2013-09-19 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Don’t miss Skatefest 2013 Friday night. Be at the Jamestown skate park on Lawn Avenue from 4 to 9 p.m. and bring $5 to compete in skate, rap and dance contests. There will be tons of prizes, giveaways, music and fun.

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A Jamestown Chamber of Commerce business-after-hours will be held next Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 34 and 38 Narragansett Ave – a mini block party. Need a haircut? A realtor? A lawyer? A designer? No need to leave the island. The block party is sponsored by Anita Haircut, Lila Delman Real Estate, attorney Kristine Trocki and Taste Design. Refreshments and a business-card drawing will be held. Drop by.

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It’s that time of year. Registration is open for Yawgoo’s fiveweek session to teach you how to ski and snowboard.

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Parking applications are being accepted for all seniors at North Kingstown High School. Applications will be accepted soon for juniors. Remaining spots will be given out on a first-come, firstserve basis until they are gone. Applications can be picked up the student management office at the high school.

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One more school open house. It takes place at NKHS on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

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Come celebrate Jamestown Day 2013 next Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Fort Getty. Admission is $5, and children under 6 are free. There will be games, prizes, miniature golf, bingo, s’mores, pizza, hotdogs, a bonfire and cakewalk fun.

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Check out a special performance of “Monocular Man: Story of a One-Eyed Son,” written and performed by islander R. Jim Stahl. It will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the Trinity Repertory Company School. Call 521-9697 for details.

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Attention parents of 10th- and 11th-grade students: North Kingstown High will offer the PSAT on Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m. PSAT stands for preliminary SAT. Enough said.

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The Jamestown library is continuing its monthly book clubs for kids in third grade and up. Meetings are held on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. Third- and fourth-graders are meeting Oct. 2 and reading “The Only and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. Fifth- and sixth-graders are meeting on Oct. 9 and reading “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. The older kids will meet on Oct. 16. I’ll let you know the title in next week’s Island Chatter. Sign up for the book clubs at the circulation desk and pick up a copy of the book. Email Miss Lisa at jamlibkids@gmail.com with any questions.

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Check out the latest Kettlebottom’s Cox Sport’s fishing report. This has been a week of hit-ormiss fishing. Inshore: Scup, black sea bass and fluke are being caught in the bay near the Jamestown and Newport bridges, with reports of frequent squeteague, also known as the weakfish. Tautog have been hard to find unless you’re spearfishing. Stripers and bluefish are moving in on the south shore chasing baitfish. Block Island has been dead unless you’re looking for bluefish. Poor reports offshore have kept most shark and tuna boats tied up at the dock.

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RIP Joe the Cat (1995-2013). And a special thank you to Dr. Eric Wood at the Newport Animal Hospital and Jamestown Animal Clinic.

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Like any true islander, I am sure you have been following Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup. I keep looking for Jamestowners Kim and Scott Ferguson on TV, with no luck yet. They did say that they can’t wait to get home.

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Word of the week: carpool.

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

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