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 needed in shutting out Pilgrim, 10-0, at home on …

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 some housekeeping to do. The building was used for …

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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 position for the parks and recreation director, when it …

Prudence Island exhales: Schoolhouse will remain open

PORTSMOUTH — The great "Prudence Island School is Closing” scare is officially over, at least for now.

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 for Education Thursday, May 9, to raise …

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 of the road was shut down to motor vehicle traffic from …

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 …

Portsmouth council to consider over $246K in budget additions

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s 2020 fiscal year budget would be pushed to the brink of the state-mandated tax levy cap of 4 percent if a slew of new spending requests is approved Monday …
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

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Tyler G. Quintal-Mendonsa, 21, Portsmouth

Forest Golden, 81, Portsmouth

Jeremiah John “Jedd” Sullivan IV, 63, Portsmouth

Lillian Combra Lopes, 76, Portsmouth

Lucy Johnson, 91, Portsmouth


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