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Feds agree to rescind order for Sakonnet River Bridge tolls

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — Future tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge may have sustained a deathblow now that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has agreed to rescind a 2013 order that …
‘Things could have been so much different’
PORTSMOUTH — She had fled in the middle of the night, terrified and alone.  For seven years they had been together, seven years … Read More
Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27 in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Did you forget about that leftover bottle of Oxycodone from the time you were experiencing chronic back paid two years … Read More
Portsmouth Police deal with DWIs, larceny
Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth Police report from over the past week. Saturday, April 13 Roberta J. Robella, 49, … Read More
Portsmouth High students keep rec facilities looking good
PORTSMOUTH — Two students at Portsmouth High School have been hard at work volunteering for the town’s Recreation Department to … Read More
Portsmouth's proposed FY20 budget calls for 2.54% tax hike
PORTSMOUTH — The property tax rate will increase by 2.54 percent in fiscal year 2020 under Town Administrator Richard Rainer, … Read More
Parents whose son drowned win ruling in negligence case
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has vacated a lower court decision in a lawsuit that arose out of the tragic death of 4-year-old … Read More
Obituaries
Connor Andrew Peckham, 18, Portsmouth Connor Andrew Peckham, 18, of Portsmouth, passed away of an unexpected illness on April 1, 2019. Connor was born on June 10, 2000, in Newport, to Dwayne Peckham and Patricia …
Ronald L. Molleur, 82, Portsmouth Mr. Ronald L. Molleur, 82, of Portsmouth, R.I. and Webster, Mass., passed away on March 20, 2019 at his daughter's home in Webster with his family by his side. He battled many months of illness and …
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Sports
Portsmouth downs Tiverton in unified basketball, 52-30 PORTSMOUTH — After honoring their late friend Connor Peckham and celebrating its older plays for senior night, the Patriots unified basketball team got down to business versus Tiverton on …
Portsmouth downs Barrington in non-conference lacrosse match PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team kicked off its season in promising fashion Saturday, beating Barrington in a non-conference game by a score of …
Young Westport sharpshooter was perfect when it counted Bailey Howell admits she was a little down when she woke up the morning of Sunday, March 24. The previous day, she had competed in the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest in Portland, Maine. Bailey …
Portsmouth High runners crowned All-Americans PORTSMOUTH — Four members of the Portsmouth High School girls’ indoor track team earned High School All-American honors by placing fourth in the 4x800 relay at the 2019 New Balance …
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Opinion
Letter: Today’s high school students need financial literacy To the editor: Financial Literacy Month is April of each year. This year is a special year for Rhode Islanders! In 2003, the United States Senate declared April “Financial Literacy for …
Letter: These labor bills would cost taxpayers dearly To the editor: Evergreen contracts. Binding arbitration. Expanded overtime for firefighters. We’re only three months into the General Assembly’s legislative session, and we’re already seeing …
Letter: Why vote to keep town committee exclusive? To the editor: On Monday, April 8, the Portsmouth Town Council voted 4-3 to increase the membership of newly named West Side Development Advisory Committee (WSDAC) from seven to 11 …
Letter: Portsmouth’s last chance on west side development To the editor: At the March 11 Portsmouth Town Council meeting, a discussion and vote was on the agenda regarding the bylaws for the new West Side Development Advisory Committee. This item was …

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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.