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The Pipes, the Pipes are Calling!

The Newport Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes & Drums Band is on a roll! In the last two weeks, the talented group has been named the “Best Pipe Band” at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway, New York and also claimed the First Place Grand Marshal’s Award from the parade in New Haven, Conn. With the luck of the Irish on their side, the Newport AOH Pipes & Drums Band is sure to be a crowd favorite as they march in the 57th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16. (Photo by Kirby Varacalli)

The search for a new superintendent of schools is officially on, as the Newport School Committee voted to hire an outside firm to conduct a candidate search at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12. The New England Development Council (NESDEC) will be tasked with finding a replacement for current superintendent John H. Ambrogi, who announced his decision to retire earlier this year. Ambrogi is slated to leave six months ahead of his current contract’s end-date, opting to leave the district in January 2014, instead of June 2014. NESDEC, which is based out of Marlborough, Mass., had the least expensive search proposal ($7,960), compared to two other firms which were in the running: Ray and Associates, Inc. out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa ($15,500); and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates from Rosemont, Ill. ($21,000).

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Sister City Kinsale–A Hundred Thousand Welcomes EBEC By Andrea E. McHugh The idea of “sister cities,” a concept created when two similar cities or towns from differing geographical areas form an official partnership in an effort to promote diplomacy, cultural awareness, and economic growth, has been a global initiative dating back more than a century. Newport has “twinned,” to use the European term, with cities and towns across the globe that similarly boast a welcoming coastal community and are a desirable travel destination. One of the first partnerships was formed with Shimoda, Japan, a port city with a picturesque coastline and a bond with the City by the Sea dating back to 1853, when Newport native son Commodore Matthew Perry led an expedition there that resulted in the opening of international trade routes between our two countries. In the mid-1990s, late Rhode Island State Representative Paul Crowley saw the fruitful relationship Newport had forged with Shimoda and other international port cities and set out to find a similar destination in Ireland, as so many Newport residents, just like him, shared a rich Irish heritage. All roads led to Kinsale, a charming fishing village in County Cork with cobblestone streets, an active sailing calendar, charming inns and divine restaurants (sound familiar?). “Paul and I served in the state legislature together and he was a good friend,” says former Rhode

Island congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. “We visited throughout the country and … Kinsale was a natural because it’s a nice community and everyone said it was a must, just like it's a must that if you come to New England, you have to come to Newport.” Kennedy says the hospitality that Kinsale is known for was evident during the delegation’s stay and its natural beauty was something to take in. “All I know is that when we were actually there, it was self-evident that this was the perfect place for us to twin.” While Kennedy says his inaugural trip with Crowley and the people the two met with in Kinsale launched the twinning process, it was the community in both cities that supported the effort that really made it happen. “In other words, it's fine for us to do the visit, but the reason this is ongoing is that there are people who put a great deal of effort in keeping it ongoing.” He points to local organizations like the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Discover Newport and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee as just some which have helped develop the sister city relationship. “We were really capitalizing on a lot of people already in place who were ready to make this a reality.” Crowley spearheaded the effort, along with a team of likeminded advocates, to twin Kinsale and Newport. The two seaside enclaves became official sister cities in 1999. Just like Newport, Kinsale’s

to Shift Course By Tom Shevlin

Historic Charles Fort guards entrance to picturesque Kinsale Harbour. population swells in the summer months, with international travelers flocking to the historic resort on Ireland’s southwestern coast. Colorful homes, pubs, restaurants and shops line the winding streets of this pedestrian-friendly port, and sailboats bob in the harbor creating a symphony of sound as rigging clangs in the breeze. Reminiscent of Newport’s Fort Adams, Charles Fort, an impressive starshaped fortress dating back to 1678, overlooks Kinsale’s picturesque harbor, and sailing excursions are plenty when the warm summer season arrives. Rugby is the sport of choice throughout the Emerald Isle, and every May the Kinsale Rugby Football Club (RFC) hosts the Heineken Kinsale Sevens, Europe's Largest Rugby Sevens event. Today, the Kinsale RFC and the Newport Free Local News Matters

Rugby Football Club share a strong bond (when they’re not challenging each other on the pitch). Kinsale has also earned the enviable moniker as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, with restaurants The White House, The Spaniard and Fishy Fishy consistently named as favorites of locals and guests alike. Since the twinning, chefs from Newport and Kinsale visit one another to share culinary techniques, new dishes and local flavor. While Kinsale offers intriguing historical sites and attractions, great dining and lodging options, easy to navigate streets, beautiful beaches and views, it’s the people that truly make this coastal gem extraordinary. The warm smiles and generous hospitality strengthens the Irish expression Céad Míle Fáilte, or “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes."

It’s been a trying few months for the volunteer members of the East Bay Energy Consortium. Strapped for cash and under fire from critics who say the fledgling organization is over-reaching in its attempt to develop a shared source of renewable energy, the group has spent the last few weeks wrestling with its mission, scope, and even debating its very existence. On the surface, it would seem to be a noble goal: a group, comprised of 2-3 representatives appointed by city and town councils from each of the East Bay’s nine communities, would meet and develop a plan that could save their communities money through the use of renewable energy technology. When it started, EBEC was an all-volunteer initiative built on the idea of “regionalization” and remains so today. However, as the group’s mission grew in scope, questions began to mount regarding the use of state issued funds, the openness of their meetings, and a controversial request to obtain certain jurisdictional powers normally reserved for only a select group of governmental agencies.

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There was shared joy and laughter on Saturday, March 9 at Hibernian Hall as the Sullivans and the Finns, the Gallaghers and the Kirwins, the Lehanes and the Sheekeys, the Titus, and the Michaels clans, and other tribes gathered to see Matty Finn receive his award as Hibernian of the Year. Finn surprised many of his family members and friends by shaving off his “winter beard” a few weeks early. “I grow a beard every winter to keep my face warm and shave it off when the crocuses bloom,” Finn said. His Hibernian brothers ribbed him about “cleaning up really well” and wearing a blazer and tie. After a cocktail hour, Finn was “piped in” to the dining room by members of the AOH Pipes and Drums Band. He was greeted with a standing ovation by all present. Finn’s childhood friend Bob Sullivan performed the duties of Master of Ceremonies and invited everyone to enjoy themselves

Matt Finn continues the family legacy as a Hibernian of the Year. because after dinner the real fun would begin. After dinner, Sullivan addressed the crowd and delivered a humorous biography of his lifelong friend. Finn said, “It was a good time, and I was glad to see my family and friends enjoy themselves.”

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CHIEF CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Initially, school committee member Rebecca Bolan suggested that the committee appoint Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct the search because she felt it was important that the hired firm conduct a nationwide search instead of using NESDEC, which may limit their scope to the New England area. “I know [Hazard & Associates] is more expensive, but I think we should be looking for a little more of a global presence,” she said. The motion to approve the hiring of Hazard & Associates failed on a 3-4 vote. Others on the committee believed NESDEC would extend their search beyond the Northeast Corridor. “I think NESDEC can look as broadly as any company can,” said school committee member Robert Power. “What you’ll find is that each firm has a niche in certain areas but casts a large net … and clearly, there’s a lot talent in New England.” While the Hazard & Associates proposal was appealing to committee vice-chair Jo Eva Gaines, the price tag was not. “I was greatly impressed by some of their strategies, but the cost being twice as much is a big difference,” she said. “It will cost almost $25,000 because these people have to fly here and be put up in hotels. I think we can work with NESDEC and keep our costs in control.” Robert Leary and Thomas Phelan both opposed using NESDEC because they were unhappy with the firm’s recent work on a survey that examined the district’s Alternative Learning Program and teaching model at Thompson Middle School. “We told NESDEC what we wanted last time and they did not provide it. They didn’t follow what we asked for and I cannot support that,” Leary said. The committee approved NESDEC on a 5-2 vote with Leary and Phelan opposed. In other business: Two weeks after the Newport City Council voted down a proposal that would make it easier for potential candidates to run for public office by decreasing the number of required signatures, the Newport School Committee unanimously approved a resolution that would do the same. Currently, candidates running for the Newport School Committee are required to gather 200 valid signatures for their name to appear on a ballot. The resolution, which was introduced by committee member Robert Power, would lessen the number of required sig-

natures to 50. The action follows the proposal of City Councilor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, which called on state lawmakers to do away with the requirement for cities which operate under a home rule charter. “All I’m asking is that this committee ask the state to follow the city charter and not have the state dictate to us,” Power said. The resolution aligns with one of the school committee’s yearly goals to increase the number of potential candidates in upcoming elections. This past November, seven candidates ran for seven available seats on the school committee. Free & Reduced Lunch The school department conducted a district-wide search to find students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches but may not have been aware they were eligible. According to the findings, Supt. Ambrogi said there were 108 out of 2,100 students who had not filled out paperwork on the lunch program. Of those, one student attended Coggeshall elementary, 60 from Underwood elementary, two from Thompson Middle School, and 45 from Rogers High School. Ambrogi said the number of students at Underwood not on file was most likely due to the mobility of military families coming into and out of the school that did not realize they had to hand in paperwork on eligibility for free and reduced price lunch. Of those 108 students not on file, two students from Underwood were deemed eligible for reduced lunch and six students from Rogers High School qualified for free lunch. “The problem is that people do not return the lunch form,” Ambrogi said. “They don’t return it because more than 90 percent know they are not eligible to receive the free or reduced lunch, but this was worth it because we found eight kids.” Security Upgrades at RHS & TMS When the new Pell Elementary School opens its doors to students in Sept. 2013, all teachers and staff will use a swipe card security system to gain access into the school building. The school committee wants to examine the possibility of increasing the security at both Thompson Middle School and Rogers High School to match that of the new Pell School. Though TMS already features locked doors that are opened from a push-button system in the main office, the committee plans to examine the possibility of installing a swipe-entry system there as well.

The difficulty comes in securing Rogers High School. “The security at Rogers has bothered me for a long time,” said Gaines. “Doors are propped open with chairs and it bothers me that somebody could walk in off the street and walk right into our schools. I try not to think about it, but it worries me.” Ambrogi described the Rogers layout as “problematic,” with an “octopus” shape featuring open air hallways, separate buildings and multiple exit points. According to committee member Power, there are 48 access doors from the outside at Rogers. “Thompson may be a whole lot easier to deal with than Rogers,” Ambrogi said. New schedule at RHS The school department is set to examine a new schedule at Rogers High School that will increase the amount of “face time” between students and teachers. Currently, the school operates on a rotating three-day schedule that allows for teachers to meet with students two out of every three days during the week. The newly proposed 5-day schedule would allow for teachers to see students four of five days during the week. The anticipated benefits of changing the schedule include the idea that increasing the amount of time students spend with teachers would reduce the impact of truancy and tardiness, and would also allow for greater opportunities to collaborate with community partners. Enrollment In order to better grasp enrollment numbers of new kindergarten students attending Pell School in the fall, the district opened the enrollment process three weeks earlier than in the past. According to Ambrogi, 86 kindergarten students have registered so far. In examining the birth rate in Newport, Ambrogi projects to have 172 kindergarten students at Pell in its opening year – a number that he said is substantially lower than the current year (222 students). “This is the year when youngsters were born immediately after the downturn in the economy,” he said, adding that the decline in birthrate is reflected in the registration numbers. If those numbers hold, all kindergartners could be housed in eight classrooms – the number of kindergarten classrooms planned for Pell. The overall school enrollment projection for the 2013-14 school year is not expected to be known until later this spring.

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Currently owned by IYRS cofounder Elizabeth Meyer, the Lee’s Wharf property represents one of the last undeveloped waterfront parcels in the Thames Street general business district. Located just off Lower Thames Street, the 3/4 acre parcel is being marketed as a “mixed use” development opportunity or as home to a private residence. Also being offered for sale are

nine 40-50-foot deep water slips also owned by Meyer. If developed, the properties – which are all located in the city’s downtown core – could have a significant impact on the city’s landscape. The parcel at Touro and Spring, had previously been eyed for use as a park linking Washington Square with Touro Synagogue and Historic Hill.

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Bike Newport will host its second annual Bike Newport Night fundraiser on Wednesday, March 20, from 6 - 9 p.m. at SpeakEasy, 250 Thames St. This year, all funds raised at Bike Newport Night will support a dedicated effort to provide safety equipment to Newport’s night cycling workers. The “Night Bright” initiative is comprised of Bike Newport volunteers who work with local organizations and employers to reach and teach bicycle commuters how to be safe and visible at night. The effort includes purchasing and distributing bicycle lights and bells, reflective tape, safety vests, helmets and road rules - stressing how to ride visibly, lawfully and predictably. Admission is $10. For more information about how to be involved, contact Bike Newport at 401-619-4900 or

The Department of Utilities will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at Newport City Hall from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. The focus of the meeting will be to review the schedule and sequence of construction for replacing the water mains and sanitary sewers along Broadway. The City’s contractor, D’Ambra Construction Co., along with the design engineers, James J. Geremia & Associates and AECOM, will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions. Residents and businesses will be affected by the proposed utility improvements which will be constructed in Broadway from Farewell Street to Bliss Road.

‘Swing Into Spring’ The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center annual dinner dance benefit will be held Thursday, April 4 at the Atlantic Beach Club from 6 - 10 p.m. Reservations are requested by March 26 and tickets cost $60 in advance, $75 at the door. For more information or reservations, call 846-4828 x 102 or email

Spring HS Boys Basketball League The Newport Recreation Department is once again sponsoring a boys high school basketball league, scheduled to begin in late March. The league is for boys in grades 9, 10 and 11, and players may register as part of a team or individually. Last season there were teams from Rogers, Middletown, Portsmouth, South Kingstown and multiple communities. Games will be played Sunday afternoons at the Martin Recreation Center, the Hut. There will be a special league warm up and registration day on Sunday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hut. Prior to that, players may register at the Newport Recreation Department on Golden Hill Street or by calling 845-5800. For further information contact Ray Fullerton at 847-6864.



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Scholarships nSons of Italy Forum Lodge 391, is accepting applications for the annual Anna M. Ripa Memorial Scholarship which is awarded at each of the Aquidneck Island public high schools for a graduating senior of Italian descent who plans to attend any college or post-high school institute of learning. The forms are available in the guidance offices of Rogers, Middletown, and Portsmouth high schools, and at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 7. For further information, call Forum Vice President Paula Kyle, 846-0469. Forum Lodge is the Newport branch of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), which is the largest and longest-established national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States. Further information about the Sons of Italy may be found at or by contacting Forum President Shirley Ripa (8497087). nThe Middletown Education Collaborative (MEC) is offering a Middletown High School senior (Class of 2013) a $1,000 college scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a senior who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to community service. For an application and more information, visit nNewport Lodge of Elks is accepting applications from students of all ages planning to pursue a Vocational/Technical program leading to a two year degree or technical certificate for one of six $600 grants offered by the RI State Elks Association. All applicants must be citizens of the United States. Additionally, the $1000 Alger Memorial Scholarship from the Newport Lodge is available for students in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton meeting the requirements of the RI State Elks Association Vocational Scholarship. The Newport Scholarship Committee may also consider nontwo year vocations such as nursing. The same application is used to apply for both scholarships and may be picked up at the Newport Lodge or can be requested by emailing Applications must be submitted by April 5. 2013. For more information contact Richard Bianco at 683-5421. Organizations offering scholarships to Newport County students are welcome to send information about the scholarship to

For What It’s Worth On a recent visit to New Haven we toured The Yale Center for British Art. On exhibit is: “Edwardian Elegance – British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.” The exhibit runs through June 2. Pictured is a gown by the House of Worth. This exhibition is one of the most interesting for those who enjoy decorative arts from The Gilded Age. The Museum is located at 1080 Chapel St. in New Haven and is open Tues.Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. , Sun. noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Phone: 1-877-brit-art. The exhibit is not to be missed.— Federico Santi, partner, Drawing Room Antiques (The Drawing Room offers free appraisals by appointment. Call 841-5060 to make an appointment.) Do you have a treasured item and want to know “what it’s worth?” Send an image, as hi-res as possible, directly to Santi at: or 152 Spring St., Newport

MS Fundraiser The National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced its partnership with 63 Edible Arrangements® stores of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire for its second annual MS awareness campaign to raise funds to help people with MS and to support MS research. Last year, these Edible Arrangements® locations donated $10,000 to this cause. Edible Arrangements® will donate five dollars from every Orange Blossom® arrangement purchased during March, National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Awareness Month. To order an Orange Blossom® arrangement call or visit any of the participating RI, MA, or NH locations, or visit

Have a Heart Huge Success The Potter League’s 40th Annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Silent Auction drew close to 400 friends, neighbors and animal lovers at The Hotel Viking in February after the infamous blizzard of 2013. The almost $90,000 raised will directly support the Potter League in continuing to provide shelter, medical and general care to our loving homeless animals. The silent auction featured over 300 items.

nExcellence in Business Nominations are being accepted until Monday, April 1. Visit to download the nomination form. nThe March Business After Hours will be Thursday, March 28 from 5 7 p.m. at the North End Steakhouse at Best Western Mainstay Inn. To attend, call 847-1608 or pre-register online.

Diabetes Prevention Talk Diabetes nurse educator Judith A. Byrnes will explain diabetes and how to prevent it on Wednesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at Newport Hospital. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation is hosted by the Red Hot Mamas. Newport Hospital is the only Red Hot Mamas site in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. This event will take place on the first floor of the hospital; use the Powel Avenue entrance. The program is free, but space is limited. Call 845-1551 or email to reserve a place.

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Newport Police Log Newport Fire During the period from Monday, Incident Run Report March 4 to Monday, March 11, the Newport Police Department responded to 465 calls. Of those, 119 were motor vehicle related; there were 102 motor vehicle violations issued and 17 accident reports. The police also responded to 24 home/business alarm calls, 7 incidents of vandalism, 16 noise complaints, 13 animal complaints, and conducted 12 school security checks. (Coggeshall-4, Cranston-Calvert - 3, Triplett-2, Rogers - 2, Thompson-1) They transported 3 prisoners, and recorded 4 instances of assisting other agencies and 7 instances of assisting other police departments, performed 1 liquor establishment check, and 1 private tow was recorded. In addition, 24 arrests were made for the following violations: n 5 arrests were made for simple assault n 3 arrests were made for larceny n 2 arrests were made for outstanding bench warrants n 2 arrests were made for driving with a revoked or suspended license n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct n 1 arrest was made for breaking & entering at Hill Mart, Connell Hwy. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism n 1 arrest was made for domestic vandalism n 1 arrest was made for domestic assault n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer in the line of duty n 1 arrest was made for driving without consent of the vehicle owner n 1 arrest was made for DUI n 1 arrest was made for a narcotics violation n 1 arrest was made for controlled substance conspiracy n 1 arrest was made for urinating in public

Avoid Parade Congestion Parking will be limited as parade participants begin staging on lower Broadway at about 9 a.m. The two best routes into the city with available public parking are: Westbound on Memorial Blvd, right onto Bellevue Ave. (northbound), left on Church St. and right into the Waterfront Parking lot (situated between Church and Mary St.) Farewell St. south to America’s Cup Ave. and right into the Gateway parking garage.

Pennies for Patients Students at Underwood Elementary are collecting spare change from home, family, and friends to donate to the 19th annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser through March 22 to help benefit the Rhode Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, Rhode Island schools raised over $317,273 for the society. To make a donation to Pennies for Patients 2013 through Underwood school, contact Lori Russell at 8469590.

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During the period from Monday, March 4 through Sunday, March 10 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 98 calls. Of those, 54 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 46 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 98 responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 and 3 responded to 49 calls • Station 1 - Engine 1 and 6 responded to 35 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Rescue 2 responded to 16 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road Engine 2 responded to 17 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 and 3 responded to 26 calls

Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 2 - Building / structure fires 3 - Carbon monoxide incidents 1 - Lock out 1 - Electrical wiring / equipment problem 1 - Water / steam leak 8 - Assist public calls 10 - Fire alarm sounding - no fire 1 - Malicious false alarm 2 - Fire alarm malfunction - no fire 49 - Engine assist on EMS call In the category of fire prevention, the department performed 6 smoke alarm inspections for house sales, 20 life safety inspections, and provided 5 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Smoke Alarm Batteries- it is that time of year again. We changed our clocks this past weekend. Did you remember to change your smoke alarm batteries? A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

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Dana Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, has been named the inaugural winner of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, a joint initiative of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal. The prize honors a modern storyteller whose work has had a positive impact on public affairs. It will be presented at a public conference on April 12 at Salve Regina University. To register for the event, visit Salve. edu/pellcenter.

During this year’s parade the Newport Police Department will be strictly enforcing City Ordinances (open containers of alcohol in public, noise violations and disorderly conduct, underage drinking) along the parade route and the surrounding areas. The Police Department will have a strong presence to make this a fun, safe and family friendly event. NOTE: Last year, 29 arrests were made for possession of open containers of alcohol and 19 arrests were made for underage drinking.

In preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 parking is prohibited on the following streets from 5a.m. to 3 p.m. All vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed: Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square Equality Park Place and Equality Park West Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd. from Equality Park to Oak St. Washington Sq. from Broadway to Thames St. Thames St. from America’s Cup Ave. to Morton Ave. Carroll Ave. from Morton Ave. to Harrison Ave.

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For more information on any of these items visit n Parole Bill On Tuesday, March 12 the Senate passed legislation to require that those convicted of first- or second-degree murder serve at least half their prison sentences before becoming eligible for parole.The legislation will now be sent to the House of Representatives, would apply the 50 percent sentence rule only to sentences of less than life in prison. n Legislation to prohibit sale of ‘e-cigarettes’ Legislation was introduced to prohibit the sale of “e-cigarettes” to minors. Electronic cigarettes, which look like the real thing, are batterypowered nicotine delivery systems, heating a nicotine liquid and delivering it to a user in vapor form. The bill would expand the statutory definition of “tobacco products” to include “vapor products.” n Changes to speed DMV waits The Special Senate Commission to Study the Division of Motor Vehicles, led by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton), issued several recommendations, including that the DMV post cur-

rent waiting times for its Cranston headquarters and all its branches on its website to help customers plan for or avoid long lines. n Medicaid fraud bill A bill was sponsored a bill allowing the state to use technology to identify fraudulent activity in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before payment is made. n ‘Storm preparedness’ tax-free weekend proposed Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (DDist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) has introduced legislation calling for a sales tax-free weekend for the purchase of emergency storm preparedness supplies. Proposed for the August Victory Day weekend, tax-free items would include such things as portable generators, self-powered light sources, batteries, coolers or ice chests for food and even non-electric can openers. It is patterned on tax-free programs in several states n Early voting Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski

(D-Dist. 2, Providence) introduced two different proposals to institute in-person early voting in Rhode Island elections. Representative Blazejewski’s bill would allow voting seven days a week beginning three weeks before general elections and two weeks before primaries. Representative Ruggiero’s bill would allow early voting Monday through Friday for three weeks before all elections. n International Women’s Day In celebration of International Women’s Day – recognized by the United Nations as March 8 – an event at the State House honored eight women from the three branches of government. Those honorees were: Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Speaker Pro Tempore Elaine A. Coderre (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket), Supreme Court Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney, Family Court Chief Judge Haiganush R. Bedrosian and District Court Chief Judge Jeanne E. Lafazia.

Local General Assembly officials: Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton); President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Middletown); Rep. Marvin Abney (D-Dist. 73, Middletown, Newport); Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) Rep. Peter F. Martin (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Linda Dill Finn (D-Dist. 72, Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth)

Saturday Morning Fire at 19 Weaver Ave. Crews from Newport Fire Department- Shifts 1 and 3 responded to a structure fire at 19 Weaver Ave. Saturday morning, March 9 at 6:40 a.m. The fire was initially reported via 911 by a caller residing on East Bowery Street who saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of a building on Weaver Avenue. First responding apparatus found heavy smoke and flames coming from a hole in the rear first floor exterior wall of the two story mixed occupancy building. Crews had to force entry at the garage door located on the front of the building where they knocked down the main body of fire to find that the fire had traveled within the rear wall to the second floor and attic space above. All on duty personnel from three stations fought the fire for 50 minutes before Deputy Chief McIntosh declared the fire to

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be under control. An Engine from Navy Newport and a Rescue from Middletown Fire relocated to Newport Fire Headquarters during the fire. No injuries were reported. Fire and smoke damage was confined to one of two double garage units on the first floor and a woodshop on the second floor, all of which were located on the east end of the building. The remainder of the 9,520 square foot complex contained a vacant apartment and a construction company with associated shop and storage space, all of which were undamaged. Fire investigators from the Newport Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire originated on the outside of the building and was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials. Damage to the structure is estimated at approximately $150,000.


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EDITORIAL Sober Thoughts On Parade Day


egardless of your ancestral tree, it seems that everyone is Irish in Newport this time of year. From the scores of corned beef variables found on local menus, to the ubiquitous shamrocks and pot-o-gold decorations, St. Patrick's Day – and more specifically "Parade Day" – has become one of the city's biggest holidays. Serving as the unofficial start of spring, the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day is not only a big money maker for local restaurants along the parade route, but it also marks the culmination of a months-long effort for the volunteer committee that works throughout the year to ensure the parade's success. So, if you plan on braving the cold temperatures and potentially dicey forecast, be sure to thank the parade committee when you see them. And if the occasion presents itself, feel free to flag down one of the scores of police officers who patrol the route in hopes of keeping the booze off the street and in the bars where it belongs. Newport has had mixed results when it comes to crowd control on parade day; it only takes a quick search on YouTube to witness some of the day's more regretful events. At its heart, organizers will tell you that the parade is meant to be a family-friendly affair. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of people who descend on the city for what they presume to be an excuse to drink heavily while wearing enormous green foam hats and plastic sunglasses, there's only so much that our police can be expected to do. So this year on parade day, if you see someone acting the part of a fool, say something, and help honor the true spirit of the day.

Happy St. Patrick's Day One green shamrock, in the morning dew, 
 Another one sprouted, 
and then there were two. Two green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree; 
 Another one sprouted, 
and then there were three. Three green shamrocks, by the cottage door; Another one sprouted, 
and then there were four. Four green shamrocks, near a beehive Another one sprouted, 
and then there were five. Five little shamrocks, bright and emerald green, 
Think of all the luck 
these shamrocks will bring. - Author unknown

City Website Compromised The City of Newport’s website was recently compromised by a directed cyber attack, officials said on Friday. The site, which was first targeted last week and again over the weekend, was taken off-line until a new version can be developed. According to City Manager Jane Howington, the administration decided to take the site down out of an abundance of caution after it had been compromised a total of three times in less than a week. Visitors to the website had been reporting difficulties logging on for several days. No personal or sensitive information was obtained through the apparent hack, but Howington said that a police investigation has been launched. She added that the city would be limiting its online presence until a

new secure site can be launched. Earlier this year, the city council contracted with Vision Internet to develop a long-awaited reboot for the city's Internet presence. The project, which is currently underway, is expected to be complete within the next 3-4 months. In the meantime, a temporary site is expected to go live in the coming days, with links to important information. Howington also urged residents to follow the Newport police and fire departments on Facebook at and /NewportRIFireDepartment. To access dockets and agendas for upcoming meetings, interested parties can log on to www.sos. ri.openmeetings, or default.ashx?clientsite=newport-ri.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Fight Continues, Nothing Has Changed To the Editor: The Friday, March 8 story in the Providence Journal about the Thursday House Finance Committee hearings has given many the wrong impression about our effort to reverse the decision to toll the Sakonnet Bridge. The decision has not been made, and the efforts of the STOP Committee to stop the toll continues unabated. It has been a long hard campaign, one that began in October of last year, but we have made substantial progress and our campaign is going very well. We have a very good chance to reverse last year’s law establishing the tolls. We must not lose heart. There are presently five bills in the Assembly to reverse the decision to toll the Sakonnet Bridge, and those opposed to the tolls remain fully engaged. Our success critically depends upon citizen

turnout at the Assembly for the House Finance Committee Hearing in late March or early April. The brutal fact of life in the Assembly is that numbers count for everything. If we get a big crowd, we have a chance. We need everyone’s continued support. Now with 31,000+ signatures on a petition opposing the tolls, a successful media campaign, and the remarkably successful DOT hearings in Portsmouth and Tiverton, we in East Bay have been able to turn this situation around. I would like to remind everyone that the State asked to toll Route 95, but because it was a federal highway, they were turned down. But Route 146 is not. When our Representatives inform us when the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives hearing is set, usually starts between 1 and 4 p.m. in the RI Statehouse in Providence, we must

move quickly. We will let you know through the newspapers, radio, fliers and personal e-mails. If you are willing and able, please come and show your opposition and support those who will testify. Buses or vans will be provided, and will leave from the Stop and Shop in Middletown; Clements Market on East Main Road Portsmouth, and the Park and Ride parking lot on Fish Road in Tiverton. Times will be announced when we know them. If we are to be heard, we need numbers to stand our ground on this issue…No toll. Please call Jeanne Smith at 401-683-1764 or e-mail at, to let us know you’re coming. We have come a long way; let's get this thing done! Jeanne Smith, STOP Committee Antone Viveiros, Chairman

Raise Seawalls During Repairs To the Editor: Anyone that lives along the coastline of this beautiful state will probably agree that the beaches, roads and seawalls have taken a “beating” these last few years from all the storms. Every year millions of state and federal dollars are spent to make these repairs. Mostly in the same areas, over and over again. Whether you believe in global warming or not, the sea level is rising and will effect all of us taxpayers big time in the future.

Common sense says it’s time to raise our seawalls to save money and ourselves from flooding. Many of our seawalls are too low already. Those along Ocean Drive, King’s Park and Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, along with Shorby Hills in Jamestown are examples. It doesn’t take much to do this while you are on the jobsite. I work construction and know that!

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Back from the Dead: WMVY on FM After being silent for several weeks, the Martha’s Vineyardbased WMVY radio is once again on the air. For nearly a decade, FM radio listeners in and around Newport had been able to hear mvyradio on 96.5 FM, but when the station’s primary 92.7 FM signal was recently sold to Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, the station and its local over-the-air presence was in question. But thanks to a successful fundraising campaign of over $600,000, mvy’s future was secured as a pioneering Internet-based station. Yet, as loyal Newport listeners have discovered in recent weeks, an agreement between Friends of mvyradio and Rhode Island Public Radio has kept the quirky independent station on the air over its 96.5 FM signal. Here’s how the agreement will work. First, Rhode Island Public Radio

will continue to broadcast its regular local public radio programming from its Narragansett station on 102.7 FM. Second, with digital HD Radio technology, Rhode Island Public Radio will add a second channel carrying mvyradio's programming from Martha’s Vineyard. Third, by acting as a relay, Rhode Island Public Radio will enable the Newport station on 96.5 to continue to broadcast mvyradio to regular FM radios. Narragansett Bay listeners who don’t have a digital HD Radio receiver can continue to listen to mvyradio on the Newport 96.5 FM signal. As MVY Program Manager P.J. Finn describes it, this “mildly complex arrangement keeps radio program diversity available in Narragansett Bay.” "Rhode Island Public Radio is delighted to assist mvyradio to keep its unique and quality music programming on-the-air on Aquid-

neck Island," says Joe O'Connor, GM of Rhode Island Public Radio. "The passion and concern of our Newport listeners during the Save mvyradio Campaign was very evident,"added Finn. "In just a few short years on 96.5, we have made a strong connection to Aquidneck Island, and are thrilled that this connection will remain strong." David Maxson, the owner of the 96.5 station in Newport, said, "It has been an honor and a pleasure to offer mvyradio’s unparalleled programming to Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay area listeners for many years. I am thrilled to be part of the cooperative effort of Rhode Island Public Radio and mvyradio to maintain this public service that is cherished by many." Outside of the coverage area, listeners can tune in to MVY online via smart phone apps, over iTunes, or directly from the station’s website

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EBEC CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 Formed in 2009 following a public conference on regionalization hosted by Roger Williams University, EBEC, as it would come to be known, set out with a general charge of reducing municipal expenses related to energy use. But beyond that, how it would achieve those savings and what formal role the group would have in implementing them was left very much open for discussion. Ultimately, the group settled on a proposal to turn a vacant site intended for use as an office park owned by the Town of Tiverton into the first regionallyowned wind farm in Rhode Island. After securing funding through the state’s embattled Economic Development Corporation, conducting wind tests and piecing together a pair of feasibility studies, the group approached the General Assembly in 2012 with a request to formalize its standing as a sanctioned quasi-public agency. With it would come needed bonding authority and the power of eminent domain. Initially, eight of the consortium’s participating nine communities signed on to the proposal, however Newport’s City Council was skeptical, specifically as it related to the provision regarding eminent domain. Others, including members of the public who had not been aware of the group’s efforts, raised others red flags, questioning the efficiencies of wind energy and the need for yet another quasi-public agency. The Bristol Town Council, which had been acting as the fiduciary for the organization, also began having concerns and, following a heated public session, voted to withdraw from the group last year. The controversy surrounding EBEC reached a head as a pair of

other ambitious projects began to falter. The first came in the form of RIEDC’s failed investment into Curt Shilling’s 38 Studios, while questions were also raised regarding Deepwater Wind’s proposal to sell its wind-generated power at prices far above current electric rates. To some, EBEC’s plan represented the worst of both projects. Last month, Newport resident Ben Riggs asked that the City Council sever ties with the group, insisting that EBEC’s new ambitions could be “detrimental” to taxpayers and have at this point exceeded their original charge. “EBEC has, by admission of its Chair, pursued this venture purely as a means of raising funds for certain municipalities,” Riggs told councilors. “It will not, in any way, contribute to the environment or create jobs or serve any public benefit. And it has far exceeded its original mandate. Whatever the remaining players want to pursue, this should not be associated with the City of Newport.” Responding to Riggs’ request, city councilors asked Jeanne-Marie Napolitano to provide the group with an update on EBEC and its future plans. She reported that, after much debate, the group has decided to soldier on. As she noted, the group was formed with a relatively simple mandate: to off-set the costs that cities and towns spend powering street lights, town buildings, and schools. Thanks to a $335,000 grant from the state’s Economic Development Corporation, and another $15,000 allocation from the Rhode Island Foundation, the group was able to hit the ground running. “One of the group’s first actions

was to initiate a feasibility study to locate potential renewable energy sites throughout the East Bay, as well as to look at various energy efficiency programs,” Napolitano said. “The goal was, and remains, to collaborate as a means to reduce budgets and save tax payer money.” After identifying the site in Tiverton as a potential location for the group’s proposed wind farm, a second more detailed feasibility study was issued and posted on the group’s website. Other memos and status updates were also provided to participating communities throughout the process, according to Napolitano. Meeting notices were posted through the Secretary of State’s website, and minutes have also been filed online, though only through April of last year. All this, while the group was still technically meeting only as a loose advisory consortium. As Napolitano noted, “In order to move forward from feasibility into implementation or development, the volunteer consortium has had to evolve into an entity that can legally enter into contracts.” And so, after running into resistance last year with its bid before the General Assembly, Napolitano said that the group is refocusing its efforts and plans to file as a nonprofit agency, while it seeks out a partner in the private sector to help bring its plan to fruition. As for the funding it received from the state, Napolitano said that all of the funds have been transferred to RIEDC, “with a full accounting.” “Our mission has never changed,” Napolitano said. “It’s to help the nine communities that had originally signed on, and to help the taxpayers.”

Waterbrothers, Reloaded By Tom Shevlin Sid Abbruzzi is looking good these days. Rested from a few weeks in the sun and newly engaged, Abbruzzi – the lifeblood of Waterbrothers, the Newport-based surf and skate brand that boasts a cult-like following – is standing in his shop on Memorial Boulevard on a recent Monday. He’s sporting a neatly fitted plaid buttondown, its sleeves rolled up to reveal the mesh of tattoos that stretches up his arms. It’s been a year of change for Abbruzzi – and his iconic shop. A few months ago, Sid was told that that the property where he’s set up the latest iteration of Waterbrothers’ retail experience was being sold as part of a plan to expand the operations of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Rumors began to swirl that the shop would have to move. With a typical laid-back confidence, he says he’s there to stay for at least the next 12 months, if not longer. What’s more, after a two-month hiatus, the shop is re-opening this Friday, March 15 with an expanded product line and renewed focus on showcasing emerging and independent designers from across the surf/skate community. “We’re still staying very strong on our Waterbrothers stuff,” Abbruzzi says, but adds that he’s hoping to increasingly feature independent designers to fill in the gaps. Branded wetsuits from Buell are also on the way, as is an expanded Waterbrothers surf board collection designed by Roberts Surfboards. It’s about getting back to basics, he says, while also look-

held on July 20 (rain date is scheduled for July 21). The event, which drew thousands of surfing enthusiasts to Doris Duke’s Rough Point during its first two years, will be moving to a venue expected to be announced in the coming weeks. While he couldn’t divulge too many details, Abbruzzi promises this year’s event will be “bigger and better” than ever.

Sid Abbruzzi and Danielle Crugnale. (Photo by Tom Shevlin) ing for ways to expand the brand’s reach beyond its regional footprint. Helping him is his soon-to-be other half, Danielle Crugnale. A retail industry veteran, Crugnale, along with her twin sister Nicole, is bringing to the shop a keen eye and a slightly more refined touch. She’s also planning to launch an expanded women’s collection. “I’m honored to be doing anything with Waterbrothers,” she says. “To have a women’s edition in any way is so cool, but you have to make sure it works and fits within the brand.” It could also make financial sense. “If you look at the numbers, more Waterbrothers clothing was purchased by women last year than by men,” adds Abbruzzi. “I’m more focused than ever to kick off this campaign and get the season started.” He’s also gearing up for the third edition of his annual Surf Fest to be

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Noreen Stonor Drexel Preservation Lecture

The Southeastern New England Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will hold a luncheon meeting at the Officers’ Club on Friday, March 22. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Capt. Vernon Kemper, commanding officer of Officer Training Command Newport. Reservations are required by Tuesday, March 19. The cost is $19. Contact retired Col. William Onosko at 401-7830498 to reserve.

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Until it was replaced by the Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR), the FDT was installed as a temporary alteration on about 20 platforms per year for 10 years at a total cost of $600,000. Because the FDT used existing antenna hardware, the invention saved the Navy approximately $60 million by eliminating the need to design, develop, test, and install new UHF antennas. Travelyn, an electronics engineer, has worked at NUWC Newport for 26 years. He serves as the lead systems engineer directing the day-to-day work of subject matter experts for each CSRR subsystem. A U.S. Navy veteran, Culbertson retired from the Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Systems Department in 2005, where he had worked as a technician. He was a member of the CSRR program and holds several other patents developed during his career at NUWC.

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The base Indoor Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, March 23, starting at 7:30 a.m. The event is limited to 108 participants and is open to active duty personnel, retirees, eligible family members and DoD employees with base access. Registration fee is $5 per person and the team fee is $12. Event details: swim six laps (210 yards) at Pool 307; bicycle 10 miles on a preset spin bike at Gym 109; then run 2 miles on a treadmill. Results will be posted on Monday, March 25. Register at Gym 109.

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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport engineer Raymond F. Travelyn and retired employee David L. Culbertson have been named winners of the Office of Naval Research Vice Adm. Harold G. Bowen Award for Patented Inventions. The award recognizes patented inventions that have had a significant impact upon the operation of the Navy as measured by the extent of its adoption for Navy use, cost savings, increased military capability, or increased quality of life for Navy personnel. The team invented the Full Duplex Transceiver (FDT), also known as the TravPak, a communications device which dramatically increased data rates for error-free transmission via satellite aboard submarines. Previous systems required at least two days to transfer data for threat verification – putting both the platform and the crew at risk.

NOSC will host a NOSC Night Out at the Officers’ Club on Wednesday, March 27. Meet for dinner at 6 p.m. and enjoy the comedy of Rodney Laney in the Topside Lounge at 7 p.m. Register at for both events.

Eight Bells Lecture The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, March 28, from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum. Dr. Stephen Flynn will speak on “The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (2007)” and “America the Vulnerable (2004).” The lecture is 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.

O’Club Easter Brunch Enjoy Easter brunch at the Officers’ Club on Sunday, March 31. Traditional breakfast and Easter brunch favorites will be served and all hands with base access are eligible to attend. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and advance ticketing is required. Tickets are available at the ITT office (bldg. 1255), Wednesday-Friday and cost $30.75 adults, $15.50 for children 8-12 and $9.50 for children 4-7. Children 3 and under are free but need a ticket. Call 841-3116 for information.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade Jones to Be Parade Grand Marshal By Jack Kelly When the St. Patrick’s Parade steps off at Newport City Hall at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, it will be led by Grand Marshal and Newport native George Jones. Jones was chosen for this honor because of his many years as a firefighter and his decades-long contributions to the annual parade. The Parade Button this year will honor Jones with the symbol of a firefighter’s helmet emblazoned with a shamrock and a depiction of Jones’ distinctive moustache. A member of the Dennis E. Collins Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Newport, Jones has supported many charitable and philanthropic endeavors over the past several decades. He explained how his love of golf grew out of one such event: “In 1978, I played in a Police and Fire golf tournament fundraiser. The money raised went to help a local cop’s wife who was very ill. I still play in tournaments that benefit worthy causes.” Jones attended Newport public schools and graduated from Rogers High School in 1962. He began his career with the Newport Fire Department in 1966. During his 26year career, Jones witnessed many advances in emergency services, fire code changes and equipment. In the early 1970s, Jones was in the first training class of EMTs to be chosen from the Aquidneck Island fire departments. “On our own time, we would spend five or six nights at the Newport Hospital Emergency Room learning life-saving techniques from the hospital’s doctors and nurses. We learned CPR from the Red Cross, and we constantly drilled at the fire stations so that we were ready when we rode on the rescue. Those early days of EMT work saved a lot of lives,” Jones said. Before the advent and wide use of smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and stronger safety and fire codes, Newport had its share of

George Jones has celebrated his Irish heritage by traveling back to the Emerald Isle several times. (Photo by Jack Kelly) spectacular and deadly home and business fires. Jones remembered his first major fire: “It was in February of 1967, and the old Mahogany Bar and apartment building that was at the corner of Marlborough St. and Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. caught fire about 3 p.m. There was a big, powerful wind from the southwest, and that fire burned through the night until the next day when we finally got it out. We were still there for the next two or three days hosing down hot spots. There’s still an empty lot there today.” Jones remembered other large conflagrations, such as the March 1972 fire that destroyed the former John Jacob Astor estate at the corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues, and the four-alarm Travers Block fire in the 1970s that threatened many surrounding buildings including the former Tavern Bar. In 1976, Jones married Regina Regan, and they purchased a home on Weatherly Avenue in the Fifth Ward. The couple has three daughters, Kristine, Megan and Katie, and two grandchildren, Aliyah and Julian. Jones related that his good friend, the late Rick Hole, for whom

this year’s parade is dedicated, was a resident of Weatherly Avenue, as is this year’s Hibernian of the Year, Matt Finn. “Between the three families, we have a real Weatherly Avenue connection for this year’s parade,” Jones said. In 1979, Jones, along with four friends, purchased and renovated a bar that is now known as O’Brien’s Pub, located at the corner of Thames Street and Waite’s Wharf. The partners experienced their first parade day in 1980, and since then O’Brien’s has become a popular spot to take in parade festivities. “We have many great memories from past parades and we’re looking forward to this year’s celebration. A number of our extended family members are traveling to Newport to cheer me on while I march past O’Brien’s,” Jones said. Jones marched in his first St. Patrick’s Parade in 1967 as a member of the Newport Fire Department. “That was back in the days when you knew the parade was over because the Fire Department and a fire engine were at the end of the parade,” he said. This year, Jones will be out in front.

Past Parade Grand Marshals 2012 Charles “Chaz” Donovan 2011 Raymond J. Lynch, Jr. 2010 Michael C. “Chad” Donnelly 2009 Kiki Finn 2008 James F. Mahoney 2007 Leo F. Downey 2006 Christopher J. Behan 2005 Stephen P. Martin 2004 Teresa Paiva Weed 2003 Joseph T. Houlihan 2002 Mary Salas 2001 Rear Admiral Barbar McGann 2000 Sister Josephine St. Leger 1999 Ralph H. Plumb, Jr. 1998 John Booth 1997 Robert Sullivan 1996 Richard “Rick” Kelly 1995 Mayor David Roderick 1994 Richard “Dick” Crane 1993 Dr. Michael Wood 1992 Rep. Paul W. Crowley 1991 Rear Admiral Joseph Strasser 1990 William D. Nagle 1989 John Toppa 1988 Paul Gaines 1987 Hon. Kathleen Sullivan Connell 1986 Mayor Patrick Kirby 1985 Robert J. McKenna 1984 Matthew Smith

1983 Claire Dugan (Mrs. Edward F.) 1982 Humphrey J. Donnelly, III 1981 Fr. George B. McCarthy 1980 Sister Lucille McKillop 1979 James L. Maher 1978 Paul F. Murray 1977 Gov. J. Joesph Garrahy 1976 Mayor H.J. Donnelly, III 1975 Bishop Kenneth Angell 1974 Bishop Louis E. Gelineau 1973 Gov. Philip Noel 1972 Lt. Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy 1971 Mayor Joseph A. Doorley 1970 Msgr. Gerald F. Dillon 1969 Gov. Frank Licht 1968 Robert E. Quinn 1967 Hon. Fred St. Germain 1966 Msgr. John T. Shea 1965 Bishop Bernard M. Kelly 1964 Justice Patrick P. Curran 1963 Colonel Florence Murray 1962 Msgr. James V. Green Pastor St. Mary’s 1961 Gove. John Notte 1960 Fr. J.A. Fitz Simmons 1959 Thomas Finn, Sr. 1958 Matthew Noonan 1957 Mayor John J. Sullivan

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A Part of Hibernian History By Jack Kelly





The statue of St. Patrick, which is carried by a contingent of Hibernians in the annual Newport St. Patrick’s Parade, has a storied past and a humble beginning. This year’s parade marks the 50th anniversary of the first appearance of this iconic image in the parade. The history of this simple but elegant representation of the Patron Saint of Ireland began in the basement workshop of late Fifth Ward resident and master carpenter, Frank Gillis, in early 1962. Gillis was well known in Newport for his building and carpentry skills as well as his donations of time and labor to St. Augustin’s Church and School. According to his nephew, Donald Martin of Newport: “Frank was a jack-of-all-trades who could fix or make anything. He was very well known for his hand-carved puppets and the puppet shows that he would perform for children in our family’s basement. These were almost life-size puppets, and it usually took three people to work the ropes and pulleys that made them move. My uncle loved doing things for the church and the school, and he would never accept a dime for the work he did. He fixed the pews and kneelers and did any repair that was needed. He was a life-long bachelor and a devout Catholic man who attended morning mass daily. He was a member of St. Augustin’s up until his death in 1978 at the age of 87.” On the night of Thursday, Nov. 10, 1957, St. Augustin’s Church was struck by a massive fire that was the result of a boiler explosion in the basement of the church and school building. Gillis, who lived across the street from the church, was one of the first men of the parish who entered the building to see how they could rebuild. At the same time, Gillis and other tradesmen of the parish worked feverishly to convert the Carmelite Monastery on Narragansett Avenue into classrooms for the schoolchildren. By Monday, Nov. 14, the children were attending classes at the temporary school. Gillis helped with the reconstruction of the church and school, and he hand-carved some of the woodwork in the church and the area surrounding the altar. Newporter Chad Donnelly related his memories of Gillis: “Frank Gillis was one of the driving forces behind the old Fifth Ward Outings that were held at Murphy Field ev-

Fifth Ward resident and master carpenter Frank Gillis created a likeness of the Patron Saint of Ireland in 1962. ery year. He made the game boards, high jump, and other devices used by children to participate in games held. He was always there to lend a hand and help children achieve their goals.” Martin shared his memories of when Gillis began construction on the St. Patrick statue, “It was just after my 9th birthday in December of 1961 when my uncle began to glue and clamp lumber together in his workshop. Soon he had a large block of wood on which he sketched out a rough figure of St. Patrick. Over the next year, he hand-carved, chiseled and sanded the statue. When he had completed that work, he began to paint and prepare the statue. The original gold color on the statue was actually gold-leaf. My uncle, who never drove a day in his life, took the bus to Boston to purchase the supplies he needed.” The statue made its first appearance in the 1963 St. Patrick’s Parade perched on the back of a float representing St. Augustin’s school and parish. Martin described other decorative devices carried by the parade participants: “Frank also designed and created a light-weight, 9 foot by 7 foot shamrock, which was tipped at a 45-degree angle and carried by schoolchildren. A series of poles in graduated lengths allowed the children to easily carry

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the device. It was a series of light, netted ropes that he had painted green. They carried it behind the float, and it was the perfect companion to St. Patrick. He also made golden harps on poles that other children carried alongside the float. With the exception of the statue, the items were lost years ago. The statue was kept on display at the Hibernian Hall during the rest of the year and only came out on parade day.” The statue was displayed on the float until the 1970 parade. In June, 1970, St. Augustin’s School closed due to a drop in student enrollment. The statue remained on display at Hibernian Hall, occasionally making an appearance in the annual parade. During renovations to Hibernian Hall in 2002, then Hibernian president Andy Behan decided it was time to carry the statue in future parades. Unfortunately, the statue had been left out in the elements during the renovation work and had suffered significant damage. A thorough cleaning and rehabilitation project on the statue was undertaken by the Hibernians. The renovated statue debuted in the 2004 parade, borne on the shoulders of Hibernians Behan, Tim Burns, John Maloney, and Ray Lynch. (Lynch is a member of the award winning Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipes and Drums Band.) As the years and parades have passed, Behan, Maloney and Burns have remained as bearers while other Hibernians such as Jim Sheekey and Brian Full have been added to the complement of carriers. Behan said, “This statue means a lot to us, and to know that it was crafted by Frank Gillis means a lot too. It leads the parade and is part of Newport Hibernian and 5th Ward history.”

Memories of a Dog Named Sandy By Jack Kelly Everyone in the Fifth Ward knew Frank Gillis’ cocker spaniel mix, Sandy, and how she followed him around. Sandy would often follow Gillis to morning mass at St. Augustin’s Church, where he would leave her outside the Eastnor Road entrance and tell her to be a good dog. Parishioners arriving later on would inadvertently let Sandy into the church, and she would run to Gillis’ pew and lie down by him. One morning, when serving morning mass as an altar boy, I saw Sandy shoot into the church and take her place next to her best friend. Father Rogers also observed this scene, and I heard him chuckle as the dog moved into the seating area. Everything was fine until Communion time. When Gillis made his way to the Communion Rail, Sandy dutifully followed, and this led to some giggling from people in the pews. After the mass, I saw Father Schenick, another parish priest, enter the sacristy and speak with Father Rogers, and I heard them laughing. They were discussing Sandy’s presence in the church and how devoted she was to Gillis. Father Rogers said, “She followed Frank to the Communion Rail. If she had asked for Communion, I don’t know what I would have done!”

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Learning to Play ‘The Pipes’ is a Calling By Meg O’Neil

Bag Originally made from a pig bladder, the bag holds the air supply and is continuously filled by the piper through the blowpipe using a difficult technique called circular breathing: breathing in through the nose while simultaneously pushing air our through the mouth using air stored in the cheeks. Today, the use of synthetic bags has become popular, but O’Connor urges the AOH Pipers to use cowhide or sheepskin bags, as they are more natural both in feel and instrumentation.

or advance or shift movement, all based on whatever tune the pipers played. The Scots called their pipes Great Highland Bagpipes, while the Irish referred to theirs as Piob Mhor, which is Gaelic for Great Pipes. Throughout hundreds of years, the bagpipes changed shape in terms of the number of drones that appeared on the instrument. Instead of three drones, many pipers would play with just one or two drones. O’Connor said the number of drones wasn’t structured between Ireland and Scotland and varied for centuries. At one point, a fourth drone emerged, a baritone, but it did not last long. Sterling silver charms from $25 The average weight of a bagpipe ranges from five to 11 pounds, with the heavier ones decorated with Free Gift with Purchase Across from Brooks Brothers gold, brass, or silver ornaMarch 21–24 182 Thames St. • Newport, RI 02840 401.841.9900 mentation. According to Receive a sterling silver PANDORA clasp bracelet (a $65 US retail value) with your O’Connor, a “decent set PANDORA purchase of $100 or more.* of pipes” costs about *Good while supplies last, limit one per customer. Charms shown on bracelet are sold separately. See our store for details. $1,500, but that figure can go up exponentially if they are more elaborate. “It’s a physical MKTG63559_JASON_N.indd in1 3/8/2013 5:21:29 PM strument, and you’re going to sweat,” O’Connor says. “Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you’re sweating.” Because of the way the instrument is played using constant airflow, he calls the technique an “unnatural thing to do,” 19 Caleb Earl Street that requires much pracNewport • 401-846-0294 tice. He also says the pipes are an unstable instrument – greatly affected by weather. “The weather makes a huge difference. The ideal temperature to play outside is 65 degrees, but we never get that for the parade,” O’Connor says. If it’s too hot outside, the pipes will go out of tune and play too sharp, and conversely, colder temperatures cause the instrument to go flat. and When playing the bagpipes, the Celebrate the 3rd season em D r a music produced is never called a of Downton Abbey l u op yP song but is referred to as a tune. B with Classic Afternoon Tea ver “Nobody knows why, but in bagld O every Saturday & Sunday from 2-4PM e H pipe culture, it’s called a tune,” through March 24th. O’Connor explains. Enjoy freshly made scones, lemon curd, tea sandwiches All 20 to 25 tunes in the AOH and handmade truffles plus a complimentary glass of Kir Royale. Pipes & Drums Band repertoire are memorized by its members off of sheet music. Hundreds of years ago, all pipers learned tunes by ear because people simply didn’t know how to write music, O’Connor says. Enter to win a set “Back then, writing meant you had of Season III DVD’s! an education and a different station in life.” It wasn’t until roughly 200 years ago with advances in RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED | 848-4824 print technology that tunes were transcribed for sheet music.


On Saturday, Newport’s Ancient Order of Hibernian Pipes & Drums Band will step out onto Broadway for what might be their most anticipated gig of the year. Formed in 2006, the band has become a perennial highlight for the thousands of visitors who flock to the city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Now in its seventh year, the group has grown to over 30 members – including more than a dozen pipers of varying ages and skill levels. How did a relatively small city like Newport manage to find a group of musicians to play such an obscure instrument as the bagpipes? Pipe Major Michael O’Connor not only started the Newport AOH Pipes & Drums Band, but may also be considered a professor of the pipes. He studied in Boston College’s Irish Studies program and attended the North of Ireland Queens University in Belfast. He also taught the majority of the AOH pipers how to play. O’Connor recently sat down with Newport This Week and gave a history lesson on the instrument, and explained why it’s considered to be one of the hardest instruments to learn how to play. Bagpipes, or simply “the pipes,” are considered to be both a woodwind and an aerophone instrument, which is any musical instrument that produces sound primarily by causing a body of air to vibrate without the use of strings. Mainly comprised of 10 pieces, the pipes are one of the most difficult instruments to learn to play due to what O’Connor notes is an “unnatural breathing technique.” “The pipes take years to play very well,” he said. “Most people just want to get up and start walking around, wearing a kilt and play – but it doesn’t work that way.” Here’s a closer look at the pieces that make up a bagpipe: Chanter When learning, a student does not start playing on the full pipe, but rather on a recorder-like part of the instrument called the chanter. The chanter is the melody pipe, a one-octave instrument with nine notes. Sound is produced through a double reed which, when blown through, creates sound through the vibration of the reeds. Rather than playing short, separate notes called “staccato” notes, pipers learn how to become proficient in “embellishments” – where notes are clustered together through fast, rhythmic finger movements that move from one note to the next. “It’s the only way to separate the sound of notes in pipe music because of the constant airflow,” O’Connor says. According to O’Connor, students practice solely on the chanter for six months to a year before they move on to the pipes, which in itself can be a challenge. “Once you leave practice chanter, you’re starting all over,” O’Connor said, noting that simply making the transition from a practice instrument to the real thing takes a certain level of skill. “If you don’t have the correct fingering on the chanter, you’re done. You have to go back to the chanter and know every tune by heart. You’re trying to blow into the bag, squeeze the bag, march, and play all at the same time.” O’Connor said that for

some students, it could take up to two years to go from chanter to the full pipes.

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“The best bands in the world play with natural skin,” O’Connor adds. Drones Today, most pipes typically have three drones – wooden or synthetic pipes which produce the deep resonating, vibrating sound when the piper squeezes the bag. The majority of pipes feature two tenor drones and one bass drone. The drones are divided into pieces that can be slid up and down to get the instrument in tune. Each drone features a single reed. History According to O’Connor, the precise history of the pipes is not completely known. “Historians figure it was likely invented by a shepherd in Ireland, Scotland, somewhere in Europe, or the Middle East,” he says. “Nobody knows for sure when or who invented the bagpipes. It’s like asking who invented the wheel – no one knows.” While pipes have been mentioned in Irish and Scottish history since the ninth century, historians do not know if the references are to the typical bagpipes seen today, or a different kind of instrument. O’Connor explained that the bagpipes as we know them, featuring the bag and drones, began emerging in Irish and Scottish illustrations between the 14th and 15th centuries. The pipes are directly referenced in Chaucer’s 1380 “Canterbury Tales”: “A baggepype wel coude he blowe and sowne, / And ther-with-al he broghte us out of towne.” Back then, the bagpipes were played as an instrument of war, played to not only rouse troops to prepare for battle, but to inform soldiers of whether to retreat

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Parade Order of March

Danny Boy Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying ‘Tis you, ‘tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. And if you come, when all the flowers are dying And I am dead, as dead I well may be You’ll come and find the place where I am lying And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me. And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me. I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.

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Parade Order of March An Irish Lullaby (Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra)

Over in Killarney Many years ago, Me Mither sang a song to me In tones so sweet and low. Just a simple little ditty, In her good ould Irish way, And l’d give the world if she could sing That song to me this day. “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, hush now, don’t you cry! Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li, Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, that’s an Irish lullaby.”

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South Kingstown EMS Snug Harbor Fire Department South Kingstown Forest Fire Service Providence Brass Band North Kingstown Fire Department Exeter Fire Rescue Kingston Fire Department Narragansett Police Department Narragansett Beer Central Falls Police Department Central Falls Fire Department Cumberland Police Department Battery C 1st RILA Westerly Police Department Westerly Fire Department New London Firefighter Bagpipe  Band Pawtucket Fire Department Smithfield Fire Department Parisi Leprachaun Car Dunns Corners Fire Dept Gloucester Light Infantry R.I.M. Lincoln Police Department Limerock Fire District Hianloland Fire Co. Station 1 Friends of Plumb Beach  Lighthouse

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Oft in dreams I wander To that cot again, I feel her arms a-huggin’ me As when she held me then. And I hear her voice a -hummin’ To me as in days of yore, When she used to rock me fast asleep Outside the cabin door.

The Parade Order of March may change on parade day. This list was the last available at time of press .

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Carroll Avenue – Many veteran parade-goers will tell you that the best place to be on Saturday is along Carroll Ave. in Newport’s historic, and very Irish, Fifth Ward neighborhood, when the marchers and oats nish their trek at St. Augustin Church, on the corner of Carroll and Harrison Ave.

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Knowing where public restrooms are located along the two mile parade route is key information. Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of public facilities and Porta-Potties so you don’t need to go searching and miss any parts of the parade. • Equality Park on Broadway • Newport Police Department, 120 Broadway • City Hall, 43 Broadway • Gateway Visitor’s Center, 23 America’s Cup Ave. • Harbormaster’s Oce at Perrotti Park, America’s Cup • Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square • The corner of Mill St. and Thames St. • Mary St. Parking Lot • The Armory, 365 Thames St. • Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. • O’Brien’s Pub (Be prepared to leave your ID at the door to use the restroom), 501 Thames St. • Community Police Oce, 351 Thames St. • Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. • Firehouse Pizza, 595 Thames St. • Ash Mart, 2 Carroll Ave. • St. Augustin Church, 2 Eastnor Rd.

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Beyond Corned Beef – Irish Food Explained By Jonathan Clancy What could be more Irish than a nice warm plate of corned beef and cabbage? A lot of things, actually. “Corned beef and cabbage isn’t even Irish, it’s more of an Irish American thing,” said Fastnet Pub chef Dan Lentz. Lentz, 26, has been working at Fastnet since it was Aidan’s in 2006. Over a pint with friends who also work in local restaurants, Lentz dished out the details of a traditional Irish breakfast and shared the recipe for another commonly misconceived Irish dish, Shepherd’s Pie. For special occasions such as St. Patrick’s Day, Lentz said, the Irish are known for serving up a hearty, traditional breakfast. “You’ve got Irish bangers, which are Irish sausages made with fat pork butt, ground white pepper, ground ginger, sage, salt, bread crumbs, and ice water.” Rashers, or Irish bacon, are also included in the meal, he said. “If you went to Ireland, they’d just call them sausage and bacon. Bangers and rashers are just our nicknames for them.” Irish bacon is from the

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Bangers, Irish sausage, and rashers, or Irish bacon, Batchelor baked beans and blood pudding are signature items of a traditional Irish breakfast. pig’s back and sides, and looks more like a disk, rather than American sliced bacon which comes from the pork belly. Lentz went on to talk about two Irish puddings, blood (black) and white, other sausage-like components of the breakfast. “People call them both blood pudding, but only the black pudding has blood in it. The white pudding has minced liver.” Blood pudding is made with a combination of animal blood, suet or mutton fat, milk, barley, oats, salt, pepper, and mint. Once in its sausage form, it is cut into slices and fried.

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The breakfast also includes fried eggs and home fries. Sometimes, Lentz said, people will cut tomatoes in half and grill them along with some mushrooms. No Irish breakfast is complete without Batchelors baked beans, a brand of beans from Ireland. Lentz also cleared the air on another frequently misnamed entrée: “What many people think is Shepherd’s Pie – ground beef, potatoes, carrots and corn – is actually Cottage Pie. Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb, and when you think about the name, it makes sense.”

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Friday, March 15 Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center–See Saturday, March 9 for details. Pre-Parade Party & 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 6 p.m. Information: 846-5081.

Saturday, March 16 Mass in Honor of St. Patrick– St. Joseph’s Church, 9 a.m. Mayor’s Reception–City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, 10 a.m. Live Parade Coverage –1540 AM, 11 a.m - 3 p.m., 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 p.m., AOH Hall, Wellington Ave., limited to advance tickets only $20, 847-8671.

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Sunday, March 17 Mass in Honor of St. Patrick– St. Mary’s Church, Spring Street & Memorial Boulevard, 11 a.m. Traditional Irish Country Breakfast–La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., 9 a.m. -2 p.m., reservations rqd., 847-0418. Irish Music –Jim McGrath and The Reprobates, @ The Deck Restaurant, noon - 4 p.m., 846-3600. Irish Wine Tasting– Bellevue Wine & Spirits, 181 Bellevue Ave., 2 - 4 p.m., reservations required, RSVP to bellevuewinespirits@

Thursday, March 21 Short Films from Ireland – Selections from RI International Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., 7 p.m., $10.

Friday, March 22 Celtic Music in the MansionRobbie O’Connell performing, Linden Place, Bristol, 7:30 p.m., reservations rqd., 253-0390.

Saturday, March 23 LAOH Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner–St. Augustin’s Church Hall, 6 p.m. $20/adult, $10/6-12, 849-8956, 662-1423 or 847-8671.

Sunday, March 24 Boston-based band “Ivy Leaf” playing traditional Irish music, Newport Public Library, 2 p.m. Traditional Irish Music – Live traditional Irish “session,” Fastnet Pub, One Broadway, 5 - 9 p.m., free, family-friendly, 845-9311,

Matt Finn Pre-Parade Party - Friday Night with the Buddy Roach Trio

Corned Beef Dinners & Sandwiches all week long!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Now on Tap:

Irish Stout, Irish Red, Black Lager and Lucky Lager Corned Beef & Cabbage served all week! Ample Free Parking • • Open Daily at 11am

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THE DELI Open Parade Day at 8am Closing at 1pm

Try Our Breakfast Sandwich and Our Irish Favorites Butcher Shop Featuring Custom Cuts 66 Broadway, Newport • 846-2222

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

Saturday, March 30

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 31 Traditional Irish Music – See March 24 for details.

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Lady Hibernian of the Year Last summer, during much fanfare, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians named Elizabeth Buckley as the organization’s first Woman of the Year. Buckley, a lifetime Newporter from the Fifth Ward, was selected because she “typifies everything that is good about the Lady Hibernians,” said President Suzanne Kissell. Friendly and fun, with an infectious enthusiasm, the dedicated volunteer works tire-

lessly in support of public schools, St. Augustin’s and the community. She exemplifies the spirit of the group’s motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity and is a role model to all, Kissell added. The 2013 Woman of the Year will be announced at the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at St. Augustin’s on Saturday, March 23. For more information, visit

Past Hibernians of the Year 1979 Michael J. Behan, Sr. 1980 Raymond J. Lynch, Sr. 1981 Edward F. Dugan 1982 Philip M. Connell 1983 Cornelius J. Sullivan 1984 Raymond J. Burns 1985 Patrick F. Murphy 1986 Robert O. Beattie 1987 Martin C. Shea, Jr. 1988 Leonard T. Murphy 1989 Thomas J. Finn, Sr. 1990 Matthew Finn 1991 William P. Behan 1992 Christopher J. Behan 1993 Thomas N. Kelly, III 1994 James “Bud” Behan 1995 Vince Arnold 1996 Dennis Sullivan 1997 Marshal Michael 1998 Robert Kinsella 1999 Norman King 2000 Robert Watkins 2001 Raymond J. Lynch, Jr. 2002 Christopher Kirwin 2003 Andrew J. Behan 2004 Thomas P. Murphy 2005 James Sheekey 2006 Robert A. Finn 2007 Robert Lehane 2008 Henry Winthrop 2009 Edward D. Murphy 2010 John Booth 2011 Bill Cardinal 2012 Stephen Martin

Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Family Celebration The Newport Irish Heritage Association and the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee invite you to join us for our Saint Patrick’s Day Family Celebration

Saturday March 16, 2013

(Parade Day)

1pm to 4pm

“The Hut”

(Golden Hill Street behind Newport Public Library)

$100 Cash Door Prize FREE ENTRY

“How Green Am I” Contest • $150 1st Prize • $100 2nd Prize • $50 3rd Prize

Fife and Drum Performance Irish Step Dancers Prizes Giveaways Face Painter Bagpipes Pirates

Legends of the Shamrock The magical aura surrounding shamrocks dates to a thousand years after the death of St. Patrick. Like most legends, the shamrock story is partly based in history. In 1762, a minister recorded in his diary that on March 17, the people of Ireland wore small bouquets of shamrocks affixed to their hats or lapels to commemorate what is believed to be the date of the saint’s death. Using the shamrock as a holiday fashion accessory became what is known as “the wearing of the green.” The shamrock itself is a threeleafed white clover. St. Patrick is said to have used this common weed to symbolize the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) to his followers. Each lobe of a clover’s leaf resembles the Celtic Trinity Knot. Good luck is associated with

finding a rare shamrock mutation: The four-leaf clover. Over the years, children have spent hours sprawled on the lawn looking for these four leaves. Discovering a four-leaf clover meant endless possibilities, from luck in love to finding a leprechaun’s pot of gold. During the 19th century, the shamrock became a powerful symbol of the solidarity of the Irish Republic. It was seen as such a token of rebellion that Queen Victoria forbade the “wearing of the green,” permitting only the wearing of a red and green paper cross. However, after learning of her Irish Regiment’s bravery and sacrifices during the Boer War, she decreed that soldiers from Ireland should wear a sprig of shamrock in recognition of their fellow Irish soldiers, a tradition that continues today.

Lucky is He Who Has a Clover Lawn By Cynthia Gibson Clover is one of the main symbols of St. Patick’s Day, but for years clover in the lawn was considered a broadleaf weed to be eradicated with pesticides. But there is a new school of thought about clover in the lawn. An entire lawn of clover can be fantastic. It fixes nitrogen in your lawn and is drought resistant. It is pest tolerant, and bees love the flowers. The best part? If you have a dog or dogs, you will not have yellow spots on your clover lawn. Clover also will grow in the shade. The fact that bees love clover is great news, too, as our bee population is dwindling due to the use of pesticides

and herbicides. Another plus that comes with a lawn of clover is the color. It is as vibrant green as Ireland itself. With all of these plusses, I would not hesitate to put in a lawn of clover. Clover has history as well. Many people remember searching for the elusive four-leafed clover on warm summer days. The treasured leaves often found their way into pages of books to be neatly pressed so they would keep their shape and magic. The four-leafed clover is said to bring good luck. You can buy clover seed at any good garden store. It is inexpensive and a great way to keep your lawn green all summer long.

‘Wearing of the Green’

“So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red

‘O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round?

Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed

The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!

And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod

No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen

But never fear, ‘twill take root there, though underfoot ‘tis trod.

For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”

When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow

I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?” “She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen

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Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.’

For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.”

Special Thanks

And when the leaves in summertime their color dare not show

— Author Unknown (circa 1798)

JAVA JIVE LIVE! After The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Museum President Vince Arnold (center) shows visitors some of the exhibits at the Irish History Center. Donations are welcome; no admission is charged. (Photos by Jonathan Clancy)

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By Jonathan Clancy This summer, the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center will celebrate its third season. Founded in 1996, the organization’s goal was always to open a museum, offer tours, and invite speakers to educate the public on the impact the Irish have had on Newport history and culture. In 2011, their goal was realized with the opening of the new facility on lower Thames Street. “It took us fifteen years to get to this point,” museum president Vince Arnold explained to a tour group recently. Finding the right place for the center proved to be a tricky task. Until three years ago, the exhibits had been set up temporarily in Fort Adams. Then the group came across a former photo studio, appropriately located in the Fifth Ward, a district that historically has been home to the majority of the Irish that immigrated here in the late 1800s. Northeast Collaborative Architects renovated the small space to create a permanent home for the museum. “I learned about all these things in school, but this is much more detailed,” said Antoinette Sutherland, who was part of the tour group. “Being in Newport and seeing the places makes a lot of difference.” Pray, Work, Live, and Play–that’s how the Irish spent their days, and also how the museum organizes its exhibits to help visitors understand the different aspects of Irish culture in Newport dating back to the 1600s. Among the exhibits are artifacts, scale models, and detailed writings

A large mural depicts a ship used to bring the Irish to America.


Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center Where: 648 Lower Thames Street When: 12 – 4 p.m. March 15-17 Reopening Memorial Day 12-5 p.m. Thurs.–Sunday Cost: Admission by donation More Info: printed in large format and superimposed on photographs. A pair of large maps can be used to trace the roots of Irish family names. One popular display is about the founding of St. Mary’s Parish on Spring Street. St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic Church in Rhode Island. The exhibit includes photos of the wedding of then-Sen. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier. Other churches featured are St. Joseph’s and St. Augustin. The museum also includes an exhibit on Fort Adams, which was pri-

marily built with Irish labor. Bricks, chunks of sidewalk, and tools used during the Fort’s construction are featured. Other notable projects that were largely built with Irish labor are also part of the exhibit, such as the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal, the Blackstone Canal, and several railroads. Another display showcases the Forty Steps on Newport’s Cliff Walk, where the Irish used to gather and hold informal dances on Friday nights. The museum also houses a library with books, magazines, and articles related to the Irish in Newport. Museum members are welcome to check out books. An individual membership fee for the year costs $15.

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celebrate st. patrick’s day parade day pop up cafe! visit garnish kitchen at 469 thames street on parade day for festive sandwiches & snacks pre order - we will deliver st. patrick’s day favorites on march 16 & march 17 corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes $50 + tax (serves 6 - 8) pierogis, sauerkraut, sausage, radicchio slaw $50 + tax (serves 6 - 8) (must order 48 hours in advance of delivery) NEW! garnish kitchen dinner delivery every monday, wednesday, friday check our facebook page for more info and weekly menus

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CALENDAR Thursday March 14

Eight Bells Lecture The Eight Bells Lecture Series presents Terri Arthur discussing her book, “Fatal Decision: The Story of Edith Cavell,” Naval War College Museum, 12 p.m., free and open to the public but advance reservations required, limited seating, 401-841-2101. St. Patrick’s Day Storytime Read a fun story and make shamrock crafts to take home, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 4+, free but registration required, 401-846-1573. “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, Shakespeare in Middletown Fans gather weekly to read and enjoy works of the Bard, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 5 p.m.


Newport Gallery Night Newport’s art galleries offer evening hours, Redwood Library open, free admission to the Newport Art Museum, 5-8 p.m.

March 18

Tax Time Free assistance at the Edward King House, 35 King St., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Life of the Mind Series Begins Adventure travel journalist Peter Mandel on “Going to Extremes,” how he turns his travels to the far corners of world into prose, 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, Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song All Irish program embracing Irish history and culture, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, www. Immigration Series Opens Series explores the U.S. immigration system and its impact on Rhode Island, Channing Church Parish Hall, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., $10 for five-part series, reserve at 401-846-0643 or email

Agustin Anievas Internationally Known Pianist And Long-time Newport Festival Artist

Rachmaninoff the Docks Concert Sunday, March 17 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm St. George's School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown Tickets $35.00 per person

available at, at the door or call (401) 847-4260 To benefit Chapel of the Sea at Seamen's Church Institute

Serving Lunch, Dinner and Take-out

Sunday - Wednesday 11:30am - 9pm Thursday 11:30am - 10pm Friday & Saturday 11:30am - 11pm Sunday - Wednesday Two-Course Special: $18.00 Bruschetta - or - House Salad and a choice of: Pizza del Giorno Gianluca’s Pizza special of the Day -orPappardelle al ragu d’Agnello Pappardelle pasta sautéed in a Chianti red wine slow braised lamb ragu -orTagliata di Pollo “Tagliata” of Roasted chicken breast served with roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula and red onions

Includes 1 glass of house white or red wine, draft beer or soda

Computer Class Basic internet searching, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 2:30-3:30 p.m., space limited, reserve at 401-683-9457,

Tribute to Broadway Swanhurst Chorus’s annual tribute to Broadway with the 1950 hit “Guys & Dolls” will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings, March 15 and 16.

Friday March 15

Computer Workshop Intro to computers and the mouse, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-847-8720 x208. 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. “Argo” Free screening of the Academy Award-winning film, Newport Public Library, 2:30 p.m.

Improv Comedy 8 p.m. See Friday, March 15 for details. Allman Brothers Tribute Free Concert with Live at the Fillmore, Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Blvd., 9 p.m., 18+, www.


March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Bird Walk Jay Manning leads free guided bird walk at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8 a.m., no registration necessary, bring binoculars, 401846-2577,

Button Making Young adults make buttons with artist Moira Richardson, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 3:30 p.m., ages 11-18, free but registration required, 846-1573.

NBS Unplugged Turn of your electronics and get outside, travel down to Third Beach to identify birds, members and parents free, non-members $4, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 12 p.m., 401-846-2577,

“Guys & Dolls” Swanhurst Chorus’ tribute to Broadway, dinner and show, Fenner Hall, 15 Fenner Ave., 6:30 p.m., $35, advance ticketing at

Jewish Film Series Aquidneck Island Jewish Film Series presents, “Oliver,” Temple Shalom, 223 Valley Rd., Middletown, 1 p.m., free, refreshments, 401-8463318.

Improv Comedy Interactive comedy with the Bit Players, Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, 8 p.m., 401-8493473,

Mystery Author Talk March Mystery Month continues with Chris Knopf, author of two mystery series, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Parade steps off at 11 a.m. sharp in front of City Hall on Broadway continues to St. Augustin’s Church. e-Books Learn how to download e-books and audiobooks, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 2:30-3:30 p.m., space limited, reserve at 401-683-9457, Opening Reception Jamestown Arts Center Members’ Show opening reception, 18 Valley Street 5-8 p.m., “Guys & Dolls” 6:30 p.m. See Friday, March 15 for details.

Music in Jamestown Friends of the Jamestown Library present A Celtic Gathering of Irish Song and Lore, 26 North Rd., 3 p.m., Seamen’s Church Institute Concert Pianist Agustin Anievas plays “Rachmaninoff the Docks” concert to benefit the Seamen’s Church Institute, St. George’s School Chapel, 372 Purgatory Road in Middletown, 3 p.m., $35, 401-847-4260, French Film Festival Opens Salve Regina’s popular festival kicks off with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Monsieur Lahzar,” Jane Pickens Theater, Washington Square, 6:30 p.m. reception, screening at 7 p.m., 401-341-2250 or frenchfilm.

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. Opera House Open House Open house to provide updates on renovation and programming plans, local musicians play, 19 Touro St., 5:30-6:30 p.m., drop in. eBooks Learn how to use eBooks from 3M Cloud and Overdrive, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m., registration required, bring devices, 401-847-8720 x208. 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 19

Pre-K Storytime Storytime for preschoolers at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 10:30 a.m., public welcome, free, drop in. Lunch with the Artist Series Richard Tyre hosts a lunchtime discussion on “ John LaFarge in Paradise: The Painter and his Muse,” Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 848-8200. Jamestown Book Group Discuss “The Wedding,” by Dorothy West, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 1 p.m., free, new members welcome. Portsmouth Library Book Group Planning session to select books for the upcoming year’s meetings, 2658 East Main Rd., 6:30 p.m., 401-683-9457, French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with slapstick romance “The Fairy,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 7 p.m., 401-341-2250 or frenchfilm. Geezers at Empire Join acoustic folk musicians at Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Wednesday March 20

Vernal Equinox Spring begins at 7:02 a.m. Job Skills Workshop RI Department of Labor and Training personnel on how to prepare

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Musical Entertainment

Thursday, March 14

Clarke Cooke House–DJ Jackie Henderson Newport Blues Cafe–Felix Brown, 9:30 p.m. The Fifth Element–DJ Maddog

Friday, March 15 LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m. Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Blockhead, 9:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe –Brass Attack, 9:30 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Matty B, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub –Buddy Roach Trio One Pelham East–The Criminals The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Joe Esposito, Steve Beckler, 6-10 p.m.

Newport Grand Entertainment–Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, 9 p.m.

Wharf Pub–Honey Hollow, 11:30 a.m.; Dave Flamand, 1:30 p.m.; Honky Tonk Nights, 4 p.m.; Block Island Hero’s John & James, 6 p.m.; Guilluame Trios, 8 .m.

Teen Movie Free screening of “Brothers Grimm,” for teens, Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 2:30, 847-8720 x206.

Sunday, March 17 Fastnet Pub – Traditional Irish Music, 5-9 p.m. Clarke Cooke House – Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Majestic Cruises–Dirty Deeds-AC/DC Cover Band, 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 16

O’Brien’s Pub – Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

LaForge Casino Restaurant–Dave Manuel on Piano, 7-11 p.m. Majestic Cruises–Eddy’s Shoe-Grateful Dead Cover Band, 1:30 p.m.; Flash Mob, 8 p.m. Middletown VFW – Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe – Fat City Band, 9:30 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–World Premier Band, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Summer School, 9 p.m.

for an employee interview, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., free but registration required, 401-847-8720 x208.

The Fifth Element–The Honky Tonk Knights (afternoon); The Ubiquitones (night)

One Pelham East–Ten-8 (day); Take 3 (night)

The Fifth Element–Honky Tonk Knights,10 p.m.-1a.m.

Hyatt Five 33 Lounge–Dave Manuel, 4-6 p.m.

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Computer Class Basic e-mail class, Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 East Main Rd., 2:30-3:30 p.m., space limited, reserve at 401-683-9457,

O’Briens Pub – DJ C Gray, 10 p.m.

Narragansett Cafe –Sugar Ray Norcia & the Bluetones, 1-4 p.m.; Scint Pyrates, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Clarke Cooke House–Honky Tonk Knights, 10 p.m.; D J Jackie Henderson in the Boom Boom Room, 9 p.m.


One Pelham East–The Vudu Sister, 6-9 p.m. The Fifth Element–The Ghost Tones

Monday, March 18 Fastnet Pub–The Ubiquitones, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Tuesday, March 19 Fastnet–”Blue Monday” The Wharf Pub–Acoustic Open Mic, 7 -10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m. Norey’s – James Montgomery and Duke Robillard Sardella’s – Dick Lupino, Mike Renzi, Jeff Fountain, 7-9:30 p.m.


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Bike Newport Night Fundraiser for Bike Newport at Speakeasy Bar & Grill, 250 Thames St., 6-9 p.m., music by Common Fence Music, $10 admission, cash bar, prizes. Chess Group Weekly gathering for chess players, Empire Tea & Coffee, 22 Broadway, 7:30 p.m., 401-619-1388.

Thursday March 21

Read/Eat/Chat All are invited to discuss “The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” by Anne-Marie O’Connor, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 12 p.m., members free, non-members $5, bring lunch, 401-848-8200, Hospital Auxiliary Fashion Luncheon Luncheon and fashion show featuring Chico’s spring collection to benefit Newport Hospital Auxiliary, Atlantic Beach Club, 12 p.m., $35,

advance registration only, 401845-1638. Spring Crafts for Kids Celebrate spring with springthemed crafts, Middletown Public Library, 700 West Main Rd., 4 p.m., ages 3+, free but registration required, 401-846-1573. Life of the Mind Series Dr. Peter Andreas, of Brown University, will speak on his new book, “Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America,” 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, Piracy and Piety in Newport Cherry Fletcher Bamberg and Michael F. Dwyer discuss how the veneer of respectability masked the shadier side of one prominent 18th century Newport family, Colony House, Washington Sq., 5:30 p.m., members $1, non-members $5, 401-841-8770. Noreen Stoner Drexel Preservation Lecture Charles Birnbaum, president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, presents “Considering Cultural Landscapes, Design & Historic Preservation Together,” Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., free but registration strongly suggested, 401-847-1000 x154. Thursday Book Discussion The Thursday Evening Book Group meets to discuss, “ Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president,” by Candice Millard, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m.

Immigration Series Series continues with Immigration in Rhode Island, Channing Church Parish Hall, 135 Pelham St., 7 p.m., reserve at 401-846-0643 or email French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with “Point Blank,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 7 p.m., 401-341-2250 or Doll Lecture Linda Edwards of the Ida Lewis Doll Collector’s Club will discuss how dolls reflect the cultural and social norms of the times in which they were made, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m. Film Shorts Six short Irish films from the 2012 RI international Film Festival, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street 7 p.m., $10,

Friday March 22

Nature Storytime Norman Bird Sanctuary hosts nature-themed storytime with “Rainbow Crow,” for preschoolers ages 3 and up, 583 Third Beach Rd. Middletown, 10 a.m., members $3, non-members $6, 401-846-2577. Computer Workshop Intro to Excel, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 401-8478720 x208.

See CALENDAR on page 22

French Film Festival Begins St. Pat’s Day By Patricia Lacouture If you love French films, you will be in cinema heaven from March 17-28 when Salve Regina University presents its eighth annual French Film Festival. This year’s menu features a delicious array from France, Belgium and Quebec. Last year’s festival attracted over 2,000 viewers, and this year’s line-up promises a well-varied roster for Francophiles and cinema lovers. The action starts on Sunday, March 17 with a gala opening reception featuring music, wine and cocktails at the Jane Pickens Theater at 6:30 p.m. “Monsieur Lazhar,” rated PG-13, one of this year’s nominees for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, centers on a teacher who has fled Algiers for a more peaceful life in Quebec, but his past haunts him even as he becomes a helpmate and advocate for his students. Mohamed Fellag stars and has been praised for his sensitive performance. “The Fairy/le fee” promises some whimsical moments with its comedic storyline about a night clerk in a small hotel who has a mysterious visitor, a lovely young lady with long hair who announces herself as a fairy and tells the clerk, Dom (Dominique Abel), that she will grant him three wishes, to which he responds, “Would you like a room?” Two wishes have been granted when Fiona (Fiona Gordon), the self-proclaimed fairy, vanishes. Alas, poor Dom has fallen in love with her, so he sets off to search for her in what becomes a comedic caper that has been compared to works by Jacques Tati and well as those by silent comic clowns, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Directed by Abel, Gordon and Bruno Romy, the film is not officially rated. It contains what is described as “mild nudity

Sophie Nélisse in “Monsieur Lazhar”. and implied sex.” “The Fairy” shows at the O’Hare Academic Center on the Salve Regina campus on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. In the thriller “Point Blank/A bout portant,” Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) works as a nurse on the night shift. When his pregnant wife, Anya, has been kidnapped, Samuel finds himself mixed up with warring gangsters as well as trigger-happy police, some of whom are corrupt, making the task of finding Anya all the more challenging. Samuel uses a defibrillator to ward off one threat, and he proves a resourceful and determined hunter. The movie trailer is fast-paced, so it’s a good bet that this film packs suspense, action and more than a few dangerous stunts. Rated R for violence and profanity, “Point Blank” shows O’Hare Academic Center on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Described as a historical drama, “The Well-Digger’s Daughter/La Fille du puisotier” takes place in preWorld War II France, a time of relative innocence when good daughters, like 18-year-old Patricia (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), did not get themselves pregnant before marriage. Based on a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this marks the directorial debut of beloved French actor Daniel Autiel, who also plays the father. It is a remake of Pagnol’s 1940 classic of the

same title. Pagnol’s films include “Jean de Fleurette” and “Manon of the Spring.” “The Well-Digger’s Daughter” plays at O’Hare Academic Center on Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. The dark comedy “Curling,” called “one of Quebec’s best films of the year” by a Canadian critic, presents a mystery to this writer, as all that is reported on-line is that it revolves around an “unusual private life between a father Jean-Francois and his daughter Julyvonne,” played by Emmanuel Bilodeau and Philomene Bilodeau. The fractured family lives in a remote countryside setting described as “on the fringe of society,” and the father is described as being overly protective. One source defines the film as “tender and disturbing.” If you are curious about this story’s secrets, all (or mostly all—it has a bit of an open ending) will be revealed on Tuesday, March 26 at O’Hare at 7 p.m. For the grand finale, Salve offers the Golden Globe Nominated film “Kid with A Bike,” in which a father abandons his son to the care of a hairdresser. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and screens at 7 p.m. at O’Hare Academic Center. Festival director and adjunct faculty member, Kevin Esch states: “Exposing our students to different cultures and different kinds of films, broadening their horizons, is a vital component of the festival.” From the Newport community’s response to past festivals, it would appear that its appeal extends well beyond the student population. Tickets to all six films cost $25. For information on how to purchase, call 401-341-2250. Individual tickets are available at the door. Weeknight films cost $5, and Sunday screenings with receptions are $10.



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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. Dance Concert Salve Regina’s Extensions Dance Company’s spring performance, 9 Freebody St., 8 p.m., 401-341-2250.


tional and pop sounds of Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon, 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, $22, www.

Sunday March 24

Mystery Author Talk March Mystery Month continues with Peter Abrahams, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Studio Windmill Sailmaking Join artist Nora Rabins and help dye, print, and sew the sails for the windmill at Prescott Farm, 2009 West Main Road, Middletown, 1-4 p.m., participate in community sewing circle, all levels and ages, free, 401-846-4152.

Redwood Music Series Proteus Quartet, 50 Bellevue Ave., 3 p.m., members $10, non-members $15, reservations strongly suggested, 401-847-0292 x112.

Musical Sundays An afternoon of traditional Irish music with Boston band Ivy Leaf, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., free.

Dance Concert 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. See Friday, March 22 for details.

Meet the Artist Join exhibiting artists from the “Legacies in Paint” show for a panel discussion, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., free with museum admission, 401-848-8200.

Murder at the Museum Join the Marley Bridges Theatre Co. for “Diamond in the Rough,” interactive murder mystery at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m., Common Fence Music Connecting the Beats Enjoy the Afro-Caribbean tradi-

One year ago this week, the Middletown High School girls’ basketball team, the defending Division III champion at the time, lost that crown to Juanita Sanchez Complex of Providence. The Islanders had their shot at getting that crown back on Sunday, Mar. 10, as they faced the JSC five, again in the 2013 state D.-III final at URI’s Ryan Center. It wasn’t to be as the MHS ladies came up on the short side of a 43-36 score. Islander senior Chelsea Dowler led all scorers with 18 points and fellow senior Michaela Conley added 8 more. The Islanders left them themselves vulnerable by trailing at the half, 19-9. Although Middletown fought back to grab a 36-34 lead with just under four minutes to play, they allowed Juanita Sanchez to score the last nine points of the game and regain the D.-III crown.

Rolling Stones Tribute Free concert with The Glimmer Twins, Newport Grand, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Blvd., 9 p.m., 18+, www.

March 23

Saturday Movie Matinee Free Screening of “The Hobbit,” Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 1 p.m.

MHS Girls Fall to JSC in Div.-III Title Game

French Film Festival The Salve Regina University festival continues with romantic drama “The Well-Digger’s Daughter,” O’Hare Academic Center, Bazarsky Lecture Hall, 2 p.m., reception to follow screening, 401-341-2250 or

Chelsea Dowler, #22, drives in for a lay-up against Juanita Sanchez in the second half. The Islander senior was selected to the alltournament team.




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Spring Festivities at Vanderbilt Grace St. Patricks Day Beer Dinner March 15th Join us at the Vanderbilt Grace at Muse by Jonathan Cartwright to celebrate a St. Patrick’s Day menu paired with beers from our local brewery, Newport Storm for $55pp

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Gather your little chicks and visit our beautiful spring garden for an exciting Easter egg hunt and egg decoration competition. Count your spoils with our spring inspired Brunch hosted on the terrace with carving station and omelet buffet. From 12pm-3p.m. $55 pp and $25 per chick

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FAITH COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD Job Readiness Workshops Turning Around Ministries will offer a series of free Job Readiness Workshops at 50 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., March 18-20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshops will include keynote speakers, information on employment training and community outreach, and local business owner participation. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Cheryl Robinson at 401-846-8264 or TA_Min@

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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, March 14

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (by St. Mary’s Episcopal) 12 Marlborough St.

The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans will host a celebration of Ostara, a Pagan holiday observed every year around the vernal equinox honoring the coming of spring, on Tuesday March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Channing Church Parish Hall, 135 Pelham St.

Friday, March 15

Instructional Seder at Emmanuel

Sunday, March17

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.

Saturday, March 16

4:30 p.m. Community Baptist 50 Dr. Marcus 4 p.m. –Salvation Army 51 Memorial Blvd.

Emmanuel Church will offer an Instructional Seder led by Rabbi Marc Jagolinzer on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m., as part of Emmanuel’s Lenten Series, 42 Dearborn St. All are welcome.

Monday, March 18

Immigration Series

Tuesday, March 19

The Learning Center of Channing Memorial Church will continue with its “Understanding our Immigration System and the Impact in Rhode Island: a 5-Part Series,� on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The series is organized by the Social Action Committee in collaboration with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and will be held in the Parish Hall behind the church at 135 Pelham St. The March 21 discussion will focus on Immigration in RI.

Calvary Offers Parent Series Calvary United Methodist Church is offering a free parent education series, Guiding Good Choices, on Mondays through March and also on April 8, 6-8p.m. The program is geared towards parents of children in Grades 4-8 and will show how to strengthen family bonds, set a clear family position on drugs, teach children skills they will need to make healthy choices, and increase children’s involvement in the family. Pre-registration is recommended but walk-ins will be accepted. Snacks and on-site child care provided. Contact Lori Verderosa at or call 401.845.0409 for more information and to register. The program will be at the church, 200 Turner Rd., Middletown.

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

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 11:30 p.m.–St. Joseph’s R.C. 5 Mann Ave. 5 p.m.–Channing Memorial 135 Pelham St. 7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m.–United Baptist (by St. Lucy’s and St. Philomena) 30 Spring St.

Wednesday, March 20

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 12 p.m.–United Baptist (by St. Mary’s R.C.) 30 Spring St.

Thursday, March 21

7:30 a.m.–MLK Center 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd. 5 p.m.–St. Paul’s Methodist (by Calvary Methodist) 12 Marlborough St.

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 1–4 p.m. each Wednesday.

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John F. Aleicho, 75, of Portsmouth, passed away March 6, 2013 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was the husband of Patricia A. (Gray) Aleicho. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 260 West Exchange St., Suite 102B, Providence, RI, 02903.


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Rose Lima Almeida, 101 and 4 months, of Portsmouth, passed away March 12, 2013 at Heatherwood Nursing Home in Newport, She was the wife of the late John Almeida Jr. Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 15 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 16at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Donations in her memory may be made to the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department, 2300 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871. Sally Brewster (Jones) Brownell, 93, of Newport, passed away March 6, 2013. She was the wife of the late Dr. Henry Ward Brownell. Funeral arrangements are private. Donations in her memory may be made to the Newport Hospital Foundation, 11 Friendship St., Newport, RI 02840. Paul W. McCarthy, 72 of Portsmouth, passed away March 7, 2013 unexpectedly. He was a Marine Corps veteran having served during the Cuban Missile crisis. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 51 Memorial Blvd., Newport, RI 02840. Maria L. Rege, 47, of Newport, passed away March 4, 2013. The family will receive friends Saturday, March 16 from 2 -4 p.m. at Hambly Brick House Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Alfred “Fred� Rolando, 92, of Newport, passed away March 11, 2013 peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was the husband of Olive (Harrison) Rolando. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart in North Africa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 15 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Spring Street. Burial will follow in St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown with military honors. At the request of the family there will be no calling hours. Donations may be made in his memory to Lucy’s Hearth, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, RI 02842. Kathleen Mary Tompsett, 85, of Newport, passed away March 6, 2013 at the St. Clare Home, Newport. She was the wife of the late George R. Tompsett Jr. Donations in her memory may be to the St. Clare Home Building Fund, 309 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840.


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