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TIVERTON — In a nearly packed Town Hall last Thursday night residents debated two budgets — their validity, not their numbers. The occasion was a meeting of the Board of Canvassers (see separate story), which had to decide whether, under the town charter, an electors' petition budget should be placed on the ballot for the May 20 Financial Town Referendum. more
TIVERTON — On the eve of Thursday’s Tiverton Financial Town Hearing (7 p.m. in the Middle School Cafetorium), there is no clarity as this paper goes to press about how many, or which, FY-18 budget or budgets, town voters will debate at the hearing, or choose from when they go to the ballot box at the Financial Town Referendum (FTR) on May 20. more
TIVERTON — Tiverton's budget opponents went to Newport County Superior Court Tuesday to debate their differences. After about an hour of argument before Judge Brian Van Couyghen, they were told to … more
As demand for medical marijuana continues to skyrocket, the state Department of Business Regulation is encouraging towns throughout Rhode Island to allow cultivation centers that can produce more … more
The budget hearing in Barrington has been moved to the high school auditorium. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m.  Most years, the budget hearing is held inside the … more
After years of failed negotiations with the city of East Providence over a backup water supply to the East Bay, the Bristol County Water Authority is moving forward with plans to build a pipeline … more
Geoff Grove, the chairman of the committee on appropriations in Barrington, said it was the group's intention to "send a message" when it recommended the elimination of a $1.2 million increase to the … more
TIVERTON — Pre-trial proceedings in the 58-count misdemeanor prosecution of Tiverton Police Lieutenant Timothy Panell were again — for the fifth time — postponed at a hearing April 13 , to reconvene on Thursday June 1. The in-court proceedings, and documents revealed in the court file, show that the discovery afforded both sides in the case is massive, and may account for much of the delay. more
Bristol property taxes will rise by about 1 percent after the Bristol Town Council approved Town Administrator Steven Contente’s fiscal 2018 budget last Wednesday night. The town’s … more
What services and businesses would residents like to see along Bay Spring, and where?  How can the town make it easier to get around Bay Spring on foot, on bicycle, and in … more
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