The Rhode Island Foundation is inviting Aquidneck Island residents to share their thoughts about their state and their community over a neighborly meal on March 28. The family style get-together is at the heart “TogetherRI,” a new initiative from the Foundation designed to get people talking face-to-face again in a time when interactions over social media are becoming increasingly coarse and divisive.

Neil Steinberg, CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, joined me today on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition to chat about TogetherRI and what people should expect at and from the event

The conversation with Neil starts at 24:26, ends around 37:00 (before that you’ll hear me ramble about the Canada way and after you’ll hear about what’s in the mailbag).

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Wednesday’s event will be at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Road, Newport, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The get-together is free and open to the public. People can register to attend at, but RSVPs are not required.

The Newport event is among the 20 get-togethers scheduled across the state through May 5. The full schedule of events is posted on

Independent, professional facilitators will guide the sessions. The University of Rhode Island’s Social Science Institute for Research, Education, and Policy will review the information shared at TogetherRI conversations and from brief, anonymous, participant surveys. The Foundation expects to announce the topline results at its annual meeting May 24 and to release a complete report this summer.

Tune into What’sUpNewp Radio Edition with Ryan Belmore every weekday at 1 pm on AM 1540 WADK. It’s where to get the scoop on what’s happening, new and to do in Newport County and across Rhode Island. Special guests, interviews, entertainment, commentary and more make this a can’t-miss hour of live and local radio.

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