2018-08-09 / Island History


Despite objections by nearby all the neighbors, the town council unanimously voted to allow Tricia’s Tropi Grille to operate its outdoor tiki bar, The Jamestown Press reported Aug. 15, 2003. There were caveats, however. Outdoor service must stop by 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Moreover, the number of barstools at the tiki bar was limited to 11 seats.

100 years ago — Aug. 9, 1918 (Newport Mercury)

Money collected by a fundraising group, which was organized by Walcott Avenue’s Margaret Levy, will finance the construction of a club for servicemen stationed at the forts. The women have started to canvas neighborhoods for donations, asking residents, including schoolchildren, to contribute a penny a week. Levy wants the club situated in the village for soldiers to keep warm during cold winter nights.

75 years ago — Aug. 13, 1943 (Newport Mercury)

An artilleryman with the Rhode Island National Guard was crushed to death after he tried jumping onto the Hammonton from land as it approached its slip at East Ferry. Pvt. William Underwood, 243rd Coast Artillery Regiment, was caught between the ferryboat and the dock. Speedy action by captain Arthur

Knowles prevented an instantaneous death, allowing Underwood to climb onboard. The solider, however, succumbed to his injuries at the Fort Adams hospital.

50 years ago — Aug. 10, 1968 (Newport Daily News)

Police are warning townspeople about a rash of crime that includes a burglarized car at Green’s Pier and stolen gas tanks from a moored boat off Seaside Drive. There also was a vandalism complaint from Francis R. Costa, owner of the country club. According to the report, vandals damaged golf holes by bending pins and driving stakes into the ground.

25 years ago — Aug. 13, 1993 (The Jamestown Press)

A committee to study the feasibility of raising money for a senior center has been appointed by the town council. The council has agreed to purchase a professional building on North Main Road for $225,000, providing no additional tax dollars are spent. Taking into account money already set aside for a senior center, and $80,000 in likely grants, that would leave a difference of roughly $125,000. According to Councilman Steve McInnis, approaching wealthy residents about substantial contributions is imperative. “That’s the only way this is going to work,” he said.

10 years ago — Aug. 14, 2008 (The Jamestown Press)

Jamestown’s state representative introduced a bill in the legislature that would make it illegal for minors to consume alcohol. Rep. Bruce Long, a Republican, referenced an incident this summer at Mackerel Cove in which three lifeguards were under the influence. While all three lifeguards were teenagers, only one of them could be charged under state law because she was driving. There is no law on the book against underage consumption. Five days later, a rollover accident on Tashtassuc Road involved an 18-year-old driver who had been drinking. Tom Tighe, Jamestown’s police chief, stood alongside Long during the press conference.

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