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Ground zero for 1938 Hurricane: More vulnerable than ever
On the 80th anniversary of the 1938 Hurricane’s devastating blow to Island Park and elsewhere, Town Historian Jim Garman talked … Read More
Portsmouth grapples with local rights-of-way
PORTSMOUTH — Pheasant Drive Beach offers spectacular panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, the Mt. Hope Bridge and Hog Island Shoal … Read More
Portsmouth High band’s Disney-on-turf show is ‘Fantasmic!’
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Marching Band performed its second Walt Disney-inspired field show of the year during … Read More
Portsmouth roots run deep at MLK Community Center
PORTSMOUTH — Jennifer Pedrick handed over one big check to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport recently. Read More
Cyclists cross four bridges to benefit Save The Bay
EAST BAY — Bicyclists enjoyed some of the most spectacular views in our area Sunday when they crossed over four bridges before … Read More
RIDOT closing a portion of I-195 in East Providence overnight
EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of temporary overnight highway … Read More
Services set for Matthew M. Harris, 38, of Warren
Matthew Marcellus Harris, 38, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. He was a beloved son of Larry Harris of Springfield, MA, … Read More
Man charged with felony assault at marijuana dispensary
PORTSMOUTH — A 34-year-old Fall River man was charged with felony assault using a dangerous weapon or substance after police … Read More
Portsmouth wedding officiant accused of stealing guest’s purse
PORTSMOUTH — A local wedding officiant was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 11, after he allegedly used a credit card stolen from a guest … Read More
Sports
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Runners raise money for Portsmouth High Music Boosters
PORTSMOUTH — Runners young and old took over the streets of Common Fence Point Sunday morning for a good cause: raising money for … Read More
Police Report
Opening of new Portsmouth Police station delayed to January
PORTSMOUTH — Members of the town’s police force will have to wait longer than expected to move into their new building. Read More
Portsmouth Police to try out body cameras starting Saturday
PORTSMOUTH — Starting Saturday, Sept. 1, officers with the Portsmouth Police Department will be wearing body cameras while out on … Read More
Portsmouth Police charge man with DUI, assault after accident
PORTSMOUTH — A 28-year-old Dartmouth man was charged with driving while intoxicated and domestic assault after he fled the scene of … Read More
Obituaries
Alfred L. Borges, 78, Portsmouth Alfred L. Borges, Jr., 78, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 14, 2018. Fred was born on Feb. 16, 1940 in Fall River, Mass. to the late Alfred L. Borges, Sr. and the late Mary …
Fred Sawyer, 78, Portsmouth Fred Sawyer, 78, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, passed away on Sept. 13, 2018, in Newport. Fred was born on April 2, 1940, in Lewiston, Maine to the late Fred W. Sawyer, Sr. and the late Ada (Emory) …
James Viera, 87, Portsmouth James Viera, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  Born on May 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Gene and Hortense Viera. He was the husband of …

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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.