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‘Aquapalooza’ forcing closure of 700-acre shellfish area

PORTSMOUTH — Once again, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is not taking any chances on shellfish grounds being contaminated by a big party on the water that’s …
Body of man, 65, found on Portsmouth shoreline
PORTSMOUTH — A man’s body was discovered along the shoreline off Indian Avenue near the town line Monday night. … Read More
CCRI launches initial table games dealer training course
The Community College of Rhode Island, as part of its partnership with Bally’s Corporation, is launching its first course specific … Read More
Portsmouth: Three men arrested in sex trafficking sting operation
PORTSMOUTH — Three men have been arrested following a joint sting operation by the Portsmouth Police Detective Division and … Read More
R.I.’s median home price reaches a record high
Despite a 32 percent increase in the number of single-family homes on the market since June of last year, the median price of Rhode … Read More
Portsmouth Police deal with alleged domestic assault, DUIs
PORTSMOUTH —  Here are some recent arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department: Wednesday, July 17 Frank J. … Read More
Portsmouth: When the ‘big one’ comes, will you be ready?
PORTSMOUTH — John Vitkevich stood on Teddi’s Beach on the north end of Park Avenue Tuesday, pointing to the open Atlantic Ocean. … Read More
Things To Do ...

Ocean State Air in Portsmouth hosts open house on July 25

Ocean State Air Solutions (OSA) will host the next “ Portsmouth Business Association After Hours” event from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 25.

Where to see fireworks in and around Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Looking for the rockets’ red glare? Here’s a brief guide to some of the best places to see Independence Day fireworks displays this year.

Sticky fingers at Portsmouth strawberry farm (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — Get your fingers red at Quonset View Farm, where you can go to pick your own strawberries. The farm’s opening day was June 5, and it’s opening daily from 8 …
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Obituaries
Michael McArdle Our beloved brother, Michael, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving siblings on Monday, July 22, 2024. Michael charmed many with his "Devil may care" attitude, his Irish whit and his loyal
Timothy Pendergast Timothy Shaw Pendergast woke early on July 9, 2024, struggling to breathe. His wife, Paula, called 911, but by the time they arrived, he was fading and soon he stopped breathing and the EMTs could not
Catherine Martin Katie Martin|Our beloved Catherine "Katie" Ruth Martin,48, passed away peacefully on May 24, at home with her friends and family by her side after a long illness. Katie was born on November 21, 1
Sports
New MetLinks officially opens for play on June 27 EAST PROVIDENCE — MetLinks, the nine-hole re-envisioned former front side of the defunct Metacomet Country Club, will officially open to the public on Thursday, June 27. The first tee time …
Westerly drubs Patriots' softball team, 11-1 in semis Westerly drubbed the Portsmouth softball team 11-1 in 5 innings, during the Division 2 semifinals at Rhode Island College on Thursday night. The Bulldogs clubbed 11 hits and scored 11 runs off …
Portsmouth eliminated in D-3 boys’ volleyball semis PORTSMOUTH — In just its second season of competitive play, the Portsmouth High School boys’ volleyball team made it all the way to the Division III semifinals.
Portsmouth edged by Rams, 14-13, in semifinal heartbreaker PORTSMOUTH — It couldn’t have been any closer. The Portsmouth High girls’ lacrosse team battled as hard as they could, but La Salle scored just one more goal to win an epic …
Opinion
Letter: Wind power foes should ponder where energy comes from

To the editor: As I drive around some of the high-rent areas of the island, I see huge single-family homes, with perfectly kept lawns and hedges. It would be reasonable to assume that their …

Letter: Levesque’s letter about Driscoll was unfair

To the editor: There is an aspect of Councilman (Charles) Levesque’s letter published in the June 27, 2024 issue of The Portsmouth Times (“Water board had roundabout plans all …

Letter: Being offered worst possible choices needs to end

To the editor: If we continue to be the leading nation of the world, then certainly our politicians are the most powerful people in civil discourse.   Then how is it one party kowtows …

Letter: The Biden ‘catastrophe’: new jobs, low unemployment

To the editor: Nikki Haley has called Trump, among other things, “unhinged,” but has said she will support him because Biden has been a “catastrophe.” Friday, it was …

Letter: Island Park, Hummocks residents need to prepare

To the editor: To all Island Park/Hummocks residents: In April of 2024, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its 2024 hurricane data. This year is forecasted to be the …

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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.