King Tides highlight rising sea levels and need for costal adaptation
A few times a year, the moon is as close to the Earth as it will ever be, bringing the highest tides of the year, and often leading to coastal flooding in low-lying areas. By monitoring these high tides, we are able to map out what sea level rise will do in the future. Right now, we only experience these extreme flooding circumstances during King Tides and severe storm systems, but in the very near future this flooding could happen monthly, or even daily, due to sea level rise.
RIPTA DRIVERS AND EMPLOYEES JOIN MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD) FOR HOLIDAY RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Look for the red ribbons! Hundreds of bus drivers will be wearing red ribbons next week as the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) asks all employees to participate in the 29TH annual “Tie One on for Safety” campaign sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The campaign, which asks adults to display red ribbons on their cars, is intended to remind people to designate a non-drinking driver before the holidays begin.
“We’re very excited to partner with MADD on this important campaign,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “By wearing the ribbons, our drivers can help remind people to behave responsibly and be safe. Our drivers are on the road day and night, so it’s an issue that’s particularly important here at RIPTA as we want to help keep our passengers, the public and our staff safe this holiday season.” Polichetti added that all of RIPTA’s nearly 800 employees will be asked to don the ribbons for the week beginning, Monday, November 16, 2015.
According to statistics provided by MADD, the holidays are one of the most dangerous times of the year on our nation’s roadways, due to increased travel as well as an increased number of events where alcohol is served. Eric Creamer, Rhode Island Executive Director for MADD, said that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve 2013, there were 846 drunk driving fatalities across the country.
“We thought that partnering with RIPTA would be a perfect fit,” Creamer said. “Their drivers interact with thousands of people every day and also public transportation is a reminder that there are other options than getting behind the wheel if you’ve been at a holiday celebration.” RIPTA is also reminding the public that MADD RI is hosting a special event – “Strike Out Drunk Driving bowling weekend – on November 21 and November 22 which will raise funds to benefit victims of accidents involving drunk driving as well as support youth programs. For more details on the event, please visit:
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to Visit Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival
Photo credit Onne van der Wal
Opportunity to Visit America’s Newest Tall Ship
NEWPORT, RI – This weekend (October 17-18), attendees at the 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival in Newport will enjoy an opportunity to board the 200-foot Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the Ocean State’s Official Sailing Education Vessel and the first ocean-going full-rigged ship built in America in over a century. The ship will be dockside and open for visits on both Saturday and Sunday while the Seafood Festival, named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, offers fabulous fare from a record number of participating restaurants and fine-food vendors plus live music and other waterfront entertainment for the entire family.
Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will visit the 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival over the weekend of October 17-18.
“The 25th Annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is a free, long-running fall favorite in New England, and it’s thrilling that as part of the festival, the public will have the opportunity to view the Perry up close and visit her on deck and down below,” said Bart Dunbar, president of Bowen’s Wharf Co.
Dunbar, who also is chair of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the non-profit organization behind the ship, said Bowen’s Wharf Co. was the first donor to the ship. (Other donors to the ship who take part in the Seafood Festival include Bannister’s Wharf, Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina and Newport Harbor Corporation.) Its contribution eight years ago allowed for the purchase of the ship’s original steel hull, which was towed to Newport from Canada.
The impressive silhouette of SSV Oliver HazardPerry includes a towering three-masted rig, the tallest part of which reaches 13 ½ stories high; a total of 19 spars that have been turned from massive Douglas fir trees on the largest spar lathe in North America; seven miles of rope and wire that have been made integral to the ship’s operation by tradesmen trained in both modern and traditional rigging techniques; and 20 sails, both square and fore-and-aft that total 14,000 square feet.
Clockwise from left: visits to SSV Oliver Hazard Perry during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover (credit Sue Stenhouse), OHP Able Seaman Carmine Russo with visitors Laila and Georgia Hekking (credit OHPRI), the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival features culinary takes on the bounty of the Ocean State (credit T. Wadson/Bowen’s Wharf Co.)
Plan your visit to SSV Oliver Hazard Perry during the published Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival hours of 11 to 5 (last boarding begins at 4:30). An interactive craft and storytelling session for kids courtesy of Tyler’s Tall Tales takes place Saturday from 2 to 4:30 and Sunday from 11-1:30. Boarding requires tickets available for purchase near the ship’s gangway at family-friendly prices: $1 for kids ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) and $5 for 13 and over. Special group prices can be arranged for school and scout groups by calling 401-841-0080 before noon on Friday, October 16. The ship is handicap accessible.
To learn more about SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, or to donate, go to www.ohpri.org or call +1 401-841-0080.
Saturday, September 26, 7-11 PM at the Waterfront Center-Fort Adams State Park
The Boat Show is concluded, kids are back at school, fall is on the way and we have had one of the most successful years in Sail Newport’s history. We want to celebrate, thank our incredible members and supporters and enjoy our waterfront facility. This is a no-fuss, no dress-up party – just come and be with friends and have a great time
Come enjoy the spectacular view from our “backyard”
Cocktails – Open Bar
Live music by “The Honky Tonk Knights” and dancing
Food (Catering by Blue Rocks): Ingrid’s team will prepare , hot off the grill burgers and sausages, a fresh caprese salad, sweet potato fries, clam chowder and chili station then dessert.
Live auction items: Sunsail Charters, Private yacht experience and more!
*A water shuttle will be running courtesy of Oldport Marine from Sayer’s Wharf in downtown to the party at Fort Adams, starting at 6:30pm and will turn into the “Boom Boom Shuttle” for the return trip back to downtown for everyone to enjoy the last few hours of the night at the Boom Boom Room at the Clarke Cooke House!
The Art of Preservation at 20: PPS Marks Two Decades of its Most Endangered Properties List with an Exhibition of Photographs
The Providence Preservation Society and Local Photographers Highlight Threats to the City’s Architectural Heritage
Providence, RI (May 12, 2015) – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will celebrate 20 years of its Most Endangered Properties (MEP) program with the opening of the Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit on Thursday, May 28th from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in the atrium ofat the Peerless Building at 150 Union St. in downtown Providence.The project features images by the city’s most talented photographers that beautifully document the history of the Endangered Properties list and presents a Retrospective of Providence’s 20 most significant preservation stories from the last two decades – highlighting the successes of the program and exploring lessons learned from buildings that have been lost.
Each year, the Society compiles the Ten Most Endangered Properties List with the help of concerned members of the public, and the goal of engaging the public, building owners, and developers in finding workable solutions. This year’s Exhibit celebrates its founding as the public’s voice on behalf of these buildings; recognizes a part of Providence’s current and historic past; and examines the successes and losses. “The Most Endangered Properties Retrospective gives us an opportunity to celebrate the places we’ve saved and learn from the buildings we’ve lost,” says PPS Executive Director Brent Runyon. “By exploring these stories, we will become better stewards of this historic city.”
Whether the threat was arson, neglect, insensitive public policy, or inappropriate development, each of these properties tells a story about our past. In this, the artists are key. Photographer Stephanie Ewens, whose work has been featured in the Exhibit several times, says, “My photography is always about telling a story. Though I usually document human stories, these buildings each have a character inside them that can get lost as neighborhoods evolve. The Most Endangered Exhibit lets us, local photographers, bring the buildings alive again.” In addition to photos taken over the past two decades, the exhibit will also include new work focusing on the twenty retrospective properties by students and mentors from AS220 and New Urban Arts. Curated by Neal Walsh, Gallery Director at AS220, the exhibit is being coordinated by longtime PPS collaborator Linda Powell Fitzgerald.
Among those included in the 20-Year Retrospective is the Cranston Street Armory, a castle-like structure of yellow brick with copper flashing, topped with a slate roof, and frequently listed on PPS’ MEP (7 times in the past 20 years, including the 2015 list). Built in 1907, the Armory was constructed to house the Rhode Island National Guard, which occupied the building until 1996. Since then, this Providence Landmark has been largely underutilized, but was reactivated when Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted his inaugural celebration in the building. The Providence Produce Warehouse is also featured in the Retrospective. Built in 1929 and utilized as a multi-vendor meat and produce distribution site for local and regional restaurants until its last vendor vacated in 1999. While on the MEP three times since the early 2000s, Providence lost this building to demolition in 2008.
Suzanne Dunkl – Masonic Temple – 1994 -
Along with images of each of the 20 properties in the Retrospective, the Photo Exhibit will also include a MEP timeline. PPS invites the public to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and view Providence’s historical assets as captured by another of the city’s assets – its artists – on Thursday, May 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm (please note, reception time has extended since previous announcements).
Funding for this free, public event is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders. This retrospective exhibit was also made possible with support from the June Rockwell Levy Foundation and Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. The exhibit space within the Peerless Building was generously donated by Cornish Associates.
A special thank you to all those who attended this year’s 7th Annual Women Holding Office Celebration!
YWCA Rhode Island partnered with DuoPictures to create a fourth documentary about women in politics. Women Holding Office: Changing the Conversation premiered at the 7th annual Women Holding Office Celebration on May 4, 2015 at Kirkbrae County Club.
The short historical film focuses on the first woman to be elected Governor in Rhode Island and how that is changing the conversation around women’s political leadership. The documentary features U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.
EARLY REVIEWS RAVE OVER VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT STOPOVER
NEWPORT, R.I. (May 7, 2015) - Kyle and Emily, students at local Salve Regina University, are enjoying a beverage in the Heineken beer garden on another sun-splashed day at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village. Both are Rhode Islanders, from Scituate and Foster, respectively, but neither sails. They’re amazed, however, at the spectacle that is the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover.
“It’s cool that our small state was able to land this international race,” said Kyle. “I didn’t know much about it, but it’s very cool that it’s here in Newport.”
“It’s so interactive,” said Emily. “There’s so much technology involved. I’ve never seen anything like it in Newport. It’s amazing.”
The early reviews of the Race Village at Fort Adams State Park are all positive, especially after last night’s arrivals. Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finished within three and a half minutes of each other in an astoundingly close finish that saw the two crews jockeying for the lead through the final miles of the 5,010-nautical mile leg from Brazil that took 17 days to complete.
Even though they finished past 10 p.m. on a school night, there were an estimated 7,000 people in the race village and at Brenton Point State Park watching and cheering and close to 200 boats on the water. The Newport Artillery Company fired a cannon each time a crew crossed the finish line off Fort Adams.
“I think last night the City of Newport blew every stopover out of the water in terms of how many people showed up and the number of boats,” said Sam Greenfield, the 27-year-old part-time Newporter from Mystic, Conn., who’s the onboard reporter for leg winner Dongfeng.
“Auckland (New Zealand) had a lot of boats for a while, but in terms of being swamped and surrounded by motor boats, it almost felt like we’d won the race overall,” Greenfield said. “Boats were coming up and trying to high five us, it was unbelievable.”
Matt Knighton, Greenfield’s counterpart on Abu Dhabi, had similar feelings.
“It was very cool,” said 31-year-old Knighton, of Chicago, Ill. “Every stopover we have a flotilla that welcomes us in but this was the first one that had American flags flying off the back of the boats. It was really cool to see that and hear some familiar accents.”
“All of the stopovers have a different feel, but none of them have boats sailing back and forth in the Race Village. There are hundreds of boats on the water every day. The nautical setup here is unlike any other race village we’ve been to,” said Knighton.
A smaller group of fans even stuck around until 3:30 a.m. when the hometown team, Team Alvimedica, crossed the finish line after battling light winds and an ebb tide. At one point the ebb tide was winning, sweeping Alvimedica out of Narragansett Bay and away from the finish line. The crew needed 90 minutes to get from Castle Hill to the finish line off Fort Adams, a distance of less than 1 mile. Still, there were 35 boats on the water and a few dozen people in the Race Village to welcome the crew with strong ties to Newport.
“If you want a passionate fan base and to fill seats, you look at the pure numbers, Newport’s going to be a great stopover,” said skipper Charlie Enright of Bristol, R.I., at 30 the youngest skipper of the youngest crew in the race.
Opening Ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Race Village
Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3 p.m.: Race Village opens to public
3:30 p.m.: Parade of school children celebrating nationalities of Volvo Ocean Race teams with high school sailing teams on the water
3:45 p.m.: Navy Northeast Band performs
4 p.m.: Opening Ceremony begins
4:30 p.m.: Pier ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by “Dock Party” concert with Newport band Chelley, Bill and Dyl
7:00 p.m.: “Dock Party” ends, Race Village closes
(Schedule subject to change)
R.I. Governor Gina Raimondo, Congressman David N. Ciccillini, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read (Guest list subject to change)
The Volvo Ocean Race is a global circumnavigation race that began last October in Alicante, Spain, and finishes in June in Gothenburg, Sweden. It visits 10 ports in 10 countries over the course of nine months. Newport was announced as the only stopover in North America on Feb. 5, 2013. The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover is scheduled May 5-17. The Race Village is open daily and admission is free to all ages. There is a parking fee of $10 or $20 at Fort Adams State Park May 9-17.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover is hosted with the support from the State of Rhode Island, DEM, the City of Newport and Discover Newport.
Port sponsors include Sweden-based SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest-products company, and 11th Hour Racing, which seeks to create systemic change for the improved health of our oceans. Other sponsors include Heineken, Cox, Sunsail, Metlife, Mt. Gay Rum, Bell Helicopter, Castle Hill Inn, National Biodiesel Board, Moet & Chandon, M32 North America, Marriott Newport, Hotel Viking, The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina and Hyatt Regency. Media sponsors include Channel 10/WJAR TV, The Newport Daily News, Coast 93.3/iHeart Radio and Sailing World. In addition, Viti Volvo, Newport Restaurant Group, Lila Delman Real Estate, Sea Corp., Rhode Island Bay Cruises, Gustave White, The Hinckley Company, Team Alvimedica, Focal and Dimeo Construction also join the sponsors of the Newport Stopover.