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A local Knights of Columbus council marked the end of an era last week when members distributed more than $1 million — proceeds from the sale of its old home — to four local churches and … more
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department: Tuesday, May 14 Freddie Valentin DeJesus, 41, of 93 Mason Ave., was charged with domestic violence … more
TIVERTON — One day after a staffing shortage forced the temporary closure of one of Tiverton’s three fire stations, town administrator Chris Cotta announced at an emergency town council … more
The Tiverton Planning Board is proposing a major re-write of the town’s residential zoning map, including the elimination of the R-80 zoning district and addition of a new R-120 district that … more
A Tiverton girl recently won a bronze medal at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Kids World Championships in Morristown, N.J., placing near the top of the 876-competitor field. … more
The State of Rhode Island recently moved one step closer to a law that would regulate electric bicycles on all state properties, including bike paths. Passed by the full House of Representatives two … more
Little Compton voters will be asked next week to approve a recommended budget of $17.7 million for FY 2025, an increase of $213,127 (1.2 percent) over the current fiscal year, and will also tackle … more
A writer, teacher, lecturer and highly regarded religious leader who has led seven churches in 50 years, including four in which she was the first woman ever to serve as pastor, is embarking on a new path as interim pastor of the United Congregational Church of Little Compton. With the church in a transitional period following the departure of former senior minister Reverend Rebecca Floyd Marshall, the Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper has stepped in to fill her place, at least temporarily. more
Monday, May 6 An animal complaint came in from Mill Street at 10:21 a.m., and another from the Longplex complex at 4:17 p.m. Kelly J. Viveiros, 54, of 1 Mill St., Apt. 1123, was charged … more
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department: Tuesday, May 7 Kayvan Castellanos, 29, of 646 Bristol Ferry Road, Apt. 2, was charged with … more
A healing sanctuary during a time of great trouble in the world. A place where inspiration lies in massive majestic vistas and small encounters. And a place of mystery at the edge of the ocean. … more
TIVERTON — Jacob Rapoza, a former school resource officer at Tiverton High School, was found guilty Wednesday, May 8, on two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct in connection with … more
It’s a dream local cycling enthusiasts have nurtured for more than two decades — the creation of a safe, recreational pedestrian and bike pathway that would connect the Sakonnet River … more
Sue Anderson of the Tiverton Historical Cemeteries Commission was leading a walking tour last Saturday at the old Congregational Church Cemetery #11 on Lake Road when she paused to tell the story of … more
While emphasizing the numbers are still preliminary, the Tiverton Town Council on Saturday tentatively approved a combined town and school budget of $58.4 million for the coming fiscal year, … more
Following is an overview of Tiverton Police activity from April 29 to May 5. Monday, April 29 An Old Bulgarmarsh Road resident reported a neighbor dispute at 10:41 a.m. A caller … more
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department: Monday, April 29 Mackenzie P. Bowman, 23, of 646 Bristol Ferry Road, Apt. 2, was charged with … more
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly backed bills sponsored by two high-ranking East Providence legislators seeking to hold the Rhode Island Department of Transportation accountable going forward … more
PORTSMOUTH — It was an epic battle between the Half in the Bags and Challengers teams inside the VFW Post 5390 hall in Common Fence Point Monday night. more
While the future of the Fort Barton School remains undecided, Tiverton school officials recently sent layoff notices to 11 employees not connected with the school in an attempt to make a dent in a … more
An internal investigation by the Little Compton Police Department has “sustained” a complaint from a former resident who claimed last year that a lieutenant had an inappropriate … more
The Little Compton Grange recently held its Annual Awards Night at the Grange Hall at the Commons, honoring a teacher, police officer and private citizen for their service to the community. … more
Until last week, Tiverton residents Daniel Perry and Madeline Dessert would likely have laughed if anyone had referred to them as activists. That was before they woke one morning and discovered that … more
Little Compton has no shortage of historic early buildngs. Now, the council has formed a new committee to help preserve the town’s older homes and historic character. At the urging of Dr. … more
If you are one of the estimated 40,000 visitors who attended the Rhode Island Home Show in Providence earlier this month, you were likely blown away by an art exhibit right at the entrance that that … more
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