Halsey Herreshoff calls for school district divorce

EDITOR's NOTE: The following is a guest commentary by former Bristol Town Councilman and Town Administrator Halsey Herreshoff. The Bristol Phoenix of May 18 well described the funding crisis of …

Westport crews fight smoky fire at Mid City Scrap

A pile of scrap at Mid City Scrap in Westport caught fire late Saturday morning producing big plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles. Westport Fire Chief Brian R. Legendre said that …
Opinion
Pawsox stadium numbers are questionable

Last week the media reported on the study done by Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) which showed, inter alia, projected revenues of $36.5 million to Pawtucket and $93.3 million to the state over 30 …

More Local News

The matriarchs of hair

"The state inspector who licensed us, he said we would never last, five women owning a business together," said Jo Ann Pasqual, a comment that elicits a good laugh among Pasqual and her partners …

Waterfront home in Bristol Highlands on market in time for summer

New to the market and just in time to enjoy a warm New England summer is a custom 10-room home overlooking Narragansett Bay in Bristol. The sprawling and meticulously manicured front lawn leads to …

Tough Kids Challenge returns to Westport June 4

For the third straight year, the Westport Elementary/Macomber Schoool Parent Teacher Organization has issued a Tough Kids Challenge. This year’s challenge takes place Sunday, June 4 starting at …

Bristol Police: Reckless drivers, 'suspicious' characters, and more

The Bristol Police Department responded to the following calls between May 8 and May 14: Monday, May 8 An unclaimed boat was reportedly left at the end of the road on Highview Avenue in …

Officials offer $800,000 increase to Barrington school budget

The Barrington Committee on Appropriations has offered a compromise with school officials. The group that first voted to eliminate the $1.2 million increase school officials requested, recently …
Business
Where is the cheapest gas in East Bay?

Gas prices in Rhode Island fell by 2 cents this week, averaging $2.31 a gallon across the state, according to AAA Northeast. The $2.31 price is three cents below the national average for …

Obituaries
Marlene L. Couitt, 73, Bristol

Marlene L. (Watkinson) Couitt, 73, of Bristol, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at home. She was the former wife of Gary Couitt. Marlene was born in Fall River, a daughter of the late John and Rose …

Florence Mendes, 97, Bristol

Nunzio A. Palazzo, 77, of Barrington

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Kennally, 58, formerly of Barrington

Mary Rita Kinsella, 93, Bristol

Jose Machado, 63, Bristol

Sports
Westport girls tennis team drives toward playoffs

The Westport girls tennis team moved to 10-3 last Thursday with a 3-2 victory over visiting Sacred Heart. The Wildcats took all three singles matches with victories by Kayla Pimentel (6-1, 6-0), …

East Providence baseball team upsets first place South Kingstown

Photos: Olympic swimmer stops by Bayside YMCA

Barrington boys' lacrosse battles Moses Brown

Girls Lacrosse: Mt. hope beats Narragansett, loses to Lincoln School

Opinion
Getting by with a little help from our friends

I was raised in a household where politics, much like religion, was not discussed ad nauseum as it is today, but rather practiced regularly. We always work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We …

Letter: Committee on appropriations is sending out wrong message

Letter: An inside look at the budget process

Editorial: Helping others, making a difference

Letter: Please fight against the cuts to music and the arts

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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.