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TIVERTON — The controversy came out of nowhere. The Tiverton council agenda for its regular meeting of Monday, June 25, had called for "discussion and action on the completion of the Stone Bridge Abutment project," and newly installed Town Administrator Jan Reitsma had recommended the appointment of former Town Councilor Brett Pelletier to serve as "Project Manager"— as a volunteer — during the winding up of the abutment renovation. "I had no idea that this would become a major discussion point," said Mr.Reitsma, after the town council by a 5-2 vote, approved Mr. Pelletier's appointment. more
This town’s quintessential summer event — the fabled annual United Congregational Church Fair — is now in its 48th year. On Saturday, July 14, it will take over the Town of Little … more
Barrington and Tiverton will battle for the District II Majors Division All-Star championship on Sunday, July 15. Barrington has reached the finals with a 4-0 record, having defeated Darlington, … more
LITTLE COMPTON — There can few more joyous occasions for a community than the graduation of its children from school, and Wilbur & McMahon Principal Sonya Whipp drew upon this hopeful sentiment in her address to the 33 members of the school's graduating eighth grade class last Wednesday night, June 21. more
Twenty-one-year-old pilot Mia Hallgring, a Portsmouth High School graduate, has taken to the sky to race in the 2018 Air Race Classic. The four-day, all-female flying race started Wednesday, June 19, … more
On Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT), Westport Bike & Walking Path Committee, and South Coast Bikeway Alliance are teaming up to host a … more
PORTSMOUTH — For the 12th straight year, children with developmental ad and physical disabilities from around Rhode Island and beyond descended upon Glen Park Sunday for a day full of … more
Beginning last weekend, Grinnell’s Beach is effectively fenced off from the public.     The action appears to have been made necessary by the swarms of people recently on the … more
TIVERTON — Tiverton has a new town planner and planning board administrative officer. He is William D. Compton, of Sheffield, Mass. He was appointed by the Tiverton Town Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, May 29. Mr. Compton began work with the town June 1, within days of his appointment, at a starting salary of $65,000 under year-one of a contract that says it may be extended for an additional two years. The contract calls for a six-month probationary period. more
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School’s standout runner, Nikki Merrill, had another impressive performance at the Rhode Island Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Brown … more
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