2014-05-15 / Around Town – Newport This Week
ALN Recaps Busy Year
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 residents to support ALN and its mission. The meeting also included an informal discussion on a variety of topical issues, including the new recycling and trash contract recently signed by City Council.
Becker, Lauren Carson, John Hirschboeck, Tom Hockaday, John McCain, and Roger Wells were voted to be at-large directors.
ALN’s Neighborhood Association Representative Directors are Harry Elkin, Top of the Hill; Isabel Griffith, The Point; Jim Moore, Bellevue/ Ochre Point; Rico Santi, Historic Hill; Glenn Whisler, Castle Hill; Jack McVicker, Off Broadway; and Chip Leakas, North End.
Mike Cullen, George Herchenroether, Bonnie Kniskern, Win Smith, Jane Timken, and Dave Wixted serve on ALN’s Advisory Board.
In addition to the series of commission forums during the past year, ALN hosted sessions on plans for the Goat Island Marina, as well as on Newport’s 375th anniversary plans. ALN also supported the city’s Daffodillion drive.
All forums are videotaped and posted on the group’s website at newportalliance.org/.
The next free ALN public forum will present the findings and recommendations of the city’s Charter and Financial Review committees on June 24 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. The alliance will also hold a series of candidate forums for City Council and School Committee in October.