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New bridge traffic pattern will split eastbound side into six lanes, three in each direction

The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to address the ongoing crisis created with the closure of the …
Historic Westport farm comes back to life
Over the last five decades, vines and thickets real and metaphorical have all but claimed the old Wainer Farm on Drift Road, closing … Read More
Wildcats lose to Blue Hills 57-38 on senior night
The Westport basketball team celebrated senior night then fell to Blue Hills 57-38 on their final game of the season on Friday night. … Read More
$35M Route 6 project is in Westport voters' hands
They have the Board of Selectmen’s blessing. Now comes the work — selling a $35 million sewer and water project to voters … Read More
Westport students looking for prom attire
For the second year in a row, Westport Middle High School students are collecting lightly used prom attire to benefit their classmates … Read More
Westport police: Busy week for animal complaints
Monday, Feb. 5 Police investigated after a caller from Main Road reported a suspicious vehicle just after 7 a.m. A Bond … Read More
Stanton-Cross seeks Westport Select Board post
Town elections are still nearly two months away, but candidates for several positions open on the Tuesday, April 9 ballot have wasted … Read More
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Tiny parade, huge day in Adamsville

Chuck Kinnane loves organizing the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade , which this year runs Sunday, March 17 in Adamsville. But his wife jokes that it's all she ever hears about. …

Tiverton student keeps teen’s memory alive

Thomas Harrington was only 19 when he died this past May after a decade-long battle with Ewing Sarcoma. But in his final years, the Little Compton resident accomplished things many can only dream of …

In Westport, echoes of a rebellion

They began on the other side of the world, but the mass protests over women’s rights that began in Iran a year ago continue to echo across the globe. Those reverberations reach Westport late …
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Obituaries
Patricia Lavier Patricia Ann Lavier (78) of Bristol, RI passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2024. Known affectionately as Pat, Patti, Mom, Coach, Grandma, and Big Ma, she was an avid reader, prolific crocheter
Donald Brosseau Portsmouth, RI -Donald A. "Ducky" Brosseau, 69, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died on February 11, 2024. Born in Fall River, MA on May 6, 1954, He was the son of the late Joseph Brosseau Sr. and Bella
Joanne Ciullo Joanne E. Ciullo, 80, of Jane Lane, passed away on February 17, 2024, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Joseph G. Ciullo. Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph
Sports
Holden reaches milestone as Wildcats trample Avon 58-22 Korynne Holden scored her 1000th point as the Westport girls’ basketball team trampled Avon 58-22 in a league home game on Friday night. Holden, the Wildcats’ senior point guard, …
RI Hockey Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2024 inductees The names of five local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 were unveiled last weekend between periods of the Providence Bruins-Hershey Bears “Hall of …
Boudria hits milestone in Wildcats 62-54 loss to Fairhaven Junior Owen Boudria scored the 1000th point of his career in the fourth quarter of the Westport Basketball team’s 62-54 loss to Fairhaven in a non-league home game on Friday night. The athletic …
Indoor track team improves at divisions The boys indoor track team placed eighth in the high powered Metropolitan Division during the division championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy on Tuesday night. Barrington beat …
Opinion
Letter: Numbers tell the tale of our foundering economy

In the January 25, 2024 Shorelines Opinion Section, Mr. Clay Commons offers examples to show how well our economy is functioning and requests countering information. He explicitly states …

To the editor: Where’s the accountability at DOT?

So, according to the current RIDOT deputy chief engineer, the Washington Bridge failures “might” have pre-existed, but no one had noticed this until recently. It was actually an …

Letter: Give us real figures on cost of Route 6 sewer, water

Last year Westport town officials wanted a $3 million override. Now we have a $31 million sewer project without financing costs. Not including financing costs is the first of several financial …

Letter: The old Annex playground, a tribute to community spirit

As the town moves toward spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for a much-needed upgrade of the Town Hall Annex Playground, I'd like to remind the community of some history. This all happened 30 …

Letter: Please explain how the economy is so ‘bad’

How bad is reality right now? Unemployment down, under 4 percent for two years. Employment up, with hundreds of thousands of jobs added every month. Wages up, if only …

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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.