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I know that it’s a bit audacious to make New Year’s resolutions for others, particularly when I will be starting my 5th year with the same one. I’ve been trying to scale back to a … more
I was at McCoy for Clay Buchholz' first start in AAA and at Fenway for his first major league start so seeing him get traded to Philly should make me a bit wistful—but it doesn't. He was a big … more
The town of Barrington lost one of its most beloved and iconic citizens recently when Dan MacPhee passed away on December 12, at the age of 96. Dan meant so much to so many people, particularly … more
Certainly, there is a constellation of issues which surround the question of what to do about panhandling. Two legislators have proposed “solutions” which are so over the top that the … more
Did you think you might have sleep apnea but haven’t had it checked? For some, it’s an unwillingness to take part in a sleep study. For most, it’s the inevitable prescribed … more
Red Sox fans remember well the excitement surrounding Pablo “Panda” Sandoval’s arrival in 2015 as well as the disappointment we felt when he emerged bigger and slower to start the … more
Though she died almost a half a century ago, Edna Ferber (1885-1968) remains a well-respected American novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Her 1924 novel, “So Big,” won the … more
One area that causes a lot of confusion with regard to Medicaid is the look-back period. Medicaid, unlike Medicare, is a means-based program, which means that you are only eligible for it if you have … more
He may not be tooting his horn too publicly, but surely and certainly R.I. General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is making some bold moves. He fired First Southwest as a consultant. That company was … more
This time of year is crazy, isn’t it? That time between Thanksgiving and Christmas? For our family we find ourselves running around trying to recover from one holiday and gear up for the … 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.