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Portsmouth loses to Middletown in Thanksgiving game, 20-6 (photos)

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Patriots played hard, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong Middletown squad during the annual Thanksgiving Day football game   The …
Tiverton police: Two battery arrests, one a felony
Monday, Nov. 6 An erratic driver was reported on Stafford Road at 10:23 a.m. Police were called to a disturbance at the … Read More
DA: Tiverton woman murdered in Rehoboth
The family of a Tiverton woman who died Saturday in an apparent murder-suicide is trying to raise funds to give her a proper burial … Read More
At Portsmouth High: Exploring a pathway in criminal justice
PORTSMOUTH — Officer William Silvia of the Portsmouth Police Department had just received word of a bank robbery in progress, and … Read More
White-sided dolphin washes up in Little Compton
Biologists from the Mystic Aquarium will examine a white-sided dolphin that washed ashore in Little Compton Saturday to determine how … Read More
Is Tiverton library fence a line in the sand?
An already frayed relationship between the Tiverton Library Board of Trustees and supporters of the Raymond F. Jones Memorial Dog Park … Read More
CRMC assigns hearing officer in Seapowet oyster plan
A new chapter is about to begin for a controversial plan, four years old now, to establish a small oyster farm off Seapowet Avenue. … Read More
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‘Amadeus’ takes to the stage at Portsmouth High

PORTSMOUTH — Before it became a hit movie in 1984, the fictional story of the rivalry between court composer Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the late 18th century was told on the …

At Portsmouth High: Counting down to opening night

PORTSMOUTH — It’s just two weeks before opening night of “Amadeus” and Dillion Fesmire, playing the title role, has asked for his next line one too many times.

Tiverton student keeps teen’s memory alive

Thomas Harrington was only 19 when he died this past May after a decade-long battle with Ewing Sarcoma. But in his final years, the Little Compton resident accomplished things many can only dream of …
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Recalls, Withdrawals and Safety Alerts: Hondas, sodas, swings and more

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Obituaries
Steven Aldrich Steven Robert Aldrich, 43, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family and friends, on November 21, 2023, at Newport Hospital after a brief illness. Steve was born to parents Robert
Ruth Francis Ruth B. Francis, 89, of Fall River, MA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Daughter of the late Joseph and Genevieve (Kussay) Brelsford, Ruth grew up in the Warren/Bristol area be
Veronica Schmeller Veronica Schmeller, of Foxhill Ave. in Bristol, went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 12, 2023. She was the wife of the late Erwin Schmeller. Born in Bristol, she was the daughte
Sports
Portsmouth falls to Westerly in football, 21-9 PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity football team dropped its second straight game last Thursday, Nov. 9, when it lost a non-league contest to Westerly at home, 21-8. Portsmouth …
Portsmouth Patriots capture state D-2 girls soccer title PORTSMOUTH — Despite a seemingly comfortable 4-0 lead with less than 20 minutes to go in the Division II girls’ state soccer championship game Saturday, the Patriots never took their foot …
Portsmouth girls to play for D-2 state title on Saturday PORTSMOUTH — This is the way it should be — the No. 1 and 2 seeds playing for all the marbles in the state championship game. The Patriots girls’ varsity soccer team (No. …
Portsmouth boys, girls take 8th in cross-country states PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High boys’ cross-country team achieved its best finish in the state championship meet since 2001 on Saturday when it came in eighth place at Ponaganset …
Opinion
To the editor: What's to be done about all the deer?

When you see a little fawn nursing its mother right in front of you, of course you are going to think “how adorable, how cute — just like Bambi.' But what you don’t think of is that …

Letter: Westport man's comments were shameful NIMBY-ism

I read with much concern the article on the proposed school on Old Harbor Road. I do not know the quality of what is proposed for either education or treatment. I do know that there is a desperate …

Letter: A sea of flags as big as the town's love

Thank you to everyone who played a part of making the display of over 1,000 flags illuminated  at night on Pike's Peak. It is a beautiful, thoughtful tribute to our veterans, and to the …

To the editor: Guns, politics and manufactured fear — let’s change this

Let’s be true. When IRS investigators and agents try to collect back taxes from wealthy cheaters and scofflaws, the government is not the enemy. When the BLM tries to collect rent payments …

Letter: Community center is a gem, and so was Fall Fest

Kudos and many thanks to everyone who pitched in to make the Little Compton Community Center Fall Fest dinners such a humongous success this past Saturday night. First of all Diane MacGregor, …

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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.