2013-10-10 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Join in Conanicut Marine’s 2013 tautog tournament Sunday at East Ferry Wharf. It starts at 7 a.m. and weigh-in is at 3 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults, $20 for kids under 13. There is a $500 grand prize, and a raffle and cookout on the dock will follow the tournament.

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Happy Birthday, Tot.

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Don’t forget to stretch. The Parks & Recreation Department will begin its over-35 basketball program next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawn School gym. It will run every Wednesday till the end of April, and it only costs $2 to play. Call Jill at 423-7260 to find out more.

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Plantation at the Bay is opening this weekend.

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The Heifetz International Music Institute has a lot of new groupies. Last week the Jamestown Arts Center and the Lawn School hosted some young and extraordinary musicians. The school chorus and band joined them for a couple of numbers. Every student in the room was in awe and couldn’t believe how fast the Heifetz musicians’ fingers moved. This pilot program is a new endeavor for both organizations and we can’t wait for the Heifetz Institute to return to the island for future concerts.


John Bailey finished third in his class at a New England Trail Riders Association race in Thomaston, Conn. John’s next race is Saturday in Glocester. 
Courtesy/Bob Bailey John Bailey finished third in his class at a New England Trail Riders Association race in Thomaston, Conn. John’s next race is Saturday in Glocester. Courtesy/Bob Bailey ***

Congratulations to John Bailey. Last weekend he finished third in his class at the dirt bike races in Thomaston, Conn.

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Don’t miss the Spooktacular costume party at the library the night before Halloween at 4 p.m. There will be food, games and prizes. Only 30 children between the ages of 3 and 12 will be admitted, so register now by calling 423-7280.

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The North Kingstown soccer team won an emotional 1-0 game against rival South Kingstown. Nice work, girls.

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A community flu clinic will be held at Melrose School on Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to vaccinate.

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Kettlebottom’s Cox Sport’s fishing report: Inshore, tautog fishing is good, just in time for Sunday’s tournament. Scup and sea bass fishing is awesome. Striped bass have been hit or miss at Block Island, but inshore and estuary fishing has been incredible. False albacore and bonito are popping up along the south shore, accompanied by surprise bluefin tuna. Offshore, bluefin are in the mudhole. Shark fishing has been decent. High fuel costs and spotty reports have kept most people away from the canyons.

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This might sound familiar: Support the North Kingstown High sailing team. The teens will serve restaurant-goers Sunday at the Wickford Junction Trattoria from 4 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy great food for a good cause. All tips and 10 percent of food sales go directly to the team.

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I hear there are a lot of new empty nesters in town.

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Polka everybody – let’s dance! The Jamestown Community Band, under the able baton of Beth Clarke, will present an Oktoberfest Concert at the Portuguese American Citizens Club on Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For listeners and dancers alike, the program will include polkas, waltzes, the occasional schottische, and a gallop or two. In the band tradition, the evening and refreshments are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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Tickets for Jamestown Community Theatre’s fall musical “Dear Edwina” go on sale next week.

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In other theater news, the group’s Facebook page is a great place for updates on the show. Recently the writer of “Dear Edwina,” Marcy Heisler, discovered the page and wrote, “I am a big fan of Jamestown and I’m so happy to have ‘Dear Edwina’ performed there. Big thank yous all around!” How about that.

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NECAPS at the schools this week. Don’t forget to eat your oatmeal.

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