2017-10-12 / Island History


Thirty condominiums at the Bay View have been sold at an auction, reported The Jamestown Press Oct. 12, 1989.

Part-time resident Alek Bronovitsky secured the sixth-floor penthouse for $325,000, $200,000 less than the original asking price. The other units ranged from $125,000 to $300,000, which still averaged about 40 percent less than the initial prices. Developer Ron Jobin hoped to net $10 million from the sales but only received about $6.5 million.

100 years ago — Oct. 15, 1917 (Newport Daily News)

A petition circulated throughout town requesting the ferry company add an 11 p.m. departure from Newport on Tuesdays. This would provide two late trips a week, which advocates of the change said is much needed.

75 years ago — Oct. 16, 1942 (Newport Mercury)

The price of a cord of wood is set at $20 by the state for Jamestown, Newport, New Shoreham, Middletown and Portsmouth, $2.50 more than the previous cost.

The price is for 4-foot lengths plus $1 per cord for each additional cut. The state was divided into four regions for pricing as part of the wartime rationing. Prices ranged from $12.50 to $20.

50 years ago — Oct. 17, 1967 (Newport Daily News)

The planning board decided schools and religious institutions would not receive any special consideration in the town’s zoning ordinances.

The board also recommended that off-street parking lots for churches, theaters and other assembly places revert to the original requirement of one space for every four seats, opposed to one space for every six seats, which was adopted by the town council in January.

25 years ago — Oct. 15, 1992 (The Jamestown Press)

A $100,000 claim against the town has been filed by the parents of a 3-year-old boy who broke his leg falling from the monkey bars at the school playground.

According to the Suzzi family lawyer, the boy landed in the sand but was injured by “a protruding cement foundation.” The concealed concrete is a “blatant defect in construction,” he said.

10 years ago — Oct. 18, 2007 (The Jamestown Press)

The town councilors unanimously approved $15,000 to finance a study to determine whether building a wind turbine is feasible.

This allocation ups the town’s commitment to $25,000 after it already had approved $10,000. The turbine committee, however, said it will cost consultants $50,000 to complete the work, which includes site selection, economic analysis and the design process.

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