They went a-caroling for a cause at Portsmouth farm
PORTSMOUTH — A group of Girl Scouts were making spirits bright Sunday at Cloverbud Ranch on Jepson Lane. Troop 730 led the … Read More
Video: Santa rolls through Bristol on red sleigh
Continuing a tradition that goes back many years, Santa Claus hitched a ride with Bristol's volunteer firefighters and rode through … Read More
Openings abound on Barrington boards and commissions
The Barrington Town Council is looking for volunteers to serve on a number of boards and commissions. There are openings on the … Read More
More Local News
Rodericks announces bid for East Providence At-Large council seat
EAST PROVIDENCE — A second candidate has announced an intention to run for the At-Large seat on the city council to be vacated … Read More
Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 16 new members
The Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame held its 37th annual banquet on Nov. 25 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant and inducted 16 new members … Read More
Barrington businesses celebrating anniversaries
Hard work, family values and stellar customer service has been the winning recipe behind the success of three local business, each … Read More
Warren town manager’s future uncertain
The Warren Town Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, to discuss the future of Warren Town Manager Jan … Read More
Special Christmas service planned at Holy Angels
Holy Angels Church will be filled with beautiful Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m., with a Lessons and Carols service. The … Read More
Committee gets update on new East Providence High School plans
EAST PROVIDENCE — As part of its ongoing effort to adhere to state guidelines for the potential construction of a new high school, … Read More
Obituaries
Virginia M. Bescherer, 90, of Bristol

Virginia M. Bescherer (Ginny) passed away peacefully in her home in Bristol, RI, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. She was 90 years old. Born in Pawtucket, Ginny was one of seven children of William …

Janet Pond Goodman, 96, Little Compton

Thomas Joseph Daley, 86, Westport

Jane P. Cabot, 87, Little Compton

Ferdinand DeRensis, 95, Barrington

William M. Hatzell, 62, Warren

Police
Former Bristol senior center director reaches plea agreement, gets probation Former Bristol Senior Center Director Maria Ursini reached a plea agreement with the Town of Bristol, which agreed to drop two felony counts against her, in exchange for accepting a lesser …
Bristol Police: Arrests for domestic assault, DUI, cyberstalking From Dec. 4 to Dec. 10, Bristol police officers responded to dozens of calls and made nine arrests. Below is a roundup of activity for that week. Monday, Dec. 4 A neighbor reported a verbal …
Portsmouth Police charge 2 with threatening public officials PORTSMOUTH — In separate incidents on Tuesday, Dec. 12, police charged two men with making threats to public officials. The first took place around 5:30 p.m., when Antonio P. Vieira, …
Opinion
Letter: Plan for casino revenue complete — What do you think? To the editor: After seven months, the Tiverton Casino Subcommittee completed their work and submitted a final report to the Tiverton Town Council at its December 11 council meeting. The …
Letter: Setting things straight on some Christmas notions To the editor: I notice ideas about Christmas that I believe need to be challenged. You may think I am late in addressing this topic, but that is the first idea I want to challenge.  We are not …
Letter: Relentless pounding takes toll on lovely Sakonnet Light To the editor: Just to clear your head of the bucolic memories we all carry of warm breezes and gentle waves caressing Sakonnet Point at summer’s end, please enjoy this image captured by …
Letter: Forshee grossly misinformed on cats and coyotes To the editor:For the woman who has written letters about coyote vs cat and thinks the cat should not be preyed upon due to her neglegence, should get themselves educated on being a responsible pet …

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.