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The Finance Review Committee (FRC) and Charter Review Commission (CRC)

ALN Hosts Finance and Charter Panels By Barry Bridges The Finance Review Committee (FRC) and Charter Review Commission (CRC) recently discussed their findings in a public forum sponsored by Alliance for a Livable Newport. After months of work, their reports were presented to City Council on May 28 and are presently under consideration. The FRC, under the leadership of Ronald Becker, compiled a lengthy list of ideas for city leaders with the goal of creating efficiencies and saving money. The recommendations were grouped into broad categories of city services, schools, financial planning, tax exempt property, tourism, and salaries and benefits. Concerning the schools, the FRC proposed creating a dedicated grant-writing position; combining the city and school finance functions under one department; improving communications through the city/school liaison subcommittee; and implementing strategies to reduce high per-pupil expenditures. Other ideas included pursuing payments-in-lieu-of-taxes from tax exempt entities and increasing parking meter revenues by expanding hours and street coverage. The panel also offered specific changes to pensions and medical benefits to improve Newport’s bottom line. Becker emphasized that at this point, all of the proposals are recommendations for action by the council. The committee hopes to receive steady progress reports on the status […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

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The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its 2014-2015 annual meeting on Tuesday, May 6

2014-05-15 / Around Town – Newport This Week ALN Recaps Busy Year By John Hirschboeck Pictured (left to right) are ALN Board members Lauren Carson, John McCain, Isabel Griffith, Glen Whistler, Jane Timken, Tom Hockaday, Ron Becker and Dave Wixted.The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its 2014-2015 annual meeting on Tuesday, May 6. ALN, dedicated to improving the quality of life in Newport and serving as an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to the community, greeted its members and guests for an informal recap of its past year’s activities and plans for the future. ALN Secretary Isabel Griffith opened the meeting by highlighting the importance of civic engagement, particularly in an election year. Griffith serves as the head of city’s Charter Review Commission. Vice President John Hirschboeck noted that Newport has 17 commissions, five boards, and five committees, but few citizens know about their functions. He further remarked that the five ALN-sponsored public forums held during the past year highlighted some of the accomplishments of these panels and acknowledged the dedicated volunteer work contributed by over 100 members of these citysanctioned bodies. President Ron Becker reviewed the organization’s financial condition and encouraged members and […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

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The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its 2014/2015 Annual Meeting at the Salvation Café on May 6

The Alliance, dedicated to improving the quality of life in Newport and serving as an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to the community, greeted its members and guests for an informal re-cap of its past year’s activities and plans for the future. ALN Secretary Isabel Griffith opened the meeting by highlighting the importance of civic engagement, particularly in this election year. Isabel herself serves as the head of the Charter Review Committee. Noting that the City of Newport has 17 commissions, 5 boards and 5 Committees – yet few know about the work they perform, ALN Vice President John Hirschboeck noted that the 5 ALN sponsored Public Forums held during the past year highlighted various commissions and their actions while serving to acknowledge the dedicated volunteer work that over 100 members contributed to these city sanctioned bodies. In addition to the series of Commission forums, ALN held Forums on the Goat Island Marina Plans and Newport’s Plans for its 375th Anniversary. ALN also participated in a series of neighborhood meetings and supported Daffodillion, Newport’s drive to beautify Newport with 1 million daffodils throughout the city. John reminded all that all ALN forums are video taped and […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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ALN 2014 Annual Meeting Tuesday, May 6th – 5:30pm to 7:00pm – Salvation Cafe 140 Broadway

The annual meeting of the non-profit Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will be held at Salvation Cafe upstairs community room on Tuesday, May 6 from 5:30-7:00pm at 140 Broadway, Newport, RI. Current and new members are invited to meet the board of directors, learn of the Alliance’s past activities and future plans and to vote from a slate of At Large Directors for the 2014/2015 term. This is also an opportunity for all residents to exchange neighborhood information and to discuss issues, concerns and suggestions that will improve Newport’s quality of life – all in an informal manner. Annual Memberships beginning at $25.00 will be available at the door. Only paid members will be able to vote. (you can pay online in the link below) For more information on the Alliance and how it’s working on behalf of Newport’s residents and businesses, go to http://newportalliance.org/join/membership/ Contact: John Hirschboeck Alliance for a Livable Newport Office of the President (401) 619-0127 info@newportalliance.org  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - May 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

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NEWPORT’S 375TH – City to celebrate with dancing, music, parade

Newport 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee co-chairman Steve Waluk answers a question during a meeting sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport on Thursday at the Newport Public Library. Committee members Lynn Ceglie, left, and Jennifer Hanson also fielded questions and suggestions.   http://www.newport375.com Newport Daily News – Friday January 24, 2014 Page 1. – Dave Hansen | Staff photographer  – By Sean Flynn  – Staff writer The Island Moving Co. dance troupe will perform to the locally composed “Newport Colonial Suite” at Rogers High School on March 5 and at the Rosecliff mansion on March 7, two of many events planned this year in celebration of the 375th anniversary of Newport’s founding. “Island Moving Co. has made this bigger than I ever expected,” Lynn Ceglie, a member of the city’s 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee, said. “The performances are going to be amazing and the music is absolutely beautiful.” Ceglie spoke during a forum Thursday night that unveiled planned activities for the coming year. The Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group, sponsored the forum at the Newport Public Library. Members of the audience suggested even more events, such as one celebrating Newport’s maritime trading history, or another with Navy involvement, or […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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You are Invited! Alliance for a Livable Newport LEARN ALL ABOUT PLANS FOR NEWPORT’S 375th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

    You are Invited! Alliance for a Livable Newport LEARN ALL ABOUT PLANS FOR NEWPORT’S 375th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS   The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will be holding a free public forum at the Newport Public Library on January 23 to unveil a host of planned activities recognizing this year’s 375th Anniversary of the founding of Newport. Founded in 1639 by William Brenton, Henry Bull, Jeremy Clark, John Clarke, William Coddington, John Coggeshall, Nicholas Easton, and Thomas Hazard, Newport became the first capital of the State of Rhode Island. Co-chairs of the 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee, former mayors Steve Waluk and co-chair John Trifero, will be joined by members of Newport’s 375th committee who will outline the City’s plans for public celebrations, family-friendly activities, lectures and educational programs throughout 2014. A “Q & A” will follow the presentation during which additional ideas can be discussed. ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT: www.NewportAlliance.org  375TH ANNIVERSARY WEBSITE  & FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.newport375.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Newport375 For further information, contact: 
John Hirschboeck, ALN Office of the President  info@newportalliance.org  or Call 401-619-0127 Did you know that all ALN Public Forums are video taped and available publicly for viewing at any time? <click here to view the archive> Portrait of a Clergy […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

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Ron Becker likes to stay active – with the Alliance of a Livable Newport

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

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Isabel Griffith featured on the front page of The Newport Daily News 11/25/2013

ISLAND PEOPLE – A wealth of experience  Newport Charter review chairwoman comes with a wide-ranging resume By Sean Flynn – Staff writer http://newportdailynews.com  NEWPORT — Isabel Griffith likes going to Newport City Council meetings, which are a far cry from some of the other settings in her life. Take for example the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., where she was associate head of school and academic dean for several years. The town was also the home of the Middleburg Hounds, who kept up the tradition of fox-hunting with their Middleburg Hunt. “The girls would sometimes fox hunt, usually two or three of our best riders who were very brave,” Griffith said about her former students. “When they missed classes because of a fox hunt, it would drive the faculty nuts. But sometimes I would be with the girls.” Griffith, 75, has found enjoyment in many endeavors in her life, but she has a soft spot for private boarding schools for girls at the highschool level, where she has lived and worked. “Schools with female faculty and staff made a difference in my life,” she said. “Some of the things I did, I never would have thought of doing if I didn’t have that […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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Ron Becker, Alliance for a Livable Newport President elected Chairman of Finance Review Committee

NEWPORT- Finance Review Committee to start work By Sean Flynn – Staff writer  http://newportdailynews.com Seven Newport residents with extensive experience in private business will be reviewing the city budget to determine ways of cutting expenses and increasing revenues. The members of the new Finance Review Committee were sworn by City Clerk Kathleen Silvia Thursday night at the Newport Public Library, and welcomed to the tasks ahead by Mayor Harry Winthrop. When the City Council gave initial approval to a city budget in June, the council members voted unanimously to form a committee to study items such as the high cost of pensions and health care for city employees that are built into the budget. Earlier in the year, the council passed a resolution calling on the city administration to identify “any and all nonprofit entities” that “may be able to assist in generating city revenue through participation in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) or PILOT-type programs.” That task also has been assigned to the Finance Review Committee. Winthrop said Thursday the committee members could look at the formula that provides state aid to communities in the form of PILOT funding to cover part of the property taxes lost because the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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Isabel Griffith of ALN appointed chairwoman for Charter Review Commission

Charter review panel is urged to deal with ‘hot button’ issues  By Sean Flynn  Staff writer   http://newportdaiynews.com Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop opened the first meeting of the new city Charter Review Commission on Wednesday night by urging the members not to shy away from “hot button” issues. “You should not have preconceived ideas,” he said. “For example, should we have an appointed School Committee instead of an elected School Committee?” John Shehan, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission and an observer at the meeting, suggested another topic sure to cause debate. He said the new commission should consider whether local voters should elect a mayor instead of City Council members choosing one of their colleagues for that role. “A city of this importance should be electing a mayor,” Shehan said. He said he applied to serve on the Charter Review Commission but was not chosen by the council. Six of the nine members of the new commission were present and they elected Isabel Griffith chairwoman. She is a former president of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the Point Association, neighborhood advocacy groups. Mary Ann Marin was chosen vice chairwoman. She served as chairwoman of the Newport Hospitality […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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