2015-03-26 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of March 26

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, March 26, 1915

There was trouble with the electric streetlights Friday evening for the first time since their installation nearly two years ago. A few minutes before 11 o’clock every street light in town went out.

Preparations are being made to build three new cottages on Howland Avenue.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 22, 1940

Work on the Jamestown Bridge was halted this morning after two hours due to the slippery condition of the structure, endangering the workmen. If the weather proves favorable Monday, the pouring of the concrete deck will be started from the west abutment and proceed eastward as far as the steel structure is ready. It is estimated that 6,000 cubic yards of concrete mixture will be used in the deck.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, March 23, 1965

Christopher D. Dutra, a Newport architect, discussed plans for renovations to the Town Hall at a meeting of the Town Council last night. Due to the advance of some 20 percent in estimated expenses, and alterations and additions to the plans originally presented, expenses are estimated at $90,000. This figure includes a completely new heating system.

Police Chief Frederick C. B. Smyth reported to the council on the installation of speed signs, curve warning signs and reflectors installed by the state at the Dead Man’s Curve area of East Shore Road.

From the Newport Daily News, March 25, 1965

A resolution seeking to eliminate the so-called Dead Man’s Curve on East Shore Road in Jamestown, scene of many auto accidents, was introduced in the House yesterday by Rep. James A. Gallagher (D-Jamestown).

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 22, 1990

Construction of the new Jamestown Bridge is back on schedule, and the project’s new contractors should meet a series of deadlines that begin this summer, according to state officials.

Mackerel and Hull coves are recovering from last June’s oil spill, and long-term environmental damage seems unlikely, a University of Rhode Island scientist said Friday.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 23, 2000

Despite being called to the table by upset parents and the American Civil Liberties Union, Superintendent Frances Gallo and the School Committee defended the use of drugsniffing dogs to search all the lockers at Lawn School last month.

Town Administrator Maryanne Crawford has recommended that the Town Council increase the water and sewer rates in order to cover the additional expenses that are in her proposed water and sewer budget for this year.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, March 24, 2005

Since their brainstorming session earlier in the month, the school superintendent and School Committee sought new information from other districts to see where they might be able to combine purchasing and services for a reduction in costs.

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