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Bristol Police: Sick skunk, noisy neighbors and peeing in public

Bristol police officers made just one arrest, on a court warrant, but had a busy week fielding calls from concerned residents reporting everything from sick skunks and foxes, to noisy neighbors, to a …
Silver Creek Bridge replacement project will begin soon
Replacement of the Route 114 Silver Creek Bridge is expected to begin soon and last nearly a year. The Rhode Island Department of … Read More
Bristol Zoning Board officially shoots down Belvedere proposal
The Bristol Zoning Board of Review officially struck down Jim Roiter’s “Belvedere at Thames Street” development … Read More
BCWA pipeline repair could begin soon
Work to repair the Bristol County Water Authority’s leaking East Bay Pipeline could begin by the beginning of October. The … Read More
For the love of Bocce — A Bristol pastime continues to thrive
A game which began centuries ago is still considered very popular with many people living in our fair community. Here is Bristol … Read More
Bikes are vanishing in Bristol and the East Bay
Though social media suggests there is a veritable epidemic of bike thefts across town, law enforcement can only confirm a small … Read More
Bristol moves forward with business-friendly tax exemption
In a move geared toward increasing efficiency and elevating Bristol’s status as a business-friendly community, the town council … Read More
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Obituaries
Manuel Pereira Aguiar, 94, of Bristol Manuel Pereira Aguiar, 94, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 6, 2019. Born in Castelo Branco, Faial, Azores, he was the son of the late Manuel and Laura (DeFreitas) Aguiar.  He was …
Michael David McDonald, 37, of Florida and Bristol Michael David McDonald, 37, born on Dec. 16, 1981, went to be with the Lord on July 22, 2019. He leaves behind his mother, Lynne McDonald Rebelo and her husband, Vasco Rebello, and father, John …
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Sports
Final Common Fence Point 5 Miler in Portsmouth called ‘bittersweet’ PORTSMOUTH — The Common Fence Point 5 Miler went out with a bang. The 16th and last running of the annual race, a benefit for the Portsmouth High School Music Boosters, came to an official close Sunday morning in festive fashion.
Bristol man hired to help run national wrestling association Dave Kemmy, who made quite a name for himself as one of the winningest high school and collegiate wrestling coaches, is on the move to bigger and better things. Recently, the National Wrestling …
Portsmouth Recreation Department offers flag football PORTSMOUTH — Have a child who’d like to play football, but doesn’t want to get knocked around or commit to four days of practice every week? The Portsmouth Recreation …
Opinion
Editorial: The schools need help, or field trips will be forgotten Families cannot be asked to pay for field trips, and because of that, thousands of students will be denied enriching experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Hyperbole? Unfortunately, …
Letter: Bristol cemetery care is not what it should be I am writing to express my dismay over the maintenance of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bristol. Twice within the past three months, I have traveled from New Hampshire to visit the gravesite of my …
Letter: Rethink a bridge project in hurricane season Did you think about your own hurricane evacuation route as Dorian wreaked havoc elsewhere? Imagine August 2020, when the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) wants to close Silver Creek …
Legal Notices
Bristol Legal Notices – Sept. 12, 2019 These Legal Notices were published in the Sept. 12 edition of the Bristol Phoenix.
Bristol Legal Notices – Aug. 22, 2019 These Legal Notices were published in the Bristol Phoenix on Aug. 22,  2019.
Bristol Legal Notices – July 11, 2019 These Legal Notices were published in the Bristol Phoenix on July 11, 2019.

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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.