January 26, 2012 RSS feed / News

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Start pruning those fruit trees

Do you grow fruit trees? If so, winter is the traditional time to prune them. Most people wait until spring to begin their pruning, but with the warmer weather we have had, you can get this chore done early. More...

JHS 100 years: 20 years of controversy between 1637 and 1657

The purchase of Aquidneck Island in 1637 included the right to use grass from the meadows and marshes on Conanicut Island. Newport settlers valued those grasslands greatly. More...

School panel adopts new national assessment to begin in two years

In less than three years students will test their math and reading skills on a new national test that will make American students more competitive with students from across the world. More...

Firefighters keep blaze from getting out of control

A fire broke out in the Portuguese American Citizens Club early Friday morning, but a functional fire alarm in the closeddown restaurant triggered a hasty response from the Jamestown Fire Department, which worked into the early morning hours to find More...

ISLAND PLUNGE PROCEEDS

A $5,000 check was donated this week to WAMO (WeAllMoveOn.org) from the New Year’s Day Jamestown 1st Day Plunge. More...

FIGHTING THE STORM

Scott Sherman was snow-blowing the front of his store this weekend to allow islanders clean access into the shop. More...

Ad hoc panel looking for solutions on how to combat tick-infested wildlife

Dr. Tom Mather says cases of Lyme will drop if town can control deer population

As recently as 1986 the deer population on Conanicut Island was negligible, as was the incidence of Lyme disease among Jamestown’s human residents. All of that has changed however. More...

Final pieces of sunken barge lifted from bay

On Dec. 9, a 265-foot crane was used to raise the 350-ton sunken barge that plummeted to the depths of the Narragansett Bay below the Newport-Pell Bridge following an October nor’easter. More...

Jamestown’s Babe Ruth League baseball team at a ‘crossroads’

Both coaches are leaving, and only 5 players are on the roster for the spring

Jamestown’s Babe Ruth League baseball team is looking for a little help. To keep going, the team needs at least two adults to take over the coaching, according to outgoing coach Tony Rafanelli. More...

Island author speaks about issues surrounding affordable heath care

New law, which goes into effect in 2014, could result in lower insurance costs

By 2014, the nation’s health care system is scheduled to undergo major reforms when the first phases of the Patient’s Protection and Affordable Care Act go into effect. The new law is more than 1,000 pages long, according to Dr. More...

Windmist Farm owner on discussion panel

Martha Neale of Windmist Farm will be among the panelists to discuss possible new avenues in the production and sale of local foods at Alternative Food Cooperative’s annual potlock dinner on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. More...

URI student will spend spring break building houses in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina may be slipping into history for most Americans who recall the 2005 disaster in New Orleans, but the impact of the storm is still being felt by many of the poor. More...

Artist needed to create festival poster

The tall ships are returning to Newport on July 6, and Ocean State Tall Ships want visitors to leave with a lasting, artistic memory of the spectacle. More...

Lama Pema Wangdak will speak at library

Lama Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan teacher who won the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his worldwide humanitarian work, will speak at the Jamestown Philomenian Library on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. More...

Visit to Portsmouth turbines planned

Site visit to Portsmouth wind turbines More...

Fire department asks for donations to upgrade rescue boat

The Jamestown Fire Department has a unique opportunity to improve its marine rescue capabilities thanks to a matching gift challenge presented by a generous local donor. More...

Keiser named town rep on America’s Cup World Series board

Panel will be tasked with marketing and promoting, as well as logistics, safety

Governor Lincoln Chafee recently announced the 38-member America’s Cup World Series Host Committee, and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser was named the Jamestown representative. More...