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TIVERTON — Town council member Joan Chabot, elected Nov. 8 to her fourth council term, was unanimously voted by her fellow council members Tuesday night to serve as town council president. … 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
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
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
TIVERTON — By two successive unanimous votes, the three-member Tiverton Board of Canvassers (BofC) has found that Jonathan Cottrell does not maintain a "fixed and established" domicile, at either 35 Main Road or 29 Main Road in Tiverton, for purposes of voting. 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
PORTSMOUTH/BRISTOL — Drivers who recently recovered from traffic delays due to work on the Mt. Hope Bridge can expect more of the same starting next month, when a major repair job begins. more
TIVERTON — His potential opposition came up just a a few signatures short on nomination papers submitted to voting officials in Tiverton and Portsmouth, so Rep. Jay Edwards, a Democrat, is running unopposed for the District 70 seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly. The unfortunate candidate was Anthony (Tony) J. Rego Jr., a Portsmouth Republican, who filed a Declaration of Candidacy for the position by the June 29 deadline, as did Stephen Cabral, a Tiverton Republican. 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
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