Bench warrant violation Mary E. Bennett, 42, of 57 Narragansett Ave., was charged Dec. 15 with a bench warrant violation for failure to appear in court for a driving with a suspended license charge, police said. Bennett was not held at the police station. The Jamestown Police had no charges against her. She was taken to Newport District Court where […]

Engineering student brings gift of fresh water

A group of Northeastern University students, including Jamestown resident John Chase, will team up with National Grid and visit Honduras to work with local villagers. The group, Engineers Without Borders, left in the middle of December to spend two weeks in the northern mountainous region of the country designing systems which will deliver fresh water to impoverished villages. Chase will […]

Council, school committee hold preliminary budget talks

The Jamestown School Committee outlined its current and future budget concerns for the Town Council. The informal discussion was held in anticipation of the pending deliberations on the town’s 2011- 2012 budget. The joint work session meeting was held on Dec. 20. A scheduled discussion on wind turbines was not held because the Council had not formally voted to hold […]

Barn timbers

Islander leads Moses Brown to Division III Super Bowl

This season, senior Billy van der Wal led the Moses Brown High School Quakers varsity football team with five sacks. He also had 49 tackles. He started every game at defensive end, helped the Quakers finish the regular season 8-3 and led them to the Division III Super Bowl to take on Middletown. He was also playing football for the […]

Local student invited to United Nations convention

Ithaca College John Perrotti was invited to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention’s 16th Conference of Parties in Cancun, Mexico, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. Along with 15 other Ithaca students, officials, heads of state, and representatives of non-governmental organizations from 193 nations joined Perrotti. Perrotti and his peers conducted an opinion survey called, “One Word: […]

Harbor, planning commissions look for common ground

Jamestown Planning Commission focused on a review of the harbor ordinance revisions and a continuation of the 10-year review of the Jamestown Comprehensive Community Plan at their Dec. 15 meeting. After hearing brief town committee reports, Chairman Michael Swistak reminded the commissioners that the group has a tacit responsibility to review the potentially overlapping responsibilities that will occur between planning […]

BREAKING NEWS: Fire destroys north end home

By Geoff Campbell About 45 firefighters reported to a late evening fire on Dec. 23 which destroyed the home of Stephen and Helen Benjamin at 1235 North Main Road in Jamestown. The Benjamin family was reported to be at their winter residence, according to a family friend, who aptly called it "shocking news on Christmas eve." The home’s tenant was away from […]

The Walrus Says

More unedited letters from island children to the North Pole: *** Dear Santa claus, I have some questions for you: why do you wear a red suit? Why do yo laugh ho ho ho? Why do you bring presents? why do people call you old Kris Kringles? Here is my christmas list: A lot of Chapter book series, A real […]

How ya doin’, Santa? (Part II)

You can’t beat a system you can’t understand

Last week’s column ended with me looking through a knothole into the big locked room at the center of Mr. Vogel’s barn. The giant padlock that secured the huge double doors to the room kept curious eyes from seeing an ancient green sleigh. The comfortable leather seats and ornate, hand-carved gold trim could only be found on one sleigh – […]