2009-12-31 / Letters to the Editor

I think I’ll stay in Jamestown

I moved to Jamestown in October, after having lived in Philadelphia for about two years. I am rarely moved to write a letter to the editor, but there is something quite amazing about the people who call this island home.

I have been welcomed with open arms by everyone from the deli clerk at McQuade’s to the bartenders and chefs at Chopmist Charlie’s. At the service station behind the Mobil, mechanics went out of their way to fix my flat tire — in the pouring rain, at five minutes to closing time — with smiles on their faces! When I thought I had run out of heating oil, the Conanicut Island Energy Company immediately offered to come out to see what was wrong. I had spent the previous three days trying to get someone off island who had originally serviced the burner to even return my calls!

Victoria Hellewell has been my wonderful massage therapist. When I told her that I was the new executive director/CEO of Big Sisters R.I., she showed up at my doorstep the day before Thanksgiving with book donations for our teen girls, crafts for the little kids and clothing donations for our donation center!

I met Missy at Slice one afternoon, who invited me to participate in next year’s play, and Laura at Cathryn Jamieson Salon, who told me all about Jamestown “night life.” I met Joan and Billy at Trattoria Simpatico one night, who invited me to go clamming and play cards. I got a great recipe for rum cake from the staff at Grapes and Gourmet, and Julie, my landlady, came out to lay a fire in the wood stove when I thought I had run out of oil. The list goes on and on.

When I lived in Philly, I rarely had a conversation with a local — never mind someone going out of their way to be kind. When I lived on Cape Cod, it took years to be accepted and I always felt like an outsider in Atlanta and Seattle. In two and a half months, I feel more at home here than anywhere I have lived. I am living in a winter rental as I wanted to see what living here would be like — I love it! Thank you to everyone who has shown me what island living is all about. I think I’ll stay!
Deb Saunders

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