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Bristol board approves historic Longfield condo plan

The Bristol Planning Board approved a proposal to rehabilitate the historic home at 1200 Hope St., known as “Longfield,” last week, clearing a major hurdle on the road to what might …
Board of Elections certifies Serodio’s narrow House 64 seat victory
Jose Serodio was officially declared the winner of the Democratic primary election for the State Representative District 64 seat, his … Read More
Board throws cold water on Bristol housing plan
Last Thursday night’s Planning Board meeting lasted well into the evening as two major development proposals, Old Orchard Farm and … Read More
East Providence edges St. Raphael in league football opener
EAST PROVIDENCE — Fresh off a non-league win against Mt. Hope in the lead up to the league season, the East Providence High … Read More
Portsmouth grapples with local rights-of-way
PORTSMOUTH — Pheasant Drive Beach offers spectacular panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, the Mt. Hope Bridge and Hog Island Shoal … Read More
Portsmouth High band’s Disney-on-turf show is ‘Fantasmic!’
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Marching Band performed its second Walt Disney-inspired field show of the year during … Read More
Portsmouth roots run deep at MLK Community Center
PORTSMOUTH — Jennifer Pedrick handed over one big check to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport recently. Read More
Obituaries
Fr. Thomas J. Vaughan, 90, of Bristol Fr. Thomas J. Vaughan SSC, 90, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Manor.   = Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was the son the late Patrick and Kathleen (Fuller) …
Rev. Joseph Jeremiah McSweeney, SSC, 85, of Bristol Rev. Joseph Jeremiah McSweeney, SSC, 85, passed away on Sept. 13, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Manor. Born in Ireland, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Ellen (Long) McSweeney. He is survived by …
Robert J. 'Bob' Hoder, of Barrington Robert J. “Bob" Hoder passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at his home in  Barrington. He was married to Janet (Huddlestone) Hoder of Yorkshire, England for 51 years, and was the father of …
Sports
BHS Sports Roundup: Eagles defeat Warriors in girls tennis EThe Barrington High School girls tennis team slipped to 1-2 after losing 5-2 to East Greenwich on Monday afternoon, Sept. 17. Barrington's number three singles player Elizabeth Wang won her match …
Barrington sports leagues balk at possible fee increase Officials from youth sports leagues in Barrington are struggling to understand the logic behind a potential increase to field use fees in town. A proposal drafted by Barrington Town Manager Jim …
Ferreira’s big kick lifts Wildcats over Southeastern, 1-0 The Westport soccer team won their first game of the season with a 1-0 win over Southeastern during a home game on Friday afternoon. The win evens their record at 1-1-1. The lone goal came on an …
Fun is the focus of first-year flag football league in Barrington On Sunday morning, the fields behind the Barrington High School tennis courts were filled with Panthers and Bears, and Raiders and Rams. On another set of fields nearby, Cowboys battled Chiefs and …
Opinion
The 20th century’s worst storm — through a child’s eyes AUTUMNAL EQUANOX – Half way to winter: September 21, 1938 – and tomorrow, September 21, 2018. Senior citizens recall that most devastating hurricane here in recorded history exactly 80 …
Letter: Chaotic flag flying in ‘honor’ of Sen. McCain If only we had a flag co — oh wait a minute, we do have a flag code. Subsequent to the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain, flag-respecting Americans jumped into action and demonstrated their …
Letter: Elections can bring about innovation and change I was perplexed to read Halsey Herreshoff’s pessimistic view on the nature and tenor of American politics from “D.C. to Bristol” (Letters to the Editor, “Town clerk is the …
Letter: Town clerk is the face of local government Sir Winston Churchill once commented to the effect that government by democracy is flawed but that there is no better system. The same might be observed about our American method of voting officials …

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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.