Bill OK’d to disarm domestic abusers

A gun-control bill to disarm domestic abusers received approval from the legislature and is awaiting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s signature to become state law. Dubbed the Protect Rhode Island Families Act, the legislation prohibits gun possession from Rhode Islanders who have been convicted of misdemeanors related to domestic violence. It also would require gun owners to surrender their firearms if they […]

Ospreys soaring through Ocean State

While local birders are aware of the thriving osprey population from Beavertail to the Great Creek, a study released last week indicates the species is flourishing not just in town, but also across the state. According to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, there were 297 fledglings tallied from 236 nests in 2016, the most ever recorded in four decades […]


Report: Eelgrass in danger along Narragansett Bay

A report by the University of Rhode Island shows eelgrass is declining throughout the Ocean State, including a 19 percent dip in Jamestown waters since 2012. Despite that drop, Jamestown has the healthiest population in the state, the report indicated. The state Coastal Resources Management Council, which is tasked with protecting submerged aquatic vegetation, will now examine the study to […]

Bomes business looks to help entrepreneurs

Island woman turns space into a multi-purpose incubator unit

A business to drum up business for other businesses is open for business. Live & Learn, an incubator for startup companies, has opened its doors at the front of the Bomes Theatre. The Narragansett Avenue company acts as a hub for entrepreneurs, providing advice, marketing expertise and retail space. The goal is to ease the transition from idea to reality […]

Town sailor captures Swan 42 national title

If everything had gone to plan, Paul Zabetakis and his Impetuous team would be celebrating their breakthrough Swan 42 national championship by prepping for the opportunity to represent the New York Yacht Club at the Invitational Cup. While the U.S. title is an honor Zabetakis has chased for 11 years, losing the invitation to September’s regatta gives the win a […]


St. Matthew’s Summer Fair scheduled for this Saturday

St. Matthew’s Church will host its 86th Summer Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 87 Narragansett Ave. As in past years, there will be books, furniture, games and toys, sports equipment and lots of “this and that” for sale. Shoppers also can peruse jewelry, gift baskets, flowers and baked goods as they browse the fair. […]


The West Street Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Seniors should arrive for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $3. Call 423-2658 for reservations 48 hours in advance. Friday, July 21 Greek cucumber salad with chicken or chicken teriyaki with fried rice and stir-fried vegetables. Both served with egg roll and pineapple. Monday, July […]

Mosquitoes in R.I. test positive for encephalitis

State health officials are saying mosquitoes trapped in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, a virus that is characterized in humans by flu-like symptoms. These are the first findings of EEE in Rhode Island this year. The infected mosquitoes are from a species that bites birds and mammals, although there have been no confirmed human […]