Archive for February, 2018

Cover Story – NEWPORT – City officials “State of Our City”

  Purchase of Navy hospital, sale of Armory and longevity of cell tower at high school are the other major changes discussed at a forum Tuesday. CREDIT : By Sean Flynn Staff writer  The Newport Daily News | Page A01Wednesday, 28 February 2018 NEWPORT – City officials chose a “State of Our City” forum Tuesday night to make some major announcements on school security, the city’s planned purchase of the abandoned Navy Hospital on Third Street, the proposed sale of the Armory on Thames Street and the likely longevity of the cell tower on the Rogers High School campus. City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, who is also the city’s director of public safety, said beginning this week there are now full-time police officers stationed at the high school, Thompson Middle School and Pell Elementary School. In the past, there have been budgetary concerns and grants were sought to pay for police presence at the schools. “It’s no longer about the money,” Nicholson said. “This is the new normal.” “Our number one priority is public safety,” Mayor Harry Winthrop said. “Who gives a damn about a pothole on Bellevue Avenue if we are not safe?” More than 100 people gathered in the Pell cafeteria for the forum […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

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Aquidneck Island Bay Friendly Homes – GRANT from the van Beuren Foundation

The RI Green Infrastructure Coalition (http://www.greeninfrastructureri.org) Polluted stormwater runoff is unhealthy for our communities on Aquidneck Island.  The Alliance for a Livable Newport has a solution and is very happy to invite our coalition members on Aquidneck Island to join our efforts to improve drinking water and the waters of our Narragansett Bay.   We want the Aquidneck Island Community to plant rain gardens, use rain barrels, create pervious surfaces, and find other ways to soak up the rain to protect and restore clean water in our local bays, neighborhood streams, and estuaries. The Alliance for a Livable Newport supports the work of The Green Infrastructure Coalition. The Coalition includes as partners not-for-profit organizations, architects, designers, builders, city planners and other officials, who work together to promote and construct pathways for rainwater, melting snow, and other run-offs to avoid pavement and infiltrate earth.   With the generous support of the van Beuren Foundation, the Green Infrastructure Coalition is offering homeowner grants this year to make improvements to your property that will use natural and artificial components to “soften” the urban hard structures; to provide climate-change resilience, shade, oxygen, air-quality improvement; and to infiltrate stormwater into the ground.   We reaching out to our members […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

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Mayor, City Manager to participate in the ‘State of the City’ forum

*Questions may be submitted in writing at the event, or via email to info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. “The State of the City, Newport, Rhode Island” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport How are we doing in our “City by the Sea?” What has been accomplished over the past months? As a function of the city’s Strategic Plan, what are the successes? Where did the city fall short? What can the residents and taxpayers look forward to? Any warning signals to look for? Here’s an opportunity to get the perspectives of Newport’s elected officials and of the City Manager about the issues they have been addressing over the past year and expect to be facing in the current year, and to challenge them with your questions* about the future of Newport. Panelists: Mayor Harry Winthrop City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie City Manager Joe Nicholson DATE: Tuesday, February 27 TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. Ample free parking directly across the street from the school CONTACT            For Immediate Release: 02/12/2018 Isabel Griffith, Co-President Alliance for a Livable […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

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