2013-01-24 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

The North Kingstown High School varsity hockey team had three big wins over the weekend, which puts the Skippers in first place in their division and sets them on the path for the state title. Jamestowners on the team include Jarod Parkins, Charlie Tregenza and Anthony Antonucci.

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Andrea von Hohenleiten wanted to make sure that fellow EMT Dan Donohue got a shout out for giving Girl Scout Troop 1397 a tour of a Jamestown ambulance and helping them to earn their first-aid badges last week.

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Construction is coming along at the former Simpatico. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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Another sign of warmer weather to come? The Jamestown Soccer Association has begun practices for its spring season. Indoors, of course.

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You know it is football playoff season when you hide or unfriend those who insist on clogging your newsfeed on Facebook with playby play commentary.

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The South County Seals swim team had an unexpected addition to their team this season. Twenty one islanders, including new military families, attended tryouts last fall and made the team. The addition of the Jamestowners has helped lead the Seals to an undefeated season as they head into the home stretch of dual meets before the YMCA’s Southeastern New England Championships in early March. Islanders include Sam and Ani Avayzian-Hancock, Katy Brayman, Hailey and Robert Cassidy, Emma and Julia Cotsonas, Colette Fortenberry, Emily and Eliza Kallfelz, Riley Luebbert, Layne and Quinn O’Connell, Ben and Ethan Roach, Noah, Theo and Charley Simmons, Ana Tamboe, Abby Wagner, and Casey Westall.

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January is learn to ski and snowboard month at Yawgoo. And the snow tubing park is open.

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Girl Scout cookies arrive on Sunday!

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I don’t know who loves Island Animal more, my dog or my kids. There are so many treats and gifts for the animals in your life.

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For those of you who grew up with the Martins and their humane society lessons, you will be happy to know that they are still educating the Jamestown third-graders and teaching them not to leave dogs in hot cars and other life lessons. Thank you.

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Speaking of animals, props go out to Colette Fortenberry who declined gifts for her 9th birthday and instead accepted donations of treats and toys for the Potter League for Animals.

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The Melrose Avenue preschool is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

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Just a reminder that registration opens Feb. 1 for Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation’s Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp, and for youth sailing classes at the Conanicut Yacht Club. Look for details in this issue of the Press.

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No school at NKHS on Monday, Jan. 28.

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Janet Grant’s piano students will give their winter recital on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church.

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More reminders that summer is on the horizon – sort of. It actually stays light until almost 5 p.m.!

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Rediscovered. Ryan’s Family Amusements on Thames Street in Newport. That is exactly what it is. Great family amusements for a cold January day.

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It is exam week at the high school. Don’t forget to eat your oatmeal.

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Hero of the week: Owen Heath. After his 29-point, 19-rebound game against Cranston West earlier this month, the North Kingstown High School boys’ basketball team still remains undefeated (14-0) and leads Division I.

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“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Not my quote, but I agree.

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Shine bright like a diamond. It won’t stop.

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