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To the editor: In these turbulent times, we are all seeking refuge in a variety of ways. A favorite for myself and my family, is wherever nature is untouched. I was recently shocked to learn that … more
Rhode Island continues to move rapidly up the curve, and the state’s public beaches and parks are being ordered closed in the latest step to curb the spread of COVID-19. Eighty-six new … more
At about 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, students all across Barrington stared at their computer screens and waited for various web pages to load. And when the pages failed, frustrations … more
To the editor: I am writing in response to the article by Dennis Tabella, director, Defenders of Animals, Inc. What a bunch of bull. He is biased and not properly informed. Hunting is a … more
Barrington police are asking residents for assistance in enforcing the governor's order for all visitors to Rhode Island to quarantine for 14 days. The department sent out a town-wide phone call … more
The first day of distance learning in Barrington was not perfect. But for Hampden Meadows School teacher Mark Whittaker, that was OK. In fact, the longtime Barrington resident and veteran teacher … more
On Monday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced the biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases yet (114), but increases were generally less startling in East Bay communities. Little Compton … more
At her daily press briefing on Monday, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that the number of cases of Covid-19 in Rhode Island has increased by 114 since yesterday’s update, for a total of 408 cases. … more
CRANSTON — Due to the coronavirus, please be advised that effective immediately any Rhode Island Lottery prizes can be redeemed by mail. In order to redeem a RILOT prize by mail, holders of … more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a noteworthy move for many residents of the East Bay and southeastern Massachusetts, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended its deadline for … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.