Happy New Year!
News organizations reflecting upon the events of the past year have become a tradition. So we are presenting this "Year in Review" issue of the Jamestown Press.
The past year has been far from boring. During 2007 we reported on many notable accomplishments. The highway garage finally found a home when voters approved financing for a facility adjacent to the Newport Bridge, ending years of feuding over its location. Two island properties were preseved as working farms with the town's purchase of their development rights.
There was a bit of history revisited during the year. Jamestowners celebrated the purchase 350 years ago of Conanicut Island from the Narragansett Indians. And, the Tall Ships returned to Narragansett Bay, recalling a time when those majestic sailing vessels were state of the art transportation.
Islanders also looked towards the future during 2007. Public input was gathered on the vision for the future of our downtown. Now the Town Council must provide the necessary leadership in drafting new zoning regulations that will keep our village attractive and economically healthy in the years ahead.
The new Town Hall was dedicated in 2007, completing another project that has been long discussed. The town also established a new Teen Center, giving our kids a home away from home.
As we count down the days until 2008, we'd like to wish our readers and advertisers a happy and healthy new year.
- Jeff McDonough