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Big changes in Sakonnet council, school committee races

Seven candidates will compete for seven seats on the Tiverton Town Council in this November's general election. And while most current council members hope to be re-elected, two have decided to bow …
Edwards faces Republican challenger in Tiverton District 70 race
With election day still four months off, two candidates running for the House of Representatives District 70 seat in Tiverton wasted … Read More
Woman arrested on drug, counterfeiting charges in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent highlights from the Portsmouth Police reports: Read More
Westport hires assistant harbormaster
A long-time professional mariner who lives with his wife aboard a boat at Tripp's has been named a new part time assistant … Read More
Video: Barrington residents haul in huge swordfish
Barrington residents Joe Lombardi and his sons Joey and Michael reeled in a 650-pound swordfish last weekend. Lombardi and his … Read More
Portsmouth honors retiring Town Planner Gary Crosby
PORTSMOUTH — Municipal staff members, along with a few elected local and state officials, gave retiring Town Planner Gary Crosby a … Read More
Bristol saying goodbye to Town Treasurer
Julie Goucher, Bristol's Treasurer and Finance Director, is moving on. Read More
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Little Compton book includes new information on Cuffe

A new Little Compton Historical Society book that details the interesting histories and ownership of six private homes, two “lost” houses, and the society's own Wilbor House and Quaker …

'Fast Eddie' Beaulieu leads Westport Fourth of July parade

He won't be there in person, but Eddie "Fast Eddie" Beaulieu will be on the minds of many marchers when Westport holds its annual Fourth of July parade Monday morning. Beaulieu, who is 106 years …

A quick primer for the Bristol Fourth parade

For the thousands who go every year, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade will feel warmly familiar. An array of town and state politicians, service personnel and first-responders, military veterans and …
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Obituaries
George Crowther George J. Crowther (77) passed away peacefully at Village House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport, RI on July 1, 2022, after a long illness. He was born to George and Evelyn (Gagnon) Crowth
Joseph Rioux Sr. Joseph D. "Huggy Bear" Rioux Sr., 46, of Warren, went home to be with the Lord, our Heavenly Father, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Miriam Hospital, Providence from necrotizing fasciitis. He was
Michael Rogers Michael P. Rogers, 48 of Bristol, Rhode Island, passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family on June 21, 2022. He was the devoted husband of Danielle N. (DeMarco) Rogers, the son of Ch
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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
Barrington girls top Newport 10-5 in must-win game The Barrington Majors Division All-Star softball team knocked off Newport 10-5 in a must-win District II tournament game at Braga Park in Newport on Thursday night, June 30. Erin Moran crushed a …
Barrington loses to Tiverton, forced into re-match with Newport The Barrington Majors Division All-Star softball team struggled to score runs against a tough Tiverton team on Wednesday night, June 29, losing 10-0.  The loss dropped Barrington into an …
Barrington native plays a key role for URI Women’s Crew When Julia Fortin was at Barrington High School, her primary sports were volleyball and basketball. In fact she was a member of the Eagles volleyball team that captured the 2016 state …
Portsmouth all-stars beat Middletown and Riverside Great pitching, defense and timely hitting was the formula for Portsmouth Little League 12U all-stars as they shut down Middletown 5-1 at Aquidneck Field on Saturday and thwarted Riverside 5-2 at …
Opinion
Letter: Republican autocracy is out of touch with the citizenry

To the editor:The Phoenix editorial of last week recorded the loss of the dearly loved high school principal, Dr. Deb DiBiase. This is just another instance of the local Republican autocracy being …

Letter: Why should locals lose access to South Shore Beach?

South Shore beach is a breathtaking natural resource in Little Compton. For generations it was known as the "Town Beach" enjoyed mainly by residents with some visitors. However, in the recent past …

Letter: Bowens have a point on NIMBYism, but not that one

John and Patrick Bowen assert that the opposition to their proposed oyster farm at Seapowet Marsh is an example of NIMBYISM (Not in my backyard). They are absolutely correct! As Little Compton …

Letter: Come to Tiverton Monday to honor holiday's true meaning

I would like the general public to remember what the holiday on July 4th is really all about. It's not about cookouts, parades, or fireworks. It's about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of …

Letter: There are better uses for Robin Rug than apartments

I pass by these buildings many times a week on my bicycle rides and I can think of many ways to use this land and none of them involve condos or apartments.

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