Storytime for 2-5 Year Olds Wednesday, Dec. 28 • 11:15 a.m. to noon Children, along with their parents or caregivers, participate in a 45-minute program featuring books, songs, finger plays, and a craft activity. Mother Goose Time Wednesday, Dec. 28 • 10:15-10:45 a.m. This 30-minute, play-based program features nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and books for children from birth to […]

Tree warden appointed to 11th term

The island’s trees will again be in good hands for 2017. The town councilors unanimously reappointed — “with strong enthusiasm,” President Kristine Trocki said — Steve Saracino as tree warden. He has had the post since August 2007. “He’s a great asset to the community,” Town Engineer Mike Gray said. “He goes above and beyond what his responsibilities are.” In […]

Plein air painter Porter on display at library

A Jamestown painter who’s been showcased from Shangri- La to the Home Shopping Network currently is displaying her work at the Jamestown library, 26 North Road. Lifetime artist Elaine Porter, who is president of the Conanicut Island Arts Association, is showcasing her exhibit, “Oil & Water Mix,” through early January. Being a plein air painter from Jamestown, Porter’s exhibit is […]

Nicholas R. Matarazzo

Nicholas R. Matarazzo, 90, of Middletown, passed away Dec. 16, 2016, at St. Clare-Newport. Nicholas was born Aug. 18, 1926, in New York City, to his parents, Rose and Carmine. He had three siblings who predeceased him, Marie, Rosalie and Louis. Nicholas was married to Gloria and had two children, Robert and Anne. Gloria passed in 1990. Nicholas met Elizabeth […]

Hazel Belle Turley

Hazel Belle Turley, 83, of Seaside Drive, Jamestown, passed away Dec. 18, 2016. She was the wife of the late Emmet E. Turley, to whom she was married for 51 years. Hazel was born Oct. 25, 1933, to Abram and Hazel (Paine) Kingsley. She was the sister of Richard Kingsley, Carol Steinert, and the late Frederick Kingsley and Winifred Kingsley. […]

New audio system at State House aids hearing impaired

When the state legislature reconvenes in January for the 2017 session, the most publicly used State House rooms will have been retrofitted with state-of-the-art equipment for Rhode Islanders with hearing defects. The new hearing loop system, which is a wireless network that transmits sound to hearing aids, has been installed in five rooms. They are Room 35, where the House […]


The West Street Cafe is openfrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.weekdays. Seniors should arrive for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Costis $3. Call 423-2658 for reservations 48 hours in advance.Friday, Dec. 23Served at 10:15 a.m.Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, croissantand fresh fruit.Monday, Dec. 26Closed for ChristmasTuesday, Dec. 27Egg salad sandwich orAmerican chop suey withspinach salad. Both servedwith chicken soup and […]

Watson Farm offers holiday blankets

Wool that once shrouded the sheep that graze the fields off North Road has returned following visits to Prince Edward Island and South Carolina. Rhode Island sheep farmers are celebrating the 11th anniversary of their Rhody Warm blankets. The agricultural cooperative, which comprises 32 farms statewide, has been spinning locally harvested wool into uniquely designed blankets for holiday shoppers. Among […]



The school committee has appointed Dr. Frances Gallo to replace longtime Superintendent Phyllis Schmidt, The Jamestown Press reported Dec. 24, 1996. Gallo, who has been an educator since 1971, is leaving her post as principal of Eldredge Elementary School in East Greenwich. She was named the 1982-83 woman of the year by the American Association of University Women. Her predecessor, Schmidt, […]