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Bryant University student AJ Levine takes a selfie with Bobbert, one of eight alpacas at West Place Animal Rescue. Richard W. Dionne photos

Home for cast-offs: West Place Animal Rescue shelters hard-luck menagerie

Home for cast-offs: West Place Animal Rescue shelters hard-luck menagerie

By Bruce Burdett TIVERTON — Knock-kneed Peepers the turkey hobbles about on deformed toes. Bobbert the alpaca was cast off when he grew too big for the petting zoo business. Cleveland the sheep was days from being born when his mother was rescued from a planned cult sacrifice. Baby the swan’s leg was severed by fishing

Concert band trumpeters Stephen Johnston (mid-left) and Andrew Bowser enjoy the snow during Sleigh Ride. Photos by Rich Dionne

Photos: Rip-roaring good time at BHS Winter Concert

The Barrington High School concert and jazz bands wowed family members and friends with terrific performances during their 2014 Winter Concert at John R. Gray Auditorium on Dec. 9. In front of a jam-packed audience, the concert band played, Blue Ridge Saga, Trail of Tears, Rhosymedre, Mount Everest and Sleigh Ride. The Jazz band played, I Got Plenty

Firefighter Dennis Canario, Jr., Firefighter Ethan Delaney and Lt. Brendan Martin (from left) try out the new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Portsmouth firefighters acquire improved breathing apparatus

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Fire Department has acquired new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that firefighters say represents a significant upgrade from their current inventory. The protective equipment was purchased with funds received from the FEMA “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” awarded to the department earlier this year, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien. “The new units,

The front entrance to Barrington Middle School.

Some Barrington NECAP Science test scores dip

The scores are in. The review is complete. And the results are not great for Barrington. The Rhode Island Department of Education recently released the results of the NECAP Science assessments administered to students last spring, and in Barrington scores were down at every level except at the high school. About 66 percent of the local fourth-graders

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Bristol finances solid, but on ‘slippery slope’

Overall, the Town of Bristol is on solid ground financially, according to a recent audit of the town’s financials for fiscal 2014, but, the auditors warned, recurring deficiencies and a downward trend in the town’s unrestricted funds could put Bristol’s favorable bond rating at risk. Judith Ventura Enright, of LGC&D, the auditing firm hired to

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Off the Market: Homes sold around East Bay

The following properties have changed hands across the East Bay recently: Barrington 7 Riverside Drive — $880,000 39 Richmond Ave. — $269,900 483 Maple Ave. — $257,000 22 Cedar Ave. — $1,100,000 East Providence 259 Dover Ave. — $21,500 11 Benedict St. — $147,500 85 Middle St. — $149,862 39 Richfield Ave. — $258,000 104

New child care rules hit Little Compton Community Center

LITTLE COMPTON — A little known and newly enforced regulation of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has had an unanticipated impact on the Little Compton Community Center (LCCC), and on the staff of the after-school children’s program there. The regulation is part of new licensing requirements for child care programs

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