2013-08-29 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Junior golf completed its season at the Jamestown Golf Course last week, and six foursomes competed in the season’s final event. First place at 1-over par went to the team of Jack Westall, Nick Antonucci T.J. Coleman and Riley Sprague. According to organizer Michael Montoya, they have some great golfers that are sure to be players when they get older.

The junior golfers would like to thank the Jamestown Golf Course and the Mistowskis for their generous support. Barry Westall provided new Titleist golf balls and hats to the kids, and Paul Sprauge gave the golfers a gift certificate to get ice cream at his restaurant, the Island Scoop. Kevin Baker provided his expertise, teaching putting and chipping.

Thanks go out to volunteers Steve Froberg, Rich DeRise, Bill West, Tim Baker and Pat Sullivan, who provided the guidance and assistance on the course this season.

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The Grace family from Jamestown recently went on a Block Island fishing trip chartered by Kettlebottom. This week’s fishing report can be found in the Island Chatter column below. 
Courtesy/robb roach The Grace family from Jamestown recently went on a Block Island fishing trip chartered by Kettlebottom. This week’s fishing report can be found in the Island Chatter column below. Courtesy/robb roach Today is the day. Kids are back in school. Enjoy the silence.

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Check out Kettlebottom’s Cox Sport’s fishing report. Inshore scup are excellent in the bay, so check the Jamestown Bridge. Fluke are on the south side of Block Island, and seabass are on all wrecks and reefs. For tautog and spearfish, go to the deep wrecks. Bluefish are in the north rip. Striped bass are best caught at night southwest of Block Island. False albacore and green bonito can be found on the south shore. Offshore, there’s a nice warm water finger south of the Dump. There is excellent water in Atlantis, but watch the weather. Bluefin tuna can be found from Coxes to Mudhole.

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Don’t forget: the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation’s annual fundraiser is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Conanicut Yacht Club.

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Attention Lawn School parents: new start and dismissal times for your middle schoolers. Students will enter the building at 8:05 a.m., and they will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m.

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The Jamestown library will start hosting its monthly book clubs in September for kids in the third grade and up. Meetings are held on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. Kids in the third and fourth grade are invited to discuss “Inside Out & Back Again” by Thanhaa Lai on Sept. 4. Children in fifth and sixth grade are invited to discuss “The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielsen on Sept. 11. Young adults seventh grade and up are invited to discuss “Divergent” by Veronica Roth on Sept. 18. Sign up for the book clubs at the circulation desk and pick up a copy of the book.

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News from the docks: The Jamestown to Newport ferry has been especially busy the past few weeks – I can attest to that. But according to our friendly launch drivers, there is the feeling that the season is beginning to wind down, which is normal after the music festivals in Newport. The Rose Island trips have been popular lately.

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It’s that time of year: Parents of kids registered for rec soccer are getting antsy. Fear not: The target for opening day is the first Saturday in September. Team selections will be completed after Labor Day and you can expect to hear from your coach before Sept. 7. It is always a little bit of a whirlwind. Uniforms are usually dropped off by Friday night or will be handed out at the field on Saturday. And yes, there will likely be donuts.

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Registration is officially over – late charges will be applied going forward.

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It has been a tough summer of beach closures in Rhode Island due to bacterial contamination from sewage and other nasty stuff. Now this is the time of year we see and feel all the critters. In the water now are isopods, salp, lots of regular nonstinging moon jellies, and squid eggs in hard, clear cases. Not much stinging or biting as there was earlier in the season, but the water is getting colder.

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Thanks to the Jamestown Community Band for a lovely evening last Sunday night. And thanks to Spinnakers too, of course.

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The Jamestown Community Chorus wants singers in all voice ranges and all age groups for its fall season. Rehearsals begin Sept. 16 for its concert in December. The program will feature popular holiday music from the 1930s and ’40s, traditional carols, and classical works by Bach, Poulenc and Saint-Saens. No auditions are required. No choral experience is necessary.

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Good luck to our island college freshman.

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“The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen

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