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Holiday gifts that say ‘Portsmouth’

By   /  December 13, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Bob Hamilton, with the late John R. Pierce, Sr.'s book, "Historical Tracts of the Town of Portsmouth Rhode Island," which he first printed in 1991. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

PORTSMOUTH — If your mantra is “buy local,” you probably frequent as many mom-and-pop stores in Portsmouth as you can and stock up on produce at DeCastro’s or the indoor farmers’ market at St. Mary’s Church. But when it comes to holiday gifts, consider stepping it up a notch. Not only can you buy from […]

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Portsmouth shores breeding ground for Prohibition crime

By   /  July 2, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The rum-runner Black Duck was fired upon by a Coast Guard vessel in late 1929 in Newport Harbor, killing three of its four crew members.

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth and its surrounding towns may seem peaceful and quaint today. But if you were around during the Prohibition era, certain parts of the East Bay at times resembled crime-ridden Chicago during Al Capone’s days. “People at Black Point (Farm) were confronting each other with machine guns,” said Town Historian James Garman during a […]

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Hike Melville in Portsmouth Saturday

By   /  February 22, 2013  /  Things to Do  /  No Comments

Melville Winter Walk

PORTSMOUTH — The Melville Park Committee will once again sponsor a Winter Walk through Melville Park — this time with a twist. Because it’s the town’s 375th anniversary of incorporation, the Park Committee has modified the annual guided walk, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, to include a separate 3.75 km. sporting walk trail that traverses most […]

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