2014-03-27 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas


Aim High Academy, located in Johnston, had a successful gymnastics season, winning the Level 6 state championship. Islanders on the team included Lauren Toland, who won the all-around title, and Julianna Ruggieri. Aim High Academy, located in Johnston, had a successful gymnastics season, winning the Level 6 state championship. Islanders on the team included Lauren Toland, who won the all-around title, and Julianna Ruggieri. Spring is here, which means it is baseball season. Registration opens on March 29 for softball, April 4 for baseball. Forms can be found at the rec center or Jamestown Baseball Association’s Facebook page. The plan is to reinvent youth baseball in Jamestown this season. Coaches are always needed. Call Bob Clow at 560-0414 to help out.

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The April 1 deadline to sign up for Conanicut Yacht Club’s junior sailing program is quickly approaching. Visit CYC.clubsiteso lutions.com to register. If you have any questions, contact Meg Myles at mgaillard@aol.com.

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Executive chef Matthew Mac- Cartney from Jamestown Fish was on the “Rhode Show” this week. He was also nominated by Food & Wine magazine for The People’s Best New Chef 2014. Vote for Matthew at FoodAndWine.com/ the-peoples-bnc. Polls are only open through Monday at 5 p.m.

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Happy Birthday to Melrose School principal and islander Carrie Melucci.

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On Monday at 3 p.m., Carlos Fagundo will perform a free one-hour concert especially for Jamestown students at St. Matthew’s Church. Fagundo was born in Cuba and grew up listening to and enjoying the exciting rhythms of Cuban music. It inspired him to become a pianist. The music has been chosen especially for its appeal to younger people, although people of all ages invited to attend.

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This is the fourth annual afterschool piano concert co-sponsored by the Jamestown Education Foundation and the Jamestown Community Piano Association. Every student who brings a friend will get a coupon good for a free ice-cream cone at Island Scoop.

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Alcohol at Starbucks? Really?

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Congratulations to Lauren Toland who won the Level 6 allaround individual state gymnastics championship in the 12-to-14 age category. Her Aim High Academy team, which includes fellow Jamestowner Julianna Ruggieri, captured the team state title for level 6, too. Younger sister Bridgette’s Level 4 Aim High team also won the state championship. Congrats.

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It’s that time of year: kindergarten registration. Aww, so cute. First day of registration is April 9 at 7:30 a.m. in the Melrose School office.

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Thanks to Steve Froberg for running a great soccer coach clinic last Sunday. The island’s coaches gained a lot of expertise and are ready to lead our teams to victory this spring.

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Next weekend only: Tickets are on sale for Jamestown Community Theatre’s spring production, “Three One Acts Plus.” Performances are next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are still at a special price, $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Don’t miss it.

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The Jamestown library will show the winner of the Critics Choice Award, “Frozen,” on Sunday at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome. *** Last call to see the artwork of Melrose School students. In celebration of National Youth Art Month, third- and fourth-graders will be on display at the library. Hurry, because the work comes down Saturday.

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The South County Seals swim team had quite a few islanders contribute to its successful season as they wrapped up South Eastern New England Championships for YMCAs last weekend. Jamestowners on the Seals include Ani Avayzian-Hancock, Katy Brayman, Hailey and Robert Cassidy, Emma and Julia Cotsonas, Colette Fortenberry, Kat Keeney, Layne and Quinn O’Connell, Ben and Ethan Roach, Noah, Theo and Charley Simmons, Ana Tamboe and Abby Wolfe.

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Speaking of local swimmers, SwimRI dominated the New England championships held at Harvard University last weekend. In a potentially record-setting performance spanning 57 events, more than 100 Rhode Island-area masters swimmers of all abilities topped the 60-team field while upsetting host team and defending champion Cambridge Masters. Including myself, islanders who contributed lots of points for the cause included Sara Aubois, Trice Kilroy, Jean Lambert and Kathy Pazera.

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Who put the flowers on the fence?

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Where is the fence?

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

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