Get $30 and get rid of that extra fridge

From "Older frigs – and most extra units in homes are older – can use more than three times the energy of newer models sold after 2001.

Now, as part of an energy efficiency effort by National Grid, someone will come to Massachusetts and Rhode Island customers’ homes and take extra refrigerators and freezers away – and hand you $30 for the privilege.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates removing a secondary refrigerator can save a household over $100 a year. Add to that of course, the reduction in greenhouse gases and the permanent removal of toxins in the appliances."

Seems like a Win for everyone! So if you have an extra fridge then sign up and get $30 for it!!

The dates available to sign up for pick up in Portsmouth are :
Postal CodeOpen DatesDayTime of DaySelect
028716/13/2009Saturday8AM -- 5PM
028716/19/2009Friday8AM -- 5PM

Car Seat Safety Clinic

Saturday, May 23rd
10am - 2pm
Clements’ Marketplace
2575 East Main Road

Local police officers from Portsmouth and other area departments will demonstrate and assist parents and caregivers on the proper installation of car seats.
The Cost is Free!

General Guidelines for Car Seats from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Rhode Island Child Safety Seat and Seat Belt Laws
Rhode Island state law requires that children under age 7, under 54 inches in height and weighing less than 80 pounds ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat. These car seats and boosters should be appropriate for the child's age, height and weight, and should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Children under age 7 must ride in a rear vehicle seat. Rhode Island law requires that passengers not in a car seat or booster use a seat belt.

Click HERE for a list of Car Seat Inspection Stations In Rhode Island

Info on Car Seat Laws by State

Boat Launching & Fishing Info


Public boat ramps are available for use at Weaver Cove (off Burma Road), Cedar Cove (off Route 24) and Stone Bridge (at the end of Park Avenue).


Fresh water fishing licenses are available from the Town Clerk’s office (401-683-2101). Click here for more information on fishing licenses from the Clerk's office. Click here for the State of Rhode Island's regulations, and a link to an online license form. All licenses must be paid for in cash. Fresh water fishing is available at Melville Ponds. No license is required for salt water fishing which is available at many locations along our shoreline.

Sandy Point Beach

Sandy Point Beach
Portsmouth town Beach on the Sakonnet, or East Passage, at the foot of Sandy Point avenue. Changing rooms, bathrooms, picnic area, but no concession stand. Guarded from 9 am to 6 pm daily. Parking is $5 weekdays, $10 week ends and holidays. Season passes are available, FREE to Portsmouth residents.
This shallow, sandy beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. The beach is free to town residents with a sticker provided upon proof of residency by the Town Clerk’s office (401-683-2101). Sandy Point Beach is equipped with changing rooms, restroom facilities, and picnic tables. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every weekend and during the week once school closes for the year (usually mid-June). Lifeguards are typically heading back to school by the last week or two of August and so the beach is not lifeguarded during the week at that time. Cost of admission for nonresidents is $7.00 during the week and $12.00 on weekends, or $50.00 for the season. The Town Clerk's office offers nonresident season stickers and accepts cash only. Money saving tip: make sure to purchase your nonresident season sticker BEFORE heading to the beach because you can't deduct the day fees you've already paid from the cost of a season sticker when you go to purchase it later on!

Save the Bay will be doing a Beach Clean up at Sandy Point on Sat May 09, 2009, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Report To:
Community Cleanup Leader Wendy Noyes Note: Nice level area, great for all ages and abilities. All children under 15 must participate with an adult. Sign Up: You must sign up in advance to participate in this project - contact or 401.272.3540 x 130

Requirements: Able to do heavy lifting and bending. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather, sun and bug protection, sturdy-closed toed shoes, work gloves if you have them. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle and help us as STB works to eliminate water bottles from our landfills!

Domina's Agway

Domina's Agway

1348 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
P: 401.683.1203
F: 401.683.1430

MON-FRI: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
SAT: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
SUN: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

April 25: Organic Gardening Seminar:

This seminar is geared for general gardening. We will be going over the many new products available to help minimize the need for chemicals in the landscape.
April 25th from 9am to 10am at Domina's

Tour Aquidneck Farms on May 4th

May 4: Aquidneck Farms - Portsmouth
While the pasture-raised cows are grazing in the fields, Mike Victor and Jim Booth will give us a tour of their farm and show us why Aquidneck Farms is a model for protecting working agricultural land through sustainable agriculture and land conservation.

All tours begin at 10:30am unless otherwise noted and are FREE for chefs and other wholesale buyers. Bring your staff to see and taste why local food is so important for the environment and economy of Rhode Island. Please e-mail Jen to RSVP or to carpool.

Spring is here! With storage veggies on their way out and new growth just sprouting, now is actually the low point for the availability of local produce. But it only gets better, with asparagus and cilantro just around the corner. It’s the perfect time for a trip to the farm.

Check out the Rhode Island Harvest Calendar here

Founded in 2003, Aquidneck Farms is a 120 acre farm run by Mike Victor & Jim Booth.

Aquidneck Farms is located at:
333 Wapping Rd.
Portsmouth, RI
(401) 849-0337

Portsmouth Town Information

Town Hall: 2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 Fax#: 683-6804

Police Department: 2270 East Main Road

2000 Census: 17,149

Form of Government: Council-Administrator

Election Date: November, Even Years

Fiscal Year Begins: July 1

Council Meetings: Second and Fourth Mondays Monthly @ 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Website:

Town Administrator: Robert G. Driscoll 683-3255
Assessor/Tax Collector: David E. Dolce 683-1536 & 683-1214
Building Official/Minimum Housing: George Medeiros 683-3611
Business Development Director: William E. Clark 643-0382
Clerk, Town: Kathleen Viera Beaudoin 683-2101
Emergency Management Officer: James Lowrimore 683-5510
Finance/Personnel/Welfare Director: David Faucher 683-9118
Highway/Public Works Director: David Kehew 683-0362
Housing Auth. Exec. Director: James E. Dilley 683-3173
Information Technology: Barbara Ripa 643-0303
Librarian: Carolyn Magnus 683-9457
Planner, Town: Robert W. Gilstein 683-0888
Police Chief: Lance E. Hebert 683-0300
Probate Judge: Joseph C. Lopes 683-2101
Registrar: Madeleine Pencak 683-3157
School Superintendent: Susan F. Lusi, Ph.D. 683-1039
Solicitor, Town: Donato Andre D’Andrea 847-0301
Zoning Official: George Medeiros 683-3611

Fire Departments and Fire Districts
Portsmouth Fire Department, 2300 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 683-1200
Fire Chief: Jeffrey P. Lynch
Portsmouth Water and Fire District, P.O. Box 99, Portsmouth, RI 02871 683-2090
Tax Collector: Gaetano Polselli, Jr.
Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 305, Prudence Island, RI 02872 683-1100
Fire Chief: Thomas Gempp

School Committee
E. Richard Carpender, Chairperson 163 Old Mill Lane 02871
Michael Buddemeyer 73 Potomac Road 02871
Marilyn King 56 Bradley Terrace 02871
Marjorie Levesque 45 Massachusetts Blvd. 02871
Angela Volpicelli 31 Lawton Brook Lane 02871
Sylvia J. Wedge 390 West Main Road 02871

Town Council
Peter J. McIntyre, President 24 Maize Corn Road 02871
Dennis M. Canario 64 Birchwood Drive 02871
Karen J. Gleason 63 Massasoit Avenue 02871
Keith Hamilton 134 Soares Drive 02871
Hubert E. Little 442 Union Street 02871
Jeffrey C. Plumb 526 Sandy Point Avenue 02871
James A. Seveney 72 Macomber Lane 02871

Updated: 04/17/09

Portsmouth Fire at New England Boatworks

There was a 4 alarm fire this morning at the New England Boatworks located at 9 Lagoon Road around 5 am. Smoke was seen from as far away as Middletown and Bristol. Read the full Providence Journal story here. New England Boatworks employees about 100 people who had been called prior to the start of the work day. The fire was contained by 10 am but still being actively fought.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Jeffrey Lynch encouraged any observers who were standing by watching this morning's events to get to a doctor if they experienced any feelings of nausea or headaches. Eight firefighters have been taken to Newport hospital for exposure to cyanide gas. The surrounding homes should be safe because of the wind direction.