Westport zoners allow tight squeeze addition to pond-front house
The Zoning Board Appeals wrestled with but ultimately approved last week an addition to a waterfront house on South Watuppa Pond in … Read More
Huskies wrestlers are ready to start the season
The Mt. Hope wrestling team is ready to start the new season with a new coach, senior leadership and freshman ready to make an impact. … Read More
Committee approves Black as new Martin Middle School principal
EAST PROVIDENCE — City native and resident William Black was confirmed by the school committee at its Tuesday, Dec. 12, meeting as … Read More
More Local News
Task Force proposals could directly affect new East Providence High School effort
EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island School Building Task Force, co-chaired by General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Education … Read More
East Providence school official suffers health scare at meeting
EAST PROVIDENCE — Those inside the city hall chamber and those watching from afar were stunned late in the Tuesday, Dec. 12, school … Read More
Distracted? At KMS, there's an app for that
Armed with their own laptop computers, Kickemuit Middle School students literally have the world at their fingertips. But a group of … Read More
Aquidneck Island Planning Commission once again comes under fire
PORTSMOUTH — A discussion about a Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) questionnaire was used as an opportunity for critics … Read More
Made in Warren, admired everywhere
Jonathan Glatt and Sara Ossana founded O & G Studio nearly 10 years ago, and almost immediately, their inspired, handmade … Read More
More curbside collection signups in Portsmouth on Saturday
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Trash Collaborative (portsmouthtrash@gmail.com) has scheduled two more signup events for Saturday, Dec. … Read More
Obituaries
Ferdinand DeRensis, 95, Barrington

Ferdinand R. DeRensis, 95, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at the Maine Medical Center. He leaves behind his best friend and devoted companion, his dog Charlie. He was the beloved father of …

William M. Hatzell, 62, Warren

Doris I. Drapeau, 93, Tiverton

MaryRose “Ma” Aguiar, 92, of Florida

Dr. Ronald N. Mancini, 70, Tiverton

Beatrice Barton, 97, Westport

Police
Portsmouth Police charge 2 with threatening public officials PORTSMOUTH — In separate incidents on Tuesday, Dec. 12, police charged two men with making threats to public officials. The first took place around 5:30 p.m., when Antonio P. Vieira, …
Head-on collision leads to drunk driving arrest in Bristol A 39-year-old Bristol resident was arrested for drunk driving after slamming his gray Volvo into another car and injuring its female driver just after midnight on Sunday morning. The accident …
Second suspect in East Providence robbery/stabbing is taken into custody EAST PROVIDENCE — The second suspect in the recent spree of armed robberies in the area has been apprehended.In a joint press release issued Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, the East Providence, …
Opinion
Letter: Bristol Council is hiding solar talks behind closed doors A disturbing trend, in my opinion, is the frequent usage by the Bristol Town Council of “Request for Executive Session Pursuant to RIGL 42-46-5 (a) (5),” and sometimes more than once in a …
Letter: Principals do all possible to ensure safety of children As leaders of the organization representing the K-12 principals of Rhode Island, we are compelled to offer an alternative perspective on Arlene Violet’s commentary (“Child abuse reporting …
Editorial: Animal abuse leniency goes way back here Some were stunned when a prosecutor suggested probation all around for those facing charges for their actions in the horrific tenant “farm” animal cruelty discovered hidden away in the Westport …
Letter: Prosecution, judges have dismal animal cruelty record To the editor: Animal abuse is legislated in Massachusetts as a serious felony, punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, by a fine up to $5,000, or by both fine and imprisonment. A subsequent …

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Jim McGaw

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.