Monthly Archives: July 2013


Robert M. Murtha, 86, of Barrington

Robert M. Murtha, 86, of Barrington

Robert M. Murtha, 86, of Glenfield Road, died unexpectedly on Monday July 29, 2013. He was the husband of the late Mary Elizabeth (O’Shea) Murtha. Born in Boston, Mass., a son of the late Thomas and Mary Jane (McDonough) Murtha, he grew up in Dorchester, Mass. and lived in Barrington for 37 years. Mr. Murtha

This backhoe used by National Grid accidentally dug up a gas line next to Melville Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Gas leak at Portsmouth elementary school

PORTSMOUTH — A contractor working at Melville Elementary School Tuesday morning struck a buried gas line, sending firefighters to the scene to ventilate the building and National Grid to repair the damage to its pipe. There were no children in the school at the time. School Committee Chairman David Croston said the School Department is conducting

Joe Sprague Jr. hands out a trophy during the 2006 Rhode Island Junior State Amateur. The city native and former executive director of both the Rhode Island Massachusetts golf associations has accepted as position as Northeast Regional Director for the United States Golf Association.

East Providence native, Bristol resident Sprague accepts USGA regional director position

EAST BAY — City native and former executive director of the Rhode Island Golf Association Joe Sprague Jr. has accepted a position with the United State Golf Association where he will serve as the national organization’s Director of Regional Affairs for the Northeast Region. The move is effective with the start of August. Mr. Sprague


Warren police: Man gets drunk, goes to station

A Warren man who apparently had had too much too drink went to the wrong place in the midst of his bender: The police station. Warren police said Jesse W. Lewis, 33, of 175 Water St., was noticeably intoxicated when he showed up at Warren police headquarters at about midnight Sunday, July 28. He went

The canopy of the town common's four noble Sequoia trees will not grow back.

Sad state for Bristol’s Sequoia trees

The unsightly appearance of the Bristol Town Common’s four noble trees is drawing concern from town administrators and residents. Standing at nearly 30 feet tall, each of the four Sequoia trees are losing their canopy on one side, creating a less-than-appealing view. “The shame of the situation is that these gorgeous trees were planted, then

Barrington students Jacob Greenberg and Amelia Szosz will play the Newport Jazz Festival on August 3.

Barrington students to take stage at Newport Jazz Fest

For some musicians, being invited to play at the Newport Jazz Festival is an honor that comes after decades of earning their “chops,” creating a unique style or sound, and gaining the respect of their peers in the music industry. For two Barrington students, Jacob Greenberg and Amelia Szosz, the invitation to play at the

Cheryl Dellefratte

Cheryl Ann Dellefratte, 61, of Barrington

Cheryl Ann Dellefratte, 61, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at her home in Barrington. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Mary (DiMatteo) and the late Anthony A. Dellefratte. Cheryl graduated from Barrington High School, Rhode Island College and earned her Master’s degree in medical administration. She worked in the cardiology and human