2011-10-27 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Each dog that shows up for the Jamestown Fitness Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29, will receive a treat bag courtesy of Island Animal. There will also be dog biscuits and poop bags.

The costumed canines will begin their walk down Narragansett Avenue at 10 a.m. from in front of the fire station. Kids with their Halloween regalia will follow 15 minutes later. Halloween candy will sweeten the youngsters’ march, but they must be careful not to give any chocolate to the dogs. The best costumes in the categories of little dogs and big dogs will be rewarded with gift certificates for Island Animal. Gift cards for Toys “R” Us will be awarded for the best costumed child 5 and under, and for the 6- to 10-year-old kids. Judges will observe incognito along the parade route.

The parade was inspired by a fundraiser for the former Paws & Claws and its animal charities that was held a few years ago. Barbara Lundy of Jamestown Fitness, the lone sponsor of this year’s event, said, “That parade was held before Christmas in December and I always believed it would be more appropriate to have a dog costume parade around Halloween. The weather is also much better for a parade in October versus December. The addition of kids in costume will be a great plus and offer the children a chance to show off their Halloween costumes. It’s important that the dogs go first as a group because we don’t want any children intimidated by them – that is why the children will parade separately.”

Parking is available on Narragansett Avenue and also at St. Mark Church and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. There is no rain date and Barbara asks that anyone with connections please request good weather.

Woof!

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Jane Kennedy, 4, and her brother Peter, 3, will be a rainbow bird and a super hero respectively on Halloween. *** Will the island ghosts be out wandering Monday night? When the Bay Voyage Inn was floated across the East Passage from Middletown in 1889, it evidently brought with it the ghosts of a woman and a little boy. Throughout the years guests staying at the hotel have reported the sounds of a little boy running up and down the halls while a woman, thought to be the boy’s mother, remains on the third floor. Even though the hotel was renovated in the late 1980s, a desk clerk told me last week that the ghostly activity has continued.

Then there was the incident reported in 1998 by two night divers at Fort Wetherill. The brothers said that after packing up their gear they started pulling out of the parking lot when they saw a woman ghost walking a dog and wearing a long white gown. The woman and dog were both glowing with a white fog. She had no face.

So, when you’re roaming the island streets on Halloween night, stay alert. You might not be alone.

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What’s the hold up on the blacktop downtown? The merchants are losing business.

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Nathan Pickett, 10, will be a zombie nerd.

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Kudos to grandson Tom for successfully completing the 100-ton masters course at Confident Captain in Newport.

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Cows rule!

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C.J. Michalik, 11, will be a sunfl ower.

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Elizabeth Mancini and Debra Vierra Murphy say correctly that last week’s poser is Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.” It hasn’t been that many years, Deb.

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Jottings:

Why when the post office is wallowing in debt does it still insist on increasing postage 1 cent at a time? Push the price of stamps to 50 cents and be done with it.

We note that a confessed Middletown murderer has been sentence to life, but eligible for parole in 20 years, for the brutal murder of his young daughter. Taxpayers will now have to pay to clothe, feed and house him. There must be a better solution. How about a return to the old chain gangs and let him help taxpayers by repairing our embarrassing roads?

Human rights are for humans, not the evil like Gadhafi.

Brown University is in its own strange world.

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Kate Miles, 5, will be Rapunzel.

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Islanders are asked to join the “Breast Friends Unite” team that will be walking Sunday, Oct. 30, at Roger Williams Park at 9 a.m. Susan Baccari-Varrecchione said the team will help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. “We would like you to show your support for Karen Rafanelli, our friend, neighbor, teacher, cousin, aunt, sister and mother by joining our team on this walk.”

If you are unable to make the walk, consider sending a donation to the American Cancer Society, Providence MSABC, 931 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 3004, Providence, RI 02886-2233. Notify Susan of your contribution at sbaccari@cox.net.

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Annie Kirby, 2, will be a princess.

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Poser:

Darkness falls across the land,

The midnight hour is close at hand,

Creatures crawl in search of blood,

To terrorize y’alls neighborhood.

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Allison Bush, who turned 8 last Saturday, will be a werewolf.

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Congratulations to islander George Zainyeh for his appointment as chief strategy officer at Family Service of Rhode Island.

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Get warmed up for the Bombay Bash and attend Shabaz India, independent films from India, at the Jamestown Arts Center next Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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The Jamestown PTO will sponsor Halloween Roller Skating on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Narragansett Ocean Club. Jamestown students will take part in a costume contest. They can bring their own skates or rent them for $2. All children must have adult supervision. The price at the door is $4 per child and $10 per family. The concession stand will have Halloween goodies.

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BOO!

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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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