2011-04-28 / Island History

This week in Island history

Week of April 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, April 28, 1911

A subscription dance was given Friday evening in the Gardner House hall by several young men. Although the attendance was not large, the affair was.

The demand for small cottages for the summer months has already exceeded the supply.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 25, 1936

Several special meetings have been held by the town council during the week, the first being called in regard to negotiating a loan in the near future. The council passed the following vote: That the town treasurer be instructed to hire the sum of $30,000 for a period of six months, to be issued in anticipation of taxes assessed in June, the money to be expended for payment of the current expenses of the town. The rate of interest will be one and one-half percent.

The teachers of the Carr school held a lobster dinner party at the school Friday evening. Miss Helen Cole, public health nurse, and Messrs. Glenn and Morgan, janitors, were invited guests.

From the Newport Daily News, April 30, 1936

The pupils of the fourth grade are to go on a historical walk in Newport Friday afternoon. The following Friday, the pupils of the eighth grade are to visit the state house, the Providence Journal office and other places of interest in Providence.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 25, 1961

The Jamestown Town Council was told last night that the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority “has no moral right to take over the Jamestown Bridge.” [The Council president] made this statement as he and other councilmen, served with summonses, prepared to attend Newport County Superior Court tomorrow for a hearing on the proposal to take over the bridge.

From the Newport Daily News, April 27, 1961

The proposed Republican “Meet Your Candidates” rally tomorrow night has been postponed because [the Democratic chairman of the Town Council] today reversed permission granted by the Recreation Commission for use of Memorial Town Hall. His decision sparked a sharp political exchange.

25 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, April 29, 1986

Most Jamestowner residents should be able to get cable television by January, cable company officials said Monday. Rollins Cablevision presented its proposal for providing the island with cable television to the Public Utilities Commission in Jamestown on Monday if the PUC approves the company’s application by June 1 the first customers would be online “within 90 to 120 days,”

The Town Council voted Monday to support a resolution to end nuclear testing.

From the Newport Daily News, April 30, 1986

It would either by “a heckuva asset” or “an eyesore.” It would either create “a compound atmosphere” or is “a welldesigned proposal.” Depending on one’s point of view, one’s address, or one’s recreational pursuits, the proposal to retain about 2,000 feet of the old Jamestown Bridge for a public fishing pier is all of the above.

15 years ago

From The Jamestown Press, April 25, 1996

The Town Council Monday approved a Harbor Management Commission plan to pay an engineering firm some $64,000 to design repairs and a possible extension to the steel pier at East Ferry.

Volunteers reported that the beaches seemed cleaner this year. But when Saturday’s annual island shoreline cleanup was completed, two 20-yard dumpsters were filled. The dumpsters were donated by Island Rubbish Service.

10 years ago

From The Jamestown Press,

April 26, 2001

Gov. Lincoln Almond last week outlined a timetable for building the container port at Quonset Point. The governor said that they hope to have an agreement signed with a shipper/developer before his term of office is up in 16 months.

Town Council candidates see water, port, island growth as prime issues. Nine island residents, three of whom are incumbents, are vying for five Town Council seats in the May 2 municipal election.

After three nights of public hearings, the Town Council Monday took about a minute to unanimously approve an On-site Wasterwater Management Ordinance that allows town officials for the first time to make an inventory of all septic systems on the island.

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