2010-04-15 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 15
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, April 16, 1910

(At the financial town meeting) the report of the school committee occasioned a lengthy talk on the legality of the closing of the north school and the advisability of re-opening the same. The matter was finally left with the committee and their report for the past year voted received.

The seaweed privileges on the town beach were rented to A. H. Peckham, the sea side for $50, and the pond side (Sheffield Cove) for $15.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 22, 1935

Pay rolls for the county FERA projects show little change over the previous week when 672 persons were paid $5,595.90. (In Jamestown, 47 workers were paid $307.20.)

From the Newport Daily News, April 24, 1935

June 12 the Bay View Hotel in Jamestown will be opened for the season by the General Hotels Corporation, which has leased it from James T. O’Connell of this city, the owner. Mr. O’Connell has 20 men engaged in making alterations, at an estimated cost of $7,500, before the new lessee takes charge. …The piazza along Narragansett Avenue side is being removed to add to the general appearance of the Bay View, and to increase the lighting in various rooms. The front is also being renovated and a new foundation being put in. Under its new management, the Bay View will be conducted on the American plan. A new tap room is being built on the Narragansett Avenue side of the hotel, which has 105 rooms, with a nine-story tower and can accommodate 175 guests.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 19, 1960

The difference of opinion over the Jamestown School Committee’s 1960-61 budget will be taken to the floor of the financial town meeting, May 5, 1960.

From the Newport Daily News, April 20, 1960

Regional Cmdr. Edwind Billings spoke to members of World War I Veterans, Barracks 155, last night in Jamestown at the recreation center, on the aims and purposes of veterans legislation pending in Congress.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, April 17, 1985

Commuters using the Jamestown Bridge may want to get an early start Thursday morning. Traffic near the top of the 45-year-old bridge will be narrowed to one lane as a two-month job making deck repairs begins. Crews will start working at 7:30 a.m. and will work 10-hour days, six days a week, until completion of the project.

From the Newport Daily News, April 19, 1985

Traffic on the Jamestown Bridge was reportedly backed up for more than one hour during the afternoon rush hour Thursday, the first day of repairs to the bridge’s deck.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 20, 1995

The state Supreme Court Tuesday morning heard a second round of oral arguments for and against allowing a slate of six Democratic candidates to appear on the ballot for an upcoming election of town officials (They missed a filing deadline).

This Saturday you can observe the 25th anniversary of Earth Day by helping clean up Jamestown’s beaches (It is the fifth annual island clean-up).

Town officials Monday heard a proposed plan to build 24 units of affordable housing for the elderly on Pemberton Avenue, next to the Portuguese American Citizens Club.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, April 20, 2000

The Jamestown teams won first place in the Odyssey of the Mind/Destination ImagiNation statewide competition held April 4 in Warwick. This gives the 12 youngsters a chance to compete in the global finals to be held in Ames, Iowa, next month.

Sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners Monday, the Town Council approved a new tiered structure for municipal water rates. …Municipal water customers who use the minimum 5,000 gallons of water a quarter can expect to see no change in their next bill. But customers using between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons will see a $3.33 charge for each 1,000 gallons used in excess of the 5,000 gallon minimum, a 10-cent increase in the old charge.

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