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Published April 13, 2018

June 6, 2018

City of Newport “Put Litter in Its Place” Awareness Campaign

For More Information: Contact William Riccio, Director of Public Services, Department of Public Services at (401) 845-5841 or wriccio@CityofNewport.com Lingering trash and litter are visible public health and social problems caused by the behavior of people around the world. Thankfully, this behavior has shifted since the 1960's when it was not a social taboo to litter to now where it not only crosses the social norm line, but it is also considered an unethical act. Littering is done when people feel no responsibility to the environment and they do not respect the public places they frequent. Education and information can help…
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March 29, 2018

City of Newport Tree Planting Program

Applications are available for the City of Newport’s Forestry Division’s annual spring tree planting program.   The Division will be providing several varieties of trees at wholesale cost and they will 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. The trees have arrived and are here waiting for new homes.   They range in size from 6 -10 feet tall.  Trees can be planted on public property or setback up to 20 feet onto private property.   The City of Newport…
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January 24, 2018

2018 King Park and Willow Street Dinghy Rack Lottery

The Newport Harbormaster Office will be accepting applications for dinghy/kayak rack spaces at the King Park Rack and the Willow Street Rack beginning on February 1, 2018 –February 28, 2018. The applications will be available online at www.newportharbormaster.com . They will also be available at the Harbormaster Office, 39 Americas Cup Avenue. The lottery is open to Newport residents only. In order to be considered a resident, the applicant must submit a copy of their Newport voter registration card or driver’s license with Newport address. With their application.  All applicants must be 18 years of age.  One application per person…
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January 3, 2018

Trash and Recycling Collection Suspended Due to Winter Storm

In preparation for the predicted winter storm, the City of Newport would like to alert residents that weekly trash and recycling collection service will be delayed one additional day beginning Thursday, January 4, 2018 to accommodate the New Year’s Holiday and the storm delay.   The adjusted schedule is as follows: For the week of January 1 to 6, 2018:  Typical Wednesday collections will take place on Friday, January 5 and Thursday collections will take place on Saturday, January 6.  Typical Friday collections will take place Monday, January 8, 2018. For the week of January 8 to 13, 2018:  Collection will…
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January 3, 2018

Parking Ban in Effect at 12:00 PM Thursday, January 4

There will be a “Parking Ban” in effect at 12:00 PM (noon) Thursday, January 4, 2018, until 6 am Friday, January 5, 2018 due to the forecasted snow storm. Motor vehicles parked on such a street one-half hour after the public ban has been announced may be towed. Residents can utilize the following parking lots: Gateway Center, Mary Street lot, and Easton’s Beach free of charge during parking ban. The following streets are designated tow zones for emergency snow removal work: Annandale Road, Bellevue Avenue: (Kay Street to Bowery St), Bedlow Avenue, Bliss Road, Broadway, Coggeshall Avenue, East Bowery Street,…
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November 27, 2017

Office of the Mayor announces resignation of City Councilor-at-Large, John Florez

The Office of the Mayor announces the resignation of City Councilor-at-Large, John Florez, effective January 9, 2018. The City appreciates the service of Councilor Florez over the past three years and wishes him well in his future endeavors. The Mayor's Office would like to invite Newport residents interested in filling the at-large Council position to submit a letter of interest detailing why you would like to serve for the remainder of the current Council term (January 9 through December 1,2018). Please include your resume along with the cover letter and submit to the Office of the Mayor, City Hall, 43…
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November 22, 2017

van Beuren Charitable Foundation Receives Grant to Support City of Newport’s Innovate Newport Project

The City of Newport would like to announce that the van Beuren Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $537,500 to support the City of Newport's Innovate Newport project at the former Sheffield School property on Broadway. The Innovate Newport project repurposes the property into a resource where the area's entrepreneurs and innovators can interact and collaborate to create future economic drivers for the region. The project seeks to leverage world-class human and technological assets into new commercial ventures in the disciplines of underwater technology, marine science, cyber security and environmental resiliency. This exciting economic development initiative…
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October 30, 2017

Washington St CSO Facility Force Main Failure

Staff from the Department of Utilities, Water Pollution Control Division and the City’s contractor Suez responded Monday, October 30, 2017  to a report of flooding in the parking lot at the Gateway Center. It was determined through investigations the 10” force main that pumps out of the Washington CSO Facility had failed. The force main has been isolated from the sanitary sewer system stopping the overflow in order to excavate and make the necessary repairs. By isolating the failed force main, there is no service disruption in the sanitary sewer system. The flooded area is being cleaned and disinfected
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October 24, 2017

City Manager Responds to Coyote Sightings in Newport

In light of the recent increase in sightings of coyotes throughout the City, the City Manger would like to remind residents that City Ordinance, Chapter 6.12, prohibits the feeding of, or providing an attractant for, non-domesticated animals (for instance: coyotes). Link: https://library.municode.com/ri/newport/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TIT6AN_CH6.12FENOMAN Coyote management studies have shown that the most effective tool in limiting human/coyote interactions is to eliminate food sources in populated areas. Foods provided near human activity result in coyotes becoming habituated to people and in the animals becoming bold and approaching people for food (including small pets). These food sources include: residential food sources such as low…
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October 18, 2017

City of Newport Receives FEMA Discount on Flood Insurance for Residents

In 2016 the City of Newport made a formal request for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary program that was implemented in 1990 that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP standards. Under the CRS, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reward community actions that meet the three goals of the CRS, which are: (1) reduce flood damage to insurable property; (2) strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and (3) encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management. There are 22,000…
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October 6, 2017

City Manager appoints Interim Fire Chief Brian T. Dugan, Sr. to position of Fire Chief of the Newport RI Fire Department.

The City Manager announced that he has appointed Interim Fire Chief Brian T. Dugan, Sr. to the permanent position of Fire Chief of the Newport Fire Department. A formal swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled in the next several weeks.  The selection of Chief Dugan follows a search process that attracted many qualified candidates. An interview panel was formed and the City Manager conducted final interviews of the top candidates.  Interim Fire Chief Brian T. Dugan, Sr. was selected as the most qualified and best candidate for appointment. Chief Dugan began his career as a firefighter with the Newport Fire Department…
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August 22, 2017

Eisenhower Park Lampposts Illuminate Park

With the flick of a switch Tuesday, August 8, Eisenhower Park in Washington Square is once again illuminated in the evening light.  Eleven new decorative lampposts with energy efficient LED lanterns were installed in the park in order to replace the less efficient gas lighting previously existing in the space.  The lighting matches those lights that were previously installed throughout Washington Square during its recent revitalization.   The project was designed and installed by staff members from the City of Newport Department of Public Services with electrical services provided by Toner Electric of Middletown, RI.  The City of Newport was awarded…
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July 26, 2017

Launch of Newport Waves 2017

Two summers ago, Newport, RI was festooned with street banners proclaiming “Newport Waves!”. Posters around town and screens from the Hyatt Hotel to the Jane Pickens Theater and the Folk Festival at Fort Adams shared the message. Familiar Newport faces reminded people everywhere to Stop. Look. and Wave! The campaign was the result of attention to Newport by the federal Safe States Alliance after three pedestrians lost their lives on downtown streets. The City partnered with local advocacy group Bike Newport to create a campaign that would improve safety for people walking, biking and otherwise vulnerable to serious injury on…
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July 20, 2017

City of Newport and Aquidneck Land Trust Announce Open Days at Miantonomi Park Memorial Tower

Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park as part of the Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days. The tower is open free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, ending August 27. In addition to the open tower, increased summer programming is planned for the park by the Newport Open Space Partnership (“NOSP”), a collaboration of local non-profits and the City, which has been developing an Open Space Master Plan for Newport’s parks and open spaces. Miantonomi…
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June 29, 2017

First Autonomous Floating Microgrid Platform for Powering and Recharging Electric Marine Propulsion Vessels in Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor has been the site of many firsts in its long and storied history, and this June it will be the site of another. Powerdocks, LLC a local marine development firm has partnered with the city to launch their Blue Isles™ platform in the harbor waters.   Blue Isles™ is the first aquatic microgrid platform built to power and recharge electric marine propulsion vessels using solar power.  Its solar panels will provide free solar generated electrical power and free Wi-Fi to vessels docked within 300 feet of the floating platform.  Blue Isles™ will be moored in the public anchorage area…
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May 16, 2017

City of Newport Launches the Newport Re-Uses Initiative

The City of Newport is excited to announce the launch of Newport Re-Uses, an initiative that will help coordinate, communicate, and create action around stewardship of the environment.  The City is committed to working together with residents, businesses, environmental groups, and volunteers to provide leadership in environmental health and sustainability for our city and island.    The City’s first step in this initiative was the creation of the Plastic Bag Ordinance that eliminated distribution of single-use plastic bags.  This ordinance recognized that single-use plastic bags have greatly impacted our community by creating litter on our roadways, polluting the harbor, endangering wildlife, and…
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