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Mt. Hope swim teams sending multiple athletes to states this weekend

As a team, they were runners up for the division. But when accounting for the odds against them, team participants and coaches say the season meant so much more than what appears on paper.
Bristol's plans for a permanent stage at Town Beach now 'on hold'
The Town anticipated a total budget of $300,000, with half coming from a grant. The bids came in at more than twice that. Read More
Bristol Golf Park opens for first full season this weekend
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the course will be open for play from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More
Development plans for Bristol's former Oliver School begin taking shape
A plan for 11 one- and two-bedroom units, with three priced at or below 80% of the area median income, recently went before the … Read More
Family and friends reflect on the love, and legacy, sown by Patrick Usher
Patrick Usher Sr. passed away recently at the age of 82 after a highly successful career as a farmer and a man of vision. Read More
McCarthy's great escape secures state title
Junior Andrew McCarthy escaped the grasp of Ponaganset’s Colby Vital with one second left to win the 144-pound state championship by … Read More
Genevieve Marszalek celebrates 110th birthday
Is she or isn’t she the oldest living person in the state of Rhode Island? That question keeps arising every time Genevieve … Read More
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Palestine and Israel – Is There a Path to a Just Peace?

Speaker Jeff Klein will address the current crisis in the Middle East on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Rogers Free Library’s Herreshoff Room, 525 Hope St., Bristol. Jeff Klein is a peace …

Warren couple to share secrets of happy retirement in series of talks

Dr. Lisa Cowley and her husband, Victor Westgate, have spent about 15 years researching, self-exploring, traveling, and interviewing hundreds of people to be able to answer one question insightfully: What to do after retiring?

Christmas events kick off this weekend in Bristol with Grand Illumination

The Bristol Christmas Festival Committee will kick off the season’s holiday festivities with the Grand Illumination on Saturday, Dec. 2. In the event of rain, the Grand Illumination will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3.
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Obituaries
Seena Stern Seena J. Stern, 87, of Barrington, RI and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 01, 2024. She was married to the love of her life, who she lost way too early, the late Fred
Edward Almeida Edward Harold Almeida, Jr., age 69, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly February 20, 2024, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Ed "Butch" was born in Fall River, Massachus
William Carroll 96, of Riverside, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024 at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara H. (Kinsella) Carroll. Born in C
Sports
Huskies find competition steep at state meet The girls indoor track team, which placed second in their division and second at the class meet, had a tougher time competing on the state level. The Huskies placed 20th as a team with 11 points during the state indoor track championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy on Saturday.
Mt. Hope gymnastics looks to promising future after a comeback season After winning only two meets last season, the Mt. Hope gymnastics team had reason to celebrate this year,  and to look forward to the future. The team placed third in Division II during the gymnastics state championships at Rhode Island College on Saturday.
Huskies hockey team still optimistic, despite difficult season Sometimes season’s go south before they even get started. It can happen in the blink of an eye. This season the Huskies saw it coming. It’s been the same for the Mt. Hope/East Providence …
RI Hockey Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2024 inductees The names of five local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 were unveiled last weekend between periods of the Providence Bruins-Hershey Bears “Hall of …
Opinion
Letter: Take it from an educator, there is no need for phones in school

There is no need for cell phones in schools. Take them out of the equation, and our youth and future will be in better hands.

Letter: When we cross that bridge

We need more deliberate thought and creativity.

Letter: Want a dictator? Be careful what you wish for

We have seen ordinary Americans say on camera that we need Donald Trump to be a dictator, because “America needs a dictator now.” Presumably, they feel that a dictator will be able …

Letter: Thanks to all who made Port Marker possible

The Council’s unanimous approval was the ultimate blessing for us to bring the proposed memorial into being. This is a milestone for Bristol, one which all of us can appreciate and learn from.

Letter: I agree, let’s give the ferry service another try

With the worst of the winter almost behind us, couldn’t we search for options using ferry service to Providence in the upcoming fair weather months and try to pivot away a little from the same old option of car travel?

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