2011-11-03 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Last weekend members of Jamestown’s Boy Scout Troop 1 dropped off plastic bags at local residences as the first step of their 24th annual Scouting for Food drive. The scouts will be back Saturday, Nov. 5, to pick up the bags with everyone’s food donations.

The bags should be out in front of houses by 9 a.m. All collected items go to the St. Mark Food Bank to help needy islanders. Scoutmaster Jim Archibald says that if you did not receive a bag or your bag was not picked up, call him at 423-3094. Donated food items must be nonperishable with an emphasis on protein, wholegrain cereals, rice, juice and canned or dried fruits and vegetables. Star Scout Owen Baertlein is in charge of setting up zones on the island and assigning his fellow scouts to cover the areas.

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Jamestown’s Ironman, Andrea Brayman, has returned home after successfully completing the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, with a time of 11 hours, 25 minutes. In that time, she swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles.

She writes, “Kudos to my family and the Jamestown community for supporting me and helping me get to Hawaii. My Kona experience was amazing. Thank you to my sponsors NBX, Kettlebottom Productions and Smith Optics. In addition, I received many in-kind donations from friends, family, and residents from the island… making Hawaii possible. Mahalo!

“If you ever think you can’t do the unthinkable, think again. Just ask Scott Rigsby, the first double amputee to finish Kona. Scott was back this year and I was lucky enough to spend time with him. He is a true testament to the ironman mantra of ‘Anything is Possible.’ Ko Aloha La Ea.”

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It’s a disgrace what the state DOT has done to the businesses on Narragansett Avenue.

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There was a good response to last week’s poser. Kathy Tiexiera, Mike Messinger, Liz Dunphy, Cheryl Fernstrom and Elizabeth Mancini all had the answer. Elizabeth wrote, “The lyrics for this week’s poser are for ‘Thriller,’ which was sung by the late, great Michael Jackson. However, the actual lyrics printed in the column were part of a voice-over by Vincent Price in the recording/video. The ‘Thriller’ video is a classic, especially the terrific choreography. This video is particularly poignant at this time of year!”

I’m gonna thrill ya tonight, ooh baby,

I’m gonna thrill ya tonight, oh darlin’,

Thriller night, baby, ooh!

Thanks, guys! You did so good with that one, how about this one.

*** Poser: Years spent in torment, Buried in a nameless grave,

Now he has risen,

Miracles would have to save,

Those that the beast is looking for,

Listen in awe and you’ll hear him.

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Jottings:

We note that the federal government is giving away an additional $111,775 of taxpayers’ money to erect the island wind turbine. Since it is stimulus money, how many new jobs will that create?

Life has become a series of beeps.

Did you know Congress sends your tax dollars as foreign aid to China?

Someone should tell our friends at Save the Bay that extra high tides are common this time of year.

Don’t understand all the media fuss over an old-fashioned nor’easter.

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Kudos to islander Candace Powell who has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. She is also the founder and current organizer of the Conanicut Island Bird Count.

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Debra Vierra Murphy is happy to report it has been a busy few months for her in the performing arts profession. “I did background work for the movie ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and also was in the flash mob dance with Jackie Henderson’s dance group in Newport. Jackie is an awesome dancer and choreographer and fun to work with! I was also recently cast in ‘Dark Nights’ to be performed at Second Story Theatre on Nov. 13.”

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Sixty-two years have past since Rita Murray founded the Jamestown Community Chorus in 1949. At the chorus’ annual holiday presentation on Dec. 11, Rita’s daughter, Jane Murray, will be playing oboe in the chamber orchestra that will be accompanying the chorus. Jane plays oboe and English horn for the R.I. Philharmonic and teaches at URI, Salve, St. George’s and other places, and also runs the community music program in the URI Music Department. She was recently singled out in Channing Gray’s ProJo review of a R.I. Philharmonic concert. Other instruments in the chamber orchestra will be two violins, viola, cello, bass, two trumpets, tympani and piano.

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Kudos to Julia Littlefield, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at the Melrose School who was named last week’s student of the week in the Newport Daily News.

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Hayley Carlisle said she is still working on the laugh, an important prerequisite for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

“It’s fun to have a part that’s kind of crazy,” she said. This is her third play with the JCT. She appeared in “Little Women” and was Cinderella in last year’s production. The 14-year-old freshman at La Salle Academy explained that she is normally a dancer but had knee surgery and is now in therapy. Her acting talent keeps her performing. “I love the play. Mary Wright is amazing and the whole cast is very talented.”

Just as her dad, Clayton, was the king to her Cinderella, this time he is the Wizard. “It’s a fun character, he’s full of bluster,” he said. Clayton began appearing in JCT plays in “Music Man” and has had roles in some 10 different plays since then. How does he feel about being in the same plays with his daughter? “I love watching her perform,” he replied.

Performances will be at the rec center Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov.19, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m.

“Very well, I’ll bide my time. But just try to stay out of my way – just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

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Saturday night, Nov. 5, from 7 to 11, the Jamestown Arts Center will host its big Bombay Bash, the second annual community fundraiser at the center. There will be cocktails and dancing to the Bombay beats of DJs Riff Raff & Njoy. Henna tattoos and chakra readings will be provided by the Cathryn Jamieson Salon, and an exotic boxes silent auction will feature local artists. Event chairs are Suzanne and Dan O’Donnell and Varsha and Ilesh Patel. Tickets are $55 per person online or at Baker’s Pharmacy and the Conanicut Marine Services Ship’s Store. They are $60 at the door.

Sponsors are the Narragansett CafĂ©/Jamestown Fish, Bridge Technical Solutions, Conanicut Marina, Taste Design, Walker Interiors, Ace’s Pizza, BankNewport, East Ferry Deli, Island Realty, Island Rubbish, Janney & Associates, Lila Delman Real Estate, Salon Balayage, Christopher Regan Insurance, Secret Garden, Chopmist Charlie’s, Island Animal, Jamestown Golf Course, Jamestown Wine & Liquors, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Jamestown Hardware and Innerlight Yoga.

Revel on!

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November is National Hospice Month, Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month and National American Indian Heritage Month.

Next Wednesday, Nov. 9, is World Freedom Day.

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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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