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PORTSMOUH — The R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has decided to close and remove the concrete Gull Cove State Boat Ramp in July, saying it’s no longer safe or … more
To the editor: I am writing in response to the letter in the May 16 edition to The Times by Mr. Rottman (“Mueller Report: Curious game they are playing”). First of all, the Mueller … more
PORTSMOUTH — When it comes to Portsmouth High School band trips to Disney World, eighth-graders’ excursions to Washington, D.C., or elementary school students’ visits to local … more
TIVERTON — Three boaters spent about 20 minutes in cold water off Jack’s Island (peninsula) near Seapowet Point Wednesday after their 17-foot powerboat suddenly took on water and overturned. … more
NEWPORT — It’s been a good year for the Aquidneck Island Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition Team 78, AIR STRIKE. Comprised of 25 high school students from 13 schools across Rhode … more
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PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — It’s official: There will be no future tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has formally rescinded an April 23, 2013 … more
Eileen Claire (Grimm) Tonne, 94, of Portsmouth, passed away on May 19, 2019, at Sakonnet Bay Manor in Tiverton. She was the wife of Laurence Tonne of Portsmouth. Eileen was born in New York, NY, … more
While we non-farmers have been counting up the rainy days and bemoaning the lack of warm and spring-like weather, the local potato and sweet corn growers have been in serious, deep trouble. The … more
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Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.