Robert Fagan

Robert “Bob” Joseph Fagan, 86, of Jamestown, R.I., and Roswell, Ga., died peacefully surrounded by his loving family Jan. 21, 2016, after a four-month illness. Fagan was the beloved husband of Jean Margaret (Nichols) Fagan. He had been in the wonderful care of the staff of Robert’s Health Centre, North Kingstown, R.I., since the time of his illness. Fagan was […]

Library Corner

JAMESTOWN PHILOMENIAN LIBRARY ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Storytime for 2-5 Year Olds • Monday, Feb. 8 10:15-11 a.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 10 11:15 a.m. to noon Join us for storytime for 2-5 year olds along with their parents or caregivers, in a 45-minute program featuring books, songs, finger plays and a craft activity. Mother Goose […]

Aquaculture helps preserve ecosystem

I’m writing in response to the article concerning aquaculture applications for the area north of the Great Creek outflow (“Conservationists want shellfish farms in Dutch Harbor relocated,” Jan. 21). The article references a 1894 painting by William Trost Richards from his eyes at Mackerel Cove looking toward the creek. Just below the surface of the water are millions of oysters […]

island History

100 years ago From the Newport Journal, Feb. 4, 1916 Real estate agents report a large number of inquiries for cottages for the coming season. 75 years ago From the Newport Daily News, Feb. 4, 1941 Another step in the road building program essential to the national defense in Jamestown gained approval of President Roosevelt today. Congressman Alme J. Forand […]

From the Prairie State Banner year for Realtors in 2015

The Jamestown Press received a letter from fourth-graders in Illinois who want to learn about the smallest state in the union. So we asked ourselves: Who knows about the environment, climate, resources and highlights of the Ocean State more than Jamestowners? The youngsters will appreciate your feedback. The glass looks half full — with a caveat or two — for […]

Show opens Thursday

The opening reception for “Exposure,” Conanicut Island Arts Association’s juried photography show, is 5-7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Town Hall. The juror is Richard Benjamin, an award-winning photographer who worked at the Providence Journal for three decades. The catered reception will include live music by Mike Fischman and Denny Bristow, and guests will vote on the people’s choice award.

Mystery photo dates back almost hundred years

Each month the collections committee reviews material offered to the society. If the objects fit our criteria for inclusion in the collection, we accept and catalog them. This month John Doty lent us more than 100 photographs so we could scan them. The photos were given to him by Brooks Queern, whose family owned E. B. Brooks oil company in […]

RhodeWorks bill cuts borrowing total in half

Following another stint on the chopping block, the contentious RhodeWorks legislation has been amended to cut the bonding in half and to make any future tolling on cars subject to voter approval. The revisions were made in response to $258 million in federal money secured by the state. According to Gov. Gina Raimondo, the bill still would put people back […]

Zoning board: No authority in garage spat

The battle may not be over between David Martin of Stearns Farms and the Lischios regarding their garage addition, but the Jamestown Zoning Board of Review tried to stay out of the fray. The board members voted Jan. 26 to dismiss the appeal and not hear any testimony concerning the property at 64 Bay View Drive North. The panel continued […]

Bluegrass band jams at library Sunday

The South County Rounders, a Jamestown-based acoustic folk and bluegrass band founded in 1984, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 in the meeting room at the library. The four-piece ensemble features the original duo, Phil Smith and Matt Bolles, plus Judy Bolles and Chris Heinzmann. The band plays a combination of acoustic guitar, double fiddles, upright […]