2018-05-03 / Island History


The town council discussed a committee report on the potential next steps for a new clubhouse at the golf course, reported The Jamestown Press May 3, 2012.

While there was no consensus for a replacement building, the councilors said they first must decide where to relocate community programs currently conducted at the building. Lawn School and the recreation center can absorb some of the programs, but not all of them, they decided.

The council also discussed using a renovated clubhouse for banquets, with scheduling administered by the recreation department.

100 years ago — May 3, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

The town clerk was ordered to draft a roll of honor featuring the names of servicemen who fought during the war against the imperial German government and the empire of Austria. The memorial will be posted within town limits.

75 years ago — May 7, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

A copy of the Newport Mercury, dated Oct. 27, 1781, was found in good condition by Robert Potter.

According to the boy, he was playing golf when his ball landed out of bounds. Frustrated by his shot, he took a swing at a nearby tin can and was surprised when the newspaper was uncovered. The paper included articles about the ongoing Revolutionary War at that time.

Potter brought the paper home to keep as a souvenir. It is not yet known how the Mercury found its way into the can.

50 years ago — May 3, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

A bee is to blame for an automobile collision estimated to cost a Howland Avenue woman nearly $400 in repairs.

According to Patricia E. Rembijas, 24, she was driving south on East Shore Road when a bee flew into her car and caused her to lose control. The car went onto a curb and knocked down a utility pole. Rembijas was not hurt.

25 years ago — May 7, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Although incumbent Republican Mark Liberati set the pace with 1,102 votes, the Democrats are poised to retain control of the town council.

With 68 outstanding absentee ballots, Democrats Fred Pease and Nick Robertson have guaranteed their seats. Republican Richard Hines and Democrat Steve McInnis, however, are both within Republican Ellen Mary McDonagh’s margin. With 561 votes, Mc- Donagh needs to outpace Hines by 36 votes or McInnis by 27 votes to capture the fifth spot.

10 years ago — May 8, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

The town council adopted a $20 million budget for fiscal year 2008-09, although Councilmen William Kelly and Robert Sutton attempted to separate the municipal side from the $11.7 million spending plan proposed for the schools. That vote failed by a 3-2 margin.

“We need to approve this budget,” Councilman Julio DiGiando said. “We don’t have time to keep discussing it.”

Referencing the administrative costs to operate the schools, Kelly and Sutton both indicated they would have voted against that measure had it been a separate vote. The increase for the district represents a 5.6 percent increase.

“This was the worst year I’ve ever experienced,” said Cathy Kaiser, chairwoman of the school board. “I hope we never have to go through this again.”

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