Rising to the challenge at the Bayside YMCA

Michael Obel-Omia was nervous. In a few short minutes, the Barrington resident was to lead a spin class inside a fitness room at the Bayside YMCA. People had already started to arrive and staff …
Portsmouth Police, scientist: Stop leaving food for coyotes
PORTSMOUTH — The pins told the story. Stuck onto a street map of Portsmouth displayed at Town Hall Tuesday night, a cluster of … Read More
Middle school project praised as 'model' for other communities
Barrington school officials have been charting their own course with the middle school project, and may be building a blueprint for … Read More
Footbridges to cross brook, help fish
The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) has been awarded $12,783.00 from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to … Read More
Obituaries
Richard W. 'Josh' Billings, of Barrington

Richard W. "Josh" Billings, died on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. He was born on Nov. 3, 1927 to Warren C. Billings and Edith Keeler Billings, in Rome, New York. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, …

Mary F. Kelleher, formerly of Barrington

Bernadette Puniello

More Local News
BHS Sports Roundup: Eagles defeat Bolts, Falcons and Sentinels
The Barrington High School girls basketball team improved to 6-2 with wins over Cranston East, Cranston West and Smithfield last … Read More
Rotary to host casino meet-and-greet
TIVERTON — The Portsmouth Tiverton Rotary Club will host a Tiverton Casino presentation and meet-and-greet next Wednesday, Jan. 31, … Read More
Barrington Middle School bids will be opened Friday
The construction of a new Barrington Middle School will move one step closer to reality on Friday. At 10 a.m. on Friday morning, … Read More
Sailboat aground at Warren's Laurel Park
The Warren Harbormaster is trying to find the owner of a 29-foot sailboat that went aground off Laurel Park late last … Read More
Deadly Providence fire raises ‘alarm’ locally about lack of detectors in multi-unit homes
EAST PROVIDENCE — A tragic fire at a multi-unit residence last week in Providence related to the sub-freezing temperatures raised … Read More
Missing kayaker's vessel believed to be found in East Providence; Truck fire damages home
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Fire Department personnel retrieved a kayak Sunday morning, Jan. 14, in the Providence River off … Read More
Police
Prominent Barrington doctor murdered in East Providence home EAST PROVIDENCE — A prominent area doctor is the victim in a murder investigation being conducted by East Providence Police. Dr. Clive Bridgham, 67, was found dead upon the arrival of officers …
'Suspicious death' being investigated in East Providence EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Police Department announced late Friday afternoon, Jan. 12, its investigation into what it termed a “suspicious” death the previous evening in the Rumford …
Animal hoarder's residence is condemned in East Providence EAST PROVIDENCE — City officials and police forcibly removed an adult while state officials attended to children living in a home in Riverside where dozens of animals were being hoarded. East …
Opinion
Letter: Chiropractor had a welcoming spirit To the editor: On Thursday night Barrington lost one of its own, Dr. Clive Bridgham. He was apparently murdered in his home in East Providence. He was found on Thursday night. He grew up here in …
How over the top are you for Trump? Let’s get this right out of the way. It is perfectly fine for you to like and support President Donald Trump. The issue is whether you have retained any objectivity. Are you able to …
Letter: Defending 'fake science' To the editor: As a physician who does take care of “sleepy” teens and a mother of a sleepy teen I would like to respond to Mr. Fuller’s flippant attitude towards the medical …
Letter: What's the answer to last week's quiz? To the editor: I loved the way Arlene Violet morphed her column into a fact-check quiz this week, but I'm confused about the scoring. She said that one who disagreed with all the statements she …
Sports
Youth free-throw contest in Portsmouth Saturday PORTSMOUTH — Young sharpshooters, take notice: The Knights of Columbus Father Christopher S. Rooney Council, No. 3618, is sponsoring its annual free throw contest at 10 a.m. on Saturday, …
Portsmouth boys notch two wins in indoor track meet (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity indoor track team had a good day at the Providence Career & Technical Academy, sweeping its dual meet against Rogers and …
Barrington players honored by Gridiron Club The Providence Gridiron Club recently held its MVP Night. The event honored an offensive and defensive player from each of the 44 high schools and two prep schools in the State of Rhode …

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Jim McGaw

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.