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STORY OF THE WEEK: The biggest certainty about Rhode Island’s hospital landscape is that more changes are ahead. After state and federal regulators recently rejected the Lifespan-Care New … more
This is the first in a series of articles celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Acoaxet Free Chapel in Westport. What follows is a newspaper article dated January 10th, 1872, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “It's absolutely soul-crushing, heart-breaking,” the Rev. Borislav Kroner, pastor of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Woonsocket, tells my colleague Joe Tasca, … more
This editorial will be straightforward and brief. The issue at hand is clear: why would the Barrington School Committee mandate a third COVID shot for teachers when: • Our school committee … more
By Dr. Kevin M. Blanchard, Ed.D., NBCT For several years the Barrington Public Schools have been engaged in an effort to promote and instill Deep Learning in our graduates.  Citizenship, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General Peter Neronha characterized their repudiation of the proposed Lifespan-Care New England merger as an open and shut case. The … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Support is growing for the proposed merger of Lifespan and Care New England, Rhode Island’s two largest hospital groups. It remains unclear, though, if state and federal … more
With the click of my right index finger I may have contributed to the termination of more than 30 of my colleagues. I teach in Barrington and the members of our school committee are insisting that … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: When women run for office in Rhode Island, they usually win. Years of gains in the state Senate, for example, resulted in the chamber being equally divided between male and female … more
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 projects, public health … 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.