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The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will meet on Saturday, March 18, at Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St. The program at noon is by The Gravestone Girls. They will talk about gravestone … more
Welcome March! March brings hope for spring and warmer days. Cabin fever is at its peak and that frosty foe winter still blows cold winds our way. How can we pass the time before the warmth of … more
Perhaps it is because I am a trustee of a RI private non-profit university and that I attended another one, Salve Regina, but I believe that my opposition to the governor’s free college tuition … more
Good recycling is important for a lot of reasons. First, it is good for the environment. Ever- growing and toxic landfills are becoming a major problem. But there is a more practical reason to … more
After what seemed like the eternal offseason, spring training is here and everything is "normal." The reports out of Jet Blue Park are good — a slimmed down version of Pablo Sandoval arrived … more
Earlier this month Katherine Gregg of the Providence Journal wrote an excellent analysis about those on state public assistance. The news story focused on immigrants (more about that later) but there … more
There is a movement afoot to eliminate grades for students, particularly in the middle schools. The argument goes as follows:Giving grades cause stress for some students. Students particularly in the … more
Is your family of the “Leave It to Beaver” variety—opposite-gender parents, first marriage for each, one or more kids? If so, your estate plan will probably be straightforward. But … more
Except for her family and friends, perhaps nobody was happier than I to see then-Captain Ann Assumpico appointed head of the Rhode Island State Police (RISP). While there were many qualified … more
Love is in the air (and not in a Harlequin novel kind of way). February may be one of the dreariest months in New England, but we can try and make the best of it. Personally, I like to take on a new … more
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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.