2013-12-19 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a screening of “Polar Express” on Saturday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Flint Audio Video has kindly donated the sound system and screen. Children ages 5 and up may come spend the afternoon at the recreation center and enjoy snacks, drinks and a visit from Santa himself. Children younger than 5 may join us as well, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the afternoon. Parents are welcome, of course, but the chamber encourages you to use the time to visit some local businesses to finish up your holiday shopping or have a bite to eat downtown.

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The film is free thanks to Flint Audio Video, the Chamber of Commerce, Maria Flood at Olmec Spanish Translation Services, Benjamin Thomas at Lila Delman Real Estate, Mark Swistak Jr. at Northwestern Mutual, and the Jamestown Teen Center.

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Got cabin fever? Check out the Jamestown Arts Center’s Thursday film series that will present encore screenings on Dec. 19 of the best short films from the 2013 Rhode Island International Film Festival. The “heartwarming shorts” will include seven films from five different countries. The program is appropriate for the whole family, and films range from two minutes to 24 minutes. There is a $10 donation at the door.

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Run, Katy, run! Katy Brayman recently returned from the 2013 National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, Texas. She placed 60th out of 400 13- and 14-year-old runners in the 4K race. I think her favorite part was the opening ceremonies at Sea World.

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Egan Images will host an open studio on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at 9 Champlin Way. The event will featuring photographic artistry of our very own Mike Egan. Some of his cool stuff is hanging at Slice of Heaven.

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North Kingstown High juniors recently participated in Attorney General Kilmartin’s “It Can Wait” campaign against distracted driving. Along with RIDOT and the Rhode Island State Police, they are again bringing attention to the dangers of texting and driving with a statewide awareness tour. The tour visited North Kingstown High School last week. The group urged the students to pledge to never text and drive.

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Brrrrr. The third annual Jamestown 1st Day Plunge will be held on New Year’s Day at noon. Donations can be made by check, payable to the Town of Jamestown (memo: 1st Day Plunge) and sent to Bob Bailey, Lila Delman Real Estate, 34 Narragansett Ave. Check out Jamestown1stDay Plunge.com for more details.

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Don’t forget to tip your service providers for all they have done this year, especially your dog walkers.

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The Christmas Eve pageant on the Shoreby Hill green begins at 5 p.m. Folks are reminded to bring a flashlight for safety purposes and to get a Christmas carol song sheet upon arrival. The pageant will be canceled in case of rain.

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Given that my 9 year-old has the same short Christmas list I did at her age (art stuff and a cat), against my better judgment I stopped by the Potter League for Animals last week. Long story short, we brought home an adorable 2-yearold cat on Saturday to the delight of my child and everyone else in the house. I could not believe how many cats are looking for homes and currently living at the shelter. Potter League is having a special on cats now through the end of the year – all cats 7 months and older are half price – and they made it easy to take Muffin home. In case you were wondering, back in the day, I did get a cat (and the art stuff).

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Yesterday was National Bake Cookies Day. Done.

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