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After years of injury, East Providence's Jacobs bounces back

The story of East Providence High School senior basketball standout Levi Jacobs is certainly one of pain, definitely one of perseverance and, for good measure, one of pride..."Townie Pride." The …
Bristol Elks, told that Town Marina has no affect on their dock, respond with their own report
A battle between the Bristol County Elks’ Club and the Town of Bristol regarding their claim that increased wave turbulence from the … Read More
New bridge traffic pattern will split eastbound side into six lanes, three in each direction
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to … Read More
Mt. Hope gymnastics looks to promising future after a comeback season
After winning only two meets last season, the Mt. Hope gymnastics team had reason to celebrate this year,  and to look forward to the … Read More
Design process begins for outdoor learning space at Kickemuit Middle School
KMS and Thrive Outside plan to begin their Outdoor Learning Zone using the $100,000 RIDE grant that they received earlier this year. … Read More
Warren's Hope & Main a leading force fighting food insecurity
More than most in Rhode Island, Hope & Main Founder and President, Lisa Raiola, has experienced first-hand the drastic increase in … Read More
Staying bright when the world goes dark
Over the past few months, lifelong Barrington resident Abby Stein has been stripped of something so innate most people don’t think … Read More
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Newport Winter Festival features ice-carving, Mac & Cheese Smackdown and more

The 36th annual Newport Winter Festival continues through this weekend. There are daily events, including musical performances, a Mac & Cheese Smackdown, comedy shows, Bubblemania and an ice …

Puddingstone Music Series hosts trio from Europe

The Puddingstone new music series continues this month with another live concert following January’s sold-out performance at Newport’s Old Colony House. Like the previous concerts, this …

Greenvale hosts 'Jazz for Kids' on Thursday afternoon

Greenvale Vineyards hosts its 22nd annual Jazz for Kids event on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Part of the annual Newport Winter Festival, Greenvale’s Jazz for Kids program was created as …
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Obituaries
Patricia Lavier Patricia Ann Lavier (78) of Bristol, RI passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2024. Known affectionately as Pat, Patti, Mom, Coach, Grandma, and Big Ma, she was an avid reader, prolific crocheter
Donald Brosseau Portsmouth, RI -Donald A. "Ducky" Brosseau, 69, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died on February 11, 2024. Born in Fall River, MA on May 6, 1954, He was the son of the late Joseph Brosseau Sr. and Bella
Joanne Ciullo Joanne E. Ciullo, 80, of Jane Lane, passed away on February 17, 2024, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Joseph G. Ciullo. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph
Sports
Townies take home girls' Division IV swimming championship The East Providence High School girls' swim squad took home the first title of any kind in recent program history after the Townies won the Division IV Championship Meet Friday night, Feb. 16, at …
EPHS girls score some, boys struggle at 2024 state indoor track meet For just the second time in history and the first time in 32 years, public institutions swept the respective boys' and girls' indoor track and field titles after Barrington and West Warwick High …
Wildcats lose to Blue Hills 57-38 on senior night The Westport basketball team celebrated senior night then fell to Blue Hills 57-38 on their final game of the season on Friday night. Seniors Fotis Machairas, Chris Duarte, Anthony Raposa, Nick …
Barrington girls finish seventh at state championship track meet Helena Hyde finished second in the high jump and helped the Barrington High School girls indoor track team earn a seventh-place finish at the state track championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 17. …
Opinion
Letter: In response to claim about Warren’s right to govern itself

It is unfortunate that Mr. Mensinger rejects his community's self-determination in how it chooses to grow, at the behest of Smith Hill functionaries with unfalsifiable plans for providing affordability.

Letter: Mt. Hope gymnastics team deserves more applause

To the Mt. Hope High School community, athletic department, administration and the regional school district, you missed out on what represents the best of what high school athletics is all about.

Letter: Grow oysters in your own town, not ours

Please tell the greedy Bowen brothers to fish in Little Compton. We do NOT want them here!!

Letter: We have a right to our opinion on Seapowet oyster farm

Will Rogers once said “It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we do know that isn't so.” There seems to be a lot of the information that is being circulated by …

Letter: Thanks for the thoughtful dialogue on Port Marker

While Bristol's role in the notorious slave trade is well documented, this memorial and sculpture will not be erected to cause shame, anger, and hurt, but instead will be educational, inspirational, and a source of healing.

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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.