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DEM to ‘prescribe’ more fires, including on Prudence Island

PORTSMOUTH — Prudence Island is one of four areas in Rhode Island where the R.I Department of Environmental Management (DEM) intends to prescribe more controlled burns starting this spring …
Bristol PD: A stolen golf cart and two arrests
Bristol police made two arrests and investigated claims involving a stolen golf cart and a suspicious drone between Jan. 23-30, 2023. Read More
Rep. Donovan to chair House Health and Human Services Committee
Since joining the House of Representatives, she has served on the House Health and Human Services Committee, which was known as the … Read More
Islanders losing parking near Bristol ferry landing
BRISTOL — Prudence Island residents may soon find themselves lugging their stuff from the Bristol ferry landing up a hill … Read More
Newport Ballet visits Guiteras, Rockwell schools
The dancers worked with students in second and third grades at Guiteras and Rockwell to explore basic concepts of dance, such as … Read More
Simulation training gives civilians a police perspective
Last Thursday night, the Bristol Police Dept. began the first of its 10-week simulated training program which aims to help those … Read More
Bristol's Ela Pirri continues to put differently-abled in spotlight
13-year-old Ela Pirri recently participated as a model during The Limb Kind Foundation’s third-annual “Show Your Shine” adaptive … Read More
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Mount Hope Farmers Market continues indoors on Saturday

The weekly Mount Hope Farm farmers' market continues in its winter location this Saturday, Jan. 7, with vendors set up inside the historic barn. The market brings together dozens of local growers and …

New Santa House feels right at Ho-Ho-Home in Bristol

The Santa House is new to State Street in Bristol, but it’s been in one local man’s heart for years.

Year-round Farmers Market moves to new location

The weekly Mount Hope Farm farmers' market moves to its winter location this Saturday, Nov. 5, with vendors set up inside the historic barn. The market brings together dozens of local growers and …
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Obituaries
Joan DeBella Joan (Knox) DeBella, of Mansfield CT, beloved wife of Donald J. DeBella, passed away on January 30, 2023, surrounded by family. She was born in Providence, RI on May 19, 1938, daughter of the late Rob
RoseMarie Smith RoseMarie Smith died peacefully on February 1st, 2023 surrounded by family at the Sullivan County nursing Home in Unity, NH. She was 78. She was born on March 12, 1944 to Rose Mildred Ballou Smith &
James Durkin 59, formerly of Barrington, died unexpectedly on Friday January 27, 2023 in Studio City, CA. Born in Schenectady, NY, a son of William T. Durkin of Barrington and the late Anne M. (Deakin) Durkin,
Sports
Portsmouth High girls are tops in 4-team gymnastics meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team continued its impressive season by winning a four-team meet at Strive Gymnastics in Somerset on Saturday. The Patriots came out on top …
Underclassmen power indoor track team to division title The Mt. Hope girls indoor track team won the school’s first ever Dwyer Division Championship at the Providence Career and Technical Academy on Saturday. The Huskies compiled 134.5 points to …
Examining pickleball — one of America's fastest growing sports For Bristol residents Nancy and Peter Tache, pickleball has become a way of life.
Huskies wallop Woonsocket 54-15, after losing to Chariho All ten Huskies scored as Mt. Hope walloped Woonsocket 54-15 in a Division II away game on Friday night. The win improved the Huskies record to 9-4, 7-3 in league play. Mt. Hope is currently in sixth …
Opinion
Letter: Bristol should be more competitive for their police

To the editor: This is the final week that the Bristol Police Department will be accepting applications for their latest recruitment drive, and first off, I would like to congratulate the …

Letter: On the Mt. Hope theater program

To the editor: I’m writing in response to the article, ‘Theater to be ‘phased out’ of Mt Hope High School’, stating that the decision was driven by low enrollment and …

Letter: Michael Byrnes forever changed my life

To the editor: I was so sad and in tears to hear that Mr. Michael Byrnes passed away. On Dec. 20, 2022, I even exchanged several short emails with him. In his first email, he mentioned he had a …

Letter: Here we go again, fighting to preserve theater

To the editor:Let’s be real. We’ve been here before and we’ll be here again. When it comes to theater programs and other art programs, all we ever seem to do is fight, and the fight …

Letter: Can we posthumously honor Michael Byrnes?

To the editor: I'm writing this letter in response to the passing of Michael Byrnes. In the Jan. 19 edition of this newspaper, all of the Letters to the Editor were dedicated to Mr. Byrnes, and …

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