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June 30, 2016

Independence Day Fireworks Display

The City of Newport will set off its traditional  independence day fireworks display on Monday, July 4 over Newport harbor, with a rain date of Tuesday, July 5. The fireworks show begins after it is dark enough for the show to be seen which is anticipated to be 9:15 PM and lasts approximately 20-25 minutes with Pyrotechnico Fireworks, Inc., of New Castle, PA, supplying the pyrotechnics. The best viewing of the display is anywhere along Newport Harbor, facing west. Public restrooms will be open at King Park, the Harbormaster building at Perrotti Park and at the Mary Street Parking Lot…
June 28, 2016

Cliff Walk Undergoing Needed Repairs starting July 5, 2016

Construction is scheduled to begin on the Newport Cliff Walk on July 5th to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy and to make needed safety improvements.  While the Cliff Walk will remain open during construction, pedestrians will be detoured to local streets with signage between Narragansett Ave and Webster Street.  The 40 Steps restrooms and metered parking along Narragansett Ave shall remain open during construction.  During a later phase in the project, pedestrians will be detoured around the Breakers Mansion between Shepard Ave and Ruggles Ave.  Funding for the project comes from a National Park Service Hurricane Sandy Relief Grant, administered…
May 18, 2016

Public Informational Meeting for Drainage Investigation and Flood Analysis for Whitwell Avenue Area Watershed to be held

May 18, 2016 -- Newport, RI --- The drainage watershed that encompasses Whitwell Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods has been experiencing an increase in street flood events during rain events of high intensity. The storm drainage system in the area discharges into the Moat at Ellery Road. The City is conducting a drainage investigation and flood analysis for the Whitwell Avenue and surrounding neighborhood area to identify the causes and to develop short- and long-term mitigation measures. The investigation will consider observations made during recent street flooding events and trends in extreme precipitation events. In order to identify mitigation measures…
April 21, 2016

Voting Information for City of Newport Residents

Attention Newport voters! The City of Newport's Canvassing Authority has released the list of polling sites along with Newport sample ballots for preview. To verify your polling place, you can also use this document from the Board of Elections here. For more information on elections and voting in the City of Newport, go to:  
March 20, 2016

Trash Collection Canceled Monday, March 21, 2016

March 20, 2016 ----  Due to the predicted approaching storm, trash collection has been canceled for Monday, March 21, 2016.  Trash collection will run on a holiday week schedule for the week.    
March 9, 2016

Public Invited to Reception to Meet Kinsale Delegation

The Honorable Mayor Jeanne Marie Napolitano and members of the Newport City Council are inviting the public to a reception welcoming a delegation from Newport’s sister city, Kinsale, Ireland on Thursday, March 10th from 5 to 6 pm at the Gateway Center in Newport. This year’s delegation, which includes seven members from Kinsale and County Cork municipal government, will be led by the Mayor of the Kinsale-Bandon District, the Hon. James O’Donovan. Joining him will be friends Kevin Canty and Richard Milner; Mary Ryan, Director of the Bandon/Kinsale Municipal District Area, her son Darragh Ryan and niece, Emily Donnelan; and representing the Kinsale-Newport Twinning…
March 4, 2016

Newport City Hall Closing Today Due to Boiler and Heating Issues

Newport City Hall is closing today (Friday, March 4th) at 11:00 a.m. due to boiler & heating issues in the building.  City Hall will reopen on Monday morning, March 7th at 8:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you. Office of the City Manager Dated: Friday, March 4, 2016 10:00 a.m.
February 24, 2016

Newport Emergency Management Agency Weather Event Announcement

The National Weather Service has issued a weather announcement. There is a High Wind Watch and a Heavy Rain Alert for our area from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. on February 25th, 2016.  See the information below for more detail: LOCATIONS : Southeastern Massachusetts and Southern Rhode Island WINDS: There will be two rounds of strong to damaging winds Late tonight and into Thursday morning South winds 30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH are possible in heavy rain showers and isolated thunderstorms Tomorrow afternoon into the evening Southwest winds 25 to 35 MPH with gusts up to 60…
February 18, 2016


The City of Newport is committed to finding ways to increase and encourage citizen involvement and looks to new technology to assist whenever possible. To that end, the City is excited to announce the launch of Report It! Newport, a digital tool that leverages advancing mobile and desktop technologies to provide citizens with a simple means to report non-emergency issues such as potholes or graffiti. Partnering with City of Newport and the Public Services Department is SeeClickFix, a digital communications platform which allows citizens to report non-emergency issues, and governments to track, manage and reply to those issues. With the…
January 14, 2016

Announcing the Second Community Meeting of the Newport Tree, Park, and Open Space Master Plan

Newport Plays. Newport Bikes. Newport Surfs. Newport Walks. What do you want to do in Newport? Every resident of Newport is impacted by the Open Space Master Plan. We all enjoy our parks, public space, streets, beaches, and scenic walks. This is the environment, both natural and manmade, that creates a healthy, vibrant city. Over 160 participants gathered at the Pell School in September to launch the first citywide open space planning effort since the early 1900’s. This ongoing effort, led by the Newport Open Space Partnership, gives Newporters the opportunity to help create a vision of parks and open…
December 18, 2015

City of Newport Official 2015 Holiday Card Announced

Thompson Middle School seventh-grader Eleni Cooper was selected as this year’s winner of the 8th Annual Newport Holiday Card Contest for her subtle and creative nod to the City. Upon first glance, Eleni’s design is a simple Christmas tree. But upon closer inspection, the tree is adorned with ornaments that serve as unique and artful homages to the City by the Sea. To honor Eleni’s work of art, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano presented Eleni with a framed copy of her card and multiple blank cards to mail out to friends and family. The Newport Holiday Card Contest was started in 2008…
December 4, 2015

RI Receives Additional $4.3 Million to Upgrade Newport’s Gateway Center

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is being allocated an additional $4,346,001 in federal funding for exterior repair and improvement work at the Newport Gateway Center, one of RIPTA’s major transit hubs.  This brings the federal contributions for the project up to $6 million. Last year, the Congressional delegation helped secure $1.6 million in federal financing to help RIPTA cover costs of rebuilding and strengthening infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  RIPTA has already put the $1,602,000 grant,…
December 1, 2015

Wellington Avenue Area & Bridge Street/Marsh Street Areas Update

The Newport Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division and the engineering consultant, CH2M Hill have been working on the Drainage Investigation and Flood Analysis Project for the two study areas: Wellington Avenue near the Marchant Street area and the Bridge Street and Marsh Street area. The City recognizes that participation from the residents and stakeholders of the study areas is necessary and very valuable for the success of the project. Therefore, opportunities for input from residents and stakeholders are an important element of the scope of services for the project. The focus of the third public meeting will be…
November 18, 2015

Governor Raimondo Appoints City of Newport Councilor Naomi Neville to School Building Authority Advisory Board

In August Governor Gina M. Raimondo launched the School Building Authority, a component of her Jobs Plan, that includes conducting the first statewide school construction assessment as well as a new funding mechanism for public schools with immediate renovation needs.  When she launched this initiative she stressed that the Authority would be hitting school building challenges head on – helping kids and teachers to get better schools as well as stimulating the Rhode Island construction industry with new jobs. The establishment of the School Building Authority and its Capital Fund were part of Raimondo's Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Raimondo's budget…
September 24, 2015

City of Newport Bare Root Tree Program Spring 2016

Beginning in March 2016, the City of Newport’s Foresty Division will be providing several varieties of trees at wholesale cost and plant the tree for any resident. Residents in neighborhoods that lack significant tree cover can improve home values and quality of life by participating in the city tree planting program. A shipment of sixty, 8 -12 feet tall, trees will arrive from Oregon in early March for planting on public property or setback up to 20 feet onto private property.   The City of Newport will provide and plant the trees at the wholesale cost of $50 for a bare…
September 14, 2015

Newport Health Equity Zone Collaborative Launches With Presentation At Florence Grey Center

In April 2015 the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) became one of eleven organizations in the state to receive a Health Equity Zone grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health. The Newport Health Equity Zone Collaboration is a place-based initiative focusing on the North End and Broadway neighborhoods. The goal of the project is to not only mitigate current health disparities present in these communities, but also to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change. The Newport Health Equity Zone launch will take place on September 23rd at the Florence Grey Center from 6-7pm. “We often think…
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