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By Tom Killin Dalglish tdalglish@eastbaynewspapers.com TIVERTON — Tiverton has a new town administrator. He is Paul E. McGreevy, 57, of Newport, and he starts with the town on Monday, … more
TIVERTON —Just 321 Tiverton voters, out of a total of 12,809 registered voters in town, cast their ballots during Saturday's 2017 Financial Town Referendum (FTR), to approve a total town and school budget for the next fiscal year (FY-18). Because the budget measure on the ballot, formally titled "Budget Committee's Budget Proposal," was the only budget on the ballot, the 2.5 % of the electors who voted approvingly didn't have much choice. more
LITTLE COMPTON — Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard's lawyers left last Wednesday's Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (Ag Trust) meeting with recommended approval for fewer than half the concerts they had sought — 14 instead of 31. more
LITTLE COMPTON — The Little Compton Town Council last Thursday night voted unanimously to grant entertainment licenses to Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard (CSV) for "up to 14 concerts" on deed-restricted land and for "up to 14 [other] entertainment events" (understood to be mainly weddings) this summer on non-deed-restricted land. The council proceedings took all of 17 minutes, before an estimated 130-140 mostly local spectators, who crammed into extra chairs and benches in the Town Hall council chambers, stood along the walls and in the hallway outside. more
After receiving multiple reports of a scammer preying on senior citizens in Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has issued a statewide Medicare fraud alert. Medicare patients have … more
School administrators throughout the East Bay are among local towns' highest earners, according to a salary survey released this week by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue's Municipal Finance … more
In today’s changing world, a high school diploma is not enough to secure sustainable employment into the future. At least some college education is critical, and therefore should be part of the … more
LITTLE COMPTON — The budgeting process in town for next fiscal year is underway, and Budget Committee Chairman George Crowell is focusing early attention on about 126 - 131 people in town who haven't paid their property taxes. The town needs the revenues that the unpaid taxes represent — an estimated $626,476 (including penalties), if collected. more
TIVERTON — The contract for Town Administrator Matt Wojcik, that expires Feb. 24, has not been renewed by the Town Council. In a brief one-paragraph statement, Town Council President Joan Chabot announced the decision Wednesday night at 10:20 p.m. "After review, the employment contract of the Tiverton Town Administrator, Matthew Wojcik, will not be renewed by the Town Council. The current employment contract’s term is three years, ending on February 24, 2017, with an additional four (4) month period after that date, to June 24, 2017. Mr. Wojcik will continue to serve as Town Administrator during that time, and may apply for the position of Town Administrator during the application process," read the statement. more
TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON, WESTPORT — Drought has hit the Tiverton, Little Compton and Westport communities, and has sharply limited the availability of water needed to fight fires and, in some cases, for drinking. Last weekend’s rains helped a bit but it will take much more of that to make a real difference. “It's going to take a lot of rain to fill the ponds up," said Little Compton Fire Chief Rick Petrin, who said the 12 pond locations he normally uses to obtain firefighting water have dwindled to two. He said the town hasn't had a big fire in two months more
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