2013-07-11 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The Jamestown Community Chorus will hold its 24th annual talent show – “Smiles of a Summer Night” – on Aug. 15 at the rec center. Auditions will take place on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the event at 6:30 p.m. A piano accompanist will be available. Performers of all ages, from all cities and towns, are encouraged to try out. There is no charge. Past shows have included singers, musicians, storytellers and dancers. Call 423-1574 for more info.

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New record: The number of boats rafted together at Mackerel Cove on Fourth of July.

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The Jamestown Philomenian Library’s summer book sale starts tomorrow. The sale will feature barely used books, children’s books, unique books and collectable books. The preview sale will be held on Friday, July 12, at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 and free for Friends of Jamestown Library. The sale will go until July 20. ***

Speaking of the library, the children’s reading program is underway. Check it out at the library or email jamlibkids@gmail.com to learn more.

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Keep your eyes on the road! The Jamestown Half Marathon will kick off Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. Runners will start and finish near Potters Cove.

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Congratulations to islander Leigh Archer! Leigh’s doubles boat won the national qualifiers and will represent the United States in the 2013 U23 world rowing championships in Austria later this month. She is currently training in Princeton, N.J., while fundraising for her trip. If you would like to support Leigh, visit NatRowing. DonorPages.com, click on the link for the U23 team, and search Leigh’s name.

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Great job Rocket ’hogs!

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Jamestown Arts Center still has summer camps available. Check out JamestownArtCenter.org to sign up.

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Follow up: The junior program for children ages 8 and up at the Jamestown Golf Course tees off Thursdays, with sign-ups at 8 a.m. and tee times shortly after. Golfers should have a hat, sunblock and water for the nine-hole matches. New golfers can register any week – just show up!

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It’s official. I knew this day would come. If you have ever had any experience with pediatric dentist Dr. Kates, you are as depressed as I am. He retired. Best wishes. Many moms will miss you!

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Last week Commissioner Gist released the 2013 school classification summaries for all of Rhode Island public schools. This year North Kingstown High School moved from “typical” to “leading” status! The state Education Department’s classifications are based on rates of proficiency, progress in reaching targets from year to year, closure of learning gaps for special education and English learners, percentage of students who’ve obtained distinction, percentage of students showing academic growth, and for reaching the target high-school graduation rate.

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Hero of the week: Leah Mc- Gowan (Carr). She is running the rec summer camp at Fort Getty. It was formerly and affectionately known as “playground.” We used to meet at the school fields. I think the price is still the same, but the venue has really improved!

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Resident-sticker parking only.

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

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