2012-02-16 / Editorial

This Week In Island History

Compiled by Sue Maden

Week of February 16

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, Feb. 16, 1912

The candlepin bowling tournament between the Jamestown Triplets and the Torpedo Trojans was won by the latter.

The weekly shoot of the Diamond Spring Rifle Club was held at the range on Southwest Avenue Friday evening.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 17, 1937

At a special meeting of the council it was voted that the request of Mrs. William A. Gosford, chairman, to hold a fancy dress ball in the grange hall on Feb. 20 be granted with the stipulation that police protection be furnished at the hall during the dance.

From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 20, 1937

Following is a report of the chairman of the president’s birthday ball held at the Holy Ghost hall: From sale of tickets, $87; donation and cake sales, $15; total, $103 (sic, only adds up to $102.) Expenses – music, $25; rent of hall, $6; cake, $6; miscellaneous, 10 cents; net profit, $65.90. Thirty percent goes to the national committee, $19.77; 70 percent to the local Red Cross, $46.13.

50 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 17, 1962

The Shoreby Hill Association in Jamestown has closed Longfellow Road to traffic for sledding. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 19, 1962

Edwards of Newport beat the Jamestown senior girls’ league all stars 33-19 in the feature game of the a basketball doubleheader for the benefit of the Heart Fund yesterday at the Jamestown Recreation Center.

25 years ago From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 17, 1987

The state Department of Transportation now backs installation of concrete and steel support piles for the new Jamestown Bridge. Load testing of concrete piles at various sites have determined that they must be driven much deeper than originally planned. From the Newport Daily News,

Feb. 18, 1987

The Town Council voted Tuesday to object to a planned access road from North Road to the Newport Electric substation because it could have “disastrous” impact on the Jamestown Brook wetlands.

For the first time since 1972, residents who use town water may face an increase in the water rate this year. (The proposed Water Department budget projects an $18,079 deficit.)

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 13, 1997

New red alga has scientists puzzled. Besides Beavertail, the alga has also been spotted at Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, Hull Cove, Taylor Point, and other area around the bay.

The Town Council on Monday asked the town solicitor to draft an ordinance that would prohibit smoking at the town playground on North Main Road and other town-owned recreation areas.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Feb. 14, 2002

Some townspeople are lining up to oppose proposed town parking next to the fire station.

The Town Council voted Monday to submit a proposal to buy two parcels, including a two-family house, at the corner of Narragansett Avenue and Grinnell Street for $269,000.

It would use the land for about 16 parking spaces, and designate the house as affordable housing, probably to be moved to another location.

The Planning Commission for a second time looked over plans for a proposed electric cable that would cross the bay’s West Passage and bring power to a substation on Clarke Street.

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