April 4, 2013 RSS feed / News

New police car will be revealed Saturday

The Jamestown Police Department will unveil the design for its new cruiser at an open house at the station on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. More...

State gets $6.7 million for fish restoration

In an effort to fund fish conservation, recreation projects and preserve open spaces, Rhode Island will receive $6.7 million for restoration programs, including $3,598,719 through the Dingell- Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program and $3,142,757 thr More...

Scattering Seeds

As improbable as it may seem to those who know little about Rhode Island, in the 1950s and early 1960s, Providence was home to a vibrant, albeit small, group of people who, for want of a better term, could be called “beatniks.” More...

Unemployment will be effected by sequester

The state Department of Labor and Training announced Tuesday that beginning April 21 weekly benefits for the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program will be reduced by 12.2 percent due to the federal sequestration. More...

Driving drunk with kids may carry stiffer penalties

The state Senate last week approved legislation sponsored by Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin to stiffen penalties for adults who drive under the influence with a child in their vehicle. More...

Talk tolls with RITBA officials

On Saturday, April 6, officials from the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will be on hand to hear input and provide information about its process for setting toll rates. More...

Welcoming James

James Orion Filkins was born March 13 at Newport Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long at birth. More...

House passes bill banning bath salts, synthetic pot

The state House of Representatives last week approved legislation to ban the use, manufacture and sale of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cathinones in Rhode Island. More...

Jamestown Historical Society News

I n the March column we noted that on March 6, 1781, Gen. George Washington rode across Jamestown on his way to meet Gen. Rochambeau in Newport. More...

Operation Clean Competition comes to R.I.

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League, the organization that manages high school sports in the state, recently announced the initiation of a new project, Operation Clean Competition. The project will begin in the upcoming academic year. More...

Jamestowner enters Charles River kayak race

Jamestown’s Timothy Dwyer recently registered for the 31st annual Run of the Charles that is scheduled for April 28. The canoe and kayak race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,500 paddlers. More...

Ready to read

Second-graders Cameron Masterson, Wyatt Cardoza and Christopher Head get ready for Reading Week. Reading Week will begin at Melrose Avenue School Monday, April 8. More...

Welcome charlie

Charles John “Charlie” Jennings was born on March 4 at Newport Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long. More...

General Assembly will now stream hearings live

The public will now be able to watch committee hearings – as well as live Senate and House sessions – on the Internet for the first time in Rhode Island’s history. More...

Mystery painting

A painting by the late Jeanne Bunkley was recently purchased by a couple of Jamestowners who wonder if someone can identify the subjects in the artwork. Contact the Jamestown Press with details. More...

Police chief proposes new stop signs

Council also appoints harbor commissioner

At the April Fools’ Day meeting of the Town Council, President Kristine Trocki joked about obtaining a secret list of stop signs that motorists can run without paying a fine. But her remarks were not part of an April Fools’ prank. More...

Library volunteer works now on display

Elizabeth Purdum’s work on display until April 25

Elizabeth Purdum of Jamestown is considered to be the library’s historic archivist. Now the painter has archived some of her own history for an exhibition of her artwork that will be displayed for most of April. More...

Juliette of Jamestown

Gregg and Elizabeth Charest of Jamestown welcomed their second child, Juliette Elizabeth Charest, on March 11 at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence. More...

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Where in the world?

Jamestowner Ann Zartler took the Press to the foot of the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand. More...

R.I. congressmen debate legislation on gun control

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate legislation to combat gun violence, the Rhode Island congressional delegation held a roundtable discussion last week with state leaders to discuss the importance of enacting laws to keep communities safe. More...

Bill would expand election transparency

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Spring break

The male osprey returned to its nest at Marsh Meadows on March 26. The female is expected to arrive any day after the male completes the nest building. More...

Local green group names coastal places worth protecting

The U.S. Senate recently voted to fully fund the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund. More...

Winning isn’t everything: Special Olympics opens many doors

Island athletes say games more than just competition

The Special Olympics has brought sports recognition and many new friendships, according to Jamestowners Teresa Murray and Normand Marsh. More...

Kids can still register for Cal Ripken League

Interested baseball players between the ages of 4 and 12 can still sign up for the upcoming season of the Jamestown Cal Ripken League. Parents can register their kids on Facebook by searching the name of the league. On Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. More...

Islander wins silver at regional fencing event

Jamestown’s Josef Cohen recently represented the Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club at the Steve Sobel Super Youth Circuit tournament held in Jersey City, N.J. More...

Jamestowner releases book not intended for publication

Bill Sprague’s story can be purchased on Amazon.com

Two decades ago Bill Sprague decided to write a book about his life. Now the story has finally become available, and Sprague is quick to point out that the autobiography is no mere vanity project. More...

Blood spouses

Jim and Pat Perry donate blood recently at a drive sponsored by the Jamestown Fire Department. More...

Island Chatter

I sland entertainment: Check out the Lawn Avenue School drama club’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend. There will be performances on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. More...

Seminar at Lawn Avenue warns parents of dangers of digital age

Expert says parents should be vigilant with technology

Last week Dr. Lawrence Filippelli pulled up his Facebook page in front of a crowd of about 40 parents. He had only 253 “friends” listed. In the eyes of most children today, he says, that would make him a colossal loser. More...