Monday, August 1, 2011
The Team Real lacrosse camp offers an outlet for girls to hone their lacrosse skills.
“This is dedication,” says coach Bill Villareal as members of the Team Real Lacrosse Club demonstrate his words during a vigorous, rainy practice on the Portsmouth Abbey lacrosse field. Villareal founded Team Real last September, catering to girls from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Divided into high school (grades 9 to 12) and youth (grades 4 to 8) divisions, the camp has amassed 92 players since its inception. Sixty-five of those players are in the summer camp, and a handful are practicing on the field as Villareal notes the accomplishments they’ve made thus far. “It’s really about getting the kids recognition for the hard work they put into the sport,” says Villareal. There certainly has been some hard-won recognition …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Two Portsmouth students talk about their experience at the Tri-Lax National Summer Festival in New Jersey.
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. -- Portsmouth Abbey's Matt Brigham will eventually have to choose between lacrosse and football as his college sport. Luckily, for him, that decision doesn't need to be made now. This summer is about lacrosse, as the senior-to-be who plays with Next Level lacrosse, an All-Star team made up of area kids, including Portsmouth High School's Kevin Fitzgerald. The two locals competed last weekend in the annual Tri-Lax National Summer Festival, a tournament that features more than 200 teams of varying ages and skill levels. Though severly short-handed, the Next Level team finished fifth out of their 36-team bracket, losing in the Sunday quarterfinals to a team from Smithtown, NY. Not that the results mattered, according …
Friday, March 11, 2011
This Saturday, Portsmouth Abbey School students will trade in bathing suits for hammers and nails as they prepare for the annual Appalachia Service Project trip during spring break week in West Virginia.
While most students will spend a week of fun in the sun during spring break, approximately 22 students from the Portsmouth Abbey School will instead head down to the coal-mining town of Welch, WV, this Saturday to help families in need. “We’ve been doing this since about 1992 with a goal to help unfortunate families put a roof on top of their head,” said Clarence Chenoweth, dean of students at the Portsmouth Abbey School. “West Virginia has had a lot of problems, all starting when the coal mining industry started to crumble. Life down there is hard and there are many families down there that don’t even have indoor plumbing.” Getting students excited for this service trip is not a difficult task. “We have many students who are coming for …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
With school on vacation all this week, many may be itching to find things to do, but an old pastime of skating on outdoor ponds may not be the answer.
Where can I go ice-skating safely this winter break? Well, according to Portsmouth Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Bento, the Portsmouth Fire Department "does not test local ponds for ice safety" and "does not recommend any ice-skating on outdoor ponds." "Due to sporadic freezing and thawing, pond ice is unpredictable and almost impossible to gauge for safe skating," Bento said. "The only guaranteed safe places to ice skate in our area are man-made rinks," including St. George's School in Middletown, The Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth and Sovereign Bank Family Skating Rink in Newport. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) only checks for ice safety at state parks, including Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, Goddard …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Portsmouth Abbey School recently concluded its annual Clothe-A-Child drive, which resulted in more than $13,000 being raised.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Portsmouth Abbey School's 2010 Clothe-a-Child effort surpassed all previous totals, according to a press release from Portsmouth Abbey School issued Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff and parents collectively raising $13,114.85 in two weeks in early December, enabling 487 local children in need to receive a wide range of clothing. Owing to the efforts of the school community, nearly 100 additional children this year were able to be clothed. The Clothe-a-Child campaign has taken place on campus every December since 1990 to assist families in need on Aquidneck Island and in Fall River. The effort is spearheaded by School members of S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the medical services staff. Area social services …
Friday, November 19, 2010
Vestas' workmen perform routine maintenance.
According to Paul Jestings, the operations manager at the Portsmouth Abbey, Vestas' workmen performed routine maintenance on the turbine, Friday, Nov. 19. Vestas is the manufacturer of the 660kW wind turbine. One of the tasks was to remove the "lead tape" that is only on some portions of the blades. "The "lead tape" is as old as the turbine itself. Every four years or so, it needs to be replaced." said Jestings. "Lead tape" is a sacrificial tape that is installed and replaced in order to give wind turbine blades longer life by taking the brunt of the friction as the blades turn.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Students from the Portsmouth Abbey School spend their summer vacation in Spain, where they learn about the culture, taste local cuisine and, of course, cheer on the 2010 World Cup champions.
Every summer, teacher Roberto Guerenabarrena takes a group of students from the Portsmouth Abbey School to the Salamanca province of Spain for one month. The annual trip is part of the Abbey School's "Summer Study Program," which allows students to earn up to nine college credits on the trip. Students attend Spanish classes during the day and, in the evening, explore Salamanca and its neighboring towns, visiting museums and cathedrals, trying new foods and taking in the regions beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Guerenabarrena says students on the trip are usually incoming seniors, and all are studying Spanish. They first take a placement exam to determine their level of fluency in the language, and are then placed in the …