2016-03-10

Trustees issue survey to gauge library needs



To almost universal delight, the library catalogue has gone the way of the dodo. Thumbing through cards to find the new “King, Stephen” novel was a dreary task mercifully modernized by the online system. Yet, more change is inevitable, said library trustee Chris Walsh. That’s why he is working to stay ahead of the curve. “The role is not the […]

Solar flair



Albert Einstein sings with the third-grade class at Melrose School last week. The play was about the solar system.

Raimondo OK’s Tiverton casino

Voters will decide in November referendum

Following the governor’s signature Friday, the fate of a Tiverton casino now lies in the hands of the voters. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s endorsement allows for a referendum to be placed on November’s statewide ballot asking whether voters support the casino. Also, the question will be posed to voters locally in Tiverton. Both have to pass. “We took action focused on […]

Firm hired to restore water quality at Sheffield Cove



The town is continuing efforts to restore the water quality at Sheffield Cove so the once-popular shellfishing spot can re-open to clam diggers. On the recommendation of Town Engineer Mike Gray, the Jamestown Town Council Feb. 16 approved a $63,920 bid to ESS Group of East Providence. The award will allow engineers to implement an experimental project combining bioretention and […]

Abstract expressionist on display Friday



An artist from the Big Apple who uses unorthodox items to create his paintings is exhibiting for the first time in New England at the Jamestown Arts Center. The opening reception for Richard Polsky’s show will be from 6-8 p.m. March 11. Pulling from the rich vernacular of abstract expressionism, the New York City painter uses chopsticks, eyedroppers and brushes […]

Jamestown Rotary: Service above self



Seventy-five years ago – on March 4, 1941 – the Jamestown Rotary Club was born. More than 200 people came to the celebration at the Conanicut Grange. George R. Ellis, the Rotary’s district governor, presented the official charter to Fred C. Clarke, Jamestown’s first president. A large contingent from the Newport Rotary attended, including its president, who presented Jamestown with […]

Raymond P. Cournoyer



Raymond P. Cournoyer, 77, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died at the Holy Cross Hospital surrounded by his loving family on March 5, 2016. He was the husband of Donna (Cole) Cournoyer and the late Barbara (Wisniewski) Cournoyer. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Gerard and Charlotte (Plaziak) Cournoyer. Cournoyer owned and operated both the former Tiogue […]

letters

BBQ restaurant will add to area’s problems

I was surprised to read the Jamestown Press story on the proposed “barbecue joint.” As an abutter, I was not notified. Who pragmatically desires an outdoor restaurant contiguous to quiet residential property? To reduce noise, the owner of the Narragansett Cafe insulated his building and installed air conditioning so patrons no longer opened the side door to enable noise blasts […]

Council waives rental fees for nonprofits



Just weeks after approving increased rental fees across the board for the Fort Getty pavilion, the Jamestown Town Council Monday night agreed not to take money from four local nonprofits. “Let’s continue the policy of waiving it,” Councilor Mary Meagher said. “We can revisit it next year.” “This can be a test summer,” agreed Councilor Mike White. “Let’s get some […]

Island History



100 years ago From the Newport Journal, March 10, 1916 Despite adverse weather conditions, the Gardner House hall was filled to capacity by those who attended the entertainment and dance given by the Conanicut Grange to raise funds for a new piano. The improvement society has offered 25 cents per hundred to the schoolchildren for egg clusters of the tent […]