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In last week’s edition of the Phoenix, it was reported that the family of the young boy who tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident on Poppasquash Road in July has sued the Town of … more
In an earlier letter to the editor I cautioned all Rhode Island voters to beware of candidates running for state and local elected office who subscribe to the Progressive Democrat left — aka … more
The holidays are fast approaching and it is never too early to get into the spirit of the season. To help achieve this, an initiative is under way to promote all the exciting holiday activities … more
The American Bar Association (ABA) evaluates Supreme Court nominations through its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Earlier this year that committee returned a finding that Brett … more
I was surprised to read in the “Candidate Statements” from last week that our Bristol Town Council instructed the current town clerk to “limit online access.” Why would the … more
I took exception to the headline appearing in the Bristol Phoenix on Sept. 20 regarding the two candidates for Town Clerk, as it erroneously categorized them as co-workers. This inadvertently created … more
For all who cherish a good view, great news from the owners of those twin towering Somerset eyesores that grab attention from every part of Mount Hope Bay and beyond. The owners announced recently … more
Social media sites like Facebook and GoFundMe have done wonders for nonprofits and worthy causes around the world. They have also hurt them in ways that cannot be measured. Anyone with a social … more
A few months ago, I noticed a gap in the wall at the far end, entering the lobby, located at the mail boxes in the post office. Hmm, I wondered when the picture of Pat Vaccaro would be returning. And … more
September is National Recovery Month; a time for education and celebration. Since 1989, people with lived experience, loved ones, treatment professionals, and community supporters have come together … 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.