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In Portsmouth: The Little Theater gets a big makeover

Nearly five years after the Portsmouth High School auditorium was completed upgraded, its little sister to the south is also new and improved. The “Little Theater” at Portsmouth …
Portsmouth home fetches $3.91 million
PORTSMOUTH — A five-bedroom home at 110 Farmlands Drive has sold for $3.91 million. According to statewide multiple listing … Read More
Does East Main Road need to go on a ‘diet’?
PORTSMOUTH — Although the R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has already recommended against lane reductions for a major … Read More
Portsmouth boy had ‘egg-citing’ time on White House lawn
PORTSMOUTH — It’s not every day you get to play on the White House lawn, but a local 6-year-old recently did just that. … Read More
Green Oceans’ suit against Revolution Wind dismissed
A Newport County Superior Court judge last week ruled against the local citizens group Green Oceans, which had sued to prevent … Read More
Protests filed for Sakonnet River LNG pipeline
A Canadian energy company subsidiary is proposing to replace a 70-year-old liquefied natural gas transmission pipe under the Sakonnet … Read More
Portsmouth woman charged with cruelty to animals
PORTSMOUTH — A 51-year-old Portsmouth woman has been charged with cruelty to animals.   At about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, … Read More
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In Portsmouth: Zoners let the music play on at Ragged Island

PORTSMOUTH — The music will play on at Ragged Island Brewing on Bristol Ferry Road.  

Free tree seedling giveaway is Sunday in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Due to inclement weather forecasted for Saturday, the Portsmouth Tree Commission is moving its annual Tree Seedling Give-a-Way to Sunday, March 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. (or until supplies last).

‘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,” …
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Lawrence Krause III Lawrence Matthew Krause III, 48, of Putnam, CT, formerly of Bristol, RI, died unexpectedly, April 6, 2024 at home. Born in Newport, he was a son of Lawrence M. Jr, and Susanne (Stafford) Krause of Bri
Peter Bennett Peter Bennett, resident of Fort Pierce, FL, passed away on April 6th at age 85. Peter was born in Framingham, MA, on March 19th, 1939. After graduating high school in Barrington, RI, in June 1957, he
Alice Longo Alice Callanan Longo, 86, of Bristol, R.I., and formerly of Warren, R.I. peacefully passed away Saturday, April 6. She was the wife of the late Anthony Longo, to whom she was married for 67 years. Bor
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 …
Portsmouth wins home opener against Mt. Hope, 8-3 PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School varsity baseball team started its season in fine fashion Monday, winning a home opener against Mt. Hope by a score of 8-3.   The Patriots …
Madagascar crowned PHS International Volleyball champs PORTSMOUTH — Team Madagascar triumphed over Team Canada in the Portsmouth High School 2024 International Volleyball championship match held march 15 in the old gym.
RI Hockey Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2024   The names of five local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 were unveiled recently between periods of the Providence Bruins-Hershey Bears …
Letter: Concerns about the Mt. Hope Bridge

The failure of the Washington Street Bridge has been extensively reported. It seems there may also be reasons to raise questions about the Mt. Hope Bridge.

Letter: Dredging the Sakonnet River is a mistake

Dredging in the Sakonnet should be prevented and the attendant difficulties in bringing ashore the power cables returned to Massachusetts where they belong.

Letter: History’s lesson: Our strength lies in diversity

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI): These ideas are anathema to white Christian nationalists who fear losing their “rightful place” and their power and authority in America. DEI …

Letter: Council was right to support roundabout — they work

To the editor: I’d like to commend the Town Council for their affirmative vote on proceeding with RIDOT’s plan for a roundabout at the East Main/Turnpike Avenue intersection. …

Letter: DPW director repaired damaged sign in timely manner

To the editor: The Portsmouth Garden Club would like to recognize and thank Brian Woodhead, director of the Portsmouth Department of Public Works, for his conscientious and swift completion of …

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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.