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The Family Caregiver Alliance has reported that spousal caregivers over age 66 who experience caregiving-related stress have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than non-caregivers of the same age. … more
At a press conference last week, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi did not have one of his finer moments. For that matter, neither did some of the top brass in his police department, namely … more
Finally, the long-awaited release of records, well, sort of…from the Rhode Island State Police (RISP) of its 38 Studios investigation hit the streets. I wondered where had my beloved RISP … more
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
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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.