Portsmouth School Committee OKs budget calling for 2.2% hike

PORTSMOUTH — In a 5-2 vote Monday night, the School Committee approved a $38.92 million budget for next year that’s 2.2 percent higher than the current spending plan.
Westport planners scrutinize big stone entry
By Bruce Burdett The Planning Board wants a Hickory Lane resident to explain the thinking behind a grand stone entry structure that … Read More
Osprey homes took a winter beating
WESTPORT — To spare osprey a most unsettling Westport homecoming, volunteers are hustling to replace large numbers of nesting … Read More
Portsmouth students take a stand for school safety
PORTSMOUTH — The potential threat of suspension gone, more than 300 Portsmouth High School students chose to walk out Wednesday … Read More
Westport flotilla offers safe boating class
Recreational boating may be a year-round sport for some, but for most the traditional recreational season is a little more than two … Read More
Westport's Beach Avenue needs to slim down
All had been strangely silent down at contentious Beach Avenue for months but that lull ended abruptly late last week. Town Highway … Read More
Westport students to walk out in memory of shooting victims
Westport Junior-Senior High School students will stand united with students of Stoneman Douglas High School this Wednesday, March 14 … Read More
In Portsmouth, activists detail progress on gun violence bills
PORTSMOUTH — “Unless we make the changes ourselves, it’s not going to happen,” Jennifer Smith Boylan told about three dozen … Read More
California resident arrested in crash that killed Westport woman
State and local police on Tuesday arrested a 58-year-old California man who had recently been living in Westport, in connection with … Read More
New photos: Thousands without power here
Thousands of East Bay residents are without power Saturday morning, as National Grid crews struggle to restore service on the heels of … Read More
Joyce Catherine Agnes Kilroy Rogers, Tiverton

Joyce Catherine Agnes Kilroy Rogers of Tiverton, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 2, 2018. Joyce, (US Navy, …

Jim Campbell, Little Compton

Nancy Lynne Pontes, 76, Little Compton and Barrington

Letter: Let casino stay open 24/7, serve alcohol until 2 To the editor: I am writing as a 20-year resident of Tiverton to register my support for Twin River’s petition to operate on a 24/7 basis and to extend its ability to serve alcohol to 2 a.m. on …
Letter: Please speak out against the assault on our environment I recently moved to beautiful Bristol, R.I., from the Washington, D.C., area. We selected Bristol because of the wonderful historic community and the clean air and water of the Narragansett Bay …
Letter: To really change, we must all face our addiction To the editor: Ban guns? Go ahead. Think it will work? Think it will help? Think our addicted nation will solve another complex issue chasing “The Shiny Object?” Will we, can we actually …
Portsmouth boys’ hockey team advances to D-II semis PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth’s Christian Schenck made up for lost time when he scored three goals in the opening game of the best-of-three quarterfinal series. The fourth-seeded Patriots …
Portsmouth High boys finish fourth in state swim meet PORTSMOUTH — For the second straight year, the Portsmouth High School boys’ swim team placed fourth in the state championship meet at Brown University on Saturday. The Patriots …
Gallery: Tiverton High loses to Wheeler in Division III boys' hoops final WARWICK — The Wheeler School defeated Tiverton, 60-50, for the Division III boys' basketball championship in the game played Sunday, Feb. 25, at CCRI-Warwick.

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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.