2013-11-14 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The North Kingstown boys’ soccer team beat Shea in the Division I semifinals of the state soccer championship. Earning their first trip to the finals in six years, the Skippers faced La Salle in the title game Saturday at Rhode Island College but were defeated in a close one, 1-0. Great season, Skippers.

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The Barnes & Noble book fair to support the Lawn School eighthgraders is Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Middletown store. There will be complimentary gift-wrapping from noon to 5 p.m., followed by caroling by the eighth-graders. Make sure to present the voucher number before making purchases so Lawn School gets credit. Visit BN.com/ bookfairs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 by entering bookfair ID 11196649 at checkout.

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Congratulations to fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Bernardo, Rhode Island’s history teacher of the year.

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Plantation at the Bay is getting great reviews! Don’t forget its Monday dinner special: two for $30. The bar opens at 4 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 560-0060 for reservations.

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Seasons are changing. Two rec basketball programs begin in December, one for kindergarten through third grade, the other for fourth through eighth. Visit the town’s website or stop by the rec center to register.

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Check out the latest fishing report from Cox Sports and Kettlebottom. Dropping temperatures have the waters cooling off fast. Scup and sea bass are moving deeper, but they’re still being caught off Block Island. Bluefish are becoming scarce. Striped bass are moving out to sea, but some small stragglers are still being caught. Cod are moving into their usual winter spots. Offshore, there are still reports of yellow fin tuna, swordfish and sharks if you can find the warmer water.

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It was another spectacular day to run the bridge. About 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the 4-mile Pell Bridge Run from the tollbooths to downtown Newport last Sunday. Mark your calendars for next year. It is worth getting up early.

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Islander John Murphy ran across the Pell Bridge for the third time. His run was dedicated to the memory of Kathy Meunier and Kenny Prior, the two people who were killed on the bridge on Oct. 21, 2011. Along with other friends of Kenny and Kathy, they are hoping that before the 2014 run, there will be a median barrier installed on the bridge.

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St. Matthew’s will host a Thanksgiving arts and craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This first-time event will feature 10 specialty artisans who will sell their original works in the parish hall. Work includes stained glass, photographs, pottery and jewelry. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Episcopal Relief & Development fund to support its important relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

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To the parents of Lawn School students who participate in chorus and band, I am doing you a favor: Avoid the last-minute scramble and shop for your khaki pants and black shirts for future concerts. You’re welcome.

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Another moving Veterans Day ceremony took place at East Ferry on Monday. Thanks to all who have served and for making this annual ceremony so special.

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It’s opening weekend for “Dear Edwina” and tickets are on sale at Baker’s Pharmacy, Conanicut Marine Ship’s Store, Secret Garden, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Pleasant Surprise in Newport, and Midnight Sun in Wickford. There are five show dates over the next two weekends.. The Jamestown Community Theatre is offering special ticket prices as a way to say thank you to the community for its continued support. Don’t miss Ken Shane’s interview with cast members in this edition of the Press. Story on Page One.

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Interested in selling crafts? Call 423-2064 to reserve space at the PAC Club for its Nov. 30 arts and crafts fair.

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

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