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Police: Man climbed old Sakonnet Bridge, took pics

Police: Man climbed old Sakonnet Bridge, took pics

PORTSMOUTH — Here are the highlights from the Portsmouth police report from over the past week. Tuesday, June 10 Manuel Torres, 41, of 11 Constitution Ave., Apt. C, Middletown, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license or permit, a felony. Mr. Torres’ car was stopped on West Main Road shortly before 10 a.m. after

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Portsmouth water customers can now pay online

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Water and Fire District customers can now pay their water bills online through several methods using the District’s new web portal. Payments can be made through a recurring electronic draft payment from a checking account or a recurring credit or debit card payment. In addition, customers can make a one-time credit card or

Superstorm Sandy causes major flooding in parts of Portsmouth, including in Common Fence Point and Island Park (pictured). Photo by Jim McGaw.

Grant will help remove Sandy’s mess in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — More than 10 tons of marine debris left behind by Superstorm Sandy in Portsmouth in 2012 will be removed thanks to a grant received by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The department has received $250,000 through an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess, remove and dispose

Daisy Frabell, an education educator from the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and Melville School third-grader Ramsey Huggins inspect the critters that students took out of Melville Pond. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth school has nature lab in its own backyard

PORTSMOUTH — When it comes to studying nature, students at Melville Elementary School certainly don’t have to travel far to get some hands-on learning. All they have to do is exit the main door and follow a short path to the left that leads to Melville Ponds — the school’s own backyard nature lab. Students

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Portsmouth council breezes through budget at hearing

PORTSMOUTH — It took the Town Council only 42 minutes Tuesday night to conduct a public hearing on the proposed $57.88 million budget for fiscal year 2015. Only a handful of people spoke up at the sparsely attended hearing in the middle school’s “Little Theater.” Larry Fitzmorris of the taxpayers watchdog group Portsmouth Concerned Citizens

Ana C. Riley is Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools.

Ana Riley appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent

PORTSMOUTH — There will soon be a new school superintendent in town, and her name is Ana C. Riley. The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Riley, who has served as the superintendent of schools in Dartmouth for the past two years, having first been hired as assistant superintendent in 2008. She will succeed Interim Supt.

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Portsmouth school hosts benefit 5K Friday night

PORTSMOUTH — Like many Portsmouth residents, Kelly Kidd never knew much about the oasis of wooded trails behind the school her child attends — Melville Elementary School. “I love trails and our neighbor told us about it,” Ms. Kidd said of Melville Park. “Last year we kind of walked it with the kids. I run through

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