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The Latest from Portsmouth

Welcome back, indoor dining, hair cuts and youth sports

Beginning Monday, when Rhode Island transitions to Phase 2 of its economic reboot, residents will be able to dine indoors, cut and color their hair, get a new coat of nail polish for the first time …
Gov. Raimondo reveals new rules for gyms, fitness centers
Governor Gina Raimondo continued her preview of what Phase 2 re-openings will look like in Rhode Island with a focus on gyms and … Read More
Portsmouth’s Ashley Adamson named 2021 R.I. Teacher of Year
PORTSMOUTH — Since school is being taught remotely due to COVID-19, surprising Ashley Adamson with the news that she had been … Read More
Gov. Raimondo: Rhode Island stays on course for Phase II reopening next week
It was a “good-news story” over the holiday weekend, Governor Gina Raimondo said during her daily briefing at 11 am Tuesday, as … Read More
Should Portsmouth public budget hearing be virtual, or in person?
PORTSMOUTH — Can a public budget hearing really be public if it’s held over the internet? That was the question raised last … Read More
Staying home when home is not a safe place
Oftentimes when Women’s Resource Center (WRC) executive director Jessica Walsh answers the hotline phone, the conversation begins … Read More
Portsmouth High hosts virtual signing day for 5 student-athletes
PORTSMOUTH — Stephen Trezvant peered into his laptop’s camera last week to welcome five student-athletes from Portsmouth High … Read More
Cecelia A. Brown, 100, formerly of Portsmouth Ms. Cecelia A. "Ginger" Brown, 100, of Middletown, and formerly of Portsmouth, passed away on March 29, 2020, at the Grand Islander Nursing Home in Middletown. Ginger was born on Sept. 10, 1919, …
Elizabeth Sands Bolles, 92, Portsmouth Elizabeth Sands (Elliot) Bolles, 92, of Portsmouth, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 23, 2020.  Elizabeth, known to all as “Bambi,” was born in …
Hockey Hall of Fame, Reds Heritage Society announce postponements

LINCOLN — The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society have jointly announced the postponements of their annual enshrinement and reunion events for 2020 due …

Police Report
Newport man charged with cyberstalking, trespassing

PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent highlights from the Portsmouth Police report: Friday, May 1 Timothy L. Haslam, 61, of 15 Canonicus Ave., Newport, was arrested on a warrant charging him …

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