2005-10-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

and flute, and Erin is pianist and violinist. Alexandra, Joshua and Caleb play the piano. Lisa insists that the children study piano before moving on to other instruments.

And, as in other fine families, children do what their mom tells them to, and in this case their teacher also. The Brown children have been homeschooled for 12 years. The twins are in the 11th grade, Alexandra, the seventh, Joshua, the sixth, and Caleb, fourth.

The Browns sound like a happy, musical family. Welcome to Jamestown! HONK!


There may not be a Rotary Club Flu Clinic this year. As of last weekend, the vaccine had not been received at Baker’s Pharmacy. Tim Baker told us Saturday that he had pre-booked the vaccine at the beginning of the year but hasn’t heard a word from the supplier.

It is also believed that the state is putting restrictions on private pharmacies from obtaining the vaccine so the state can concentrate on getting shots to people over age 65.

The Flu Clinic has been an annual function of the Rotary Club along with Dr. Joseph England and his cadre of Jametown nurses who administered the shots free to island residents. Stay tuned.


CORRECTION: We had the wrong phone number for Tony Raffanelli in last week’s item about island baseball. His number is 4233953.


The kids will have their fun on

Halloween but the adults will beat

them to it this year with a costume

The Brown family moved here last summer and shortly

after that the Jamestown Community Theatre was richer by five young outstanding voices. “They all sing beautifully,” said Patty Vandal, the JCT’s music director.

And, there’s a reason for that. “They” are twins Danielle and Erin, 16, Alexandra, 12, Joshua, 11, and Caleb, 9. Before being assigned here, the family was involved in theater while stationed in Germany. In Alaska, the three girls sang in a professional children’s choir and the boys in a church choir. “We all sing together at home and also in church,” their mom, Lisa, told us.

Their dad, David, is a Lt. Colonel in the Army and has been assigned as a professor at the War College in Newport for three years. This summer the Browns stayed at Ft. Getty for a month while waiting to get into their home on Buoy Street. Lisa told us one of her new neighbors, Terry Tiernan, a longtime JCT producer, told her of the theater group. “It’s a great way to meet people in the community,” she said.

So, they all auditioned for “Honk!” to be staged by the JCT next month at the Jamestown Community Center. Patty Vandal was a very happy person. The three girls portray Feathered Divine Divas, Joshua is Turkey Drumstick, and Caleb plays Bonkles, a Military Goose. In addition to singing, Joshua and Caleb have some lines. Mom serves on the prop committee.

But the Brown family’s musical talents don’t stop there. The Colonel plays the guitar and Lisa the piano. Danielle plays the piano party at the Portuguese American Citizens’ Club Saturday the 29th beginning at 7 p.m.

There’ll be a DJ, light fare and desserts. Prizes will also be awarded in several categories.

Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained at the door or by calling Jean Volpe, 423-8947, or Kim Harpool, 423-3903.

Proceeds will be donated to local charities.


Why can’t Save The Bay clean the bay?

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You don’t have to have ties to Jamestown’s Boy Scout Troop 1 to participate in its annual Pumpkin Spooktacular at the Toppa residence on Beach Avenue Oct. 2829.

Maryann Toppa says that everyone is invited to submit carved masterpieces. Last year, 250 islanders stopped to enjoy the 125 entries.

Free vampire teeth will be distributed to children.

There is no fee, but donations are accepted.

Questions? Call Maryann at 423-2866. KAWOOOOOO!!


The Humane Society of Jamestown is searching for a loving home for two males and two female kittens. Call Debbie Slattery, 423-3959. MEOW!!


How did the Town Council allow Governor Sundlun to slip from its grasp and go to Coventry?


Has anyone notified the raccoons?


Last Thursday, Jamestown had an extra state representative in Providence. Alas, it was only for a day, but we understand that Ed Silvia represented us well.

Ed went to Providence’s East Side that morning to appear as a “background artist” in the movie “The Hill,” being produced by Showtime for a television series beginning in March.

He said the story revolves around two brothers, one of whom is a state representative and the other is a member of the Irish mob.

Ed explained that Thursday’s filming was all about a memorial Mass for family members who had been killed in a bus accident. “I got to appear as a state representative along with two other male reps and another cast member, Denise Ryland, who plays Mrs. Kenneth Silk, also a state representative. After the Mass the four of us are seen at the bottom of the church stairs talking amongst ourselves when we are joined by Danny, who is also a member of the mob.

“I can be seen putting my hand on his shoulder and patting and rubbing it in attempts to comfort him in his time of loss. It was a nice tight shot, which should end up in the series as it’s a part of the script. Barring all that cutting room floor stuff, it will air in episode number nine.”

Ed is getting to be a veteran of films. He was an extra in “Amistad” and appeared in the independent movie “Hearing Zoe.”

Being a background artist in film making is one of Ed’s most favorite things. “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people. This time I was greatly impressed with how the cast and crew interacted with the background artists and with one another. I’ve never seen a crew that was so supportive and even after a 16-hour day was still laughing and smiling and hugging one another. Along with my ‘tight’ scene the crew’s behavior all added up to one great day for which I’m truly grateful.”

“The Hill” stars Jason Isaacs, whose past credits include appearances in “Harry Potter” and “The Patriot,” as well as Annabeth Gish, who has appeared in “The West Wing” and “The X-Files.”

And, of course, starring our own Ed Silvia.


Hazel Turley has donated two books of material about deer control and Lyme disease. The books are located on the Town Clerk’s desk in the Town Hall on Narragansett Avenue.

Though not for circulation, Hazel said she hopes people will take advantage of the reference material. A gold star for Hazel.


Paul and Diane Cardin of Center Street e-mailed to tell us that their daughter Kristin is in Baton Rouge, La., for two weeks with the Red Cross. Kris, a surgical nurse and occupational therapist, is part of a medical team from Boston who is running a clinic in a nearby shelter. Kudos to Kris!

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It takes some new pets longer to get to know you than others. Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic offers some good advice in his Pet Tip of the Week.

“Pet hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs can be a litle more challenging than your typical cat and dog. They tend to be frightened more easily and are often not used to being handled when you get them home.

“Here are some tips to getting our small animal friends acclimated to your handling them. If your pet bites, never drop or let go of the little guy because it will just encourage them to bite to get away. Leave your hand resting in the cage, but not handling your pet for a few minutes several times a day for at least two to three days or until your little critter gets used to you.

“Then add a favorite treat to your hand and let your pet come to you to get the treat, but do not try to handle them yet. Then, when your pet is used to your hand and is comfortable taking treats, try petting gently and work towards picking the critter up. Patience is the key. The more you handle your little pet the more tame it will become.”


The call is out for volunteers to help rebuild the town playground next to the library.

John Warner Jr. of Deck Street, a member of the rebuilding committee, said that some 40 bodies are needed on Friday, Oct. 21, and 100 on Saturday the 22nd.

Learning Structures, the original builder of the playground, will be on hand with new and creative ideas for the very popular play area. You can sign up at the Community Center or call 4237260.

John said that volunteers do not have to commit to both days. “We need people for any day and times they are available.”

C’mon fellows, this is a real guy thing. Clean up your tool belts and sign up.


The Jamestown School eighth grade is in the process of making your homes a lot sweeter for the upcoming holiday seasons. The class is conducting a Pie Fundraiser to help finance the class trip to Washington, D.C. So far, 40 students and 17 parents have signed up to go.

A couple of Grandma’s Gourmet Country Pies in your freezer will take away a lot of the worry of holiday entertaining. Flavors include chocolate cream, old fashioned pumpkin, Grandma’s apple, banana split cream, southern pecan, Swiss chocolate almond, apple crumb, strawberry rhubarb, wild blueberry, lemon meringue, Boston cream, and chocolate peanut butter.

You just swallowed, didn’t you!

Prices run $12 to $14.

You can order these frozen beauties from eighth-graders, or contact Karen Rafanelli at krafanelli@cox.net or Maureen McDermott.


Monday is the Hunter’s Moon.

Wednesday marks the day in 1781 that the Revolutionary War ended.


We welcome your contributions to this column birthdays, anniversaries and other good stuff. You may call us at 423-0383 or 8292760, e-mail us at jtnwalrus@hotmail. com, or drop the item off at the Jamestown Press office, 42 Narragansett Ave.

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