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City Council ward candidates face off

By Sean Flynn |Daily News staff writer |  The Newport Daily News | Page A01 | Thursday, 25 October 2018  NEWPORT – The two candidates for the Ward 1 seat and the two candidates for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council discussed local issues Tuesday night in a candidates forum at City Hall before an audience of about 75 people. James Dring, a local Realtor, and Angela McCalla, a foster care recruiter and trainer for Child & Family, are running for the Ward 1 seat, while Valerie Larkin, a technology transfer manager at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, is challenging incumbent Ward 2 Councilwoman LynnUnderwood Ceglie, who has held the seat since 2014. Ward 3 Councilwoman Kathryn Leonard is unchallenged in her run for re-election. The other four members on the City Council hold at-large seats. The seven candidates for those four seats were featured in a forum last Thursday. Tuesday night’s forum was the third and final organized by the Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group. Questions were posed by Jill Kassis, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island. Among the issues Ward 1 candidates talked about was the state project to redesign the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 25, 2018 at 8:40 am

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At-large candidates face off – Seven City Council hopefuls share views on new hotels, short-term rentals

By Sean Flynn | Daily News staff writer | The Newport Daily News | Page A01 | Saturday, 20 October 2018 The seven candidates for the four at-large seats on the City Council faced off Thursday night in a candidates’ forum in the council chamber of City Hall before an audience of more than 60 people. Of the seven candidates, only Richard “Wick” Rudd, a member of the city Zoning Board of Review for the past year and former member of the Planning Board for five years, is making his first run for elected office. Hugo J. DeAscentis, a former member of the School Committee for 15 years, is making his first run for the council, while Justin McLaughlin is seeking to return to the council. He served on the council for 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, when he lost his bid for a sixth term. Current Ward 1 Councilwoman Susan Taylor, first elected in 2016, is running for an at-large in this election. Current at-large council members Jamie Bova, Marco Camacho and Jeanne-Marie Napolitano are running for re-election to the council. The fourth current at-large council member, Mayor Harry Winthrop, is not running for re-election. The forum was the second of three organized by […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 20, 2018 at 11:43 am

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – Be an informed voter

The Newport Daily News | Page A07Tuesday, 2 October 2018 As we’ve seen in the past week, the old shibboleth “Elections have consequences” holds true. We are now less than six weeks before the elections on Nov. 6. According to a recent Pew Survey, voter enthusiasm is at its highest level for any midterm election in more than two decades. The enthusiasm that holds for the national elections should translate to the local level. This is certainly a positive sign, but will voters in Newport be as knowledgeable of critical local issues as those at the national level? To assist Newport voters to learn more about their candidates and make informed decisions for whom to vote, the nonpartisan Alliance for a Livable Newport has been conducting public candidate forums since 2010. Prior to the forums, questionnaires are sent to all local candidates. This year, all 21 candidates in contested elections for Newport City Council and School Committee have posted their responses to the questions submitted by the community and ALN. The alliance encourages all Newport citizens to read the responses at NewportAlliance.org. In addition to reviewing the written responses, citizens are encouraged to attend the three public forums in October where the candidates […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

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ELECTION YEAR ALERT – ALN CALL FOR QUESTIONS

Twenty-seven civic-minded Newport citizens have filed to run for seven City Council and seven School Committee seats this election year promising strong contests for all openings. As it has since 2008, Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) will conduct free public forums to give Newport voters an opportunity to assess the qualifications of the candidates. At this point, we anticipate holding three forums – one for candidates for the three Ward Council seats, one for candidates for the four at-large Council seats and one for candidates for the seven School Committee seats. In addition, two online questionnaires — one for City Council candidates and one for School Committee candidates — will be given to the candidates, and their responses will be presented on ALN’s website, www.newportalliance.org. We want to hear what Newport’s voters are interested in learning about the candidates. ALN is requesting the public to submit questions to be answered by the candidates. Questions for the forums and questionnaires will be selected from those received. To allow time for the questionnaires to be prepared and given by the end of July to the candidates for their responses, your suggested questions must be submitted no later than July 15. Please send […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 6, 2018 at 11:53 am

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Ron Becker, Co-President of Alliance For A Livable Newport speaks at The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK Newport

Podcast: A conversation with Ron Becker, Co-Presidents of Alliance For A Livable Newport

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

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PUBLIC FORUM – Students of Newport Public Schools Speak Out

DATE: Tuesday, May 1st TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School | 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. A Public Forum Presented by the One Newport NPS Strategic Plan Subcommittee And Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) Listen to our Thompson and Rogers School students talk about their future aspirations and the roles education and the community play in making life choices. Here’s an opportunity to understand the perspectives of Newport’s young people as they navigate technology, social media, classroom traditions, extracurricular activities, family pressures and a rapid change in the labor market. You have heard from the Newport City Council and the School Committee, and about the Newport Public Schools’ Strategic Plan. Now is the time to hear from our most important educational constituents. Panelists: Students from Rogers High School and Thompson Middle School If you could ask them a question what would it be? Now is your opportunity. Questions may be submitted via email before the forum or in writing the night of the event. info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. The One Newport Subcommittee is a group of volunteers who are committed to helping improve the Newport Public […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - April 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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ALN Hosts First Annual ‘State of the City’ Forum Addresses Governance, Safety in 2018

Watch the VIDEO HERE  CREDITS: By Joseph T. O’Connor | 2018-03-01 / Front Page | Newport This Week In an effort to reflect on the year that was and to look ahead at the year to come, Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its first “State of the City” forum on Feb. 27, providing a chance for open dialogue between citizens and the city’s top officials. More than 100 Newporters turned out at Pell Elementary School to hear Mayor Harry Winthrop, City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie and City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr. present the city’s accomplishments and the challenges it faces, and to discuss what they say will be a promising 2018. City leaders took questions submitted by citizens and read by ALN moderators John Hirschboeck, co-president of ALN, and Tom Hockaday, who sits on ALN’s executive committee. The nonprofit had solicited questions based on topics that citizens identified as issues they wanted addressed: the armory, schools, traffic and parking, other city properties, communications and governing processes, hotels and other issues. “Hopefully [this] was an audience that appreciates our openness,” Nicholson said in an interview following the forum. “I want to work with people. I want people calling me. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

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Cover Story – NEWPORT – City officials “State of Our City”

  Purchase of Navy hospital, sale of Armory and longevity of cell tower at high school are the other major changes discussed at a forum Tuesday. CREDIT : By Sean Flynn Staff writer  The Newport Daily News | Page A01Wednesday, 28 February 2018 NEWPORT – City officials chose a “State of Our City” forum Tuesday night to make some major announcements on school security, the city’s planned purchase of the abandoned Navy Hospital on Third Street, the proposed sale of the Armory on Thames Street and the likely longevity of the cell tower on the Rogers High School campus. City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, who is also the city’s director of public safety, said beginning this week there are now full-time police officers stationed at the high school, Thompson Middle School and Pell Elementary School. In the past, there have been budgetary concerns and grants were sought to pay for police presence at the schools. “It’s no longer about the money,” Nicholson said. “This is the new normal.” “Our number one priority is public safety,” Mayor Harry Winthrop said. “Who gives a damn about a pothole on Bellevue Avenue if we are not safe?” More than 100 people gathered in the Pell cafeteria for the forum […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 28, 2018 at 11:29 am

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Mayor, City Manager to participate in the ‘State of the City’ forum

*Questions may be submitted in writing at the event, or via email to info@newportalliance.org You do not have to be present at the forum to have your question chosen. “The State of the City, Newport, Rhode Island” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport How are we doing in our “City by the Sea?” What has been accomplished over the past months? As a function of the city’s Strategic Plan, what are the successes? Where did the city fall short? What can the residents and taxpayers look forward to? Any warning signals to look for? Here’s an opportunity to get the perspectives of Newport’s elected officials and of the City Manager about the issues they have been addressing over the past year and expect to be facing in the current year, and to challenge them with your questions* about the future of Newport. Panelists: Mayor Harry Winthrop City Council Vice-Chair Lynn Ceglie City Manager Joe Nicholson DATE: Tuesday, February 27 TIME: 6-7:30 PM LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI. Ample free parking directly across the street from the school CONTACT            For Immediate Release: 02/12/2018 Isabel Griffith, Co-President Alliance for a Livable […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2018 at 11:09 am

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Free Public Forum – The Working Future of Newport – Oct. 5th 6-8pm @ Pell School

DATE: Thursday, October 5 TIME: 6-8pm LOCATION: Claiborne Pell Elementary School | 35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI.*Ample parking directly across the street from the school. What Will Be the Jobs in Newport’s Future and Who Will be Qualified to Fill Them?  “The Working Future of Newport” A Public Forum Presented by The Alliance for a Livable Newport If economic initiatives planned by the City of Newport are successful they will create new opportunities for people trained in 21st-century job skills. What can be done to make sure our residents will be able to meet this challenge? Here’s an opportunity to learn about The North Side Innovation Hub; Newport’s successful application for the “Working Cities” Grant; Career Tech Programs at Rogers High School, and the OneNewport Outreach to the Newport Community. Panelists: • Sarah Atkins, Newport Department of Economic Development and Civic Investment • Robert Young, Director, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) and Newport Area Career and Technical Center (NACTC) • Kerry Clarke, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Rogers High School • Colleen Jermain, Superintendent, Newport Public Schools • Joe Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Newport County Moderator – Lauren Carson, Newport’s State Representative […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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