2013-05-16 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

It is a busy weekend on the is­land. Here is a review of what’s on tap.

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Don’t miss the 2nd annual Pay­ton’s Pace 5k this Sunday at Fort Getty. Kids 10 and under can com­pete in the fun run at noon, fol­lowed by the 5k at 1 p.m. Online registration closes today (www.PaytonsPace.org) and registration opens at 11 a.m. on race day. Pro­ceeds benefit the Payton Elizabeth Watson Memorial Foundation, which was created to bring aware­ness to childhood cancer while keeping Payton’s spirit alive.

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Join us at Fort Wetherill on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for Rhode Island’s 5th annual Childhood Stroke Walk in honor of Gregory Ball and other survivors of child­hood stroke. For walk details, reregistration, or donation infor­mation, visit ChildhoodStroke WalkRI.com.

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Saturday is Battery Day at Jamestown’s Conanicut Battery Historic Park. Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with the Jamestown Community Band.

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Don’t forget the Boy Scouts annual pasta supper on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Come support your local Jamestown troop and get a fantastic meal served by our Scouts, who earn half of their tick­et sales for their personal camping accounts and an upcoming sailing trip. Tickets are available through any local Scout: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

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The Quononoquott Garden Club of Jamestown is planning to hold its annual plant sale on Saturday at East Ferry Memorial Square from 9 to 11 a.m. A bit of history: Every April the club starts to plan for this major fundraising event by potting their locally grown peren­nials so others may purchase these hardy specimens. They also sell an assortment of annuals, vegetable plants, herbs and hardy colorful geraniums that they purchase from Our Kids Farm in Exeter. All pro­ceeds are used for civic beautifica­tion in Jamestown.

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The garden club has designed and purchased plants and cared for the landscaping around the Town Hall. They even won an award for its efforts. They plant, weed, water and prune the garden in front of the Jamestown Fire Museum and also purchased the bench located in the garden. The club’s symbol is the daffodil. All the daffodils seen by the two “Welcome to James­town” signs, in front of the recre­ation center, around the cemetery walls at North Road and Narragan­sett Avenue, and in the decorative planters at the East Ferry Memo­rial Square, were planted by the club. Two hydrangeas were also planted on Narragansett Avenue after the sidewalks were redone. The club has also provided the decorative cement planters at East Ferry and several metal benches and trash barrels.

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K9 Abby is currently in second place in the standings to become a 2013 Hero Dog in the search-and- rescue category. If Abby wins, she could be heading to Los Angeles to meet Betty White and her name­sake from “NCIS” – not to mention the winnings received by her char­ity partner, the Sage Foundation for Dogs who Serve. You can still show your support for K9 Abby by voting at HeroDogAwards.com.

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Bruins!

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Last week’s bike rodeo held at the Lawn School was a huge suc­cess. Thank you to all the orga­nizers and community volunteers including Carrie Melucci, Kathy Almanzor, Renie Sullivan, Glenn Scott, Andrew Kallfelz, Rod Ben­net, Lisa Tuttle, Lisa Bryer, Samira Hakki, Matt Bodziony from NBX, the Jamestown Police Department, and the school’s custodial staff. Bike reflectors, water bottles and raffle tickets were handed out to over 50 participants.

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Spotted: David Urban tirelessly working at 11:05 Saturday night, Mother’s Day Eve.

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Happy 40th to my brother, John Heelan, the only guy I know who, as a teenager, had a tab at Fred­die’s hot-dog stand.

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Groupon of the week: Half price for one entry for the Jamestown Half Marathon on July 13. 670 bought. Sorry, it’s no longer avail­able.

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It’s officially iced coffee time.

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

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