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Published October 30, 2017

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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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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,…
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