2013-04-11 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The Jamestown Police Department enlisted the help of the fifth-grade class at Lawn to design the graphics on its brand new police cruiser. Each student was asked to draw a poster of a Jamestown police cruiser, and after a vote by the class, the winner was unveiled at the Police Department’s open house on April 6.

All of the artwork was viewed by a panel of judges. The winning posters are on display in the police station’s front lobby through the end of the school year. First place was awarded to Will Schott, second place to Charlotte Simmons, and third place to Theo Simmons. The honorable mentions went to Ben Carroll, Casey Egan, Caroline Ferguson, Maya Gamble, Julia Littlefield, Ada Reveron, and Cameron Tuttle.

Congratulations!

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The annual spring open house at Conanicut Marine is coming. The sale is on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. Everything in stock is 25 percent off. No, that does not include boats, motors and trailers. Good thinking though. *** Jamestown’s Mike Egan of Egan Images is the official photographer for the “Listen to your Mother” Providence show. The May 4 performance is part of a national reading series in 24 cities. It is directed and produced by Jamestown’s Laura Rossi Totten and features 14 writers from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Authors will read original pieces at the Providence Public Library in honor of Mother’s Day. Tickets and show info? Contact Laura at laura@laurarossipublicrelations.com with questions.

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Stop by the Jamestown Arts Center on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and check out the green market in honor of Earth Day and support your local producers. The event is for all ages. Entry fee is $7. JAC members save $2. Don’t miss the flower arranging and pie baking contests. That’s pie baking, not pie eating.

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The Newport 10-miler to benefit the Fort Adams Trust will be held on April 28. Register now. Check out Newport10Miler.com.

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Celebrated pianist Shuann Chai performed in the third annual after school piano concert especially intended for Jamestown students. Monday’s concert was a huge success and the Jamestown Community Piano Association was thrilled to have the Jamestown Education Foundation as a co-sponsor. They were also thrilled to have received a grant from the Jamestown Rotary Club.

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Piano trivia: The piano at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church belongs to the community and was purchased in 2001 with money donated by more than 225 Jamestown residents. There have been more 60 concerts and recitals on the piano since then. Thanks to St. Matthew’s, islanders have a wonderful space with fine acoustics to house the piano. Over the years, how many local students have played this beautiful piano at recitals? ***

Congratulations NKHS senior Talley Larkin who was a winner the in the high school division for the Dunne Memorial Scholarship photography contest. Check out the website to see the winning images RBDScholarship.org. Talley was also selected as a finalist in the 33rd annual College & High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon. *** Much more pleasant soccer practices this week.

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Free admission! The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.. Don’t forget to stop by the PAWS table to see some very cute adoptable dogs.

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No school tomorrow. Professional development day for teachers.

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Reading Week at Melrose School is so much better than it sounds. On Monday, students were treated to their favorite storyteller, Len Cabral. On Tuesday, the fourth grade was lucky enough to spend some quality time with Ann Hood, a Rhode Island native and the author of “Somewhere off the Coast of Maine,” among others. On Wednesday, Lucinda Landon, author and illustrator of the Meg Mackintosh mysteries, spent some time at Melrose. And today, students and teachers were invited to dress as their favorite book character.

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Hero of the week: Former islander and the Lawn Avenue School drama club director, producer and expert on everything: Lisa Kerr. She devoted countless hours to pull off an unforgettable production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The production was also made possible by a generous grant from the Jamestown Education Foundation.

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Last Sunday looked like it was a good day to run the Jamestown Bridge!

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Ruggles will be saved!

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

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