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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 Committee Tuesday night unanimously approved the school …
Road safety, school aid top Portsmouth’s legislative priorities
PORTSMOUTH — Improving the school aid funding formula, making state roads safer, protecting citizens’ healthcare and addressing … Read More
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 … Read More
Sweetback Sisters bring Christmas cheer to Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School auditorium stage Saturday night looked like a giant exploding Christmas present. In the … Read More
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 … Read More
Portsmouth High grad makes his case before nation's highest court
PORTSMOUTH — Jonathan Herstoff has come a long way since his trombone-playing days at Portsmouth High School, from which he … Read More
Portsmouth's Carnegie Abbey Club fetches $8.8M at auction
PORTSMOUTH — The leasehold rights to Carnegie Abbey’s private golf course, marina and more than eight acres of land designated … 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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