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Tree removal at Portsmouth High rankles some

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Matt Picciandra of Tree Tech uses a Wacker to remove an arborvitae that had been cut down along the south side of the Portsmouth High School tennis courts Friday morning.

PORTSMOUTH — Town Council member David Gleason had just left an Arbor Day event to celebrate the planting of a tree at one school only to find a whole row of them ripped out at another. Last week a subcontractor began removing the tall American arborvitae surrounding the Portsmouth High School tennis courts as part of […]

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AG: Portsmouth council violated open meetings law

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

Before it was torn down, John Vitkevich had proposed turning the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film production studio.

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council violated the state Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it met in October 2013 to discuss the fate of the former Elmhurst School chapel, the Rhode Island attorney general’s office has ruled. Local resident and Realtor John Vitkevich filed the OMA complaint with the attorney general in December, alleging that the council […]

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Letter: Something stinks in Portsmouth

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: As a lifelong resident of the town of Portsmouth and homeowner in Island Park, I couldn’t be sadder at what has transpired over the sewer issue. Portsmouth, as many cities and towns in New England, has faced the difficult and complicated issue of its aging infrastructure, in this case cesspools. I grew […]

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Portsmouth queried about talks with DEM over sewers

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The nature of recent talks between the town and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) over the town’s septic issues in Island Park and Portsmouth Park was a source of contention at Monday’s Town Council meeting. More than three years ago, DEM issued a notice of violation (NOV) to the town, claiming it […]

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Portsmouth Girl Scouts get OK for archery at Glen Park

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — There will be arrows flying in Glen Park May 16-17, but don’t expect the town to make a habit of allowing archery there. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the Portsmouth Girl Scouts to offer archery at the park during its annual Service Unit Camp Out, despite […]

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Letter: Council meeting should have been public

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor, The Portsmouth Town Council met with four representatives of the Department of Environmental Management in executive session on April 1 to discuss the department’s order to construct a sewer system in the Island Park and Portsmouth Park communities. The council decided to meet with the DEM representatives in executive session under the […]

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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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Portsmouth OKs Bristol Ferry road diet

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Bristol Ferry Road (looking north near Botelho Drive) is slated to be reduced to one travel lane in each direction this year.

PORTSMOUTH — After hearing 90 minutes of debate on both sides of the issue, the Town Council Monday night approved a R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) proposal for a lane reduction on a 1.2-mile portion of Bristol Ferry Road. The 6-0 vote came with the stipulation, however, that the “road diet” undergo a trial period through […]

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Portsmouth led down garden path on wastewater

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: The Portsmouth Town Council is to be commended for its attempt to ameliorate the effects of the Cesspool Phase Out Act on the residents of Portsmouth, particularly our Island Park and Portsmouth Park communities. Just as with proposed effort to put in sewers, so the effort to force up grading of onsite […]

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Letter: Please attend meeting on road diet

By   /  March 30, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: On Monday, March 31, at 6 p.m., the Portsmouth Town Council will hold a public hearing in their council chambers about the proposed road diet on Bristol Ferry Road that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) recently announced. The Town Council is being very generous with their time and this is […]

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