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Have you been thinking about buying a home? Have you been looking? We want to help, East Bay Events is throwing a House Party for prospective home buyers. Join us for this free evening out with local real estate experts — in a relaxed atmosphere. more
Joel Huval shows up at his front door, three dogs rustling around his feet, with a smile as large as the muscles straining beneath his fitted T-shirt. more
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I haven’t gotten everything planted yet. (Yes, I know it’s July.) My back porch holds a collection of trays lined with 4-and 6-packs of stressed out nicotiana seedlings spiked into … more
Q. Can you tell me anything about the artist John Sisson? I have several black and white sketches by him including the “Seagull Restaurant, Succotash Rd., East Matunuck, Rhode Island”. A. John Sisson was a self taught marine artist who … more
Q. I recently had lunch at a Korean restaurant where all of their tea pots and dishes were made of this lovely black pottery. What is it and can you tell me anything about it? A.From your description, it sounds like Japanese Raku pottery. … more
Q. My wife and I bought this converted kerosene chandelier at the Brimfield Antique Fair and wondering if you can tell me anything about it. It does not have any markings or labels identifying who made it. A. Gas lamps were introduced in … more
Those of you who have baseball fever right now may want more than just your lucky socks on while you watch the games. Saint Rita has been touted as the patron saint of baseball since 2002 when the movie “The Rookie” with Dennis Quaid was … more
Baleen: the precursor to plastic As early as the Vikings, many peoples who hunted whales used as much as possible of the carcass. This included the blubber, oil, bone, teeth and baleen. Some species of whales such as North American Right … more
Hardwired in my DNA is a deep refusal to ever be landlocked, aside from maybe a week or two of vacation. I have to live within sniffing if not spitting distance of a large body of water, preferably … more
Q. I am looking to date two American Seating Company chairs that I have owned for quite some time. They are a Bishop's chair and an assistant/side chair—part of the past Ecclesiastical/Church Department of the American Seating Company. They … 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.