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Local band to play a 'river concert' this month

A band with local ties will offer a concert to boaters along the Barrington River later this summer. The Contusion Band, which features Barrington's Stella Densley, will play a concert from the …

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Barrington church welcomes new pastor
A smile widens across Father Tim Reilly's face as he tells the parishioners at St. Luke's it is still hard to believe he is the … Read More
Highlights from the Bristol Warren reopening plan … masks for everyone
The Bristol Warren Regional School District released its full reopening plan, following a review and feedback from the Rhode Island … Read More
In Portsmouth: No bricks, no mortar
PORTSMOUTH — Aquidneck Island may be best known for its miles of shoreline, but one of its other defining characteristics is the … Read More
Three weeks and counting … a look at the many challenges schools face
In a normal August, a high school principal has a lot to do. She and her team finalize student schedules, oversee the last of the … Read More
Barrington council decides not to create flag policy
The Barrington Town Council appeared poised to establish a flag-flying policy during its July 27 meeting. A draft was written, … Read More
Portsmouth addresses concerns over re-opening at forum
PORTSMOUTH — School officials spent over an hour reviewing their final school reopening plan and answering questions from parents … Read More
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Dolores L. Carreiro, 97, formerly of Tiverton Dolores Louise Carreiro (Sullivan), 97, of Seminole, Fla., formerly from Tiverton, passed away August 5, 2020. Born and raised in Fall River, she was the oldest child of the late James S. and Helena …
Thelma L. Wheelock, 98, Westport Thelma L. (Scholes) Wheelock, 98, of Westport, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at home. She was wife of the late Donald T. Wheelock, Sr. Born in Tiverton, daughter of the late George W. and …
Robert S. Ferrara, 82, of Bristol Robert S. Ferrara, 82, of Bristol died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Silver Creek Manor in Bristol. He was the husband of the late Anna M. (Andreozzi) Ferrara. He was the significant other of Linda …
RIIL delays start of most fall high school sports PROVIDENCE — Cross country and tennis, at the moment, are the only two sports likely to begin nearly on time this fall, according to a 16-page outline provided to high school administrators …
Barrington officials tap field fund for other projects The Barrington Town Council approved a name change for an account, allowing town officials to use the money in that account for additional purposes. The account had been called the "Athletic Field …
Mt. Hope graduate named a soccer Scholar All-American Mt. Hope High School graduate Nathan Silveira recently added a new honor to his list of accomplishments. Salutatorian for the Class of 2020, Silveira was named to the United Soccer Coaches, High …
Letter: Remembering Bristol’s first song, from 1955 Well, ok, it’s alright for a town to have a second song. And we are just a couple of weeks away from Bristol’s 340th birthday —September 1680. The town had quite a festive 275th …
Letter: Shout out to all for joining the dialogue How refreshing to see the open dialogue on the Opinion pages of the Bristol Phoenix. People freely speaking their mind, something we too often take for granted in this country Whether it is …
Letter: Enjoy the delicious, dappled stew of civil discourse “Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies the coupled color of a brindled cow …” So begins the first stanza of my favorite poem, “Pied Beauty,” …

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