Archive for November, 2013

Isabel Griffith featured on the front page of The Newport Daily News 11/25/2013

ISLAND PEOPLE – A wealth of experience  Newport Charter review chairwoman comes with a wide-ranging resume By Sean Flynn – Staff writer http://newportdailynews.com  NEWPORT — Isabel Griffith likes going to Newport City Council meetings, which are a far cry from some of the other settings in her life. Take for example the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., where she was associate head of school and academic dean for several years. The town was also the home of the Middleburg Hounds, who kept up the tradition of fox-hunting with their Middleburg Hunt. “The girls would sometimes fox hunt, usually two or three of our best riders who were very brave,” Griffith said about her former students. “When they missed classes because of a fox hunt, it would drive the faculty nuts. But sometimes I would be with the girls.” Griffith, 75, has found enjoyment in many endeavors in her life, but she has a soft spot for private boarding schools for girls at the highschool level, where she has lived and worked. “Schools with female faculty and staff made a difference in my life,” she said. “Some of the things I did, I never would have thought of doing if I didn’t have that […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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Newport Yachting Center withdraws NOISE variance request!

Click here if you can’t see the image. November 12, 2013 Dear Newport Yachting Center Guests, We want to thank all of our concert guests and supporters who sent letters, made phone-calls and cleared their schedules to attend tomorrow night’s City Council meeting in support of the Sunset Music Series. It is gratifying to hear how important the Sunset Music Series is to all of you. It is clear that our unique waterfront venue has become a part of the fabric of Newport over the last 16 years. However, based on feedback from the City Council, we are making the decision to pull the variance request from tomorrow night’s City Council docket. The reality is that we need to take a step back and allow the City to hold public workshops, during which we will have an opportunity to explain the facts of the variance request and our plans for noise abatement. There is much misinformation circulating right now and it is important that we be able to present the correct information to the residents of Newport. We will need your support in the future; we will call on you again when the time is right to bring this matter before the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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November 14th @ 6pm Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions

Your voice, your community, your opinion matters! Join us for a lively discussion of important issues affecting Newport, Rhode Island residents, neighborhoods, friends and family. Alliance for a Livable Newport – Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions “I don’t think I’m interested in Newport’s Historic District Commission or its Zoning Board of Review.” Think again! If you own or are thinking of buying property in Newport’s Historic District… If you are thinking about possibly changing the use of your Newport property or altering its outside appearance …. If you own a business anywhere in the city… If you live in an area where a change in zoning might occur… You SHOULD be interested in learning more about: 1)   the Historic District Commission 2)   the Zoning Board of Review The Alliance for a Livable Newport will present the second in a series of public forums featuring Newport’s various Boards and Commissions. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Questions may be sent in advance to: info@newportalliance.org To learn more about The City of Newport Boards and Commissions <click here> The panel will feature: Rebecca McSweeney, Chair of theZoning Board of Review John Shehan, Chair of theHistoric District Commission  Matt Weintraub, Historic Planner for the City of […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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Ron Becker, Alliance for a Livable Newport President elected Chairman of Finance Review Committee

NEWPORT- Finance Review Committee to start work By Sean Flynn – Staff writer  http://newportdailynews.com Seven Newport residents with extensive experience in private business will be reviewing the city budget to determine ways of cutting expenses and increasing revenues. The members of the new Finance Review Committee were sworn by City Clerk Kathleen Silvia Thursday night at the Newport Public Library, and welcomed to the tasks ahead by Mayor Harry Winthrop. When the City Council gave initial approval to a city budget in June, the council members voted unanimously to form a committee to study items such as the high cost of pensions and health care for city employees that are built into the budget. Earlier in the year, the council passed a resolution calling on the city administration to identify “any and all nonprofit entities” that “may be able to assist in generating city revenue through participation in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) or PILOT-type programs.” That task also has been assigned to the Finance Review Committee. Winthrop said Thursday the committee members could look at the formula that provides state aid to communities in the form of PILOT funding to cover part of the property taxes lost because the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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Isabel Griffith of ALN appointed chairwoman for Charter Review Commission

Charter review panel is urged to deal with ‘hot button’ issues  By Sean Flynn  Staff writer   http://newportdaiynews.com Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop opened the first meeting of the new city Charter Review Commission on Wednesday night by urging the members not to shy away from “hot button” issues. “You should not have preconceived ideas,” he said. “For example, should we have an appointed School Committee instead of an elected School Committee?” John Shehan, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission and an observer at the meeting, suggested another topic sure to cause debate. He said the new commission should consider whether local voters should elect a mayor instead of City Council members choosing one of their colleagues for that role. “A city of this importance should be electing a mayor,” Shehan said. He said he applied to serve on the Charter Review Commission but was not chosen by the council. Six of the nine members of the new commission were present and they elected Isabel Griffith chairwoman. She is a former president of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the Point Association, neighborhood advocacy groups. Mary Ann Marin was chosen vice chairwoman. She served as chairwoman of the Newport Hospitality […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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