2015-04-16 / News Briefs


Coach Chandra with team members Ja-Nya Pierce, Jayda Noka, Adrieanna Matos, Anyssa Blanc, Encarnacion Torres, and Brynn McLeish. Coach Chandra with team members Ja-Nya Pierce, Jayda Noka, Adrieanna Matos, Anyssa Blanc, Encarnacion Torres, and Brynn McLeish. Sharks Heading to World Tournament in NY

Three teams from the Sharks Aquidneck Island Double Dutch League participated in the annual Double Dutch Tournament in Boston on April 4. The Sharks singles and doubles teams both participated in the qualifying State tournament and finished in third place in the 6th grade division. Both teams received an invitation to compete at the World Invitational Tournament which will be held in New York City in June.

The Sharks currently practice on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Park Holm Newport Boys & Girl Club Gymnasium on John H. Chafee Blvd. The league is also looking to form teams for the 3rd and 4th grade divisions. For more information, contact coach Ray at 401-293-5944.

The co-chairs of this year’s 2015 “Men Who Make A Difference” event are Corey Bobba and Adam Townsend. The co-chairs of this year’s 2015 “Men Who Make A Difference” event are Corey Bobba and Adam Townsend. Food Safety Training

Food safety certification and recertification classes for chefs, cooks and managers will be offered at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square beginning Monday, April 20, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. The State of Rhode Island requires food handling employees to be certified. The cost for certification is $179 per person and $75 per person for re-certification. Registration is required, call or email Fred Faria at 401-828-5355 or ftfaria001@gmail.com.

Medicare Seminar

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is hosting a free informational seminar on Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. for individuals who are newly eligible for Medicare and/or retiring. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Medicare plans available from Blue Cross. The seminar will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, Middletown. For more information, contact michael.foster@bcbsri.org or call 401-459-5854.

Sakonnet Bridge Bike Path Celebration Ride

A celebratory ride and program will take place on Saturday, April 25 in recognition of the dedicated bicycle/pedestrian path on the Sakonnet River Bridge. This protected and separated multi-use bridge path, which opened one year ago, is a safe path designed for all road users. Everyone is invited to come celebrate. The celebration will begin at 11a.m. with a 12-mile group bike ride from the Boyd’s Lane Park n’ Ride, where riders are welcome to park. The group will then proceed back to the entrance to the bike lane on Evans Avenue in Tiverton for a brief program and celebration at 1 p.m. Event is sponsored by the newly assembled Bridge Bike Partners made up of the Tiverton Trailblazers, Bike Fall River, Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, and Bike Newport.

Beast of the East

The annual high school rugby showcase match between the Island Rugby Club and Hendricken RFC will be Sunday, April 19 at the sports complex adjacent to Glen Farm on East Main Road, Portsmouth. Play begins at 3 p.m. No charge to attend. Parking locations are at Pennfield School and Sachuest Beach, there is no onsite parking at the fields. This is the only two high school rugby teams in Rhode Island and there will be at least 80 other college men’s and women’s rugby teams competing throughout the weekend in North America’s largest collegiate rugby tournament.


Swap bike gear and clothes at Bike Newport’s SwapDrobe Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m., 437 Broadway. Bring gently-used clothing items or bike gear such as helmets, gloves, biking clothing, safety equipment, or other accessories to swap. Pre-register online for $12 or $15 day-of. You will get an all-youcan fill bag. Light fare and raffles too. Items not purchased will be donated to Lucy’s Hearth and Seamen’s Church Institute. For more information, email liza@bikenewportri.org.

Lyme Support Group

The monthly Lyme Support Group will meet Thursday, April 16 at 6 p.m., and every third Thursday of the month, at Harbor House, 111 Washington St. (between VanZandt and Battery). This month Barbara Smith BS MSW LICSW will be the guest speaker who will give a talk titled “Living and Coping with Lyme Disease.” For questions or more information, contact Jane at lymenewport@gmail.com.

Healthy Kids Day

The Newport County YMCA is hosting Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. It is a free community event to inspire youth to keep their minds and bodies active.

The event features fun activities such as a kids only triathlon, archery, seed planting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, and a bounce house. There will be many community partners who can give families tips to use at home. If you become a member of the Y on Healthy Kids Day the joiner fee is waived.

For more information, contact the Newport County YMCA at 401- 847-9200 or visit newportymca.org.

Born This Way Prom

All are welcome to attend the Born This Way Prom at Easton’s Beach Rotunda on Friday, April 24 from 6:30 - 11:30 p.m. The annual, alcohol-free event is co-sponsored by Interweave at Channing Church and NewportOUT.

Interweave is an organization celebrating the uniqueness of all persons and which supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, friends and allies by providing safe and supportive spaces for social events, education, social action and networking. NewportOUT benefits Youth Pride Inc. a RI-based organization providing resources for LGBT youth.

For more information contact interweave@channingchurch.org.

Arbor Day Tree Planting at Pell

The Newport Arboretum Week kick off its youth activities with a Tulip tree planting at the Pell School on Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend and see Pell School students, Tree Warden Scott Wheeler, and the Newport Tree Society begin the week of family-friendly activities.

Post Graduation Party

The Rogers High School Post Graduation Party Committee has begun collecting donations and fundraising for the Class of 2015’s post graduation party to be hosted at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport. A Food and Fun at O’Brien ‘s Pub will be held on May 2 at 5p.m. The cost to attend the O’Brien’s event is $20 and includes appetizers and raffle ticket.

Proceeds allow the committee to provide food, entertainment and prizes such as computers and cash to grads attending.

To make donations, help volunteer, or more information, contact Melissa Henry at 401-465-3375 or Karyn Straka at 401-847-5873.

Space Available at VNS Yard Sale

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties is holding a gigantic community yard sale on Saturday, May 16 to benefit its hospice program. To rent a space call VNS at 401-682-2100 x 1631 or sign up online at vnsri.org. Sixfoot tables can be rented for $25. To donate items for VNS to sell, just bring them to Easton’s Beach, east side, on the morning of May 16. The yard sale will be held at the Easton’s Beach east parking lot from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Set up or drop off starts at 9 a.m. This event is rain or shine on May 16. For more information, contact Jo Glenning at jglenning@vnsri.org.

Women’s Resource Center Prepares for Gala

For more than 30 years, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been serving victims of domestic violence in Newport and Bristol counties. Through its education and support services, the WRC strives to end the cycle of abuse.

Domestic violence is a serious social problem that impacts families from all walks of life. One in four women will be a victim of domestic abuse in her lifetime. By supporting the WRC, you are helping to ensure that victims in our community have access to safe, confidential support services when they need it.

Each year, the WRC honors men in the community who have set strong examples with the work they do for others every day. The “Men Who Make A Difference” Gala acknowledges these individuals who serve as role models and represent what it means to be a true leader and source of inspiration. Their hard work, genuine character and commitment are tremendous assets to the community.

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