TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Newport?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

Some examples include volunteers at the the Potter League, Newport Hospital and the Newport Public Library.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

Ken Shane October 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Evan Smith and his great staff at Discover Newport.
Eddie October 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I know a few people who exemplify good neighbors, volunteers, and inspire other to not only due better but be better people by their shining example. There are a few parts to this equation and I'm sure you can get all the details from the three individuals I know personally but these three people basically started the Softball league for girls in Newport. They maintain the fields, coach the kids, and deal with all the inner workings of the league...everything from scheduling, travel, concessions, equipment and who knows what else it takes to run a league. It isn't just the fact that they started this league and are "inspirational", it is the way they live their lives. These are the types of people that are always there to lend a helping hand no matter what the situation. If you just try to be be half as good as these individuals you begin to make the community a better place. I know because they have made me do better. They are catalysts for a better community. Please remember I am not involved with the softball league at all and don't know all the people that got this thing off the ground but the three I do know are Caryn Palmer, Drew Palmer and Thomas Milburn. They exemplify the term pay it forward. A nurse at Newport hospital and a firefighter on the Newport Fire Dept, Caryn and Drew have three girls all of whom play in the league. While Tommy Milburn, a 5th grade teacher at Thompson, has two children one of whom plays in the league.
ECB October 09, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Nicole Metz Vazquez. In addition to her beautiful work with Newport In Bloom, she has an amazing take-charge attitude nearly equal in size to that of her huge heart, which is always in the right place; just ask her two beautiful children and husband, Victor. Most notably, Nikki, along with several other dedicated local individuals, spearheaded the fundraising and volunteer coordination efforts for the late Joe Caruso and his family, the effects of which will be felt for years to come for that young family.
lauren carson October 09, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Thanks to so many people in newport. Two of my favorites, bari George of bike newport and Isabel Griffith, of alliance for livable newport. Both making our city more livable.
Michael Pine October 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
The Newport Artillery Co, these guys and ladies turn out and add color and a smile to all sorts of Newport functions from parades to dedications of park benches, LOL, and their museum is super visitor and child friendly they even keep a uniform coat and hat on hand for kids to wear for photos.They are sort of like Newport's attic. The Funky Phantom.


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