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Ban on single-use plastic bags starts on November 1st in Newport and Middletown

Beginning November 1st, Newport and Middletown become the second and third community in Rhode Island to institute a ban on single-use plastic bags. On Wednesday, March 8th, Newport City Council voted 7-0 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits businesses from distributing the bags. “Prohibiting the use of single-use plastic carryout bags is necessary to

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Free parking season begins in Newport on November 1st

Metered parking, which is in effect from May 1st through October 31st, will be free beginning on November 1st. Off-Season Metered Parking is in effect from November 1st through April 30th, 2018. There is no fee for parking at meters during this time but a 3-hour limit remains in effect until 6 p.m. daily. Newport

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Several Newport Police Department Officers to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

Newport Police Department announced via a press release on September 30th that beginning on November 1st that the male Police Officers of the Newport Police Department will be participating in “No-Shave November”. “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow Cancer awareness and raise funds to support Cancer prevention, research and education. As part of

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Recap: October 25th Newport City Council meeting

Newport City Council met for fourteen minutes in front of approximately 10 citizens on Wednesday night in the Council Chamber at Newport City Hall. Councilor Susan Taylor was absent for the first few minutes of the meeting, she appeared in time to introduce her resolution below. During the Citizens Forum, Ashley Hill from C-SPAN Cities Tour

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City Manager responds to coyote sightings in Newport

In light of the recent increase in sightings of coyotes throughout the Newport, Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson is reminding residents that City Ordinance, Chapter 6.12, prohibits the feeding of, or providing an attractant for, non-domesticated animals, that includes coyotes. “Coyote management studies have shown that the most effective tool in limiting human/coyote interactions is

Report: Rhode Island ranks 3rd in nation for energy efficiency

Rhode Island’s Office of Energy Resources has announced that the State has been ranked third in the nation for energy efficiency programs and policy, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The annual ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses state policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in

Senator DiPalma issues statement on UHIP backlog

Senator Louis DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) has released a statement concerning the recent disclosure of a significant case backlog in the troubled UHIP system. “While I am pleased the Governor has secured a $58.6 million credit from Deloitte Consulting, in addition to Deloitte agreeing to cover the cost of any federal

Newport Public Schools to host ‘Community Conversations’ series

Newport Public Schools, in collaboration with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, will present a series of Community Conversations to discuss how schools and community work together to meet the challenge of improving education in Newport. Led by local facilitators consisting of parents, students, educators, and community members from the Students & Partners Acting Collaboratively for

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Recap: October 11th Newport City Council Meeting

If you missed Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the Newport City Council, you didn’t miss much. The Council worked through the entire agenda for the night in just 17 minutes, in front of about 10 residents, before going into executive session. Here’s how things were voted on by City Council (all members were present); The

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Public forum to be held at Rogers High School to discuss independent study of Newport’s school facilities

Buildings in every district in the state get a failing grade in Rhode Island’s first-ever statewide, independent study of public school facilities. The Rhode Island Department of Education’s 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses report forecasts $627.5 million in high-priority construction and repairs needed to keep students and teachers warm, safe, and dry in their

Expect road closures and delays on this weekend due to road race, street fair and parade

Newport Police Department has provided the following information in regards to road closures/detours for the Broadway Street Fair (10/7/17), the Amica Marathon (10-8/17) and the Columbus Day Parade (10/9/17). Saturday, September 7th – Broadway Street Fair On Saturday, October 7, 2017 The Second Annual Broadway Street Fair will take place. Broadway will be closed to

New law paves the way to bring 5G to RI

The governor has signed into law legislation sponsored by Rep. Stephen R. Ucci and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma to pave the way for Rhode Island to become an early adopter of 5th generation mobile networks (5G) — the next generation of wireless networks. The legislation, which was approved by the General Assembly Sept. 19 and signed

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