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June 26, 2017

City & Government

Rep. Ruggiero and Sen. DiPalma Bill to Create Young Adult Voluntary Extension of Care Program Heard in Committees

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2017-H 5807 / 2017-S 0669) that would create a young adult voluntary extension of care program to extend the age of foster care from age 18 to age 21 have been

Rep. Abney honored as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Sigma Nu Chapter ‘Citizen of the Year’

STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island’s Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau has announced that Chairman of the House Committee on Finance Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) was recently honored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – Sigma Nu Chapter as their “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his exemplary demonstration of

Newport County Road Construction Report: May 26 – June 3

Here is what’s happening for road work, closures and detours in and around Newport County this week. Roadwork scheduled by Rhode Island Department Of Transportation: 5/26 – 6/2 Portsmouth: Rte. 24 North and South, Barker Bridge Ramp, possible shoulder closures for bridge work, Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Newport/Jamestown: Rte. 138 on the Newport

Rep. Canario bill to make left lanes on highways passing only approved by House

Rep. Dennis M. Canario’s (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) legislation (2017-H 5398) that would fine drivers for using the far-left lane on three lane highways when not passing another vehicle was approved by the House of Representatives tonight., according to Rhode Island’s Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau. The bill now heads to the

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Rep. Carson’s Tourism Commission Recommends State Consider Changes to Tourism Promotion

STATE HOUSE – Rhode Island could better support growth of its tourism industry if it reshuffles the state’s tourism oversight structure and promotion dollars to mirror its marketing goals, a legislative panel studying the issue says. The Special Legislative Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism in the State of Rhode Island Through Coordinated Branding

Rep. Canario Bills on Left Lane Highway Passing and Marijuana Commission Passed out of Committee

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Dennis M. Canario’s (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) legislation on fining drivers for using the far-left lane on three lane highways when not passing another vehicle and establishing a 15-member special legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island were passed out of House Committee

House Approves Rep. Carson’s Bill That Will Create Flooding and Sea Rise Training Requirement for Planning Boards

The House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson on Tuesday, May 16th that will require all members of municipal planning boards or commissions in Rhode Island to participate in a free training program on the effects of rising sea levels and the effects of development in flood plains. The legislation, which

City of Newport Launches ‘Newport Re-Uses’

The City of Newport has announced the launch of Newport Re-Uses, an initiative that will help coordinate, communicate, and create action around stewardship of the environment.   The City announced in a press release on Tuesday that they are committed to working together with residents, businesses, environmental groups, and volunteers to provide leadership in environmental

Coast Guard Crew from Newport Battles Fishing Vessel Fire, Saves 2 off Nantucket

A Coast Guard crew that is homeported in Newport was among those responders who saved two fishermen Thursday after their vessel’s engine room caught fire in Nantucket Sound, according to officials from U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast. The Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-foot Aids-to-Navigation buoy tender that is homeported in Newport, answered the call for

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Newport Wins $400,000 Grant in Rhode Island Working Cities Challenge Competition

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President and CEO Eric Rosengren and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo have announced that Cranston, Newport, and Providence won the Fed’s Working Cities Challenge, a competition for Rhode Island communities to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income residents. The program officially launched in Rhode Island in 2015 with state,

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

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

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Agenda Released for May 10th Newport City Council Meeting

The following items of business will go before Newport City Council at its regular meeting to be held on May 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Newport City Hall. For links to attachments, that may include applications, permits and etc., visit http://cityofnewport.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=1&event_id=51 COUNCIL LIAISON UPDATES 1.PUBLIC HEARING:  Recommended 2018-2019 Operating Budget a.Ordinance Appropriating Revenues (First Reading)

Over 100 People Attend Euer’s Campaign Launch for Senate  on Tuesday

Local attorney, Dawn Euer, officially launched her campaign for State Senate in District 13, representing Jamestown and Newport, last night at The Fifth Element, to a crowded room of more than one hundred people.     In Euer’s remarks, “I believe that our government can do good things. We can support small businesses and protect our environment and natural resources. We can advance civil rights and

Newport Among 27 Finalists for 2017 All-America City Award

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign) today announced the 2017 All-America City Award (AAC) finalists. Twenty-seven communities across the nation are poised to receive the coveted AAC Award, a recognition created 67 years ago by the National Civic League. This year, the League is working together with the GLR Campaign to recognize communities that

Senator DiPalma Introduces Bill to Increase Wages for Developmentally Disabled Direct Care Workers

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) have introduced legislation (2017-S 0471 / 2017-H 5839) that would urge the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (DBHDDH) and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to increase the

Representative Canario Introduces Bill to Exempt Fees for Elderly and Disabled State ID Cards

Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2017-H 6050) that would exempt the elderly and disabled people who cannot operate a vehicle from paying for state-issued identification cards. “This legislation is needed because for many in our elderly and disabled communities, if they are not active drivers then they

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