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TIVERTON — In front of an intermittently raucus audience of 85 people in Town Hall Thursday night, the Tiverton Town Council voted 4-2 to replace Joan Chabot with Denise deMedeiros as town council president more
TIVERTON — The unseating of Joan Chabot as Town Council President may be on the table for discussion and possible action at a special meeting of the Tiverton Town Council tonight, Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m in Town Hall. After the call to order, the council will address the single agenda item: "For discussion and possible action on Town Council Governance and Leadership. more
LITTLE COMPTON — Suspense and hard work dating back to 2014 will culminate Saturday, August 5, when the new town recreation field will be dedicated (rain date is Sunday).  It will be a ceremony accompanied by some serious hoopla extending into the evening — comments about honorees, for whom the field, tennis courts, and walking path will be named, two soccer games, a chicken barbecue, hot dogs, music, and fireworks. more
TIVERTON — Tiverton voters will go to the polls on July 18 to choose nine members of a Tiverton Charter Review Commission, which over the next year will examine, and make recommendations for changing, or not changing, the basic document that establishes the structure, organization, and powers of town government, and its governing procedures. more
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
TIVERTON — A Superior Court judge has denied an attempt by four petitioners to place a proposed electors' petition budget proposal on the ballot for the May 20 Financial Town Referendum (FTR). As a result, it appears that there will be just one budget discussed at the Financial Town Hearing Thursday May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Tiverton Middle School Cafetorium, and one budget on the FTR ballot — the one put forth by the Tiverton Budget Committee. more
Just when it appeared that all the drama had been drained from Town Hall chambers last Thursday by the Board of Canvassers' vote invalidating the elector's petition budget (see separate story), town resident and elector Mike Burk dropped a two-page complaint against the Budget Committee budget on the canvasser's desk. more
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