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Letter: Portsmouth Prevention Coalition does good work

To the editor: There were a couple of letters written to the Portsmouth Times recently regarding marijuana issues and opinions on which the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition was referenced. Those articles were “Pot legalization is last nail in the coffin” by Kathleen Melvin and “Writer’s case against marijuana flawed” by John McDaid. As the coordinator of

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Funding urged for Portsmouth student assistance job

PORTSMOUTH — Gael Berberick wasn’t the only school employee who heard from supporters at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting. Several people spoke in favor of keeping the student assistance counselor’s job at the high school after representatives from the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition (PPC) said they could not longer afford to make its annual $19,000 contribution toward

Letter: Writer’s case against marijuana legalization flawed

To the editor: A recent letter by Ms. Kathleen Melvin of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition asserts that legalization of marijuana would be “the last nail in the coffin” of Rhode Island, but bases her argument on religious bigotry, partisan politics and mischaracterized science. Referencing a story in the Providence Journal (“Church that uses marijuana to


Marijuana use in Newport County topic of forum

NEWPORT — The Ocean State Prevention Alliance (OSPA), in collaboration with the six Newport County prevention coalitions, is hosting a series of forums across the state to address the impact of marijuana on local communities. The next one will run from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in the auditorium at the Community College of Rhode

PHS Principal Robert Littlefield, playing on the PSD Admin team, was one of the more animated competitors on the court. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

In Portsmouth: ‘Ready, set … dodgeball!’ (Gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — Town Council member Michael Buddemeyer forgot to duck. Playing for Purple Reign — a team of council and School Committee members, he was up against the LC All Stars, made up of Portsmouth High School students from Little Compton. Council member or no council member, this was dodge ball, and those kids from Little

The sign outside Town Hall is adorned with purple lights. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth painted purple to support prevention efforts

PORTSMOUTH — Once again, Portsmouth is flashing its purple power this week to show its support of efforts in town to keep kids off drugs and alcohol. Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a nonprofit established by Portsmouth resident Chris Herren, officially got underway Monday but was shoveled under the snow by Hugo for

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition graphic shows substance abuse usage among local public school students by grade.

Portsmouth drug task force pleads for $25,000

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s substance abuse task force has identified the problems facing many local students when it comes to drugs and alcohol. According to two comprehensive district-wide surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014, about half the student population is involved in some sort of substance abuse, whether it’s alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills or other drugs.

Letter: Drug prevention workshop in Portsmouth Wednesday

To the editor: The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition is charged by the State of Rhode Island and chartered by the Portsmouth Town Council to advise and initiate substance abuse prevention activities in the Town of Portsmouth. That role is an important connection between residents struggling with substance abuse related issues, adolescents in like situations and their

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