This week in Island history

Week of January 27

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, January 28, 1911 Monday evening the Beneficial Society gave a turkey supper in compliment to the men who had been active in fitting up the […]

EMS Runs

Jan. 16, 7:33 a.m., EMS-2, Intrepid Lane, Transported Jan. 16, 12:22 p.m., EMS-2, Blueberry Lane, Transported Jan. 17, 3:54 p.m., EMS-2, Pennsylvania Avenue, Transported Jan. 19, 11:01 a.m., EMS-2, Mast Street, Transported Jan. 20, 3:59 p.m., EMS-2, Schooner Avenue, Transported This week at JEMS we had five calls and all patients were transported to Newport Hospital. Calls included nosebleed, pain, […]


Bench warrant violations • Jermaine Perry, 29, of 37 Mable St., Pawtucket, was charged Jan. 20 with a bench warrant violation issued by the 6th District Court of Rhode Island after he was involved in a minor one-car accident and police ran his license. Perry was held at the police station where he posted bail. • Rudy Perez, 22, of […]

Mary W. (Healey) Smith

Mary W. (Healey) Smith, 78, of 76 Howland Ave., passed away on Dec. 30, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond E. Smith Sr.; they were married 49 years. Mary was born in Boston, Mass., and was the daughter of the late Patrick Healey and Mary (Platti) Healey. Smith worked at the Ladd Center in Exeter until […]

George E. Barclay de Tolly

George E. Barclay de Tolly, 84, of 10 Pell Street, Newport, died Jan. 22, 2011, at Newport Hospital. Born in Poznan, Poland, on Jan. 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Baron Erick and Baroness Alda (Ruhlin) Barclay de Tolly and the descendant of a noble Scottish family that immigrated to the city of Riga in 1621. From […]

The evolution of holidays

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

The commercialization of holidays has long been a cause for vexation amongst a large percentage of our population. Those who finance these celebrations are particularly vexed. You know what I’m talking about. We’ll use Christmas as an example. It began as the celebration of the birth of Christ. However, as soon as the Neiman Marcus marketing department read the story […]

Plunge has got out of hand

I am sending my sincere gratitude to Donna Chellis, who first came forward with her Mackerel Cove Town Beach environmental concerns and to the Jamestown Conservation Commission who has taken this very serious issue to the Town Council. Chellis saw what we all have seen at the Penguin Plunge but we never made our comments public. The crowds have become […]

Good job keeping streets drivable

My neighbors and I want to thank all the employees of the Jamestown Highway Department for doing such a great job plowing our street after each snowstorm. Also after the terrible rainstorm in March, the rain caused deep ruts in the street, and men from the highway department were there the next day smoothing out the ruts so the street […]

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Salad mix pulled from grocery store after contamination report

All containers of Northeast Spring Mix Salad have been removed from McQuade’s Marketplace after a sample recently tested positive for listeria monocytogenes. McQuade’s manager Maurice Browning said Tuesday that the product had been taken off the grocery store shelves as of Jan. 22. “There have been no illnesses associated with it as far as I know,” he said. The organic […]