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Local talent excited to take the stage

Just about all musicians have big dreams of taking the stage before a cheering crowd. But many who grew up in Bristol celebrating the 4th of July hold on to a big small-town dream of playing the …
Bristol Police: Multiple arrests and a possible flag heist
Monday, June 13 Police dispersed a man who was yelling at a woman in a parking lot on Gooding Avenue at 2:47 p.m. Tuesday, June … Read More
Renowned Bristol Coast Guardsman announces retirement
Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Frank J. Parenti is set to retire from the United States Coast Guard on Oct. 1, 2022 having served for … Read More
A decade in the making, Bristol’s new marina is open for business
There’s still a couple of mechanical details to complete, but Bristol’s new marina is officially open for guests — and the … Read More
East Bay team wins lacrosse state championship
Three East Bay Lacrosse teams made it to the state championship finals games held at URI last weekend.  The East Bay Girls … Read More
Water authority board approves 4 percent rate hike
The Bristol County Water Authority board of directors approved a 4 percent rate increase for the fiscal year 2023. The rate … Read More
Bristol's St. Michael's seeking divorce from its daycare tenant
Church seeking divorce from daycare Photo - The IslandThe Island Child Care Center, located in a building owned by St. Michael’s … Read More
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Fourth concert series features Irish, rock, New Orleans and Buffett bands

This weekend brings a highly diverse lineup to a concert series known for its diverse array of musicians. Over the next three nights, the Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series will host a rock cover …

'Independence' half-marathon steps off early Saturday in downtown Bristol

The energy starts early on Saturday morning in Bristol, as runners in the annual Bristol Independence Rhode Race toe the line at 6:30 a.m. Held in partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July …

24 bands, 14 nights, 1 waterfront venue

The traditional Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series is back to its traditional location. Of course, when you talk about traditions in these parts, it helps to be clear. It’s like saying the …
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Obituaries
Jeffrey Fonseca Jeffrey S. Fonseca, Esq (1964–2022) Jeffrey S. Fonseca, 58, of Boston, MA passed away suddenly on June 21, 2022. Jeffrey grew up in Bristol, RI. Jeffrey was a graduate of Bristol High School
John Galligan GALLIGAN, John "Jack" Donald, of Little Compton, RI, October 9th, 1932 – June 24th, 2022 Jack was born and raised in Washington DC, the eldest of three children of Donald and Mary (Flaherty
Eileen Malafronte Eileen (Furtado) Malafronte, 75, of Bristol, died peacefully at home after a year-long illness on June 21, 2022. She was the devoted wife of Ralph A. Malafronte for over 53 years. Born in Fall River
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Sports
Tunnelmen defeat Grays in annual vintage ball game Throwback baseball from a bygone era took its turn last Saturday on the Bristol Town Common under sunlit skies and windy conditions. In the end, the visiting Lisbon Tunnelmen of Connecticut …
Post 10 Seniors start 2022 Legion Baseball slate EAST PROVIDENCE — The ATC (Athletes Turn Champion) Training Facility/Riverside Post 10 Senior Division club opened up its 2022 Rhode Island American Legion Baseball League season last week a …
Photos: Illusion wins St. David’s Lighthouse division in Newport Bermuda Race Illusion won the largest division in the race, St. David’s Lighthouse Division with 108 boats. Illusion, a Cal 40 owned by Sally and Stan Honey of Palo Alto, California, is the fourth Cal …
Charlie Enright captaining 11th Hour Racing's, "Mālama,"  finishes second in Newport-Bermuda Race Skipper Charlie Enright of Barrington, guided the IMOCA 60 Mālama,  from 11th Hour Racing across the finish line, almost eight and a half hours after first place finisher, Argo, which completed …
Opinion
Letter: That time of year again in Bristol

Must be the season of the 4th in Bristol once again. Take a walk through town and you will see people painting their houses, doing extensive landscaping, dressing up their homes with holiday regalia …

Letter: School Committee overreach would be a textbook blunder

Like almost everyone else who cares about our kids, I've been reading — and kvetching with friends and neighbors — about the School Committee’s apparent decision to not extend a …

Letter: Hoping church will explain itself to families

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Hope Street in Bristol touts itself as being open and welcoming to all.  Prominently displayed on their website is the statement “We welcome people …

Letter: Two wrongs do not make a right

In their article, “Hypocrisy over cannabis vs. alcohol is striking,” Annie Silvia and Beth Vorro decry Bristol’s opening of a fourth micro-brewery while opposing marijuana …

Letter: An open letter to Ted Cruz of Texas

Thanks to you, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, we have the solution to school safety.  One single entrance with an armed guard at his/her post. Well, by golly, this idea requires a closer …

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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.