Tuesday, November 27, 2012
New members of the Portsmouth Town Council and School Committee were sworn into office Monday night.
A new political era took the helm in Portsmouth on Monday night. All elected officials of the Portsmouth Town Council and School Committee were officially sworn into office at Town Hall. The newly elected officials are mostly Democrats, who won big on election night after defeating several Republican incumbents. Girl Scouts began the evening ceremonies with the Pledge of Allegiance and "Star Spangled Banner." Outgoing members of the town council made closing remarks except Judi Staven, who was absent. Outgoing council President Joseph Robicheau thanked the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens (PCC), his wife and the bartenders of Fieldstones Grille for "staying open late." Senator-elect Chris Ottiano and Reps.-elect Dennis Canario, John …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A Republican member of the Portsmouth School Committee has stepped down, but says the election was not a factor.
Portsmouth School Committee member Jonathan H. Harris submitted his resignation on Wednesday morning, only a day after the General Election. However, Harris, vice chairman of the school board, says the election was not a factor in his decision. "The election outcome was not a factor at all," Harris wrote in an e-mail. "I had decided to resign three months ago once I reached the two-year mark of my service. Doing so after the election allows for an easy transition of another candidate to be appointed rather than be elected. "Had I resigned prior to the election, I was advised that a special (costly) election would be required. This timing also allows a new person to come in at the same time with newly elected people so they have time to …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The appointment was made at Tuesday night's meeting.
The Portsmouth School Committee appointed a new interim finance director for the school district at its Tuesday night meeting. According to the meeting highlights, Joseph Crowley has been appointed as Interim Director of Finance and Administration. No other information about Crowley was provided in the release. Crowley will temporarily fill the office left vacant after the resignation of Mark Dunham, who stepped down in July. To view more highlights from the meeting, click here.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Portsmouth School District posted the following on their Web site Friday.
The Portsmouth School Committee ratified a new contract with one of its main unions on Tuesday night. The school committee approved a new contract with Council 94, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which cuts pension benefits in 2013. On Friday, the Portsmouth School District posted this statement (which is also attached at right) about the union deal. According to the release, in regards to pensions, the multiplier as of July 1, 2013 would be reduced down to 1 percent from the current 2.5 percent, and would be based upon the final highest three (3) consecutive years of salary. Further details about the cuts to pensions and changes to the contract can be seen here. Members of Council 94, Local 2669, include…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Despite very little information released by the school department, the School Committee ratified a contract Tuesday night with Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Despite very little information released by the Portsmouth School Committee or Portsmouth School District, the school committee ratified a new contract with one of its main unions on Tuesday night. The Providence Journal reports the school committee approved a new contract with Council 94, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which cuts pension benefits in 2013. It is unclear how much pension benefits will be cut. The minutes for the meeting only state the school committee "Approved the substantive changes to the Council 94 contract." There was no mention of pension benefits or ratification in the minutes for the Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting. The entire minute meetings, as reported by the school department, can …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Why are only 7 of 8 precincts reporting voting numbers in Portsmouth? Find out below.
You may have been one of many residents rechecking and rechecking the state Board of Election Web site or Portsmouth Patch over and over again last night waiting on the Primary results. You might have refreshed your computer screen again and again, only to see 7 of 8 precincts reporting. What exactly happened? According to Madeleine Pencak, registrar, a phone connection error from the Prudence Island polling location was the reason behind the delay. "For some reason, they couldn't send the results," Pencak said Wednesday morning. However, the results are expected later on today. Check back with Portsmouth Patch later this afternoon for the final tally! Newcomers sweep School Committee election However, even without the Prudence Island…
Friday, August 3, 2012
Terri-Denise Cortvriend is running for the school board.
Name : Ms. Terri-Denise Cortvriend Also known as : Terri Date of birth : 15 January 1962 Place of residence : Portsmouth Attended college : Yes College : Miami Dade Community College, Florida International University, CCRI Degree : Associates Degree Year of graduation : 1984 Job titles held : President /owner of Ocean Link, Inc. Employers : Ocean Link, Inc. Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: School Committee Chamber/district: 72 Incumbent: No First elected: 09 November 2004 Previous elective offices : School Committee 2004-2008 Water Commissioner - Portsmouth Water & Fire District - current Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : Write in Candidate for school conmmittee 2008 Town Council …
Norbert Rattay is running for school committee.
Name : Mr. Norbert Joseph Rattay Date of birth : 06 June 1950 Place of residence : Portsmouth, RI Attended college : Yes College : University of Pittsburgh Degree : Bachelors of Science-Geology Year of graduation : 1972 University : Central Michigan University Degree : Business Management Year of graduation : 1981 Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Colonel Date when discharged from duty : 06 June 2010 Job titles held : Contracts Manager Employers : Texas Instruments/Raytheon Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Local office Running for position: School Committee Chamber/district: Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA
Emily Copeland is running for school committee.
Name : Dr. Emily Ann Copeland Date of birth : 13 August 1960 Place of residence : 25 Windstone Dr., Portsmouth RI Attended college : Yes College : Lawrence University Degree : B.A. Year of graduation : 1983 University : The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University Degree : M.A.L.D. Year of graduation : 1992 University : Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University Area of research : Political Science/International Relations Year of graduation : 1996 Job titles held : NA Employers : Bryant University, Norwich University Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: School Committee Chamber/district: Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Aurelio Lucci is running for a seat on the school board.
Name : Aurelio ----- Lucci Also known as : Al Date of birth : 16 August 1934 Place of residence : Providence, Barrington, Portsmouth. Attended college : Yes College : URI Degree : Master, Electrical Engineering Year of graduation : 1962 BSEE, 1967 MSEE University : URI Degree : Electrical Engineering Year of graduation : 1967 Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Sergeant Date when discharged from duty : 11 May 1959 Job titles held : Engineer, CEO & Chairman Avanti Communications; CEO & Chairman Prompus Communications Employers : Raytheon, Avanti, Promptus. Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Local office Running for position: School Commettee Chamber/district: District 1 Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : none …