2017-08-03 / Island History


After five years at East Ferry Wharf, David and Joanne Sullivan have sold Spinnakers Cafe to East Providence resident Diana Scanlon-Andreozzi, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 3, 2000.

The new owner said she plans to continue the successful business the Sullivans have built, although Scanlon-Andreozzi does have a few ideas. At the top of that list, she would like to expand winter hours.

100 years ago — Aug. 4, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A motorcycle accident in front of the post office injured Capt. C.C. Burt of Fort Greble.

Burt was en route to Newport and “in trying to avert a collision with an automobile going to the west ferry he turned and, evidently, lost control of the machine,” the story said. Burt crashed into a Ford owned by J.W. Clegg, of Philadelphia just in front of J.E. Watson’s grocery store on Narragansett Avenue.

Burt reportedly slid on the pavement for 20 feet, receiving a bad laceration of the left ear and head “and evidently was injured otherwise.”

Dr. Arthur Mendenhall, who lived near by, promptly responded and dressed Burt’s wounds. An ambulance from the sanitarium took him back to Fort Greble.

While Burt’s motorcycle was smashed, Clegg’s car suffered only a punctured tire and bent mud guards. His children, who were in the car at the time of the accident, were uninjured.

75 years ago — Aug. 3, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Residents are worried about the confusing air raid warnings, which are causing some townspeople to misinterpret the signals.

According to G.C. Allen, the whistle will blow short blasts for two minutes if enemy planes are approaching, while long blasts for two minutes indicates “all clear.” Test alerts, however, requires six blasts of the whistle, but are only intended for civilian defense insiders.

In response, the defense council said Allen was “perfectly correct.” The board plans to rewrite the regulations to eliminate any ambiguity.

50 years ago — Aug. 3, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

Farmers in Newport County are struggling through the rainy, foggy, muggy, growing season, with the sun shining just two days in July. Unless the weather changes, farmer Joseph Chaves said, this season will be a “disaster” for corn, tomatoes and potatoes. Moreover, it was impossible to make hay during July.

25 years ago — Aug. 6, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

The Newport Bridge will be re-christened to honor one of the state’s living legends, U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.

Gov. Bruce Sundlun signed the bill into law that will attach the 73-year-old Newport resident’s name to the iconic span. While Pell said he was “humbled and delighted” by the measure, A. Charles Moretti doesn’t expect much to change. He expects Rhode Islanders to continue to refer to the span by its original name.

“It’s habit,” said Moretti, executive director of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. “The bridge has been here for 23 years. We have always called it the Newport Bridge and will continue to call it the Newport Bridge.”

10 years ago — Aug. 9, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Ribcraft manufacturers are saying the company is not responsible for damage between the gunnels and hull that caused a leak in the harbormaster’s boat.

According to the boatbuilders in Marblehead, Mass., the leak stems from galvanic corrosion caused by high electricity levels in the water at the boat’s dock. Ribcraft surveyors reported that readings for the electric current “went off the meter.” A follow-up test by the town’s electrical inspector, however, revealed normal levels.

The 21-foot inflatable boat cost the town $97,000, which included a trailer and a 150-horsepower Honda engine. Repairs, the company said, are expected to cost “well over $10,000.”

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