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Portsmouth: 40-cent tax hike provisionally approved at hearing

Only two residents commented during last week’s annual budget hearing, but at 63 minutes it was still one of the longest in recent memory.
Sticky fingers at Portsmouth strawberry farm (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — Get your fingers red at Quonset View Farm, where you can go to pick your own strawberries. The farm’s opening … Read More
Providence Country Day School celebrates Class of 2024
EAST PROVIDENCE — The weather was perfect Wednesday, June 12, during commencement for the graduates in the Senior Class of 2024 at … Read More
Portsmouth Parks & Rec has lots of summer fun on tap
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Parks & Recreation Department has become the beneficiary of its own success — and so have local … Read More
Reclaiming a piece of greenery at Portsmouth High School
PORTSMOUTH — It’s an oasis you can’t even see from the school’s parking lot.   But for many Portsmouth High School … Read More
In Portsmouth: Hathaway students ‘step up’ (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — Fourth-graders at Hathaway Elementary School are moving on, and they were celebrated in style last week. The … Read More
Senior class of 50 graduates from St. Mary Academy-Bay View
St. Mary Academy-Bay View celebrated its 148th commencement as 50 young women from across Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts … Read More
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Portsmouth lawmakers host fuel efficiency session Monday

PORTSMOUTH — Three state lawmakers from Portsmouth invite local residents to join them and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources for an upcoming local event to learn about a vast array of …

‘This is a great day for Portsmouth!’

PORTSMOUTH — As she looked over at all the young tykes climbing, sliding, swinging and running from station to station at the new Portsmouth Community Playground Saturday, Kateri Chappell …

VFW 5390 in Portsmouth hosts Memorial Day event Monday

PORTSMOUTH — The public is invited to a Memorial Day ceremony and reception scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at VFW Post 5390, 822 Anthony Road.
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Obituaries
Bethany Riley Bethany (Woodruff) Riley, 58, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Mark Riley, the love of her life. Beth was born in Fall River, daughter o
Kenneth Barlow Kenneth J. Barlow, 84, of Bristol, RI passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024, after a long illness. A son of the late Florence Ashworth and beloved husband of Noreen (Butler) Barlow. Ken was a li
Anthony Melchers Anthony Melchers, 89, of Bristol passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2024. He was the husband of Kathleen (Paiva) Wilmarth. Born in Amiens, Holland, he was the son of the late John and Afke (
Sports
New MetLinks officially opens for play on June 27 EAST PROVIDENCE — MetLinks, the nine-hole re-envisioned former front side of the defunct Metacomet Country Club, will officially open to the public on Thursday, June 27. The first tee time …
Westerly drubs Patriots' softball team, 11-1 in semis Westerly drubbed the Portsmouth softball team 11-1 in 5 innings, during the Division 2 semifinals at Rhode Island College on Thursday night. The Bulldogs clubbed 11 hits and scored 11 runs off …
Portsmouth eliminated in D-3 boys’ volleyball semis PORTSMOUTH — In just its second season of competitive play, the Portsmouth High School boys’ volleyball team made it all the way to the Division III semifinals.
Portsmouth edged by Rams, 14-13, in semifinal heartbreaker PORTSMOUTH — It couldn’t have been any closer. The Portsmouth High girls’ lacrosse team battled as hard as they could, but La Salle scored just one more goal to win an epic …
Opinion
Letter: Attention food enthusiasts and community members

Are you looking for a way to give back and contribute? Look no further than the "Condiment Caring Drive" in support of the East Bay Food Pantry.

Letter: If you don’t trust ballot box, be a poll worker

To the editor: The upcoming election is all about “saving democracy,” either from government overreach by Democrats or authoritarian Republicans. I’ve been thinking a lot about …

Letter: Wishing Len and Jhodi sincere wishes going forward

To the editor: I was a Portsmouth resident for 30 years before moving to nearby Swansea in December. I had the privilege of covering politics for The Newport Daily News for 33 years.   …

Letter: Town may have trouble finding curbside customers

To the editor: Your article “Town awards its first curbside collection contract” on May 16 stated that residents with private services are paying $800 to $900 annually for private …

Letter: PAYT bags shouldn’t be part of curbside collection

To the editor: I’ve resided in Portsmouth since 1991. I loved using the transfer station and enjoyed the convenience of trashing on my schedule and in my way. Throw it in a bag, a box, or …

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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.