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ELECTION YEAR ALERT – ALN CALL FOR QUESTIONS

Twenty-seven civic-minded Newport citizens have filed to run for seven City Council and seven School Committee seats this election year promising strong contests for all openings. As it has since 2008, Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) will conduct free public forums to give Newport voters an opportunity to assess the qualifications of the candidates. At this point, we anticipate holding three forums – one for candidates for the three Ward Council seats, one for candidates for the four at-large Council seats and one for candidates for the seven School Committee seats. In addition, two online questionnaires — one for City Council candidates and one for School Committee candidates — will be given to the candidates, and their responses will be presented on ALN’s website, www.newportalliance.org. We want to hear what Newport’s voters are interested in learning about the candidates. ALN is requesting the public to submit questions to be answered by the candidates. Questions for the forums and questionnaires will be selected from those received. To allow time for the questionnaires to be prepared and given by the end of July to the candidates for their responses, your suggested questions must be submitted no later than July 15. Please send […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 6, 2018 at 11:53 am

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Ron Becker, Co-President of Alliance For A Livable Newport speaks at The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK Newport

Podcast: A conversation with Ron Becker, Co-Presidents of Alliance For A Livable Newport

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

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PUBLIC FORUM – Students of Newport Public Schools Speak Out

DATE: Tuesday, May 1st TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School | 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. A Public Forum Presented by the One Newport NPS Strategic Plan Subcommittee And Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) Listen to our Thompson and Rogers School students talk about their future aspirations and the roles education and the community play in making life choices. Here’s an opportunity to understand the perspectives of Newport’s young people as they navigate technology, social media, classroom traditions, extracurricular activities, family pressures and a rapid change in the labor market. You have heard from the Newport City Council and the School Committee, and about the Newport Public Schools’ Strategic Plan. Now is the time to hear from our most important educational constituents. Panelists: Students from Rogers High School and Thompson Middle School If you could ask them a question what would it be? Now is your opportunity. Questions may be submitted via email before the forum or in writing the night of the event. info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. The One Newport Subcommittee is a group of volunteers who are committed to helping improve the Newport Public […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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ALN Hosts First Annual ‘State of the City’ Forum Addresses Governance, Safety in 2018

Watch the VIDEO HERE  CREDITS: By Joseph T. O’Connor | 2018-03-01 / Front Page | Newport This Week In an effort to reflect on the year that was and to look ahead at the year to come, Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its first “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, providing a chance for open dialogue between citizens and the city’s top officials. More than 100 Newporters turned out at Pell Elementary School to hear Mayor Harry Winthrop, City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie and City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. present the city’s accomplishments and the challenges it faces, and to discuss what they say will be a promising 2018. City leaders took questions submitted by citizens and read by ALN moderators John Hirschboeck, co-president of ALN, and Tom Hockaday, who sits on ALN’s executive committee. The nonprofit had solicited questions based on topics that citizens identified as issues they wanted addressed: the armory, schools, traffic and parking, other city properties, communications and governing processes, hotels and other issues. “Hopefully [this] was an audience that appreciates our openness,” Nicholson said in an interview following the forum. “I want to work with people. I want people calling me. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

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The Navy Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Discloses Lead at Navy Hospital

BRAC Discloses Lead at Navy Hospital During the Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, Newport City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson Jr. responds to a question about the Navy hospital property transfer, explaining the options currently available to the city. The Navy Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recently informed Nicholson that before any land transfer can take place, lead from gutters that flaked into the soil on the Navy hospital property must be cleaned up. The cleanup could take up to three years, the commission told Nicholson. The city is now exploring a third option to acquiring the property after nearly a decade of negotiations, according to Nicholson. He added that the city does not at this time have any use plans for the property. (Photo by Joseph T. O’Connor)  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

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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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Replacement for Resigning City Councilor John Florez

John Florez has submitted a letter of resignation from the Newport City Council to be effective January 9, 2018. The Newport City Charter specifies that when a Council seat becomes vacant mid-term for any reason, the Council will solicit applications from Newport residents to fill that seat for the remainder of the term (in this case from January 9, 2018, to December 1, 2018).  An applicant would need to secure the votes of at least four of the remaining Council Members to be selected. The Charter calls for the Council to make a selection within thirty days of its learning of the vacancy. The Mayor has issued a call for applications and interested residents of Newport are asked to submit a letter of interest detailing why they would like to serve for the remainder of the current Council term.  The letter should be submitted by Friday, December 15, 2017.  The letter, together with a resume, should be sent by mail or hand-delivered to Newport City Hall addressed to:  Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840; or be sent via email to the Mayor at hwinthrop@cityofnewport.com with a copy to the Council’s Administrative Assistant, Patricia Cofield, at pcofield@cityofnewport.com. We urge […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

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Free Public Forum – The Working Future of Newport – Oct. 5th 6-8pm @ Pell School

DATE: Thursday, October 5 TIME: 6-8pm LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School | 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI.*Ample parking directly across the street from the school. What Will Be the Jobs in Newport’s Future and Who Will be Qualified to Fill Them?  “The Working Future of Newport” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport If economic initiatives planned by the City of Newport are successful they will create new opportunities for people trained in 21st-century job skills. What can be done to make sure our residents will be able to meet this challenge? Here’s an opportunity to learn about The North Side Innovation Hub; Newport’s successful application for the “Working Cities” Grant; Career Tech Programs at Rogers High School, and the OneNewport Outreach to the Newport Community. Panelists: • Sarah Atkins, Newport Department of Economic Development and Civic Investment • Robert Young, Director, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) and Newport Area Career and Technical Center (NACTC) • Kerry Clarke, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Rogers High School • Colleen Jermain, Superintendent, Newport Public Schools • Joe Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Newport County Moderator – Lauren Carson, Newport’s State Representative […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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