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Seven apply for two Portsmouth school board vacancies

PORTSMOUTH — Seven residents have applied for the two vacant School Committee seats, and the Town Council will interview candidates and appoint two members on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
In Portsmouth: Assembly line puts together packages for homeless
PORTSMOUTH — In front of more than 170 Pennfield School students gathered in the gymnasium Thursday, Jan Armor took off his right … Read More
Portsmouth man sentenced to 30 months for possessing child porn
PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth man who previously lived in West Warwick was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison for … Read More
Portsmouth High spreads musical cheer at winter concerts (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Music Department hosted the second of two winter concerts Tuesday night in the school … Read More
RICAS: Portsmouth, state are playing catchup to Mass. schools
PORTSMOUTH — Rhode Island public schools have some catching up to do before they can compare favorably to Massachusetts on student … Read More
Portsmouth schools to start after Labor Day next year
PORTSMOUTH — For the first time in years, students will report back to public schools after Labor Day next year. The School … Read More
Portsmouth will dip into surplus to cover police station overruns
PORTSMOUTH — With change orders pushing the cost of the new police station over the $10 million approved by voters in November … 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 …
Portsmouth girls cruise to non-league win over Chariho PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ varsity basketball team made easy work of the Chariho Chargers at home Friday night, 66-27. The Patriots’ Lexi Greffen led all …
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.
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Editorial: School buses need seat belts The Tiverton school bus that hurtled off the highway and into the woods recently emerged dented but intact. But for those unfortunate enough to have been trapped inside without seat belts, the …
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 …
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