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Portsmouth man charged in alleged domestic altercation

PORTSMOUTH — A 30-year-old local man was charged on Thursday, Jan. 21, with domestic vandalism, with malicious injury to property; and domestic disorderly conduct.  The charges …

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Barrington testing site extended two more weeks
Barrington officials announced recently that the pop-up asymptomatic Covid-19 testing site in town will remain open for an additional … Read More
Barrington Police: Lawn signs stolen, window broken, and more
Barrington police responded to a variety of different incidents last week: • On Friday, Jan. 15, a Barrington resident stopped … Read More
Three homes destroyed in devastating fire on Prudence Island
PRUDENCE ISLAND — Three homes were completely destroyed by a late-night fire on Prudence Island Thursday. One woman managed to … Read More
ACLU sues Town of Portsmouth over political sign ban
PORTSMOUTH — No doubt you’ve seen the signs while driving up and down Bristol Ferry Road, although perhaps the wording was … Read More
Barrington teams excited to start winter sports season
Barrington High School’s winter sports teams will begin playing regular season games this weekend, after the state gave the green … Read More
Bristol Warren school chief steps aside temporarily to be with family
Bristol Warren's school superintendent is stepping away from the job for five weeks to be with his family and provide support to his … Read More
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William A. Hanlon, 84, Portsmouth Mr. William A. Hanlon, 84, of Portsmouth, R.I., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. He passed away at Newport Hospital in Newport, R.I. William was born on Aug. 7, 1936, in …
Kristen Elizabeth (Hedlund) Lowney, 50, of Mystic, Conn. Kristen Elizabeth (Hedlund) Lowney, 50, of Mystic, Conn., passed away on Jan. 9, 2021, at the Branford Connecticut Hospice. Born in North Kansas City, Missouri, she was the daughter to the late …
Francis A. “Scotty” Thomson, 66, Tiverton Francis A. “Scotty” Thomson, 66, of Tiverton, husband of Julie E. (McDermott) Thomson, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Rhode Island Hospital following a sudden illness. Born in …
Pickleball on the Common — a ‘winter lifesaver’ Peter Maloney and his teammate Eileen Malloy celebrated after he whacked the softball-sized plastic yellow ball over the net, sending it whistling by his opponents, Cathy Winston and David Schwartz, …
RIDOH, RIIL clear way for winter school sports with some pandemic mandates in place EAST PROVIDENCE — Most East Providence High School winter sports teams attempt to start their respective 2021 seasons this week, doing so with COVID-19 pandemic health and safety protocols …
Petition says lacrosse is moderate risk, not high More than 1,000 people have already signed a petition calling for the state to reclassify the risk level for lacrosse, moving it from high risk to moderate. That move, officials say, would allow …
Brown ‘an awesome place’ for hoops coach Mike Martin has the best of two worlds. Not only have Martin, his wife Kristen and their three daughters resided in Barrington since 2012, a town they relish, but he also has his dream job: head …
Letter: Those behind coup attempt must face consequences

To the editor: Many agree with Senator Jack Reed’s commentary that it is “time to move on from a disgraced presidency” and “those who sought to torch our democracy must be …

Letter: Vaccine must be priority number one for Congress

To the editor: It is time now for our legislators in Washington, DC to focus on the distribution of the Coronavirus caccine to every U.S. citizen, quickly and decisively!  The new Biden …

Letter: A note about dogs in public spaces

To the editor: While walking on the beach and around neighborhoods, dog owners sometimes ignore repeated requests from others to keep their dogs leashed. Multiple residents have raised concerns …

Letter: Criticism of Councilor Sweeney’s actions is inappropriate

It is very unfortunate that a former dedicated public official, Louis Cirillo, has been thrust into the maelstrom, while questions of the propriety of actions of due diligence on the part of one of …

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