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East Bay legislators lead the way on gun violence prevention bills

One bill that gun violence prevention advocates claim as their biggest success during this year's session, and two more bills intended to close 'gaps' in existing law, have all been put forth by an East Bay representative or Senator.
Little Compton: U.S. flags only at Town Hall
The Little Compton Town Council last week approved a policy allowing only the American flag to be flown at town hall, settling for now … Read More
Sand tiger shark washes ashore in Little Compton
A walker at Tappen’s Beach in Little Compton made a rare find this week — a deceased sand tiger shark. The species is … Read More
Tiverton grads: 'You'll do great things'
Under a perfect blue sky Friday night, the members of Tiverton High School’s Class of 2024 were encouraged by commencement … Read More
‘Embrace the unexpected with an open heart’
PORTSMOUTH — Olivia Chaves said she values “cohesion, efficiency, and structure” as a classroom English teacher at Portsmouth … Read More
Legislation requiring safe firearms storage passes full General Assembly
PROVIDENCE — With final votes in the Senate, Thursday night, June 6, the General Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. … Read More
Assembly passes e-bike regulations – Yes to some, no to others
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly voted on Thursday, June 6, to approve legislation from East Bay Rep. Jennifer Boylan and Sen. Dawn … Read More
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‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ comes to PHS stage

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Drama Club is bringing a classic of American drama to the stage starting this Thursday, March 21. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” …

Kinnanes honored as world's shortest St. Paddy's Day parade nears

State Representative Michelle McGaw  (District 71, Tiverton, Little Compton and Portsmouth) had special guests when the House celebrated St. Patrick's Day Thursday: Organizers of the world's …

'World's shortest' parade is in just over a week — here's what's new

Adamsville turns green Sunday afternoon, March 17, when the village hosts its third annual “World’s Shortest St. Paddy’s Day parade.” Afterwards, there will be corned beef and cabbage …
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Obituaries
Marie Perry Marie Elizabeth Perry (Liz) died on Mother's Day, May 12th, 2024 at the age of 94. Liz, Mom, Mimi, Lizzie, Grammy Liz, was a resident at The Lodges Care Center in Springvale, Maine. She was a person t
Dolores Bisbano Dolores "Dee" Bisbano, 87, of Viking Drive, passed away on June 9, 2024, at home. She was the wife of the late Richard Bisbano. Born in Somerset, MA, she was the daughter of the late Virginio C. and
Richard Jones Obituary for Richard E Jones Richard E. Jones, aged 91, of Barrington, Rhode Island, passed away on June 10, 2024, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on October 12, 1932, in Worcester,
Sports
Portsmouth eliminated in D-3 boys’ volleyball semis PORTSMOUTH — In just its second season of competitive play, the Portsmouth High School boys’ volleyball team made it all the way to the Division III semifinals.
Portsmouth edged by Rams, 14-13, in semifinal heartbreaker PORTSMOUTH — It couldn’t have been any closer. The Portsmouth High girls’ lacrosse team battled as hard as they could, but La Salle scored just one more goal to win an epic …
Portsmouth's Chen, Gray champions at R.I. track meet PORTSMOUTH — The Rhode Island track and field championships at Conley Stadium in Providence Saturday featured some outstanding performances from Portsmouth High School athletes. Aiden …
Ponaganset cools off red-hot Portsmouth softball team PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High softball team won seven in a row before entering the Division II state championship tournament.   Then they won two more, as the No. 5-seeded Patriots …
Opinion
Letter: In praise of acceptance in Little Compton

I write to express my appreciation for the action of our Town Council in their response to a request from Love Wins Coastal for a council resolution. Our town values diversity of opinions and …

Letter: What is to become of South Shore Beach?

I was startled that the page-one display story in the May 30th 2024 Sakonnet Times was not the news that for the first Memorial Day in memory, there was no sand beach at Little Compton’s …

Letter: If you don’t trust ballot box, be a poll worker

To the editor: The upcoming election is all about “saving democracy,” either from government overreach by Democrats or authoritarian Republicans. I’ve been thinking a lot about …

Letter: Musings on Little Compton's Town Meeting, and the way things were

The 2024 Little Compton Financial Town Meeting is now history. Once everyone had checked in, it was called to order at 7:22 p.m. To include extensive instructions from our Town Moderator, it lasted …

Letter: Fishing is a problem at Nanaquaket Bridge, too

Regarding t he article on fishing restrictions from April 9 (Anglers balk at fishing restrictions proposed in Tiverton), the Town of Tiverton definitely needs to take action and start imposing and …

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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.