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Portsmouth cop sprang into action to prevent bridge jump

PORTSMOUTH — Officer Bruce Celico got the call while he was at the weigh station on Route 24 South around 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 8. “We got a BOLA (“be on the lookout” …
Resident claims Bristol County Water Authority is breaking the law
A Serpentine Road resident who ran for Warren Town Council last fall to raise awareness of alleged negligence and wrongdoing by the … Read More
New owners, new look and a new Bristol restaurant
William Pannoni has always wanted to run his own restaurant in Bristol. He soon will be. He and partner Lisa Paulino are busy … Read More
District 68 race down to five
The race for the House of Representatives District 68 seat is down to five hopefuls, after three candidates in Warren and two in … Read More
Boil-water advisory still in place for Prudence Island
PORTSMOUTH — More than three months after it was first enforced, a boil-water advisory is still in effect for customers of the … Read More
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 … Read More
Eagles best Huskies 5-3 in 17th Annual “J.P.” Medeiros Jr. Memorial Cup
Jacob Andreozzi scored a hat trick and Matt Spears added two more to lead Barrington past Mt. Hope, 5-3, in the 17th annual “J.P.” … Read More
Obituaries
Eleanor Travers, 90, of Bristol Mrs. Eleanor V. (Viera) Travers, age 90, of High Street, life-long resident of Bristol, R.I., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She …
Arlene Shirley Garcia-Colon of Bristol Arlene Shirley Garcia-Colon (Deso) died at home in Bristol, R.I., on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Leon and Mildred Deso, sister of the late Lorraine Thompson, Pauline …
Conceicao M. Botelho of Bristol Conceicao (Connie) M. Botelho of Verdi Lane passed away on Jan. 8, 2019, at home. She was the wife of Manuel Botelho. Born in Fenais de Ajuda, Sao Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of the late …
Lydia M. Cabral, 89, of Bristol Miss Lydia M. Cabral, age 89, of Bay View Avenue, Bristol, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Born in Bristol and a lifelong resident, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Sadie (Mello) Cabral. A …
Sports
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 …
Ben Hurd leads Portsmouth over Mt. Hope in boys’ basketball PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team escaped with a 60-58 win over Mt, Hope in the East Bay Holiday Classic tournament at PHS Thursday. A …
East Bay Co-op girls hockey team remains undefeated The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team skated to a 2-0 win over the Mount St. Charles Co-op team on Saturday night, Dec. 22, and defeated the Cranston Co-op team 7-3 on Friday night, Dec. …
Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 18 new members The Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame held its 38th annual induction banquet on Nov. 24 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea. A group of 18 individuals were inducted into this year’s …
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Opinion
Letter: Reform Caucus works toward a better legislative process To the editor: I am writing in response to the Jan. 11 letter titled, “The Reform Caucus Can Embrace Democracy.” The Reform Caucus, of which I am part, is advocating for changes to …
Editorial: Your Bristol County water supply is being left to rot We lose irreplaceable things all the time. Old houses rot and fall down. Developers plow beautiful fields into cul de sacs and house lots. Beloved businesses grow tired and close their doors. These …
Letter: Hanley drops out of District 68 race To the editor:To the residents of District 68: In my last two runs for Town Council I didn’t raise or spend a dime and therefore have no war chest to draw from. Without the endorsement of the …
Letter: VA mural should have been preserved I am writing with outrage to learn that the beautiful mural that was hand-painted by students of Rhode Island School of Design some years back is being painted over, according to what I was told, to …

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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.