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Senate Judiciary approves nomination of Matos for lieutenant governor

PROVIDENCE — The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), unanimously approved Gov. Daniel McKee’s appointment of …

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Portsmouth sets special collection/recycling events
PORTSMOUTH — What to do with that old TV set, those sensitive personal papers, or that broken children’s playground equipment … Read More
Friends of Portsmouth Senior Center’s proposal called ‘fatally flawed’
PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth should not consider a proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Friends of the … Read More
Portsmouth Police arrest man following road rage incident
A 70-year-old Portsmouth man was arrested in the parking lot of Hathaway School on Tallman Avenue Monday afternoon, March 29, after … Read More
Portsmouth comes back against Pilgrim, trounces Tolman
PORTSMOUTH — Last week the Portsmouth High girls’ varsity volleyball team won one the hard way, then another the easy way. On … Read More
Snowy Owl spotted on Spar Island
Bird lovers have been known to go to great lengths to catch a glimpse of snowy owls, which visit this part of the country in the … Read More
National Grid, Portsmouth at odds over future energy plans
PORTSMOUTH — Despite a Town Council recommendation to discontinue a portable LNG facility on Old Mill Lane as soon as possible, … Read More
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Obituaries
Joyce L. Burgo, 71, Portsmouth Joyce L. Burgo, age 71, of Portsmouth, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 at her residence after a long illness. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Harold C. and Beulah J. …
Douglas V. Murray, 92, Portsmouth Douglas V. Murray of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021.  Douglas answered to several names during his 92 years of a multi-faceted life. As a Naval Academy-trained …
Gray Prior, 53, Middletown Gray Prior, 53, of Middletown, daughter of the Rev. J Gregory and Anna Gray (de Brux) Prior of Hilton Head Island SC, died Feb. 1 at her home after a long …
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Sports
Three Portsmouth High seniors commit to play college soccer PORTSMOUTH — Three members of Portsmouth High’s girls’ varsity soccer team are taking their athletic abilities to the next level. During a college signing ceremony on …
Football is back: Portsmouth overwhelms Westerly, 24-7 PORTSMOUTH — Members of the Westerly High School football team had to have known it was going to be a long night when they received the opening kickoff Wednesday night — then found …
Victory is twice as nice for Portsmouth Patriots PORTSMOUTH — The Patriots knew patience was the key to their second straight Rhode Island Division II boys’ basketball championship. 
Eagles outscore South County in Game 3 thriller The East Bay Co-op girls ice hockey team skated its way into the state championship finals after defeating South County 7-6 in overtime in a Game 3 showdown on Monday afternoon, March 1. The …
Opinion
Letter: We need action, not talk, on Portsmouth Senior Center

To the editor: One has to be captivated by the speed with which government moves in Portsmouth.  Consider that in 2007, the Portsmouth Town Council sought and received permission from the …

Letter: Discussion on virus is overlooking the public interest

To the editor: John Adams was one of the foremost of the American patriots wanting to break from England. However, to his great credit, when the British soldiers in the “Boston …

Letter: Keep selling guns, just don’t sell the bullets

As well illustrated by Senior Chief Salesi’s letter of last week (“The 11th Commandment?”), neither the Church or the Constitution conveys a “God given right” to bear …

Letter: Legalizing pot would minimize efforts of many

To the editor: We have so many people in this community that work tirelessly to teach our youth about the harmful effects of drugs. They include teachers, guidance counselors, police officers, …

Letter: Don’t demolish the Portsmouth Senior Center

To the editor: I sent a list of questions to each member of the Town Council at the e-mail addresses listed on the Town Council website. Not one question was answered. I forwarded those same …

Letter: Marijuana legalization is 'legislative malpractice'

To the editor: Legalizing recreational marijuana (RM) is now on the plate of our governor and legislature. The projection is that in as little as a year RM will be in our state, and in a …

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