Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Portsmouth

Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Nathan Nevarez wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up, so it was only natural for his Google design to be based on a dinosaur. His creativity paid off, since it was announced Wednesday that the first-grader at St. Philomena School is the Rhode Island finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” national art competition. The annual contest invites students across...

PORTSMOUTH — Nearly 100 seventh- and eighth-graders put their experiments on display for St. Philomena School’s annual science fair recently. Topics ranged how different musical genres impact one’s ability to study, acid rain and everything in between. Dan Baker, the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, said students picked their own topics for the fair. “I’ve been a science teacher for 30...

PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police reports from over the past week. Tuesday, Feb. 2 Neil H. Cain, 22, of 24 Islington Ave., was charged around 2 a.m. with driving while intoxicated (first offense). Mr. Cain’s vehicle was drifting between lanes and shortly before police were about to pull him over, they said he abruptly pulled into his...

NEWPORT — Local people with special needs who are age 16 and older will have their “Night to Shine” this Friday, Feb. 12, from 6-10 p.m. at the Newport Marriott’s Grand Ballroom on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. Crosspoint Church and the Rhode Island District 2 Challenger Division is sponsoring the Night to Shine prom night experience, sponsored by the Tim...

PORTSMOUTH — Parents need to get more involved and put pressure on their respective school committees to dump Common Core and its related PARCC test, opponents of the assessment program were told at a forum last week. The event at the Portsmouth Free Public Library last Thursday was organized by Jean Lehane, a Portsmouth parent of two students who opted out...

PORTSMOUTH — The town is offering recycling bins, compost bins and rain barrels to residents year-round. “The Town of Portsmouth is expanding recycling and waste reducing opportunities,” said Sanne Kure-Jensen, the town’s recycling coordinator. “Recycle bins help residents sort recycling materials at home and reduce the number of plastic bags thrown away after delivering recyclables at transfer stations. By composting food...

PORTSMOUTH — Forget about town business tonight and curl up in front of a fire instead. Due to today’s snowstorm, the regular Town Council meeting that had been scheduled for tonight, Feb. 8, has been canceled. The meeting was re-scheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 10, starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. However, the public hearing on a proposed amendment to the...

To the editor: We can all agree that our roads and bridges are deplorable but is tolling the best solution to repair them? East Bay residents must be elated that the governor has chosen not to toll our area of the state. In fact, a number of our local legislators will tell you that the working Sakonnet gantry recently paid for...

An anticipated 5-8 inches of snow — more to the south and east today, Monday, has prompted all pubic schools in our coverage area to close. Parking bans are also effect in the usual places through the day.

PORTSMOUTH — While most of you were watching the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, a different sort of victory was quietly being celebrated on the Sakonnet River Bridge. Workers from Aetna Bridge Company dismantled the toll gantry on the Portsmouth side of the span late Sunday night while a handful of local legislators and other bridge...

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