2006-01-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Charlie has a new home! The Paws & Claws poster

dog, probably the bestknown canine on the island, has been adopted by Martina Baugh and her 12-year-old son Sam. Charlie’s face with the distinctive white eye brows was seen during Christmastime surrounded by a wreath in Paws & Claws’ print advertisements.

This is the third dog that Martina has adopted from Paws & Claws. All have been older dogs. Charlie is estimated to be about 8. “I love older dogs. They need someone to love them and take care of them, to make them happy.”

He was getting lots of love and appeared happy in the Baugh’s Knowles Court home Saturday. Martina said Charlie, a sheperd and husky mix, was doing great, appeared happy, and had taken over a recliner. “He’s real mellow, a couch potato.”

Sam, a dog lover, was enjoying Charlie’s presence and giving him a good stomach rub. “He hasn’t barked yet,” he noted.

Charlie joins Martina and two other dogs at work afternoons at Conanicut Marine Services. “We’re a dog-friendly office. Charlie gets along with everybody,” Martina said.

The dog was the subject of an item in this column on Dec. 22. Jamestown Animal Control Officer Catherine Gregory in a Christmas letter had pleaded for help getting Charlie new hips. “He has a gentle nature and a big heart. Unfortunately, he also has extremely bad hips. . . . Who will be Charlie’s Angels?” Cathy wrote.

James D’Alessandro before (above) and after (below). James D’Alessandro before (above) and after (below). Martina and Sam are certainly two of the angels. She said Paws & Claws has raised enough for one hip, and blood work has been completed. Charlie may get the first replacement this week at the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

And he’s assured of a comfortable home for rehab while he awaits the second hip. Kudos to everyone!! Woof!!

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Islander Courtney Wassel is mentioned in the December 2005 issue of Rhode Island Monthly. The magazine did a special on 11 Great Day Spas. Reprieve in Warwick, where Courtney is a

massage therapist, received very complim e n t a r y reviews. It is a medical antiaging spa, the first of its kind in Rhode Island.

Sounds like our kind of place. Take some wrinkles

off the old

Walrus.

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James D’Alessandro of Narragansett Avenue is the first Jamestown boy to donate his hair to Locks of Love.

The 10-year-old fifth-grader at the Jamestown School said that although he thought it important “to donate my hair to cancer kids,” he’s in no hurry to grow it out again.

During the past two years, James had been without a haircut and had amassed a nine-and-ahalf inch ponytail. His mom, Dianne Grippi, said, “James endured lots of tangles, combing, and even mistaken identity. People who did not know him would often ask if he was a ‘she.’

James checked on Locks of Love, liked what his friends said, and went over to the Cathryn Jamieson Salon, where hair stylist Katie Leonard removed his ponytail. “I think it’s great that he did it. He was happy to get it off his head after all that time,” Katie told us.

His mom explained that it takes about three pony tails for each hairpiece. She explained that Locks of Love makes wigs for children with long-term hair loss, due to illness, stress or reactions to different medications. Some 80 percent of all donors are children.

“He’s trying to get other boys to do it. I’m happy he did it. We’re proud of him,” Dianne said. “I loved it long. Long hair is more popular again, so it’s funny now to see him with short hair, but it’s a great cause, and we’re hoping he’ll start growing it again.”

There’s probably little chance of that. James told us he likes it better short. “I don’t need to comb it.” Kudos, James!!

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Academic enrichment? (subjects) Instructional groups? (classes) School speak! It boggles the mind.

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Will someone please screw a new bulb into the police department’s flag pole spot light!

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It’s time to inspect your pet’s Christmas toys says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic in his Pet Tip of the Week.

“The holidays have come to an end and many pets have new toys. Pay attention to how their toys and treats are holding up. If chew toys or stuffed animals are getting rough around the edges, it is better to throw them out and replace them with something sturdier. Do not let your pets tear off small pieces that they may eat or get stuck in their mouth or throat. Certain chew toys like kongs are very sturdy and hard for a dog to destroy, while things like tennis balls or soft squeaky toys may be too easily eaten by your pet.

“As for cats, be careful with anything with string or tassels because cats may swallow those strings and make themselves very sick. Letting your cat chase a laser light or replacing feather toys as they get wrecked will help keep your pet from any unscheduled doctor visits.” Woof!!

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The Narragansett Cafe is rising from the ashes.

Owner Dan Alexander told us last weekend that he’s had a twoman crew working inside constantly, and they’ve finished pulling everything out that needed to be removed.

He said things have been moving slower than he thought they would, but he sees that as a plus. “The delay has actually been pretty good. It gives us time to think,” he said.

He now sees reopening near the end of February.

Dan explained that customers will find few differences. The biggest change will be re-locating the stage to the southeast corner of the room. “The bands will then be playing towards the front.” The old stage area will be the dance floor, taking it away from the doors. It can also be used at other times for dining.

Dan said he hopes to get the roof done this week. Most of the bar will remain the same but there will be a new wood floor and new drop ceilings. The working area of the kitchen has been enlarged and new equipment installed including a gas stove and grill. The electrical system will be upgraded and new airc o n d i t i o n e r s installed.

“It’s taking time,” Dan said, “but we’re taking the building another 25 years or so.”

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C o n a n i c u t Marine Services, Inc. will bring its Wellcraft fleet to the Rhode Island C o n v e n t i o n Center starting today for a fourday stint at the Providence Boat Show.

Bill Munger said CMS will bring along 29foot, 25-foot and 18-foot models. In addition, he will have a full array of Honda motors.

Located in two adjacent booths on the main floor the company will also be promoting its boat-yard services.

Bill said the boat show is “a lot of fun as well as productive.”

The event is open from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Put a little summer in your lives and stop by and see Bill and his crew.

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Great response to “Jeepers creepers where’d you get those peepers, jeepers creepers where’d you get those eyes.”

Maribeth Traer wrote, “A favorite of my husband Jim, especially when he’s singing to our grandchildren.”

Other correct responses came from Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh, Elizabeth Connelly, John A. Murphy, Bob and Betty Kinder, and Patty Vandal from down in the warm country where she reads the Press online.

If I could be with you ? ? ?, If I were free to do ? ? ? ?

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The Jamestown School Nurse’s Offices report in the Jamestown Warrior the illnesses of the week.

The January 6 issue for both offices reported flu, fevers, bad colds, stomach bugs with diarrhea or vomiting, and vacations.

We couldn’t find out how to catch vacations.

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Ted Zachadnyk says if you know a Ukranian wish him or her a happy Ukranian New Year on Saturday.

*** Be true!

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