Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tiverton STOP met with local legislators and residents on Tuesday night to discuss strategies to block tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge.
Tiverton STOP, a citizens group dedicated to barring tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge met with local legislators and residents on Tuesday night. The state Department on Transportation (DOT) will hold two public hearings next week to learn about potential environmental, traffic and economic threat to the area through the eyes of the community. DOT Director Michael P. Lewis and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have left questions of toll rates and booth placement undefined, and the governor says he is open to other options for increasing revenue for state infrastructure. Do you have a plan? How would you balance the public opposition to tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge and the need to increase revenues to maintain roads and bridges. Tell us in the …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
John Carlevale from State of the State will be re-broadcasting the panel show discussing tolls on the Sakonnet Bridge through Nov. 29.
The Tiverton Town Council is petitioning the state Department of Transportation to delay its Tiverton toll hearing, scheduled for Dec. 4.
Next week the state Department of Transportation (DOT) will take two days to conduct public hearings on the potential economic and environmental impact of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Slated for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the high school, the Tiverton hearing will convene the day after an identical hearing in Portsmouth. The Tiverton Town Council and toll opposition leaders would like to see that date pushed back. The Portsmouth hearing will take place on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth High School. "One reason we have been trying to put the meeting off and why the DOT has not accepted that is because they have to have everything go through by August of 2013 or there won't be a toll on the bridge," said Rep. Jay Edwards …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Tiverton faction of the Sakonet Toll Opposition Platform will meet tonight in Portsmouth for a fundraiser.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Five things for Friday, Oct. 5 in Tiverton and Little Compton.
Weather: Friday will start off cloudy with pockets of heavy fog before skies clear, according to the National Weather Service. 1. Protest tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge today. Tiverton STOP - the local grassroots committee organizing against tolls will be touting signs and showing up in opposition to the tolls today at the bridge's official opening ceremony today at 10 a.m. The parking lot is near the bridge deck of the original structure, take I-195 East to Route 24 South to Exit 5 (Main Rd.). Take a left off of the exit. Take the first right where a police officer will guide you to the closed on-ramp to the old bridge. Please park on the bridge deck. 2. The left lanes of Route 24 northbound and southbound at Exit 6 (Fish Rd.) could …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tiverton STOP, a citizens' action committee working to stop tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, is planning a protest at Friday's Sakonnet River Bridge opening ceremony.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tiverton STOP is looking to shift the focus to the growing momentum behind East Bay's anti-toll movement at Friday morning's opening ceremony for the new Sakonnet River Bridge. The state Department of Transportation's RSVP-only opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the bridge deck of the old Sakonnet River Bridge on Friday. Both DOT Director Michael P. Lewis and Gov. Lincoln Chafee will attend. "We would like to ask all our members, if they are available, to please attend the ceremony," said Joy Gilkeson, one of Tiverton STOP's organizaers, in an email on Tuesday. "A small "NO TOLLS" poster or sign would also be great. We'd like to ask that all posters be respectful and that everyone refrain from name calling, etc." Tiverton STOP …
Friday, September 28, 2012
How would a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge impact you, your family or your business day to day? Sound off in the comments below.
Tiverton STOP is soliciting letters from East Bay residents who would be affected by a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. At the group's Thursday night launch meeting at the Tiverton Town Hall, STOP organizers said they aim to send 5,000 to 6,000 personal letters to the governor and local legislators documenting the impact a toll would have on individual citizens, families and small businesses. If you are interested in helping Tiverton STOP achieve its goal, you can pick up a template letter to mail or email to the governor and state legislators at the Town Hall or ask for an electronic copy by emailing TivertonStop@gmail.com. Tiverton STOP is asking any residents who contact the state representatives also send a letter in to the …
Dozens met at Town Hall for the Tiverton STOP launch meeting on Thursday night
More than four dozen residents, legislators and town officials representing all sides of the political spectrum turned out for the Tiverton STOP launch meeting on Thursday night. Political affiliations aside, Tiverton residents can agree on one thing: stop tolling on the Sakonnet River Bridge. "This is a nonpartisan effort," said Jay Lambert, Town Council president. "There are no partisan issues that I'm aware of. These are issues of fairness and economic reality, but those issues are not Democratic, they are not Republican they are not independent." Mediated by Lambert, the meeting was an organizational kickoff meeting for Tiverton residents to meet, sign up to volunteer and to establish leadership plans for each of the group's 10 …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tiverton STOP, a grassroots citizen-based group opposed to tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, will hold is launch meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Tiverton Town Hall.
Tiverton residents are organizing against the tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. In a grassroots approach, citizens will gather for the Tiverton STOP - otherwise known as the Tiverton Sakonnet Toll Opposition Platform - launch meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss strategies to fight the imposition of tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. "The goal is to not have tolls," said Joy Gilkeson, a Tiverton resident who is chairing the committee along with Chee Laureano, also a resident. "We will not settle for $2 or 50 cents," continued Gilkeson. "We do not want tolls period. It will devastate us and cut Tiverton and little Compton off from the rest of the state." Gilkeson invited every Tiverton and Sakonnet-area resident who would be affected…