2018-08-30 / Island History


A motion that would have allowed voters to decide whether a 24-hour leash law should be enacted did not win a majority vote, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 30, 1990. Councilwoman Sandra Brasil made the motion to place the referendum on the November ballot. The vote, however, was deadlocked at 2-2. Councilwoman Charlotte Richardson was absent. Victor Calabretta, council president, was frustrated about the lingering debate. “I’ve never seen a town split down the middle like this,” he said.

100 years ago — Aug. 30, 1918 (Newport Mercury) The fire department’s new chemical truck has arrived from the La France Fire Engine Company in Elmira, N.Y. Mounted on a Ford chassis with two 25-gallon tanks, the truck has 350 feet of hose, a 30- foot extension ladder, an axe and a hand-held fire extinguisher, all arranged conveniently to economize space.

75 years ago — Sept. 3, 1943 (Newport Mercury) Another dummy torpedo went ashore on McCafferty’s beach along the east shore. Authorities were alerted after the errant missile was discovered by a passing motorist. The U.S. Navy was called to secured the torpedo.

50 years ago — Sept. 3, 1968 (Newport Daily News) A 19-year-old sailor from the

fleet tug Luiseno landed on the rocky shore after jumping to his death from the western side of the Jamestown Bridge.

Police initially ruled the fall an accident, but a Providence driver said he saw the victim climb onto the southern rail. The sailor stood there for a few seconds before jumping.

The victim, a Connecticut native, allegedly was in the company of his shipmates earlier that day. State police are investigating the death.

25 years ago — Sept. 2, 1993 (The Jamestown Press) The town is asking Police Chief Tom Tighe to reassess stop signs on Beacon Avenue that repeatedly have been vandalized since being installed earlier this summer. According to Town Administrator Frances Shocket, the destruction and theft of these signs “increased dramatically” in August. In a single night, she said, seven signs were stolen. The cost of each sign is $30, which doesn’t include labor. The signs were installed in response to speeding complaints from Jamestown Shores residents.

10 years ago — Sept. 4, 2008 (The Jamestown Press) Jamestown is one of 15 communities in Rhode Island that will host a primary for a single race. With no nominations pending at the local level, incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed will challenge

Christopher Young in the Democratic primary. It will cost taxpayers more than $1,000 to keep the polling site at Lawn School in operation from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to Karen Montoya, canvassing clerk.

Young, who has not campaigned in town, is a pro-lifer against the war in Iraq. He previously failed in his bids to become mayor of Providence and a state legislator.

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