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Portsmouth holds off East Providence in high school football thriller

Portsmouth holds off East Providence in high school football thriller

EAST PROVIDENCE —  The East Providence Townies and Portsmouth Patriots faced off in a thriller Friday night at Pierce Memorial Stadium, a Division I football game that wasn’t decided in the visiting Pats’ favor, 20-14, until the last second. The Townies made well-timed plays in the first half which kept the game close. However, Portsmouth

A crowd of youngsters wait for the start of the BEF rubber duck race on Saturday.

Barrington rubber ducks raise $10,000

The 22nd annual Barrington Education Foundation Rubber Ducky Race fund-raiser went off without a hitch at Wood’s Pond in the heart of Barrington on Saturday afternoon. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny, keeping the crowds enthusiastic and ticket sales active, although the turnout was a little lighter than in years’ past. People of all

Barrington's Deb Isdale is raising money for a New York program called "Rocking the Boat."

Barrington woman ‘Rocking the Boat’ for good cause

Barrington resident Debbie Isdale will be “Rocking the Boat” on Saturday, September 27 participating in a full-day, 30-mile row around the entire island of Manhattan, all for a good cause. Rocking the Boat empowers high school students challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills

Jean and Bob Robertson help Medici customers Michele, Maura and Misha Cassidy.

Barrington gelato shop opens on Maple Avenue

It’s all in the name. Jean and Bob Robertson thought long and hard before naming their new gelato shop they recently opened on Maple Avenue. They eventually settled on “Medici,” which opened on Friday, Sept. 12 to rave reviews from customers and more than a few members of the Medici family. The shop at 74

Think (and consult) before you gift

Many people consider gifting assets to children and grandchildren to reduce estate tax and protect assets from the cost of long term care.  Gifting assets is a significant decision because through the gift, you relinquish control of the assets. For this and other reasons, before you gift consider the following: •     Your Needs. Will


A trio of recent best sellers

“All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner Young wife and mother, Allison Weiss is taking a magazine quiz while waiting with her daughter in the pediatrician’s office. Its questions and her answers regarding use of prescription medications evoke an unsettling feeling. “Do you use  drugs such as Vicodin or Percocet? Do you sometimes use more than

This passenger pigeon was part of a Victorian-era collection of stuffed specimens that were donated to the Norman Bird Sanctuary not long after it was founded in 1949.

What wiped out the world’s most numerous bird?

Once described as ‘flocks so large they blocked the sun’ the last passenger pigeon died a century ago, this week Rhode Island founder Roger Williams summed up colonial attitudes towards passenger pigeons when he wrote that  “they are a delicate fowle, and because of their abundance, and the facility of killing them, they are and

Back-to-school tech safety tips

From tweens to teens, our kids are increasingly tech-savvy, and that means parents also need to be smart about the latest technology. This is particularly true as we approach the new school year when students may start to test new boundaries as they explore the internet, text with friends, and use social media. As we prepare to send