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Portsmouth earns first AAA bond rating

Portsmouth earns first AAA bond rating

PORTSMOUTH — For the first time in its history, the Town of Portsmouth has achieved the highly coveted AAA bond rating following a review of its outstanding general obligation bonds by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services. The new rating directly benefits the town because borrowed funds carry a much lower interest rate due to the AAA

Rep. Dennis M. Canario (third from right) presents a $5,000 legislative grant to Ray Davis of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition at a ceremony attended by other members of the Coalition.

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition gets $5,000 grant

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition was recently awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used to increase its coordinator’s hours to 20 per week. Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) presented the legislative grant to assist with the continuing work of the coalition study. The funds will be used to

Portsmouth has rejected a proposal to start charging local residents a fee to use Sandy Point Beach.

Portsmouth rejects beach fee for residents

PORTSMOUTH — Local residents won’t have to pay a fee to access Sandy Point Beach, but they will pay more for the cost of keeping a mooring. The Town Council Monday night voted on several recommendations presented by the New Revenue Group, a panel led by Town Administrator John Klimm that has been studying ways

Bunny Miller points to the area where a dog park is planned at Melville Park. Ms. Miller is chairwoman of the Portsmouth Dog Park Planning Committee.

Fund-raising begins for Portsmouth dog park

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Dog Park Planning Committee is ready to receive donations toward the construction of an off-leash park at the entrance to Melville Park off Bradford Road. The Town of Portsmouth has opened a restricted-receipt account at the Savings Institute Bank & Trust at 1430 East Main Road in Portsmouth for that purpose.

A car passes under the Sakonnet River Bridge gantry on June 20 — the last day tolls were collected.  Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth seeks toll refund

PORTSMOUTH — Now that a toll has been eliminated from the Sakonnet River Bridge, the Town of Portsmouth is going after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) for reimbursement of the “illegal” levy collected, which is said to be approaching a total of $1 million. The town first filed suit in U.S. District Court

An inspector atop the turbine's nacelle on May 8.

Report: Errors made during assembly of Portsmouth turbine

PORTSMOUTH — Parts of the town’s wind turbine were assembled incorrectly, which may have been a contributing factor toward the eventual breakdown of the machine’s gear box, according to a recent inspection report submitted to the town. The findings come from a May 12 report submitted by the Seattle, Wash. company DA Roberts, LLC (DAR) to

Portsmouth Town Hall

Task force seeks efficiency in Portsmouth government

PORTSMOUTH — They usually make decisions independent of one another, but now members of the Town Council and School Committee are sitting down together in hopes of finding common ground, saving taxpayers money and making local government run more efficiently. “We can be a better ‘company’ through this efficiency review,” said School Committee Chairman David Croston,

Screenshot of the new Town of Portsmouth website’s home page.

Town of Portsmouth unveils new website

PORTSMOUTH — Town Council President James Seveney said every once in a while, a resident requests an e-mail or a phone call whenever an item of interest to them is placed on an upcoming meeting agenda. Honoring such a wish just wasn’t feasible, he said. Until now, that is. With the Town of Portsmouth’s new