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Portsmouth Garden Club: Making the town beautiful for 85 years

Those beautiful plantings outside the library? You can thank the Portsmouth Garden Club for that. The flowers and the birch “Liberty Tree” in front of Town Hall in honor of veterans? …
Zombie wedding — A Tiverton tale for Valentine’s Day
For their Valentine’s Day story, assorted publications world-wide turned to a tale with Tiverton ties — the sweet story of a young … Read More
Portsmouth Prevention Coalition takes aim at vaping scourge
PORTSMOUTH — What should parents worry about most when it comes to their children and substance abuse?  When that question was … Read More
Portsmouth residents blast 3-minute comment limit at meeting
PORTSMOUTH — Despite objections from all eight residents who spoke on the topic, the Town Council voted 4-3 Monday night to … Read More
Two pedestrians hurt after being hit by Jeep in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Two juvenile pedestrians were transported to a hospital after being struck by a Jeep in front of Citizens Bank on East … Read More
Portsmouth resolution to DOT: Don’t make cuts to bike programs
PORTSMOUTH — In two separate resolutions approved unanimously Monday night, the Town Council told state transportation officials to … Read More
Lexi Greffen leads the way in Portsmouth’s win over Smithfield
PORTSMOUTH — Lexi Greffen certainly made the most of Senior Night on Monday. The senior led all scorers with 23 points — half … Read More
Obituaries
Forest Golden, 81, Portsmouth Forest Golden, 81, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 9, 2019. Forest was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Boston and was raised by his foster parent, Elmira …
Jeremiah John “Jedd” Sullivan IV, 63, Portsmouth Jeremiah John “Jedd” Sullivan IV took his life on Jan. 5, 2019 after a lifelong battle with depression. Jedd was an unassuming and intently caring man who constantly dedicated himself, …
Lillian Combra Lopes, 76, Portsmouth Lillian Combra Lopes, 76, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away Jan. 18, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Feb. 17, 1942, in Fall River, Mass., Lillian was a lifelong resident of …
Lucy Johnson, 91, Portsmouth Lucy Johnson, 91, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away peacefully at Newport Hospital on Dec. 15, 2018. Lucy was born in 1927 in Ossining, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Andrea Mastrorilli …
Sports
Alleged road rage incident leads to accident in Portsmouth A local man was arrested Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, following an alleged road rage incident, police said. James E. Culipher, 47, of 68 Fountain Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct …
Gatorade: Portsmouth’s Sullivan is RI's cross-country runner of year PORTSMOUTH — Elizabeth Sullivan, who won the individual Rhode Island cross-country title and led her Portsmouth High team to a state championship, has earned another honor — the …
Portsmouth gymnasts win meet over Barrington, Middletown PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team’s winning ways continued Saturday with a victory over Barrington and Middletown in a tri-school meet at Prestige Fitness & …
Portsmouth dominates early, beats Tiverton in boys’ hoops PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity boys’ basketball team built a big lead at halftime and cruised to a 66-43 win over the visiting Tiverton Tigers Friday night, Jan. 25. The …
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Opinion
Letter: ‘Feckless Four’ voted to limit residents’ free speech To the editor: At the Portsmouth Town Council Meeting on Feb. 11, 2019, council members Katzman, Ryan, Ujifusa, and Abbott voted in the majority to constrain the free speech of residents at …
Mendonsa deserves formal recognition as the ‘Kissing Sailor’ George Mendonsa fought in World War II’s Pacific Theater, fished a lifetime on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, remained married to the love of his life for …
Letter: Three minutes not long enough for complex issues To the editor: Does anyone really think that three minutes is sufficient to discuss complex matters such as sewers, tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, the moratorium on water hookups, and now the …
Letter: Portsmouth council’s 3-minute rule limits free speech To the editor: The vote to limit and control discussion of issues at the Feb. 11, 2019 Portsmouth Town Council meeting is disturbing for the people they are representing.  The council …
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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.