2011-09-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Jamestown will be represented in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 8. Islander Andrea Brayman, a teacher in Jamestown, qualified for the championship in an Ironman competition in Lake Placid, N.Y., on July 24. It consisted of a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride followed by a 26.2-mile run.

Andrea is seeking contributions to help defray the costs of travel expenses, housing, bike shipping and the race fee itself. Some 2,000 athletes will test their bodies, minds and spirits to earn the title of “Ironman.” Andrea said that the event centers on the dedication and courage shown by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “Anything is Possible.”

She lives here with her children Lexi, 13, Katy, 11, Ian, 8, and husband David. Andrea said she has watched the Ford Ironman events since she was a kid. “This is my chance of a lifetime.” Contributions to help get Andrea to Hawaii can be sent to 23 Washington Street, Jamestown, RI 02835.

*** The Jamestown Community Theatre has completed its cast for the November production of “The Wizard of Oz” and the munchkins are loose on the island once again. There is still a need for adults for the chorus. They will be needed only once a week on Sundays for about an hour until the last two weeks of rehearsals when the singers may be needed more often.

Additional roles in the musical are: Valerie Tarantino, Auntie Em; Tom Wiggin, Uncle Henry: Whit Tarantino, Ozian Guard 2; Caellum Kerr, Ozian Guard 1; Lauren Toland, Munchkin Doctor and Jitterbug Flying Monkey; Laura Smith, Mayor of Munchkin City, Jitterbug, Emerald City Hairdresser; Gaylen Dwyer, Jitterbug and Emerald City Chorus; Damien Beecroft, L’Arc de Ciel (rainbow); Jacob Maguire, Crow2, Emerald City Chorus; Liam Gamon, Mikko, Commander of the Flying Monkeys, Munchkin Braggart; Pam Watters, Emma Lennon, Sophia Dasmalchi, Isabel Sheehan and Anne Marie Keldron, Ozian Girls Glee Club; Anne Marie will also do “Reflections on the Wizard of Oz.”

Also: Maggie Owens, Crow 1, Emerald City Chorus; Hope Benson, Talking Tree 1, Emerald City Chorus; Madison Hodrick, Talking Tree 2, Emerald City Chorus; Libby LaMantia, Talking Tree 3, Winkie General; Philip Riley, Talking Tree 4; Isabella Varrecchione, Munchkin 2A and a City School Teacher; Alyssa Gibbs, Munchkin 1 and a City School Teacher, Emerald City Chorus; Julia Bush, Munchkin Coroner, Emerald City Chorus; Kensie Lennon, Munchkin Barrister and Emerald City; Henry Benson, Munchkin Toughie, Flying Monkey: Ani Tamboe, Munchkin Toughie, Flying Monkey; Bridgette Toland, Munchkin Toughie, Flying Monkey; (all the Toughies are Lollipop Kids) Rilely Tipton, Munchin Chorus, Crow 3, Emerald City Chorus; Bianca Melucci, Munchkin Farmer, Emerald City Chorus; Allison Bush, Julia Totten, Emma Lazzara and Julia Cotsonas, Munchkin Tots (Ballerinas); Emma Cotsonas, Sara Head, Ally Sabourin, Mia Bickerstaff and Michelle Gibbs, Munchkin Flowers; Michelle Gibbs is also in the Emerald City Chorus.

Whew! Have a lotta fun.

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Kudos to the town DPW for the great paving job on Howland Avenue and West Street.

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Poser:

He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me.”

As the smile ran away from his face,

“Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star,

If I could get out of this place.”

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This from Larry Lewis: “Great trivia question from John A. Murphy.

Alison ‘Pookie’ Fortin was a Pawtucket 10-year-old who, in 1974, wanted to play sanctioned Little League baseball but had been denied, due to her gender. Her parents brought suit in R.I. District Court, under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. While they lost, a clause in the national league’s charter was later revised, granting the right of girls to participate in Little League ball.

“What fascinates here is the prevailing sexism so inherent in the decision; the details of which are too myriad for your column. And, to think, that this wasn’t all that long ago!”

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If anyone was able to interpret the Conservation Commission’s bureaucrat speak in its list of items it would like addressed in the community plan revisions by the Planning Commission please call me and explain it.

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Jottings:

The toll booths on Route 95 is a lousy idea.

I thought we were broke. The state gave $1 million of your money to Toray Plastics for the environment and renewable energy. Why?

The state Economic Development Corporation has given a $1.5 million loan guarantee to a company pledging 40 new hires by 2016. Wow. Forty over five years!

The federal Department of Transportation is spending $745 million of your tax dollars so the Acela Express trains can go 160 mph. If you’re in that much of a hurry, fly.

Who are the strange people always standing behind the politician at the podium? Chuck Schummer is always there, but who are the others?

We can close down the East Passage for the Newport Bucket Regatta but not for an LNG tanker bringing money to the area. Is that about it?

If I never hear another politician use the phrase “punt the ball down the street,” it will be too soon.

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Marlene Murphy, Diane Allard and Keith Stevens pegged last week’s poser as “Leaving On a Jet Plane.” Keith added, “Written by John Denver in 1966 and included in his album ‘Rhymes & Reasons’ in 1969. Most well known version is by Peter, Paul and Mary, ‘Album 1700,’ in 1967. It was also done by other artists including Janis Joplin.”

Some of those other artists were the Chad Mitchell Trio, Jewel and Spanky and Our Gang.

Marlene, your prize is in the mail.

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A comment from Nikita Hellsing: “I’m always hearing the bicyclists squawk about ‘sharing the road,’ which is great except that they don’t seem to believe that they are supposed to follow the SAME rules that motor vehicles do, like stopping at stop signs and four-way stops. An example of this can be found at the four-way stop by the post office. I have observed a bicyclist who completely ignore the four-way stop, cutting off cars who had the right of way, who had stopped and waited their turn, never slowing down or looking back. Maybe if tickets were issued – no, that will never happen.

“Sharing the road is great but when the bicyclists are riding in the middle of the lane and when you toot your horn to let them know to move to the side, where they are supposed to ride their bikes, so you can pass, they turn around and look at you like you have four heads and then continue to ride in the center of the lane, forcing the car to move into the opposite lane to pass – THAT IS NOT SHARING.

“PS: When I say bicyclist I’m including the reflective tops and spandex shorts sported by adults who claim to know the rules.”

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September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, National Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, National Wilderness Month, National Preparedness Month and National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. A little something for everybody.

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Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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