2018-04-26 / Island History


Because of the state fire code, the planning commissioners asked residents to step outside of the meeting room and wait for their agenda item, The Jamestown Press reported April 26, 2001.

The unusual request was made because there were about 40 audience members but the room only could accommodate 15 people. With nine planning commissioners, the town planner and the clerk, that meant only four other people could be allowed in the meeting rooms at a single time.

100 years ago — April 26, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Contrary to rumors about a slow summer in town, hotel managers are expecting to open as usual and families have started moving into their seasonal cottages.

U.S. Army Capt. George Wicks has arrived via automobile from Long Island to his Grinnell Street residence nicknamed Snug Harbor. Mrs. Thomas T. Craven has left Canada for her Carr Lane home Green Gables and Charles Bevins has moved from his winter home in Newport to his summer retreat in West Ferry.

Missing this year will be retired Adm. William Marshal. He was ordered back to active duty by the Navy Department. His residence on Calvert Place will be vacant for the summer.

75 years ago — April 30, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

The USO in town is one of a dozen clubs nationwide that is conducting an experimental bookshelf for servicemen. Two dozen popular religious books have been added to the inventory to determine which of these books appeal most to the members. The books that are well received will be stocked at USO bookshelves across the country.

Warren Balentine, USO director in town, said the Testaments are the most popular. A small pamphlet containing 50 readings with prayer is close behind.

50 years ago — April 27, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

A Lincoln Street man called police after he was awakened by an intruder in his bedroom.

According to the victim, John M. Anderson, the two men grappled but the stranger was able to wrench free and escape through an unlocked porch door. Police said that was apparently the same route the intruder used to enter the house.

Nothing was stolen and the house was not ransacked, Anderson said. A suspect was arrested but released after police questioned him.

25 years ago — April 30, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

The town councilors unanimously rejected an ordinance that would allow town employees to inspect private septic systems to make sure they were pumped triennially. Councilman Mark Liberati said he was against having a “septic policeman” and a wastewater management district.

The two-hour debate featured homeowners arguing “vehemently” against the measure, including Sandy Kane, president of the local taxpayers’ association.

“If this ordinance does go through, they better have a court order when they come and inspect my property,” he said.

10 years ago — May 1, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

An inspection by the state Department of Transportation has concluded the 300-foot seawall on Conanicus Avenue needs more than a facelift.

The project, which was in the pipeline before the damaging nor’easter in April 2007, was estimated to cost $600,000. The storm, however, with pounding winds and 3 inches of rain, collapsed the seawall into the astronomically high tides. The state now says the seawall needs a major overhaul, not just preventative maintenance.

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