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Barrington council to residents: Save your comments

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

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Residents hoping to discuss a proposed cell tower at Sowams School left Monday night’s council meeting feeling frustrated as they were told to save their comments for another day. Barrington Town Council President June Speakman told the residents that since the issue was added to the council agenda as a “correspondence” it would not be […]

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Rep. Canario named deputy majority leader

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PROVIDENCE — Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has been appointed a deputy majority leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The appointment was announced this week by Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello. As a deputy majority leader, Rep. Canario is a member of the House leadership team and […]

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Portsmouth working to put end to sewers edict

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The town and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are working toward an agreement that would ultimately put an end to talk of sewers in Portsmouth. More than three years ago, DEM issued a notice of violation (NOV) to the town, claiming it was discharging contaminated storm water from the two neighborhoods — […]

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Barrington parents: ‘No’ to cell tower at Sowams School

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  13 Comments

School committee member Bob Shea (right) receives some clarification about the cell tower proposed for property near Sowams School.

Moms and dads from across Barrington — not just those with students at Sowams School — told the school committee Thursday night that they do not want a 125-foot cell tower erected just a few hundred feet from Sowams School. Dozens of people filled the seven rows of chairs and stood shoulder to shoulder along […]

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East Providence pols spearhead bills allowing drivers to use electronic proof of insurance

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PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island moved one step closer to joining a host of other states which allow drivers to replace their hard copy insurance cards with their mobile devices. The State Senate passed legislation Thursday, April 3, to do just that. The bill’s lead sponsor is Sen. William Conley (D-Dist. 18), the city native who […]

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On Bristol waterfront, Raimondo lays out tourism plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  1 Comment

State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo visited Bristol's waterfront Wednesday to outline her plan to bring more tourism to Rhode Island.

If a traveler looking for his next trip Googles “best beach states,” there is nary a mention of Rhode Island. Instead, he is directed to Florida or California, and may never happen upon the Ocean State. That, according to state Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo, is a failure of the state’s marketing. “We need […]

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Residents, council ‘outraged’ by Bristol revaluation

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  No Comments

Bristol Town Council Chairwoman Mary Parella

After hearing that property values in Bristol have declined by 11 percent across the board, many property owners and Town Council members were taken by surprise when some homes jumped in value by 30 to 40 percent. “I’m not happy at all with the system,” said Frank Vieira, a resident of the Brookfield neighborhood where […]

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Barrington school board will discuss Sowams cell tower

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

AT&T officials are exploring the possibility of placing a cell tower at the Sowams School location.

The Barrington School Committee is scheduled to hear proposals for a new artificial turf playing surface at the high school and the construction of a new cell tower at Sowams School at its meeting on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Barrington resident Dr. Alex Robertson approached the town council at a recent meeting to discuss […]

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Sakonnet Bridge toll cap extended to May 15

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

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STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly today passed legislation (2014-S 2697A) extending the date until which the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) must continue using a 10-cent cap on the Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton), was sent to the […]

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For Tiverton street committee, bumpy roads ahead

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Duane Frank of Lawrence Court stands on the private, unaccepted street in front of his home and says the town should continue, as it has in the past, to plow, sand, maintain, and provide rubbish pickup, as it has in the past.

TIVERTON — First order of business for Tiverton’s rejuvenated Street Advisory Committee — bumpy little Lawrence Court. Between January and April, the panel will have met four times to ponder the 1,380-foot road that least west off Main Road south of Bulgarmarsh. And when it sorts that one out, many more wait in the wings. […]

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