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Joanne M. Mower takes the oath of office for town clerk in November 2013.

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

PORTSMOUTH — After more than an hour’s worth of often-testy exchanges between Town Council members, Town Clerk Joanne Mower and residents over the recent termination of Deputy Town Clerk Patti Cofield, the council Monday night called for an operational audit of all administrative functions in Town Hall. That includes the town clerk’s office, which came


Water authority sees uptick in water main breaks

The cold winter weather is taking a toll on water pipes across the East Bay. According to Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand, the sub-freezing temperatures have resulted in a higher number of water main breaks across the East Bay this winter. “We’ve had 25 breaks since December,” said Ms. Marchand. “We’ve been

In Tiverton, a free lunch for a tired DPW crew

TIVERTON — If anyone has earned the right to be sick of snow, ice, wind, the cold, white-outs, dark and dangerous roads at night, long hours, little sleep, and the relentlessness of this winter, it’s the men and woman of the Tiverton Department of Public Works (DPW). To recognize their efforts, Tiverton Town Administrator Matt

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Town takes closer look at neighborhood water woes

With snow from the barrage of winter storms piled high around Bristol, the Town Council and town Planning Board met jointly on Thursday, Feb. 12, to discuss how to handle water. But the discussion wasn’t focused on water that will inevitably come from the melting snow, but the water that runs from one neighbor’s property

Crucial Tiverton Glen hearing, possible vote, next Tuesday

TIVERTON — Whether Carpionato Group can move forward to build Tiverton’s largest-ever multi-use development could all come down to a vote next Tuesday. That is when the Tiverton Planning Board will conduct a public hearing in the high school, beginning at 7 p.m., and will likely vote, on certain amendments to the Town Comprehensive Community

Carpionato changes Tiverton Glen tax-exempt claim

TIVERTON — The Carpionato Group has changed the designation of the components of the Tiverton Glen project for which it intends to seek tax-exempt status. The developers have enlarged the designation, from only “offices,” to also include “hotel components of the proposed development.” By letter to the planning board dated Feb. 3, Carpionato attorney Thomas


Portsmouth shoots down pay-as-you-throw proposal

PORTSMOUTH — A proposed pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program was halted in its tracks tonight by the Town Council, which voted 4-2 against the plan. Under a PAYT system, residents are charged based on the amount of ordinary household trash they throw away in special bags that are purchased at local stores. The idea is to increase recycling