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Prudence Island residents gather inside the Union Church to discuss island-related issues with the Town Council Saturday.

Prudence residents talk roads, hunting

Prudence residents talk roads, hunting

Above: Prudence Island residents gather inside the Union Church to discuss island-related issues with the Town Council Saturday. PRUDENCE ISLAND — Last year Prudence Island residents had a strongly worded message for members of the Town Council during their annual meeting to the island: Please get Narragansett Avenue paved. The bumpy 2.6-mile road, which runs along the


DEM closes Bristol Harbor to shellfishing

Elevated bacteria levels in Bristol Harbor has forced the harbor to close to all shellfishing beginning at sunrise Tuesday. The state Department of Environmental Management announced the closure Monday afternoon after Bristol reported a lack of disinfection in the harbor that resulted in elevated bacteria levels in plant effluent. The Bristol Harbor Master will collect

Sea life begins attaching itself to a small Reef Ball, similar to those proposed for Mt. Hope Bay. The plan has been scuttled for now after commercial fishermen objected. (photo courtesy of reefball.org).

Reef Ball plan takes flak at hearing

A plan to install three artificial reefs in East Bay waters has been withdrawn to give proponents time to look into possible changes after the proposal was criticized during a recent hearing before the state’s Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). The plan would place clusters of 30 “Reef Balls” at quarter-acre sites — off Weaver

Until a memorandum of agreement was reached with the Town of Portsmouth, the state had ordered a costly sewer treatment system serving Portsmouth Park (pictured) and Island Park.

Sewers nixed in Portsmouth’s pact with DEM

PORTSMOUTH — The state’s longtime threat to force the town to install costly sewers servicing Island Park and Portsmouth Park has been removed under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that was accepted by the Town Council in a 4-2 vote Monday night. “I think this is a point of time in Portsmouth history when we

The state had previously ordered that the Town of Portsmouth install sewers in Portsmouth Park (pictured) and Island Park.

Portsmouth seeks accord with DEM over sewers

PORTSMOUTH — The town is one step closer to resolving its dispute with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) over sewers the state had previously ordered installed in the Island Park and Portsmouth Park neighborhoods. At its meeting Monday night, Oct. 27, the Town Council will discuss a possible settlement of a notice of violation

A truck carrying fill material enters the former landfill property off Park Avenue Thursday morning.

Portsmouth dump capping: ‘We are being contaminated’

PORTSMOUTH — “You can have someone urinate down your back and be told it’s raining for only so long,” Peter Roberts told the Town Council Wednesday night. Mr. Roberts was referring to the frustration felt by many Island Park residents over the past four years as they’ve waited for the former landfill, closed since 1972, to

Police question a man in a yard along Seaconnet Boulevard Thursday following the fatal canoe accident.

Man who died in Portsmouth canoe accident identified

PORTSMOUTH — The R.I. Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement has identified the man who died after the canoe he was in capsized off Island Park Thursday afternoon. Michael A. Yazel, 65, of Portsmouth, died after being rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River by rescue workers, according to a statement released

Vegetation growing along the Creamer Dam has interferred with inspections, contributing to an "unsafe" classification.
Photo by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Tiverton dam deemed threat to those downhill

Owners of the 28 lots in Tiverton’s Daniel Church Estates subdivision just got saddled with a big responsibility — caring for a dam that the state considers a “high hazard” and “unsafe.” After a July 21 special Town Council meeting in the high school auditorium, the owners found themselves on the hook to repair and