2014-02-13 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

I t has been a while since I have witnessed such an outpouring of community support. Friday night the Lawn School eighthgrade class hosted a pasta supper and silent auction to help pay for its class trip to Washington, D.C., in June. More than 200 people attended the event and relaxed while the students set the tables, served the meals, and cleaned up. I say we do that every Friday night.

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It is never too early to think about summer. Plan ahead for family and friends to visit, or start thinking about ideas for the Fools’ Rules Regatta that takes place on Aug. 16.

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I saw multiple running clubs out on a very cold Sunday morning last weekend. Looking good.

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Save the date: Payton’s Pace 5K is May 18. The fun run for kids is at noon. Start training.

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Come support the North Kingstown High hockey team. The Skippers take on South Kingstown Friday at 7:30 p.m. at URI.

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Jamestown Bar & Grill – better known as the PAC – is having a family karaoke night in the banquet hall on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

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Island swimmers are making waves at North Kingstown High School. Robert Cassidy, Noah Simmons and Ben Rudman, along with Mike Toolin, gave the Skippers a lead they never relinquished with their 200-medley relay win over East Greenwich. N.K. won the Division I dual meet, 49-45.

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The second Heifetz on Tour concert at the Jamestown Arts Center was sold out and a huge success once again.

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North Kingstown High School last week announced its top 10 students in the class of 2014. High schools traditionally make the announcement after the first semester of senior year, which includes seven semesters of high-school academic achievement. Congratulations to the five islanders who made the list, including Ben Smith, Jonathan Carney, Nina Diepenbrock, Hollister Bobola and valedictorian Sam Hollister.

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Dine in on Wednesdays at Gregg’s Restaurant in North Kingstown between Feb. 12 and March 26 – 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the NKHS boys’ basketball program.

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Six more weeks of winter makes the skiers and snowboarders happy. There are nine trails open and the tubing park was sold out at Yawgoo last weekend. ***

Who says Jamestown is quiet on Mondays in the winter? This week there were community theater auditions, a baseball coaches meeting and a spring soccer coaches meeting.

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Instead of waiting impatiently by the AM radio for Salty Brine to say “no school Foster-Glocester,” the morning after a snowstorm, we get the automated phone call accompanied by an email the night before. Just not the same.

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Camp registrations are opening. Sign up for the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation’s Fort Getty sailing and educational camps for kids ages 6 to 16. Questions? Email Meg at CISFSailing@gmail.com, call her at 855-6643, or check out CISF.clubsitesolutions.com for registration and schedule.

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The Jamestown Soccer Association will host the most popular soccer camp again this summer. Challenger Sports will return to Eldred Avenue in July. Register at ChallengerSports.com.

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No school Friday: professional development day for teachers, and the beginning of February vacation for students. And Happy Valentine’s Day.

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

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