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EAST PROVIDENCE — In a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 3, Valerie J. Lawson announced her candidacy for the Rhode Island Senate District 14 seat currently occupied by long-time … more
Local legislators invite community members to share input on new legislation providing earned sick leave at the Teamsters Union Hall, 121 Brightridge Ave., East Providence, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — Within minutes Saturday morning, Sept. 30, the current and former At-Large members of the City Council announced their intentions for the 2018 Election through press … more
The Barrington Committee on Appropriations — the group tasked with reviewing the municipal and school department budgets — is planning a new approach to the budget process this … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — The City Council held its initial, full-throated workshop Monday evening, Sept. 25, on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 penned by the administration of City Manager Tim Chapman, … more
The town's new ordinance banning the sale of tobacco to people under 21 years old is not being enforced and will likely be repealed. The town council decided to repeal the law — it will do … more
There will be two flu clinics held at local schools for students, staff and family members from Barrington public schools. The first clinic will be held at Sowams Elementary School on Tuesday, … more
Debbie Barchi is a planner. The director of the Barrington Public Library said she likes building plans for work and for life at home, so it was no surprise that when she neared retirement age, … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — The waterfront commission, taking up the topic at a meeting held last Thursday evening, Sept. 21, will continue a discussion on a proposed change to an affordable housing element in an existing … more
Barrington residents planning to apply for a senior tax exemption with the town should be prepared for an earlier-than-normal filing deadline. This year, town officials have moved the filing … more
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