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The new turf field at Portsmouth High School officially opened to students Monday, as cheerleaders, athletes and marching band members broke it in for the first time before the start of school on Tuesday. Here, PHS cheerleader Ashley Underhill (middle left) and her teammates practice a routine on the new turf Tuesday afternoon. The first home football game, against Rogers High School, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12. It will be preceded by a fund-raising golf ball drop at 5:30 p.m., followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. School Committee member David Croston said the PHS tennis courts, which are also part of the “T3” project, will be surfaced starting Thursday, Aug. 21, and may be ready for play by the middle of next week. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth schools ended year with $425,000 surplus

Portsmouth schools ended year with $425,000 surplus

PORTSMOUTH — The School Department ended fiscal year 2014 with an operating surplus of $425,323, Chris DiIuro, the district’s director of finance and administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night. That brought the district’s fund balance to about $3.4 million. “These are preliminary numbers; we have not had our audit yet,” said Mr. DiIuro. Revenues

Nancy Souza has been recognized by both the School Committee and Town Council for saving the life of a student earlier this year.

Portsmouth school nurse recognized for saving student

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School nurse got a big pat on the back from the School Committee Tuesday night. Earlier this year, Nancy Souza was credited for saving a young student’s life at the school. The student, who has diabetes, had suffered a grand map seizure due to low blood sugar. Ms. Souza quickly

The former science teacher and now Portsmouth superintendent of schools, Ana C. Riley, poses for a picture inside the Melville Elementary School library. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth superintendent eager for start of school

PORTSMOUTH — Ana. C Riley, who was appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools in June, has been doing her summer reading on “big picture stuff” such as the district’s strategic plan, budget and more. It’s obvious in talking to her that the first day of school can’t come soon enough. “It’s almost like the buildings

Julia Mello and Kacey and Laura Shearman (from left) work on the mosaic tile design on the birdbath. Kacey and Laura are the daughters of Kelley Ann Harrington Shearman, who passed away in 2007, and Julia is her niece. Looking on is Rose Escobar, a PHS art teacher who is leading efforts to build the “XO Garden” at Common Fence Point. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth birdbath, gardens a labor of love

PORTSMOUTH — Karen Harrington says her sister Kelley would have loved the birdbath being installed this week in a park across from the Common Fence Point Improvement Association (CFPIA) Hall. “She liked to keep people together and happy,” Ms. Harrington said of her late sister, Kelley Ann Harrington Shearman, who passed away in December 2007 at

Susan Panaggio of Clean Ocean Access, a Portsmouth, takes part in the first cleanup of Pheasant Drive beach on Aug. 6.

Portsmouth beach cleanup is Wednesday

PORTSMOUTH — Although they’re focusing on one local beach this month, the folks at Clean Ocean Access (COA) will be expanding their shoreline cleanups to other spots in town starting next month. “Starting in September we’re going to start doing monthly cleanups, including in Portsmouth,” said Dave McLaughlin, co-founder and executive director of COA, an environmental

The dock behind Glen Manor House, where two men were found sleeping Aug. 7.

‘Dead bodies’ on Portsmouth dock were sleeping men

PORTSMOUTH — Two 20-year-old local men who were originally mistaken for being dead last week were charged with disorderly conduct. Just before 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, Police Lt. Anthony Cambrola investigated a report of “two dead bodies” on the dock behind the Glen Manor House on Frank Coelho Drive. A gun was reported to

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