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Portsmouth declines to issue moratorium on solar facilities

PORTSMOUTH — Despite pleas from local residents who live near approved — or once-proposed — commercial solar arrays, the Town Council Monday night declined to enforce …
New signs honor Purple Heart recipients in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth is a Purple Heart town, and has the signs to prove it. The Department of Public Works recently installed … Read More
Little Compton protest targets Roe vs. Wade ruling
One woman spoke of her decision to have an abortion and how it enabled her to escape an abusive marriage. Another talked of an ectopic … Read More
Barrington bounced from Majors All-Star bracket
The Barrington Little League Majors Division All-Star baseball team lost to East Providence in the first round of the District 2 … Read More
Incumbent running for re-election to House seat
Rep. Jason Knight is the only Barrington legislator seeking re-election this year. Earlier this month, Rep. Liana Cassar (D. … Read More
Portsmouth’s $70M budget calls for 2.23% increase in tax rate
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to approve a budget for fiscal year 2023 that calls for a tax rate … Read More
Westport United Methodist pastor is leaving town
Kate Galop, the pastor of the Westport Point United Methodist Church for the past six years, led her final service Sunday and is … Read More
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PBS producing Little Compton film, and you can be the star

They say the best stories are often the ones that never get told. There's a chance to change that this year, with the help of Rhode Island PBS. The state's public broadcasting station is …

Fourth concert series features Irish, rock, New Orleans and Buffett bands

This weekend brings a highly diverse lineup to a concert series known for its diverse array of musicians. Over the next three nights, the Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series will host a rock cover …

Keith Munslow on the lawn at the Weaver Library

Bring the kids to the Weaver Library lawn on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. to see one of Rhode Island’s favorite family entertainers, Keith Munslow. Keith is a musician, storyteller, …
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Obituaries
Paula Ruggeri age 71 of Beachmount Avenue, Bristol and formerly of Middletown, died peacefully Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Richard A. Ruggeri, her husb
Mary Stewart Mary C. (Pinto) Stewart, 96, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 26, 2022. She was the loving wife of the late Walter M. Stewart, Jr. Born in Bristol, she was
Jeffrey Fonseca Jeffrey S. Fonseca, Esq (1964–2022) Jeffrey S. Fonseca, 58, of Boston, MA passed away suddenly on June 21, 2022. Jeffrey grew up in Bristol, RI. Jeffrey was a graduate of Bristol High School
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Free Event: Annual community reading of famous Frederick Douglass Speech

Linden Place Museum in Bristol, RI invites the community to join a live reading of Frederick Douglass’ iconic 1852 speech “What to The Slave Is The Fourth of July” on Thursday, July …

Sports
Menante is magnificent in defense of his Northeast Amateur title EAST PROVIDENCE — Mother Nature had nothing on reigning Northeast Amateur Invitational champion Dylan Menante as he completed a defense of his title under sweltering conditions Saturday …
Moniz siblings growing in confidence through trades and sports Westport resident Joe Moniz has made learning a trade the law in his household. The last seven of his 10 children have gone to Diman Regional Vocational Technical and his youngest, Gloria, an …
PWC celebrates minors division softball championship Team PWC defeated Team Navigant 8-4 to capture the Barrington Little League softball minors division championship recently. The game was played before a large crowd at Haines Park. Ava Lucas …
Tunnelmen defeat Grays in annual vintage ball game Throwback baseball from a bygone era took its turn last Saturday on the Bristol Town Common under sunlit skies and windy conditions. In the end, the visiting Lisbon Tunnelmen of Connecticut …
Opinion
Letter: Thanks to Cortvriend, Seveney for PFAS ban

To the editor, I want to thank State Rep. Terri Cortvriend (District 72-Portsmouth, Middletown) and State Sen. Jim Seveney (District 11-Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton), for sponsoring legislation …

Letter: That time of year again in Bristol

Must be the season of the 4th in Bristol once again. Take a walk through town and you will see people painting their houses, doing extensive landscaping, dressing up their homes with holiday regalia …

Letter: School Committee overreach would be a textbook blunder

Like almost everyone else who cares about our kids, I've been reading — and kvetching with friends and neighbors — about the School Committee’s apparent decision to not extend a …

Letter: Hoping church will explain itself to families

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Hope Street in Bristol touts itself as being open and welcoming to all.  Prominently displayed on their website is the statement “We welcome people …

Letter: Two wrongs do not make a right

In their article, “Hypocrisy over cannabis vs. alcohol is striking,” Annie Silvia and Beth Vorro decry Bristol’s opening of a fourth micro-brewery while opposing marijuana …

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