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Mt. Hope Bridge shows its colors

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority jazzed up the Mt. Hope Bridge for the coming Memorial Day holiday, as seen here Saturday night. If you look closely at right, the Pell Bridge far down …
515 acres opened to shellfishing off Touisset Point in Warren
For the first time in decades, shellfishing off the coast of Touisset will be allowed conditionally, a sign of an increasingly healthy … Read More
Bristol PD find missing man deceased in car off Metacom Avenue
Bristol Police reported finding Alan Mello's car north of Griswold Avenue, off the side of Metacom Avenue in thick brush. Initial … Read More
Enright and crew fall to second place, may have hit a whale
Charlie Enright and the 11th Hour Racing team hit an object suspected to be a marine mammal or megafauna  while racing to Aarhus, … Read More
Bristol PD: A Town Beach fight and pranks on Sowams Drive
Bristol Police made one arrest and followed up on calls regarding pranking juveniles on Sowams Drive between May 15-22, 2023. Read More
Bristol designer debuts at Providence fashion show
Nicole Contente just graduated a year ago, but has already entered the competitive world of high fashion. Read More
Some on Joint Finance urge caution over Bristol Warren school bond
The Bristol Warren Joint Finance Committee (JFC) unanimously voted to allow the school district to potentially borrow up to $200 … Read More
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Bristol Warren Education Foundation's annual fundraiser is Saturday

The ‘Bee-cathlon’ will be held in-person and indoors at the Roger Williams University Field House on Saturday, May 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"SpongeBob The Musical" opens Thursday at Mt. Hope

The Mt. Hope Masqueraders are thrilled to present “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical!” for two shows, on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29.

Coggeshall Farm to open this weekend under new leadership

Shelli Costa, who has served as the Education Director at the Westport River Watershed Alliance for the past 18 years, was recently named the new Executive Director of the Coggeshall Farm Museum.
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Weekly Recap of Recalls, Withdrawals & Safety Alerts: March 11 – 17, 2023

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Obituaries
Roland Bouffard Roland George Bouffard, age 91, of Bristol, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of the late Beverly (King) Bouffard. Born in Barrington, he was
Anthony Abilheira Anthony B. Abilheira, 77, of Monroe Avenue, passed away on April 27, 2023 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center.  He was the husband of Sandra (Desmarais) Abilheria.   Born in Fall Riv
Elizabeth Dees Elizabeth J Dees died peacefully on April 30th, 2023, at the age of 87, after a short illness, with her two children at her side. Betsy, as she was called, had a long life, well lived, beloved by her
Sports
East Bay baseball teams rally to fight cancer The Barrington High School baseball team defeated Mt. Hope 9-3 in a non-league game on Sunday, May 21. The Eagles and Huskies use the game as a fund-raiser — all money raised at the game …
Softball team beats Toll Gate, loses to Woonsocket and Prout The Mt. Hope softball team, after winning five straight, lost two of their three games this week, to fall to 10-3 in Division II, 10-4 overall. The Huskies who have lost in the finals each of the …
Huskies Baseball coach celebrates 100th win Mt. Hope baseball coach Mike Mazzarella was awarded a plaque by athletic director Christy Belisle for collecting his 100th win as manager of the Huskies nine after  their loss to Coventry on …
Homecoming sweet for Skipper Charlie Enright  It was a sweet homecoming for Skipper Charlie Enright and the 11th Hour Racing Team as they sailed into Newport among a throng of welcome boats and helicopters winners for won Leg 4 of the Ocean Race …
Opinion
Letter: It’s just a fact — more gun laws equals less gun violence

To the editor: All the latest hand wringing about gun violence belies the fact that sensible gun laws work. It is a fact that states with such laws have far fewer per capita gun deaths than …

Letter: E-Bikes on the path would be immensely dangerous

To the editor: A very precise and sensible letter was written last week by Jerry Blitefield of Warren about the imminent danger to the East Bay Bike Path . He talks about the current law with no …

Op-Ed: ‘Secure Choice’ is good for Rhode Island

Nearly 200,000 working people in Rhode Island do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. This savings deficit could push the state over a costly retirement cliff resulting in …

Letter: Preventing criminal gun use requires facts, not fiction

To the editor: Every reasonable person favors preventing the criminal use of guns. But we are not going to make progress on that until the gun control lobby ends its campaign of misinformation …

Letter: Don’t argue with success on the bike path

To the editor: Thank you for coverage of a bill to legalize all classes of Electric Motorized Bikes (EMBs) on state bike paths (“The battle over e-bikes,” May 11). Your coverage 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.