2013-10-24 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

There are a lot of happy islanders who drive North Road every day. Someone has been clearing the ugly brush along the stone wall at Godena Farm, exposing the wall and making the fields visible. Could it be the land trust?

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Speaking of the Conanicut Island Land Trust, Halloween night at Godena Farm is on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check out the main attraction – scarecrows made by Melrose School kids. There will also be music, s’mores and hayrides. Kids can wear their costumes if they wish.

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The Jack-O’-Lantern Jog 5K is Sunday! This race is always a blast because it includes a costume contest. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. at the recreation center. The starting line is at the fire station at 1 p.m.

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The North Kingstown High School homecoming football game isFridaynightwitha7p.m.kickoff. Come cheer on some local players and coaches.

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The Jamestown Soccer Association is holding informal tryouts for the spring competitive season on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Eldred Fields. Organizers expect 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. Also, bring your own ball and water bottle.

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I heard that if you see a lot of squirrels tearing around stashing their goods, it is going to be a long winter. Get your snow blowers gassed up.

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Tickets for the Jamestown Community Theatre’s fall production, “Dear Edwina,” are now on sale at Baker’s Pharmacy, Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store, The Secret Garden and Cathryn Jamieson Salon. You can also get them out of town at Pleasant Surprise in Newport and Midnight Sun in Wickford. There are five show dates next month. There are special ticket prices as a way for the theater to show its appreciation to the community. Check out a “Dear Edwina” poster near you!

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Grab your costume and don’t forget Fido’s. The Jamestown Fitness Halloween parade will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. at the fire station. Kids and canines will march down to East Ferry. Everyone is encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and to bring their leashed dog in its own costume. There will be prizes for the best human and dog costumes, and treats for all. Organizers also provide poop bags for all dog owners. New this year will be a red carpet walk at East Ferry where the judges will get a good look.

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The Jamestown Parks & Recreation Department will start its over-40 adult soccer program on Sunday at Lawn School from 9 to 11 a.m. The pick-up volleyball for adults will begin Monday night from 8 to 10 p.m. These programs run through April. Call Jill at 423- 7260 with any questions.

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Don’t miss the Halloween Spooktacular costume party at the library on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Food! Games! Prizes! All youngsters between 3 and 12 years old are welcome. Call the library at 423-7280 to sign up.

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Check out the latest Kettlebottom’s Cox Sport’s fishing report. It’s taugin’ time and you’ll find those tasty critters in the bay and at the oceanfront in 25 to 35 feet of water. Scup and sea bass are swimming in all reefs and at the east grounds. Striped bass can be caught at the south shore and north rip. Bluefish are on the south shore and off Block Island. Fluke are gone for the winter. Offshore, there isn’t much word on cod. Tuna are hit or miss, but there’s a good chunk bite on the edge. For sharks, go to the butterfish hole and west.

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Two islanders will celebrate birthday milestones together this weekend. Pam Smith will be 70 on Saturday and her grandson Alexander Burke will be 18 on Sunday. Laura Smith will take her mom and son to celebrate at the Bay Voyage on Saturday night. Make sure you wish them a happy birthday when you see them.

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The answer is: a cupcake, a goddess and a ninja.

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

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