adding that at some point, the commission will likely make
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By John Pantalone NEWPORT – A classical structure that faces what was in colonial days the spring that nourished Newport, the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr., Visitors Center embodies not just an entrée to the oldest functioning synagogue in the United States but the spirit of a search for neglected history. The new building, which officially opened last August, sits at Spring Street near the bottom of the hill below the 1759 Touro Synagogue. It continues an historic line of buildings that stretch from the Brick Market to Redwood Library, straddling as it were, the synagogue that stands as a testament to religious freedom in Rhode Island and the rest of the nation. With a contribution of nearly $18 million for purchase of the land, construction of the building and installation of a state-of-the-art educational exhibition, John L. Loeb Jr., former U.S. ambassador to Denmark and a descendant of some of the earliest Jewish families in the New World, has given Newport and the synagogue a genuine gift of history. It culminates decades of Loeb’s own research and dedication to telling the neglected story of Jews in America, and it begins an effort to spread that knowledge and a message of religious freedom throughout Rhode Island and beyond. Loeb contacted historians and researched as much as he could, discovering in the process a book of portraits of early American Jews, including members of the Touro family. “I began to feel that I wanted to share this information,” he said. “I wondered how I could get other people interested in what I was interested in.” Working with historians and curators, Loeb mounted exhibitions in New York in the 1970s about the early Jews, most of whom came to the New World from Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition. Some made their way to Newport where, word had it, religious freedom was respected. All this history comes together at the Loeb Visitors Center in vivid, high-tech exhibitions. It houses a large touch-screen computer database featuring the portraits that Loeb discovered along with biographical information about 18th and 19th century Jews who succeeded in various parts of the young country. Loeb has made that database available online as well. The Center expands on that by
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Portraits and other artwork are interspersed among exhibits focused on religious freedom within the Loeb Center. (Photos by Michael Melford/Loeb Visitors Center) telling the story of Congregation Jeshuat Israel, the small group of Jews in Newport who eventually commissioned architect Peter Harrison to build Touro Synagogue, named for its first rabbi, Isaac Touro, between 1759 and 1763. The computer-generated exhibits feature videotaped vignettes with actors portraying colonial Newport characters including successful merchants and intellectual leaders. The vignettes explain day-today life in colonial Newport, interactions between Jews and others, and the significance of religious
freedom in the colony. Additional exhibits focus on religious freedom and the synagogue itself, from its architecture to its symbolism as a living testament to that freedom. Loeb’s grandfather was a titan of Wall Street, and his family has contributed millions to educational and cultural institutions. “I encountered anti-Semitism in boarding school, and that began my desire to know more,” Loeb recalled. “I wanted to find out how Jews succeeded in America despite this bigotry. His-
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City to Create CSO Stakeholder Task Force By Tom Shevlin NEWPORT – With work expected to begin shortly on repairs to correct the city’s long-standing combined sewer overflow (CSO) problems, the Utilities Department has proposed the formation of a public stakeholders group. The effort, which received initial approval during last week’s City Council meeting, was proposed by Director of Utilities Julia Forgue. Under the proposal, the workgroup would consist of a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that “all interests are covered.” For the last several years, the city has been in the process of implementing a CSO Control Program aimed at reducing the number of system overflows into Newport Harbor. The purpose of the program is to both protect the harbor from the negative impacts of CSOs on the harbor, as well as to
Signage Prompts Council Action NEWPORT – City Council members last week approved a resolution instructing staff to review the city’s compliance with its own sign ordinances. The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman Kathryn E. Leonard, was directed at the number of signs found along Memorial Boulevard promoting Easton’s Beach. According to Leonard, the signage along the heavily trafficked stretch has proliferated in recent years to the point where it detracts from the city’s historic character. While some signs have been removed, Leonard said that the city should be held to the same standards as businesses who also have a product to promote. The resolution instructs city staff to report on or before Sept. 30 on “how the city will work on creating a plan for complying with its own zoning ordinances.”
bring the city in line with a consent agreement currently being negotiated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Part of the work will focus attention on the Lower Thames Street area and the city’s Wellington Avenue station, where preparations are being made to replace and repair one of the city’s main sewer interceptor lines. While needed, the repairs are expected to be extensive, and could be disruptive to many downtown business owners. But before the city gets there, as part of the Control Program, the city is evaluating different long-term control options as well as developing a systemwide master plan, or SMP, for the aging network of pipes and treatment processes. According to Forgue, the SMP
will be designed to meet the technical needs of the city per state and federal regulations, while at the same time taking into consideration those of the community as a whole. Made up of representatives from the city, Navy, Save the Bay, Chamber of Commerce, marine industry, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, RIDEM, EPA, the general public, a small business owner, and a smattering of other local and university or college-level officials, the working group will provide input to the city as it moves forward with the CSO control plan and serve as liaisons to their respective stakeholder organizations. A full list of the stakeholder working group is expected to be compiled in the coming weeks, before being voted on for final approval by members of the City Council.
Touro from previous page tory became my hobby. I wanted to find the Jewish people that I was connected to historically.” Loeb’s efforts include the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom, a non-profit educational organization he founded to create greater attention for the historic importance of religious freedom and separation of church and state in America. A significant portion of the exhibitions at the Visitors Center deal with Washington’s famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in which he uttered the famous words, “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” In that letter, Washington proscribed the philosophy of religious freedom that has been a guiding principle in the country, but one often challenged by extremist views. “I believe it is critically important that everyone, especially school children, understand this principle,” Loeb said. “We are working with the Bill of Rights Institute to create seminars and teacher training pro-
grams centered around the Washington letter and the ideas embodied in it.” For Andrew Teitz, the chairman of the board of the Touro Synagogue Foundation, the Visitors Center provides the context of Touro’s existence. “It enhances understanding of the synagogue and gives depth to the educational experience of touring the synagogue,” he said. “There was a time when every student in Newport public schools went through Touro Synagogue on field trips, but that has not happened in years. Support from the George Washington Institute will allow that to happen again.” The Loeb Visitors Center is open from now through Labor Day, Sunday to Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Touro Synagogue will be available for tours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tour and center hours will vary after Labor Day, but they will remain open for tours through October.
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Light the Bay at the 27th annual Rose Island Lighthouse Clambake NEWPORT – The lighthouse in the middle of the bay lay forgotten for years. Time overwhelmed it; the elements nearly claimed it. Then, Newporters stepped in to save it. Today, the Rose Island Lighthouse stands as one of Rhode Island’s most recognizable landmarks. For locals who helped bring the light back to life some 30 years ago, it is still a source of pride. One that calls for celebration. On Saturday, Aug. 21, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation will host its 27th annual clambake from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon off-island on the island, while helping to support the continued upkeep of Newport’s beloved lighthouse.Tickets begin at $65 for adult lighthouse members, $75 for adult non-members. With lobsters, prices go up to $80 for members, $90 for non-members.
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NEWS BRIEFS Final Beach Concert and Bonfire The Newport Recreation Department’s Family Night Concerts will present a special finale concert on Friday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at Easton’s Beach- with the Northeast Navy Showband. This will be followed by the annual “Summer Bonfire on the Beach.” Navy Band Northeast, comprised of 17 professional musicians, is recognized as one of the nation’s finest military bands. They will perform 90 minutes of jazz, Rock and Roll, and patriotic favorites. The Beach Bonfire will be lighted as soon as the band finishes playing. Parking is free after 5 p.m. and the carousel, bumper boats and snack bar will be open during the show. For more information call the Newport Recreation Department at 845-5800.
The First Annual SUP Cup You’re probably asking yourself, “What the heck is a SUP Cup?” It’s a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) race taking place at King Park on Saturday, Aug. 28! The race takes paddlers from King Park around Goat Island and back to the finish line at King Park. Register online at www. NewportSUPCup.com and see if you’ve got what it takes to win the cash prizes. Pre-race meeting at 8:15 a.m. the morning of the race, with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
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The Middletown Rotary, the Newport Gulls and the Newport Boys and Girls Club provided a night out for children of Oxbow Farms, to a recent Newport Gulls game Thursday August 5th. Rotary President, Carol Mitchell and fellow Rotarian, Chris Semonelli are seen here with Boys and Girls Oxbow Club Director Krystin Dalrymple.
Bring the Popcorn On Wednesday, Aug. 25, the Norman Bird Sanctuary is holding an outdoor screening of the film “Waste Land.” The movie, which was filmed over nearly three years, follows renowned artist, Vik Muniz, as he travels from Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho. This is a free event thanks to Aquidneck Land Trust and newportFILM. The movie will start at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.). Norman Bird Sanctuary is located at 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown. Register for tickets at www.newportFILM.com
First New England “Laughletics” Competition New England’s first Laughletics competition will be held at the Firehouse Theater on Monday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. The Bit Players, Newport’s own comedy improv troupe, will be competing against a select allstar comedy group composed of laughletes from all over the region who have been providing comedic relief at live events throughout Rhode Island. Performances consist of a series of short-form, improvised skits, or “bits”, with four to six players alternating roles. The audience participates by suggesting themes or clues at the opening of each bit and also votes by applause at the conclusion of each bit. A large electronic scoreboard records the applause and tallies the results. Ticket price for this event are $5. Reservations are required. For additional information contact the Firehouse Theater at 849-FIRE (3473). Keep up to date at www.firehousetheater.org. The Theater is located “Off Broadway” at 4 Equality Park Place, Newport.
Calling All Tiny Dancers! Auditions for the children’s cast of Island Moving Co.’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff are being held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the dance studio located at 3 Charles St., Newport. Kids who are between 811 years old audition from 3-5 p.m. And those aged 12 and over will be seen from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There is an audition fee of $25. To get more information on the auditions, visit www.islandmovingco.org or by calling 847-4470.
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BankNewport Names Free Bird It’s a Teddy Bear The 7th Annual Norman Bird Vice President Picnic! Sanctuary Bird Ball is taking place BankNewport President and CEO, Thomas W. Kelly, recently announced the appointment of Ricardo P. Romero to vice president, audit department. Romero joined BankNewport in 1999 and has held various positions, most recently serving as assistant vice president, audit department. He is responsible for the completion of various bank-wide internal audits in support of the annual audit program in conformance with the bank’s policies and procedures. Romero earned the designation of Certified Bank Auditor. He is a member of the Ocean State Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Romero is a resident of Middletown.
Hospice Volunteer Training Program The Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties are starting a six week Hospice Volunteer Training Program at their Portsmouth office at 1184 East Main Road on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hospice volunteers are important members of the Hospice team who support patients and families by providing companionship, comfort, and respite for patients and caregivers, running errands and preparing meals. No health care experience is necessary. Registration and interviews are required to participate in the program. For more information or to schedule an interview, please call Joy Benson, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 682-2100, ext. 616.
on Saturday, Aug. 21 on the Sanctuary Lawn overlooking Rhode Island Sound. Dinner is provided by Blackstone Catering, with an open bar, silent auction, and great music by DJ Butch. Buy tickets at www. normanbirdsanctuary.org where they are $125 per person or buy them at the door, where it will cost $150 per person. The ball begins at 7 p.m. and the attire is cocktail casual. NBS is located at 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown
Last Chance, Photographers! Time is running out to enter the first annual Beautiful Middletown photography contest. The contest is open to all non-professional photographers and will run until Saturday, Aug. 28. All entered photographs must be taken within Middletown and must be submitted as hard copy prints, 11” x 14” or smaller. Prints can be mailed to PO Box 4196, Middletown, RI 02842 or dropped off at the Middletown Town Hall Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Each print must be accompanied by a photo information sheet containing the title of the photo, name of the entrant, address, phone number and email address. Entries are limited to three per photographer. For more details, please visit www.middletownhistory.org/pages/photo_contest. htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete set of contest rules.
On Sunday, Aug. 29, from 4 – 6 p.m., families are invited to Aquidneck Park, right next to the Newport Library, for an evening full of family fun events. The children’s librarian will have story time featuring stories about bears, and a “teddy bear health clinic” conducted by Newport Hospital. Members of the Edward King House will help children make special greeting cards for “Grandparents’ Day”. The Recreation Department will lead a parade of the teddy bears and their friends. Newport Ben & Jerry’s will be serving up special ice cream treats for all children who bring along a bear and there will be a one hour musical performance by “Johnny the K” sponsored by the Newport Secret Garden Tours. Families are invited to bring along blankets, chairs and teddy bears, along with a picnic supper to enjoy the show. The event will be held rain or shine, rain location inside the Newport Public Library’s program room. For more information contact Newport Recreation Department at 845-5800.
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Get Your Backpack Packed School is just around the corner. 1,000 book bags equipped with school supplies, donated by AARP and the Back To School RI coalition, will be distributed at Sullivan School on Dexter St., in Newport, on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children who need a backpack must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Food, music, and other resources will also be available. Contact Deb Miller at 248-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Sidewalk Art On Saturday, Aug. 21, right next to the Wave Statue on America’s Cup, the Arts on the Plaza program continues with the Lady Who Paints, Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll. Ms. O’Carroll, Theladywhopaints.com, owns a studio on Bridge St. and has been involved in exhibitions since 1982. The Arts on the Plaza program continues every Saturday from 2 6 p.m. until September 25. Arts on the Plaza is sponsored by the Newport Bay Club in conjunction with the Rhino Bar, Total Newport, The Aqua Phoenix Corporation, and A Safe Bay
Youth Rugby Clinic Boys and girls ages 6-14 are invited to come out to the fields at Fort Adams on Saturday, Aug. 21 for a non-contact “flag rugby” event. From 10 a.m.-noon, the Newport Rugby Club and Play Rugby USA will introduce the fundamentals of rugby taught by a USA Rugby certified coaching staff. No experience is necessary. There is a registration fee of $25 that includes a T-shirt and post-clinic lunch. Pre-register at http://prusa-newport.eventbrite. com or pay at the field on Saturday.
Energy Alliance Meeting The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission will hold an open meeting of its Aquidneck Island Energy Alliance at the Middletown Town Council Chambers on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. The purpose of the public meeting is to encourage collaborative efforts across Aquidneck Island for energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources. If you have any questions, please contact Energy Coordinator, Taylor Rock, at 845-9299 or www. aquidneckplanning.org
Newport Police Log During the week, from Monday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 15 the Newport Police Dept. responded to 447 calls. Of that, 124 were motor vehicle related; there were 82 motor vehicle violations issued and 42 accidents. The police also responded to 18 noise complaints. In addition, 46 arrests were made for the following violations:
n Twelve arrests were made for drinking or possession of an open container in public. n Six arrests were made for simple assault/batter. n Six arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n Three arrests were made for DUI. n Two arrests were made for noise violations. n Two arrests were made for alcohol possession or drinking by a minor. n One arrest was made for public urination. n One arrest was made for felony assault with a dangerous weapon. n The additional 13 arrest were made for various reasons.
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Dear Howard, This is a great pedestal! Made in 1876, this Aesthetic Movement pedestal is pictured in a catalogue for the American firm of Kimbel and Cabus. Painted and polychromed with red paint and gold leaf decoration. Condition is extremely important with this style of furniture. The gold leaf should be bright and the black painted surface should have a glass like surface. These pedestals were meant to hold a lamp, jardiniére or bronze statue. There is not a major museum in the U.S. that does not have this example of pedestal in their collection. You stated that you paid around $500 for this at auction. Today, it would have a value of between $4,000 and $5,000. You made a great investment! — Federico Santi, Partner, The Drawing Room Antiques
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Required summer reading can seem like a drag. It doesn’t have to be. Middletown Public Library is turning your school obligation into a celebration! We’re hosting a book club/pizza party aimed at discussing the Middletown High School required summer reading: “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay. We are offering three separate sessions. Pick one and be prepared for food, fun and fiercely brilliant literature. It’s free, but space is limited. To reserve your spot email ChristinaWolfskehl@yahoo.com (please indicate preferred session). Thursday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m., at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Road ,Middletown. Contact Christina Wolfskehl 846-1573. Sponsored by Middletown Public Library
Saucy Sylvia Live One of Newport’s living legends will appear on the TV show “Time Capsule.” Singer, piano player and entertainer Saucy Sylvia will talk about her life. Pictures and film clips about Saucy will also be shown. The program will air on channel 18 on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 11:30 p.m. The program was produced by Charlie Berluti and directed by Bob Poniatowski
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OPINION EDITORIAL Cottage Industries Among Us America doesn’t make things anymore. At least that’s the common belief. It’s true that much of our manufacturing industry has indeed been outsourced – moved overseas to take advantage of cheaper labor and material costs. However, some still remain. Aquidneck Island is proof of that. From local boatbuilders where carbon composite technology is being used to create some of the world’s most advanced watercraft, to the sail lofts and defense contractors scattered around the area, workshops – particularly those in the marine trades – continue their production runs through what has been a rather harsh few years. The island’s manufacturing sector is laudable. However, as persistently high unemployment continues to take its toll, it’s a different group that has begun to emerge that intrigues. Over the last few years, a growing number of Newporters have taken to once again making things. From hand-crafted jewelry, to furniture and food, small and home-based businesses have begun popping up across the island. Some can be found solely online on sites like Etsy, which boasts thousands of crafters and designers selling their hand-crafted wares from around the world on a central marketplace. Others are gaining traction with their goods on display in area boutiques. Each has a story behind them. We’re interested in sharing those stories. If you’re in the business – home-based or otherwise – of making things, we’d like to know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook or Twitter (Facebook.com/newportnow, Twitter.com/ newportnow).
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Nuisance of Noise II The Alliance for a Livable Newport was scheduled to hold their second forum on noise in Newport on Thursday, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Seamen’s Church Institute Main Dining Room on the first floor. The open public forum follows up on a similar meeting hosted by ALN in the summer of 2008. For a recap of the meeting, be sure to check online at Newport-Now. com or look in next week’s copy of NTW.
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ing in order to help Rhode Islanders stay in their homes. Earlier this year, when the Westin Hotel workers had their wages slashed by 20% and their healthcare co-pays tripled, David Segal spearheaded the petition drive to demand that management negotiate fairly with their workers. He stood shoulder to shoulder with workers and delivered stacks of signed petitions to management. After the Governor decided to cut from the state budget $25 million designed to support working families and municipal services, Segal organized his fellow legislators to block that budget until the critical funding was restored. He has stood up to special interests and corporate power with his work to promote campaign finance reform. Not a single corporate dollar will be accepted by his campaign, and he has called upon his opponents to make the same pledge. David Segal is the only true progressive in this race. Look at every issue: renewable energy, green jobs, women’s rights, gay rights, protecting our troops, and having a foreign policy that is based on the needs of regular people, not corporate power. David Segal is the voice that Rhode Islanders need in Wash-
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some sort of suggestion to the City Council. But what that suggestion is – whether it’s a simple sticker program or a more ambitious construction project, remains to be seen. John Heon was a member of the Waterfront Commission until last month. Heon, who lives aboard his 1913 wooden boat, Farallone (formerly U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps vessel Q9), uses the pier as a main point of transportation to and from his boat, and is among its most frequent users. One of the concepts that concerned him as a commission member as well as a live-aboard boater, called for the installation of 14 slips for small craft along with a security gate. He posted a notice on the pilings at the stone pier to alert boaters of the commission’s ongoing discussions, and was among the more vocal in attendance last week. According to Heon, use of the pier peaked in 2004, and has been “in steady decline” ever since. At one point, over Fourth of July weekend in 2004, he said that he was lucky to have had a bowline long enough to accommodate the space between him and the dock caused by the mass of boats. Nowadays, however, Heon questions the need for new dockage and advocated that the Commission work to ensure the maximum public access to the pier rather than focus on moneymaking ideas for the city. Others in attendance agreed. As the discussion progressed, it became clear to commissioners that confusion remained. Some said that they were concerned with possibly charging boaters a fee for use of the docks. But the commission hadn’t been considering that. In fact, several commissioners made the point that the goal of the plan was just the opposite. Any plan, O’Keefe stressed, would use the Harbor Fund – one of the city’s five enterprise funds – to pay for the improvements. And the sticker program could be integrated to coincide with the city’s mooring list at no charge to current holders. As part of their charge, Commissioners had identified King Park last year area as one of several under-served areas in the harbor, and set out to come up with remedies to improve the facility. Discussion originally began as a conversation over the derelict or under-used boats that perennially turn up at the dock each spring. From there, several concept drawings were presented and discussed, however no formal action was ever taken. A review of the Commis-
Dinghies, a canoe, and small craft like this one seen above with a center console and 50 hp engine clutter the Stone Pier at King Park on a recent weeday morning. The floating dock system may have reached its maximum capacity, say some members of the city’s boating community. Discussion among Waterfront Commission members has sought to address those concerns. (Photos by Tom Shevlin) sion’s minutes reveal only tertiary over the course of their upcoming conversations, and the discussion meetings. is likely to continue well beyond the current boating season. The solution could be as simple as a revision to the city’s ordinance governing the use of the pier paired with a resident sticker program. One suggestion involved NEWPORT – Competition in the the city potentially creating two International C-Class Catamaran separate areas along the pier: one Championship is set to begin here for local boaters who would be on Sunday, Aug. 22 from the New granted a sticker, and another for York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court. transient boaters on rented moorFeaturing seven of the world’s ings, or in the city’s nearby anchorfastest boats, the “Little America’s age area. Cup” as the competition is known, In the event that a sticker prowill bring a taste of big cat racgram is pursued, enforcement ing akin to that seen in the 33rd would be a key component to America’s Cup earlier this year in keeping the docks in order. To that Valencia, Spain. end, several audience members One of the most innovative boat suggested that local boaters could classes, C-Class catamarans have act as the city’s eyes and ears, reproven to be a test ground for porting on boats violating the orcutting edge technology. Be sure dinance. to watch out for the signature Another relatively simple fix wing sail design, which was at the could be the installation of better center of the winning design for signage for visiting boaters. SevTeam BMW/Oracle Racing. eral in the audience suggested Sailors, designers, engineers, and that the city has unknowingly crelovers of high-speed action can ated pressure on the Stone Pier by inspect the boats at close range failing to better publicize other for days prior to the event at Sail transient dockage such as that at Newport, Fort Adams. the Ann Street Pier and Extension Street. Making it known that there are other downtown dinghy docks available for temporary tie-up could ease the stress at the Stone Pier. The suggestions, along with the interest on the part of the public, was welcomed by Commission members, who at more than one Love is in the Air ... time emphasized their desire to 3OMETHING h"UGGINGv 9OUR #AT improve, not impede, access to the ...Spay & Neuter Today! 7E #AN 4AILOR A 0EST #ONTROL 0LAN harbor. &OR 9OUR +ITTYS #OMFORT Special Rates Available “Everyone’s got the right intentions here,” said O’Keefe. The Commission is expected to follow-up with the discussion
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Summer Social Season Still in Full Swing Created by the organization’s new education and event coordinator, Emily Jenkins. The hunt had children scurrying to find four-of-akind along the “Trail of Cards”, paint white roses red, pick up a memento from the caterpillar before he morphed into a butterfly and count the Cheshire Cat’s teeth. They even bumped into a few characters along the way -- Matthew Condon, as the Mad Hatter, challenged event goers like Stone & Keegan Bidlack and their aunt Paddy Oakley to add up the price tags on his hats so that they might get their next clue. Maria Dougherty sported an oversized, self created mad hat while she handed out bags of letters for Erin Brophy, Bryn Mulligan, Hope Benson and her brother, Henry, to unscramble. Maggie Gomes and Bronwyn Barta as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum laid down a challenge of blowing four sets of double bubbles and cited the Warren brothers as the winners of the dare. The big winners though were Ava and Lexi Coristine
and the Hellendrung sisters who finished the scavenger hunt first with all of their clues in tact. Both of the teams were delighted to receive oversized cupcake cakes made by Katrina’s Bakery as their prize as the crowd sang “happy unbirthday to you” to them. Prior to and after the scavenger hunt event goers sat at the Mad Hatter’s long table and noshed on sandwiches made by Pour Judgement, devoured cupcakes, brownies and cookies by Katrina’s Bakery, popped mini cupcakes by Karen Leonard washed everything down with assorted flavored iced teas. A very tiny Alice, Avery Ward, and her grandmother Debbi Winthrop, dressed to the nines as a Mad Hatter, enjoyed a walk through the meadow with Carol Ballard, who donated the thirteen acre parcel to the City of Newport twenty years ago. A taller Alice, Hillary Carr, joined her friends, Eilish Finnernan as the Cheshire Cat and Chelsea Cook as the Queen of Hearts to play a few rounds of cro-
quet with tots like Gunner Bennett and Jack Tatirosian. After checking in guests, committee member Annie Tatirosian had fun making a mad hat with her daughter Grace. Lauren Sullivan and friends Maddie Walker and Emily Hook (aka “Hookie”) stayed at the hat station for quite a while helping little ones like Maggie and Ellie Coen create their own masterpieces. Weller Littlefield’s fur-trimmed, heart-adorned creation was something to behold. The pompom he added to his nose was a clever addition. Creativity obviously runs in the family. His mom, Kristen Dupuis, donated fabrics and arts and craft materials for the party. Two attendees who didn’t need any further embellishments were Siobahn Donovan and Kiki Finn. The pair wore complementing outfits of striped stocks, outrageous hats, goofy sunglasses and colorful boas. It took several people a few moments to recognize them when they entered the fete.
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Following a sellout Newport premiere on Saturday, Aug. 14, Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society heads to the Jane Pickens Theater this Friday, Aug. 20, for the start of a nine-day run. Behind the Hedgerow was originally slated for four days at Jane Pickens, but the run was extended in light of the full house at the Aug. 10 world premiere at Providence’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium and Saturday’s sellout screening at Salve Regina University. Dozens of people were turned away on Saturday. The premieres were held in partnership with the 2010 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Pickens run begins with a showing at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20. and continues with showings until Aug.29. Filmmakers David Bettencourt and G. Wayne Miller will introduce the film and take questions at the 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 showing. Part history, part contemporary look, Behind the Hedgerow is told through the focus of Eileen Gillespie Slocum, Newport’s last grand dame, who died in the summer of 2008. Slocum’s family granted the filmmakers exclusive access to her archives and private Bellevue Avenue estate, where much of the film was shot. Behind the Hedgerow is the second title from Eagle Peak Media, the production company founded in 2008 by Miller and Bettencourt.
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Upcoming Galas For anyone who thought they missed out on Newport’s social season there are still more fundraisers dotting the calendar you can attend, This weekend there are a duo of events: The Bird Ball, Saturday night, is a benefit for the Norman Bird Sanctuary; on Sunday proceeds from “Rock the Docks” at Fort Adams will support the Seamen’s Church Institute programs. A fall favorite is held at Rough Point, the Historic Preservation Awards to be presented on Sept. 10.
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The Portsmouth Arts Guild is holding its 5 Membersâ€™ Invitational from Thursday, Aug. 19 through Sept. 19. Exhibiting will be: Lenny Rumpler; P. Jane Renwick;Marc Jaffe, photography; Priscilla Foley; and Anne Winthrop Cordin, oil painting. â€ƒ The opening reception is Friday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. The Portsmouth Arts Guild Center is located at 2679 East Main Rd. next to St. â€œRenovations,â€? oil painting by Anne Paulâ€™s Church. Winthrop Cordin, Portsmouth
Wednesday, August 18
Aquidneck Growers Market Fresh produce, baked goods, and more, 2-6 p.m., Memorial Blvd. Wine Tasting at Forty 1 North $40 per person for card holders, $55 for non-card holders, 6-7 p.m., 351 Thames St., 846-8018
Thursday, August 19
Eastonâ€™s Beach Summer Series Music concert, 6 p.m., Eastonâ€™s Beach Beach Idol For ages 13 and under, starts about 6:45 p.m., Eastonâ€™s Beach Nuisance of Noise II 6:30 â€“ 8 p.m. at the Seamenâ€™s Church Institute Main Dining Room on the first floor. The Alliance for a Livable Newport meets to discuss the topic of noise in the community. Open public forum
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â€œIf Itâ€™s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeareâ€? Informal group meets to give interpretive readings of Shakespeareâ€™s works, 6 â€“ 7 p.m., free, Redwood Library, 847-0292, www.redwoodlibrary.org 7 â€“ 11 p.m., live music, silent auction, cash bar. $25 tickets in advance, $35 tickets at the door, 141 Pelham St., Newport
Movies on the Rocks: The Jungle Book Mowgli meets many animal characters in this musical tale. Rated G; 78 minutes; 1967. Picnic dinners welcome. Parking available in the Rogers High School parking lot. Film begins at dusk. Free, Ballard Park, 619-3377, www.ballardpark.org Rhode Island Comic Throwdown Finals Finals at Gas Lamp Grille, 206 Thames St., 8:30 p.m., $5 at the door, come see stand-ups battle for title of best RI comic, 207-4812 for more information
Friday, August 20
Fort Adams Summer Ghost Hunt 3 hours inside the fort with the Rhode Island Paranormal Research Group as your guides, 9 p.m., Fort Adams, 841-0707, or www.fortadams.org The Bit Players Newportâ€™s award-winning comedy improve troupe, The Bit Players create on the spot laughs from audience suggestions, 8 p.m., Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, $15, 849-3473, www.firehousetheater. org Newport Winefest Enjoy a series of grand tastings and chef demonstrations at the Newport Yachting Center in this inaugural event. 6-11 p.m. Grand Tasting, tickets $65
Festival of Song and Spirit Youâ€™re invited to our 10th annual summer musical celebration.
St. Paulâ€™s United Methodist Church â€˘ 12 Marlborough St. Music at 9:45 a.m. & continues throughout the 10 a.m. service Our series concludes this Sunday
Aug. 22nd GOSPEL with Cheryl Albright
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Aquidneck Island Growers Market 9 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m., Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown Art on the Plaza 2-6 p.m., right next to the Wave Statue on Americaâ€™s Cup. Come see artworks from local artists every Saturday through Sept. 25 Rose Island Lighthouse Clambake 11 a.m. â€“ 3:30 p.m. This is the worldâ€™s best, bring-your-own-blanket-and-sit-on-the-ground-clambake feast! www.roseisland.org or 847-4242. Get tickets soon, this event will sell out. Night at Watson Farm An evening with a buffet provided by Chuck Masso from Chopmist Charlieâ€™s, and entertainment provided by Slippery Sneakers, 6 p.m., 455 North Rd., Jamestown, 423-3650 Polo Match Gates open at 4 p.m. for tailgating match play begins at 5 p.m., Glen Farm, Portsmouth, 847-7090. Wet Paint â€œStill Wetâ€? artworks created by hundreds of regional artists will be on view for silent bidding from 6 â€“ 8 p.m. during a Preview Reception at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200, www. newportartmuseum.org Bird Ball at Norman Bird Sanctuary 7 p.m., $125 per person online at www.normanbirdsanctuary.org or $150 at the door. Attire is cocktail casual. 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown Newport Winefest Enjoy a series of grand tastings and chef demonstrations at the Newport Yachting Center in this inaugural event. 5-7 p.m. Waterfront Grand Cru Tasting, $175, Grand Tasting, 5-10 p.m., $65
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Wednesday, August 18 Fastnet Pub - Dogie & the Cowpie Poachers 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Newport Blues - Alchemystics, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Thursday, August 19 The Barking Crab â€“Erik Sperl, 7-10 p.m. One Pelham East - Blockhead, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Perro Salado - Honky Tonk Knights The Pier - Live Music Newport Blues - Kashmire, Led Zeppelin Tribute 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Rhino Bar & Grille â€“ Hot Like Fire, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, August 20 Rhumbline â€“ Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. The Chanler -Live Jazz with Dick Lupino and Friends, 6-10 p.m. Pier 49 â€“ Dick Willner, 6-10 p.m. Clarke Cooke House - The Foreverly Brothers Dockside - Those Guys, 10 p.m.1 a.m. LaForge - Dave Manuel, piano Newport Blues- Batteries Not Included, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Rhino Bar & Grille â€“ Rug Burn, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. One Pelham East â€“ Cuzin Eddy, 10 p.m. -1 a.m. Sambar - â€œFriday Nights with Andreâ€? Saturday, August 21 Rhumbline â€“ Lois Vaughan, 6:30-10 p.m. Pier 49 â€“ Liz Pedro, 6-10 p.m. The Barking Crab â€“ The Buddy Toach Trio ,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 - Sugar 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. One Pelham East â€“ Rusty with Eric Marx, 3 â€“ 6 p.m. Rhino Bar & Grille â€“ Cuzin Eddy 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday, August 22 The Barking Crab â€“ Tim Charron Trio, 1-4 p.m. Clarke Cooke House - Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. DeWolf Tavern - Rick Costa Trio, 2-5 p.m. Pier 49 - Milton Javery, 5-9 p.m. Newport Blues â€“ George Gritzback, Lucky Peterson, 9:30 p.m. â€“ 1 a.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, August 23 Pier 49 - Hamish & Dave, 6-9 p.m. Fastnet Pub. â€œBlue Mondayâ€? featuring blues artists from the New England Area. 10:30-1:00 One Pelham East - Bruce Jacques, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Newport Blues â€“ Blackberry Smoke, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Buskers - Stoney Jack, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, August 24 Pier 49 â€“ Jim Hitte, 5 â€“ 9 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe - Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. One Pelham East - Reggae Series; Bootleg, 10 p.m. - 1 a.m
King Park Music Series Features performance by Girl Howdy. Free, King Park, Wellington Ave., from 3-6 p.m. Wet Paint Noon â€“ 3 p.m. A live auction with Mike Corcoran begins at 4 p.m. Please see Saturday, Aug. 21 for more details
Lobsterfest Benefiting Seamenâ€™s Church Institute 6 â€“ 9 p.m. under the North Lawn tent at Fort Adams. Complimentary Oldport Marine launch to the Fort. $95 per person, call Megan at 6193990 to RSVP
Newport Storm Beer Dinner at Smoke House Celebrate the summer with delicious local beer and BBQ. $42 per person, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner, call 848-9800 to make a reservation
DVD Screening â€“ The Runaways Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30 p.m., free, film featuring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning Wine Tasting at Forty 1 North $40 per person for card holders,
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Art on the Plaza 2-6 p.m., right next to the Wave Statue on Americaâ€™s Cup. Come see artworks from local artists every Saturday through Sept. 25
Aquidneck Growers Market Fresh produce, baked goods, and more, 2-6 p.m., Memorial Blvd.
Fort Adams Antiques Festival 100 dealers will feature a wide range of items, appraisers on-site in the afternoon. 10 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m., Fort Adams State Park, www.fortadams.org, 841-0707
Newport Winefest Enjoy a series of grand tastings and chef demonstrations at the Newport Yachting Center in this inaugural event. Chefs & Champagne Bruch, Session 1: 9:30 - 11 a.m. Session 2: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $75; Grand Tasting, 12-5 p.m., $55
PM Musical Picnic at the Newport Art Museum 6 p.m. with Chelley, Bill & Dyl on the grounds of the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., $5 for Museum members, $10 for nonmembers. Visit www.newportartmuseum.org or 848-8200 for more information.
Great Gatsby Movie Experience 11 a.m., Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro St., Newport. $20/ticket for film, breakfast, and tour of Rosecliff. $12/ticket for film and breakfast. www.janepickens.com, 846-5252 Clay Workshop with Allison Randall Noon â€“ 4 p.m. Allison will teach you how to create your own sprig mold, then use those molds to create your own unique organic form or use them for surface decoration. 302 Thames St., 619-4880
$55 for non-card holders, 6-7 p.m., 351 Thames St., 846-8018
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the annual music series will feature Cheryl Albright. Music begins at 9:45 a.m. and continues through the 10 a.m. service, St. Paulâ€™s church, 12 Marlborough St.
Salute to Summer Concert & Fireworks Show Bring family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets to this free night on Dewey Field at Naval Station Newport! Live music starting at 5 p.m., fireworks at dusk. General public use Gate 1 starting at 4:30 p.m., 841-3127 for more details Arts Festival After Hours Music Stick around after the arts festival from 6 â€“ 8:30 p.m. for live entertainment, Suggested donation of $5 benefits Middletownâ€™s â€œLooking Upwardsâ€?, Newport Yachting Center Polo Match Gates open at 4 p.m. for tailgating match play begins at 5 p.m., Glen Farm, Portsmouth, 847-7090.
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On Thursday, August the 19th His Teachings Continue
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Our Top 5 Places to Watch a Newport Sunset By Meg O’Neil Summer is almost over here in Newport. Dry your eyes. There is still plenty of good weather and sunshine to be had and what better way to enjoy these beautiful summer evenings than sipping a cocktail, or curling up next to a loved one while watching the sun dip below the horizon, bidding Newport adieu until the morning. The Lawn at Castle Hill – See how the other half vacation. The lawn at Castle Hill is the quintessential Newport experience. Peppered with white Adirondack chairs, the sunset view from here is like nowhere else. Sure, the drinks are on the pricey side, and you have to be dressed up, but that’s part of the fun! Rejects Beach – Taking a bike or scooter down to the “Reject” end of the ultra-exclusive Bailey’s Beach right before sunset is a beautiful experience. The water is warmest at the end of the day, so go float amongst the picturesque landscape and you’ll feel as though you are in paradise. Brenton Point – Probably the most well-known place in Newport to go see the sunset. The 10-mile trip around Ocean Drive is perfect at any time of day, but there is something special about parking the car and climbing down to the edge of the water and taking in the sight of the sun, quickly disappearing into the West. Schooner Madeleine – Leave the land for a while and board this beauty at Bannister’s Wharf for a champagne toast at sunset on a cruise around the bay. The way the sun hits the water in a million golden sparkles is something you won’t soon forget. Pineapples on the Bay – We here at Newport This Week and Newport Now love this place so much that we almost didn’t want to reveal this hidden gem and keep it to ourselves. Located at the Hyatt Regency Newport on Goat Island, Pineapples provides a perfect view of the Newport Bridge, fun cocktails, comfortable chairs, and live music. Chances are you’ll find one of us there.
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Mansions, Museums and Historic Sites Belcourt Castle A Gilded Age mansion, guided tours, evening ghost tours, reservations recommended, 657 Bellevue Ave., 846-0669, www.belcourtcastle.com The Breakers Open daily, 44 Ochre Point Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org Chateau-sur-Mer Open daily, 474 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org The Elms Open daily, 367 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org 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, www.fortadams.org 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 , 8493990; www.tennisfame.com Marble House Open daily, 596 Bellevue Ave., 847-1000, www. newportmansions.org 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, www.newporthistorical.org
RECENT DEATHS Richard F. Crowley, 84, of Middletown, died Aug. 13, 2010 at Heatherwood Nursing and Subacute Center. He was the husband of Helen Marie Crowley. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. Funeral services are private. Clayton B. Heald, 72, of Newport, died Aug. 11, 2010 at home. He was the husband of Judy (Lawrence) Heald. His funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 17. Donations in his memory may be made to the Elks Special Education Fund, 141 Pelham Street, Newport. Rita M. Kirwin, 86, of Newport, died Aug. 11, 2010 at the Grand Islander Health Care Center. She was the wife of James Francis Kirwin. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 16 at St. Augustin Church, Newport.
Rosecliff Open daily, 548 Bellevue Avenue, 847-1000, www.newportmansions.org Redwood Library The nation’s oldest library, c 1748, 50 Bellevue Avenue, free, donations always welcome, 847-0292; www.redwoodlibrary.org Rough Point Doris Duke’s oceanfront estate, 680 Bellevue Avenue, 847-8344, www.newportrestoration.org Whitehall Museum House Berkely Road, Middletown, open Tuesday-Sunday
National Museum of American Illustration Original artworks from the Golden Age of Illustration in a historic Gilded Age mansion, 492 Bellevue Ave., 851-8949, ext. 18, www.americanillustration.org
Shirley Parvo Plumley, 75, of Middletown, died Aug. 11, 2010 at Newport Hospital. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 14 at Jesus Savior Church. Donations in her memory may be made to Jesus Savior Church Building Fund, Broadway, Newport. Richard Joseph St. Laurent, 57, of Portsmouth, died July 6, 2010 unexpectedly at home. He was the husband of Donna (Pendell) St. Laurent. A Memorial Mass was held Aug. 14 at St. Barnabas Church, Portsmouth. James Michael Toppa, Sr., 73, of Newport, died Aug. 9 at Newport Hospital after a short illness. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth “Betty” O’Neil Toppa. He worked for more than 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 13 at St. Augustin Church, Newport. Donations in his memory may be made to the James L. Maher Center, 120 Hillside Avenue, Newport.
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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, www.newportrestoration.org
John Jospeh McGurk III, 58, of West Palm Beach and formerly of Newport, died July 25, 2010 after a prolonged illness. He was the husband of Deidre McGurk. He was a partner in The Yankee Trader Clothing Co. A memorial service will be held Oct. 2 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach. Donations in his memory may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Stained Glass Restoration Project.
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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, www.newportartmuseum.org
William I. McDaniel, 74, of Middletown, died Aug. 12, 2010 at Heatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Alice (Pincince) McDaniel. He served in the U,S. Navy for 23 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. Funeral services are private.
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A Red-tailed Hawk seen at Sachuest Wildlife Refuge (Photo by Jack Kelly) orange wings were a sharp contrast against the clear blue sky. This was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen and it is burned into my memory. In early September 2009, I was witness to the staging and migration of thousands of Swallows. I stood at the east end of the parking lot of Second Beach, while thousands of Barn, Bank, Rough Winged, and Tree swallows flew over my head and all around me. With the exception of the sounds of their wings, there weren’t any other sounds. Then, they moved toward the marsh and beach plants. The whole experience lasted less than a minute, but it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Oh yes, for the curious, not one bird committed any antisocial acts to myself or my clothing, amazing! I have watched adult birds and other animals feed, nurture and protect their young, in a manner similar to that of human beings. I have observed the mating styles of many animals and birds, and again, they’re a lot like us. Clumsy, inept, and territorial, but they get the job done. I have gained the trust of some of the wildlife, and they have allowed me to get close to them for photographs. One such bird is a female juvenile Red-tailed Hawk that took up residence at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in October
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By Captain Tim Flaherty The new moon delivered again, producing strong tides and great fishing this past week. Striped Bass can still be taken in shallow water as the inshore water temperature on the ocean side remains at 68 degrees. Block Island’s S.W. ledge has produced some big bass this past week, too. Anglers, using live eels, slammed fish over thirty pounds. The reefs off Brenton Point, Beavertail and those over Coggeshall Ledge and Seal Ledge are still producing bass to twenty pounds. There are also some decently-sized fish at the Pell Bridge and Gull Rocks. There is good news to report: Ledge monster bluefish have finally arrived. This is their latest summer appearance that we’ve ever recorded. The schools are well dispersed, but have taken up, both out in front and at the mouth of the bay. Some surface action was also reported off Clingstone and The Dumplings. The fish we have taken were very slim and their stomachs were empty, perhaps indicating their recent arrival after their long migration to our waters. Several ledge monsters we took this week showed signs of stress: One of these jumbo blues had the remains of a gill net around its head. It seemed this net had been there for years, as the fish’s body had actually grown around the net. This blue most likely succeeded in breaking free by chewing its way out of the net. Gill nets set close to shore are typically anchored to the bottom of the sea and floated toward the surface by buoys. Ocean gill nets, on the other hand, are set to drift. Fish and other types of wildlife run into these nets, tangling in the meshed webbing. Efforts to ban gill netting have increased, recently, as more scientists believe they are responsible for the decline in sea turtle populations and other endangered marine life. California, Oregon, Alabama and the Virgin Islands have effectively banned gill netting and North Carolina may soon follow. Fluke fishing continues to be slow, but some keeper-fluke were taken near Agassiz’s and Bailey’s beaches this week. Other fishermen reported that fluke were caught in the deeper water north of the Pell Bridge and at the mouth of Narragansett Bay, near Butter-
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NUNES Tim, Chris and Parker Young, all of Darien, CT, did, indeed, catch the stripers they were hoping would be the highlight their Newport vacation on August 14th. ball Reef. We took several large fluke this week while drift fishing at the Fountain and south of the R2 buoy. We are still waiting for the onset of the fall fluke run which begins each year from late August through early September. Black sea bass and scup fishing have raged all week. Jumbo scup have begun to move out to deeper water but large schools remain in the shallows. Black sea bass fishing has also been good, the result of strong tides and favorable light breezes: ideal conditions to catch these tasty little devils. We took a few blueheads this week but many more large females were taken drifting stripped baits over rocky areas on the ocean side. Black sea bass are an interesting slow-growing species that feasts on young or molted lobsters. They are all born female, but after seven years, or so, they slowly begin to transform into males. As males mature their heads grow larger and a hump develops on the top of their heads. The scales around the head turn an aqua-blue color and white streamers form on the spines of their fins. The nickname “blueheads” refers to these large male sea bass. They are seldom found in our local fish markets and those that are caught here are shipped to Boston and New York, where a gourmet, sea bass dinner can bring up to sixty dollars a plate for just one of this tasty species. On Saturday the fourteenth, we fished with the Young family
of Darien, Connecticut. Each year they return to vacation in Newport and do a little fishing with us. Chris, Tim and Parker Young were clearly excited that morning with the forecast for nearly perfect sea conditions and clear skies. Instead of fishing the wrecks, as we usually do this time of year, we decided to stop at one of our favorite reefs. We set the anchor quickly and set up the rods for action. I tossed out the first baited hook and passed the rod to Chris. As I turned to rig another, I heard, “fish on.” Chris had already hooked into one! After a ten minute struggle, a striped bass appeared from the depths to the side of our boat, causing great excitement among the rest of the crew. Parker’s line was next to hit the water with a similar result. It wasn’t long before Tim joined in the fun, landing a nice striper of his own. This was pretty much the way the entire morning was spent and these lads really had us scurrying around the boat. Bass kept flying over the rails and after nearly four hours of action, we weighed anchor with the fish box nearly full of black sea bass, fluke, jumbo scup and stripers. We released more than ten other under-the-limit stripers that day, as well. A good trip, with a great crew! Tight lines! 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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