2024-01-25

2024-01-25 E-Edition

$3M bond requested for affordable housing


More money is needed if Jamestown is going to meet the 10 percent mandate set by the state for affordable housing, the town council was told at its Jan. 16 meeting. The affordable housing committee presented the plan to the councilors that requested $225,000 in fiscal 2024-2025 for the trust fund earmarked for affordable housing. The committee also asked for […]

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Suspicious signatures flagged by canvassers


The signatures of 24 residents on petition papers submitted to the local board of canvassers by a hopeful political party have been flagged as suspected forgeries. The red-flagged signatures appeared on five of the 69 petition papers submitted by No Labels. They were forwarded to local police for investigation, the canvassing board voted unanimously Friday. Twenty-one of the 69 pages […]

North Road library reopening delayed due to connectivity issues

The library on North Road is not expected to reopen on time, according to Gene Mihaly, chairman of the board of trustees. The building, which closed in November 2022 to undergo a $4.64 million construction project, was expected to reopen Feb. 1. The temporary site at the Jamestown Golf Course closed Jan. 8 to allow staff to move books and […]

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Fort Getty sailing center proposed

The town council has approved the concept of a sailing center with 3,310 square feet of buildings on a 15,000-square-foot campus at Fort Getty. The councilors at their Jan. 16 meeting unanimously approved the proposal by the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation. It now advances to the technical review committee, which will consider the plan at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at […]

ProJo, Newport paper retain ‘Wallace’ comic


A comic strip drawn by a Jamestown man will remain in the pages of Rhode Island’s largest newspaper following a response from fans to save the cartoon after the editor suggested scrapping the comic. “Wallace the Brave,” created by Will Wilson under the pen name Will Henry, was moved from the comics page of the Providence Journal to Page 2A […]

Resounding support surrounds housing project

Government dignitaries at the local, state and federal levels Monday visited 2 Hammett Court to celebrate the launch of a housing development that will support people with disabilities. Looking Upwards, a Middletown agency that merged with Bridges Inc. in June 2017, has partnered with SWAP Inc. on the $5.1 million project that will repurpose the commercial building into a 12-unit […]

Council asks lawmakers to amend tax exemptions

The town council has forwarded a resolution to the state legislature asking for it to amend the allowable tax abatements for Gold Star parents and visually impaired residents. Tax assessor Christine Brochu sent a letter to Town Administrator Ed Mello in November that cites two general laws “that need updating.” First, the provision for Gold Star parents says, “The town […]