Author Archives: Jill Rodrigues

Brenda Murphy a Portsmouth resident (and Westport native) spends six to eight hours a day making her jewelry. The idea for creating and selling jewelry struck her while she lay in a hospital bed from a severe spinal injury from a horse-riding accident.

Portsmouth woman dreams of walking again

Portsmouth woman dreams of walking again

PORTSMOUTH — Each colorful bead she slips onto a safety pin and strings together into a bracelet brings Brenda Murphy a bit closer to her dream that she and others with spinal cord injury will someday walk again. Jewelry-making is now the Westport native’s full-time work. One corner of her apartment in Portsmouth’s Bay View

Portsmouth voters knock incumbents from school board

Portsmouth Democrats favored newcomers over the two incumbents for Portsmouth School Committee in Tuesday’s primary election. Marilyn King and Angela Volpicelli, Democrats who have been school committee members for four years, were voted out, in favor of Emily Copeland, who received the most votes, followed by Andrew Kelly and Terri-Denise Cortvriend. About 10 percent of registered

An electrician from G. Feigo Co. Inc. of Westport works on the former south-end Westport fire station, which is being renovated into office space and an apartment.

Former fire station under renovation in Westport

After sitting empty for two years, the former south-end fire station is being transformed. NLB Enterprises is renovating the building on Main Road into office space and an apartment. Home of the original Westport fire station, opened in 1932, the stone and wood building was built in the 1920s, with an addition built by students

Portsmouth Democrats vie for school committee seats

PORTSMOUTH — They differed in views on hiring decisions but the five Democratic candidates for school committee hold similar financial positions. The Democrats competing for three slots on the general election ballot for four-year seats on the school committee fielded questions on academics, finances and more at the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens-sponsored candidates forum at Town

Road paving and repairs have begun in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH —  Some roads on the northeast end of town have already been paved and this week paving begins in Common Fence Point and a few other roads. Cardi Corp. began paving Lepes Road on Tuesday, then will works its way over to Church Lane and then sections of Common Fence Point. The job will be

Charlotte and her mother Betsy Akin at their Island Park home a few weeks before Charlotte left to spend a year attending school in France.

Exchanging Portsmouth High School for a year in the South of France

PORTSMOUTH — As of Tuesday, Aug. 28, Charlotte Akin is living the teenager’s dream — a year in the Vermont-like mountains of the South of France, with palm trees and the Mediterranean a half-hour’s drive away. The Portsmouth High School student is spending her junior year as an exchange student in the Lycée de la

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Westport road to temporarily close for bridge repairs

WESTPORT — Work to fix damage done by the spring floods of 2010 requires closing a stretch of Drift Road between Route 88 and Hixbidge Road in Westport starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The project involves repairs to the bridge and culvert at the Sam Tripp Brook crossing. The at stone bridge, built in the 1800s, sustained serious structural damage during the record rains of March, 2010. Work is expected to take four to five weeks to complete.