Tiverton Casino to pilot limited reopening June 8

 TIVERTON — The Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton will begin a limited invitation-only reopening Monday, June 8, the Rhode Island Lottery announced Friday morning. The …
East Providence School District readies ample layoffs

EAST PROVIDENCE — The uncertainty surrounding the budget and if, in fact, there will be in-person classes at the start of the 2020-21 term this fall led the central office to announce a series …

Barrington schools hold firm on proposed budget

Barrington school officials do not plan to make any changes to their proposed budget as the end of the fiscal year draws near. During the Barrington School Committee meeting on Thursday night, …

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Some churches are taking their time before reopening

Pastor Burton Bagby-Grose of Bristol’s First Congregational Church has a familiar call-and-response that he enjoys doing with his congregation. “I’ll say, ‘No matter who …
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EPHS soccer sides stay in place under next realignment proposal

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School boys’ and girls’ soccer sides are likely to stay put under the proposed realignment plans being considered by the Rhode Island …

Navy grad wants to help — so he's going to run for 24 hours

Like every other college student in America, Nick Williams was home a few weeks ago with not much to do. Banished from campus and quarantined mostly at home, he and his younger brother George were …

Kayak starts to sink, woman rescued in Hundred Acre Cove

Firefighters and police officers responded to a boating emergency in Hundred Acre Cove on Thursday afternoon, May 28. The incident occurred at about 2:20 p.m. Betsy Falvey and her daughter Lauren …
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Welcome back, indoor dining, hair cuts and youth sports

Beginning Monday, when Rhode Island transitions to Phase 2 of its economic reboot, residents will be able to dine indoors, cut and color their hair, get a new coat of nail polish for the first time …

Bristol police department getting back to ‘normal’ operations

Two months ago, the Bristol Police Department split in two. On Monday, they’re getting the gang back together again. Chief Kevin Lynch announced that, beginning June 1, the department will …
Joan M. O’Connell, 88, Barrington

Joan M. (Thibert) O’Connell, 88, formerly of Tanglewood Drive, Barrington died peacefully on May 21, 2020 at the Hallworth House, Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of …

Nancy L. Handshaw, 72, Riverside

Kimberly E. Handshaw, 52, Riverside

Myrtle I. Federico, 99, of Bristol

Frank E. Raposa

Richard Pearce

Jose Silva Mello of Bristol

Catharine Anna Holleran, 89, of Peabody, Mass.

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E.P. Arts Council changes tact, takes ‘The Looff’ fest on tour

EAST PROVIDENCE — “The Looff on Tour” is the East Providence Arts Council’s answer to COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size still expected to be in place throughout the summer, …

East Providence Library preps 'Mason Jar Mondays' cooking series

Make your own backyard obstacle course!

Narrows resuming concert schedule with live streamed performances

Blithewold reopens grounds to the public

Arlene Violet: Change should be in the air

Change should be in the air with how our country does some business in the future. Clearly, the United States was at the mercy of receiving supplies from other countries after a reasonable stockpile …

Letter: Well done, Louis Cirillo!

Letter: State must find revenue while stimulating the economy

Letter: Citizens should be allowed to ‘peaceably assemble’

Letter: General Assembly is asleep at the wheel

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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.