Portsmouth Award bestowed upon ’Huck’ Little

Former longtime council member, community servant

By Jim Mcgaw
Posted 8/13/19

PORTSMOUTH — Hubert “Huck” Little, a lifelong resident of Portsmouth who served on the Town Council for 26 years and a state representative for six, is the 2019 recipient of …

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Portsmouth Award bestowed upon ’Huck’ Little

Former longtime council member, community servant

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PORTSMOUTH — Hubert “Huck” Little, a lifelong resident of Portsmouth who served on the Town Council for 26 years and was a state representative for six, is the 2019 recipient of The Portsmouth Award. 

The Town Council Tuesday night honored Mr. Little with a proclamation, touting his 40-plus years as a community leader who served on many boards and committees throughout Portsmouth and the state. 

Mr. Little served as president or vice president of the Town Council for multiple terms. He was a member of the Portsmouth Water and Fire District’s board of directors for four years, and a member of the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority for just as long.

Mr. Little served on the building committees for renovations for the high school, Hathaway and Melville schools, and was elected to the Middle School Building Committee. He also served on the committee that oversaw the renovation of Town Hall.

He was past chairman of the Newport County Heart Fund and Newport County Cancer and received the Portsmouth Grange Community Service Award. He is a lifetime member of the Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center, which nominated him for the award.

“Hubert has a wealth of knowledge that he shares with family, friends, colleagues and customers to ensure they achieve success,” the proclamation stated. “He is an inspiration to all around him.”

After Council President Kevin Aguiar finished reading the proclamation, Mr. Little went around thanking council members before returning to his seat.

“No speech, huh?” council member Keith Hamilton called out to him.

“I’ve done enough of those,” Mr. Little replied.

The Portsmouth Award is presented to a local individual, business, or civic group who has, over a period of time, consistently demonstrated excellence in professional and community leadership; exhibited outstanding initiative, inspiration, leadership and organizational skills which produced significant results directly benefiting the community and its citizens; made, or is making, significant contributions to the welfare of the community through involvement and participation; and given freely of their time and energy for the betterment of the community.

Nominations were due May 31 and a committee of elected officials and administrators made the selection.

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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.