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Having served 14 years on the town council I certainly am aware of the unique relationship between the council and the town clerk who acts as its secretary and is based on mutual respect and a … more
The recent proposals for development portend a disaster for the character of Bristol along with an increase in taxes. Bristol is fortunate in having many intelligent and thoughtful citizens who have … more
October 2018 will mark the 10th year of the “new” Rogers Free Library. This incredible achievement was accomplished through a variety of means: state funding, Champlin Foundations … more
pThe Oct. 4 Phoenix contained a candidate’s statement entitled, “Pre-K would help families and budget.” The candidate’s idea would be for the state (taxpayer) to establish a … more
In last week’s edition of the Phoenix, it was reported that the family of the young boy who tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident on Poppasquash Road in July has sued the Town of … more
In an earlier letter to the editor I cautioned all Rhode Island voters to beware of candidates running for state and local elected office who subscribe to the Progressive Democrat left — aka … more
The holidays are fast approaching and it is never too early to get into the spirit of the season. To help achieve this, an initiative is under way to promote all the exciting holiday activities … more
The American Bar Association (ABA) evaluates Supreme Court nominations through its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Earlier this year that committee returned a finding that Brett … more
I was surprised to read in the “Candidate Statements” from last week that our Bristol Town Council instructed the current town clerk to “limit online access.” Why would the … more
I took exception to the headline appearing in the Bristol Phoenix on Sept. 20 regarding the two candidates for Town Clerk, as it erroneously categorized them as co-workers. This inadvertently created … 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.