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Festival booths painted in vivid technicolor oranges and purples adorned with names like “Sandy’s Candy Cauldron” and “Salem BOOtique” lined the sides of Eisenhower Park on Monday as crews put the finishing touches on the “Hocus Pocus” film set 2 “, which is filmed in Newport this week.

“It’s fun to watch,” said Newport resident Sharon Alemany as she walked past the set. “(The production) brought such great energy to the city.”

Shooting of “Hocus Pocus 2”:Excitement builds as ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ puts Newport back on the big screen

Portsmouth woman Janelle Steuer recently published her first book, a children's book titled

Janelle Steuer enjoys writing and recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of publishing her first book, a children’s book called “The Bedtime Dance” which deals with a sibling’s bedtime routine.

The Portsmouth resident’s love of writing began when she was a student at Middletown High School, and it was born out of a tragedy, when her older brother Charlie Chaves was killed in a car crash in the state of drunk in 2001.

After the accident, Steuer’s mother began volunteering with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and spoke about her son’s death in high schools in the area.

Meanwhile, Steuer wrote a poem about her family’s experience, and it got “a bit viral,” she said. Learn more about how she started writing again.

Richard Munch, a resident of Union Street in Portsmouth, points out from his backyard where a solar development is proposed.

Richard and Jill Munch have a magnificent view from their backyard: vast grounds, the Lawton Valley Reservoir and a lush forest in the distance.

A large bird flew high in the sky Wednesday morning, a clear, sunny day, as Richard made his way to the wall of trees near his property, the very forest he and his Union Street neighbors say will be sacrificed if one solar development project is built.

“You envision growing a mature forest,” said Bob Hehl, one of the pillars of the proposed project. “It took several generations for this to take hold.

?? Learn more about why Munches, Hehl and other Union Street residents are affected by a commercial solar panel offered by Nimali Power Rhode LLC, planned for 2340 West Main Road at the corner of Union Street.

Portsmouth school committee member Allen Shers, who died suddenly on November 5, was a tireless advocate for the city's students, his fellow committee members said.

His colleagues remember Allen Shers as an intelligent and reasonable man, with a solid background in real estate which makes him a particularly valuable asset to the school committee.

“He has truly generously shared his expertise in everything to do with property management, facilities management, construction and repairs,” school committee chair Emily Copeland said on Sunday. “He was very passionate about making sure that the children of Portsmouth had a good education, and in particular a really healthy, safe and modern facility. I think that was one of his big areas where he worked pretty tirelessly. “

Learn more about Allen Shers,died suddenly on November 5 at the age of 72.

All good things must come to an end, and right now time is running out for this year’s senior Portsmouth High School football team.

Sure, the Patriots wanted to play for a state championship, but when they lost to Bishop Hendricken in the regular season finals and those hopes were dashed, they made it their goal to extend the season as well. as long as possible in the Division I tournament.

Portsmouth took that first step on Friday night by hitting Shea 48-14.

?? Learn more about the game and the senior citizens’ path to the state championship.

Home and hospice visiting nurse Nicole Masse was traveling between patients one day last month, when she noticed a park she had never seen before.

In September, a nurse who works at Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice was traveling between assignments when she noticed the Common Fence Point playground and stopped to check it out because she thought it would be a fun place to his son.

While in the park, Nicole Masse saw a man and a woman sitting at a picnic table. She saw the man start to collapse and her nurse’s instinct kicked in.

Six months pregnant, Masse ran towards the man, stethoscope in hand. By the time she arrived he had started to turn blue. With the help of the woman, Masse brought the man to the ground and began to perform CPR on him. The woman called the paramedics.

Learn more about the story ::“I ended up doing CPR for 11 minutes before help arrived”

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