Community Planning

Since I 'retired' to Newport in 2000, I have become progressively more interested in community centric issues. [It is amazing how we can get involved when we do not have to work in a formal job]. Basically, I believe that it is 'pay back time'.

My activities have included volunteer work on the Old Colony & Newport Railway, adoption of Americas Cup under the RIDOT Adopt-a-Highway program, coordination of cleanup efforts with the City Year program, attendance at local community planning meetings, and creation of websites for non-profit organizations.

In February of 2003, I was appointed to the City of Newport Planning Board, elected as its Secretary, and appointed to the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. In December 2004, I was elected to be the AIPC Chairman.

This section has been added to share information on those activities to others:

  • It will contain information on interesting Community planning projects in Newport County.
  • These projects will include the restoration of the Newport Secondary Track and the West Side Project.
  • It may contain materials that have been given out in public meetings.
  • It will also contain a page of links to organizations that are working on these issues.

In November of 2008, I was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. At that time, I resigned from both the City of Newport Planning Board and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission in order to focus on my new responsibilities.