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Two Portsmouth businesses come under scrutiny

By   /  January 9, 2014  /  Police & Crime  /  No Comments

Portsmouth Police Chief Thomas F. Lee

PORTSMOUTH — Police Chief Thomas F. Lee has asked the town to review recent incidents at two licensed businesses to determine if any action should be taken against the establishments. One case involves a drug arrest in the parking lot of Fieldstones Grille on East Main Road, the other an alcohol licensing violation at the […]

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Portsmouth resident considers legal action over chapel

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

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PORTSMOUTH — A local real estate agent who wants to turn the former Elmhurst School chapel into a music and film studio is considering legal action against the Town Council, which Monday night re-affirmed its intention to tear the building down. The council voted unanimously to approve a $115,210 change order in the demolition work […]

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D’Addario to be Portsmouth’s municipal court judge

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Richard P. D’Addario

PORTSMOUTH — Richard P. D’Addario has been selected to be the judge for the town’s first municipal court, the Town Council revealed Monday night. The council interviewed three candidates and voted to select Mr. D’Addario during a Nov. 23 executive session, Council President James Seveney said. Mr. D’Addario, who has a law office in Newport, has […]

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Idea for former Portsmouth school’s chapel: movie studio

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Resident John Vitkevich says the chapel's high roof line makes it ideal for re-use as a music and film studio.

PORTSMOUTH — A local resident wants to turn the former Elmhurst School chapel into a film and music production studio, while another has proposed to transform it  into a “community civic center.” It may be too late for either idea, however. The Town Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room […]

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Portsmouth council sets goals for 2014

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Fixing the broken wind turbine, improving the budget process, helping citizens fix their failed septic systems, getting a municipal court up and running and finalizing a plan for the Elmhurst property were among the issues the Town Council identified as priority items for the next year. In a rare Saturday morning meeting, the council […]

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Resident: Turn Portsmouth turbine into billboard

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  1 Comment

The town's wind turbine has been idle since June 2012.

PORTSMOUTH — A local resident has come up with a unique solution to the town’s broken wind turbine problem. John Vitkevich says the town should consider replacing the turbine — idle since June 2012 due to a faulty gear box — with a digital billboard, similar to those seen on I-195 and other highways. The turbine, located behind […]

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Portsmouth council to discuss goals, priorities Saturday

By   /  November 22, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

The town's wind turbine near the high school, idle since June 2012 due to a broken gear box, is one of the issues the Portsmouth Town Council hopes to resolve in 2014.

PORTSMOUTH — In a rare Saturday meeting, The Town Council will tackle legislative priorities and goal-setting for 2014, and get a school budget forecast from its finance director. The council will begin the Nov. 23 meeting at 9 a.m. in executive session to interview candidates and select a judge for the town’s newly established municipal court. […]

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Portsmouth council won’t dissolve Open Space Committee

By   /  November 13, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council has rejected a citizens’ watchdog group leader’s request to disband the Open Space Committee (OSC), which he accused of violating state open meetings laws and a subjecting one of its members to personal performance hearings for political retribution. “We believe the Open Space Committee is beyond redemption,” Larry Fitzmorris, president of […]

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Portsmouth asked to take another look at regionalization

By   /  November 13, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Portsmouth High School

PORTSMOUTH — Middletown officials pleaded their case for an Aquidneck Island regional high school to a mostly skeptical Town Council Tuesday night. The Middletown Town Council has asked the town to appoint two members from both the council and the School Committee to serve on a Unified High School Exploratory Committee to study the issue. The […]

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Portsmouth outlines septic repair loan program

By   /  November 13, 2013  /  Government & Politics  /  No Comments

Portsmouth Park (pictured) and Island Park have many homes with failing septic systems that need to be repaired or replaced.

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Tuesday night got its first look at a new loan program to help qualified residents pay for upgrades to their septic systems to bring them in line with minimum state standards. The municipally funded revolving loan program is the core of the town’s Wastewater Management Plan, which answers the state Department […]

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