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A workshop on proposed commercial fishing regulations for Rhode Island will be held November 16, 4:30 p.m., followed by a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Coastal Institute Building, Hazard Room. Public … more
To the editor: Despite a chill in the air, the Westport Fishermen’s Association annual boat show was a big hit. Throngs of interested visitors were impressed by the fine workmanship of over 40 classic wooden boats and ship models on … more
To the editor: As I sit here and read the article about switching the start times for the whole school district, I am wondering why? Is it because we are trying to follow a study? I totally disagree with this. Our children have never had a … more
To the editor: An essential part of the high school experience is participating in after school activities, sports and social functions. These experiences create fond memories that last long after graduation. Recently, the administration at Mt. … more
To the editor: Monday night the Planning Board passed a new significantly revised plan for the Water Rower project.  The plan is said to have Adams Lane residents driving through a commercial parking lot to access our homes.  There was no … more
To the editor: Stan Peckham (letter of October 15) could easily have checked the accurate sea level measurements made by NOAA at Newport, RI. From his youth in the 1930’s until today, the average sea level at Newport has risen at a rate of … more
To the editor: The R.I.D.E.M. has again created the hunting season in Barrington that will transform our environment for the next four months to accommodate the sport or game of hunting. This is not an activity based in hunger or need. … more
This Oct. 5 letter was addressed to Town Administrator Richard Rainer and members of the Portsmouth Town Council. The council is expected to discuss the letter at its next regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. To the editor: … more
To the editor: The Portsmouth Free Public Library recently held its 16th annual fund-raiser, “The Taste of Portsmouth.” Over 150 people attended the event which showcased local restaurants, breweries, wineries and liquor stores … more
To the editor: I believe I must take issue with Christine Barboza (Tiverton) regarding her recent letter to the editor (Oct. 15 — Motorcycles need a bit of ‘vroom’ for safety’s sake). If safety was a priority, why do so many of 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.