An early start to the school year in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — While Portsmouth’s public school students sit in a classroom on Thursday, Aug. 25, the vast majority of other pupils across the state will be playing video games, …
Two men saved from sunken boat in Bristol Harbor

Three men are lucky to be unharmed after their boat sunk in Bristol Harbor in the dark Tuesday night, thanks largely to a local resident who heard their screams and jumped into his boat to …

$2.6 million BCWA meter bid under scrutiny

Two water insiders say the Bristol County Water Authority is selling its 17,000-plus customers short and may be wasting millions, as its board of directors prepares to enter into a $2.6 million …

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East Providence School Committee holds first FY16-17 budget workshop

EAST PROVIDENCE — The school committee conducted the first of two scheduled workshops on its Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget Tuesday night, Aug. 23, the board hearing the figures specifically associated …

Painter injured when ladder strikes power line in Barrington

Barrington police and fire crews responded to a house at the corner of Barton Avenue and County Road on Monday morning, after a painter working there was electrocuted. Read more Barrington police …

Grand Jury indicts East Providence man on numerous counts

PROVIDENCE — The Providence County Grand Jury reported out and indictment charging Miguel Dejesus, of East Providence with three counts of first degree robbery, two counts of assault with intent to …

Bristol Warren school district cuts two buses from fleet

The Bristol Warren Regional School District has been able to remove two school buses from the road in an attempt to save money, thanks to a pilot program asking parents to register their kids to …

Barrington students 'test drive' new Chromebooks

A group of soon-to-be sixth-graders wandered down a hall outside the middle school library on Monday morning and stopped to peer through a window.  Realizing that they had missed the entrance …

East Providence schools ready for start of Pre-K program

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence School Department's state-funded Pre-Kindergarten program commences with the start of the 2016-17 term next week in classrooms at Martin Middle School and …

Former Mt. Hope soccer star is a Hall of Famer

Mt. Hope High School graduate and former Rhode Island College soccer star Kyle Teixeira will be inducted into the Little East Conference Athletic Hall of Fame, the conference announced. Mr. …

Warren police logs: No, that's not marijuana — it's a skunk.

Monday, August 15A Cutler Street caller complained that someone copied checks and then used them to withdraw funds.Electrical supplies were reported stolen from a building on Main Street.Donald L. …
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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.