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One of the strengths of any well-run town is citizen involvement, and Westport could use a bit more of that at the moment. Though the town has a deep well of volunteer talent, at least 20 spots on … more
To the editor: The School Department is hiding behind poor-policy in conflict with the needs of the community besieged by increasing rush hour traffic.  The town is bisected by County … more
To the editor: We are finishing the first month of in person school. The Covid Delta variant has been exploding throughout our state and country. The virus has a short incubation load period and … more
To the editor: I was incredibly heartened by David Cole's response to my letter about osprey relocation. I felt heard and respected, while at the same time he gave a very detailed, eloquent … more
To the editor: The recent editorial in the Barrington Times did not go far enough into the demise of the town’s recreational facilities.  I question the proposed suggestion for a … more
To the editor: A week before school started this year, many parents discovered that their children, who were previously entitled to bus transportation, would no longer qualify. The lack of … more
To the editor: I’m writing to urge all my Portsmouth constituents to vote in favor of the school bond coming up for referendum on Nov. 2. With the opportunity for a 40-percent state … more
To the editor: I have been sailing on the Sakonnet River for about 35 years. I’ve always made it home on my own. On Sept. 15 at about 5 p.m., a powerful gust tipped my sailboat over right in … more
To the editor: In recent weeks I have very much enjoyed the series of excellent and informative articles by the Butts Hill Fort Restoration (BHFR) Committee of the Portsmouth Historical Society, … more
White Privilege may filter Stephan Brigidi’s view of the world, but it is presumptuous for him to use the word “our” to describe what is not a universal condition. … 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.