2005-12-22 / Letters to the Editor


Progress made on the ’Gansett

Merry Christmas, Jamestown. A short update on the Cafe for our patrons. Although it may not seem so, we are hard at work on our rebuild of the Narragansett Cafe.

On a renovation of this degree, we are required to meet all current codes in effect, so this is slowing us down somewhat.

These codes address structure, utilities, and safety systems, and have required an extensive professional engineering study as to the overall integrity of the building, as well as identifying the necessary upgrades.

As soon as we reconcile these situations, we will begin reconstruction. It’s a tough time of year to deal with these kinds of things, what with the holidays and all, but we’re just about done with the preliminary stuff and should be seeing some rebuilding progress shortly.

The plus side is that we will have a much safer and better built structure when we’re done. I hope to be open sometime around mid-February. Looking forward to seeing you all. Enjoy the holidays, and all the best in the new year.

Danny Alexander and

the Narragansett Cafe

Thanks to the firefighters

I wanted to extend a sincere debt of gratitude to the Jamestown Fire Department. In particular, two young volunteers, Dave and Dave.

At 3 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, I realized I had a flat tire. Fortunately, I was right in front of the well-lit fire department.

As I debated calling AAA or braving the cold, our two volunteer firemen became good Samaritans. They brought out an industrial jack, got the car up for me and gave me a hand changing the tire.

In no time at all, I was on my way. If these two gentlemen are in any way indicative of the current and future state of the Jamestown volunteer fire department we appear to be in competent hands. Thanks very much.

Joseph M. Broomhead


Lights on the avenue

A few weeks ago I was saddened to read in the Press that the electric company would no longer allow the town to string Christmas lights from the poles across Narragansett Avenue. This was a tradition I remember each year from my childhood.

This change brought a new and beautiful look to Narragansett Avenue. The white lights in the trees along the avenue make the town look so festive. I hope this will be the start of a new Jamestown tradition.

I encourage those enjoying the lights as they drive west on Narragansett Avenue to continue past the post office a short distance. There they will see one of the most beautifully decorated trees in Jamestown.

Nick DiGiando and the Atlantic Landscaping crew have almost as many lights on their tree as stars in the sky. I hope that everyone enjoys lights on Narragansett Avenue as much as I do. Merry Christmas.

Kathy Brownell,

Jamestown Good humor

Praise to your columnist, Sam Bari. His pieces are original, wonderfully written, and hilarious! Keep them coming!


Daggett Plainfield,

Vt. Party thanks

I would like to thank the VFW for the wonderful party given to the seniors on Dec. 14 at the Pemberton Apartments Community Room. Thank-you to Sirje Carl for the use of the room and also thank-you to Charlotte Richardson for playing the piano and adding the fun. It was a great party and everyone had a good time.

Beverly R. Snyder,


PTO thanks

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Organization, we would like to thank all the families and businesses that participated in Jamestown’s first “Starry Night” on Dec. 2. Over 2,000 luminaries were lit throughout the island by businesses and residents celebrating the holiday season. Special thanks go to the Village Hearth Bakery, Slice of Heaven, the Purple Door, and Cathryn Jamieson Salon for selling the luminaries. Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped assemble, sell, distribute, light, and clean up the luminaries. Funds raised from luminary sales help support programs and special events at the Melrose and Lawn Avenue schools. This looks like the beginning of a special tradition on our island!

Liz Byrne and Sue Gaynor

of the PTO

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