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Little Compton greeted two new fire fighters this week. Nicole Marion and Benjamin Deneault worked their first full day Monday, Feb. 19, and were sworn in Tuesday at Town Hall. Each will report …
Engineering review suggests complete rebuild or near reconstruction of Washington Bridge
WPRI Channel 12 was first to  report a draft review on the status of the westbound section of the Washington Bridge written by an … Read More
Ruling good news to Tiverton crematorium opponents
A Newport County Superior Court ruled last month that opponents of a Fall River funeral director who wants to build a crematorium in … Read More
New bridge traffic pattern will split eastbound side into six lanes, three in each direction
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to … Read More
Tiverton man, 19, in critical condition following violent crash Tuesday morning
A 19-year-old Tiverton man is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after he lost control of his car, rolled it for more than … Read More
Sean Gray smashes Portsmouth High record in 3,000 meters
PORTSMOUTH — Sean Gray’s only a sophomore, but he’s already proven himself to be one of the best runners in Portsmouth High … Read More
Portsmouth gymnasts win first division title since 2006
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High gymnasts are division champions for the first time in 18 years. The Patriots captured the … Read More
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Tiny parade, huge day in Adamsville

Chuck Kinnane loves organizing the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade , which this year runs Sunday, March 17 in Adamsville. But his wife jokes that it's all she ever hears about. …

‘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.
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Obituaries
Alice Taylor 94, formerly of Bristol and Providence, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 19, 2024 in Warwick. She was the beloved wife of the late James W. Taylor, Jr., who passed away in 2007. Born in Pawt
Patricia Lavier Patricia Ann Lavier (78) of Bristol, RI passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2024. Known affectionately as Pat, Patti, Mom, Coach, Grandma, and Big Ma, she was an avid reader, prolific crocheter
Cecil Leonard Cecil E. Leonard passed December 18, 2023. For his complete obituary, see the Sakonnet Times, Jan. 4, 2024, or click here . A celebration of life will be held  on Friday, March 8, 20
Sports
Portsmouth boys win third straight in hockey (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High boys’ varsity hockey team defeated South Kingstown on Saturday for its third straight win. The 5-1 victory over the Rebels at Portsmouth Abbey …
RI Hockey Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2024 inductees The names of five local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 were unveiled last weekend between periods of the Providence Bruins-Hershey Bears “Hall of …
Aidan Chen ties Portsmouth High record in high jump PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth High School record was tied on the way to the boys’ indoor track team’s third-place finish at the Class B Championship meet on Saturday at the …
Portsmouth beats Mt. Hope in gymnastics meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team notched another win on Sunday, defeating Mt. Hope at Strive Gymnastics in Somerset. The Patriots scored 133.3 points to the …
Opinion
Letter: Grow oysters in your own town, not ours

Please tell the greedy Bowen brothers to fish in Little Compton. We do NOT want them here!!

Letter: We have a right to our opinion on Seapowet oyster farm

Will Rogers once said “It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we do know that isn't so.” There seems to be a lot of the information that is being circulated by …

Letter: Numbers tell the tale of our foundering economy

In the January 25, 2024 Shorelines Opinion Section, Mr. Clay Commons offers examples to show how well our economy is functioning and requests countering information. He explicitly states …

To the editor: Where’s the accountability at DOT?

So, according to the current RIDOT deputy chief engineer, the Washington Bridge failures “might” have pre-existed, but no one had noticed this until recently. It was actually an …

Letter: Washington Bridge fiasco has me wondering...what next?

Budget money has constantly been allocated to everything else, from digital security labs to soccer stadiums. Meanwhile critical infrastructure, like the 195 bridge, was shoddily inspected and shoddily repaired. Here is the result.

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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.