Author Archives: Eric Dickervitz

Members of the RI Prospects travel team, coach Jim Ramos, left, and Andrew LeBlanc, take batting practice at 365 Sports. Photos by Keith Dickervitz

Bristol’s new field of dreams – especially in winter

Bristol’s new field of dreams – especially in winter

Even when the snow is falling quietly outside, the crack of a bat hitting a baseball springs hope that home runs and strikeouts, like beach blankets and frozen lemonade, can’t be too far away. Baseball, softball and other outdoor sports leagues in the East Bay and Aquidneck Island now have a 34,000 square-foot indoor facility

Fourth graders Rocco Compagna and Lucas Jerome work on the comptuers at Guiteras School. The students will begin PARCC tests Monday.

Superintendent: Parents, students have ‘moral obligation’ to take PARCC tests

Aware that some parents are opposed to the PARCC tests, Superintendent Mario Andrade said he will meet with each parent who objects to the test so they are not misinformed. “In Bristol Warren, it’s our expectation that you’ll take there testing,” Mr. Andrade said. “It’s a moral obligation to collect data. Public education is for

Guiterras Elementary School principal Sonya Whipp works with fourth graders Abigail Baker (middle) and Bethany Thurber. Students are preparing for the PARCC tests that begin Monday. Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

PARCC aims to help teaching, learning

Touted by Bristol Warren school administrators as a better way to “collect the data to inform us how to instruct your children,” Superintendent Mario Andrade and Assistant Superintendent Diane Sanna pitched what they see as the benefits of the latest student performance testing. At a forum organized by school committee member Erin Schofield, an audience

Huskies cheerleader teammates prepare to lift flyers Sofia Silveira, left, Amanda Gomes and Sophia Desmarais. Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Mt. Hope cheer squad can’t cap the pyramid

On the heels of a successful season, the Mt. Hope High School competitive cheerleading squad faltered at the Rhode Island State Championship meet, dashing its hopes for a championship title. Mt. Hope competed in the co-ed division on Sunday, March 8, against East Greenwich, East Providence, Cranston East, LaSalle and North Providence. Although it performed

Patriots cheerleader Janelle Dublin (left) hugs teammate Eve Lowriemore as Athletic Director Steve Trezvant (background) looks on. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth cheerleaders win big in R.I. championship

PORTSMOUTH — Smiling, energetic, athletic and near perfect in synchronization, the Portsmouth High School competitive cheerleading squad took first place in the large division at the Rhode Island State Championship meet on Sunday. After watching the team of 15 girls run through their routine for the judges, head coach Deb Valente called the performance “really

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Firefighters take the plunge to practice rescue

A frozen Bristol Harbor, while picturesque for its natural beauty, also poses a deadly hazard should someone accidentally take an icy plunge into the 30-degree water. On Saturday, March 7, members of the Bristol Fire Department gathered behind the Every Ready fire company on Thames Street and took that plunge — albeit wearing dry suits