2010-07-29 / News

Chamber Chatter

By Peter Brockmann
It’s been a busy year so far, and the big event is yet to come. Charlie and Arlene Petit have been working closely with John Collins and Jane Lee on the new Chamber website. The site, with updated information, photos and graphics, should be launched by the end of August, so be on the lookout for it.

This month’s After Hours event – the annual “Weenie Roast” – was held at Dutch Harbor Boat Yard, where the crowd enjoyed a delicious BBQ, harbor cruises, raffles and a spectacular sunset. Thank you to Larry Eichler and his team at the boat yard for hosting the event!

The next After Hours event will be a bit different from most other such events. It will be held on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 45 Pemberton Ave. – a block or so behind the Portuguese American Citizens Club. Some of you might know this address as the Jamestown Housing Authority apartments, although I’m guessing that many islanders are completely unfamiliar with this facility.

The JHA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofi t unaffiliated with the town, owns and/or operates two facilities totaling 47 apartments. They are rented exclusively to low-income elderly and/or disabled individuals. Residents and non-residents of Jamestown are equally welcome as tenants.

Occupancy is determined by order on a waiting list; currently, three years for efficiency apartments and five years for one-bedroom units. Ronald DuPonte, JHA executive director, encourages anyone who thinks they, or someone they know, might be in need of such housing in the near future to get on the waiting list now.

During my visit with Ron, I was impressed by the compassion and professionalism of the management, as well as with the physical plant itself. Things can get quite difficult at times for the residents, so JHA welcomes donations of food and household items, and monetary donations, too (no cash, please).

The Aug. 5 event will be in the community room and will provide an opportunity to tour the facility, hear a brief presentation, and enjoy food, drink and networking.

Then, mark your calendars for Saturday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. for the annual “Night At” gala to be held this year under a tent in the upper fields at Watson Farm.

Held in conjunction with Historic New England’s 100th anniversary, this annual event should be the best and biggest yet – live music (Cajun zydeco!), a delicious dinner served up from the brandnew Chuck Wagon at Chopmist Charlie’s, an open wine and beer bar, and a silent auction – all in an amazing setting with incredible views of the bridges and sunset.

This year, Historic New England – the owner of Watson Farm – will be the recipient of event proceeds to be used to continue improving the view corridor along scenic North Main Road.

Tickets are $65, and are available through the Chamber and at Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store, East Bay Bed & Breakfast, Grapes & Gourmet, The Purple Door and Watson Farm.

A local favorite, salt water taffy, will be out this week at various stores in town!

Lastly, if you are not yet a Chamber member, I encourage you once again to consider it. Check out our website at www.jamestownrichamber. com for more information, including the calendar of upcoming events.

Cheers – hope to see you soon!

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