Author Archives: Jim McGaw

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Pet of the week: Take a Chance on me!

Pet of the week: Take a Chance on me!

Chance, an 11-year-old currently living at the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, is a calm, affectionate and easy-going gent who’s searching for a quiet, predictable home. This lovable guy does not mind meeting other animals, but he prefers to be the only pet. This staff favorite is looking for a second Chance at love,


Sparks fly over Portsmouth school surplus

PORTSMOUTH — Things got a little heated between members of the Town Council and School Committee when a proposal to “punish” the school district for future budget surpluses was discussed Monday night. The school department’s finances came up during a larger discussion of a multi-pronged fiscal accountability policy proposed by council member Joseph Robicheau. In

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition graphic shows substance abuse usage among local public school students by grade.

Portsmouth drug task force pleads for $25,000

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s substance abuse task force has identified the problems facing many local students when it comes to drugs and alcohol. According to two comprehensive district-wide surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014, about half the student population is involved in some sort of substance abuse, whether it’s alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills or other drugs.

The partially sunken 42-foot powerboat off the west side of Common Fence Point Friday morning. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Man pulled from sinking boat off Portsmouth

Note: This story was updated at 10:28 a.m. Friday. PORTSMOUTH — A man was pulled from a boat that had been reported sinking in the frigid waters off Common Fence Point Thursday night. Deputy Fire Chief Michael P. O’Brien said the man was doing well and refused to be treated at the scene. “He was pulled


Portsmouth dump sticker sales delayed to Jan. 16

PORTSMOUTH — Due to an error made by the company that prints the town’s transfer station stickers, the Town of Portsmouth announced yesterday that the sale of 2015 stickers for local residents will not begin until Friday, Jan. 16. “The printer sent the stickers with the ‘slice’ on the sticker side of the stickers instead of the backing,” Barbara A. Ripa,

Portsmouth police patch

Portsmouth woman charged with domestic assault

PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week. Sunday, Dec. 28 Mark J. McKenna, 27, of 2431 East Main Road, was arrested on a warrant issued by Newport police in connection with a vandalism charge. Police picked up Mr. McKenna at his home shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday,

New Year’s Day revelers ran out of the water even faster than they went in. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth ‘penguins’ herald in 2015

PORTSMOUTH — The plunge itself was over in seconds, but lighting the bonfire on the beach? That was another story. After building a tall stack of wood on Island Park Beach and dousing it with gasoline, organizers initially had trouble getting it lit to keep “penguins” and “polar bears” warm after the annual New Year’s Day plunge.