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The Sakonnet Lobster at its dock in Tiverton.

Sakonnet Lobster sinks south of Block Island; four rescued

Sakonnet Lobster sinks south of Block Island; four rescued

The Coast Guard plucked four lobstermen from the sea when the 60-foot Tiverton and Little Compton-based Sakonnet Lobster sank Thursday about 40 miles south of Block Island, Rhode Island. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a distress call at about 4:15 a.m. from the four-man crew aboard the Sakonnet Lobster that the boat was taking on water. The Coast


Cigarettes biggest nuisance at Portsmouth cleanups

PORTSMOUTH — Nearly 200 people volunteering for Clean Ocean Access (COA) worked to beautify the Aquidneck Island coastline as part of the 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 20. COA completed seven coastal cleanups that day, with 186 volunteers and 11 beach captains removing 815 pounds of marine debris from the shoreline to start

Map shows 18-mile route of proposed Aquidneck Island Bikeway.

Workshop in Portsmouth Tuesday on island Bikeway

PORTSMOUTH — Learn more about the Portsmouth section of the proposed Aquidneck Island Bikeway at a workshop Tuesday, Sept. 30. The meeting, hosted by the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC), starts at 6 p.m. in the Portsmouth Town Council chambers at Town Hall, 2300 East Main Road. Attendees can learn about the plan, the process

Aerial photo shows location of Potter's Cove. Image from newenglandboating.com.

Body of woman recovered off Prudence Island

PORTSMOUTH — The body of a 73-year-old Tiverton woman was recovered off the east side of Prudence Island Sunday morning after she had been reported missing from a boat moored at Potter’s Cove. The deceased woman was identified Monday morning as Barbara E. Mills of Tiverton, according to Gail Mastrati, spokeswoman for the R.I. Department of Environmental Management

“It’s the end of an era. It’s too bad it happened this way,” said Eric Leite, captain of the Prudence Island Ferry, while he took what may be the last of an estimated 45,000 round-trip runs from Bristol to the island on Sunday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Bon voyage, Prudence Island Ferry

PORTSMOUTH — Christine Heal greeted Eric Leite with a bottle of red wine and a hug Sunday morning at Prudence Island Ferry’s Bristol landing. “Thanks for everything you’ve done for my family,” she told Mr. Leite, who said goodbye to passengers Sunday after 18 years at the helm of the ferry as captain — a job that’s

turner reservoir

DEM issues warning for East Providence’s Turner Reservoir

PROVIDENCE — The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Turner Reservoir and Central Pond in East Providence because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the reservoir and pond. Following a report received by DEM yesterday,

Just days old, this terrapin is about to be released into the water at Hundred Acre Cove.

Barrington’s diamondbacks face uphill battle

Small chicken-wire baskets sat upside down on the sandy ground, each marking the nest site of a diamondback terrapin. And lining the outside bottom edge of each chicken-wire basket was a piece of black tar paper. Charlotte Sornborger, a volunteer who helps record terrapin hatch numbers each year, said the tar paper is important because

Volunteers for Clean Ocean Access with some of their haul.

Volunteers tally trash haul from Portsmouth beach

PORTSMOUTH — Clean Ocean Access (COA) completed its weekly coastal cleanups in August at Pheasant Drive Beach and removed 289 pounds of trash from the immediate shoreline with the help of 16 volunteers from Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport. “This was a great learning experience to see what kind of marine debris problems exist on the