2018-08-02 / Island History


After five years at East Ferry Wharf, David and Joanne Sullivan have sold Spinnakers Cafe to East Providence resident Diana Scanlon-Andreozzi, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 3, 2000. While she plans on offering a similar menu, Scanlon-Andreozzi said she would like to extend hours into the winter for full-time residents.

100 years ago — Aug. 2, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

The prohibition against vice in the vicinity of military camps, stations, posts and cantonments has been doubled to a radius of 10 miles, according to the U.S. War Department. This extension also applies to all districts under naval jurisdiction.

75 years ago — Aug. 6, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

Voters rejected a warrant to purchase the private water company for $150,000 during a special election that attracted about 20 percent of the town’s 600 eligible voters. Taxpayers voted 85-30 against a commission of 14 town officials that recommended municipal

ownership. That panel was headed by Thomas Sheehan, town council president.

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

The town council signed a contract with Grey Gull Enterprises for the sale and development rights of Taylor Point, a 26-acre tract of land on the east coast of the island. A $9,000 down payments was made toward the $90,000 sale price. Grey Gull has plans to build a motel and marina on the land. Although the company did not give a construction quote, Andrew W. Brown Jr., council president, said $1.5 million was a conservative estimate. “This is a historic moment,” said Harold Greenstein, president of Grey Gull.

25 years ago — Aug. 5, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

Attorney William Harsch said he will appeal a decision by U.S. District Court following its ruling against the Conservation Law Foundation. The Boston organization sued the state of Rhode Island for violating the Clean Air Act during construction of the

proposed road connecting the two bridges.

According to the failed suit, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation breached federal environmental regulations because construction has not reduced air pollutants that create ozone in the atmosphere. Also, workers are damaging wetlands at the intersection of Route 138 and North Main Road, the lawsuit said.

10 years ago — Aug. 7, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined the town qualifies as a sole source aquifer, which means the underground layer of water supplies at least 50 percent of the drinking water. Also, the designation maintains there is no “reasonable alternative for drinking water should the aquifer become contaminated.” Town councilors Bob Sutton and Bill Kelly believe championing this designation is a mistake because it will allow federal oversight of the water district. They suggested sending a letter to the EPA that the town does not favor this decision.

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