Friday, April 15, 2011
A Baldwin Drive resident got quite the surprise when she arrived home Thursday evening.
A Baldwin Drive resident got a "pink" surprise for her birthday this year. Meg Kolb arrived home Thursday to find her yard covered in pink flamingos thanks to the Portsmouth High School Class of 2013. The class is currently holding a fundraiser involving the bright, pink bird. Friends nominate other friends to have their yards covered in pink flamingos to raise money for the class. Patti Cofield nominated Kolb's yard to give her a birthday surprise. If you would like send the flock to your neighbor's home, simply fill in the form at right and let the organizers know where the flamingos should roost for the night. All donations should be made payable to PHS Class of 2013 and can be left in an envelope taped to the front door. If you …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A new fundraiser will bring chocolate to local homes before the Easter Bunny arrives.
Could you be the lucky golden ticket holder? The Portsmouth High School Class of 2014, current freshmen, will hold a special and "sweet" fundraiser this Saturday and Sunday. The fundraiser is similar to a certain contest outlined in Ronald Dahls' beloved children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The students will go door-to-door this Saturday and Sunday, asking residents to buy candy bars to help support the class. One candy bar will have a golden ticket inside the wrapper! The winner and finder of the golden ticket will win $100. The ticket must be shown to redeem the prize. Instructions on how to redeem the prize will be printed on the candy wrapper. The students will canvass various Portsmouth neighborhoods this Saturday from …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The school hopes its annual American Heart Association fundraising event exceeds last year's donations.
Melville Elementary students really sprang into action Monday. The students spent Valentine's Day participating in the school's annual American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Patch dropped by Melville as two of the four first grade classes jumped, skipped and hula-hooped along to thumping dance music. Physical Education teacher Pam Storme said she's anxious and excited to tally this year's donations. So are the students. That's because Storme promised that she would teach basketball while dressed in a pink and black tutu if the students topped last year's total of $5,500. According to Storme, the chances of topping that number are good as many students brought in donations of a $100 or more.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Here's a look at the exciting events happening this holiday weekend in Portsmouth.
Looking to dance those winter blues away? Or, perhaps you're longing to just sit by the fire and enjoy a tasty meal. Well, this weekend is the perfect opportunity for both with square dancing, wine tastings and a cooking class on the menu. Here's a look at some of the exciting events happening this weekend in Portsmouth: Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Elsewhere on Aquidneck Island:
The Friends of the Glen Ridge Farm will hold a fundraiser this weekend to help with legal fees accrued in the battle over Heidi Drive.
The Friends of the Glen Ridge Farm will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 15, to help with the alpaca farm's legal fees. Proceeds will go towards the farm's legal fees in an ongoing, longstanding dispute between two neighbors—the Glen Ridge Alpaca Farm and Rhode Island Nurseries. On one side of the issue there is Rhode Island Nurseries' owner Bruce Vanicek, who is subdividing and selling part of his land. However, the subdivision is currently only accessible by one road. Vanicek needs to build an emergency access road to comply with town regulations. However, the proposed emergency access road is a paper road (Heidi Drive) that runs through the Glen Ridge Alpaca Farm, located off Glen Road on Frank Coelho Drive. The owners of Glen Ridge…
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Portsmouth High School student Melissa Chaplin will hold a fundraiser concert tonight in Newport to raise funds for her trip to Ghana.
Correction: An earlier version of this story spelled Melissa Chaplin's name incorrectly. Portsmouth High School senior Melissa Chaplin seems wise beyond her years as she reflects upon her desire and motivation to help the disadvantaged. “I’m just looking forward to making a difference if I can," Chaplin said. The high school senior, along with a group of her peers, are acting upon their compassionate spirits by volunteering for 1o days in Ghana, Africa, where they will teach women practical technical and secretarial skills at the Profesa School, in addition to spending time teaching English at an elementary school. Chaplin will also hold a “Gotta Get to Ghana” fundraiser this Thursday, Jan. 13, at Empire Tea and Coffee in Newport to …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Gerry Willis, associate dean at Salve Regina University, dove off Newport's cliffs on New Year's Day to raise funds for Lucy's Hearth, a shelter for homeless women in Middletown.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
On New Year's Day, one Salve Regina University associate dean really went the distance for a good cause—25 feet off a cliff to be exact. Gerry Willis, associate dean of students at Salve Regina University, jumped off the rocks at Newport's Cliff Walk on Jan. 1, 2011, to raise funds for Lucy's Hearth in Middletown. The video of Willis' cliff dive can be found at right or by clicking here. Willis has done a lot of work for Lucy's Hearth over the years, he said. A member of St. Lucy's Church in Middletown, a Newport native and Middletown resident, Willis is familiar with the nonprofit that has offered help to families in times of crisis since 1984. "They do a lot of nice work there," said Willis about the transitional shelter for homeless …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
A fundraiser held for Portsmouth High School student Ian Smith collected $5,200 for medical treatments.
The "Friends Helping Friends" fundraiser, held on Dec. 12 at the VFW Post in Middletown for Portsmouth High School student Ian Smith, proved to be quite the success. The fundraiser, which was hosted by Portsmouth residents Bill McCullom and Rosalie Deasley, brought in $5,200. "We never thought that we would have that kind of turn out. It was great," said McCullom of the event. The guest of honor, Ian Smith, had surgery earlier that week to remove an arachnoid cyst from his brain. He had hoped to attend, but wasn't quite feeling up to it. "Ian had some pain so he stayed home with his dad. His mom, Mary-Ann, and his sister, Morgan, were there," said McCullom. "This event could not have happened without all the donations. Thanks to everyone …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
A fundraiser for Portsmouth High School student Ian Smith will be held this Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4487 in Middletown.
'Tis the season for giving thanks and reminding ourselves to treasure the people we love. This notion can feel a bit cliché. Fortunately, some of us do express the true meaning of this season with sincerity and goodwill. Two of these people include Portsmouth residents Bill McCullom and Rosalie Deasley, who have organized a fundraiser to assist in covering expenses for the brain surgery of 14-year-old Portsmouth High School student Ian Smith. Smith underwent the surgery this past Wednesday to remove an arachnoid cyst in his brain. The fundraiser, which will be held this Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4487 in Middletown, will cost $12 a person and will include a spaghetti dinner and the opportunity to win several raffles. …
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT)'s Race for Open Space attracted more attendees than organizers expected on Saturday.
This Saturday, local running enthusiasts joined forces to raise money for the construction of the final segment of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island. The cold didn't stop anybody from participating. According to the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT), approximately 350 participants signed up for the 5K race. As for funds raised, ALT Executive Director Edward Clement and Assistant Developmental Director Courtney Huth confirmed the race raised $6,000 in sponsorships and estimated more than $8,000 just from participants. As people filtered in at the end, they received warm drinks and apples as a parting gift and all runners under 14-years-old were presented with a commemorative medal.