Warren Town Beach again closed to swimming

The Warren Town Beach has been closed to swimming for the second time this summer, after testing showed elevated amounts of bacteria there. The Rhode Island Department of Health recommended the …
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Sinkhole stalls traffic on New Meadow Road

Workers from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation were examining a sinkhole that opened up on New Meadow Road in Barrington just north of Temple Habonim on Tuesday morning, July 25. It …

Woman removes dogs from vehicle, argument ensues

What would you do if you saw two dogs struggling to stay cool inside a hot car? Last week a Barrington woman decided to remove the dogs from the vehicle and put them inside her air-conditioned car …

Westport residents come out to reflect on animal abuse

Westport and area residents came out to reflect on and stop animal abuse, one year after 1400 animals were found living in brutal conditions on the Medeiros tenant farm in Westport. Five speakers …

Rare war horses trot into Bristol next weekend

Rare war horses that now dazzle audiences all over the world will be coming to Bristol as a part of their annual summer tour. The Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria are a rare breed of horse …

Barrington neighbors at odds over security cameras

A house is being built on the edge of Hundred Acre Cove in Barrington, and police said some neighbors have been mired in an ongoing dispute with the people building the house.  Most recently, …
Business
Is Portsmouth's Island Park trending upward?

PORTSMOUTH — Island Park is in Mike Macfarlane’s blood. His grandparents met at the old dance hall at Cashman’s Amusement Park before the 1938 Hurricane blew it all …

Obituaries
Robert L. Thornsbury, 82, Tiverton

Robert L. Thornsbury, 82, of Tiverton, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Grand Islander Center in Middletown, RI.  He was the husband of the late Constance (Wilbur) Thornsbury. Born in Litwar, …

Gisela Waltraud Ryan, MD, 85, formerly of Barrington

Walter E. Cotter, 104, of Barrington

Doris L. Vincent, 89, Topsham, Maine

Clare Burke Reñasco, 88, Little Compton

Jane B. Jovin, Bristol

Sports
Bridge run gives racers chance to cross historic Mt. Hope Bridge

Despite a ban on pedestrians on the Mt. Hope Bridge, local residents and visitors routinely trudge up to the top of the bridge to take in the breath-taking view, only to be escorted off by the police …

South Kingstown sends Riverside home from state All-Star tourney

Riverside Stars fall in Major Baseball state tourney opener

Barrington All Stars open state tourney with win

City players Forcier, Leopold win prestigious golf titles

Opinion
Letter: Let Tiverton planners know your opinion about town plan changes

To the editor: If the citizens of Tiverton wish to have a say in how their town is developed now and in the future, they need to read the latest version of the Comprehensive Plan (found on the …

Letter: Little Compton Summer Art Show — arts are alive and well here

Letter: Doctor gives back to community with free clinic

Letter: Good samaritans come to aid of fallen woman

Letter: In memory of Richard V. Simpson, a town treasure

Things to do
Driving skills brought to life for area teens

According to new research from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash. This alarming finding …

A glossy, sticky teriyaki fish made on top of the stove

Register now for Aug. 20 Common Fence Point road race

Firefighters will douse each other, not flames

Eastern Rhode Island 4-H Fair this weekend in Portsmouth

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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.