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East Bay Media Group is launching a new project — East Bay Exclusive — to bring you more in-depth, insightful and investigative journalism. This new team will look for stories that impact quality of life, public spending, education and the environment, throughout this remarkable region. 

We are hoping to raise $50,000 by the end of 2021, so we can launch in 2022. All of the money  will be used to recruit and staff the new  investigative team. We will also listen to readers, and you can help shape the stories we pursue — all ideas are welcome. If you believe in the mission, please consider supporting our efforts.

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The Latest News

‘Deck the Doors’ contest returns

Bristol residents and businesses are invited to enter the 2021 “Deck The Doors” contest, with entries to be received between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.
Thanksgiving Day Football Game postponed to Dec. 2
Due to an outbreak of four positive cases of COVID-19, the Thanksgiving Day Football Game between Mt. Hope and Barrington High Schools … Read More
Return to the stage! (for some …)
Across Rhode Island, student-athletes have been living a relatively normal existence for most of 2021. Since the spring, they’ve … Read More
Dr. Ed Mara honored by foundation he helped found
Prior to leaving to be with his family back in Florida for the holidays, Dr. Ed Mara was celebrated by the Bristol Warren Education … Read More
School bus drivers hold ‘informational picket’
A local school bus driver union is hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon, as they conducted “Just Practicing informational … Read More
Eagles and Huskies ready for Thanksgiving showdown
Some people are in agreement that the traditional Thanksgiving Day football battle between Barrington High School and Mt. Hope School … Read More
Ana Riley announced as new Bristol Warren superintendent
Former Portsmouth Superintendent Ana Riley was announced as the new Superintendent of the Bristol Warren Regional School District on … Read More
East Bay Social
Spofford ‘Cap’ Woodruff, 91 Spofford “Cap” Woodruff died peacefully in Middlebury, Vt., on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. He was 91 years old. Cap was born in Providence, R.I., to Gerald Beckley Woodruff and Helen Spofford …
Norberto Cabral, 87 Our dear Norberto Cabral, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Newport Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family everyday for weeks leading up to his passing. Norberto …
June A. Tattrie, 72, of Bristol June A. (Montaro) Tattrie, 72, of Bristol passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice with family by her side on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. She was the wife of the late William R. Tattrie for 40 years until …
Trending Stories
Northmen second half goals sink Huskies in the semifinals North Smithfield scores two second half goals to beat Mt. Hope, 2-1, in a Division II home game at Roger Dietz Field on Wednesday night. The Huskies finish their season with a record of 12-3-4. The …
KMS girls place second after thrilling final The Kickemuit Middle School girls' soccer team overcame great odds to come up just short of a championship title.
Best time of the year for Huskies soccer as they dominate Cranston West, 3-0, move on to semifinals Mt. Hope soccer team’s pressure offense and stout defense dominated Cranston West, 3-0, in the division two quarterfinals in front of a ruckus crowd at Roger Dietz Field on Friday night. Center …
Mt. Hope tennis team loses tie breakers and championship match to Prout, 4-2 Tears began to flow from Cate Merriam’s eyes after she hit a Breck O’Connor serve into the net to lose the twelfth point of a second set tie-breaker and end the championship match as the …
Letter: What really is 'Critical Race Theory'?

To the editor: For months, Pete Hewett has been sounding the alarm over Critical Race Theory (CRT). In his most recent hand-wringer, he writes, “Critical race theory ideology is real. It is …

Letter: Students taking a stand

To the editor: In my last letter to the editor, I questioned the School Committee’s decision to deny a PD opportunity about project-based learning for teachers at the High School. School …

Commentary: We must honor commitment to cut transportation pollution

In the decade-plus since the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) was first developed under the Carcieri administration, there has been growing, bipartisan consensus that we must end our …

Letter: Some of these ‘rising seas’ theories are all wet

Bristol's planning for the adverse flooding arising from the long-term relative sea level rise is very important and needs to be applauded. The disastrous Silver Creek bridge should not be …

Letter: Writer's union-bashing tactics were tired and stale

Last week’s Phoenix contained numerous letters to the editor regarding the diversity, equity and racism issues plaguing the Bristol Warren Regional School District, but one letter that at first …

Letter: Failing grades for our school system

Intrigued by an enlightening opinion letter of the Nov. 11 Phoenix (“School district isn’t racist — but it is failing”), stating the math and science proficiency of Mt Hope …

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Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

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.