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Aquidneck Island Robotics team finishes successful season

NEWPORT — It’s been a good year for the Aquidneck Island Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition Team 78, AIR STRIKE. Comprised of 25 high school students from 13 schools across Rhode …
A Westport salute to Tony Connors
The Board of Selectmen opened last week’s meeting by honoring Anthony ‘Tony’ Connors “for his contributions to the Town of … Read More
Woman dies over a week after Westport hit and run
WESTPORT — The victim of last week’s hit and run incident in Westport has died at Rhode Island Hospital as a result of the … Read More
Portsmouth beats Mt. Hope, remains undefeated in Division II
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ lacrosse team improved its record to 10-0 in Division II after defeating Mt. Hope … Read More
Update: Police seek BMW in hit and run that badly injured woman in Westport
WESTPORT — After further investigation this week, investigators have been able to discern the type of vehicle likely involved in a … Read More
Nitrogen: Not (as) guilty in Westport marsh collapse mystery?
WRWA study suggests other causes to blame for marsh collapse By Bruce Burdett It remains bad for the waterway, but nitrogen … Read More
Westport hit and run crash severely injures woman
Westport police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to a hit and run that occurred Tuesday evening on Old … Read More
Obituaries
Joseph R. Marion Jr., Little Compton Joseph R. Marion Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A life-long resident of Little Compton, he was the son of the late …
Marie Manchester, 87, Little Compton Marie (Elkins) Manchester, 87, of Little Compton, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of the late Harold E. Manchester. Mrs. Manchester was born in …
Sports
Former Portsmouth principal tapped for RIIL Hall of Fame PORTSMOUTH — A former longtime principal and coach at Portsmouth High School will be among the members of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) High School Athletic Hall of Fame …
Portsmouth falls to Huskies in D-II unified state finals, 34-26 PORTSMOUTH — They had given it their all out on the court, but by the time the final buzzer sounded Sunday, May 5, the Portsmouth Patriots’ unified basketball team came up just short …
Portsmouth unified team to play in state finals Sunday (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School unified basketball team is headed to the state finals again. The Patriots defeated Juanita Sanchez in the Division II semifinals at home on …
Barrington sweeps Portsmouth, Middletown in golf match BARRINGTON — The Barrington High Eagles foursome shot a 170 to sweep Portsmouth and Middletown in an Eastern Division golf match at the Rhode Island Country Club on Tuesday, April …
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Opinion
Letter: Wet, cool spring hard on potato, corn farmers While we non-farmers have been counting up the rainy days and bemoaning the lack of warm and spring-like weather, the local potato and sweet corn growers have been in serious, deep trouble. The …
Letter: Little Compton Tree Committee gift will be appreciated for years To the editor: Just a short letter of appreciation to the Little Compton Tree Committee for the wonderful surprise delivered to my house. I submitted an application for an evergreen tree; an …
Letter: Rep. Cortvriend voted on the side of women To the editor: In response to former Rep. Ken Mendonça’s May 7 letter (“Rep. Cortvriend flip-flopped on rollover contracts”), the shame should be on the former …
Letter: Editorial attacking unions does not tell the whole story I would appreciate your reporting on your sources relative to the editoria, “Unions, take a bow." What you reported has never been my experience as a State of Rhode Island Department of …

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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.