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PORTSMOUTH — The Common Fence Point 5 Miler went out with a bang. The 16th and last running of the annual race, a benefit for the Portsmouth High School Music Boosters, came to an official close Sunday morning in festive fashion. more
They started with a team of 17, back in the year of 1869. Back then, they were the Dreadnot Fire, Hook and Ladder Company, commanded by Clark Straight, equipped with a carriage costing less than … more
As motorists passed by on the road up above and boats sailed through in the water down below, a small crew of men were busy at work alongside the Mt. Hope Bridge on Tuesday, Aug. 13, their bodies … more
Sam Valencia didn’t cut an old-fashioned telephone cord with the giant pair of scissors loaned to him Thursday by the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, but the ribbon-cutting ceremony he oversaw at … more
John Vento grew up a few doors away from the old Hydraulion Engine and Hose Co. fire station, when it was located in a small, two-story brick building at the corner of High and Franklin streets. Back … more
Pokanoket Nation tribal members initiated two spiritual warriors recently, as the tribe held a centuries-old Pokanoket tradition in Bristol that hadn’t been practiced in 10 years. Initiates … more
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Monday, August 19, to examine several aspects of the Bristol Police … more
PORTSMOUTH — Town councils from Portsmouth and Bristol have both unanimously approved a resolution proposed by local resident John Vitkevich, urging the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority … more
A massive, intensely hot fire completely leveled a large waterfront home at Touisset Point Monday afternoon, leaving the 1935 structure, a garage and three cars a pile of ash and ruins. The home, … more
A massive fire destroyed a Touisset Point home midday Monday, though the occupants made it out safely. The 3 Circuit Drive home owned by Geoff and Dianne Berg was completely destroyed by the fire, … more
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