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Seen here looking from Portsmouth southeast down the river toward Tiverton and Little Compton, ice covers the Sakonnet shore to shore Friday afternoon.

Ice blocks the Sakonnet River

Ice blocks the Sakonnet River

Ice covered the Sakonnet River shore-to-shore Friday, the first time that has happened in several years. At around the south end of Gould Island, a virtually unbroken sheet of ice  reached from Nanaquaket in Tiverton to the west end of Park Avenue in Portsmouth. That ice appeared to reach south a considerable distance down the

A U.S. Coast Guard boat searches the waters beneath the Mt. Hope Bridge shortly before 2 p.m. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Search on for Mt. Hope Bridge jumper

BRISTOL/PORTSMOUTH — The U.S. Coast Guard along with fire department and police units from Bristol and Portsmouth are searching for a person who reportedly jumped off the Mt. Hope Bridge this afternoon. A “confirmed jumper” was reported from the north side of the span sometime after 1 p.m. The Marine 1 boat out of Bristol was

Laurie Davidson Spaner, a daughter of the late Dr. Robert A. Davidson, performs at the “Broadway From Then ’Til Now” concert on Feb. 1 Photo by Jim McGaw.

Letter: ‘Broadway From Then ’Til Now’ a big success!

To the editor: The fifth concert in memory of Dr. Robert A. Davidson, a Portsmouth resident and dentist in Tiverton, was held on a cold night in February and was a wonderful night of entertainment. Produced and directed by Craig Spaner, Dr. Davidson’s son-in-law and Laurie Davidson Spaner, his daughter, the show was a wonderful

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Open houses planned around East Bay this week

The following open houses are planned in towns around the East Bay this weekend: Barrington 425 Sowams Road — Sunday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Cape, 4, 2, $319,000. Residential Properties, Laurie Flethcer, 401-245-9600. East Providence 72 Orlo Ave. — Sundau, Feb. 22, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Colonial 3, 1, $167,000. Century 21 Topsail Realty, 401-263-8700.

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Off the Market: Homes sold around East Bay

The following properties have changed hands recently in the East Bay: East Providence 40 Booth Ave. — $169,900 6 Cushman Ave. — $1 18 Bicknell Ave. — $245,000 41 Wellington St. — $78,000 445 N. Broadway — $114,000 150 Pavilion Ave. — $269,000 175 Wampanoag Trail — $120,000 77 Leonard Ave. — $165,000 74-76 Ingraham

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Portsmouth shoots down pay-as-you-throw proposal

PORTSMOUTH — A proposed pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program was halted in its tracks tonight by the Town Council, which voted 4-2 against the plan. Under a PAYT system, residents are charged based on the amount of ordinary household trash they throw away in special bags that are purchased at local stores. The idea is to increase recycling

Many residents are having trouble keeping up with their shoveling as well as finding places to throw the snow. This photo was taken Monday morning along East Main Road, with St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the background. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth fire chief: Keep vents clear

PORTSMOUTH — As we wait for spring and try to stave off bouts of snow rage, the town is reminding residents to take extra precautions to keep safe during the cold spell. Fire Chief Michael Cranson wants residents to make sure their carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and to keep all vents cleared of

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Man loses aerial drone over Sakonnet Bridge

Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police report from over the past week. Thursday, Feb. 12 A 68-year-old Fall River man told police that he had lost his unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, which he had been flying from the Sakonnet River Bridge bike path. The man said he lost contact with the

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