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Suicide prevention bill named for Portsmouth boy to be heard Wednesday

PORTSMOUTH — Two local lawmakers have joined another in introducing the Nathan Bruno and Jason Flatt Act to require all public school districts to adopt suicide prevention policies and …
Tiverton woman charged with DWI following Portsmouth crash
PORTSMOUTH — A Tiverton woman was charged with driving under the influence after her car crashed into a guardrail on West Main Road … Read More
Portsmouth council member spars with head of taxpayer group
PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council’s new rules on public comment and posting agenda items came to a head Monday night during a heated … Read More
Feds won’t revise order on Sakonnet Bridge tolls
PORTSMOUTH — The possibility of a future toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge remains open because federal highway officials say they … Read More
Portsmouth Police charge man with 15 Point Road break-in
PORTSMOUTH — Police arrested a 55-year-old Middletown man Tuesday and charged him with breaking into 15 Point Road Restaurant … Read More
Expanded role sought for Portsmouth Rec Department
PORTSMOUTH — The town has vowed to pay a great deal more attention to its parks and recreational facilities going forward. The … Read More
Take a sneak peak at Portsmouth’s new police station
PORTSMOUTH — With the smell of fresh paint still wafting in the air, Police Chief Thomas Lee on Monday gave members of the media a … Read More
Obituaries
Tyler G. Quintal-Mendonsa, 21, Portsmouth Tyler G. Quintal-Mendonsa, 21, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Forest Golden, 81, Portsmouth Forest Golden, 81, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 9, 2019. Forest was born Oct. 24, 1937 in Boston and was raised by his foster parent, Elmira …
Jeremiah John “Jedd” Sullivan IV, 63, Portsmouth Jeremiah John “Jedd” Sullivan IV took his life on Jan. 5, 2019 after a lifelong battle with depression. Jedd was an unassuming and intently caring man who constantly dedicated himself, …
Lillian Combra Lopes, 76, Portsmouth Lillian Combra Lopes, 76, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away Jan. 18, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Feb. 17, 1942, in Fall River, Mass., Lillian was a lifelong resident of …
Sports
Portsmouth boys’ hockey team eliminated from D-II tournament PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots boys’ hockey team’s season came to an end Sunday after a loss to Ponaganset High School in the Division II quarterfinals at the Portsmouth …
Rebels knock Portsmouth girls out of basketball playoffs PORTSMOUTH — Despite Portsmouth High’s Lexi Greffen leading all scorers with 16 points, the Patriots girls’ basketball team was eliminated from Division I championship …
Portsmouth takes third place in state gymnastics meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ gymnastics team finished the regular season atop Division II, but had to settle for third place at the state championship meet Saturday …
Portsmouth High boys take fourth in state swim championships PORTSMOUTH — Several school records fell en route to Portsmouth High School’s fourth-place finish in the boys’ state swimming championship meet at Brown University no …
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Opinion
Letter: Fish, fun, fellowship and more … To the editor: The 2019 version of the Lenten Fish Dinners will continue at St. Barnabas on three consecutive Fridays this year on March 22, March 29 and April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. each …
Letter: Thanks to all who helped with historical sign project To the editor: The Portsmouth Historical Society recently received an $8,000 grant from The R.I. Heritage Harbor Foundation to replace historic signs in Portsmouth.  The grant was obtained …
Letter: Green New Deal: Our lives depend on it To the editor: In "Uninhabitable Earth," David Wallace-Wells points out that the greenhouse gas emissions that threaten to overwhelm our planet have not been steadily rising since …
Editorial: Retirees wrung dry in Rhode Island Add the organization Wallet Hub to those who believe Rhode Island is one bad place to retire. The organization ranks the Ocean State next to last (Kentucky barely grabs that honor). Rhode …

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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.