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Seeking solace in a classic

When Tiverton summer resident Katharine Smyth lost her father to cancer, she eventually turned to a beloved book — Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece ’To the Lighthouse’ — for consolation and to …
Lexi Greffen leads the way in Portsmouth’s win over Smithfield
PORTSMOUTH — Lexi Greffen certainly made the most of Senior Night on Monday. The senior led all scorers with 23 points — half … Read More
Westport's A.S. Deams to close its doors
WESTPORT — Twenty years ago after Sally Schimmel and Anne Frechette began selling women’s clothing and fine gifts from a shop they … Read More
From Westport schools to Hollywood’s threshold
From elementary school to Westport High School School, Verity Branco’s passion has been her love of acting. After high school … Read More
Portsmouth shows Purple pride in annual dodgeball tournament
PORTSMOUTH — It became apparent early on Thursday night that the Artful Dodgers, a team made up of School Committee members and … Read More
Solar future seen for Westport sand pit
A large sand and gravel operation uphill from the Head of Westport, that once angered neighbors with its big trucks and dust, may … Read More
Tiverton seawall under threat
TIVERTON — The Tiverton waterfront seawall is under siege, from the river, from uphill, from underneath, and from the rains that … Read More
Obituaries
Joseph L. Keith III, 86, Westport Joseph Leland Keith, III, 86, a man of great character and a character of a man, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. “Joe” was always ready to offer a kind word, helping hand …
Charles W. Nichols III, 81, South Dartmouth Charles Walter Nichols III, “Wally”, age 81, died on January 13, 2019, at his home in South Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Sharp Nichols. Wally is survived by his wife, Helga …
Susan Sorrentino, Little Compton Susan Sorrentino of Little Compton, passed away in the gentle embrace of her beloved family on January 4, 2019. Susie was born in Providence, the eldest daughter of Hope A. and Stanley L. Sorrentino. …
Phillip Lee Buell, 80, Little Compton Phillip "Phil" Lee Buell, who was born on February 12, 1938, in Muncie, Indiana, and was the son of the late Floyd E Buell and the late Nina M Buell, died on January 3, 2019, in Bradenton, Florida. …
Sports
Gatorade: Portsmouth’s Sullivan is RI's cross-country runner of year PORTSMOUTH — Elizabeth Sullivan, who won the individual Rhode Island cross-country title and led her Portsmouth High team to a state championship, has earned another honor — the …
Portsmouth gymnasts win meet over Barrington, Middletown PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team’s winning ways continued Saturday with a victory over Barrington and Middletown in a tri-school meet at Prestige Fitness & …
Portsmouth dominates early, beats Tiverton in boys’ hoops PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity boys’ basketball team built a big lead at halftime and cruised to a 66-43 win over the visiting Tiverton Tigers Friday night, Jan. 25. The …
Portsmouth's Sullivan places second in track invitational PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School senior Elizabeth Sullivan led the pack for most of the one-mile race but was unable to hold on for the win at Saturday’s 2019 East Coast Track and …
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Opinion
Editorial: Gambling made easy In most casual fashion, Rhode Island is putting big money on a most dangerous bet. The state is wagering that the few millions a year it expects to win from on-line sports betting will offset the …
Letter: Little Compton Democrats leave common sense at the door To the editor: How interesting was the Sakonnet Times dated January 31, 2019! There on the front page we have an article by Jim McGraw regarding substance abuse prevention and local clergy working …
Letter: School, campground — and Westport's debt keeps piling up To the editor, Demolition of Westport Middle School is done and abatement is in progress. Funding for drainage, roadways, utilities, site improvements, parking expansion for students and staff, …
Letter: Wall needed with immigrants storming the gate To the editor: For those of you who are opposed to a border wall, which is in place to protected the citizens of the United States, I have this to say:  Read your history.  It is an ugly one, …

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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.