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Published April 13, 2018

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…
July 27, 2016

Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project Change in Traffic Pattern

On Tuesday, July 26th, Cardi Corporation began work on the decorative crosswalks. Due to the nature of the work, a new Broadway traffic pattern was established making Broadway one-way northbound from Marlborough Street to Gould Street and Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Boulevard one-way southbound from Equality Park Place to Marlborough Street. All parking along both corridors will remain open. Please note the angled parking on the west side of Broadway and the parallel parking on the east side of Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Boulevard will change direction to match the temporary direction of traffic. Once the crosswalk area is prepared, a concrete…
July 27, 2016

Tax Bill Payment Extension

The City of Newport has extended the due date for 1st quarter tax bills from August 5, 2016 to end of business day on August 10, 2016. Penalties and interest will not be charged for any tax bill received by or postmarked as of August 10, 2016. Tax bills can be paid in person in the Collections Office at City Hall located at 43 Broadway, or mailed to Collections, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Copies of bills may be requested by contacting the Collections Office at 401-845-5403.
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…
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