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To the editor: The agenda for the February 16, 2017, Budget Committee meeting had, as item 1, "Revisit the Tiverton charter under Budget Committee duties and responsibilities and section 1207 oath … more
Barrington schools continues to rack up awards. It was announced on Tuesday evening, April 25, that U.S. News and World Report selected Barrington High School as a "gold medal school" in its … more
UPDATE: Elector petition budget ruled invalid: solicitor TIVERTON — Some uncertainty about the legal validity of the electors' petition budget proposal for the Financial Town Referendum (FTR) became evident late Tuesday afternoon. A meeting of the Board of Canvassers on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall has been announced as the moment when matters will be clarified. Town Solicitor Anthony DeSisto, said Interim Town Administrator Nancy Mello (also serving as the elected Town Clerk), will be present Thursday to explain an opinion that his office rendered late Tuesday, and released by email, to the effect that the elector petitioners' budget is invalid and should not be forwarded to the FTR. more
PROVIDENCE — The State Senate has approved legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would validate and ratify amendments to the Home Rule … more
Although Town Administrator Richard Rainer Jr.’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 calls for a 1.97 percent increase over the current total spending plan, the tax rate would still drop by 57 cents due mainly to the recent townwide property revaluation. more
PORTSMOUTH — Despite four goals from freshman Kylie Donovan, the Portsmouth High girls’ lacrosse team was defeated by Pilgrim 12-10 in a back-and-forth contest Monday night at … more
PORTSMOUTH — Jeffrey G. Bucci, 36, of 61 Almy Knoll Terrace, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. on April 18 on charges of assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and resisting … more
PORTSMOUTH—The Roger Williams Women's rugby team won the Division II Beast of the East cup championship by crushing University of Albany 38-5 at Glen Farm in Portsmouth on Sunday. The RWU girls had … more
Westport Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will hold a Prescription Drug Take-Back event at the Westport Police Sub-Station located on the side of Cumberland Farms, 596 … more
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School is the third-best high school in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings. The school earned the media … more
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