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SPECIAL 2018 Newport Elections Home Page

Newport City Council and School Committee Candidates Address the Tough Questions September 27, 2018 – The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) announced that candidates for both the Newport City Council and School Committee have now posted their responses to numerous questions posed by the Alliance and the community in advance of the public forums that the Alliance will hold in October. *see dates/times/locations below All twenty-one candidates in contested races have diligently taken time and effort to address how they would deal with many of these challenges. Click the LINKS below to VIEW the survey responses: View #1 – ALL of the Candidates responses to each question…View #2 – INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE RESPONSES to each question– see screenshot example https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-S7THFT5HL/ (School Committee Responses)  https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-QD3JLM5HL/ (City Council Responses)  “This is a pivotal election for Newport. Our newly elected city council and school committee will be dealing with critical issues affecting all of Newport, including the development of the north end, the bridge re-alignment, parking, taxes, short-term rentals, etc.,” said John Hirschboeck, co-president of the Alliance. “Likewise, the new school committee must contend with the overcrowding at Pell, the repairs or replacement of Rogers, academic performance, finances, and other critical issues.” In addition […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - September 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm

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ALN Public Forum – Newport Utilities Department – Monday, February 27, at 5:30 Edward King House

DATE: Monday, February 27 TIME: 5:30pm  LOCATION: Edward King House, Ballroom – 35 King St, Newport, RI 02840 The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will be holding its first Public Forum of the year featuring Julia Forgue, Director of the Newport Utilities Department, and her staff will talk about their department’s responsibilities and operations. The Department of Utilities is comprised of two divisions, the Water Division and the Water Pollution Control Division. http://www.cityofnewport.com/departments/utilities The Water Division operates and manages the source water reservoirs, treatment plants, storage tanks and distribution system. The City’s water distribution system also services the Town of Middletown and a small portion of the Town of Portsmouth. We also sell water wholesale to the Portsmouth Water and Fire District and Naval Station Newport. The Water Division is responsible for providing drinking water that meets standards established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The Water Division is licensed by the RIDOH as a Public Water Supplier, License # 1592010. The Water Division is also required to report to the Rhode Island Water Resources Board. The Water Pollution Control Division is responsible for providing wastewater treatment for the residents of Newport. In addition we provide wastewater treatment on a wholesale basis to the […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 31, 2017 at 9:55 am

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Public Workshop: Protecting Newport Historic and Cultural Assets from Flooding Caused by Sea Level Rise

The public is invited to participate in a community workshop on flood protection for historic and culturally valuable properties on Newport’s coast. The workshop is scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 3-7 P.M., at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Newport, RI 02840. NOTE: The public is welcome for the whole event; a general overview of the project will be given at 5 p.m. to ensure attendees arriving later in the day have ample opportunity to gain information. RSVP if attending by July 11 to ensure adequate refreshments. The workshop follows the April 2016 Keeping History Above Water Conference in Newport, which explored historic preservation efforts regarding flooding from sea level rise a key impact of climate change. Newport hosts a broad array of historical and cultural assets, including registered historic buildings, and rising water and increased storminess is expected to threaten these over time. The University of Rhode Island (URI) Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant are facilitating the meeting for several community groups interested in continuing the conference dialogue. The event is also possible due to generous support from the Prince Charitable Trusts. Science indicates that Rhode Island is more likely than many other coastal states […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - July 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

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Amy Hoag, Newport Resident, expresses her concerns with proposed parking changes.

Proposed_Parking_Changes_Map copy  (click to download) Docket Action Item #5245:14  (click to download) The city will hold a public parking workshop on Thursday, March 20th at 6:30 pm in the community room at the police station to review the proposed sticker parking changes.  If you are not able to attend but would like to make comment, please email the city councilors whose contact information is listed below. Last week at the city council meeting, the council received a report recommending expanding the Residential Parking Program (sticker parking) to include high density areas, areas with little to no off-street parking, and residential areas in mixed use or near major tourist sections of Newport; this change would eliminate the petition process for the proposed streets.  The streets proposed for inclusion in the Residential Parking Program include: All roads west of Broadway up to A-1 Pizza and west to Van Zandt Ave. Southern end is Farewell Street and Thames down to Bucci’s liquor. Everything north of Touro street between Kay and Broadway all the way up to Rhode Island Ave. Warner, Broadway, and Marcus Wheatland are not restricted. This directly impacts our neighborhood and has been a topic of discussion in our meetings regularly. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

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CITY OF NEWPORT – CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION – NOTICE of PUBLIC FORUM

  What: CITY OF NEWPORT – CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION – NOTICE of PUBLIC FORUM   When: WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM   Where: Assembly Room of the Newport Police Station – 120 Broadway, Newport RI 02840   AGENDA   Public Forum   Citizens may address the Commission on all matters pertaining to the Charter Review. The Charter Review Commission requests the time of comments for each person be limited to five minutes. Questions and discussion may extend the time limit at the discretion of the Commission.   Of particular interest to the Charter Review Commission are the following issues:   The way we elect our mayor Whether or not to eliminate the wards and have all City Councilors elected at large Term limits and staggered terms for the School Committee and City Council Election vs. appointment of the School Committee The roles and responsibilities of the Mayor and City Manager How Boards and Commission function, among other operating functions of City government.   If time allows, the Commission will proceed with items to do with a regularly scheduled business meeting.   Roll call Determination of quorum Approval of the minutes from the January 29, February 5 and February 19 meetings   […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - March 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

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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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You are Invited! Alliance for a Livable Newport LEARN ALL ABOUT PLANS FOR NEWPORT’S 375th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

    You are Invited! Alliance for a Livable Newport LEARN ALL ABOUT PLANS FOR NEWPORT’S 375th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS   The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) will be holding a free public forum at the Newport Public Library on January 23 to unveil a host of planned activities recognizing this year’s 375th Anniversary of the founding of Newport. Founded in 1639 by William Brenton, Henry Bull, Jeremy Clark, John Clarke, William Coddington, John Coggeshall, Nicholas Easton, and Thomas Hazard, Newport became the first capital of the State of Rhode Island. Co-chairs of the 375th Anniversary Celebration Committee, former mayors Steve Waluk and co-chair John Trifero, will be joined by members of Newport’s 375th committee who will outline the City’s plans for public celebrations, family-friendly activities, lectures and educational programs throughout 2014. A “Q & A” will follow the presentation during which additional ideas can be discussed. ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT: www.NewportAlliance.org  375TH ANNIVERSARY WEBSITE  & FACEBOOK PAGE: http://www.newport375.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Newport375 For further information, contact: 
John Hirschboeck, ALN Office of the President  info@newportalliance.org  or Call 401-619-0127 Did you know that all ALN Public Forums are video taped and available publicly for viewing at any time? <click here to view the archive> Portrait of a Clergy […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - January 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

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City of Newport Charter Review – what you should know and do now!

The Charter of the City of Newport, Rhode Island, was approved by the voters on November 4, 1952. Chapter III (Elections) became effective on such date. All other provisions became effective on November 1, 1953. Years appearing in parentheses indicate that the section was enacted, amended or repealed in the year indicated. The final reports of last two Charter Reviews were in 2002 and 2008. Section 10-10. Charter Review The Council shall provide for periodic review of this charter by appointing a Charter Review Commission no more than 10 years from the date of appointment of the most recent Charter Review Commission. WHAT YOU CAN DO Read the City Charter.  <click here> In addition to the link on the ALN website It can be found on Charter Review Commission website – click on Boards and Commission on the upper left of the city’s home page or on Codified Ordinances just below that. Meetings, agendas and minutes are posted on the Charter Commission website; meetings are also posted on the city calendar.  Comments at those meetings about the City Charter from members of the public are encouraged CHARTER OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND PREAMBLE CHAPTER I. – GENERAL PROVISIONS. […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - December 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

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Isabel Griffith featured on the front page of The Newport Daily News 11/25/2013

ISLAND PEOPLE – A wealth of experience  Newport Charter review chairwoman comes with a wide-ranging resume By Sean Flynn – Staff writer http://newportdailynews.com  NEWPORT — Isabel Griffith likes going to Newport City Council meetings, which are a far cry from some of the other settings in her life. Take for example the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., where she was associate head of school and academic dean for several years. The town was also the home of the Middleburg Hounds, who kept up the tradition of fox-hunting with their Middleburg Hunt. “The girls would sometimes fox hunt, usually two or three of our best riders who were very brave,” Griffith said about her former students. “When they missed classes because of a fox hunt, it would drive the faculty nuts. But sometimes I would be with the girls.” Griffith, 75, has found enjoyment in many endeavors in her life, but she has a soft spot for private boarding schools for girls at the highschool level, where she has lived and worked. “Schools with female faculty and staff made a difference in my life,” she said. “Some of the things I did, I never would have thought of doing if I didn’t have that […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - November 25, 2013 at 7:50 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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