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Tiverton plans new three-acre residential zoning district

The Tiverton Planning Board is proposing a major re-write of the town’s residential zoning map, including the elimination of the R-80 zoning district and addition of a new R-120 district that …
Tiverton teen earns bronze in Jiu-Jitsu grappling
A Tiverton girl recently won a bronze medal at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Kids World Championships in Morristown, … Read More
E-bikes bill allows some, bans others
The State of Rhode Island recently moved one step closer to a law that would regulate electric bicycles on all state properties, … Read More
Little Compton preps for Town Meeting
Little Compton voters will be asked next week to approve a recommended budget of $17.7 million for FY 2025, an increase of $213,127 … Read More
Little Compton Church welcomes interim pastor
A writer, teacher, lecturer and highly regarded religious leader who has led seven churches in 50 years, including four in which she … Read More
U.S. Presidential Scholar has her hands in nearly everything
PORTSMOUTH — Peruse Maggie Lauder’s résumé and you’ll find it filled to the brim with awards and recognitions. Read More
Tiverton police logs: Multiple drug arrests this week
Monday, May 6 An animal complaint came in from Mill Street at 10:21 a.m., and another from the Longplex complex at 4:17 p.m. … 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
Ann Nichols Ann K. Nichols, 83, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away in Newport Hospital on May 14, 2024. She was the wife of Gerald R. Nichols. Born in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Marie
Carl Hedman II Carl Edwin Hedman II, 80, a resident of Dorset, Vt., passed away on May 7, 2024, following a lengthy illness. Carl was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 17, 1944, to the late June E. Jacobus and Carl E.
Helene Salem Helene E. "Helen" Salem, 81, formerly of Seekonk, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late Youssef H. Salem. Born in Alexa
Sports
Portsmouth softball team on a tear, wins four straight games PORTSMOUTH — Everything seems to be clicking right now for the Portsmouth High School softball team, which is on a four-game win streak.
PHS boys take 2nd, girls 4th in Division track meet PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High track and field athletes won several events at the RIIL Eastern Division Championships held Saturday at Barrington High School.
PHS boys’ volleyball team extends No. 1 squad to 5th set PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High boys’ varsity volleyball team came oh so close to upsetting the top-ranked team in Division III Thursday night.
RIDEM stock ponds in anticipation of 2024 trout season A rite of spring as much as any other, Opening Day of the 2024 trout season is set for Saturday, April 13, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has stocked more than 100 …
Opinion
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 …

Letter: Vote to encourage affordable housing in Little Compton

Little Compton residents recently received the Report of the Budget Committee in advance of our upcoming Annual Financial Town Meeting. It includes Article 5, a warrant article from the Little …

Letter: Bathed in lush green, life returns to the Back 40

Well, my world finally turned green as I hoped it would and it brought some things to remember. • One morning I looked out and saw a tiny yellow warbler scavenging for t insects in a bed of …

Letter: Help Rhode Islanders afford the medication they need

Fighting cancer is indeed a battle, and we can’t win it alone. Our lawmakers can help by passing legislation that removes the financial barriers many face to get care and treatment.

Letter: Seasons is no mom and pop operation

Seasons wants to make Tiverton's Zoning Board believe the fairy tale that they are a "mom and pop" business perfect for Tiverton.  Their paid traffic engineer and real estate experts will …

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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.