THURSDAY, January 31, 2013
Vol. 41, No. 5
Three Vie for Economic Director
By Tom Shevlin More than 50 applicants submitted their resumes to serve as the city's new director of economic development, but today the choice is down to three. Earlier this week, the three finalists interviewed with City Manager Jane Howington before attending a reception at the Newport Yacht Club where the public and city staff were given the chance to meet them. The reception, which was attended by representatives from nonprofit organizations, the real estate industry, and city government, was aimed at familiarizing the candidates with those already involved in the city's disparate economic development efforts. The event underscored the importance that the city has assigned to this position. Charged with reshaping the city's business climate and overseeing the redevelopment of the
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Volunteers at the Methodist Community Garden in Middletown gather lettuce and radishes in their new high-hoop house for distribution to local food pantries and soup kitchens. This week’s harvest put the garden’s yield over the 2-ton mark for the 2012-2013 season, with one month still to go in the cycle. In March, the crew will change the greenhouse over to prepare for early spring plantings. Inset: Maggie Bulmer packages freshly harvested produce for same day distribution to area food programs.
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Committee Norman Bird Sanctuary to Host Raptor Program Members Regroup By Jack Kelly
Raptor species can be seen all over Aquidneck Island, but the area around the Norman Bird Sanctuary offers the greatest opportunity for observation of these magnificent birds-of-prey in their natural habitats. The sanctuary is presenting “An Evening with Raptors” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7-8 p.m. Education coordinator and naturalist Rachel Holbert will host this firstever, fireside program for adults. Holbert will discuss the major species of birds-of-prey, their diets and habitats, which ones are local residents, and how to identify them. She will also present live raptors during the program such as a Red-tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl. The Norman Bird Sanctuary and the surrounding ponds, wetlands, seashores and fields are home or hunting grounds to several raptor species. Hawk species including Harrier Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Red-tailed Hawks can be observed in these areas during most of the year. Rough-legged Hawks, which migrate south from Canadian regions, may be sighted during the winter months. Owl species including Great Horned Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, and Barred Owls nest on sanctuary property. Barn Owls have been observed hunting
throughout the area. Short-eared Owls which winter in the Newport County region may be sighted hunting for rodents in the wetlands near Third Beach in the late afternoon and early morning hours. Bald Eagles sometimes fly over the area foraging for prey during spring and summer. Eagle sightings have increased in recent years as three successful nests within 25 miles of the sanctuary have been established. Falcon species also can be found circling over the open spaces adjacent to the sanctuary. The American Kestrel, a diminutive falcon, may be sighted perched on utility wires, patiently watching for prey. Kestrels hunt small rodents and small birds. Once known as Sparrow Hawks, Kestrels seem to be experiencing an unexplained, rapid population decline in Eastern states. Merlin Falcons, both natives and winter residents, may be viewed pursuing small birds and insects in flight, accelerating to incredible speeds to snatch prey on the wing. Peregrine Falcons, the fastest creatures on the planet, may be observed over Second Beach, Third Beach, and the surrounding ponds and wetlands seeking prey. This swift, powerful bird hunts on the wing and will strike ducks, small gulls, and other bird species at speeds reaching 200 miles per hour.
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Bald Eagle (Photos by Bob Weaver) Proceeds from “An Evening with Raptors” will directly benefit the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s raptor program. Light refreshments, wine, and beer will be served. For more information on raptor species, visit: www.allaboutbirds.org, Audubon Society of Rhode Island at www.asri.org, or Cornell Lab of Ornithology at www.birds.cornell.org
TO GO: What: “An Evening with Raptors” Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers (reservations suggested) Information: 401-846-2577 or www.normanbirdsanctuary.org.
The Newport School Committee/ City Council Liaison Subcommittee met for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 29. There were some position changes on the Subcommittee. Representing the School Committee on the Subcommittee, Chairman Charles Shoemaker and Vice-Chair Jo Eva Gaines joined the Subcommittee’s board, taking the places of former Subcommittee members Rebecca Bolan and Robert Leary, who remain on the School Committee but not on the Subcommittee. School Committee member Thomas Phelan sits on the Subcommittee for a second term. Representing the City Council on the Subcommittee were newly elected councilor Marco Camacho and returning councilors Naomi Neville and Justin McLaughlin. Discussion on the Pell School kicked off the meeting, with School Superintendent John Ambrogi stating that the proposal for the use of modular classrooms in the event that there is over-enrollment at the new school may prove too costly for the district. Despite recommendations from a recently formed Pell Enrollment
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DIRECTOR CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 North End, the new director is expected to become an immediate focal point at City Hall. The three candidates are Erik Andersson, who currently serves as the economic development manager for Pacificorp, a major energy provider based in Portland, Ore.; Richard Michael, a veteran economic development director for mid-to-large size communities, currently working in Port Orange, Fla.; and Paul Carroll, a Wakefield resident with international business development experience, including a stint as the CEO of the Plymouth City Development Co. in Plymouth, UK. Each has more than 25 years of professional experience in various capacities, and according to Howington, all come with impressive resumes. "All three are eminently qualified for the position," she said. "One
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of the candidates demonstrated a strength with partnering with small businesses, while another has dealt with international trade and other large-scale issues." In the end, she said, it will come down to who proves to be the best fit within the community. During their day-long interviews on Tuesday, each of the candidates met with a host of city personnel, took a tour of Aquidneck Island, and dined with a select group of city business leaders. For Howington, a primary objective was getting feedback from the private sector. During lunch, she said, each candidate had the chance to rotate between tables where business owners and industry representatives peppered them with questions and got to know each other on a more casual level. While details have yet to be formally announced, it's expected that the new position will oversee a reconstituted planning, zoning, and building office. Whatever new arrangement is made, it would effectively bring to a close a series of recent changes made to the structure of the city's planning department. In 2012, Howington split the office formerly known as the Department of Planning Development Zoning and Inspections into two different departments, spinning off zoning, historic district preservation planner and building functions into a separate department. With that move, the position of Director of Planning was eliminated, making way for a more economically driven post. Under the city's FY2012-13 budget, a $138,000 line item was reserved to fund the new position, however a final salary would be contingent on the offer made by the city to its top-choice candidate. That decision could come quickly. Michael Coury, the city's director of human resources, said on Wednesday that he expects a decision to be made within the next week or so, with a start date as early as mid-February or March.
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Outdoor Seating at Asterisk Denied By Tom Shevlin One of Lower Thames Street's most venerable restaurants has seen its hopes of offering patrons a European-style outdoor dining experience dashed yet again after Zoning Board members narrowly voted down a request to convert an existing outdoor patio space into a 422-square-foot service area. The request, by the owners of Asterisk Restaurant, located at 599 Thames St., cut to the heart of a lingering debate over balancing the interests of small businesses with those of neighbors who border the city's downtown core. According to an application on file with City Hall, owners John and Tracy Bach-Sorensen had hoped to locate roughly 4-6 tables in an outdoor space that had at one time been used for parking. In 2009, the couple had been denied a more expansive proposal to increase their outdoor service area by over 900 square feet. However, with the City Council having recently expressed support for outdoor cafes, and with several new al fresco dining options from Broadway to Lower Thames Street, the Sorensons decided it was time to resubmit a scaled-back plan. Represented by attorney Greg Fater, Tracy Bach-Sorensen told board members that she hoped the addition of an outdoor space would enhance the neighborhood while at the same time help maintain her operation's viability in an increasingly competitive industry. Likening her request to those of other nearby restaurants including the Newport Blues Cafe and the soon-to-open Jade Cricket at 472 Thames St., Sorenson told board members that her proposal would not include any outdoor entertainment or additional bar area. Rather, she said, it would simply be used
for dining as the weather permits. In business for more than 17 years, Asterisk occupies a sensitive site in the city's downtown, an area where the nightlife of Lower Thames Street begins to spill into the historically residential streets of the Fifth Ward. The building the restaurant occupies previously had been a gas station and service center. The area proposed for the outdoor patio had been the main driveway for the business. In the late 1990s, when chef and owner John Bach-Sorensen first chose the building for the location of his new restaurant, it was more a source of neighborhood blight than pride. Over the years since then, Asterisk has won praise for its chic decor and upscale European fare. In summer, the dining room can be opened to the outdoors by retractable overhead garage doors – a remnant from the building's days as an auto service shop. Diners can also sit outdoors on a thin concrete slab protected by a small awning. But the gravel patio that abuts Thames Street has been off-limits, and some neighbors wanted to see it remain that way. During a nearly 90-minute hearing, three nearby property owners urged the board to deny the request on the basis that it would infringe on their ability to enjoy their homes and further disrupt an already congested area. Perhaps the most compelling case was made by Chuck Bolduc, a Dixon Street resident who also opposed the Sorenson's 2009 application. Bolduc argued that while other downtown restaurants may have been granted permission for similar outdoor spaces, to allow the variance for Asterisk would create a much more intense use on the
property and would not be in line with the limited-business district. "The spirit of limited zoning puts the burden on the business, not on the abutters," he said, adding that limited business zoning was originally created to accommodate a small number of family-owned storefronts that kept more traditional daytime hours. "Further up Thames Street, the business area is more aggressive," he said. "The beauty of limited business zoning is that it allows [the Zoning Board] to limit the density of use." In addition to the additional stress on parking, Bolduc said that he feared that the noise from patrons dining outside would create a nuisance for the area. "Businesses that encourage activity when residents are ending (their days) are not viable businesses for the neighborhood," he contended. He also suggested that the issue points to a larger problem: "I'm very disturbed at the city's venture into opening limited business (districts) to more intense use at later and later hours." In conclusion, Bolduc referred to a recent debate over a request to install a sink in a proposed garage on Mount Vernon Street: "If you think a single slop sink in a garage will open a door to a neighborhood's over-development…please consider what this example will do to an ordinance for an entire zoning district." Bolduc's concerns were similar to those expressed last spring when the owners of the Newport Blues Cafe proposed converting a neighboring parking lot into an outdoor patio space during evening and weekend hours. In that case, as with Asterisk’s re-
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Bouchard Restaurant Expansion Approved By Tom Shevlin
Restaurant Bouchard, the French bistro on Lower Thames Street, received approval this week to expand into an adjacent building. Zoning Board members unanimously approved an application submitted by Albert and Sarah Bouchard to enclose an outdoor patio space and extend into the building next door. According to plans on file with City Hall, the Bouchards are planning to take lease on 509-513 Thames St., which over the years has been home to a number of bars and restaurants, most recently The Fifth Element. In comments made before the board, attorney Turner Scott testified that the Bouchards are looking to create a new fixed-price restaurant to complement their current operation. In addition, the second floor would be converted for use as three guest rooms, expanding the accommodations already offered by the Bouchards at their primary location at 507 Thames St.
Downstairs, a small first floor addition would also be built, providing handicap access to both facilities and access to a new outdoor patio. According to Scott, the new patio space would not feature any entertainment, and service would end at 11 p.m. Regarding parking, the Bouchards already have an arrangement with a nearby property owner to provide valet service, reducing the need for additional off-street parking spaces. Board members voted without objection to approve the application. In other business, the board also gave approval to a plan for the former home of the Armchair Sailor at 543 Thames St. There, the owners of The Landings real estate management and investment firm are planning to relocate their offices from 1 Mill Street to the first floor space, and to convert a second-floor office space into two two-bedroom apartments. The proposal was approved with the condition that the company
provide written assurance to the city that it has the right to the use of 11 off-street parking spaces in the rear of the building. The following petitions were also approved: n An application by Daniel Roberge to construct a new storage shed at 7 Taber St. n An application by Mona Barbera for various improvements to 10 Linden Gate n An application by Marrilee Zelner to construct a new third-story deck to her property located at 16 Howard St. n An application by Stephen Posthuma to construct a singlestory addition to the property at 33 Ward Ave. n A petition by Channing Memorial Church, located at 135 Pelham Street, to reconfigure an existing second and third floor dwelling space from two units to three. n And a petition by Kathryn E. Leonard to install a new natural gas generator on her property at 37 Castle Hill Ave.
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For more information on any of these items visit www.rilin.state.ri.us/News/. n Move teacher layoff date Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) have introduced legislation to move the layoff notification date for teachers from March 1 to June 1. The legislation is aimed at preventing schools from having to issue as many unnecessary layoff notices to teachers by allowing them to wait until more information about the following year’s budget is available. n Bill to repeal tax on pet services Legislation was introduced to repeal the 7-percent sales tax that was imposed on pet-care services as a result of the state budget approved last year. The sales tax, which went into effect in October, applies to such pet care services as boarding, grooming, sitting and training. n Bill would make military status bias unlawful Legislation was heard this week by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs to make military status discrimination an unlawful housing practice in the state, barring prop-
erty renters or sellers from inquiring about an individual’s military status. n Higher percentage of casino revenue House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry introduced legislation to increase the amount of revenue the state receives from Twin River’s table games from 18 to 20 percent. In 2012, the General Assembly passed the 2012 Revenue Protection Act which established a tax rate of 18 percent for table game receipts. n House passes same-sex marriage bill The House voted 51 to 19 in favor of legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island. The bill will now go to the Senate. n Fine for pets on drivers’ laps Legislation was introduced to prohibit drivers from operating motor vehicles in Rhode Island with a pet sitting in their lap. The bill calls for a fine of $85 for a first offense. n School safety measures under review School safety and preparedness and emergency response plans were the focus of both the Senate and House this week. The Sen-
ate Committee on Education held an oversight hearing on the subject, receiving testimony from the state’s top school and safety officials. n Bill to resolve school dance issue When the Cranston school superintendent canceled father-daughter and mother-son dances last year to comply with gender-discrimination laws, the School Committee called on lawmakers to address the issue. Legislation aims to resolve the issue by amending state law to permit schools to offer activities for students of one gender if comparable activities are offered for students of the other gender. n Copper Theft Prevention Act With prices for various metals high and rising, copper remains an attractive target for thieves, with abandoned or foreclosed residences and unsecure construction sites easy prey. Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dominick J. Ruggerio creates a “Copper Theft Prevention Act” to require licensing of secondary metal recyclers for the purchase of certain types of ferrous and nonferrous metals.
Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Middletown); Rep. Marvin Abney (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Linda Dill Finn (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)
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Readers who have a strong interest in antique decorative art should be aware of two organizations which offer trips, newsletters and information that can prove to be invaluable and lots of fun. We have been members of The Decorative Arts Society for several years. They can be reached via their web site at: www.decartssociety.org and they produce a bi-yearly newsletter and offer special guided tour visits to regional museums. The other group that has been meeting here in Newport for many years is the Victorian Society in America. Supporting all things Victorian, their magazine has great articles and also offers special tours. It would be nice if there were enough members of V.S.A. in Newport to form a special chapter here. Their web site is www.victoriansociety.org and is filled with great venues for the lover of Victorianiana. The scores of high style Victorian homes in Newport can gain much information about restoration techniques and decoration guidelines.
During the period from Monday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 120 calls. Of those, 50 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 43 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 5 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived and 1 patient was treated on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 120 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3responded to 32 calls • Station 1 - Engine 1 and 3 responded to 41 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 18 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 16 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 43 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1 - Building fires 1 - Building fire / exterior 1 - Trash fire, confined to container 1 - Fuel burner / furnace fire 1 - Flammable liquid spill 1 - Heating oil spill 1 - Remove person from stalled elevator 7 - Water problems 11 - Electrical wiring / equipment problems 7 - Assist public calls 12 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire 8 - Fire alarm malfunction - no fire 36 - Engine assist on EMS call In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 4 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 14 life safety inspections, and provided 11 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Five important safety tips you can share with those using space heaters: 1. Keep heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn 2. Use heating equipment that has a label from a recognized testing laboratory (UL, FM, etc). 3. Never use your stove or oven to heat you home 4. Have a three foot “kidfree zone” around a heater or wood stove 5. Do not plug your electric heater into an extension cord - resistance heating in the cord can occur resulting in a fire. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM
Lego Club The Jamestown Library Lego Club will meet on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Meeting Hall. The Club is for kids of all ages, though children under 7 must always be accompanied to the library by an adult. Call 423-7280, email jamlibkids@ gmail.com or visit the library to register. You must register for each week that you plan to attend. The Lego Club is sponsored in part by the Jamestown Education Foundation.
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Newport Police Log During the period from Monday, Jan 21 to Monday, Jan. 28, the Newport Police Department responded to 494 calls. Of those, 153 were motor vehicle related; there were 124 motor vehicle violations issued and 29 accident reports. The police also responded to a shots fired call on Jan. 24 on Malbone Road, 46 home/business alarm calls, 9 incidents of vandalism, 3 noise complaints, 6 animal complaints, and conducted 14 school security checks. They transported 9 prisoners, responded to 2 suicide calls, provided escort for 3 funerals, recorded 10 instances of assisting other police departments and 3 other agencies. In addition, 25 arrests were made for the following violations: n 6 arrests were made for outstanding bench or district court warrants. n 4 arrests were made for breaking & entering: 2 arrests on Catherine St., 1 arrest on Malbone Rd., and 1 arrest at the Newport Housing Authority on York St. n 2 arrests were made for possession of narcotics. n 2 arrests were made for simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for larceny. n 1 arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for driving without a license or an expired one. n 1 arrest was made for driving with a suspended or revoked license. n 1 arrest was made for DUI. n 1 arrest was made for a crank call. n 1 arrest was made for embezzlement. n 1 arrest was made for failure to register as a sex offender. n 1 arrest was made for domestic felony assault. n 1 arrest was made for felony assault.
Cat of the Week The Potter League has designated 2013 as “The Year of the Cat.” Starting Feb. 4 one cat a week will be offered for the low adoption price of $20.13. This promotion will run all year long. Every Monday a cat will be featured on Facebook. On Tuesday, the featured cat will also be highlighted on our website at www.PotterLeague.org. The featured cat will only be available for that price through Sunday at 4 p.m. when the shelter closes for the weekend. Every Monday a new cat will be of Cat of the Week.
In Case You’ve Forgotten Feb. 1 - 22, Fridays, diabetes classes, Newport Hospital, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 2 - Marine Archaeology class, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 401-253-2094. Feb. 4 - Club Respect, art show, Middletown Library, 4 - 7 p.m. Feb. 7 - Aquidneck Land Trust Annual Meeting, 849-2799- x 18. Feb. 8 - Have A Heart, fundraiser for the Potter League, Hotel Viking.
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In recognition of February as National Heart Health Month, the Newport Public Library will present four programs regarding cardiovascular disease and ways to stay heart healthy. The series begins Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. with cardiologist Dr. Barbara Roberts discussing “Are You Breaking Your Heart: What We Need to Know about Cardiovascular Disease.” Health Coach Robin Lassy will offer ways to reduce stress and recharge your body and mind on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Yoga Alliance teacher Diane De Ruggiero will lead a basic yoga program on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Feb 23 at 2 p.m., author and chef Jeannette Bessinger will discuss “clean cuisine” for heart health and nutrition and how to improve your eating habits. All presentations will be in the Program Room on the lower level of the library. No registration is required. For more information contact Mary O’Neill-Barrett at 8478720 ext.115.
Vacation Art Camps The Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center for Creative Studies is offering three art camps during the week of school vacation, running Monday - Friday, Feb. 18 – 22. “It’s Alive: Animal and Creature Puppetry” (ages 6 - 9) and “Weaving and Fiber Art Camp” (ages 10 - 13) are offered 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and “Adobe Illustrator Studio Camp” (ages 13 16) runs 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Full course listings and registration available at www.NewportArtMuseum.org. Discounts are available for Newport Art Museum members and those who register at least two weeks before a camp’s start date. The Coleman Center takes registrations by phone 401-848-8200 or in person, Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm. The Coleman Center for Creative Studies is located at 26 Liberty St., behind the Museum’s main campus at 76 Bellevue Ave.
Naval Station Newport will hold an open house on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island Newport campus to present the results of studies that were prepared to support the installation’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the use of Wind Energy. The study was initiated in January, 2011 to evaluate the Naval Station’s proposal to produce up to 9 megawatts of electricity for the station’s use. The EA examined the environmental impacts of siting wind turbines for twelve pre-selected sites on board the installation. Studies in support of the EA looked at environmental impacts related to noise, shadow flicker, birds and bats, marine mammals, historic properties, and archeological resources at each of the 12 sites.
Executive Directors’ Dinner The Norman Bird Sanctuary will host its annual Executives’ Dinner on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. NBS Executive Director Natasha Harrison will match culinary abilities with Island Moving Company Executive Director Dominique Alfandre to create a special dinner in the studio of the sanctuary founder, Mabel Norman. These talented directors will showcase their cooking prowess in support of the NBS mission. Don’t miss this opportunity for a wonderful dinner in a cozy winter atmosphere. The cost is $55 per person/$100 couple. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 846-2577 to reserve.
Middletown Lecture Series Author Dr. Christine Haverington will give a presentation about the founding of Middletown and its contributions to the colony of Rhode Island on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Paradise School. She will also sign copies of her book, “Images of America: Middletown.” For more information about the Middletown Historical Society winter lecture series visit www.middletownhistory.org.
Paradise Revisited Deemed the “Eden of America” in the late 18th century, Newport’s scenic beauty has attracted generations of artists seeking to capture the natural splendor of Aquidneck Island’s landscape. Kaity Ryan will present an illustrated lecture through paintings, photographs and literature which will explore the rich history of Paradise Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Rosecliff. Admission is free for Preservation Society members, general admission $5.
Black History Art Exhibit Estella Miller’s portrait drawings of notable historic figures will be on display at the Newport Public Library Feb. 4 -15. The exhibit will feature a special tribute to Thurgood Marshall, former Justice U.S. Supreme Court, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Other portraits include Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Ida B. Wells.
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State of the City
t's customary at this time of year for politicians to provide their constituents with "State Of The" speeches. Two weeks ago on Smith Hill, Gov. Lincoln Chafee provided his annual "State of the State" speech, in which he proclaimed the state of Rhode Island is improving. Then, earlier this week, Providence Mayor Angel Tavares took to the microphone at City Hall to declare the "State of the City" is also getting better. Since Newport doesn't by tradition have “State of the City” speeches, we offer the following: At the beginning of the year 2013, the state of the city is good, and its future appears brighter still. As we slowly emerge from the economic malaise that has gripped the country for the better part of the last five years, we should feel confident in our place in the world. In all of Rhode Island, Newport has shown that it may be best positioned to weather whatever financial storm comes our way. In this regard, the diversity of our economy is our greatest asset. The presence of the Navy and our strong tourist trade have helped temper the effects of the Great Recession. And the fiscal discipline exercised by our elected officials appears to have been handed down directly from our Yankee forbears. With our municipal finances, it's imperative that we stay the course – paying down our pension liabilities and holding a strict line when negotiating with our unions. In seeking out new revenue streams, all avenues should be pursued with a heavy emphasis placed on both developing new businesses and aiding those already here to achieve their maximum potential. We must play to our strengths. On the water and off, we are tied to the Bay. The city's new economic development director should make it a priority to explore ways of strengthening our marine trades and developing a marketing campaign aimed at showcasing all of our natural, economic, and intellectual assets. Looking forward, especially relating to the promise of the North End, opportunity abounds. Soon, we're told, the state will bring forward final plans to reconfigure the Pell Bridge interchange, while on a separate track, City Council members have pledged to reconstruct Lower Thames Street. We also see reason for optimism in our schools, where strides are being made to improve math and reading scores, and alternative learning programs are showcasing the talents of our next generation. But there are also challenges. Should Newport Grand enter the slow decline being predicted by its owners and casino advocates, then there will be a void to be addressed. And if our schools don't continue along their recent upward trend, then we're certain to find it even harder to attract and retain the young families that make up the heart of any community. Yes, there is room for improvement. But today, the state of things appears surprisingly good.
In Praise of New Architecture To the Editor: I want to congratulate the Turnpike & Bridge Authority on the very impressive renovation of their administrative and service buildings in Jamestown. In my opinion, the design work done by Burgin Lambert Inc. Architects of Newport is most impressive. The buildings now blend into and complement their seaside environment. The shingle-style exterior gives a pleasant and timeless New England character, which is a huge improvement over the former brick square box that typifies the uninspiring municipal style architecture of the 1960s. Even the selection of the light green trim color to match the color of the bridge is a smart detail that connects all the elements together. All too often bad architecture can scar a landscape for decades as the former administrative and service buildings re-
minded us. As a resident of Jamestown and someone who crosses the Pell Bridge multiple times daily, I am pleased that the Turnpike & Bridge Authority took the bold move to invest in this project and to do it right. At a time when many building projects are done without proper budgeting and with no consideration of style and community character, I think it is very refreshing to see the detail given to designing these classic shingle-style buildings which are so visual to millions of residents and visitors. As part of the larger user group that pays for the care of two bridges (the Pell & Mount Hope Bridges), I am glad to see that the funds I expend daily to cross the Pell Bridge have been invested in an attractive, functional and meaningful way. Evan Smith Jamestown
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sweetheart Deal from Newport School Committee To the Editor: Members of the Newport School Committee voted to approve, on a 4-3 decision, to restore Life Blue Cross to their administrators. Most surprisingly, this deal was brought to the table not by the administrator’s negotiating team, but by the Newport School Committee negotiating team. The Newport School Committee negotiated Life Blue Cross out of last year’s administrator contracts only to have it offered back this year by school committee members. Let me say that again, the administrators did not have Life Blue Cross – it was negotiated out last year. However, if administrators chose not to take Life Blue Cross, they were offered a one-time $4,000 or $2,000 raise, depending on how many years they have worked in the Newport school system, in addition to the 2 percent raise they are getting. A majority of these people will take the money, because they
know in the long term they are not going to be able to keep Life Blue Cross. Besides, with every raise, it builds their base pay going forward and increases their retirement. Not to mention this Life Blue Cross benefit could be taken away by the next school committee. One person who is eligible to retire will take the Life Blue Cross benefit. To do a simple cost analysis, put this on a spread sheet and give Blue Cross a 5 percent raise and the city’s cost between the ages of 65 and 85 of an employee and their spouse is $346,000. However, this person will retire at age 59, so for six years until they are 65, we pay another $120,000. Thus, a grand total of $466,000. Actually, this person’s spouse will most likely take the buy back at $6,000 a year, lowering the total to $449,000. Oh by the way, the Newport School Department Dept. OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefit) cost projected two years ago was $70,000,000. With changes
we made last year with Council 94, administrators and retirement age change, it is now $62,000,000. You’re never going to be able to sustain this. So, one of the tasks of the Newport School Committee during negotiations is to chip away at the staff that has this benefit. We have done this with Council 94. In last year’s contract, 70 percent of its membership gave up Life Blue Cross (only 12 members still have it.) Those members who gave it up did not receive $4,000 or $2,000 each. However, the big point here is this: The message you are sending to the Teachers Association of Newport and Council 94 is: “Since you gave Life Blue Cross back to them, why not us?” Your bargaining going forward with them is compromised. You have set a precedent. Good luck negotiating next year. Robert Leary Newport School Committee Member
SCHOOL COMMITTEE CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Options Subcommittee that suggested temporary modular classrooms be installed in case there are more elementary students than can fit into the Pell School, plans for the modular units have stalled. Ambrogi said the initial cost for the installation of the modular rooms could be $200,000, and an additional $60,000 for every year they are used. He also said the Pell Enrollment Options Subcommittee did not take finances for the temporary classrooms into consideration. Ambrogi said that the school district plans to initiate rolling registration that would help tabulate student enrollment numbers over the course of months instead of during the last weeks ahead of the school’s opening in September this year. “We don’t want to open a school with four vacant classrooms,” Ambrogi said. “We don’t want to take additional steps early on that didn’t need to happen.” Councilor Neville then requested an update on the school’s ongoing search for a new accountant for the business office. Ambrogi said that despite advertising twice for the position, only one applicant met qualifications, but after the interview process,
was not hired. Additionally, there has been difficulty in updating the district’s Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCoA), which is a method of accounting that provides the ability to compare school districts' financial data in a consistent manner. Because of a high turnover rate in the school department’s business office over the last few years, the UCoA system was largely ignored. It is currently being worked on by Director of Administrative Services Joan Tracey. “UCoA is a monster, and no one wanted to tackle the monster,” Ambrogi said. “It should have been on line two years ago. It is so difficult to bring on line that people just didn’t do it. We thought they had, but they did not.” The discussion on UCoA segued into the school budget. Because UCoA is not yet up to date, Ambrogi said budget data is incomplete, a situation he described as “very frustrating.” Shoemaker recommended that an observer from the City Council side of the Subcommittee sit in on the School Committee meeting when the budget is presented. That person could then report back to the City Council, easing the “great distrust” that he said exists between the School Committee and
the City Council. Neville asked how having a city representative sit in on the school’s budget meeting would be different from their usual joint meetings. She also said the issue of distrust between the two groups often stems from the school department’s lack of clarity in their budgets. School Committee members defended their budgets, saying that large unknown variables sway the bottom line. “The facts change from meeting to meeting,” Gaines said. “One student who comes into the district with severe needs can wipe out a budget.” The Subcommittee then discussed health care and life insurance liabilities, or “Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB),” that both the city and the school department face. Over the past two years, the school department has decreased its health-care cost liability from $70,000,000 to $62,000,000 by reducing lifetime health-care benefits for employees. While the group agreed that it was a good first step, much more needs to be done. “If we continue down this road, we aren’t going to be paying for education, but for health care,” Shoemaker said.
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Lifetime Health Benefits Revived The Newport School Committee voted to approve one-year contracts for principals and administrators during a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24. However, the vote was not without controversy, as a debate over a provision to reinstate lifetime health benefits for administrators and their immediate family ensued. Because the administrator group is non-unionized and does not have a contract negotiating team like a teacher’s union, all contractual decisions are made final by select members of the School Committee. Also, unlike the contracts for unionized groups, which are for three years, administrator contracts are for one year only. Last year, the school committee eliminated lifetime health benefits from the administrator contracts. But this year, the benefits were back on the table, causing frustration to some members of the committee. This year’s contract stipulates that if administrators choose not to take the benefits, which are offered through Life Blue Cross, they will receive a one-time $4,000 or $2,000 in compensation, depending on how long they have worked for the school district. In addition, their salaries for the year would be increased by two percent. Most administrators chose not to receive the lifetime health benefits, but instead opted to take the $4,000 or $2,000 compensation. Their reason: The option for lifetime benefits could be removed permanently once again the following year. Two administrators with over 20 years of work experience in the school department received $4,000 in exchange for terminating their lifetime health benefits; while five received $2,000 instead of the same benefits. Another five people who were hired after 2005 were not given the option of lifetime health benefits, and therefore received no
additional compensation. With each contract being voted on individually at the meeting, eleven of the 13 administrator contracts were approved by a vote of 5-2. Thomas Phelan and Robert Leary opposed each of them, citing long-term cost. The twelfth contract was tabled for later discussion. The thirteenth, which was a contract for Paul Fagan, the school system’s Director of Property Services, was approved 4-3, with Rebecca Bolan joining Phelan and Leary in opposition. Fagan, who has worked over 30 years for the school department, chose to keep his lifetime health benefits.
“If we don’t do something now, eventually the city and school system will go bankrupt.” – Thomas Phelon Leary said that allowing Fagan to keep the benefits will cost the city $449,000 over the next 26 years until Fagan is 85 years old, which is the age used by the city to calculate lifetime health benefits. Additionally, Fagan’s wife is a retired para-educator, a classroom assistant teacher, who receives $6,000 a year for not enrolling in the school health plan because she is covered by her husband’s plan. Leary and Phelan argued that the school system can’t afford to allow people to keep their lifetime health benefits: “Extended benefits are going to kill this district,” Phelan said. “If we don’t do something now, eventually the city and school system will go bankrupt.” The school committee members who voted in favor of the contracts said that during last year’s administrator contract discussions, they removed the option of lifetime health benefits in an effort to set
an example for the school district’s two union groups: the local teacher’s union, Teachers Association of Newport, and Council 94, which is comprised mainly of clerks, custodians, secretaries and para-educators. But subsequent negotiations for the Teachers Association of Newport failed to remove lifetime health benefits from roughly 120 of Newport’s teachers in their new three-year contracts. In the Council 94 contract, 70 percent of employees lost their lifetime health benefits after contract negotiations, with about 12 people with over 15 years experience allowed to receive Medicare coverage paid for by the school system at age 65. The other 35 members of Council 94 will go on Medicare at age 65 without coverage from the school department. Because members of the two unions were able to retain lifetime health benefits through their contracts, a majority of the school committee indicated that school administrators also should be allowed to keep the benefits. “The administrators did not have any say in losing their lifetime benefits last year,” said school committee member Jo Eva Gaines. “It was not negotiated … Had we been able to get rid of lifetime benefits from both Council 94 and the Teachers Association, then there wouldn’t have been any question.” Leary argued that when the benefits were taken away from Council 94, its members received $4,000 or $2,000 increases in their base pay. He predicted that, by restoring lifetime health benefits to administrators, the School Committee is sending a message that will make negotiations with the two unions much more complicated for future contracts. He also said that the reductions in benefits have lowered the school department’s health care liability cost from $70 to $62 million over the past two years.
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ASTERISK CONTINUED FROM PG. 3 quest, abutters of the Blues Cafe argued that the increased noise would cause undue harm to their quality of life. But the Blues Café request was approved. In the Asterisk request, the restaurant’s location within the limited business zone proved critical in the board's decision against the owners. Attorney Fater argued, however, that the board's decision last month to approve a roughly 400-square-foot outdoor deck at the Jade Cricket restaurant means that it should also approve the Asterisk proposal. As Fater noted, when the Jade Cricket opens later this year, it will also be located in the limited business zone. "Fairness and equity scream out to you to pass this petition," he said. Fater also noted that the City Council has gone on record in its desire to see more outdoor cafes as part of the cityscape. In recent years, restaurants such as the Newport Blues Cafe, Bouchard's, Pour Judgement, Yesterday's, One Eighty, The Fastnet, and The Fifth Element have all secured permission to provide outdoor seating. However, Asterisk's proximity to neighboring homes has made it a flashpoint. Board members noted that outdoor service had already been established at that location by previous owners and maintained that the request by Asterisk represented a "slippery slope." During Tracy Bach-Sorensen's testimony, Zoning Board member Martin Cohen peppered her with questions concerning a collection
of letters presented to the board from neighboring residents and business owners expressing their support for the project. Noting that several of the letters came from nearby business owners, Cohen suggested that their support may be an example of "one hand scratching another" and an indication that other establishments in the area might pursue similar requests in the future. He said that a hard line must be drawn somewhere along Lower Thames Street to establish where the interests of residents take precedence over those of business owners. "There is a problem, and it's not of your making," he told the applicant. "It is really up to the Planning Board and the City Council to make clear if they want to change the intent of the areas that are defined as limited business. What we have to do to the best of our abilities is apply the spirit of the ordinance to each case that comes before the board. The question is: Is it the purview of this board to redefine what the Planning Board and City Council has so far yet to do?" Answering his own rhetorical question, he said that it is not. Instead, "I think of Wellington Avenue, de facto, as being the dividing line." Fellow board member Robert Buzard agreed, noting that his main concern is the potential for increased noise in the area. Together, Cohen and Buzard's votes were enough to derail the restaurant's outdoor café proposal. Three other members of the board, Rebecca McSweeney, Mi-
chael Martin, and Lynne Ceglie, voted in favor of the application. However, even they wrestled with their decision. "The neighborhood that this restaurant is in is not the same as the neighborhoods where we've granted similar requests before," said McSweeney, the board chair. "That's what gives me pause." Still, she said, because the footprint of the patio was so small, she concluded that the request was reasonable. Martin, who voted against the restaurant's 2009 plan, and Ceglie both said that it would have a minimal impact on the neighborhood and could in fact help improve it. But due to the board's rules, a simple majority is not enough for approval, and the application was defeated. The ruling came several days after members of the Planning Board found the application to be in keeping with the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
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MVY to Live On Online By Tom Shevlin Music fans have reason to celebrate this week, as the Martha's Vineyard-based MVY Radio announced on Monday the successful completion of a $600,000 fundraising campaign that will give the station a new life as an Internet pure play. The announcement comes just 59 days after the station announced that its primary 92.7 FM signal had been sold to Bostonbased NPR affiliate WBUR. The station, which also broadcasts over the air to Newport on 96.5 FM, had used its reach to secure pledges of over $600,000 from more than 3,000 listeners in all 50 states, and more than two dozen countries. Current plans call for the station to continue streaming its iconic, independent programming as a fully non-profit, commercial-free operation under the banner of Friends of mvyradio online, while a new permanent home is found somewhere on the FM dial. Long considered a pioneer in Internet radio, MVY's online stream has consistently ranked among
the Internet's most popular stations since it launched in 1998. Today, the online stream operates under the banner of the non-profit Friends of MVY, and boasts more than 30,000 listeners. Through regular fund drives and special events, Friends of MVY has allowed the station to offer original programming dedicated to bands like the Grateful Dead and Beatles, as well as live streaming from the Newport Folk Festival, Fall River's Narrows Center for the Arts, and Charlestown's Rhythm and Roots Festival. Even though it broadcasts from Martha's Vineyard with a distinctly local feel, the station has nonetheless been adopted by listeners on Aquidneck Island as a sort of hometown voice. As for Newport's 96.5 station, Program Director P.J. Finn says that he's hopeful the stream will continue to live on over-the-air for Aquidneck Island, however at this point no plans have been formalized. "We're very hopeful that we'll be able to stay [on 96.5]," he said. And while the Federal Communications Commission earlier this
Naval Community Briefs month approved the sale of the station's signal from Aritaur Communications to WBUR, according to Finn, he has yet to receive a firm deadline for when the station will switch over. "I would loosely anticipate it being within the next two weeks," Finn said. Once that day comes, listeners will be able to tune into the station with minimal changes either online, over iTunes, or via the MVYRadio app on their smartphones. According to the station's management, all current staff will remain in place, as will MVY’s popular programming and friendly islandcentric style. "This outcome has always seemed to be the best fit for mvyradio," said Joe Gallagher, President of Aritaur Communications. "To preserve this broadcasting treasure in a format that better suits its programming and wide listener support. I'm delighted with this result." Listeners who might also be delighted, are welcome to make a donation to the station at any time online at www.mvyradio.com.
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tuesday, February 12th, 7pm Ronan Farrow, is a writer, human rights lawyer and diplomat. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on youth uprisings, having served as the United States’ first envoy on youth issues, led the Obama administration’s response to the Arab Spring revolutions, and founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Born to movie star parents, Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Farrow started on his path to success early, enrolling at Bard College at 11 and becoming its youngest ever graduate at 15. He was subsequently one of the youngest students ever admitted to Yale Law School at age 16, and one of the youngest State Department appointees on record at 21. At 23, he was awarded the renowned Rhodes scholarship. Farrow gained notoriety as a youth activist, as one of the leaders of the American student movement on atrocities in Darfur.
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Volunteers Wanted American Legion Post 18 is seeking volunteers to help bring a bit of Valentine’s fun to residents of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol on Saturday, Feb. 9 at a Valentine’s bingo party. Volunteers will distribute “ditty bags,” socialize, and help play games. “Cupid’s helpers” are encouraged to wear red, white and/ or pink. Muster at 480 Metacom Ave. at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Haywood at 401-556-5940
Officer Graduations Officer Development School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, Feb. 8 for 54 members of the medical, dental, nurse, judge advocate general, and medical service corps. Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben, Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains, is the guest speaker. The following Friday, Feb. 15, Officer Candidate School will commission 59 new ensigns. Rear Adm. David M. Boone, Director, Shore Readiness, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, will address the graduates. Both graduations will be held in Kay Hall at 9 a.m. For more information, call 401-8411171.
Eight Bells Lecture The Naval War College Museum Eight Bells Lecture Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 14 with Dr. David Skaggs on “Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy.” Skaggs’ book examines how Perry’s conduct set the standard as the embodiment of the code of honor and courage under fire and made him a symbol of patriotism to his fellow officers and to the American public. The Eight Bells series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve and arrange for base access, call 401-841-2101 at least one work day prior to event.
Laughs Continue at O’Club The Winter Comedy Series continues Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Topside Lounge at the Officers’ Club. Comedian Joe DeVito will perform. DeVito’s quick wit and politically incorrect take on relationships, his Italian-American family and current events have made him a favorite of clubs across the country. He has performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Chelsea Lately, CNN's Headline News, and Animal Planet's Wild 100. He is a regular guest on FOX News Channel's Red Eye. As a writer, he has contributed to Maxim Magazine, MTV, and the award-winning film “Super Size Me.” The comedy series is geared towards adults. The show is free and open to all hands with base access. For more information, call 401-841-1442.
Cupid at the O’Club Naval Station personnel are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Officers’ Club at a Valentine’s dinner on Friday, Feb. 15. The festive evening features a five-course dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Tickets are $60 per couple with wine and $55 without wine. Tickets are available in advance at the ITT office (Bldg. 1255). Call 401-8413116 for more information. Early ticketing is strongly suggested.
MWR Racquetball Tournament MWR will host a base-wide racquetball tournament Feb. 11 - 28 in Gym 109. Both male and female divisions will play single elimination. Active duty, retired reserve personnel, eligible family members and DoD employees are eligible to participate. Register at Gym 109 or call 401-3154 for more information.
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FROM THE GARDEN Gardens Benefit from Cold and Snow By Cynthia Gibson The Northeast used to have a “January Thaw,” a period of a day or two when temperatures would rise to 50 degrees or higher. This winter, we are having a thaw every other week. What is good about this winter, at least for plants, is that the temperatures are dropping to freezing in between warm-ups, and we’ve had some snow. Freezing temperatures and snow are both excellent for the garden, lawn and fruit trees. Snow is an excellent insulator for your lawn. The crusty white cover allows for minimum freezing of the ground below. Without snow and with freezing temperatures, grass would be killed, as would root systems of trees and shrubs. Snow keeps your trees’ and shrubs’ feet warm. According to the “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” “This winter will be colder and drier than normal, with snowfall below normal in the north and near normal in the south. The coldest periods will be from Christmas through early January and in early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, just before Christmas, and in mid- to late February.” In general, the Almanac’s long-
range forecasts contain a bit of truth. Snowfall so far this year is below normal; however, compared to last year, we are ahead of the game. As for dry, cold, windy days, we have had plenty of them this month, and it sounds as if more is on the way for February. This is good news for your gardens, trees, and lawn. Snow and freezing temperatures are the final signal for your plants, trees, and fruit trees to take a rest and sleep for the winter. Their dormancy is key to their survival. Fruit trees really need their winter rest, as they have stored sugar and water in their systems, and winter is no time to waste energy. The warmth of the sun and rains in early spring will break the dormant period of your trees; flowers will
bloom, leaves will emerge. Snow is excellent for providing protection for your perennials as well. Bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and lilies love a good frost and are very happy being covered in a blanket of snow, which is a very inexpensive alternative to mulch. Strawberry plants also benefit from a snowy covering. There are only a few drawbacks to snow in the garden and around trees, and those are critters. Voles, mice, and rabbits will venture out into and under the snow to chew the bark of your trees, especially fruit trees. Their gnawing can destroy your trees. Small wire or plastic mesh guards should be placed around the base of each fruit tree to protect them. Snow on trees is beautiful to behold, but you should take a broom to the snow and gently brush it off the tops of your shrubs to keep the branches from breaking under the weight of the snow.
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The cold week just past was a good one for house-bound bird watchers like my octogenarian mother, who has a bird-feeding station that she can see from her kitchen window. The freezing temperatures brought a greater array of birds to these backyard feeders than usual. My mother enjoys watching the birds while she eats breakfast, reads the paper, or does her morning crossword puzzle. We stock the feeders with a blend of cracked corn, sunflower seeds, millet, safflower seeds and peanut seeds. Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, House Sparrows, Cardinals and a Carolina Wren are constant visitors to the feeders, while ground-feeding species such as Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows and Blue Jays feast on seeds spilled onto the snow. Small cages, containing blocks of suet with roasted peanuts, corn, oats and seed interspersed in the suet, attract a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a pair of Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Starlings on a daily basis. One recent afternoon, a finch sock feeder, filled with Nyjer seed, attracted three House Finches, a Goldfinch and two Pine Siskins. My mother enjoyed the sudden influx of birds and researched their identities in her copy of “Peterson’s First Guide,” for novice birders. One of her discoveries involved the pair of Downy Woodpeckers that were feeding daily on the suet cages. One of them had a bright red spot on the back of its head, and it appeared to have more vivid color to its plumage than the other. My mother discovered that the red spot and brighter plumage designated a male while the other bird was a female.
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Above: Male White-breasted Nuthatch. Below: Female Downy Woodpecker (Photos by Jack Kelly) Another of my mother’s favorite species is the White-breasted Nuthatches, which fly in quickly and either grab seeds from one of the platform feeders or fill their beaks with suet. Nuthatches are stocky birds with long, pointed bills, short tails, and very strong, big feet that they use to cling to tree bark. They are “scansorial” (adapted to climbing) and can be seen moving in all directions over the bark of tree trunks and limbs. These simple backyard feeders have introduced my family to the wonders and majesty of the natural world, allowing an intimate look into the habits and behaviors of many species. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.
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Diversions and Entertainments Last day to catch Newport Historical Society’s exhibit of historic advertisements highlighting popular forms of entertainment in 19th Century Newport. The Museum of Newport History at the Brick Market, 127 Thames St., daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., donation $4. Teen Book Club Newport Public Library hosts teen group discussing “The Hunger Games,” and the book to movie comparison, refreshments, all teens welcome, 3001 Spring St., 4:30 p.m. Spinach, Roasted Red Pe pper & Cheese Melt
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“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., 401-847-0292, www.RedwoodLibrary.org. Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and enjoy works of the Bard, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m., free. The Friends International Film Series “Himalaya - L’enfance d’un chef,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., free. Emmanuel Speaker Series Bruce Wayne Gaines presents “Celebrating the Civil Rights Legacy of Jackie Robinson,” Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., 7 p.m.
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Movies at King House Free screening of recent releases, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1p.m. Art Opening Reception Reception honoring Newport Art Museum’s winter exhibit: “Legacies in Paint,” “Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition,” “Shelf Life: Paintings by Gerry Perrino,” and “Faculty Focus: Charlene Carpenzano and Dan McManus,” 76 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., members free, non-members $10, ww.NewportArtMuseum.org.
Owl Prowl Learn about birds of prey then head out on a night hike to listen for owls, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd. Middletown, 6 p.m., ages 8+, members $8, nonmembers $10, reservations strongly suggested, 401-846-2577.
Computer Workshop Intermediate Word, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401847-8720 x208.
Concert Free community concert featuring True Worship, Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., 7 p.m.
Open Studio Space available for individual art projects, own supplies required, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1-3 p.m.
Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-8493473, www.FirehouseTheater.org.
Friday Here’s To A Ra“NEW” You This Year!
A collection of ceramic objects, bottles and vessels by Newport artist Lee Segal is on view in the Hunter Gallery at the Drury and Grosvenor Center for the Arts at St. George’s School until Feb. 2 The gallery is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. In this exhibit, Segal primarily uses a soda firing, an atmospheric firing technique, in which the alkaline earth material soda ash is sprayed into the kiln at high stoneware temperatures.
Saturday February 2
Aquidneck Growers’ Market Locally grown food and other products, music, hot lunch items, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 401-848-0099. Pirate Palooza Storytime Dress in your pirate best and join the crew for some pirate storytime fun, games, pirate hat craft, surprises, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 1 p.m., preregistration required, ages 4-10, 401-846-1573. Women and Heart Health Join cardiologist Dr. Barbara Roberts for a discussion on women’s heart health, based on her book, “How to Keep from Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs To Know About Cardiovascular Disease,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., no reservations, doors open at 1:30 p.m. Winter Lecture Series Laurence M. Hirshberg, Ph.D., director of the NeuroDevelopment
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Comfort Food Gets an Update at New Wharf Pub By Jonathan Clancy The Wharf Pub, a long-time tourist favorite on Bowen’s Wharf before it closed last fall, has reopened under new ownership with a new look. Scott Kirmil, 31, and his wife Adrian are no strangers to the process of renovation. In 2009, they turned a former pizza joint on Bowen’s Wharf into Diego’s, now a very popular Mexican restaurant. This year, the Kirmils have done it again, transforming the Wharf Pub into a rustic, local-friendly, locally sourced, reasonably priced restaurant with 20 craft beers on tap, as well as a broader selection of wines than you might expect to find in a pub. With the help of sous chef Kate Repko, who also is a pastry chef, the new menu focuses on made-from-scratch comfort food. We source many of our ingredients locally. We get a lot of our seafood from Newport Lobster Company, and our shellfish comes from Matunuck Oyster Farm. Our produce comes from Belmont in Wakefield. We get a lot of our cheeses, pâtés, sausages, honeycomb, and jams locally as well. The Wharf Pub style is stick-to-your-ribs kind of comfort food that pairs well with heavy beer and big wines. It’s very savory and hearty. Everything is made from scratch, right down to the breads and pasta. We’ve had a lot of crossover regulars from Diego’s. One customer said, “I love it because it’s totally different, but at the same time, I can tell it’s your food.” A kitchen item we depend on is our Hobart mixer. Our menu is based around our homemade breads, and without the mixer, we just wouldn’t be able to get it done. A signature item on the menu is our Pig Pen bacon-wrapped Tater Tots. They’re laid out in a cast iron skillet with fresh jalapeños, scallions, and black pepper in our house-made Guinness cheese sauce and served on grilled bread. They go great with a heavy dark beer. If that doesn’t fill you, there’s our Big Tuna house-made tuna burger. We infuse it with spices and sear it on a cast iron skillet topped with a Bok Choy slaw, and we put a sriracha aioli on it, with a sesame ginger glaze.
The job that most influenced my cooking style was Franklin Café in the South End of Boston. I worked there for six years, mostly in the front of the house as a bartender, but I got to spend a lot of time with the guys in the kitchen. I learned a lot about cooking from scratch with foods that won’t break the bank. I love old Prohibition-era whisky and gin cocktails. I’ll make a rye whisky Toronto with Fernet Branca and sweet vermouth. It’s a funky, bitter, after dinner drink. My guilty pleasure is anything raw: fish, veggies, raw bar, even meats that you’re not supposed to eat like that. Two of my best friends are really into eating strange foods, so we’d go to Chinatown, get some sake, and eat whatever they had hanging in the window; cow intestine, stomach lining, goat testicles, and other things that you see on TV. My favorite twist on a classic recipe is our Turkey Meatloaf. It’s a solid loaf that goes out to our guests cooked to order instead of just a slice. It’s served with a chive garlic mashed potato, and a sweet, savory roasted fig gravy. My favorite cookbook is Michael Schlow’s “It’s About Time.” It has meaning to my wife Adrian and me because we met while working at Schlow’s restaurant, Via Matta, in Boston. When we eat out, we like to visit most of the restaurants on Broadway; Malt, Fifth Element, Pour Judgement, and we like going down to Café Zelda as well. At home, we cook a lot of fish. In the summer, we cook almost exclusively on the grill, mostly pork and seafood. The best food experience I’ve had was at Arrows in Ogunquit, Maine. It’s on a farm in the middle of the woods, so the scenery was incredible. There was a server in the parking lot with a watermelon and goat cheese amuse-bouche when we pulled up. The chef walked us through the gardens and showed us where they got a lot of the produce that we would be eating that night. We had wood-fired lobster as a starter. The food flavors were amazing.
Wharf Pub Owner Scott Kirmil with sous/pastry chef Kate Repko by the taps, ready to whip up hearty comfort food and decadent desserts from scratch. (Photos by Jonathan Clancy)
Steak Tartare with Crispy Shallots
Wharf Pub Steak Tartare with house made Brioche pairs well with Allagash Curieux. In our down time, we like to travel, eat, and drink. We’ll go to Boston, New York, or Providence to see friends and try new restaurants. The home cooked meal I crave the most is Adrian’s chicken and dumplings. It’s that classic comfort food that you crave with a glass of red wine after a long day. It’s a onepot dish too. She hates it when I cook because there are always twenty pans to clean. Usually, if I
From the Menu Appetizers: Zesty Veggie Spring Rolls – $7 Wharf Pub Cheese and Charcuterie – Market Price Tater Tots – varying styles $5 - $8 Local Oysters – ½ dozen $12, dozen $22 Littleneck Clams – ½ dozen $10, dozen $18 Entrees: Fried Chicken And Waffles $18 BBQ Pork Shoulder Mac N’ Cheese $17 Grilled Local Chicken Sausage $17 Wharf Pub Po’ Boy $14 Grilled Cheese on Fresh Brioche $14 Dessert (changes daily): Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake $6 Chocolate Banana Dream Pie $6
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Treat your schizophrenia once a month.* *After starting doses.
The other days are yours to plan.
being treated once monthly with INVEGA® SUSTENNA®
INVEGA® SUSTENNA® helps control your symptoms when received as a once-monthly injection given by your healthcare professional as part of your overall treatment plan. Be sure to see Christian’s story at InvegaSustenna.com. In a study of people taking INVEGA® SUSTENNA®, common side effects in the treatment of schizophrenia were reactions at the injection site, sleepiness, dizziness, feeling of inner restlessness, and abnormal muscle movements, including tremor (shaking), shuffling, uncontrolled involuntary movements, and abnormal movements of the eyes. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Ask your doctor or treatment team if you have any questions or want more information.
Talk to your doctor about whether INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is right for you.
INVEGA® SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate) is used for the treatment of schizophrenia.
Some people may feel faint, dizzy, or may pass out when they stand up or sit up suddenly. Be careful not to get up too quickly. It may help if you get up slowly and sit on the edge of the bed or chair for a few minutes before you stand up. These symptoms may decrease or go away after your body becomes used to the medicine.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is not approved for the treatment of dementiarelated psychosis in elderly patients. Elderly patients who were given oral antipsychotics like INVEGA® SUSTENNA® in clinical studies for psychosis caused by dementia (memory problems) had a higher risk of death.
INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines can raise the blood levels of a hormone called prolactin, and blood levels of prolactin remain high with continued use. This may result in some side effects including missed menstrual periods, leakage of milk from the breasts, development of breasts in men, or problems with erection. If you have a prolonged or painful erection lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.
Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a rare, but serious and sometimes permanent side effect reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. Call your doctor right away if you start to develop twitching or jerking movements that you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other parts of your body. The risk of developing TD and the chance that it will become permanent is thought to increase with the length of therapy and the total dose received. This condition can also develop after a short period of treatment at low doses, but this is less common. There is no known treatment for TD, but it may go away partially or completely if the medicine is stopped.
Call your doctor right away if you start thinking about suicide or wanting to hurt yourself. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® can make some people feel dizzy, sleepy, or less alert. Until you know how you are going to respond to INVEGA® SUSTENNA®, be careful driving a car, operating machines, or doing things that require you to be alert. This medicine may make you more sensitive to heat. You may have trouble cooling off or be more likely to become dehydrated. Be careful when you exercise or spend time doing things that make you warm.
One risk of INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is that it may change your heart rhythm. This effect is potentially serious. You should talk to your doctor about any current or past heart problems. Because these problems could mean you’re having a heart rhythm abnormality, contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you feel faint or feel a change in the way that your heart beats (palpitations).
Some medications interact with INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. Please inform your healthcare professional of any medications or supplements that you are taking. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® should be used cautiously in people with a seizure disorder, who have had seizures in the past, or who have conditions that increase their risk for seizures.
Atypical antipsychotic drugs have been associated with metabolic changes that can increase cardiovascular/cerebrovascular risks. These changes may include:
Inform your healthcare professional if you become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy with INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking INVEGA® SUSTENNA®.
High blood sugar and diabetes have been reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. If you already have diabetes or have risk factors such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes, blood sugar testing should be done at the beginning and during the treatment. The complications of diabetes can be serious and even life-threatening. Call your doctor if you develop signs of high blood sugar or diabetes, such as being thirsty all the time, having to urinate or “pass urine” more often than usual, or feeling weak or hungry.
If you have any questions about INVEGA® SUSTENNA® or your therapy, talk with your doctor. You are encouraged to report all side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see the Medication Guide for INVEGA® SUSTENNA® on the next page.
Changes in cholesterol and triglycerides have been noted in patients taking atypical antipsychotics. Check with your doctor while on treatment. Weight gain has been reported in patients taking atypical antipsychotics. Monitor weight gain while on treatment.
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Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is a rare, but serious side effect that could be fatal and has been reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. Call your doctor right away if you develop symptoms such as a high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating more than usual, increased heart rate or blood pressure, or muscle pain or weakness. Treatment should be stopped if you are being treated for NMS.
INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines have been associated with decreases in the counts of white cells in circulating blood. If you have a history of low white blood cell counts or have unexplained fever or infection, then please contact your doctor right away.
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Information for Patients and Caregivers INVEGA® SUSTENNA® (paliperidone palmitate) Extended-Release Injectable Suspension Important Information This summary contains important information about INVEGA® SUSTENNA® for patients and caregivers and has been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read this information carefully and talk to your doctor or treatment team if you have any questions about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. Keep this information handy so that you can refer to it later if you have any questions. Ask your doctor or treatment team if there is any new information that you need to know about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. This summary does not contain all the information about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. It does not take the place of talking with your doctor. What is INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is a type of prescription medicine called an atypical antipsychotic given as an injection by a healthcare provider. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® can also be used to lessen the chance of your schizophrenia symptoms from coming back. How does INVEGA® SUSTENNA® work? Schizophrenia is believed to be caused when certain chemicals in the brain are not in balance. Not all people with schizophrenia have the same symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia may include: • Seeing, hearing, or sensing things that are not there (hallucinations) • Believing that what other people say are not true (delusions) • Not trusting others and feeling very suspicious (paranoia) • Avoiding family and friends and wanting to be alone The exact way INVEGA® SUSTENNA® works is not known. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is thought to help restore the balance of these chemicals in the brain, and has been shown to help many people manage their symptoms of schizophrenia. It may take some time before your symptoms of schizophrenia start to improve. Remember that INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is one part of your overall treatment plan. It is important to keep all your appointments so you can get your treatments on time and your treatment team can check your progress. What is the most important safety information I need to know about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is not approved for the treatment of dementia-related psychosis in elderly patients. Elderly patients who were given oral antipsychotics like INVEGA® SUSTENNA® in clinical studies for psychosis caused by dementia (memory problems) had a higher risk of death. Who should not use INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is not approved for the treatment of elderly patients who have a diagnosis of psychosis related to dementia. Do not take INVEGA® SUSTENNA® if you: • Are allergic to paliperidone (INVEGA® Extended-release Tablets) or any other ingredient in INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these ingredients. • Are allergic to risperidone (RISPERDAL®). What should I tell my doctor before starting INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? Only your doctor can decide if INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is right for you. Before you start INVEGA® SUSTENNA®, be sure to tell your doctor or treatment team if you: • Have a history of heart problems, any problems with the way your heart beats, or are being treated for high blood pressure. • Have diabetes or a family history of diabetes. • Have a history of low white blood cell counts. • Have low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood. • Are being treated for seizures (fits or convulsions), have had seizures in the past, or have conditions that increase the risk of having seizures. • Have kidney or liver problems. • Have ever had any conditions that cause dizziness or fainting. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. • Are breast-feeding. Women should not breast-feed a baby during treatment. • Are taking or plan to take any prescription medicines or over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins, herbal products, or dietary supplements. How often is INVEGA® SUSTENNA® given? INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is a long-acting medicine that a healthcare professional will give you by injection. This means that you do not have to take this medicine every day. When you receive your first dose of INVEGA® SUSTENNA® you will need to get a second dose one week later. After that you will only need to get a dose once a month. Your doctor or healthcare provider will give you the injection into the upper arm or buttocks. People usually feel some pain or discomfort. In clinical studies, most patients reported the injections became less painful over time. What if I miss an injection of INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? It is very important to keep all your appointments and get your injections on time. If you think you are going to miss your appointment, call your doctor or treatment team as soon as you can. Your doctor or treatment team will decide what you should do next. What if I stop receiving INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? If you stop coming for your injections, your symptoms may return. You should not stop receiving injections of this medicine unless you have discussed this with your doctor. What are the possible side effects of INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? As with any medicine, INVEGA® SUSTENNA® may cause side effects in some people. If you think you are developing a side effect, always discuss this with your doctor or treatment team.
Common side effects of INVEGA® SUSTENNA® include: • Reactions at the injection site • Sleepiness • Dizziness • Feeling of inner restlessness • Abnormal muscle movements, including tremor (shaking), shuffling, uncontrolled involuntary movements, and abnormal movements of the eyes Other important safety information Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is a rare, but serious side effect that could be fatal and has been reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. Call the doctor right away if you develop symptoms such as a high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating more than usual, increased heart rate or blood pressure, or muscle pain or weakness. Treatment should be stopped if you are being treated for NMS. Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a rare, but serious and sometimes permanent side effect reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. Call your doctor right away if you start to develop twitching or jerking movements that you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other parts of your body. The risk of developing TD and the chance that it will become permanent is thought to increase with the length of therapy and the total dose received. This condition can also develop after a short period of treatment at low doses but this is less common. There is no known treatment for TD but it may go away partially or completely if the medicine is stopped. One risk of INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is that it may change your heart rhythm. This effect is potentially serious. You should talk to your doctor about any current or past heart problems. Because these problems could mean you’re having a heart rhythm abnormality, contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you feel faint or feel a change in the way that your heart beats (palpitations). High blood sugar and diabetes have been reported with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines. If you already have diabetes or have risk factors such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes, blood sugar testing should be done at the beginning and during the treatment. The complications of diabetes can be serious and even life-threatening. Call your doctor if you develop signs of high blood sugar or diabetes, such as being thirsty all the time, having to urinate or “pass urine” more often than usual, or feeling weak or hungry. Weight gain has been observed with INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and other atypical antipsychotic medications. If you notice that you are gaining weight, please notify your doctor. Some people may feel faint, dizzy, or may pass out when they stand up or sit up suddenly. Be careful not to get up too quickly. It may help if you get up slowly and sit on the edge of the bed or chair for a few minutes before you stand up. These symptoms may decrease or go away after your body becomes used to the medicine. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines have been associated with decreases in the counts of white cells in circulating blood. If you have a history of low white blood cell counts or have unexplained fever or infection, then please contact your doctor right away. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® and similar medicines can raise the blood levels of a hormone called prolactin and blood levels of prolactin remain high with continued use. This may result in some side effects including missed menstrual periods, leakage of milk from the breasts, development of breasts in men, or problems with erection. If you have a prolonged or painful erection lasting more than 4 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury. INVEGA® SUSTENNA® can make some people feel dizzy, sleepy, or less alert. Until you know how you are going to respond to INVEGA® SUSTENNA®, be careful driving a car, operating machines, or doing things that require you to be alert. This medicine may make you more sensitive to heat. You may have trouble cooling off or be more likely to become dehydrated. Be careful when you exercise or spend time doing things that make you warm. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Ask your doctor or treatment team if you have any questions or want more information. Other information to share with your doctor Call your doctor right away if you start thinking about suicide or wanting to hurt yourself. How can I get the most benefit from my INVEGA® SUSTENNA® treatment? • Remember to keep all your appointments. You need to receive your INVEGA® SUSTENNA® treatments on time and your treatment team needs to check your progress. If you are going to miss an appointment, call your doctor’s office right away so you can get your next dose as soon as possible. • Keep a list of questions. Discuss this list with your treatment team at your next visit. Your treatment team wants to know how the medicine is working so they can give you the best care possible. • Be patient. It may take some time before your symptoms of schizophrenia start to improve. • Follow the plan developed by you and your treatment team. Remember that INVEGA® SUSTENNA® is one part of your overall treatment plan. Where can I find more information about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®? This is a summary of important information about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. If you have any questions about this information, talk with your doctor or treatment team. You can also visit the website at www.invegasustenna.com or call the tollfree number at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736) for more information about INVEGA® SUSTENNA®. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Titusville, NJ 08560 © Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2009 August 2012 K01PM121001P
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Center and clinical assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School, will discuss “The Changeable Brain Changes Everything: New Discoveries in Mental Health,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, students $6, reception, 401-848-8200, www.NewportArtMuseum.org. Music Fundraiser A Concert of Broadway Show Tunes to benefit the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, PHS Music Boosters, Looking Upwards, Portsmouth High School Auditorium, 7 p.m., adults $20, children (under 10) $10, tickets at broadwaythentilnow.eventbrite.com or 401-683-2824. CD Release Benefit The James Montgomery Band will play and release their new CD at the Atlantic Beach Club as part of an evening to benefit David Leys Jr., who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), 7 p.m.-midnight. (Sold out) Common Fence Music Folk rock icon Tom Rush performs at the Common Fence Music at Channing Church, 135 Pelham St., doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $35, not part of the picnic series, 401-683-5085, www.CommonFenceMusic.org.
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Sunday February 3
Bird Walk Jay Manning leads free guided bird walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401846-2577, www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org.
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Bilingual Storytime Children ages 4 and up are invited to attend bilingual storytime with Dana Edward Ramey. Stories will be presented in Spanish and English with related activities. This storytime is excellent for families who speak Spanish as their first language as well as for children who are learning Spanish as a second language. No registration is required for this free program. Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m. Monday Night Mysteries Jamestown Public Library group examines “A Question of Blood,” by Ian Rankin, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., drop-ins and new members welcome, www.JamestownPhilomenianLibrary.org.
Pre-K Storytime Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in.
Nature Storytime Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature-themed storytime, “The Bugliest Bug,” for preschoolers ages 3 and up, 583 Third Beach Rd. Middletown, 10 a.m., $3 members, $6 non-members, 401-846-2577.
Teen Tattoos Teens are invited to “make your own tattoos,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 4:30 p.m., supplies and snacks provided. Healthiest Comfort Food Whole foods chef Jeannette Bessinger shows how to transform the comfort foods you crave into good-for-you dishes without sacrificing an ounce of taste, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-6839457, www.PortsmouthLibrary.org. Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.
Wednesday February 6
“Paradise Revisited” Preservation Society Public Policy Fellow Kaity Ryan will present an illustrated lecture on the rich history of Paradise Valley through paintings, photographs and literature, works by John La Farge, George Bellows, Bishop George Berkeley and more, Rosecliff, 540 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., members free, nonmembers $5, advance registration strongly suggested, 401-847-1000 x154. Book Chat Newport Library hosts open book discussions at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., 11 a.m., email@example.com.
Computer Workshop Intermediate Excel, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401847-8720 x208. Open Studio Space available for individual art projects, own supplies required, Edward King House, 1-3 p.m. Movies at King House Free screening of recent releases, 1 p.m., Edward King House, 35 King St., 1p.m. Have a Heart Cocktail Party and Auction Major fundraiser for the Potter League, Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Ave.,preview party and auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. $85 with reservation, $100 at door, or auction only beginning at 6:30 p.m. $60 with reservation, $75 at door, 401846-0592,www.PotterLeague.org.
Saturday February 9
Aquidneck Growers’ Market Locally grown food and other products, music, hot lunch items, St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 401-848-0099. Clean Ocean Access Meet to clean up Easton’s Beach, 12-2 p.m., bring your own cup and Empire Coffee & Tea will provide coffee and cocoa, wear boots and gloves, CleanOceanAccess.org.
Stories and Crafts Story and craft time for K-Grade 4 at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3:30 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in.
Chinese New Year Storytime Kids ages 4 and up celebrate the Year of the Snake with stories and crafts, Middletown Public Library, 1 p.m., free but registration required, 401- 846-1573.
“It Happened One Night” Free screening of the Gable/Colbert classic at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, www. PortsmouthLibrary.org.
Stress Busting Tips Health coach Robin Lassy discusses how to reduce stress in your life to recharge body and mind, Newport Public Library,1 p.m.
Knitters’ Book Chat Readers welcome to bring needlework and discuss books of personal interest, no knitting required, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m.
Winter Lecture Series Architectural historian John Tschirch will present “Newport as a Model of Urban Living: New Lessons From Old Cities,” Newport Art Museum, 2 p.m., 401-848-8200.
Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.
An Afternoon of Poetry Origami Poems Project with Ocean State Poets at Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3 p.m., open mic.
Annual Meeting Aquidneck Land Trust’s 23rd Annual Meeting, Atlantic Beach Club, 53 Purgatory Road, Middletown, 6 p.m., free, space is limited, 401849-2799 x18.
Music in Jamestown Friends of the Jamestown present The Accidental Sisters, with guests Matt and Judy Bolles, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., www.JamestownPhilomenianLibrary.org.
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There are many fine restaurants and eateries in the area. We hope this map helps you find one that suits your taste.
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For more information about these restaurants, please see their display ads found on the pages of this week’s edition of Newport This Week. 1) Ben’s Chili Dogs, 158 Broadway, Newport 2) Norey’s, 156 Broadway, Newport 3) Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport 4) Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway, Newport 5) The Deli, 66 Broadway, Newport 6) Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport 7) Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., Newport 8) Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St., Newport 9) Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames St., Newport 10) Aloha Cafe, 18 Market Square, Newport 11) The Wharf Pub, 31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 12) Fluke, 41 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 13) Diegos, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 14) Clarke Cooke House, Bannisters Wharf, Newport 15) O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport 16) Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., Newport 17) One Bellevue, Hotel Viking, Newport 18) La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Npt. 19) Pasta Beach, 7 Memorial Blvd., Newport 20) Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport 21) Atlantic Grille, 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown
Other Area Restaurants & Dining Options Not Within Map Area
Mama Leone’s 150 Connell Hwy. Newport Newport Grand 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Newport Coddington Brewing Company 210 Coddington Hwy. Middletown International House of Pancakes 159 W. Main Rd. Middletown
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O’Briens Pub – DJ C Gray, 10 p.m.
Clarke Cooke House–DJ Jackie Henderson
One Pelham East–TBA Rhumbline –Ron Sanfilippo, 6:30-10 p.m.
Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge–DJ Robert Black, 8 p.m.
Sandywoods Center for the Arts–The Jeremy Kittel Band, 7 p.m.
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Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Russ Peterson, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub – DJ C Gray, 10 p.m.
Narragansett Cafe –Tall Richard & the East Coast Killers, 4-7 p.m.
One Pelham East–Groovin’ You
O’Brien’s Pub – Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.
Rhumbline –Dawn Chung
The Fifth Element–Fran Curley
Sandywoods Center for the Arts– Castle (the band) & Vudu Sister, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 4 Fastnet Pub–The Ubiquitones, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Dan Moretti, John Baboian, 6-10 p.m.
Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge–Stu Krous, 9 p.m. One Pelham East -The Criminals The Fifth Element–Melissa Woolverton
Saturday, February 2 Clarke Cooke House–Honky Tonk Knights, 10 p.m. in The Candy Store; D J Jackie Henderson in the Boom Boom Room, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5 Fastnet–”Blue Monday” The Cafe–The Darling Klemontones, 10 p.m.1 a.m.
Clarke Cooke House–DJ Jackie Henderson
The Wharf Pub–Acoustic Open Mic, 7 -10 p.m.
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Narragansett Cafe – Evan Goodrow Band, 9:30
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Newport Blues Cafe–World Premier Band, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Mondo Soul, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m. Norey’s – Juliet & the Lonesome Romeos Sardella’s – Oldies Night, Dick Lupino, Mary Andrews, Pat Cardeiro, 7-9:30 p.m.
Newport Grand Event Center–Free Concert:Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band-Tramps Like Us, 9 p.m.
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7:30 a.m. –MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (by St. Augustin’s)
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7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 2
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7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 11:30 p.m.–St. Joseph’s R.C. 5 Mann Ave.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.– Emmanuel Episcopal (by Emmanual & St. Columba’s) 40 Dearborn St.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.–First Presbyterian 4 Everett St.
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FAITH COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ‘Warm Up Wednesday’ Celebrates First Anniversary By Pat Blakeley One year ago this week, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Marlborough Street opened its doors to those wishing to come in from the cold – literally – offering a safe haven from the elements and warmth for the body and spirit. Pastor Becky Baumann repeatedly saw groups of people standing outside in the frigid weather last winter – people who, she discovered, had no place to go during the day. “They looked so cold,” she says. “I just thought they needed a place to come and get warm.” She decided to do something about it and “Warm Up Wednesday” was born. She ran her idea by the congregation at St. Paul’s and got their full support. Within days, the group had opened the doors to Barber Hall and was welcoming neighbors from the surrounding communities for an afternoon of coffee, tea, snacks and fellowship. The first few Wednesdays last February, only a handful of non-church members showed up, but word spread and the group grew, typically attracting 20-25 people each week. The quiet warmth of the routine has become a way of life for many in the expanding community. Linda Somes has been a member of the church for 12 years and
Coffee House at St. Peter’s St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will host a Coffee House on Saturday, Feb. 2, 7-10 p.m. emcee Matthew Haggerty will host an evening of music with Mark Quinn, Shannon Scott, and others performing. Performers are welcome to call 401842-9827 or email stpetersri@cox. net for more information. Coffee and desserts will be available. Visitors should enter via the entrance to the rear of the building at 525 Broadway. All are welcome and admission is $5.
Carpenter’s Kids Presentation Lauren Salminen will speak at Emmanuel Church about the Carpenter’s Kids program on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the 8 and 10 a.m. services. Carpenter’s Kids was founded in 2005 as a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of NY and the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania, in an effort to educate orphaned, vulnerable and at risk children. Each Carpenter’s Kid receives a school uniform, socks, shoes, soap, breakfast on school mornings, school materials, and a family sized mosquito net - all for $80 a year. Salminen is the program coordinator and will talk about Carpenter’s Kids as a Diocesan mission, her pilgrimage trips to Tanzania, and the transformational experience.
Musica Dolce Concert Musica Dolce will present “An Afternoon with the Romantics,” a concert of chamber music, on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Channing Church. The program will include the famous Piano Quintet in A Major, “The Trout,” by Franz Schubert and the Piano Quartet #3 in C Minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms. This concert features Musica Dolce musicians Melody Albanese-Kelly, violin; Carol Pearson, viola; John Kelly, violoncello; Alan Bernstein, string bass; and Paul Rosenbloom, piano.
is a regular at Warm Up Wednesdays. “We have people from both the community and church who wouldn’t miss it,” she observes. “Folks feel very comfortable here and it is a very welcoming place,” she adds, citing the bright sunny room, comfy chairs and relaxed atmosphere. Guests play cards and board games, read newspapers, work on jigsaw puzzles, or just enjoy casual conversation. Some come and sit quietly reading, others meet up with people they haven’t seen since the previous Wednesday, and still others walk in with friends. Whatever their social inclinations, all guests are welcome. “The energy exchange is wonderful,” Somes says, adding, “I hope it will continue for many years to come.” When warmer weather arrived last summer, Baumann thought it was time to close for the season, but both parishioners and visitors expressed alarm at the prospect, noting that they had all come to look forward to their weekly gettogethers. She decided to continue for a while to gauge interest, and both community and church members showed up week after week. It soon became apparent that the need for fellowship was as great as
the need for warmth. Ernest Gibbons, a parishioner since 2001, loves the Wednesday group. It was he who suggested they change the name to “Per Cup Wednesday” in the summer months. “Let’s face it,” he laughs, “no one in a building without air conditioning needs to warm up in Newport in the summertime.” The play on words refers to both the beverages and to the spirit-lifting effect the gatherings have on the participants, he explains. The highlight of the program for Baumann has been seeing real friendships form between parishioners and members of the local community who might not ordinarily get a chance to meet. “That has been the most heartwarming part for me,” she smiles. “We have people connect each week who would have just passed each other on the street.” “When we began, I thought we would be doing a service for the community at large,” Baumann reveals. “I had no idea it would be so meaningful to the congregation; that has been an unexpected gift.” Warm Up Wednesday is held each Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Barber Hall at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough Street. All are invited to gather for warmth, refreshments and fellowship.
Tickets are available at the door at $20 for adults and $10 for students. Children under 12 are free. For information about a group rate and for more information or reservations call 401-846-2125 or visit www.musicadolce.org.
What Good is Religion?
Elder Services Programs Child & Family’s Elder Services Department will present various program options available to area residents at the Channing Church Parish Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Topics covered will include: case management, counseling, licensed home care providers, protective services for victims of abuse and self-neglect, the Victim of Crime program, the Friendly Visitor program, and Living Well in Newport County. Reservations are not required for this free program.
Doctrine of Discovery The Learning Center at Channing Church will offer a presentation on the “Doctrine of Discovery: What is it? Why care?” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The Doctrine of Discovery is a principle of international law with roots in a decree by Pope Nicholas V in 1452 that specifically sanctioned and promoted the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of nonChristian territories and peoples. Rev. Clyde Grubbs, a national leader and expert on the issue, will explain the ramifications of the doctrine and the impact on the world today. The registration fee is $10. Contact the church office to sign up firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-846-0643.
Evensong at Trinity The Trinity Choir will sing Evensong for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The candlelight service will include works by William Byrd, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Sumsion and Tertius Noble. All are welcome.
Starting the week of February 4, and meeting every two weeks for six sessions, Channing Church’s Small Group Ministry program will continue its examination of the question, “What Good is Religion?” discussing session topics prepared by the UU Small Group Ministry Network. Three established groups continue from the fall/winter semester and are open for new participants. The groups meet in Newport on Thursdays at 3 p.m., Newport on Thursdays at 7 p.m., and in Portsmouth on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. New groups will be formed on demand.For more info, email email@example.com.
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RECENT DEATHS Walter J. Aubin Jr., 19, of Newport, passed away Jan. 27, 2013 at the South County Hospital, South Kingstown. He was the son of Walter J. and Cathleen “Catie” (Saunders) Aubin. Calling hours are Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4-8 p.m. in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Spring St. Donations in his name may be made to the Walter Aubin, Jr. Scholarship Fund, C/O The Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879. Judy Lee Cookinham, 64, of Portsmouth, January 24, 2013 at home. She was the wife of the late Paul D. Cookinham. Funeral services are private. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State St., Providence, RI 02908. John Augustine Cottrell Jr., 91, passed away Jan. 24, 2013 at the Village House, Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Joseph Church in Newport. Donations in his memory may be made to the Village House Recreation Fund. Jeanne Madeline (Bessette) Dube, 88, of Portsmouth, passed away Jan. 27, 2013 at home surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late Lt. Cdr. Robert A. Dube, Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Barnabas Church. Donations in her memory made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871. James “Jamie” Basinger Hawes, 58, of Middletown, passed away Jan. 22, 2013 at St. Elizabeth’s Manor in Bristol, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Funeral services were private. Donations in his memory may be made to the activities fund at St Elizabeth’s Manor, 1 Dawn Hill Rd., Bristol, RI 02809.
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Robert Gene Jackson, 75, of Middletown, passed away at home on Jan. 25, 2013. He was the husband of Kathleen (Oliveira) Jackson, and the late Anita Lee (Walden) Jackson and the late Diana (Polcari) Jackson. Donations in his memory can be made to the URI Master Gardener’s Association, 3 East Alumni Ave., Kingston, RI 02881 or to the Middletown Fire and Rescue, 239 Wyatt Rd., Middletown, RI 02842. Robert E. Purdy, 79, of Middletown, passed away Jan. 27, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence surrounded by family. He was the husband of Dorothy Elizabeth (Gill) Purdy. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Calling hours will be Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street, Newport. Donations in his memory may be made to the Kayliegh Hull Scholarship fund, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Lena C. Sullivan, 90, of Portsmouth, passed away Jan. 27, 2013 at the Grand Islander Health Care Center of Middletown. She was the wife of the late Jeremiah Patrick Sullivan. Her funeral and burial services were private. Donations may be made to the St. Barnabas Church, Capital Campaign, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.
St. Brigid’s Mass Saturday, Feb. 2 • 5pm at St. Augustin’s Church
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Seminar in Buddhist Teachings Professor Henry Rosemont will lead a seminar on Buddhist Teachings Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12, 14, 19 and 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Fireplace Room at Channing Memorial Church and escort a field trip to the Yale University Asian Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 23. Cost for the program is $59 and includes transportation to the museum. To sign up, contact the Channing Church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-846-0643.
Seamen’s Church Institute Concert Seamen’s Church Institute will host its Annual Community Concert on Sunday, Feb. 17 in appreciation for the support of the Aquidneck Island community. The free concert will he held in the Atrium of the Newport Marriott from 7 to 9 p.m. and the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble will perform.
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Viking Boys Snap Slide, Rally to Beat Chariho 56-53 By Meg O’Neil This week, call the Rogers High School boys basketball team the comeback kids. Despite trailing Chariho High School by 11 points at halftime on Tuesday, Jan. 29, a strong Viking defense emerged in the second half and chipped away at the Chargers’ lead, with the Vikings winning the game 56-53. Viking foul trouble and turnovers allowed Chariho to pull away to a 28-17 lead by the end of the first half. After halftime, a scrappy Rogers defense and strong man-toman, full court press frustrated the Chariho offense into committing easy errors and using up multiple time-outs. Foul trouble plagued Chariho in the paint, putting the Vikings into the bonus early. Rogers sank 10 of 17 foul shots in the second half. The tipping point came when Rogers took a 43-42 lead with seven minutes left in the game. Despite strong efforts from Chariho’s offense, Rogers would maintain the lead for the remainder of the game.
Scoring a game high 28 points, including nine points from beyond the arc, Vikings sophomore point guard Quraan Bostic led the offense, with 22 of those points coming in the second half; eight of those were from the free throw line. Also nailing a pair of 3’s was Viking sophomore Asa Montgomery, whose quick footwork and gluelike, man-to-man coverage was key to enabling Chariho turnovers. With less than two minutes left in the game, Rogers pulled away to a 52-47 lead, but that 5-point cushion was short-lived when a charging call against Rogers gave Chariho possession. With 1:15 left on the clock, Chariho began fouling Rogers in hopes of getting possession off missed foul shots. Chariho’s Shane Stewart sank a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, closing in on the Vikings’ 54-52 lead. A foul from Charger #24 Zack Wellander put Bostic back on the line where he missed both shots. Chariho rebounded and regained possession after a jump ball. Char-
iho’s Robbie Toth was fouled and scored one point, bringing the Chargers to 54-53. With five seconds left on the clock, the Chargers fouled Bostic, again, where he sank two foul shots putting the Vikings back up by three. With the game’s final possession, Chariho’s Wellander shot a three that bounced up off the back of the rim, ending the game in a Viking victory. The win ups Rogers record 4-9 on the season and into second place in Div. II-East(4-13 overall). With the loss, Chariho drops to 1-12 and into last place in Div. II-South (3-13 overall). The Vikings need to win four of their remaining five division games to make it to the playoffs. Rogers will next face Narragansett High School at home on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Then, it will be two road games for the Vikings as they travel first to New Bedford High School for a non-league game on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and then to face Prout on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for a 7 p.m. matchup.
The Vikings’ point guard, Quraan Bostic, #3, avoids Chariho’s Robbie Toth, #34, on a drive to the hoop in the second half. The Vikings sophomore led all scorers in the game with 28 points.
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Asa Montgomery, #5, battles the Chargers’ Evan Byron, #10, for a rebound. The Vikings’ sophomore had two 3-pointers in the win over Chariho on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Quraan Bostic, #3, launches his second of two free throws with 5.3 seconds left in the game. He made both, to make it a 5653 Rogers lead that the Vikings wouldn’t relinquish.
Rogers’ junior Stefan Bebe, #21, shoots over Chariho’s Zach Wellander, #24, for 2 of his seven points in the Vikings’ victory.
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in SPORTS MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 02/01 7 p.m. vs. Ponagansett 02/02 6:30 p.m. @ St. Patrick Academy 02/05 7 p.m. @ Scituate GIRLS BASKETBALL 02/04 7 p.m. vs. Hope 02/05 6 p.m. @ Juanita Sanchez Complex BOYS HOCKEY 02/08 7 p.m. vs. Prout ( Smithfield Municipal)
PORTSMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 02/01 7 p.m. vs. Westerly 02/05 7 p.m. @ Chariho 02/08 7 p.m. vs. Rogers GIRLS BASKETBALL 02/01 7 p.m. @ Chariho 02/05 7 p.m. vs. Cumberland 02/07 7 p.m. @ Barrington BOYS HOCKEY 02/10 5:30 p.m. vs East Greenwich (Portsmouth Abbey) GIRLS HOCKEY 02/02 7:30 p.m. vs. Burrillville/Ponaganset (Adelard Arena) 02/03 1 p.m. vs. Lincoln (Smithfield Municipal)
ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 02/03 1:30 p.m. @ New Bedford 02/05 7 p.m. @ The Prout School GIRLS BASKETBALL 02/04 7 p.m. @ Toll Gate 02/05 7 p.m. @ Coventry
ROGERS (continued) BOYS HOCKEY 02/02 9:30 p.m. vs. Lincoln (Dennis Lynch Arena) 02/08 9 p.m. vs. Johnston/N. Providence (Adelard Arena)
ST. GEORGE’S SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 02/05 7 p.m. vs. Logan College GIRLS BASKETBALL 02/07 4:30 p.m. vs. Groton BOYS HOCKEY 02/04 6 p.m. vs. North Yarmouth Academy 02/05 4 p.m. vs. Roxbury Academy GIRLS HOCKEY 02/04 6 p.m. vs. North Yarmouth Academy 02/05 2 p.m. vs Albany Academy
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL 02/02 1 p.m. vs. Concord Academy 02/04 4:30 p.m. vs. Lexington Christian Academy GIRLS BASKETBALL 02/02 2:30 p.m. @ Concord Academy 02/04 5 p.m. vs. NAPS BOYS HOCKEY 02/02 5:10 p.m. @ St. Thomas More 02/08 5:30 p.m. vs. Moses Brown GIRLS HOCKEY 02/02 7:10 p.m. @ Worcester Academy 02/06 4 p.m. @ Pinigree