2017-06-22 / Opinion


Understanding the Issues


To the Editor:

Sen. Teresa Paiva Weed will be hard to replace. With a number of qualified Democrats in the District 13 primary on July 18, I feel that one candidate stands out: David Allard. I have known David for many years, and I think we are very fortunate to have someone of such commitment and integrity running in this special election. My children were lucky to have David as a teacher at Portsmouth Abbey – a teacher with both high standards and great compassion. David has worked since then for Gov. Gina Raimondo as Outreach Manager and now at the RI Department of Education, making him the only candidate who has vast experience in state-wide issues from economic development to education.

His experience makes him the most qualified candidate by far, but to me even more importantly, we know from our own experience that he has the intellect to get the job done, the discernment to find common ground in this heated political environment, and above all the compassion to understand what issues are most important to our community.

Nonie Drexel, and Liam, Fergus,
Aidan and Finn O’Farrell

Thanks to a Generous Community

To the Editor:

The Newport Public Education Foundation (NPEF) hosted its annual Evening for Education event on Friday, June 2. The event was held at the Edward King House. Two Individuals and one business were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to Newport Public Schools and the children that attend. Hank Kniskern received the Friend of Education award, Island Moving Company received the Partner in Education Award, and Christianne Fisher received the Unsung Hero Award. Many members of our community attended the event and had a wonderful time reminiscing with old friends and getting to know new ones. Thanks to the generous contributions of many community members and businesses the night was a huge success and the NPEF Board and Officers, along with the Evening for Education Host Committee, would like to take a moment to thank them.

Tia and Ken Scigulinsky, Donna McCarthy, Ted Wrobel, Evening for Education Host Committee, Atlantic Grill, Audrain Automobile Museum, Brick Alley Pub, Caleb and Broad, Castle Hill Inn, Chateau and Bungalow, Crystal Springs, Del’s Lemonade, Diego’s and Wharf Pub, East Greenwich Golf Club, Fifth Ward Liquor, Fire House Theater, Ellen Fucille, Gingy’s, Greenvale Vineyards, Tom and Joan Galvin, Green Valley Country Club, Carmela Greer (The Edward King House), J.H. Breakell and Co., Joe’s American Bistro, Ireland Calls, Island Surf and Sports, Kitchen Companion (Jennifer Viau & Julie Livingston), La Forge Casino, La France Hospitality, Lucia Italian Restaurant, Mike and Patty Martin, Maria Martineau, Veronica Mays, Michaels, Midtown Oyster Bar, Moore’s Blooms, Newport Fire Department, Newport Shipyard, Newport Tour and Guide, Newport Vineyards, Ken and Dayna Nomiyama, Perro Salado, Pleasant Surprise, Preservation Society of Newport, Primavera, Sail Newport, Salvation CafĂ©, Sequin, Sam and Ruth Jernigan, St. Mary Parish, Sight Sailing of Newport, Sardella’s Restaurant, The Black Pearl, The Bodhi Spa, The French Confection, The General Store, The Museum Shop, The Narragansett, The Newport Sweet Shoppe, The Parlor, Toppa’s Foodservice and Paper, Secret Garden Tours, Ultimate Image, Viking Tours, Water’s Edge Flowers, WADK. A special thank you to Chef Steven Kalble, Director of Culinary Arts program, Newport Area Career and Technical Center and the Colonial Dining Room staff.

Christina Martin, Ed.D.
Matthew J. Davis
Event Co-Chairperson

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