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Portsmouth endorses bike plan as ‘advisory resource’

Although it doesn’t seem additional road diets on East Main Road will happen any time soon , an island-wide plan has been endorsed by the Town Council as a guide toward improving safe biking …
‘David vs. Goliath’ – the East Bay and the affordable housing fight
Shown here are the “affordability” metrics for the communities in the East Bay of Rhode Island. East Providence leads the way with … Read More
Lawmakers discuss a shortage of doctors and a bridge tumbling down
The East Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast meeting with legislators earlier this month, with topics ranging from healthcare … Read More
East Main Road ‘diet’ appears dead in the water
PORTSMOUTH/MIDDLETOWN — Following a public hearing that lasted well over two hours Monday night, the Middletown Town Council voted … Read More
Portsmouth dog owner cited after neighborhood attack
PORTSMOUTH — The owner of three unleashed dogs that attacked a leashed dog on Saturday has been cited by police, and a vicious dog … Read More
Checkmate for Portsmouth Middle School chess team
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School chess team, coached by John DiGangi and Gregg Purdy, recently completed a remarkable … Read More
Grant helps increase capacity at student-run farm
PORTSMOUTH — The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust (HFCT) has awarded the student-run Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm a $20,000 grant to … 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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Obituaries
Peter Wilk Peter "Pete" Douglas Wilk, 58, of Annandale, VA, formerly of Barrington, RI, passed away April 2, 2024, with family and friends by his side after a courageous and inspiring 15-month battle with Gliobl
Martha Fuller Martha MacLeish Fuller, of Somerville, MA, and Prudence Island, RI, died on April 10, 2024, after an extended attempt to coexist with colon and pancreatic cancer. She was the daughter of Kenneth Mac
Frederick Lovell Frederick "Maurice" Lovell, age 94, passed away surrounded by his family, at 8pm sharp on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in AdviniaCare Southpointe, Fall River. He was the husband of the late Pamela (Jeans) L
Sports
Portsmouth fencer qualifies for Summer Nationals PORTSMOUTH — A local fencer is headed to Columbus, Ohio in June to compete in the Summer Nationals. Cora Powledge, from Portsmouth, scored a gold medal victory for the Rhode Island Fencing …
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.
Opinion
Letter: Levesque responds to critics of Town Council

To the editor:   I reference letters that appeared in this paper recently, one from Mr. Fitzmorris and the other from Mr. Grieb, both of whom I believe are familiar to your readers. Each …

Letter: Managing to save Atlantic herring is a tall order

Thanks very much for your column on the status of Atlantic herring in the March 28, 2024, East Providence Post. As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the Atlantic herring …

‘Tragedy of the Commons’ being acted out in Portsmouth

To the editor: “The Tragedy of the Commons.” This is the economic and public policy situation when an individual’s actions taken in their best interest and using entirely legal …

Letter: Article eloquently captured Owen Cameron’s spirit

To the editor: I was moved by Jim McGaw’s excellently written article (“He was a light,” Portsmouth Times, April 4) about Owen Cameron, whom I never met.   I am …

Letter: Letter reminded me of Joyce Kilmer poem

To the editor: I enjoyed George Voutes’s letter regarding trees (“Trees for the people and the planet,” The Portsmouth Times, April 4).   It reminded me of a poem I …

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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.