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State: Avoid contact with Melville pond, Turner Reservoir

PORTSMOUTH/EAST PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Health (RIDOH) and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Thurston Gray Pond (also …
Photos: Illusion wins St. David’s Lighthouse division in Newport Bermuda Race
Illusion won the largest division in the race, St. David’s Lighthouse Division with 108 boats. Illusion, a Cal 40 owned by Sally … Read More
Retiring Portsmouth principal: ‘My whole life has been around kids’
PORTSMOUTH — When Joseph Amaral’s family first came to the United States from the Azores, he was just 5 years old. “One … Read More
Clock ticking on Sakonnet aquaculture legislation
With the legislative session set to adjourn at the end of the week, the clock is ticking on legislation that would restrict … Read More
Kluth first male New England track champ from Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Kaden Kluth continued his historic running season on June 11 when he became the first-ever Portsmouth High male track … Read More
Matt Chappell announces run for District 11 Senate seat
PORTSMOUTH — There apparently will be a Democratic primary in the race for the Rhode Island Senate in District 11 which is being … Read More
Police: Woman arrested after driving over lawn on Prudence Island
PRUDENCE ISLAND — A 51-year-old Newport woman was arrested on Wednesday, June 15, after allegedly driving a motor vehicle over a … Read More
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Portsmouth: Fund-raising begins for new playground

PORTSMOUTH — A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Four Hearts Foundation and the Town Council has been approved so that a new community playground can be built on Turnpike …

Little Compton church marches for Ukraine Saturday

The United Congregational Church of Little Compton will hold a prayer vigil and walk for Ukraine at noon Saturday at noon, following a talk on the Ukraine situation by a Little Compton resident who …

Portsmouth to break famous documents out of vaults

PORTSMOUTH — The town will celebrate Founders’ Day on March 7 with a showing of the original 1638 Portsmouth Compact and the 1776 Southwick copy of The Declaration of …
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Obituaries
John Galligan GALLIGAN, John "Jack" Donald, of Little Compton, RI, October 9th, 1932 – June 24th, 2022 Jack was born and raised in Washington DC, the eldest of three children of Donald and Mary (Flaherty
Eileen Malafronte Eileen (Furtado) Malafronte, 75, of Bristol, died peacefully at home after a year-long illness on June 21, 2022. She was the devoted wife of Ralph A. Malafronte for over 53 years. Born in Fall River
Linda Perry 65, of Asselin Street, Warren, died peacefully at the home of her sister Carol L. St. Angelo of Barrington on Friday June 24, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Daniel L
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Sports
Portsmouth High’s Casey wins high jump at state track meet Morgan Casey was the only East Bay competitor, girl or boy, to win a gold medal at Saturday’s Rhode Island high school outdoor track and field championships at Brown University. Casey, …
Portsmouth girls’ LAX team ends dominating season with state title CRANSTON — A semifinal scare may have been the motivation the Portsmouth High School girls’ lacrosse team needed Sunday afternoon to get back to what it did all season long: …
Portsmouth competes in state team golf championship PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School golf team qualified for the state team championships at Cranston Country Club earlier this week and had its first chance to play an 18-hole competitive …
Portsmouth girls storm back to win D-2 lacrosse semifinals PORTSMOUTH — Down six goals with under 20 minutes to play? No problem for the Portsmouth High School girls’ lacrosse team, which came back to beat Cranston West in a wild semifinal …
Opinion
Letter: An open letter to Ted Cruz of Texas

Thanks to you, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, we have the solution to school safety.  One single entrance with an armed guard at his/her post. Well, by golly, this idea requires a closer …

Letter: Defend your neighbors, fight aquaculture proposal

To the editor: Once again, I find myself writing in defense of my Tiverton neighbors, various other local and statewide stakeholders, and the underserved communities impacted by the pending oyster …

Letter: Plate-readers on bridge add to government surveillance

To the editor: The Portsmouth Town Council's approval last week of a plan to put license plate reading cameras at the Mt. Hope Bridge is fatally flawed, and if they are at all concerned about the …

Letter: Portsmouth Democrats don't support taxpayers’ interests

To the editor: During the last 30 years of my residency in Portsmouth, my taxes have gone up every year but one. That year, a Republican council majority existed.  What is it about …

Letter: Thanks for help replacing historic signs in Portsmouth

To the editor: A few years ago, I started a project to replace the unreadable, scratched-up historic signs at Lehigh Park and Heritage Park. I raised money from the citizens of Portsmouth, some …

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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.