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Portsmouth council to discuss goals, priorities Saturday

By   /  November 22, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

The town's wind turbine near the high school, idle since June 2012 due to a broken gear box, is one of the issues the Portsmouth Town Council hopes to resolve in 2014.

PORTSMOUTH — In a rare Saturday meeting, The Town Council will tackle legislative priorities and goal-setting for 2014, and get a school budget forecast from its finance director. The council will begin the Nov. 23 meeting at 9 a.m. in executive session to interview candidates and select a judge for the town’s newly established municipal court. […]

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Experts for Portsmouth: Federal law prohibits Sakonnet Bridge toll

By   /  November 8, 2013  /  News  /  10 Comments

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PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Federal law prohibits the implementation of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, say two experts whose written testimony has been included in the Town of Portsmouth’s lawsuit to get the toll removed. Portsmouth Town Solicitor Kevin Gavin, in a motion filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence, included the opinion signed by Marcus […]

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East Bay pols, residents once again question need for tolls on Sakonnet River Bridge

By   /  October 18, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

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PROVIDENCE — The Special Legislative Commission on infrastructure heard an overview of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority’s extended operational plans as well as the impassioned testimony of local lawmakers and residents along with the input of a financial expert at the second meeting of the body held Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 35 […]

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Letter: Citizens helpless against RITBA’s dumb rules

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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Letter: State has plenty of money to fund Sakonnet Bridge

By   /  September 23, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: Since I started the campaign nearly a year and a half ago with petitions, the rally at Clements’ Market, and letting the governor know how the people in the East Bay feel about tolls at the Town Hall, much has come about. The East Bay has the support from many people around […]

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Letter: Public access attracts trespassing slobs

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  3 Comments

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 […]

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Letter: Forty trips on bridge so far and no bill yet

By   /  September 16, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: After reading your Sept. 12 article, “Multi-trip toll deal cut short by RITBA,” I checked my E-ZPass account online, since I must have driven 40 times across the Sakonnet River Bridge since tolling began on Aug. 19. Interestingly, my account has been charged for none of these trips, although I continue to […]

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Portsmouth neighborhood complains of state ‘park’ under bridge

By   /  September 11, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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 — 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 […]

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Letter: Don’t forget to toll Pawtucket River Bridge

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

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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Decorative bridge lights —Like ’em or not?

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  News  /  3 Comments

The colored Sakonnet Bridge lights, as seen from the southbound lanes on the Portsmouth side Sunday night.

The colored ‘decorative’ lights are now being lit most nights on the Sakonnet River Bridge. We want to know what people think of them. Let us know by participating in our on-line poll.

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