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When it comes to its vote last week to allow for the mayoral form of government to be placed before the voters on the November 2016 ballot, the East Providence City Council needs to take a time out, call the booth for a review, ask for a do-over or … more
Some in Tiverton may have reason to be frustrated with their Town Council, but this ‘fire the lot of them’ reaction scarcely fits the crime. Petitions are making the rounds calling for the ouster of no fewer than three councilors. … more
Carpionato Corp.’s failed attempt to build an immense commercial and residential complex in Tiverton may best be remembered as an exercise in how not to win friends and influence people. Any shot the developer may have had early on to … more
Warren finally has weekend and holiday coverage in the animal control office, after town officials this week filled a new part time position approved by voters at the Financial Town Meeting in May. The part time coverage had long been sought by … more
Tiverton planners must wonder why they bothered over the past two years. Handed the biggest development proposal ever seen here, they’ve met night after long night to delve into the myriad details. They’ve analyzed traffic flow, stop lights, … more
Libraries are a growth industry here and that speaks well for local priorities. Bristol recently increased funding for its Rogers Free Library. Warren still supports its gorgeous George Hail Library. Westport decided a few years to expand … more
For sheer waste of taxpayer money, it’s tough to top the ‘decibel detector.’ Every town that’s bought one for its police department ought to demand an immediate refund. The things clearly don’t work. How else to explain … more
Bristol and Warren have fought for years over funding the regional school district the two towns share. One would think a voter-approved referendum and a judge's ruling would finally settle the long-running argument. Yet the battle continues. … more
Stone Bridge abutment dawdling will cost Tiverton residents their Grinnell’s Beach season this summer and could cost the town its harbor if the state doesn’t get moving. The state has been ‘about to start’ this crucial project for a … more
Town Councilman Halsey Herreshoff walked into Monday night's budget hearing intending to leave well enough alone, declining to restore $10,000 cut from Explore Bristol's budget request. Then he encountered the throng of supporters who turned out … more
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