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Portsmouth High School names its Top 10 students

They’re members of multiple honor societies, academic clubs, volunteer groups, athletic teams, and have excelled both inside and outside the classroom at Portsmouth High School. Here are the …
Portsmouth Police arrest the same man twice in 6 hours
PORTSMOUTH — A 46-year-old Middletown man was arrested on domestic violence charges twice in about six hours on Wednesday, June 12. … Read More
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 … Read More
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
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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
Paul Borges Bristol|Paul Vincent Borges, 77, of Bristol, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Marie (Benevides) Borges for
Frank Joslin III Frank R. "Richard" Joslin, III, 68, of Portsmouth, RI, formerly of Tiverton, RI, passed away on June 11, 2024 in the Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Fra
Justin Perry Justin Perry, 50, of Minneapolis, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his residence. Born in Providence, RI, he grew up in Warren, RI. He was the beloved son of Bernadette Perry
Sports
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 …
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 …
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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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.