2005-09-15

Jamestown tops 2nd homes market

Island’s real estate “a relative bargain,” N.Y. Times story says

Island’s real estate “a relative bargain,” N.Y. Times story says In the Sept. 9 edition of the New York Times, a story headlined “America’s Priciest Getaways” lists Jamestown as the 10th most expensive housing market for second home buyers in the country. Among the top 10, all but two towns are either “on water or surrounded by it,” and the […]

Islanders organize to aid Katrina victims



Jamestowners — individually and as members of work, church, and school groups — are making direct and indirect connections across the approximately 1,500 miles to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. One of the most intensive efforts has been launched by a person who spans the bridge communities of Jamestown and Newport: Ed Booth of Newport, recently retired after many years as […]

Plan strives to meet 10% affordable housing goal



Jamestown’s Affordable Housing Plan, which would meet the state’s goals of having 10 percent of the island’s housing stock meet affordability guidelines, was approved by the state Sept. 2. As of when the plan was written, November 2004, the island had some 101 affordable units, which is just 3.65 percent of the total number of units, 2,428, currently on the […]

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Council won’t join AG’s fight against LNG port



Council won’t join AG’s fight against LNG port Three new reports on the extensively opposed proposals for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River, Mass., surfaced in the past week. One report led to a unanimous vote by Jamestown Town Council Monday night against giving any funds or joining in the legal brief against LNG facilities in Providence or […]

Beavertail Lighthouse group plans for preservation



The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association got a nod of approval from the Planning Commission last week to pursue plans to take over management of the lighthouse property. At the commission’s Sept. 7 meeting, the lighthouse association outlined a goal to put together a partnership with the state of Rhode Island and the local government. The planning board also approved an […]

St. Mark Knights of Columbus plan fall events



The Knights of Columbus Council #9197 has announced that plans are falling into place to complete their long anticipated statue renovation and beautification project at St. Mark Church on Narragansett Avenue. The most critical task has been the summer-long refurbishment of the church’s much revered statue of Our Lady of Fatima. James Wermuth of the Newport Conservation Institute is the […]

Farming key to returning oysters to the bay

Oysters were once so common that residents of East Greenwhich had to be enjoined by legislative act and fines in 1734 from burning them to produce lime from their shells

The King Charles Charter of 1663 confirmed the public’s right to the free and common fisheries of Narragansett Bay, and when the Rhode Island Charter was adopted many years later, the older language was picked up and reinforced. State ownership and management of the bay’s fisheries and shellfisheries for the public good were assured, and with the approval of the […]

Presentation by north end residents critical of town consultants



After three blocked efforts, members of the North End Concerned Citizens Monday were allowed to speak about their concerns at the Town Council meeting. They presented their engineer’s findings, arguing that the town’s engineering consultant has been careless with details, and that the town is being compromised by the consultant’s reports that are inconsistent or inaccurate, as the reports pertain […]

Final chance to be a Navy chorister



The deadline to join the Newport Navy Choristers for the upcoming season is Tuesday, Sept. 20. Rehearsals start at 6:15 p.m. at Quinn Lecture Room at the Naval War College. All voice ranges are welcome. Membership is open to all members of the Newport Navy community including active duty, reserve and retired military, all branches of the military, their spouses […]