2012-12-06 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

Congratulations to the North Kingstown High School music program that had 52 singers and musicians receive All-State recognition. Jamestowners include freshman Catherine Caswell, third soprano on the junior mixed chorus, and Rachel Warner, a soprano on the junior treble chorus. Sophomore Natalie Toland was 10th alto in the senior mixed choir. Junior Dana Larkin was first soprano in the senior women’s chorus, and senior Marcy Abong was named an alto in the same choir. Tuba player and junior Emma Vogel was named to the senior All-State band.

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Happy 75th Birthday Frances Goode!

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Props to Susan Baccari Varrecchione who collected more than 500 coats thanks to the generosity of the Jamestown community. She loaded up her truck and personally delivered them to the New York Cares coat drive in Manhattan. To date, 80,000 coats have been collected but they are still in need of another 120,000! Susan plans on returning to the city with more coats in two weeks. To donate coats and books locally, donations brought to the Town Hall will be delivered to a program called Feed 1000 at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Dec. 15.


Islander Riley Greene takes a sharp turn at the New England Sports Committee’s fall series motocross race. Riley, 17, won first place in the open amateur event. 
PHOTO BY GAELI GREENE Islander Riley Greene takes a sharp turn at the New England Sports Committee’s fall series motocross race. Riley, 17, won first place in the open amateur event. PHOTO BY GAELI GREENE ***

Karen Rafanelli was spotted on the Melrose playground. Yay!

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Stop by Conanicut Marine to meet Matilda, a beautiful boxer/ bulldog mix. You may end up taking her home. ***

N.K.’s got talent! Fifteen acts were showcased at the high school recently in a talent show fundraiser for the senior class. First place with a crowd-pleasing performance went to the Treble Makers, a whistling choir that was formed specifically for the show. The Jamestown students that were part of the Treble Makers were Jack Tregenza, Talley Larkin, Hali Cheshire, Vicki Rosa, Emma Vogel, Cara Liberati and Sydney Pazera.

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Shopping for a surfer or skater this Christmas? Plan on stopping by DRIFT Surf Shop at 344 Main St. in Wakefield owned by islander Kelda and Rob Jones. Great stuff!

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Burgers at Fish. Yum.

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Need books? Visit Barnes & Noble stores on Dec. 13 and a percentage of your purchases will benefit the 2013 Lawn Avenue School’s eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. Can’t attend the book fair? Shop online at BN.com/bookfairs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 18 and enter ID 10955599 at checkout. *** Check out the Wide World of Indoor Sports facility at Quonset. It offers soccer, softball, lacrosse and birthday parties. The turf is plush and much like playing on grass, according to local “experts.”

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Four-time X Games BMX gold medalist Kevin Robinson will deliver his anti-bullying message to Lawn and Melrose students on Friday, Dec. 7. It’s being sponsored by the PTO.

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On 12/12/12, Richard Shutt turns 70! Happy Birthday, Richard! See you at the Slice in the morning to joke with friends and celebrate with Frank Sinatra music! It’s Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birthday, too.

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Happy Hanukkah!

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Congrats to motocross champion Riley Greene for winning the New England Sports Committee spring 2012 125cc amateur class and fall 2012 open amateur class. A total of 26 races were held in New England and New York where Riley finished in the top five in almost every race. Racing since he was 5 years old, he has been supported by Razee’s for more than 10 years.

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It’s parent teacher conference time...

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Some of the tiniest violins you have ever seen can be heard at the library on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., where a group of Emily Anthony’s students will give a holiday concert. The newest students, who are participating in the Jamestown Education Foundation’s after-school program, will play a simplified version of “Jingle Bells,” which will be first on the program.

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Apparently our Elf on the Shelf is not as creative as some.

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Jamestown 1st Day Plunge is officially on! This year’s proceeds will benefit Bridges Inc. and the Jamestown Education Foundation.

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Thank you, Jamestown Fire Department. The holiday lights on the station look awesome!

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