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Portsmouth schools ask for 2.3 percent budget hike

PORTSMOUTH — The School Committee has approved a $39.68 million budget for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a 2.3 percent increase over the current spending plan of $38.78 million. The …
Fresh new homes await osprey in Westport, Little Compton
Another shipment of brand new osprey platforms is making its way out to locations along the Westport and Little Compton shore in time … Read More
Bumble sighting at Tiverton High School
Submitted by the Tiverton School Department) The residents of Tiverton are coming from all four corners to see the recently … Read More
State Preservation Commission hosts annual conference in East Providence
EAST PROVIDENCE — “Preservation, Recreation and Sport,” the 34th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference, comes to … Read More
Fall River man sentenced for Tiverton bank robbery
A Fall River, Mass., man who admitted to robbing a Tiverton bank in October, 2017, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in … Read More
A bit of Broadway comes to Portsmouth (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — Professional singers and actors from as far away as New York and Boston joined local talent Saturday in a concert … Read More
Horse rescued after snowy ordeal
TIVERTON — Thursday got off to a bad start for Just Johnny (Johnny for short), West Place Animal Shelter’s oldest (at 32) and … Read More
Obituaries
Roswell B. Perkins, 92, Little Compton Roswell B. Perkins, 92, long-time summer resident of Little Compton, died on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in New York City. Born May 21, 1926, in Boston, and raised in Brookline, Mass., the son of Paul …
Janet Myrin, 76, Little Compton Janet (Olsen) Myrin, 76, of Little Compton, passed away suddenly on March 9, 2019. Born Janet VanAmringe Olsen on September 17, 1942, she grew up in Douglaston, Queens, and Mattituck, New York. She …
Barbara Keelan, 91, Little Compton Barbara (Revens) Keelan, 91, of Little Compton, passed away on February 14, 2019, in Sykesville, Maryland, Barbara was born on February 26, 1927, in West Barrington to the late John and Bridget …
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 …
Sports
Portsmouth boys’ hockey team eliminated from D-II tournament PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots boys’ hockey team’s season came to an end Sunday after a loss to Ponaganset High School in the Division II quarterfinals at the Portsmouth …
Rebels knock Portsmouth girls out of basketball playoffs PORTSMOUTH — Despite Portsmouth High’s Lexi Greffen leading all scorers with 16 points, the Patriots girls’ basketball team was eliminated from Division I championship …
Portsmouth takes third place in state gymnastics meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ gymnastics team finished the regular season atop Division II, but had to settle for third place at the state championship meet Saturday …
Portsmouth High boys take fourth in state swim championships PORTSMOUTH — Several school records fell en route to Portsmouth High School’s fourth-place finish in the boys’ state swimming championship meet at Brown University no …
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Opinion
Letter: Little Compton farmland use draft would benefit from public input To the editor: An open letter to the Little Compton Town Council: We are writing to you in advance of the hearing you have scheduled for Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. We …
Letter: Keep herbicides out of Little Compton solar farms To the editor Little Compton has the right to include in its Solar Ordinance the phrase “No herbicides shall be used to clear or maintain the area beneath the solar panels”. At the town’s …
Editorial: Bridge tolls — Vigilance needed Tiverton, Little Compton and towns all around would be wise to follow Portsmouth’s lead and keep their guard up and options open concerning the threat of Sakonnet River Bridge tolls. While …
Guiding Sakonnet YC sailors has been a privilege To the editor: I would like to thank the parents who paid to submit a letter in the February 27 Sakonnet Times. I am honored and humbled by their many kind thoughts. It isn’t often that one …

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