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Scheduled weekend lane closures for I-195 affect East Bay travel

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced lane shifts and traffic pattern changes at the Horton Farm Bridge on I-195 in East Providence this coming weekend. …
Rubber duck ‘Trish’ sends couple to Portugal
By Jen Costa Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary WESTPORT — This year’s Duck Derby winner honors the memory of one of the … Read More
Legislative candidates share platforms at Portsmouth forum
PORTSMOUTH — Candidates for two local General Assembly seats sounded off on everything from the line-item veto to immigration … Read More
Harkins: Animal list should be Westport selectmen’s job
Board of Health director unloads on critics A week after the Board of Health (BOH) that he chairs came under fire from a large … Read More
Three-acre oyster farm proposed for Sakonnet River
PORTSMOUTH — The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is considering an application to build and maintain a three-acre … Read More
Still tied at the top
Rain forced a postponement of the second straight match between the Tiverton and North Providence tennis teams at Tiverton High School … Read More
Warrant targets pot parties behind Westport farm
She has appeared recently before the Town Council and Planning Board urging that farmers be allowed to grow marijuana to sell to out … Read More
Obituaries
Mark R. Matusak, 66, Tiverton Mark R. Matusak, 66, of Tiverton, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of 43 years to Suzanne R. (Brower) Matusak. Mark was born …
Want a Tiverton bike path? Vote for these candidates To the editor: Elect a town council that supports the Mount Hope Bay Greenway (MHBG)…. We at Bike Tiverton have been working hard to get the state to fund and build a 2.5-mile off-road …
Sports
Tiverton girls soccer rebounds with 5-1 win over PCD TIVERTON — The Division III Tiverton girl’s varsity soccer team bounced back from a difficult loss against Narragansett to defeat the Providence Country Day Knights 5-1 this past Friday. From …
Tiverton High announces 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Nine athletes, one team, and two THS sports supporters will be inducted into the Tiverton High School Athletics Hall of Fame at next months sixth annual ceremony. The induction ceremonies will be …
Injury Fund games kick off 2018 high school football season PORTSMOUTH — The local high school football season was kicked off Thursday night, Aug. 30, with a number of injury fund games played ahead of week one of the regular season next week. Portsmouth …
Chatfield reps local golf with US Am performance EAST BAY — Wannamoisett’s Davis Chatfield certainly did his home layout and the area golf community proud last week with his performance at the 118th U.S. Amateur played over the renowned …
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Opinion
Editorial: Bike path crime spree is a crock Years ago, when there was talk of building the East Bay Bike Path, some along its route raised a ruckus, arguing that this path past their backyards would surely bring a crime wave the likes of which …
Letter: We all need to know what chemicals our farms use To the editor: To the owners of some of the local top killed farm fields, thank you for identifying yourselves. But you stopped short of telling your community what chemicals you are using to …
Letter: Hypocrisy runs amok in Tiverton ’stop power grab’ campaign To the editor
‘Tis the season! The lawn signs are out and the letters are flooding in to the editor. For the record, I’m a registered independent voter and believe that thinking critically …
Letter: Solar farm plan violates Tiverton town plan in many ways To the editor: According to last week’s Sakonnet Times article, the utility-scale solar facility proposal for Wingover Farm is the first to get to the master plan stage at the Tiverton Planning …

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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.