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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LETTER: DON'T SHORTCHANGE TIVERTON IN NOVEMBER


We have been inundated with negative letters and blogs as of late, signaling another election season. Some candidates will tell you how horrible the town is, and how horrible it will continue to be, unless of course “they” are elected.

But, here’s the thing Tiverton, we have lots to be proud of. The last two years we were lead by officials that rolled up their sleeves and got things done. Elected officials and private citizens fought and reversed the tolls, a town-wide celebration tradition was brought back to life with support from the Town Council, Fort Barton Elementary was named one of the top schools in the nation by the US Dept. of Education, Tiverton and State officials found a replacement bus desperately needed for our seniors, the Council and Water Authority ensured that Stafford Pond, a vital source of drinking water, has much needed protections.
Our local officials demonstrated that we can maintain services and keep taxes low, that we can address long-term issues facing our town without tearing each other apart with endless legal actions and name-calling, and that we can support small businesses while protecting home owners. Just to name a few.

Don’t let small vocal minority special interest groups decide what kind of Tiverton you will live in. Some have never seen a service they weren’t willing to cut, an educational program they weren’t eager to sacrifice, a school or fire station they weren’t anxious to close, or positive news they weren't ready to ignore.

I am proud to have the support of the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee and Tiverton 1st in the upcoming election. Join me in supporting those candidates who will treat all residents and elected officials with respect, seeking to compromise for the betterment of the community. “Our way or the highway,” name calling, and lawsuits have never served our residents, but they will feed egos and provide political talking points. We won’t agree on everything, but we can stop selling Tiverton short!

Deborah Pallasch
Candidate for School Committee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HELP SPREAD T1's POSITIVE MESSAGE WITH A LETTER TO THE EDITOR


As election day nears, it's important that people write and submit letters to the local papers. There have been a number of angry, negative letters making false accusations, and running down Tiverton. While this viewpoint represents a small faction, it can give a false impression if those are the only letters out there. 

Please consider sharing your views on Tiverton and this election with a Letter to the Editor. It's simple to submit one online, and doesn't have to be lengthy or elaborate. Don't let our positive message be drowned out by those with self-serving agendas.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SUPPORT TIVERTON 1st's EFFORTS TO REACH VOTERS

Tiverton 1st is once again working to help elect public officials who will work together for the good of our community. While we successfully communicate through social media and other means, there are over 10,000 registered voters in Tiverton. It is a major challenge to reach all these voters with our list of recommended candidates, and the reasons it's so important to get out and vote for them in the November election.

One crucial means to reach as many of our neighbors as possible is through the use of voter cards, which can be mailed to voters' homes, as well as handed out at the polls. There is a considerable cost to print and distribute these cards. If you share Tiverton 1st's pro-community goals, please consider contributing to support our efforts. 100% of funds raised will be used to get our information to voters. This will also help us compete with deep-pocketed groups with self-serving agendas, who have inundated voters with mailers and robocalls in previous elections.

Tiverton 1st is a grassroots organization with a simple goal: to bring people together to work for a better Tiverton community. It's people of many views and backgrounds, neighbors united for the common good.  Join us and help preserve and improve the Tiverton we love. Please consider contributing to Tiverton 1st's efforts by sending a check to: 

Tiverton 1st, 374 Judson St, Tiverton RI 02878. 

Working together, we can keep Tiverton First - Tiverton Proud!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

STATEMENT FROM CECIL LEONARD, CANDIDATE FOR BUDGET COMMITTEE


The following is a statement from Cecil Leonard, one of Tiverton 1st's recommended candidates for Budget Committee:

I am a candidate for the Tiverton Budget Committee because of my
interest in the “well being” of our community.  In addition I have
substantial experience in corporate management as well as management
within a state government agency and in recent years served as
Tiverton Town Treasurer, a three term member of the Town Council and
chaired a charter review commission.  Thus I am well qualified to
carry out the duties and responsibilities of a budget committee member
to review budget requests from Town departments.  The Budget Committee
duties as stated, in part, within the Tiverton Home Rule Charter are
“…in which review the Committee shall consider both the supporting
evidence for each requested budget expenditure and the ability of the
Town to support the level of the service recommended…”.

My committee work would be guided by what is best for all Tiverton
citizens, including children, while spending tax dollars wisely.

To be brief my membership on the Tiverton Budget Committee would offer
reliable and experienced representation for Tiverton citizens on how
their tax dollars are spent. I respectfully ask that you vote for me
on election day November 4th.

Cecil Leonard
Candidate for
Tiverton Budget Committee

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEWPORT DAILY NEWS/NCTV CANDIDATES FORUM: TIVERTON TOWN COUNCIL

A live TV forum featuring ten of the twelve candidates for Town Council, produced by the Newport Daily News and NCTV. It can be seen replaying on Cox cable channel 18 until Election Day, and can be viewed at the link below.

http://www.newportri.com/newportdailynews/videos/election_2014/ndn-tiverton-town-council-candidates/html_e81b374c-50e2-11e4-afb5-0fa7e6a28222.html?mode=nogs

TIVERTON 1st ANNOUNCES CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONS


Tiverton 1st is pleased to announce our recommended local candidates in the November election. T1 recommends without regard to party affiliation, and supports candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and views on issues. The primary criteria was, based on their history and stated views, which candidates are most likely to work in a cooperative way for the good of the community, and not focus on personal or political agendas.

TOWN COUNCIL
James J. Arruda
Michael S. Burk
Denise M. deMedeiros
Jay J. Lambert
Peter A. Mello
Brett N. Pelletier
David Perry

BUDGET COMMITTEE
Deborah Janick
Cecil E. Leonard
John E. Souza

SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Deborah Anna Pallasch


TOWN CLERK
Nancy Mello

STATE REPRESENTATIVE
District 70: John G. Edwards
District 71: Dennis M. Canario

STATE SENATE
District 10: Walter S. Felag Jr.
District 11: Christopher Scott Ottiano

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SPECIAL VOTER REGISTRATION THIS SUNDAY (OCT.5) FROM 8:30am-4pm AT TOWN HALL

Encourage anyone who isn't yet registered to take advantage of this special Sunday opportunity (link below). It takes informed and active voters to keep a community strong.

http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20141001/NEWS/141009273