2012-11-29 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

A little about me: I was born and raised in Jamestown and love everything about this island. Before moving back home to raise our family, I was a commercial lender in the Boston area. I always loved reading “The Walrus Says” when I would come home on holidays, and although I can never replace Jim Munro, I look forward to writing this weekly column about Jamestowners and what is happening in this island community.

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Future Hall of Famers were spotted at the recreation center Monday night when kindergartners through third-graders kicked off their winter basketball season. Coaches James Chamberlain, Alex Burke, Kevin McDermott and Ashlin Gillis will rest up before the fourth- through eighth-grade program begins Saturday at Lawn Avenue School with head coach Eric Bush. It is not too late to sign up! Call Jill at 423-7260.

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The Thursday Night Crew held Turkeybowl V on Thanksgiving Day. The 30 locals playing raised more than $300 dollars. All funds go to families and children in need in Jamestown, Providence, Middletown and Cranston. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA FURTADO The Thursday Night Crew held Turkeybowl V on Thanksgiving Day. The 30 locals playing raised more than $300 dollars. All funds go to families and children in need in Jamestown, Providence, Middletown and Cranston. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA FURTADO Looking forward to hitting the Jamestown Arts Center tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. for the small works opening reception.

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Island Realty will host an open house on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. during the tree lighting. They will serve hot and cold cider, cookies, and hand out red and green glow necklaces for the kids.

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Happy 65th Birthday Mary Wright!

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Jamestown’s Katy Brayman finished the cross-country season running fast as she placed second in the middle school state meet on Oct. 27. The girls’ team had a great day with a fifth-place finish. Katy went on to place 13th in the New England championship, which qualified her for the regional competition held in Long Island on Nov. 18. She raced well and finished in 35th place out of 200 runners. Her motto – “I run when I want to” – certainly paid off!

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Get your scissors. Tomorrow is the last day for Melrose and Lawn students to bring in box tops.

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Island ballerinas Audrey Magarian, Mary Baertlein, Evelina Pinto, Molly Joyce, Jessica Savage and Darcy Luebbert are currently performing in the Island Moving Company’s “The Nutcracker” at Rosecliff.

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Rita Hansen and son Madison just returned from Seoul, South Korea, where Peter Hansen is consulting.

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Viva Las Vegas! Happy Birthday Chris Michalik.

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Turkeybowl V took place on Thanksgiving Day. The Thursday Night Crew – as they are known – have organized holiday fundraisers for five years. There were 30 locals playing and they raised $320 that morning. They have an overall fundraising goal this year of $5,000. All funds raised go directly to families and children in need from Lucy’s Hearth, Women’s Resource Center in Middletown, Cranston-Calvert Elementary School, Providence housing and the Jamestown schools.

Thursday Night Crew traditions started 60 years ago by locals Josh and Jared Furtado’s grandfather and his friends. The tradition has continued and over the last five years holiday fundraising was incorporated. The next generation of the Thursday Night Crew was founded by Jared, Josh, Andrew Schmidt, Eoin Walsh, Colin Walsh, Derek Venticinque, Kevin Sullivan and John Zinnah.

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Newport surf legend Sid Abruzzi of Water Brothers is featured in the December-January issue of The Surfer’s Journal. Check it out! *** Looking forward to the lighting of a historic village Christmas tree on Saturday night. Although Sandy had her way with the Shoreby Hill landmark, it is sure to bring joy to everyone this holiday season.

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Email your stuff to me at island chatter@jamestownpress.com.

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