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Tight squeeze: Tiverton gets new boat ramp

By   /  June 19, 2013  /  News, Waterfront  /  No Comments

The new ramp, seen here looking toward Portsmouth beneath the new Sakonnet River Bridge.

A driver had best be adept at backing a trailer before attempting the new Tiverton boat ramp beneath the Sakonnet River Bridge. So say some who have taken a look at the facility that was built recently in the vicinity of the former Sakonnet Boathouse kayak shop on Riverside Drive property used more recently by […]

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Waterfront thefts surface along the Barrington River

By   /  June 11, 2013  /  News, Police & Crime, Waterfront  /  No Comments

A man looks out across the Barrington River. Police are investigating a series of recent thefts along the river.

Barrington police are investigating a series of recent larcenies along the Barrington River. The first incident was reported on Tuesday, June 4, when a Massasoit Avenue resident told police someone stole a 9-foot dinghy off his dock. The man told police that he had locked the boat to the dock through eye-bolt, but that someone […]

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From Tiverton — A slow boat to Spain

By   /  June 4, 2013  /  News, Waterfront  /  No Comments

Brendan Prior holds Scout's bow while Dylan Rodriguez steers the chase boat on Nanaquaket Pond during a rainy test run.

Tiverton friends’ little Scout charts long lonely course By Bruce Burdett Any day now, when the final few glitches are ironed out (there are always a few more of those), a tiny boat will putter away from Fogland toward the open Atlantic. With nobody aboard and only the sun to power its electric motor and […]

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Protesters’ lobster boat stops Brayton Point coal shipment

By   /  May 17, 2013  /  Business, Government & Politics, Waterfront  /  No Comments

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SOMERSET — For nearly six hours last Wednesday afternoon, a 32-foot former lobster boat, flying an American flag and carrying a sign on its cabin that declared “#coal is stupid,” stood at anchor alongside the pier at Brayton Point Energy Terminal, and won a stare-down with a 688 foot cargo vessel over 20 times its […]

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Portsmouth boatyard fined $31,500 by EPA

By   /  May 1, 2013  /  Waterfront  /  No Comments

New England Boatworks built Team Puma's Mar Mostro which competed in the round-the-world 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race.

PORTSMOUTH — A local boatyard will pay a $31,500 penalty and take steps to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from paints and thinners used at its facility under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve allegations of Clean Air Act violations. In addition to paying the financial penalty, New England Boatworks, […]

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Watershed Alliance invites entries to photo contest

By   /  March 8, 2013  /  Things to Do, Waterfront  /  No Comments

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a photo contest and is seeking photographers who love the river and the natural world. All entries will be judged and put on display at WRWA’s River Day Festival, Saturday, June 22, at the Head of Westport Landing. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Adult, and […]

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Westport Flotilla offers safe boating course

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  News, Waterfront  /  No Comments

Trainer Marshall A. Ronco, vice division commander, instructs students during last spring's boating safety course.

With the start of traditional boating season closing in, members of the Westport Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are reminding boaters to take a boating education course. Westport Flotilla 6-18 will be offering a Safe Boating Course entitled About Boating Safety starting on March 19.  Enrollment is now open and all interested boaters […]

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Fishing boat breaks free from mooring during storm

By   /  January 31, 2013  /  News, Waterfront  /  No Comments

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Living Waters, a Bristol-based fishing boat, broke free from its mooring late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and drifted into the rocky shoreline next to the Lobster Pot restaurant. Passersby noticed the large green trawler washed up just a few feet from the popular restaurant early Thursday morning and alerted officials. Sgt. Dan White […]

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Sakonnet breakwater damaged, no money to fix it

By   /  January 24, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News, Waterfront  /  No Comments

A recent hurricane lashes the Sakonnet Harbor breakwater.

LITTLE COMPTON — The federal breakwater at Sakonnet Harbor has been damaged by several years worth of storms, and the Army Corps of Engineers says there’s no money to fix it. Other priorities are competing for funds, The Corps says.”If you look at it over the years,” said Town Council President Robert Mushen, “the breakwater […]

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East Providence Budget Commission curbs contract, Oldham closing discussions

By   /  January 18, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News, Police & Crime, Schools, Waterfront  /  1 Comment

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Budget Commission tabled talks about the possible closing of the James R.D. Oldham Elementary School and also carried a conversation about contracts into an executive session as part of a lengthy agenda for its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, in Room 306 at City Hall. Interim School Superintendent Dr. […]

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