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By Tanja Ryden Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH).  The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and … more
This past Saturday Mr. Will Morgan, architecture critic, published a critique of the new East Providence High School in "Go Local Prov." It suffices to say that the article was overwhelmingly … more
The Mayor proposes moving the police/fire dispatch center out of police headquarters and relocating to the Rumford Fire/Rescue Station. I have been in law enforcement for 24 years, thirteen of … more
In November, 2016 the voters of the City of East Providence enacted amendments to the City Charter regarding the Mayor form of government.  One of those amendments allowed the Mayor to veto … more
It’s easy to mock the “way things used to be” guy. He’s always got a story about the old days, about things that no longer exist, about people you’ve never heard of. He … more
When elected by the residents of Ward 4 and entrusted to represent our taxpayers, I made a promise to be the voice of our residents, YOU. I believe the budget process is not a spectator event. The … more
Parker Pond in Mt. Vernon, Maine lies nestled in the pine forests 20 miles northwest of Augusta.  Though called a pond, it would qualify as a midsized lake just about any place else.  … more
I really don’t remember when I started writing Poli-ticks, a weekly column. I think it was about 20 years ago. I surely am going to remember, however, when it ended since it is now. I have … more
Anthony Silva, chief of staff to Governor Dan McKee, earns $187,421 plus benefits. That’s why I thought it was curious when he recently resigned from his $7500 yearly post as Cumberland’s … more
My heart was battered when I saw the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. I have an affinity for the country. In 2005 I joined the Board of Directors of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women, founded by … more
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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.