2017-01-05 / Around Town

We Hereby Resolve: Newporters Make a Wish

By James Merolla

2016 – which has arguably caused more turmoil, angst, and pain than recent prior years – has mercifully given way to 2017, which, simply by its newness, creates an almost universal sense of optimism, hope and better days.

With the new year comes determination in the almost clichéd form of resolution – we resolve to change this or alter that, lose those pounds, be more of one thing and less of another.

We asked a smattering of Newport area residents, natives living elsewhere, or those in the public eye about their resolutions for the year to come. Answers ranged from the culinary to the cautionary to the canine, from cracking jokes to cracking eggs.

Here are their resolutions. What’s yours?

“Really my only resolution is to keep doing what I’m already doing, but to always strive to improve my music and my effectiveness as a teacher and leader. My resolution is to make and share music every single day of 2017.” Cody Mead, Director of Liturgical Music, St. Mary’s Church.


"Feed the good wolf.” Pastor Anita Schell "Feed the good wolf.” Pastor Anita Schell “In my School Committee capacity, to raise the bar for our public schools, showcase all the good and start attracting more families back to Newport. Personally, my New Year’s resolution is to be a better listener and spend more time with my family.” David Hanos Jr., Newport School Committee Chairman.

“My resolution is always the same, to be more observant and more grateful. Because you can never pay too much attention and you can never be too thankful. Especially living in this community where there’s so much fabulous going on.” Dominique Alfandre, Executive Director, Island Moving Co.


"Make the perfect poached egg." Lynn Ceglie "Attend and show support for Newport students at as many events as possible." David Carlin "Make the perfect poached egg." Lynn Ceglie "Attend and show support for Newport students at as many events as possible." David Carlin “For the city, to begin construction on Sheffield, finish bio-swales on Broadway and create a new user-friendly website. My personal resolution is to make the perfect poached egg, starting with how to crack an egg properly. I break them. Sigh.” Lynn Ceglie, Newport City Councilor.

“I don’t really do resolutions but would be very happy this year to stay healthy and wise (if I ever achieve that status) and wouldn’t mind a touch of wealthy (should good fortune shine its gaze on me).” Jim Jenney, Newport native, expert on Rhode Island shipwrecks.

“A New Year’s resolution can be like a diet that is too ambitious, so here is my one resolve for this year of 2017: Feed the good wolf. Buddhist nun Pema Chodron tells the story that gives me this resolution. A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how they come about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry; the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. The grandfather answered, The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed. Feed the good wolf.” Pastor Anita Louise Schell of Emmanuel Church.


"Be a better listener and spend more time with my family.” David Hanos Jr. "Be a better listener and spend more time with my family.” David Hanos Jr. “My New Year's resolution is to fish longer at night until the cows come home.” John Migliori, longtime local angler.


"Be more observant and more grateful." Dominique Alfandre "Be more observant and more grateful." Dominique Alfandre “As for a resolution, I have every confidence that all the goals in Newport Public Schools’ new strategic plan will come to fruition, thus affording all students the opportunities and means to achieve a world-class education. With the support and collaboration of the City Council and our many community partners, our vision of ‘One Newport' can and will be realized. Personally, as I just can’t stop being a teacher, I checked the basic definition of resolution, so here goes. I am determined to be more effective and steadfast in my position on the Newport School Committee, as well as participating with greater vigor in the several volunteer organizations that I’ve joined. These are pretty much ongoing goals in my personal and professional life.” Sandra Flowers, Newport School Committee.


"Be more effective and steadfast in my position.” Sandra Flowers "Be more effective and steadfast in my position.” Sandra Flowers “My New Year’s resolution is to learn to cook and learn a new language: Spanish.” Lt. James Bang, director of the Salvation Army .

“I resolve to attend and show support for Newport students at as many events as possible in 2017. This includes attending assemblies featuring student performances, sporting events, plays, concerts, art shows, ROTC competitions, student fundraisers, awards ceremonies and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to show support for young people.” David Carlin, Newport School Committee

“My New Year’s resolution is to maintain good health for my daughter, who just had spinal fusion surgery, or just to be an inspiration to my children as a mom and a good role model.” Elizabeth Katherine Hyman, mother of three.


"Learn to cook and learn a new language, Spanish." Lt. James Bang "Learn to cook and learn a new language, Spanish." Lt. James Bang “My facetious resolution on Facebook was ‘to try to become more of a cold and distant father figure.’ Failing that, my serious resolution would be to lead St. John’s to embrace with joy all of Newport, as we live out our identity as a Church, as host to The Choir School of Newport County, and as a community center for the Point neighborhood.” Pastor Nathan Humphrey



"Fish longer at night until the cows come home.” John Migliori "Fish longer at night until the cows come home.” John Migliori

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