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Trash, East Main rotary get Portsmouth residents fired up

Once again, the Town Council has had to delay discussion on a controversial issue due to overcrowding at a meeting.
Portsmouth backs out of deal to buy beach, pier
PORTSMOUTH — It looks like the town won’t be buying Teddi’s Beach and the Stone Bridge abutment from the state after all. Read More
Portsmouth man charged with felony assault
PORTSMOUTH — A 47-year-old local man was arrested last week on an affidavit warrant charging him with assault. Shortly before … Read More
In Portsmouth: All the news that’s fit to print — or not
PORTSMOUTH — The United States is continuing to lose local newspapers at a rate of more than two per week. That sobering … Read More
Kilpatrick leaving Portsmouth finance post, department earns kudos
PORTSMOUTH — Ryan Kilpatrick is moving on from his post as finance director for the Town of Portsmouth, but not before being … Read More
Portsmouth loses to Middletown in Thanksgiving game, 20-6 (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots played hard, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong Middletown squad during the annual … Read More
Island program provides a ‘Fresh Fit’ for the unhoused
While it may seem like just another part of the daily routine to most, to some, showers are a luxury. When No Wrong Door, a division … Read More
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‘Amadeus’ takes to the stage at Portsmouth High

PORTSMOUTH — Before it became a hit movie in 1984, the fictional story of the rivalry between court composer Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the late 18th century was told on the …

At Portsmouth High: Counting down to opening night

PORTSMOUTH — It’s just two weeks before opening night of “Amadeus” and Dillion Fesmire, playing the title role, has asked for his next line one too many times.

Tiverton student keeps teen’s memory alive

Thomas Harrington was only 19 when he died this past May after a decade-long battle with Ewing Sarcoma. But in his final years, the Little Compton resident accomplished things many can only dream of …
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Obituaries
Russell Burchard Russell Church Burchard, 79, of Little Compton and Dawsonville, Georgia, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2023 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the loving husband of Cheri(Fitzgerald)Burchar
Mary Genetti 101, Barrington |Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Genetti of Barrington, RI, passed away Nov 26, 2023 at the age of 101. A native of Lewiston, Maine, and graduate of Bates College, she was, for 60 years, the de
Jacinto Almeida Jacinto De Almeida, 92, of Villa Avenue, passed away on December 2, 2023, at home. He was the husband of Mary Lou (Cordeiro) Almeida. Born in Feiteiras, St. Michael, Azores, he was the son of the la
Sports
Portsmouth falls to Westerly in football, 21-9 PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity football team dropped its second straight game last Thursday, Nov. 9, when it lost a non-league contest to Westerly at home, 21-8. Portsmouth …
Portsmouth Patriots capture state D-2 girls soccer title PORTSMOUTH — Despite a seemingly comfortable 4-0 lead with less than 20 minutes to go in the Division II girls’ state soccer championship game Saturday, the Patriots never took their foot …
Portsmouth girls to play for D-2 state title on Saturday PORTSMOUTH — This is the way it should be — the No. 1 and 2 seeds playing for all the marbles in the state championship game. The Patriots girls’ varsity soccer team (No. …
Portsmouth boys, girls take 8th in cross-country states PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High boys’ cross-country team achieved its best finish in the state championship meet since 2001 on Saturday when it came in eighth place at Ponaganset …
Opinion
Letter: RIDOT is like the black hat villain showing up in town

To the editor: The special Town Council meeting on Nov. 30 was held at the Portsmouth High School and was well attended because the agenda items were the transfer station and the proposed …

Letter: Republicans don’t seem to have any interest in governing

To the editor: I feel obliged to answer Mr. Hewett’s letter (“Voters in Rhode Island do not seem able to get it,” Portsmouth Times, Nov. 30) about the integrity, or perhaps …

Letter: Council needs better transparency on transfer station

To the editor: My name is Jennifer Abbate and I have lived in Portsmouth for 40 years. I am a former teacher at St. Philomena School, and still very involved there as a volunteer.   I …

Letter: Council has handled transfer station issue poorly

To the editor: I also attended the 3.5-hour meeting of the Portsmouth Town Council on Oct. 23. I will not review the excellent points made by Jim Moore in this paper’s Nov. 2 publication. …

Letter: Old Mill Lane shouldn’t be permanent LNG site

To the editor: Following the natural gas outage that left Aquidneck Island in the cold for a week in 2019, National Grid proposed the liquefied natural gas storage facility on Old Mill Lane in …

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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.