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The Valley Breeze: Lincoln changes building permit fee structure

By JESSICA BOISCLAIR, Valley Breeze Staff Writer LINCOLN – As part of a settlement agreement with the Rhode Island Builders Association, town officials have amended their permit fees, making them more comprehensive and less expensive for builders. Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond said along with paying $150,000 toward the settlement, the town also agreed to […]

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Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: Counterclaim over quarry barred by SLAPP statute

A Superior Court judge has found that a quarry owner could not bring a counterclaim against nearby homeowners who sued over property damage allegedly caused by the operation of the quarry. Judge Brian P. Stern agreed with the plaintiff neighbors’ argument that the defendant quarry owner’s counterclaim was barred by Rhode Island’s anti-SLAPP statute. “[T]he […]

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The Valley Breeze: Narragansett lawsuit settled: town’s 14-year legal battle comes to an end

By SANDY SEOANE, Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH SMITHFIELD – It’s been a long legal drama that’s included all the makings of an intriguing made-for-TV movie: alleged collusion by town officials, testimony from experts who were found to have fraudulent credentials, the purported disturbance of historic Native American burial grounds and a coalition of neighbors […]

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The Valley Breeze: Churchill & Banks’ mixed-use village moves forward on council’s 3-1 vote

By MELANIE THIBEAULT, Valley Breeze Staff Writer SMITHFIELD – After nearly three hours of sometimes emotional and angry testimony from residents Tuesday, Town Council members approved a mixed-use village zone change for land owned by Churchill & Banks at the intersection of Esmond Street and Route 44. Despite Town Council approval, the proposal still must […]