January 31, 2013 RSS feed / News

Bill introduced to prevent tolling on Sakonnet

State Rep. John Edwards is sponsoring legislation that would effectively stand in the way of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority placing a toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. More...

Ruggiero legislation would amend notification date for teacher layoffs

State Rep. Deborah Ruggiero has introduced legislation aimed at easing an annual horror for teachers and school administrators by moving the layoff-notification date for teachers from March 1 to June 1. More...

Seminar will focus on sending kids to college

Parents with children ages 4 to 15 are invited to a seminar at the Redwood Library in Newport on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. More...

PLUNGE PROCEEDS

From left, Jamestown 1st Day Plunge organizer Kerry Sheehan presents a $3,500 check to Sally Schott of the Jamestown Education Foundation, while Lisa Rafferty of Bridges Inc. More...

WHERE IN THE WORLD?

Islander Kevin Welch and Jerry Gorman brought the Press to the Austrian Alps at St. Anton to celebrate Welch’s 63rd birthday. More...

GRAMMY CHANCE

Al Anderson of the Original Wailers and writer Larson Sutton at the 2010 Newport Reggae Festival. More...

Apply today for youth sailing scholarship

The Jamestown Yacht Club is now accepting applications for its Joshua Wadsworth Leonard Memorial Sailing Scholarship. The $200 grant is eligible for children between the ages of 8 and 14. More...

Sailing fanatics can expect another busy year on the bay in 2013

America’s Cup Finals also has Jamestown connection

Even though there is still snow on the ground in Jamestown, 2013’s on-the-water schedule will again be jam-packed, which comes as noteworthy news to the island’s many sailing enthusiasts. More...

Boys’ basketball thriving, JV and freshman teams enter postseason

N.K. junior varsity team advances to Elite Eight

North Kingstown High School is basketball country. After losing its last game, the boys’ varsity basketball team, which is 16-1 overall and 12-1 in league play, returned to its winning ways Tuesday night with a 74-48 win over Smithfield High. More...

Saints hand Skippers first loss of season

Despite another double-double from Jamestown resident Owen Heath, the North Kingstown boys’ varsity basketball team was overwhelmed by St. Raphael guard Charles Correa. The senior poured in 40 points for the Saints on Jan. More...

Boys’ hockey loses to Prout, Cumberland

Despite two losses last week, the North Kingstown boys’ varsity hockey team is still in first place in Division II-South. The Skippers (9-5 overall) lost to Prout on Jan. 25, 4-2. Prout’s Matt Peacock scored a hat trick in the victory. More...

Watch first-place boys’ basketball team online

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League and PlayOn Sports recently announced the launch of the RIIL Network, a partnership providing multiplatform distribution of Rhode Island high school sports coverage. More...

Bipartisan bill would focus on teen suicide

In an effort to improve mental health services for young people and prevent youth suicides, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed, a Democrat, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, recently introduced the bipartisan Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization. More...

Fishermen not included in $50 billion Sandy relief bill

The U.S. Senate voted Monday 62-36 for a $50.5 billion disasterrelief bill to help Rhode Island and other states clean up and recover from damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which hit Rhode Island in October. More...

LAST MEN STANDING

From left, fifth-grader Benjamin Carroll, Lawn Avenue School Principal Deb Dibiase, and eighth-grader Taylor Gregory. Benjamin finished runner-up to Taylor in the spelling bee Tuesday. More...

‘Katie’s Law’ introduced in both chambers

It has been a decade since a young woman was brutally murdered in New Mexico, a crime that went unsolved for three years. More...

Residents, town officials butt heads over future of Mackerel Cove

Erosion, parking are top concerns

The federal government will pay for 75 percent of the repair work on the Mackerel Cove barrier beach, which was battered in Hurricane Sandy, Town Engineer Mike Gray said at the Jan. 22 Town Council meeting. More...

Jamestown Chapel will celebrate its independence after 15 years

Church separated from Exeter Chapel in 2011

The origins of the Jamestown Chapel lie in the beliefs and traditions of the Baptist church. At one time the members belonged to the Exeter Chapel on Ten Rod Road. More...

House makes history, passes same-sex marriage legislation

The state House of Representatives voted 51-19 last week to allow same-sex couples to marry in Rhode Island. More...

WHERE IN THE WORLD?

David and Amy Urban took the Jamestown Press on their honeymoon in Hawaii. The newlyweds visited the islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai. More...

REED HONORED

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed accepts the Navy’s highest civilian honor from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. More...

JHS receives grant to improve windmill

The Jamestown Historical Society was awarded $11,650 by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to improve interior signage in the town’s historic windmill, built in 1787. More...

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BLMA receives $112,000 grant

The Beavertail Museum Lighthouse Association was recently awarded $112,000 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, a grant-making organization headquartered in Newport. More...

Former R.I. secretary of state, Jamestown resident, dies at 88

Barbara Leonard, a former Jamestown resident who served one term as Rhode Island’s secretary of state from 1993 to 1995, passed away Jan. 24 at the age of 88. More...

Volunteers needed to feed county’s hungry

Newport’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is organizing a Newport Country Fund Collaborative to partner with community stakeholders fighting hunger. More...

WARM AND TOASTY

From left, Jordan Parris, 6, Isabell Sheehan, Julia Cote and Ally Sabourin, all 9, get out of the cold last week and work on a puzzle indoors at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. More...

Newport’s Tennis Hall of Fame promotes islander

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum recently promoted Jamestown resident Mary Heath to chief marketing officer. More...

Girls’ basketball wins both games this week

The North Kingstown girls’ varsity basketball team improved to 11-4 overall after a 45-30 win over Chariho last week. Allie Barton led the Skippers with 12 points, and islander Kristjana Mc- Carthy added six points and nine rebounds. More...

Registration open for youth lacrosse

Registration for North Kingstown youth lacrosse has opened and organizers say they are focusing on developing the girls’ program. There is an open house for girls’ lacrosse at the Wide World of Sports in Quonset on Friday, Feb. More...

Library announces programs, concert

The Friends of Jamestown Library will continue its concert series with a performance by the Accidental Sisters on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. Matt and Judy Bolles will be guest performers. The event is free and open to the public. More...

Island Chatter

I slander Madison Tregenza was chosen for the 2013 Yankee Conference All Star Festival girls’ hockey team. This will be Madison’s second year on the team. More...

Islander publishes mystery novel, poetry collection

Jamestown resident John Enright has recently published back to back books – one a mystery novel and the other a collection of poetry. More...

State senator fights for father-daughter dances

When the Cranston school superintendent canceled fatherdaughter and mother-son dances last year to comply with state gender discrimination laws, it sparked a controversy and eventually led to a call from the school committee for lawmakers to address More...

R.I. has third lowest youth-smoking rate in nation

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Rhode Island as the 19th lowest smoking state in the country. The report says that 20 percent of Rhode Island adults smoke cigarettes. More...