2018-10-11 / Island History


The state has given the town permission to begin emergency work at the North Pond reservoir, which includes reinforcing the dam with shale taken from the highway construction, The Jamestown Press reported Oct. 14, 1994. The emergency repairs were necessary after engineers determined the core of the dam consisted of a “soup” made from water, soil and silt.

100 years ago — Oct. 11, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

North Main Road’s William C. Watson was named to the Democratic campaign to elect Theodore Francis Green. A lawyer by trade, Green is running for the U.S. House of Representatives

in Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district.

75 years ago — Oct. 11, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

The U.S. Navy’s overhaul shop on Gould Island will shift from a 24-hour schedule to 18- hour days. The plan will eliminate one of the three eight-hour shifts, although there will be no reduction in manpower. Instead, more workers will be scheduled during the two nine-hour shifts. This system has proved effective at the Boston Navy Yard. While the overhaul shop will close at midnight, the Naval Torpedo Station will continue to operate around the clock.

50 years ago — Oct. 11, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Section leaders for the Fleet Cadets of America were announced, with students Thomas Bloschicak, Richard Griener, Joyce Alves and Timothy Pasvoslky appointed to the posts. The U.S. Navy program was charted to teach schoolchildren about naval operations, basic training, community service, citizenship and teamwork. During the first session, the class learned about military time, which will be used for all orders. They are represented by Cmdr. Rudolph Pasvoslky and Lt. Laurent Beaulieu.

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

Village merchants are petitioning

the town to amend its zoning ordinance so parking is allowed at Conanicut Marine’s storage facility at Taylor Point.

Timothy Baker, owner of Baker’s Pharmacy, said the shortage of parking spaces downtown had a negative impact on tourism during the summer.

“The town hasn’t done anything to alleviate the problem,” he said.

Baker suggested having overnight boaters park their vehicles at the boatyard to free up spaces at East Ferry. Councilman Steven McInnis, however, was concerned about legal issues stemming from the proposed amendment, which would redefine marinas.

Baker did have an ally in Nick Robertson, the council’s vice president. “Let’s not pass the buck anymore,” he said. “Let’s take the responsibility and solve the problem.”

The town’s lawyer recommended the council get an opinion from the planning board.

10 years ago — Oct. 16, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Megan Greene and Tori Dolce each scored two goals in North Kingstown’s 5-0 win against Cumberland, improving the field hockey team’s undefeated record to 11-0-2. The Skippers will play their final game of the regular season against East Greenwich before heading into the playoffs to defend their state championship.

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