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He is not the oldest veteran at the Veterans’ Home, nor is he the youngest. Among his many tasks, he is the lector at Sunday Mass and a Eucharistic minister, and he rarely misses a … more
As I stood on the corner of Chestnut and Hope streets,  I felt the tingle of pride and patriotism that the parade engendered in the eager crowd standing — slightly socially distant — … more
July 3 was a beautiful thing. Along with some 150 people, I witnessed the rare coming together of two politically and ideologically disparate groups paying peaceful tribute to First Responders at an … more
Twice the Bristol Town Council faced no-win choices about flying flags above public spaces, before it decided twice is enough. First the council heard passionate speeches from citizens imploring … more
There are two kinds of people — children and adults, but not determined by age. A three-year-old bangs his spoon repeatedly on the table, to the annoyance of his mother, who tells him to … more
In response to several letters in last week’s Phoenix, the Bristol County Concerned Citizens (BCCC) would like to clarify our values to ensure they are not misrepresented. Such misinformed … more
Like many in our town, I have been closely following the emergence of a new organization who have dubbed themselves the “Bristol County Concerned Citizens” (BCCC). This allegedly … more
Like a lot of you out there, living in the shadows, I’m a confessed, lifelong, never-missed-a-parade Bristolian. There were a couple of big shakeups, like the year we moved from watching it … more
To the editor: I’m supporting long-time Democrat Michelle McGaw, a real Democrat, for District 71 RI state representative. Michelle delivers! She’s got the chops to do the job because … more
I consider myself lucky to have been born in Bristol. Although I now reside in the state of Colorado, my formative years are filled with memories of patriotism and of solidarity with other … 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.