2018-05-10 / About Town

Report: Police pension plan A-OK

Keeping an eye on Jamestown
The Lighthouse Keeper

While many Rhode Island cities and towns need to do more work on their pensions, according to a new report from state Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Jamestown is in fine shape.

The town’s police pension is one of only two in the state that is overfunded at 101.2 percent (Warwick Public Schools at 105.8 percent is the other), the report said. Conversely, more than one-third of the communities’ plans are deemed “in critical condition,” meaning less than 60 percent of those pensions’ liability is funded.

Jamestown’s police plan assumes a 7 percent rate of return, which Magaziner’s office deems as a realistic projection.

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I spied with my little telescope the ongoing work at the playground on North Road. While the poor weather this winter set back the completion timetable, it looks like the new site — complete with pirate ship and lighthouse — should be done this month.

That’s good news for island boys and girls, who will have a nice, new playground to romp around on all summer.

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Speaking of schoolchildren, this is Teacher Recognition Week so please take the time to reach out and praise one of the many fine educators we have working here in town.

They do yeoman’s work in helping our children become better people, hopefully both in and out of the classroom.

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Quiz question: Sunday is Mother’s Day, so in honor of all the moms out there, we ask: What is the highest recorded number of children to which one mother gave birth?

A. 12

B. 37

C. 69

D. 104

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Jamestown Fish’s executive chef Matthew MacCartney was a recent guest on GoLocal Live’s show “The Taste,” where he chatted about the restaurant and its current seasonal menu, as well as it’s award-winning wine list.

You can check out the 15-minute talk at http://www.golocalprov.com/live/jamestown-fish.

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A little gallows humor in regard to Monday night’s town council meeting regarding the unbundling of the three bond projects.

Prior to the meeting, a pal sent me a text with a gif of a guy with a wagon full of pitchforks. As an irritated crowd walks by carrying torches, he holds one in each hand and says to them, “Pitchforks. You can’t be an angry mob without pitchforks.”

Fortunately, the crowd at Monday’s hearing was extremely civil and orderly, just like you’d expect in Jamestown.

Also, at that meeting, several councilors noted the overwhelming number of signatures (767) on a petition against the bundling idea, saying they were pleased so many people were actively participating in democracy. Council Vice President Mike White added a wry note, though, when he said, “I’m really glad 767 people didn’t show up here tonight.”

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Local artist Jillian Barber’s display, “Of Myth and Messenger” (image above) received a special Juror’s Award by Morris Nathanson at the Pawtucket Foundation Prize Show.

If you move fast, you still can see it, but the exhibit at the Pawtucket Art Gallery on Mineral Spring Avenue in Providence closes today.

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Quiz answer: C. The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets — 67 of them survived infancy. Now that’s a lot of breakfasts in bed.

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