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Fifty years later, Bristol man discovers he has a son

Imagine not knowing you had a child for nearly 50 years. That was the plight of local resident Tony Ribeiro, who discovered recently that he had a son following a relationship he had with a …
Grad student pitches a solution for a global crisis
Amelia Tayeh feels privileged to be a citizen of two nations — the United States and Lebanon.“I call two countries home; some … Read More
Counting the days until plastic bags are banned in Bristol
It’ll be a new year and a new outlook for business owners and consumers in 2019, as Bristol institutes a resolution to be a … Read More
Mt. Hope wrestling preview: Team looks to 'make some noise' at states
The Mt. Hope wrestling team placed third, scoring 158 points as they hosted the annual Sharon Lombardo Holiday Tournament to kick off … Read More
Sweeney announces he will not run for District 68 seat
The shakeup in District 68 continues, as one of the declared candidates to replace Laufton Ascencao has backed out less than a week … Read More
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, … Read More
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
Obituaries
Alice Borges, 93, of Bristol Mrs. Alice (Brown) Borges, age 93, of Hope Street, Bristol, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late David D. Borges, her husband …
Joseph DePalma, 78, of Bristol It is with great sorrow that the family of Joseph DePalma, 78, of Bristol announce his passing on De. 2, 2018. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Pauline (Rinaldi) DePalma. Born in Bristol, …
Sports
Eagles skate to 3-2 victory against LaSalle The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory against LaSalle Academy on Saturday night, Dec. 8. LaSalle opened up a 2-0 lead against the Eagles and held that …
Mt. Hope senior signs national letter of intent Mt. Hope High School senior Kaelen McKenna signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 26, declaring her intention to play for the Southern New Hampshire University women’s soccer team next …
Mt. Hope unified champs recognized at RWU hoops halftime The reputation of the Mt. Hope High School Unified basketball team continues to grow, even in the off-season. Head coach Tom Fullen is the man behind the team’s growing popularity and success, …
What happened to softball in Bristol? Something killed softball in Bristol, but no one seems to agree on what. Was it parental apathy? The rising popularity of lacrosse? Squabbles among leagues? Criminal activity? Or the influence of …
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Opinion
Editorial: School buses need seat belts The Tiverton school bus that hurtled off the highway and into the woods recently emerged dented but intact. But for those unfortunate enough to have been trapped inside without seat belts, the …
Letter: How to delude the voting public — the Ascencao story The election and subsequent resignation of Laufton Ascencao should be an instructive example of democracy going off the rails. Mr. Asencao fabricated a narrative of a young Bristol native who …
Letter: Proud of excellent gun grades in the East Bay To the editor: The National Rifle Association was founded as a sporting and hunting association in 1871. In the 1920s and 30s, the NRA lobbied for gun control legislation in many states, as well …
Letter: Duty, honor, town — or political opportunism Bristol voters need to do better when choosing which candidates for political office they believe will most competently and honorably represent their best interests. Recent experience indicates more …

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.