Portsmouth, which is, admittedly, a very nice town.

OK. Let’s be gracious about this. Congratulations to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which (just barely) edged out New Rochelle to make it to the final four of the Strongest Town competition. It was a real nail-biter: Portsmouth received 50.4% to New Rochelle’s 49.6%. That’s Florida-style close.

Although disappointed we fell short, I am very proud that New Rochelle was in the competition in the first place and grateful to everyone who cast a vote on our behalf. Just wait ’til next year!