Archive - Dec 2011
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Someday commercial property in the designated downtown may be worth more than the buildings that sit on it.
During the Dec. 19 Newport City Council meeting, City Manager John Ward Jr. said he, Mayor Paul Monette and Zoning Administrator Paul Dreher met with University of Vermont Professor Gary Flomenhoft to engage with a preliminary study of the potential positive impacts of a Land Value Taxation system as an alternative to the conventional municipal taxation system.
At the meeting, the council gave the okay for the free study to continue.
WESTFIELD â€“ Fourth to sixth grade students from the Jay/Westfield School take time from their busy schedule every week to visit with residents of the Scenic View Residential Home. Last Thursday, the students presented each resident with a holiday gift packet, which included greeting cards, popcorn and ornaments. The students also played bingo with the residents.
â€śWe do this so the children have a chance to get out and do something nice in the community,â€ť explained Eva Lemieux, after school site coordinator from the Jay/Westfield School. â€śThey (the students) also learn social skills.â€ť
DERBY - The Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) upheld a decision on Thursday, Dec. 22, on a change of use permit issued by the townâ€™s Zoning Administrator Bob Kelley. The change is from office to retail and office space designation.
The ZBAâ€™s decision can be appealed to Environmental Court within the 30 days following Thursdayâ€™s decision.
The change allows for the adult novelty store Good Stuff to open a store at 4267 Route 5 next to Roasterâ€™s CafĂ©.
NEWPORT CITY - Spates the Florist & Garden Center donated 158 wreaths, valued at $10 each plus labor, to the Newport Rotary Club to place on the graves of area veterans just before Christmas.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A tip from a watchful neighbor lead to the conviction of two men and a teenager. However, it was not before the trio caused over $1,000 of damage to a vacant home in Newport City.
On Friday, Dec. 22, Glen Boule, 19, of Newport City, entered pleas of guilty to a felony charge of unlawful mischief greater than $1,000 and a felony charge of unlawful trespass of a residence. The state dismissed a felony charge of burglary.
NEWPORTâ€“In the second half of the double-header, it was the UCA boys squaring off against the Websterville Baptist Warriors. The contest could be called a soul crushing defeat for United Christian, as the Crusaders as dropped the game 93 -27 to the Warriors.
"Obviously the score reflects that they were definitely the better team today," said Coach Tony DeLaBruere.
At the start of the game UCA seemed to be able to run with the quick moving Warriors.
NEWPORTâ€“It was a tough day at the court for the UCA Lady Crusaders on Tuesday, as they fell to the Chelsea Red Devils 65-23.
The first quarter started out optimistically for UCA. The two teams traded baskets with Laura Libby putting up six points in the opening eight minutes to lead the Crusaders.
"I was very pleased to have us come out and play in the first quarter," said coach Sarah Roy,"They pressed us and we handled the press ok."
March 21, 1940-December 23, 2011
Lorraine R. Gaire, passed away December 23, 2011.Â Born in St. Albans, VT on March 21, 1940, daughter of Vincent and Irene Rushford; Lorraine grew up in North Troy and Newport, VT where she graduated from Sacred Heart High School. She moved to New York City to attend The College of Mount St. Vincent and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Montclair State College in New Jersey.Â
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The aroma of turkey and stuffing filled the air Sunday as 200 or so area residents enjoyed a free holiday dinner at the American Legion Post 21 on Christmas Day. This was just one of the many dinners held across the region.
Tim Daley, who hosted the 28th annual Reynold and Esther Choinere Christmas Dinner, put a lot of time, money and effort into organizing the event.
â€śThis is my personal Christmas,â€ť said Daley, who doesnâ€™t purchase presents or send cards. â€śI put all my money into this dinner.â€ť