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Rose Campagna, 98, Bristol

Rose Campagna, 98, Bristol

Rose Campagna, 98 of Bradford Street, Bristol, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth’s Manor, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bristol and a lifelong resident, Rose was a daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (D’Angelo) Campagna. Rose was a purchasing specialist for the former Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical

Brave swimmers run from the icy waters at Island Park Beach on Jan. 1, 2013. This year the plunge will be held one day earlier to cap off the Portsmouth 375th celebration.

Portsmouth 375th plunge at noon Tuesday

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth plunged into its 375th anniversary year on Jan. 1 when the largest turnout ever of Island Park “seals” jumped into sub-40-degree waters off Park Avenue. It’s only fitting that another group of brave souls will end the gala year the same way, with a noon jump at Island Park Beach on Tuesday, Dec.

White-winged tanager photographed by Lauren Miller-Donnelly.

Three-for-one at bird club gathering

The Paskakamansett Bird Club’s January meeting will take place Wednesday, January 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. This is “Members’ Night” and, after a brief business meeting, three club members will present slides and discussions of their recent birding  — on three different continents. Close to

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East Providence High School Athlete of the Week: Charlie Brown

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School athletic department has selected basketball standout Charlie Brown as the Townies’ Athlete of the Week for the period ending on December 28. Brown is the unquestioned leader of the EPHS boys’ varsity hoops squad this winter and is considered one of the best guards in the state.

A fire broke out in the second floor apartment of 186 Wood St., shortly after 3:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

Andrade’s Catch opens after Sunday morning fire

Andrade’s Catch is open for business Sunday, following an early morning fire that ravaged the building’s second floor. “We’ve got our lobster in the cooler, alive and kicking,” said David Andrade, owner of the fish market at 186 Wood St. “There’s fishermen out there working, so we have to be open for them. We’ve got


East Providence High School wrestling hosts annual holiday gathering

EAST PROVIDENCE — As it does every winter between the Christmas and New Year holidays, the East Providence High School wrestling squad welcomed a host of opponents to the city Saturday, Dec. 28, for one of the largest matches of the regular season. The Townies were slated for three matches, two crossovers against teams from


Bochek, at Sandywoods

Tiverton-based rock band Bochek made its debut at a middle school talent show and the band has been unstoppable ever since. Primarily a rock and alternative cover band, a Bochek set might include anything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Black Keys to Weezer. Members are John Bonoan (lead guitar), Zack Davey (drums), Nevin

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East Providence Fire Department puts out Seekonk River bridge blaze

EAST PROVIDENCE — The services of several East Providence Fire Department personnel were necessary early Friday morning, Dec. 27, to help put out a blaze on an old railroad bridge located off shore in the Seekonk River. The EPFD responded with two engines, a ladder truck, a brush truck, the special hazards unit and with

Bundled up spectators watch as a man takes the leap at the Back Eddy last New Year's Day when the water was considerably colder.

Balmy river awaits Back Eddy plungers

“We may have to dump ice cubes in the river to cool things down — make them earn their brunch,” Back Eddy owner Sal Liotta said after checking the Westport River temperature by the restaurant Friday. “It’s extremely mild — 46 degrees,” he said, about 14 degrees warmer than during last year’s frigid New Year’s