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Come stroll through Blithewold’s illuminated gardens and greenhouse, breathing in that crisp Christmas air or joining our carolers as they spread holiday cheer. Come enjoy music, cocoa, and roasted marshmallows around a roaring bonfire in Blithewold’s Enclosed Garden. Carolers will be singing around the bonfire from 6:30 – 7 p.m. WHERE: Blithewold, Ferry Road, Bristol.

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Gina G. Boutier, 55, Westport

Gina G. (Fratangelo) Boutier, 55, of Westport passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the wife of Robert H. Boutier. Born in New York, NY, daughter of Geraldine J. (Baldwin) Fratangelo of New Bedford and the late John T. Fratangelo, she had

Here we go again

The Republican-controlled legislature in Oklahoma authorized the placement of a privately-funded monument on the Capitol grounds. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal. Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, a wide range of religious groups — including Satanists — are now seeking to put their own

My beautiful but confused amaryllis when it rebloomed in July.

Understanding amaryllis

I still remember my first Christmas-gifted amaryllis. The bulb was huge, and promised enormous blood-red flowers on a towering stem. A few long weeks after being potted and watched like it was on to boil, it delivered. Like magic. Like a big fat Santa Valentine. Getting bulbs to bloom indoors is called forcing, but the

Warm water fish:  Greg Vespe of Tiverton caught this 17 pound cobia, an exotic warm water fish, this summer just north of the Newport Bridge when fishing for striped bass with Atlantic Menhaden.

No Fluke

Greenhouse gas initiative working… helps keep fish cool The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) representing nine states (including RI) has submitted comments on proposed carbon pollution rules for existing power plants to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of the regional program.  Janet Coit, director of the RI Department of Environmental Management


Disney On Ice presents ‘100 Years of Magic’

Coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at the end of December. Featuring Natasha Kuchiki as Mulan, whose skating career before “Disney On Ice” was highlighted by three US National Championships, a bronze medal in the 1991 World Championships, and sixth place in the 1992 Winter Olympics. WHERE: Dunkin Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square, Providence. WHEN:

Allison Argo, with one of the tools of her trade.

Talking to the animals

Filmmaker Allison Argo uses her talents to shed light on the plight of animals in captivity. Remember Ivan, the gorilla who lived in the mall? About twenty years ago, America was introduced to his story. And through his story, we all became a lot more aware of the controversial issues surrounding animals in captivity. The

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Sebastian “Sabby” Dias, Jr., 82, Bristol

Sebastian “Sabby” Dias Jr., 82, of Bristol, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the home of his daughter, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband Angelina “Angie” (Carlone) Dias, his wife of 57 years. Born in Bristol and a life-long resident, he was a son of the late Sebastian and Mary (Piedade) Dias. Sabby

Charles Eric Burman, 41, formerly of Bristol

Charles Eric Burman, LLB, son of George S. Burman and Monique Belanger-Burman passed away in Montreal at age 41. Charlie lived in Bristol for several years and had made many good friends before graduating from  University of Laval Law School (2010) in Quebec City, and returning to find work in Montreal. Memorial services for him were