Welcome to TIVERTON 1st!

Tiverton 1st is a grassroots community organization open to all who support preserving our quality of life in Tiverton by maintaining both our community and school services in a fiscally-responsible way, and promoting cooperation, compromise and community pride.
Membership is open to all Tiverton residents who are at least 18 years old & support Tiverton 1st's principles & goals (non-residents or those under 18 years old are welcome to join as non-voting members). There's no membership fee.Just email your name, address, phone # and email address to: Tiverton1st@cox.net.
You can also request to become a "Tiverton 1st Friend"& join our confidential email list.

Friday, June 27, 2014

CANDIDATE SIGNATURE PARTY WED JULY 2 @ 7pm AT SAKONNET BAY MANOR

The Tiv Democratic Town Cmte is holding a candidate signature party to assist candidates in the November election in collecting the required 50 signatures. It will be this coming Wed (July 2) @ 7p at Sakonnet Bay Manor. All candidates who plan to seek the Tiverton 1st recommendation in Nov, and/or the TDTC endorsement, are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CANDIDATE DECLARATIONS COMPLETE

The candidate declaration period ended yesterday. The full list of declared candidates is available at this link (search "Tiverton"). 

http://sos.ri.gov/candidates/

The next step is for declared candidates to gather and return 50 signatures to qualify for the November ballot (town offices are non-partisan, and there are no primaries).

Tiverton 1st will begin the endorsement process this summer, to determine which candidates who seek an endorsement would be best for Tiverton. The goal is to put forth a slate of T1-endorsed candidates that we can work to get elected in November to continue the forward progress of our community.

Once a Tiverton 1st slate of endorsed candidates has been determined, Tiverton 1st will spend the fall informing voters of the issues facing the town, and the candidates' views and track records. In addition to the T1 blog, Facebook page and email list, we'll reach out to voters through candidates' forums, videos, letters to newspapers, yard signs and mailer-cards listing the T1 slate of candidates. 

There will no doubt be the usual misinformation and negativity put forth by those with self-serving agendas, backed by big money for robocalls and mailers. We'll need everyone's help to make sure voters know the facts and turn out to vote. Together, as a community, we can continue the hard-won progress of the past two years, and keep Tiverton 1st, Tiverton Proud!

Brian Medeiros

Tiverton, RI

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CANDIDATE-DECLARATION DEADLINE IS WEDS @ 4pm

Tiverton 1st supporters:
The deadline to file a declaration of candidacy for the fall election is this Wednesday, June 25 @ 4pm. Please consider filing a declaration to be a candidate for Town Council or Budget Cmte (we have a full slate for School Cmte). Declaring does not obligate you to run; it just leaves the option open. You could then see who else is running, & then make a final decision. 

Budget Cmte candidates are especially needed, as there are several open seats & few candidates (it also is primarily a Jan-April job, focused solely on the budget & with 11 members). 

Please consider supporting our community through elected service. Don't allow those with personal agendas, who don't support our community and schools, to take over our town government and return us to the days of the Town Council wasting thousands suing the School Cmte, serving themselves instead of all the people of Tiverton. 

Let's do all we can, together, to keep Tiverton 1st, Tiverton Proud!

Brian Medeiros
Tiverton, RI

Friday, June 20, 2014

SAKONNET TOLL EQUIPMENT SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD

It feels good to again be able to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge without that rising sense of anger and frustration about the toll.


http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20140619/NEWS/140615387

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PROJO: "CHAFEE ORDERS TOLLS TO END ON SAKONNET BRIDGE BY NOON FRIDAY"


This glorious headline has been the goal during the frustrating two-year battle against Sakonnet tolls. Despite widespread opposition to tolls by East Bay businesses, citizens, and elected officials, and the countless reasons they's be destructive and unfair and self-defeating financially, it took a prolonged, unified effort by individuals and groups of all political persuasions to bring about the right result. 

And that should be the lesson of this drama: OUR government WILL serve US when people are active, informed and united. And a good idea will be enacted, or a bad one reversed, if a majority wants it so and is determined to make it happen.

Brian Medeiros

Tiverton, RI

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/government/20140619-chafee-orders-tolls-to-end-on-sakonnet-bridge-by-noon-friday.ece

IT'S OFFICIAL! GOVERNOR SIGNS BUDGET, & SAKONNET TOLLS ARE HISTORY!


AND RI HAS A TRANSPORTATION-FUNDING PROGRAM AS WELL! (link below)

Congratulations and thanks to all who played a part in bringing this very bad idea to an end. This includes the citizen groups and individuals who doggedly fought this fight, and our local Reps & Senators who made sure our voices were heard by State leadership. 

Special thanks Rep Jay Edwards, Sen Chris Ottiano, & Sen Lou DiPalma for crafting the transportation-funding bill that made this result possible, and brought some good out of a bad situation.


Brian Medeiros

Tiverton, RI

http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140619-chafee-signs-8.7-billion-budget-into-law.ece

Monday, June 16, 2014

SENATE PASSES BUDGET, GOVERNOR SAYS HE'LL SIGN IT


Sakonnet tolls are about to be eliminated. As expected, the Senate passed the budget, and Governor Chafee issued a statement saying he'll sign it (link below). After the last-minute changes a year ago, it may be best to wait until the budget is actually signed to declare victory. But this long, hard-fought effort against a very bad idea, a destructive and unfair toll, appears to be over. 

Thanks to all the citizens, groups and especially our local Reps and Senators for their unfailing effort to right this wrong.

Brian Medeiros
Tiverton, RI

http://www.providencejournal.com/politics/content/20140616-r.i.-senate-approves-new-8.7-billion-state-budget.ece