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The average Bristol homeowner would pay about $60 more a year in property tax if the Town Council approves Town Administrator Steven Contente’s budget. The Town Council continued its … more
The Bristol Warren Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to increase the two towns' financial commitment to the school district by 2 percent, or just over $700,000. The increase was half of what the … more
A group of local artists continues to negotiate a 10-year lease with the town that could free up a half million dollars to help create an arts and cultural center in the former Walley School on High … more
A longtime public servant in the East Bay passed away this week. David Bates, who served on a number of Barrington town boards before spending 22 years in the Rhode Island State Senate, died on … more
Former state Rep. Ray Gallison pleaded guilty to nine felony charges Thursday, and now faces the prospect of several years in federal prison. Chief Judge William Smith accepted Mr. gallison's plea … more
When voters approved a $17 million bond referendum last November, it included $2 million to build a new public marina to help curtail the long waiting list of boaters seeking a public place to tie up … more
Bristol’s 10 highest-paid employees last year earned an average of $110,000, according to numbers from the town finance office. Owing to overtime and detail pay, most of the top earners work in … more
Former State Rep. Ray Gallison is due back in court Thursday, and is expected to plead guilty to nine federal felonies. The disgraced former legislator was arraigned Jan. 27 on the charges — … more
The Bristol Republican Town Committee has elected new officers and delegates to the Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee, the party committee announced. The executive officers and state … more
The BAY Team, which now services East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol, recently received grant money from the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities … more
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