2017-03-02 / Island History


Democratic hopeful Delia Klingbeil has withdrawn her candidacy for town council after learning federal law prohibits government employees from running for public office, The Jamestown Press reported March 4, 1999.

Klingbeil, who works for the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, was thwarted by the Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning in partisan elections.

100 years ago — March 3, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A ferry trip was canceled because the coal used to power the boat did not have enough steaming qualities to move the propeller. The same difficulties happened the next day, which made the ferry continuously run behind schedule. The situation, caused by a shipment of soft coal, has become a serious problem for the ferry company.

75 years ago — March 6, 1942 (Newport Daily News)

More than 600 guests attended a ceremony for the new USO building on Conanicus Avenue, which included a concert by the 243rd Coast Artillery band.

Enlisted men from forts Getty and Wetherill attended the dedication on the former site of the Gardner Inn. Jamestown resident John Lyons was master of ceremonies. The Rev. William Thompson of Central Baptist Church gave the invocation, the Rev. Robert Cassidy of St. Mark pronounced the benediction and the Rev. John Wright of St. Matthew’s read scripture.

During his address Harry Wann, educational director of United Services Organizations, said there were more than 400 USO buildings worldwide.

50 years ago — March 2, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The town councilors were asked to support a new Almeida Bus Lines route that would connect

Wareham, New Bedford, Fall River, Newport, Jamestown and Wyoming.

Since filing the application, Almeida has been opposed by four other bus companies, including Greyhound. The proposed line, detractors said, runs parallel to routes already in service.

The councilors took no action.

25 years ago — March 5, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Voters during the financial town meeting unanimously approved a floor motion to explore politically seceding from the state of Rhode Island.

The measure will direct a nonbinding committee to review the methods and consequences of becoming the 51st state. Green Lane resident Nick Roach, who presented the motion, said the state has shown “no concern for the residents of this island.” Among the gripes are Gov. Bruce Sundlun’s plan to cut $600,000 from the schools and a proposed four-lane highway bisecting the island.

The motion drew a resounding cheer through the audience before it passed without a single dissenter.

10 years ago — March 8, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The harbor management commissioners unanimously approved fee increases across the board, including a 20-percent hike for mooring holders.

If adopted by the councilors, residential rates will rise from $2.50 per foot to $3.35, while commercial moorings will jump $1.10 per foot to $6.70. Outhaul rates and beach permits also would see increases.

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