Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

Aerial view of the 45-acre Tiverton property (outlined in by the Fall River line where Twin River proposes building a casino to compete with facilities planned in Massachusetts.

Twin River proposes Tiverton casino

Twin River proposes Tiverton casino

TIVERTON — Twin River Management Group announced Tuesday that it hopes to build a casino on land alongside Route 24 by the Massachusetts border. If approved, it would ultimately replace Newport Grand. John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of the Twin River board of directors, said that the land will become the cornerstone of a proposal

John Marshall Burns, 95, formerly of Tiverton

John Marshall Burns “The Old Saw Man,” 95, of Fall River, formerly of Tiverton, husband of Ann Marie (Fernandes) Burns and husband of the late Eva A. (Jacobs) Burns, died Sunday, April 19, 2015. For 80 years he operated Burns Tools, Fall River, founded by his late father and continued by his sons. He was

William Pizio, 74, Tiverton

William “Billy” Pizio, 74, formerly of Tiverton, died Saturday, April 18, 2015. He attended the James L. Maher Center. He was predeceased by his brother, George Pizio, who was his caregiver, and his parents, William and Gertrude (Lake) Pizio, and also leaves aunts, uncles and cousins. His funeral service will be held Wednesday evening at

Alcide Pineau, 87, Westport

Alcide Pineau, 87, of Westport, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at home surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Doris L. (Bernier) Pineau. Born in Fall River, son of the late Ovila and Alexina (D’Auteuil) Pineault, he had lived in Westport for most of his life. A veteran of World War II, he

Sophomore Steve Gacioch slides safely slides into third base. Tim Marshall photo

Smithfield edges Tiverton baseball 3-2

After a lively first inning for both squads, Smithfield and Tiverton pitchers took control Saturday in what proved to be a 3-2 Smithfield win. The loss left Tiverton at 1-2 in the young season. Smithfield moved to 2-2 Smithfield struck for two runs in the first, both driven in by the team’s winning pitcher, Shawn

The Crossleys — and Linny Cakes — relax in Hawaii while snow buries Westport.

From snow to Hawaii thanks to speedy little duck

As February dumped snow on Westport, Linny Cakes, the winning duck from the 2014 Allens Pond Duck Derby fundraiser, enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of Hawaii. The little rubber duck earned roundtrip airfare, two nights lodging and dinner for two in Oahu by beating the other 5,777 ducks who rode the incoming tide at Barney’s

Michael J. Wilkie Sr., 49, of Tiverton

Michael J. Wilkie Sr., 49, of Tiverton, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was the husband of Alice (Costa) Wilkie. Born in Woonsocket, RI, he was the son of Roger J. Wilkie Sr. and Dorothy T. (Gomes) Wilkie of Tiverton. He was the owner/operator of M&R Feed Store,

Grace W. Finne, 93, Little Compton

Grace Werring Finne passed away on Sunday evening, April 12, 2015, at home in Alexandria, Virginia. She was an integral part of the Sakonnet Point community for 35 years. Grace was born and raised in Oslo, Norway.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo, then came to the United States at the


THS zombies’ message: Keep smoking and join us

Nine Tiverton High School students and more than 200 other Rhode Island students walked through downtown Providence on March 18 dressed as the zombies of dead smokers who came back to tell the living to quit or to never start smoking. Among the messages from the students — “Don’t give tobacco your last dying breath.” Sponsored