Author Archives: Rich Dionne


Photos: East Bay braves cold to sled and shovel

Photos: East Bay braves cold to sled and shovel

Despite a whipping-frigid wind and a temperature that refused to break 18 degrees, sledders braved area sledding spots, Silver Spring Golf Course, Potato Hill and Hathaway School to enjoy the fresh snow. Others broke out their snow blowers, plows and shovels to clear their driveways. One new homeowner in Little Compton looked outside at his new


Frigid day earns brunch for Back Eddy plungers

WESTPORT—A crisp wind and a frigid temperature hovering around 20 degrees helped plungers earn their brunch at the Back Eddy restaurant on New Year’s Day.  A line began to form outside the establishment about 10:30 a.m. and grew until plungers were let in at 11:00 a.m. sharp. Five minutes later plungers began running, jumping and cannon


Lucky shoppers take home thousands at Snowflake Raffle

By Christine O’Connor BRISTOL—Riley Gagner’s little fingers gripped his blue ticket tightly as the wind whipped around him. “And the numbers are 4…3…5,” Chris Lowis shouted from the stage. And with that, 4-year-old Riley let out an exasperated sigh. His ticket started with the number “5.” “Oh man!” The crowd echoed Riley’s disappointment. Neither he


Navy holiday band plays for Rockwell students

Bristol—Rockwell Elementary School students rocked around the Christmas tree with the Navy Band Northeast Holiday Band in the school’s gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 6. The band featuring vocalist, Musician First Class Chris Sams, played Christmas classics, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock, Here Comes Santa Claus and the Eagles, Please Come Home for Christmas and more. The

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Photos with Santa continues to please

The East Bay is beginning to look a lot like Christmas these days. The Audubon Environmental Educational Center in Bristol played host to a very special guest Saturday where Santa and Mrs. Claus entertained more than 1,000 excited kids. More than 300 families turned out for East Bay Newspapers’ 15th Annual Photos with Santa. The

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Barrington firefighters blast water onto a fire at 30 Burr Avenue on Tuesday night.

Barrington, Warren and Seekonk respond to Burr Ave. blaze

Barrington firefighters battled a house fire in the rain at 30 Burr Ave. on Tuesday night, Nov. 26. According to Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette, East Providence and Seekonk firefighters also responded to the blaze which started at approximately 8 p.m. Warren firefighters helped cover the Barrington fire station during the incident. A line of

Angel Rose Mathinos, 3, of Bristol plays a game with her aunt, Yvonne Vergadamo.

Touching moments at Bristol Good Neighbors

The Bristol Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen served about 80 people a turkey dinner with all the fixings, starting at  11:30 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 26, Good Neighbors also handed out more than 150 Thanksgiving bags to area families in need this week. Families were given a Stop and Shop gift card along with the food

New Leaf hair stylist Ashley Sousa trims Santa's beard by the window on Friday night.

Santa gets a trim at Bristol’s Holiday Preview

Downtown Bristol was packed last Saturday night as shoppers sought out the best deals from downtown merchants participating in the 12th Annual Holiday Preview. The event, hosted by the Bristol Merchants Association, was held over the course of two nights, Nov. 22-23, a first in its history. Stores stayed open later, from 5 – 9


Mt. Hope crowns homecoming king and queen, Batters Warwick, 25-0

BRISTOL—Mt. Hope High School crowned Nicholas Murgo and Samantha Palumbo 2013 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Huskies football game against Warwick Vets on Friday night. The Huskies pounded Warwick Vets 25-0. Mt. Hope led 19-0 at halftime on two rushing touchdowns by senior running back Jesse Raiola and a rushing touchdown by