Portsmouth High spreads musical cheer at winter concerts (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Music Department hosted the second of two winter concerts Tuesday night in the school auditorium, featuring the choruses and symphonic band. The …
RICAS: Portsmouth, state are playing catchup to Mass. schools

PORTSMOUTH — Rhode Island public schools have some catching up to do before they can compare favorably to Massachusetts on student assessments, school officials lamented during …

Portsmouth schools to start after Labor Day next year

PORTSMOUTH — For the first time in years, students will report back to public schools after Labor Day next year. The School Committee Tuesday night unanimously approved the school …

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Santa Claus came to Portsmouth (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — This year’s Santa Tours tours ended Monday night after eight nights of visits to every street in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth will dip into surplus to cover police station overruns

PORTSMOUTH — With change orders pushing the cost of the new police station over the $10 million approved by voters in November 2016, the Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to use …

Middletown man charged with breaking into Portsmouth home

PORTSMOUTH — A 32-year-old Middletown man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with breaking into an Anthony Road residence late last month. Jameson P. Hassett, of 34 Rosa Road, was …

Portsmouth transfer station stickers go on sale Jan. 2

PORTSMOUTH — The 2019 transfer station vehicle stickers go on sale on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. On Nov. 26, the Town Council voted to raise the vehicle sticker fee to $180 for 2019 …

Road safety, school aid top Portsmouth’s legislative priorities

PORTSMOUTH — Improving the school aid funding formula, making state roads safer, protecting citizens’ healthcare and addressing sea level rise were among the legislative priorities …

Portsmouth girls cruise to non-league win over Chariho

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ varsity basketball team made easy work of the Chariho Chargers at home Friday night, 66-27. The Patriots’ Lexi Greffen led all …
Obituaries
Heidi Ann (Ladd) Pacheco, 49, Portsmouth

Heidi Ann (Ladd) Pacheco, 49, of Portsmouth, passed away on Nov. 9, 2018. Heidi was born on Jan. 7, 1969, in Augusta, Maine to Charles Ladd and Gail (Anderson) Ladd. Heidi was the wife of Nicholas …

Philippe Drapeau, Tiverton

Alfred L. Borges, 78, Portsmouth

Fred Sawyer, 78, Portsmouth

James Viera, 87, Portsmouth

Services set for Matthew M. Harris, 38, of Warren

Fred Prendergast, 77, Portsmouth

Richard Simmons Palmer, 91, Newport

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Sweetback Sisters bringing holiday cheer to Portsmouth High

PORTSMOUTH — Get into the holiday spirit this Saturday, Dec. 8, with The Sweetback Sisters’ 10th annual Country Christmas Singalong at the Portsmouth High School auditorium, 120 …

Santa Claus is coming to Portsmouth!

Common Fence Music cancels tonight’s Hope & Main show

Portsmouth High Drama Club to stage Moliere comedy

Brattle Book Shop owner speaks at Portsmouth library Tuesday

Opinion
Letter: RI vs. Mass. test score comparison invalid and unfair

To the editor: The scores are in. Rhode Island’s students did not appear to do as well on the RICAS as students in Massachusetts.  RICAS is Rhode Island’s version of the Massachusetts …

Letter: Three days in Marsaxlokk Bay with President Bush

Letter: Transfer station still much cheaper than curbside pickup

Letter: ALT is neglecting the north side of Portsmouth

Letter: In showing respect, sometimes reality intervenes

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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.