The Latest from Portsmouth

Play performed at Portsmouth High explores road to recovery

PORTSMOUTH — She was nervous, the anxiety coursing through her like wildfire.  She felt untethered, unsure of the steps to take next. She had already lost so much; the life of her …
Portsmouth High baseball team notches two shutouts over Pilgrim
PORTSMOUTH — Ben Gesmondi’s three-run blast in the first inning proved to be all the offense the Portsmouth High baseball team … Read More
District to sever ties with Prudence Island schoolhouse
PORTSMOUTH — We now know the Prudence Island School will remain open for the foreseeable future, but the School Committee still has … Read More
Portsmouth's provisional budget calls for 43-cent tax rate hike
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council approved more than $130,000 in additional spending requests, including the creation of a full-time … Read More
Prudence Island exhales: Schoolhouse will remain open
PORTSMOUTH — The great "Prudence Island School is Closing” scare is officially over, at least for now. Read More
Portsmouth students walk to raise funds for outdoor classroom
PORTSMOUTH — Melville School’s got one, and now Portsmouth Middle School wants to be next.  The school’s PTO hosted a Race … Read More
Bike-riders have Portsmouth road all to themselves (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — For bicycle enthusiasts, Middle Road was the place to be on a gloriously sunny Saturday. Nearly the entire stretch … Read More
Margaret G. Jones, 76, Portsmouth Margaret Grace (Mattos) Jones, 76, of Portsmouth, passed away in her sleep at home early Tuesday morning, April 23, 2019. She was born Feb. 16, 1943, to the late Manuel and Laura (Laureanno) Mattos …
Connor Andrew Peckham, 18, Portsmouth Connor Andrew Peckham, 18, of Portsmouth, passed away of an unexpected illness on April 1, 2019. Connor was born on June 10, 2000, in Newport, to Dwayne Peckham and Patricia …
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 at home Friday, 13-9. Freshman Jack Cianciolo …

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State Police ramp up ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign

NORTH SCITUATE — The Rhode Island State Police announced additional troopers will be assigned to focus on enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws as part of the national Click It or …

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