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Volunteer Chris Pimentel gets ready for another day at the Trinity Church Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday. A popular attraction for families over the last few years, construction in the area has reduced the patch's visibility. However, organizers are quick to say that the pumpkin patch is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. See page 12 for more Halloween events. (Photo by Tom Shevlin)

New Life for Historic Broadway Buildings By Jonathan Clancy

The intersection where Broadway meets Washington Square is part of a city block that has maintained great historic character, against all odds that all of it might have been razed. The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard house at 17 Broadway dates to 1697, and is arguably the oldest standing residence in Newport. For decades, it has been preserved and operated as a house museum by the Newport Historical Society. The presence of this house and its impeccable maintenance by the Society gives this part of the old "broad street" a firm anchor both in local history and in present use. Visitors to the house are told the story of how this particular building survived for generations. But other buildings on lower Broadway have stories, too - stories that for the most part remain untold. The buildings between 12 and 18 Broadway, across from the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard house, were built circa 1890. Over the years, these storefronts have been home to a taxicab garage owned by William Stanhope in the early 1900s, the Broadway Colonial Tea Shop in 1946, the Broadway Watch & Clock Shop, and Oscar Schultz Florist in 1957. In 1969, John Cinotti and his mother, Agnes, purchased the 12 - 18 Broadway row. He remembers that when they bought it,

the building was in poor condition and a lot of it was vacant. “My plan was just to have a small place,” says Cinotti, now 82. “One of our first ventures there was Mr. Cool ice cream. In ’76 during the America’s Cup, I remember my daughters and I scooping ice cream until midnight.” The family was still operating the Gold Key bar that then stood on what is now the large greensward near the Great Friends Meeting House on the corner of Farewell and Marlborough streets. (The bar was among many buildings that were torn down during the wave of downtown revitalization in the late ’70s.) “Then, when the Gold Key was torn down, we decided to move the bar business to Broadway and call it the Colonial Tavern,” said Cinotti. The tavern was located at number 18, which was the newer section of the building, and tenants occupied the other commercial spaces. “My fondest memory of the Colonial was the people that were there,” Cinotti said. “They were steady people you could relax and have fun with. We’d have parties, and they would bring in food. We had a lot of good friends at that time; a lot of them are gone now.” Cinotti, who sang for his customers on occasion, had attended the New England Conservatory of Music and performed professionally in Boston and New York City.

A 42-year-old Newport woman was the victim of a late-night assault over the weekend. According to police chief Gary Silva, the incident occurred on Friday, Oct. 12, at approximately 9:50 p.m. Police say that the woman (who later posted about the incident on social media) was outside her residence near the corner of Ruggles and Carroll Avenue with her dog when the dog ventured into, or close to, the road. A vehicle then stopped at the intersection, the driver apparently hesitant to continue because of the dog’s proximity to the roadway. The victim said she waved to the driver to continue, but the front passenger door of the vehicle opened, and a female, described as an Hispanic teenager between the ages of 15 and 18 with long black

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After 20 years as tavernkeeper, Cinotti sold the business and the building in 2002 to his three children, Edith, Deborah, and Darren. During those two decades, lower Broadway became gradually more derelict. In recent years, however, new restaurants and small businesses have repopulated several blocks along lower Broadway. There are planters of flowers on the sidewalks now, as well as outdoor seating at bakeries and ice cream shops. The street has become trendy. Last May, Jim Blumel of Broadway Partners purchased the 1218 Broadway buildings. The Blumel family - Jim, his wife, Jill, and

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John Cinotti and Jim Blumel sit in front of the Broadway building they both have had a hand in saving. The row was home to the Satellite Restaurant in this 1978 photo.

At its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, the Middletown Town Council unanimously passed a resolution to approve a contract with BUCK Consultants, who will provide the services necessary to assist in the implementation of the town’s new defined contribution plan. Employees of the town of Middletown hired after June 30, 2012 will be enrolled in this new pension program. Brown said the cost of the consultant services, which are not to exceed $41,475, is a onetime expense to get the plan set up. “When we hire a new employee, there is a present value savings between $75,000 to $100,000, and then there is a quantifiable savings resulting from not having the pension obligations that accompany a defined benefit pension plan,” he said. Also at the meeting, Middletown resident Manuel Mello voiced concern about the design for the new Middletown fire station on Wyatt Road: “I think we have too many frills. Seven bathrooms, why do we need so many bathrooms? We don’t have that many people in there.” Mello also questioned why the shift captain should have a pri-

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Cicilline, Doherty Oppose Bridge Tolls By Tom Shevlin The two candidates vying to represent Rhode Island's First Congressional District squared off in their first live televised debate on Tuesday, highlighting differences in areas from immigration reform to the economy and sparring over advertisements in what one national political publication has labeled one of the country's most contentious Congressional races. However, Rep. David N. Cicilline (D) and former State Police Col. Brendan Doherty (R ) found common ground when it came to one issue of particular Island concern. When asked about their stance regarding tolling the Sakonnet River Bridge, both candidates said that

Last year, Cicilline co-sponsored a bill that would have established an infrastructure bank, however the measure fell short in the House despite earning support from President Barack Obama. First proposed in 2007 by former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) and Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, the bank would complement existing federal programs to fund infrastructure repairs, taking the burden off such programs as the Highway Trust Fund and State Revolving Funds. Long-term maintenance – such as that needed on the Sakonnet bridge – could also be covered by the bank. Built in 1956, the old Sakonnet

Whether it is a small business owner in Portsmouth who will see his business suffer, or a resident in Tiverton who will have to pay more to get to work in Bristol, this toll will affect the lives of thousands of Rhode Islanders and must not be ignored. –Brendan Doherty

they believe the state should find alternative ways to pay for maintenance and other associated costs of the $164 million span. Doherty made his opposition to the proposed tolls known last month during a press conference held in the shadow of the new bridge. "Whether it is a small business owner in Portsmouth who will see his business suffer, or a resident in Tiverton who will have to pay more to get to work in Bristol, this toll will affect the lives of thousands of Rhode Islanders and must not be ignored," Doherty said at the time, pledging to oppose federal approval of the toll. Cicilline also expressed a commitment to seek out alternative revenue streams to pay for the bridge's future upkeep. One concept that could come into play involves bipartisan plan for a public-private Infrastructure Bank – a proposal Cicilline campaigned on during the 2010 election cycle, and which Doherty has also lent his support to.

River Bridge deteriorated badly while under the control of the state Department of Transportation. Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed a bill that transfers the responsibility for the span (as well as the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge) to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which also oversees the maintenance on the Newport Pell Bridge and Mount Hope Bridge in Bristol. The legislation also allows the installation of a toll – similar in scope to that currently in place on the Pell Bridge – scheduled to be put in place on the bridge in 2013. Residents in Portsmouth and Tiverton have been especially vocal in their opposition to the proposed toll, arguing that it will have a devastating effect on local businesses and families. That the two candidates vying to represent the East Bay in Congress have come together in what has otherwise been a study in contrasts, speaks to the issue's reach beyond party lines. The rest of the 90-minute debate, which aired on television on

PENSION PLAN CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 years ago.” Brown also referenced the 50-year contract signed in 2006, which provided $1,015,666 in restricted funds towards operating and/or capitalization costs associated with providing public safety services. Brown noted that the first phase of that commitment was the construction of the new police station, and the new fire station would be the second phase of that plan. Middletown resident Theresa Santos reminded the council that the Friends of Middletown Fire Station will be holding an “Approve Question 8 Public Rally” at the Atlantic Beach Club on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. to urge the public to vote for the proposed bond on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Salve Seniors Learn Etiquette Senior students at Salve Regina University received a crash course in etiquette on Thursday, Oct. 16. The yearly Senior Etiquette Dinner is designed to help students navigate gracefully through a business dinner. The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a formal dinner, during which students learned proper tips on handing finger food, what to do with the dinner napkin, which fork to use when, how to pass plates around the table, and more. The evening also featured a “Dress to Impress” fashion show organized by students in a retail management class.

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vate dorm. Mello asked the council why there had been no public hearings concerning the design. In response, town administrator Shawn Brown said, “I think it’s important for people to realize that at the present time, the sleep space and workspace is entirely inadequate.” Brown also noted that three open houses have been held in regard to the design and said that Fire Chief Ron Doire had been available to the public for their input. In response to a question from Councilor Barbara VonVillas about the funding for the project, Brown said “It is funding that the town receives for providing public safety services to the Naval Housing Units. That funding came about several

WPRI and online at, provided few other areas where the candidates agreed. On the issue of strengthening Social Security and Medicare, both candidates pledged to protect the system in place for seniors, however offered different plans to ensure that the programs are viable for future generations. Doherty said that he favors gradually raising the retirement age while at the same time providing benefits for workers who have demonstrated a hardship and are unable to work beyond the current age of 62. Cicilline, meanwhile, tried to tie Doherty to a Republican plan to convert Medicare into a voucher system. Doherty pledged to oppose that plan if elected. In a rapid fire exchange, both candidates expressed their support for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act; bringing the ROTC back to Brown University's campus; and the state's voter ID law. On the issue of bringing more jobs to Rhode Island, Cicilline pushed his proposal for a "Made in America" bloc grant program, while Doherty said that the country needs to invest in its energy independence, opening up new areas for oil and natural gas drilling, while also investing in renewable energy sources. As far as Cicilline's handling of Providence's fiscal affairs, Doherty asked why voters should trust the former mayor after in 2010 he described the city's financial health as "excellent." Soon after his successor, current Mayor Angel Tavares, took office, he revealed that the city was facing a $110 million structural deficit, with no budget. Cicilline, who has apologized for mischaracterizing the city's affairs while he was running for Congress, responded by saying that voters need to decide if they are willing to cede one of Rhode Island's two House seats to a Republican agenda. A third candidate, Independent David Vogel, was not included in the debate, however all three candidates are scheduled to appear in a live televised debate airing on WJAR at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.

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NEWS BRIEFS Marijuana Center Opening Planned A medical marijuana dispensary planned for Aquidneck Island could begin operations as soon as Jan. 1. The state Department of Health on Tuesday said that it was close to finalizing the program's regulatory policies that state officials hope will better comply with federal law. A total of three dispensaries, or "compassion centers" were initially given permission to operate under a 2009 law passed by the General Assembly. However, facing the threat of legal action from federal authorities, including U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, legislators went back to the drawing board and passed a revised law last spring. Medical marijuana was legalized in Rhode Island in 2006, and by 2010, over 4,000 people had obtained marijuana cards. However, without a system in place to sell the medicinal herb, patients were left in a grey area when seeking out their prescriptions. The marijuana dispensary program is expected to address that need. Earlier this year, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee signed legislation that would authorize three such facilities: The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence; Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick; and Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth. The dispensaries will be allowed to grow no more than 99 mature marijuana plants and stock a maximum of 1,500 ounces of the herb at any one time. The Portsmouth facility, which is being spearheaded by Middletown acupuncturist Seth Bock, is set to open at 200 Highpoint Ave. Doors could open by Jan. 1.

Acupuncture Benefit In exchange for a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project Dr. Shawna Snyder will provide free 20 minute stress relief acupuncture treatments on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 11a.m. - 1 p.m. at her offices at 170 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. Appointments are recommended by calling 401-297-1642. Oct. 24 is also recognized as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.

City Seeks Communications Upgrade By Tom Shevlin While public safety officials continue to deal with a recent spate of highly publicized assaults, the city manager is poised to recommend to council a comprehensive communications upgrade. City Manager Jane Howington said on Wednesday that she was putting the finishing touches on a proposal to strengthen the city's outreach and engagement strategies as they relate to public safety. The plan involves reconfiguring positions within the police department to include use of social media, enhancing use of the Code Red notification system, and renewing ties with the neighborhood associations. Describing the program as a "proactive" way to get information out to the community, Howington said that the city needs to do a better job of communicating with its residents, especially on social networking sites such as Facebook. Reflecting on the police department's recent adoption of Facebook as a communications tool, she said that already the effort is yielding positive results. "We have gotten several hits in terms of leads from the page already," Howington said. In fact, she noted that, "Facebook played a big role" in the investigation of a recent assault on Ruggles Avenue and led to an arrest of a juvenile suspect. There have been some problems with the service as well. Several users posted on the page (located at that the city had been expe-

Workshop on Sustainable Events The Newport Energy & Environment Commission (NEEC) invites the community to a Workshop on Sustainable Events in Newport on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. The workshop will focus on the NEEC’s efforts to build sustainable event protocols for Newport events. The meeting will include a presentation of several of the case studies, a proposal for voluntary standards, and a community discussion. It is open to the public. For more information, contact Lauren Carson of the NEEC at (401) 523-1143.

riencing "random stabbings" and "gang activity," charges which police adamantly dispute. "There are always growing pains," Howington said. “Right away, we need to start looking at how do we do this better." In addition to adjusting the duties of existing staff to handle multimedia output, Howington is awaiting the results from staff in regards to the use of Code Red, which she described as "one of the more effective ways of getting information out to people." She said she's begun working with the Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport to investigate reports of alleged assaults involving hospitality industry workers. According to Howington, she's been buoyed by the initial response. "So far, haven't received much feedback from the hospitality industry that would indicate there have been many incidents in need of attention," she said. However, she's also concerned that social media sites have raised fears about safety in the city. To help mitigate those fears, she said that the city is planning to reach out to local neighborhood groups to bolster community watch programs, and may even reboot its dormant citizen police academy. Times are changing, and the city needs to adapt, she added. "The practice that always worked in the past, doesn't work anymore because of social media. We're just trying to play catch up.”

For What It’s Worth Mr. Santi: Enclosed is a photo of a glass lamp shade. It is frosted with a picture on one side. It is about 6” tall and has a hook at the top. I bought it at a church rummage sale many years ago. Can you tell me something about it? I think I paid 50 cents for it. — A Rummage Sale Mom. Dear Mom: Your 50 cent purchase is really quite rare. It is a ‘smoke bell’ that was used on a gas chandelier. Dating from the 1870s and the style would be called “Neo-Grec” and hung over a flame from a gas jet. It was suspended by a rod or chain, hence the hook at the top. The shade prevented fumes from discoloring the upper section of the chandelier. Probably made in New England, perhaps Sandwich Glass Company. Your 50 cent purchase is worth about $150 today. — 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 Federico at: or 152 Spring St., Newport

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The Newport County YMCA is now accepting team registrations for its adult basketball league. The league will run from Nov. 6 into December with playoffs in early January. All games will be played on Tuesday or Friday nights in the Y gym. An informational meeting will be ehld Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Assemble your own Dream Team and register for this competitive adult basketball league. For more information, contact Josh Anderson, 847-9200 ext. 113 or visit Online registration is available.

Thompson YMCA Youth Sports Recognizes Students The Newport County YMCA is The Thompson Middle School Health and Physical Education Department “accentuates the positive” within its classes with the following students of the month for September 2012. • Grade 5- Mackenzie Palmer and Colin McCabe • Grade 6 – Victoria Dunn and Ryan Crowley • Grade 7 – Isaiah Branch and Kalie Butler • Grade 8 – Charles Taylor and Jennifer Aguilar

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Charter School Discussion The Newport County Mentor/ CO-Op Group will hold a meeting to discuss the potential of a Charter School in Newport County on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon at CCRI,Newport Campus. At this session, Bill Clarke, a representative of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will explain their strategic plan, including funding, and interest in creating 20 charter schools throughout Rhode island. An open discussion will follow Clarke’s presentation. Ret. Admiral McGann. who led a STEM Charter school in Massachusetts, will be present.

Candidate Forum On Thursday, Oct. 18, Alliance For A Livable Newport, with the support of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund, will host the candidates for the contested Newport City Council seats At Large and First Ward. The candidates will be questioned about key issues facing the City of Newport now and in the near future. Come hear the candidates’ views as you make your voting decisions for the November elections. The event will be held at the Newport City Hall council chambers at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information or to submit questions contact:Isabel Griffith at 849-6444 or

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Newport Police Log Newport Fire During the period from Monday, Incident Run Report Oct. 8 to Monday, Oct. 15, the Newport Police Department responded to 533 calls. Of those, 97 were motor vehicle related; there were 68 motor vehicle violations issued and 29 accident reports. 2 skateboard violations and 1 bicycle violation were also issued. The police also responded to 6 incidents of vandalism, 15 noise complaints, 18 animal complaints, and 27 home/business alarm calls. Officers conducted 11 school security checks (6-Cranston Calvert; 2-Triplett; 1-Coggeshall; 2-Rogers High School). They transported 8 prisoners, and recorded 2 instances of assisting other agencies and 7 instances of assisting other police departments and 15 private tows were recorded. In addition, 34 arrests were made for the following violations: n 6 arrests were made for bench warrants. n 5 arrests were made for possession of alcohol by a minor. n 4 arrests were made for simple assault. n 3 arrests were made for larceny. n 3 arrests were made for noise violations. n 3 arrest was made for possession of marijuana. n 2 arrests were made for disorderly conduct. n 1 arrest was made for breaking & entering. n 1 arrest was made for vandalism. n 1 arrest was made for violation of a no-contact order. n 1 arrest was made for possession of drugs. n 1 arrest was made for felony assault. n 1 arrest was made for obstructing an officer. n 1 arrest was made for littering. n 1 arrest was made for refusal to pay cabfare.

Swap & Shop Fundraisers A women’s clothing and apparel Swap & Shop evening out will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5 - 8 p.m. at 431 Sampan Ave., Jamestown to benefit Women and Infant’s Hospital Oncology Department. Hostesses are Regina Bourne and Melissa Loud. Donation drop off dates are Oct. 22-24.100% of the proceeds go to charity. For more information, visit www. or call 401-423-9121.

Open House The Pennfield School (NurseryGrade 8) will hold an open house on Friday, Oct. 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. Listen to an Upper School assembly speech, meet the Head of School, tour classrooms with a current parent and meet faculty and students. To RSVP, email kemory@pennfield. org or call 849-4646.




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During the period from Monday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 15 the Newport Fire Department responded to a total of 153 calls. Of those, 71 were emergency medical calls, resulting in 58 patients being transported to the hospital. Additionally, 3 patients was treated on the scene and 9 patients refused aid once EMS had arrived on-scene. Fire apparatus was used for 135responses: • Station 1 - Headquarters/Rescue 1 responded to 51 calls • Station 1 - Engine responded to 45 calls • Station 2 - Old Fort Road responded to 29 calls • Station 2 - Engine responded to 30 calls • Station 5 - Touro Street/Engine 5 responded to 46 calls Specific situations fire apparatus was used for include: 1 - Cooking fire 11 - Electrical equipment problems 1 - Animal rescue 1 - Natural gas leak 4 - Motor vehicle accidents 18 - Fire alarm system sounding - no fire In the category of fire prevention, the department reviewed plans/inspected 12 tented events, performed 7 smoke alarm inspections for house sale, 17 life safety inspections, and provided 8 fire system plan reviews. Fire Prevention Message: Children are one of the highest risk groups for deaths in residential fires. At home, children usually play with fire – lighters and matches - in bedrooms, in closets, and under beds. These “secret” places have lots of things that catch fire easily. Keep matches and lighters locked up and away from children. Check under beds and in closets for burnt matches or materials, evidence your child may be playing with fire. If you discover that your child is playing with matches or lighters do not hesitate to call the Fire Marshal at 845-5913 for additional information. —Information provided by FM Wayne Clark, ADSFM

Pre-Holiday Sale On Thursday, Oct. 25, a “Pre-Holiday Sale” will be set up in the lobby of the Newport Public Library next to the bookstore. It will offer a buy one, get one free. Friends of Newport Public Library Holiday Sale will be held Nov. 3 - 6. Gift quality items for sale will include books, DVDs, and CDs. All proceeds help Friends to help the library. This year the Friends donated $25,000 to the library, plus $5,000 toward the purchase of new eBooks. Volunteers are always welcome!

Lyme Support Group An open meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. , and on the third Thursdays of following months, for anyone who wishes to discuss Lyme disease. Lane Pour will be this month’s speaker. The support group will meet at Harbor House, 111 Washington St., between Van Zandt and Battery. For more information, contact

‘Put Your Garden to Bed for the Fall’ Three URI Master Gardeners will present a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Portsmouth Free Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on things you can do to prepare your garden for the upcoming winter (and to give your garden a better start to next year’s growing season). The panel will include; Jim Garman, Chuck DiTucci, Dave Hughes is a URI Master Gardener and a frequent speaker in Rhode Island. Between them, they have over 35 years of experience as URI Master Gardeners. Free soil pH tests will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For the soil test, bring one cup of soil in a ziplock bag taken from 3-4” deep, which you have allowed to dry out on newspaper overnight. Label the bag with your name and what you are growing in this soil (e.g. lawn, perennials, or vegetables). You may stay for the entire 2 hours, or drop in/out as you desire. This program is free and open to the public.

MLK Holiday Basket Sign-Ups The Martin Luther King Center is holding its Holiday Basket sign-ups from Oct. 24 to 31 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Toy baskets will be for youth up to the age of 16. Three modest gifts per child will be given. When applying bring a photo ID, a current piece of mail with your address and proof of all in the family.

Newport Democratic Office Opens Chairman J. Clement “Bud” Cicilline announced that the Newport Democratic City Committee has opened an office in Newport at 495 Broadway and is available for candidates endorsed by the committee to use for campaign operations in Newport. Volunteers and supporters are welcome to meet Congressman David Cicilline and representatives from US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s campaign to talk about the upcoming election.

ALT Run Run or walk the Sakonnet Greenway Trail to support the Aquidneck Land Trust on Saturday, Nov. 3. Registration is 9 - 10:15 a.m. at The Glen (near the polo fields). The race starts: 10:30 a.m. for runners and10:45 a.m. for walkers. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome to join walkers. Pre-registration fees for runners and walkers are; $10 (ages 18 & under), $20 (ages 19 & above) and $50 (family fee for up to 4 members living in the same household). Race day registration is $15 (ages 18 & under), $25 (ages 19 & above)and $60 (family). For more information, or to register, contact Courtney Huth at 8492799 x 19 or at

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hings have begun quieting down around town this week as the island takes a collective breath from what has been a busy, busy summer. Along the water, boats are being hauled, and sailors are turning their attention to the upcoming frostbite season. Downtown, merchants have moved to fall hours – scaling back staff and in some cases preparing to shut down for the winter. Yet, the city is abuzz in other areas. The political arena is heating up, as voters across the island prepare to elect a new president, congressman and local city and town council slates. Then, of course, there's the casino question. Online, we ran a poll asking respondents how they were going to vote on whether to allow table games at Newport Grand. If the measure passes, it will complete the former jai alai facility's transformation from niche sporting venue to full-fledged casino. As of Wednesday morning, a 389 people had weighed in, with 56 percent saying that they would vote to approve the plan. The results have been close since we first asked the question last Friday, with each side leading at least three times. We'll keep the poll open until this Sunday, Oct. 21, with the full results announced on Monday. If you'd like to weigh in, go to and do so now. Crime was once again on the minds of Newporters this past week as three more assaults sparked a flurry of posts to social media. While it's important to remain vigilant, especially at night, it's even more so to recognize that Newport remains a safe place to live and work. Though we're a small town, we are also a city, with densely inhabited neighborhoods and a transient, seasonal population. Remembering this should be central to not only how we live, but also how we react when troubling incidents like those of the last few weeks take place. Elsewhere, the city held its first Engage Newport session last week, which was well received by the roughly 100 people who turned out to the Great Friends Meeting House on Thursday, Oct. 11. The effort was a good show on the part of the city and a step in the right direction for an administration that appears determined to improve its communication with the general public. (They even released a pair of YouTube videos last week.) Additional events are still to come, and we hope even more people will turn out to interface with the city's department heads and policy makers as the series continues. The next session is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. inside the parade grounds at Fort Adams. We hope to see you there.

Casinos Only Abet Addiction To the Editor: I urge all voters to vote against a Casino in Newport. It could take a whole book to list all the reasons why we should vote against expanded gambling in our beloved historic and residential Newport. Do we want to turn Newport into a Manhattan traffic nightmare? How will ambulances get the ill and injured to hospitals on traffic filled one-lane roads? Will the Police Department and Fire Department be able to respond quickly to emergencies? Do we want our neighborhoods where our children play in the streets filled with strangers? Do we want to prey on people who cannot afford to gamble money they need for basic necessities in a poor economy? It a very basic fact: if you gamble you lose money. The

only winners in a casino are the casino owners. You don’t have to be a mathematician to understand that. The US Navy is the largest employer on Aquidneck Island. Invest money in education to provide people the skills needed to get good paying high tech jobs that serve the Nation with honor. I do not think casinos will bring the long term economic relief some seem to think will happen. What if a casino starts and fails? Who pays? Fewer and fewer people are going to casinos today except those who have a gambling addiction. And they need help not further economic abuse. Francis J. O’Brien Jr. Former President, Aquidneck Indian Council

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

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Keeping Up with Technology To the Editor; Throughout its history, Newport has been the jewel of Rhode Island, recognized worldwide for its beauty, self-reliance, innovation in commercial and recreational activities, stunning harbor, waterfront and island vistas. To maintain our relevance in the 21st Century however, Newport needs to add new Information Technology into the City’s infrastructure planning, so that we remain competitive moving forward. The work being led by the City Council to foster economic development and in particular, Councilor Naomi Neville’s initiative to form the Information Technology Working Group to upgrade the city’s internet infrastructure is one of the most game-changing actions the city can undertake to build a firm foundation for our future. Better, faster internet will enable

Newport to nurture economic opportunities, make Newport an easier and less expensive place to conduct business, help diversify our economy beyond tourism, attract more year-round residents and boost employment opportunities. Further, improved infrastructure will be a boon to the many events that make our city so special, like Americas Cup racing, the Folk, Jazz and Film festivals, along with many other events that our city hosts annually, all of which depend heavily on fast, affordable and reliable internet access. Councilor’s Neville’s specific goals in forming the ITWG are improved data infrastructure coordinated with our new street projects, more public access to computers and wireless locations, and increased digital literacy throughout our schools and workforce. By adding the crucial element of very

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Safety in the Square To the Editor; If there’s any one thing to result from the Friday Oct. 19th and Saturday Oct. 20 Washington Square community charrette, I hope it’s to make the area much safer for pedestrians, in particular by removing the unnecessary, dangerous automobile shortcut through the park towards its lower, westernmost end near Brick Market. Pedestrians near the Opera House theater will be at risk, particularly in the dark, after the theater begins operating. Cars using this cut-through don’t have enough time to see pedestrians who might have stepped out onto the street, and accidents are likely to happen. We could also enlarge and beautify the park’s green space by extending it closer to Brick Market without this cut-through. Fencing could be optional. Drivers, please try this before the charrette – drive your car down Broadway into the Washington Square area, and instead of turning left early into this shortcut to get up Touro Street, go all the way to the traffic lights in front of Brick Market, and then make a hard left turn up Touro Street. I have done it many times, but you need to experience it to understand how easy it is. This safer route adds just a minute or so to your drive. My second pick for improving Washington Square is to add twinkling white lights – perhaps like Commonwealth Avenue mall’s in

high speed internet and focusing on digital literacy, this infrastructure will provide the basis for economic development, e-government, increased productivity and fulfillment in residents' daily lives, whether at work, school, or at play. Today, already, we could provide the competitive edge our children need and deliver affordable internet information resources that residents, businesses and tourists expect from a city like ours. As a resident of Newport who depends on the internet infrastructure here to earn a living, I ask you to show your support for Councilor Neville’s efforts with your vote on November 6th to keep moving Newport forward.

wintertime, in Boston’s Back Bay… to make it feel safer and more attractive by night. Then add subtle floodlighting to the fronts of the Colony House and Brick Market buildings. Put this enhancement lighting on timers to save electricity. There is much work to be done in this area, but let’s make sure we address the improvements to Washington Square first, before we take on another park behind the Colony House - although that will likely be wonderful, too. Remember that this prime area – and could we please use the more historic name Washington Square, and not Eisenhower Park - adjoins entrances and will benefit several major institutions like the courthouse, Colony House, Brick Market Museum, Opera House theater, and Jane Pickens theater, along with restaurants and other businesses. Perhaps a public- private partnership is the way to handle operations and maintenance. Regarding new spaces for parks, we are reducing the city’s tax base when we replace businesses with a tax-free park. Mary Shepard Middletown Shepard served on the Washington Square Alliance in the late 1990s, and writes on urban design and transportation topics for RI newspapers.

To the Editor: Forgive my skepticism, but I think this City Council is interested in community involvement simply because it's an election year. The only councilman to listen and act upon what he hears is Charlie Duncan. The others listen, nod their heads, and proceed to do as they please. If we really want true community involvement then we need to elect a new city council. It's as simple as that. Mary Weston Church St.

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To the Editor, It is good to see that some major street repair is going on around the City. One side street that is in very poor condition is Charles St. With the great job of Washington Square, this little side street needs much repair. Please think of this street very soon. Elizabeth G. Steeves Mary Street

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Casino Market is Already Saturated To the Editor: A fool’s errand is the best way to characterize the plan to allow full blown casino gambling in Newport Grand. This misbegotten “errand” urges us to trust that jobs and tax revenue will not only be protected but will increase as the facility itself expands and grows. If truth be told, there are absolutely no guarantees and truthfully what is desired is a casino, not jobs or tax revenue. We do know that no matter what happens on Election Day, Newport Grand will continue with jobs and tax revenue to the city as before. However, should Massachusetts finally build their casinos, the nationwide and New England trend will begin to take its toll. This trend speaks loud and clear that casinos are a shrinking and finite industry. Foxwoods is $2.3 in debt, Mohegan Sun has recently cut 300 jobs and Twin River had to seek bankruptcy protection. Newport Grand, competing in a saturated market with an aging and declining consumer base, will begin its inevitable and accelerating decline. For Newport and Rhode Island to count on this business as part of a so-called growth industry going forward is the height of naivete. We need to get real and be thinking about real jobs long-term and significant

tax revenue which the North End Plan already promises and where our energy should immediately be placed. Candidly, the more we get pulled into the quicksand of gambling, the more time and energy to do otherwise is wasted and the more absolutely frantic State government will become in their efforts to protect this addictive revenue source. As Newport Grand fails, the State might very well permit a casino in a more attractive site in Newport; remember, there are no guarantees, to protect this revenue source, anything is possible. Newport Grand admittedly knows all this and is targeting younger people and the tourist population as the way forward. They are quoted as hoping that those who come to visit the mansions, our other historic sites and our beaches and recreational experiences will see a casino as a desirable complement. This is obviously another fool’s errand since, as we all know, those who visit this lovely city can gamble elsewhere, but they surely come here to experience otherwise. Also, younger people generally do not frequent casinos but seek internet gaming experiences and the variety of opportunities that provide games of chance independent of the con-

trolled, “house always wins” casino environment. Bottom line, are casinos a growth opportunity for Newport? The obvious answer is that it is clearly foolhardy to commit to a dependency on table game expansion and its fragile prospects. Instead we should be seeking real economic development and the sooner we get to it the better….the North End Plan shows us the way forward. In the past, time after time, Newporters have led the way in defeating casino efforts whenever and wherever they have been pushed forward. Rhode Island and other communities have done likewise but Newport has always seen more clearly and voted more resoundingly “NO” against these “foolish errands”. This last time, Newport should proudly lead the way again and send a powerful message to the entire Rhode Island community and our elected representatives and FINALLY REJECT this sad and sorry business once and for all. Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling (CCACG) urges all to vote REJECT on the Yellow Ballot on Local Question #8. Newport can do better, we are not like everyplace else. Dave Wixted CCACG Secretary, Newport

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To the Editor; Our Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, Daily Newspaper, Page A6, under the heading; “BRIEFS”, announced a presentation entitled; “Human Sexuality” which would be given by Rev. Anne Marie Richards at Trinity Church Honeyman Hall on Sunday Oct. 14 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The subject was the Episcopal General Convention approval and marital blessings of same-sex weddings and unions by Trinity Church. This meeting (all welcome) attended by myself and at least 20 high-mileage seniors only, started late with insufficiently low, and therefore unclear voice sounds of the video immediately shown upon arrival. Next was a personal pro- supportive admittance by Rev. Richards for same-sex marriage by the entire Episcopalian Christian Church ministry, including Trinity. The questions from the audience were brief and quickly overtaken by Rev. Richards to eliminate a larger participation and no additional meetings on homosexual marriages were announced. Rev. Richards touted a book; “Those Seven References” pertaining to biblical interpretations by John F. Dwyer but she failed to say J.F. Dwyer was a

To the Editor: In recent weeks I have had the privilege of meeting with hundreds of Newport residents to discuss the November 6th referendum to add table games at Newport Grand. In the course of these conversations, I have come to realize that while many residents appreciate the stable jobs, tax revenue and commitment to the community Newport Grand brings, the sign on the west side of the building is a source of consternation for many. I understand these concerns and am writing today to let the community know that I am committed to remove the sign and make improvements to the exterior of the building and landscape that surrounds it. Newport Grand has been a family run business since its opening in 1976. We remain committed to be a responsible business neighbor. As we move ahead, our signage will better reflect the gateway location we have to our beautiful and historic city.

homosexual with self-serving- only versions of Biblical interpretations. The local reverend also never spoke of this October 1st “New Yorker" magazine and the medical research story by Jerome Groopman entitled; “Sex and the Superbug.” This five-page report shows the increases of Gonorrhea, H.I.V., and various other sexual diseases and the 17 percent increases that have arisen by homosexuals who practice; oral-vaginal, oral-penal and also rectal homosexual practices. The report also shows a disease increase of five percent by heterosexuals who practice both illegal/ legal sex with prostitutes, and all of these increases exist in the United States. Complacent church members who are religiously social only, devoid of actual spirituality and do not study their own biblical documentation because they choose to remain “Talked-down-To” rather than seek-out knowledge directly by themselves deserve to fail at life because they worship a mindlessness! William Gramitt Newport

For Cicilline To the Editor: As we get closer and closer to Election Day, the rhetoric is heating up on both sides. But, this time around, there is a very clear distinction for voters in the Congressional District One race. The Republican candidate is advancing himself as a moderate while the National Republican Committee puts forth a very radical set of proposals that will have a draconian effect on our lives in Rhode Island. Even though he says he’s his own person, he belongs to the political party that wants to make dramatic changes to Social Security and Medicare. On the other hand, we have Congressman David Cicilline who has been fighting for programs to help the economy, such as Make

it in America legislation. He is against any form of reductions or changes in Social Security and Medicare benefits. He supports veterans and wants to end the war in Afghanistan. He is a genuine champion of women rights in health care, employment, and protections against violence. He also has worked to protect the environment. So, I think it makes a lot of sense to elect someone who understands the important issues and is willing to stand up for us. That person is David Cicilline for Congress. Charles W. Wright Former Chair Newport Democratic City Committee

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hair, got out and struck the victim in the face several times with her hands. The female then returned to the vehicle and drove off. On Wednesday, police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old female in connection with the incident, charging her with simple assault. According to police Lt. William Fitzgerald, police do not believe the incident is connected to what has been reported on various blogs as a string of random assaults. "This was an isolated incident," he said. It did, however, occur shortly after two other reported assaults around Salve Regina University's Ochre Point campus. The first incident took place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at approximately 11 p.m, when a female Salve Regina student who was entering the Miley Hall / New Residence parking lot near Narragansett Avenue was grabbed on the arm from behind. She freed herself and entered the residence hall unharmed. Salve security, along with the Newport police, were notified and responded, but a check of the area turned up nothing. The following night, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 p.m., Salve’s Office of Safety and Security was notified by a third party that at approximately 8:15 p.m., a female Salve Regina student had been assaulted while walking on Ruggles Avenue near Founders and Wallace Halls. A car passed the student and then stopped, backed up, and again stopped again close to her. A passenger yelled a homophobic remark, and then another passenger exited the vehicle, walked over to the student and punched her in the face. Two or three other males inside the vehicle reportedly were laughing as the vehicle drove west toward Bellevue Avenue. The Salve student made it safely back to her residence hall. The suspect is described as a white male, just under 6 feet in in height, late teens or early twenties with a medium build, scruffy appearance, and dark clothing. Police say they don’t believe that

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the incidents, which are both still under investigation, are related, nor that they are connected to the Friday evening assault on Ruggles Avenue. However, the issue has gained traction on social media, with several blog reports suggesting that the incidents are part of a broader string of "random" assaults, and perhaps even the mark of gang activity. Police have denied those claims. The three assaults occurred in the wake of an emergency press conference held by police on Sept. 26 to calm public concern over a perceived assault crime wave. At the press conference, police advised the public to report any suspicious activity. "This is a safe community, a very safe community," City Manager Jane Howington said. Police said that the city is no less safe than it was 10 or 15 years ago. Crime statistics support their statements. Since 1995, the number of aggravated assaults reported to police has declined by 56 percent, from a high of 216 in 1995, to 95 in 2011. The latter number, however, is up from the city's historic low of 76 reported incidents in 2007. The number of reported simple assaults also has dropped from 1489 in 1995 to 749 in 2011. Reports of breaking and entering are also down by half, from a high

of 515 reported in 1996 to 212 in 2011. In light of those numbers, why all of the recent concern about safety? Overall, crime rose from 2010 to 2011, with 9 percent more arrests made on 4 percent fewer calls for service. During those 12 months, aggravated and simple assaults increased by 16 and 7 percent, respectively. However, according to police statistics, calls for service overall have decreased dramatically in the recent years, with 46,014 calls received in 1995 and 28,980 in 2011. There doesn't appear to be any significant uptick in calls for service in 2012, according to police. Still, as one commenter on Newport Now wrote earlier this week: While the assaults may not be connected, they are in the news collectively. Social media have the power to shape public opinion. According to Howington, the commonality between the assaults is hard to ignore. "You might get copy-cat crimes," she said. "I'm not saying that is happening, but there are those commonalities." Meanwhile, police are also using Facebook to request that anyone with any information about the recent assaults share it via the police department’s anonymous tip line at 846-2606.

School Programs Target Bullying By Meg O'Neil As experts warn of the increasing brutality of students' actions against their peers, Newport officials are taking steps to curb school-based bullying. School administrators recently laid out a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign, utilizing tools ranging from policy changes to bullying support groups. A look at bullying statistics reveals startling numbers: According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Additionally, 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. The figures show that bullying is a nationwide epidemic, and Newport is not immune. “It would be wonderful if I could say that we don’t have a problem with bullying, but every place does,” says Newport School Superintendent John Ambrogi. “It’s been a problem for as long as people have been in groups together.” Advances in technology have created a new realm of online cyber-bullying that occur on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook and are harder to combat than traditional forms of bullying. “Social media is our major concern now,” Ambrogi said. “The thing about cyber-bullying that is so hor-

Bully Film to be Shown This October marks the fifth annual National Bullying Prevention month. In an effort to raise awareness, newportFILM, in conjunction with the Newport Public Education Foundation, is showing a special presentation of the 2011 documentary film “Bully” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., at the Jane Pickens Theater. This showing is for adults only. The award-winning film will be the first in a series of schoolbased documentaries that will explore different facets of educational issues. Following the film, a panel discussion will take place on the topic of bullying in schools. rible is that once it’s written, it’s out there for everyone to see, and quite honestly, it’s something that cowards hide behind. You don’t have to be face to face with someone to embarrass them or cause them harm.” Since the rise of social media sites in the mid-2000s, the number of adolescents and teens who have reported cruel behavior online has skyrocketed. The Pew Research Center reports that 88 percent of social media-using teens have seen someone be mean or cruel on a site like Facebook or Twitter. Newport schools block access to

social media sites on the school’s computers, but once students leave school grounds, they have immediate access to the Internet via smartphones or home computers. “We block [social media sites] on school grounds, but it does creep into the schools,” Ambrogi said. “We do get complaints from parents that sons and daughters are being bullied, and we don’t ignore those complaints … Although they’re happening off school grounds, they do impact the school day. The issues spill over into the schools, because so much of the student’s social life and day is spent in school.” According to the Newport’s School Disciplinary Policy on AntiHarassment, Intimidation, Bullying & Sexual Violence, which can be found online at newportrischools. org, the range of disciplinary sanctions for violation of the policy depends on the severity of the behavior. Ambrogi said the most common practice to discourage bullying in Newport’s schools is through mediation with administrators and guidance councilors, as well as parental involvement. The only recorded numbers of bullying in Newport schools are cases in which strict disciplinary actions are deemed necessary. During the last school year, there were 14 cases of bullying and harassment that resulted in higher-

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The area under disscussion in the Charrett includes Washington Square and Long Wharf, as shown in the above map. (Image courtesy of the Northeast Collaborative Architects.)

BROADWAY CONTINUED FROM PG. 1 three children - have been Newport summer visitors since 1997, and five years ago, they bought a home in Newport. “A lot of people see the glamour and the mansions in Newport, but this is where people who live in Newport go,” said Blumel of Broadway. Passersby in the last few months have noticed the renovations underway. Blumel plans to run an affordable tavern with a focus on New England micro-brew beers. When it opens this winter, Broadway Tavern’s head chef will be Molly Santos, a Johnson & Wales University graduate. Santos is already experimenting with menu items at Blumel’s Sunnyside Deli at 12 Broadway, which opened in June. “This project is a way for my wife and me to be in business together,” Blumel said. “It was our dream to own a business, to take a chance, dig roots into the city, and have our kids involved too.” Architect Paul Burke, who recently collaborated with the Newport Historical Society for work on

The public is invited to share and discuss ideas for revitalizing Washington Square at a charrette on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Jane Pickens Theater, and Saturday, Oct. 20 at Thompson Middle School. the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House, accepted the challenge of revamping the facade and interior spaces at 12-18 Broadway. His initial investigation revealed that the main structure of the building was sound, but that some interior walls and floors needed to be torn out and rebuilt. When the demolition work began in May, Blumel's contractors discovered some interesting items inside the walls. Among them were a newspaper dated 1917 and an old menu - so old that the price of a steak was just five cents. In the basement, workers dug up batteries from 1929, and rocks that could have been the foundations of an earlier building or from prior con-

struction on the site. From the upstairs apartments, cleaning crews hauled out junk that included drug paraphernalia and abandoned sleeping bags. Last week, Blumel took former owner Cinotti on a walkthrough of 12-18 Broadway to show him some of the changes. Blumel plans to remodel the middle floor into two one-bedroom hospitality suites. The third floor, which had been divided into seven rented rooms, will be converted into two 800-squarefoot efficiency apartments, one of which Blumel may keep for an office. Blumel feels he is part of something bigger on lower Broadway, bringing new life back to a somewhat forlorn corner of the city. “There’s definitely a movement to take over this historical part of the city that was in very poor shape, and I think this building represents it,” said Blumel, who estimates that his new tavern, along with the Sunnyside Café, may create as many as 20 new jobs in the city.

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Students to Share in Washington Square Charrette By Meg O’Neil As community members come together on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, to re-imagine Washington Square, one college student has made sure that the voices of some of Newport's younger residents will be well represented. In recent days, Roger Williams University student Eric Bransfield has been busy collecting data from Thompson Middle School’s student council to see what kind of improvements they would like to see happen in the downtown corridor. In a survey administered last week, Bransfield asked students to consider a number of potential improvements, from the installation of a religious monument, to a remodel of the Coffey Gas Station, children's park, a dog park, or

a town garden. The students were also provided with a section on the survey that allowed them to draw their vision of how they would redesign Washington Square. When he first met with the student council, Bransfield said he and the students discussed the history of Newport, and talked about the different buildings that they see every day on daily walks to and from school. He passed around books that described the history of each building. Bransfield said each kid had something to share. “The students were extremely motivated and engaged,” he said. Of the survey and local student involvement, Roger Williams University education professor Ann Winfield said, “This is an attempt to provide an opportunity for a large constituent of Newport resi- Flanagan Law Offices, LLC

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The Southeastern New England chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will hold its next luncheon meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Naval Station Newport Officer’s Club. A social gathering time begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The cost to attend is $18. The guest speaker, Virginia Hanson, President of the Council to the RI House on Veterans Affairs, will discuss the Rhode Island Veterans Home and the related bond issue. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Oct. 23. For more information, call 401-783-0498.

NARFE Meeting The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 0869, Newport, will meet at Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, Valley Road, Middletown. The guest speaker is Frank L. Grzyb author of “Rhode Island's Civil War Hospital, Life and Death at Portsmouth Hospital.” All active and retired federal employees and their spouses are invited to attend, and if not a member, to join the chapter. Refreshments served after the program. For more information, call R. Bianco at 683-5421.




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level actions from the elementary to high school level. According to the Newport Public School policy on anti-harassment and bullying, the disciplinary actions range in severity from: -Loss of the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, school social activities, and graduation exercises -Transfer to another school -Assignment of research on “The Effects of Harassment; Intimidation or Bullying” or community service -Detention -In-house suspension -Admonitions, warnings, and counseling -Police contact In those 14 cases, the bullying students were given in-school suspension where they are separated from peers, or were transferred to alternate education facilities. As part of a statewide initiative in the past few years, schools are no longer expelling students, even for serious offenses, Ambrogi said. He added that there is not an accurate figure for the number of actual day-to-day incidences of bullying that occur in the classroom, cases that are resolved through parental mediation and therefore not recorded. School Committee member Sandra Flowers, who is also a member of the School Policies Subcommittee, explained the reasons why expulsion has been discontinued: “[Expulsion] feeds into some kids’ desire to get out of school. That’s what some of them want. From the vantage point of a teacher, if you’re cutting these kids loose from school entirely, they’ll be getting into even more trouble.” According to statistics, bullying is most prevalent at the middle school level. “The standard line is that middle school students are ‘gladiators,’” said Ambrogi. “These are the students who haven’t yet learned the nuances of social interaction. It’s the time in a kid’s life when they are trying to feel their way around to behave as grown-ups – and they make a lot of mistakes. It’s a difficult age for them and for their parents.” At Thompson Middle School, Principal Jaime Crowley recently took steps to empower students to prevent bullying. “On Wednesday afternoons, we have started an anti-bullying group,” he said. “It’s basically a lunch group with a bunch of very nice kids who want to raise awareness and help stop bullying. I supervise them, but it is really run by the kids.” Despite well-intentioned programs to discourage it, bullying persists. “You’re never going to get rid of bullying entirely,” Ambrogi said. “Unfortunately, it’s a way of life. People don’t treat each other with the respect they should, and bullying is a byproduct of that. We try to do as best we can to minimize the times that students are bullied in school.”

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Creating Independence The James L. Maher Center held its annual celebration and cocktail fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Newport last Sunday. Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed was the event honoree. She was recognized for her support of the center’s good works and its mission by raising the level of awareness among the state legislature. This year’s event was cochaired by Kevin McCarthy and Tony Teixeira. The James L. Maher Center is devoted to providing a broad range of services that advance independence and create opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community at large. Margaret and Lou DiPalma with Teresa Paiva Weed

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A Spooktacular Guide to Halloween Halloween Dog Parade

BOO!! Halloween is just around the corner, and to get you in the mood, we bring you a must-have guide of all things Halloween in the City by the Sea. Whether you’re looking to get spooked, or are in search of something for the kids, we’ve got it covered with these great ideas and events to get you in the *ahem* spirit.

Join fellow dog lovers and dogs for this festive fall event on Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m. Dogs of all sizes and ages are welcome to show off their cool costumes as they parade around the Potter League grounds. The event will include door prizes, photos, costume awards and, of course, Tricks and Treats! $8 per dog. Rain or shine event. Dogs must be dog- and peoplefriendly and must be leashed. Dog-safe and comfortable costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. Pre-registration is not required.

Trinity Pumpkin Patch Trinity Church’s Pumpkin Patch is ablaze for fall with thousands of pumpkins and gourds of every shape, size and color, richly-hued mums, and ornamental cabbages. The setting is the perfect backdrop for photos, and there are family-friendly activities planned for each weekend – live music, baked goods, lunch, and a “pumpkin-smashing” center. Open daily through Halloween, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There will be an costume parade on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

Fortress of Nightmares Historic Fort Adams is transformed into a spooky cavern of twisting tunnels haunted by ghosts and ghouls for seven nights each October. This year’s dates for the eerie event are Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20 and 26-28. “Tunnels of Terror” is open each of those nights from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets ($10) may be purchased at the Fort or in advance online at This year, there’s also a “Zombie Apocalypse” shooting range, where you can practice your skill at sharp-shooting using biodegradable BBs in an airsoft target area on the grounds of the Fort ($5 per halfclip, with safety gear provided.) Tickets for the shooting range must be purchased in advance online. Children younger than age 12 are not encouraged at the Fortress.

Trinity Church’s Pumpkin Patch is ablaze for fall with thousands of pumpkins and gourds of every shape, size and color.

Island Moving Company presents Dracula The IMC’s Dracula will be performed on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. On Oct. 19, the performance is at 7:30 p.m. with a Masked Ball after the show, where costumes are encouraged. Oct. 20 will feature a 4 p.m. show and an 8 p.m. Dinner with the Count – an exclusive showing of the performance for only 40 patrons, followed by a sumptuous feast in the grand ballroom of Dracula’s castle. The show will close on Oct. 21 with performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. All performances will take place at Seaview, Newport’s “Dark Shadows” mansion, 207 Ruggles Ave. Tickets can be purchased online at

Haunted Halloween Craft Party Children ages 6 and up are invited to dress in costumes and make a variety of spooky crafts at the Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. All materials are provided for this free program held in the John Clarke Children’s Program Room. Contact Cathy Gould at 847-8720 ext. 204.

Pumpkin Carving

Haunted Trail at Carr Point The Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department will open its popular Haunted Trail at the Carr Point Recreation Area in Portsmouth on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. Visitors can walk the spooky haunted trail with witches, pirates, mad scientists and much more. Come join your favorite heroes as they rescue Gotham Point from the grip of the sinister villain search for clues to solve the puzzle. Concessions, arts and crafts and nightly entertainment. On Oct. 20 – Toe Jam Puppet Band Spooktacular Halloween Show from 6 – 8 p.m. Admission for military & DoD personnel with ID is $5 per person, general public is $8 per person and children 3 and under are free. For more information, call MWR Special Events at 841-3127.

Vanderbilt Grace has the pumpkins, now they need the Gremlins! Carve your own spooky Halloween pumpkin while enjoying caramel popcorn and apple cider, $10 per Gremlin. Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 - 4 p.m., 846-6200,

Freak Show The 4th Annual Freak Show costume fashion show will take place at the Newport Blues Café on Sunday Oct. 21 from 4 – 9 p.m. Music by DJ Butch, raffles, dancing, and more. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Get tickets at Closet Revival, 30 Broadway or Curl Up & Dye, 2 Pond Ave.

Spooky Special Effects and Sci-Fi Fun Interested in learning how special effects for horror and science fiction movies are made? Children ages 9 – 12 are invited to at-

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Halloween Party at Belcourt Castle tend a 1-hour presentation by professional movie special-effects creator and costume designer Alex Ezorsky-Lie of Awespark Productions. See a demonstration of how the green screen works and how movie magic makes horror and science fiction scenes look real. See computer special effects and some creepy costume creations. No registration is required for this free program, just drop in. Held in the lower level program room on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Genie’s Halloween Oct. 26, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.Tickets: $75 for two $40 for one, 94 William Street. 2nd Annual Halloween costume party includes: Soup or Salad, Entree, Tea or Soft Drink, Dessert or Basic Hookah. Costume Prizes for Scariest, Funniest and Sexiest BYOB: First Cork No Charge.

Horror Fest Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. Frightfully fun films: Apple, Baby-Sitting, Chilly, Grace, Harmony, Nursery Grimes, Rotting Hill, Shhh, The Stolen, Worm. $10 donation at the door, Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St., Jamestown,

Savor the Spooky At Vanderbilt Grace’s signature restaurant, Muse, chefs have created a special spooky menu for Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to start with a “Bleeding Heart Martini.” $55 per person, $25 per Gremlin (6-11 years) Prizes will be given for the best costumes. RSVP is necessary. 846-6200.

Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. – midnight. All beverages included. Decorations, “creepy” food. Costume contest with prizes: The Honky Tonk Knights “electrify” the night. Music also by DJ Butch. Bar & Ghostly nutrition provided by Blackstone Caterers. Reserve tickets. $100 per person (payable by check to Belcourt Castle, no charge cards accepted); $120 after Oct. 22, cash at the door if space is available. For reservations or information visit or 846-0669. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tours: Oct. 19, 20, 22 at 6 p.m. “Late Night” Ghost Tour with owner Harle Tinney at 8 p.m. on Oct. 24 & 30, 31 , Full Moon Ghost Tour at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29.

Children’s Halloween Party Emmanuel Church will sponsor a Children’s Community Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4-6 p.m. Parents and children are encouraged to wear costumes. There will be games, activities and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Dearborn St. lot. For more information, call 847-0675.

A-Maizing Halloween Party All ages old-fashioned Halloween costume party for the entire family. Fun and games, plus trick-or-treating in the corn maze. Come in costume and receive $1 off admission. Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Escobar’s Highland Farm, Middle Rd., Portsmouth. Rain date Oct. 28.

Wag Nation Pet Parade Join the folks at the Wag Nation pet shop for a stroll with your furry friends along Bellevue Avenue. The third annual Howlo-ween Stroll for the Dogs begins at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the William Street shop. There will be treat-or-treating for the dogs at Bellevue shops, and prizes

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Guide to Halloween continued will be awarded for best canine costume and best human/dog coordinated costume. (Costumes are optional for the stroll.) Treats for all at Wag Nation afterwards.

Craft and Costume Party Halloween Craft and Dress Up Party Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library. Come in costume or come as you are for Halloween crafts and treats. Free, no registration required and all ages welcome.

The Devil in Literature Redwood Library’s annual Halloween Costume Party. See the Redwood transformed into a haunted library! Enjoy light fall fare and cocktails, costume contests, and dancing with DJ Butch on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. until the witching hour. For more information, or to reserve tickets, call Mary Spotts at 847-0295 ext. 115.

Creepy Carousel On Sunday, Oct. 28 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Easton’s Beach Rotunda and Carousel. $5 per child includes a goodie bag, two free rides on the carousel, light refreshments and crafts. This event is not scary and is suitable for young children.

Wizarding World Party Harry Potter Halloween Costume Party and Movie – Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Middletown Library. Dress up in your favorite wizard or witch costume for a party and screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on the big screen. Food and drink will be provided. Ages 6 and up.

Pumpkin Decorating Halloween Spooktacular Pumpkin Decorating on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Library. Come in costume and decorate a Halloween pumpkin. Paint, stickers, and all other decorations will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume (boy and girl) and Best Pumpkin (boy and girl). Space is limited to 40 children; sign up by Oct. 25 at 423-7280 or jamlibkids@

Fall Restaurant Week Coming Up Newport Restaurant Week returns Nov. 2-11 with more than 45 participating restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties. Now a highly anticipated fall tradition, restaurants dish up extraordinary cuisine at affordable prix fixe prices with ingredients sourced from local farmers, foragers and fisherman. As in years past, the prices remain at $16 for a three-course lunch and $30 for a three-course dinner. Prices are for prix-fixe menus only. Tax, beverage and gratuity not included. Other restrictions may apply. Information on packages and the growing list of events can be found at

Trinity Church Ministry of the Arts

Trick or Treat at the Library Children of all ages are invited to wear their costumes and visit the Children’s Desk at the Newport Public Library to receive a free Halloween treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. One treat bag per child, while supplies last.

Washington Square Halloween Parade Children, pets and parents are all invited to take a stroll around Washington Square for a familyfriendly outing of trick-or-treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4 – 6 p.m.

Big Big Halloween Bash One of the biggest Halloween parties in Newport, the Halloween Bash takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. for the 21+ crowd at One Pelham East and upstairs at Studio 3. Over $500 in prizes for most interesting and worst costume contests. Local favorite reggae band The Ravers will perform two sets. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at The Music Box, 160 Thames St. and at Holy Smokes, 9 Broadway.


Fright Fest Third Annual Fright Fest on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Newport Blues Café with DJ Face and Felix Brown. Two cover options for the night: $20 includes cover and open car from 8:30 – 10 p.m. or $10 cover. Costume contests include: $200 best costume, $100 for second place, and a $50 gift card for worst costume.

Hilarious & Haunted Halloween The Bit Players will host a special Halloween show. Come see this high energy, fast-paced group on improvisation master-minds. BYOB. Candy, treats, and of course plenty of improv comedy. Call ahead to reserve your seats. Wear a costume & get in for only $5, all others $10 Prize for best costume. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Firehouse Theater, 4 Equality Park Place, Newport, 849-3473

An award winning comedy by Yasima Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by Tom C. Erb

October 19, 20, 21 and October 27, 28 at 7:30p.m. Trinity Church, Honyman Hall, Queen Anne Square, Newport Donation: $20.00 $15 for Seniors and Military, $10 for Students

Reservations: Call 324-9492 Proceeds to benefit the Ministry of the Arts & Trinity’s Outreach Programs AUDIENCE DISCRETION ADVISED DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE

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Island Farmers Market Aquidneck Grange Hall, 499 East Main Rd., Middletown, 2-6 p.m., 441-4317. Read/Eat/Chat Newport Museum’s art-themed book club will discuss “Jackson Pollock: An American Saga” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., noon, 848-8200.

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“If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Shakespeare” Informal group meets weekly to give interpretive readings of Shakespeare’s works, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., 5 p.m., $2, 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., free. Life of Mind Series Physicians Peter Snyder and Reese Cosgrove will give an update on Alzheimer’s disease. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport. Wine and cheese reception 5:30 p.m. precedes 6 p.m. talk, free for members, $10 non members, Potter Pet University Wildlife biologist Shivani Bhalla will provide an overview on the Ewaso Lions Project she founded in northern Kenya. Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. 6 7 p.m., free and open to the public (people only). Pre-registration required, contact Anastacia Southland 846-8276 ext. 120 or

October 26 – One Day Only Moroccanoil will have two representatives offering complimentary mini scalp treatments and hair consultations from 3-6PM Plus 10% off on all Moroccanoil Products Join us and put your name in for a raffle sports bag worth $30

Spa Terre at the Hotel Viking 848-4848

Fish of Rhode Island Norman Champagne, an experienced boater and fisherman, will talk about about what species of fish live off the state’s coast. Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. For information: Sarah Lang, 847-5511.

Autumn Festivities at the Vanderbilt Grace Monday Wine and Cheese Tasting Come and join us in the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and sample a selection of local cheeses and wine from the vineyards of New England to complement their delicious flavours. From 6pm, $35 per person Every Tuesday Cigar Night Join us on the Conservatory terrace at our fire pit and choose your favorite cigar and enjoy with a glass of cognac or for the ladies a chilled glass of Pink champagne. From 6:00pm. Newport Restaurant Week November 2nd-11th Taste some of the finest food in Newport in either MUSE by Jonathan Cartwright or the Conservatory Bistro throughout the week.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving, Sunday, October 21st We have the pumpkins now we need the Gremlins! Come and carve your own spooky Halloween pumpkin while enjoying caramel popcorn and apple cider 1-4pm, $10 per Gremlin Halloween Dinner Friday, October 26th Join Dracula and his ghouls for this supernatural night. Our Zombie chefs have created a special spooky menu starting with a Welcome “Bleeding Heart Martini” in the Hotel's haunted MUSE Restaurant & Bar. 7pm, $55 per Phantom, $25 per Gremlin (6-11 years)RSVP Prizes given for the best costumes Pell Bridge Post Run Recovery After the race treat yourself to a 20-minute chair massage session followed by an rejuvenating protein smoothie and a three-egg omelet with your choice of veggies. $25pp *Children under 12 receive a 50% discount and children under 3 are complimentary.

Eden of America An exhibit on Newport’s specimen trees, their history, and current activities to protect and restore the area’s legendary urban forest is at the Newport Art Museum through Oct. 28. Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. A Collaboration of The Conservation Committee of the Newport Garden Club, The Newport Tree Society and The Preservation Society of Newport County. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 848-8200. Historical Lecture Author James Carroll will offer the first public program of the Newport Historical Society’s Spectacle of Toleration project. Bazarsky Auditorium, Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, 7 p.m., reservations suggested, 8418770,

Corn Maze This year’s 8-acre corn maze celebrates the Providence Bruins. Escobar’s Highland Farm, 255 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 3:30 p.m.-dusk, admission, 683-1444 or Belcourt Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt, 657 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., admission, 846-0669.

Plant for the Future The Newport Tree Society and the Newport Tree Commission hold annual Saplings & Spirits cocktail reception and fundraiser, Bellevue House, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., $30 donation, reservations, call 324-9204. Book Discussion “The Dovekeepers,” a novel by Alice Hoffman is the topic. Stride Room, Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 7 p.m. Guitar Workshop for Teens Bring your acoustic guitar to review tuning, fingering and chords. Program Room, Newport Library, 300 Spring St.,6-7 p.m.

Friday October 19

State Pier 9 Farmers Market Fresh lobsters, fish, produce, State Pier, Long Wharf, 2-6 p.m.

Intro to Microsoft Excel Free computer workshop by library staff, Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 10:30 a.m., registration required, 847-8720, ext. 208. Fortress of Nightmares Tunnels of Terror Haunted Maze through Fort Adams, 6 - 9 p.m., admission,

Saturday October 20

Be Green Kids Children’s clothing, gear and more, Pennfield School, 110 Sandy Point Ave., Portsmouth, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,

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For more information about these restaurants, please see their display ads found on the pages of this week’s edition of Newport This Week. 1) Ben’s Chili Dogs, 158 Broadway, Newport 2) Fifth Element, 111 Broadway, Newport 3) The Deli, 66 Broadway, Newport 4) Pour Judgement, 32 Broadway, Newport 5) Sunnyside Deli, 12 Broadway, Newport 6) Mudville Pub, 8 West Marlborough St., Newport 7) Newport Dinner Train, Depot, 19 America’s Cup Ave. 8) Rhumbline, 62 Bridge St., Newport 9) Brick Alley Pub, 140 Thames St., Newport 10) Busker’s Irish Pub, 178 Thames St., Newport 11) Pier 49, 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport 12) Clarke Cooke House, Bannister’s Wharf 13) O’Brien’s Pub, 501 Thames St., Newport 14) Thai Cuisine, 517 Thames St., Newport 15) One Bellevue, Hotel Viking, Newport 16) Genie’s Lounge, 94 William St., Newport 17) La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Ave., Npt. 18) Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd., Newport 19) Flo’s Clam Shack, 44 Wave Ave., Middletown 20) Atlantic Grille, 91 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown


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Monster Party Exhibition featuring artwork from local artists with doodles and drawings by local children. Jamestown Art Center, 18 Valley St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Newport Food Truck Festival Gourmet food tasting from 17 participating food trucks. Newport Yachting Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 846-1600. Children’s Library Program A performance of selected scenes from “Alice in Wonderland” at the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, refreshments, 1 p.m., free, 847-0292. Murder at the Museum “Sink or Swim” murder mystery by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., 5:30 p.m., admission, 848-8200. MWR Haunted Trail Haunted trail, arts & crafts, entertainment, Carr Point Recreation area, Burma Rd., Portsmouth, 6-9 p.m., admission, 841-3127. Samboni Day at the Maze Meet Samboni, the Providence Bruins mascot, in the corn maze. Escobar’s Highland Farm, 255 Middle Rd., Portsmouth, 1-3 p.m., maze open until dusk, admission, 683-1444, Wine Dinner Annual five-course dinner by Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., Newport, 6 p.m., $70 in advance, 849-8956. Common Fence Music Sicilian Folk Music of the Sea featuring Michela Musolino & Vincen-







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AcquAria: Sempri amMari Michela Musolino, volcalist and Vincenzo Castellana folk musician & percussionist will perform traditional and contemporary Sicilian folk and roots music dedicated to the sea. Sat. Oct. 20, 8 p.m., $27 advance, $23 door, Common Fence Music, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 683-5085,

zo Castellana performing folk and roots music, Common Fence Point, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, 7 p.m., $20 advance, $23 door, 6835085, Fortress of Nightmares Tunnels of Terror Haunted Maze through Fort Adams, 6 - 9 p.m., admission,

Sunday October 21

Be Green Kids 10 a.m.-1 p.m., see Saturday, Oct. 20 for more details. Fall Car Festival 200 cars, trucks and vans on display at Fort Adams, presented by the Middletown Rotary Car Show. Prizes in a variety of classes. 9 a.m.3 p.m., 841-0707 or llabrecque@ Guitar Concert Jared Maynard and Raffi Donoian will perform classical solos and duets, Newport Library, 300 Spring St., 2 p.m., contact Pat LaRose at 847-8720 ext. 103 for more information. Music in the Galleries 90-minute concert by John Monllos & Joanne Rodino Jazz Duo, Griswold House, Newport Art Museum, 78 Bellevue Ave., 2 p.m., 848-8200.

Monday October 22

Read to Me Storytime for 2-5 year olds features books, songs, finger plays, and a craft activity, Children’s Room, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 423-7281. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour Owner Harle Tinney shares her experiences with ghosts at Belcourt, 657 Bellevue Ave., 6 p.m., admission, 846-0669.

Tuesday October 23

Preschool Storytime Register for age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, snacks and a simple craft, ages 4-5, Middletown Library, 700 West Main Rd., 11 a.m., free, 846-1573, Flu Shot Clinic Visiting Nurses of Newport County Flu Shot Clinic, Stride Room, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St. 4-5 p.m. Rusty Pens Hands-on workshop to explore new techniques for creating stories, Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Rd., 1-2:15 p.m., free, 423-7281.

Corn Maze 11 a.m. until dusk, see Oct. 19.

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Musical Entertainment

Thursday, October 18

Saturday, October 20


Billy Goodes–Open Mic Jam with Kevin Sullivan, 9:30 p.m.

Clarke Cooke House–Honky Tonk Knights, 10 p.m.

Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Toni Lynn Washington Band, 3-6 p.m.

Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Name That Tune-DJ Robert Black, 9 p.m.

Greenvale Vineyard–Debbie Larkin/ Jeff Stout Quartet, 1-4 p.m.

O’Brien’s Pub­–Steel Drum Session, 3-6 p.m.; Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency–Lois Vaughan, 4-6p.m.

One Pelham East–Honky Tonk Nights, 6-9; Keith Manville,10 p.m.-1 a.m.

One Pelham East–Keith Manville The Fifth Element–DJ Maddog

Friday, October 19 Billy Goodes–Live music

Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m. Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Steve Smith & the Nakeds, 9:30 p.m.1 a.m.

Clarke Cooke House–DJ Jackie Henderson, 9 p.m. Middletown VFW–Karaoke, DJ Papa John, 8:30 p.m.

Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge– Damaged Goods Band, 9 p.m.

Newport Blues Cafe–Sugarbabies, 9:30 p.m.

O/Brien’s Pub–DJ C Gray, 10 p.m.

Narragansett Cafe Jamestown– Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, 9:30 p.m. Newport Grand Cocktail Lounge–Triple Threat, 9 p.m. O’Brien’s Pub­–Designated Driver, 10 p.m. One Pelham East–Wicked Peach The Chanler–Dick Lupino, Dave Burdett, Yvonne Monnett, 6-10 p.m. Rhumbline–Lois Vaughan, 6:30 p.m. The Fifth Element–Rum Sleg


Wednesday October 24

Books & Craft Time For K through 4th Grade, Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, 3:30 p.m., Guitar Workshops Learn basic chords, how to tune your guitar, and more, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., 6-7 p.m., free. Belcourt Castle Ghost Tour 8 a.m., see Oct. 19 for details.

Thursday October 25

Life of Mind Series Steve Carey, Professor of URI’s School of Oceanography, will speak about ocean exploration. Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, wine and cheese reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., free for members, $10 nonmembers,

Friday October 26

Corn Maze See Friday, Oct. 19 for details.

Newport Grand Event Center–Bon Jersey- Bon Jovi Tribute band, 9 p.m. One Pelham East–Brian Scott, 2-6 p.m.; Bearfight,10 p.m. Rhumbline–Joe Parillo, 6:30 p.m. The Fifth Element–Bob Kendal Band

Sunday, October 21 Billy Goodes–Fran Curley Jazz Explosion, 4-7 p.m. Clarke Cooke House–Bobby Ferreira, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fastnet Pub–Traditional Irish Music, 6-10 p.m. Newport Blues Cafe–Deer Tick, 9:30

Point NWR, Middletown, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., 847-5511. Genie’s Halloween Annual Halloween costume party, , Genie’s Hookah Lounge, 94 William St., Newport, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., $40 per person, $75 per couple, includes dinner, BYOB, 619-3770.

Saturday October 27

Craft and a Movie – The Ocean Watch “Finding Nemo” and explore the ocean through crafts and other fun activities. Sachuest Point NWR, Middletown, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., free, 847-5511. Halloween Dog Parade Leashed dogs are welcome to show off their costumes as they parade around the Potter League grounds. The event will include door prizes, photos, costume awards and, treats! 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, 3 p.m., $8 per dog, rain or shine, 846-8276, Murder at the Museum “Sink or Swim” murder mystery by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company, Newport Art Museum, 76


Monday, October 22 Fastnet–”Blue Monday” One Pelham East–Ryan McHugh, 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23 Billy Goodes–Songwriters Showcase with Bill Lewis, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Empire Tea–Open session, Folk, 7-10 p.m. One Pelham East–Stu from Never in Vegas

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Wednesday, October 24 Newport Grand Event Center–Grand Karaoke, 8 p.m. Norey’s–Michael Tarbox of Tarbox Ramblers One Pelham East – Chris Gauthier Sardella’s­–Dick Lupino, Mary Andrews, Pat Cardeiro, 7-9:30 p.m.

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Sunday October 28

Bird Walk A guided bird walk with Jay Manning, bring binoculars, Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd., Middletown, 8-10 a.m., 8462577, Corn Maze This year’s 8-acre corn maze celebrates the Providence Bruins. Escobar’s Highland Farm, 255 Middle Rd., Portsmouth,11 p.m. until dusk, admission, 683-1444, eskiemaze@

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Lasagna Dinner Fundraiser

“Art” at Trinity

Penny Social

Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., will host a lasagna dinner fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 19, 5-8 p.m. The dinner is available to eat in or take out. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for a family. The Rogers High School Jazz Combo will perform. The public is welcome and free parking is available in the Dearborn St. lot. For information or to purchase tickets, call the church office at 847-0675.

Trinity Church’s Ministry of the Arts will present “Art,” the Tony Award-winning comedy by Yasmina Reza. The show, featuring Trinity parishioners Paul Koumrian, Pro Lyon and Steve Rous, will be presented in Trinity’s Honyman Hall at 7:30 p.m. on October 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28. For reservations call 401-324-9492. There will be one performance at the Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St., on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. For Casino Theatre reservations only call 401-341-2250. Tickets to all performances are $20, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students.

The public is invited to attend the Jesus Saviour Church Penny Social on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1 – 4 p.m. More than 100 items have been donated by local businesses, parishioners, and friends. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and may be purchased the day of the event. Doors will open at noon. Free refreshments will be served. The Penny Social is sponsored by the Jesus Saviour Rosary Sodality. The church is located at 1 Vernon Ave.

Watoto Children’s Choir First Presbyterian Church will host a free concert featuring the Watoto Children’s Choir from Kampala, Uganda, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The program is titled, “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.” Accompanied by music and dance (an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm) the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty. A free-will offering will be taken at the concert.

Bishop Wolf to Visit Emmanuel The Right Reverend Geralyn Wolf, who will retire as twelfth Bishop of Rhode Island in Nov. will hold her final visitation to Emmanuel Church on Oct. 21 during the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome.

Channing Memorial All are welcome to learn about Unitarian Universalism at Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St., on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:15 a.m. at an informal meeting about the church. All these questions - and more - will be answered. For more information call 401-846-4603. Meet in the Ladies’ Parlor in the Parish Hall, located just behind the church.

An African Service of Hope and Love Three parishioners will share “Faith Filled Stories from Uganda” from their ten-day trip to Kampala, Uganda where they volunteered with the non-profit organization Bead for Life. The public is invited to attend the 8 or 10 a.m. service at Emmanuel Church on Sunday, Oct. 28 to find out what they can do to help. Free parking is available in the church parking lot on Dearborn Street. For more information, email or call the church office at 847-0675.

RECENT DEATHS Helen B. Coen, 84, of Middletown, formerly of Newport and Barrington, passed away Oct. 15, 2012 at the Newport Hospital. She was the wife of Philip E. Coen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at 9 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 18 at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, R.I. Chapter, 245 Waterman St. Ste. 306, Providence, RI 02906-5215. Dorothy E. (Keates) Dugan, 87, of Middletown, passed away Oct. 12, 2012 at Grand Islander Health Care Center, Middletown. She was the wife of the late Martin F. Dugan, Jr. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Funeral Home. Donations in her memory may be made to the Memorial Committee of the Portsmouth Methodist Church, 2732 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871. Mary Gaspar Mangini, 89, of Middletown, passed away Oct. 14, 2012 at Grand Islander Health Care Center of Middletown. She was the wife of Daniel J. Mangini. Her services are private. Frank A. Monteiro, 54, of Middletown passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 36 Hillside Ave., New-

port. Cheryl Denise Ney, 72, of Portsmouth, passed away on Oct. 12, 2012 with her family at her side. She was the wife of Roger D. Ney. Sara Louise Owen, 39, of Llanbrynmair Wales, United Kingdom, passed away on Oct. 5, 2012. She came to Newport because of her love of sailing and the sea. Calling hours were held at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Wales.


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


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Christine Pembrook, 29, of Middletown, passed away Oct. 13, 2012 at Miriam Hospital, Providence, after a battle with leukemia. Donations in her memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1210 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, RI 02920. Vida Mae Recupero, 89, of Portsmouth, passed away Oct. 12, 2012 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of Philip Recupero. Mary Ella Rogers, 84, of Newport, passed away Oct. 9, 2012 at the John Clarke Health Care Center, Middletown. She was the wife of the late Louis Clay Rogers. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, 222 Richmond St., Suite 200, Providence, RI 029034253. Complete obituary notices available for a nominal fee. For more information, call 847-7766, ext. 107

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Aboard the Newport Dinner Train By Jonathan Clancy Powered by a 44-ton General Electric diesel locomotive built in 1946, the Newport Dinner Train offers one of the most unique dining experiences on the Island. A sunset candlelight dinner with blacktie wait service, and a scenic ride beside Narragansett Bay aboard authentic moving Pullman Dining Cars will help you step back to the golden age of railroading. Head Chef Marc La Lancette and his crew prepare award-winning cuisine in the 80-foot kitchen car. La Lancette, 48, was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Marian, own and operate the Cornucopia Café in Middletown, and have two sons ages 10, and 15. I started cooking as a teenager as a second job, and it eventually beat out the first job because it was a much higher pace, and I’m a high-energy guy. I joined the army, and they paid for my schooling at Johnson and Wales University. I come from three generations of women who cooked very well with Dutch ovens. It’s an outdoor cooking method in a big pot that stands on three legs over hot coals. You put coals on the lid too, so it’s actually an oven, it’s not just a big stew pot. The home cooked meal I crave the most is Shepherd’s Pie. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, that would be it. I wouldn’t even have to think about it. I like mine straight up; ground beef with onions, mashed potatoes, and creamed corn. The coolest part of my career so far was to have my oldest son, Pete, work this summer with me on the Dinner Train. It was crazy the way this kid just took to it. He’d been in kitchens with me since he was an infant, but I didn’t think he was listening to anything I was saying. Something in the kitchen I can’t do without is my staff. I’ve got two kids, and two jobs; I couldn’t do this alone. I’ve surrounded myself with very good people. Marian does the cooking at home. After working all day, anything that is placed before me is just wonderful. The best food experience I’ve had was Key West Harbor, Super Bowl Sunday 1991. Giants beat the Bills by a point. I sat there with my best friend, James, a couple cases of beer, bushel of oysters, a big bag of common crackers, horseradish, and cocktail sauce. That was it for about ten hours. Perfect weather, and a football game; It was a one-course meal. If I’m entertaining at home I like to barbecue. Bob from the Dinner Train turned me on to his recipe over the summer that won awards in Connecticut. I like to get a nice rack of ribs and some sausages going. I eat moose. The steaks are good, but I like stews. I like to cook a pot roast or a moose stew; just cook that so long and so slow that it melts in your mouth. It’s so much better than beef. It’s not real gamey like venison can be.


Marc La Lancette is chef for The Newport Dinner Train. (Photo by Jonathan Clancy)

Menu Lunch Selections Baby Back Ribs Chicken Forestiere Filet of Sole St. Michelle Dinner Selections Baby Back Ribs Chicken Vanderbilt Stuffed Sole Supreme All entrees are served with fresh spring greens, French rolls, Chef’s Potato, garden vegetable, dessert, coffee or tea. The Newport Dinner Train offers a variety of riding experiences such as Romancing The Rails, Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner, Family Night, The Great Train Robbery, as well as other tourist package deals. Meal prices vary from $44.95 – 59.95 per person for adults. For more information, visit My favorite variation on a classic recipe is smoked salmon benedict. I substitute the Canadian bacon for smoked salmon. It’s not as breakfasty as eggs benedict, but to some of our people, it’s the best of both worlds. Something I eat when no one is looking? I’ll eat pizza seven days a week and I won’t feel bad about doing it either. My favorite pizza on the island is Steve’s Famous Pizza in Portsmouth. I don’t care for lamb, or feta cheese, and I’ve never even tasted a beet in my life. It’s just one of those things. There are plenty of other things that are good for me that I will eat. A food that doesn’t get used enough on American tables is Brussels sprouts. You don’t see eggplant that often either. Both delicious vegetables, and they’re both good for you. I like to poach

Pumpkin Apple Bisque 1 cup pureed rice 2 tbsp butter 1/4 cup onion 1 cup diced apple - you can’t go wrong with a Braeburn 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 2 cups pumpkin puree 4 cups chicken stock 2 tbsp cider vinegar 2 tbsp honey Steam rice until sticky and puree Sauté onion and apple in butter to a light golden brown Add cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and sauté 2 minutes Add pumpkin puree and stir Simmer in chicken stock and vinegar for 20 minutes Finish with honey and simmer 5 minutes Some folks seem to like it topped with a cream cheese dollop. my Brussels sprouts for about a half hour, then sauté them with a little butter. If someone from my family needed a suggestion from the menu I’d tell them to get the ribs, without a doubt. Bob has had the recipe for that sauce for 25 years; he hasn’t changed a thing. It’s the best I’ve ever had. A funny thing that happened this summer was when Bob had to take a few days off. He does the narration, so, I had to cook for 90 some odd people then run up, grab the microphone, and narrate the tour while I was doing it.


1. Lose strength 1. Blemish 5. Like cities 2. Big drinker 10. Margot Fonteyn’s title 3. __-Seltzer 14. Doozie 4. Composer Mahler 15. Not a single person 5. Irregular way to be divided 16. NYSE rival 6. Gad about 17. Shows curiosity 7. 1899-1902 war participant 18. What happened 8. Musical with the son 19. Lavish affection “Little Girls” 20. Determined words 9. Took home 23. Middy’s assent 10. Arp works 24. Always, to poets 11. Wildly 25. Hunt, as through junk 12. Distribute, with “out” 30. Blockheads 13. Old flames 35. Sedan, e.g. 21. Storm center 36. Boorish type 22. Cape Cod town 38. “Somewhere in Time” 25. Macbeth’s subjects costar 26. Hiawatha’s transport 39. Determined words 27. Mountain cat’s perch 43. Complete 28. Pull a boner 44. Fairway cry 29. Continental currency 45. Pound sound 31. Shea player 46. Have trouble deciding 32. “Borstal Boy” author Brendan 48. Navigating tools 33. Not hidden 51. Apple product 34. Feudal workers 53. Smoke solids 37. Weigh station factor 54. Determined words 40. “What __ I thinking?” 63. Like a shouter 41. Memorable mission 64. Habituate 42. Part of a disappointed fan’s 65. Lincoln who played Tarzan mantra 66. Golden Fleece craft 47. Stirs 67. First name in gymnastics 49. Middle X, in a game 68. No longer waiting for 50. Nab the doctor 52. O’Brien of late-night TV 69. Keg contents 54. Play the stoolie 70. Villain’s expression 55. Yesteryear 71. Lift off the grill, as a 56. Extra large hot dog 57. Floral emanation 58. Discourteous 59. Soft cheese 60. Soft spread 61. Tarot card, supposedly 62. Skull Island monster of filmdom

Puzzle answer on page 22


Jonathan Clancy, of Middletown, He has over ten years experience in the food industry.

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Level of difficulty: Moderate HHHI

Puzzle answer on page 22

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NATURE Wood Sandpiper Makes Rare Appearance By Jack Kelly Last weekend brought an amazing gift of nature to local birdwatchers. An extremely rare, vagrant shorebird known as a Wood Sandpiper was discovered in the Marsh Meadows region of Jamestown. Carlos Pedro, a noted bird watcher and wildlife photographer from Rhode Island’s West Bay area, discovered and identified this remarkable specimen. He had gone to the marsh in search of a migratory Tri-colored Heron that had been reported earlier in the day. The Wood Sandpiper is a Eurasian species that nests and breeds in sub-arctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and into Asia. North American sightings of this bird are usually limited to the western Aleutian Islands off the Alaskan coast, where it is seen regularly in migration and is known to nest on rare occasions. It has also been a very rare visitor to the Pacific Northwest coast. The Wood Sandpiper has a body length of about 8 inches and an average wingspan of 20 inches. It has long, greenish-yellow legs, buff spotting above, white underparts and rump, and a white eye stripe from the base of the bill to nearly the back of its head. It is similar in size and shape to the Solitary Sandpiper, a North American shorebird. According to Rachel Farrell, a Rhode Island bird expert and member of the Avian Record Committee, this is the first sighting of this species ever recorded in the state. Farrell, an Avian Statistician who maintains logs and records of bird watcher’s daily sightings across the state, commented, “This is an amazing sighting. This bird is way out of its range. It must have had an interesting journey here.” Word of Pedro’s discovery spread quickly amongst the Rhode Island birdwatching community as scores of birdwatchers made their way to the marsh region to catch a glimpse or a photograph of this long-distance traveler. As the weekend progressed, vehicles

with New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and other state registration plates were seen parked in the Marsh Meadows area. Social media played a large role in getting out the word of this unique discovery. Farrell stated, “As long as this bird stays in the marsh, we will probably continue to see birdwatchers arrive from across the country. It is that unique and rare.” The past two weeks have seen millions of migratory birds pass by or through our region as they make their way south on the Atlantic Flyway. Large numbers of songbirds, wading birds, seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors have been observed and reported. Birdwatchers have reported large numbers of birds of prey, especially falcons, as the migration cycle continues in the state. Peregrine falcons, Merlin falcons and American kestrels have been reported over many habitats in Newport County.

Many of the top bird-watching spots on Aquidneck Island have been very active. Miantonomi Park, Brenton Point State Park, Gooseneck Cove salt marshes, Norman Bird Sanctuary and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge have been extremely busy with the arrivals and departures of many species as they stop, rest and refuel during their arduous treks south. Although migration is starting to wind down, species that use Aquidneck Island as their wintering grounds are beginning to arrive. Waterfowl, seabirds, songbirds and raptors can be found occupying their winter habitats across the region. Jack Kelly, a native Newporter, is a wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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n  Wood Sandpiper n  Tri-colored Heron n  Red-breasted Nuthatch n  Peregrine Falcon n  American Pipit n  Merlin Falcon n  Clay-colored Sparrow n  American Kestrel n  Field Sparrow n  Red-tailed Hawk n  White-throated Sparrow n  Harrier Hawk n  White-crowned Sparrow n  Cooper’s Hawk n  Swamp Sparrow n  Sharp-shinned Hawk n  Pine Siskin n  Turkey Vulture n  Gold-crowned Kinglets n  Ruby-crowned Kinglets n  Black-throated Green Warbler n  Nashville Warbler n  Yellow-rumped Warbler

Take a walk on the wild side, with ageappropriate birthday parties at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birthday parties at NBS are offered in two hour blocks on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. The party fee includes a one hour education program with the rental of a classroom space. Education programs focus on a variety of themes including Lost in the Wild, Animals Art & Adventure, Native Ways, Pond Life and more. Each theme is age appropriate and incorporates engaging, naturebased activities for all partygoers. The Animal Adaption program is now available to those who book a birthday party. For more information, contact Education Coordinator Nicole Lavoie at 846-2577 Ext. 32 or

n  Hooded Warbler n  Black and White Warbler n  Common Yellowthroat n  Black-throated Blue Warbler n  Northern Parula n  Blue-headed Vireo n  Brown Creeper

Best Birding Spots n  Miantonomi Park n  Norman Bird Sanctuary n  Brenton Point State Park (fields,

woods, seashore)

n  Albro Woods, Middletown n  Hazard Road, Newport

(including Ballard Park and and Gooseneck Cove saltmarshes) n  Sachuest Point National Wildlife

Refuge, Middletown





This Wood Sandpiper made a rare visit to Rhode Island last week. The bird was photographed on Oct. 13 at the Marsh Meadows Sanctuary in Jamestown. This was only the fifth recorded sighting of the species in the continental United States. Last year, a Wood Sandpiper was sighted in Mexico’s Baja peninsula. Its normal habitat is Western Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. (Photo by Bob Weaver)


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REEL REPORT Blackfish Run Waiting on Cooler Water By Tim Flaherty The persistent weather pattern that we’ve been seeing this fall continued last week with cold fronts bringing more unsettled air and rain that kept most boat fishermen at their docks. On Wednesday, however, we fished a hump five miles south of Beavertail lighthouse in a steady rain for four hours. The bite was good, and we returned to our dock at Castle Hill with more than 80 pounds of fish including ledgemonster blues, jumbo scup, and black sea bass. Our fishing party adjourned to gather at Easton’s Point Restaurant for a sumptuous fish fry prepared by chef Ken Lacy. Sam Toland of Sam’s Bait and Tackle, who is perhaps the best island source for local fishing action, reported one of the quietest weeks of this fall season. Striped bass are still being taken on the beaches at dawn and dusk but no blitzes were reported. Night anglers report the bite was slow but small fish were being caught on bait. On Friday, we fished for tautog (also known as blackfish) at the Castle Hill shore. The bite was slow, with only a few fish taken. We moved to Kettle Bottom reef

As the tautog migration approaches, anglers should prepare to change the line on their reels and break out the stiffest rods in the arsenal. near Jamestown and landed a few “white chins” (large adult blackfish). It is still too early for the fullblown blackfish run. With the bay water temperature still a warm 60 degrees, these elusive fish have not yet assembled for migration. The magic water temperature, ideal for fall blackfish angling, is 58 degrees. Tautog anglers wait all season in anticipation of this feeding frenzy, and many coordinate their vacations around this migration. Blackfish has a sweet buttery taste and it freezes well for eating during the winter months. The fish is prized by local chefs. This slowgrowing bottom-feeder eats crabs, mussels and barnacles. Tautog grow very slowly, an inch per year as adults, and they can live 60 years

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Top (L-R) Mike Basant and Chuck Maitland. Bottom (L-R) Greg Asselin and Dave Amaral with the bluefish and sea bass they caught on Oct. 10. or more. They are protected by limit established by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The season is short, and catch limit is three fish per angler with a vessel limit of 10 fish per boat. During the great migration, the limit is increased to 6 fish per angler with a boat limit of 10 fish per day. Commercial vessels and charter boats are allowed to catch 10 fish per angler with no boat limit. Many anglers feel these regulations are too onerous, but we do not agree. This species must be preserved for future generations to enjoy, as well. As the migration approaches, anglers should prepare to change the line on their reels and break out the stiffest rods in the arsenal for the fall run. White chins are what local anglers call large male tautog. They are tenacious fighters that can break line easily, so we recommend new, 40-pound test line for serious anglers. For terminal tackle we recommend one of Toland’s blackfish rigs for best results. It you wish to make your own, use 60-pound mono leader. Make a large loop with an overhand knot and run the loop through the eye of a 6-ounce

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FROM THE GARDEN It’s Green Tomato Time By Cynthia Gibson

Now that October is here, your tomato plants probably look like Halloween skeletons with 15 to 20 odd-sized green tomatoes still hanging on. What do you do with the season’s leftover green tomatoes? There is always the fabulous Fried Green Tomatoes recipe, but what is really tasty is Green Tomato cake. If the South can bring us a recipe and turn the title into a movie, they can also give us a sweet treat that uses up the last of the fall tomato crop. The recipe is superb, and you do not even know you are eating tomatoes. The recipe is quick and simple and gives the aroma of fall and spices wafting through your house. What is better than that? It is best to pick your green tomatoes before there is a frost, but there is not a frost predicted for quite a while. Enjoy your green tomatoes while they last. It really is worth a try to fry them. In the South, traditionalists fry their tomatoes in bacon fat, which indeed is tasty; however, using extra virgin olive oil or canola oil might be a bit healthier. The recipe is simple: Slice green tomatoes half-inch thick, with seeds and skin left on. Dip them in a 50/50 combination of one half cup flour and one half cup corn meal with a pinch of salt and pepper. There will be plenty of this mixture left over. Beat two eggs in a separate bowl. Dip the tomato slices in egg, then dredge in the flour mixture. Repeat this process with all your tomatoes, then fry them in oil over medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Do not let the tomatoes touch each other. Cook on each side until they are golden brown or for five to seven minutes a side. Place on a dished lined with a paper towel and serve immediately. There is an acidic taste to these tomatoes that cannot be beat. The breading takes the sourness away from the unripe tomatoes, so that the taste is similar to fried eggplant. Green fried tomatoes make an excellent vegetable dish to accompany fish or chicken. Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens passionately and tends her miniature orchard in Newport.

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Ingredients: Three cups of flour sifted 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 3 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 TB cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg 1 cup walnuts or pecans 1 cup raisins 2 1/2 cups green tomatoes chopped 3/4 cup sweetened coconut (optional) Preheat oven to 350°. In mixing bowl, beat sugar, vegetable oil or shortening, eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly beat into the egg mixture. Blend well. Stir in nuts, raisins, and tomatoes. Grease a 9” x 13” baking pan, then pour in the batter. Top with coconut if desired. Bake for one hour, or until a sharp knife comes out clean. This end-of-harvest period is also the time to make a hearty vegetable soup out of what’s left in the garden: leeks, carrots, greens, a few red tomatoes, and the occasional beet. You can add zucchini, onions, or whatever other vegetables you can find. Potatoes will be necessary to create this hearty potage.

4 green tomatoes sliced 2 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed 2 zucchini, sliced 4 carrots, chopped 4 celery stalks, chopped 2 large onions, chopped 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 TB extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. freshly chopped thyme leaves 6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock, or use beef stock to make this soup extra hearty Salt and pepper to taste Sauté the carrots, celery and onions in the olive oil until they soften, about 10 minutes. Add the zucchini, butternut squash and continue to sauté until the vegetables start turning lightly brown. Add the green tomatoes, potatoes, and thyme and continue to cook over medium heat for another five minutes. Add the vegetable stock and let simmer over very low heat for one hour or until the potatoes turn very soft. You can also puree the soup and add a half cup of cream if you prefer a creamed version of this substantial soup. The soup is also very tasty if you add a can of white Tuscan beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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