Portsmouth newlyweds leave reception to join Zumba class

PORTSMOUTH — They couldn’t afford to invite all their Zumba friends to their wedding on Thursday, so Justin Bennett and Tiffany MacDonald did the next best thing.

Where is the cheapest gas in East Bay?

Gas prices in Rhode Island fell by 1 cent this week, averaging $2.29 a gallon across the state, according to AAA Northeast. The $2.29 price isequal to the national average for regular …
Opinion
Letter: Support for farm animal protection bill

To the editor: I’ve been a veterinarian for 10 years, and I take my duty to protect animals from cruelty very seriously. That’s why I’m proud to support House Bill 6023, …

More Local News

Detroit Breakdown, Gerry Grimo headline Concert Series Friday

Start the evening with some jazz, and end up dancing in the aisles at tonight's Fourth of July concerts at INdependence Park. The following bands are scheduled to perform tonight: Gerry Grimo …

East Bay men indicted on robbery, conspiracy charges

The Providence County Grand Jury has indicted two East Bay men on charges of first degree robbery and conspiracy. Kiefer H. McCaughley, 26, of 180 Bay View Ave., Apt. 1, Bristol, and Adam Justin …

Thief strikes outside Barrington church during morning Mass

Barrington police are investigating a few larcenies from motor vehicles that occurred last week. On Sunday, June 18, a Barrington woman was attending Mass at Holy Angels Church on Maple Avenue. …

Bristol arrests: Shoplifting, domestic assault, disorderly conduct

The Bristol Police Department made the following arrests last week: Anthony Distefano, 26, of 17 Cherry Wood Drive, was charged with shoplifting at Stop & Shop on Metacom Avenue around 3:30 …

All charges against Tiverton lieutenant dismissed, except one

TIVERTON — Second District Court Judge Colleen Hastings dismissed all but one of 58 criminal misdemeanor charges against Tiverton Police Department Lieutenant Timothy Panell Thursday morning in a plea agreement filed with the court Thursday. On the remaining charge — Count 1, obtaining money under false pretenses — Lieutenant Panell was allowed to "maintain a plea of not guilty," said Lt. Panell's lawyer, Norman L. Landroche Jr., following the court proceeding.
Business
Off the Market: Homes sold in towns around East Bay

The following homes have changed hands recently in towns around the East Bay: Barrington 19 Oak Grove Ave — $409,000 29 Commonwealth Ave — $215,000 9 Fairview Circle — …

Obituaries
Leon Francis Dobridnia, 96, Bristol

Leon Francis Dobridnia, 96, of Fort Hill Road, passed away on June 20, 2017 at Grace Barker Manor. He was the husband of the late Rita (Corey) Dobridnia. Born in Lynn, Mass., he was the son of the …

James P. DeCastro, 63, Bristol

Naomi E. 'Betty' McManus, 75, of Acton, Mass.

Eleanor P. Simons, 92, Little Compton

Viola C. Marino, 92, Warren

Kathleen Palumbo, 73, Bristol

Sports
Golf tournament to fund higher education

Thousands of dollars have benefitted dozens of students over the years, and the Michael J. Mercurio Scholarship Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament aims for more when golfers tee off in a couple …

Barrington girl finishes 10th at track nationals

Photos: Andrade and company win 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic

Portsmouth’s McGuire again named Gatorade Player of the Year

Mt. Hope lacrosse player is All American

Opinion
Letter: Mr. Douglas should resign from appropriations

To the editor: I have been reading the letters about Mr. Douglas being on the COA being a conflict of interest. It is and he should resign. I say this with no malice.  Senator Cindy Coyne, …

Speak-Out: ‘Suspicious’ characters, attention for soap box winner

Letter: Together, we can disarm hate

Letter: Votes should have taken place at polls, not high school gym

Letter: Mr. Fuller needs to shut down his attacks

Things to do
View Purple Martins at Pic-Wil on Saturday

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, June 24, when the Barrington Land Conservation Trust holds a guided bird walk at the Pic-Wil Nature Preserve.  Hosted by the Barrington Recreation …

Classics featured Thursday at Fourth of July Concert Series

‘Behind Closed Doors’ uncovers Warren's hidden treasures

Local rock bands take the Independence Park stage Wednesday

Army Band kicks off Fourth of July Concert Series Tuesday

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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.