2017-10-05 / Island History


The American Civil Liberties Union is asking police to reconsider equipping its officers with stun guns, The Jamestown Press reported Oct. 7, 2004.

According to Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter, statistics show the electrical shock from Tasers can cause death. While bullets are more lethal, stun guns are “prone to gratuitous use,” Brown’s letter said.

The department, however, said the Taser gives officers an alternative to lethal force during violent arrests. “At this point, we’re not planning on changing anything,” said Bill Donovan, acting police chief.

100 years ago — Oct. 5, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

The Brown University Boys performed readings, a flute solo and Indian club swinging at St. Mark’s guild house for soldiers stationed in town. Dancing followed with music by the Fort Wetherill orchestra.

75 years ago — Oct. 5, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The town councilors appointed a committee to investigate the feasibility of purchasing the Jamestown Water Company, private waterworks utility.

The committee has been authorized to determine a fair and equitable price for both parties within 60 days.

50 years ago — Oct. 5, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The town’s legal team has reached an agreement with Marzano Brothers Construction to stop work at the Top O’ The Mark development.

The rift began when building inspector Everett Sisson accused the construction firm of excavating soil deeper than approved. When Sisson ordered the work stopped, a Marzano foreman said he would not cease construction without a court order. The company, however, agreed to the mandate after Arthur Murphy, town solicitor, started injunction proceedings in Superior Court.

25 years ago — Oct. 8, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Phyllis Schmidt, superintendent of schools, said there are 10 sets of twins enrolled in the district this year: Lauren and Shannon Ryng, Jonah and Ashley Gadoury, Terry and Ryan Bruskie, Michelle and Maegan Anacko, Evelyn and Jocelyn Anthony, David and Sarah Engelhard, Sarah and Lucy Warren Whitman, Martha and Alayna Bell, Seth and Lilli Winthrop and Lara and Sara Davis.

On average in the United States, a set of twins is produced every 83 births. With an enrollment of 563 students, seven sets of twins would be average for the district. The most prolific grade is kindergarten, which has four sets of twins, an average of one for every 19 students.

10 years ago — Oct. 18, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

Alongside dire national news on the deepening housing slump, contractors in town are feeling the crunch of the sluggish economy. A survey of five builders indicates profits are down between 20 and 40 percent from 2006.

According to the Federal Reserve, new construction in August was down 19 percent from 12 months earlier. In town, only three building permits were issued in September for new construction; the majority of the permits were for repairs jobs that cost less than $20,000. In total, building permits are down nearly 25 percent.

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