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To the editor: The Governor’s decision to stop NY registered cars at the border and make inquiry of the driver may be a useful screening.   However, I know that many of our non-resident … more
To the editor: Ah, those skukes; can’t live with them, can’t survive without them. They don’t burden our schools and pay more then half the bills. They’ve come to use … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth is working with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post to manufacture face masks for local first responders and citizens. The exceptionally … more
PORTSMOUTH — The town’s new emergency food bank that began distributing food at the St. Barnabas Church’s Parish Hall March 31 has seen an outpouring of generosity from people … more
PORTSMOUTH — At the request of the R.I. State Board of Elections, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order moving the state’s Presidential Preference Primary from April 28 to … more
Robert Michael Cortellessa entered into eternal rest on April 5, 2020, surrounded by his family at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., after a brief illness. Born in Providence, R.I. and raised in … more
Three more Rhode Islanders – all nursing home residents – have died as a result of COVID-19, prompting a new call from state health officials for workers at those facilities and other … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — The overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic in East Providence has been positive from the perspective of the executive’s office and as of yet the city’s public … more
To the editor: Congratulations to Portsmouth’s COVID-19 Emergency Management Team (IMT) for their great efforts to actively seek donations of critically needed personnel protective equipment … more
Robert William Herrmann, 63, of Cooke Street, Bristol, passed away on April 2, 2020, at home. Born in Florence, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Raymond and Ethel May (Cardoza) Herrmann. He is … 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.