Author Archives: Jim McGaw

Gael Berberick with the Portsmouth High School chorus during a holiday performance last December.

Students plea for Portsmouth music teacher’s job

Students plea for Portsmouth music teacher’s job

Above: Gael Berberick with the Portsmouth High School chorus during a holiday performance last December. NOTE: This story has been updated to include the School Committee’s calling of a special meeting this Friday, May 15. PORTSMOUTH — The high school’s popular chorus director and founder of an extracurricular youth strings program has been spared a pink slip

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Portsmouth drops plan to charge residents for rescue runs

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council has eliminated a plan to charge Portsmouth residents for ambulance service beyond what is paid by their insurance. The new proposal, intended as a revenue-generator to help defray the costs of future rescue vehicle purchases and other expenses, was originally included in the town administrator’s budget for next year. Discussion of

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Portsmouth creates school resource officer position

PORTSMOUTH — Creating what the police chief and school superintendent say is a much-needed position, the Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to contribute $35,000 toward the hiring of a school resource officer (SRO) at Portsmouth High School. The School Department has agreed to kick in another $35,000 and local community organizations have pledged an additional

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Portsmouth unified team fights to the end in title loss

Above: Hayden Theriault drives to the hoop against Chariho High School on Saturday. He was the high scorer for Portsmouth with 13 points. Photo by Jim McGaw. PORTSMOUTH — You don’t usually see a basketball player give praise to an opponent after she drills one from the corner, but things are different in unified sports. Here, everyone

Rose Barboza (foreground) of Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church says some words of thanks for Police Chief Thomas Lee, Fire Chief Michael Cranson and Tracy Anthony of Clements’ Marketplace (from left).

Saying a little prayer (or two) in Portsmouth

Above: Rose Barboza (foreground) of Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church says some words of thanks for Police Chief Thomas Lee, Fire Chief Michael Cranson and Tracy Anthony of Clements’ Marketplace (from left). PORTSMOUTH — Local police, firefighters, businesses — and others — were honored Thursday during a National Day of Prayer ceremony in front of Town Hall. The annual observance,

Portsmouth Middle School’s Kyle Rupe takes careful aim under the net against Barrington Thursday.

Portsmouth Middle School unified hoopsters win

Above: Portsmouth Middle School’s Kyle Rupe takes careful aim under the net against Barrington Thursday. Photo by Jim McGaw. PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School unified basketball team won its final game of the regular season Thursday, coming from behind to defeat Barrington at home, 47-40. Portsmouth was down by double digits in the first half

Director Cindy Killavey (far right) with the cast of “Ghostly Witness,” which will be staged at the Valley Inn May 12-14. Sitting from left are Niall Tarrell, James Killavey, Ron Marsh and Kathy Bendl. Standing from left are Trish Culver, Richard Schmidt, Doug Smith, Tanya Kieron, Denise Betz, Valley Inn owner Joe Occhi and Ms. Killavey. Not pictured are Gloria Schmidt, Maria Schmidt and John Brennan.

‘Ghostly Witness’ returns to scene of the crime

Above: Director Cindy Killavey (far right) with the cast of “Ghostly Witness,” which will be staged at the Valley Inn May 12-14. Sitting from left are Niall Tarrell, James Killavey, Ron Marsh and Kathy Bendl. Standing from left are Trish Culver, Richard Schmidt, Doug Smith, Tanya Kieron, Denise Betz, Valley Inn owner Joe Occhi and Ms.

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Portsmouth woman welcomed to the ‘Century Club’

Above: Grace Medeiros (right) hugs her niece, Denise Jacques, at her surprise birthday party Tuesday at Anthony House. Looking on are Lt. Tom Fagan of the Fire Department (left) and Police Patrolman Patrick O’Neil, who came out to congratulate Mrs. Medeiros on behalf of the town. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — For once, Grace

Jack Feld as Barnaby Tucker, Liam Jedele as Horace Vandergelder and Stephen Lee as Cornelius Hackl (from left) run through a musical number during a rehearsal Tuesday at Portsmouth High School. Photo by Jim McGaw.

‘Hello Dolly!’ comes to Portsmouth High School

Above: Jack Feld as Barnaby Tucker, Liam Jedele as Horace Vandergelder and Stephen Lee as Cornelius Hackl (from left) run through a musical number during a rehearsal Tuesday at Portsmouth High School. Photo by Jim McGaw. PORTSMOUTH — The Newport Children’s Theatre will present the musical “Hello Dolly!” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 8-10, at the

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