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DEM closes shellfish areas due to excessive rain

PROVIDENCE — With parts of Rhode Island experiencing more than three inches of rainfall from Monday’s storm, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) on Tuesday announced closures …

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Man charged with breaking into home on Prudence Island
PORTSMOUTH — A Warwick man was arrested last week and charged with breaking and entering into a house on Prudence Island without … Read More
New BCWA director expected soon
The Bristol County Water Authority's board of directors is close to hiring a new executive director, following the announcement … Read More
Barrington veterans call for 'Respect' flag to be flown
Two veterans groups in Barrington are requesting their own flag be flown under the U.S. flag atop the pole near the town … Read More
Eugene Cortazar Cordero, III, 74, of Bristol
Eugene Cortazar Cordero, III, 74, passed away peacefully in Bristol on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. He was the loyal husband of Justina … Read More
Six pets perish in Tiverton house fire
  A smoky house fire claimed the lives of six pets Monday morning at 324 Cottrell Road in Tiverton. Firefighters from several … Read More
E.P. Council continues fact-finding mission on taking of Metacomet
EAST PROVIDENCE — The City Council, during its November 24 meeting, continued its fact-finding mission on the feasibility of … Read More
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Henry L. Birkenfeld, 79, of Bristol Henry L. Birkenfeld, 79, of Bristol, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at St Elizabeth’s Manor. Born in Texas, he was a son of the late Lawrence H. and Lorine (Washburn) Birkenfeld, and beloved …
Cliff Halliwell, 96, of Barrington John Clifford Halliwell (Cliff), of Barrington, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, with his wife Diane by his side. He was 96 at time of his passing and lived a full life …
John W. Kershaw, 82, formerly of Barrington John W. Kershaw, 82, passed on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 in Jupiter, Fla. He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Georgette (Langevin) and father of Michele Ann Kershaw. John also leaves behind his …
Like everything else, high school sports will be 'paused' Barrington school officials notified parents recently that organized school sports will not be allowed until January. According to a district-wide email from the administration, the RI Deputy …
Barrington High grad is a key contributor at Yale There’s no truth to the rumor that Barrington’s Maile Somera, a sophomore at Yale, was born with a volleyball in her cradle. But it’s close. Her mother, Nancy, was a four-year …
E.G. edges E.P. for D-II girls’ soccer championship JOHNSTON — East Providence High School’s dream of completing an undefeated 2020 Division II girls’ soccer season with a title came to a crushing end as the Townies fell to East …
Gallery: EPHS girls' soccer Division II championship game JOHNSTON — East Greenwich scored the only goal in the 10-minute overtime period en route to defeating East Providence, 3-2, in the Division  II girls' soccer championship game Sunday …
Letter: Storm and black police cruiser result in dangerous situation

To the editor: On Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, the area was hit by a storm with gale winds that knocked out power. Shortly before 5 p.m., as I was driving through Warren heading into Barrington on …

Letter: Why does Barrington have so many power outages?

To the editor: I am blessed to have a generator and wished all my neighbors had one as well. I am beginning to believe that the town council is in cahoots with generator companies! While I have …

Letter: Hey DOT, traffic lights need battery back-ups… now!

To the editor: This was the second time this year that Barrington lost power. I had to drive across town during both blackouts. What I witnessed was a potential for a life changing accident. At …

Letter: East Main Road has been neglected for far too long

To the editor: Now that the election has concluded, we can once again visit the situation of our local highways without the noise of the campaigns. In 1975 at the Portsmouth Middle School, (the …

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