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After lagging behind their Massachusetts peers for a generation, Rhode Island schools set the standard for distance learning last spring. Led by the governor and commissioner of education, the public … more
The murder of George Floyd lit a match to a nation loaded with combustible material. Quarantined and isolated for months, with tens of millions jobless, with economic stability shattered, with half … more
It’s never been easier to take an interest in your local government and actually see what your elected leaders are doing. And in this era of executive orders and daily briefings that impact … more
The entire world changed in a month. Jobs. Schools. Medicine. Shopping. Travel. Religion. Sports. Cataclysmic changes have temporarily (we hope) re-shaped everything in our … more
Parents are integral to the success of Rhode Island’s distance learning programs, and they too should be recognized, and compensated, for their significant contributions. Consider the impact … more
By all accounts, from the superintendent on down, East Providence’s initial application of the distance learning methods for school students necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis has gone … more
Rhode Island’s rapid shift to distance learning is remarkable. Teachers, principals, department heads and IT directors, all of them balancing their own personal turmoil and family anxiety, … more
Few weapons will prove as potent in our defense against this latest virus as information — places to avoid, health precautions to take, anything to help weather the storm until it … more
At first glance, Rep. Susan Donovan’s effort to ban the intentional release of balloons seems like a silly pursuit far from the core interests of Rhode Islanders. Peruse the photos of fishermen … more
Those of you who peruse what is written in this space on a weekly basis likely can and should discern that we here at the East Bay Media Group, its editors and staff, have a diversity of opinions on … 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.