Friday, January 21, 2011
John Robitaille, who ran in this last election against Gov. Lincoln Chafee, says it's too early to say if he'll run for governor again.
Portsmouth resident John Robitaille, who came in second place in the 2010 gubernatorial election, says it's too early to say if he'll run for governor four years from now. However, don't rule out the former communications director just yet. "...yes, I said that there is a high probability that I will run again for governor," wrote Robitaille in an e-mail Friday. "However, four years is a long time and things could change." Robitaille might have lost to current Gov. Lincoln Chafee this past November, but the Republican managed to grab hold of 33.6 percent of the vote. Robitaille, who formerly served as Gov. Donald L. Carcieri's senior communications adviser, has lived in Portsmouth with his wife for 16 years.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Local residents voice their opinion of the newly sworn-in Town Council Tuesday.
On Monday evening, a new Town Council was sworn into office. The new council includes a majority of new members with only two incumbents elected. A Republican majority also now comprises the seven-member board. On Tuesday, we visited Reidy's Family Restaurant on East Main Road to find out what local residents think about this new council. While most said they did not follow local politics, they did seem to enjoy Reidy's french fries and clam chowder. Below are just a few of the opinions spoken by lunch time patrons when we asked: What do you think about the new Town Council?
Here's a look through the eye of the photo lens at Monday's swearing-in ceremony for town clerk, as well as Town Council and School Committee members.
A ceremony was held Monday evening at Town Hall, where the newly-elected town clerk, School Committee and Town Council members were sworn into office. First to be sworn into office was Kathleen M. Viera Beaudoin, who ran unopposed in the last election for another term as town clerk. Officially sworn-in as members of the School Committee were David D. Croston, Jonathan H. Harris, Cynthia S. Perrotti and Thomas R. Vadney. The following newly-elected members of Town Council also took the oath of office Monday night: Michael A. Buddemeyer, Keith E. Hamilton, Paul F. Kesson, Elizabeth A. Pedro, Joseph W. Robicheau, James A. Seveney and Judith J. Staven. The town council also voted 4-3 to appoint Robicheau as president. They also voted 4-3…
Monday, November 15, 2010
Newly-elected Town Council and School Committee members, as well as the town clerk, were sworn into office Monday evening at Town Hall.
A ceremony was held Monday evening at Town Hall, where the newly-elected town clerk, School Committee and Town Council members were sworn into office. The evening began with a flag ceremony led by members of the Portsmouth Boy Scout Troop 82, under the direction of Scoutmaster Justin Mostert. More than 100 people in attendance packed the town council chambers, where they said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem. The Rev. William Taylor led the audience in prayer. First to be sworn into office was Kathleen M. Viera Beaudoin, who ran unopposed in the last election for another term as town clerk. The Honorable Joseph C. Lopes, justice of the Portsmouth Probate Court, officiated at the swearing-in ceremony. Lopes then …
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Carpender, Levesque, and Buddemeyer participated in their final meeting as School Committee members on Tuesday.
The Portsmouth School Committee officially met as a group for the last time Tuesday night at Town Hall before newly elected officials begin their terms. The meeting began with a moment of silence for Sgt. Michael Paranzino of Middletown who was killed in action Friday while serving in Afghanistan. Superintendent Susan Lusi then recognized Chairman Richard Carpender and committee members Marjorie Levesque and Michael Buddemeyer for their service to the Portsmouth school system. Each of the departing members took a moment to reflect on their time and accomplishments as vital parts of the school committee. Fellow board member Sylvia Wedge presented each of the departing members with a commemorative plaque, thanking them for their service. "…
Monday, November 8, 2010
The recount should not postpone certification of votes for local races, said the town clerk Monday night.
One local House of Representatives' candidate has requested a recount of votes from last Tuesday's election. George S. Alzaibak, the Democrat candidate for House seat, District 71, has requested a recount of votes, his wife confirmed Monday evening by telephone. Alzaibak lost in the House race against Republican candidate Daniel P. Gordon Jr. The vote was 2,705 or 50.5% of the vote for Gordon, while Alzaibak received 2,654 or 49.5% of the vote. "He (Alzaibak) is within the parameters," said Gordon when reached by telephone Monday evening. When asked what he thought about the request for a recount, Gordon said, "Despite my opponent's unamicable attitude during the election, I fully support the rules and regulations of the Board of …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Patch takes a look at how each precinct voted in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Each of the town's 11 precincts voted very differently in Tuesday's General Election. Directly below is a chart breaking down the numbers precinct-by-precinct, race-by-race. This information can also be found in paper form at Town Hall and online on the Board of Elections' Web site here.
Here's a look back at election '10 seen through the eye of a photo lens.
Election 2010 yielded some surprising results in the town of Portsmouth. Voters chose to elect five Republicans and only two Democrats to the Town Council. Voters also rallied behind Republican candidates for School Committee. Through the victories and letdowns after the results were shown, Patch was there with the photo lens capturing each moment. Below are the photographed highlights from Tuesday's General Election.
Voters chose to elect many of the candidates chosen by the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens in Tuesday's election, while an incumbent lost a re-election bid to the Town Council.
When Tuesday's election results started to pour in at the Portuguese-American Club on Power Street, a worrying frown began to show on many of the Democratic candidates' faces. The news and numbers were not in their favor. Murmured phrases of "this is crazy" and "this is not good" could be heard among the crowd of relatives, friends and candidates gathered in the club. Both Town Council candidates Jim Seveney and Dennis Canario hushed the crowd as they listened on cell phones to the results. They sat before a laptop, typing the results from each precinct into the computer, which fed the results to a projector and, finally, onto a white sheet hung on the wall. As the results were read, it was soon learned that Portsmouth voters had chosen to…
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The young contender Dan Reilly won out against long-term Rep. Amy Rice in the race for District 72.
In the state legislative elections, Dan Reilly emerged as the winner Tuesday night in the hotly contested General Assembly District 72 race, defeating Amy Rice by 267 votes and earning the right to represent the communities of Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth. On Wednesday, Rice issued the following statement to voters: Thank you to the 47.6% of people in RI House District 72 for voting for me and the honor of representing you at the statehouse for the last 6 years. I am grateful to all the people who helped me in the last 4 campaigns. I wish the new Rep-elect and all our newly elected officials the best. I look forward to serving my community in different ways. Reilly, 21, defeated his challenger who has served Aquidneck Island for …