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Seven apply for two Portsmouth school board vacancies

PORTSMOUTH — Seven residents have applied for the two vacant School Committee seats, and the Town Council will interview candidates and appoint two members on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Barrington students attend leadership conference
Barrington High School’s ​Future Business Leaders of America​ (FBLA) attended the annual State Fall Leadership Conference at … Read More
Police alerted to suspicious object on Federal Road
Barrington Police received a phone call on Monday morning, Dec. 3, from someone who spotted a strange object on Federal Road and … Read More
Bristol senior signs Letter of Intent for Crew
Chloe Watson of Bristol, a senior at Bay View Academy and a member of the Bengals crew team, signed a National Letter of Intent to row … Read More
Jail time for crash that killed Westport woman
A 59-year-old California woman who, earlier this year, left the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash in Dartmouth, was convicted of … Read More
Spruce Acres Farm in Portsmouth to host open houses Dec. 18-19
PORTSMOUTH — Gretchen Markert stopped dead in her tracks upon being asked what she found so special about Spruce Acres Farm last … Read More
Fifty years later, Bristol man discovers he has a son
Imagine not knowing you had a child for nearly 50 years. That was the plight of local resident Tony Ribeiro, who discovered … Read More
Obituaries
Charles B. Brown Jr., 81, Westport Charles B. Brown Jr., 81, of Westport, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Country Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Ursula (Seuss) Brown. Mr. Brown was born …
Alice Borges, 93, of Bristol Mrs. Alice (Brown) Borges, age 93, of Hope Street, Bristol, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late David D. Borges, her husband …
Sports
Gallery: EPHS girls' basketball EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School girls' basketball team played its final non-league game in preparation for its Division I regular season earlier this week against Exeter-West …
Eagles indoor track team races past Quakers, falls to Rams The Barrington High School boys indoor track team opened the winter season with a win over Moses Brown, 85-22, and a loss to LaSalle, 64-43. The meet was held on Wednesday night, Dec. 12, at the …
Barrington native named All-American in field hockey Williams College senior forward and Barrington native Libby Dolan has been named a Third Team All-American (Division III) by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).  The …
Wildcats look to improve as they overcome age and size issues The Westport basketball team will be fighting an age and size battle this year. The Wildcats graduated six seniors, have only three returning players and just one starter from last season. …
Opinion
Editorial: School buses need seat belts The Tiverton school bus that hurtled off the highway and into the woods recently emerged dented but intact. But for those unfortunate enough to have been trapped inside without seat belts, the …
Hogwash! Poppycock! And other baloney! Rhode Islanders learned something officially which we knew all along: the school system is failing our children. In a demographic comparison, i.e. economically poorer areas to our economically poorer …
Letter: How to delude the voting public — the Ascencao story The election and subsequent resignation of Laufton Ascencao should be an instructive example of democracy going off the rails. Mr. Asencao fabricated a narrative of a young Bristol native who …
Letter: Facts contradict accusations against Sakonnet farmers To the editor: This concerns Mimi Karlsson's letter to the editor of Nov. 15 about legally applied agricultural chemicals. In making her sweeping, overly dramatic yet unfounded claims about …

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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.