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    Vol. 38, No. 46 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 BORN FREE


    See VANDALISM on page 7

    See MAYOR on page 3

    Thanks to Our Veterans

    MiddletownCouncil Takes Office

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Winters worked along side Maher Center client, Frank Siebab on Veterans Day, at the center, to make care

    packages for soldiers stationed in the Middle East. Lt. Col. Mark E. Solomons, in the

    background, glances over at another group.At Left: An SRU student from Prof. Simanskis

    Sociology class poses with Maher Client Beverly Jenkins. The Naval War College faculty worked

    with students from Salve Regina and disabled citizens at the Maher Center to make care

    packages for soldiers stationed in the Middel East (Photos by Rob Thorn)

    Random acts of vandalism on glass windows and doors has caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage and many sectors of the community to reflect on the reasons, and, hopefully, solutions.

    Look for NTWon Wednesday, Next Week

    By Jill Connors

    The new seven-member town council that will govern Middle-town for the next two years took its oath of office Monday night dur-ing the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting held in Town Hall. Rhode Island State Senator Louis DiPalma administered the oath to four re-elected council members, Richard Cambra, Christopher Se-monelli, Edward Silveira, Jr., and Barbara VonVillas; and three newly elected members, Bruce Long, An-tone Viveiros, and Arthur Weber, Jr.

    During Mondays meeting, the new council voted unanimously to elect Arthur Weber, Jr., as Council President, and Bruce Long as Coun-cil Vice-Chair. Webers leadership on the town Planning Board was men-tioned in support of his nomination as president. Bruce Longs commit-ment to public service (28 years in the Rhode Island General Assem-bly) was mentioned in support of his nomination as vice-chair.

    Elected for a two-year term, the Town Council is the policy-deter-mining body of the town, accord-ing to The Charter of the Town of Middletown, and is charged with enacting all local legislation. Ap-proving the towns consolidated budget (administrative and school)

    Waluk to Serve as Mayor

    Citing procedure,incumbent councilors

    side with former mayor

    By Tom Shevlin

    Three-term councilor and former mayor Stephen C. Waluk, appears headed for another go at the helm of the City Council. Waluk, who earned the third-highest number of votes in the Nov. 2 election, has secured commitments from four out of seven councilors in his bid to return to the mayors office, a posi-tion he last held from 2006-2008.

    Known for his precision in run-ning meetings, and his near ency-clopedic understanding of parlia-mentary procedure, Waluk said on Wednesday that he plans on calling a caucus of incoming council mem-bers for sometime in the coming two weeks.

    Transients Vandalism Spree Frustrates Store Owners

    See COUNCIL on page 3

    By Lynne Tungett

    Shopkeepers and business owners along Broadway were shaking their heads in frustration last Friday morning, Nov. 12, as they talked about their vandal-ized glass windows and doors, randomly etched with Xs. The police have documented 33 such marking incidents.

    It would have been devas-tating if our big windows had gotten it. I guess you could say we got lucky with just this, said Brad Cherevaty, as he pointed to the small X on a standard size glass door. Cherevaty is one of the owners of Fifth Element on Broadway, that has used full-length glass panels all along the front of the soon-to-be-opened restaurant.

    Further acts of vandalism on Thames Street and on Washing-ton Square led to the arrest of David A. Depue on Saturday, Nov. 13. at 6 a.m. by officer Matthew Clark. A witness reported to po-lice he saw Depue use a rock and scratch an X on windows and doors. In addition, Long Wharf Mall management reported sev-en damaged glass windows. Ac-cording to the Saturday police report, the ten combined acts of vandalism on Thames and Long Wharf was estimated at approxi-mately $35,000 in damages.

    Depue was arraigned on Mon., Nov. 15 and sent to the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI) in

    Warwick because of a probation violation. He was arrested in Sep-tember of this year for vandaliz-ing an auto in the Newport Hos-pital parking lot and sentenced six-months probation. Because he was picked up, again, on sim-ilar charges, Depue was held without bail at the Newport Po-lice Department until his arraign-ment in court on Monday.

    Depue, a 50-year-old, white male, listed Ohio as his place of birth and 15 Meeting Street as his residence on the arrest re-

    cord. The Newport Police depart-ment also said they felt Depue may have had some mental is-sues. Since the beginning of the year, 100 arrestees have listed 15 Meeting St. as their address for police.

    15 Meeting Street, or The McK-inney Shelter, is the emergency shelter that is part of the housing complex known as 50 Washing-ton Square. The building complex also encompasses a transitional shelter at 4 Farewell Street called Emory Lodge and River Lane

    Apartments, low-income units for 108 individuals at 19 River Lane. Police records do not reflect any arrestees with the River Lane ad-dress and only 12 arrests with the Farewell address.

    Additionally, police records indicate 189 dispatch calls to 50 Washington Square since Jan. 1 of this year; 22 of those have oc-curred since Oct. 1.

    It is not uncommon for ar-restees to list one of those ad-

  • Page 2 Newport This Week November 18, 2010


    By Meg ONeil

    Stepping off the boat in the quiet fall air and onto the beach at Rose Island may just as well have been a world away. Consider it the ultimate staycation; a study in Rhode Island history; and stillafter two decades one of Newports best kept se-crets. As a local, it can be easy to take this iconic, yet somehow iso-lated, landmark for granted. A jaunt over on a recent Sunday morning, however, has cast this place in a new light. Perhaps, I say to myself, its time to rediscover Rose Island; Getting away from it all without ever actually leaving town.

    Every Sunday through Thursday during November, in a deal that is going to be extended throughout the month of March, guests can stay at the Rose Island Lighthouses first floor museum level for $100 a night. What makes this place dif-ferent in the winter is that its so quiet. Theres no ferry running ev-ery couple hours, there arent con-stant crowds coming through do-ing tours. Its great in the summer, but the offseason is really nice too, explained Dave McCurdy, executive director of the Rose Island Light-house Foundation.

    The offer is open to anyone who wishes to spend the night in one of the bedrooms on the first floor of

    the 1870 keepers house. McCurdy continued, Were trying to get lo-cals to come out to the island. A lot of locals dont go out in Newport in the summer; they try to avoid the crowds; they tend not to come out until the season ends. Its nice to have the locals, because a lot of our business is word of mouth. Were a small foundation with not a lot of money for marketing, so we try to get our local friends to tell their friends about their stay out here. Ill ask people how they heard about us and its all word of mouth. Theres an even better deal start-ing in January for local businesses, McCurdy explained, Beginning in January, were going to be offer-ing a free night for industry people. Those who work in restaurants and bars around town. The deal is they come out here for a night, have fun, and they talk nice about us and spread the word. Its worked out well in the past.

    You may have heard the rumor that staying at the lighthouse over-night must be booked three years in advance. Simply not true, Mc-Curdy says. A lot of times on the harbor cruises, the guides will say something like, Oh thats Rose Is-land Lighthouse out there. You can stay there, but its booked for three years. Its not booked up like that, not true at all. Especially not

    true for the off-season. If you want to book a night in the peak season of summer, McCurdy recommends you start booking a room now, but for a nice overnight in the winter, no need. Simply log onto to the website at and you can check on the room availability page to find out which nights are open. Find the night you like, and call them to book it at 847-4242. The best time to call is between 9 a.m. 1 p.m., Monday through Friday to talk with a real, live person.

    Its kind of hard to describe what we are out here, but I describe it as

    a Bed and Break-fast without the breakfast, jokes McCurdy. Because there is no re-frigeration, guests are to bring their own food and drinks in coolers. And dont think it will be too cold to stay out there this winter. The winds can be rough, but it can be so calm too. Guests can have days out here in the middle of winter when youre warm in a sweatshirt. The lighthouse itself stays incred-ibly warm. Guests may need a few extra blankets, but those are pro-vided for you.

    Having never been to the island before, I was able to take a few hours and explore much of the pic-turesque landscape that surrounds the lighthouse and feel as though I was a whole world away from New-port. With the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, its sometimes

    easy to forget that we have a place as beautiful as this in