Aquidneck Island has been subjected to a number of devastating hurricanes since colonial days. Portsmouth Town Historian Jim Garman will talk about what it was like in the aftermath of […]
On August 29, 1778, the First Rhode Island Infantry regiment defeated three assaults by British Troops at the Battle of Rhode Island, in Newport, Rhode Island. The First Rhode Island […]
Join Rhode Island author Amanda Quay Blount as she presents the intriguing research that led to her new book, Meet Me At The Biltmore: 100 Years at Providence’s Most Storied Hotel. […]
The Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee is seeking volunteers for their Spring Cleanup of Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth, Rhode Island on Saturday, March 25th (The rain date is March […]
The Town of Portsmouth and the Friends of the Glen Manor House today announced that they will celebrate the coming of Spring and management of its Glen Manor House by […]
Historian Christian McBurney will speak about his new book, Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade (Westholme, 2022) on March 29 at 6:30 pm at the Portsmouth Historical […]
Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the listing of 30 Sandy Point Farm Road in Portsmouth for $5,830,000. The listing agents for the property are Judy Chace and Kylie McCollough of Mott & Chace […]
Rocco’s Little Italy, located at 880 East Main Road in Portsmouth, has been listed for sale this week. Listed for $529,000, the sale includes “all furniture, fixtures and equipment, inventory, […]
The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) today announced that it has announced the conservation of 11.48 acres of farmland across two parcels on Moitoza Lane in Portsmouth. The property is located […]
Just a couple of hours after battling a shed fire, Portsmouth Fire Department responded at 7:51 pm to Burma Road for a motor vehicle accident. “At 1951 hours Portsmouth Firefighters […]
Just after 2 pm Portsmouth Fire Department responded to the Sunny Acres Mobile Home Park off Bristol Ferry Road in Portsmouth for a shed fire. “At 1415 hours multiple 911 […]
The Portsmouth Historical Society has arranged a public viewing of the original founding document, the 1638 Portsmouth Compact, with the RI State Archives to commemorate its signing. The 385-year-old precious […]
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A musical celebration of the “Irish in America” is set to take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8, at the Portsmouth Free Public Library. This event promises to […]
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The Newport Car Museum in Portsmouth is set to unveil a 1958 MGA Twin Cam Roadster on Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, loved ones will receive free admission with […]
The University of Tampa has honored 2,044 students for being named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2022 semester. Among the students were two from Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The […]
Dean College recently announced that Paige Richardson of Portsmouth, Rhode Island has earned a place on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester. Students named to the Dean’s List […]
Miami University has announced that Marissa Levreault, a student from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2022-23 fall semester. The Dean’s List recognizes the […]
The Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines, welcomes back challengers from the nation’s capital for its next US City rivalry this Saturday, July 30th, when Washington DC will return to the City […]
The Newport International Polo Series, presented by Turkish Airlines, will welcome back fan-favorite Team Ireland this Saturday, July 9 at 5 pm. The match comes after a 2-year pandemic pause in the Hibernian […]
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Upper Melville Pond in Portsmouth and Turner Reservoir in East Providence due to blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) blooms. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals. While toxin production is variable during blooms, the sample from Turner Reservoir did have a potentially harmful level of a cyanotoxin.
People should be careful not to ingest water or eat fish from the ponds. All recreation, including fishing, boating, and kayaking, should be avoided. Animals who may ingest pond water are especially at risk from exposure to the algal toxins, so owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach-ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with pond waters and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned that toxins may persist in the water after the blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible.
Blue-green algae blooms may also be affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the water’s surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese.
For more information and a list of current and historical advisories, go to www.dem.ri.gov/bluegreen Please send reports of suspected blue-green algae blooms, along with photographs, if possible to DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov.
Local musicians Ed Nary and Tom Perrotti announced this week that they will present Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan in concert on Thursday, July 14, 6 pm at Thriving Tree Coffeehouse, 706 Park […]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Aerospace and defense company Raytheon Technologies will establish a global headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, the company announced Tuesday. The location just outside Washington “increases agility in […]
Sea Rose Montessori School deepens its ties to the Southern Rhode Island community by bringing experts in for elementary student afterschool programs. Offering individualized and integrated learning for age 3 […]