2020-08-06 E-Edition


2 local artists display work in outdoor exhibit

Two sculptures created by Jamestown artists can be seen at East Ferry, a location that compliments the maritime themes in both pieces. “Water,” a 7-foot tall steel sculpture by Martin Keen, and “Marbelle,” a marble festooned rowboat created by Sandy Sorlien, were installed downtown in June. “Water” is on the lawn of Bank Newport on Conanicus Avenue, while “Marbelle” is […]

Council wants tolls kept for area bridges

Raimondo seeks to merge turnpike authority, Department of Transportation

Citing a history of failure by the state to properly maintain its bridges, the town councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday that urged Gov. Gina Raimondo to keep Rhode Island’s four largest spans under quasi-public control. The measure was introduced by Vice President Mary Meagher during the virtual meeting. She said the “woeful history of maintenance” by the Department of […]

Fools’ Rules Regatta sunk by coronavirus pandemic

Social distancing rules cancel race

An annual Jamestown tradition will not take place this summer for the first time in its 43-year history. The 2020 edition of the Fools’ Rules Regatta, which was scheduled for Aug. 8, was canceled due to concerns with social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Greg Hunter, who has been the master of ceremonies and “chief fool” for the quirky […]

Travel ban placed by 4 states on residents

Governors in Massachusetts and the New York tri-state area have added Rhode Island to the list of states that are restricted by travel advisories. People who travel from Rhode Island to Connecticut, New Jersey or New York must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. According to Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamond, states are added to the list if they have daily […]


Petition: Influx of visitors a concern

A petition urging the town council to take action to limit overcrowding at recreational sites along the coast is garnering support, backlash and headlines. Town Administrator Jamie Hainsworth updated the councilors Monday about the online petition by Jamestown resident Catherine Gregory. It has gained traction following a television report on WPRI-12 last Thursday after appearing on the front page of […]

Oyster eatery shacks up at West Ferry

A restaurant that sources its seafood only a half-mile from its service counter is shucking shells at West Ferry. The oyster bar at Dutch Harbor Boat Yard, managed by Walrus and Carpenter, is the latest enterprise to take over The Shack following a seven-year stint as Tallulah’s. The takeout operation serves freshly shucked oysters from its two farms at Ninigret […]

Times have changed, but solutions still possible

When The Jamestown Press announced the Vision 2020 concept at the beginning of the year, it was originally conceived as a 12-part monthly set of think pieces by engaged residents, each followed by a public discussion. COVID-19 had other ideas. So much has happened that the current terrain is barely recognizable from January. The columns each pondered, “Where should Jamestown […]

Phrase of the week

Tall tales: An unbelievable story told as if it were factual, use of the word tall to mean “lofty” or “grand” dates to the early 1600s. Supposition is these stories are called tall tales because they describe heroes or situations that are larger than life.