Shrimpers raising a ruckus on Mt. Hope Bay

Fishermen going after mantis shrimp in Mt. Hope Bay are to blame for the loud noises many residents in the Hopeworth and Narrows section of Bristol have complained about for the last week or so. …
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Eco-Depot collection on Prudence Island Saturday

PORTSMOUTH — There will be an Eco-Depot collection of household hazardous waste on Prudence Island on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the island’s transfer …

Rail trail demolition protest planned

Bicyclists and walkers are planning a “rally to save the rail trail’ to protest a plan to tear up the newly completed Alfred J Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail in Fall River near the Westport …

Bristol students “adopt” hurricane-ravaged Texas school

Students at the Guiteras School in Bristol went shopping for supplies last two weeks, but not for themselves: They adopted a middle school in Texas that lacks the barest essentials after Hurricane …

Barrington police: No one claimed money found in woods

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said no one filed a claim for the nearly $200,000 in cash that was found inside two suitcases left in a wooded area of Barrington last year.  The money …
Obituaries
Joseph J. Velleca, Jr., 79, of Warwick

Joseph J. Velleca, Jr., age 79, of Warwick, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center after a courageous battle with prostate …

John Borges, Jr., 81, of Chesapeake, Va.

Helen M. Wendt, 87, of Barrington

Rev. Margaret Brown Gunness, of Concord, Mass.

Pauline M. Cooper, 83, formerly of Barrington

Quentin A. Sanford, 88, Westport

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