2013-02-07 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

Grab your dancing shoes for the Jamestown Community Band’s USO-style big band concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Jamestown Tavern. Come hear swing, polka and lots of tunes from the big band era. Conducted by the island’s own Beth Clarke, a music director at the Prout School, the band has been providing musical entertainment at island parades and gatherings for more than 20 years. The concert will include instrumentalists from kids in middle school as well as senior citizens. Snacks and beverages will be provided along with a cash bar. Admission is free.

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The Lawn School spelling bee finalists competed on Jan. 29. The fifth- through eighth-grade classroom winners were Ben Carroll, Cameron Tuttle, Keely Wallace, Fiona Eves, Lauren Toland, Camden New, Michaela Colognese, Katy Brayman, Kathleen Flath, Taylor Gregory, Jacob Maguire and Brad Gaudreau. Eighth-grader Taylor Gregory won it all and moves on to the state bee. All of the finalists did a great job.

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Word on the north end of the island is the sunsets at Head’s Beach are worth a special trip. A great way to get some fresh air and beach time despite the season.

*** Four-time X Games BMX gold medalist Kevin Robinson will share his messages about perseverance, self-esteem and bullying with Lawn and Melrose students tomorrow, while doing some amazing BMX tricks for the kids.

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It is report card week here on the island.

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It’s not too early to start thinking about summer – 2015. It’s official: the Volvo Ocean Race will make its one U.S stop in Newport!

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The Jamestown Arts Center is still accepting registrations for winter session classes and February vacation camp.

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Clinics for beginner sprinters and triathletes will be underway shortly. Check out trimomprod.com.

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It was a big week for islander Ben Schmidt. After making the dean’s list at St. Michael’s, he headed to Denver for the Snow- Sports Industries America Snow Show as a Smith Optics intern selling next year’s products and getting some real-world experience.

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I love that registration is open for summer camps. Gives me some hope. CISF camp, CYC sailing lessons, Challenger soccer camp, Save the Bay camp – the list goes on.

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Check out a fantastic local art exhibit at Salve in the Antone Academic Center from Feb. 14 to March 20. Sue McNally will have some of her new work on display and will give a presentation at the opening reception.

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Up for adoption: Bonnie, an 8-year-old, 45-pound pit bull mix who is an absolute love, according to her foster mom. She loves to go for walks and usually works mornings at Conanicut Marine. Stop by to meet her.

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Crock-Pot season.

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Tonight is one of the most exciting nights of the year for Jamestown students. The Scholastic ice cream social from will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Melrose. Students get a free ice cream sundae and can shop the book fair. If you bring your book-buck coupon that was sent home, you will be entered into a raffle to win a free book from the fair. It really doesn’t get any better than this. Tomorrow is the last day of the book fair at the schools.

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Get your running shoes out to pace the bridge. Jamestown Bridge 10K is scheduled for April 7 starting in North Kingstown.

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The Jamestown Soccer Association is excited to host the most popular soccer camp again this summer. From July 29 to Aug. 2, Challenger Sports British soccer camps will return to the Eldred Avenue fields. Register today at ChallengerSports.com.

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The fifth-grade band will have its concert on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Lawn School. This should be good.

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Jazz & More with John Murphy of Jamestown, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 a.m. It is broadcast from the URI campus on WRIU at 90.3 FM for locals. Available anywhere in the world via the internet at WRIU.org.

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RIP Guinness. The Regan family’s beloved dog will be greatly missed by many.

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Email your stuff to me at islandchatter@jamestownpress.com.

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