Island Calendar

Thursday Sept. 10 8:30 a.m., Pilates, Jamestown Country Club, fee 3 to 8 p.m., Teen center, grades 7 to 12, recreation center 5:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, St. Matthew’s Church 6 p.m., Cub Scout rally, Ft. Getty 7 to 9 p.m., Men’s Chorus rehearsal, Conanicut Grange 8 p.m., Gamblers Anonymous, St. Lucy’s Church, Middletown Friday Sept. 11 8:30 a.m., Mellow Vinyasa […]


Island school officials prepare for impact of swine flu

As the nation braces for a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus – commonly known as “swine flu” – Jamestown schools have taken a calm approach that relies on a simple concept: Common sense. “If you have a fever, stay home,” said Renie Sullivan, certifi ed school nurse teacher for both the Lawn Avenue and Melrose schools. “And stay home […]

Proposed zoning ordinance will create non-conforming lots

After a heated discussion during its Sept. 2 meeting, the Jamestown Planning Commission voted to keep lot width restrictions in the zoning ordinance proposal – changing the status of 19 existing lots to non-conforming, unless changes are made to the ordinance in the future. The proposal calls for maximum lot widths of 96 feet in the downtown district and 120 […]

Council approves rate increase for water and sewer

During a special Sept. 8 meeting on town, water and sewer matters, the Town Council approved an increase in water and sewer rates, while deferring the controversial issue of distributing future increases among all island residents. For now, connected residents using an average amount of water will see a 10 to 11 percent increase in their water and sewer bills […]

Jamestown residents to launch volunteer service corps

A group of Jamestown residents will unveil a volunteer service corps during the upcoming biennial volunteer night sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library. But a group of Providence College students has already provided a glimpse of the benefits that a cadre of volunteers could regularly provide to the island. The 188 students and their advisors descended on Jamestown […]


JAMESTOWN SCHOOL COMMITTEE September 17, 2009 6:00 p.m. Executive Session: RIGL 42-46-5: Exception 2, Litigation re Appeal of Regents’ Decision RIGL 42-46-5 Exception 2, Contract Negotiations RIGL 42-46-5 Exception 2, Collective Bargaining: Accretion RIGL 42-46-5 Exception 8, Student Hearing 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting Lawn Library AGENDA Pledge of Allegiance Call to Order Roll Call 1.0 Public Forum 2.0 Consent Agenda […]

Shores lots need protection

On Sept. 21, the Jamestown Town Council will formally discuss the future of the 100 “tax sale” foreclosed lots in the Jamestown Shores. The Jamestown Shores Association is strongly opposed to the sale of any and all of these 100 lots, which help act as a water recharge for the Shores. A couple of weeks ago, on Aug. 24, the […]

Saving the bay – all over again

I have just finished re-reading Mary McGaughan’s wonderful 1994 book, “Dismissed With Prejudice,” the epic battle against construction of an oil refinery in Jamestown. It makes me wish that Bill Miner were still alive to lead the battle against Weaver Cove Energy as he did against Commerce Oil Refining Corp. (backed by Gulf), which after the defeat led to the […]

Jamestown benefits from students’ efforts


Kudos to the Providence College freshmen who came to Jamestown this past Saturday and volunteered their time on a number of worthwhile island projects. One hundred and eighty-eight eager students pitched in and helped where it counted. Many colleges and universities around the country are asking their incoming freshman classes to give something back to society. Volunteering is an important […]