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In Portsmouth: Assembly line puts together packages for homeless

PORTSMOUTH — In front of more than 170 Pennfield School students gathered in the gymnasium Thursday, Jan Armor took off his right shoe to reveal a hole in his sock.
Holy Angels Church Choir to present 'Lessons and Carols'
The Holy Angels Church “Lessons and Carols” presentation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., when the parish choir … Read More
A new ‘tavern’ is taking shape on Thames in Bristol
“Ever since I was a kid, every restaurant I walked into, I would imagine what I would do with it,” said Richie Corrente, who lives … Read More
Gallery: EPHS girls' basketball
EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School girls' basketball team played its final non-league game in preparation for its … Read More
No injuries reported from East Providence house fire
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Firefighters were called to the scene of a residential fire Friday morning, Dec. 14, in the … Read More
Spreading flowers, spreading cheer in Warren
A floral artist from Warren transformed the front of the United States Post Office into a holiday wonder this week, using flowers that … Read More
Fresh water and fresh ideas at Bristol elementary school
For the longest time, Katherine Bowers couldn’t understand why her daughter, Kendra, was so uptight about the family’s … Read More
Obituaries
Alice Borges, 93, of Bristol Mrs. Alice (Brown) Borges, age 93, of Hope Street, Bristol, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late David D. Borges, her husband …
Joseph DePalma, 78, of Bristol It is with great sorrow that the family of Joseph DePalma, 78, of Bristol announce his passing on De. 2, 2018. He was the beloved husband of 54 years to Pauline (Rinaldi) DePalma. Born in Bristol, …
Sports
Eagles indoor track team races past Quakers, falls to Rams The Barrington High School boys indoor track team opened the winter season with a win over Moses Brown, 85-22, and a loss to LaSalle, 64-43. The meet was held on Wednesday night, Dec. 12, at the …
Barrington native named All-American in field hockey Williams College senior forward and Barrington native Libby Dolan has been named a Third Team All-American (Division III) by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).  The …
Wildcats look to improve as they overcome age and size issues The Westport basketball team will be fighting an age and size battle this year. The Wildcats graduated six seniors, have only three returning players and just one starter from last season. …
Eagles skate to 3-2 victory against LaSalle The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory against LaSalle Academy on Saturday night, Dec. 8. LaSalle opened up a 2-0 lead against the Eagles and held that …
Opinion
Hogwash! Poppycock! And other baloney! Rhode Islanders learned something officially which we knew all along: the school system is failing our children. In a demographic comparison, i.e. economically poorer areas to our economically poorer …
Letter: How to delude the voting public — the Ascencao story The election and subsequent resignation of Laufton Ascencao should be an instructive example of democracy going off the rails. Mr. Asencao fabricated a narrative of a young Bristol native who …
Letter: Facts contradict accusations against Sakonnet farmers To the editor: This concerns Mimi Karlsson's letter to the editor of Nov. 15 about legally applied agricultural chemicals. In making her sweeping, overly dramatic yet unfounded claims about …
Letter: Proud of excellent gun grades in the East Bay To the editor: The National Rifle Association was founded as a sporting and hunting association in 1871. In the 1920s and 30s, the NRA lobbied for gun control legislation in many states, as well …

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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.