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One thing I truly dread about the end of baseball season is that our TV seems to host an hours-long and seemingly never-ending football game on Sunday afternoons and evenings. I will watch the Patriots but usually spend the rest of the evening … more
To the editor: Recently, it has come to my attention that school systems have tried to change the start time in the middle school from 7:45 am to around 8:30 am. From a neurologist's stand point, it would be great, as the children's brains … more
To the editor: I would like to express my thanks as a veteran of the USA to the Wilbur McMahon School and to Principal Joao Arruda for the exceptional program which he and his staff and students put on Tuesday, Nov. 10. I along … more
To the editor: My wife and I will shortly enter into retirement. After 30 years of living in Westport, we would like to sell our present home for a well-planned 55-and-over community in this town which we so enjoy. There remain a … more
After reading the news of our town’s newly-passed, soon-to-be-enacted ‘no bins, no barrels’ recycling policy. I must say I was as shocked as I was disappointed to see such an ends-justifies-the-means mentality pass as municipal law. To its … more
To the editor: I read all the candidate statements in last week’s Times for the Senate District 11 seat. All of the candidates kept to the issues, except one.  Right out of the gate, Amy Rice launched an attack by claiming that … more
To the editor: Dear friends of Herb Hadfield: Please, you who knew Herb Hadfield, send your opinion on how best to remember his name.  My neighbor for 20 years, Herb gave my daughters a mule-drawn buggy ride.  Herb supported … more
To the editor: As the current and former town council liaisons to the Barrington Planning Board, we are happy to report that the Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded Barrington the 2015 RIAPA Award for Outstanding … more
State leaders think that you are double dumb. The state is on the brink of floating 1.1 billion dollars (interest included) for the Rhodes Work project. Your intelligence, firstly, cannot be trusted to vote on the bond project, despite the Rhode … more
I have a hard time being excited about the Kansas City Royals as World Series Champions. I am sure their fans are thrilled, and super-nice folks, so I’m glad they won, but I will admit that I can’t remember a time when I was less interested in … 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.