Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Newport Restoration Foundation offers the public education program on the fourth Wednesday each month through October.
Windmill Wednesday returns to Prescott Farm this evening, part of the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF)’s monthly program to enable visitors to put their "hands on history.” The NRF holds the programs at Prescott Farm every fourth Wednesday through October. “This is the second year we have done the Windmill Wednesday program. The idea is that we are making the Prescott windmill accessible to the public,” said Liz Spode, Education and Public Programs Assistant for the Newport Restoration Foundation. “We want people to know that this is a public historic site and is open to all ages,” she said. “People can come here and see vestiges of rural life on Aquidneck Island. In the case of Windmill Wednesdays, people can tour the windmill and …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Maher Center in Middletown offers opportunities for people with developmental disabilities by facilitating education and job training, as well as paid employment for many.
The function of the Maher Center ranges from helping with early childhood development to placing adult clients in full functioning jobs, many of which they carry out on site. Among its wide range of services, the not-for-profit agency provides group housing, transportation and job and life coaching to their clients. The Maher Garden Center in Middletown is one of many businesses that fall under the agency's umbrella, employing 15 clients each day with varying forms of disabilities. One of these employees is Mary Burns who has been with the Maher Center since she was three years of age. She started out receiving services in the Early Intervention Program and 40 years later she is a paid employee at the Garden Center. She has been associated…
A look at what's happening in and around Middletown for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.
Catch tonight's art opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Salve Regina University featuring artwork made from trash collected during the September 2010 International Coastal Cleanup Day by interdisciplinary Artist Bert Emerson, in Collaboration with Clean Ocean Access. Get your tickets at a discount today through Groupon for Saturday's “Big Toast” to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ocean State. This event at Belcourt Castle in Newport is not one to miss. Enjoy distinctive microbrews, exquisite wines, rare rums, tantalizing tequilas, delectable cocktails and delicious cuisine. Savor the seasonal local produce while we still have nearly two months left. The Island Farmers Market returns to the Aquidneck Grange from 2 to 6 p.m. …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The Rhode Island Blood Center recently honored Salve Regina University for more than three decades of hosting blood drives, collecting more than 7,600 pints since its first blood drive in September 1979.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We're passing along the following news from the Rhode Island Blood Center... Salve Regina was among a number of Rhode Island companies, schools and organizations that hosted blood drives in 1979, the year the Rhode Island Blood Center was founded by the hospitals in the state. At the “Appreciations Celebration,” hosted by the Blood Center at Salve Regina’s Ochre Court, blood donors and individuals who have registered with the national bone marrow registry, Be The Match, were also honored. Salve Regina is among a network of colleges, universities, and high schools statewide that regularly host blood drives, and account for more than 13 percent of the Rhode Island Blood Center’s annual blood collections. At its most recent drive, Salve …
A look at what's happening in and around Middletown for Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.
The URI Master Gardeners who take care of Prescott Farm say this is an excellent time to test your soil and renovate your lawn. If you’d like to take steps to learn how to balance life’s demands with your total wellness, then don’t miss tonight’s “Essential Self-Care Strategies” in Portsmouth. “The People of Newport,” a new photography exhibit, runs through Oct. 28 at the Newport Public Library. RhymeCulture, winner of the Mercury’s “Best Open Mic Night,” takes the stage at The Rhino Bar every Wednesday night. On this date in 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received the Nobel Peace Prize for the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which helped…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Newport celebrated Columbus day with a parade and a gorgeous day.
The parade route stepped off at St. Joseph's Church on Broadway Tuesday morning and made its way through the City. The parade ended at the statue of Christopher Columbus at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue. Parade goers were treated to the sights and sounds of marching bands, community organizations and political dignitaries all coming out to celebrate the discovery of the Americas and the Italian-American heritage that is a part of Newport history.
Simmons Farm in Middletown is an all-organic operation that has been in the family for more than 300 years, selling vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry, and the most recent addition, goat cheese.
Keeping the farm in the family is top priority for Simmons Farm. “We have always treated it as a family business,” Brian Simmons said during a recent visit to the farm. It was not until Brian and Karla took over the farm that the transition to organic farming began. In fact, it was previously a dairy farm and commercially grew sweet corn. Simmons recalled, “We were known for growing sweet corn which is kind of the antithesis of organic farming. We felt it was important to have that certification when we started just because we wanted people to know that we were not going to be doing things this way anymore.” He has chosen to make some adjustments from what his parents and grandparents had done. Adapting to the times and establishing …
James Griffin has been selected as a winner of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Bronze Medal for 2011.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
James Griffin, a mechanical engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I., has been selected as a winner of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Bronze Medal for 2011. The NDIA Bronze Medal is an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievements in science or engineering in the field of undersea warfare (USW). Griffin, head of the Autonomous and Defensive Systems Department, leads a technical team of more than 240 employees who research, develop and transition technologies for torpedoes, autonomous undersea vehicles, and undersea defensive systems. Griffin has worked at the center for more than 33 years. He is responsible for managing science and technology efforts and weapon and …
Monday, October 10, 2011
Several students speak out the financial reasons they decided to attend CCRI.
With college prices continuously on the rise, students nationwide can’t afford to attend big-name universities that come with a hefty price tag. Many students who often can’t afford even state school tuitions seek out an education at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) for part or all of their degrees. "I don't know what I'm doing with my life, so I figured CCRI was a good start, as opposed to taking a year off from school altogether,” Molly P. Henshaw, a CCRI student from Portsmouth, said. “If I was at a university for a specific major I would be making a huge mistake because I'm unsure of what career path I want.” Henshaw said going to community college allows her to “jumpstart [her] education” by completing prerequisite courses…
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Carm considers the week's headlines from a parent's perspective.
It’s been an emotional week in the news. The release of Amanda Knox, the passing of Steve Jobs, a baby abducted from her own crib and the ongoing Conrad Murray manslaughter trial. As a parent, each of these headlines tugs at the heart of what frightens us the most – a child in distress. The Amanda Knox appeal was a prime example of the media stuck in "replay” mode where we felt like we kept hearing the same story over and over again. Putting the media mediocrity aside, the appeal process twanged a heart string that causes every parent of a young adult to want to hide under a rock. Every time our older kids walk out the door we pray that they don’t find themselves being in the wrong place at the wrong time possibly doing the wrong thing. …