Archive for October, 2012

NEWPORT, RI POLICE DEPARTMENT – Hurricane Sandy- Information #1

NEWPORT, RI POLICE DEPARTMENT “Police and Community – Partners in Excellence” Community and Traffic Services Unit Lieutenant William T. Fitzgerald, Jr. Commander 120 Broadway Newport, Rhode Island 02840 Telephone: (401) 845-5726 FAX: (401) 849-0214 N e w p o r t – A m e r i c a ’ s F i r s t R e s o r t FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lieutenant William Fitzgerald 10/28/2012 2:00 PM Public Information Officer 401-845-5726 NEWS RELEASE Hurricane Sandy- Information #1 NEWPORT, RI- This is a Code Red informational message from Newport Emergency Management. The effects from Hurricane Sandy are expected to hit Rhode Island on Monday morning, October 29th. The storm will not pass quickly – the effects of the storm may be felt through mid-week – please plan accordingly. This storm is expected to bring dangerous winds, heavy rains and extremely high seas to our area. Power outages are likely. Please make preparations to protect your home before the storm makes landfall. All outdoor objects, including trash cans, patio furniture and temporary signs, should be brought indoors or tied down. Homeowners should clear their property of all debris that could damage buildings in strong winds. Cars should […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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NewportReady – Hurricane Sandy – preparations for Newport!

Great advice from NewportReady http://www.newportready.org/ — Read the city’s new checklist at http://cityofnewport.com/pdf_main/Emergency_Preparedness_Checklist.pdf — Read the federal hurricane checklist at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes — Keep these city phone #s handy: Fire 846-2211 Police 847-1212 Yes, 911 service can be get disrupted. — If you have a neighbor or friend with special needs, help them signed up through the state system at https://health.ri.gov/emregistry. This info gets shared with Newport FD. — Register your cellphone # with CodeRed so you get city CodeRed messages should your cable phone service die. http://www.cityofnewport.com/notification.cfm — Find a way to recharge your cell phone … perhaps it’s through a neighbor with a generator … or a 12 volt recharge cable that you can get at any cellphone store. — Gas up the car(s)and get the obligatory milk and bread. — Ask your local neighborhood association what services they might be able to offer should you be on your own for 72 hours (per the statement made in the city’s checklist). — Join http://NextDoor.com to stay better connected with your immediate neighborhood. Mike Cullen

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 27, 2012 at 9:23 am

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Please help us – Write a Review of ALN on Great Non Profits!

Dear friends of ALN, If you love our work than tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits-a review site like TripAdvisor-is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2012 Top-Rated Awards. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/reviews/alliance-for-a-livable-newport to get started!

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

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Urgent! Volunteers needed Friday October 26th for Newport beautification project-Daffodil Planting

City of Newport Department of Public Services   PRESS RELEASE   For Immediate Release   DATE: October 24, 2012 CONTACT: Scott Wheeler, Buildings & Grounds Supervisor TELEPHONE: (401) 845-5802 FAX: (401) 842-6919 E-MAIL: swheeler@cityofnewport.com     Volunteers Needed to Plant Daffodils   Volunteers are needed to assist with the planting ~18,000 bulbs daffodils on the Cliff Walk to the north of Shepard Ave on Friday October 26th beginning at 8am. This is the eight year of the Newport Daffodil Projects campaign to beautify Newport by creating large naturalized meadows of yellow daffodils. The project is a partnership of community volunteers, the City of Newport, the Newport Preservation Society, Salve Regina University and the Newport Restoration Foundation. The plantings are made possible by the generous support of a private donor. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and hand trowels. Please contact the Newport Buildings & Grounds Supervisor, Scott Wheeler, at 845-5802 or swheeler@cityofnewport.com with any questions. (photo contributed by John Hirschboeck)

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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Safety is Newport’s Number One Priorty, Mayor Says

The Mayor and City Manager held a press conference on Monday to address safety in Newport. By Cara Kenefick Read Article from Newport Patch Here In light of recent assault reports, including a 42-year-old woman attacked on Ruggles Avenueand a group of boys victim of attempted robbery,Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop and City Manager Jane Howington called a second press conference to address the public’s perception of safety in Newport. The meeting was also attended by Newport City Council members. “The number one priority in Newport is public safety. We will deploy whatever resources necessary,” Winthrop said. As for added safety measures due to assault reports and rumors, Howington said that there are officers in the police department that can be moved around to different areas that could be hot spots for random assaults. “If there is a hot spot and we have leads, we’ll put plain clothes officers out there,” she said. Howington said the city will also hire a public information consultant using an emergency purchase order to further communication between the city and the community. Councilor Kathryn Leonard said she would like to see the city be proactive rather than reactionary. “I would like to see unmarked cars. . .and beat police men. I […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Steve Heath seeking advisers for “Newport FabLab” at East Bay Met School

(October 21, 2012) A team of educators, industry representatives, after school providers, and public officials are developing a digital fabrication studio (FabLab) in the Florence Gray Center in the north end of Newport. (1 York St Newport, RI 02840 ) Leading this initiative is Steve Heath, Community Learning Specialist, East Bay Met School. Steve has 15 years of program development in urban public, and private schools  and can be reached at (401) 439-0160, sheath@metmail.org, or 1 York Street, Newport, RI 02840 The Newport FabLab promises to serve as a catalyst for educational collaboration and industry participation by addressing disenfranchised and high achieving students of all ages. Steve says that he is “committed to the ‘FabLab’ project because it addresses educational needs, business aspirations, community development opportunities and innovative ideas.” What is a FabLab?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab_lab                                             A FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A FabLab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.[3] This includes technology-enabled products […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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Engage Newport with Jimmy Winters and Wayne Clark, Police Department and Fire Department

ENGAGE NEWPORT NEWPORT, R.I. (October 5, 2012) – Coming soon to a local gathering place near you: Engage Newport, a series of community outreach “open houses”, hosted by the City of Newport, packed with fun, facts and even a bit of food. The Engage Newport events will be held: Thursday, October 11th at the Quaker Meeting House (corner of Farewell and Marlborough Streets) 6pm-8pm Saturday, October 20th at Fort Adams (inside the Fort on the parade field) 9:30am-11:30am Tuesday, October 23rd at the City of Newport Maritime Center, 365 Thames St. (waterside entrance of the Armory) 6pm-8pm Saturday, October 27th at the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach 10am – noon During Engage Newport residents will have an opportunity to discover more about their City’s services and plans for the future and what they do and don’t know about their city all while having fun engaging with the City by the Sea. There will be activities for all the family to enjoy including fire rescue demonstrations, what services are available at the library, how to reconnect a lost pet with its owner all while taking part in quizzes that will see how much you know about your home town. If you have […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

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October 24th 5:30 – Newport, RI Bonds and Referenda’s “explained”!

Bond and Referenda Night Come hear presentations and ask questions about the upcoming bonds and referendas The people listed below will be speaking on behalf of each question on the ballot: (scroll down) Date: 10/24/2012  Time: 5:30 PM TO 8:30 PM Community College of RI-Newport County Campus 1 John H. Chafee Blvd Newport, RI 02840 Phone:  401-847-1608 Event Description: Why should you invest in Rhode Island?  Come hear presentations and ask questions about the upcoming bonds and referendas The following people will be speaking on behalf of each question on the ballot: -Kate Brezina, Rhode Island College (Higher Education Facilities) -Joe Dias, Department of Environmental Management -Tony Simeone, Clean Water Finance Agency  -Ginny Hanson, Honors for Vets (Veterans’ Homes) -Jeff Taylor, Mayforth Group  (Affordable Housing) -Diane Hurley, CEO Newport Grand (Table Gaming) -Fr. Frank McKenna, retired Priest-St. Lucy’s (Table Gaming Opposition) 5:30-6:00 Coffee and light refreshments 6:00-8:30 discussions

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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Charter Schools Session

Next Saturday, 10/20 at the CCRI Newport Campus from 10-12 , A review of the Rhode Island Department of Education(RIDE) Charter School application process with be conduced along with a open discussion about the potential of developing a Charter Program in Newport County. This session will be conducted by the Newport County Mentor/CO-Op Group. At this Session, Ride will: ØDefine Charter Schools (history, tie to RIDE strategic plan, theory of action, etc.) ØThe authorization process ØThe re-authorization process ØQ/A ALN invites all those interested in the Charter School process to attend the session.

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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Newport City Council Candidates Forum Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM!

ALN Public Forum   Quick Links: ALN Volunteer Donate Alliance For A Livable Newport Presents: Newport City Council Candidates Forum Thursday, October 18 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Newport City Council Chambers Newport City Hall 43 Broadway, Newport, RI Alliance For A Livable Newport, with the support of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund, will host the candidates for the contested Newport City Council seats – At Large and First Ward. The candidates will be questioned about key issues facing the City of Newport now and in the near future. Come hear the candidates’ views as you make your voting decisions for the November elections.  Free and Open to the Public Alliance for a Livable Newport              Isabel Griffith, President   info@newportalliance.org    http://newportalliance.org    

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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