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Island History

The Town Council unanimously approved Ed Mello as Jamestown’s police chief, reported The Jamestown Press on June 30, 2011.

Mello, 43, had been the police chief in Westerly since 2004, having spent his entire 23-year career in law enforcement there.

Mello replaced longtime chief Thomas Tighe, who retired after 44 years on the job. Tighe had been police chief since 1992.

Mello was chosen from a field of about 45 candidates, officials said.

100 years ago — July 1, 1916

(Newport Mercury)

The USS Wyoming is saluted as it arrives in Newport after its recent overhaul in New York City. The battleship is the flagship of the Atlantic fleet.

The ship, which was completed in 1912, stops on its way to take part in maneuvers off Virginia for the remainder of the year.

During World War I, it primarily will be tasked with patrolling the North Sea and escorting convoys to Norway as part of Battleship Division Nine.

75 years ago — July 2, 1941

(Newport Daily News)

Miss Margot McCloud and Miss Thayer Eliason start a junior Red Cross class to learn how to properly prepare surgical dressings. The classes were Wednesday mornings at St. Matthew’s.

50 years ago — July 2, 1966

(Newport Daily News)

Details about the breadth and scope of the Jamestown-Newport bridge project are released. The bridge, which won’t be completed until 1969 at a cost of almost $55 million, will be 15 stories high (235 feet), use 18,500 tons of steel and 2,285 tons of cable, according to the project’s engineering company.

25 years ago — July 3, 1991

(The Jamestown Press)

The Jamestown Housing Authority dissolved its management relationship with the Pemberton Place Corporation. The authority said it would seek proposals from outside companies to manage the apartments, saying a private company could oversee the property more efficiently.

10 years ago — July 7, 2006

(The Jamestown Press)

The Narragansett Café reopened after being closed for seven months following a fire just before Thanksgiving 2005.

Owner Dan Alexander spent about $200,000 in renovations, including a hickory floor, air conditioning, new bathrooms and new wall colors. The stage also was moved from the corner near the street to a spot farther back to allow for more dancing.

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