Superintendent of schools resigns

Carol Blanchette accepts post with RI Department of Education

Jamestown once again is looking for a schools superintendent after Carol Blanchette tendered her resignation last week. Blanchette, who has led the school system for two years, is leaving Sept. 23 to become chief of teaching and learning at the state Department of Education. The job oversees state assessment and school accountability while implementing programs related to teaching standards. The […]


Weather key to strong season for village businesses

Most retailers say ’16 sales were up By Ryan Gibbs Fantastic weather and great music drove sales in the village this summer, with most business owners reporting an uptick in revenue. Although no attraction rivaled last season’s Volvo Ocean Race, Jamestown saw significant foot traffic, particularly during July’s music festivals in Newport. According to Conanicut Marine owner Bill Munger, his […]


After-school program to explore Fort Getty

Students in grades 5-8 can register for outdoor explorations that begin Sept. 20 at Fort Getty. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 3:15-5 p.m. through Oct. 25. Environmental educator Haley Barber will lead the after-school program. Students will take hikes, explore marshes and learn about Narragansett Bay’s creatures, tides and tidal pools. Registration is available at the rec center. […]

Former colonel rips Middle East foreign policy

From the Beirut bombing in 1983 to the 2003 invasion of Iraq to the rise of ISIS, Americans have botched their foreign policy in the Middle East, according to a retired U.S. Army colonel who will visit Jamestown Tuesday. Andrew Bacevich, an American historian who specializes in international relations, will offer his searing assessment at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at […]

Jamestown’s next Top pet

Vote online at jamestownpress.com

Proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Jamestown n Contest ends Monday, Oct. 3. n Top 10 vote-getters receive prizes, including a month of their own in the calendar (votes are not cumulative). n See full contest details at www.jamestownpress.com. Vote for your chance to win a $20 Chamber Check This week’s winner is: Maria Flood Call 423-3200 to claim […]

No time for tardiness in hiring school chief

In hiring the head of any organization, it is important to get the process right. The Jamestown school system faces that challenge now with the impending departure of Superintendent Carol Blanchette to become the state’s new chief of teaching and learning. While finding a quality replacement for Blanchette is a given, what’s still uncertain is how quickly that should happen. […]

Teaching the young how to vote

Another view

“Son, you’re 18 now. As an American citizen that means you’ll vote for the first time in the upcoming election.” “Gee, dad, I can’t wait to do my civic duty. How do you suggest I prepare?” “Well, son, a good place to start is to re-read the American Constitution to understand the basic principles upon which our country was founded.” […]

Political Cartoon

Phrase of the week

Can of corn: In baseball lingo, an easy fly ball to catch. The most accepted origin is that it first was used in 1896 and makes reference to a long-ago practice where a grocer would use a stick to tip a can of vegetables off a high shelf, then catch it in his hands or outstretched apron.