2018-09-06 / About Town

No bookings needed for bike shuttle

Keeping an eye on Jamestown
The Lighthouse Keeper


My dog Skipper’s been moping around the lighthouse because many of his furry island animal friends have yet to receive votes in the first round of the Humane Society of Jamestown’s pet contest. So, he’s placed this sign on his doghouse to remind everyone to vote by noon Sept. 10 to help raise money for the society. My dog Skipper’s been moping around the lighthouse because many of his furry island animal friends have yet to receive votes in the first round of the Humane Society of Jamestown’s pet contest. So, he’s placed this sign on his doghouse to remind everyone to vote by noon Sept. 10 to help raise money for the society. With the weather staying warm and beautiful, many people are looking to extend their outdoor recreational activities, including bike riding.

Good news for them — the Rhode Island Bridge Bike Shuttle operated by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, Bike Newport, the Newport County YMCA and Discover Newport is offering reservation-free pickups every Saturday through Oct. 13.

Riders can stop at any of the three shuttle stops in North Kingstown, Jamestown and Newport and phone the shuttle operator for a pickup and delivery with a wait of no more than 30 minutes to cross the Pell and Verrazzano bridges.

Just call 430-0420 between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. The shuttle stops are at Newport Bridge Antiques, 27 Connell Highway, the RITBA offices in Jamestown and the park-and-ride location at routes 1A and 138 in North Kingstown.

Shuttle service is scheduled to continue through Nov. 3.

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Quiz question: Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday. Which foods are common staples of the holiday?

A. Potato latkes and blintzes

B. Dates and figs

C. Matzo ball soup and meat pies

D. Apples and bread dipped in honey

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I spied with my little telescope several locals in a photo gallery the Providence Journal posted last week about the closing of Newport Grand Casino.

Kelsey Cabrera, of Jamestown, was shown playing video blackjack with her boyfriend Andre Savage, of Newport. Also pictured were Jamestowners Donna DeFusco and Maria Flood, who took Flood’s mother, Pilla Reyes, of Veracruz, Mexico, to play the slot machines on the casino’s last night, Aug. 28.

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Another local making news elsewhere was Jen Kuchar, one of the owners of Coastal Dental here in town. She was one of about 240 cyclists who rode Saturday in the New England edition of “Bike to the Beach,” an annual fundraiser for autism.

Kuchar pedaled from Boston to Newport in her inaugural time in the event. She said she participated as a show of support for one of her dental assistants, whose daughter has autism, according to a story in the Newport Daily News.

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A friend of mine is looking for anyone in Jamestown or nearby who has elderberry bushes in a hedgerow that need picking.

If you do, they’re willing to pick them, and if they gather enough, reward your kindness with a jar of homemade elderberry jelly.

If you’re interested, please write to me at lighthousekeeper@jamestownpress.com with your name and number and I’ll pass it on.

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Quiz answer: D. It is a popular practice is to eat apples dipped in honey, which symbolize the hope for a sweet year to come. Also, challah bread is baked in round loaves instead of braided loaves. The bread is then dipped in honey instead of salt.

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