2017-11-09 / Island History


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a $950,000 project to secure four former defense sites in town, The Jamestown Press reported Nov. 9, 1995.

Work will include the installation of roughly 3,500 feet of barricade railing at Beavertail Point, Conanicut Battery and forts Wetherill and Getty. Hatches on Prospect Hill also are scheduled to be sealed with concrete.

100 years ago — Nov. 16, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A meeting at the Gardner House to raise money for the YMCA’s war fund garnered $267 with several attendees vowing to contribute at a later date.

A fundraising committee also was formed. The group, which will thoroughly canvass the town for contributions, believes it will yield good results based on this initial meeting’s amount.

75 years ago — Nov. 13, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

Chester Greene, chief of the police department since 1928, resigned from his post just a week after losing the state senatorial race to Republican Alton Head Jr.

“The council had nothing to do with this,” said Thomas Sheehan, council president.

That was the only comment made in connection to the resignation during the council meeting.

50 years ago — Nov. 15, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The councilors agreed to buy a machine that will mark the names of roads onto street signs, which they hope will solve navigational woes for tourists and rescue workers.

Councilman William Sheehan said the lack of signs in town make it the “hardest in Rhode Island” to navigate. The council allocated $1,000 for the project, including $350 for the machine. The remainder will be spent on sheet metal blanks, which cost about 90 cents each, and galvanized posts.

25 years ago — Nov. 12, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

Town Administrator Frances Shocket is considering a second polling place in the future after downtown businesses complained about last week’s election.

According to Shocket, 83 percent of the town’s 3,618 registered voters cast their gubernatorial ballots at the recreation center, the lone polling place. On average, she said, voters waited two hours before marking their ballots. Because of the substantial wait, business owners said, there was no parking for shoppers along Narragansett Avenue or at Ferry Wharf.

10 years ago — Nov. 15, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The bridge authority’s board of directors voted unanimously to sell 6,000 square feet of land at Taylor Point to the town for its highway barn.

This is the second time the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has authorized the sale. The board voted to sell in June, but town officials were displeased with the conditions because the state agency wanted veto power during the design process.

“It’s in their hands now,” said board member Richard Eannarino. “We’ve done all we can do.”

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