A 'Beauty' of a show at Portsmouth Middle School (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — It was standing-room only in the Portsmouth Middle School Little Theater Thursday for the opening night performance of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” The school …
Portsmouth students do so like reading!
PORTSMOUTH — The Cat in the Hat was in the house Monday for Melville School’s Reading Week. Well, his spirit was there anyway, … Read More
Portsmouth students take a stand for school safety
PORTSMOUTH — The potential threat of suspension gone, more than 300 Portsmouth High School students chose to walk out Wednesday … Read More
‘McDonald’s train’ back on the rails in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Ronald McDonald was nowhere in sight, but his train touched down in Portsmouth on Monday. The iconic 1950 passenger … Read More
Frustrations about Portsmouth wind turbine boil over at meeting
PORTSMOUTH — Abutters complaining about noise and shadow flicker produced by the wind turbine expected to hear some answers from the … Read More
No school in Portsmouth, Town Hall closed Tuesday
PORTSMOUTH — There will be no school in Portsmouth Tuesday in anticipation of a major snowstorm heading our way.  Portsmouth … Read More
Manager tells council of proposed East Providence trash contract extension
EAST PROVIDENCE — A proposed new deal between the city and its trash collection vendor was presented to the council at its meeting … Read More
In Portsmouth, activists detail progress on gun violence bills
PORTSMOUTH — “Unless we make the changes ourselves, it’s not going to happen,” Jennifer Smith Boylan told about three dozen … Read More
Next phase of old Sakonnet Bridge demo requires channel restrictions
PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — As part of the next phase of the old Sakonnet River Bridge demolition, the R.I. Department of … Read More
New photos: Thousands without power here
Thousands of East Bay residents are without power Saturday morning, as National Grid crews struggle to restore service on the heels of … Read More
Margaret Crosson Dunn, 93, Portsmouth

Margaret Crosson Dunn, 93, of Portsmouth, R.I. passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Brookdale Sakonnet Bay. She was born on May 27, 1924 in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of the late James F. …

Ruth Eleanor (Killam) Cottrell, 93, Portsmouth

Rodney S. Santos, 52, Prudence Island

Warren veterans support 'Moving Wall' visit to Ocean State To the editor:It is our duty to remember those who are willing to carry out the difficult work of keeping us free. This became even more apparent to me at the start of this school year when one of …
Don't get scammed; Buddy almost did To the editor:During a lunch break, I ran into an elderly friend (let’s call him Buddy), who asked for a ride to Seekonk.  When I asked, what he needed in Seekonk, his response was …
Letter: Cuts will hurt traumatized youth across Rhode Island To the editor: Governor Gina Raimondo and DCYF have proposed a “voluntary” cut of 12 percent in current residential treatment reimbursement rates for traumatized youth and a $4.4 million …
Portsmouth boys’ hockey team advances to D-II semis PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth’s Christian Schenck made up for lost time when he scored three goals in the opening game of the best-of-three quarterfinal series. The fourth-seeded Patriots …
Portsmouth's Swider scores 32 points in last game for Saints PORTSMOUTH — His last game as a high school player ended with a loss, but Cole Swider of Portsmouth still has a bright future ahead of him.
Portsmouth High boys finish fourth in state swim meet PORTSMOUTH — For the second straight year, the Portsmouth High School boys’ swim team placed fourth in the state championship meet at Brown University on Saturday. The Patriots …

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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.