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Portsmouth Police: Weapons found in cars of two arrestees

PORTSMOUTH — In separate incidents, two people were recently arrested after illegal weapons were found in their vehicles, according to police. In the first incident, while on patrol in the …
Portsmouth seeks 2% cap on increases to civic support
PORTSMOUTH — Forecasting another challenging budget season, the Town Council is expected to keep the overall increase in civic … Read More
Portsmouth stuns Barrington, 79-61, in D-1 quarterfinals
BARRINGTON — They kicked off into high gear and never looked back. The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team … Read More
Kids get jazzed up at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth (photos)
PORTSMOUTH — Young children danced, sang along, and learned about one of America’s supreme art forms during last week’s Jazz … Read More
DEM hears objections, support on SouthCoast cable route
PORTSMOUTH — Nearly three dozen people on both sides of the offshore wind debate offered their two cents to the R.I. Department of … Read More
Portsmouth man charged with assaulting elderly woman
PORTSMOUTH — A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a 76-year-old Portsmouth woman. Officers received … Read More
Conheeny’s hot shooting propels Portsmouth in OT victory
PORTSMOUTH — Adam Conheeny scored four 3-pointers in the final two and a half minutes of regulation — including one that tied … Read More
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A different kind of 'meals on wheels' in Portsmouth

This train car may not move, but its chef certainly does.

In Portsmouth: They’ll be diving in again on Monday

PORTSMOUTH — The annual Polar Dive set for noon sharp on New Year’s Day will once again benefit the Island Park Preservation Society. The lighting of the bonfire will be at 11:18 …

‘Amadeus’ takes to the stage at Portsmouth High

PORTSMOUTH — Before it became a hit movie in 1984, the fictional story of the rivalry between court composer Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the late 18th century was told on the …
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Obituaries
Maria Brum Maria Leonor (Ventura) Brum, 92, of State Street, passed away on February 28, 2024, at Silver Creek Manor. She was the wife of the late Jose de Brum. Born in Pico da Pedra, São Miguel, Azores,
Joan Pattie Barrington|Joan R. (Wilkinson) Pattie, 94, of Barrington, RI died Thursday, February 29, 2023 at Newport Hospital. Joan was born in Attleboro. She was the daughter of the late Edith and Roland Wi
Young Ok Young Ho Ok, 81, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2024 at home. She was the wife of the late Dong Suk Ok for 46 years. Born in Seoul, Korea, she was the daughter of the
Sports
Portsmouth girls beat Scituate in preliminary playoff game PORTSMOUTH — A win’s a win. The Portsmouth High girls’ basketball team edged Scituate, 57-53, at home Thursday night in the preliminary game of the Division I playoffs. …
Sean Gray smashes Portsmouth High record in 3,000 meters PORTSMOUTH — Sean Gray’s only a sophomore, but he’s already proven himself to be one of the best runners in Portsmouth High School’s history. On Saturday during the …
Portsmouth gymnasts win first division title since 2006 PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High gymnasts are division champions for the first time in 18 years. The Patriots captured the Division II title at the RIIL Gymnastics Team and Individual …
Portsmouth Middle School girls capture division title (photos) PORTSMOUTH — In front of a packed house Wednesday afternoon, the Portsmouth Middle School girls’ basketball team defeated Thompson Middle School, 38-31, to claim the title of …
Opinion
Letter: Want a dictator? Be careful what you wish for

We have seen ordinary Americans say on camera that we need Donald Trump to be a dictator, because “America needs a dictator now.” Presumably, they feel that a dictator will be able …

Letter: Grassroots efforts can lead to positive change

To the editor: Grassroots efforts can lead to change. They can educate the public on important town issues and ensure that those who are supposed to represent us hear our voices and desires. …

Letter: Numbers tell the tale of our foundering economy

In the January 25, 2024 Shorelines Opinion Section, Mr. Clay Commons offers examples to show how well our economy is functioning and requests countering information. He explicitly states …

Letter: On the state, federal constitutions, and ‘assault weapons’

To the editor: Mr. Kossak’s letter of Feb. 1 on the subject of assault weapons bans (“ Vote to ban ‘assault rifles’ would be totally unnecessary ”) deserves further …

To the editor: Where’s the accountability at DOT?

So, according to the current RIDOT deputy chief engineer, the Washington Bridge failures “might” have pre-existed, but no one had noticed this until recently. It was actually an …

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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.