Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Fenton History Center’s second annual Slice of History Pizza Challenge. The competition will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, with proceeds benefitting the center’s educational programs. The Jamestown Italian Heritage Dancers will perform with live accompaniment at 2 p.m. with special accompaniment by Joe Iuculano. The event features many area pizzerias who will be vying for the Fenton Favorite Slice Award. Last year’s award winner was Fresco Pizza and Wings, Buzzetto’s Pizza and Marco’s Pizza. Any pizzeria or restaurant is invited to participate. Along with the pizza tasting and voting, volunteers will be making appointments to record stories and scan family pictures from the community. Stories and pictures about grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, businesses, clubs, school and friends are all needed. Temporary exhibits about the Italians in Jamestown will also be featured. The admission fee is $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Admission includes sampling all the pizzas and a beverage. What better way to spend a Saturday than sampling some of the area’s best pizza and contributing to the continued accumulation of our area’s history?

Thumbs down to a pair of unrelated shootings on Easter Sunday. According to Jamestown police, early Sunday morning, a number of gunshots were fired from a vehicle toward a Dover Street residence. No injuries were reported. Later in the day, another shooting was reported on Strong Street — this time, between two vehicles. No injuries were reported again. Jamestown continues to be lucky that there are few injuries as a result of these shootings. Sooner or later, the city’s luck will run out.

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Promise Fund and its fundraising drive to raise money to add sites to the Jamestown Public Schools’ Scholastic LitCamp for first- through third-graders. JPS LitCamps address the concern that a significant number of students are having trouble reading at a third grade level at the end of the third grade year. Although students make progress during the school year, they may inevitably succumb to the summer slide that takes place in July and August when students miss out on the learning resources. LitCamp is a program that deserves to be expanded, but it is incumbent on the community to step forward to help. Do donate, visit or send donations to The Jamestown Promise Fund, c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701.