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Living with Down: A mother hopes to raise money and awareness

Even before walking through the pediatric office’s door, Ashley Alexander just knew. From the moment she was first handed her newborn child, to the weeks of appointments that soon followed, the …
Bristol's DeWolf Tavern turns 15 with a new owner
With one logistical detail — the transfer of a liquor license — Chef Sai Viswanath recently became the sole owner of … Read More
Parella steps aside as East Providence Police chief
EAST PROVIDENCE — Setting aside any lingering speculation about his standing, East Providence Police Chief Christopher Parella, in … Read More
Bristol brewery planning to open the taps this summer
With an amendment to the Bristol Zoning Ordinance use table allowing a business that is designated as food manufacturing to set up … Read More
Bristol’s global pop star is on the rise (plus, photos from high school!)
In the fall of 2014, Frankie Da Ponte, Jr. was at a crossroads. At the time, the Bristol native and Mt. Hope High School graduate was … Read More
Local legislator's bill aims to ban 3-D printed guns
Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne recently introduced legislation that would ban 3-D printed firearms in Rhode Island. Sen. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, … Read More
Zombie wedding — A Tiverton tale for Valentine’s Day
For their Valentine’s Day story, assorted publications world-wide turned to a tale with Tiverton ties — the sweet story of a young … Read More
Obituaries
Muriel Spence, 94, of Bristol Considerate and loving, Muriel (Card) Spence, age 94, of 44 Clipper Way in Bristol, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in St. Elizabeth Manor, shortly after her children left the …
Peter George Florenzano, 73, of Bristol Peter George Florenzano, 73, of Mason Avenue, Bristol, passed away on Feb. 12, 2019, at Silver Creek Manor. Born in Bristol, he was the son of the late Andrea and Antonia (Albino) Florenzano. He …
Amy Maria Marino, 51, of Bristol Mrs. Amy Maria (Bernardo) Marino, age 51, of Mulberry Road, Bristol, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Scott D. Marino, her husband of 13 …
Philomena Sarah Bilotti, 90, of Bristol Mrs. Philomena Sarah (Castro) Bilotti, age 90, of Bristol, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.  She was the wife of the late Armand Bilotti, her husband of 44 years, who preceded …
Sports
Eagles rebound after loss, defeat South County Six different Eagles scored goals while helping the East Bay Co-op girls hockey team to a 7-3 win over South County on Wednesday night, Jan. 16. Maeve Harrington opened the scoring for East Bay …
Eagles score six goals in first period, win 8-5 The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first period and glided to an 8-5 win over the Smithfield/Coventry/Rogers Co-op team on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Sarah Yee …
Barrington remembers a legend Frank Murgo once told this reporter many years ago, “I always tell my teams to play smart football and give it all they’ve got.” That was the trademark of a winning football …
Eagles skate past Mounties in Medeiros Cup opener The East Bay Girls Co-op ice hockey team scored two goals in the first two minutes and rolled to a 6-0 victory over the Mount St. Charles/Cumberland/Lincoln Co-op team in the first of the two …
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Opinion
Letter: Nothing justifies publishing racist letter While there’s an argument and First Amendment advocacy for free speech, I recall a time when newspaper editors seriously understood their role and responsibility in prudently managing a …
Letter: Dogs should not be running wild and defecating on graves I write this letter with a tremendous amount of sadness and hurt. My husband died suddenly in June. We buried him at North Burial Ground. We both grew up and lived in Bristol all our lives. North …
Letter: Decision to publish ‘racist’ letter is irresponsible After reading the Feb. 14 letter to the editor, entitled “Here's an idea: mandatory abortions at the southern border,” one cannot help but ask if the editors read the excretion before …
Mendonsa deserves formal recognition as the ‘Kissing Sailor’ George Mendonsa fought in World War II’s Pacific Theater, fished a lifetime on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, remained married to the love of his life for …

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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.