2009-04-23 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 23
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 Daily News, April 21, 1909

A party of cottage seekers were on the island today.

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1909

A juvenile baseball team styling themselves the "Stars" from the grammar school here, defeated a juvenile team in Newport this morning by a score of 16 to 12.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 26, 1934

(At the school committee meeting) Mr. Boone reported that the baseball back-stop had been completed and that the tennis court will be cared for as soon as labor is available. (Bids were opened for providing school busing. The low bidder was Stephen J. Zweir, "Ford or Chevrolet, $8 per day." The contract was to run for five years.)

… Due to the fact that the town of Jamestown owns all the outstanding stock of the Ferry Company, there are no minority stockholders.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 25, 1959

A five-member commission would be named to select a site and draw plans and specifications for a state pier and marina in Jamestown in a bill which passed the senate yesterday. It was sent to the House for action. The bill carries a $10,000 appropriation.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1984

The Town Council has asked the town solicitor to review a ban on political signs before a problem crops up in this year's election. The Council acted after receiving a request for guidance from Building Inspector Charles J. Dowling. Dowling said he wanted to avoid a problem similar to one that cropped up before the town elections last May.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 21, 1994

Some 66 Jamestown children under age 6 were identifi ed as having elevated levels of lead in their blood last year. … Elevated lead levels in children is a statewide problem, because much of the housing in the state was built before 1978, when the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint.

Real estate transactions on the island last year totaled nearly $24 million, with a median house price of $150,000 and median condominium price of $158,000.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 22, 1999

Homeowners in the urban water district will see an increase in their water and sewer bills next quarter. Sitting as the Board of Water and sewer Commissioners Monday, the Town Council voted to raise the cost of the 5,000 gallon minimum charge by 4.7 percent. This means someone who uses 5,000 gallons or less during a billing quarter will now pay $42.85 instead of $40.93, an additional $1.92. There will be no change in the rates for excess water use.

Jamestown School Supt. Dr. Frances Gallo announced that the school department would hire a consultant to assist the school in its computers software programs.

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