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Drag queen draws children (and protestors) to Bristol library

“Once upon a time, there were many kinds: this and that, somewhat and whatnot, either and very, sort of, just, rather, a little, neither and both.” Dressed in a red evening gown …
Parties debate political nature of budget committee
Is the Barrington Committee on Appropriations a non-partisan board? The chairwoman of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee says … Read More
Portsmouth High girls set record, earn All-American honors
PORTSMOUTH — Four members of the Portsmouth High School girls’ track team earned All-American honors when they set a new Rhode … Read More
Elks volunteers show overseas troops they care
A team of volunteers worked together seamlessly inside the Bristol County Elks Lodge, working together with assembly-line-like … Read More
Bristol says no to music for the half-marathon
The Bristol Town Council unanimously denied a request for amplified music and announcements for the fifth annual Independence Rhode … Read More
Westport's own solar farm dedicated to Tony Connors
Westport is home to a host of solar farms these days with a bunch more in the works, but back when one was first envisioned for the … Read More
Portsmouth brewery purchases Van Hof property for $1.25 million
PORTSMOUTH — Ragged Island Brewing is now the official owner of the former Van Hof property on Bristol Ferry Road, where the … Read More
Obituaries
Nathaniel Gonsalves, 82, Riverside Nathaniel “Nat” Gonsalves, 82, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Circuit Drive, Riverside, passed away on May 8, 2019 in Orlando. Born in Onset, Mass., to Nathaniel and Margaret Gonsalves, he …
David A. Cordeiro, 67, formerly of Little Compton David A. Cordeiro of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, formerly of Little Compton and Fall River, passed away in May, 2019, at home. He was in his 67th year., Born in Fall River, he was the son of the …
Sports
Eagles' playoff run ends with 5-2 loss to Mounties The Barrington High School baseball team's storybook run through the Division II playoffs came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, June 12, as the Eagles lost their second straight game to Mount St. …
Gallery: East Bay players feature prominently in Division I baseball title series PAWTUCKET — The Division I state championship best-of-three final round series between Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle played last week at McCoy Stadium had a distinct East Bay flavor, including …
Saints coach, former players to be inducted into Hall of Fame The beat goes on for St. Andrew’s School boys’ basketball coach/athletic director Mike Hart. It was learned recently that the high-powered and well-respected Saints’ hoop boss is …
Tiverton’s Ekstrom stars in Spanish football league Taylor Ekstrom, 25, a 2012 graduate of Tiverton High School, scored two touchdowns on Saturday, May 25, to help the Badalona Dracs down the LG OLED Black Demons, 47-6, in Spanish Bowl XXV, the …
Opinion
Letter: Council ignored islanders on public safety funding To the editor: On Wednesday, June 12, the Portsmouth Town council held a public hearing on the FY 2020 town budget. The council chambers were filled with many Prudence Island residents who …
Protect the First Amendment Poli-ticksBy Arlene VioletProtect the First AmendmentLet’s get this out of the way: Bishop Thomas Tobin, as a United States citizen with the same constitutional rights as anyone else, has the …
Letter: Wild places, wildlife shoved aside in bid for solar profit To the editor: The best places for solar array installations are on the roofs of big box stores, in industrial park areas, or in abandoned parking lots — that is, on land we’ve already dug up, …
Letter: Take care — ’Tis the time that turtles cross the road To the editor: Across Massachusetts, spring is the season of movement. Hibernating animals emerge from their winter resting areas in search of food and mates. Turtles are no exception. From …

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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.