Jamestown Historical Society News

By Rosemary Enright

June is a big month for the historical society. Battery Day is this Saturday, June 6. The museum and windmill both open on Sunday, June 21. Docents are invited to the museum the day before to get a preview of the exhibit and review museum procedures. Windmill-sitters are encouraged to come up on opening day to get familiar with procedures. […]

Busy spring at land trust’s Godena Farm

According to Conanicut Island Land Trust secretary Jim Turenne, things have been buzzing this spring at Godena Farm. With a donation from Lelia Palmieri, Turenne says three beehives have been started. All are healthy and growing quickly, he said, and the three queens are laying eggs prolifically. Together with the gift from Palmieri, the land trust has received expert advice […]

House OKs wage hike

The House voted 58-13 on Tuesday to approve legislation to raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage to $9.60 beginning in 2016. The bill advanced to the Senate, which was scheduled to vote on Wednesday on identical legislation. (The vote took place after the Press deadline.) Rep. Deb Ruggiero voted for the increase.

Lawn students compete in history competition

Lawn School students Fiona Eves, Emily Mikolay, Mary Baertlein, Ani Ayvazian and Kendra Smith represented Jamestown at the state competition for National History Day. The program is a nationally acclaimed academic competition that promotes the study of history in schools. It’s modeled after science fairs and encourages students to take a creative approach to studying history. In the process, students […]

Police Log

The Jamestown Police Department from May 25 to June 1 responded to 349 calls for service. Of those calls, officers performed 154 security checks of vacant homes, businesses and public buildings. The police also responded to five automobile accidents, eight fire calls, eight animal complaints and six alarms. There were 40 traffic stops, resulting in one arrest and four citations. […]

Paper ballots are fair

I voted for the fire station motion and am glad it passed. I also voted to use a paper ballot even though it was quite clear that the motion would pass. Because the final vote was much more negative than the paper ballot vote, it shows that many citizens didn’t feel comfortable voting publicly. The paper ballot method, although time-consuming, […]

Donations needed for church’s June festival

Representatives of Central Baptist Church are asking residents to donate unused items for their spring festival on Saturday, June 20. Wanted items are books, CDs, DVDs, wicker furniture, paintings, marine equipment, toys, games, puzzles, appliances, plants, jewelry, antiques, rugs and sports equipment. The church will not accept televisions, upholstered furniture, large appliances or entertainment centers. Donations can be dropped off […]

Treasure island

Prudence Island parcel purchased

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation on Friday secured $412,500 in federal funds to purchase 103 acres of land on Prudence Island to protect it from future development. The money to buy Little Property will come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Once purchased, the parcel will be eligible for inclusion in the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The state […]

This Week In Island History

Week of June 6

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 4, 1915 The assembly hall in the public school building was filled past its seating capacity Thursday evening for the entertainment given to raise […]