Tag Archives: Portsmouth Town Council

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The Portsmouth Compact, which established the town’s settlement in 1638, is among the historical documents that has been digitized for the Portsmouth History Center’s website at www.portsmouthhistorycenter.org.

Portsmouth to digitize historical documents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 A key component of the history center is a digital archive of town records, historical documents and other artifacts of interest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

A car passes under the Sakonnet River Bridge gantry on June 20 — the last day a toll was collected.

Portsmouth to appeal dismissal of toll lawsuit

PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth plans to appeal last week’s court ruling that dismissed the town’s lawsuit over the Sakonnet River Bridge toll, according to Town Solicitor Kevin Gavin. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux last week set aside the lawsuit filed by the town in April 2013, saying it was moot because the

A pay-as-you-throw program would help fund needed repairs to the transfer station facility on Hedly Street, according to the Portsmouth Solid Waste/Recycling Committee.

Portsmouth explores pay-as-you-throw program

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday night will hear a request to schedule a workshop on a proposed pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program at the transfer station on Hedly Street. The request for the workshop is being made by Bob Gessler, chairman of the Solid Waste/Recycling Committee. He’s asking that the workshop, which would take about two

James C. Seveney (left) and Keith E. Hamilton were voted vice president and president, respectively, of the Portsmouth Town Council Monday night. They were among seven council members who took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony Monday night. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Keith Hamilton new Portsmouth council president

PORTSMOUTH — Keith E. Hamilton, a Republican who was the highest vote-getter in the Town Council race Nov. 4, was unanimously selected as the panel’s new president in a swearing-in ceremony Monday night. James C. Seveney, a Democrat and the previous council president, was chosen as vice president in a 4-3 vote. Mr. Hamilton cast the

The Town of Portsmouth and Preserve Rhode Island are working together on a plan to rehabilitate the 1915 Phelps House for possible use as a bed and breakfast.

Portsmouth’s Phelps House targeted for B&B

botPORTSMOUTH — A long-range plan to transform the historic Phelps House at Glen Farm into a bed and breakfast received initial endorsement by the Town Council Monday night when it voted unanimously to spend $49,500 for emergency repairs on the 1915 town-owned home. The town is working with the nonprofit historical preservation group Preserve Rhode Island