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Portsmouth school bus, snow plow collide

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Police & Crime  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — Police are investigating an accident involving a school bus and a snow plow that caused minor injuries to three Portsmouth Middle School students this morning. At 7:50 a.m. the Fire Department responded to the accident at the intersection of Union Street and Middle Road, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien. Ambulances from Portsmouth […]

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Portsmouth puts spotlight on student achievement

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Members of the School Committee view a photograph created by Amanda Chisholm, who won a Gold Key Award as well as the national American Visions Award for her work.

PORTSMOUTH — Official business was put aside entirely — well, almost entirely — so the School Committee could recognize the district’s high-achieving students Tuesday night. Inside a crowded high school auditorium, students who excelled in the arts and music, math and sciences, sports and other fields were commended for their accomplishments this year in an hour-long […]

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Portsmouth police: Fight over ‘duster’ leads to arrest

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Police & Crime  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week. Thursday, March 20 Jalen D. O’Loughlin, 20, of 57 Beacon St., Apt. 2, Middletown, was charged with making threatening and harassing phone calls and simple assault and battery at about 4:20 p.m. Police made the arrest after responding to a […]

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Firefighters: Smoke detectors saved Portsmouth family

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Members of a local family whose house caught fire early Tuesday morning are safe today because they did everything right, firefighters say. The Fire Department received a 911 call at 1:09 a.m. Tuesday reporting a fire in an occupied home at 49 Hathaway Drive, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien. Firefighters arrived to […]

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Portsmouth updated on state’s sewers edict

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management wants the town to install sewers at Portsmouth Park (pictured) and Island Park

PORTSMOUTH — The state is still insisting the Town of Portsmouth install sewers in Island Park and Portsmouth Park, but the town remains steadfast in its conviction that none are needed. The Town Council received an update on the sewer issue Monday night on a request by council member David Gleason. More than three years ago, […]

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Portsmouth student captures award-winning images

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Connor Wray took this self-portrait, entitled “Infliction,” which he said was inspired by one of his favorite photographers, Kyle Thompson.

PORTSMOUTH — The photograph is hard to look at. The self-portrait shows Portsmouth High School senior Connor Wray’s legs wrapped in barbwire, with what appears to be blood dripping from his lower limbs. The picture was inspired by one of Connor’s favorite artists, conceptual photographer Kyle Thompson, who created a barbwire suit for some of his […]

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40 years ago: Streakers’ mad dash at Portsmouth High

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

The Sakonnet Times’ story makes no mention of who snapped this March 1974 photo of the Portsmouth High School streakers.

PORTSMOUTH — Five extroverted young men turned heads 40 years ago this month when they stripped down to their birthday suits and darted across some athletic fields at Portsmouth High School. Their timing could not have been better, for that same month — March 1974 — marked the release of Ray Stevens’ hit novelty song that cashed […]

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Portsmouth student play focuses on substance abuse

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Alexandra Harrington acts out a scene during a rehearsal Tuesday for “On My Way.” She’s working to bring the play about substance abuse to the PHS stage next week as part of her senior project.

PORTSMOUTH — Alexandra Harrington says when it comes to a play about substance abuse, improvising makes more sense than reciting lines from a script. “You can add your own personality to it,” said Alex, a Portsmouth High School senior. “The kids will see a real character rather than a robot. It gives them more insight and […]

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Portsmouth schools OK $37.95M budget

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Before only a handful of people, the School Committee Wednesday night voted 5-2 to approve a $37,951,969 budget for fiscal year 2015. The budget represents a 2.4 percent increase over the current spending plan and eliminates 12 staff positions in order to save about $652,000. It will now be sent to the Town Council […]

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Portsmouth hears abutters’ concerns on T3 Project

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Residents living near the high school athletic fields can expect things to get somewhat dusty and noisy during initial work on the “T3 Project,” which is expected to begin during school vacation week next month. Several members of the School Committee met with about 10 abutters in an informal gathering at the high school […]

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