Caribbean eyewitness: From lush islands to 'brown wastelands'

Bristol native Alex Hamel has had front-row seats to two of the most powerful and damaging hurricanes to have slammed the Caribbean this century — first Irma, and now Maria. Commander of a U.S. Coast Guard ship stationed in Puerto Rico, Lt. Hamel and his crew have been working for weeks in and around the U.S. Virgin Islands. They have delivered food and supplies, rescued stranded tourists, provided securty, and assessed infrastructure and damages.
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Police trying to find cat's owner

Barrington police are trying to reunite a lost cat with its owner.   A Stanley Avenue resident contacted police on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and said there was a black and white cat hanging …

Addiction 'was like a train coming at us,' says Portsmouth mom

PORTSMOUTH — Carol Wilcox, one of several local parents whose families have been hit hard by opioid addiction, said it’s often difficult to get their warnings through to …

Barrington man, World War II veteran treated to Honor Flight

Barrington resident and two-time war veteran Herbert Hudson was recently treated to a special Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Mr. Hudson was in the U.S. Navy and served as fire control-2nd class …

Little Compton Wellness Center celebrates 100 years

LITTLE COMPTON — Few institutions have woven itself more firmly into the fabric of the community than the Little Compton Wellness Center, which this year celebrates 100 years of service to the residents of the town and the region. "Our goal is to focus on the four pillars of healthy aging — body health, the brain, nutrition, and a sense of community," said Shirley Hardison, president of Friends of the Little Compton Wellness Center.
Obituaries
Donalda Medeiros, 101, Tiverton

Donalda "Donna" (Grandmont) Medeiros, 101, of Tiverton, wife of the late Manuel "Bob" Medeiros, died at home with her loving family at her side, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Tiverton's oldest …

Bernard Vincent Scola, of Barrington

Michael Pierce Donovan, 59, of Warwick

Michael J. Del Santo, 87, formerly of Barrington

Jeannine Christian Mongeon, 89

Horacio Jose DoRego, 75, of Bristol

Things to do
Tickets on sale for Portsmouth High Athletics Hall of Fame dinner

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School’s sports “pioneers” will be honored in a special ceremony Oct. 14, and advance tickets are now on sale. The Portsmouth Athletic …

Like fire trucks? They'll all be in Warren Sunday

Paul Cuffe: Following His Footsteps, 200 years later

Fiddle n Folk Festival set for Sept. 16

Let them eat zucchini bread

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