2011-09-15 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Rehearsals for the Jamestown Community Theatre’s presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” began last week, but Anza DiGasper has been singing and memorizing her lines as Dorothy since July when she was selected to play the lead role.

Anza, who will be 10 on Monday, is a fourth grader at Melrose Avenue School and has already appeared in three JCT plays. She was the fairy godmother in training in “Cinderella” and an oompa loompa in “Willie Wonka.” Anza’s hobbies include snowboarding, singing, acting, dancing and writing. When she’s not doing any of those, she said she enjoys just hanging out with her friends.

As for the production, she said, “ The directors are doing a good job getting the play together. It’s going to turn out to be a great play.” Anza has two brothers, Sam, 15, Milo, 14, two cats, George and Hobbes, and a dog named Bosco, all a willing audience.

We look forward to Anza’s performance in November.

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The Jamestown Women’s Club has donated $250 to Andrea Brayman to help her with her expenses in getting to the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 8. She qualified for the event in Lake Placid, N.Y., in July by completing a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. The competition centers on the dedication and courage shown by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “Anything is possible.” You can help Andrea achieve her “chance of a lifetime” goal by sending a contribution to 23 Washington St., Jamestown, RI 02835.

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There was good response to last’s week’s poser. Cheryl Fernstrom, George L. James, Elizabeth Mancini, Debra Vierra Murphy, Kurt Nelson and Jill Anderson responded with the answer “Taxi” by Harry Chapin. Kurt commented, “Woo hoo! That’s two weeks in a row I knew the song. Someone my age must have submitted them.”

Jill recalled Harry Chapin: “It’s wonderful to be reminded again about the late/great Harry Chapin. His song ‘Taxi’ was the only one to get radio play because all of his other ballads were just too long for the times allotted in those (early 1970s) days. I had the pleasure of seeing him in concert numerous times, my favorite venue was the Warwick Musical Theater tent which Harry called fondly ‘the rotisserie.’

“Although he died in July of 1981, his dedication to eliminate world hunger is being carried on by his foundation led by his brother Steven Chapin. Every year in February there is a huge fundraiser in his name, led by Steven, on Boca Grande Island in Florida to benefit the Harry Chapin World Hunger Food Bank. Most of his former band members come to perform in his memory. Does anyone remember Big John Wallace? Ahh, Mr. Tanner…”

Thanks, guys!

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Two island families have adopted cats from the Potter League for Animals. Alexa Furtado brought home Lucy, a multi-colored 2-year-old. Alexa lost her 10-yearold cat Chloe to a coyote in May. She said Lucy is “great company.”

Michelle Pages adopted Sirona, a 2-year-old calico. She now shares a home with Risbee, a 2-year-old female black lab. Michelle said, “Sirona is a blessing to our family! We love her so much. She cuddles with us every night on the couch. Sometimes she overcuddles.” Michelle’s daughter, Cadence, 5, is the pets’ overseer, providing their food and water.

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Jottings:

The federal ATF head is fired for botching a sting operation. But it’s okay, he’ll continue receiving your taxpayer dollars as a senior advisor at the Department of Justice. Evidently ineptness is welcomed at the DOJ. Who is responsible for the billions of taxpayer money that has been lost in Afghanistan and why hasn’t he been fired? Or moved over to the DOJ?

Anyone know where I can get food stamps so I can go to Subway?

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Following up on my comment about the four corners being a harrowing experience during the power outage, a reader wrote, “Yes it was! It seems that everyone thought that they were there first. Much like four-way stop signs: roll, or barrel right on through.” Jim Pemantell said. “Most of the time it is a harrowing experience driving through the four corners when the red light is working.”

Perhaps we need a roundabout.

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Poser:

You tell me mistakes,

Are part of being young,

But that don’t right,

The wrong that’s been done.

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The Halloween advertising has begun. Six more weeks of costumes and candy.

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Boy Scout Troop 1 leadership roles have been filled by Scoutmaster Jim Archibald and Senior Patrol Leader Zach Neronha. They are: Owen Baertlein and Truman Christie, assistant senior patrol leaders; Finn Dwyer and Josh Nolen, guides; Ryan Geib and Hayden Maclean, instructors; Ian Archibald, patrol leader 1; John Waddington, patrol leader 2; Joshua Masterson, patrol leader 3; Ethan Holt, patrol leader 4; Mason Kelly, Order to the Arrow troop representative; Kenny Baertlein, chaplain aide; Jackson Hawkins, quartermaster; Jacob Maguire, librarian; Robert Cassidy, historian; Henry Pratt, scribe; James Lawless, webmaster; and Elliot Italiano, tubular (bugler on tuba).

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Islanders Carrie Chase, Libby Lamantia and Ani and Sam Ayvazian Hancock joined other members of the Newport YMCA Wahoos Summer Swim Team cleaning up the beaches and grounds at the Sachuet Point Wildlife Refuge.

Great job, guys!

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The Jamestown Arts Center will host open figure drawing Monday evenings from 7 to 9 at 18 Valley St. Open to all levels, there will be no instruction, just feedback from other artists if desired. The fee is $15 per session and you must be 18 or over. Bring your own drawing materials. Easels and model will be provided. Questions? Call 662-3839.

The center asked me to model, but NFL football is on Monday nights.

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Next week is National Farm Safety and Health Week and today through Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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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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