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Letter: Parents should beware of Common Core

By   /  March 16, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: On Wednesday night during the Little Compton school committee meeting I sat in amazement at how some parents and taxpayers came to fight vigorously for a position that we on the school committee, with advice from the superintendent, have approved to remove, their impassioned pleas about the need for this person and […]

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High-tech tool reveals our lost villages

By   /  March 13, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Little Compton archaeologist Kate Johnson digs for clues.

By Bruce Burdett Kate Johnson was intrigued by things other youngsters may have missed during her walks home from the bus stop in Little Compton. She noticed stone walls vanishing into the undergrowth, an old cemetery whose graves were unmarked. “I’d find bits of ceramic and think about where they came from. And I’d wonder […]

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Portsmouth students compete in cybersecurity contest

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Teammates Nick Paruta (left) Scott Brooks work on a problem during the CyberPatriot competition.

PORTSMOUTH — Hunkered down in a corner room in the school library for six hours Friday, a group of young computer whizzes fueled by snacks and Powerade were bent on solving some of the nation’s most pressing network security issues. This is CyberPatriot, a national high school cyber defense competition that inspires students to consider careers […]

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Deborah Bodington, 63, Little Compton

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Obituaries  /  No Comments

Deborah Bodington Obit Photo 3

Deborah Bodington, a devoted mother, loving friend, talented artist, and proud Swamp Yankee of Little Compton passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. She was 63.  She was born in Little Compton on December 1, 1950, to Alfred and Georgie Bodington. Deb graduated from Tiverton High School in 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Samuel P. Thomas, 60, Little Compton

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  Obituaries  /  No Comments

Samuel Thomas

Samuel Phillips Thomas, “Sam,” age 60, of Little Compton, formerly of Boston, died Friday, March 7, 2014. He was the husband of Margaret “Maggie” (Huelskamp) Thomas. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he was a son of Constance (Beale) Thomas of Jamestown, RI, and the late W. G. Brooks Thomas.  Mr. Thomas was a descendant from the […]

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Bids heard for ‘T3’ fields at Portsmouth High

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Portsmouth High School

PORTSMOUTH — The “T3 Project” athletic field upgrades at the high school got one step closer to reality Tuesday night when the School Committee reviewed proposals by three firms that bid on the project. The upgrades include improvements to the football field, track and tennis courts, for which the district has set aside $2.5 million, including […]

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ACLU sees racial disparities in Portsmouth school suspensions

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Schools  /  2 Comments

Portsmouth High School

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth public schools last year suspended black students more than five times as often “as would be expected based on their school population,” according to a report issued this week by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition, the report says the district suspended Hispanic students more than […]

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Hawk recovering from gunshot wounds

By   /  March 10, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Wildlife rehabilitator Kristin Fletcher prepares to cover the hawk with a beach towel to calm it for the trip to an animal hospital in Saunderstown. Benjamin Goddard photo

There was good reason that the red-shouldered hawk found sitting on a branch in Tiverton didn’t flee when approached by rescuers. The bird was suffering from breaks in both of its wings — one wing was clearly drooping. Two pellets were lodged elsewhere in its wings. It’s doing reasonably well so far but the raptor […]

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Letter: Spending rises as student numbers plummet

By   /  March 10, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

lec taxpayer let graph

To the editor: The Wilbur & McMahon School Committee recently conducted two budget workshops for the 2014/2015 school budget.  Disappointingly, the School Committee and administration succumbed to pressure to increase the budget beyond what was originally asked for by Kathy Crowley, school superintendent.  Does this make any sense?  Look at the  graph above. It shows […]

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Deal done — Tiverton beachfront gas station is town property

By   /  March 7, 2014  /  News, Waterfront  /  3 Comments

Town Council President Ed Roderick stands across Main Road from gas station, now the town's property. Photo by Tom Killin Dalglish

TIVERTON — It was a complicated transaction, but the former gas station at 1837 Main Road abutting Grinnell’s Beach now belongs to the Town of Tiverton. The news was made public “with great pleasure” last Monday by Town Solicitor Andrew Teitz. All the official documents, he said, would be recorded the next day. “Most of […]

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