2014-04-03 / News

Island Chatter

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Congratulations to Jonathan Sanchez and Jack Barry, Squirts state champs. Jonathan and Jack are teammates on the Southern Rhode Island Youth Hockey Association’s Jr. Rams Squirts team based out of URI’s Boss Arena. The Rams beat the Woonsocket Stars, 6-1, in the championship game on March 23. Jack had two goals in the title game, and Jonathan was the team’s lead goal scorer throughout the season.

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Please support Operation “Jack” Rabbit. Every year Pamela D’Orsi Ryan assembles Easter pails filled with goodies for Crossroads Rhode Island and Boys Town in Portsmouth. She needs Pez, Playdough, Cadbury eggs, plastic eggs, small chocolate eggs, and small stuffed animals from the dollar stores. Email Pam at pamelad003@aol.com or drop off the goodies at 8 Grinnell St. by Wednesday, April 9.

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Keep your eyes on the road. The Jamestown Bridge 5K and 10K are Sunday at 9 a.m. If memory serves, two lanes will be open to runners and two lanes for cars.

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Spring is here, which means it is baseball season. Registration deadline is this Saturday, April 4. Sign up at the rec center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The plan is to reinvent youth baseball in Jamestown this season. Coaches are always needed.

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The April 1 deadline to register for Conanicut Yacht Club’s junior sailing program has been extended to Tuesday, April 15. Visit CYC. clubsitesolutions.com to register. If you have any questions, contact Meg Myles at mgaillard@aol. com. *** Don’t miss the launch party celebrating the release of “Swim That Rock,” a middle-grade novel by islander Jay Primiano and John Rocco. It’s Saturday, April 26, at the arts center. RSVP to jayprimi ano@cox.com.

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Look for a book review of “Swim That Rock” in the New York Times on Sunday. “A young working-class teen fights to save his family’s diner after his father is lost in a fishing-boat accident.”

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It’s that time of year. Kindergarten registration. Adorable. First day of registration is Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 a.m. in the Melrose School office.

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Last call. Applications are now being accepted for the eighth annual Jamestown Community Chorus music award. The $500 award is given to further the recipient’s musical education, and to promote the growth of music in Jamestown. Adults and students are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 11. Call Ann Gillespie at 835-1829 with questions.

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Check out the April vacation and summer camps at the Jamestown Arts Center.

*** It’s almost prom season. Newport Child & Family is collecting prom dresses, shoes and accessories for those who may need them. Drop any donations before Thursday, April 10, at Island Realty. Questions? Call Petra at 338-6400.

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April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults cannot swim the length of a 25-yard pool, putting them at risk of drowning. Ten people drown every day in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of unintentional deaths from injury.

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Bummer of the week: The Pell Bridge Run was moved from its traditional Veterans Day weekend time slot to Oct. 26. Organizers say the move was due “to weather and the time change.” I don’t get it. If that wasn’t already one of the busiest days of the year for many of us, it is also the date of Jamestown’s Jack-O’-Lantern Jog. Bummer.

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Nicely done, Taylor Swift. (She spent most of Monday visiting with patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital).

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Sign of summer: The Jamestown & Newport ferry is in the water.

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This weekend only: Jamestown Community Theatre will present its spring production, “Three One Acts Plus.” The shows can be seen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Read the feature story by Ken Shane on the front page to learn more about the show.

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

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