The Latest from Portsmouth

Portsmouth High freshmen team falls to Hawks in title game

PORTSMOUTH — Despite being a group its coach said was held together with “Scotch tape and toothpicks,” the Portsmouth High freshmen basketball team nearly pulled off a miracle …
Sharpshooters recognized at Portsmouth free-throw contest
PORTSMOUTH — From 15 feet away they all took a deep breath, kept their eyes fixed on the hoop, bent their knees and let the ball … Read More
Portsmouth High freshmen team advances to championship
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School freshmen boys’ basketball team beat Tolman on Wednesday, 60-34, to advance to the state … Read More
Portsmouth Police deal with domestic cyberstalking, assault charges
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent highlights from the Portsmouth Police report: Tuesday, Feb. 4 Gerald J. Pratt, 62, of 8 … Read More
First draft of Portsmouth school budget shows 3.5-percent hike
PORTSMOUTH — The School Committee could be looking to approve a 3.5-percent operating budget increase in fiscal year 2021, a first … Read More
Portsmouth’s $65M school project spurs debate over tax impact
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday unanimously approved the school district’s Stage II application to the state for a $65 … Read More
Portsmouth teachers still don’t have a new contract
PORTSMOUTH — More than five months after their three-year contract with the School Committee expired, teachers still don’t have a … Read More
Albert "Jim" Papineau, 78, Portsmouth Albert "Jim" Papineau, 78, of Portsmouth, passed away on January 17, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on April 25, 1941, in Newport to the late Albert M. Papineau and …
David B. Mower, 72, Portsmouth David B. Mower, 72, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Jan. 16, 2020. David was the husband of Joanne (Lindley) Mower. David was born in Lawrence, Mass.  to Robert Mower and Dorothy (Harlow) …
East Bay girls hockey team destroys Mounties 10-3

The East Bay girls' hockey team is in playoff mode after crushing Mount St. Charles 10-3 at the Portsmouth Abbey Ice Arena last Thursday. And with just two regular season games left, the 10-2 Eagles …

Police Report
Public comment sought for police accreditation

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Police Department is seeking public input as part of its three-year accreditation process. A team of assessors from the Rhode Island Police Accreditation …

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