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Elect Mr. Magoo

‘Mr. Magoo,’ ‘Mother Teresa’ win votes in Portsmouth

‘Mr. Magoo,’ ‘Mother Teresa’ win votes in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — There were no “Santa for School Committee” signs posted anywhere in Portsmouth in the days leading up to the election, but the big man got a vote anyway. The same can be said for Homer Simpson, Mother Teresa and Mr. Magoo, all of whom were write-ins at the polls here on Election Day. Oh,

The Town Council has approved a contract with a private company to replace the broken wind turbine near Portsmouth High School.

Portsmouth OKs plan to replace turbine

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s long journey to find a solution to its wind energy problem finally came to an end Thursday night when the Town Council signed a contract with a private company to replace the broken turbine at the high school. In an unanimous vote, the town entered into a contract with Wind Energy Development

Patriots teammates celebrate with senior forward Kelley Coyne (left) after she scored Portsmouth's second goal to go up, 2-0, during their semifinals game against rival Mt. Hope. Photos by Rich Dionne

Portsmouth girls go for state soccer title Saturday

PORTSMOUTH – One more win and the Portsmouth High School varsity girls’ soccer team can kiss those bad memories of previous playoff losses goodbye. The Patriots soundly defeated Mt. Hope High School 5-1 in Wednesday night’s semifinal matchup at Johnston High School, setting up a Division-1 state title game against La Salle Academy, at 3 p.m.

Portsmouth Superintendent of Schools Ana Riley (standing at right) fields questions during the Newport County Regional Special Education Local Advisory Committee meeting at the middle school Monday night.

Portsmouth’s pullout from regional special ed angers parents

PORTSMOUTH — About 90 people, most of them parents of children enrolled in special ed classes, crowded the middle school library Monday night, demanding to know why the Portsmouth school district is withdrawing from the Newport County Regional Special Education Program. Parents said they’re worried about possibly losing services for their children, and expressed frustration with

Keith Hamilton, the top vote-getter in the Portsmouth Town Council race, eagerly watches numbers come in Tuesday night at Republican election headquarters. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Some Portsmouth races hinge on mail-in ballots

PORTSMOUTH — Don’t ever tell Joanne Mower or Jennifer West that your vote doesn’t matter. After the eight local voting districts reported results Tuesday night, Ms. Mower, the current town clerk and a Republican, held a slim 43-vote lead over Ms. West, her Democrat rival. ________________________ Scroll down to see complete results on how Portsmouth voted in Tuesday’s

Participants anticipate the start of last year’s run/walk sponsored by the Portsmouth Business Association in Common Fence Point. Portsmouth High School students Jackson Reaper (far right) and Jake Elmslie (next to him) were the top two finishers.

Portsmouth run for scholarships is Saturday

PORTSMOUTH — Based on the success of last year’s Rhode Race, the Portsmouth Business Association (PBA) will host a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 8. All proceeds from the race will go toward the PBA Scholarship Fund. Each year, the PBA awards two $1,000 scholarships to exceptional Portsmouth High School students. The race will begin