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Marlayna Camera (left) and Jorden Burnley smile while working on a flute duet during Portsmouth Middle School's Arts and Music Festival last Thursday night. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth Middle School celebrates the arts (photos)

Portsmouth Middle School celebrates the arts (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School hosted its annual Arts and Music Festival last Thursday night, with students throughout the school showing off their musicianship and artistic talents. Check out the photos below to see what some of the students were up to. All photos by Tim Marshall.

The Phelps House is one of several properties at Glen Farm that the town would like to see fixed up and leased out.

Portsmouth mulls revenue ideas for Glen, Elmhurst properties

PORTSMOUTH — Town Administrator John Klimm wanted creative, thinking-outside-the-box ideas, and Emil Cipolla did not disappoint. When a fellow member of the New Revenue Working Group mentioned that it costs the town $50,000 annually just to cut the grass at Glen Farm, Mr. Cipolla offered a cheaper method of keeping the turf short. “How about running

Grayson Lautieri (right) who’s being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, poses with his baby brother, Ryker, who has Down syndrome.

Firefighters to go ‘bald’ for Bristol boy

BRISTOL — Firefighters from Portsmouth, Bristol and Barrington will be among those getting clipped for a cause on Tuesday, March 31. Nine-year-old Grayson Lautieri of Bristol, the son of Dominic and Courtney Lautieri, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a form of cancer of the white blood cells. Mr. Lautieri, who goes by “Nick,”

Hathaway School students Sonia Staroscik (right) and Caitlin Mediate take a twirl during a family dance at the school Friday afternoon.  Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth program combines dance, exercise (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — Smiles clearly outnumbered left feet inside the cafetorium at Hathaway Elementary School Friday. After Canterbury, N.H. musicians Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman spent two days  teaching students in kindergarten through grade 3 about old-timey barn dance steps and the fiddle music that accompanies them, the learning and fun culminated with kids and family members

Portsmouth High School

Portsmouth schools pass budget with zero increase

PORTSMOUTH — “We ought to be hearing ‘hurrays’ from Town Hall when this is presented,” School Committee member Emily Copeland said of the $37.27 million school budget for fiscal year 2016 that was unanimously approved Tuesday night. The proposed spending plan is $557,985 less than the current budget of $37.83 million, a decrease of 1.48 percent.


77 refuse PARCC test in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The School Department received 77 “opt-out” requests from families of students who refused to take the PARCC test beginning March 16, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy told the School Committee Tuesday night. PARCC (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers) is the new state assessment test that began this year. Rhode Island

John Klimm is expected to be sworn in as Aiken, S.C. city manager on April 27.

Portsmouth’s Klimm to be Aiken, S.C. city manager

PORTSMOUTH — Town Administrator John Klimm was hired Monday night to be the next city manager of Aiken, S.C. According to a story in the Aiken Standard newspaper, Mr. Klimm was selected from three finalists for the job by the Aiken city council. He will be sworn in April 27 and paid a starting salary of $130,000,


Portsmouth to state: Change school surplus law

PORTSMOUTH — Saying it should have the authority to tap into unexpended school funds, the Town Council Monday night voted 4-2 to ask state lawmakers to change a Rhode Island law that now prevents any school surplus funds to be returned to the town. Council member Joseph Robicheau proposed a resolution that requests the General Assembly