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If first impressions mean anything, there’s a lot to like about 37-year-old Besho Fareez, the new owner of two Warren institutions; Malik’s Liquors and Balasco’s Pizzeria on Market Street. more
PORTSMOUTH — On the heels of several contentious meetings that were marred by heckling and insults lobbed between residents and Town Council members, the council Monday night took the … more
East Providence High School hockey players scored goals, but their sides each lost late-season games last weekend. The East Bay Eagles girls' hockey co-op dropped a 9-3 decision to Mount St. … more
A Barrel of Laughs comedy show is at Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Road, Middletown. It’s an evening of wine, beer and laughs as host and comedian Jeremy Furtado welcomes comedians from … more
The Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’s, conducted by Edward Markward, will present a concert celebrating Black History Month with works by Joseph Bologne, the first composer of … more
Imagine you’ve just gone through the nerve-wracking process of a home inspection, hoping it would uncover any hidden issues that might turn your dream home purchase into a nightmare. Happily, … more
I recently had the opportunity for a sit down with Rhode Island singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Petrella to chat about his nearly three-decade-long career in the local and national music scenes. The … more
The proposed $60.1 million general fund budget, which represents a 2% total increase in spending over the FY24 budget, includes a request for $387,866 more in local funding from Warren (a 2.7% increase over last year), and $704,633 from Bristol (a 2.4% increase over last year). more
For Valentine’s week, we were on a quest to find a couple that seemed to have found the secret formula for creating a happy life together. Long-time Little Compton residents Lea and Jack Angell … more
The Warren Planning Board officially rescinded a condition on the approval they granted to the East Bay Community Development Corporation (East Bay CDC) of Bristol back in January to construct a 40-unit affordable housing development at 581 Child St., called “Penny Lane”, during a special meeting on Monday night. more
PORTSMOUTH — The Four Hearts Foundation’s dream of an inclusive and adaptive playground for Portsmouth children has started to come to a reality. On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Department … more
KINGSTON — The University of Rhode Island announced the fall 2023 Dean's List of students named to the Dean's List representing nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, including East … more
The East Providence High School swimming teams concluded their 2023-24 regular seasons in recent days, the girls finished with an unblemished 6-0 record and with the program's first dual meet title … more
American Rescue Plan Act money continues to support expenditures in Barrington.   At the Town Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, the Council voted unanimously to approve the use of ARPA … more
The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography held an online seminar last Wednesday, titled “Recreational Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy: Understanding the Changing … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: During an address last week to the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Dan McKee suggested the worst traffic fallout from the Washington Bridge is in the past. … more
Members of the Tiverton Town Council are endorsing legislation that would prohibit any commercial activity and development at the 296-acre Sapowet Marsh Management area   — the exact … more
Town elections are still nearly two months away, but candidates for several positions open on the Tuesday, April 9 ballot have wasted no time seeking laying the groundwork for a potential run for … more
W e have left the holidays behind and look to the New Year with all kinds of hope: hope that we will keep to our resolutions, hope that our loved ones will stay safe and healthy, hope for a winning … more
The Barrington High School boys basketball team extended its home winning streak to 19 games after defeating Mount Pleasant 68-35 on Friday night, Feb. 9. The Eagles improved to 19-1 overall and … more
Barrington fell to 6-4-1 in Division I standings after losing to Burrillville 4-2 on Friday night. The loss dropped the Eagles into sixth place in the division.   Barrington held a 2-1 lead … more
Sometimes season’s go south before they even get started. It can happen in the blink of an eye. This season the Huskies saw it coming. It’s been the same for the Mt. Hope/East Providence … more
PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a driver who often takes Burma Road because you feel it’s a faster route than West Main, you may want to rethink that strategy. Naval Station … more
You may have heard that solar panels can save you money on your monthly electric bill. The next question we get is “How much money can I save?” While every home solar installation is … more
Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti took the brunt of the blame for the calamity created as he was peppered with questions about the status of the Washington Bridge from … more
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