Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Do you scoop your pooch's poo?
Tiverton officials disagreed on whether to prohibit dogs at Town Farm at its meeting on Monday night. Councilor James Arruda suggested changing the regulations at Town Farm to allow pets on walking trails only if they are leashed at all times, attended by their owners and cleaned up after. A dog station would also be installed for convenience. "The problem I have with Town Farm is if you had a bad dog on a bad that gets loose, with the sheer number of people there on a given day and the number of kids, I don't know how well you can control a situation like this," said Councilor Jay Lambert. The Recreation Commission voted against dogs on the property because a portion of people didn't abide by the rules of controlling and cleaning up …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The Tiverton Town Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Tiverton Town Hall.
The Tiverton Town Council will discuss a number of top issues Monday night, as well as hear an update on the East Bay Energy Consortium. Garry Plunkett will provide an update on various wind energy interests, including the status of the East Bay Energy Consortium or EBEC. The council will also hear an update on wind energy data collected at the Industrial Park. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin Monday at 7 p.m. at Tiverton Town Hall. To view the full Tiverton Town Council agenda, click here or view the pdf at right. What do you think about these issues? Tell us in the comment section below!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
An experimental shore-mode, scup fishery program for Rhode Island will be tested at several locations throughout the state, including in Tiverton.
The Department of Environmental Management has approved an experimental shore-mode, scup fishery program for Rhode Island to increase fishing opportunities for all recreational fishermen and fisherwomen. The program will allow people to fish for and retain smaller-sized scup from shore at three locations, including Stone Bridge in Tiverton. While the new statewide minimum size for scup is 10 inches, the minimum size at the three shore-fishing sites is now 9 inches. Scup found in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay tend to be smaller than those found along the south coast, so the reduced minimum size will enable those fishing at the three locations to take home more fish. Scup – a popular, mild-tasting fish also known as a “porgies…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo said the pension changes put in place by the General Assembly have made the system more sustainable.
About 18 months after the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a sweeping set of state pension reforms, the retirement system for state employees is "much healthier" than it was before, Treasurer Gina Raimondo said during a recent interview. Raimondo, who spoke with Patch at Mt. Hope High School, oversees the state's $7.6-billion pension investments. She explained that the fund originally "had less than 50 percent of the funds it needed to cover the liabilities," whereas "today, the system is healthy and well-funded." In order to fix the system, Raimondo and Gov. Lincoln Chafee proposed a number of changes, including suspending Cost of Living Adjustments, of COLAs, for 19 years; raising the state retirement age to match a retiree's …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Rep. Dennis Canario talks about recent gun legislation.
The following is an op-ed submitted by Rep. Dennis Canario. In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the General Assembly leadership joined with Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and law enforcement officials to introduce a package of gun legislation, including several bills that seek to strengthen existing laws dealing with firearms violations. Since the introduction of those bills, the House Committee on Judiciary, on which I serve, has held a lengthy hearing. Over the course of about eight hours, many people testified on the various bills. There was clearly a great assortment of opinions, from strong support to strong opposition. I am writing to share with my constituents…
The Little Compton Town Council has invited Portsmouth officials to discuss the possibility of joining the town's lawsuit against the RITBA and other players in the Sakonnet River Bridge toll.
Little Compton officials are considering joining a lawsuit against the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and several other defendants in response to proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Portsmouth filed the lawsuit on April 23 in U.S. District Court that accuses RITBA and Michael Lewis, director of the DOT, of violating the Federal-Aid Highway Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Passed in 1969, the act requires government bodies to complete an environmental impact statement before launching projects such as constructing a new bridge. The Portsmouth complaint alleges that RIBTA, Lewis and the Federal Highway Administration did not fulfill this obligation when the initial impact statement on the construction of …
Letter carriers will take to the streets Saturday, May 11, in the nation's largest single-day food drive. Please help your local letter carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" by leaving a bag of healthy, non-perishable food items near your mailbox early Saturday.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Rhode Island 37th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Rhode Island as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Rhode Island 37th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents rated the Ocean State poorly in the area of taxation and regulations. Massachusetts and Connecticut ranked even worse. Massachusetts was ranked 47th and Connecticut came in at 45th place. The worst three ranked states in the survey were California, New York and Illinois. Texas, Florida and North Carolina, on the other hand, were ranked as the three best states in which to do business. What do you think about Rhode Island’s business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Residents in Portsmouth and Tiverton say they plan to drive around the Sakonnet River Bridge to avoid bridge tolls.
Bridge tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge are not expected to begin until this summer, but area residents are already changing their daily routes to avoid these extra fees. Despite pending legislation, the town of Portsmouth's lawsuit and outcrys from many communities, the Department of Transportation plans to transfer ownership of the Sakonnet River Bridge this summer. The new owners, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, plan to install bridge tolls on the span between Portsmouth and Tiverton. On Tuesday and Wednesday, I asked Portsmouth and Tiverton-Little Compton Patch readers if they were already changing their daily routes to avoid bridge tolls. Here's what a few, who plan to change their route, said: Allen Thibault Yes…
The new sign will require lane closure overnight Thursday.
The Department of Transportation will install a sign overnight Thursday on the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The sign requires the closing of one lane, the right lane, on Route 24 south from the Sakonnet River Bridge to Exit 2 (Boyd's Lane). The lane will be closed overnight Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for this sign installation.