2018-05-24 / Island History


The school department learned that North Kingstown is raising tuition $1,000 per student for the upcoming school year, which will increase the town budget by more than $200,000, The Jamestown Press reported May 25, 2000.

The uptick is due to a $28 million bond to build a new high school. “This will be very difficult for us,” said Frances Gallo, superintendent.

100 years ago — May 24, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

The Conanicut Grange hosted a lecture by George Howland about whether women were more valuable in the house or outdoors.

While women are useful in nearly all departments of life, the members conceded, they don’t have the brawn and muscle required for farm work. Their strength is better conserved for their natural duties of housekeeping and homemaking, Howland said.

75 years ago — May 28, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

Two Newport boys arrested by an FBI operative were given probation and ordered to pay restitution for theft from the Gould Island naval base.

The boys, both 16, were living on the base while employed at the co-operative cafeteria. Judge John Hartigan, of the U.S. District Court in Providence, found the boys guilty of stealing $160 in cigarettes.

50 years ago — May 25, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

The town’s offer of $258,000 to buy the water utility was turned down by the company, which is asking for $370,000.

According to Robert Breslin Jr., attorney for the Jamestown Water Co., the low-ball offer “will not tempt them at all.”

Councilman William Sheehan said he personally invited the company’s president, Paul Davenport, to reopen negotiations. Davenport, however, was a no-show, and Breslin was not prepared to talk figures.

“I do not understand a representative being sent here who can’t negotiate,” Sheehan said.

25 years ago — May 27, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

A federal judge has halted construction on the cross-island highway after a lawsuit was filed that claims the $23 million project violates U.S. law.

A coalition of environmental watchdogs, including Save The Bay, is suing the state Department of Transportation for bulldozing farmland, damaging stonewalls, cutting mature trees and clearing wetland vegetation. According to the complaint, these actions violate a handful of environmental laws, including the 1972 Clean Water Act.

10 years ago — May 29, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

The partnership team that owns the Dutch Harbor Boat Yard said financing for the beleaguered facility has been approved. The property, however, is still on the auction block under court order.

If the order isn’t lifted, Town Administrator Bruce Keiser suggested a $2.5 million bond to purchase the marina and build a public sailing facility, similar to Sail Newport at Fort Adams.

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