2014-02-27 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

A ccolades: Congratulations to North Kingstown High senior and islander Samuel Hollister who is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. This places Sam among the top 15 high-school seniors nationwide from a pool of approximately 1.5 million. Sam was also recently named the valedictorian of the class of 2014.

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Also congratulations to junior Natalie Toland who placed second in the Shakespeare Recitation Competition earlier this month. She was one of 18 students from Rhode Island to perform a memorized Shakespearean sonnet and monologue on stage at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. Natalie was chosen to represent North Kingstown High School by her English teachers Matthew Blaser and Richard Polseno.

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Looking for a weeklong overnight summer experience for your teenager? Be one of the first teens aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship, Rhode Island’s unique at-sea adventure. Campers will take turns doing all of the jobs required to run a ship: helping the chef, learning to navigate, furling the sails, and standing watch. Campers are encouraged to learn from sailing, rather than learn to sail, and it can truly be an experience of a lifetime that will open their minds to new possibilities. Check out the ship and camps at OHPRI.org or call Michelle Bush at 954-2787.

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Gentle yoga for greater mobility is now being offered at the senior center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. The class focuses on increasing overall mobility, easing arthritic pain, improving balance, and relaxation to relieve tension. Beginners and students of all levels of fitness are welcome. Call Diana McCallister at 423-1228 to register or learn more.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, were seen having dinner at Chopmist Charlie’s on Feb. 13. Reed is a resident of Jamestown.

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Time to get organized. Learn the basics of organizing from Kristin MacRae of Organizing in RI. She will be at the Jamestown library on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. for a free presentation. Discussion will include benefits to being organized, the process to get organized, and how to avoid distractions to stay focused. She will also share basic organizing tips you can apply at home. You will leave feeling motivated and ready to tackle your organizing projects. No registration required. Just show up.

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

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Heroes of the week: Head coach Bart Totten and assistant coach Chris Varrecchione of the fourth- and fifth-grade girls’ CYO basketball team at St. Mark. Lots of jump balls.

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Time to think about running the Jamestown Bridge. The 5K starting in Jamestown, and the 10K starting in North Kingstown, are scheduled for April 6. Early-bird registration ends on March 3.

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Jamestown’s own Gemma Guinguing, who was crowned Miss Deaf Rhode Island in 2004, will teach beginner American Sign Language at the library. The class starts April 8 and runs on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The class is for new students only – advanced students will get another chance later. It’s free. Sign up at the library’s circulation desk.

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Once again I was totally impressed by the music program at the Jamestown schools. The fifthgrade band recently put on its first concert under the direction of Karyn Kauffman. Given the kids picked up these instruments for the first time in September, it was truly music to my ears.

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No. More. Snow Days. (Please!)

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

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