2010-07-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Head Rocket ‘hog Gregg Charest reports that checks are in from Michael and Deborah Harrington of Walnut Street, B.J. Whitehouse and Christine Ariel on Steamboat Avenue, Mark and Deborah Swistak on Lincoln Street, Rob and Sue Vincent on East Shore Road, Carol and James Lake from Highland Drive, Susan and Lt. Col. Peter Gaynor of Southwest Avenue and Donald O’Laughlin on Felucca Avenue, who says, “Go bang, big time!”

Also donating were Fae and Ira Murphy on East Shore Road, Tim Baker and family on Walcott Avenue, Baker’s Pharmacy, anonymous, Patty Vandal of Hamilton Avenue, John Sugrue of Intrepid Lane, John and Charlotte Zarlengo, Joe Tamburini and Erica Gregg of Meadow Lane and Norm Berretta, who says, “Buy American!”

Phyllis Bedard at Trattoria also gave, as did Trish at McQuade’s, along with Eric Cote and Sally Schott, who both handed me cash in line at McQuade’s!

Gregg said,“Ilesh at Island Liquors is now carrying ground display fireworks and sparklers, and says that this week, he will donate proceeds from those sales to the Rocket ‘hogs!

“The Jamestown Community Band will play a short concert on the beach, and will also kick off the opening sequence with a special patriotic number!

“Money keeps coming in, but we’ve still got bills to pay...so keep it coming! P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, 02835.”

Big KABOOM! on Saturday at sunset.

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Belated kudos to two early Americans. Stephen Hopkins was born in Providence in 1707. Selfeducated, he became a member and speaker of the R.I. Assembly and in 1754, was a delegate to the Albany convention in New York, where he considered Benjamin Franklin’s early plan of Union. Hopkins spoke out against British tyranny long before the revolutionary period. He attended the first Continental Congress in 1774, leaving there in 1778 to return to Rhode Island to serve in its legislature. He died in 1785 at the age of 78.

William Ellery was born in 1727 in Newport and under the tutelage of his prominent father, Benjamin Ellery, attended Harvard College, graduating at age 15. He worked as a merchant, a collector of customs and the clerk of the R.I. General Assembly. He began to practice law in 1770 at the age of 43, and was active with the R.I. Sons of Liberty. He was sent to the Continental Congress in 1776. Meanwhile, he held the office of judge of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and in 1785, became a strong advocate for the abolition of slavery. He was the first (customs) collector of the port of Newport, under the provisions of the Federal Constitution. He was serving in that post at the time of his death in 1820.

These two gentlemen represented Rhode Island and signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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Some tips from Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic on how we can ease our pets’ anxieties during the upcoming holiday. “The noise from fireworks is the biggest concern for most pet owners on Independence Day. For pets that are scared of thunder and fireworks, the best thing to do is put them in a quiet part of the house or basement farthest from the noises, turn up the TV or music to mask the sounds, and distract them with good treats or chew toys to keep their attention off of the fireworks. Another tip is to really wear the dogs out on the day of the fireworks by taking them for a long walk or play session so they are tired and more likely to sleep through the noises. For dogs that are really scared, there are anti-anxiety medications that your veterinarian can prescribe to help calm your pet. Finally, be careful with all the outdoor grilling and parties, and keep your pets away from the grill and the grilled foods that might upset their bellies. And, be sure they don’t get too overheated in the hot sun.”

Thanks, doctor!

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Kudos to the Junior Women’s Club of Jamestown for the publication of the new, attractive island telephone directories.

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If you think the phrase “Safe and Sound Fourth” is relatively new, guess again. The motto was penned by Thomas Lansing Masson, 1866-1934.

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Sam Bari says that Peter Pemantell’s poser, Then the light begins to shine...is from “My Father’s Eyes” by Eric Clapton. Sam says, “Good one, Peter.”

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A note from Robert Higgins: “A happy day for shores residents – I just watched the red boat hull that has been sitting on the corner of Beacon and Garboard being towed away. The ugly boat hull has been an eyesore for over 12 years – happy days!”

Bob, there are no ugly boats, and, after all, this is an island and that’s where boats are.

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Kudos to Kettlebottom Outfitters for its participation in the R.I. Saltwater Anglers Association’s Take a Kid Fishing Day. Capt Ty Leger and First Mate Grandson Tom took two inner city youngsters fishing on the bay.

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Congratulations to islander Dr. Kimberly McDonough on her appointment to the Board of Trustees of Oceanpoint Financial Partners, MHC. She is founder and CEO of Advanced Pharmacy Concepts, Inc.

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The 1942 movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” brought accolades to actor James Cagney for his exceptional song and dance routines. What is the name and birth date of the person he portrayed?

*** Who was Joe Palooka?

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Word on the avenue is that the carrier “John F. Kennedy” will be berthed in the bay within a year.

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The July exhibition at the Jamestown Gallery gets underway tomorrow, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Featured guest artists are Diane Harrison, Ben Butler, Daniel Dahlstrom and Debra Lee Valeri. Co-op members participating are Joan Bishop, Cynthia Blair, Fran Gorman, Viv Eisner, Daniel Forster, Karen Imbriale, Eileen Muldoon, Kate Petrie and Pat Tuff.

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The Potter League for Animals will conduct its Happy Tails Day Camp this month and next. Space is still available for the allday sessions from July 5 to 9 for grades 2 and 3. Email susanr@ potterleague.org for details.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com.

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