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Published December 21, 2017

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.
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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…
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February 18, 2016

REPORT IT! NEWPORT App Launched

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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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September 7, 2015

Newport’s Clean City Program Reminds Residents Of Collection Delays Due To Labor Day Holiday

The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program reminds residents that there will be no recycling and trash collections on Monday, September 7th due to the observance of Labor Day. All collections for the week of September 7th will be delayed by one day. As a reminder, yard waste will be collected during the weeks of September 14th and 28th on residents’ regular collection day. Residents can view and print the yard waste and holiday calendar at www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity or hard copies are available for pick-up at Newport City Hall and outside The Clean City Office.
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June 29, 2015

Drainage Investigation and Flood Analysis for Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street – Identifying Mitigation Measures

When the neighborhoods along Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street were first developed hundreds of years ago, their locations close to Newport Harbor were seen as a benefit. As time progressed more homes and businesses were established and the City installed storm drainage infrastructure in these neighborhoods and throughout the City. The investments in storm drainage infrastructure have served the City well for decades, and in many areas still provide adequate storm drainage even during the largest and most intense precipitation events. Recently, the Wellington Avenue and Bridge Street neighborhoods have experienced what is perceived to be more frequent and more…
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June 22, 2015

Recreation Department Extends Hours To Accommodate Summer Camp Registrations

Newport Recreation is continuing to accept summer camp registrations for the remainder of this week. The summer day camp program for boys and girls entering grades K-8 in the fall of 2015 begins Monday June 29th . On Thursday, June 25th the Recreation office will extend their business hours until 6:00 pm for those interested in registering for the camp. Registrations for the many specialty camps being offered this summer will also be accepted during the extended hours. For more information on any of the camp programs, please call 845-5800 or visit www.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation-580.
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June 2, 2015

Newport Public Services Committee Inducted Into RI Recreation & Parks Association Membership to the RI Recreation & Parks Association – Hall of Fame

The City of Newport’s Public Services Department is proud to announce that Carol Mureddu, Recreation Program Supervisor, has been inducted into the 2015 Rhode Island Recreation & Parks Association RI Hall of Fame. “We are very proud that Carol has achieved this special recognition after being nominated by her recreation industry peers in the State of Rhode Island,” said William Riccio, Director of Public Services. “The City of Newport is extremely lucky to have her as a member of our team as her dedication and talent to the recreation profession are an inspiration to all.” The RI Recreation & Parks Association…
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May 1, 2015

New Trail Markers On Cliff Walk Identify Historic Points Of Interest

The City of Newport’s Cliff Walk Commission has announced the installation of 16 trail markers along the 3 ½ mile trail, Rhode Island’s most popular visitor attraction. The markers provide information on the gilded age mansions and many geographic and geological features seen along the Walk. Each point of interest features a QR code and an URL that can be scanned or entered on a smart phone. A free app is also available to download on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets. “The Cliff Walk Trail Marker program is a noteworthy enhancement to the Walk, one that offers readily…
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April 3, 2015

Media Advisory

Media Advisory - Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and members of the Newport City Council will be hosting a meeting and tour of the former Sheffield School building with United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Administration (EDA) Jay Williams. Secretary Williams will be joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI. After a brief speaking ceremony, a tour of the facility and update on development process will be provided to the Secretary and invited guests. In 2014, the EDA committed over $1.6 million dollar matching grant to the city to redevelop and reuse the 33,000 square foot school building into a collaborative…
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