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Barrington girl is national champion

Barrington's Annika Kelly is a national champion. The recent Barrington High School graduate finished first in the hammer throw event at last weekend's New Balance Nationals Outdoor at North …
Bristol zoners get first look at downtown Belvedere plan
Another lengthy chapter for the “Belvedere at Thames Street” downtown development proposal opened last Thursday, when the … Read More
Manager selects Brian Peters as Portsmouth’s next police chief
PORTSMOUTH — When Brian Peters unexpectedly retired as deputy police chief in March 2018 after 20 years on the force, Police Chief … Read More
Portsmouth High auditorium upgrades begin next week
PORTSMOUTH — “It’s a class battle,” as Margie Brennan puts it. Ms. Brennan, a member of the nonprofit Kate Grana Music and … Read More
Local athletes medal at Pomme de Terre tournament
A handful of Barrington athletes performed well at the recent Pomme de Terre fencing tournament at Brandeis … Read More
Bring forth the Fourth in Bristol!
In a time-honored tradition, Bristol officially kicked off the Fourth of July celebration with Flag Day ceremonies last Friday … Read More
Funding for new EPHS stalls over lingering term length question
EAST PROVIDENCE — The issue of four-year terms for members of the city council, thought to be done and dusted, arose once again … Read More
Obituaries
Theresa Marie Moriarty, 89, Tiverton Theresa Marie (Joyce) Moriarty,  89, of Tiverton, and formerly of Fir Avenue, Tiverton, passed away on June 18, 2019.  She was the wife of John Robert Moriarty.  Born in Boston, Mass., she grew up …
Beverly C. Lees, 81, Westport Beverly C. (Reed) Lees, 81, of Westport, passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Hathaway Manor Extended Care Facility. She was the wife of the late Charles W. Lees. Mrs. Lees was born in New …
Sports
Hammer highlights players committed to 2019 Northeast Amateur field EAST PROVIDENCE — The Northeast Amateur Invitational tournament tees off next week at Wannamoisett Country Club, the 58th annual playing of the prestigious event running June 19-22 and once …
Portsmouth High girls set record, earn All-American honors PORTSMOUTH — Four members of the Portsmouth High School girls’ track team earned All-American honors when they set a new Rhode Island record in the distance medley relay. Nikki …
Eagles' playoff run ends with 5-2 loss to Mounties The Barrington High School baseball team's storybook run through the Division II playoffs came to an end on Wednesday afternoon, June 12, as the Eagles lost their second straight game to Mount St. …
Gallery: East Bay players feature prominently in Division I baseball title series PAWTUCKET — The Division I state championship best-of-three final round series between Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle played last week at McCoy Stadium had a distinct East Bay flavor, including …
Opinion
Letter: Bristol government is hurting business — here’s why Recently I wrote a letter here stating how our town officials have let us down in the Sliver Creek Bridge closing. The cavalier and pompous attitudes displayed by local officials have well made my …
Letter: Bristol must demand new Silver Creek plans Various options have been proposed for the replacement of the bridge over Silver Creek: blocking the road during construction as planned by the DOT; keeping the road open by diverting traffic over a …
Letter: Grateful that Westport will continue to enjoy Camping Grounds To the editor: Congratulations Westport for voting at Town Meeting to purchase 30 acres of land currently known as the Westport Camping Grounds. My family and I are pleased that this land will …
Letter: Report reaffirms goals of Be Great for Nate, ESI To the editor: The release of the investigative report surrounding the circumstances of the tragic loss of Nathan Bruno has reaffirmed the importance of the mission and goals set forth by Be Great …

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Jim McGaw

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.