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We have written about too many tragedies while documenting life in this community. We have been to, photographed and interviewed those impacted by deadly crashes, boating accidents, even murders, … more
Communities are saddled with a mandate to create more affordable housing, which gives developers leverage to propose developments that trample on local zoning ordinances, only to create housing units that are not actually affordable. Does that make sense to anybody? more
Forgive us if we don’t add to all the jubilation felt at Police Cove Park in Barrington on Monday. There, a contingent of federal, state and local politicians and bigwigs celebrated Rhode … more
In many cases where demand exceeds supply, forces realign and come into balance. Unless something like the Rhode Island General Assembly stands in the way. Through a little-known program created … more
A town-hired consultant says the only viable option for the former Carmelite Monastery building is to tear it down. Only then could a developer get a fair return while clustering dense housing on the … more
Great schools, led by outstanding teachers, filled with high-performing students, have been the heart of this community for several generations. So why is the topic of “schools” so … more
There are myriad dangers on every bike path. Tour de France wanna-bees weave through the crowds, believing the path should be theirs alone. Children wobble helmet-less on their tricycles with light … more
Warren residents should treat this new facility like the gift that it is. more
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon re-number all the exits on Interstate 95, marking the end of an era — the era of common sense. Unlike a rim-rattling pothole, … more
One would hope that any request for the Barrington Town Council to ban a type of business other than a strip club, casino or asphalt plant would be received and filed, no action taken. But this is … more
The Barrington Town Council should be applauded for finally making a decision to improve athletic facilities in town. By adding portable restrooms at the town’s sports complexes, it took a baby … more
Sometime over the past two decades, we fell in love with our celebrations for youth, more than ever before. Mix the “everyone gets a trophy” philosophy, with a general softening of … more
The drama is over, and Deb DiBiase is no longer principal of Mt. Hope High School. She announced on Wednesday morning that she had accepted another administrative position within the district , … more
The Sakonnet area’s legislative delegation should hit the brakes on bills that would severely restrict oyster farms along the Sakonnet River. With the legislative session expected to adjourn … more
The guiding principle should be to keep innovating with public spaces. That philosophy has served Bristol very well for many generations, and it should continue to for many more. more
Last weekend was a time for celebrations at Barrington High School. Congratulations to the girls’ lacrosse team for shocking the dominant program in the state and taking down Moses Brown, … more
Credit three Barrington town councilors for taking a healthy approach to the question of allowing cannabis sales in town. Councilors Robb Humm, Carl Kustell and Annelise Conway elected to send the … more
Rhode Island has enacted a handful of smart gun laws in the past decade, but it is not enough. At least five common-sense gun regulation bills sit stagnant in the Rhode Island General Assembly, where … more
One constant bright spot through all the turmoil of previous years in the Bristol Warren Regional School District has been Dr. Deb DeBiase, beloved principal of Mt. Hope High School. 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
Here’s what we do like about the plan for two new sports fields at Haines Park: 1. The Town of Barrington is trying to do something to create more space for the thousands of children playing … more
In this ultra-competitive housing market, just how far would you go to procuring your dream home? For some prospective home-buyers, the answer is pretty far. In some cases, way too far — … more
Hopefully last week will be the valley for Barrington school leadership. Hopefully they can find a path to elevate from where they were the final week of March 2022. From our vantage, things were as … more
The benefits of more people accessing, following and interacting with their government far exceed the negative, or potential negative, impacts. Government is best when it not only represents citizens, but involves them. more
Throughout Rhode Island, school committees have been gathering to discuss what their indoor mask policies will be after Gov. Dan McKee’s executive order expires this Friday. It appears that … 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.