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Construction on the Prudence Island Ferry dock is entering its final stages and should wrap up in a week or two, music to the ears of Prudence residents and visitors who have been losing patience … more
PORTSMOUTH — A public hearing on the 2017-2018 municipal budget for Portsmouth will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, in the Town Council chambers at Town Hall. more
PORTSMOUTH — Saying the increased number of vehicles going in and out of town-owned Glen Farm has caused “dangerous traffic conditions,” Police Chief Thomas F. Lee has asked … more
PORTSMOUTH — Two positions will be up for election when the Portsmouth Water and Fire District holds its annual election of officers on Wednesday, June 14. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. … more
PORTSMOUTH — They’ll be gone soon, but not forgotten The Town Council Monday night honored four town employees who are retiring soon:  • Deputy Fire Chief … more
LITTLE COMPTON — The Little Compton Town Council last Thursday night voted unanimously to grant entertainment licenses to Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard (CSV) for "up to 14 concerts" on deed-restricted land and for "up to 14 [other] entertainment events" (understood to be mainly weddings) this summer on non-deed-restricted land. The council proceedings took all of 17 minutes, before an estimated 130-140 mostly local spectators, who crammed into extra chairs and benches in the Town Hall council chambers, stood along the walls and in the hallway outside. more
After receiving multiple reports of a scammer preying on senior citizens in Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has issued a statewide Medicare fraud alert. Medicare patients have … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday voted to select ABM Group of Warwick to be the town’s owner’s representative during construction of the new police station, at a cost of … more
PORTSMOUTH — The ghost of Heidi Drive reared its ugly head again during an often-contentious discussion Monday night about the town’s financial record-keeping. more
Former state Rep. Ray Gallison pleaded guilty to nine felony charges Thursday, and now faces the prospect of several years in federal prison. Chief Judge William Smith accepted Mr. gallison's plea … more
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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.