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Anne Wagner (far right) leads participants in a reading of The Declaration of Independence on July 4 in Portsmouth.

Letter: Readers showed their patriotic spirit

Letter: Readers showed their patriotic spirit

To the editor: Pouring rain on the morning of the Fourth of July did not deter 34 intrepid Portsmouth citizens from turning out for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. We expected to be outdoors on the library grounds. Fortunately, Carolyn Magnus, library director, opened the program room for us, so we were warm


Eight Portsmouth open space members quit

PORTSMOUTH — Eight members of the town’s Open Space Committee (OSC) have resigned en masse, saying the panel’s ability to function has been seriously compromised due to confidentiality breaches. “The Aquidneck Island Land Trust (ALT) will no longer bring potentially conserved properties to the committee as there is no trust that the properties will be held

“No School Committee member can act on their own no matter what, per state law and our bylaws,” committee member Frederick W. Faerber III said in his prepared statement, referring to Chairman David Croston.

Portsmouth school chairman accused of abusing power

PORTSMOUTH — School Committee member Frederick W. Faerber III continued his public battle against Chairman David Croston at Tuesday night’s meeting, delivering a strongly worded statement accusing the chairman of consistently abusing his powers and meddling in administrators’ business. Mr. Faerber’s war of the words started last week when he e-mailed a statement to several news


For Enright and crew, it’s off to England Wednesday

The Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Volvo Ocean Race boats will set off side-by-side Wednesday for a training run to Gosport, England. The departure is the only time Newport will see Volvo Ocean Race competitors sailing alongside each other until all of the boats return next May. The teams will leave Newport Shipyard

Director Woody Allen (center) directs Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin on the set of his 2013 film, “Blue Jasmine.” The director starting filming scenes for his next film in Newport Monday and was expected to continue shooting Tuesday in Portsmouth. This image was taken from Mr. Allen’s official website.

Woody Allen shooting scenes in Portsmouth today

PORTSMOUTH — Where’s Woody? Is the famous film director at Glen Manor House today? Perhaps Portsmouth Abbey? Green Animals? Melville marina complex? It’s anybody’s guess. While he wouldn’t reveal the exact location, the executive director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office confirmed that Woody Allen is filming scenes for his latest film in Portsmouth


Discarded cigarette blamed for Portsmouth fire

PORTSMOUTH — An improperly discarded cigarette was the likely cause of last week’s fire that displaced a family of four from their Sprague Street home, a representative from the state fire marshal’s office said Monday. The official said an investigation of the incident revealed that a lit cigarette appeared to have accidentally ignited some outside

Portsmouth resident and University of Rhode Island student Lawrence Higgins (fifth from left) was part of a team that won a national Federal Aviation Administration competition. From left are Alan Andrade, vice president of R.I. Airport Corp.; Lynn Dadona, line service technician for AvPorts; URI students David Powers, Ronald Wheeler, Lawrence Higgins, Kyle DellaGrotta and Christopher Clark; and David Lucas, AvPorts operations manager at Quonset State Airport. Photo courtesy of Ronald Wheeler.

Portsmouth student helps team win FAA contest

PORTSMOUTH — Maneuvering airplanes around a runway is a delicate process, and sometimes wingtips collide. When that happens, planes suffer costly damage and safety is compromised. A reliable and cost-effective solution has long vexed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Now a team of University of Rhode Island engineering students holds an answer, which last month won

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

Carlton Johnson takes his turn reading a passage from The Declaration of Independence. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth residents declare their independence

PORTSMOUTH — Two hundred and thirty-eight years after Rhode Island became one of 13 thirteen American colonies to declare itself independent from the British Empire, about three dozen local residents Friday renewed their vows to be free. Local resident Anne Wagner hosted a public reading of The Declaration of Independence at the Portsmouth Free Public Library,