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Wait is over: Spruce Acres will open to the public Dec. 18

PORTSMOUTH/MIDDLETOWN — After delays in construction due to poor weather, Spruce Acres Farm will be opened to the public starting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has …
Portsmouth Police cruisers filled with donated toys, other gifts
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Police Officer Jean Stewart had collected so many donated gifts Saturday that it didn’t look like she’d … Read More
Santa makes merry at Portsmouth Library (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — The jolly man in the red suit made a grand entrance to the Portsmouth Free Public Library after stepping off a fire … Read More
Police: Stolen gun recovered from Portsmouth bar
PORTSMOUTH — A gun that was reported stolen from a Massachusetts home earlier this month was recovered by Portsmouth Police Sunday … Read More
Water woes continue for Prudence Island residents
PRUDENCE ISLAND — Eight weeks after it first went into effect, a boil-water order is still in place for customers of the Prudence … Read More
Portsmouth's first RICAS results: ‘Always room for improvement’
PORTSMOUTH — Results from the first round of the new academic assessment for students in grades 3 to 8 show that Portsmouth is well … Read More
FDA gives update on outbreak of e. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce
PROVIDENCE — Based on new information, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have narrowed its romaine lettuce warning to … Read More
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 …
Islanders freeze out Portsmouth in early Thanksgiving game MIDDLETOWN — The Portsmouth Patriots’ youth, inexperience and injuries were all on display during an early Thanksgiving matchup against their annual rivals, the Middletown …
Portsmouth resident commits to play Division I softball PORTSMOUTH — As a star player on the Moses Brown varsity softball team, Portsmouth’s Emma Campbell has a flair for coming up big in the clutch.
Portsmouth Pop Warner cheerleaders qualify for nationals PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Pop Warner varsity cheerleading squad is headed to Orlando, Fla.
Portsmouth girls knocked from volleyball playoffs (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ volleyball team’s season ended in disappointment Wednesday when the squad was bumped from the state playoffs by Johnston High at …
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Letter: RI vs. Mass. test score comparison invalid and unfair To the editor: The scores are in. Rhode Island’s students did not appear to do as well on the RICAS as students in Massachusetts.  RICAS is Rhode Island’s version of the Massachusetts …
Letter: Three days in Marsaxlokk Bay with President Bush To the editor: I am sure many people have personal stories about President George H.W. Bush. Here is mine.
Letter: Transfer station still much cheaper than curbside pickup To the editor: I am reaching out to every Portsmouth household regarding our transfer station.  Trash collection this past year has been a challenge; the introduction of town PAYT bags …
Letter: ALT is neglecting the north side of Portsmouth To the editor: I have never written my opinion before but with the recent letters made on bait-and-switch, I think it is about time I share what a lot of people at (the north) end of town have …
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