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To the editor: The principal role of a town council besides managing and governing the town is to represent the interests of their constituents.  Why has the Portsmouth Town Council … more
To the editor: Business leaders from across the state held a press conference recently to address proposed tax legislation and the impact it would have on Rhode Island’s business climate. … more
Thank you to all the heroic CNAs, nurses and support staff at all long-term care facilities for working through this wretched COVID pandemic. Many of us would have been lost without … more
I often read Arlene Violet’s columns in the East Bay newspapers. I usually find them interesting and informative. She is an accomplished woman – a former nun, former Rhode Island attorney … more
As Father’s Day approaches it is a good time to remember lessons learned from your Dad. Here is one of my favorites. A lesson in adaptability. In the mid-1950s growing up, my Dad worked … more
To the editor: A recent news item tells us that the Portsmouth State Police Barracks is scheduled for rehabilitation. Does that means that the State Troopers are going to patrol Aquidneck … more
Legislation before the Rhode Island General Assembly would take a swipe at both newspapers and transparency in government — two things that are intrinsically linked. House Bill 6375 and Senate … more
On behalf of myself and Melissa Cotta, co-founders of Bridging the Gap for Safety and Healing, we commend Newport City Council’s Resolution supporting legislation to erect suicide … more
Beverage tax not what businesses need now To the editor: Is now a good time to be raising taxes?  Definitely not. Right now, the General Assembly is considering a beverage tax that will … more
More than 600 Rhode Island students from grades 7 to 12 were featured in the 2021 RIMEA (Rhode Island Music Education Association) All-State Music Festival Concert, premiering on YouTube on May 2, … more
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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.