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The Al Fresco Flutes, a musical duo comprised of Newporter Gianna Sullivan and Little Compton resident Shirley Hardison took the stage at the Opera House Theater in Washington Square on Monday, Feb. 25. Every Monday throughout March, the doors of the 1867 theater are open to the public for a one hour open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to view the theater while local musicians play without amplification to highlight the natural acoustics of the historic building. (Photo by Meg O’Neil)

Riding a Unicycle is a balancing Act By Jonathan Clancy If you drive past First Beach on a dry day, you may notice a man riding a seven-foot unicycle. The man’s name is David Kramer, and he is a waiter at Hourglass Brasserie in Bristol. His giraffe unicycle is a bit out of the ordinary, and so is the man riding it. Kramer philosophizes about God, balance, and human nature, and he says that Jesus is his true motivation behind riding a unicycle. Kramer, 26, grew up Jewish in Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen he received his first threefoot unicycle from his parents. “I went outside and tried it, falling almost immediately,” he said. “Right after the first fall, I decided that I would figure this seemingly impossible thing out. Falling has since been a big motivation in general, which is why I call unicycle riding a study of falling.” Kramer worked his way up to the five-foot and seven-foot giraffe unicycles. He spent hours each day learning the art of balancing over one wheel. He sustained minor injuries – cuts, scrapes, and bruises – but nothing could derail his dream of mastering the unicycle. “My ultimate goal is to unicycle for Cirque de Soleil,” says Kramer. “I’d also like to teach others the art of riding a unicycle.” Kramer likens the unicycle to a percussive instrument. He is able to maneuver it in any direction to

the beat of a song, choreographing routines to the music of Bach, Franz Liszt, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Outkast, Alison Krauss, and even the instrumental version of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic.” “I would like to set a routine to Bach’s ‘Air on G’ and ‘The Flower Duet’ from Léo Delibes’ opera ‘Lakmé,’” he says. Kramer also can juggle knives (though his set was recently stolen), spin in one place, bunny hop, stand still, and ride with one leg on his unicycle. He likens the art of riding a unicycle to unlocking the potential that exists in everyone. Learning to balance on the cycle, he says, “allows you to access a part of your mind more intensively.”

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With an eye toward boosting recycling rates and island-wide collaboration, city officials are preparing to roll out a proposal to introduce a pay-as-you-throw trash collection program as early as this summer. City Manager Jane Howington said this week that city staff were preparing a joint bid with the Town of Middletown that would combine the two municipalities' trash hauling services under the same contract. The idea, which stems from a council directive issued last summer to seek out cost-saving measures with neighboring cities and towns, seeks to effectively erase the political boundary lines between the two communities in order to allow for a more seamless waste-hauling process.

David Kramer rides his giraffe unicycle at Second Beach in Middletown. (Photos by Jonathan Clancy)

After 45 years of working for the Newport County Community Mental Health Center, J. Clement “Bud” Cicilline announced his retirement during the agency’s 49th annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 25. Founded in 1964, the center started as a small clinic based at the Newport Hospital, and over the past 49 years has grown into one of the state’s largest mental health organizations, providing services to over 1,500 adults and children in the county. During an interview this week, Cicilline said that the work of the mental health community is a team effort. “I get a lot of credit, but there’s a great cadre of professionals and staff that really work hard and are very dedicated to these issues,” he said of his co-workers. Cicilline joined the organization in 1968, and in 1973 he led the initiative with U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell to make the Newport County Community Mental Health Center the first federally funded community mental health center in the state. Since then, he has worked to improve the status of mental health services in the state, serving as a state senator for five consecutive

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Circus performers and acrobats were once the only people riding unicycles. But in recent years, these cycles have begun to be embraced by a growing number of sports enthusiasts, and manufacturers have come up with new designs to serve different purposes. Among these new styles are the seatless (also called the "ultimate wheel") unicycle, and the tall (or "giraffe") unicycle which is chain-driven to accommodate the greater height. There also are freestyle and trials unicycles, which are generally used for stunts and routines and may have nubbed tires to withstand the stresses of jumping. Riding a unicycle is all about balance. A proficient rider subconsciously recognizes the sensation of falling and corrects it by bringing the wheel under his or her center of gravity before the unicycle becomes unstable and loses its equilibrium. However, in order to move forward or backward or turn, a unicycle rider must allow themselves to begin to fall in the desired direction before correcting it.

They started out as a means to help with crowd control at the city’s biggest parade of the year, but the St. Patrick’s Day barricades along lower Thames Street and Carroll Avenue have evolved into much more. They have become sources of pride, quiet tributes, and rallying points for family and friends. Longtime Hibernian Patrick McGrath got the idea for the barricades a few years ago while walking as a parade marshal, trying to keep the narrow streets clear for the marchers. He thought that barricades would be a great way to define the parade route and help control the crowds. What he didn’t realize was that they would become displays of family, neighborhood, and Irish heritage pride. The barricades have helped turn the Carroll Avenue neighborhood into a wonderful area for family viewing and post-parade celebrations, reports Jim Mahoney, adding, “They make it so much safer for marchers and spectators, especially the kids.” Mahoney will be at his barricade on parade day – along with three generations of his family. Grandson Jack Corr, age 4, loves the parade and last year dressed as a junior marshal, parading near the family barricade. This year Jack will march alongside his dad Peter for the last quarter mile. Mahoney, a marshal for 18 years, began marching in 1964 as a young Hibernian and has not missed a parade since – including the one held during the blizzard of 1993. “That was memorable,” he grins. The Carroll Avenue festivities are Irish-American hospitality at its best, declares McGrath, who says that many parade bands travel to Newport year after year because of the warm welcome they receive. The gatherings are a tradition for so

many people – for friends who have become family, he explains. “It’s like knowing where you’ll be at Thanksgiving and Christmas – we all just know we’ll be in Newport for the parade.” Elizabeth Buckley, the 2012 Lady Hibernian of the Year, ordered two barricades this year - one for her own family and another to honor her parents, Maureen and the late Charlie Meehan. Buckley grew up on Carroll Avenue in a house that her mother still lives in today. Members of her family have lived in that home for 80 years. That’s a lot of parades – and a lot of parties. She recalls with great fondness the huge celebrations her parents threw on parade day and says Maureen Meehan still hosts a gathering of family and friends - smaller than the parties of the past, but festive nonetheless. Come parade day, the Meehan and Buckley barricades will be side by side in front of the family home. Parade chair Dennis Sullivan puts his barricade just north of St. Augustin’s Church. Undoubtedly the busiest man in Newport at this time of year, Sullivan is on the go from the crack of dawn on the big day, but family and friends know that eventually they will all meet up at the barricade. There is still time to order a barricade before the parade. They are sold at cost ($150), and McGrath builds, paints, and letters the wooden sawhorse structures, even delivering them to designated spots on the route – for the first year they are used. After that, owners are responsible to store the barricades and bring them back to the route the next year. Some folks use them to mark their viewing spot, not the original intent, McGrath says, but a nice extra benefit of ownership. “People get a little bit of the parade route to call their own.” He will accept orders until Monday, March 4 and guarantees parade day delivery. For more information, call 401-640-1766.

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WASTE CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 As the city's Clean City Program coordinator, Kristin Littlefield is tasked with all things trash-related. Among her top priorities is increasing the city's recycling rate to at least 35 percent – the threshold set by the state to reduce the amount of waste deposited at Johnston's Central Landfill. Littlefield said that if the proposal moves forward as planned, Newport residents could expect to see a move toward some form of shared trash service as early as July 1. "We're at the end of our contract with Waste Management and this is a great opportunity to look into the next step for residents," she said. Littlefield expects that if a payas-you-throw system is brought to Newport, the current 23 percent recycling rate could improve by at least 10 percent. That, she said, would translate to reduced tipping fees at the landfill and a lower per household trash footprint. According to Rhode Island Resource Recovery, the average household in Rhode Island contributes approximately .92 tons of waste to the state landfill each year. By comparison, communities that adopt a pay-as-you-throw model generally throw away roughly .55 tons per year. Though nothing is firm yet, Littlefield expects that any agreement

will likely take on some aspects of Middletown's pay-as-you-throw program, which charges residents based on the amount of trash they produce by requiring all residents to use special collection bags purchased through the town. Though it took some time for Middletown's program to take hold, today the town ranks among the top communities in the state for recycling, with more than 40 percent of all trash recycled. "As people start doing it, they love it," Littlefield said. In addition to reducing the amount of trash dumped at the landfill, Littlefield also said that there could also be an opportunity for homeowners to be rewarded for reducing their trash output. Under a program developed by WasteZero, one of the country's leading trash metering firms, participating communities can actually reimburse residents with some or all of the revenue generated from the sale of the town's custom trash bags. Under a program called More in Return, at the end of each year, the total sales of the trash bags is calculated, and the amount due to each qualifying household is paid out in the form of special-issue debit cards. It is among the options expected to be considered in the bid process.

Approval for Blues Cafe Patio By Tom Shevlin After a six month trial, Zoning Board members gave the owners of the Newport Blues Cafe a threeyear approval to maintain an outdoor patio area in the parking lot abutting the downtown nightspot. With only brief discussion, and no objections on file, board members voted unanimously to approve the application by Kate Quinn to operate an outdoor seating area at 292 Thames St. The patio is carved out of the adjacent Sovereign Bank parking lot on summer weekends and evenings. Last year, the patio proposal drew significant resistance from neighbors who expressed concern over the potential for noise and disruption to the neighborhood. The Quinns, however, assured first the Zoning Board and then the City Council that they would be respectful of their neighbors. They agreed to limit outdoor entertainment and also to abandon a plan to locate a removable outdoor bar area on the patio during a six month trial period. At the time, the owners said that offering outdoor seating would help them maintain their business in the face of increased outdoor seating options within the downtown area. On Monday, James Quinn told board members that he was interested in continuing the patio operation and indicated that he might next ask the City Council for permission to operate outdoor speakers or offer live acoustic music. According to the Zoning Office,

since the patio was approved last spring, it has not recorded any observed noise violations on the part of the Blues Cafe or its outdoor patio. Although no formal objections were received by the board, not everyone was in favor of the plan. At least one abutter arrived late to the hearing planning to express concerns over the application. However by that point, the request had already been approved through an abbreviated hearing. In other business, board members gave their approvals to a number of other applications, most notably approvals for improvements to the Smokehouse Cafe and 22 Bowen's. At the Smokehouse, an application to install a new permanent roof was approved, while at 22 Bowen's a proposal to cover an existing outdoor patio space and add a second-story deck was approved by a 4-1 vote. In the latter application, board member Martin Cohen was the only objector, challenging the accessibility of the second floor space. Saying that he refused to vote for "any addition that is not handicap accessible," he observed that equal opportunities – even as for the enjoyment of the view from the second floor – need to be given to those with disabilities. Other petitions receiving approval were an application for improvements to 55 Ayrault St.; another calling for a new 2 1/2 story garage addition and breezeway to the property located at 24 Winans Ave.; and an application to install a spa at 79 Dixon St.

Will Cronin is Middletown's Recycling Coordinator and has been at the front lines in the town's transition to a PAYT model. While direct comparisons to the town's recycling rates are hard to make due to Middletown's past system which employed a publicprivate model which gave residents the option to either directly use the town's transfer station or opt for curbside pickup, Cronin notes that the amount of trash produced by Middletown residents has decreased significantly. In that respect, he said, "Middletown’s PAYT program has succeeded in reducing the amount of trash and increased the recycling rate to one of the highest in Rhode Island." As far as the reception to the program goes, Cronin acknowledges that there have been some growing pains. "Like anything, the feedback received from a new program varies," he said. "Some people do not like the program and others love it. I have had several residents say that they were strongly opposed to the program when it was introduced, but once they have become familiar with the program they like it." If the program is introduced in Newport, Littlefield predicts a similar response. "Anything new takes some time to get used to," she said.

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CEO for the Newport County Community Mental Health Center, J. Clement "Bud" Cicilline. terms from 1993 to 2002. Locally, he was a member of the Newport School Committee for 12 years, serving six of those as the chair. He also has been involved in other service programs, including the Statewide Housing Action Coalition and the Newport County Reentry Program, which helps ex-prisoners reenter the community. He chairs the Newport Democratic City Committee. In his retirement, Cicilline says he wants to delve deeper into his hobbies: politics, the arts, consulting, writing, educating the public on mental health, and perhaps guest hosting a show on WADK radio.

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NEWS BRIEFS St. Michael’s to Perform ‘Cinderella’

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The St. Michael’s Country Day School Theatre Ensemble will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on March 7 - 9. Adapted for the stage, a cast of fifth through eighth graders will bring the timeless fairy tale to life. “Cinderella” is directed by Christina Johnston. The show’s choreographer is Chelsea Boergesson with musical direction by Kristine Langello. Students in the Stagecraft program, headed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman, have created the scenic design. For more information, contact Christina Johnston at 401-849-5970

Newport Hospital’s Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund Advisory Committee, chaired by Guillaume de Ramel of Newport, presented its second round of grant awards at the hospital on Feb. 7. The fund’s mission includes promoting health and wellness among youth and families of Newport County. Grants were awarded to the following seven local organizations: n StarKids Scholarship Program: $1,500 for after-school and summer programs n Methodist Community Garden: $2,000 for the “Healthy Giving for Healthy Living” project for young children; n Friends of Ballard Park: $5,000 for “Outdoor Explorations for Newport County Youth” n Island Moving Company: $5,000 for dance scholarships for Newport public school students n Norman Bird Sanctuary: $9,000 for the “Green Exercise” program n Bike Newport: $9,200 for “Bike Garage North” and “Connecting Kids and Bikes” n Tiverton Park Fund/Tiverton Recreation Department: $10,000 for the “Big Obstacle Challenge”

Irish History Tour In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, the Museum of Newport Irish History will host its annual Bus Tour of “Irish Newport” on Saturday, March 2. The tour departs Hibernian Hall at 10 a.m. sharp, and complimentary coffee and Danish will be available at 9:30 a.m. The 2-hour narrated tour includes stops at various sites that are connected to the history of the Irish in Newport, including Ochre Court, The Forty Steps on Cliff Walk, and the historic Barney Street Cemetery. The bus tour includes an introductory visit inside the Museum’s Interpretive Center at 648 Lower Thames St., where guests will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent. Co-sponsored by Viking Tours of Newport, the bus tour is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To reserve, contact Ann at or 841-5493.

Fluke Bird Benefit For the 6th year, Fluke Wine, Bar and Kitchen has created a special $50 menu to benefit the Norman Bird Sanctuary. On Thursday, March 7, patrons dining at the Bowen’s Wharf restaurant can order from a three-course menu that includes a choice of grilled quail, braised rabbit, or redfish. Fluke will donate half ($25) of each order to NBS. For reservations call Fluke at 401849-7778.

Teen Center Donation NewportFed and the Newport Running Club were able to present a check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County for $2,500 as a direct donation from the NewportFed Pie Run held in November. “This donation was part of the overall over $23,000 that has been donated to local organizations over the past few months,” stated Kevin M. McCarthy, President & CEO at NewportFed. The NewportFed Pie Run is the annual 5K on Thanksgiving Day that is held at the Newport County YMCA. This donation will help with renovations that have been ongoing at the Teen Center in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

‘Celebrating Ireland’ The Portsmouth Free Public Library will hold an all Irish program highlighting Irish history and culture in song and dance on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Performers include: Fiddler, vocalist, harpist and leprechaun, Mary King; Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Country Claire, Ireland, will be playing his tin whistle and button accordion; Dublin-bred Hughie Purcell plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, and sings Irish songs. This program is funded by the North Family Trust and is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Seating is limited. Call the Library at 683-9457 or stop by to sign up for the program.

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Woodcock Walk at NBS The American Woodcock, otherwise known as a timberdoodle, has returned to the Norman Bird Sanctuary. This harbinger of spring is most frequently encountered during dusk when the males take flight in an aerial mating display. On Friday, March 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Rachel Holbert will lead an indoor slide show on woodcocks, followed by an evening interpretive walk to witness the wonderful “sky dance” of this aerial acrobat. This program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Light refreshments will be provided including adult beverages for those over 21. The cost is $6 for members and $8 for non-members. To register, call 401-846-2577.

See the Seals Join Kim Botelho, Director of Education at Norman Bird Sanctuary, on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for a day trip to Prudence Island to search for seals. The trip will include a visit to the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and a tour of the island. The cost is $70 for members and $80 for non-members and includes all transportation to and around the island and light snacks. In the event of bad weather, an alternative date is planned for March 23. Participants are urged to dress appropriately and bring a lunch, binoculars, and a camera. For more questions or to register, please call 401-846-2577.

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A visitor recently brought in a beautiful beaded American Indian Pocket. A slip of paper on the inside stated: “from Niagara 1851 Sept”. Nice condition with no bead loss and the felt color was still strong and not faded even after over 160 years. It was probably sold as a tourist item to visitors of The Falls. Vintage American Indian items are collectible with many pieces having considerable value. This small piece has a value in the $100 to $200 price range. — Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques

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The Middletown High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013 class. Nominees can be athletes who graduated before 2003, coaches who’ve been retired from coaching for more than 5 years, a team from more than 10 years ago, or an individual who has been an extraordinary supporter of the athletic program. Those wishing to make a nomination should send an email to or a letter to MHS Athletic Hall of Fame, 1151 Aquidneck Ave., Suite 440, Middletown, RI 02842. Include the name of the individual being nominated along with their year of graduation or years of service. Also include an explanation of why the individual or team is being nominated. Contact information for the nominee should be included if available. Nominations should be sent by March 15. For further information, contact Bill Seiple at 846-2919 or Barry Clark at 862-4463.

The Newport Energy and Environment Commission’s next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library in the Rotary Board Room downstairs. The agenda consists of a discussion of regular items, including the status of its collaboration with the city to attach voluntary sustainable event protocols to public event license applications. The committee will also discuss its collaboration with the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Clean City Program, and The Met School to set up recycling containers along the entire parade route, as well as marching in the parade to promote awareness of recycling. Also to be discussed will be a plan to enlist the cooperation of businesses along the parade route in a Sunday morning post-parade trash and recycling collection. Business owners are encouraged to contact the NEEC to participate by email This meeting is open to the public and encourages participation.

Indoor Soccer Registration Registration ends March 6 for the Newport County YMCA youth indoor soccer season. The season runs from March 9 – April 13. Teams for children ages 4 to 12. All games will be played on Saturdays at the YMCA’s gymnasium. Online registration is available at, or contact Josh Anderson, Sports & Outdoor Leadership Center Director, at 8479200 ext 113.

Little League Online Registration Register online and save for the Newport Little League 2013 softball and baseball season, www. Sign-ups are for boys and girls, ages 5 to 12 for baseball and ages 5 to 16 for softball. $55 for first child, $20 additional family member, $95 family mazimum fee. Scholarships available based on financial need. Next registration is March 9 from 9:30 a.m. - noon at the Hut, Golden Hill St., Newport.

Parade Marshals Needed If you would like to volunteer to be a parade marshal for the 57th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 contact Dennis Sullivan at 846-5081 or visit www.

Newport Babe Ruth Registration Newport Babe Ruth Baseball registration will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Martin Recreation Center (The “Hut”), 35 Golden Hill St in Newport. Players ages 1315 are eligible. For more information or if you have any questions, call Chris Patsos at 862-3711.

In Case You’ve Forgotten March 1 - Middletown Library annual meeting, 6 p.m., Ramada Inn. Mar. 2 - Winter Blues Bash, Ochre Court, March 10 - Navy Choristers Concert, St. Barnabas Church, 4 p.m.

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Newport Police Log Newport Fire During the period from Monday, Incident Run Report Feb. 18 to Monday, Feb. 25, the Newport Police Department responded to 391 calls. Of those, 113 were motor vehicle related; there were 92 motor vehicle violations issued and 21 accident reports. The police also responded to 27 home/business alarm calls, 6 incidents of vandalism, 11 noise complaints, 11 animal complaints, and conducted 3 school security checks. (Rogers - 2, Cranston-Calvert - 1) They transported 2 prisoners, responded to 1 suicide call, and to shots fired on Gould/Warner streets. 6 instances of assisting other police departments and 2 other agencies were are also recorded. In addition, 15 arrests were made for the following violations: n 4 arrests were made for simple assault. n 2 arrests were made for DUI. n 2 arrests were made for larceny. n 1 arrest was made for domestic simple assault. n 1 arrest was made for resisting arrest. n 1 arrest was made for violating a no contact order. n 1 arrest was made for driving a car without consent of owner. n 1 arrest was made for possession of an open container. n 1 arrest was made for an outstanding warrant. n 1 arrest was made for breaking & entering on East Bowery St.

Cancer Doesn’t Sleep The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Aquidneck Island Committee will hold a committee meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:45 p.m. in the Middletown High School library. Team captains and members will be in attendance, and they invite anyone interested in being part of the overnight walk/run relay to attend this meeting. The Relay will be held Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, 4 p.m.-10 a.m. at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown. The funds raised from this event and other relays held across the state will be used for cancer research as well as essential services for Rhode Island cancer patients. Last year’s chairperson, Kerry Seibert, said of the event, “It is life-changing for all involved and it gives participants a feeling of accomplishment, especially for those who have experienced cancer in their families or among their friends. We walk and run all night because cancer never sleeps. We honor those who have survived cancer and we remember those who have gone too soon.� For more information visit: www. or contact co-chairperson Jen Kneeland, jenkneeland@ or 401-255-7200.

Hospital Fashion Show Luncheon The Newport Hospital Auxiliary is presenting a“Put Some Spring into Your Wardrobe� fashion show and luncheon on Thursday, March 21 at the Atlantic Beach Club. The new line from Chico’s will be modeled during lunch. Payment is required by March 18. The cost is $35. Checks should be mailed to Newport Hospital Auxiliary, 11 Friendship St., Newport. Raffle tickets will also be sold in the hospital cafeteria from March 11-14 for items from a wide variety of local businesses. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For more information, call 845-1638.

During the period from Monday, Feb 18 through Sunday, Feb. 24 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 139 calls. Of those, 64 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 52 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 1 patient was treated on the scene and 6 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived. Fire apparatus was used for 139 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3 responded to 52 calls • Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 45 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 18 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 18 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 and 3 responded to 35 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1 - Building / structure fire 1 - Cooking fire, confined to stovetop 1 - Vehicle accident 1 - Carbon monoxide incident 1 - Water problem / steam leak 2 - Electrical wiring / equipment problems 1 - Power line down 12 - Assist public calls 14 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire 8 - Fire alarm malfunction - no fire 38 - Engine assist on EMS call In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 3 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 13 life safety inspections, and provided 4 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Home medical oxygen saturates fabric covered furniture, clothing, hair and bedding, making it easier for a fire to start and spread. There is no safe way to smoke in the home when medical oxygen is in use. Candles, matches, and wood stoves can be ignition sources and should not be used in homes where medical oxygen is present. Additionally, body oil, hand lotion, and items containing oil and grease are easily ignited in the presence of home medical oxygen. Keep oxygen cylinders at least five feet from any heat source, open flame, or electrical device. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Beach Cleanup Clean Ocean Access will host a beach cleanup on Saturday, March 9, 12-2 p.m. Participants will gather at Surfers End at Second Beach, and teams will head towards First, Second and Third Beaches. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring your own gloves and reusable cup. Empire Tea and Coffee will provide coffee, hot chocolate and light refreshments. Cleanups are a great way to get outside and connect with nature and your neighbors. For more information, visit www.

‘The Founding of Portsmouth’ James Garman, author and retired history teacher, will present “The Founding of Portsmouth� on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Public Library. Portsmouth was founded in 1638 by a group of 19 dissidents who left Massachusetts with the advice and counsel of Roger Williams. The Portsmouth Compact was the official agreement between the original settlers that bound them together. This important event in Portsmouth’s history is reflected in the town seal. In celebration of Portsmouth’s 375th birthday, this lecture is presented in conjunction with the PortsmouthRI 375 committee and Portsmouth Free Public Library. This lecture is the first of several talks that Garman will give during the year recounting the town’s history. Advance registration is required as seating is limited. A ticket will be given to each person signing up and must be presented at the entrance the night of the lecture. Those who have already registered may pick up their tickets at the Library prior to the event.

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The Middletown Historical Society’s Winter Lecture Series continues on Sunday, March 10 at Paradise School with a presentation by Cranston native Walter K. Schroeder titled “Stars and Swastikas: The Boy Who Wore Two Uniforms.� He will relate his personal experiences of political indoctrination and training in Germany as a youth during World War II and how he later became a U.S. citizen and saved his family. The talk begins at 2p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. The next lecture is scheduled for April 14. For more information, call 849-1879 or visit

The Redwood Library will offer a free program on Sunday, March 3 10 at 2p.m. on affording higher education. Bill Geasey will lead an interactive workshop titled, “How to Plan, Save and Pay for College - Without Going Broke or Crazy!� geared toward parents and grandparents who are saving for college educations but who have questions on the best way to do so. This event was originally schedule for Feb. 9 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

A Look Back at Blood Alley How was Newport transformed from a city whose historic Thames Street was called Blood Alley into world-class tourist destination? William Leys, who was the executive director of the Newport Redevelopment Agency from 1961 until 1992, will show photos and maps and recount his involvement in Newport’s extensive, face-lift project on Monday, March 11, at the Newport Public Library’s lower level at 6:30 pm. Areas of Newport to be discussed will include Goat Island, Fleet Landing, Long Wharf, Market Square, America’s Cup Avenue, Historic Hill, Queen Anne Square, Broadway, West Broadway and Lower Thames Street. The redevelopment project spanned the years from 1949 to 1992. The lecture is free and open to the public. The library is handicapped accessible. The American Association of University Women is sponsoring the event. For more information on the event, call 849-6073.

Re-entering the Community Newport County Citizens To End Homelessness (NCCEH) is sponsoring a panel of experts who will talk about the situation faced by ex-offenders upon release from prison on March 12 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown. Obstacles to successful reintegration to their community such as homelessness and lack of jobs will be part of the discussion. The Meeting is open to the public. NCCEH asks people attending the meeting to bring a personal toiletry article(s) as a donation for homeless individuals.

Literacy Volunteers Needed Literacy Volunteers provides free 1-1 tutoring or small group instruction to area adults, helping them with reading, writing, math and/or English speaking skills. In addition, they provide support for students who are enrolled in GED programs. Volunteer tutors attend an eighthour interactive training session to learn tutoring techniques and best practices for working with adult learners. Upon completion of the training, tutors are matched with a student. Together they determine a mutually convenient time and place to meet for two hours per week. Coordinators provide ongoing help to both students and tutors. The next training session is offered at the Portsmouth Library from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, Thursday, March 7, March 12 and 14. If interested in volunteering or to learn more, call 401-619-3779 or visit

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arring an eleventh hour agreement, government bureaucrats and business owners were bracing this week for a series of federal spending cuts that by all accounts were entirely avoidable. Known as the "sequester" or "sequestration," the automatic spending reduction totaled $89 billion and threatened to throw current year budgets into crisis. At this writing, the cuts threatened to undo strides made in Head Start and early learning initiatives; scale back programs that seek to improve access to mental health treatment; and keep in port warships needed to defend our interests overseas. While the cuts have been decried on both sides of the aisle, one must not lose sight of the fact that at the end of this year, the federal government will have both collected more in taxes than at any time in our history, and it will also have spent more than at any time in our history. Unless those at the highest levels of our federal government (we hesitate to use the term "leaders") adopt a balanced budget and a more productive work ethic, then we fear that we will remain ruled from crisis to crisis. This, of course, is no way to run a country. And it makes it almost impossible to run a business. While the term "sequester" may rightly be seen as Washingtonspeak, its implications for our local defense industry are all too real. Earlier this month in a letter written to the state's congressional delegation, the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance warned that up to 2,500 local jobs could be lost or furloughed by September if the sequester is not averted. In addition, according to White House statistics, Rhode Island stood to lose out on more than $17 million in federal funds earmarked for education, healthcare, defense, and law enforcement programs. The blame for it all, the White House says, lands squarely with the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Republicans, meanwhile blame the White House and Democrats who they say are "moving the goal posts." Maybe those in Congress and the Obama administration never thought that it would get this far. Or maybe they couldn't resist another manufactured crisis to score political points over a waning opposition. Whatever the case, the political jockeying needs to end and governing has to begin. Unfortunately, all of this seems to be only an appetizer. In less than a month, Congress will need to approve a new continuing resolution to keep the government from shutting down altogether. If recent behavior is any indication, in four weeks, we'll again be hearing about yet another impasse in Washington that threatens to throw us into an economic tailspin. You see, the Senate hasn't passed a budget in the last four years, and rather than laying out a long-term plan to pay for our federal largesse, our elected officials seem all too content with simply spending as they go. It remains to be seen exactly how long this pattern can go on, but judging by this week's posturing, it seems as though our politicians in Washington are all too content to wallow in their own ideological muck.

Municipal Boards NEWPORT Zoning Board: Meets every fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: Marvin Abney Lynn Ceglie Martin Cohen Michael Martin Rebecca McSweeney – Chair Mary Joan Hoene Seiter – Alt.

Planning Board: Meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers Members: James Dring – Chair Corey Bobba Timothy Burns Deborah Melino-Wender Mary Moniz – Vice-Chair Melissa Pattavina Richard Rudd Kim Salerno

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Cartoon Was Offensive

To the Editor: I am writing in reference to the cartoon created by Charlie Hall and published in the issue of February 21, 2013. I find this cartoon to be extremely offensive, distasteful, bigoted, and racist. The cartoon depicts a retired Pope serving as a greeter in a Wal-Mart Store. It is extremely demeaning to the role of the world’s leader of Christianity. Whether or not one is a Roman Catholic, the world leader of Christianity should and must be held in the highest regard. To do otherwise insults the entirety of Christianity and the Pope, in particular. More offensive is the progressive depiction of the shoppers. The most affluent, a white middle-aged woman appears under the sign that says, “Cheap Stuff.” A youthful looking male is shown with

darker skin than the white woman and is drawn with sideways hat, low hanging pants and a huge medallion around his neck. He has a dazed affect and appearance. Under the overhead sign that says “Cheaper Stuff” appears an older, white couple. The most offensive of all is the depiction of an AfricanAmerican woman standing below the “Cheapest Stuff” sign. The insensitivity of the cartoonist is boundless. The innuendo and not-so-subtle racial slurs are flagrant and prominent. I am ashamed to think that visitors to and residents of Newport will pick up a copy of Newport This Week and believe that we all think as does the cartoonist. Mr. Hall you are neither funny nor clever. In my opinion, this cartoon is tantamount to a hate crime. Rev. Rebecca E. Baumann

Tasteless Humor is Demeaning To the Editor: Heading your editorial page of your Feb. 21 edition of NTW is a cartoon depicting retiring Pope Benedict XVI as a greeter for Walmart. I cannot begin to express how truly offensive this depiction is to someone of a Christian faith. Although I am Methodist and not a practicing Catholic; we all share a universal reverence and respect for all of our spiritual leaders. The Pope is the Pastor and “shepherd” of billions of Catholics worldwide and particularly respected by many world leaders for his efforts to bring about universal peace and justice. As with prominent religious leaders, his scholarly and spiritual works and writing will live beyond his lifetime.

Most retired spiritual leaders retire only to spend their remaining lives devoted to ministries of greater good to humanity. Perhaps the best way to describe this hurtful cartoon is to quote your publications message to contributors of editorial letters. As your Letters Policy states: “We will print any letter sent to us, adhering to guidelines for taste, accuracy, fairness and public interest.” Obviously someone on your staff neglected to filter this cartoon for these same elements as none are present. Please don’t assume that the Christians are "open game" for attacks and tasteless humor. Austin Prendergast Middletown

'Best Streets' Rankings In its latest issue, hitting news stands this week, Rhode Island Monthly has put its eye toward determining exactly what are the "best streets to live on" in the state. While most might take a particular pride in their address, the editors of the Providence-based magazine sought to apply a bit of objectivity to the very unscientific analysis. On Aquidneck, Second Street in Newport's historic Point neighborhood was determined to be first-rate, with the street's historic homes and proximity to the water as reason for its first-place ranking. "Where else can you hear history in the tolling of church bells but also stroll to the Tall Ships Festival at Bowen's Wharf?," the mag asks. Coming in second was Indian

Avenue in Middletown, where "Multimillion-dollar waterfront estates with beautiful landscaping populate one side…with some more affordable houses in the $500,000 range on the other." Not far from Indian Avenue is Portsmouth's Wapping Road, which earned the third spot for its celebration of "contemporary rural life." If farms and the occasional livestock isn't your speed, then the magazine recommends putting down roots on Newport's Ayrault Street, which took the fifth spot for its proximity to Broadway's dining and shopping scene. Off-island, Grinnell Street in Jamestown was highlighted for its "neighborhood feel" and quick strolls to the library and the island's downtown business core. We'll leave it up to you to come up with your own rankings.

Pier Work Begins By Tom Shevlin Work quietly began this week to repair the city's aging Ann Street Pier, the first stage in what city officials hope will be a multi-year plan to create a visiting boater center at the Lower Thames Street Armory. The project, which recently received approval from the state's Coastal Resources Management Council, calls for the pier's complete reconstruction, but does not allow for any further expansion. If all goes as planned, the work is expected to be complete before the summer boating season arrives. The design for the new pier calls for a simple in-kind replacement, with the exception of one element: The structure will be built to a slightly higher grade in order to accommodate the higher tides that have resulted from sea level rise. When asked to describe its current state, Harbormaster Tim Mills said the pier was "terrible." "It was in severe need of repair," he added. "There was a lot of rot, especially down by the gazebo and the point where it meets the Ann Street access way." On Tuesday morning, a barge holding a towering yellow crane was towed into Newport Harbor and work quickly began on the roughly $400,000 project. By Wednesday morning, the gazebo was dismantled and crews were beginning demolition on the western end. In all, the project is expected to take about a month and a half and will feature a number of improvements, most notably a new pumpout station for visiting boaters. Used primarily as a public access point and for overnight dockage, the pier has become a focal point in recent years over the city's plan to reclaim its historic footprint, which at one time stretched out to the harbor line. Part of the city's Armory Wharf development, plans call for extending the pier's reach through a network of floating docks that would provide visiting boaters an alternative to the harbor's existing private marinas and commercial moorings. However, the proposal has run into opposition from abutting marina operators who fear that the plan would create a navigational hazard in an already congested area. That matter is currently being considered by the CRMC. The CRMC has in the past denied similar plans put forth by the city, however proponents remain hopeful that the project will this time prevail. As Mills noted, the work currently under way is a separate project and is unrelated to the Armory Wharf development.

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Council Eyes Higher Cruise Ship Fees By Tom Shevlin

Hoping to capitalize on the city's popularity with cruise ship companies, City Council members voted to seek authorization from state lawmakers to increase the amount it can collect through disembarking fees. Under a resolution put forth by staff as part of a broader effort to generate more revenue for the city, councilors are asking state leaders to sign off on a plan to raise the per passenger landing fee from $4 to $6. Under current Rhode Island General Law, Newport is limited in the amount it can charge cruise ship companies for using Perrotti Park as a landing point for visiting tenders. Currently, the city charges a disembarking fee of $2 per passenger and an embarking fee of $2 per passenger. According to City Manager Jane Howington, the fees have not increased since the program's inception. "An analysis of cruise ship fees for similar ports of call with tender transport from the ship indicates that many communities have higher fees," Howington told councilors in a memo issued in advance of Wednesday's meeting. If the proposal is approved, it's

estimated that it could result in an additional $135,000 per year for the city. Normally, the funds collected by cruise ship passengers are directed into the city's Maritime enterprise fund. However, under Howington's proposal, any additional revenue generated would be funneled into the city's parking fund (which will be renamed the Community Improvement Fund) to be used by the city for road improvements and a proposed public safety ambassador program. According to Howington, she's hopeful that the General Assembly will grant the request in the next few months and believes that the city will maintain its appeal as a preferred port of call. Harbormaster Tim Mills agreed. "It's hard to say," he replied when asked if the fee increase would discourage cruise lines from anchoring in Newport. "But I don't think so, because it's fairly consistent with what other ports are charging." The town of Bar Harbor, Maine, for example, charges $7 per passenger, while ports where ships port dockside charge significantly more. "Newport has a lot to offer," Mills said, adding that the feedback he has received over the years consistently ranks Newport among the

Opera House Adds Music to Open Houses Lineup By Meg O’Neil For the first time in decades, live music is once again being heard at the Opera House Theater in Washington Square. Every Monday evening from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. through March, an open house is available to the public to view the historic theater and learn about plans to restore the building to its former glory, with the lilting sounds of local musicians onstage to showcase the natural acoustics of the theater. The open house sessions began in February, with public attendance increasing weekly, said Dominique Alfandre, a member of the Board of Directors for the Newport Performing Arts Center LLC – the group that owns the Opera House Theater. On Monday, Feb. 25, the Al Fresco Flutes, an instrumental duo comprised of Shirley Hardison from Little Compton and Newporter Gianna Sullivan, took the stage. Despite having no heat and limited lighting, the two were excited just to be a part of the project. “There’s really nothing like this view from the stage,” Sullivan said. Standing at center stage under the original 50-foot proscenium arch, they performed a range of classical music, mixed with popular songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Due to the excellent acoustics in the theater, the resonant sounds of the two woodwind instruments could be heard from the

balcony without any electrical amplification. “It is amazing. The sound is so full in here,” Alfandre said. “We always knew the theater had good acoustics – it was an opera house after all – but this really allows people to discover just how good music sounds while viewing the 1927 theater.” Next week, Tim May will provide traditional Irish music as a soundtrack to the tours. Opened in 1867 as a 900-seat Opera House, the theater was converted to a triplex movie theater in the 1970s. During that time, drop ceilings and false walls were installed to divide the theater, hiding its original architecture for nearly 40 years. It operated as a movie theater until August 2010 when it was closed for major renovations. In 2011, the walls and drop ceiling of the movie theater were removed, revealing the original architecture underneath – including a backstage area where multiple performance posters dating back to the 1920s are still intact. Now that the original theater is revealed, the second step of the renovation is to raise funds and donations to fix structural deficiencies in the building. For more information on the Opera House Theater or to donate to the restoration project, email

Northeast's top destinations. According to Discover Newport, 74 boats – including 45 large passenger cruise ships, and 29 smaller coastal cruisers – were scheduled to visit Newport last year, with a total passenger count slightly less than in 2011. Although Mills was hopeful that the additional fees wouldn't impact the number of cruise ships visiting Newport in the coming years, he did sound a downbeat note regarding this year's projected passenger count. According to Mills, the Royal Caribbean Line's Enchantment of the Seas has pulled out of its scheduled visits this summer. Formerly based in Baltimore, the 2,500-passenger ship was relocated late last year to Port Canaveral in Florida where it replaced Monarch of the Seas which served the company's Bahamas route. The ship had initially been slated to visit Newport a total of 10 times, however it now appears that it will remain in southern waters this summer. According to Mills, its loss represents a significant blow to both the season's total passenger count and the city's overall maritime budget. A full cruise ship schedule is expected to be released some time in March or April.

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Shipyard to Reduce Air Pollutants The Newport Shipyard has agreed to reduce the amount of air pollutants released from its property under the terms of an agreement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a press release issued Wednesday, Feb. 27, the high-end shipyard has agreed to pay a $31,000 fine and cut its volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, commonly found in paints and thinners. The agreement stems from a federal action alleging the repair facility had been in violation of the Clean Air Act. The settlement also stipulates that Newport Shipyard will obtain a Clean Air Act permit from the State of Rhode Island and requires it to use paints and other coatings that meet low-VOC standards. "Newport is in an area that has failed to meet federal air quality standards for ozone," the agency said in a statement. "Under its permit, the company will use low-VOC solvents and paints that comply with regulatory limits for VOCs. In addition, the company will use paint spray guns with high transfer efficiencies, implement best work practices to minimize VOC emissions from painting and cleanup, and implement required recordkeeping and reporting requirements."

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to be Berthed at Fort Adams Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, has been given a permanent home on the north side of a new 240-foot-long pier that has been designed as part of scheduled improvements to Fort Adams State Park. The 196’ three-masted tall ship is currently under construction at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, and features a steel hull with a towering 13-story rig. The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is the first oceangoing full-rigged ship to be built in the US in over 100 years. She will be a US documented sailing school vessel, inspected and certified by the US Coast Guard and will have a capac-

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Finding a Responsible Babysitter By Shawna E.M. Snyder

Naval Community Briefs Veteran's Affairs Speaker The R.I. Disabled American Veterans Lawson-Raiola Chapter 15 will host a Boot Camp Breakfast on Saturday, March 2, 8:30-10 a.m. at the Middletown VFW Post, 52 Underwood Lane. The event will include a speaker from the Veteran’s Affairs Regional Office to address benefits. All chapter members and their guests are invited to attend. The charge is $6 per person. Call 401-846-6932 for more information.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Fund Drive Begins

The annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive runs March 1-31 at all commands onboard Naval Station Newport. Although sponsored by the Department of the Navy, the Society is a private, non-profit organization whose programs and services are totally funded by charitable donations. The 109-year-old charity provides financial, educational and other support to active duty and retired sailors and marines in times of need. Last year, NMCRS distributed over $43 million in financial assistance, handling almost 100,000 cases worldwide. The Newport office assisted 102 clients with over $53,000 in interest-free loans and grants. Assistance ranged from basic living expenses such as food, clothing, housing and household setup, utilities and phone bills to emergency transportation and car repairs to funeral expenses.

Expanded Veterinary Clinic Hours The Army Veterinary Clinic at the Leisure Bay on Naval Station Newport will be open every Tuesday beginning March 5. Veterinary services are for active duty and retirees only. Call the Groton, Conn., Veterinary Clinic at 860-694-4291 for more information.

Dual Graduations at OTC Newport Officer Training Command will hold two graduations on Friday, March 8 in Kay Hall. Eighty graduates of Officer Candidate School will be commissioned in a 9 a.m. ceremony before heading off to advanced training and to the fleet. The guest speaker will be Capt. Mark R. Pimpo, commanding officer of Navy Supply Corps School. Later that morning, 46 members of the medical, dental, nurse, judge advocate general, and medical service corps will graduate from Officer Development School. Capt. Tina A. Davidson, commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic New England, will address the graduates. For more information, call 841-1171.

Eight Bells Lectures The Naval War College Museum will host author David Rigby on Thursday, March 7 at noon to discuss “Allied Master Strategists: the Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II” as part of the Eight Bells Lecture Series. In his book, Rigby examines the strong personalities, complex relationships, and often very vocal disagreements of the British Chiefs of Staff Committee, American Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the British Joint Staff Mission as they worked to keep the British-American Alliance together. On Thursday, March 14, also at noon, Terri Arthur will discuss her book, “Fatal Decision: The Story of Edith Cavell,” a novel based on the story of the legendary British nurse whose duties as a healer clashed with the demands of a ruthless occupying regime in Belgium during World War I. The lectures are free and open to the public but reservations are required. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Visitors without a DoD decal/ID card should request access at time of reservation. To reserve, call 401841-2101 at least one working day prior to event.

Babysitting is a rite of passage for many teenagers as it may be their first job. I remember how important I felt when friends of my parents would ask me to watch their kids while they stepped out for a few hours. The responsibility of keeping the kids safe, happy and comfortable gave me a sense of purpose, and I learned lessons in work ethic that would help me later on in life. And, let's be real – what 14-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance of making a few extra dollars while watching a movie and eating snacks with a couple of kids a few years their junior? However, when I found myself working as a nanny in France at age 15 taking care of four kids (ages 4-8 years) over the summer months, I realized that my ability to handle certain situations took every ounce of my being to remain calm, cool and collected. Every family's needs are different and as many parents know, a good babysitter is a highly coveted treasure. When you have that perfect match, it makes life easier, and you feel assured that your kids will be happy and safe while you go out to have some fun. When choosing a sitter, be realistic about their ability to multitask. A teenager may have a bit more of a challenge taking care of four kids, whereas a seasoned sitter who may also be a mother herself may find it easier to juggle everyone's needs. Your expectations of the sitter must be realistic. At the time you meet with the sitter, make sure that everyone understands and is in agreement with guidelines such as cell phone use, watching TV, discipline and their transportation to and from your house. It's also good to have a couple of babysitters on standby so that if one is busy, you have back-up. If you have younger children who can't communicate their needs verbally, then it will be important to make sure that your sitter picks up on your child's cues. Apart from the minute-by-minute schedule that you've made, schedule an hour for you to stay with the sitter while the kids play. Consider this time as orientation. It offers you a window to see how your kids and the sitter interact. During this time, you would give the sitter a

thorough tour of the house including the location of the first aid kit and fire extinguisher. Sharing this time with the potential sitter creates an environment in which your kids feel it’s okay to be left alone with this new person. Your family and the babysitter should feel as comfortable with each other as though the sitter were an extension of the family. Pay is what you’re comfortable with, but a few extra dollars above minimum wage makes a difference. Make it worth the sitter’s time to keep this job. Some parents will start with a base pay and if the sitter is reliable, a rate increase could be offered. If you want your sitter to do additional tasks such as putting away the kids’ laundry or teaching them a second language if the sitter is bilingual, make that clear and understand that you might have to pay extra for such services. Paying in cash was always the rule in the past, but now some sitters carry with them a device called a Square that attaches to their cell phone and they can swipe your credit card for an easy transaction. The notion of entrusting somebody to take care of your children can be overwhelming. Of course, a referral by another family is the best way to find a sitter who is responsible, reliable and caring. If you don’t have such a referral, then aside from perusing the community bulletin boards at the YMCA and the library, there are local resources available, listed here, that can help you find someone who meets the needs of your family. Shawna E.M. Snyder of Newport, is a mother of two young girls and a Doctor of Acupuncture.

Red Cross Babysitter’s Training, March 9 For youth ages 11 to 15 years who are planning to b a b y - s i t , there is a course offered at the Red Cross office, 1015 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, March 9 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. The class will teach the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. In addition to learning about basic first aid, this training will help participants to develop leadership skills, develop a babysitting business, and will give tips on how to encourage children to behave. Register online at or call 1-800-733-2767. The cost to attend is $85. Space is limited. Parent’s Night Out at the YMCA, March 9 and 23 On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, the Newport County Y offers parents a time out from 4:40 -8:30 p.m. while their children can swim, play at the kids’ gym, and eat pizza. Registration required, 8479200 x125. Cost for non-members is $20 per child and for members is $15 per child. Salve Regina University Babysitting services are offered through the career development office. Parents fill out an application to request child care, and students then contact the family directly if they are interested. Call 401-341-2913 or visit What to Pay a Sitter According to the website, the average babysitting rate is typically around $8 - $12 per hour, but babysitting wages can vary widely from as little as $4 per hour all the way up to $18 per hour or more. The reason is that the rate depends on many factors, the most critical of which are location, experience, number of children, and any other additional requirements from parents.

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Naval Academy Prep School midshipmen candidates show off their handmade cards. (Photo by Lisa Rama)

Cupid Visits Navy Newport Sailors may have been many miles from their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, but that didn’t mean they were forgotten. Veterans Caseworker Seneca Pender, from Congressman David Cicilline’s office, visited Naval Station Newport bringing over 7,000 Valentines made by area schoolchildren. He stopped by commands throughout the base, distributing the handmade cards to active duty, veteran and civilian personnel, ranging from those just beginning their military careers to commanding officers.

In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and military readiness, Naval Health Clinic New England Newport (NHCNE) and the Naval Branch Clinics will become tobacco-free campuses as of March 1. All patients, visitors, volunteers and staff (military, civilian and contract) are prohibited from using tobacco products while in Department of the Navy spaces, including all buildings, parking areas, vehicles in parking areas, common areas and sidewalks. Commands will no longer have designated areas for tobacco use. The use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, all smokeless tobacco products, including dip, chewing tobacco and snuff, and electronic nicotine delivery devices will be prohibited. NHCNE is aligning with the tobaccofree initiative of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Navy Surgeon General. Smoking cessation classes and over-the-counter nicotine replacement products are available at the NHCNE pharmacy at no cost and are available to active duty personnel, family members, retired beneficiaries, DoD and contract employees.

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By Ross Cann While Newport has been dealing with winter blizzards, progress has been occurring on various planning efforts. City staff will soon include a new director in a planning position that has been empty since last July, when the City Manager indicated an interest in replacing the former position with a new one: Director of Economic Development. Last week, it was announced that Paul Carroll had been selected from the 54 candidates for the job. Carroll has a wide ranging resume, having worked from Beijing to Boston. His most recent position was as the chief executive for the Plymouth, England City Development Company. Carroll lives in Warwick, Rhode Island, so he is familiar with Newport and the state’s challenges. The big question as he begins his new position is, “Does planning serve economic development, or does economic development lead city planning?” As Carroll starts his work on Feb. 28, he should keep in mind that what makes Newport different from other communities is its authentic, historic character. The policies that may have worked for other communities cannot be applied to Newport without careful consideration of the unique character and concerns of a city so rich in architecture and history. These precious resources are easily lost to ill-conceived projects (like the America’s Cup Boulevard) and are nearly impossible to restore once damaged or destroyed. Some of these principles of “building the new while preserving the old” were articulated by the community at the Washington Square Community Charrette that was conducted last October with the participation of nearly 300 Newporters. The Washington Square Roots Initiative, a roundtable of groups and institutions that have a connection or interest in the Washington Square area, has been working steadily to sort through the results of the charrette to create a summary document. While the final report will not be ready for




Colony House after winter storm "Nemo". (Photo by Ross Cann) another month or so, some of the preliminary results are that there should be a balance between practices established in communities elsewhere and the unique requirements and opportunities that only longtime Newporters can identify. Recommendations fall into four basic categories: 1) Reconnect Newport’s traditional town center back to the waterfront 2) Enhance the Square’s historic environment to promote safety and improve daily experience and convenience 3) Promote restoration and special events in the Square to increase economic and community activity 4) Improve traffic flow in and around the Square to allow vehicles and pedestrians greater compatibility As with any planning venture, both the challenges and the solutions will be nuanced and complex. Vehicular flow is important, but so is the safety and convenience of pedestrians. Economic activity is critical, but so is preserving the historic character of this important place. The Washington Square issues can serve as an great way for

the new Economic Director to begin to get to know the community. Success will help grow a vibrant, complex and interesting city—as has been occurring since Newport was originally founded in 1639.

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Lecture rescheduled Because of the Feb. 9 blizzard, the lecture entitled “Newport as a Model of Urban Living: New Lessons from Old Cities” is rescheduled for Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be given by John Tschirch, who is an architectural historian and the Director of Museum Affairs for the Preservation Society of Newport County. The talk is being given as part of the Newport Art Museum Winter Lecture Series. Cost to attend is $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members. The Newport Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Ave., across from Touro Park. Ross Cann is an architectural historian, teacher, author and practicing architect who lives and works in Newport.



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CALENDAR Thursday February 28

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Gus Bourneuf on “Wendy the Welder,” discussing the role of women in the shipbuilding industry during World War II, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101. Basic Email Beginning computer class on how to use email, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 1-3 p.m., space limited, reserve at 401-683-9457,

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Business After Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly after hours gathering at Embrace Home Loans, Inc., 25 Enterprise Center, 5-7 p.m., members $5, non-members $25, 401-8471608 or “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.Redwood Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and enjoy works of the Bard, Middletown Public Library, 5 p.m. Friends International Film Series “Les hommes Libres (France),” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 6:30 p.m., free.

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Bicycle Shorts Bike Newport presents 22 of the world’s best short films about bicycling, Jane Pickens Theater, 7 p.m., $10. Race and Roots An evening of enlightened discus-

Amy Ingram as Adelaide and Brandon Clark as Nathan Detroit.

‘Guys and Dolls’ Swanhurst Chorus brings the Frank Loesser Broadway classic to life on consecutive weekends Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3 and FridaySunday, March 8-10 at Fenner Hall. Musical gems include - “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” Luck be a Lady,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” The dinner theater performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for evening shows and $28 for afternoon performances. Advance ticketing at www. sion sparked by NPR reporter Michele Norris’ memoir, “The Grace of Silence,” participants will be led in a wide-ranging humanities and issues discussion on their own roots and heritage by panelists from the community, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., free, drop in.

Friday March 1

Newport Irish Heritage Month Begins Dr. Seuss Storytime Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a storytime of “Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” Middle-

town Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., ages 3+, 401- 8461573, no registration required. Open Studio Space available for individual art projects, own supplies required, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1-3 p.m. Movies at King House Free screening of recent releases, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1 p.m. March into Reading–An Illustrator’s Life Learn about the life of children’s book illustrator Cheryl Kirk Noll,

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Irish Heritage Month Calendar of Events Saturday, March 2 Bus Tour of “Irish Newport” – Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. Newport at 10 a.m., 841-5493 or email Irish Radio –The Irish Hours on 1540 AM WADK traditional and contemporary Irish or Irish influenced music, hosted by Rick Kelly since the 1980s,

Sunday, March 3 Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast– Benefit for 57th Annual Parade in Honor of St. Patrick, Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., 9am-1pm, buffet style. Tickets:$10; Special family prices are also available. Dancing at the Forty Steps–Official opening event of the 36th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month. Cliff Walk, noon, weather permitting. Live traditional music, demonstration of traditional Irish set dancing. Sing-along with Shanachie– Hibernian Hall, family oriented social event with a great Irish music, free, 1 pm.

Traditional Irish Music –Live traditional Irish “session,” Fastnet Pub, One Broadway, 5 - 9 p.m., free, family-friendly, 845-9311,

Tuesday, March 5 Newport Irish Heritage Association Meeting– Hibernian Hall, 7 p.m., open to the public.

Saturday, March 9 Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center–Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present, open Noon - 4 p.m., 648 Thames St., Newport. 8480661. Donation. Irish Radio–See March 2. Irish Step Dancing for Children– With Kevin Doyle, US Champion Irish step dancer, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave. , 3-4pm, AOH Hibernian of the Year Dinner–Honoring Hibernian Brother, Matty Finn, Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., Newport. Tickets: $25 can be purchased at the hall. 847-8671, 6:30pm.

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Saturday, March 16

Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center– See Saturday, March 9 for details.

Mass in Honor of St. Patrick–St. Joseph’s Church, Broadway, Newport. 9am.

Parade Grand Marshal Testimonial Roast–Saint Augustin’s Church Hall on Carroll Avenue. Testimonial honoring George Jones Grand Marshal of the 57th annual Parade in Honor of St. Patrick. Tickets: $25.00 in advance, 1:30pm. Ticket information: 8465081 or purchase at door.

Mayor’s Reception–City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, 10 a.m.

Traditional Irish Music –See March 3 for details.

Thursday, March 14 Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song–Portsmouth Public Library, 7-8pm, 2658 East Main Rd.

Friday, March 15 Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center–See Saturday, March 9 for details Pre-Parade Party and Big Daddy Award Ceremony–Honoring IHOP Restaurant owners, Bill & Karen Cardinal, Hibernian Hall, free event with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Doors open at 6pm. Information: (401) 846-5081.

Irish Radio –See Saturday, March 2 for details. 57th Annual Parade–From City Hall at 11 a.m. to Washington Square, Thames Street, and Carroll Avenue to St.Augustin’s Church, Post-parade Party at Hibernian Hall –12 pm, AOH Hall, Wellington Ave., Newport. Advance tickets only $20, 847-8671. Post-parade Family Party – An alcohol-free family event, “The Hut”, (Behind the Newport Public Library), 1pm. Celebrating the Irish–La Forge Restaurant, from after the parade to 5 p.m., also 7 to 11 p.m., (401) 847-0418.

Traditional Irish Country Breakfast–La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 9am2pm. Reservations, 847-0418

Traditional Irish Music–See Sunday, March 3 for details

Saturday, March 23 LAOH Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner–St. Augustin’s Church Hall, 6 p.m. $20/adult, $6/ kids 6 and up, 847-8671

Sunday, March 24 Boston-based band “Ivy Leaf” playing traditional Irish music, Newport Public Library, 2pm Traditional Irish Music–See Sunday, March 3 for details.

Monday, March 25 Lecture–“Revisiting ‘Our Own Kind’: An ‘Angela’s Ashes’ Tale Set in R.I.” Guest Speaker: Scott Molloy. International Tennis Hall of Fame, 841-5493.

Saturday, March 30

Sunday, March 17

Irish Radio–See Saturday, March 2 for details.

Mass in Honor of St. Patrick–St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street & Memorial Boulevard, Newport. 11am.

Sunday, March 31 Traditional Irish Music –See Sunday, March 3 for details

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Chef Q & A: French-American Bistro Fare at Café Zelda By Jonathan Clancy

My favorite variation on a classic recipe is venison Bolognese. I did it with the meat, heart, and liver. It all melted into this rich sauce, and I think I’m ruined now. If I ever eat another Bolognese, I’m going to have to do it that way. There are very few foods I don’t like, but I can’t eat cooked cauliflower. I’ll eat it raw or pickled, but once it’s cooked I don’t want it. I think it might be a texture thing. I’m a big fan of crunch. I’m a huge Doritos fan. That’s my guilty pleasure. They’ve come out with all these new flavors but the sweet chili one is my favorite. One of the best meals I ever had in Newport was at The Place in Yesterday’s. That must have been five years ago. Having a big family with alternating schedules, we don’t get out too much. My last meal on Earth would be a slow-roasted pork loin with some roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus. If I could cook for anyone in

When Newport chefs are asked where they like to eat out, many of them say Café Zelda is high on the list. The French-American bistro-style cuisine served up by Chef Kevin Wood can please the palate of even the most discerning foodies. Wood, 44, has been working at Cafe Zelda since 2005, taking over as head chef after former chef John Philcox passed away in 2010. When I was a kid, I spent summers on a farm with my grandparents in North Carolina. My grandmother was by far one of the best cooks I’ve ever known. Not just in the way she cooked, but in how she carried it over. She would take some leftovers from breakfast and incorporate it into lunch. Then we’d have something different for dinner. Sitting in her kitchen was the best food experience ever. Everything was fresh, and if there was any extra she would be canning it. I got into cooking out of necessity. In 1986, I needed a job, and my brother called me up to say he needed a salad back for the day at Cobblestones (in New Bedford). From there I wanted to learn more. I’ve been doing it ever since. My favorite cookbook is “Mastering The Art Of French Cooking” by Julia Child. I can read it even if I’m not looking for a dish. As far as culinary books go, I’d have to say “The Culinary Companion.” Everybody should own a copy of that book, it’s like a food dictionary. I first met John Philcox while working at Le Bistro (in Newport). He was a great teacher. When he left Le Bistro in 1987, I stayed on as chef until 2004. I took a year off and started thinking that maybe I didn’t really want to cook anymore. Then, John called me and said he needed somebody at Zelda’s, so I came and worked with him. There was no hard and fast “this is what we have to do” way of working for John. He was very much, “If you don’t like something, let’s think of something different.” The most surprising thing about my career is that I can think up a dish on my way to work and be selling it that same night just because people trust me as a chef. My biggest pet peeve is organization. If you pick something up, you’ve got to put it back where

history it would be Julia Child. She was such a huge fan of the simple things so I think a basic roast chicken would be the perfect meal for her. Something that doesn’t get used enough on American tables are the organ meats: hearts, livers, and kidneys. It’s the ick factor. In other countries those things are eaten because they’re really good. We source local ingredients when we can. Most of our produce comes from Sid Wainer & Son. We also use the Farm Fresh program. The unsung hero on the Zelda’s menu is the Seared Scallops. I make a compote Nicoisa, which is roasted tomatoes with oil-cooked shallots, garlic, and fennel with some black olives. It’s a really nice flavor combination. Jonathan Clancy, of Middletown, has over ten years experience in the food industry.

Café Zelda’s chef Kevin Wood, at the stove (above). Among his dishes are herb roasted chicken (below). (Photos by Jonathan Clancy) you found it, even if that’s not really where it goes. If that’s where I have it, that’s where I’m using it. So, if you pick it up, put it back there, and I’ll put it where it goes when I’m done. A utensil that I can’t go without is a good pair of tongs. I go through the pile each day and pick the same pair out. I have them marked in a way that no one else knows. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered omelettes every day at Le Bistro when they were filming “True Lies” in Newport. I never met him, but I made him omelettes four days in a row. I cook at home. I have three kids and my wife in the house, so when I cook it’s a lot of family staples and stuff that kids eat. I try to get my kids to eat the good stuff, and as they get older they do try new things. So, I’ve been able to branch out a bit. When I have time off I try to get things done around the house. In the warmer months I enjoy working in my vegetable garden. I grow tomatoes, basil, corn, herbs, potatoes, broccoli; anything you can think of really. I like to try different squashes. I grew a spaghetti squash last year that came out pretty good.

From the Menu Appetizers Escargots à la bourguignonne $11 Roasted beet and marinated goat cheese sandwiches - $11 Steak tartare - $13 Truffled foie gras sour dough $16 Entrées Creamy mascarpone polenta - $19 Crispy duck leg confit and duck sausage - $25 Portuguese-style grilled pork chop with littlenecks - $26 Chicken fried lobster - $35 Dessert Yacht Club root beer float - $5 Crème brûlée - $6 Creole bread pudding with warm bourbon sauce - $8

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Herb Roasted Chicken And Mac-n-Cheese (Serves 6)

Chicken 1 bunch fresh parsley 3 cloves garlic 1/3 cup chopped shallots 1 tbsp. dried rosemary 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper Grated zest of 1 lemon 3-4 oz. extra virgin olive oil Combine all except oil in food processor and process until well chopped and mixed. With machine running, slowly pour in oil. Mixture should look like pesto. Use half of the marinade to coat 6 10 oz. Statler chicken breasts. Allow the breasts to marinate for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better). Roast breasts in a 400° oven for 2530 minutes until done (165° internal temperature). Mac-n-Cheese 1 cup milk 1 clove garlic (crushed) 1 bay leaf 1/8 tsp. nutmeg ¼ tsp. salt 1½ tbsp. butter

1½ tbsp. flour ¾ cup heavy cream Combine milk, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and nutmeg in a pot and bring to a simmer. Make a roux in another pot by gently cooking the butter and flour together. Do not let the roux brown. Strain the simmered milk into the roux and whisk over high heat until thickened. Whisk in the cream. To the sauce, add 1 quart crumbled gorgonzola cheese, 1 cup shredded parmesan, and another ¾ cup heavy cream. Cook over medium heat until cheeses are melted into the sauce. (Stir constantly to avoid sticking. Some chunks of cheese are okay, but most should be melted into the sauce.) This sauce will be enough for 1-1½ pounds cooked penne pasta. Combine pasta and sauce and pour into an oven-proof dish. Drizzle with heavy cream, top with panko bread crumbs and bake in a 400° oven until heated through and the crumbs are lightly browned.

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“Proof” SRU presents David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m., adults $15, seniors $10, students $7.

Mother Goose at Rosecliff Favorite rhymes come to life with the Island Moving Company in this family-friendly ballet, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., adults $25, children $15,

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a “Wanted” bulletin as a suspect in a murder case, which is untrue. He’s one of those guys who would rather see a woman dead than not at his side. He’s obsessed, spending nights at the police station doing computer searches for Katie when he’s supposed to be working on actual cases. And, he has a very serious drinking problem. The more alcohol Kevin consumes, the more insane he becomes. Katie, meanwhile, has found refuge in a small waterfront town in the South, and she falls in love with a handsome widower named Alex (Josh Duhamel) who has two young children. After Kevin finally tracks Katie down, Josh’s business is burned to the ground, and his daughter almost dies. It is melodramatic, but Katie’s bravery—her flight to a place

where she hopes to find peace—is an act of true courage. She leaves her home with no credit cards (those can be traced) and hardly any cash. Her story of survival—her will to live free of constant threat— should inspire women in her position to do anything humanly possible to escape an abusive man. I applaud Nicholas Sparks for writing this story and director Lasse Hallstrom (“My Life As A Dog,” “Cider House Rules” and “Chocolat,” for bringing it to the screen with such heart and with only a minimum of sappiness. Patricia Lacouture teaches film studies at Salve Regina University . She completed her graduate studies in film at Boston University.

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March Into Reading Free event for children and families promoting reading, Salve Regina University, O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Ave., 9:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Irish History Tour Two-hour narrated tour with stops at sites related to Newport’s Irish history, departs from Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., 10 a.m., space limited and reservations are required, contact tpm1@earthlink. net or 401-841-5493. Redwood Film Series “Prospero’s Books,” rated R, written and directed by Peter Greenaway, offered as part of the “To Arrive Where We Started” exhibit, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., free, reservations at 401847-0292. Mystery Author Talk March Mystery Month kicks off with author Tim O’Mara discussing his book, “Sacrifice Fly,” Newport

Opening Connections Island Moving Co. celebrates the future with an evening of dance works, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 7 p.m., tickets begin at $80, available at www.NewportMansions. org. Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Friday, March 1.

Opening Reception DeBlois Gallery hosts opening reception for “The Seven Deadly Sins” exhibit, 138 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m., 401-847-9977,

“Proof” 8 p.m. See Friday, March 1.

Opening Reception Spring Bull Gallery hosts opening reception for John L. Loughlin retrospective, 55 Bellevue Ave., 5-7 p.m.,

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,

“Guys & Dolls” Swanhurst Chorus’ tribute to Broadway, dinner and show, Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., 6:30 p.m., $35, advance ticketing at Common Fence Music Enjoy the music of Bruce Molsky, America’s reigning old time fiddler, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, doors open at 7 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m., bring picnic basket or buy galley chowders, soups and chili, $20 advance, $23 at door, Winter Blues Bash Middletown Education Collaborative benefit with James Montgomery Band, dancing, light fare, auction, Ochre Court, 7 p.m., advance tickets $50, $60 at door, www.

Sunday March 3

Green Eggs & Ham Brunch Family event and St. Patrick’s Day parade fundraiser, Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., $10, special family rate offered. Dancing at the Forty Steps Live traditional Irish music and dance, Forty Steps on the Cliff Walk, 12 p.m., weather permitting. “Guys & Dolls” Swanhurst Chorus’ tribute to Broadway, lunch and show, Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., 1:30 p.m., $28, advance ticketing at “Hotel Transylvania” Free screening of the animated movie, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m.

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CALENDAR Portsmouth Arts Guild Reception Opening reception for the “Town and Country” juried show, 2679 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 2-4 p.m. “Proof” 3 p.m. See Friday, March 1. Mother Goose at Rosecliff 3 p.m. See March 2 for details.

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Musical Entertainment Thursday, February 28 Clarke Cooke House–DJ Jackie Henderson Newport Blues Cafe–Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge–DJ Robert Black, 8 p.m. The Fifth Element–DJ Maddog

Friday, March 1 LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m.

Bilingual Storytime Children ages 3 and up are invited to attend bilingual storytime, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 3:30 p.m., stories presented in Spanish and English with related activities, drop in.

Newport Blues Cafe–Mullett, 9:30 p.m.

“Capote” Free screening, SRU, O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Hall, Ochre Point Ave., 7:30 p.m.

The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Johnny Souza, Steve Heck, 6-10 p.m.

Monday Night Mysteries Jamestown Public Library group examines “Pago, Pago, Tango,” by John Enright, 26 North Rd., 7 p.m., drop-ins and new members welcome, PJ Storytime Parents and 5-8 year-olds welcome to hear book-loving teens share favorite stories, pajamas and Teddy bears welcome, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., drop in.

Tuesday March 5

Pre-K Storytime Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in. Pell Lecture - Smuggling Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, will discuss “Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America,” SRU, Pell Center for International Relations, 518 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m. Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Wednesday March 6

Job Skills Workshop RI Department of Labor and Training personnel on how to write a resume and an effective cover letter, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., free but registration required, 401-847-8720 x208 Newport’s Historic Urban Plan Project Panel examines the historic urban plan of Newport from its initial settlement to today, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 11 a.m., free but registration strongly suggested, 401847-1000 x154. Book Chat Newport Library hosts open book discussions at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., 11 a.m., all welcome, mbarrett@newportlibraryri. org. Stories and Crafts Story and craft time for K-Grade 4 at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellev-

Narragansett Cafe –KickBack, 9:30 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Russ Peterson, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub –Designated Driver, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Green Line Inbound

The Fifth Element–The Ubiquitones, 10 p.m.-1a.m.

Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Mondo Soul, 9 p.m. O’Briens Pub – DJ C Gray, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Them Apples Sandywoods Center for the Arts–Gary Fish & Friends, 7 p.m. The Fifth Element–The Boomers

Sunday, March 3 Fastnet Pub – Traditional Irish Music, 5-9 p.m. Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe –The Mike Crandall Band, 1-4 p.m.

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The Fifth Element–Sunday Brunch Lois Vaughan Jazz Trio

Monday, March 4 Fastnet Pub–The Ubiquitones, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Stu Krous, 9 p.m.

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Dinner for Two

Tuesday, March 5

Sunday May 13th - Celebrate Mother’s Day Open 1PM Wednesday - Thursday Delicious Spring Menu

Fastnet–”Blue Monday”

Saturday, March 2 Clarke Cooke House–Honky Tonk Knights, 10 p.m.; D J Jackie Henderson in the Boom Boom Room, 9 p.m. Hyatt Five 33 Lounge–Dave Manuel, 4-6 p.m.

One Pelham East–Stu from Never in Vegas

Wednesday, March 6 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m.

Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m.

Norey’s – Damn Tall Building

$6 Cocktails - EveryNight 41 Bowen’s Wharf • Newport

All Moms receive a complimentary glass of Nino Franco Prosecco

The Wharf Pub–Acoustic Open Mic, 7 -10 p.m.

LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m.

Narragansett Cafe – New York Minute, 9:30 p.m.

(enteropen on Bannister’s Wharf) Fluke is now every night from 5PM R E S T A U R A N T + B A R + B A R N 401.849.7778 41 Bowens Wharf(entrance on Bannister’s Wharf ) Newport 401.849.7778

Sardella’s – Dick Lupino, Ginny Conley, Bill Moretti, 7-9:30 p.m.

Newport Blues Cafe–Those Guys, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Brunch! Sundays from 11am ‘til 3pm

Winter Hours Dinner: Every Night Lunch: Saturday & Sunday Brunch: Sunday Live Music: Honky Tonk Knights Every Saturday Through March

ue Ave., 3:30 p.m., public welcome, free, drop in. World Read Aloud Day Dress up as your favorite book character for a “read aloud,” followed by a craft and popcorn party, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., all ages, 401- 846-1573, no registration required. 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.

Thursday March 7

Business Before Hours Join the Chamber of Commerce’s before work gathering, Sugar High Inc., 876 West Main Rd., Middletown, 8-9 a.m., 401-847-1608 or Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents “Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II,” with David Rigby examining the personalities, relationships, and disagreements that led to ultimate victory in the war, Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101.

Portsmouth 1638 Compact Commemoration Ceremony Ceremony commemorating the 375th anniversary of the signing of the 1638 Compact, Portsmouth Town Hall, 12 p.m., historian Jim Garman will speak, 401-683-3255, Life of the Mind Series Begins Dr. Edward McCrorie, Professor of English Emeritus at Providence College, will speak on “The Challenges of Translation,” and discuss his newly-published verse translation of “The Iliad of Homer,” Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., members free, non-members $10, 401-847-0292 x112 to reserve, Portsmouth Lecture Jim Garman will speak on “The Founding of Portsmouth,” Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-6839457,

Saturday Night

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nature-themed storytime with “Animals in Winter,” for preschoolers ages 3+, 583 Third Beach Rd. Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577.

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Open Studio Space available for individual art projects, own supplies required, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1-3 p.m.

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Movies at King House Free screening of recent releases, Edward King House, 35 King St., 1 p.m.

½ Price Grilled Pizzas Karaoke 9:30 til close

Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner at 11:30am 401.849.6623 Food Specials Served Inside Only

Woodcock Walk Learn about woodcocks then go on an evening interpretive walk to witness the wonderful “sky dance” of the aerial acrobats, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Road, Middletown, 6 p.m., space limited, for ages 8+, members $6, non-members $8, call to reserve, 401-846-2577, “Guys & Dolls” 6:30 p.m. See Saturday, March 2.

Saturday March 9

Clean Ocean Access Meet to clean up Sachuest Beach and Easton’s Point, Middletown, 12-2 p.m., bring your own cup and Empire Coffee & Tea will provide coffee and cocoa, wear boots and gloves, www.CleanOceanAccess. org. Mystery Author Talk March Mystery Month continues with Tess Gerritson discussing her latest, “Last to Die,” Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m. Redwood Film Series “The Belly of an Architect,” rated

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Jose Gonzalez and Katie Moorhead, Island Moving Co. dancers, rehearse a work by Mark Harootian. (Photo by Thomas Palmer)

‘Opening Connections’ Island Moving Co.’s “Opening Connections” on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Rosecliff will celebrate Newport’s contemporary ballet company’s 31st season. Dancers will perform works from the repertory, including a new ballet by Providence choreographer Mark Harootian. Tickets are $80 and include a celebration toast and a Blackstone-catered intermission. To purchase tickets visit or call 847-4470.

R, directed by Peter Greenaway, offered as part of the “To Arrive Where We Started” exhibit, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., free, reservations at 401-8470292. Winter Lecture Series Rescheduled from Feb. 9, architectural historian John Tschirch, director of museum affairs for the Preservation Society of Newport County, will present “Newport as a Model of Urban Living: New Lessons from Old Cities,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, students $6, reception, 401-8488200, www.NewportArtMuseum. org. Irish Step Dancing for Kids Redwood’s Children’s Library hosts fun and interactive program in the Harrison Room, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., free, drop in. “Words into Poetry” Workshop with members of Ocean State Poets, readings, discussion, open mic, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3-4:30 p.m. Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “Diamond in the Rough,” an interactive murder mystery at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m.,

Common Fence Music Roots Caboose Enjoy the music of Brown Bird, inspired by blues, roots and common sense, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, doors open at 7 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m., bring picnic basket or buy galley chowders, soups and chili, $20 advance, $23 at door,

Sunday March 10

“Guys & Dolls” 1:30 p.m. See Sunday, March 3. “Robot and Frank” Free screening at Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 2 p.m. The Boy Who Wore Two Uniforms Personal account given by a Rhode Island man who trained in the German Youth Corps during WWII and how he became a U.S. citizen. Middletown Historical Society, corner of Paradise and Prospects streets, 2 p.m., 849-1870, Choristers Concert Navy Choristers’ “Music for a Sunday Afternoon” concert to benefit Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, 4 p.m., adults $7, seniors and children $5.

“Guys & Dolls” 6:30 p.m. See Saturday, March 2 for details.

March Into Reading at SRU The 10th annual March Into Reading, a celebration of children’s books, will be held Saturday, March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue at Salve Regina University. The event features eight local authors, readings, workshops, book signings, children’s discovery rooms and a book sale. David Macaulay, recipient of the Caldecott Medal and the MacArthur Fellowship, will give a presentation at 10 a.m. Free and open to children of all ages and their families. No reservations are required. The event is presented by Aquid-

neck Collaborative for Education, a unique partnership of educational institutions spearheaded and coordinated by Salve Regina’s department of education, and supported by the Hamilton Family Foundation, People’s Credit Union, United Way of Rhode Island, Middletown Education Collaborative, Portsmouth Public Education Foundation, The Newport Daily News, Island Books, Newport Hotel Group and Newport Public Education Foundation. For more information, 401-3413157 or

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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 Other Area Restaurants 2) Norey’s, 156 Broadway, Newport & Dining Options 3) Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport Not Within Map Area 4) Salvation Cafe, 140 Broadway, Newport 5) The Deli, 66 Broadway, Newport Mama Leone’s 6) Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport 150 Connell Hwy. 7) Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., Newport Newport   8) Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St., Newport Newport Grand 9) Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames St., Newport 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd. 10) Aloha Cafe, 18 Market Square, Newport Newport 11) The Wharf Pub, 31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport Coddington Brewing Company 12) Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport 210 Coddington Hwy. 13) Diegos, 11 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport Middletown 14) Clarke Cooke House, Bannisters Wharf, Newport International House of Pancakes 15) O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport 159 W. Main Rd. 16) Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., Newport Middletown 17) One Bellevue, Hotel Viking, Newport 18) La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Npt. 2cX5in.indd 19) Pasta Beach, 7 Memorial Blvd., Newport 20) Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport 21) The Chanler’s Spiced Pear, 117 Memorial Blvd., Npt. 22) Atlantic Grille, 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown

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Newport County TV Program Highlights February 28–March 6 THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 28 5:00pm: Grace & Truth 7:30pm: Center Stage 8:00pm: Newport City Council Mtg: 2.27 9:00pm: Newport School Committee Mtg: 2.12 FRIDAY – MARCH 1 9:00am: Grace & Truth 11:30am: Center Stage 12:00pm Newport City Council Mtg: 2.27 1:00pm: Newport School Committee Mtg: 2.12 6:00pm: Crossed Paths 6:30pm: Newport County In-Focus 7:00pm: Gaudet School Winter Band Concert 7:35pm: Gaudet School Winter Choral Concert 8:10pm: Common Fence: Fiddlers & Fishermen 2013 11:30pm: Not For Nothing SATURDAY – MARCH 2 10:00am: Crossed Paths 10:30am: Newport County In-Focus 11:00am: Gaudet School Winter Band Concert 11:35am: Gaudet School Winter Choral Concert 12:10pm: Common Fence: Fiddlers & Fishermen 2013 6:00pm: Crossed Paths 6:30pm: Newport County In-Focus 7:00pm: Broadway: From then ‘Til Now Concert – 3 SUNDAY – MARCH 3 10:00am: Crossed Paths 10:30am: Newport County In-Focus 11:00am: Broadway: From then ‘Til Now Concert - 3 6:00pm: Crossed Paths 6:30pm: Newport County In-Focus 10:30pm: Common Fence: Fiddlers & Fishermen 2013 MONDAY - MARCH 4 10:00am: Crossed Paths 10:30am: Newport County In-Focus 4:15pm: Little Compton Town Council Mtg: 2.21 5:00pm: Richard Urban Show 5:30pm: Cowboy Al Karaoke Show 6:00pm: Americo Miranda Show 7:00pm: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 2.26 TUESDAY – MARCH 5 9:00am: Richard Urban Show 9:30am: Cowboy Al Karaoke Show 10:00am: Americo Miranda Show 11:00am: Middletown School Committee Mtg: 2.26 6:00pm: Lessons of Love 6:30pm: The Millers 7:00pm : Art View 7:30pm: Caring For Our Community 8:00pm: Middletown Town Council Mtg: 3.4 WEDNESDAY – MARCH 6 10:00am: Lessons of Love 10:30am: The Millers 11:00am : Art View (for more info:

Sights on a Winter Day at Sachuest By Jack Kelly I recently joined some friends for a walk on Sachuest Beach. Bundled-up and layered, we set off on a bright, cold February morning. We were astonished and saddened to witness the amount of damage done to the area by Superstorm Sandy and the amount of debris that had washed ashore. However, in spite of the environmental scars we saw around us, we were gifted with the sights and sounds of life and nature. As we began our walk from the west end of the beach, we were serenaded by a Herring gull that was barking out its territorial call as it fought with other scavenging gulls over the carcass of a dead fish. Further down the sandy expanse, we observed gulls on the wing dropping clams on the parking lot pavement to break them open. There were a number of waterfowl species in the waters off the beach. We sighted a flock of 40 Bufflehead Ducks diving for prey less than 100 yards off shore. These diminutive ducks are winter residents of Newport County and usually can be found on freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, salt marsh wetlands and sheltered saltwater bays. They are named for their disproportionately large head and in other parts of North America are given local names such as “Buffalo-head” or “Butterball.” They feed on a wide variety of small fish, crustaceans, insects and plant matter. The average Bufflehead is about 14 inches long and has a wingspan of about 21 inches. The male of the species has distinctive coloring. It has a black back and white sides with a large white patch on the rear of its head. The female has muted dark plumage with an oblong white cheek patch. Both sexes have light blue bills and bright red legs and feet. Buffleheads migrate to the far western United States, western Canadian provinces and Alaska in spring. They breed and nest mostly near freshwater sources in tree cavities excavated by Northern Flickers.

Common Redpoll. (Photo by Rey Larsen) As we watched the Buffleheads’ feeding antics, we also observed Common Loons, Red-throated Loons, Common Eider, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers feeding in the waters of Sachuest Bay. As we progressed eastward on the beach, we sighted a group of wintering Sanderlings. These small, pale sandpipers were foraging at the water’s edge, racing back and forth with the waves while probing the sand for invertebrates exposed by receding tides. In the spring, these little shorebirds will migrate thousands of miles to breed in northern Nunavut in the Arctic Circle. The birds will nest on dry tundra with scattered rocks, usually near water. When we reached the eastern boundary of the beach, we decided to continue our journey and headed over the dune passage to Sachuest Point Road. We scanned the adjacent campground’s tree and brush line border and observed more avian species including Black-capped Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows. We also observed 3 Common Redpolls and a handful of Pine Siskins. These two species are known as “winter finches” because of their erratic wanderings and sudden “irruptions” when many thousands of their kinds move southward in winter from the tundra and boreal forests of Canada. These mass movements are due to the collapse

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Owls are distinguished by keen eyesight. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

Besides keen eyesight this hawk species uses an owl-like facial disc to help it detect prey in vegetation by ear. (Photo by Jack Kelly) of seed or pine cone crops in their normal feeding ranges. This past year’s crops suffered a major loss in eastern Canada, due in part to insect infestations. As we prepared to end our walk, the sudden appearance of a male Harrier Hawk over the wetlands adjacent to the Third Beach parking lot caught the group’s attention. He was flying south, just over the vegetation of the marsh, rocking side to side on upswept wings, seeking small rodents. As he disappeared over the wood line to the southeast, a Short-eared Owl appeared, flying north along the boundary of the wetlands. The owl continued on until we lost sight of it north of Gardiner’s Pond. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

Best Birding Spots (Audubon Society of RI)

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n  Albro Woods, Middletown n  Hazard Road, Newport

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Lenten Series Trinity Church will offer a Wednesday Evening Lenten Series on the Gospel of John beginning Feb. 20 through March 20, presented by Rev. Stephanie Shoemaker and Helenmary Lauth. Each meeting in the series will begin with a soup, salad and bread supper 6-7 p.m., followed by the program at 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Paul or Robin Rosbolt at 401-619-2333. Emmanuel Church will offer a Lenten series on Spiritual Practices for Wellness in Body Mind and Spirit, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, through March 27. The gatherings will begin with a simple meal of soup, salad and fruit. All are welcome. For more information, call 401-847-0675.

Kathy Prendergast, Kathy Mosher and Rose Garcia and volunteers prepare for last year’s cereal night at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

4th Annual Cereal Night St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will hold its fourth annual Cereal Night on Sunday, March 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. Community members are invited to enjoy a dinner of a bowl of cereal and donate the money they would have spent on their evening meal to help combat hunger in our area. Rev. Rebecca Baumann says, “We do this during the Lenten Season as it serves as a reminder of sacrifice and giving to others in need.” All monies donated will benefit local food programs: the Methodist Community Gardens, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Food Pantry and the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Families are especially welcome to participate and there is a wide variety of cereal available, including many kids’ favorites. Musicians David Manuel and Chuck Ciany will perform. For more information, call 401-846-0966.

Pianist Agustin Anievas in Benefit Concert Internationally-known pianist Agustin Anievas will perform at Seamen’s Church Institute’s benefit concert, “Rachmaninoff the Docks,” on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at the St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown. Anievas will perform selected pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninoff and his wife Carol will accompany him at the second piano to play the orchestral part on selected pieces. Tickets for the concert are $35 per person and may be purchased in advance or at the door. The concert is to benefit an endowment for the repair, maintenance, and preservation of the Chapel of the Sea within Seamen’s Church Institute. For tickets or additional information, contact the Seamen’s Church Institute at 401847-4260 or visit

Salvation Army World Fair The Newport Salvation Army will host a World Fair fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, 12-3 p.m. to support the Army’s efforts in developing countries. There will be lots of family fun at this at this international afternoon of food, activities, dance performances and entertainment. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children 6 and under. The event will take place at the Salvation Army headquarters at 51 Memorial Blvd.

Concert at Community Baptist True Worship will present the Marion J. Brown Founder’s Day concert at Community Baptist Church, 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., on Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. The Founder’s Day observance marks 60 years of ministering to the sick and shut-in members of the church and community. The celebration will continue on Sunday, March 10 with a worship service at 4 p.m. Rev. Dr. Vincent L. Thompson Jr. will preach and visiting choirs will sing. All are welcome.

Women’s Fellowship The Salvation Army hosts a weekly women’s fellowship group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at 51 Memorial Blvd. The fellowship events include game nights, tea parties, movie nights and Bible studies. All are welcome and asked to bring a potluck dish. For more information, call Lt. Helen Johnson at 846-3234.

Memory Loss Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church hosts a support group for those with memory loss or early stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the church on Turner Rd in Middletown. Connect with others on the same path, receive information on available services, and discuss concerns in a caring environment. The support group for diseased persons will be led by Donna Buehler, and the caregivers group will be led by Pastor Amy from 1-2 p.m. Tai Chi will be offered for both groups at 2 p.m., led by Gail Witsitt-Lynch. All welcome.

Military Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church offers a support group for military spouses each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Resident spouses and those new to the area are welcome to meet at the church, 200 Turner Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Warm Up Wednesdays St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St., hosts Warm Up Wednesdays and welcomes all for fellowship, games, reading and refreshments from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

Churches are welcome to send information about upcoming events or to share special messages, by emailing

Calvary Methodist will offer a Lenten study for the whole family on “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus,” Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., through March 20. There will be a soup supper served at the start of each session. For more information or to sign up, call 401-847-6181.

Community Meals and Fellowship Area churches and organizations work together to provide nutritious meals in a caring environment for members of the community. Upcoming meals include:

Thursday, Feb. 28

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (by Calvary Methodist)

Friday, March 1

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.

Saturday, March 2

8:30 p.m. Emmanuel Church 42 Dearborne St. 4:30 p.m. Community Baptist 50 Dr. Marcus

RECENT DEATHS Carolyn R. Almeida, 73, of Middletown, passed away Feb. 22, 2013, at Heatherwood Nursing and Subacute Center of Newport. She was the wife of the late Albert A. Almeida. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society of Rhode Island, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886. Michael J. Davies, 43, of Middletown, passed away Feb. 23, 2013 at home. Calling hours will be on Friday, March 1 from 5 - 7 p.m. in Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway. A funeral will follow at 7 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the Portsmouth Abbey Scholarship Program, 285 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Mabel S. (Lawry) Dube, 87, of Portsmouth, passed away Feb. 24, 2013. She was the wife of the late Raymond Roger Dube. A funeral service was held Feb. 28 at Connors Funeral Home. Julia (Joy) Furtado, 82, of Newport, passed away Feb. 24, 2013 at the Village House. She was the wife of the late Charles P. Furtado. Calling hours will be on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4 -7 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at Jesus Savior Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906. Maryanne Shaw Johnson, 83, of Middletown, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 24, 2013. She was the wife of Winfred E. Johnson. Donations in her memory may be made to the Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840. Charles M. Leighton, 77, of Middletown and Vero Beach, Fla., passed away Feb., 24, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic. He was the husband of Roxanne McCormick Leighton. A memorial celebration of his life will be held in Newport later this spring. Donations in his memory may be made to Sail to Prevail, P.O. Box 1264, Newport RI 02840.

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Tuesday, March 5

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.–Emmanuel Church 42 Dearborne St.

Wednesday, March 6

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 12 p.m.–United Baptist 30 Spring St. (by United Congregational)

Thursday, March 7

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 West Broadway 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (by St. Augustin’s)


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Suzanne Brown Motzenbecker, 89, of Cranston, formerly of Newport, passed away Feb. 23, 2013. She was the former wife of the late Edward Motzenbecker. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at Marie Barbara Person, 96, formerly of Newport, passed away Feb. 26, 2013 in New Hampshire. She was the wife of Edward Person. Her funeral service will be Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, RI Chapter, 245 Waterman St. Ste.306, Providence, RI 02906. George Paul Rosa, Jr. 70, of Newport, passed away Feb. 22, 2013, at Newport Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Teresa Anne (Shaffell) Rosa. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War as a Paratrooper with the First Airborne Brigade, 187th infantry 3rd US Army. Donations in his memory may be made to the Newport Rescue Wagon Fund, 21 W. Marlborough St., Newport, RI 02840. Francis John “Sticks” Winthrop, 69, of Portsmouth passed away Feb. 25, 2013 surrounded by family at Warren Skilled Nursing Center of Warren, RI. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Chandler) Winthrop. Calling hours will be held Monday, March 4, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be March 5 at 9 a.m. at Jesus Savior Church. Donations in his memory may be made to Three Angels Fund, PO Box 4001, Middletown, RI 02842.

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Barbara C. McLaughlin, 81, of Southbury, Conn., formerly of Portsmouth, passed away Feb. 24, 2013 following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late William P. McLaughlin. Calling hours will be Friday, March 1 from 3 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. at Connors Memorial Funeral Home, Portsmouth. Her funeral will be held March 2 at the Connors Funeral Home at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. Mass at St. Barnabus Church.


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Viking Girls Tame Tigers 51-38 – Advance to D-II Playoff Quarterfinals By Meg O’Neil

at the start of the second half with scrappy defense and rebounding effort. With 10 minutes left in the game, the Tigers had narrowed their deficit to 37-29. Tiverton effectively stopped Rogers center Brianne Morgera from scoring under the basket in the second half with strong double coverage. Morgera would finish the night with 14 points. While momentum was on Tiverton’s side for several minutes, an open lane basket from Chaves and a quick jumper from Rogers forward Ny-Jah Rivon moved the game back in favor of the Vikings at the nine minute mark. From there, multiple blocks by Morgera, steals by Rivon, and a three-pointer from forward Elizabeth Jackson were too much for the Tigers. The victory against Tiverton marks the 20th consecutive win for the Vikings, who have not lost a game since their non-league season opener against Barrington High School in early December. Since then, the Vikings have been unstoppable in their quest for a state title, finishing the regular Division II-East season undefeated at 16-0; 20-1 overall. Rogers will play the winner of the Feb. 27 matchup between West Warwick and Prout in the D-II East quarterfinal game on Sunday, March 3, 6 p.m. at Rhode Island College.

The Rogers High School girls’ basketball team is now one step closer to a state championship. The opening round of Division II playoffs got underway on Tuesday, Feb. 26, as the top-seeded Vikings defeated 16-seed Tiverton High School at home, trouncing the Tigers, 51-38. The Vikings went on a 12-0 scoring spree during the opening minutes of the game before Tiverton was able to capitalize on a Rogers turnover, finally making a basket with 8:53 left in the opening half. But it was too little, too late, for Tiverton, as the lady Tigers were never able to fully recover from their scoring drought at the start of the game. Dominating the floor was Rogers’ junior point guard Josie Chaves, who scored a game-high 21 points. With a relentless drive up the court, Chaves’ speed and strong passing easily broke Tiverton’s full-court press throughout the game. The Tigers encountered foul trouble throughout the game, but the Vikings shot only 47 percent from the free throw line, going 16 for 34 from the stripe, and kept the pesky Tiverton five within striking distance. Rogers extended their lead to 2814 by halftime, but a revived Tiverton team emerged from the locker room

Rogers’ junior center Brianne Morgera, #21, beats the box out and secures another offensive rebound.

Josie Chaves, #4, simultaneously starts a fast break and eyes the clock as time was about to run out in the first half. The Viking’s junior starred in the contest, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.

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