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Have you been thinking about buying a home? Have you been looking? We want to help, East Bay Events is throwing a House Party for prospective home buyers. Join us for this free evening out with local real estate experts — in a relaxed atmosphere. more
Joel Huval shows up at his front door, three dogs rustling around his feet, with a smile as large as the muscles straining beneath his fitted T-shirt. more
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I haven’t gotten everything planted yet. (Yes, I know it’s July.) My back porch holds a collection of trays lined with 4-and 6-packs of stressed out nicotiana seedlings spiked into … more
Hardwired in my DNA is a deep refusal to ever be landlocked, aside from maybe a week or two of vacation. I have to live within sniffing if not spitting distance of a large body of water, preferably … more
Patience is a virtue,Virtue is a grace.Grace is a little girl,Who would not wash her face. —Dick King-Smith We gardeners are generally credited for being patient, but March puts us to the test … more
You probably shouldn’t listen to me. Whatever I said before about July sowings of zinnias coming into bloom within weeks might be true, but I can show you no evidence to support it. At the … more
The winter moth scourge is ravaging area trees this spring but birds are coming to the rescue. Steve Johnson of Little Compton took this picture of a boat-tailed grackle with an overflowing mouthful … more
I walked the dog a few blocks out of our usual way today to check for signs of spring. The weather was mild — it has been for days, and for days ahead too the forecast looks promising. Even … more
I have one ambition in life unlikely to earn me any medals: I want to watch plants grow. I did sit down once, years ago, to witness the opening of an evening primrose flower. I don’t remember … more
I just spent an hour scrolling through dozens of images of spiders — some of them much too close-up for comfort — to answer a question that must be at the front of your mind if it’s … more
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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.