2015-10-29 / News Briefs


Winter Basketball

Newport Recreation is accepting registrations for all winter basketball programs. There are both house and travel options available to boys and girls in grades K -12. Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 2. Programs may fill prior to deadlines. For all the details and registration information, visit cityofnewport.com/departments/ recreation/or call 401-845-5800.


The Middletown Police Department will participate in “Movember” this year and will allow its officers to grow a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues and raise money towards research for finding cures for prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as other men’s health problems. To help sponsor the team or individual officers’ efforts to raise money for the cause visit moteam.co/middletown s-finest.

Double Dutch Tryouts on Oct. 31

Want to become a Shark on Halloween? The ever-improving Aquidneck Island Double Dutch Sharks are looking for new jump rope members.

The Sharks – who are members of a league that has competed nationally in tournaments in New York, Boston and elsewhere – are holding an Oct. 31 open house for all second-grade, third-grade, and fourth-grade boys and girls who want to learn to Double Dutch.

The try-outs and demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Florence Gray Center, at the Boys & Girls Club, 1 York St., Newport. No experience is necessary but come prepared to exercise.

Practices will be held every Saturday. For more information, contact Coach Ray at 293-5944.

Art Show Opening

Give the gift of art this season!

The Portsmouth Arts Guild is celebrating the opening of its annual Holiday Non-Juried Art Show on Friday, Nov. 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts, 2679 East Main Road. Dozens of local and talented artists and artisans will be offering their work to the public at affordable prices.

The show dates are Nov. 6 - Dec. 20. This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Pell Bridge Run

On Sunday, Oct. 25, more than 3,000 participants ran or walked the four miles in the fifth annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. The event was won by Geoff Nelson (20:36), who has now won the event four times. Geoff, 30, is an employee of Citizens Bank.

The event is the only time the bridge is open to pedestrians, and is operated by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The race is sponsored by Citizens Bank and produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

The race is a not-for-profit event and all of the proceeds are donated to local charities. Additionally, participants were encouraged to raise funds for their own charitable causes and initiatives, or to donate funds to existing campaigns on the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run Crowdrise page crowdrise.com/CitizensBankPellBridgeRun2015.

In total, more than $150,000 was raised.

Families Workshop

The Newport Partnership for Families will present “Energizing our Community through Collective Impact,” on Friday, Nov. 6, in the Community College of Rhode Island auditorium, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The topic will be the best use of strategies available for collaboration between communities and the nonprofits involved—and how they can work together for the betterment of the whole.

Holiday Workshops

The Newport Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, is now enrolling students for holiday themed workshops in ceramics, calligraphy and painting. The workshops, geared toward beginners but open to all levels, are designed to give students an opportunity to learn a new art-making skill while creating holiday gifts. Those interested in ceramics can take Handmade Holiday with Charlene Carpenzano or Hand Built Holiday with Maggie Ramey, to create ornaments, plates and other items with clay. Jeannine Bestoso will teach the art of fine lettering in Calligraphy Gifts, and Peter Dickison will instruct students painting ornaments in Hand Painted Holiday Miniatures. Registration is available online or by phone at 401-848-ARTS (2787). Interested students should visit newportartmuseum.org for a full list of courses and details.

The Homeless Among Us

An update on the state of homelessness in Newport County will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Newport Public Library Program Room. In conjunction with “Remember the Homeless Week,” Nov. 8 – 15, Newport County Citizens To End Homelessness is sponsoring a meeting that will give an up-to-date assessment of the men, women and children who are homeless in Newport County. Representatives from Lucy’s Hearth, Housing Hotline, McKinney Cooperative Shelter, Turning Around Ministries, and Housing First Rhode Island will discuss the population they serve on a regular basis and their needs in the coming colder months.

In addition, RICH (RI Coalition for the Homeless) will discuss the progress of the Zero:2016 campaign to end chronic homelessness and veteran’s homelessness by the end of 2016 using statistics, where available, for Newport County.

Available for comment after the meeting will be Jennifer Barerra, Program Director of Lucy’s Hearth; Karen Jeffreys, Associate Director, RICH; Catherine Sprueil, Case Manager of Turning Around Ministries; and Jimmy Winters, founder of Housing Hotline.

Indoor Pickleball

Pickleball enthusiasts have moved indoors at the Hut. Intermediate to advanced players welcome to drop in for competitive play on Thurdays at 7:45 p.m. and/or Sundays at 6 p.m. The fee to play is $5 per session. Beginner classes coming soon. Call 401-845-5800 with any questions.

Indoor Floor Hockey

The Newport YMCA is offering a six-week indoor floor hockey program for children ages 4 -8 on Saturdays beginning Nov. 7. To register, call 401-847-9200 x 113 or visit newportymca.org.

Little League Looking for Volunteers

All members of the community who are interested in youth baseball/ softball and who want to support Newport Little League are encouraged to attend the league’s next meeting Thursday, Nov. 12 at La Forge Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. There are needs for volunteers of all skill levels; coaches and assistant coaches, field maintenance and preparation, uniform and equipment management, concessions, scorekeeping and public address, fundraising and umpire/umpire training. Baseball/softball expertise is welcome but not required.

Newport Little League is also seeking to recruit board members as well as volunteers.

At the meeting the group will hold also hold its annual elections and board of directors meeting.

For more information, contact Kate Borgueta, league information officer, at info@newportlittleleague.com.

Excercise for Gardeners

The Middletown Garden Club will be sponsoring an event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Church of the Holy Cross, corner of West Main Road and Oliphant Lane, Middletown, that is free and open to the public. Barbara Gee, Master Gardener and yoga teacher will demonstrate yoga exercises that will help gardeners stay flexible and strong for working in their gardens. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. The Middletown Garden Club helps with two community gardens, one at Indian Avenue and the other at Aquidneck Avenue. During the summer, the club sponsored a “tea” and program at the Middletown Senior Center.

For more information about the club or if interested in joining, call 401-847-3345.

Holiday Decorating

The Seaside Garden Club invites the public to a presentation on ideas for holiday decorating at their next meeting at Chaves Gardens on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

NBS Annual Meeting

The Norman Bird Sanctuary Board of Directors and staff invite the public to its volunteer appreciation recognition and annual meeting at Newport Vineyards on Thursday, Nov. 19. The evening will be an opportunity to look back on the eventful year, reflect on milestones, and celebrate volunteers who generously donated time and energy to the organization.

The event is free, but those wishing to attend should RSVP at normanbirdsanctuary.org or call 401- 846-2577.

Bell Ringers Wanted

The Salvation Army of Newport County is looking for volunteers as bell ringers for its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, Nov. 20 - Dec. 24. Bell ringing will take place at local Stop & Shops, Shaw’s, and Walmart. Two-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Individuals, families, or organizations interested in volunteering should contact Salvation Army Lieutenant James Bang for more information at 401-846-3234.

Thanksgiving Pie Run

The Newport Running Club’s annual Pie Run will be held Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving morning, with a prompt 8:30 a.m. start. The five-mile USATF sanctioned road race and three-mile non-competitive walk starts and ends in front of the Newport County YMCA. Entrants are asked to bring one nonperishable food item to be contributed to a local food bank.

Long-sleeved shirts are available for all pre-registered participants whose registrations are received prior to Nov. 11. Entry cost is $30 for the five-mile run, $25 for the threemile non-competitive walk. To register, visit newportrunningclub.org.

Microchip Clinic

The Potter League is offering a microchip clinic for dogs and cats on Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Potter League for Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown. The microchips will be administered by Dr. Wanda Wyand. There is a $25 fee per animal payable on the day of the clinic. Call 401-846-8276 or email info@potterleague.org to pre-register.

Visit potterleague.org for more information about the clinic as well as a listing of all the animals available for adoption.

Climate Change Discussion

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will hold a community discussion: “Climate Change and the Need to Protect Our Oceans” on Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. This non-partisan discussion is hosted by the Jamestown Democratic Town Committee.

Tolls and RoadMap RI Discussion

The Middletown GOP Committee invites the public to a lecture and reception on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Newport Mainstay Hotel. The title of the evening’s presentation is “Slippery Slopes: Road- Map RI & Rhode Works. Governors plan to Install Toll Gantries.”

Speakers will include Larry Girouard who will discuss Rhode Island’s competitive position in the U.S. and Northeast, and provide updates on Turning RI around; Gary Morse will address RoadMap RI as a threat to rights and town sovereignty; and Representative Patricia Morgan, District 26 (Coventry, Warwick and West Warwick) will talk about an alternative to tolls.

The cost to attend is $25, which includes a buffet and event programming. To RSVP, contact Antone Viveiros at avive_ 40840@hotmail.com or 401-846-6974.

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