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Making it up as they go at Portsmouth High (photos)

The event was a fund-raiser for the Kate Grana Music and Arts Association, which wants to transform the auditorium into a state-of-the-art community hub for drama and music. 
In Portsmouth: Breaking down stereotypes around mental health
PORTSMOUTH — Kasim Yarn, an imposing figure who can command any room he steps in, said he was taught all his life than men like him … Read More
PHS students push for more mental health resources at forum
PORTSMOUTH — Nathan Bruno was not in the Portsmouth Middle School library, but 10 of his friends were there to speak loud and clear … Read More
Last-second goal lifts Barrington over Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ soccer team lost in heartbreaking fashion Friday night, as Barrington’s … Read More
Harkins: Animal list should be Westport selectmen’s job
Board of Health director unloads on critics A week after the Board of Health (BOH) that he chairs came under fire from a large … Read More
2018 Portsmouth High Hall of Fame class inducted Saturday
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome its second induction class during ceremonies at the … Read More
Warrant targets pot parties behind Westport farm
She has appeared recently before the Town Council and Planning Board urging that farmers be allowed to grow marijuana to sell to out … Read More
Obituaries
Reverend Dr. Robert P. Lawrence, Little Compton, Westport Reverend Dr. Robert P. Lawrence passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in South Dartmouth following a brief illness. Born in Norwich, Conn., on August 8, 1930, he was the son of the late Mariam (Pitcher) …
Antone Almeida Jr., 92, Westport Antone Almeida Jr., 92, of Westport and Zephyrhills, Fla., died Friday, September 21, 2018, at home.  He was the husband of the late Edith E. (Roylance) Almeida. Born in Little Compton, son of …
Josephine F. DeRosa Josephine F. DeRosa, 93, of Little Compton, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Silver Creek Manor in Bristol. Born in Little Compton, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Mary …
Sports
Backup saves the day in Portsmouth's Homecoming win PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots football team didn’t miss a beat after losing starting quarterback Kyle Bicho to an injury in the second quarter against Central High …
Portsmouth High boys play to 1-1 tie with Central Falls PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity soccer team played to a 1-1 tie at home against Central Falls Monday night.  The result put the Division I Patriots into …
Injury Fund games kick off 2018 high school football season PORTSMOUTH — The local high school football season was kicked off Thursday night, Aug. 30, with a number of injury fund games played ahead of week one of the regular season next week. Portsmouth …
Chatfield reps local golf with US Am performance EAST BAY — Wannamoisett’s Davis Chatfield certainly did his home layout and the area golf community proud last week with his performance at the 118th U.S. Amateur played over the renowned …
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Opinion
Letter: Sign insults do nothing to help heal a divided nation To the editor: I address my comments to the fellow citizen who owns a business on Main Road and posts his political views on a sign in front of his establishment. I strongly support your right …
Letter: Do you really know what the Progressives stand for? In an earlier letter to the editor I cautioned all Rhode Island voters to beware of candidates running for state and local elected office who subscribe to the Progressive Democrat left — aka …
Letter: Writer wrong — we never use Roundup on potato crop To the editor: As potato farmers in the Sakonnet region, we must respond to Mimi Karlsson’s letter of September 20. First, Ms. Karlsson is completely mistaken on a very important matter of fact: …
Editorial: A fine vista revived For all who cherish a good view, great news from the owners of those twin towering Somerset eyesores that grab attention from every part of Mount Hope Bay and beyond. The owners announced recently …

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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.