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Portsmouth grapples with local rights-of-way

PORTSMOUTH — Pheasant Drive Beach offers spectacular panoramic views of Narragansett Bay, the Mt. Hope Bridge and Hog Island Shoal Light, and is a popular spot for both locals and …
RIDOT closing a portion of I-195 in East Providence overnight
EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of temporary overnight highway … Read More
Services set for Matthew M. Harris, 38, of Warren
Matthew Marcellus Harris, 38, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. He was a beloved son of Larry Harris of Springfield, MA, … Read More
Man charged with felony assault at marijuana dispensary
PORTSMOUTH — A 34-year-old Fall River man was charged with felony assault using a dangerous weapon or substance after police … Read More
Portsmouth wedding officiant accused of stealing guest’s purse
PORTSMOUTH — A local wedding officiant was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 11, after he allegedly used a credit card stolen from a guest … Read More
Zoning board member accused of 'abusive behavior' at meeting
PORTSMOUTH — Several abutters to Borden Farm on East Main Road have accused a Zoning Board of Review member of inappropriate … Read More
Portsmouth’s Welles wins J/24 Worlds
They won four years ago in Newport and now Portsmouth’s Will Welles and crew have captured the J/24 world championships once more, … Read More
Obituaries
Alfred L. Borges, 78, Portsmouth Alfred L. Borges, Jr., 78, of Portsmouth, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 14, 2018. Fred was born on Feb. 16, 1940 in Fall River, Mass. to the late Alfred L. Borges, Sr. and the late Mary …
Fred Sawyer, 78, Portsmouth Fred Sawyer, 78, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, passed away on Sept. 13, 2018, in Newport. Fred was born on April 2, 1940, in Lewiston, Maine to the late Fred W. Sawyer, Sr. and the late Ada (Emory) …
James Viera, 87, Portsmouth James Viera, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  Born on May 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Gene and Hortense Viera. He was the husband of …
Sports
Injury Fund games kick off 2018 high school football season PORTSMOUTH — The local high school football season was kicked off Thursday night, Aug. 30, with a number of injury fund games played ahead of week one of the regular season next week. Portsmouth …
Chatfield reps local golf with US Am performance EAST BAY — Wannamoisett’s Davis Chatfield certainly did his home layout and the area golf community proud last week with his performance at the 118th U.S. Amateur played over the renowned …
Runners raise money for Portsmouth High Music Boosters PORTSMOUTH — Runners young and old took over the streets of Common Fence Point Sunday morning for a good cause: raising money for the Portsmouth High School Music Boosters. The 15th …
Annual Challenger Jamboree in Portsmouth brings smiles to all PORTSMOUTH — For the 12th straight year, children with developmental ad and physical disabilities from around Rhode Island and beyond descended upon Glen Park Sunday for a day full of …
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Opinion
Letter: Why steal the cones topping the Glen’s beehive pillars? To the editor: Glen Farm, once a landmark country estate, is one of Portsmouth's treasures. The lanes that wind through the Glen are graced by numerous stone "beehive" pillars. Each has a concrete …
Letter: The rest of the story on the Portsmouth ambulance To the editor: At the Portsmouth Town Council meeting on Aug. 27, I was not questioning the need for a new ambulance, but rather the process for the purchase.  As a taxpayer, I …
Letter: You don’t own a truck? You’re out of luck! To the editor: I am a Portsmouth resident and have a valid transfer station sticker on one of my automobiles. I have been filling up a 32-gallon can once per day as required for free daily …
Letter: Route 24 not a safety hazard but a sanity hazard To the editor: Mr. Bennis is correct to identify the southern terminus of Route 24 as a hazard, but I'm not convinced it is a safety issue. What we lack are skilled and attentive drivers. In a …
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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.