Thursday, June 28, 2012

Big happenings around the area, rooms available

Today's blog entry is by the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce which gives a run down of all the fire works and free concerts coming up to celebrate the holiday. If you missed our mighty fine Regatta last week the America's Cup races are just a short drive away in Newport. If you want to make a day of it, you could watch America's oldest 4th of July parade in Bristol, RI in the morning, hit the beaches, clean up for a great dinner and then enjoy the evening activities. How relaxing would that be?

So make a booking and come enjoy the sun, surf, and all kinds of free fun.

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, July 3rd Narragansett Town Beach 5pm
88th Army Band, Big Fogg
mist tent, food concession
stand open
Wed., July 4th Old Mountain Field, SK 5pm Live entertainment, children's
activities, food vendors
Wed. July 4th Lafayette Band Stand 7pm
15 Beach St., NK
Live entertainment
The Towers
Tonight, June 28th Superchief Trio $15.00
7-10pm Swing, boogie,woogie
and smooth, sultry
Every Wednesday Social Dance Lessons
Free Concert @ Marina Park
Monday, July 2nd @ 6:30pm
The Wakefield Concert Band, under the direction of Barry Lieberman, will perform a free concert at Marina Park, Salt Pond Road, South Kingstown

America's Cup World Series - Newport 2012
Today thru July 2nd
The AC World Series features tight, short race courses designed to deliver close racing for the fans on shore as well as the online and TV audiences. The innovative regatta format includes a mix of speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with 6 identical AC45s on the line.

Deborah Kelso
Narragansett Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 742
Narragansett, RI 02882

Big Apple Circus
Dream Big
Today thru July 1st; July 4th thru July 8th
Route 1A, Park Lane @ Ninigret Park

Saturday, June 30th 4-9pm
The St. Thomas More Parish Feast & Festival
Live entertainment, food and family activities
Veterans Memorial Park
15 Memorial Sq.
South County Museum
Wed. July 4th
R.I Red Chicl Hatch - Visitors will be able to see and hold baby chicks.
Admission if Free

Waiting, waiting, waiting

Have you ever been driving and realize that you are about to reach a mileage milestone?  You know, 50,000, 666666, your birthdate, things like that?  The kind of number that you drive around the block so you can witness it or the kind of number that you mourn because some other driver in the family reached it and didn't even notice?

Well, we, my peeps, are about to hit the big 250 in votes for Blueberry Cove Inn's quest to pass the first hurdle in the small business grant competition. We are down to the last 13 votes.

Sadly, I have to walk away from the computer and take brush to the dump. This is one of the more glamorous jobs at the inn and I don't dare delegate it to someone else while I stare at the computer screen waiting.

So,  while I'm gone someone get organized and vote. I'll even pick up a Del's on the way home to celebrate (and rehydrate.)

You know the routine: go to, sign in at the bottom of the page, search for Blueberry Cove Inn and cast your vote.

Got to run, the dump seagulls are calling.

Innkeeper Seely

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I need your help please

Being an innkeeper is a 24/7 job that I love most of the time. Like any profession with crunch times I get a  little stressed out at times. I can't imagine being a teacher dealing with kids near the end of the school year who are already mentally on vacation or being a CPA in March and April. For me, mid-August gets a little tense.

But, I don't need your help in August. I need it now. Before midnight on June 30 to be exact.

In an effort to expand my business I have applied for a business grant sponsored by Living Social and Chase Bank. In order to be considered for the grant I need 250 votes from Facebook users to get to phase two of the application process. I have 170 this morning.

So, if you are a Facebook user and could take a minute to help, go to  At the bottom right hand side there is a button that says "log in and support." Hit that, use your facebook sign-in and then you will see a page with search boxes at the bottom of the page. Search for Blueberry Cove Inn and register a vote. Very simple. You don't have to like my page on Facebook (although you would be more than welcome!) or do anything else.

Let this be your mitzvah or good deed for the day or an excuse to goof off for a minute. Hey, search for businesses in your town and vote for them too.

Although I don't know who votes I will be eternally grateful for your effort.

Innkeeper Seely

Asking for help from Works for me Wednesday.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Open Road Tolling Making Its Debut on Newport Pell Bridge

And now, a guest post:

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is pleased to announce that open road tolling is just days away. We want to inform you about the changes to the Newport Pell Bridge plaza so you can be ready to be in the correct lane.

The new left lanes are for the exclusive use of vehicles with E-ZPass transponders only. The gates have been removed so you can drive through without stopping. You can still use the gated lanes if you prefer because E-ZPass will be accepted in all lanes.

The new open road tolling lanes will open at the end of June. New road signs will appear shortly to help drivers navigate to their correct lanes. Because of the many changes to the plaza, please use caution when travelling through the plaza in the next few weeks as everyone becomes accustomed to the new configuration.

If you are travelling westbound and wish to use the Jamestown exit, please use the far right lane, even if you have an E-ZPass transponder. Lane dividers in the open road tolling lanes will prevent drivers from crossing over lanes to get to the exit. If you use a lane other than the far-right lane, you’ll have to continue on to a further exit and then backtrack to your destination. By designating the lanes in this manner, we’re improving toll plaza safety for everyone.

The speed limit in the open road tolling lanes is 40 miles per hour.

If your transponder isn’t mounted, now is the time to correct that. Transponders that aren’t mounted correctly can’t be read – and will trigger a violation notice. To avoid the hassle of contesting the unpaid toll notice, please mount the transponder. If you need an extra set of mounting strips, please let us know and we’ll provide them free of cost.

How does RITBA know if cars without E-ZPass transponders are in the open road tolling lanes? Cameras are positioned on the gantry and take photographs of license plates. When vehicles pass through without paying tolls, the owner of the vehicle’s registration will receive a notice in the mail to pay the fine as well as the toll.

Like you, we’re so happy that the construction period in the plaza is over and that the toll collection process will be more convenient and faster for E-ZPass customers.

If you have questions, please call us at 877-743-9727. Additional information is available at

David Darlington,
Chairman, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority