2018-07-26 / Island History


Cox Communications has introduced digital service to its cable customers, The Jamestown Press reported July 29, 1999. In order to bring this service to town, Cox will have to attach fiber optics across the Verrazzano Bridge without interfering with safety cables. According to the cable provider, this process never has been done before.

100 years ago — July 26, 1918 (Newport Mercury) Bills totaling $3.52 million were issued to property owners following the annual tax assessment, including $1.65 million in land and $1.64 million for buildings. An additional $1.15 million in property value is exempt from taxation. The tax rate is $11 per $1,000 valuation, which does not include two cents per linear foot on the sewer frontage rate.

75 years ago — July 30, 1943 (Newport Mercury) John Dayton, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, has resigned from the rationing board, which advises the state Office of Price Administration on behalf of the town. Dayton, a summer resident, has been chairman of the board since its founding in 1941. Thomas Sheehan, president of the town

council, accepted the resignation with “deep regret.” He said the board, under Dayton’s direction, “has operated continuously without complaint.”

50 years ago — July 26, 1968 (Newport Daily News) The chief of police, Frederick C.B. Smith, is investigating the theft of a boat from its mooring at East Ferry. The 16-foot boat, which was equipped with an outboard motor and gas tank, was found in open waters after the owner, Bryer Avenue resident Edward Vieria, reported it stolen. The boat is in custody at the U.S. Coast Guard station at Castle Hill. In related news, a 12-foot aluminum skiff was taken a day earlier from Head’s Beach. The owner, Bark Avenue’s Edward Bradley, valued the boat at $100. It is still missing.

25 years ago — July 29, 1993 (The Jamestown Press) Although the wastewater plant received an “ugly” rating from Save The Bay, Town Administrator Frances Shocket approved the agency’s request to use Potter’s Cove as the finish line for its fundraising swim. The assent, however, was with a sarcastic caveat. “As in prior years, the town does give its permission

for the use of this lovely area on our beautiful island,” she wrote. “However, since the issuance of your annual survey, you may wish to advise the participants that they will be swimming in our ugly water solely at their own risk.”

10 years ago — July 30, 2008 (The Jamestown Press) The recently renovated chambers at Town Hall officially were dedicated to Rosamond A. Tefft, who served as town clerk from 1954-79. John Doty Jr., a lifelong resident and former town employee, proposed the idea. The council unanimously approved the request in December. The dedication was postposed during construction. “This will be a living memorial to her,” Doty said.

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