Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Portsmouth passes budget with 2-percent increase

PORTSMOUTH — After making several eleventh-hour adjustments, the Town Council Monday night voted 5-2 to approve a $59.5 million budget for 2013-14 that represents a 2-percent increase in the tax rate. The tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is $14.53 per $1,000 of assessed value. Under the new budget, a homeowner with property

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House votes 67-4 to stop bridge tolls

The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 67-4 Wednesday evening to delay implementation of Sakonnet Bridge tolls until next April, 2014. That directive is in the form of an Article attached to the state budget, which is still being debated at this hour. If the final state budget is approved (by the House, Senate and

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Rhode Island House passes Amore’s oral chemotherapy bill

PROVIDENCE — The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday, June 26, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) requiring health plans to cover oral cancer pills at a rate comparable to standard intravenous (IV) chemotherapy. “Rhode Island will be the tipping point state. We’re the 26th to pass this legislation,” Rep. Amore said.


Riches to rags to rock

The long, (occasionally) strange trip of Billy Lord Bristol native Billy Lord was enjoying a typical American middle-class existence until fate had other ideas. Losing his job in middle management, savings, house-in-progress, and marriage during the recent banking crisis, this father of two found himself working the overnight shift on a loading dock and wondering

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Mary Bestwick, 87, Barrington

  Mary (Andreozzi) Bestwick, 87, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013. She was the wife of the late John Bestwick. Born in Barrington, she was a daughter of the late Luigi S. and Maria (Pace) Andreozzi. Mrs. Bestwick was a resident of Barrington for 85 years. She was a communicant of Holy Angels Church as

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