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Decision on future of Gould Island drawing closer

An upcoming meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could be a turning point in determining whether Gould Island will be publicly accessible in the future. David Sommers, who chairs the local advisory board that acts as the liaison to the U.S. Army on the restoration of Gould Island, sees three options for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental […]

Town looks to privatize treatment plant

The first step has been taken to privatize the water treatment plant due to the inability to recruit and retain operators. “It’s clearly not limited to Jamestown,” Town Administrator Ed Mello said. “It’s clearly an industry-wide challenge particularly for small water operators such as ourselves.” Mello presented the proposal May 20 to the town council. The councilors agreed to hire […]



For many students at Lawn School, Island Treasures is the biggest highlight on the calendar. The annual event not only offers students an opportunity for experiential learning, but it also presents hands-on experiences right in the heart of the island. “It is my favorite day of the year,” principal Nate Edmunds said. “I would rather do this than Social Studies,” […]

Donnelly to be keynote speaker at Memorial Day event

The local American Legion and VFW posts are sponsoring a commemoration for Memorial Day to remember the men and women who never returned home after being called away to fight for their nation. All veterans, along with active-duty service members, reservists, Guardsman and ROTC students, are invited to march at the head of the parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May […]

Town, ferry dock negotiations ongoing

Conanicut Marine, council trying to hammer out a three-year deal

Town Administrator Ed Mello has been directed to continue negotiating an agreement that would allow Conanicut Marine Services to dock its ferryboats at East Ferry. The town council gave the order May 6 following a 45-minute discussion that featured contentious moments regarding a $2,000 difference in the two sides’ proposed contracts. “How do we proceed from here?” asked Nancy Beye, […]

Longtime Kentucky educator to lead schools

David Raleigh, who has served as the superintendent of schools since 2018 for LaRue County in Hodgenville, Ky., has been selected to lead the students in Jamestown. The appointment of Raleigh as superintendent was approved unanimously March 9 by the school committee. The 61-year-old’s first day will be July 1 following his retirement from the Hodgenville system. Raleigh, listening to […]


A cappella group to perform May 17 at Baptist church

In March 2020, the Accidental Sisters had a concert scheduled to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Then, all of the sudden, the world screeched to a halt. “We stopped in the pandemic,” said Julie Beth Andrews, musical director for the all-female a capella group. “We were a week out. We didn’t come back again because every fall we’d have […]

Town OKs using $1M from feds for 3 projects

Senior center, water meters and radio system recipients

The town council voted to reallocate $1.06 million in federal stimulus aid that was initially set aside to replace the water main that services the West Ferry area, including both schools. Town Administrator Ed Mello recommended spending the money on a backup radio system for public safety, further architectural design for the senior center at 6 West St. and the […]

Golf course slated to host job fair Saturday

Local job seekers, especially teenagers, might find what they are looking for this weekend. A job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, on the second floor of the clubhouse at the Jamestown Golf Course, 245 Conanicus Ave. Ray DeFalco, director of parks and recreation, organized the event in partnership with the local chamber of […]

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