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Colt Andrews kindergarten teacher Donna Cheatom escorts Lauren Oliver and the rest of her class through a bridge made by the fifth grade class to welcome them on the first day of school on Wednesday morning. 
Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

Bristol Warren students, teachers return to class

Bristol Warren students, teachers return to class

More than 3,000 students flooded into Bristol-Warren schools Wednesday as the 2014-2015 school year got underway. Joining the students are 257 teachers who will be without a contract by the end of the week unless a new deal is reached before then. The current three-year pact with Bristol Warren Regional School District teachers expires Sunday,

Geraldine Chaves, 81, Bristol

Geraldine E. “Nanna” Chaves, 81, of Heritage Road, Bristol, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Ernest J. Chaves. Born in Daingerfield, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Raymond C. and Mary (Murphy) Easley. She previously lived

Nancy Casimiro, 76, Bristol

Nancy Marie (Yared) Casimiro, 76, of Monterey Drive, passed away on Aug. 22. She was the wife of the late Charles Casimiro. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late George and Philomena (Cardoza) Yared. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School and a secretary at Raytheon for 30 years

Oliverio G. Travassos, Bristol

Oliverio G. Travassos, 83, of Bristol, passed away on Aug. 23 at Silver Creek Manor. He was the husband of Mary T. (Labao) Travassos, to whom he was married for 56 years. Born in Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal, he was the son of the late Diniz and Capatelina (Gouveia) Travassos. He was employed

Mike Fiore, of Bristol, died Tuesday after crashing during a high-speed boat race in Missouri Saturday. Photo credit: Nathan Bechtold/

Outerlimits owner dies after dramatic boat crash

Bristol resident and Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats owner Mike Fiore died Tuesday night after suffering serious injuries during a high-speed boat race Saturday, the family has announced. Mr. Fiore died from complications after surgery on Sunday to repair several broken bones he suffered when his racing boat flipped as high as 50 feet in the air as he approached the finish

Fond memories of Chi Chi Cirillo, a good man

To the editor: My neighbor and friend Chi Chi Cirillo died this week. It feels like a milestone era in Bristol’s history has come to an end. I have been interested to read a few words people have written about Chi Chi this week and to learn all the nice things people thought about him.


RIPTA buses free Wednesday due to air quality alert

STATEWIDE — Due to anticipated high levels of pollution and/or ozone, all regular Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses and trolleys, excluding special services, will be free on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in portions of Rhode Island during the

Sea Tow divers work to salvage a small sunken sailboat in Mount Hope Bay. Behind them are the massive twin cooling towers of the Brayton Point Power Station. (Ted Hayes photo_

Brayton Point power plant may be sold again

By Bruce Burdett Houston, Texas-based Dynegy Inc. announced last week that it will buy Brayton Point Power Station, the coal-fired power plant at the head of Mount Hope Bay. This will be the second sale of the plant in less than a year. In a Friday press release, Dynegy said that the Brayton Point facility

Simple tips can increase recycling rate

To The Editor: Given last week’s news regarding the RIRRC’s reduction of our annual cap at the Johnston Landfill for fiscal year 2014-15 and the potential for significantly higher tipping fees, the Bristol Recycles Committee offers these 10 simple recycling tips: 1) Recycle plastic containers that are up to 2 gallons in size. Rinse, attach