2005-11-17 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Chorale.

To reserve seats, call 2724862.

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We’re pleased the state police is reportedly cracking down on “aggressive” drivers in the near future. Didn’t they say that about speeders a short while ago??

Anyhow, if the troopers would like to check the Jamestown Bridge any weekday morning at about 7:15, there’s a school bus loaded with kids heading west at a high rate of speed.

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The Rotary Club’s free flu clinic is definitely off. You’re on your own.

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For four weeks there, the nice thing about Mondays was we didn’t know what we were going to have for dinner until about 5 p.m. on those days.

Nice, because that’s when grandson Tom would come home from his culinary after-school program, Cooking with the Caterers. The aroma of still warm food filled the kitchen and we hadn’t done anything yet. Last week it was a five-cheese pasta to die for, peanut butter cookies, and candied apples.

Island caterers Ann Marie Deffley and Louise Brendlinger bring in all the ingredients and pans necessary and instruct the class in the preparations. The group is limited to 14 kids from grades six to eight, and there are usually students turned away.

Other meals that delighted us were pizza on French bread, fruit pizza, Japanese-style chicken, brownies, and chicken noodle soup.

There’s a price for taking all that good food home, the students have to do their own KP.

Now, that would be worth a look-see. Maybe when the class returns in the spring.

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We’ve heard nothing but hurrahs, quacks, honks and other sounds of elation in reaction to

the Jamestown Community

Theatre’s production of

For those of us who look forward each week to

Murphy’s Law in this newspaper we now have a bible.

Two years in the making, “Murphy was a lawyer...and a quahogger,” 80 pages of absolute delight, is for sale at most retail outlets on the island. Filled with the amusing and informative reflections of Jamestown attorney John Austin Murphy and illustrated by the Jamestown Press and Providence Journal artist Don Bousquet, the book is a perfect fit for any island home, and the perfect gift for families and friends everywhere.

In the book, the illustrator has left behind his usual salty cartoon subjects and cleverly and hilarously submerged his familiar characters in the murky world of law.

The volumn is broken down into four chapter subjects, Lawyers & the Law, Politics and Politicians, Religion and Movies, Music, Sports, etc.

Should you buy a copy ($19.95) as a Christmas gift, chase John down and ask him to autograph it.

“Murphy was a lawyer...and a quahogger” will be a big read in Rhode Island for a good long time to come. Thanks, John!!

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RISings, a musical gathering of six chorale groups from throughout the state, will present a special program Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Our own Jamestown Community Chorus will be one of the performing groups. The event itself, the first of its kind, is the brainchild of JCC Director B.J. Whitehouse.

Richard D. Mathey, professor emeritus of music at B.J.’s alma mater, Bowling Green State University, is guest conductor.

Other groups performing are the Cranston Choral Company, Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus, Narragansett Bay Chorus, North Kingstown Community Chorus and the West Bay “HONK!” in its final week at the Community Center.

Tonight there is a family performance beginning at 6:30 with seats at only $5. Friday and Saturday night the shows begin at 7 and tickets cost $15 at the door. They’re $12 if purchased ahead of time at Baker’s Pharmacy or the Secret Garden. For seniors 65 plus and children 12 and under, tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

There is no Sunday performance. HONK!

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A few extra quacks for Damien Beecroft who Saturday celebrated his 7th birthday appearing in “Honk!” as the duckling Malcolm. How do you hug a duck? Very carefully.

*** Tired of Christmas yet?

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Therese Poisson read an article about “Threads of Love” in a sewing magazine eight years ago, and ever since then she has been making warm clothing for preemies.

Now joined by some 20 other volunteers who knit and crochet outfits, the group sends 1,200 sets a year up to Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, where Therese’s daughter works as a nurse in the preemie unit.

The knitters make sets of items that include a receiving blanket, nightgown, hat, and a stocking doll called an “I Love You Doll.” There are also bereavement kits for the little ones who don’t make it. Samples of the work are on display in the lobby of BankNewport. Supplies are picked up at Therese’s house, and the finished products are returned to her.

Questions? Call her at 4230872. Kudos to all!!!

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At least your dog thinks you’re boss. Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic explains in his Pet Tip of the Week.

“Does your Fluffy pee at your feet when you come home? This is called submissive urination and Fluffy is sending the message that he or she is submissive and that you are the pack leader. Do not yell, punish, or discipline a dog for this as you will just reinforce the behavior. The goal is to remove the excitement that leads up to it and to increase the dog’s confidence. When you come home, stay quiet and it is better if you ignore your dog completely for a few minutes.

“Discreetly let Fluffy out to urinate or have another family member take the dog out. Don’t make direct eye contact and don’t talk to them or at least use a low monotone voice. When the dog pees outdoors, lavish excesssive amounts of praise upon him or her. The goal is for the dog to get excited about peeing outdoors and to forget about showing their submissive nature inside. Playing fetch or tug of war for which they receive praise is another way to direct their attention outside and obedience training is a great way to build up a dog’s confidence for the future.” Thanks, Doctor! WOOF!!

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Some 1,760 pounds of food were added to the St. Mark food pantry during the Scouting for Food drive two weeks ago. The Troop 1 effort was headed up by Star Scout Michael Brendlinger.

Scoutmaster Dave Volpe said he and Michael “would like to thank the Jamestown community for its generous support of the Scouting for Food program.”

The two also praised the work of the troop members and their families in transporting and packing the food.

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Troop 1 camped out last weekend at Cachalot Scout Reservation in Plymouth, Mass., in the Myles Standish State Forest.

The scouts explored the reservation, participated in a five-mile compass hike, and worked on individual advancement. On Saturday, the troop prepared and devoured a classic Thanksgiving dinner followed by a campfire.

Members attending were Brian Volpe, Zack Volpe, Eric Archibald, Cameron Toppa, Josh Nolan, Daniel Bailey and Nick Fay.

Adult leaders on the trip were Scoutmaster Dave Volpe, Committee Member Phillip Lee and parent Sue Fay.

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Happy Birthday wishes and lots of hugs this coming week for three Press employees.

Jen Benoit had her day on the 14th and Donna Drago and Alice Dunn shared the 16th. One each is in her 30s, 40s, and 50s.

We do not know anyone who is willing to say which is which.

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I can’t begin to tell you ? ? ? ? ? ?. My world would end ? ? ? ? ?.

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Not many men look good with facial hair, Dr. Joe England is the exception.

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Kudos to Jamestown eighthgrader Allison Smith who was last week’s Newport Daily News’ Student of the Week. Allison was recognized for her athletic and scholarly achievements, her work ethic and leadership abilities. When she moves on to North Kingstown High School in the fall she will continue her pursuit of academic excellence and accomplishments in sports. Go girl!!

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There are only about 45 Entertainment Books available so if you’re thinking about one or two of them as Christmas gifts you better pick them up soon.

Bev Rudman of the PTO says they’re only $25 and are available at Baker’s, Slice of Heaven, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, and both school offices.

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Jamestown sculptor Kay Worden and North Kingstown sculptor Mimi Sammis will be guests of islander Deb Ruggiero on her television show “RI’s Amazing Women” Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. on RI PBS (Channel 36/Cox 8).

The artists will talk of their art, creative inspiration and a possible collaboration.

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Saturday is the date in 1863 that President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.

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We welcome your contributions to this column — birthdays, anniversaries and other good stuff.

You can call us at 423-0383 or 829-2760, e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com, or drop the item off at the Jamestown Press office, 42 Narragansett Ave.

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