Newport This Week October 6, 2016 credits By Barry Bridges The election season is heating up with the arrival of October, as candidates for local office are intensifying their campaigns and sharing their views on topics of interest with Newport voters. In the first of several candidate forums being sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport this month, incumbent Marco Camacho and challenger Susan Taylor each made their case as to why they should represent First Ward residents on City Council for the next two years. The event drew about 70 attendees and was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Susan Wells, president of the Newport County League of Women Voters, moderated the 40-minute session. Camacho emphasized his four years of experience in the position, while Taylor cited a theme of “One Newport” in her desire to bring a new voice to city government. “Four years ago, we embarked on a mission together to better the lives of our citizens and transform our First Ward into a year-round economic engine,” said Camacho. In working toward that goal, he pointed to recent investments in schools, property tax relief, strong budgets, and infrastructure upgrades. […]
Great news! A new park! Tomorrow (9/28), the Newport City Council will vote on a resolution by Councillors McLaughlin & Neville to create a new Newport park at the Navy Hospital property. There are many reasons to be excited about this resolution. Not the least of which is that the Navy Hospital property is one of the few opportunities to connect the northern part of Newport to the waterfront. With the increased interest in development of the north end of Newport, it’s especially important to maintain publicly available open space. While this resolution is the first step, it’s an important one. Please take a moment to contact the city council and thank them for supporting this important initiative. Click here for their contact information. And, if you have time on Wednesday, we hope you join us at the City Council meeting to thank the councillors in person. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the City Council Chambers, Newport City Hall (43 Broadway). From the http://www.newportopenspace.org/overview/
Click this link to view the survey results ONLINE here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-SLXWHH3M/ Or, click this link below for a PDF view for printing, sharing: 2016-school-committee-candidates-questionnaire *An “embedded version of the survey” is shown below – however, different browsers and computers may require 2 different SCROLLING bars to view the all the results – so we recommend viewing these responses by clicking the first link above! ***Notice 2 tabs! (2 different views of the surveys >> “Question Summaries” tab allows you to view each question with ALL of the candidates responses to that question “Individual Responses” tab allows you to select a candidate and view that candidate’s responses to all of the questions.” “ALN Announces Local Public Candidate Forums and Online Questionnaires” NEWPORT LOCAL ELECTIONS – NOVEMBER 2016 – NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES – NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES IN PUBLIC FORUMS For over 10 years, the ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT (ALN) has worked to promote and enhance the quality of life in Newport by providing an unbiased resource for information on issues facing our community. In this year of Newport Municipal Elections ALN has developed questions designed to help voters decide about their choices for City Council and School […]
Click this link to view the survey results ONLINE here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-95TPJQKX/ Or, click this link below for a PDF view for printing, sharing: newport-city-council-2016-aln-questionnaire-survey-9_14_2016 *An “embedded version of the survey” is shown below – however, different browsers and computers may require 2 different SCROLLING bars to view the all the results – so we recommend viewing these responses by clicking the first link above! ***Notice 2 tabs! (2 different views of the surveys >> “Question Summaries” tab allows you to view each question with ALL of the candidates responses to that question “Individual Responses” tab allows you to select a candidate and view that candidate’s responses to all of the questions.” “ALN Announces Local Public Candidate Forums and Online Questionnaires” NEWPORT LOCAL ELECTIONS – NOVEMBER 2016 – NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES – NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES IN PUBLIC FORUMS For over 10 years, the ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT (ALN) has worked to promote and enhance the quality of life in Newport by providing an unbiased resource for information on issues facing our community. In this year of Newport Municipal Elections ALN has developed questions designed to help voters decide about their choices for City Council and School […]
Public Workshop: Protecting Newport Historic and Cultural Assets from Flooding Caused by Sea Level Rise
The public is invited to participate in a community workshop on flood protection for historic and culturally valuable properties on Newport’s coast. The workshop is scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 3-7 P.M., at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, RI 02840. NOTE: The public is welcome for the whole event; a general overview of the project will be given at 5 p.m. to ensure attendees arriving later in the day have ample opportunity to gain information. RSVP if attending by July 11 to ensure adequate refreshments. The workshop follows the April 2016 Keeping History Above Water Conference in Newport, which explored historic preservation efforts regarding flooding from sea level rise a key impact of climate change. Newport hosts a broad array of historical and cultural assets, including registered historic buildings, and rising water and increased storminess is expected to threaten these over time. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant are facilitating the meeting for several community groups interested in continuing the conference dialogue. The event is also possible due to generous support from the Prince Charitable Trusts. Science indicates that Rhode Island is more likely than many other coastal states […]
NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE (4 to be elected) Jamie Bova John Florez (Incumbent) Claude Andrews Lavarre Justin S. McLaughlin (Incumbent) Jeanne-Marie Napolitano (Incumbent) Benjamin S. Kessler Harry Winthrop Kimberly L. Shute WARD 1 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Marco T. Camacho (Incumbent) Susan D. Taylor WARD 2 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Lynne Underwood Ceglie (Incumbent) WARD 3 COUNCILOR (1 to be elected) Kathryn E. Leonard (Incumbent) SCHOOL COMMITTEE – AT LARGE (7 to be elected) Sandra J. Flowers (Incumbent) Jo Eva Gaines (Incumbent) Adrienne Clemente Haylor Thomas S. Phelan Kathleen M. Silvia (Incumbent) David C. Hanos, JR. (Incumbent) Rebecca Bolan (Incumbent) Jennifer Jackson Henry Kniskern David Carlin Raymond Gomes David Eikeland Francis D. Landry, JR. Timoth W. Donnelly Robert Leary Marci O’ Sullivan Stephen B. Turcotte Senate District 12 (1 to be elected) Lois DiPalma – Democrat (Incumbent) Richard Rom – Republican Amy Veri – Republican Senate District 13 (1 to be elected) M. Theresa Paiva-Weed (Incumbent) Sav Rebecci – Filed in Jamestown House District 75 (1 to be elected) Lauren H. Carson – Democrat (Incumbent) Michael Warren Smith – Independent REP 73 (1 to be elected) Marvin L. Abney (Incumbent) – Filed 6/28
PLANNING UNDERWAY IN NEWPORT As of 6/20/16 The City of Newport, Rhode Island has numerous concurrent planning initiatives underway which are compiled in the list below. Click each link to “learn more”. Newport’s Strategic Plan: This document will look at how to allocate Newport’s personnel and resources for the next five years. Officials hope the plan will be ready later this year. http://engagenewport.com/projects/strategic-planning 10 Year Comprehensive Land Use Plan: This document involves land use and the city’s long-term physical development. The original finish date was set for June 1, 2016. That has been delayed to the fall. http://newportchartingourcourse.com/ Broadway Streetscape: Target date for finishing major work on sidewalks and parking areas is now July 4, 2016. Finishing touches will take a little longer. Broadway Project Lower Thames/Spring Streetscape: After a third public workshop in late May, Newport’s consultant, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, is developing a long-term vision for Thames and Spring. The target date for completion of that work and laying out the project’s next steps is this fall. These are preliminary planning stages, with funding yet to be secured. Thames & Spring Streetscape Improvements Project Open Space Master Plan: The plan, concerning trees, parks and open spaces, is to be finished by consultants Sasaki Associates by […]
In case you missed it – At this evening’s ALN Annual Meeting nineteen ballots were cast for the election of at-large directors. Fourteen of those ballots cast votes for all six of the current at-large directors. The five remaining ballots cast individual votes as follows: Ron Becker – 2; Isabel Griffith – 3; John Hirschboeck – 1; and Tom Hockaday – 2. Ballots were cast by more than half of those eligible to vote, constituting a quorum of dues paying members. Therefore, the six current at-large directors — Ron Becker, Isabel Griffith, John Hirschboeck, Tom Hockaday, John McCain and Roger Wells — all have been re-elected.
Wed, Apr 13, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 74 Bridge Street, Newport, RI http://www.historyabovewater.org/session… Presented by Louisette Scott & Roderick Scott Do you want to protect your property and need an idea of where to start? Building owners must initiate and complete flood mitigation projects on their buildings, yet there is very little information out there for the owners of older historic buildings built before flood mapping.Two of our conference presenters, Roderick Scott & Louisette Scott, are offering a free public workshop intended to give property owners a toe-hold in the world of flood risk management. This award-winning program will review flood risk, flood maps, the all-important Elevation Certificate, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Examples of the two primary approaches to flood mitigation — dry floodproofing and elevation — will be presented and evaluated. Crucially, this workshop will also address paying for these projects and the funding sources available.
DATE: Monday, April 4th TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM LOCATION: Salvation Cafe – “Post and Beam Room” 140 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840 WHAT: 2016 Annual Meeting Please join us for The Alliance for a Livable Newport 2016 Annual meeting open to all members and those that would like to learn more. Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson will make a brief presentation and welcomes questions from those in attendance. Members are encouraged to pay annual dues (click here (http://newportalliance.org/join/) if you have not already done so). Dues also may be paid at the meeting (cash, check or credit card). The meeting will begin with the election of ALN “At-Large Directors”.