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Police: Man climbed old Sakonnet Bridge, took pics

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

John Vitkevich pedals along the bike path on the Sakonnet River Bridge shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. In the background, fellow protester Dr. Ron Marsh speaks to a reporter. Mr. Vitkevich and others are gearing up for a protest on the bridge's bike path starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Toll protesters to gather on Sakonnet Bridge bike path Sunday

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — John Vitkevich doesn’t know exactly what will happen Sunday night when he — and hopefully many others, he said — will gather on the Sakonnet River Bridge bike path to protest a toll set to begin the following day. But he’s willing to spend a night in jail to get his point across, he said. “I’m

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