2010-10-28 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of October 28
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, October 29, 1910

The state road across the island has been completed and was thrown open for travel Thursday morning.

Dr. William L. Bates (of the Bates Sanitarium) has bought of Mrs. Mary R. Caswell a piece of land adjoining his containing 4,556 square feet.

Some of the ladies of the town are planning to give a course of singing lessons to be held in the town hall once a week during the winter months.

A party of cottage seekers for next season was on the island Thursday.

75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 31, 1935

(advertisement) JAMESTOWN PROPERTY OENERS! Business men, anyone who is interested in making Jamestown a more lively summer resort next season – anyone who is interested in renting property, or who has property for sale, or who is interested in any way in increasing business please attend a public meeting, at 8 P.M., Friday evening, November 1, in the Town Hall, to hear how other Communities have made it possible to increase their resort business. Jamestown Board of Trade

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 24, 1960

The state’s total contribution towards the Newport Bay Bridge will be less than $175,000 a year for the next 40 years, whereas the cost of the operation of the Jamestown ferry over the same period will be a minimum of $300,000 a year, Francis G. Dwyer, chairman of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, stated today.

From the Newport Daily News, October 26, 1960

Jamestown ferry employees were told that the proposed Newport Bay Bridge legislation up for approval at the Nov. 8 election, does not provide several things that affect them in their present jobs.

From the Newport Daily News, October 31, 1960

The Jamestown Bridge Commission was enjoined in Superior Court today from spending any of its money for advertisements opposing the Nov. 8 referendum item on the Newport Bay Bridge.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News, October 28, 1985

The Jamestown Shores Association has asked the Town Council to reverse itself and appoint an environmental inspector. … “We are worried about our health (a letter to the Council said). Contaminated wells in an area this size with so many questionable perc tests being approved can become a very costly item for the town.”

From the Newport Daily News, October 29, 1985l

Two councilman objected Monday to a letter from the Jamestown Shores Association that blasted the Council for not creating an environmental inspector. In September, the Council revamped the building inspector’s office, by making the inspector, Charles Dowling, a full-time employee.

15 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 26, 1995

After three gruelingly long public meetings and considerable public outcry over proposed amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance, the Town Council Monday voted not to legalize accessory apartments, as the Planning Commission had recommended, but to prohibit them in all landuse zones, and to have the building official actively enforce the ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Review told SK Properties Tuesday to reduce the size of the 24-unit elderly housing complex it hopes to build on a one-acre lot next to the Holy Ghost Hall.

Town Officials will soon begin drilling a second municipal well, this one located in the town watershed just northwest of South Pond reservoir.

Construction of an irrigation system that will use effluent from the town’s wastewater treatment plant to irrigate the public golf course — the first project of its kind in Rhode Island — began this week.

10 years ago From the Jamestown Press, October 26, 2000

A group called Friends of Jamestown Skaters made a request to the School Committee Oct. 19, asking permission to use a parcel of land at the Lawn Avenue school as a skating facility for island youths.

The Town Council voted Monday to have the town administrator and the town solicitor work out an agreement that would let a wireless communication company mount radio trans-receivers on streetlights or utility poles around the island for a $2,000 annual fee.

The state Department of Environmental Management last week began construction of its longplanned $4.2 million aquatic research center at Fort Wetherill.

(photo caption) Dennis Webster was one of several “patriots” to tackle the vegetation at the historic Conanicut Battery on Saturday. After two chop, top and prune sessions the battery is nearly threequarters exposed.

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