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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
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
LITTLE COMPTON — At its meeting Sept. 22, the Little Compton Town Council approved amendments to the two new entertainment and noise ordinances that may lighten the decision-making burden on the council, make it easier to enforce the two ordinances. more
TIVERTON — The Town of Tiverton announced today that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) has awarded the Town a $393,237 grant to fund a restoration, improvement more
TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON — Amy Veri, a Little Compton resident, appears to have won her bid in the Republican primary, to face Louis P. DiPalma, a Democrat, in the November General Election in the race for the Senate District 12 seat in the General Assembly. more
To the editor: In a story titled “Town hires itself an administrator,” the June 30 Sakonnet Times reported on an important milestone in the history of Little Compton town governance. At its June 23 meeting, the Town Council approved a contract to hire Tom Dunn, who has previously served as the town’s part-time “Business Manager,” to the position of full-time Town Administrator, with expanded responsibilities and authority. more
LITTLE COMPTON — The Town will have its first town administrator beginning July 1. As a result of unanimous Town Council action last Thursday night, Thomas G. Dunn III, who now serves as the town's business manager, will acquire a new title and new responsibilities, and will shift from part-time to full-time employment. more
East Bay legislators doled out nearly a quarter of a million dollars in legislative grants this year, and two local lawmakers are among the state’s top grant givers. Rep. Jan Malik, who … more
The House of Representatives has passed legislation submitted by Majority Whip John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth) that aims to increase the accountability of the campaign finance law … more
The man known as Cool Moose passed away on Sunday night, March 20. Robert J. Healey, the longtime Barrington resident, former Warren School Committee chairman and founder of Rhode Island's … more
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