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Deadline to register for recycling day is today

NEWPORT - The Newport Public Services Department's Clean City Program will hold a Spring Recycling Day for 'harder to recycle' items on Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon in the Easton's Beach east parking lot, 175 Memorial Blvd.

The following items will be accepted for recycling: paper shredding, scrap metal, rigid plastics, clothing and useable household items, books, cooking oil, cardboard and electronics. A detailed list of items accepted and restrictions can be found online at engagenewport. com/clean-city.

The second portion of the event, Bulky Waste Amnesty Day, will be open to Newport residents only. Residents may dispose of two bulky trash items per household maximum. There is a six item limit for homeowners who own multiple homes. Residents must call in advance to make an appointment and must bring proof of residency the day of the event.

Appointments will be accepted until the close of business today. There will be no entry until 8 a.m. and gates will close at noon. For more information, call 845-5617.

Hazardous waste will not be accepted. Freon containing items (air conditioners, refrigerators, and freezers), plastic bags or Styrofoam. However, Rhode Island Resource Recovery also will be holding two hazardous waste events on Saturday.

The events will be held at RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston from 8 a.m.-noon and at the Coventry Town Hall from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointments can be made at 942-1430, Ext. 241 or visit ecode potri.org.

Langevin accepting applications for summer internships

NEWPORT - Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., is accepting applications for interns in his Rhode Island and Washington offices for the summer of 2017.

The unpaid program is open to civic-minded college students who are available for at least 10 hours per week. A qualified candidate will be well-organized, responsible, dependable and have strong oral and written communication skills.

Responsibilities will include drafting constituent correspondence, answering phone calls and supporting staff members on various projects. College credit is available, if approved by the institution.

For more information, visit Langevin.House. gov and click on the internships prompt under “Serving You,” on the homepage.

Food Summit to be held at Salve Regina University

NEWPORT - The Aquidneck Community Table in collaboration with Salve Regina University's department of cultural, environmental and global studies and the Salve hydroponicslab will host Food Summit 4 “Growing Our Own Solutions” on Saturday at Salve Regina University.

Speakers will include: Laura O'Toole, Salve Regina University, moderator; Georgina Sarpong, Harvest Kitchen, Farm Fresh RI; Tricia Bailey, Edible Schoolyards at Green Animals; Karla Simmons, Simmons Farm; Kelsey Fitzgibbons, ACT Community Garden co-coordinator; and Colleen Doyle, The No Trash Project. The keynote speaker will be Monique Bosch, cofounder of the Green Village Initiative in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Discussions with forum participants will focus on increasing access to healthy food for all members of the community, growing more food locally and the many aspects of a zero-waste food cycle.

For more information, email info@aquidneck communitytable.org or visit aquidneck communitytable.org/summit.

Deadline to apply for grants, scholarships is Friday

NEWPORT - Newport County women and nonprofits that provide programs supporting the self-sufficiency and independence of local girls and women have until Friday to apply for scholarships and grants through the Miss Swinburne Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

In 2016, the Miss Swinburne Fund awarded $42,000 in scholarships to 17 students and $18,460 in grants to local nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport, East Bay Community Action and Lucy's Hearth.

The fund memorializes Elizabeth H. Swinburne, a civic-minded woman of the early 1900s who established a school in her hometown of Newport to educate young women. After her death, the Civic League of Newport continued her mission until transferring its remaining assets to the foundation in 2002 to establish a permanent endowment.

Over the years, the Swinburne Fund has awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships and grants to benefit young women from Newport County.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive backer of nonprofit organizations in the state. In 2016, the foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to organizations addressing Rhode Island's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. For more information about applying for Swinburne grants or scholarships, visit rifoundation.org.

Grand opening event scheduled at East Island Reserve lodgings

MIDDLETOWN - The East Island Reserve, 985 East Main Road, will host a grand opening event on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.

Food and drinks will be provided by Newport Vineyards and Newport Storm. There also will be property tours, live music and door prizes.

Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 845-8300 or visit eastislandreserve.com.

Friends of Newport Preservation to host community forum

NEWPORT - Friends of Newport Preservation will host an event titled “The Landscape of The Breakers: Significance and Opportunities For Newport's Most Important Gilded Age Landmark” on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St.

The event will feature Patricia O'Donnell, a historic landscape planner and preservationist who has studied the history and significance of The Breakers landscape, and Mohamad Farzan, a Newport architect and historian familiar with The Breakers and its history.

Friends of Newport Preservation is a group formed earlier this year to oppose a plan by the Preservation Society of Newport County to build a visitors center on the grounds of The Breakers mansion.

Attendees will hear a presentation about the possibilities for restoration of the property's landscape and have an opportunity to review the group's proposed alternative to the visitor center. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion, along with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar during the cocktail party following the presentations.

Attendance costs $25. For more information, visit eventbrite.com/e/the-breakers-communityforum- tickets-33116634746.

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