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  For the past two weeks I’ve written about the problem of empty storefronts on Main Street. I focus on this issue because it is one of the biggest concerns of residents. People … more
Two years ago, the constituents of District 68 (Bristol/Warren) did not get a choice of who their Representative in the General Assembly would be ... the incumbent Rep. ran unopposed. On November 8th … 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
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed pledged last week to end the legislative member-induced grants to favored organizations. Well, sort of. There will be a couple … more
Let me see if I get this right! Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. was a Democratic representative for primarily the town of Bristol (and part of Portsmouth) since 2000. In 2014 house speaker Nick Mattiello … more
Many people are willing to voluntarily care for a parent or loved one without any promise of compensation. Even so, a growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts (also called … more
New school planned for High Street A petition is in circulation requesting that a special town meeting be called to consider the matter of a purchase of the site for the new school house, $40,000 for the construction of which was appropriated at … more
Last weekend brought the first Red Sox-Yankees action of the season to Fenway Park and ended with the first Red Sox sweep of the Yankees since 2013. The final game was an 8-7 thriller that featured a … more
With snow lingering in our yards, it’s hard to believe the baseball season begins this weekend. As the team returns to Boston next week, they are among the first “locals” to return from the winter spent down south. Other migrating types … more
Dear Dr. Evans, I recently adopted the sweetest dog, but there's a problem. Brandy is on her third home, and I'm beginning to suspect why. When someone is home with her, she is affectionate, playful, and relaxed. When no one is home, … 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.