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Published August 25, 2017

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
May 8, 2017

Newport Approved by FEMA to Participate in National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System

NEWPORT, RI-- 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…
April 21, 2017

City of Newport’s First Parklet Opens with Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, April 26th

The City of Newport is getting ready to “park” it’s first parklet! The City of San Francisco has been credited with introducing the parklet concept in 2005, but other cities around the world and in this country, have quickly adopted the idea and have launched their own.   These mobile parks are typically designed to fit in a parking space and to provide additional relaxing space for a passerby to sit, rest and just enjoy the environment of the city around them.  They help extend the public space and create more passive recreation opportunities in busy city areas. At the corner…
April 13, 2017

Eight Newport AOIT Students Receive Medals from SkillsUSA

On Tuesday evening, April 4th, SkillsUSA Rhode Island held its 41st Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony in Providence.  During this event, eight students from the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) program of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center earned medals. The AOIT program has been a highly successful career and college pathway since 2001.  Over seven consecutive years (from 2009-2015), the program sent students to the national competitions of SkillsUSA.  All seven gold medalists were in the field of Technical Computer Applications.  This year, 3 more students, Elizabeth (Eliza Taylor), Emma Daigneault and Cynthia Rodrigues will travel to Louisville, Kentucky…
April 12, 2017

God’s Little Acre Fundraising Campaign

Plans are underway to replace the sign that once marked the section of Newport's historic Common Burying Ground known as God's Little Acre. The previous sign, lost in a storm in 2011, marked the largest and oldest extant burial ground for enslaved and free Africans in colonial America. Designed by long time Newport residents Theresa and Keith Stokes, the sign helped cemetery visitors locate the section and enhanced their experience. The new sign will be based on the previous one but crafted from materials able to withstand the local weather conditions. Under the advice of the Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission,…
March 16, 2017

Hamilton Foundation Funding-Rogers High School Horticulture Program & NIMFEST King Park Music Series

On behalf of the Hamilton Family Foundation, Councilor Kate Leonard has presented two checks to Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop. The foundation has funded the Rogers High School Horticulture Mentoring program for the last twelve years providing students an opportunity to work with master gardeners to learn new skills and also get paid for the experience. Councilor Leonard works with Rogers High School staff to interview applicants and place them with skilled horticulture mentors throughout Newport. Many students have used the opportunity to make horticulture their future careers. For the tenth year, funding is being provided for the King Park Music…
January 6, 2017

Parking Ban In Effect 1/7/2017

NEWPORT, RI- There will be a “Parking Ban” in effect at 12:00 PM (noon) on Saturday, January 7, 2017, until Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 8am 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,…
December 29, 2016

Weather Advisory: Newport Emergency Management Agency

  December 29, 2016 1300 hours   The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory for our area and a Gale Warning for our waters from 7 pm this evening until 6 am Friday morning. See the information below for more detail:   Strong to damaging winds : Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island Sustained westerly winds between 20 to 30 mph Strong westerly wind gusts between 45 to 55 mph, 60 mph wind gusts could be encountered at certain locations Isolated power outages are possible due to downed trees & tree limbs Strongest wind gusts are expected…
October 19, 2016

Common Burying Ground Celebration and Resetting of Gravestones

Join the Historic Cemetery District Commission at the Common Burying Ground (use Warner Street entrance) in Newport on Saturday October 22nd at 11 a.m. for the celebration and resetting of historic gravestones. The Mayes stone is a masterpiece dating to 1690 and was carved for a child of a Newport pirate. The stone was uncovered in a yard in Pennsylvania and hasn't been seen since 1979. The Cook stone was also missing for many years but was hiding in the Point section of Newport. [caption id="attachment_2607" align="alignright" width="300"] Common Burying Ground - Cemetery in Newport Rhode Island[/caption] Following the program, students…
September 1, 2016

City of Newport Public Services Department, Buildings & Grounds Announces Installation of Storer Park Lights

Three new decorative LED lights have been installed in Storer Park to address concerns by neighbors and park users.   To respond to this need for better lighting in a timely manner with available resources, the Public Services Department staff fabricated and installed black wooden poles, a service panel as well as underground conduit.  The wiring, installation of the lights and the new electrical service were installed by the city’s electrical contractor, Toner Electric.  The lights have been placed along the park sidewalk adjacent to the Hunter House.   The permanent electrical service and underground conduit that was installed will enable future…
August 19, 2016

Salute to Summer Concert and Fireworks

The Naval Station Newport Commanding Officer is pleased to announce the annual Salute to Summer concert and fireworks show will be held on the base, August 27. The concert is free and open to the public. Music will feature the music of Beach Boys Tribute Band “The Driftwoods at 5 p.m., followed by a performance by Navy Band Northeast at 7 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Gate One turnstiles, on Training Station Road, will open at 4 p.m. for pedestrian traffic only. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and drink concessions will…
August 4, 2016

City of Newport Public Services Department, Buildings & Grounds Announces Second Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days

Newport, RI—The City of Newport and Aquidneck Land Trust are proud to announce the Second Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days!  Established as a World War One memorial park, Miantonomi Park includes Miantonomi Hill, the highest point in Newport. The Hill, once the seat of power for the Narragansett Indians, has housed colonial beacons, revolutionary war fortifications, and finally, a 1929 memorial tower designed by Meade, McKim and White. With the assistance of the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Sunset Hill has been added to the park with its revolutionary war earthen redoubt. On Sundays through the month of August the Miantonomi Tower…
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