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By the hundreds, if not a thousand or more, they came to say one last good-bye to a place that held so many memories for them and countless others over the years. Visitors, still following pandemic … more
On May 5, 2021, the Bristol Town Council unanimously adopted a Proclamation declaring June 4, 2021, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Bristol. According to the Gun Violence Archive in … more
To the editor: I read Marguerite Rizzi’s letter in the Sakonnet Times print edition of May 27, and feel compelled to respond to inaccuracies included that could negatively influence … more
To the editor, Westport is a special place. Our farms, our river, our beaches and our harbor combine to form a landscape that can’t be found anywhere else.  Westport Point … more
Beverage tax not what businesses need now To the editor: Is now a good time to be raising taxes?  Definitely not. Right now, the General Assembly is considering a beverage tax that will … more
What, retail weed stores can go anywhere in Westport? To the editor: Yes, that’s right, marijuana businesses can go anywhere there is a business district.  Why? Because we are … more
To the editor: The Sogkonate Garden Club has planted and maintained the Burchard Triangle since the early 90's.  We respectfully request that only local events be posted and that no … more
Make no mistake: I think there should be a Congressional study commission that analyzes all domestic terrorist groups perpetrating violence. The Capitol onslaught on January 6 is an obvious choice. … more
The letter in last week’s Phoenix entitled “Bristol has shown it does not care about systemic racism” was written with great passion, but grossly mischaracterizes our town … more
I must correct false statements in two recent letters to the editor, namely, that the abolition of slavery was an original, uniquely American idea. In his letter, Michael Byrnes stated wrongly that … 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.