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From left, Tony Viveiros, former Middletown town councilor; Rep. Deborah Ruggiero; Rep. John G. Edwards; Sally Black, Tiverton School Committee chairwoman; Donna Lafleur, member of the Sakonnet Tolls Opposition Platform (STOP); Jeanne Smith, member of STOP; Rep. Dennis M. Canario; and Rep. Linda Finn celebrate the House passage of Article 21, which bans tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

Full RI House passes budget plan that eliminates bridge tolls

After debate lasting past midnight, the full Rhode Island House of  Representatives approved an $8.78 billion budget for the next fiscal year on Friday. The budget includes provisions that eliminate the Sakonnet River Bridge toll, replacing it with an overall roads and bridges maintenance plan funded by temporary surcharges on various motor vehicle fees as

Ayars obituary

David P. Ayars, 87, Westport

David Preston Ayars, age 87, died in Venice, Florida, on May 29, 2014, from kidney disease. Dave was born in New York in 1927 and grew up in California and Ohio. During the war he served aboard the U.S.S. Taconic. He graduated from Harvard University with the Class of 1948. Dave worked for the John

westport fire

Smoke detector saves baby from crib-side fire

A baby is safe thanks to a smoke detector that alerted family members to a fire that had broken out just feet from the 16-month-old’s crib Thursday morning, June 12. Westport Deputy Fire Chief Allen Manley said firefighters were called to 735 Main Road at 5:48 a.m. Thursday for a report of a working fire.

Temporary treat: Carefully tended beds yield hard-shelled delicacy

WESTPORT — A small fleet of work skiffs has been gathering daily at Westport River locations as their skippers partake in a temporary quahog windfall. For much of the winter they convened at Half Moon Flat (just off John Reed Road on the way to Horseneck Beach). That’s closed now for replenishment  (could reopen in


Lynn Carter, 94, Westport Point

Lynn Carter, 94, of Westport Point, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at home. He was the husband of Suzanne (Paull) Carter, to whom he had been married for 71 years. Mr. Carter was born on November 26, 1919, in Bakersfield, Calif., to the late Albert Ray Carter and Pearl (Kellerman) Carter. In January