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District 68 Special Election set for Tuesday, March 5

A special election to fill the District 68 House of Representatives seat vacated by Laufton Ascencao will be held next March, following the acceptance of Mr. Ascencao’s official letter of …
Memorial hockey games celebrating 17 years
The John Paul Medeiros Jr. Memorial Cup Hockey Games will be played on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, 2019 at Portsmouth Abbey. This year … Read More
A uniform, a love story, and an unforgettable work of art
It was a moment intended to be private. On a fateful day in August of 1957, a heartbroken woman in Smithfield, Maine, escaped into the … Read More
District 68 primary and special elections would cost Bristol, Warren thousands
It could cost the towns of Warren and Bristol anywhere from $10,600 to $18,600 to stage primary and special elections to fill the … Read More
Obituaries
Sarah Caizzi, 81, Bristol
'The Mayor' was loved by all who knew herSarah (Tattrie) Caizzi, 81, passed away at Women and Infants Hospital, surrounded by her … Read More
Joseph A. Souto, Jr., 77, of Bristol
Mr. Joseph A. Souto, Jr., age 77, of Lawn Street, Bristol, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was … Read More
Horace Joseph Simas, 84, of Bristol
Horace Joseph Simas, 84, of Perry Street, Bristol, passed away on Nov. 25, 2018, at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Bessie … Read More
Legal Notices
Bristol Legal Notices – Nov. 8, 2018 These Legal Notices were published in the Bristol Phoenix on Nov. 8, 2018.
Bristol Legal Notices — Nov. 1, 2018 These Legal Notices were published in the Bristol Phoenix on Nov. 1, 2018.
Election 2018
Election News
DePasquale joins District 68 race
Another candidate is throwing his hat into the ring, seeking to claim the District 68 seat vacated Wednesday by Laufton … Read More
District 68 race would require a Primary first
The political vacuum created by the sudden departure of District 68 Representative-elect Laufton Ascencao will take at least two … Read More
In these races, PAC ‘winners’ are also Election Day winners
With the election behind, the Bristol Phoenix took a look at the funds amassed by candidates in the four statewide elections that … Read More
Experience prevails in Bristol clerk's race — both candidates react to the outcome
Longtime Bristol Town Clerk Lou Cirillo held off challenger Melissa Cordeiro and will retain his post for another two years. The … Read More
Ascencao defeats Hunt for District 68 seat
Democrat Laufton Ascencao came out of the Tuesday midterm elections victorious, winning the District 68 General Assembly seat over … Read More
Lou Cirillo holds off challenger for Bristol Town Clerk
Longtime Bristol Town Clerk Lou Cirillo has held off challenger Melissa Cordeiro and will retain his post for another two years. The … Read More

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