Tiverton is about to open a new library for the first time in 75 years. Chair of the Tiverton Library Foundation Eileen Browning says the town passed a $7 million dollar bond to pay for construction. Browning said the town made this a priority despite the recession.
“The community realized that the library itself is not just a repository of books but is a life center of a community,” said Browning.
Rhode Island Housing says it has awarded more than $2 million in federal HOME funds for affordable housing across the state.
In total, the money will help build or spruce up 145 affordable homes and apartments. Projects include fixing up Apple Creek Apartments in Tiverton, building a single-family home in South County, and building seven homes in Burrillville for low-income families. Each year, the state receives about $3 million in federal HOME grants.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is gearing up to demolish the old Sakonnet River Bridge. The old, truss bridge was built back in the 1950’s after Hurricane Carol washed away the stone bridge linking Aquidneck Island to Tiverton.
It was replaced in 2012 with a new span that caused a bit of a stir over tolling.
Removing the defunct bridge requires permitting, said RIDOT’s deputy chief engineer Robert Smith, because it’s going to take explosives to bring it down.
Tiverton police said they’ve seen double the number of home break-ins over the past two months. Capt. Patrick Jones said since December 1st there have been about 10 break-ins a month, that’s compared to the typical three to five per month. Jones said right before Christmas they were seeing one or two a week.
Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.
Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.