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EAST PROVIDENCE — A roughly two-hour workshop on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget for East Providence held Wednesday night, Oct. 12, was at times contentious and ultimately ended with no … more
The deal is dead — bring on the lawn signs. A long-standing "gentlemen's agreement" between the two major political parties in Barrington to not use lawn signs came to an end late last … more
He was happy. Jan Malik was content to move on and start a new chapter in his life… but then something happened.  The longtime legislator said that following his loss in the Democratic … more
What started as a cordial discussion grew more divided once candidates for the town council seats turned their focus toward the proposed $68.4 million bond for a new middle school.  Parents … 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
Libertarian Daryl Gould told folks at Wednesday night's forum that he shared many similarities with his opponent, Democrat Jason Knight, but on many occasions the two candidates for the House … more
The proposed $68.4 million Barrington Middle School bond received three "Yes" votes during the candidates forum on Wednesday night, Oct. 5. Local candidates for the state senate trade … more
TIVERTON —A night shift police lieutenant stands accused of directly or impliedly ordering officers under his command that the hours between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. were to be "quiet time," during which no law enforcement work was to be done. That is one of the revelations in a seven-page Tiverton Police Department report, dated Sept. 23, and modified Sept 27, that was released last week under a public records request to the department. more
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Fire Department Chief Oscar Elmasian will soon recommend the activation of a fourth emergency services vehicle to be housed at Station 3 in the Rumford section of … more
TIVERTON — Tiverton Town Hall is in the process of getting a new roof. Work started Thursday, Sept. 22 and is expected to take two weeks, with completion targeted for Thursday, Oct. 6. more
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