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Public Updates on Newport Schools

*On Dec 6, at 5:30 p.m., the public and the School Building Committee will receive an update on the Rogers High schematic design at the school’s NACTC building. In late December or early January, a presentation of a nearly final design will be submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Education.

*A joint City Council workshop will be held with the School Committee regarding school budget planning on Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m., in City Hall council chambers.

Charitable Christmas Tree Sales

n Ongoing: Kiwanis Club of
Aquidneck Island and St. John’s
Masonic Lodge, Monday through
Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., 81 Sprague St., Portsmouth.
Proceeds will benefit charitable
causes on Aquidneck Island.
n Nov. 27-28: Maher Center
Pop-Up Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m., at Castle Hill Inn. The Maher
Center fosters independence, and
advances integration in housing,
employment and social engagement for people with developmental and other disabilities.
n Dec. 4-5: Rogers High School
Tree and Wreath Sale, from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m., International Yacht
Restoration School parking lot,
449 Thames St. Canadian balsam
wreaths, decorated by Rogers High
parents and students, will be sold,
along with eight-foot Balsam and
Fraser trees. Students will be on
hand to help load purchases. Free
delivery is available in Newport.

December Fitness

Registration is now open for December fitness classes at the Edward King House. Programs include intermediate and gentle yoga and chair yoga via Zoom. Other classes offered include boxing fitness, a balance class, Pilates and Tai Chi. Classes start the week of November 30. Advanced registration is required. Register online at or complete a form in person.

NBS Annual Meeting and Awards

The 72nd annual meeting of the Norman Bird Sanctuary was held on Nov. 18. Members, supporters and friends gathered to reflect on the accomplishments of 2021. Volunteers who contributed thousands of hours to the organization’s education, properties and development departments were recognized in four categories: Education:

Amelia Clement

Garrett Roskelly Properties:

Annie Ficke

Clotilde Houze

Chuck Kiven

Norma Quinn

Melissa Welch Development and Administration:

George Cushman

The meeting also celebrated the lives and legacies of two members of the Norman Bird Sanctuary community: Dr. Lewis Arnow and Robert Weaver. Both men were dedicated conservation advocates who championed the sanctuary’s land stewardship and habitat protection efforts over many years.

A fiscal overview was also presented, which included a banner 82 percent increase in visitor support and a 33 percent growth in membership support.

“By increasing support and engaging more people through our programs, events and activities, we are able to inspire more passion for conservation and education,” said Kaity Ryan, executive director.

To aid those efforts, a $150,000 grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation will establish a “Conservation Crew,” a dedicated group of trained volunteers who will support stewardship and land management priorities. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Thanksgiving Bonfire

The Rogers High School Parent Teacher Organization will host a community bonfire at Easton’s Beach on Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. The PTO will be accepting donations, with all money raised going toward school supplies, field trip funding, and small improvement projects at Rogers High. The PTO asks everyone to come dressed in school colors.

COVID-19 Clinics

As part of a community collaboration to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among Newport’s Hispanic population, the East Bay Community Action Program has joined forces with Conexión Latina Newport to organize bi-weekly vaccine clinics. Since late August, 13 vaccine clinics have taken place at Conexión Latina on Broadway, vaccinating 170 adults and 109 children.

The next clinics are Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Conexión Latina Newport. All clinics are open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit

King House Vaccination / Booster Clinics

The Edward King House Senior Center will have COVID-19 vaccination or booster shots available on Nov.29,from11a.m.to2p.m., and Nov. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m.,

To schedule an appointment, visit,, or call 401-846-7426, x1.

Friends of Farm Animals Trip

On Dec. 4, the Friends of Farm Animals Rhode Island will visit animal rescue organization Pot Belly Manor in North Kingstown. The rescue takes in chickens, goats, steer, pigs, llamas and rabbits. The visit is open to all, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A minimum $10 donation is requested. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. For more information, call Seaside Rabbits Sanctuary at 860-933-2589 or Wynham Farm at 401-640-0803.

NUSC/NUWC Luncheon

The NUSC/NUWC retirees luncheon is being held on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at McGovern’s Restaurant, Fall River, Tickets are $24 and reservations are required. To attend, or for more information, contact Bev at, text or call 401-855-4292.


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