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. Congdon Ave petitioned for and received sticker parking last year and neighboring streets have shown an interest in doing so. Rather than having a domino effect and dealing with petitions on a street by street basis, the report recommends extending the residential parking program (sticker parking) to our neighborhood as parking has become difficult for residents with the influx of traffic to the Broadway businesses.


The report  also recommends metered parking on Broadway from Washington Square to the police station.  One question that has been posed to me directly is whether or not meters should go further north and stop at Dunkin Donuts.

Please do take the time to provide your thoughts and comments either directly to our city councilors, through the workshop or through OBNA.

Please see attached for the report and a map.

Thanks, Amy




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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:

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 Newport

For additional information on ALN or this Forum, contact: Isabel Griffith – Office of the President –

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>

Bring a neighbor, tell a friend!

Please join us!


Thursday, November 14
6:00 – 7:30pm


Newport Public Library
Program Room
300 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840

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Video of Public Forum proposed Hyatt Marina + Detailed Engineering Plans


20131010_Hyatt Dock_Presentation Set < click to download Hyatt Marina Engineering Drawings, design, plans


Hyatt Marina Proposal from Alliance for Livable Newport on Vimeo.


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 Waterfront Commission
  • The Planning Board
  • Newport Harbormaster

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.


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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
  • 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 for better or worse?

Known as a safe haven for fishermen, swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders and small boat traffic, the harbor just east of the Hyatt Hotel across from the Point neighborhood may one day have an additional 25 slips for boats up to 100 feet in length if the proposed new Hyatt marina is approved.

While avoiding ecologically important eel grass beds, the marina will require moving four residential moorings and relocating the navigational channel. “Of course the Hyatt has a right to develop its valuable waterfront,” said Isabel Griffith, Secretary of the Alliance. “But is the size of what they are proposing appropriate? What are the implications for the future of a harbor recognized as a refuge from noise and motorboat traffic? In what ways will the current users of the harbor benefit?”

The deadline to file objections to the plans with CRMC has been extended to November 15, 2013. 

The applicant proposes to construct and maintain a new marina with no more than 25 slips at the Hyatt Regency Newport by installing a timber access pier with a ramp to a float system.

A 5-foot by 94-foot access pier will extend off the bulkhead with a 4-foot by 25-foot aluminum ramp to access the proposed float system. The floats will be secured with epoxy-coated steel pipe pilings. The ramp will access a 10-foot by 161-foot main float with a 20-foot by 50-foot water sports float to the north and a 5-foot by 30-foot finger float extending south. At the seaward (eastern) end of the main float is a 13-foot by 230-foot main wave attenuator float extending in a north-south direction. A 13-foot by 95-foot wave attenuator float will extend northwest from the end of that float.

There are three 5-foot by 50-foot finger floats extending northwest from the main attenuator float.

 To Learn more about the Application with the CRMC click this link:




For more information on the Alliance for a Livable Newport and how you can help make Newport more livable, go to


John Hirschboeck, Vice President

Alliance for a Livable Newport

Alliance for a Livable Newport | P.O. Box 2636 | Newport | RI | 02840
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Engage Newport – SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level – Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Engage Newport - SEA Aware-Public Event on Rising Sea Level

“Save the Date”

Notice for a Public Event through the Engage Newport-SEA Aware initiative.

The event will provide information on projects researching Sea Level Rise and is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2013 from  5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Center.



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Newport Gateway Center to get facelift

NEWPORT, R.I. — A plan to give the Gateway Center on America’s Cup Avenue a new look was unveiled to the public on Wednesday by Evan Smith, the president and CEO of Discover Newport, the regional visitors and convention bureau.

He described the plan as practical, affordable and actionable. The building and the 8-acre site are owned by the city of Newport. In 1988, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority signed a 99-year lease to use part of the site as a bus terminal, so both parties would have to support the redesign.

Smith said he was encouraged after meeting with City Manager Jane Howington Wednesday morning and with Mark Therrien, RIPTA’s assistant general manager, in the afternoon.

“We want to inspire our partners, realizing we are the tenants,” Smith said. “We are open to the ideas and creativeness of the city and RIPTA if they want to change this redevelopment plan.”

Some of the white canvas canopies over the Gateway Center’s walkways were torn up by superstorm Sandy last October and have been removed. Therrien said he would see if federal disaster money is available for the damages.

Howington said the city has been in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency about receiving funding for repairs.

Architect Ross Cann of A4 Architecture, in consultation with Discover Newport staff, developed the modest redesign plan, Smith said. It calls for about 50 percent of the blue steel girders that held up the white canopies to be removed. The outside bank of girders and canopies along America’s Cup Avenue would be removed and replaced by trees.

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Steve Heath seeking advisers for “Newport FabLab” at East Bay Met School

(October 21, 2012) A team of educators, industry representatives, after school providers, and public officials are developing a digital fabrication studio (FabLab) in the Florence Gray Center in the north end of Newport. (1 York St Newport, RI 02840 )

Leading this initiative is Steve Heath, Community Learning Specialist, East Bay Met School. Steve has 15 years of program development in urban public, and private schools  and can be reached at (401) 439-0160,, or 1 York Street, Newport, RI 02840

The Newport FabLab promises to serve as a catalyst for educational collaboration and industry participation by addressing disenfranchised and high achieving students of all ages.

Steve says that he is “committed to the ‘FabLab’ project because it addresses educational needs, business aspirations, community development opportunities and innovative ideas.”

What is a FabLab?    

Photo of the Amsterdam FabLab at the Waag Society





















A FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication.

A FabLab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.[3] This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.

While FabLabs have yet to compete with mass production and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products, they have already shown the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves. These devices can be tailored to local or personal needs in ways that are not practical or economical using mass production

Popular FabLab equipment and projects:

Flexible manufacturing equipment within a FabLab can include:

The FabLab would serve youth, artists and businesses, CCRI students, adults interested in developing marketable skills, and Newport County technology companies.

The FabLab can provide Newport County residents with alternative pathways to Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) careers through mentoring and personalized education, as it links Newport County’s high-tech professionals from Raytheon, over 40 technology-oriented companies, and the Naval Undersea Weapons Center (NUWC) with area students.

Once fully developed, equipped, and staffed, the Newport County FabLab would provide:

· Classes and workshops for students and adults

· Daily after-school programs for middle and high school students

· Facilities to rent for local companies and entrepreneurs

· Classes in collaboration with CCRI, including a specific curriculum designed to enable high school students to get an early start on an Associate’s Degree in Micro Manufacturing or other high-tech subjects.

Our team includes:

We are presently seeking advisors to lend their expertise as we plan for a technologically savvy Newport County.

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Newport City Council Candidates Forum Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM!

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Newport City Council Candidates Forum

Thursday, October 18
7:00 PM
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Newport City Council Chambers
Newport City Hall
43 Broadway, Newport, RI

Alliance For A Livable Newport, with the support of the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund, will host the candidates for the contested Newport City Council seats – At Large and First Ward. The candidates will be questioned about key issues facing the City of Newport now and in the near future. Come hear the candidates’ views as you make your voting decisions for the November elections.

 Free and Open to the Public

Alliance for a Livable Newport             
Isabel Griffith, President



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Video of Alliance for a Livable Newport (RISC) Forum on Table Games at Newport Grand

Alliance for a Livable Newport (RISC) Forum on Table Games at Newport Grand

Image 01 Forum Introduction
Alliance for a Livable Newport:
Pros and Cons of a Proposed Casino Gaming at Newport Grand
Mr. Michael P. Kehew conducts the forum
Image 01 Panel introduced:
Dr. Edward Mazze – Economic Impact
Ms. Diane Hurley – CEO Newport Grand
Fr. Eugene McKenna – ALN
Image 01 Dr. Mazze addresses the audience regarding the economic impact of gambling in and around Rhode Island.
Image 01 Ms. Diane Hurley presents the history of the Newport Grand and the case for adding table gaming equipment.
Image 01 Father Eugene McKenna presents the history of the Alliance for a Livable Newport and the case against allowing a dedicated gambling facility in Newport.
Image 01Ms. Hurley responds to several of Fr. McKenna’s points pointing out the Self Exclusion Program in place for the benefit of addicted gamblers.Dr. Mazze responds regarding the poor state of employment in RI.
Image 01 Q&A session with the public
Image 01 Question regarding the future vision of the Casino prompted responses from all three members of the panel
Image 01 Session wrap up

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