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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
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
A state veterinarian has ordered a quarantine on a Westport farm after the discovery of one dead pig (a sow) and concerns that an unknown number of other pigs (the tally varies wildly) may have fed … more
TIVERTON — Bad crashes, one after another last Tuesday, sent one driver to the hospital and then to court, kept police and firefighters busy much of the day, and repeatedly turned Route 24 into a … more
A Bristol legend passes away, a car goes for a dip, a group of local students head to the world championships, and some randy teens are caught stealing their needed prophylactics. These are just some … more
LITTLE COMPTON — Feature film “The Passing Season,” shot mostly in Little Compton, the hometown of director Gabriel Long, will be celebrated at Aurora Providence with a special screening and … more
TIVERTON — Tiverton's historic Essex Library will pass into private ownership on Tuesday, May 16. That is the date when the much-debated sale of the property will close. The sale price, … more
[Updated] TIVERTON — An official site visit by the Tiverton Planning Board to the future Twin River Casino location in north Tiverton Saturday afternoon drew a crowd of 66 town officials and members of the public, that descended into the woods over a stone and gravel construction road to see what was there. more
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery has announced its Sunset Music Series lineup for 2017.  “We have an amazing and diverse line-up of talent this season,” a vineyard spokesman said. For … more
The following open houses are scheduled in towns around the East Bay this weekend: Barrington           38 Old River Road — Sunday, April … more
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