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2 Important new websites – Engage Newport + Mind Mixer are live! What does this mean for Newport?

http://engagenewport.com/ Engage Newport Engage Newport is an evolving forum for opinions and ideas about our city’s major initiatives. Alongside elected representatives, local media and community organizations, Engage Newport is another channel of communication between city government and the people of Newport. http://opinionnewport.mindmixer.com/ Opinion Newport is home to an ongoing series of surveys about major city issues and initiatives affecting Newport’s future. Starting with community resilience in the face of rising sea levels, you are invited to join the conversation about what matters to you. http://engagenewport.com/issues-and-initiatives This section shares select information and opinion from a City government perspective. Be sure to visit the city’s home page at www.cityofnewport.com to navigate the full spectrum of city services, city calendars and more. http://engagenewport.com/get-involved This series of articles will highlight and explain opportunities for public engagement in shaping the future of our community. Learn more about your elected representatives , boards and commissions , & community organizations engageNewport@cityofnewport.com Related articles Engage Newport – SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level – Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. October 30th @ 6pm – Public Forum – Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina Needed: wise Newport citizens willing to serve on Newport Zoning Board […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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New Office of the President – ALN Reorganizes Executive Responsibilities

TO: ALN SUBSCRIBERS FROM: ALN OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT RE: ALN OFFICERS DATE: JULY 16, 2013 The Executive Officers of ALN have reorganized executive responsibilities for the organization into a new Office of the President. As was noted in the memorandum sent to you last month announcing our membership drive, the past few years have seen a decline in the number of individuals willing to volunteer significant time and effort to sustain the organization. That has resulted in more and more demands on the time of ALN’s president, to the point where that position has become unreasonably burdensome. Our solution to this problem is the creation of an Office of the President, which combines the responsibilities of the president, vice president and secretary, sharing them equally among three individuals. For legal and financial reporting reasons, Ron Becker has been designated president, John Hirschboeck has the title of vice president and Isabel Griffith has the title of secretary. However, actual executive responsibilities will be distributed equally among them. Ron Becker will continue as treasurer. For the future, ALN will sponsor a forum only if at least two volunteers step forward to take responsibility for the planning and implementation of the forum. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

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ALN July Survey – “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

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ALN Board of Directors asks the question; “Is it do or die”?

TO: ALN Subscribers FROM: ALN Board of Directors RE: ALN’s Future DATE: June 26, 2013 Every year Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) has had a membership drive each March in advance of the April annual meeting. This year both the membership drive and the annual meeting were postponed while the ALN Board did some soul searching about ALN’s future. The Board is concerned about two factors, both having a significant negative effect on the organization and bringing into question whether the organization can continue to operate and, if so, on what level. (1) Over the past two years ALN has lost major financial contributors. Members’ dues and donations from neighborhood associations accounted for less than 30% of its operating budget. The balance came from “deep pockets” supporters. For various reasons, those supporters have ceased to contribute at the level they have in past years (some have ceased contributing altogether).  (2)At the same time, members who had contributed their time and efforts to do the work necessary to plan, organize and facilitate ALN’s activities drifted away, again for a variety of reasons. They left a very small core group of workers who are suffering from burn out trying to do […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

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POLL: #1 Newport: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Surrounded by a sprawling waterfront, Newport was fittingly titled the “Birthplace of the Navy.” Since its establishment as a city, this highly visited community has enjoyed a history of progress and success. In fact, Newport has more standing buildings built before 1830 than any other American community. It offers cruises, excursion boats, city tours, golf, and fishing among other things for visitors making it one of the most desired tourist destinations in the country. http://www.golocalprov.com/news/1-newport-ris-best-communities-2013/ Newport by the numbers Established: 1639 Population: 24,672 Median household income: $58,080 Median housing price: $352,500 2013 Best Communities rankings Overall ranking: 1 Affordability ranking: 38 Education ranking: 35 Economic Condition ranking: 17 Safety ranking: 35 Arts & Culture ranking: 1 Famous residents Benedict Arnold, (governor) of Rhode Island William Coddington, governor of Rhode Island John Clarke, Baptist minister and drafter of the Royal Charter Nicholas Easton, governor of Rhode Island George Berkeley, philosopher Louis Alexandre Berthier, French Army officer, later Marshal of France and Napoleon’s chief of staff William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence Robert Feke, portrait painter Peter Harrison, architect Samuel Hopkins (clergyman), Congregational minister, Calvinist theologian and pioneer leader for abolition of the slave trade Aaron Lopez, prominent merchant Louis-Marie, […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - June 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

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Newport This Week writes: “Online Survey Solicits Residents’ Opinions”

http://www.newport-now.com/articles/online-survey-solicits-residents%27-opinions/ December 28, 2012  – By Meg O’Neil The community-interest group Alliance for a Livable Newport has announced that it will conduct monthly email and Facebook surveys to get feedback on what’s going on in the city, including several major projects that will affect residents of Aquidneck Island. Anyone, from any town, who accesses the group’s website or Facebook page online can respond to the surveys. Approximately 90 people responded to the first survey, which contained three questions – about the proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Broadway improvement construction slated for 2013, and the wind turbine ordinance recently passed by the Newport City Council. Only the toll question requested a “Yes” or “No”  response; the other two questions solicited comments only. One of the biggest local issues of 2012 has been the prospect of Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. After the state Department of Transportation turned over responsibility for the Sakonnet River and Jamestown bridges to the state Turnpike & Bridge Authority, the Authority announced that in order to maintain Aquidneck Island’s four-bridge system (including the Pell and Mount Hope Bridges), it would have to either raise the toll on the Pell Bridge to $5 or add new tolls on the Sakonnet […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Congratulations! Going Digital @ The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center!

Successful KickStarter Campaign! 530 Backers  –  $61,130 pledged of $55,000 goal This project will be funded on Friday Dec 28, 7:28am EST. Keep the JPT: Digital Cinema Challenge Jane Pickens Theater Hollywood is forcing all theaters to upgrade to digital projection as the era of 35mm film comes to an end in early 2013! by Kathy Staab click the link below to read the complete story! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1220959735/keep-the-jpt-digital-cinema-challenge

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Survey Results – December 2012 “3 Questions, 3 Minutes”

Survey Summary can be seen online: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6s0r1wshana1pss/results The individual survey responses will be shown on separate pages to encourage feedback and comments. Please COMMENT below, or share on Facebook and Twitter!

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Newport preservation society lands $500K for fellowship program

Join us in CONGRATULATING THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY! Newport Mansions | The Preservation Society of Newport County  www.newportmansions.org/ COURTESY PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF NEWPORT COUNTY has been awarded a $500,000 grant to establish a fellowship program to study the city’s history. By Patrick Anderson PBN Staff Writer Twitter: @andersonpbn Posted 12/19/12 NEWPORT – The Preservation Society of Newport County has won a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish a fellowship program studying the city’s history. The Preservation society now has three years to raise the three-to-one match – $1.5 million – required to secure the full value of the grant. The planned fellowship will provide places for five emerging scholars in the humanities each year to research and write about Newport’s history, study the Preservation Society’s collections and conduct public programs. The fellows will live in the The Elms Scholars Center being created at historic 1901 Carriage House of The Elms. “The Fellows Program is a key priority for us,” said Preservation Society CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe. “These scholars will conduct original research that enhances the interpretation and deepens the content of the Preservation Society’s tours and […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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Pedal-Powered Holiday Tree Comes to Bowen’s Wharf – Newport, RI Patch

Newport Bike Newport presents: JINGLE BIKES! The first annual pedal-powered holiday tree comes to Bowen’s Wharf Saturday, December 15, Bike Newport will open Jingle Bikes – the latest addition to the Newport holiday celebration scene. This pedal-powered holiday tree is a rare sighting this side of Copenhagen.All are invited to come to the opening at the Bowen’s Wharf Flag Mast on America’s Cup Avenue on Saturday, December 15 at 5p.m., when Mayor Harry Winthrop will officially set the wheels in motion.  Music and hot cocoa will be on hand while everyone gets a chance to hop in the saddle and light up the night! The installation will then be open for everyone’s enjoyment daily from 5-9 p.m. through New Years Day. Bring your friends and family and see who lights the lights the fastest and brightest!The installation is made possible by numerous community supporters who want to provide Newport’s residents and visitors a fun way to get physical after those hefty holiday meals while lighting the night for everyone’s enjoyment! People’s Credit Union sponsored the purchase of the two bicycle-powered generators that are the installation’s heart and soul. Bowen’s Wharf generously made the prime location available. Newport Bicycle is contributing the festively […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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