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Bristol buys development rights to preserve open space and small farm

Last week the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced an additional $1.4 million round of grants (in addition to $3.3 million awarded in February) to help communities and …

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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
Warren: Settlers’ Green will tax sewer system
Town officials don’t have enough information on the impact the large Settlers’ Green housing project will have on Warren’s … Read More
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 … Read More
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Obituaries
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 …
Clifford Soderlund, 83, East Providence Army veteran, family historian Clifford Joseph “Kip” Soderlund, 83, of East Providence, died peacefully on August 3, 2020. Born and raised in East Providence, he was son of the late …
Maria Fatima Medina, 84, of Bristol Maria Fatima (Hipolito) Medina, 84, of Francine Street passed away on Aug. 4, 2020, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Antonio Piloto Medina. Born in Sta. Cruz, Flores, Azores, …
Sports
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 …
BHS student-athletes train for uncertain fall sports season Some falls sports teams at Barrington High School have started their preseason practices, but the future of high school sports this fall remains uncertain. On Friday, July 17, public school …
Opinion
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,” …
Letter: With new mail-ballot rules, everyone should have a vote All Rhode Island voters should know that mail ballot applications are available for download from vote.ri.gov and from the local board of canvassers and that they should apply for a mail …
Letter: Protect history, but understand history is not static With the firestorm that has followed the publication of Zachary Cooper’s racist and painfully misinformed letter several weeks ago, I thought I would offer my voice to the conversation of …

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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.