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Greg and Sue Esmay speak to patrons and the media during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning, Nov. 25. 
Photos by Rich Dionne

Ribbon cutting signals formal reopening of Seekonk’s The Old Grist Mill Tavern

Ribbon cutting signals formal reopening of Seekonk’s The Old Grist Mill Tavern

SEEKONK — Long a beloved landing spot for local diners, The Old Grist Mill Tavern is finally back open for business after a two-year rebuilding odyssey following a summer 2012 fire. Some 50 patrons and dignitaries joined owners Greg and Sue Esmay, the East Bay restauranteurs who also count Warren’s Wharf Tavern among their holdings,

7 Brittney Lane, Warren

Open houses planned around East Bay

Whether you’re looking for a new home, selling yours and checking out the competition, or just looking for some interior decorating ideas, open houses are a great place to start. There aren’t too many scheduled around the East Bay this holiday weekend, but there are a handful in the area. Check out the gallery of


‘Buy Local RI’ urges shoppers to support community

Local business owners are urging shoppers to forego the big box stores in favor of small, community-owned stores for the good of local business and the community. A small but enthusiastic crowd of small business supporters turned out on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, to kick off “Buy Local RI,” a statewide campaign designed to encourage holiday

12 Echo Drive, Barrington

Off the Market: East Bay homes change hands

The following homes around the East Bay changed hands recently: Barrington 38 Middle Highway — $420,000 12 Echo Drive — $539,000 27 Adelaide Ave. — $580,000 14 6th St. — $310,000 5 Field Lane — $396,000 223 Rumstick Road — $1,250,000 22 Waldron Ave. — $180,000 East Providence 14 Wayland St. — $241,000 45 Ferris

Claudia Franco window shops on Hope Street during the Holiday Preview Friday. Photos by Alex Watrous.

Visitors shop local during Holiday Preview

About a thousand visitors flooded downtown Friday and Saturday nights as Bristol kicked off the holiday season. The annual Holiday Preview featured singing, dancing, food and, of course, good deals at shops and restaurants on Thames and Hope streets, as well as cross roads from Constitution to Bradford streets. Sales were strong both nights, according

New name, but scope of Tiverton project largely unchanged

  TIVERTON — Touted changes in the scale of the proposed largest development project in Tiverton’s history, following well-publicized recent revisions to the master plan application last month, may not be all that great. That conclusion became clear Thursday night, Oct. 20, at a planning board hearing in the Tiverton High School auditorium. Among the

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East Providence cops, companies spread Thanksgiving kindness

EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police cruisers led a convoy of Mini Coopers through the city Friday, Nov. 21, delivering packages of food and hope this Thanksgiving season. The city-based company East Commerce Solutions took the lead in providing a total of 155 Thanksgiving baskets that will include a turkey with all the trimmings and


House of the week: Tiverton cape showcases water views

Look out over the waters of Mount Hope Bay and the Sakonnet River from your wrap-around porch off the back of a well-maintained Cap Cod style home in Tiverton. Built in 1976, the bright and sunny west-facing home at 235 Brackett Ave. has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms within  1,547 square feet of living space. The