2015-10-15 / Editorial

Island Chatter


By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas Save the date: The Conanicut Island Land Trust will host its annual fall celebration at Godena Farm on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring scarecrows made by students from Melrose School. Donations will be accepted to help with the land trust’s educational and environmental initiatives. A limited supply of wildflower honey harvested at Godena Farm will be available for purchase.

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The Pell Bridge Run is just over a week away. If you’re thinking about it, I highly recommend it. The race will be on Sunday, Oct 25. Sponsored by Citizens Bank and presented by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, the road race follows the most unique racecourse in the Northeast. Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport. The primary goals are to fundraise for local nonprofit organizations and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Debra Vierra Murphy will be in the Courthouse Center for the Arts production of “Sylvia.” She is playing the part of Kate, the wife of a man who takes in a stray dog, which upsets their marriage. The role of Kate was played in New York by Blythe Danner and Mariette Hartley. Performances are this weekend in South Kingstown.

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Think you’re smart? The Ganny is hosting trivia night every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.. Get there early; it fills up fast.

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Jamestown Shores residents Julie Miles and Katherine Turner are walking 39.3 miles in New York City this weekend to raise funds for breast cancer research. Miles is the woman many have seen walking the roads of Jamestown in dayglow orange, even in the depths of winter. If you would like to donate, visit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer website and search for their names.

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Looking for a walking buddy, a BFF, a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work? Are you just looking for someone to love you unconditionally? This month animal activists are encouraging people to adopt a dog from their local shelter and experience the joy of pet ownership. The Potter League is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality, all looking for a forever home.

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Help my friend Trent Theroux raise money to benefit RISE Above Paralysis, a fund administered by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Theroux last month completed a historic 40-mile swim around Aquidneck Island. Donate at his website: backtonewport.org.

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Enjoy the amazing weather we are having this week. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts another frigid, bitter cold winter. Ouch.

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

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