Town shutdown still in effect

As the number of infected Rhode Islanders clears the century mark, the municipal government in Jamestown continues to come to grips with unprecedented measures at the state and federal levels to slow the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Tuesday that 124 residents of Rhode Island have tested positive for COVID-19, a respiratory illness that has killed more than […]

Local woman stricken with coronavirus

The first case of the coronavirus has hit Jamestown. A North End woman reportedly is recovering in a Providence hospital after testing positive for COVID 19, according to two anonymous sources with knowledge of the situation. The local case is one of 124 in the state and 10 in Newport County since the global pandemic started last December, but has […]


Primary postponed until June 2

The presidential primary has been postponed to June 2. Agreeing with a recommendation by the state Board of Elections, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday to delay the April 28 election and encourage voters to cast their ballots through the U.S. Postal Service. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea also plans to establish a task force “to broker solutions […]

1918 influenza outbreak wreaked havoc for months

“I had a little bird And its name was Enza I opened the window And in flew Enza” It was just a child’s poem, a jump-rope ditty that all the children were chanting in 1918. It was meant to be a funny play on the word “influenza.” But it wasn’t so amusing by the end of the fall when the […]

Town must do more to promote, preserve history


The new signs erected by the chamber of commerce at both bridges welcome visitors to Historic Jamestown. And there is much of historic interest on the island. The open farmlands in the center of the island, preserved by agreements that involve the town, the Conanicut Island Land Trust, and multiple local, regional, and national organizations, testify to our agricultural past. […]

Phrase of the week

Give someone the third degree: An intensive, possibly brutal, interrogation. In Masonic lodges there are three degrees of membership. When a candidate applies for the third degree in a Masonic lodge, he is subjected to some activities that involve an interrogation more physically challenging than the first two degrees. This was the inspiration for the term being used by police […]

Lyric of the week

Masquerading as a man with a reason My charade is the event of the season And if I claim to be a wise man, It surely means that I don’t know Kerry Livgren Carry on My Wayward Son (1976)

Handful of businesses still open remain busy

As unprecedented restrictions by Gov. Gina Raimondo were expanded to include mandated closures of gyms, beauty salons, cinemas and tattoo parlors, the number of businesses exempt from her actions has been reduced to a handful in Jamestown. That includes the supermarket, the hardware store and both package stores. McQuade’s Marketplace, like grocery stores across the nation, has remained busy with […]

High school students hooked on computers during pandemic

Jamestown teenagers will travel into cyberspace, instead of crossing a bridge, to complete their schoolwork through next week. As with all public schools across the state, North Kingstown and Narragansett high schools have enacted remote learning for their students through April 3, at a minimum, due to the coronavirus pandemic. North Kingstown will utilize a hybrid of styles: synchronous learning, […]