When Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano joins WhatsUpNewp’s Thursday noontime videocast, we’ll explore all the questions you’ve sent to us, plus get her take on what appears to be renewed interest in merging Newport and Middletown Schools.

We’ll also want to know all about her recent trip to Newport’s sister city in Ireland, and how these relationships benefit both communities.

Among your concerns, you asked about parking, noise, speeding vehicles on local roads. You wanted to know about new regulations for short-term rentals, and we’d like to know how the city views a move to make it easier for individuals to add what had traditionally been called in-law apartments.

And, you wanted to know why city hall staffers were apparently not or slow to respond to messages from town residents.

We’ll also ask about the charter commission, and what proposed charter revisions will appear on the ballot. We’ll want to know about the budget, any possible tax or fee hikes, new developments, north end progress, and whether the town feels it will be hurt – or benefit – from high gas prices.

Watch on YouTube or watch and participate on Facebook.

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.