Resident Sues the Town, Teacher of the Year Resigns
A look at the week's news outside Bristol and Warren.
Yes, I'm Suing the Town
Tiverton: In a column this week, local political blogger Justin Katz announced that he is suing the Town of Tiverton. As one of 16 plaintiffs listed in O'Dell vs. Tiverton, Katz says he hopes to raise awareness to the fact that the town has raised property taxes "above the limits of the law." Read more about it in this Tiverton Patch story.
Teacher of the Year Resigns
Portsmouth: Portsmouth's 2010 teacher of the year, Kimberly Cunningham, submitted her resignation to the School Committee this week. While the reasons for her resignation are not yet known, residents have expressed concern at losing one of the district's top employees. Committee Chairwoman Cynthia S. Perrotti said this was the second "Teacher of the Year" to resign from the Portsmouth school system this school year. Read more about it in this Portsmouth Patch story.
Hitting the Runway
Barrington: Barrington native Kara Wickman presented her first collection, Oui, as part of StyleWeek Providence this week. The designer, who now lives in Riverside, held her runway show at the Providence Biltmore to a packed room. Wickman describes her collection as "the essence of the Parisian woman." Watch her runway show in this Barrington Patch video.
Arsenic at Island Park
Portsmouth: Residents in Portsmouth's Island Park neighborhood this week expressed their frustrations and fears about the future of the town's landfill. During a meeting with the state Department of Environmental Management, residents raised concerns about a proposal to increase the amount of arsenic allowed on the site, and questioned why a notice about the public meeting had only been put in the Providence Journal and not any local publications. The meeting was tense, with the police called in at one point. Read more about it in this Portsmouth Patch story.