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To the editor: If Mr. Voutes (“Blown away by gas-powered lawn equipment” letter, May 19) seeks solitude and improved health by the elimination of internal combustion engines (ICE) he's … more
One in four households with children in Rhode Island are food insecure, meaning they struggle to afford adequate food. more
The essence of the Yarn Mill project is not how many, but what and who. What type of apartments will these be? Who will be renting them? There are two bad scenarios for Bristol... more
To the editor: God is the creator of all human life, especially the unborn in a mother’s womb. Abortion snuffs out such unborn life and God’s creative plan. Our Rhode Island Legislature … more
To the editor:The most recent planning board meeting regarding the Robin Rug development project proved to be a lesson in frustration and futility. The only thing missing was a band to compliment the … more
To the editor: Last week I attended a memorial service at the Bristol police station, honoring two Bristol police officers who tragically passed away at a young age while actively serving with the … more
To the editor: We know that property developers can bend and stretch facts as they are selling their projects. We should expect that behavior. They are rewarded by improving the terms of the deal. … more
To the editor: As the former Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Benjamin Church Senior Center, I have been hearing and seeing things posted and written regarding the “Walley School … more
To the editor:Last week the Bristol Phoenix ran a lengthy letter to the editor, “A different perspective on Yarn Mill Square Footage,” written by Georgina Macdonald concerning Robin Rug. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: With summer fast approaching – and Rhode Island’s election season coming into sharper focus – how will the whipsaw of American life in 2022 affect the results? … more
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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.