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Helen M. (McDermott) Wendt, 87, of Devonshire Drive, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Wendt, Jr.  Born … more
The Reverend Margaret Brown Gunness (“Peggy”) died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 after struggling for several years with declining cognitive health. At the time of her … more
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said no one filed a claim for the nearly $200,000 in cash that was found inside two suitcases left in a wooded area of Barrington last year.  The money … more
Pauline M. Cooper, age 83, of Avon Park, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. She was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Paul and Theresa (Schwind) Mullman. Pauline and Henry moved … more
Quentin Abbott Sanford, 88, passed away October 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Beatrice R. Sanford. They had been married 59 years. He was the owner of Handy … more
Durval R. Medeiros, 50, passed away at home on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. He was the son of Esmeria (Furtado) Bolota and the late Joao Bolota. Besides his beloved mother, Durval is also survived by … more
John Alton “Jack” Barrett, 88 years young, bid farewell to life and the family he loved beyond measure with a bittersweet, raspy, raucous kind of laugh, and a “let me go, I’ve … more
Kenneth Davol Langley, 75, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, and Mason Township, Maine, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of 45 years to … more
A long-time teacher from Bristol has been honored for his work to improve education for at-risk students who don’t always do well in traditional high school settings. On Friday, dozens of … more
Fall has arrived and the days grow shorter. Reading will soon move indoors for the winter. But, there are still some wonderful afternoons to sit outside and catch the last warm, sunny days. … 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.