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Tom Ladd (left) and Scott Stipetic program different lighting themes on the Sakonnet River Bridge Sept. 10. They set up alongside the bike path at 1 p.m. and were still there nearly nine hours later. Photo by Jim McGaw.

About 25 lighting schemes programmed for Sakonnet Bridge

About 25 lighting schemes programmed for Sakonnet Bridge

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Drivers have either been dazzled or bewildered by the colorful light shows on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Well, brace yourself. You ain’t seen nothing yet. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has programmed specific color schemes for no fewer than 25 different holidays and special days throughout the year. RITBA, a

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Police: Man climbed old Sakonnet Bridge, took pics

PORTSMOUTH — Here are the highlights from the Portsmouth police report from over the past week. Tuesday, June 10 Manuel Torres, 41, of 11 Constitution Ave., Apt. C, Middletown, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license or permit, a felony. Mr. Torres’ car was stopped on West Main Road shortly before 10 a.m. after

Letter: Put a STOP to Sakonnet Bridge tolls

Editor’s note: This letter from the Sakonnet Tolls Opposition Platform (STOP) Committee was presented to Special Legislative Commission on Tolls at its meeting at the State House Thursday. To the editor: The Commission to Study the Funding for East Bay Bridges and the state’s transportation system is nearing the end of its session and is

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Portsmouth council sets goals for 2014

PORTSMOUTH — Fixing the broken wind turbine, improving the budget process, helping citizens fix their failed septic systems, getting a municipal court up and running and finalizing a plan for the Elmhurst property were among the issues the Town Council identified as priority items for the next year. In a rare Saturday morning meeting, the council

Letter: Citizens helpless against RITBA’s dumb rules

To the editor: Here’s how government can change the neutral citizen into a really peeved citizen. It started with the 18-year-old kid. During the Sakonnet River Bridge toll controversy, I’ve been a passive-lazy user; I already have E-ZPass and don’t travel the Sakonnet very much, anyway. Today I tried adding another transponder, for a new

Letter: Public access attracts trespassing slobs

To the editor: About the Hummocks story and public access park: While I feel empathy for Vicky Newbold and her neighbors, I can offer no hope for them. What has happened to the so-called public access, rights-of-way, on Aquidneck Island in the past several years is heartbreaking. The users (abusers, is more like it) leave trash

Trash left by people who fish at the end of the railroad tracks on the north side of the bridges. "They don't have any respect for anything," said Vicky Newbold, who lives nearby. "They throw their trash, they don't respect private property."

Portsmouth neighborhood complains of state ‘park’ under bridge

PORTSMOUTH — Vicky Newbold has lived in the shadows of the Sakonnet River Bridge her entire life, in the home her grandparents built around 1900. “A town is only as strong as its neighborhoods and this is a very close-knit community of people, some of whom have been here for generations,” she said of the lower

Letter: Don’t forget to toll Pawtucket River Bridge

To the editor: The Pawtucket River Bridge was opened this week with great fanfare. I would like to remind our state legislators and Gov. Chafee not to forget to maintain this bridge. I would suggest imposing a toll on the Pawtucket River Bridge, like the new Sakonnet River Bridge, to cover the maintenance costs. Robert

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