Beast of the East: UConn rugby wins D-I cup championship

PORTSMOUTH—The UConn Division I mens team knocked four time defending champs, UMass Amherst off the block and won the Beast of the East cup championship 10-7 at Glen Farm on Sunday. UConn …

Budget committee whacks $1.2M from Barrington schools' request

Barrington school officials were still reeling on Wednesday morning, April 26, just hours after the committee on appropriations recommended no increase to the proposed school budget. That's right, …
Opinion
An empty face at Burr's Hill

Reprinted from the Warren-Times Gazette, April 17, 1913: With its eyeless sockets upturned to the skies, with a few scattered wisps of what once was hair clinging to the yellow bone, it lay upon …

Latest News

Tiverton Petitioners' FTR budget draws complaint

UPDATE: Elector petition budget ruled invalid: solicitor TIVERTON — Some uncertainty about the legal validity of the electors' petition budget proposal for the Financial Town Referendum (FTR) became evident late Tuesday afternoon. A meeting of the Board of Canvassers on Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall has been announced as the moment when matters will be clarified. Town Solicitor Anthony DeSisto, said Interim Town Administrator Nancy Mello (also serving as the elected Town Clerk), will be present Thursday to explain an opinion that his office rendered late Tuesday, and released by email, to the effect that the elector petitioners' budget is invalid and should not be forwarded to the FTR.

Senate ratifies ‘strong mayor’ amendment to East Providence charter

PROVIDENCE — The State Senate has approved legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would validate and ratify amendments to the Home Rule …

Proposed Portsmouth budget up slightly, but reval sends tax rate down

PORTSMOUTH — Although Town Administrator Richard Rainer Jr.’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 calls for a 1.3 percent increase over the current spending plan, the tax rate would …

Westport Police host drug take-back event

Westport Police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will hold a Prescription Drug Take-Back event at the Westport Police Sub-Station located on the side of Cumberland Farms, 596 …

Riverside Renaissance Movement teams with CCRI on continuing education effort

EAST PROVIDENCE — Continuing its quest to enhance its section specifically, but the greater city as well, the Riverside Renaissance Movement is teaming up with the Community College of Rhode …
Business
Customers, officials wish BHOP a happy 40th

Scores of people filed into Bristol House of Pizza Monday afternoon and into the evening to help celebrate the restaurant’s 40th anniversary. Local officials, including Town Administrator …

Obituaries
John Stevens Penney Jr., 96, Westport

John Stevens Penney Jr., 96, passed away peacefully in the company of his family on April 17, 2017, at his home in Westport. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Celeste, his four …

Peter Hamilton Scott, 81, of Barrington

Arlene Adams, of Barrington

Henry E. Warner II, formerly of Bristol

Roberta C. O'Shaughnessy, 59, Bristol

Eveline T. Ferreira, 73, Fall River

Sports
Portsmouth falls to Pilgrim in back-and-forth affair

PORTSMOUTH — Despite four goals from freshman Kylie Donovan, the Portsmouth High girls’ lacrosse team was defeated by Pilgrim 12-10 in a back-and-forth contest Monday night at …

RWU women’s rugby team breezes through Beast of the East

Eagles top Townies, Raiders, Tigers and Huskies

Townies win two of three to open 2017 golf season

‘Greatest runner ever’ from Bristol

Opinion
Letter: Chris Stanley’s last minute budget shenanigans

To the editor:The decision to end the Financial Town Meeting last year tried to address the concern that a small minority could hijack the budget for their own interests. By switching to a format …

Letter: Barrington 300? That anniversary is not until 2070

Letter: Budget Committee fought for Tiverton taxpayers

Letter: After your kids graduate, will you bolt from Barrington?

Letter: Alternative budget reveals hypocrisy of some

Things to do
Westport Vineyard unveils Summer Music Series lineup

Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery has announced its Sunset Music Series lineup for 2017.  “We have an amazing and diverse line-up of talent this season,” a vineyard spokesman said. For …

An easy, elegant chicken and mushroom dish with fresh herbs

Easter egg, scavenger hunt this weekend at Mount Hope Farm

Orchard to be planted next to Tiverton Library

Stars and full moon on view with local amateur astronomer

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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.