RhodeWorks plan picked as state’s biggest story

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s ambitious plan to modernize aging roads and bridges — partly through the controversial imposition of tolling trucks — was voted Rhode Island’s 2016 story of the year by Salve Regina’s Pell Center. The RhodeWorks legislation was passed by the state legislature to improve the Ocean State’s decaying highway infrastructure. While few disagree with the target, financing through […]

Town offices closed Monday for holiday

With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, many private businesses and governmental agencies will observe the federal holiday Monday. Town Hall, the library, the post office and Bank Newport will be closed Jan. 2. The library also will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the holiday.

Banker Sherman is named JWU trustee

A Jamestown woman who co-founded Bank Rhode Island has been elected to the board of trustees at Johnson & Wales university. Merrill Sherman, of Walnut Street, returns to the board after a two-year hiatus. She previously served from 2005- 14. Sherman, the current chairwoman of the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, was president and chief executive of five different community banks […]

Council retains current firm as town’s solicitors

The law firm of Ruggiero, Brochu & Petrarca will continue servicing the town’s legal needs, the Jamestown Town Council decided at its final meeting of 2016. The councilors unanimously reappointed the attorneys Dec. 19. Although the town received a letter of interest from Narragansett Avenue attorney Deb Foppert, Councilman Blake Dickinson said it would be wise to retain the current […]


The North Kingstown High School robotics teams finished 1-2 at the state qualifier Dec. 17 at New England Tech in East Greenwich. Both teams advanced to the FIRST state championship that will be held in February.

Jamestown students recognized at Prout

Ten Jamestown students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at the Prout School in Wakefield. Earning highest honors were freshman Lillian Tracy, sophomore Gregory Violet and seniors Ian Andres and Kitty Xu. High honors were awarded to freshman Kseniya Farrell and seniors Evan Kirby and Marguerite Savastano. Sophomore Kathryn Staebler, junior Jack Westall and senior Isabella […]


The West Street Cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.weekdays. Seniors should arrive for lunch at 11:30 a.m.Cost is $3. Call 423-2658 for reservations 48 hours in advance.Friday, Dec. 30Served at 10:15 a.m. Scrambled eggs, corned beef hash with potatoes, whole grain muffin and fresh fruit.Monday, Jan. 2Closed for New Year’s DayTuesday, Jan. 3Greek salad or chicken fajitas […]

Island home sales a record in ’16

This year was a record one for the housing market in Jamestown, with more than 100 homes sold on the island for the first time in recent memory. A total of 114 homes were sold, a whopping 41 percent increase from the 79 sold in 2015. Gloria Kurz, of Mansions & Manors, said this was the first time there had […]



Storytime for 2-5 Year Olds Wednesday, Jan. 4 • 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, Jan. 4 • 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 […]

James Morgan, 82, dies

Services will be held on Jan. 5

James W. Morgan, 82, of Jamestown, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.A lifelong resident of Jamestown, he was a son of the late Joseph P. and Dorothy M. (Barry) Morgan.Mr. Morgan was a real estate broker and owner of Morgan-Battey, Ltd.; a profession he enjoyed and considered a hobby.  He was a lifetime avid golfer.He leaves a son, James W. […]