2018-07-12 / Island History


Town officials are warning residents all outdoor water usage is prohibited, threatening homeowners with a $500 fine, The Jamestown Press reported July 16, 1998. While most bans are put into effect because of drought conditions, this decision was made because there has been too much rain. Due to the wet spring and early summer, the water in North Pond reservoir is full of tiny particles of decaying vegetation that is turning the water a brownish color.

100 years ago — July 12, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Congressman George O’Shaunnessy is reporting 50 houses will be built on Bateman Avenue and Old Fort Road as part of the government’s plan to build 100 houses in the county. A portion of that balance will be built in Jamestown, although that work is being delayed. When Congress reopens talks about housing aid, the Rhode Island delegation said it will continue pushing for a larger appropriation for Newport County. The plan is for the government to advance 80 percent of the money to a company for construction instead of the feds

posing as the proprietor.

75 years ago — July 16, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

The 18-hole Beavertail Golf and Country Club, built by Audley H. Clarke on his summer property and leased in the 1930s to a corporation, filed a voluntary bankruptcy petition in bankruptcy in federal court in Providence. The petition, signed by Paul Coste, lists debts of $1,039. About half is owed to the state in employers’ payroll taxes, and $5 is owed to the town for a victualling license.

50 years ago — July 13, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

A local man was reported in poor condition, and is on the danger list at Rhode Island Hospital, after the motorcycle he was driving went over the seawall on Conanicus Avenue. Emmett W. Nagle, 24, of High Street, was driving north on Conancius Avenue when he lost control of his cycle, which mounted the wall, continuing into Narragansett Bay. Nagle was thrown onto the beach, resulting in a fracture at the base of his skull.

25 years ago — July 15, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

A Superior Court judge has overturned a decision of the zoning board that vacates permission for the town to build a ballfield at the corner of East Shore Road and Eldred Avenue. According to the decision, a property owner named Goldberg did not received timely notice of the public hearing. By law, all property owners within 300 feet of the proposed site should have been on notified. Goldberg, however, did not appear on the list of abutters. The plaintiffs, therefore, “did not waive their right to proper notice by appearing and participating in the hearing.”

10 years ago — July 17, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Karen Catlow, a patrolwoman with the police force since 2002, has been promoted to sergeant. The 32-year-old Woonsocket native is liaison to the schools and a field training officer, which means she familiarizes recruits with the town during their first few weeks. She also is trained in rape aggression defense.

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