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State agency grants East Bay Tavern a second stay over East Providence City Council ruling

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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PROVIDENCE — A hearing officer for the State Department of Business Regulation granted East Bay Tavern another stay to a second closure order rendered by the East Providence City Council, allowing the controversial night spot to remain open during the appeals process. The City Council, at special April 9 session, issued a $500 fine and, […]

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Noted past politicians voice support for East Providence governance change

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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EAST PROVIDENCE — A handful of prominent past and possibly future politicians voiced their enthusiastic support at the City Council meeting held Tuesday night, April 15 for a proposed charter amendment ballot issue changing East Providence’s form of government to one of a strong mayor/council. Former State Representative Roberto DaSilva, former Council President Bruce Rogers […]

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Barrington Democratic Town Committee endorses Raimondo

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Gina Raimondo, shown during a recent visit to Bristol, earned the endorsement of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee this week.

Barrington Democratic Town Committee endorsed Gina Raimondo for governor at a meeting on Wednesday night, April 16. After hearing from each of the candidates in the Democratic primary, the committee voted to endorse Ms. Raimondo by a heavy majority — Ms. Raimondo captured 16 votes while Clay Pell had three and Mayor Angel Tavares finished […]

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AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

Before it was torn down, John Vitkevich had proposed turning the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film production studio.

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council violated the state Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it met in October 2013 to discuss the fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel, the Rhode Island attorney general’s office has ruled. Local resident and Realtor John Vitkevich filed the OMA complaint with the attorney general in December, alleging that the council […]

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Rep. Hearn’s bill aimed at adult entertainment business

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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Addressing the issue of prostitution and alleged human trafficking in the adult entertainment industry, Attorney General Kilmartin recently filed legislation that requires owners, operators, employees and independent contractors to undergo a national criminal background check. The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Joy Hearn (D-District 66, Barrington, East Providence). This act would require, as of Sept. […]

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Candidate Taveras visits with East Providence High Young Democrats Club

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was the first of the gubernatorial candidates from his party to address students and faculty comprising the East Providence High School Young Democrats Club. Mayor Taveras did so Friday afternoon, April 11. Over two dozen young men and women from the club were in attendance for the gathering, which […]

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Company drops plan for cell tower at Sowams School

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

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People opposed to the construction of a 141-foot cell tower on the property behind Sowams School in Barrington received some welcome news on Monday night: The company planning the project had withdrawn its proposal. School and town officials shared e-mails with parents and other residents alerting them to the change. A letter dated April 14 […]

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Portsmouth queried about talks with DEM over sewers

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The nature of recent talks between the town and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) over the town’s septic issues in Island Park and Portsmouth Park was a source of contention at Monday’s Town Council meeting. More than three years ago, DEM issued a notice of violation (NOV) to the town, claiming it […]

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Portsmouth Girl Scouts get OK for archery at Glen Park

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — There will be arrows flying in Glen Park May 16-17, but don’t expect the town to make a habit of allowing archery there. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the Portsmouth Girl Scouts to offer archery at the park during its annual Service Unit Camp Out, despite […]

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Councilman Rose continues to oppose current East Providence water system plan

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  1 Comment

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Although he remains open to dialogue on the matter, East Providence City Council member Tommy Rose said he remains steadfast is his opposition to a plan being backed by administrators and some of his peers which would seek some $19 million in bond monies aimed at fixing the city’s tired water system. […]

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