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Twenty-two eighth graders at Wilbur & McMahon Schools graduated last week, cheered on by proud families, friends, and loved ones. Although the class is small, the strong and affectionate bond … more
Editor’s note: Over the coming months, the Sakonnet Times will be running regular dispatches from the “The Town Crier” — the voice of the towns’ 350th anniversary … more
The longest day of the year will occur this week, signaling the official start of the summer season. School vacation, peak garden blooms, sunny days at the beach, backyard cookouts, farm fresh … more
F ishing has been outstanding for a number of anglers. Very impressive stories, from some very accomplished anglers, so I thought I would share some. East End Eddie Doherty, Cape Cod Canal … more
Kristen Hannah has done it again with “The Women,” which has been #1 on Best-seller lists for weeks. Author of “The … more
Among the flurry of bills being passed out of the Rhode Island General Assembly is a new law with big impact for the communities along the East Bay Bike Path. The “e-bikes bill” creates a … more
One bill that gun violence prevention advocates claim as their biggest success during this year's session, and two more bills intended to close 'gaps' in existing law, have all been put forth by an East Bay representative or Senator. more
I write to express my appreciation for the action of our Town Council in their response to a request from Love Wins Coastal for a council resolution. Our town values diversity of opinions and … more
The Little Compton Town Council last week approved a policy allowing only the American flag to be flown at town hall, settling for now a controversial issue that elicits strong reactions from … more
A walker at Tappen’s Beach in Little Compton made a rare find this week — a deceased sand tiger shark. The species is considered critically endangered, and resident Peter Tirpaeck reached … more
Under a perfect blue sky Friday night, the members of Tiverton High School’s Class of 2024 were encouraged by commencement speakers to look back with pride on their four years of high school … more
A new report written for anglers by anglers serves as a call-to-arms to galvanize the angling community to demand action as climate change disrupts fishing experiences coast to coast. Last … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: After an update of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights recently got close to the finish line, there was 0.0% chance that legislative leaders wouldn’t get it … more
PROVIDENCE — With final votes in the Senate, Thursday night, June 6, the General Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Justine Caldwell and Sen. Pamela J. Lauria to require safe … more
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly voted on Thursday, June 6, to approve legislation from East Bay Rep. Jennifer Boylan and Sen. Dawn Euer to expand the legal use of electric bicycles in Rhode … more
The House of Representatives has passed legislation that, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by the governor, could spell the end of a plan to develop a small oyster farm at the Sapowet … more
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, will not move forward with previously proposed service reductions, which were scheduled to go into effect on Saturday, June 15, as … more
I was startled that the page-one display story in the May 30th 2024 Sakonnet Times was not the news that for the first Memorial Day in memory, there was no sand beach at Little Compton’s … more
Although she marked her 76th birthday earlier this year, Joyce Andrews — known locally as the “Trash Queen” of Tiverton — has no plans to retire or relinquish her crown … more
Westport is mourning the loss of a well-known resident killed in a motorcycle accident on Route 24 Sunday evening. Michael Lees, 27, the owner of Lees Landscaping and Excavation LLC, died Sunday … more
Tiverton senior Katie Richardson placed third in the state in the javelin throw at the state track meet at Conley Stadium on Saturday. Richardson, who has been throwing the javelin since freshman … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: During a fiery speech last Tuesday in the House of Representatives’ chamber at the Statehouse, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha warned of the growing healthcare … more
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 … 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.