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RHODE ISLAND’S DIPLOMA SYSTEM & RI STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Commissioner Wagner & the Rhode Island Department of Education invite YOU to participate in a community conversation to inform RHODE ISLAND’S DIPLOMA SYSTEM & RI STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS   DiplomaSystemPoster-2016Conv Newport County Community Conversation Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:00-7:30pm Middletown High School Auditorium on the lower level We Hope to See You There! The Rhode Island Diploma System Preparing all students for success in college, careers, and life Rhode Island has implemented a statewide diploma system to ensure access for all middle and high school students to rigorous, high quality, personalized learning opportunities and pathways. http://www.ride.ri.gov/StudentsFamilies/RIPublicSchools/DiplomaSystem.aspx#12544-students 2020 VISION FOR EDUCATION: RHODE ISLAND’S STRATEGIC PLAN FOR PK-12 & ADULT EDUCATION, 2015-2020 http://ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Board-of-Education/Strategic-Plan/2020VisionForEducation.pdf We hope to engage a broad group of community members including representatives from elementary schools as well as secondary schools This is a timely opportunity with the recent adoption of our state’s most innovative & collaborative strategic plan to date. RIDE has continued that collaborative process by convening a series of meetings with school based leadership groups and these community conversations will enhance that work. The community conversations will include a brief presentation and a community response panel with opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm

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ALN Public Forum – City of Newport – Department of Finance Dec 3, 2015 – 5:30-7PM – Newport Public Library Program Room

DATE: Thursday, December 3 TIME: 5:30-7PM LOCATION: Newport Public Library Program Room 300 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840 WHAT: The Alliance for a Livable Newport, in another in its series of public forums on the workings of our municipal government, will feature The City of Newport’s award winning Department of Finance. Speakers: Laura Sitrin, Director of Finance, along with panelists Nancy Lalli – Controller Carolyn Cleary – Accounting Supervisor Elizabeth Sceppa – Budget & Finance Analyst Jim Nolan – Senior Accountant Erin Mulligan – Purchasing Agent Bill Sindt – MIS Manager Laurie Kenney – Tax Collector Following a presentation, members of the department will answer questions from the audience. Please JOIN US – and bring your questions about our city’s finances

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

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ALN forum – RIPTA/City proposal Newport Gateway Visitor’s Center Oct. 15th 6:30pm

DATE: Thursday, October 15 TIME: 6:30-8PM LOCATION: Newport Gateway Visitor’s Center | 23 America’s Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840 WHAT: The Alliance for a Livable Newport is hosting a public forum to review and provide feedback on the RIPTA/City proposal for repairs and resiliency improvement to the exterior of the Newport Gateway and Visitors’ Center. Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments to planning@ripta.com Speakers: * Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Mayor, City of Newport * Evan Smith – Discover Newport CEO * Lillian Shuey Picchione – RIPTA, Director of Capital Development General Project Goals: * Restore overhead passenger protection * Reduce surface runoff from the site in order to minimize the impact on Newport’s sewer system and also to mitigate flooding in future storms * Bring the facility up to industry standards for an intermodal hub – including improvements in lighting, signage and other features that will make it easier for the public to make their transit connections * Respect the facility’s importance to the State’s tourism industry and its local impact by giving special attention to design and aesthetics Project information available can be found here: www.ripta.com/newport-gateway-center (http://www.ripta.com/newport-gateway-center ) Background – General Project Goals – Funding – Progress to Date

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

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City of Newport – Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting, October 13th

http://cityofnewport.com/departments/planning-development/comprehensive-land-use-plan WHEN: Tuesday October 13th  6:30-8:30pm WHERE: Pell School | 35 Dexter St., Newport RI The City of Newport and the Planning Board are in process of updating the Newport Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This update includes only the updating of data and statistics to keep the document that was adopted in 2004 in compliance with current State requirements. The State of Rhode Island has issued new requirements for municipalities to include in their next Comprehensive Plan. After the data revisions are complete and adopted, Newport will begin the process of reviewing and revising the entire document to bring it in compliance with the new State regulations that go into effect as of June 1st, 2016. The following links contain the 2004 Comprehensive Land Use Plan as adopted in 2004 by the City Council. This document forms the legal basis for all land use decisions made by the City as well as Zoning Ordinances and Land Development – Subdivision Regulations. All Zoning and Land Development Amendments enacted must be in compliance with the adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Title Page – Table of Contents Element 1 – Executive Summary Element 2 – Land Use Element 2 – Appendices Element 3 – Housing […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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Details of Newport RI 2014 Local Election BALLOT QUESTIONS 10-20

BALLOT QUESTIONS 10-20 November 4, 2014 AMENDMENTS TO CITY OF NEWPORT HOME RULE CHARTER (Resolutions of the Newport City Council adopted July 23, 2014)   (Resolutions of the Newport City Council adopted July 23, 2014)   Shall the following sections of the City of Newport Home Rule Charter be amended to read:   Section 2-2 of Chapter II THE COUNCIL entitled “TERMS OF OFFICE” “The terms of office of the members of the Council shall be for two years and shall begin on the first day of December next following their election.”   Currently, council members continue to serve approximately 60 days following the election from the day of the election until the second day of January. This provision would decrease that time period while still allowing for any ballot issues to be resolved.     Section 2-3 of Chapter II THE COUNCIL entitled “VACANCIES” “Any vacancies arising from death, resignation or any reason in the membership of the Council shall be filled by four affirmative votes of the remaining members of the Council within thirty (30) days after the Council learns of the vacancy or, in the event of a tie or inability to elect, the vacancy shall be filled […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

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Newport – “Learn about the ballot issues and hear from the Candidates.”

Brought to you by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. “Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.” YOUR ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT ENCOURAGES YOU TO… Learn about the ballot issues and from the candidates….BEFORE voting on November 4th Go on-line to view videos of ALN’s 5 Public Forums: http://newportalliance.org/videos/ – Newport City Council 2 & 3rd Ward Candidates – Newport City Council at Large Candidates – Newport School Committee Candidates – Ballot Questions #1 & 2 (Casino) – Ballot Questions #3-20 (State & Local) Then read Council and School Committee candidates’ written responses to questions posed by the voters. You will also find a mini-guide to the 20 state and local ballot questions. http://newportalliance.org/2014-candidates-questionnaires-city-council-and-school-committee-2/ www.NewportAlliance.org Improving the quality of life in Newport by being an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to our Community Won’t you join ALN and help support our efforts? http://newportalliance.org/join/membership/

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 26, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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Alliance for a Livable Newport Announces At-Large City Council Candidates Forum

Alliance for a Livable Newport Announces At-Large City Council Candidates Forum Seven Candidates are running for four at-large City Council seats The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will hold the second public candidate forum of the 2014 election season featuring your candidates for City Councilor at-large. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 1, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. at the Pell School Cafetorium, 35 Dexter Street. NOTE: This is a change in location. Seven candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions on the key issues facing Newport.  The forum will provide an opportunity for voters to hear the candidates’ positions on these issues and their answers to the tough questions you want to ask. The following candidates will participate:        Mike Farley        John Florez        Andy Lavarre        Justin McLaughlin        Jeanne Marie Napolitano        Naomi Neville        Harry Winthrop James M. Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center; will moderate the Forum; ALN will also be holding forums with the candidates for Newport School Committee (Oct. 15th) and the voting Ballot Issues  (Oct. 28th).  Locations to be announced. All forums are videotaped. ALN urges all interested citizens to attend these forums to learn more about the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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Local Election Candidate Forums — Save the Dates and Call for Questions

To: Newport Voters Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) will sponsor a series for public forums leading up to the November elections. Three of those forums will feature the candidates for City Council and the School Committee. These all will be held in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library starting at 6:00 pm on the following dates: September 23 — Candidates for the Second and Third Ward City Council seats (the First Ward seat is uncontested) October 1 — Candidates for the At Large City Council seats October 15 — Candidates for the School Committee seats Please plan to attend and hear the candidates respond to questions about key topics of interest to Newport’s voters. ALN will be preparing lists of questions to be asked of the candidates at the forums. In addition, written questionnaires will be prepared for the candidates with their responses to be viewable on ALN’s website, www.newportalliance.org, in matrix format so viewers can scan all of a candidate’s responses or easily compare all of the candidates’ responses to each individual question. You are encouraged to help us develop the questions for the forums and questionnaires. Please email questions and/or topics you would like included […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - August 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

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Newport Rhode Island – 11 Charter Review Commission Ideas Head to Ballot

List of Members City of Newport Charter Commission email: newportcharterreview@cityofnewport.com Final Report of The Commission – May 2014 http://www.cityofnewport.com/government/board-and-commissions/commissions/charter-review-commission-2013 After five months of study by the Charter Review Commission (CRC) and weeks of deliberations by City Council, several proposed changes to Newport’s Charter will move forward to the Nov. 4 ballot for voters to determine their ultimate fate. Councilors wrapped up debate on the 20 CRC recommendations at their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 23, and decided to send 11 items to the electorate. However, the CRC’s more contentious ideas regarding School Committee selection and expanding the current three-ward system to four met the same fate as in the first round of voting on July 9. They did not survive council muster, notwithstanding a change in position by Councilor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano that narrowed the margin. Joining the side of Councilors Kathryn Leonard and Michael Farley in hoping to move the ward is- sues to the ballot, Napolitano told Newport This Week just prior to the July 23 session that she had re-examined her stance since her initial comments on July 9, when she had intimated that there was no reason to return to a four-ward system. “While I haven’t changed my mind on […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - August 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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The Newport Daily News says; “Let charter proposals go to voters!”

Sign the petition here! http://newportalliance.org/sign-the-petition-asking-newport-city-council-to-allow-voters-to-decide-ward-representation-issues/ Published in The Newport Daily News, Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Since last November, a Charter Review Commission has been meeting regularly, including holding a number of public hearings, to discuss potential changes to Newport’s charter.  But earlier this month, the City Council by a 5-2 vote rejected the commission’s major recommendations, including changing the number of voting wards in the city and how School Committee members would be elected. “There is not much left of our recommendations,” Isabel Griffith, commission chairwoman, said after the July 10 vote. “Obviously, the City Council members feel they know better than ourselves what is best for us.” The council will get a chance to change its mind this week, when the recommendations will come up for reconsideration during its meeting Wednesday night. We hope it will reverse course and send all 20 recommendations to voters on Nov. 4. Any personal objections council members may have with the recommendations should not interfere with the decision to send the proposed amendments to voters. Earlier this year, for example, council members speedily approved asking voters to approve table games for Newport Grand, regardless of their individual stances on gambling, citing the “people’s right […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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