Archive for December, 2012

Newport This Week writes: “Online Survey Solicits Residents’ Opinions”

http://www.newport-now.com/articles/online-survey-solicits-residents%27-opinions/ December 28, 2012  – By Meg O’Neil The community-interest group Alliance for a Livable Newport has announced that it will conduct monthly email and Facebook surveys to get feedback on what’s going on in the city, including several major projects that will affect residents of Aquidneck Island. Anyone, from any town, who accesses the group’s website or Facebook page online can respond to the surveys. Approximately 90 people responded to the first survey, which contained three questions – about the proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Broadway improvement construction slated for 2013, and the wind turbine ordinance recently passed by the Newport City Council. Only the toll question requested a “Yes” or “No”  response; the other two questions solicited comments only. One of the biggest local issues of 2012 has been the prospect of Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. After the state Department of Transportation turned over responsibility for the Sakonnet River and Jamestown bridges to the state Turnpike & Bridge Authority, the Authority announced that in order to maintain Aquidneck Island’s four-bridge system (including the Pell and Mount Hope Bridges), it would have to either raise the toll on the Pell Bridge to $5 or add new tolls on the Sakonnet […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Congratulations! Going Digital @ The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center!

Successful KickStarter Campaign! 530 Backers  –  $61,130 pledged of $55,000 goal This project will be funded on Friday Dec 28, 7:28am EST. Keep the JPT: Digital Cinema Challenge Jane Pickens Theater Hollywood is forcing all theaters to upgrade to digital projection as the era of 35mm film comes to an end in early 2013! by Kathy Staab click the link below to read the complete story! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1220959735/keep-the-jpt-digital-cinema-challenge

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Survey Responses Question #3 Wind Turbine Ordinance

Alliance for a Livable Newport December 2012  Survey Results Survey Name: 3 Questions – 3 Minutes Dec 26, 2012 8:20:14 PM  PLEASE COMMENT BELOW 3.  Newport City Council passed a “Wind Turbine Ordinance” at their last meeting in 2012. The ordinance is “conservative” and considers most of Newport unsuitable for Wind Turbines. If your property qualified for a small residential turbine, would you want one? How about if a turbine was on your neighbors property?  Should small residential turbines be BANNED from Newport’s Historic District properties?   – Responses Answer 1 Yes,  OK,  No 2 I don’t know enough to have a valid opinion. My gut reaction is to say banning something that can be such a help to the residents of Newport is silly. 3 NO! 4 I actually think wind turbines are beautiful, but also feel that the landscape and views of our coast and community are more beautiful, that we should make every effort to preserve this view. Once it’s lost, it’s lost for good. Small turbines, like those pictured above would be OK, but anything mounted on a pole above the landscape would not work! 5 No 6 yes – wind turbines should be banned from historic […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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Survey Responses Question #2 Broadway Construction

Alliance for a Livable Newport December 2012  Survey Results Survey Name: 3 Questions – 3 Minutes Dec 26, 2012 8:20:14 PM  PLEASE COMMENT BELOW! 2.  At a recent Newport City Council workshop, the reconstruction and redesign of lower Broadway was presented. Turns out the project will be “long and messy.” An aggressive timetable would complete the work in a little over a year but the Broadway Business District streets would be torn up for the entire summer of 2013.  Will it be worth the turmoil in a major commercial district over the busy 2013 summer tourist season to keep within the project timetable?  If the project is suspended over the summer months (2013) to permit greater access to businesses and ease traffic congestion the project costs increase and therefore would not be completed until 2014.   – Responses Answer 0 Suspend it. 1 I don’t think tourists have found this major commercial district. Rip off the band-aid, fix this area, and be done with it. 2 GET IT DONE! 3 I am in favor of the construction being completed in the shortest amount of time within the current budget. I feel that the city and construction crews can minimize the disruption […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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Survey Results – December 2012 “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

Survey Summary can be seen online: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6s0r1wshana1pss/results The individual survey responses will be shown on separate pages to encourage feedback and comments. Please COMMENT below, or share on Facebook and Twitter!

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Newport preservation society lands $500K for fellowship program

Join us in CONGRATULATING THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY! Newport Mansions | The Preservation Society of Newport County  www.newportmansions.org/ COURTESY PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY has been awarded a $500,000 grant to establish a fellowship program to study the city’s history. By Patrick Anderson PBN Staff Writer Twitter: @andersonpbn Posted 12/19/12 NEWPORT – The Preservation Society of Newport County has won a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish a fellowship program studying the city’s history. The Preservation society now has three years to raise the three-to-one match – $1.5 million – required to secure the full value of the grant. The planned fellowship will provide places for five emerging scholars in the humanities each year to research and write about Newport’s history, study the Preservation Society’s collections and conduct public programs. The fellows will live in the The Elms Scholars Center being created at historic 1901 Carriage House of The Elms. “The Fellows Program is a key priority for us,” said Preservation Society CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe. “These scholars will conduct original research that enhances the interpretation and deepens the content of the Preservation Society’s tours and […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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3 Questions, 3 Minutes, Tell us what you think!

  Greetings! You have a voice in the community!  We want to hear from you about the important issues and concerns affecting our quality of life in Newport. Beginning this month, and each month in 2013, we will ask for your input and feedback with a simple survey of issues selected by the Board of Directors of The Alliance for a Livable Newport. We will also share the results of the survey and publish them online.  Do you have additional questions, concerns or suggestions? Please let us know! Take this survey Thank you for participating in this month’s survey! We really appreciate your feedback. Please be sure and visit our Facebook page where you can also post your comments!  We will be announcing exciting new Public Forums for 2013 soon, so stay connected, engaged and informed with The Alliance for A Livable Newport on our website: http://newportalliance.org. *Please share this survey with your neighbors! We’d like to hear from as many Newport residents as possible and are actively seeking greater participation and new members! Sincerely, Ronald Becker, Treasurer Alliance for a Livable Newport info@newportalliance.org    

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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Newport Schools Make Security Changes in Light of Newtown Shooting – Newport, RI Patch

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Newport schools are taking more safety precautions, Superintendent John Ambrogi said on Monday. “We needed to make sure we’re locking all the doors of every one of the elementary schools,” he said on Monday afternoon. Some doors had been unlocked and he had received “an abundance of caution.”Despite making sure that all doors are locked, complete and total safety is never guaranteed, he admitted.“Sandy Hook had all the procedures in place, including a buzzer system to get into the school. Unfortunately, when someone really wants to breach a school and are bent on doing it, as sad as it may be, it’s a reality,” he said.The major issues at hand are gun control and mental health, he added.“As an educator, I grieve at the loss of innocent children and administrators and teachers who gave their lives to protect their students,” Ambrogi said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “As fellow educators, I know our thoughts are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School educational community and hope that somehow they are able to come back and persevere despite this terrible tragedy.”Ambrogi said he spoke with Police Chief […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

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Pedal-Powered Holiday Tree Comes to Bowen’s Wharf – Newport, RI Patch

Newport Bike Newport presents: JINGLE BIKES! The first annual pedal-powered holiday tree comes to Bowen’s Wharf Saturday, December 15, Bike Newport will open Jingle Bikes – the latest addition to the Newport holiday celebration scene. This pedal-powered holiday tree is a rare sighting this side of Copenhagen.All are invited to come to the opening at the Bowen’s Wharf Flag Mast on America’s Cup Avenue on Saturday, December 15 at 5p.m., when Mayor Harry Winthrop will officially set the wheels in motion.  Music and hot cocoa will be on hand while everyone gets a chance to hop in the saddle and light up the night! The installation will then be open for everyone’s enjoyment daily from 5-9 p.m. through New Years Day. Bring your friends and family and see who lights the lights the fastest and brightest!The installation is made possible by numerous community supporters who want to provide Newport’s residents and visitors a fun way to get physical after those hefty holiday meals while lighting the night for everyone’s enjoyment! People’s Credit Union sponsored the purchase of the two bicycle-powered generators that are the installation’s heart and soul. Bowen’s Wharf generously made the prime location available. Newport Bicycle is contributing the festively […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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No Back-In Parking for Broadway Streetscape Project

The Newport City Council voted to receive a recommendation from City Manager Jane Howington to keep parking in the Broadway Streetscape Project front-in angle parking during Wednesday night’s meeting. City staff conducted a feasibility investigation on implementing back-in angle parking. A report, provided by the Louis Berger Group, recommended that parking should remain as initially designed for several reasons. According to the report, there have only been an average of 2.5 angle  parking accidents on Broadway. The report also cited public resistance to back-in parking, especially from the elderly, could be problematic. Instances from Brunswick, ME and Plattsburg, NY, were also cited in the report, where communities adopted and later reversed back-in angle parking after negative publicity. Confusion between traditional parking near Washington Square was also a concern. A redesign of the Broadway Streetscape Project to incorporate back-in parking was estimated at about $49,500 in additional costs.  Modifications required in the redesign included changes to the roadway design, landscaping design, street lighting  and utility design, storm water design and traffic design. Regarding scheduling implications, the redesign would have required four weeks  to implement the changes. Bari George, of Bike Newport, told the city council despite the concerns, she hoped the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

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