Thursday, December 20, 2012
Topics include the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls, Broadway redesign plans and wind turbines.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport wants to know what YOU think. The ALN has released a survey, billed as “3 Questions, 3 Minutes” for the community to respond to the Sakonnet River Bridge, Broadway Streetscape Project and wind turbine issues. Questions include: Do you favor tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge? Is the Broadway redesign “worth the turmoil” in a highly trafficked area during the tourist season? Would suspending the project over the summer months in 2013 be beneficial? Would you want a wind turbine on your property? On a neighbor’s property? Tell them your thoughts and take the survey here.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Letter to the Editor for Isabel Griffith, President of the Alliance for a Livable Newport.
To the Editor, On September 13, Alliance For A Livable Newport, in keeping with its mission of providing unbiased information on issues of importance to Newport residents, property owners and businesses, sponsored a forum on the Casino Table Games question that will appear on the November election ballot. Our intent was to present a level playing field of information with a speaker in favor of allowing Newport Grand to add table gambling games to their present slot machine gambling, a speaker against the proposal and a third speaker to present an unbiased review of the economic issues. Two of our three goals were met with Diane Hurley ably presenting the case in favor of expanded gambling and Father Eugene McKenna ably presenting …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The forum explored several sides to the proposed expansion to include table games at Newport Grand.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport held a forum to discuss both sides of the casino gambling debate at Newport Grand Thursday night at CCRI, the Providence Journal Reports. Newport Grand's CEO, a priest opposed to gambling and a business professor presented their arguments during the forum. Several Newport residents also turned out to join the debate about expanding Newport Grand to include table games. Read the full report here. Last January, the Newport City Council showed their support for the casino's request for a referendum on adding table games to Newport Grand. “We have concluded that adding table games to our gaming offering presents the best possible option for Newport Grand to be able to continue to be a significant local …
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Alliance for a Livable Newport wants to know what you want candidates to be asked during their forum in October.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport will be holding a forum for City Council candidates this October and request the community’s help. They will putting together a questionnaire that will be posted on its website with candidates' answers, and are seeking public input. The ALN wants to know what topics and areas of concern Newport citizens would like to see from each candidate. The deadline for ideas and suggestions is Friday, August 10. Email your suggestions to email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Alliance for a Livable Newport held a public forum on the single-stream recycling system coming to Newport this summer.
Local and state officials introduced the new single-stream recycling system that will be implemented in Newport this June during a forum presented by the Alliance for a Livable Newport on Tuesday night at the Newport Public Library. The forum also explained how to reduce and recycle items that are difficult to dispose of, such as paint, mattresses, light bulbs and batteries. Sarah Kite, Director of Recycling Services for the Rhode Island Resource and Recovery Corporation, Kristin Littlefield, Clean City Coordinator for the City of Newport, Ellie Leonardsmith of RI Clean Water Action, and Victor Bell, President of Environmental Packaging International, sat on the panel. Laura Carson, member of the Alliance for a Livable Newport, moderated …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted a panel discussion on the America's Cup races, Ocean State Tall Ships and other summer sailing events in Newport this year.
A packed auditorium at CCRI-Newport Thursday got a preview of what’s in store for Newport this summer during the Alliance for a Livable Newport’s “A Super Summer of Sails: What can Newporters expect?” panel discussion. Newport City Manager and Chair of the Logistics Subcommittee of the America’s Cup World Series Host Committee Jane Howington was on the panel. So was Evan Smith, President and CEO of the Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport and Chairman of America’s Cup World Series Host Committee, Erin Donovan, Executive Director of Ocean State Tall Ships Festival and Jody Sullivan, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce. Jack McVicker, member of the World…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Alliance for Livable Newport member Fred Best reviewed the capital improvement projects and what that means for Newport and Middletown residents
The Alliance for a Livable Newport met at the Newport Public Library Thursday night to discuss the upcoming sewer and water rate hikes, which may increase additional costs to residents almost $1,000 a year. ALN member Fred Best said it the rate increases will eventually cost the average Newport resident an additional $955 per year. To help residents better understand where their money is going, Best explained the projects and the governing process behind the rate increases. Why are the Water Rates Increasing? “The water usage rates cover operation and maintenance of the drinking water systems,” said Best. “Increasingly stringent state and federal drinking water standards require significant improvements to Newport’s water treatment …
The Alliance for a Livable Newport's (ALN) treasurer Ron Becker presented his opinions of Newport’s 2012 budget in his fifth annual financial review.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport held a public meeting at the Newport Public Library on Thursday evening to discuss the City of Newport's 2012 budget. ALN Treasurer Ron Becker commended the city for closing a $8.2 million gap after the initial pass of the budget. “I now find myself in the unaccustomed position of praising the city administration for tackling the problem head on and proposing a very tough budget with major cuts,” Becker said. “My praise for the city administration also extends to the city council for adopting the administration’s proposed budget without any significant modifications.” To close that gap, Becker reported the following steps were taken: Becker pointed out that although the Newport home owner’s will pay 3.88…
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Alliance for a Livable Newport hosted a forum Monday night discussing plans for Newport's Tall Ship.
During a public forum hosted by the Alliance for a Livable Newport on Monday night at the Newport Public Library, several members involved with the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Tall Ship project were able to give members of the community an overview of the ship's journey to Newport’s shores. The ship, a 207-foot, three-masted steel masterpiece, is scheduled for completion in early July 2013, said Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island chairman Bart Dunbar. The hull of the ship, which is already constructed, was towed down from Canada and is now undergoing modifications and improvements at Promet Marine in Providence. “It is not lost on us that the state of Rhode Island needs a symbol for its maritime history,” Dunbar said. “Newport needs a symbol for…
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Alliance of a Livable Newport held a Combined Sewer Overflow Program (CSO) accountability forum at the Newport Public Library on Monday night.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport held a Combined Sewer Overflow Program (CSO) Accountability Forum at its monthly meeting on Monday night at the Newport Public Library. The alliance recommended an economic performance review of the CSO plans with the stakeholders' committee before further expenditures are committed. “CSO events occur when rain water gets into the sanitary sewer system and overloads the system," said Fred Best, who serves on the board of directors. “The solids are strained out, it’s treated with chlorine and overflow is discharged into the bay.” The city is in violation of the Clean Water Act, and last year contracted the firm CH2M Hill to establish a corrective action plan that will help the city negotiate with the …