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Mt. Hope wrestlers make strides in loss to Coventry

Wrestling team makes strides during loss to Coventry Story and photos by Richard W Dionne Jr The Mt. Hope gymnasium was whipped into a frenzy as they chanted the name of the the team’s 6’ …
Police called to two churches in Barrington
Barrington places of worship doubled as crime scenes twice last weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 15, police received a call from … Read More
Attorney general hits F&R Auto (of pizza delivery fame) with $450,000 bill
A Westport used car dealership and its former owner must pay $450,000 in restitution and penalties to resolve allegations that the … Read More
Navy Choristers share yuletide cheer in Portsmouth (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — The Newport Navy Choristers didn’t just sing yuletide favorites during their annual “Christmas in Song” concert … Read More
Seven apply for two Portsmouth school board vacancies
PORTSMOUTH — Seven residents have applied for the two vacant School Committee seats, and the Town Council will interview candidates … Read More
Portsmouth Police: Man fired gun while intoxicated
PORTSMOUTH — A 35-year-old local man was arrested early Sunday morning, Dec. 16, after he allegedly fired a handgun while … Read More
Portsmouth boys fall to Westerly in varsity basketball, 77-53
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome an outstanding first-half offensive … Read More
Obituaries
Rosa L. Furtado, 70, of Bristol Mrs. Rosa L. Furtado, 70, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving and devoted family.  She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Manuel Antonio Furtado, Sr., her son …
Raymond E. Chase, 94, of Portsmouth Raymond E. Chase, 94, of Portsmouth, R.I., died on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.Raymond was born in Fall River, Mass., to Joseph Rogers Chase and Eliza Gray (Sowle) Chase. He was raised by Eliza and his …
Sports
Another accolade for standout field hockey player Barrington native and Gettysburg College junior Julia Soares recently earned the first regional award of her college field hockey career with a nod on the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches …
Bristol senior signs Letter of Intent for Crew Chloe Watson of Bristol, a senior at Bay View Academy and a member of the Bengals crew team, signed a National Letter of Intent to row at the University of Rhode Island. This fall, she recorded a …
Gallery: EPHS girls' basketball EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School girls' basketball team played its final non-league game in preparation for its Division I regular season earlier this week against Exeter-West …
Eagles indoor track team races past Quakers, falls to Rams The Barrington High School boys indoor track team opened the winter season with a win over Moses Brown, 85-22, and a loss to LaSalle, 64-43. The meet was held on Wednesday night, Dec. 12, at the …
Opinion
Letter: Surely these three should not be picking Tiverton solicitor To the editor: This one bears watching. At the December 10 meeting of the new Tiverton Town Council, there was a discussion of replacing the town solicitor. Three members of the new Town …
Editorial: School buses need seat belts The Tiverton school bus that hurtled off the highway and into the woods recently emerged dented but intact. But for those unfortunate enough to have been trapped inside without seat belts, the …
Hogwash! Poppycock! And other baloney! Rhode Islanders learned something officially which we knew all along: the school system is failing our children. In a demographic comparison, i.e. economically poorer areas to our economically poorer …
Letter: How to delude the voting public — the Ascencao story The election and subsequent resignation of Laufton Ascencao should be an instructive example of democracy going off the rails. Mr. Asencao fabricated a narrative of a young Bristol native who …

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.