2011-07-07 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Kudos to the Rocket ‘hogs for a great show. Donations for the annual fireworks can be made year round. Send your check to the Rocket ‘hogs at P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835. If you send it in as a gift in someone’s name we’ll mention it in the column.

Head ‘hog Gregg Charest reports that donations came in last week from Eileen and Steven Teixiera; Catherine Willingham; Joan and John McCauley; the Cerilli family; Sally and Peter Schott; Mark and Deborah Harrington; Agnes Filkins; Dr. Sue Kelly; Irene Roditakis and Peter Swenton; the Bresnan Shipping Corporation; Gary and Margaret Jacobsen; Conanicut Marine Services; Dot Norton; Francis and Alexandra Hope Darrigan; Charles V. Osenton; Margueritte and Walter Bopp; Joellen Quaglietta and Arthur Fiorenzano; Jill and Frank Meyer; M. Theresa Paiva-Weed; Norman Beretta; the Jamestown Early Learning Center; Tim, Kevin and Ryan Baker; Kristen and Phillip Zhivago; the Evan Corporation and Suzanne and Mark Grosby.

Gregg said, “We are extremely thankful for everyone who donated so generously at McQuade’s. We certainly couldn’t have done it without those donations. The ‘hogs are very happy with the show overall, and we’ll see you next year on the beach.”

Kaboom!

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Kristin Zhivago contributed to this year’s display and offers this suggestion to the ‘hogs. “It occurs to me they’d get a lot more money if they would say how close, or far, they are from their goal, starting a month or two before the fireworks. If those of us in the community knew they were close or not, we might step up our giving accordingly. Just a small mention in your column, perhaps, each week, saying how much came in and how much is still needed. Can’t help but notice stuff like this, given my line of work.” (Kristin is a revenue coach and president of Zhivago Management Partners.) ***

Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh, Kath O’Neill and Roxy Smith pegged last week’s poser as “God Bless the USA.” Roxy said she has sung it many times as a member of the Newport Navy Choristers. Lee Greenwood wrote the song in 1983 and it received a lot of play after 9/11 as patriotism finally became a priority in America, for a short time anyway.

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Congratulations to Police Chief Edward Mello. Welcome to the island.

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The Bayside Garden Railroad is stoking its boilers for an open house for Jamestown students and employees. It will take place at the home of Veronika and Monty Neronha on 98 East Shore Road on Saturday, July 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Parents, siblings and grandparents are also invited to the special viewing.

The railroad has over 500 feet of track with five running trains, miniature bridges and 22 buildings. The plantings in the village surrounding the tracks are all dwarf, bonsai or miniature shrubs. The ground cover matches the scale of the buildings and bridges. The railroad has been recognized by the New England Cable News TV stations as one of the outstanding garden railroads in New England. It has also been one of the featured gardens in the island’s Quononoquott Garden Club’s tour.

All youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. The rain date for the open house is Sunday, July 17. Questions? Call 423-1391.

All aboard! *** Tomorrow is Mim’s birthday. Hugs, please!

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Jottings:

There is no common sense anymore.

We can relax for awhile; the General Assembly is in recess.

I still see the word “fisherperson” in print.

A pox on chain restaurants that show us pictures of juicy, thick steaks on TV, but when you order one it comes out of the kitchen a small, black unrecognizable piece of beef. And, it costs $17.

Trying to get plastic food container lids off without pliers is driving me nuts. Then try to get them back on again without a hammer.

Why do people in news photos always “look on?” How about watch, observe or listen?

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Poser:

I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me.

I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees.

I guess you’d say,

What can make me feel this way?

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Will the person who sent us an e-mail about the Rocket ‘hogs and McQuade’s please send it through again. I hit the wrong key.

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Using materials he utilized while covering the Red Sox for the ProJo and ESPN, Steven Krasner will conduct a writing workshop for school-aged children and their older companions on Friday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. He will bring along replicas of artifacts from the Baseball Hall of Fame and conduct a Q-and-A on a range of baseball topics. The workshop will consist of fiction and nonfi ction writing.

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Poetry Outloud, an evening of poetry and performance, will be held at the Jamestown Arts Center on Thursday, July 14, beginning at 7 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will include Tom Chandler, R.I. Poet Laureate Emeritus; Mike Cellemme; Amber Johnson, national and Rhode Island state champion; Teresa Murray and Mary Wright.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtnw alrus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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