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Portsmouth man charged with assaulting elderly woman

PORTSMOUTH — A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a 76-year-old Portsmouth woman. Officers received information that Matthew C. George, 44, of 288 Sprague St., …
Bristol PD: Scams, one arrest, and a brandished BB gun
Bristol police made one arrest and responded to multiple reports of fraud and thefts from vehicles between Feb. 12-19, 2024. Read More
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 … Read More
Engineering review suggests complete rebuild or near reconstruction of Washington Bridge
WPRI Channel 12 was first to  report a draft review on the status of the westbound section of the Washington Bridge written by an … Read More
Former Bristolian steps into national spotlight to promote cancer screenings
Dr. Paulo Pacheco, who grew up in Bristol and whose family's legacy can still be felt throughout the town, was recently featured in a … Read More
Elks issue retort to Bristol's marina analysis
A battle between the Bristol County Elks’ Club and the Town of Bristol regarding their claim that increased wave turbulence from the … Read More
New bridge traffic pattern will split eastbound side into six lanes, three in each direction
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to … 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
Paul Cimbron Warren|Paul S. Cimbron, 69, of Warren, RI passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Son of the late Anibal and Dolores (Shovelton) Cimbron and the beloved husband of
Armand DeBlois Jr. Warren|Armand J. DeBlois Jr., 79, of Warren, RI, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 after a long illness. A son of the late Armand J. DeBlois Sr. and Andrea (Qui
Francis Marshall World War II veteran Francis "Frank" Marshall, a man who loved his God, his wife Lois and his family, the New York Giants, his dahlias, and anything chocolate, left this earth peacefully on Feb. 20 at
Sports
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 …
Pisasale leads Huskies' gymnasts in loss to Portsmouth The Mt. Hope gymnastics team fell to Portsmouth in their final regular season meet at Strive Gymnastics on Sunday. Mt. Hope scored a 130.75 and Portsmouth scored a 133.30.  The Huskies …
Opinion
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?

Letter: Mt. Hope gymnastics team deserves more applause

To the Mt. Hope High School community, athletic department, administration and the regional school district, you missed out on what represents the best of what high school athletics is all about.

Letter: Thanks for the thoughtful dialogue on Port Marker

While Bristol's role in the notorious slave trade is well documented, this memorial and sculpture will not be erected to cause shame, anger, and hurt, but instead will be educational, inspirational, and a source of healing.

Letter: Washington Street Bridge was an avoidable crisis

The failure of the Washington Street Bridge is a crisis for Rhode Island and all who drive I-195. Our elected representatives must take all necessary steps to protect the public’s interests.

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