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On Prudence Island, a graduation of her own

PRUDENCE ISLAND — There was no long procession leading down to an athletic field, no band playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” and no long speeches by multiple students and faculty …
East Bay legislators lead the way on gun violence prevention bills
One bill that gun violence prevention advocates claim as their biggest success during this year's session, and two more bills intended … Read More
Forgery, disorderly conduct charges top Portsmouth Police log
PORTSMOUTH — Here are some recent arrests made by the Portsmouth Police Department: Wednesday, June 5 Robin Lynn Kimball, … Read More
‘Embrace the unexpected with an open heart’
PORTSMOUTH — Olivia Chaves said she values “cohesion, efficiency, and structure” as a classroom English teacher at Portsmouth … Read More
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 … Read More
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 … Read More
Legislation requiring safe firearms storage passes full General Assembly
PROVIDENCE — With final votes in the Senate, Thursday night, June 6, the General Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. … Read More
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‘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.

Portsmouth counting down to opening of new playground

PORTSMOUTH — In less than three weeks, children of all ages and abilities will be swinging, sliding, and scampering at a brand-new playground on Turnpike Avenue. The Four Hearts …
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Obituaries
Marie Perry Marie Elizabeth Perry (Liz) died on Mother's Day, May 12th, 2024 at the age of 94. Liz, Mom, Mimi, Lizzie, Grammy Liz, was a resident at The Lodges Care Center in Springvale, Maine. She was a person t
Dolores Bisbano Dolores "Dee" Bisbano, 87, of Viking Drive, passed away on June 9, 2024, at home. She was the wife of the late Richard Bisbano. Born in Somerset, MA, she was the daughter of the late Virginio C. and
Richard Jones Obituary for Richard E Jones Richard E. Jones, aged 91, of Barrington, Rhode Island, passed away on June 10, 2024, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on October 12, 1932, in Worcester,
Sports
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 …
Portsmouth's Chen, Gray champions at R.I. track meet PORTSMOUTH — The Rhode Island track and field championships at Conley Stadium in Providence Saturday featured some outstanding performances from Portsmouth High School athletes. Aiden …
Ponaganset cools off red-hot Portsmouth softball team PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High softball team won seven in a row before entering the Division II state championship tournament.   Then they won two more, as the No. 5-seeded Patriots …
Opinion
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 …

Letter: Don’t pull up the tracks — reconnect rail line

To the editor: I read with amusement the glee to pull up abandoned rail tracks in Tiverton to be replaced with a bike path to improve access to the Fall River MBTA station.   It truly …

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