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East Providence Police investigate Citizens Bank robbery

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Thursday, May 23, at approximately 5 p.m. at the Citizens Bank branch, 622 Taunton …
Aquidneck Island Robotics team finishes successful season
NEWPORT — It’s been a good year for the Aquidneck Island Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition Team 78, AIR STRIKE. Comprised of … Read More
Feds formally rescind Sakonnet Bridge toll order
PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — It’s official: There will be no future tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The Federal Highway … Read More
Play performed at Portsmouth High explores road to recovery
PORTSMOUTH — She was nervous, the anxiety coursing through her like wildfire.  She felt untethered, unsure of the steps to take … Read More
Portsmouth High baseball team notches two shutouts over Pilgrim
PORTSMOUTH — Ben Gesmondi’s three-run blast in the first inning proved to be all the offense the Portsmouth High baseball team … Read More
District to sever ties with Prudence Island schoolhouse
PORTSMOUTH — We now know the Prudence Island School will remain open for the foreseeable future, but the School Committee still has … Read More
Portsmouth's provisional budget calls for 43-cent tax rate hike
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council approved more than $130,000 in additional spending requests, including the creation of a full-time … Read More
Obituaries
Eileen C. Tonne, 94, Portsmouth, Tiverton 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, …
Margaret G. Jones, 76, Portsmouth Margaret Grace (Mattos) Jones, 76, of Portsmouth, passed away in her sleep at home early Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019. She was born Feb. 16, 1943, to the late Manuel and Laura (Laureanno) Mattos …
Sports
Former Portsmouth principal tapped for RIIL Hall of Fame PORTSMOUTH — A former longtime principal and coach at Portsmouth High School will be among the members of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) High School Athletic Hall of Fame …
Portsmouth beats Mt. Hope, remains undefeated in Division II PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ lacrosse team improved its record to 10-0 in Division II after defeating Mt. Hope at home Friday, 13-9. Freshman Jack Cianciolo …
Portsmouth falls to Huskies in D-II unified state finals, 34-26 PORTSMOUTH — They had given it their all out on the court, but by the time the final buzzer sounded Sunday, May 5, the Portsmouth Patriots’ unified basketball team came up just short …
Portsmouth unified team to play in state finals Sunday (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School unified basketball team is headed to the state finals again. The Patriots defeated Juanita Sanchez in the Division II semifinals at home on …
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Opinion
Letter: For our planet, these numbers we dare not ignore To the editor: Four hundred fifteen. One million. What are these numbers, you ask? They are dire milestones in this continuing journey of destruction of our only home by the hands of …
Letter: The funny thing about the truth ... 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 …
Letter: Wet, cool spring hard on potato, corn farmers 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 …
Letter: Goal of potable water at affordable cost has been met To the editor: A major success is turning the faucet and taking it for granted that the water that comes forth is safe and drinkable. In many parts of the country and world healthy drinking water …

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