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Portsmouth mulls future tenants of town-owned Brown House

PORTSMOUTH — Who should be allowed to rent office space at the town-owned Leonard Brown House? That was the big question during Monday night’s Town Council discussion on a …
Mayor DaSilva appoints three to new East Providence administrative team
EAST PROVIDENCE — In a pair of releases issued earlier this week, East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva announced three key appointments … Read More
Combined East Providence/Rehoboth team wins First LEGO state title
BRISTOL — A combined group of youngsters from East Providence and Rehoboth were awarded first place at the 2019 Rhode Island … Read More
Portsmouth cop sprang into action to prevent bridge jump
PORTSMOUTH — Officer Bruce Celico got the call while he was at the weigh station on Route 24 South around 2:50 a.m. on Jan. … Read More
Barrington teams compete at LEGO robotics states
Two teams from Barrington competed at the First LEGO League Rhode Island State Championship at Roger Williams University on Saturday, … Read More
Britto intends to drop any ‘drama’ from East Providence council proceedings
EAST PROVIDENCE — As he prepares to take over the City Council gavel under East Providence’s revised governing structure, Bobby … Read More
Warren police logs: Man charged with domestic offenses
Monday, Jan. 7Police were asked to check on the well-being of a horse on Market Street.Police received a complaint from Market Street … Read More
Obituaries
Charles W. Nichols III, 81, South Dartmouth Charles Walter Nichols III, “Wally”, age 81, died on January 13, 2019, at his home in South Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Sharp Nichols. Wally is survived by his wife, Helga …
The Reverend Duane F. Parker, Ph.D., formerly of Barrington On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, Duane Parker died in hospice care at home, surrounded by his family. More than a decade ago, Duane was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). We had expected only …
Eleanor Travers, 90, of Bristol Mrs. Eleanor V. (Viera) Travers, age 90, of High Street, life-long resident of Bristol, R.I., passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She …
Joan M. Sampson, 92, Warren Joan M. (Dubois) Sampson, 92, of Warren, died Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her daughter’s home. She was the wife of the late Louis Sampson. Joan was born in Warren, a daughter of the late …
Sports
Sharpshooters show their stuff in Portsmouth (photos) PORTSMOUTH — Bailey Howell and Liam Casey were named the overall winners of Saturday’s Knights of Columbus-sponsored youth basketball free-throw contest in the Bradley School …
Skrzypiec leads the way as Portsmouth downs Tolman PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High senior Jack Skrzypiec poured in a game-high 25 points as the Patriots came from behind to beat Tolman Friday night at home, 58-53. The win improved the …
Eagles outlast Avengers in girls basketball, 44-40 The Barrington High School girls basketball team won its fourth straight game, defeating East Greenwich 44-40 on Thursday night, Jan. 10.  Cary Heterick scored 13 points, Olivia Middleton …
Eagles score six goals in first period, win 8-5 The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team took a commanding 6-0 lead in the first period and glided to an 8-5 win over the Smithfield/Coventry/Rogers Co-op team on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Sarah Yee …
Opinion
Letter: Reform Caucus works toward a better legislative process To the editor: I am writing in response to the Jan. 11 letter titled, “The Reform Caucus Can Embrace Democracy.” The Reform Caucus, of which I am part, is advocating for changes to …
Letter: Join us for pancakes, Knights and Scouts on Sunday To the editor: Please come and enjoy a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Barnabas Church Parish Hall from 8 am to noon. The public is invited. Tickets are $8 each and can be …
Letter: Portsmouth Historical Society says thanks for Polar Dive To the editor: The Island Park 2019 Polar Dive, organized by John Vitkevich and the Portsmouth Business Association (PBA) on New Year’s Day, was a true community event involving several …
Editorial: Your Bristol County water supply is being left to rot We lose irreplaceable things all the time. Old houses rot and fall down. Developers plow beautiful fields into cul de sacs and house lots. Beloved businesses grow tired and close their doors. These …

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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.