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Island Realty Newsletter - Fall 2011

by Elaine Infantolino 2. September 2011 06:21

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Are You Ready for the Hurricane?

by Elaine Infantolino 26. August 2011 05:27





















Things to do NOW before the storm hits:

  1. Stock Up on items you may need if you become trapped or stranded in your home.
  2. Keep An Eye on the Weather
  3. Guard Your Windows – this includes bringing in items that could come crashing into the home and putting up plywood.
  4. Make a Plan

Develop a Family Plan

  • Know your home's vulnerability to storm surgeflooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit
  • Use a NOAA weather radio.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Create a Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates, plastic utensils
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items — proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash

Evacuating

If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. That means that it is important for you and your family to HAVE A PLAN that makes you as safe as possible in your home.


Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention.

Information collected from noaa.gov.


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Jamestown was Full of Fools this Weekend

by Virginia Prichett 22. August 2011 07:28

This past weekend was the 34th Annual Fools Rules Regatta here in Jamestown.  This foolish tradition, sponsored by the Jamestown Yacht Club, is a unique sailing event where participants (fools) must concoct a vessel out of any non-marine items, and then attempt to race their ship 1,500 feet along the shore at East Ferry.  Fools have two hours to assemble their boats.  In the past, boats have been made from everything from ice, to Volkswagons, doghouses and toboggans.  Awards given out include the Karl Smith Most Ingenious Design, Worst Example of Naval Architecture and the Frank Newman Judges' Award, given to the boat and crew with the best historical theme.  For beginners, the advice given by Chris Powell, chief fool, is to "basically try to build something that will stay together. Remember, you have to be able to steer it. It's not just a downwind course."

There is no cost for participating in the event, but proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and hats go to local charities (Sail Newport, the Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation, the North Kingstown High School sailing team) after expenses are paid.  This year, according to Candy Powell, "There were 50 entrants, the majority of whom came from Jamestown and other RI communities. There were also entrants from Oregon, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, and spectators from as far away as South Africa. A great time was had by all!"


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Thank a Volunteer

by Joan McCauley 12. August 2011 05:21


Those of us who live in Jamestown have an inkling of how great an impact our volunteers have on the quality of our lives.  Volunteers contribute to our health and safety, entertainment, education, cultural diversity--our overall sense of community.

If you don’t live in Jamestown, your community most likely has an army of volunteers helping the wheels turn.  What you may not experience at home, and may not even realize while visiting Jamestown, is reliance on volunteers as emergency responders—fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, ambulance drivers, divers, boat captains, etc. They are an amazing cadre of men and women who undertake extensive training, ongoing certification and training, and who are on call 24/7 to support their town and help our residents and visitors alike.

Last weekend was the sold-out 2011 Newport Folk Festival.  I can only guess how many calls our dedicated fire and rescue volunteers responded to over the weekend.  At about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Rescue 1 was responding to its third call of the day.  The Newport bridge was like a parking lot. Emergency vehicles only had access via oncoming lanes. Personnel were “suited up.” It was 90 degrees in the shade. Really.

It reminded me of Fourth of July weekend 2003. I had just moved to Jamestown. I lived in the Bay View Condos, overlooking the downtown waterfront.  On that Sunday I witnessed three occasions where personnel were called out for a water emergency. Each time I saw the same cars pull into the lot, the same individuals in full gear, running toward the rescue boat. It was another blistering hot afternoon. I was overwhelmed by the selflessness of these people, these neighbors.

Shortly after that, Friends of the Jamestown Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service was formed. Its purpose was to raise awareness of the departments to our residents and guests. To remind everyone about these terrific people in their midst. To encourage more people to volunteer.

Today the departments have merged together.  They are still the great individuals they’ve always been.  Generations of families continue to volunteer, and “Friends” are no longer needed.

But we cannot take these people for granted. They are our lifeblood, sometimes literally.  Give them room on the streets.  Donate to their causes. Above all, thank them!!

-Joan






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The Demystification of Slow Food

by Elaine Infantolino 21. July 2011 08:56


D
riving toward town on North Main Road, you will notice a section that is flanked on both sides by farms. You might also have noticed a sign that reads ‘Slow Food District’. Every time I drive by that sign, I’m left wondering. Hmmm, am I being told to slow down because this is a farm area with animals and vegetables and maybe they require calm and tranquility to reach their fullest potential?  (I know, strange thoughts, but true). Or, is ‘Slow Food’ actually a technical term for a special kind of food?

Well, apparently I’m not the only one who has pondered the true meaning behind this cryptic handwritten sign on poster board. My co-worker and I debated this topic just the other day in the office. So, I decided to do a little digging and end the confusion once and for all.

What is Slow Food? According to Slow Food USA™, Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassrootsmovement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of foodwith a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food is a national non-profit that believes that everyone has the right to good, clean and fair food. 

Good is defined by food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

Clean is food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.

Fair food is food that should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.

Through volunteer projects, national advocacy campaigns, training and education, Slow Food USA™ carries out its vision of a world where all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

For more information, visit www.slowfoodusa.org/

Rhode Island’s local chapters are Slow Food Rhode Island, Providence and Slow Food, University of Rhode Island.

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Pick-Your-Own Close to Jamestown

by Elaine Infantolino 14. July 2011 06:08

It’s berry picking time! This fun activity can be found at few different nearby farms.

The raspberries and blueberries are ripe now at Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown. Pick-your-own basket, then enjoy the farm café and specialty food market, which supports local businesses and food artisans. Here you can find fruit & veggies, baked goods, pre-made dinners, spices, flowers and a whole lot more. You might also check out their summer concert and dinner series. Open every day 8am-7pm.  *Tip – save some room for a soft serve cone after a hard day of picking berries.

Pick-your-own blueberries are available at Schartner Farms in Exeter. They claim to have “some the size of quarters”! Picking hours are weekdays 7:30am-noon and 4-7pm. Weekends they are open all day (7am-7pm). They also offer a full produce department, jams, gift shop, nursery and greenhouse. Schartner Farms currently provides fresh produce and products to over fifty Rhode Island Restaurants on a weekly basis.  *Tip – take some delicious corn home for dinner!

Blueberries are also available at Smith’s Berry Farm in North Kingstown. Due to a slow ripening this year, give a quick call (401.295.7669) to be sure it is a good time to go.

If you know of any other great places like these to visit, we would love to hear from you!

 

 

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What A Bay!

by Virginia Prichett 6. July 2011 08:27

DeWolf Tavern, BristolLast week was a big anniversary celebration for my husband and I. There was only one place we wanted to be: on the water in Narragansett Bay. We sailed off our mooring on the east side of Jamestown and headed for Bristol late one morning. After a lovely, short sail which took us along Prudence Island we arrived at the harbor. The friendly Harbormaster gave us a mooring # and told us that because we were just stopping for lunch...no charge. We rowed into the closest dock, hoping it was "allowable" to store our dinghy. The sign said the dock is reserved for patrons of a number of places, and one of them is where we had planned lunch, the DeWolff Tavern. We walked up the dock, into a charming, historic stone building and out to the terrace. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch (my husband recommends the seared sea scallops with garam masala sauce) and then had another beautiful sail home. We were in Jamestown by 5 after a glorious outing. Another Narragansett Bay gem.

-Ginny


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And They're Off! The Transatlantic Race 2011

by Virginia Prichett 30. June 2011 05:30

This week, thirty sailboats have begun leaving Newport on the 2,975 nautical mile Transatlantic Race 2011 to England. Due to the various classes and sizes of the 30 boats entered — ranging from 40 to 289 feet — there are three separate starts. The first two waves left Sunday and Wednesday. The last boats depart on July 3.

While trans-Atlantic races have traditionally left from New York, this is the first to go from Newport. The boat that finishes with the fastest elapsed time will set the benchmark from Newport to Lizard Point in southwestern England, to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Council.

Pictured above is The Maltese Falcon, which departed on Wednesday in the largest group of yachts.  Built by Perini Navi, the 'Falcon' is a clipper sailing luxury yacht, commissioned and formerly owned by American venture capitalist Tom Perkins. It is one of the largest privately-owned sailing yachts in the world at 88 m (289 ft).


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A Fun Activity Right Nearby! - Polo at Glen Farm

by Elaine Infantolino 27. June 2011 07:23

Newport vs. Boston, June 25

Last week, I was generously offered a pair of tickets to see a polo match in Portsmouth, just over the bridge from Jamestown.  It is not an activity that I have ever really considered attending or one that I even knew could be found here.  I have always been a horse lover and rode quite a bit when I was younger, but the thought of polo for me just always brought to mind a crowd of people, dressed to the nines with over-the-top hats and white gloves, sipping on champagne, sitting all prim and proper on the sidelines. Well, let me tell you. I was dead wrong. And I’m so glad that I was!

A polo game is not one that will leave you dazed and confused, wondering what the heck just went down over the last couple of hours. No, it is pretty easy to pick up the basics of the game (and it certainly helps to have a seasoned group of regulars sitting next to you explaining every detail). Although the official rules, according to the US Polo Association, take up 55 pages in a book, there are only a few that you need to know to follow. The Newport Polo Club website states: ‘In a nutshell: don’t hit your horse or anyone else’s with a mallet. You can’t play left-handed. No dangerous riding. Abusive play and language are not allowed. If a player comes off his or her horse, the clock can continue to run; if a horse falls down, stop the clock.’

As for the nature of a match, it’s really a fun time! No stuffiness here. It is essentially a big tailgate party. People bring their beach chairs, blankets, grills, coolers, dogs, umbrellas, kids, etc. and set up around the perimeter of the field. Attire is whatever makes you feel comfortable on a warm summer night sitting on the grass. You can expect to be there about 2 hours. There are 6 chukkers to a game, each one lasting 7 ½ minutes. But there are always penalties, time between chukkers to change ‘ponies’ and half time to consider. Half time is entertaining as spectators are invited to the field to help replace the divots. For me, the most exciting part was hearing the thunder of hooves as the horses race back and forth. It is an aggressive game, but beautiful as well. You will be amazed at the speed of the ponies as well as how agile they are when they have to make quick maneuvers. Apparently, good polo ponies know the game just as well, or better, than their human counterparts, and play the game to win. I overheard someone say that if a rider were to make a wrong move, it is not uncommon for the horse to get upset.

The announcer kept us amused with his comments and at the end, I participated in what he called ‘that sweaty hand slapping thing’ where you can line up around the field and the riders will come by and slap your hand.

Oh, and I think I just may have to find the perfect hat for my next match.

Polo matches are every Saturday at Glen Farm in Portsmouth.  Pricing is very reasonable at $10/adult for general admission.  Check out their website for a schedule and more information.  (http://www.glenfarm.com/)



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The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

by Carol Hopkins 9. June 2011 10:43

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to jclassyachts.com, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."


The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM


So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.


-Carol Hopkins


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 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

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