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To the editor: The scores are in. Rhode Island’s students did not appear to do as well on the RICAS as students in Massachusetts.  RICAS is Rhode Island’s version of the Massachusetts … more
Our newly elected Bristol Town Council faces a critical choice right after its inauguration. This council needs to decide whether to take a long-term economic development view or a short-term view … more
Having read the recent front-page article about construction at the Byfield School, I felt it necessary to lend my voice to this discussion. I have proudly served as adjunct faculty in the Visual … more
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed development of more than 30 homes on the Old Orchard Farm property off Hope Street. At the Bristol Planning Board meetings in October and … more
Laufton Ascencao did the right thing by stepping down and letting the voters of Bristol and Warren choose another representative for the District 68 seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Mr. … more
To the editor: Clearly, I only have a few days left as an elected official. However, the recent allegations involving Bristol resident Laufton Ascencao are truly disturbing and have compelled me … more
On my daily walk across the Common,I always look upward for an answer.The flag will tell me if there has beenanother senseless slaughter this week.Today, it hangs limp at half-mast in the setting … more
The Town of Bristol should never have entered the private real estate market, as it did several years ago when converting vacant and damaged schools into commercial rental properties. From the … more
The hype around Small Business Saturday is great. It steers money into local businesses, brings neighbors face to face, and reminds people about the vital importance of small merchants in a community … more
With the elections behind us, we want to take this opportunity to thank the elected state representatives from Bristol and Warren for keeping their promises. District 67 Rep. Jason Knight, District … 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.