2012-12-20 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

I t’s on – the Jamestown 1st Day Plunge. This Sunday stop by the Narragansett CafĂ© between 1 and 4 p.m. for the preregistration party and merchandise sale. Local cartoonist Will Wilson will be on hand for a book signing. Pick up a shirt, hat, pin or towel for that last minute Christmas gift. Turn in your plunge waiver forms and any collected pledges. The plunge will be New Year’s Day at noon. The stand-up paddleboard race will be held at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded compliments of Smith Optics.

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Jazz and more! Local DJ John Murphy can be heard on the airwaves Wednesday mornings on WRIU FM (90.3 locally) from 5:30 to 8 a.m. He can also be found streaming live by following the instructions at WRIU.org.

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Welcome Jet Blue!

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Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas hide-and-seek toy where the elf disappears each night in December until Christmas Eve. Parents nationwide have joined in on the tradition, including the author of Island Chatter. 
PHOTO BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas hide-and-seek toy where the elf disappears each night in December until Christmas Eve. Parents nationwide have joined in on the tradition, including the author of Island Chatter. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS A big shout out to the North Kingstown High School boys’ swim team, who beat Hendricken (49-45) in its first dual meet of the season. The Hendricken Hawks have been the reigning state champions since 1990! ***

It is school band concert week. Fifth and sixth grade was last night, and seventh and eighth grade is tonight.

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Calling all future actors and actresses, ages 8 to 12. Mary Wright and Annie McIntyre from the Jamestown Community Theatre will teach a scene study class at the Jamestown Arts Center starting in January. Kids will be able to perform the scenes they work on in the class during a final final performance. Check the press release in this edition of the Press for more details.

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Strike one for Cox.

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Lawn Avenue School eighthgraders will be your waiters and waitresses at their pasta dinner on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Melrose School. Tickets are available at the front offices of both schools, or from your eighth-grade neighbor.

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Did you get your flu shot?

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Soup of the day? Every day at McQuade’s.

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Our very own Lawn School jazz band played a few holiday tunes at the State House last week.

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Islander Laura Rossi Totten, a Huffington Post blogger, will codirect and co-produce “Listen to Your Mother: Providence,” a national reading series by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Auditions will be held at the end of January and early February. The show will be run in May 2013. For more information, contact laura@laurarossipublicrelations.com.

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Our elf has been bringing his “A” game.

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An interesting bit of information as a follow up to the science projects that were presented to the School Committee last week. The Science and Math Scholars program is a partnership between the Jamestown Education Foundation and the School Department. The goal is to stimulate interest in science and math through real-world applications via relationships between the school and local universities and businesses. Initially implemented in grades six through eight through a large grant that the foundation secured through NASA, the program is being implemented in fifth grade through a grant from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. Furhana DiBiase is the project manager for this venture at Lawn.

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Keeping Newtown, Conn., in my thoughts.

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