Author Archives: Rich Dionne


Photos: Bristol celebrates Flag Day

Photos: Bristol celebrates Flag Day

BRISTOL—East bay residents gathered to celebrate the annual Flag Day ceremony at the Bristol Town Common on Saturday evening. David Barboza, the 2014 Bristol Fourth of July Parade Chief Marshal, recited Red Skeleton’s poem of the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony. “I, me, an individual, a committee of one. Pledge,  dedicate all of my worldly goods to


East bay residents enjoy Columbus ships

BRISTOL—Hundreds snapped photos and toured the Christopher Columbus vessels, Nina and Pinta, that were docked at the Herreshoff Marine Museum over the weekend. The ships are exact replicas of the of the original Nina and Pinta that Christopher Columbus used during his voyages across the Atlantic Ocean to America in 1492.  On Monday the ships left Bristol harbor


Photos: Barrington graduates shine

BARRINGTON—A sun-soaked Victory Field was the scene for 2014 Barrington High School graduation on Sunday, June 8, where 245 seniors received their diplomas. The hour-and-a-half ceremony went off seamlessly, as onlookers packed the bleachers at the school. The seniors marched onto the field as the Barrington High School concert band played the traditional “Pomp and


East Providence nine crush Central in opener

EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence High School baseball team crushed Central, 12-2, at Pierce Field on Sunday in a best-of-three Division II playoff semifinals series. Game 2 of the semis is scheduled for Monday, June 9. A third game, if necessary, is set for Tuesday, June 10. The winners move on to the Division II championship series

Photo by Rich Dionne
Riverside's Taylor Babcock winds up for a pitch.

Riverside girls softball beats Chariho, heads to semifinals

  The Riverside girls softball team crushed undefeated Chariho, 10-1, in the quarterfinals game on Friday afternoon. The Vikings offense exploded for seven runs in the first inning. Raevyn Watson led off with a walk.  Caroline Feeley then executed a perfect bunt. Consecutive singles by Alyssa Guarino and Shelby Mello scored Watson and Feeley. Chariho’s ace pitcher then walked the


Photos: Barrington girls lacrosse win D-I championship

PROVIDENCE—Barrington’s Lady Eagles defeated Moses Brown, 14-11, to win the RIIL Division I Girls Lacrosse Championship at Brown University on Saturday evening. The Lady Eagles led from start to finish despite a scoring drought and a let down in the second half where the Quakers cut their lead to, 12-10, with 3:29 left to go in


Barrington Lacrosse beats Hawks, heads to championship

PROVIDENCE—The Barrington High School Lacrosse team throttled Bishop Hendricken, 12-6, in the Division I semifinal game at Brown University on Thursday night. The Eagles down 3-0 to Hendricken at halftime, scored four goals in five minutes to take a 4-3 lead. The Eagles kept up the attack scoring nine goals in the third period and three more


Carla Braga is crowned 2014 Miss Fourth of July

BRISTOL—Carla Braga was crowned 2014 Miss Fourth of July and Reyn Ferris was crowned 2014 Little Miss fourth of July during the Bristol Fourth of July Committee pageant on Saturday night.  Check the Bristol Phoenix for more in depth coverage of the event.

Students perform at a recent One Amazing Night at Barrington Middle School.

Photos: Musical talent showcased at One Amazing Night

Barrington Middle School pops and jazz bands entertained students, faculty, family and friends as they enjoyed burgers and barbecue while sitting at round tables set in front of the school during the school’s celebration called One Amazing Night on Thursday, May 15. The chorus also performed Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” and other selections

Photos by Rich Dionne
Tiverton firefighters rush Tiverton High School senior Mackenzie Mello onto a stretcher during a mock crash caused by a texting driver in the high school parking lot on Thursday.

THS senior’s own crash led to texting crusade

By Bruce Burdett The crash outside Tiverton High School Thursday was horrific. Blood by the quart splashed over victims and vehicles, bones snapped and young people screamed in pain. There was no helping one girl — rescuers covered her body with a sheet. It was also fake, organized by senior Emily Machado to scare the