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To the editor: Why are teachers bringing operational issues to the Barrington School Committee, a policy and oversight board, rather than raising and resolving them with their direct managers, as … more
Talking Politics   Editor’s note: This column was filed prior to Tuesday’s Primary Election.   STORY OF THE WEEK: The top questions heading into Rhode Island’s … more
To the editor: When about 50 or more teachers show up to a school committee meeting as they did on Sept. 8, wearing red in solidarity because they are fed up with the overwhelming disregard for … more
First, thank you to our teachers! I speak for many parents when I say we see you, we hear you, we value you, we respect you, and (as ignored stakeholders ourselves) we will fight … more
To the editor: I enjoyed reading your article mentioning how a number of businesses and recreational activities will be adversely impacted (by the Mayflower Wind proposal, Aug. 25, The Portsmouth … more
Dear Chairwoman Bae, Ms. Basse, Dr. Douglas, Mr. McCrann and Ms. Sevetson,   As we begin a new academic year, National Education Association Barrington (NEAB) feels it is important to share … more
The following letter was sent from the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to the board of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and its executive director, Lori Silviera, as … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Televised debates on WPRI and WJAR last week offered a window into the state of the Democratic primaries for governor and the 2nd Congressional District. Rivals tried piling on … more
New public tennis courts. A community walking track. Enrichment programs for all ages. These are among the things town and school representatives promised Westport residents when they asked them to … more
In the lower corner of my laptop it says we are in the ninth month, i.e. September! How can that be? Of course if I look out on the back 40 I see it is covered with a yellow blanket of three kinds of … 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.