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Bridge in dire need of a summer cleaning

To the editor, Does the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority no longer have any funding available for the maintenance of Mount Hope Bridge? Is it awaiting a subsidy from the state? This bridge is one the oldest spans across an extended water surface in the state. This bridge needs annual preventive maintenance to preserve this vital

Briana Pacheco, 19, and Austin Bateman, 8, play a game of foosball  on the last day of Portsmouth Action for Youth’s summer camp program Aug. 15. PAY discontinued its after-school program because it was unable to secure an agreement with the school district.

Portsmouth offers after-school care for grades 4, 5

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Action for Youth’s (PAY) after-school program may be out on the street, but some parents now have an alternative. Portsmouth Middle School is offering an after-school program for fourth- and fifth-graders five days a week, according to Town Council member David Gleason, who said he learned about it after meeting Wednesday morning with

Ashley Rozes, who spearheaded efforts to install a bench in memory of Edward E. Fitzgerald, said the late substitute teacher and Marine “was a calming face on a stressful day, a reassuring pat on the back when you felt like not much else could go wrong.”

Late Mr. Fitz was Portsmouth’s ‘Giving Tree embodied’

PORTSMOUTH — Substitute teachers usually don’t get a lot of respect, but there haven’t been too many subs like Col. Edward E. Fitzgerald, more affectionally known as “Mr. Fitz.” The “grandfather” to countless number of Portsmouth High School students over the years passed away in December 2013 at the age of 83. A 31-year decorated

An evening of classical music in Middletown

Enjoy a concert featuring selections from composers Mozart, Glière and Kodaly performed by violinist Julie Castor and Cellist Benjamin Larsen. Graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, Castor and Larsen are based in New York City where they are both teachers and freelance musicians. WHERE: St. Columba’s Chapel, 55 Vaucluse Avenue, Middletown WHEN: Wednesday, August 27,

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RIPTA buses free Wednesday due to air quality alert

STATEWIDE — Due to anticipated high levels of pollution and/or ozone, all regular Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses and trolleys, excluding special services, will be free on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in portions of Rhode Island during the

Sea Tow divers work to salvage a small sunken sailboat in Mount Hope Bay. Behind them are the massive twin cooling towers of the Brayton Point Power Station. (Ted Hayes photo_

Brayton Point power plant may be sold again

By Bruce Burdett Houston, Texas-based Dynegy Inc. announced last week that it will buy Brayton Point Power Station, the coal-fired power plant at the head of Mount Hope Bay. This will be the second sale of the plant in less than a year. In a Friday press release, Dynegy said that the Brayton Point facility

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Pet of the week: Meet Buddy

Looking for a new best Buddy? Well, you’ve found him in this handsome and affectionate 8-year-old who’s currently living at the Potter League for Animals in Middletown. Buddy is an all-around great kitty: playful, social, lap-loving and friendly to other cats and maybe even — ahem — the right dog! Buddy and all his friends who

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