2014-10-09 / Island History

This Week In Island History

Week of October 9
Compiled by Sue Maden

The news of 10 and 15 years ago is from the Jamestown Press. The news of 100 years ago came from the collection of the Newport Historical Society.

100 years ago

From the Newport Journal, Oct. 9, 1914

To connect the water main of the new concrete water pipe, which is under construction, with the present system it will be necessary to shut off the town’s water supply for several hours.

The lumber has arrived on the ground for the guild hall to be built in connection with St. Mark Church.

75 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 10, 1939

Foundation work on the Jamestown bridge has all been completed, this representing the major part of the task. All work henceforth will be above water. It is estimated that the is over 60 percent completed.

The pupils of the eighth grade of the Thomas H. Clarke School made a trip to the Saunderstown-Jamestown bridge Monday.

The Jamestown public library will be open Friday this week, instead of Saturday.

50 years ago

From the Newport Daily News, Oct. 7, 1964

The Jamestown Recreation Center, which began its fall program on Monday, will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for children over 12 years of age, and on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. for children 12 years of age and younger during October. Teenage dancing will be held every Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

25 years ago

From the Jamestown Press, Oct. 7, 1989

Air pockets that workers found in the concrete base of one of the two main piers of the new Jamestown Bridge may cost $1.2 million to fix, but the repairs are not expected to cause any further delays in the completion of the project.

The state Department of Environmental Management will attend the Oct. 23 Town Council meeting to answer ques- tions about the status of the oilspill cleanup at Mackerel Cove.

The new plan to build a police station on the Southwest Avenue site where town offices now stand was forwarded to the location committee for consideration following a unanimous vote by the Town Council at its last regular session.

15 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 7, 1999

If union employees have their way, volunteer parents who want to help out at recess or with other classroom activities will be banned from doing so, according to a letter sent to School Superintendent Frances Gallo.

According to results released last week by the state Department of Education, writing assessment scores for grade three showed that only 18 percent of Jamestown students were able to meet or exceed the writing standards, lower than the state average by six points.

10 years ago

From the Jamestown Press,

Oct. 7, 2004

The Town Council met in an hour-long information session Sept. 29 to get ready for a Oct. 20 public information session on the highway barn. The session will focus on the Nov. 2 bond referendum that will ask voters to approve spending $2.5 million to build the structure.

On Nov. 8 the newly adopted bow hunting on Beavertail State Park opens and runs until Jan. 11.

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