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Gen. Baccus submits R.I. Veterans' Home resignation

Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus, administrator of the Rhode Island Veterans' Home for the past 11 years, has submitted his resignation, to be effective in 60 days. Gen. Baccus, a Bristol resident, was at the …
Bristol Police Dept. adds new tools and tech
The Bristol Police have launched headfirst into the new year, upgrading systems that will impact operations and efficiencies and … Read More
St. Mary’s Church honors Bristol Police
On Thursday, Jan. 9, St. Mary’s Church held a Mass of Appreciation in honor of National Law Enforcement Day. This was the … Read More
Stolen museum artifacts found and returned almost 35 years later
More than thirty years after they vanished from the collections of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, a group of 34 stone … Read More
St. Philomena School wins teamwork award at First LEGO finals (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — St. Philomena School’s “Street Lights Done Right” team was among the award-winners at the First LEGO League … Read More
Bristol officers respond to multiple domestic calls, make two arrests
The Bristol Police Department made two arrests from Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, both for domestic offenses.  Following is a log of police … Read More
Study shows housing and food challenges for Bristol seniors
Bristol is starting 2020 with a lot more knowledge about its senior population, thanks to a community needs assessment sponsored by an … Read More
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Nicole Violet, 50 Nicole Violet, 50, passed away at home after a long illness. Born in Providence, she was a beloved daughter of Gail (Cahalan) Conley, and Henry “Bud” Violet; beloved step-daughter of Dr. …
Cecelia G. Chellel, 88, of Barrington Mrs. Cecelia G. (Brunelli) Chellel, age 88, of  Barrington and formerly of Bristol and Pawtucket, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her devoted daughters. She was the loving …
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Eagles crush Huskies in Medeiros Cup game The Barrington High School boys hockey team celebrated an 8-1 victory over Mt. Hope in the annual JP Medeiros Memorial Cup game at Portsmouth Abbey rink on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Huskies actually …
RWU's Opalka earns yet another CCC women's hoops award BRISTOL — For the third time to date this season and for the second in a row, Roger Williams University’s Karli Opalka has been named as the Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s …
East Bay girls hockey rolls over Cranston, 8-3 PORTSMOUTH — The East Bay girls’ hockey team won its third game in a row last Thursday, Jan. 2, crushing Cranston, 8-3, during a league game at Portsmouth Abbey.
Editorial: State priorities should be schools and jobs Welcome to January, the season of rebirth, when all hope springs eternal … Something seem amiss? It is. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s State of the State address was easy to cheer. She spoke …
Letter: Schools should present both sides of a controversial issue Having read the series of letters from the Kickemuit Middle School students published Jan.2, 2020, in the Bristol Phoenix, I was pleased  to read Michael Byrnes’ Jan. 9 follow-up letter to …
Arlene Violet: Can political leaders stop the madness? With the onset of the new legislative session, taxpayers are gritting their teeth to see what fiscal ignominies will be piled onto their backs. One thing is for certain. The governor is out of …
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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.