2017-04-27 / Island History


The highest court in Rhode Island has ruled that six Democrats will appear on the ballot in June, The Jamestown Press reported April 27, 1995.

The Supreme Court decided 2-1 the board of canvassers was right to accept nominations filed by the party’s state committee. The dispute began after the Democrats filed their nomination papers a day late.

Justices Joseph Weisberger and Florence Murray voted to overturn the ruling by the state Board of Elections.

100 years ago — May 1, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

During a preparedness service at Central Baptist Church, the crowd burst into applause when Isaac Clarke spoke of the food wasted in the making of alcohol.

“In view of the present crisis,” he said, “the best interests of the nation will be secured by Congress acting immediately on Prohibition.”

75 years ago — May 1, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

As a convenience for Jamestowners working the night shift at the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, the ferry company has added a round trip.

According to general manager Charles Brooks, the ferry will leave Newport’s Market Square at 12:15 p.m., stop at Goat Island and then sail for Jamestown.

50 years ago — April 27, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

A Florida development company has proposed a $4 million motel at Taylor Point, but the town council wants to appraise its 25-acre lot before agreeing to the project.

According to Radice Realty, the proposal includes a 150-room hotel with a restaurant that seats 300 guests. There also would be 100 villas and a marina for 200 boats.

If given the go-ahead, architects are expected to complete work in spring 1969 following the Newport Bridge’s opening.

25 years ago — April 30, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

The community playground on North Road has been named one of the 10 best playgrounds in America.

The upcoming May issue of Child magazine cites the park as the largest recycled playground in the nation. The magazine also recognizes the nautical theme that blends with the town’s traditional pastimes, including a miniature lighthouse, suspension bridge and ship.

10 years ago — May 3, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The U.S. Coast Guard has denied a request from the town to continue using the caretaker’s quarters at Beavertail Lighthouse for affordable housing.

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