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Sweetback Sisters bring Christmas cheer to Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School auditorium stage Saturday night looked like a giant exploding Christmas present. In the middle of all of it were The Sweetback Sisters leading …
East Providence council backs years-long contract for future roadway repairs
EAST PROVIDENCE — At what was scheduled to be the penultimate meeting of the session last Tuesday night, Dec. 4, the council gave … Read More
District 68 primary and special elections would cost Bristol, Warren thousands
It could cost the towns of Warren and Bristol anywhere from $10,600 to $18,600 to stage primary and special elections to fill the … Read More
Hope & Main wins $178,000 federal grant
Some of the state’s biggest food lovers gathered in a sunny classroom at Hope & Main Friday afternoon to celebrate the food … Read More
Barrington swim teams race in Injury Fund opener
The boys and girls swim teams from Barrington High School participated in an Injury Fund meet on Thursday night, Dec. 6. Eagles … Read More
Martin’s RICAS results, condition of building rile outgoing Ward 3 Councilor Botelho
EAST PROVIDENCE — The reverberations were still being felt locally from the recently released results of the state’s inaugural … Read More
Bristol marina expansion plans near completion
According to Bristol Harbormaster Greg Marsili, pending the resolution of a couple of minor details, the plans for the proposed … Read More
Obituaries
Calvin F. Tripp, 81, Westport Calvin F. Tripp, 81, of Westport, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of Winifred M. (Hasson) Tripp; they shared 61 years of …
Samuel Gregory Jonsson, 41, Westport Samuel Gregory Jonsson, 41, passed away on the morning of December 2, 2018. He leaves behind his three beautiful children, Brady Alan, 16, Anabelle Elizabeth, 12, and Katarina Ann, 11, and their …
Sports
Despite being age and height challenged, Wildcats aim for state tournament The young Wildcat girls basketball team isn’t getting any older this year. The team is bringing back just three starters, sophomore forward Jess Carney and eighth grade guards Leah Sylvain and …
Tiverton Coach Murray inducted to Gridiron Hall of Fame Tiverton High School’s three-sport coach and athletic director Bob Murray was among the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame Class of 2018 members inducted at the RI Country Club. Seen here are the …
Barrington coach: Eagles enter season with strong backcourt In a town known for its basketball success, the Barrington High School girls’ basketball team has done nothing to tarnish that reputation. And, a lot of it stems from the dedicated tutelage of …
Lough (Little Compton/Portsmouth Abbey) caps stellar Bates field hockey career. Bates College senior forward Taylor Lough of Little Compton was named Second Team All-NESCAC for the second straight year on Wednesday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference released …
Opinion
Letter: Drift Road solar approval a big disappointment To the editor: This Drift Road solar installation has caused so much stress to all of the abutters and other neighbors and friends affected by it for so long. We have tried to impress upon the …
Letter: RI vs. Mass. test score comparison invalid and unfair To the editor: The scores are in. Rhode Island’s students did not appear to do as well on the RICAS as students in Massachusetts.  RICAS is Rhode Island’s version of the Massachusetts …
Letter: Three days in Marsaxlokk Bay with President Bush To the editor: I am sure many people have personal stories about President George H.W. Bush. Here is mine.
Arlen Violet: No shame in the game Sometimes I think that too many folks have lost their moral compass. It is particularly disturbing when the people involved are supposed to be role models for children. When those very children are …

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Jim McGaw

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.