Off the Market: Homes sold around East Bay

The following homes have changed hands in towns around the East Bay: Barrington 1 Colley Court — $530,000 54 County Road — $248,000 22 Winthrop Drive — $550,500 4 …
ACLU: 'Deep concerns’ with planned drug sweeps at Portsmouth High

PORTSMOUTH — The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has written to Portsmouth High School Principal Joseph Amaral to express its “deep concerns” …

Portsmouth High principal: We must provide a safe environment

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School Principal Joseph Amaral said his decision to have police and K-9 units periodically sweep the school for drugs was based primarily on concerns that some …

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Get your nominations in for the ‘Portsmouth Award’

PORTSMOUTH — The Town of Portsmouth is seeking nominations for the recipient(s) of the annual “Portsmouth Award.”

Proposed Portsmouth budget up slightly, but reval sends tax rate down

Although Town Administrator Richard Rainer Jr.’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 calls for a 1.97 percent increase over the current total spending plan, the tax rate would still drop by 57 cents due mainly to the recent townwide property revaluation.

Portsmouth to state: Get rid of blue RhodeWorks signs

PORTSMOUTH — John Vitkevich now has an ally in his quest to get rid of all those “ugly” blue RhodeWorks signs in Portsmouth and the surrounding area: the Town Council. The …

Team Spencer wins second Portsmouth history trivia contest

PORTSMOUTH — What do you know about Portsmouth History? The Portsmouth Historical Society posed this question to 32 participants who came out for a Portsmouth history trivia contest …

Condom theft, Local legend dies, Car vs. ocean, and more

A Bristol legend passes away, a car goes for a dip, a group of local students head to the world championships, and some randy teens are caught stealing their needed prophylactics. These are just some …

From missiles to Mustangs: Newport Car Museum approved

PORTSMOUTH — A plan to operate a vintage car museum and storage facility inside a huge building formally owned by Raytheon Corp. received unanimous approval by the Zoning Board of Review …
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Opinion
Editorial: Tides rising; time fading

The waters are rising, of that there is no longer any doubt. No one can credibly argue any more that sea level rise — caused by human activity that has fueled global climate change — is a …

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Sheriff Hodgson: Too much time on his hands

Editorial: Coast Guard cuts — Dumb idea

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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.