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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 address the ongoing crisis created with the closure of the …
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 … Read More
Design process begins for outdoor learning space at Kickemuit Middle School
KMS and Thrive Outside plan to begin their Outdoor Learning Zone using the $100,000 RIDE grant that they received earlier this year. … Read More
Bristol PD: Busy week leads to seven arrests
Bristol police made seven arrests between Feb. 5-12, 2024, including multiple DUIs. Read More
Grant will help local group search for Bristol’s lost Black history
A $35,000 grant will go towards work on The Timeline of the Enslaved, the interactive database, and New Goree Research, as part of … Read More
Usher's Farm in Bristol is evolving, and growing, with the times
There aren’t a lot of working farms left, but Bristol’s largest is doing something unexpected; it’s expanding. Read More
Photos: Bristol enjoys a day in the snow
Enjoy some photos from yesterday's Nor-eastern that blanketed the region in wet, fluffy snow. 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
Donald Brosseau Portsmouth, RI -Donald A. "Ducky" Brosseau, 69, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died on February 11, 2024. Born in Fall River, MA on May 6, 1954, He was the son of the late Joseph Brosseau Sr. and Bella
Joanne Ciullo Joanne E. Ciullo, 80, of Jane Lane, passed away on February 17, 2024, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Joseph G. Ciullo. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph
Michael Sousa Michael A. Sousa, 62, of Bristol, RI, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, February 18, 2024. A son of the late Manuel and Pearl (Palumbo) Sousa, the beloved partner of Dawn Riall and husba
Sports
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 …
Portsmouth beats Mt. Hope in gymnastics meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team notched another win on Sunday, defeating Mt. Hope at Strive Gymnastics in Somerset. The Patriots scored 133.3 points to the …
Opinion
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.

Letter: Let’s improve, not abandon, the Bristol ferry

Employing a water option around the bridge traffic was an excellent idea. However, it was administered recklessly.

Letter: Confused by anti-wind farm stance

Our progress toward energy independence from the vicissitudes of the global energy markets will not be without its frustrations and delays but making spurious connections with discredited state agencies is not helpful to the process.

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