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John Flanders, Ray Davis, Mike Jackson and Kevin Sullivan (from left) of the local band Abbey Rhode will play all your favorite Beatles songs Thursday night, July 17, at the Saint Anthony’s Feast. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

St. Anthony’s Feast starts Thursday in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Beatles music, amusement rides, a roast beef dinner, Portuguese dancing and much more will be among the highlights of The Portsmouth Portuguese American Citizens Club’s (PACC) 86th annual Saint Anthony’s Feast. The event starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 17, and runs to Sunday, July 20, at the PACC, 35 Power St. Event organizer

The Portsmouth 10-year-old All Stars celebrate their district title win Saturday night. They’ll play in the state championship in Woonsocket. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth Little League hits title trifecta

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Little League scored a hat trick in its district title games over the past few days. All three All-Star teams — the 10-year-olds, 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds — won their respective district titles and advanced to the upcoming state championship round this weekend. According to Little League officials and parents, it’s the first time in memory

Phil Hadley (left) and Matt Plumb of ROMA Farms show off some of the bounty they had just picked from inside their hoop house on Middle Road. “We are passionate about growing food that not only tastes better but helps people be healthier,” says Mr. Hadley. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Tiny Portsmouth farm is certified organic

PORTSMOUTH — Behind Matt Plumb’s Middle Road home is a 17×96-foot hoop house and a few tiny plots of soil that you can barely even see from the roadway. But this isn’t any backyard garden. It’s ROMA Farms, where Mr. Plumb and his partner, Phil Hadley, pick purple beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and more for their customers.


Eight Portsmouth open space members quit

PORTSMOUTH — Eight members of the town’s Open Space Committee (OSC) have resigned en masse, saying the panel’s ability to function has been seriously compromised due to confidentiality breaches. “The Aquidneck Island Land Trust (ALT) will no longer bring potentially conserved properties to the committee as there is no trust that the properties will be held

“No School Committee member can act on their own no matter what, per state law and our bylaws,” committee member Frederick W. Faerber III said in his prepared statement, referring to Chairman David Croston.

Portsmouth school chairman accused of abusing power

PORTSMOUTH — School Committee member Frederick W. Faerber III continued his public battle against Chairman David Croston at Tuesday night’s meeting, delivering a strongly worded statement accusing the chairman of consistently abusing his powers and meddling in administrators’ business. Mr. Faerber’s war of the words started last week when he e-mailed a statement to several news

Director Woody Allen (center) directs Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin on the set of his 2013 film, “Blue Jasmine.” The director starting filming scenes for his next film in Newport Monday and was expected to continue shooting Tuesday in Portsmouth. This image was taken from Mr. Allen’s official website.

Woody Allen shooting scenes in Portsmouth today

PORTSMOUTH — Where’s Woody? Is the famous film director at Glen Manor House today? Perhaps Portsmouth Abbey? Green Animals? Melville marina complex? It’s anybody’s guess. While he wouldn’t reveal the exact location, the executive director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office confirmed that Woody Allen is filming scenes for his latest film in Portsmouth


Discarded cigarette blamed for Portsmouth fire

PORTSMOUTH — An improperly discarded cigarette was the likely cause of last week’s fire that displaced a family of four from their Sprague Street home, a representative from the state fire marshal’s office said Monday. The official said an investigation of the incident revealed that a lit cigarette appeared to have accidentally ignited some outside

A car passes under the Sakonnet River Bridge gantry on June 20 — the last day tolls were collected.  Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth seeks toll refund

PORTSMOUTH — Now that a toll has been eliminated from the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Town of Portsmouth is going after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) for reimbursement of the “illegal” levy collected, which is said to be approaching a total of $1 million. The town first filed suit in U.S. District Court