Portsmouth names Lisa Mills as town's new finance director

PORTSMOUTH — In a 6-1 vote, the Town Council Monday night approved Town Administrator Richard Rainer Jr.’s recommendation to hire Lisa Mills of Foster as the town’s new …
Portsmouth to consider allowing tarps at transfer station

PORTSMOUTH — A local resident is asking the council to eliminate a rule prohibiting the use of tarps to unload yard debris at the transfer station on Hedly Street.

Proposed Portsmouth budget calls for 3.59% hike in tax rate

PORTSMOUTH — Town Administrator Richard Rainer, Jr.’s proposed municipal budget for fiscal 2019 beginning July 1 calls for a 3.59 percent increase in the residential property tax …

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More than 200 turn out for Earth Day beach cleanup in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Dave McLaughlin of Clean Ocean Access (COA) beamed as he watched car after car pass him as drivers were directed to parking spots near the Newport Beach Club on Sunday.

In Portsmouth, preparing for a worst-case scenario

PORTSMOUTH — Town workers and volunteers gathered at Portsmouth High School Friday to prepare for something they hope never happens: a town-wide pandemic or other medical …

Chase Farms named Portsmouth Grange Agriculturist of 2018

PORTSMOUTH — “In this ever-changing world of agricultural practices, it takes a special talent to succeed,” says Walter Elwell, a member of the Portsmouth Grange 29 Patrons of …

Section of old Sakonnet River Bridge finally lowered onto barge

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Slowly but surely, the center section of the old Sakonnet River Bridge was finally lowered onto an assembly of barges on Thursday. A representative from S&R …

Over two dozen Portsmouth residents sent PAYT violation notices

PORTSMOUTH — More than two dozen residents have been sent warning letters for allegedly violating the new pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) rules at the transfer station, according to Raymond …

Portsmouth adopts ordinance to regulate short-term rentals

PORTSMOUTH — After a three-hour public hearing Monday night, the Town Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance aimed at regulating a growing concern in town: the proliferation of …
Margaret Crosson Dunn, 93, Portsmouth

Margaret Crosson Dunn, 93, of Portsmouth, R.I. passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Brookdale Sakonnet Bay. She was born on May 27, 1924 in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of the late James F. …

Ruth Eleanor (Killam) Cottrell, 93, Portsmouth

Rodney S. Santos, 52, Prudence Island

Dr. Ronald N. Mancini, 70, Tiverton

Albert “Budd” D. Buddemeyer, 63, Portsmouth

Kathleen T. Doherty, 90, Newport

Judi Staven, 65, Portsmouth

Albertine A. (Croteau) Caron, 95, Tiverton and Portsmouth

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‘Conservation Days'events this weekend in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — In celebration of Earth Day, the Portsmouth Conservation Commission will host "Conservation Days" events this weekend. On Saturday, April 28, there will be a community …

Rhode Island Foundation Presents RWP Pops with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra

Rhode Island Philharmonic Summer Pops presented by TACO/The White Family Foundation

Rhode Island Philharmonic Summer Pops presented by Citizens Bank


Most New England French Canadians are descended from daughters of the king

When I run into people with French Canadian ancestry, I always ask if they have discovered an ancestor who was one of les filles du roi. Most don’t know what that is. When I tell them it means …

Warren veterans support 'Moving Wall' visit to Ocean State

Don't get scammed; Buddy almost did

Letter: Cuts will hurt traumatized youth across Rhode Island

Letter: What's the answer to last week's quiz?

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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.