ISLAND HISTORY


The police department has presented a manpower study that recommends creating the position of captain, The Jamestown Press reported Jan. 23, 1992.

The captain would be created within the department by taking an office from the existing patrol force of 13 officers. The position should be “filled immediately to provide the additional supervision necessary to ensure proper 24-hour supervision responsibilities at the new station.”

Although the department has a lieutenant and two sergeants, those officers have shift responsibility opposed to the supervisory powers of the proposed captain. The new position would have powers closer to the chief’s capacity.

100 years ago — Jan. 20, 1923
(Newport Mercury)

The revenue cutter Tampa responded with assistance after the British schooner Dorin, with a cargo of liquor aboard, transmitted distress signals offshore of Nantucket.

The schooner was then brought to Narragansett Bay, anchored overnight off Gould Island, then taken to Providence by order of the collector of the port. It was first believed for the cargo to be confiscated, but Dorin was found to be violating no law. It probably will be allowed to sail with its cargo as soon as repairs are completed.

75 years ago — Jan. 23, 1948
(Newport Mercury and Weekly News)

Chester Greene, whose two-month suspension from police chief is scheduled to end, will be asked to accept a list of regulations for the police department that were drawn up by the town council.

When the chief was suspended in November for refusing to apologize for using profanity and making threats during an election, reinstatement depended on his agreement to abide by rules adopted by the council.

The new rules, crafted during executive session, are described as “general specifications” covering police records. Henry Armbrust, president of the council, wants those records to be available to the council monthly.

Acceptance of the rules by Greene automatically would trigger his reinstatement as chief, a position he has had for 22 years.

50 years ago — Jan. 19, 1973
(Newport Mercury)

Ice floes in the inner harbor interfered with the ferry for the torpedo stations, and workmen were brought from the Jamestown & Newport Ferry company onboard the Governor Carr. It touched at the station’s north dock to pick up the government employees, and then battle its way into the Newport slip.

Ferry service also was interrupted in Jamestown. Service was cut for nearly two hours because the boats had trouble getting water for their boilers. Water in the standpipes at the ferry slips had frozen.

25 years ago — Jan. 22, 1998
(The Jamestown Press)

The school committee could not call its meeting to order on time because more than a dozen parents were lined up at the door waiting to sign their names on the list of speakers for the public forum.

The large turnout was due to an agenda item with a group of parents calling themselves Jamestowners for Educational Choice. The group presented a survey of 202 families, 176 of which supported a plan for vouchers. According to the proposal, families that wanted to send their children to high schools other than North Kingstown, including private and parochial schools, would be paid 50 percent of the N.K. tuition. The 50 percent vouchers would equal about $3,100 per family.

10 years ago — Jan. 24, 2013
(The Jamestown Press)

The local teachers’ union has called on the superintendent of schools to resign.

In a letter depicting Marcia Lukon as a “detached leader, far removed from students and faculty,” Cynthia Cherney, co-president of the union, said they objects to Lukon’s decision to fast-track implementation of an evaluation program for teachers. The union has taken a “no-confidence vote” in the superintendent.

Lukon, who said she was “taking their expression of frustration very seriously,” was disappointed in the way the union expressed its concerns.