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Portsmouth mulls future tenants of town-owned Brown House

PORTSMOUTH — Who should be allowed to rent office space at the town-owned Leonard Brown House? That was the big question during Monday night’s Town Council discussion on a …
PHS students test everything from Deflategate to 5-second rule
PORTSMOUTH — Tom Brady didn’t cheat, and Daniel Carnevale can prove it. Read More
Two drivers injured, pole snapped in rollover crash in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Two drivers were injured when their cars collided in a rollover crash on West Main Road Friday afternoon. According … Read More
2019 Portsmouth dump stickers should be on vehicles by Feb. 1
PORTSMOUTH — Just a friendly reminder from the town: If you’d like to continue using the transfer station on Hedly Street, … Read More
Portsmouth's new indoor golf facility lets you play year round
PORTSMOUTH — Ever wanted to hit the links at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England, the host for the 2016 British Masters? Read More
Little Compton woman charged with DWI following crash
PORTSMOUTH — A 59-year-old Little Compton woman was charged with driving while intoxicated, her second offense, after plowing … Read More
Portsmouth Police restrain juvenile who threatened jump from bridge
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Police kept a juvenile from possibly jumping off the Mt. Hope Bridge early Wednesday morning, Jan. 9. Read More
Obituaries
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 …
Heidi Ann (Ladd) Pacheco, 49, Portsmouth Heidi Ann (Ladd) Pacheco, 49, of Portsmouth, passed away on Nov. 9, 2018. Heidi was born on Jan. 7, 1969, in Augusta, Maine to Charles Ladd and Gail (Anderson) Ladd. Heidi was the wife of Nicholas …
Philippe Drapeau, Tiverton Philippe Drapeau of Tiverton, R.I. joined his true love and wife Doris (St. Laurent) Drapeau, on Oct. 8, 2018 and sailed away. He was surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his …
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 …
Sports
Sharpshooters show their stuff in Portsmouth (photos) PORTSMOUTH — Bailey Howell and Liam Casey were named the overall winners of Saturday’s Knights of Columbus-sponsored youth basketball free-throw contest in the Bradley School …
Free-throw contest in Portsmouth on Jan. 12 open to ages 9-14 PORTSMOUTH — Have any young sharpshooters in the family? They might want to prove their skills at the Knights of Columbus-sponsored youth basketball free-throw contest on Saturday, Jan. …
Ben Hurd leads Portsmouth over Mt. Hope in boys’ basketball PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team escaped with a 60-58 win over Mt, Hope in the East Bay Holiday Classic tournament at PHS Thursday. A …
Portsmouth boys fall to Westerly in varsity basketball, 77-53 PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome an outstanding first-half offensive onslaught by the visiting Westerly Bulldogs and lost …
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Opinion
Letter: Reform Caucus works toward a better legislative process To the editor: I am writing in response to the Jan. 11 letter titled, “The Reform Caucus Can Embrace Democracy.” The Reform Caucus, of which I am part, is advocating for changes to …
Letter: Join us for pancakes, Knights and Scouts on Sunday To the editor: Please come and enjoy a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Jan. 20, at St. Barnabas Church Parish Hall from 8 am to noon. The public is invited. Tickets are $8 each and can be …
Letter: Portsmouth Historical Society says thanks for Polar Dive To the editor: The Island Park 2019 Polar Dive, organized by John Vitkevich and the Portsmouth Business Association (PBA) on New Year’s Day, was a true community event involving several …
Letter: Migrant caravan nothing like biblical story To the editor: I usually find myself in full agreement with Arlene Violet and the opinions she expresses in her column. However, I find her comparison of the biblical journey of Mary and …
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