Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.: Noah Midgley, 9, Carl Sweeney and Connor Midgley, with Maggie Saunders, Maureen Sweeney and Sharon Chalmers walk down Pawtucket Avenue on Friday during the "Hope & Faith" walk.

Sweeneys raise awareness of needy in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Sweeney family continued to highlight the plight of those in need in city and across the area Friday, July 25, with their “Hope & Faith” walk. The walk began at Pierce Field where Carl Sweeney was joined by the youngsters who attend the East Providence Recreation Department summer program there. Mr.

This home at 25 Thomkins Drive in Little Compton is one of many in the region open for viewing this weekend.

Open Houses: 25 planned in region this weekend

Plenty of open houses are scheduled throughout the region this weekend. Here’s a listing of all the open homes in the East Bay: Barrington 4 Rustwood Drive — Sunday, July 27,11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Colonial,3, 2.5, $479,900. Residential Properties, Lisa Schryver, 401-245-9600. 2 Fourth St. — Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rasised Ranch,4, 2, $399,000.

Enrollment for consideration to be included in the next East Providence Fire Department training academy begins on July 20.

East Providence Fire Department prepares for next training academy

EAST PROVIDENCE — The City of East Providence and its fire department will conduct an enrollment period beginning July 20 and running through Aug. 28 in anticipation of conducting a training academy in the spring of 2015. According to EPFD Chief Oscar Elmasian, the academy is being held “to fill current and future openings in

Bob Sousa, left, receives guidance from Steve Skuba, who understands the language used in VA documents.

Veterans find answers right in their own backyard

For Steve Skuba, helping veterans get the help they need is nothing new to him. In his job at the Veterans Administration, that’s what he does every day. So when he recognized that local veterans had many questions that went unanswered because they couldn’t get into Providence, he volunteered his time to get those questions


Barrington police: Bikes attack cars

Twice last week, Barrington police responded to incidents where bicycles had been used as weapons in assaults on cars. On Tuesday, July 15, a 19 year-old woman from East Providence said she was driving in the area of Atria Bay Spring Village at about midnight when someone flung a bike into the car she was

International exchange students seeking host families in Bristol

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Bristol for the upcoming academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base

Patrick Usher, owner of Usher Farm, is trying to limit blasts from his bird cannons by spraying his crops with a concentrated grape juice bird repellent. He is pictured with his grandchildren on the family farm. Neighbors say the guns keep them indoors in the summer, and are preventing some from selling their homes.

Usher Farm tries to limit cannon blasts

It’s been called a shooting range, a war zone and the 4th of July all day long. The good news for neighbors of Usher Farm in the Kickemuit Avenue and Swift’s Point area is that the bird cannons may soon be fired a bit less frequently. Each summer, the Usher family employs propane cannons to


Robert Peters Pic lightened

Robert J. Peters, 77, Bristol

Robert J. Peters, 77, of Bristol, died Thursday, July 24 2014, at Silver Creek Manor in Bristol. He was the husband of Arlene (Tavares) Peters; they were married for more than 55 years. Born in Warren, a son of the late John and Carolina ( Esteves) Peters, he was a draftsman for Raytheon for more


Zach Avila, 10, gets a close-up look at Pawtucket Red Sox mascot "Paws" during ceremonies to kick off the state Little League tournament at King Philip Little League ;last weekend.

KPLL a major player for World Series hopefuls

Just because Bristol doesn’t have a team in the Little League State Championship series, that doesn’t mean the town doesn’t have a major role. The King Philip Little League was selected among organizations around the state to host this year’s 11- and 12-year-old Rhode Island State Championship Tournament. Although the home team isn’t in it,

Things to Do


The Rank Strangers with Sonny Boy Jorgenson

The Rank Strangers are an original folk fusion country rock and bluegrass band based in South County. They’ve been playing their very own unique brand of bluegrass in the rank style since 2000. Rhode Island bluesman Sonny Boy Jorgenson opens the show. WHERE: Sandywoods, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday, July 25 COST: $10


Bristol Town Clerk Lou Cirillo

Letter: Town Clerk goes above and beyond

Hello, my name is George De Melo. I am from Burlington, Ontario, Canada, a city located just outside of Toronto. Two years ago, my father Manuel De Melo passed away. It was then that I got myself wrapped up in a little bit of a project — my family tree. I remember my father telling me that