2024-03-07 E-Edition

$3M affordable housing bond tabled

Several qualms about plan cause council to delay putting it to voters

A proposal to authorize a $3 million bond to streamline the development of affordable housing was dispatched without a vote by the town council at its meeting Monday. The affordable housing committee made the request for the warrant to be considered at the financial town meeting in June. Although the request could be revisited before the deadline to draft a […]


Lawn student honors crossing guard in essay

Lawn School sixth-grader Jake Puerini sees crossing guard John Shaw every day on his way to and from school. These types of daily interactions with most students typically are uneventful. It’s usually just a quick brush with an adult on their way to the playground, library or Cumberland Farms. For Jake, however, it’s more than that. When asked to write […]

Proposed zoning rules hearing reconvenes Monday

A public hearing continued from Feb. 12 to overhaul the zoning code of ordinances will reconvene Monday with the potential to put a lid on the six-year undertaking. The hearing last month closed without a vote following concerns about the sections governing cellular towers, chicken coops and the storage of fishing equipment. Town Planner Lisa Bryer, who oversaw the discussions […]


Short-term rental deadline May 15

Homeowners operating their properties as unlicensed short-term rentals will be in violation after May 15. Town Administrator Ed Mello recommended the deadline to the town councilors at their meeting Monday. Homeowners renting their properties for fewer than 30 consecutive days must be licensed by the town council and registered with the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations. “We have to […]

Band concert to showcase youth musicians

The idea for the Jamestown Community Band to “flex their muscle a little bit” was inspired by two All-State musicians from Lawn School who will commemorate the blooming season of spring with their instruments. The band, under the direction of conductor Don Smith, will showcase each musical section during its free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the […]

Invest in economic diversity, or lose it forever


Every Jamestowner would benefit from more local economic diversity. Communities are stronger when teachers, town employees and first responders live where they work. Everyone wins when service workers, craftspeople, groundskeepers, store clerks and other employees can live here, too. Studies show that both the affluent and the poor do better when they live in proximity to one another. Few dispute […]

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Letters to the Editor

Tax rate proposal would divide town To the editor: Before the town council moves forward with the ad hoc tax committee’s proposals, there are several thoughts they may want to consider. We already enjoy a tax rate that is approximately half, and in some instances, one-third of other state municipalities. In no small part, that is due to the members […]