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I have a real problem with Article 16 of the governor’s proposed FY 2021 state budget, which relates to the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. The “revenue generators” proposed … more
By Rep. June S. Speakman, Rep. Susan R. Donovan, Rep. Liana Cassar, Rep. Terri Cortvriend and Rep. Lauren Carson In virtually all the predictions of what will be hot in the 2020 General Assembly … more
I’m thankful that I grew up in a truly remarkable town with many basketball courts. Throughout my upbringing, playing basketball was a way to heal, network and promote self … more
Here are three cheers for the lawyers at the non-profit center, Rhode Island Center for Justice (centerforjustice.com). In a lawsuit with national implications, the Center has filed a lawsuit on … more
To the editor: They keep losing, but that hasn’t stopped the oil industry from trying to undo the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (MOSPA). For the 4th time in a little more than a … more
To the editor: The fourth grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources, and highlights found … more
To the editor: According to representatives of a newly formed “farmers alliance” speaking at the January 21 Select Board … more
To the editor: Talk to people about living in Westport and most people will say, “Oh, that’s the beautiful farm town tucked in between Fall River and New Bedford”.  And … more
To the editor: At the January 13 Open Forum portion of the Tiverton Town Council meeting, very disturbing statements and actions by the replacement Town Council President Patricia Hilton and … more
To the editor: Dear Dianne Baron and Tony Viveiros, We are a small group of long-time retired residents who meet occasionally — socially and to discuss town happenings — and are … 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.