New group raises concerns about local political issues

A group of Jamestowners wants to organize so they can provide a new voice for residents who are concerned about local and national issues. The group held its first meeting on June 10 at the Jamestown Senior Center. Formerly called the Republican and Independent Voters Coalition, the group discussed plans to change its name to avoid political party affiliation. As […]

Church festival has something for everyone

Central Baptist Church’s annual June Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, June 20, and will offer something for everyone. People interested in Red Sox baseball tickets, tap or ballroom dancing lessons, live lobsters, a day of kayaking, or yoga and Reiki sessions should visit the festival’s silent auction. Also included in the silent auction […]


Keep an island tradition alive with your donations


The Jamestown Fourth of July fireworks have become an island tradition. So has this editorial asking for your donations. Here’s what I wrote last year. The words still work: “Jamestown’s annual spectacular summer fireworks display is planned for 9 p.m on Sunday, July 5, at the Mackerel Cove town beach. That’s less one month from today. “There’s only one small […]

Harbor Commission moves forward with Fort Getty projects

The Harbor Management Commission voted to begin the permitting process for maintenance and expansion of the existing Fort Getty boat ramp at its meeting on June 10, which will make the ramp useable to boaters during a larger range of the tides. Commissioners said it will be an arduous process to receive approval for all proposed improvements to the ramp […]

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This week in Island history

Week of June 18

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society. 100 years ago From the Newport Journal, June 19, 1909 Shortly after midnight Saturday, a heavy thunderstorm passed over the island and for a time the rain came down in torrents. The […]

Students learn Jamestown history

On behalf of the second, third and fourth grade classes at Melrose Avenue School, I would like to express my gratitude to the Jamestown Historical Society for inviting students to preview their new exhibit, “Educating Jamestown Then and Now,” at the Jamestown museum. The exhibit chronicles the history of the Jamestown schools and includes photos and lots of fun comparisons. […]

Public restrooms need attention

I recently had the unfortunate experience of having to use the public rest rooms next to the Recreation Center. The rest rooms were filthy and unsanitary, not to mention disgusting and gross. Please, Jamestowners, if you want my tourist dollars, clean up your facilities! Clinton Sornberger Kissimmee, Fla.