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Sakonnet lawmakers vote 3-1 to legalize marijuana

A majority the Sakonnet area's legislative delegation is celebrating legal recreational marijuana in the Ocean State, following Gov. Dan McKee's passage Wednesday of the Rhode Island Cannabis Act, …
Little Compton won't fly Pride flag
In a split vote, the Little Compton Town Council last Thursday declined a local organization’s request to display the Pride flag … Read More
Little Compton letter writer publishes book from the 'Back 40'
Little Compton resident Sidney Tynan, whose letters on nature and life have graced the pages of the Westport Shorelines for years, has … Read More
In Portsmouth: ‘This actually happens in real life’
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth 911 — what’s your emergency? Hi, there’s an accident at the high school. It looks like there’s … Read More
Little Compton's 'Meehan Triangle' to be a model for nature-based land stewardship
The tiny sliver of land tucked between Old Main and West Main roads, near Taylor's Lane, is easy to miss — it's just two and a … Read More
Little Compton police charge minor with alcohol possession
Monday, May 9 A caller reported an possible attempted breaking and entering. Police did not specify the street or area of … Read More
Guide dog training – learning as they go
1 Perky Nellissen and 8-month-old Ziti pose together at their Little Compton home. Nellissen and Ziti are both going through guide … Read More
Two face multiple gun and drug charges following Tiverton car stop
Two Massachusetts residents are being held without bail after officers found a large quantity of suspected fentanyl and crack cocaine, … Read More
Portsmouth remains undefeated in D-2 girls’ lacrosse
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High girls’ varsity lacrosse team kept on its winning ways with an impressive 17-3 win against Mt. … Read More
No more weddings at Tiverton's Meeting House
After recently notifying 10 couples that weddings they had scheduled this spring and summer at the Meeting House at Tiverton Four … Read More
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Obituaries
Florence Onge Florence G. (Case) St. Onge, age 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Hope Hospice Hulitar Center. She was the wife of the late Arthur R. St. Onge, Jr. Born in Providence a daughter
Margaret Rega Margaret (Souza) Rega|Margaret (Souza) Rega class of 1949 passed away in Florida on March 8, 2022. She is survived by her husband Robert Rega; two sons Bruce Rega and Robert Rega Jr. and two daughters
Kathleen Scorpio Memorial |On June 1st on a Wednesday I am having a memorial service for Kathleen Scorpio at 10am at the First Congregational Church on 300 high st in Bristol Rhode Island. Following the mass a recepti
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Sports
Portsmouth beats Barrington for 4th straight victory (photos) BARRINGTON — The Portsmouth High boys’ varsity lacrosse team won its fourth straight game on Friday when it defeated Barrington, 10-7, on the road.
Portsmouth tops Mt. Hope twice in four days PORTSMOUTH/BRISTOL — Two games against Mt. Hope High School added up to two Division 1 wins for the Patriots varsity baseball team Friday and Monday. On Friday at Guiteras Field in …
Portsmouth beats Burrillville, sit atop D-2 girls’ lacrosse PORTSMOUTH — In a battle of two undefeated Division II teams, the Portsmouth High varsity girls’ lacrosse made easy work of Burrillville on Saturday, winning 13-2 in impressive …
Portsmouth boys, girls both winners in track meet Just two weeks after he shattered a 42-year-old Portsmouth High School running record, Kaden Kluth improved on another school best during a home meet on Monday.  Competing against East …
Opinion
Letter: What religious freedom on abortion actually means

To the editor: Our legislators must pass H7442/S2549, the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act, out of committee in the name of religious freedom.In listening to the testimonies provided to the House …

Letters: Internal combustion engines aren’t the problem

To the editor: If Mr. Voutes (“Blown away by gas-powered lawn equipment” letter, May 19) seeks solitude and improved health by the elimination of internal combustion engines (ICE) he's …

Op-ed: How will children grade us?

One in four households with children in Rhode Island are food insecure, meaning they struggle to afford adequate food.

End nuclear weapons, or they may end us

To the editor: Last June, the Little Compton Town Council voted to endorse part of the policy platform of the Back from the Brink campaign, a national grassroots effort advocating for the …

Dear Republicans, I'll try to use better rhetoric

To the editor: Mea “Gulpa!” Authors of three published letters have criticized three of my recent letters to the editor. I thank all readers. One writer called me out regarding …

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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.