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Little Compton looks to clean up the point

Litter on the Sakonnet Harbor breakwater is nothing new. What is is a change in policy and hope for improvement. A two-yard Dumpster now sits at the breakwater entrance, placed there about a …
Westport drops police officer residency requirement
Police officers who hope to or already work in Westport no longer have to live in town, under the terms of a new three-year contract … Read More
‘Aquapalooza’ forcing closure of 700-acre shellfish area
PORTSMOUTH — Once again, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is not taking any chances on shellfish grounds … Read More
Rumford Silva Stars rally to reach district tourney final
EAST PROVIDENCE — Rumford Little League rebounded from its first setback of the summer to reach the final round of the Ron … Read More
Barrington Town Council aims to address beach parking pinch
If you are planning a trip to Barrington Beach this weekend, you may want to get there early. Officials say parking spaces at the … Read More
Bristol VFW Post gets a new roof, courtesy of local contractor
Kevin Sousa’s crew began ripping old shingles and the like off the VFW roof early Saturday morning, and finished up later in the day … Read More
Liberty Street development gets second approval in Warren
Amidst an ongoing legal appeal from a neighbor, plan for 20-unit development moves ahead, but with a laundry list of conditions. Read More
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Raptors and ‘Brews’ returning to Audubon in September

Owls, hawks and falcons are coming back to Audubon. These avian hunters with long sharp talons, hooked beaks, and highly developed eyesight are headed to Bristol in September for the always popular …

Art Night Bristol Warren heads to Bristol

Stroll through Bristol for art, live music, an art scavenger hunt and more at the monthly Art Night. This month focuses on Bristol and studios, shops and galleries throughout town will be open for …

‘Petals & Meadows’ garden tour is Saturday

The Sogkonate Garden Club will host its first-ever “Petals & Meadows.” Featured will be 15 never-before-seen southcoast gardens. WHAT: ‘Petals & Meadows’ garden …
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Timothy Pendergast Timothy Shaw Pendergast woke early on July 9, 2024, struggling to breathe. His wife, Paula, called 911, but by the time they arrived, he was fading and soon he stopped breathing and the EMTs could not
Catherine Martin Katie Martin|Our beloved Catherine "Katie" Ruth Martin,48, passed away peacefully on May 24, at home with her friends and family by her side after a long illness. Katie was born on November 21, 1
Nancy Martin Memorial Service for Nancy Martin|A memorial service to celebrate the life of Nancy Martin will be held at Barrington Congregational Church on August 17, 2024 at 10:00 am. A luncheon reception at the...
State tourney stay ends for Rumford 10U Major Baseball Stars NORTH PROVIDENCE — The stay for the Rumford Little League 10U Major Baseball Division All-Stars in the 2024 state tournament was a brief one as the locals suffered consecutive losses over the …
Barrington wins again, advances to Ron Silva Tournament final The Barrington Little League Ron Silva Tournament All Stars advanced to the finals with a 15-5 win over Rumford on Saturday, July 20.   Wes Argo went 2-for-2 with a walk at the plate for …
Driver suffers mental health moment with turn onto Agawam Hunt turf EAST PROVIDENCE — Law enforcement officials are deeming an odd occurrence on the fairways of the Agawam Hunt Club Friday evening, July 19, as a "mental health episode," which fortunately left …
Rumford Minor Baseball Stars fall for first time in Silva Tourney The Rumford Little League Minor Baseball Division All-Stars suffered their first setback of the summer in the Ron Silva/District Tournament with a 15-5 loss to host Barrington the winners' bracket …
Letter: Wind power foes should ponder where energy comes from

To the editor: As I drive around some of the high-rent areas of the island, I see huge single-family homes, with perfectly kept lawns and hedges. It would be reasonable to assume that their …

Letter: Blades' failure should be a wake-up call

It was bound to happen, as predicted by common sense and science. On Saturday, July 13, 2024, a fiberglass turbine blade of Vineyard Wind ripped off, fell into the ocean, and promptly drifted to …

Letter: Alarmist on offshore wind? No, just very wary

Big thanks to the Westport Shorelines for hosting the critically important conversation regarding Offshore Wind, starting with the July 9 report, " Westport looks to organize as offshore wind …

Letter: Who They are

To the editor: The Barrington DEI Committee, henceforth referred to as B-DEI, has shown another documentary in their film series. To nobody's surprise, it was another America-hating, divisive …

Letter: Fly your flags, or leave the Country

You, the reader, have every right to leave the United States. No one forces you to stay.

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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.