2013-10-17 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The Jamestown Soccer Association will hold informal tryouts for the spring competitive season on Saturday, Oct 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Eldred Fields. The association expects to field teams in the U-8, U-10, U-12 and possibly U-14 age divisions.

All interested players should arrive around 12:45 p.m. to check in. The spring season runs from April to June with indoor practices beginning late January. For tryouts, all players need to wear shin guards and cleats and bring their own ball and water bottle.

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The best fried calamari ever is available on the island. Plantations at the Bay is now open. Peppadew, braised balsamic shallots, Roma tomato, garlic butter, marinara. Have you heard enough?

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Just keep running. The Jack-O’- Lantern Jog is next Sunday, Oct. 27.

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Robb Roach (center) of Kettlebottom Outfitters won first place at Conanicut Marine’s inaugural tautog tournament. His winning fish was 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Roach’s son, Ethan, won the blue ribbon in the juniors division with a 6-pound, 2-ounce tautog. 
Courtesy/Robb Roach Robb Roach (center) of Kettlebottom Outfitters won first place at Conanicut Marine’s inaugural tautog tournament. His winning fish was 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Roach’s son, Ethan, won the blue ribbon in the juniors division with a 6-pound, 2-ounce tautog. Courtesy/Robb Roach Don’t miss the Halloween Spooktacular costume party at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Food! Games! Prizes! Kids ages 3 through 12 are invited. Call the library at 423-7280 to sign up. Hurry! It’s limited to 30 children. ***

Both the girls’ and boys’ North Kingstown High cross-country teams were crowned Division I South champions with identical dual meet records of 8-0. Congratulations!

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The flu clinic at Melrose School last week vaccinated 327 people.

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Check out the latest Kettlebottom’s Cox Sport’s fishing report. Inshore: Tautog is very good in 25 to 35 feet of water in the bay and on the oceanfront. Scup and sea bass are always biting – use the vertical jig. Striped bass are again hit or miss, but your best bet is the south shore and estuaries. False albacore and green bonito are biting off of Newport to Little Compton. Offshore, weather has been tough so there are only a few reports, but there’s excellent water as close as 50 fathoms.

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Congratulations to Kettlebottom Captain Robb Roach and his son Ethan on their wins at the inaugural Conanicut Marine tautog tournament. Robb took first place with a 7-pound, 12-ounce white chin, and Ethan took gold in the junior division by hooking a tautog that weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces. They fished with Captain Ralph of Wicked Tuna and Captain Mel True of Fishnet Charters.

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You gotta love when a townie returns to the island. Welcome back John and Jen Moorehead.

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Polka everybody – let’s dance! The Jamestown Community Band will present an Oktoberfest dance and concert at the Portuguese American Citizens Club this Friday night at 7 p.m. For listeners and dancers alike, the program will include polkas, waltzes, the occasional schottische, plus a galop or two. In the band tradition, the evening is free. They tell me that donations are gratefully accepted.

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It’s spirit week and homecoming next week at NKHS.

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It’s that time of year. The football diehards give their playby play reactions on Facebook. Please stop.

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Jim Stahl is conducting a free college essay-writing workshop for Jamestown’s high-school seniors on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the library. Jim has spent much of his career teaching young people writing skills. Call 423-7280 to save a spot.

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I always find it hard to write and remain upbeat in times of sadness. The Jamestown Press has lost one of our own this weekend with the passing of Kim McDonough. Our thoughts are with the McDonough family at this time.

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

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