2018-01-18 / Island History


A water pipe that burst at Melrose School has left a first-grade classroom in shambles, The Jamestown Press reported Jan. 20, 2000.

The break stemmed by a snapped heating coil, likely because of the single-digit temperatures. Superintendent Frances Gallo said the insurance company estimated about $70,000 in damages.

100 years ago — Jan. 18, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

The coal supply in town is beginning to look dire with only 30 tons at Clark’s yard and the ferry company refusing to sell any of its soft coal. Classes are expected to be canceled because there is not enough fuel to heat the schoolhouse.

75 years ago — Jan. 18, 1943 (Newport Daily News)

A cabin on Arthur Hull’s farm on North Main Road was burned to the ground by the time firefighters reached the scene.

Workers, however, were able to protect adjacent structures from embers carried by the high wind. The reflection of the blaze was visible in Newport, which resulted in a barrage of telephone calls to the city’s fire department.

50 years ago — Jan. 23, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Traffic flow to the village has begun from the Newport Bridge although there is no access to 25 acres of land at Potter’s point.

Anthony Vieira, chairman of the town Republicans, said he discussed an application for an access road with Philip Mancini, state traffic engineer. According to Vieria, Bay View Drive leads to the point, but this road circles the property and does not give direct access to the land, which the town plans to develop.

25 years ago — Jan. 21, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Cigarettes will no longer be sold at Baker’s Pharmacy.

According to store owner Tim Baker, offering tobacco conflicts with his primary business, selling prescriptions. Nixing the nicotine trade, however, shouldn’t hurt the store. Cigarettes only amounted to 0.6 percent of its total sales in 1992.

10 years ago — Jan. 24, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

The school committee took the first steps to ban energy drinks because of the dangerous ingredients found in the beverages.

According to a presentation by Laura Hosley, energy drinks are not regulated through the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, which means the ingredients, including dangerous amounts of caffeine, are not listed on the can. Hosley coordinates the substance abuse task force.

“They’re not drinking it for the taste, they’re drinking it for the high,” she said.

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