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State seeks new life for Tiverton's Chase Marina

State officials envision a bustling port thriving with shellfishing, aquaculture ventures and other marine industries at the former Chase Marina in Tiverton, and are looking for proposals for the …
Portsmouth Town Council ratifies 2 employee contracts
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council, at its Aug. 9 meeting, unanimously ratified separate five-year contracts between the town and two … Read More
Portsmouth man charged with assaulting his brother
PORTSMOUTH — A 29-year-old Portsmouth man was charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest following an incident at … Read More
Westport police logs: Man faces multiple charges after domestic incident
Monday, August 1 A 911 caller from Melissa Beth Way reported a burglar alarm at 8:47 a.m.. A caller from Briggs Road reported a … Read More
LGBTQ+ Network mobilizes as monkeypox arrives
With at least one case of monkeypox confirmed in southeastern Massachusetts, the South Coast LGBTQ+ Network will hold a public health … Read More
Barrington native climbs ranks on Texas police force
Jason Stanzione stands tall and proud these days. The son of retired Barrington Police officer Bartholomew "Bart" Stanzione and … Read More
Bristol Police: Arrests for assault and strangulation, plus noisy neighbors
Following are exceprts from the Bristol Police log of Aug. 1 to 8. Monday, Aug. 1 An officer dispersed a group of juveniles from … Read More
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Play explores life of Westport's Paul Cuffe

Westport will soon host a reading of chosen scenes from an original play by Samuel Harps, based on the life of Captain Paul Cuffe. The performance of Samuel Harps' "Paul Cuffe: In Search of a New …

Save your clams: Westport Shellstock is Saturday

Shellstock is coming this Saturday, and organizers are hoping a date change to summer will help bring in even more funds for the town's Shellfish Propagation Fund. The fundraiser will be held at …

Warren's Folks Fest 2022 looks to be biggest yet

Between the free admission, the wide variety of live music, over 40 local art vendors with plenty to browse, and a selection of food and beverage choices that would make any Providence elitist stop …
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Obituaries
Etelvina Cordeiro Etelvina F. (Franco) Cordeiro, 97, of Andrews Court, passed away at home on August 14, 2022. She was the wife of Jose Cordeiro. Born in Aqua de Pau, São Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of
Leonard Francis Leonard W. Francis, 75, of Bristol, RI, passed away, Sunday, August 14, 2022, at home. Born in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Viola (Francis) Nappi and her husband Joseph Nappi. ...
Maria Mendes Maria Da Estrela Cordeiro Cimbron Mendes passed away on August 9, 2022 at The Dawn Hill Home in Bristol. She was born on January 31, 1936 in Santa Cruz, Lagoa, Sao Miguel, Azores. Estrela was the daug
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Sports
Townies hope summer work pays off this fall EAST PROVIDENCE — Adhering to the axiom “no rest for the weary,” the East Providence High School returning football players and coaches have been diligent about preparations for the …
East Providence’s continued Community Center pursuit receives federal boost EAST PROVIDENCE — Now some three decades in the conceptual stages and after a couple of false starts even after residents twice expressed their backing for it with their votes, the …
Portsmouth High catcher journeys to The Futures PORTSMOUTH — Local resident and Portsmouth High School rising junior Nick Spaner is working toward his dream: Division 1 college baseball. 
Basketball standouts will compete to be ‘the best shooter in RI’ A handful of local basketball players have been selected to participate in a special event called “A shot for life,” which will be held at St. George’s School in Newport on Aug. …
Opinion
Letter: 'Time of Beauty' as summer carries on

I am sure you have noticed how an ordinary looking teenager suddenly changes into someone you want to look at again and again. I call it their time of beauty and that is what is happening in the Back …

Letter: What proof do I need? I know it all

I enjoy watching major league baseball games, and the Washington Nationals, the Nats, are my team. To date they’re in last place in the NL East Division with a record of 35-68 and are beginning …

Letter: First the fork, and now Bernie's Blues?

The large fork at the crossroad, which put a smile on so many faces, was broken and stolen. Thankfully, it is being repaired and returned to its rightful spot. However, the little stand called …

Letter: Gun advocates’ claims are just myths

I read the letter “Shall not be infringed” with amusement and despair. I would like to address a few of the claims the writer made in his letter: 1. When did a …

Letter: Two observations concerning bicycle safety

As we look ahead to the fall, I have two major concerns about student safety while riding bicycles to school based on my observations this summer. 1. I have seen many young bicycle riders (and …

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