Book sale to help support Mystic & Noank Library
MYSTIC — The Friends of the Mystic & Noank Library, 40 Library St., will hold a book sale from Monday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 7. Sale hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sale will feature new and gently used books in many categories for all ages, as well as collectible books. The proceeds will be used by the Friends to support the library throughout the year.
For more information, call 860-536-7721 or visit mysticnoanklibrary.org.
Historical Society to mark 40th anniversary
MYSTIC — The Mystic River Historical Society will present a look back at its 40 years of service at the Mystic Congregational Church Parish Hall, 43 East Main St., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Society member and historian Patricia Schaefer will present an illustrated program on the society’s history and the people who started it.
Schaefer, a Mystic resident, is the author of “A Useful Friend: A Companion to the Joshua Hempstead Diary.”
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-536-4779 or email email@example.com.
Alcohol sales tax axed as R.I. keeps up with Mass.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island is eliminating the state sales tax on certain alcohol products to compete with its neighbor.
Beginning Sunday, wine and spirits bought at a Rhode Island liquor store will no longer carry a 7-percent sales tax. The tax will remain for beer and other malt beverages. The Legislature enacted the tax changes to help Rhode Island liquor stores be more competitive with businesses in Massachusetts, which repealed its sales tax on beer, wine and liquor in 2011.
Rhode Island is expected to lose about $7.2 million in revenue without the sales tax on wine and spirits but gain $6 million by increasing alcohol excise tax rates.
Newport Jazz Festival to highlight emerging talent
NEWPORT (AP) — The Newport Jazz Festival is making some tweaks in time for its 60th anniversary.
Festival organizers announced Tuesday that next summer’s festival will begin at Fort Adams State Park on Friday, Aug. 1 with performances from up-and-coming artists.
Saturday and Sunday performances will include a mix of established jazz stars and new talent.
This year’s festival will also feature performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and other locations in Newport.
Organizers also announced Tuesday that the festival has received a $40,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.
The jazz event, first held in 1954, has showcased a who’s who of jazz stars.