2006-07-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

AAt 5:45 in the afternoon on

the Fourth, we got word at the beach that a storm cell Awas over central Connecticut and due here between 8 and 9 p.m.

The Tel-Star crew was in the middle of setting up. The weather radar showed a clear area behind the rain and estimated the front to last about 30 minutes.

The crew continued on, as if determined the shoot was going to go ahead as planned.

Just before 8, it started to rain. And rain, and rain. The fireworks were covered up, and some spectators began leaving the beach.

Disappointed, we sat in our truck looking at the storm clouds rushing east. Slowly the sun appeared through the overcast and a bright hole in the sky expanded gradually outward. The rain stopped.

The shoot was on, the crew went back to work, and instead of rain a deluge of people poured into the area.

A good time was had by all.

Two spectators were celebrating their birthdays that evening, Rachel Fox of Windsor, Conn., and Zoey Bates, a Jack Russell and shelty mix from Beacon Avenue. She was 4 on the 4th and her companion said Zoey loves the fireworks.

A donation was received from Trattoria Simpatico.

Special thanks go to the Jamestown Police Department for keeping order and moving the traffic with masterful perfection, the Jamestown Fire Department that got a little help from the weather, the EMS crew standing by just in case, the Town Clerk's Office, the recreation and public works departments, the Tel-Star crew, and the beach donors who contributed toward our balance of $2,089.41 that will go towards next year's blast.

We blew up $12,000.

And, the Rocket Dawgz always enjoy getting e-mails from people like Wendy Shapiro of Lawn Avenue who wrote: "Thanks! You guys did a FABULOUS job this evening! I moved to Jamestown last year and this was my second fireworks show. It was just incredible!!! I've never seen anything remotely as good as your display. Having it at Mackerel Cove is the perfect viewing spot for spectators. I can walk there from my house!"

KA-BOOM!

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The Tel-Star crew has its act together. One of the workers carries around a gas grill in the back of his pickup and cooks up cheeseburgers during setups.

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We also heard there was a substantial crowd on Shoreby Hill the night of the Fourth staring across the East Passage wondering where the noise was coming from.

*** We're with you, Kim.

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Saturday night someone is going to be making plans for a week cruise for two aboard the three-masted schooner Arabella.

But that person will have to have the highest bid for that trip at the St. Matthew's Summer Sale's silent auction.

The 75th annual event will take place Saturday on the church grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

The Arabella cruise can be taken out of Newport, where she berths in the summer, or from her winter mooring in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Jody Zeigler, chairwoman of the auction tables, said that if you prefer something less adventurous you can bid on a weekend for two at the Park South Hotel in New York City.

Other items include a set of wine glasses, beads from the Purple Door, and an hours worth of guidance from personal trainer Kathy Miller.

The raffle that day has some fun items, also. You can win flea and tick protection for your pet from the Jamestown Animal Clinic, a bottle of wine from the newly-renovated and beautiful Narragansett Cafe, two nights at the Jamestown B&B, a gift certificate from the Cathryn Jamieson Salon, a gift certificate for Chopmist Charlie's, a half day of kayaking for two, and a spa pedicure from the Cathryn Jamieson Salon.The church's junior warden, Marcia Glassie, said that other sale activities include old favorites like the famed lobster rolls, homemade chowder, hamburgers and hot dogs, home-made baked goods, children's games toys, books, garden items, furniture, appliances, sporting goods and attic treasures.

Proceeds from the day benefit the operation and outreach ministries of the parish.

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An island friend confided that he is being treated for Lyme disease. How long has the local deer problem been "under study" now?

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Bus monitors Veronika and Monty Neronha are inviting all Jamestown School students, their parents, siblings, and grandparents to a special viewing of the Neronha's Bayside Garden Railroad at 98 East Shore Rd. this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event was originally scheduled for June 24 but was rained out.

The Bayside Garden Railroad has over 500 feet of track with five running trains, eight miniature bridges, and 22 buildings. The plantings are all dwarf, Bonsai or miniature shrubs plus ground cover to match the scale of the buildings and bridges.

The railroad has been recognized by New England Cable News as one of the outstanding garden railroads in the Northeast. It was also one of the featured gardens in the Quononoquott Garden Club's tour of island gardens.

All youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Call 423-1391.

The rain date for the event is the next day, Sunday.

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Birthday greetings tomorrow to the island's Bastille Day babies.

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Your pet should be a part of your advanced planning for some unforeseen emergency says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"A little planning can go a long way when unexpected events occur, whether natural disasters or other emergencies. The best way to ensure that your pets are returned to you if they become separated, lost, or even stolen, whether in your neighborhood, on vacation, or during a natural disaster, is to make sure they have current identification tags. If your pets are microchipped be certain their info with the microchip database is correct. Nothing is more frustrating than finding a lost pet with no tags or instances where the owner paid for microchip registration but never updated the telephone number and address.

"Other backup measures for emergencies or disasters are to have your animal's medical information on hand, including current vaccinations and any medicines they may be taking. Having a backup leash, carrier, or harness in a very accessible area can also ensure their safety if you need to leave in a hurry and avoid a loss of potentially precious time." Thanks, Doctor.

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Brian Volpe and Nathaniel Hopkins from Troop 1 Jamestown have just completed the White Stag - BSA National Junior Leadership Training curriculum.

The training was at the Champlain Scout Reservation, where 64 Scouts from all over the Narragansett Council came together to learn the skills necessary for them to help lead their local troop.

Scoutmaster Dave Volpe said, "The skills they learn at this course are many, from team dynamics and motivation to how to plan a project, and how to give a presentation, just to name a few. Brian and Nathaniel now have 12 months to work on and complete their Personal Conference Goals, which are the practical application of the skills they learned put into action to help them become better leaders while helping to improve Troop 1 Jamestown activities. This is an outstanding program given by the Narragansett Council BSA, and we send two scouts every year."

The White Stag National Junior Leadership Training is being run by Jamestowner and former Troop 1 Scoutmaster Sally Wharton and her Eagle Scout son Steven Walsh. Great job, everybody!

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Congratulations to the islanders who were outstanding athletes at North Kingstown High School during the past year and have been recognized as AllStaters by the Providence Journal Bulletin.

They are: golf, Ian O'Dwyer and Michael Donnelly; baseball, Brendan McDevitt; girls' track, Caitlin Crawford, Alexandra Dolce, and Erin Brennan; boys' track, Owen White and Corey Lester; and girls' lacrosse, Coral Hines.

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Quincy Vital is spending 12 days visiting the Gomez family of Mast Street thanks to the Fresh Air Fund.

Rebekah Gomez says that Quincy is from New York City and here to get a taste of the country life. "The Fresh Air Fund has been around for centuries and sends inner-city children to host families in the country. It is a great experience for the child, as well as the host family, especially if the host family has children as well. If you see Quincy, please give him a big Jamestown hello!" Make that a big hug, too!

*** Be true!

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