2015-02-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of February 26
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, Feb. 26, 1915

Miss Nellie Drury has resumed her duties at the post office after a two-week vacation spent in New York.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 27, 1940

A memorial committee, consisting of members of the Town Council and the American Legion, met Sunday afternoon with architect M. Tickul of Oakland Beach, who showed a model of the proposed monument, which was considered by the committee appropriate for the location on the east waterfront.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 26, 1965

The Town Council again expressed its opposition to any plans for quarrying at Fort Wetherill when it received an Army Corps of Engineers report approving the hurricane barrier for the Narragansett Bay area.

The 1965 budget for the library was submitted and totaled $10,176. Salaries amounted to $4,376 and operating expenses $5,800.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 23, 1990

The School Committee’s $5.78 million renovation plan will be presented to voters at the financial town meeting on March 5. If approved, a new 47,000-square-foot building will be constructed on a 4-acre site in the northwest corner of the school’s 21-acre lot. An archeological survey of the site found no Indian graves.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 24, 2000

The American Civil Liberties Union last week blasted Jamestown for the way it handled a drug search at Lawn Avenue school.

Administrators from North Kingstown High School presented the plans for the new building to the Jamestown School Committee at its Feb. 17 meeting. The new $28 million facility includes an 800-seat auditorium and a 2,400 seat athletic stadium.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Feb. 24, 2005

In a 4-1 vote, the School Committee last week approved a new spending plan that will require $10.26 million to educate island children for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Tree warden Dave Nickerson told the Tree Preservation and Protection Committee at its Feb. 15 meeting that when it comes to trees, Jamestown is looking good compared to other cities and towns in Rhode Island. About 55 percent of Conanicut Island is covered with trees, which is well above the state average.

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