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Town Council Chairwoman Mary Parella, right, discusses the town’s health at a recent forum hosted by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Susan Donovan is pictured in center.

Experts, residents check in on Bristol’s health

Experts, residents check in on Bristol’s health

In Bristol, like most cities and towns, the most obvious health concerns are those that focus on residents’ diet, nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use. But there are other, less obvious, concerns to focus on as well. Residents and health officials discussed those less-obvious health concerns during a workshop at the Bristol County Elks Club on


Bristol County risking ‘catastrophic’ water failure

When Bristol Town Councilman Tim Sweeney accidentally spilled his water while making a point at Monday night’s special Town Council meeting, he quipped, “There’s our redundant water supply.” Although he made light of the topic that prompted the meeting, Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand gave a bleak report that could affect thousands

Constance L. Harding, who lost a seat on the Town Council by 46 votes on election night, has requested a recount.

Another Portsmouth candidate requests recount

PORTSMOUTH — A second candidate who ran for local office Nov. 4 has requested a recount. Constance L. Harding, an Independent candidate for Town Council who lost a seat on the panel by 46 votes on election night, made the request to Jacqueline S. Schulz, the town’s registrar of voters, shortly before the deadline Wednesday afternoon.

Portsmouth Town Administrator John Klimm at his desk Thursday morning. Mr. Klimm plans on pursuing other job opportunities after his three-year contract with the town expires Jan. 30, 2015. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth manager Klimm won’t seek contract extension

PORTSMOUTH — Only three years after he was hired to be Portsmouth’s town administrator, John Klimm today said he will not seek an extension of his contract, which expires Jan. 30, 2015. Mr. Klimm, a former Barnstable, Mass. town manager who was hired by the Town of Portsmouth in January 2012, said he loves the