Clean City Program Announces Earth Day Cleanup Events

Newport residents can volunteer at one of 12 cleanup events in Newport this Earth Day.

Newport Mayor Harry F. Winthrop 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 2013 Earth Day celebration, which is also part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.Earth Day

The Clean City Program will be providing gloves, bags and a thank you gift for volunteers. City staff will also pick up the bags of litter for the Earth Day cleanups in Newport. Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is waiving all disposal fees associated with litter collected during Earth Day cleanups and Waste Management Newport will also assist in the pickup of the litter.

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

Earth Day is Monday, April 22. A majority of the City of Newport’s Earth Day events will take place on Saturday, April 13 and, with such, invites all residents to participate in any of the scheduled cleanups when they might be available to do so.  All April 13 cleanups have a rain date of April 20. 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:

  • Saturday, April 13 – Katherine Field and Associates, Cub Scouts Pack 33 of Newport and Girl Scout Daisy Troop 2 of Newport invite you to join them in cleaning up Fort Adams from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To volunteer, contact Petra Napolitano at 848-2750 or at pnapolitano@katherinefield.com. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The East Bay Met School, the Park Holm Saturday Club, Newport Starbucks, and the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County will be cleaning up Miantonomi Memorial Park and Sunset Hill.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The Off Broadway Neighborhood Association invites you to join their Earth Day festivities. OBNA and Girl Scout Daisy Troop 502 will be meeting at Equality Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Neighbors will be collecting trash along streets enroute from their home to the park. Please bring mulching/gardening tools to mulch and spring clean the park.  For bags and gloves contact Jack McVicker at (401) 829-1601.
  • Saturday, April 13 – The Point Association will meet at both Battery and Storer Parks at 9 a.m. 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 (401) 849-1814 or suebeckers@cox.net.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Friends of the Waterfront  invites volunteers to join them in the annual Earth Day Cleanup at King Park  from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Volunteers should meet at the pavilion on King Park at 9 a.m. Contact Linda Hammer at hammernewport@cox.net
  • Saturday, April 13 – Old Colony & Newport Railway will clean up along the railway where they run scenic, narrated train trips. To volunteer, please contact Chuck Flippo ahead of time at (401) 871-0828.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Sustainable Aquidneck, Integrated Nutrition and the Newport Run & Chug Club will be cleaning up the downtown & Broadway corridor area. Volunteers should meet at Panera Bread in Brick Market Place at 9 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jeff Heimiller at 619-5217 or at newrunclub@yahoo.com.
  • Saturday, April 13 – Clean Ocean Access & Wild Things LLC will be cleaning Brenton Point State Park to the Castle Hill area and the Kings Park state fishing area from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Please wear boots or sturdy shoes and try to bring your own gloves. Meet in the parking lot across from the Jetty. Contact Dave McLaughlin at 401-465-0628 or info@cleanoceanaccess.org.
  • Saturday, April 13 – NewportRIRocks invites you to join them in cleaning up Morton Park & the surrounding areas from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Melody Mulcahey atnewportrirocks@gmail.com. Volunteers should meet at the Morton Park playground at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Saturday, April 20 – The Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club will be cleaning up shoreline fishing access points, depending on accessibility, in Newport  & Middletown from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring gloves & tick repellent. Volunteers must contact Dennis Zambrotta ahead of time at 849-6121.
  • Saturday, April 20 – Save The Bay & Pruitt Chiropractic invite you to help clean up Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To volunteer, you must contact Save The Bay in advance atvolunteer@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 27 – Friends of Ballard Park will be holding an Earth Day cleanup at 9 a.m., followed by a free guided tour of the park at 11 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the quarry meadow off Hazard Rd. at 9 a.m. To volunteer or RSVP for a tour, contact Alexa Furtado, Event & Marketing Coordinator at 619-3377 or events@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 Cleanupä, the nation’s largest cleanup, beautification and community improvement program,” said Kristin Littlefield, Newport’s Clean City Coordinator. “The Great American Cleanupä brings 350 volunteers together to improve our Newport community, and we know that when people join together for a common cause they can do great things.”

For more information about the City of Newport’s Earth Day celebration during the Great America Cleanupä, or an updated list of participating groups, contact the Clean City Program at 845-5613.

We would like to thank the National Sponsors of the 2013 Great American Cleanup for their support:  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, WM Recycle Service; and Wrigley.

New 240′ Pier at Fort Adams for SS Oliver Hazard Perry

Community Weighs in on New Pier at Fort Adams

RIDEM held a public workshop to discuss a proposed 240-foot fixed pier at Fort Adams on Wednesday night.

City and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management officials, along with members of the public met at City Hall on Wednesday night for a workshop to discuss the proposed fixed pier at Fort Adams State Park.

The 240-foot pier and wave fence would be constructed north of the Alofsin piers near the Visitor’s Center.  The project is a part of Phase III out of IV in the improvement and renovation of Fort Adams.   Spurred by the necessity to revamp the site to accommodate special events, such as last summer’s America’s Cup races, the Fort has undergone repaving and drastically upgrading its facilities. The final phase will be to realign the roads within the park to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

RIDEM officials said the project will be funded through capital funds and will benefit not only the park, but Newport and the state as well.

Having the new pier will enhance public access to the waterfront, expand the capabilities of the water taxi service while also reducing traffic, increase protection of the Alofsin piers, as well as increase visibility of Fort Adams and Sail Newport as hosts to large scale sailing and marine events, officials said.

A completed economic study showed the pier would bring in “significant” money for Rhode Island as well as new businesses.

Amenities will include marine utilities, a shaded area with benches, special use managed by Sail Newport, and educational opportunities linking the historic aspect of the Fort with Newport’s maritime history.

The next step will be for RIDEM to sample the soil at the site before finalizing the design. Officials said once bids come in, a year-long construction period is estimated to begin next September.

Brad Read, of Sail Newport, said the pier is an “absolute benefit for Fort Adams as a destination.”

He said three upcoming events were only possible because of the new infrastructure.

“These people rent, buy and spend money while they’re here.”

The possibility of the SS Oliver Hazard Perry occupying the pier periodically was also a main talking point of the workshop. The educational tall ship could partner with Salve Regina University, Fort Adams and Sail Newport and would be open to the public.

The tall ship would not be tied up every day, but would act an educational opportunity for students not just in Newport, but around the state.

City Councilor Kathryn Leonard also spoke at the workshop representing neighborhood surrounding Fort Adams. While she praised the work done so far on the project, she raised possible concerns, including after-hours use of the facilities, whether or not the pier would be used for fishing and the impact of the quality of life for residents during specials events, if there were to be loud music or excessive noise.

Several other members of the boating and maritime community came out to the workshop to express their support of the project.

Matt Gineo, President of the Newport Maritime Alliance, said the Board of Directors met last week to endorse the project.

“It’s the best thing to happen to the harbor,” he said, adding that the board could not think of any possible negatives.

Terry Nathan, President of the International Yacht Restoration School, also said he was “very supportive” and that he saw the pier as another important advancement. His only concern was retaining the moorings, he said.

Moving forward, an application will be submitted to the RI Coastal Resources Management Council. If approved, it will go to the City Council, who will pass it to the Waterfront Commission. Once it passes the commission, it will go back to the Council for approval.

Workshop on the Proposed 240″ Pier at Fort Adams

Newport Waterfront Commission – RIDEM  

Fort Adams Pier
Fort Adams Pier

Information Workshop on the
Proposed Pier at Fort Adams

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Newport City Hall – Council Chamber

The Waterfront Commission and the Newport Maritime Alliance will facilitate this Newport community informational workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to have RIDEM present its proposal for a 240’ pier at Fort Adams and it benefits to the State andNewport. The presentation will be followed by discussion and questions.

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Engage Newport with Jimmy Winters and Wayne Clark, Police Department and Fire Department

ENGAGE NEWPORT

NEWPORT, R.I. (October 5, 2012) – Coming soon to a local gathering place near you: Engage Newport, a series of community outreach “open houses”, hosted by the City of Newport, packed with fun, facts and even a bit of food.

The Engage Newport events will be held:

  • Thursday, October 11th at the Quaker Meeting House (corner of Farewell and Marlborough
    Streets) 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, October 20th at Fort Adams (inside the Fort on the parade field) 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, October 23rd at the City of Newport Maritime Center, 365 Thames St. (waterside
    entrance of the Armory) 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, October 27th at the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach 10am – noon

During Engage Newport residents will have an opportunity to discover more about their City’s services and plans for the future and what they do and don’t know about their city all while having fun engaging with the City by the Sea.

There will be activities for all the family to enjoy including fire rescue demonstrations, what services are available at the library, how to reconnect a lost pet with its owner all while taking part in quizzes that will see how much you know about your home town. If you have questions on what to do in an emergency, how to register to vote, what you can recycle or what the rules are for bicycles; then come along and get engaged!

For more information please contact us at (401) 845-5473 or citymanager@cityofnewport.com

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Meet the Newport City Councilors – video “Engage Newport”

ENGAGE NEWPORT

NEWPORT, R.I. (October 5, 2012) – Coming soon to a local gathering place near you: Engage Newport, a series of community outreach “open houses”, hosted by the City of Newport, packed with fun, facts and even a bit of food. The Engage Newport events will be held:

  • Thursday, October 11th at the Quaker Meeting House (corner of Farewell and Marlborough Streets) 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, October 20th at Fort Adams (inside the Fort on the parade field) 9:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, October 23rd at the City of Newport Maritime Center, 365 Thames St. (waterside entrance of the Armory) 6pm-8pm Saturday, October 27th at the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach 10am – noon

During Engage Newport residents will have an opportunity to discover more about their City’s services and plans for the future and what they do and don’t know about their city all while having fun engaging with the City by the Sea. There will be activities for all the family to enjoy including fire rescue demonstrations, what services are available at the library, how to reconnect a lost pet with its owner all while taking part in quizzes that will see how much you know about your home town. If you have questions on what to do in an emergency, how to register to vote, what you can recycle or what the rules are for bicycles; then come along and get engaged! For more information please contact us at (401) 845-5473 or citymanager@cityofnewport.com

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“Engage Newport” dates, times, locations

ENGAGE NEWPORT

 NEWPORT, R.I. (October 5, 2012) – Coming soon to a local gathering place near you: Engage Newport, a series of community outreach “open houses”, hosted by the City of Newport, packed with fun, facts and even a bit of food.

The Engage Newport events will be held:

  1. Thursday, October 11th at the Quaker Meeting House (corner of Farewell and Marlborough Streets) 6pm-8pm
  2. Saturday, October 20th at Fort Adams (inside the Fort on the parade field) 9:30am-11:30am
  3. Tuesday, October 23rd at the City of Newport Maritime Center, 365 Thames St. (waterside entrance of the Armory) 6pm-8pm
  4. Saturday, October 27th at the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach 10am – noon

During Engage Newport residents will have an opportunity to discover more about their City’s services and plans for the future and what they do and don’t know about their city all while having fun engaging with the City by the Sea.

There will be activities for all the family to enjoy including fire rescue demonstrations, what services are available at the library, how to reconnect a lost pet with its owner all while taking part in quizzes that will see how much you know about your home town.  If you have questions on what to do in an emergency, how to register to vote, what you can recycle or what the rules are for bicyles; then come along and get engaged!

For more information please contact us at (401) 845-5473 or citymanager@cityofnewport.com

 

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