Francis A. ‘Frank’ Fornari

Francis A. “Frank” Fornari, 84, of Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, passed away May 20, 2011, at Heatherwood Nursing Home in Newport. He was the beloved husband of Pauline M. (Wolanin) Fornari; they had been married for 55 years. Born in Yatesboro, Penn., on Oct. 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael and Adelaide (Curadi) Fornari. Mr. Fornari was […]

From the State House

Greetings, friends and neighbors. This is the second column updating you on what I’m doing at the State House to help you, small business and home owners. I have heard from many of you regarding energy costs and the future. Whether you’re running a business or a household, energy costs are a major concern. Together we’ve talked about energy effi- […]

2011 board members elected

• The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce recently elected its offi cers for 2011. Jill Hubbard will serve as president, Cathryn Jamieson as vice president, Vicki de Angeli as secretary and Debbie Goyette as treasurer. Board members include Tim Baker, Linda Faria, Robert Horne, Jeff McDonough, Charles E. Petit, Paul Sprague and Kristine S. Trocki. Arlene D. Petit serves as executive […]

Island kids showcase their films at recreation center

There was a little bit of Hollywood in town last week when a group of student filmmakers brought their latest work to the Jamestown Arts Center for a showcase. The event was part of the Jamestown Historical Society’s “Jamestown and the Silver Screen” series. The six short films emerged from workshops led by Debbie Tungett, the coordinator of the Jamestown […]


Fire runs May 17, 5:16 p.m., Car 4 responded to Narragansett Avenue for a fire alarm. May 18, 9:57 a.m., Car 1, Car 3 and Engine 2 were sent to Fort Getty Road for a smoke alarm. May 18, 11:33 a.m., Car 1, Car 3, Car 4 and Engine 2 went to East Shore Road for a fire alarm. May […]


Domestic-simple assault/battery Steven Lafazia, 46, of Northop Plat Road, Coventry, was charged May 21 with domestic-simple assault and battery after police responded to a 911 call from a female reporting that she was physically assaulted by her boyfriend. A warrant was issued and the state police picked Lafazia up on Route 138, police said. He was held at the Jamestown […]

This week in Island history

Week of May 26

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, May 26, 1911 At the monthly meeting of the town council and court of probate little business except the paying of bills was done. A […]

Unwanted pests invade Jamestown

Have you noticed small green worms ravenously eating tree leaves around town? They are winter moth caterpillars, a pest that came from Europe about 1950. In Europe predators and parasites keep the moth in check, but New England lacks these natural controls. In some years there are few winter moths, then for some unknown reason there will be a population […]

Cub Scouts send thanks to veterans

Jamestown Cub Scout Pack 1 had a wonderful time participating in Battery Day. Thanks to Larry McDonald, Mary Heath and Rosemary Enright of the Jamestown Historical Society for organizing a fascinating event. Thanks to the Planning Department for allowing us to camp on site. We are lucky that there are great places for our scouts to camp here in town. […]

Island volleyball player prepares for trip to Italy

Another ho-hum summer sports camp? Not for volleyball standout Garrett Bucklin, who will travel to Italy this summer on a tour of four cities while playing volleyball matches against Italian club teams. The Good Will Ambassadors Volleyball Tour, a volleyball camp with a cultural enrichment twist, will host this unique tour of Italy. The tour is part of the Sports […]