Tag Archives: Portsmouth Town Council

The Portsmouth Town Council Monday night will consider an application to turn the former Beach House in Island Park into a restaurant and sports bar called The Beachcomber.

Hiring of Portsmouth rec director on Monday’s agenda

Hiring of Portsmouth rec director on Monday’s agenda

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night, Feb. 9, is expected to hire a director for its fledging recreation department. In a Jan. 29 letter to Town Administrator John Klimm, James Lathrop, the town’s director of finance and personnel, recommended Robert Campion to be appointed part-time recreation director. “His organizational skills, experience with state and local


Portsmouth schools, town crunch budget numbers

PORTSMOUTH — Town and school officials presented a sneak preview of their five-year budget projections on a frigid Saturday morning at Town Hall. The workshop, which lasted a little over an hour, was intended to give each side a look at their respective fiscal challenges before budget season, and to mull methods to improve its longterm

Portsmouth High School Principal Robert Littlefield shared this photo showing an entrance to PHS that had been cleared by custodians following the blizzard Juno.

Portsmouth schools agree to explore sharing some services

PORTSMOUTH — In a move aimed at both saving money and improving efficiency, the School Committee Thursday voted to explore the sharing of information technology (IT) and grounds maintenance/facilities services with the town. On a motion by committee member Thomas R. Vadney, the panel voted 6-0 to direct Superintendent of Schools Ana C. Riley to work


Portsmouth postpones pay-as-you-throw workshop

PORTSMOUTH — Juno has forced the town to shuffle some scheduled meetings around. First off, tonight’s (Jan. 28) scheduled Town Council workshop on a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” program for the transfer station has been postponed. (Town Hall remains closed today.) The new meeting date has not yet been determined. The Town Council’s regular meeting, originally scheduled for

Neal Belliveau of the Portsmouth Department of Public Works mixes sand and salt in anticipation of the blizzard Monday morning. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth’s plea: Stay off the roads

PORTSMOUTH — First, the cancellations: All public schools in Portsmouth are closed Tuesday and all after-school or nighttime activities tonight have been canceled. Bradley School, Pennfield School, St. Philomela School, Portsmouth Abbey, Island Child Care Center, Island Day School and Countryside Children’s Center are also closed Tuesday. Town Hall and the transfer station will be closed Tuesday

The Portsmouth Compact, which established the town’s settlement in 1638, is among the historical documents that has been digitized for the Portsmouth History Center’s website at www.portsmouthhistorycenter.org.

Portsmouth to digitize historical documents

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night voted to support efforts by members of the Portsmouth 375th “Legacy Group” by allowing the digitizing of certain town documents for the new Portsmouth History Center at the library. A key component of the history center is a digital archive of town records, historical documents and other artifacts of interest


Sparks fly over Portsmouth school surplus

PORTSMOUTH — Things got a little heated between members of the Town Council and School Committee when a proposal to “punish” the school district for future budget surpluses was discussed Monday night. The school department’s finances came up during a larger discussion of a multi-pronged fiscal accountability policy proposed by council member Joseph Robicheau. In

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