‘It’s a free country,’ says man after allegedly urinating in public

Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth Police reports from over the past week.

Police: Man scammed in phony Valentine’s Day kidnapping story

PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth man who thought his Valentine’s Day date had been kidnapped was actually the victim of an internet scam, police said.
Opinion
Letter: Bristol Town Council approves tax on Bristol visitors

The Bristol Town Council’s unanimous decision to support a 35-cent per-person “landing fee” — aka, tax — on passengers on the Prudence Ferry in my opinion is wrong. I …

Latest News

Hearing on Portsmouth solar farm must start from scratch

A hearing on a large-scale solar farm off Jepson Lane came to a screeching halt last Thursday when the developer revealed a issue with the process of notifying abutters to the …

Where is the cheapest gas in East Bay?

Gas prices in Rhode Island rose by 1 cent this week, averaging $2.24 a gallon across the state, according to AAA Northeast. The $2.24 price is four cents below the national average for regular …

Mt. Hope gymnasts win Division II State Championship

The Mt. Hope gymnastics team went undefeated and won the RIIL Division II State Championship for the second year in a row. The Lady Huskies edged out Middletown and Portsmouth to earn this year's …

Featured home: Contemporary overlooks bridge, Mt. Hope Bay

Stunning water views taking in all the beauty Narraganstt Bay has to offer are at this home in the Common Point section of Portsmouth The contemporary style home at 1172 Anthony Road is open and …

Maple sugaring to return to Coggeshall Farm

The chill in the air can only mean one thing at Coggeshall: Maple sugaring season is about to start. Visitors are invited to bundle up and join Coggeshall staff as they showcase historic methods …
Business
House Hunt: Open houses planned in East Bay

The following open houses are scheduled in towns around the East Bay this weekend: Barrington 8 Woodbine Ave. — Sunday, Feb. 19, 12-1:30 p.m. Colonial, 4, 2.5, $439,000. Residential …

Obituaries
Eudora Ann Gustafson, 66, Bristol

Eudora Ann (Silvia) Gustafson, 66, of Sowams Drive, passed away on Feb. 10, 2017. She was the wife of Mark Gustafson.   Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Joseph Silvia and the …

Rosa Perry, 93, Bristol

Joseph F. Bruno, 85, Bristol

Martha Cabral, 77, Bristol

George J. Sniezek Jr, 65, Tiverton

Elaine Doris Taylor, 87, of Barrington

Opinion
Letter: Hey Barrington School Committee, are you listening?

To the editor: What if the opinions of students in Barrington were actually valued?  They would be able to make positive change in their school and environment. They would be treated with …

Remembering the extraordinary Ros Bosworth

Letter: Dispose of e-waste responsibly at Mount Hope Farm

Speak-Out: ’Sniffing’ joints in Bristol bars

Editorial: Pedestrians' lives matter

Things to do
In Westport, sweet sounds from under the sea

WESTPORT — The Westport High School auditorium stage will be transformed to a warm, wonderful (except for one scary water witch) world beneath the sea this Thursday and Friday evening as Westport …

Oar art — Oars replace buoys in artists’ Watershed effort

Use buttery roasted garlic cloves in myriad ways

Sea to Table Tasting

East Bay Restaurant Week March 14-23

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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.