NEWPORT’S CLEAN CITY PROGRAM ANNOUNCES EARTH DAY CLEANUP EVENTS

City of Newport – Clean City Program – Department of Public Services

NEWPORT’S CLEAN CITY PROGRAM ANNOUNCES EARTH DAY CLEANUP EVENTS

Newport, RI (April 2, 2012) –  Newport Mayor Stephen Waluk and the Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program would like to invite Newport area residents to volunteer for one of the 12 litter cleanup events happening for Newport’s 2012 Earth Day celebration, which is also part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

The Clean City Program will be providing gloves, bags, as well as picking up the bags of litter for the cleanups in Newport. T-shirts will also be provided by sponsorship of Waste Management Newport and the Clean City Program. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is waiving all disposal fees associated with litter collected during Earth Day cleanups and Waste Management Newport will assist in disposing of the litter.

“We are fortunate that Newport has such dedicated volunteers,” said Mayor Stephen Waluk. “The City of Newport is appreciative of any assistance you can provide in keeping our city clean.”

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. A majority of the City of Newport’s Earth Day events will take place on Saturday, April 14 and, with such, invites all residents to participate in any of the scheduled cleanups when they might be available to do so.  All April 14 cleanups have a rain date of April 21. Interested volunteers may contact the event coordinator directly or the Clean City Program at 845-5613. The Clean City Program is also available to provide assistance to those individuals who may want to start their own neighborhood cleanup as part of Earth Day activities.  Become an active part of your community by volunteering at one of the following events:

  • Wednesday, April 11 – Katherine Field and Associates along with Ms. Carrellas’ and Ms. Magruder’s 6th graders from St. Michael’s Country Day School invite you to clean up the southern end of Miantonomi Park from 9:45am-12:30pm. Volunteers should meet at the Best Western Inn parking lot, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd. Wear long pants, long sleeves, closed toe shoes and bug spray. To volunteer, contact Petra Napolitano at 848-2750 or at pnapolitano@katherinefield.com.
  • Thursday, April 12 – The Aquidneck Land Trust and the East Bay Met School invite you to join them from 10am to 12:30pm at Miantonomi Memorial Park and Sunset Hill. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, closed toe shoes and bug spray. Contact Sophia DeMaio at 401-849-2799 x 14 or SDeMaio@ailt.org, or Taylor Rock at taylor.rock@metmail.org and 846 -5806.
  • Saturday, April 14 – Save The Bay & Pruitt Chiropractic invite you to help clean up Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. from 10am-12pm. To volunteer, you must contact Stephany Hessler in advance at shessler@savebay.org or 272-3540 x130. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves. Please bring your own water bottle, sun, and bug protection. Sturdy closed-toed shoes are required at Save The Bay Cleanups!
  • Saturday, April 14 – The Off Broadway Neighborhood Association invites you to join their annual Earth Day festivities. Meet at Equality Park at 9am with tools to mulch Equality Park, or pick up bags & gloves to clean your street. Contact Jack McVicker at 829-1601.
  • Saturday, April 14 – The Point Association will meet at both Battery and Storer Parks at 9am. Once gathered, work groups will blanket the Point, cleaning parks, driftways, beach areas, Hunter Park/railroad track area, and east to Arnold Park at the corner of Cross, Bridge, and Upper Thames. Contact Sue Beckers at 849-1814 or suebeckers@cox.net.
  • Saturday, April 14 – Friends of the Waterfront  invites volunteers to join them in the annual Earth Day Cleanup at King Park  from 9am-12pm.  Volunteers should meet at the pavilion on King Park at 9am. Contact Jim Perrier at markdatum@verizon.net.
  • Saturday, April 14 – Old Colony & Newport Railway and Boy Scout Troop 3 will lead a group of volunteers along the railway where they run scenic, narrated train trips. To volunteer, please contact Chuck Flippo ahead of time at 871-0828.
  • Saturday, April 14 – The Newport Run & Chug Club will be cleaning up the downtown area. Volunteers should meet at Panera Bread in Brick Market Place at 9am. To volunteer, contact Jeff Heimiller at 970-391-2761 or at newrunclub@yahoo.com.
  • Saturday, April 14 – Clean Ocean Access will be cleaning the shoreline areas from Baileys Beach to Ledge Rd. from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This shoreline area includes sandy beach and rocky shores, so please wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the end of Bellevue Ave. at the turnaround. No advance registration is required. Contact Marty Casey at MARTY4599@aol.com.
  • Thursday, April 19 – The Naval Health Clinic will be cleaning up Brenton Point State Park. Volunteers should meet at the Naval Health Clinic New England 1 Riggs Road, Newport at 11:45am. To volunteer, contact Bennie, Command Volunteer Coordinator at Naval Station Newport at 401-841-6840 bennie.mitchell@med.navy.mil.
  • Saturday, April 21 – The Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club will be cleaning up shoreline fishing access points in Newport & Middletown from 9am-11am. Bring gloves & tick repellent. Volunteers should meet at Salt Water Edge, 47 Valley Rd., Middletown at 9 a.m. Contact Dennis Zambrotta at 849-6121.
  • Saturday, April 21 – Friends of Ballard Park will be holding an Earth Day cleanup at 9am, following by a free guided tour of the park at 11am. Volunteers should meet at the quarry meadow off Hazard Rd. at 9am. To volunteer or RSVP for a tour, contact Jessica Lade at 619-3377 or Jessica@ballardpark.org. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear, as park trails can be muddy.

“Spring is a great time for cleaning and pitching in with the City of Newport’s Earth Day Celebration during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest cleanup, beautification and community improvement program,” said Kristin Littlefield, Newport’s Clean City Coordinator. “Everyone is invited to join in with our estimated 300 volunteers and help make Newport a more beautiful place to live.”

More than 2.3 million volunteers this year in more than 15,000 communities throughout the U.S. are rallying to participate in cleanup, beautification and community improvement activities.  The activities range from removing litter, beautifying a park, renovating/building a playground, collecting clothes for reuse, organizing a recycling or graffiti removal program, joining a river, lake or seashore cleanup, etc.

For more information about the City of Newport’s Earth Day celebration, or an updated list of participating groups, contact the Clean City Program at 845-5613 or visit www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity.

America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. The National Sponsors of the 2012 Great American Cleanup to date are:  The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; PepsiCo’s Pepsi-Cola and Gatorade companies; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management; and Wrigley. Promotional Partner is: The Miss America Organization. Educational Partners are: Rubber Manufacturers Association and WM Recycle America.

Kristin Littlefield

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March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm ALN League of Women Voters Workshop

The Alliance for a Livable Newport and the League of Women Voters, Newport County, will host a workshop March 20 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Newport Public Library, Rotary Room, 300 Spring Street, to discuss the financial impact of Race to the Top and the particulars of the new Rhode Island school funding formula.
*Space for this workshop is very limited. The Rotary room at the Newport Public Library will hold two dozen people. Please come early to make sure of a seat.

Funding Our Schools-Rhode Island’s Role in Supporting Local Education

Until the passage of new legislation in June 2010, Rhode Island was one of only two states that did not use a funding formula to help support local school districts. Rhode Island’s new funding formula has been in place for almost two years, and the state has also received new federal monies as part of the Race to the Top grant. What exactly is a funding formula and what does this all mean to local school districts?

Alda Rego, Rhode Island Department of Education‘s Director of Finance, and Kristen Cole, RIDE’s Senior Finance Officer, will explain how Rhode Island’s school funding formula affects local community school funding and how the school district’s demographics are factored into the funding formula. Representatives of the Newport School District will be on hand to discuss the impact of these programs on its funding. There will also be a discussion of how the Race to the Top funds are being used by RIDE to strengthen public education in Rhode Island.   There will be time for questions after the presentations.

The League of Women Voters believes that the state has an important role in funding education,” says Susan Wells, president of the League of Women Voters of Newport County. “Citizens need to understand how the formula works and why it is important. There is more to it than grumbling about how much more or less a district receives under the new formula. We hope this workshop will be a concrete step in forming a basic understanding of what is at stake.”

Information on Rhode Island’s funding formula is available at RIDE’s Web site:

http://www.ride.ri.gov/Finance/Funding/FundingFormula/  

  • Please  join us for this informative event.
  • Free and Open to the Public
  • For more information or to submit questions,  please e-mail:
  • Info@allianceforlivablenewport.org
Alliance for a Livable Newport
Isabel Griffith, President
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Welcome to the Alliance for a Livable Newport!

ALN Panel Addresses America’s Cup, Other Summer Events

The Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted a panel discussion on the America’s Cup races, Ocean State Tall Ships and other summer sailing events in Newport this year.

A packed auditorium at CCRI-Newport Thursday got a preview of what’s in store for Newport this summer during the Alliance for a Livable Newport’s “A Super Summer of Sails: What can Newporters expect?” panel discussion.

Newport City Manager and Chair of the Logistics Subcommittee of the America’s Cup World Series Host Committee Jane Howington was on the panel. So was Evan Smith, President and CEO of the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and Chairman of America’s Cup World Series Host Committee, Erin Donovan, Executive Director of Ocean State Tall Ships Festival and Jody Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

Jack McVicker, member of the World Series Host Committee and Board Member of the Alliance for a Livable Newport, moderated the discussion.

America’s Cup RaceEnglish: The America's Cup

Read led his presentation by saying how “blessed” Newport is being based on the water. This year alone, Newport will probably see some 30 sailing events that will bring in thousands of tourists to the city, including the America’s Cup, Newport to Bermuda, and Atlantic Cup races, he said.

Read then focused on how Rhode Island rallied together around the idea of getting America’s Cup back to Newport.

The World Series, which will run from June 23 to July 1, will use “state of the art” carbon fiber

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catamarans with closing speeds of about 50 knots.

The 23rd and 24th will be practice days and the 25th and 26th will be testing days, all of which are free events. The remaining days will entail racing from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and will be ticketed events.

Fort Adams will be the place to watch,” Read said. “It will be harder to watch from the water.”

The Cup races, which will be televised by NBC, are a “completely new development.” The first live broadcast will be on June 23.

Read called Fort Adams the “prettiest venue on the planet,” which will be showcased around the world.

Ocean States Tall Ships

The Tall Ships event will run from July 6-9, the weekend after the America’s Cup races.

“It’s going to be an amazing summer,” Donovan said.

The Tall Ships last came to Newport in 2007 and was a free event. This year the festival will be ticketed at $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for children and free for childen under three.

Donovan said 200,000 visitors came to the last Tall Ships event and brought in $20 million for Rhode Island, which she said she believes they will match this year.

Visitors will primarily be dropped off at the Gateway Center from various satellite parking lots, including Newport Grand, CCRI, Middletown Public Schools, and Newport Public Schools, among others.

Celebrate, Don’t Hiberate

During his speech, Smith encouraged the community to not let the out-of-towners have all the fun.

“This is a time for Newporters to celebrate, not hibernate,” he said. “ There are two world class events coming to your town.”

“How fortunate are we that we don’t have to travel all around the world to find this incredibly dynamic event?” he asked.

Take a day off, invite your friend and family, rent a boat, he advised.

Smith also reminded community members that these types of events help drive money back into the local economy.

It is the travel-related taxes that are staying inside the Newport community that help keep the local tax bases lower, he said.

The Logistics

Events take planning, lots of it. Especially large, world-class events like the ones coming to Newport this summer.

Howington said all local organizations need to coordinate “to not complicate each other.”

“It’s a pretty amazing task to deal with all the logistics,” she said.

The logistics range from everything from parking and shuttles to signage and port-o-potties.

Howington said she has faith that by working together, the city will be able to make the summer events work well, but there will no doubt be an impact on Newport.

“We’re working hard to create a visitor’s experience that’s outstanding,” Read said.

Related Topics: Alliance for a Livable Newport, America’s Cup, and Ocean State Tall Ships

 

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