2007-04-26 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 will add aprons to their uniforms on Saturday, May 5, and with the strains of beautiful opera music in the background, they will serve dinner to hundreds of islanders at the troop's annual Pasta Supper at St. Matthew's church.

The event gets going at 5 p.m. and winds up at 7 p.m. In between, diners will delight in their meatballs, pasta, bread, salad, a beverage and dessert.

Jim Archibald and John Keavy will be chefs for the evening. Maryann Toppa is the event's quartermaster.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. If you purchase your tickets from a Scout the troop will get half and the remaining half will go to the scout's various camping expenses. There will be tickets available at the door.



You have to feel badly for the island's Scouts who labored so hard to clean up Mackerel Cove beach the day before the nor'easter only to have Mother Nature show up and move the beach.


That was a real nor'easter, the kind we used to have when we were kids.


Break out those old penny loafers and get ready to swing as the Holy Ghost Society presents its USO night at the PAC Club this Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

The big band sound will be provided by the Jamestown Community Band. There will also be raffles and light refreshments.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will go to the society's scholarship fund and the USO.


Kudos to the four island marathoners who finished the big one in Boston in the following times: Andrea Brayman, 3:19:56; Kevin Barry, 4:11:42: Dana Brodin, 4:41:09; and Pamela Allen, 4:51:08.

Great job!!


The exceptional voices of three islanders will blend with the rest of a 30-voice choir in the world premiere of a new work by Enrico Garzilli being presented tomorrow and Saturday at the Providence Performing Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m.

Marsha Brome, Sue Clarke and Marsha Gutierrez have been in rehearsal since early February for Garzilli's "Michelangelo."

Members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Providence will take part in the production.

Ticket information can be obtained from www.ppacri.org or 401-421-ARTS.


A reader writes, "My husband and I drove by the police department on Saturday and the American flag was so ragged, it is a disgrace to look at. Maybe every family in Jamestown could pitch in a penny toward buying a new flag to fly and be proud of.

"Although I think there may be a few extra dollars in the budget that may cover the cost of a flag. If not, maybe petty cash."

Thanks Joanie, it's nice to know someone still cares.


The first three dog tags went this year to #1 Rose, a yellow lab; #2 Freddie, a brindle colored bull mastiff; and #3 Lilly, a yellow lab.

Tuesday is the deadline for registering your dog without paying a late fee.



The Rocket Dawgz send many thanks to Craig and Sarah Richardson of Beavertail Road; Heidi Moon of Conanicus Avenue; Blair and Elizabeth Boyer, Beavertail Road; and Joseph and Catherine Bettencourt of Howland Avenue.

Send us your money so we can blow it up. Mail your check to Firework's Fund, Box 1776, Jamestown 02835, or drop it off at the Jamestown Press office.



North Road in front of the entrance to the dump is disgraceful!


It would seem that San Francisco is the place for young Jamestowners to head out for.

A note from Bonnie Reilly who now lives in Middletown but was a long-time Jamestowner and a next door neighbor of Nancy Kolman referred to the item in last week's column about Nancy's son, San Francisco Councilman Ross Mirkarimi.

Bonnie's daughter, Erin, is the Community Relations Coordinator for the San Francisco Giants. She has seen Ross on numerous occasions but has never had the opportunity to mention she is also from Jamestown.

"However, this year one of her activities is the Project Green effort whereby the All Star Game that will be hosted by the Giants will mark the start of a year-long greening effort in San Francisco. Erin is the liaison between the Giants and the mayor's office, so she is sure of the opportunity to have a chat with Ross."


It's bug time again for you and your pets says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"Time to pass on a few warm weather reminders to keep your pets pest free. All pets that go outside should be on an appropriate topical flea and tick preventative. Also, all dogs should be on year round heartworm preventative. Indoor-only animals are not immune to fleas or mosquitoes that can come in when the doors and windows are open and those pets should also maintain prevention with the appropriate medicine.

"As our pets spend more time outside they also are more likely to pick up other parasites, some of which are zoonotic, meaning that they can infect people, too. Regular parasite checks on stool samples or regular de-worming regimens, especially for outdoor cats who hunt mice and birds, are equally as important as preventative measures to keep you, your pets, and your families as safe as possible."



Islanders Paul and Pat Jutras called to tell us that another fiveweek session of dance classes resume tonight at the Community Center.

Beginning their second series of instruction, the couple said the reason they are continuing is the ability of the teacher, Kana Kubota, to be "patient, fun and connect with every one of her students, giving them encouragement and enabling them to smile as they dance."

Kana drives in from her home in Manhattan where she lives and teaches dance. She also instructs at the Towers in Narragansett and in Westerly.

"Her commitment to her students and her passion for dance are outstanding," Paul and Pat said.

The schedule for tonight is Workout Latin exercise from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Beginner Latin from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Latin Ballroom (intermediate level) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The waltz and cha cha are on the docket for the new semester.



There are three times in a person's life when he or she is news. When you are born, when you marry and when you die.

It's a disgrace that some print media have relegated the latter to a paid advertisement.


John Doty is calling for the state to build a breakwater next to the seawall on Conanicus Avenue to protect the wall from future storm erosion.


The East Ferry Deli will donate the food and beverages for a combined social and cleanup meeting of geo-caching enthusiasts May 6 at Fort Wetherill.

The Deli will grill hot dogs and hamburgers and provide Gatorade, iced tea, fruit punch and water.

The gathering will be picking up and carrying trash out of the park area, They will also be removing graffiti and paint.

The Deli's Bob Umbenhauer described the refreshments donation as a way of rewarding the group for cleaning up the park.

He explained geo-caching as a "high tech treasure hunt." He said there are six geo-caches in the park at the present time.


Do you remember when we'd go into some restaurants and if we didn't have a tie the maitre D would lend you one?


Lock in July 28 on your calendar. That's the day you and your family are heading off to Horsehead to join up with the Jamestown Historical Society's Capital Campaign Committee.

There's going to be a party and fund-raiser on that day to kick off the final phase of the society's efforts to raise money to renovate the Jamestown Museum, build a storage vault for original papers and photographs documenting Jamestown's past and also to establish history programs.

That's July 28!


The full moon on Wednesday is the Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.


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