2007-05-03

Mock disaster this weekend



A simulated disaster will be held at the Melrose Avenue School emergency shelter this coming Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is part of a nationwide drill designed to test the readiness of emergency shelters throughout the country. “The northeast area, which includes all of the New England states, will deal with an imaginary hurricane,” […]

Singing around the globe



Members of the Jamestown Community Chorus will be “Going Home,” this weekend for two performances of songs from the lands of their ancestors. See details on page 4.

Old Jamestown Bridge project coming to an end



The old Jamestown Bridge, for the most part, will be a memory preserved in photographs, books, and historic archives in about five weeks. According to state Department of Transportation Deputy Chief Engineer Frank Corrao, the last of the landscaping will be completed by the middle of June. “The project was one of those that are sent from heaven,” Corrao said. […]

Let’s play ball!



Firefighter Lew Kitts was one of the volunteers who escorted young ballplayers to the fields on opening day.

Highway barn saga continues on May 21



Town Councilors, at the meeting on Monday, set a date for a public forum on highway barn issues for Monday, May 21, to start after the regular water and sewer meeting that opens at 7 p.m. in the town library. They also set Tuesday, May 29 as the meeting date at which they will make a decision on what to […]

Council approves $19.8 million budget



Town Councilors on Monday added $50,000 and adopted a total budget of $19,877,132 for the town and local schools for the year to start July 1. It will be presented to voters at the annual Financial Town Meeting on Monday, June 4. The council voted 4 to 0 to approve the spending package, with Council President David Long absent. In […]

Coast Guard says no to lighthouse housing



The U.S. Coast Guard has denied the town’s request to continue the use of the Beavertail Lighthouse caretaker quarters for affordable housing. In a letter dated April 11 and released Tuesday by Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, J. J. Metcalf, commander of the USCG Civil Engineering Unit Providence, based in Warwick, wrote “we will not be permitting residential occupancy at Beavertail […]

Giant yard sale teaching students about giving



The School Improvement Team at the Melrose Avenue School is putting on such a big yard sale they are calling it an “Extravaganza.” The yard sale will serve multiple purposes, while offering great bargains to buyers on May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will go to help defray medical costs incurred by the family of 10-year-old Payton Watson, […]

Long on disaster study panel



State Rep. Bruce Long (R-Middletown, Jamestown) is serving this legislative session as a member of a special House commission to study the effects of natural disasters on property insurance costs in Rhode Island. The study panel began meeting at the beginning of the year in an ad hoc capacity. The group became a formal study commission when the House, in […]

Meetinghouse opens for summer worship



The 1787 Old Quaker Meetinghouse on Weeden Lane, which is maintained by the Jamestown Historical Society, will re-open for religious services on Sunday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. Conanicut Friends Meeting (Indulged) holds unprogrammed worship services through the summer and into early fall since the partial restoration of the building in 1976 and 1996. Weddings and memorial services in the […]