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Can Culture Have Role in Newport City Charter?

By Tom Walsh  (read more) Newport This Week Amid a polite but intensive discussion on Feb. 5 about how the city manager, mayor and the rest of the City Council should manage themselves in conducting public business, there was this comment from Isabel Griffith, the Charter Review Commission’s chairperson: “The Council works the way it does now not because of language in the charter but from the culture of the council,” she said. “The way they do things is something that has been passed down.” The city of Newport, she said, has a culture all its own. The question is this: Can the nine members of the Charter Review Commission figure out a way to revise the city charter without stepping on the city’s historic culture? This ticklish problem hovered over the commission’s discussion of how—or whether—to revise the charter to better address the way the city manager, the mayor (who is actually the chairman of the City Council) and the other six councilors communicate with and among themselves and the public. Among various definitions, Webster defines “culture” as something “that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.” All of this became important to the review […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - February 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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Feb. 8th! The Newport IT working group afterschool program called the Thompson Techno Expo

The Newport IT working group has been putting on an after school program called the Thompson Techno Expo.  We are culminating with a public expo on February 8th with the intent of the students teaching the community about our local communication infrastructure. It’s been a lot of work and we’re hoping its a beta project for other after school programs.  

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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NEWPORT’S 375TH – City to celebrate with dancing, music, parade

Newport 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee co-chairman Steve Waluk answers a question during a meeting sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport on Thursday at the Newport Public Library. Committee members Lynn Ceglie, left, and Jennifer Hanson also fielded questions and suggestions.   http://www.newport375.com Newport Daily News – Friday January 24, 2014 Page 1. – Dave Hansen | Staff photographer  – By Sean Flynn  – Staff writer The Island Moving Co. dance troupe will perform to the locally composed “Newport Colonial Suite” at Rogers High School on March 5 and at the Rosecliff mansion on March 7, two of many events planned this year in celebration of the 375th anniversary of Newport’s founding. “Island Moving Co. has made this bigger than I ever expected,” Lynn Ceglie, a member of the city’s 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee, said. “The performances are going to be amazing and the music is absolutely beautiful.” Ceglie spoke during a forum Thursday night that unveiled planned activities for the coming year. The Alliance for a Livable Newport, a neighborhood advocacy group, sponsored the forum at the Newport Public Library. Members of the audience suggested even more events, such as one celebrating Newport’s maritime trading history, or another with Navy involvement, or […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Newport Yachting Center withdraws NOISE variance request!

Click here if you can’t see the image. November 12, 2013 Dear Newport Yachting Center Guests, We want to thank all of our concert guests and supporters who sent letters, made phone-calls and cleared their schedules to attend tomorrow night’s City Council meeting in support of the Sunset Music Series. It is gratifying to hear how important the Sunset Music Series is to all of you. It is clear that our unique waterfront venue has become a part of the fabric of Newport over the last 16 years. However, based on feedback from the City Council, we are making the decision to pull the variance request from tomorrow night’s City Council docket. The reality is that we need to take a step back and allow the City to hold public workshops, during which we will have an opportunity to explain the facts of the variance request and our plans for noise abatement. There is much misinformation circulating right now and it is important that we be able to present the correct information to the residents of Newport. We will need your support in the future; we will call on you again when the time is right to bring this matter before the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

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November 14th @ 6pm Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions

Your voice, your community, your opinion matters! Join us for a lively discussion of important issues affecting Newport, Rhode Island residents, neighborhoods, friends and family. Alliance for a Livable Newport – Free Public Forum – City of Newport Commissions “I don’t think I’m interested in Newport’s Historic District Commission or its Zoning Board of Review.” Think again! If you own or are thinking of buying property in Newport’s Historic District… If you are thinking about possibly changing the use of your Newport property or altering its outside appearance …. If you own a business anywhere in the city… If you live in an area where a change in zoning might occur… You SHOULD be interested in learning more about: 1)   the Historic District Commission 2)   the Zoning Board of Review The Alliance for a Livable Newport will present the second in a series of public forums featuring Newport’s various Boards and Commissions. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Questions may be sent in advance to: info@newportalliance.org To learn more about The City of Newport Boards and Commissions <click here> The panel will feature: Rebecca McSweeney, Chair of theZoning Board of Review John Shehan, Chair of theHistoric District Commission  Matt Weintraub, Historic Planner for the City of […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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Ron Becker, Alliance for a Livable Newport President elected Chairman of Finance Review Committee

NEWPORT- Finance Review Committee to start work By Sean Flynn – Staff writer  http://newportdailynews.com Seven Newport residents with extensive experience in private business will be reviewing the city budget to determine ways of cutting expenses and increasing revenues. The members of the new Finance Review Committee were sworn by City Clerk Kathleen Silvia Thursday night at the Newport Public Library, and welcomed to the tasks ahead by Mayor Harry Winthrop. When the City Council gave initial approval to a city budget in June, the council members voted unanimously to form a committee to study items such as the high cost of pensions and health care for city employees that are built into the budget. Earlier in the year, the council passed a resolution calling on the city administration to identify “any and all nonprofit entities” that “may be able to assist in generating city revenue through participation in PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) or PILOT-type programs.” That task also has been assigned to the Finance Review Committee. Winthrop said Thursday the committee members could look at the formula that provides state aid to communities in the form of PILOT funding to cover part of the property taxes lost because the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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Isabel Griffith of ALN appointed chairwoman for Charter Review Commission

Charter review panel is urged to deal with ‘hot button’ issues  By Sean Flynn  Staff writer   http://newportdaiynews.com Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop opened the first meeting of the new city Charter Review Commission on Wednesday night by urging the members not to shy away from “hot button” issues. “You should not have preconceived ideas,” he said. “For example, should we have an appointed School Committee instead of an elected School Committee?” John Shehan, chairman of the city’s Historic District Commission and an observer at the meeting, suggested another topic sure to cause debate. He said the new commission should consider whether local voters should elect a mayor instead of City Council members choosing one of their colleagues for that role. “A city of this importance should be electing a mayor,” Shehan said. He said he applied to serve on the Charter Review Commission but was not chosen by the council. Six of the nine members of the new commission were present and they elected Isabel Griffith chairwoman. She is a former president of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the Point Association, neighborhood advocacy groups. Mary Ann Marin was chosen vice chairwoman. She served as chairwoman of the Newport Hospitality […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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ALN public forum – Newport Daily News article Oct. 31, page 1

Neighbors air concerns over plan for marina By Sean Flynn  Staff writer Newport Daily News  http://www.newportdailynews.com/ NEWPORT — A new 25-slip marina the Hyatt Regency Newport hotel is proposing to build northeast of Goat Island would have floating docks 100 to 150 feet offshore so as not to interfere with the eelgrass beds along the shoreline, according to the marina’s designer.  SEE the FORUM VIDEO HERE Gus Kreuzkamp, owner and master engineer of Harbor Engineering LLC of Barrington, presented the marina plans to more than two dozen people who gathered at the Newport Public Library Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the Alliance for a Livable Newport. Most of those who attended are residents of the Point, the neighborhood just opposite the proposed marina site. Bart Dunbar, who lives on Bridge Street, brought up the eelgrass buffer zone because he believes the marina would “stick out egregiously into public waters.” The state Coastal Resources Management Council “could allow the marina closer to shore above the eelgrass,” Dunbar said. It depends on how many people on the council are “eelgrass supporters,” he said. Kreuzkamp disagreed. The project requires both federal and state approval, he said. In his discussions with a representative of the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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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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October 30th! Public Forum about Propose Hyatt Hotel Marina – Designs, Drawings, Plans

WHO: All Newport residents WHAT:  Public Forum about the proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina Bring your questions! Featuring – A presentation and discussion by the developers and hotel WHERE: Newport Public Library – 300 Spring St., Newport, RI (401) 847-8720 WHEN: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 TIME: 6pm until 7:30pm COST: FREE!  (Donations Appreciated!) DONATE NOW!   Proposed Goat Island Hyatt Hotel Marina  October 2013  Preliminary Design, Details, Drawings for your review The images shown below illustrate the plans for a new marina filed by the Hyatt Hotel on Goat Island. These development plans and proposals have been or will be shared with various officials, groups, organizations, departments and individuals including: The Newport City Council The Waterfront Commission The Planning Board CRMC (RI Coastal Resources Management Council) – RI.gov Newport Harbormaster The Point Association of Newport, Rhode Island At those meetings, questions are answered and comments offered about the appropriateness of the facility. The ALN Public Forum on October 30 – 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Newport Public Library will provide an opportunity for the public to see these plans, drawings, designs and images, make comments, and have their questions answered by members of the Hyatt Hotel administration and staff. A Question of Character If built as planned, will the new Hyatt Hotel Marina change the character of Newport’s harbor […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - October 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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