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PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday unanimously approved a letter telling National Grid to discontinue a portable LNG facility at Old Mill Lane “as soon as possible, saying … more
PORTSMOUTH — Isabelle Kelly will become the newest member of the School Committee, as she was appointed by the Town Council Monday night to fill an unexpired term on the board. Four … more
Alice M. (Barish) DeVine, age 87, of formerly of Newport, R.I., passed away on Nov. 22, 2020. Alice was born in Providence, R.I. to Gabriel and Zekiah Barish. She was the wife of the late Joseph … more
Rene Joseph Garant, 87, of Portsmouth passed away on Nov. 15, 2020 at Warren Skilled Nursing. He was the husband of Lorraine (Costa) Garant.    Born in Fall River, Mass., he was the son … more
TIVERTON — An early afternoon fire destroyed a car and damaged a house at 27 Mount Hope Avenue west of Main Road overlooking Tiverton Basin). Alerted tp the blaze at about 12:15 pm, the … more
Fred “Mr. Fix It” Swarz, 83, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, passed away at home on November 18, 2020. He was the husband of Emily (Salvador) Swarz for 62 years. Fred was a general … more
PORTSMOUTH — Four residents have applied for the vacant seat on the School Committee, and the Town Council will decide who it will be on Monday, Nov. 23. The seat is open because … more
Warren's part time DMV branch at Warren Government Center has been closed since March. Now, it has likely served its last customer. DMV spokesman Paul Grimaldi confirmed Friday morning that the … more
With cases continuing to surge and hospitals now reaching 97 percent capacity of their available COVID-19 beds, Gov. Gina Raimondo said she had no choice but to place Rhode Island on a two-week … more
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