2010-03-25 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of March 25
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 Journal, March 26, 1910

The first fire alarm for the year was pulled on Tuesday at 10:30, after an elapse of over four months without a single call. The volunteer department responded promptly and found the interior of a shed on the estate of the late Captain I.B. Briggs, at the West ferry, well under way. A few minutes of work with hydrant steamers were suffi cient to extinguish the blaze.

The new organ for the Central Baptist Church was used Wednesday evening for the first time, the occasion being a free recital given by Mr. Saunier of Boston. There was a good attendance and the fine music was appreciated.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1935

At the ping pong tournament, between the Republican Club and the Fire Department, held at the Narragansett Avenue engine house Monday evening, 24 matches were played, the Republican Club winning, 17-7. From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1935

(At the school committee meeting) two suggestions for improved instruction were the use of more recent maps and the other the use of art pictures. The committee acted favorably in both cases.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1960

The $6,000 annual payment given E.R. Davenport & Co. by the Jamestown Water Co. under a management contract came in for much searching yesterday in a water rates hearing before the state Public Utilities Commission. The hearing was in the Jamestown Water Company’s petition for a 42 percent water rate increase.

From the Newport Daily News, March 29, 1960

The Jamestown Town Council last night approved an ordinance regulating traffic and parking and for the payment of fines in the town. …Under the new ordinance, parking will be limited to one hour between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Narragansett Avenue and on Memorial Circle on north and south sides, east from Conanicus Avenue in the waterfront and the ferry wharf.

(At the council meeting) the argument that Jamestown would gain new residents if the (Newport) bridge is built (it was said) is without basis in fact, but even if it were correct and people flocked to build homes in the town, unless there is also new industry to be taxed, the town would have an increased burden for education.

The motor caravan in support of the proposed $36,000,000 Newport Bay Bridge will have a minimum of 50 cars in line for the hearings in the State House, Providence. …Opponents of the bridge will also be present.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, March 25, 1985

Four-year terms for town councilmen, a separate Water and Sewer Authority and a new article defining town meetings highlight a list of charter revisions recommended by the Charter Review Committee.

Student numbers down; school costs up. (In Jamestown, the cost per pupil was $2,810, up 16.3 percent from the year before.)

From the Newport Daily News, March 26, 1985

The Town Council Monday began searching for a way to put stumbling blocks in the path of developers requesting variances from state regulations on septic systems. From the Newport Daily News, March 28, 1985

University of Rhode Island graduate students updated the Planning Board Wednesday on their detailed study of the island. In the second of four scheduled workshops, students discussed ways of preserving the rural character of the island. The first workshop covered cluster zoning. A third session — on the island’s coastal zoning — will be held April 8.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 30, 1995

Town Democrats have launched a two-pronged attack in an effort to get back in the race after their slate of candidates was thrown off the ballot for the local May 3 election last Friday by the state Board of Elections.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, March 30, 2000

The town’s newly approved mooring fees have passed their first hurdle. The state Coastal Resources Management Council has reviewed the town’s new mooring fee structure at a meeting of its Planning and Procedures Subcommittee, and determined that the rates were reasonable.

The warm winter weather in the Northeast this year has caused deer ticks, the tiny arthropods responsible for Lyme Disease and other illnesses, to become active earlier than usual.

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