The Alliance for a Livable Newport (ALN) held its 2014/2015 Annual Meeting at the Salvation Café on May 6

The Alliance, dedicated to improving the quality of life in Newport and serving as an unbiased resource for information on the issues of importance to the community, greeted its members and guests for an informal re-cap of its past year’s activities and plans for the future.

ALN Annual Mtg

ALN Secretary Isabel Griffith opened the meeting by highlighting the importance of civic engagement, particularly in this election year. Isabel herself serves as the head of the Charter Review Committee.

Noting that the City of Newport has 17 commissions, 5 boards and 5 Committees – yet few know about the work they perform, ALN Vice President John Hirschboeck noted that the 5 ALN sponsored Public Forums held during the past year highlighted various commissions and their actions while serving to acknowledge the dedicated volunteer work that over 100 members contributed to these city sanctioned bodies.

In addition to the series of Commission forums, ALN held Forums on the Goat Island Marina Plans and Newport’s Plans for its 375th Anniversary. ALN also participated in a series of neighborhood meetings and supported Daffodillion, Newport’s drive to beautify Newport with 1 million daffodils throughout the city.

John reminded all that all ALN forums are video taped and posted on the ALN website at

President Ron Becker reviewed the financial condition of the Alliance and encouraged members and residents to support ALN and its mission by contributing at

A vote for the at-large directors of ALN was conducted and the following were voted in:

At-Large Directors

  • Ron Becker
  • Lauren Carson
  • John Hirschboeck
  • Tom Hockaday
  • John McCain
  • Roger Wells

Neighborhood Association Representative Directors

  • Harry Elkin, Top of the Hill
  • Isabel Griffith, The Point
  • Jim Moore, Bellevue/Ochre Point
  • Rico Santi, Historic Hill
  • Glenn Whisler, Castle Hill
  • Jack McVicker, Off Broadway
  • Chip Leakas, North End

(Neighborhood Association Representative Directors are selected by their respective Associations and appointed by the At-Large Directors).

Advisory Board

  • Mike Cullen
  • George Herchenroether
  • Bonnie Kniskern
  • Win Smith
  • Jane Timken
  • Dave Wixted

(The Advisory Board consists of past ALN presidents plus others appointed by the Directors).

After the vote was announced, an informal discussion as to a variety of topical issues, including recycling and the new recycling and trash contract, took place.

The next free ALN Public Forum will present the findings and recommendations of both the Charter and Financial Review Committees on June 24th, 6:00pm at the Newport Public Library.

The Alliance will also be holding a series of candidate forums for City Council and School Committee in October.

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