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You won’t hear gunfire, won’t hear anything but the hum of a fan, neighbors were repeatedly promised by the would-be builder of an indoor gun range alongside homes in north Tiverton. That’s not how it turned out. Even … more
Editor's note: Our editorials are the opinion of the newspaper and its publisher. As such they are always unsigned.   The real possibility of a diminished parade, the welfare of parade participants, or even the compromised safety and … more
A recent item in the Portsmouth police logs begs the question: Why own a pet that you basically ignore? On Dec. 15, Animal Control Officer Ariel E. Fisher investigated a complaint that a dog on Redwood Road was being left outside for more … more
The casual visitor might see only the negatives — the crumbling awnings, peeling paint or other signs of neglect and vacancy — as they drive through downtown Warren on the way to Bristol or Newport County. But while Warren may have a problem … more
If this is the season to remember those less fortunate, then surely no family here belongs more in our thoughts right now than the Nardolillos — Melody Murchison-Nardolillo and her children Bella, Morgan and Caleb. For reasons not yet … more
Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a refreshing statement about climate change this week. And like the steel skeleton hidden beneath the human flesh of his seminal Terminator character, a stronger point lurked inside his … more
It is an odd take on private property law that allows armed intruders to enter at will and fire away whether the landowners like it or not. But such is the situation in some states — Massachusetts among them as Westport residents have … more
Students at the Roger Williams University Intercultural Center organized a BlackOut Monday, Nov. 16, at 12:20 p.m.  Those who attended wore black to show solidarity with the students at Mizzou (University of Missouri). About 100 people attended, … more
The next move in the Twin River Casino saga rests with the Tiverton Town Council and it ought to be a simple one — send it to the voters. It’s the right move for several reasons. First, it places the decision squarely with the … more
Every kindergartner for the past 20 years has known the difference between a blue bin and a trash can. Unfortunately, too many of their parents and grandparents do not. Unconscionable as it might seem, far too many people hurl recyclable … 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.