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Legislators Talk Bills With ALN – April 8th, 2019

The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its annual meeting on April 8, with the emphasis on “livable.” By ohtadmin | on April 11, 2019By James Merolla Mayor Jamie Bova, City Councilors Justin McLaughlin and Angela McCalla, School Committee member Louisa Boatwright, Sen. Dawn Euer (D-District 13 Jamestown/ Newport), Rep. Lauren Carlson (D-District 75/Newport) and Rep. Marvin Abney (D-District 73) spoke of their priorities and what they might mean for the city. Topics ranged from short-term rentals to long-term economic school solutions. Although there were few real answers, some bills are coming to the fore on Smith Hill that may make a difference locally. Carlson said she was introducing a bill on April 9 to regulate Airbnb, the site that lists short-term rentals nationally. “The first step in requiring registration of Airbnb municipalities is recognizing them,” she said. “Then, once they are delineated, you can regulate them, tackling issues like parking, zoning, legality, and then taxing them appropriately.” Of the other major issues facing Newport, she mentioned bridge realignment and Rogers High. Euer said she is working on legislation that would create regional school districts. “How do we bring Middletown to the table?” she asked. Her bill would essentially create a county-based school […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 13, 2019 at 2:27 pm

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State of the City: Officials discuss upcoming projects

By Sean Flynn  Newport Daily News staff writer | Posted Mar 30, 2019 at 6:19 PM > Updated Mar 30, 2019 at 6:19 PM (Link to story) At an event held at City Hall, topics covered included the Pell Bridge ramps redesign, the former Newport Grand property and the Naval Hospital land. NEWPORT — Major projects pending in the city’s near future — from the redesign of the Pell Bridge ramps to free up land for an Innovation District, to the redevelopment of Newport Grand, to the creation of a new use at the Naval Hospital property and a new waterfront park there — were the focus of the State of the City discussion this past week. Mayor Jamie Bova and City Council Vice Chairwoman Susan Taylor, assisted by City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr., led the presentations at the event sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group, at City Hall Thursday night. The state Department of Transportation has completed an environmental assessment that details the purposes of the Pell Bridge ramp project, the alternatives analyzed and the project’s impacts. Taylor said she was in contact with Jody Richards, the state Department of Transportation’s project manager, as recently as Thursday afternoon. Richards told Taylor that the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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2019 Upcoming Events

1) ALN Forum, State of the City of Newport Date: Thursday, March 28th – Time: 6 – 8PM, Location: City Council Chambers Mayor Jamie Bova, City Manager Joe Nicholson, Council Vice Chair Susan Taylor will present comments about how our city is doing, followed by a Q & A session. 2) ALN Annual Membership meeting Date: Monday, April 8th – Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm, Location: Upstairs at the Salvation Cafe. Rhode Island State Legislators, Lauren Carson, Dawn Euer and Marvin Abney will present comments and answer questions. Refreshments from 5:30; Panel discussion begins at 6:00.

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 11, 2019 at 9:36 am

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Newport City Council – Ward 1 and Ward 2 Candidates Engage in Final Forum

Credits | 2018-10-25 | Front Page | Newport This Week |By James Merolla http://www.newportthisweek.com/news/2018-10 25/Front_Page/Candidates_Engage_in_Final_Forum.html The last of three public candidate forums was held in the City Council chambers on Oct. 23, where one incumbent and three newcomers explained their positions on key issues to an audience of about 70 people. James Dring and Angela McCalla are vying for one position in the Ward 1 race, as incumbent Susan Taylor is running as an At-Large candidate. In Ward 2, Valerie Larkin is squaring off against incumbent Lynn Ceglie. The forum was sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN). It came on the heels of forums involving At-Large candidates on Oct. 18 and School Committee candidates on Oct. 16. Ron Becker of ALN hosted, with Jill Kassis of the League of Women’s Voters of Newport County serving as moderator. The forum opened with candidates being asked if they would pledge to oppose any Pell Bridge realignment detrimental to the well-being of the abutting neighborhood. “Absolutely. Frankly, I’d rather have traffic back up on the bridge than in our neighborhoods,” Dring said. McCalla said that the community should have a say in how the ramps are realigned. The candidates were then […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm

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City Council ward candidates face off

By Sean Flynn |Daily News staff writer |  The Newport Daily News | Page A01 | Thursday, 25 October 2018  NEWPORT – The two candidates for the Ward 1 seat and the two candidates for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council discussed local issues Tuesday night in a candidates forum at City Hall before an audience of about 75 people. James Dring, a local Realtor, and Angela McCalla, a foster care recruiter and trainer for Child & Family, are running for the Ward 1 seat, while Valerie Larkin, a technology transfer manager at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, is challenging incumbent Ward 2 Councilwoman LynnUnderwood Ceglie, who has held the seat since 2014. Ward 3 Councilwoman Kathryn Leonard is unchallenged in her run for re-election. The other four members on the City Council hold at-large seats. The seven candidates for those four seats were featured in a forum last Thursday. Tuesday night’s forum was the third and final organized by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group. Questions were posed by Jill Kassis, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island. Among the issues Ward 1 candidates talked about was the state project to redesign the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

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ALN is All-In to Improve Life in Newport

By James Merolla  | 2018-10-18 / Around Town http://www.newportthisweek.com/news/2018-10-18/Around_Town/ALN_is_AllIn_to_Improve_Life_in_Newport.html The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN)’s mission statement is “improving the quality of life in Newport by being an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to the community.” ALN monitors the pulse of the city, its officials and candidates, seeking to improve school education, infrastructure, public health and safety, the environment and government accountability. To that end, the organization is hosting three School Committee and City Council candidate forums in October to educate prospective voters. Their website provides detailed answers from candidates to dozens of important issues. ALN has two co-presidents, John Hirschboeck and Ron Becker. Hirschboeck, who moved to Newport from California in 2009, joined ALN in 2011, taking on a leadership role in 2013. Becker, a part-time resident for 17 years before moving here full time in 2005, joined in 2006, taking on a leadership role in 2008. Why is ALN important to you? Hirschboeck: Having moved from Orange County, California, where the population was comparable to all of Rhode Island, I loved the fact that residents could be so close to and familiar with their city government, and have a real impact in helping to improve quality of life. Becker: It gives […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 21, 2018 at 11:46 am

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At-large candidates face off – Seven City Council hopefuls share views on new hotels, short-term rentals

By Sean Flynn | Daily News staff writer | The Newport Daily News | Page A01 | Saturday, 20 October 2018 The seven candidates for the four at-large seats on the City Council faced off Thursday night in a candidates’ forum in the council chamber of City Hall before an audience of more than 60 people. Of the seven candidates, only Richard “Wick” Rudd, a member of the city Zoning Board of Review for the past year and former member of the Planning Board for five years, is making his first run for elected office. Hugo J. DeAscentis, a former member of the School Committee for 15 years, is making his first run for the council, while Justin McLaughlin is seeking to return to the council. He served on the council for 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, when he lost his bid for a sixth term. Current Ward 1 Councilwoman Susan Taylor, first elected in 2016, is running for an at-large in this election. Current at-large council members Jamie Bova, Marco Camacho and Jeanne-Marie Napolitano are running for re-election to the council. The fourth current at-large council member, Mayor Harry Winthrop, is not running for re-election. The forum was the second of three organized by […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 20, 2018 at 11:43 am

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Newport School Committee candidates face off

By Sean Flynn Daily News staff writer Posted at 6:56 PM Updated at 7:00 PM NEWPORT — Eight of the 10 candidates for the Newport School Committee faced off Tuesday evening during a forum held in the Pell Elementary School cafeteria and attended by more than 100 people. The forum was the first of three candidates forums organized by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group. Questions were posed by Jane Koster, president of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island. The forum was the first of three candidates forums organized by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group. Questions were posed by Jane Koster, president of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island. Participating in the forum were three challengers: Louisa Boatwright, Aida Neary and Robert Leary, a former member of the School Committee. Two of the challengers on the Nov. 6 ballot were absent: Karlie Cesarini and Kelly Anne Lohrum, who both notified the debate organizers that they had family emergencies. All five incumbents running for re-election were present: Rebecca Bolan, David Carlin III, Sandra Flowers, Raymond Gomes and Kathleen Silvia. Two of the incumbents on the seven-member School Committee are not running for re-election: longtime member […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Be an informed voter

The Newport Daily News | Page A07Tuesday, 2 October 2018 As we’ve seen in the past week, the old shibboleth “Elections have consequences” holds true. We are now less than six weeks before the elections on Nov. 6. According to a recent Pew Survey, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level for any midterm election in more than two decades. The enthusiasm that holds for the national elections should translate to the local level. This is certainly a positive sign, but will voters in Newport be as knowledgeable of critical local issues as those at the national level? To assist Newport voters to learn more about their candidates and make informed decisions for whom to vote, the nonpartisan Alliance for a Livable Newport has been conducting public candidate forums since 2010. Prior to the forums, questionnaires are sent to all local candidates. This year, all 21 candidates in contested elections for Newport City Council and School Committee have posted their responses to the questions submitted by the community and ALN. The alliance encourages all Newport citizens to read the responses at NewportAlliance.org. In addition to reviewing the written responses, citizens are encouraged to attend the three public forums in October where the candidates […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

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SPECIAL 2018 Newport Elections Home Page

Newport City Council and School Committee Candidates Address the Tough Questions September 27, 2018 – The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) announced that candidates for both the Newport City Council and School Committee have now posted their responses to numerous questions posed by the Alliance and the community in advance of the public forums that the Alliance will hold in October. *see dates/times/locations below All twenty-one candidates in contested races have diligently taken time and effort to address how they would deal with many of these challenges. Click the LINKS below to VIEW the survey responses: View #1 – ALL of the Candidates responses to each question… View #2 – INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE RESPONSES to each question – see screenshot example (School Committee Responses)  (City Council Responses)  “This is a pivotal election for Newport. Our newly elected city council and school committee will be dealing with critical issues affecting all of Newport, including the development of the north end, the bridge re-alignment, parking, taxes, short-term rentals, etc.,” said John Hirschboeck, co-president of the Alliance. “Likewise, the new school committee must contend with the overcrowding at Pell, the repairs or replacement of Rogers, academic performance, finances, and other critical issues.” In addition […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm

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