2013-08-22 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Check out this week’s Cox Sport’s fishing report, courtesy of Captain Robb Roach of Kettlebottom Outdoors Pursuits. It’s going to be a beautiful week, so go fishing. Inshore, anglers can find scup under the Jamestown Bridge and at Hope Island. Fluke are biting off Newport and Little Compton, and seabass fishing is excellent in the waters southwest of Block Island. For Tautog, go spearfishing, says Robb. Bluefish are at all the reefs and in Block Island Sound, and striped bass can be caught at night and during high tide. Offshore, there are bluefin tuna biting at Coxes Ledge and Mudhole, and if you’re looking for albacore, remember to look 50 fathoms and deeper. (Hint: A fathom is equal to 6 feet.)

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It’s happening: the countdown to the first day of school. North Kingstown High starts Tuesday and Jamestown schools open Thursday. I’m just saying.

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The Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation will throw its annual fundraiser on Aug. 31 at the Conanicut Yacht Club. The party is always fun and kid friendly. The Hobie Waves will be available, so go to the party and take a sail in the early evening. There will be a great array of silent and live auction items. If you can’t make it, but want to contribute, send a 100 percent tax-deductible donation to CISF, 1536 Third Avenue, third floor, New York, NY 10028. Email Meg Myles at mgaillard@aol.com to RSVP.

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Another baby with island roots has arrived. Welcome Soleil Mariah, daughter of Tristan and Ana Raynes.

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At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, join Onne van der Wal as he unveils his first-ever video presentation to the public. There is $5 donation at the door.

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I heard there is a dog romp on Rose Island Thursday, Aug. 22.

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If you have been saving your dimes for crossing the Sakonnet River Bridge, don’t bother. If you have your transponder mounted properly on your vehicle, you don’t have to do anything further. If it’s not mounted correctly and the transponder can’t detect it – or you don’t have one at all – you may be subject to additional fees or processing fee.

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After nearly nine months of rebuilding, Save the Bay has reopened its exploration center and aquarium at Easton’s Beach. The facility sustained catastrophic damage to its electrical and filtration systems when Superstorm Sandy pushed almost 2 feet of seawater and sand into the building. Check it out at SaveBay.org.

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Driving around the Fort Getty campground leaves me speechless.

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Please welcome Winston Owens to the island. He is an English black lab who was born on July 1 at Cabin Labradors Kennel in Salem, Conn. His father is Moonraker and his mom is Coco Chanel. Winston has been selected by Debbie and Dennis Owens to move in with them in Jamestown.

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Rest in peace John.

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

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