Page 1

JUNE 2018


Page A2


From farm to plate

Our produce isn’t just locally grown, it’s grown right in our own backyard farm. So you always get the freshest ingredients in every dish you order.

The Dining Room

Open daily 6 - 10pm

Outside seating available


Cocktails 5pm - closing Bistro menu 6pm - closing Outside seating available

Lunch On The Veranda

Get out of town and enjoy the Island’s best kept secret! Serving lunch 11:30am - 3pm

Sunset appetizers 3 - 6pm

Martini Night

Thursdays from June 28th

Friday Night Jazz Club

Live Jazz - Fridays at 8 p.m.

401-466-5844 • •

June 2018


Page A3

June Calendar



Lions Club Family Barbecue. Ball O’Brien Park Pavilion. 12 to 2:30 p.m. $10 adults/$5 kids. Under 5 free.


17-23 Block Island Race Week. New Harbor.

Old Harbor Walking Tour. Meet at Historical Society. 11 a.m.


First Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 to 11:30 a.m.

10-16 Block Island Restaurant Week. 10

“Taste of the Island” Block Island’s finest restaurants offer tastes of their 2018 menu items. BIMI. 4 to 6 p.m.


Block Island Walking Festival opening reception. Historical Society. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

11-13 Block Island Walking Festival. Register at 12-17 Block Island Music Festival 12

Old Harbor Walking Tour. Meet at Historical Society. 11 a.m.


Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events on Dodge Street. 6 to 8 p.m.


Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Block Island


Dallas TX

St. Ann’s Tag sale and BBQ. St. Ann’s by-the-sea. 10 to 3 p.m.


Old Harbor Walking Tour. Meet at Historical Society. 11 a.m.


Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events on Dodge Street. 6 to 8 p.m.


The Narragansett Inn restaurant opens. 5 p.m.


Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Historical Society opening reception. 6 to 8 p.m.


Old Harbor Walking Tour. Meet at Historical Society. 11 a.m.


BIMI Tuesday Night Lecture Series begins. BIMI. 7 p.m.


Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events on Dodge Street. 6 to 8 p.m.


Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 to 11:30 a.m.



Menifee, CA

Block Island


Colorado Springs, CO

Ahoy, everyone! Paddle on over and meet the crew at BI Boat Basin, New Harbor • Open: 11:30am • Take-out available • Bring ng the kids! COME AND ENJOY OUR GREAT SUSHI BAR!

Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807 Phone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804 e-mail: webnews: The Block Island Times was founded in 1970 by Dan Rattiner, publisher, and Margaret Cabell Self, editor.

The Block Island Times is a member of the New England Press Association, The National Newspaper Association, The Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce. It is printed on partially recycled newsprint by The Republican Company in Springfield, MA.

Our Staff

Correction Policy

Publisher........................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor............................................................................ Kari Curtis Production..................................................Macsperts/CRI Design Contributors........................................................ Cassius Shuman, Susan Bush, Kari Curtis, Kim Gaffett, Chief Vincent T. Carlone, Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi Photographers................................................................... K.Curtis, Thea Monje, Michael Levitt, Daniel Forster, Corrie Heinz, Lisa Wheeler, Cariona Corcoran, Curt Milton Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan Advertising Design.......Macsperts, J.M. Swienton,

Advertising: This newspaper does not assume any responsibility for an error in an advertisement. Editorial: This newspaper will correct errors in reporting. Opinions expressed in columns or letters to the editor in this paper are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of this newspaper. The opinions expressed by the cartoonist are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Block Island Times Summer Times insert is published four times in June, July, August and September. Cover Photos: A - Lisa Wheeler, B - Cariona Corcoran

Page A4


Block Island 101 - Swim at Sunrise Block Island experiences not to be missed

Courtesy photo

Plan to be up before the sun, that alarm clock may come in handy — even on vacation. No need to make a fuss about what to wear, just throw on a bathing suit and an old sweatshirt and go. Ride a bike, jump in the car or walk to your beach of choice— but on the east side of the island so you can see the sun coming up. Go in any direction to get to a beach — the entire perimeter of our 3-by-7 mile island is virtually lined with them,17 miles worth and all free and open to the public. There are some beaches where it may not be safe to swim, like at the North Light,so choose wisely.  Take a moment to appreciate the fact that you’re standing at the ocean’s edge. Breath deep and take it all in. Dive in and let the magical salty water cleanse your spirit. 


Bronze Bottle Openers

A curated collection of beautiful jewelry, body care, clothing, home goods and maps. PART OF NED PHILLIPS, JR. LANDSCAPE + DESIGN Come see us on Water Street! (across from Rebecca’s)


FARMERS’ MARKET OR 401-578-1125

Copyrighted Designs

Surrounded by Sea: Block Island Historical Society

Beautiful Home Decor An eclectic mix of island rustic charm Fashion jewelry custom Block Island jewelry found only at My Oyster Flower shop Fresh bouquets daily. Delivery available. Beach Provisions both fashionable and essential Custom designed BI T-shirt’s Accessories

Painted Rock Design wedding floral studio located at MyOyster Wedding rentals including farm tables and chairs.

Melissa Sitbon Philip, Owner & Designer

Open 10-6 (401) 466-2076 cell (631)-704-3221 106 Corn Neck Road (across from Crescent Beach)


Block Island Historical Society Corner of Dodge g Street & Old Town Road

Museum and Shop

Hours and Admission: 11–4 Weekends / June 3–23 11–4 Daily / June 24–Labor Day Adults $6 / Seniors & Students $4 Members & Children free


Exhibit Opening Saturday June 23, 5-8 pm Surrounded by Sea

Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, Lighthouses, and more. All are welcome

June 2018


Page A5

lock Island Welcome to BCh ief Carlone A Note from Police

Dear Visitors to Block Island,  season, with as little as one you again after a ver y slow winter see to py hap are and you e com We wel and a fun place to be for all. In ses open! Now it’s the busy season ines bus any dly har and ts, den thousand resi ause they are in such a wonderare unnoticed by most people bec that s risk are e ther t men iron any natural env ays alert you to possible dangers vacation, your mind doesn’t alw on are you en Wh d. min of e mostly safe for sure, but we fully relaxed stat completely safe. That’s okay, it is is ing ryth eve that ion ress imp and you get the save you from injury.  things that may save your life, or bike accidents. There are need to let you know about a few Block Island, some seriously from on r yea ry eve red inju get ple . Here’s what to do to 1. Bicycles — Peo of traffic competing for the road lots and rs, ulde sho road r poo , fifteen and under wear lots of steep inclines dren. The law requires that people chil lly ecia esp et, helm ed rov be safe: Wear an app ne should. Lock your bikes!  STOP signs, them, but I recommend that everyo law, and for your safety. Stop at by do to ired requ are you ch whi 2. Obey all traffic laws, are everywhere.  fast because the curves and hills ride with traffic and don’t go too where present, and be alert that fic or facing traffic, use sidewalks traf inst aga lk Wa — s lker Wa 3. tch your children carefully, coming close by as you walk. Wa there are all manners of vehicles please.  moned if you fail to do so, (it is the law) or you will be sum et helm a ar We — s ped Mo tal 4. Ren n.  and don’t repeatedly blow the hor and please obey all traffic laws, thousands of pounds of and e tabl uns e bluff areas; they are larg w belo out tch Wa — s che 5. Bea don’t be too far from a ly. Watch children near the water; cted xpe une n dow e com can clay ded children. wning risk in the ocean for unatten dro eme extr an is e ther d, chil young lic areas. Drinking in ted on any beaches and in all pub hibi pro is s Thi — l oho Alc ng will summons 6. Drinki icers will be in plain clothes and Off . way any idea d goo a not is the hot sun d liquor sales g anywhere other than in license kin drin from ain refr se plea so , or arrest you staff and injured ess. We have a minimal medical exc to k drin not do se Plea . ents establishm ous injuries.  n off the island for treatment of seri people end up having to be flow hing when biking or clot lighting, so please wear reflective 7. Night Time — There is limited walking.  at bars and beaches, and watch your purse and cell phones 8. Valuables — Lock your bikes, lock your cars. our officers are and if you need anything, all of In closing, we are happy to see you l help you if necessary.  friendly and approachable and wil Please have a safe vacation.  Sincerely,  Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

COME SEE WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018!! HOMETOWN STORE Sears Hometown Store is here for you with delivery to Block Island! Locally Owned and Operated By Tom Iacobucci

Tom Iacobucci, Owner


Unique & Original designs

Diamond & Gold Blocks!

Block rings & charms!


*Chosen as one of 10 places not to miss when visiting Block Island* New England Tourism Council

Experience our Great Service and Selection Appliances, Lawn/Garden, Tractors/Mowers, Grills and More!

6655 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI 401-885-1120 •


independent jeweler

90 chapel street • po box 1450 • bi, ri 02807

401-466-2611 •

Page A6


A summer full of fun! Thanks to the B.I. Recreation Department

The Block Island Soccer Classic at Heinz Field. Photo by K. Curtis By Kari Curtis

BI Little League. Photo by C



Camp Mohegan at the beach. Courtesy photo.

Healthy activities, both indoor and out, have always been part of the Block Island lifestyle, and the Block Island Recreation Department is responding to that in creative and innovative ways all year long. The Rec. Department has been established full time since 1996 providing programs, services, and facilities for the Block Island community. It is responsible for all recreational functions, facilities, activities, assets and resources within the town, not under the school department. The department strives to be self sufficient through fees, grants, and donations. Roughly 80 percent of the budget is funded through these means. The remainder of the budget is funded through taxes. The energy behind the Recreation Department is two people: Dave Sniffen and Cindy Lemon, supported by a five-member volunteer board. Working year-round to sharpen and solidify plans for camps, sports, races and events each year — for  community members and visitors — is no easy task. “We try to be extremely approachable,” says Lemon about ideas for new programs or rec-related activities that people may have, “We don’t like to say no to anyone — we want to try our best to do it all.” “We want to cater to every age group,” says Sniffen. “We want to find the needs of the community and try to fill them.” Summertime Fun For kids, there is Camp Mohegan — a nine-week day camp for kids 5 to 10 years old that runs from June to August. It is a great way for kids to explore the island and meet new friends. For adults, there are numerous summer sports leagues including  co-ed softball, co-ed beach volleyball, basketball, and co-ed soccer. There are weekly sports camps for kids of all ages including soccer, baseball, and basketball that include camp directors and coaches from around New England who provide top-of-the-line coaching and instruction. 

New this year, the Recreation Department is bringing a Walking Festival to Block Island June 11 to 13. The two day event will offer people an opportunity to see the island through a diverse series of walks at different levels, led by different people. You can register for this, and all of the races at The Block Island Triathlon will be held on August 4 this year and consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a four-mile run beginning and ending at Fred Benson Town Beach. The Block Island Soccer Classic is held in August at Heinz Athletic Field where teams from off-island come for a day of competition against the best of Block Island. The Recreation Department oversees the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion, the island’s only public beach facility. This year the facility has gotten a face-lift with new bathrooms and showers, and an ATM will be available, too. Beach rentals like chairs and umbrellas are available, and certified lifeguards oversee this portion of the beach. A full concession stand offers a wide variety of food and snacks, parking is free, and the facility is even available to rent for an event. “There’s never been two people running the department before,” says Sniffen, “I think it’s an awesome dynamic that between the two of us we have a really good scope of knowledge of all of the kids in the community, as well as the adults.” They really do have things covered for all ages, all year long. Recreational activities are extremely important, but especially for a remote community like Block Island. Development of confidence, social skills, and cooperation among participants are important and are some of the benefits derived from involvement with recreation opportunities. In a highly technical and stressful society, recreational activities assist in the relief of stress and the promotion of healthy living all year long. For more information on camps, sports leagues and more, call the Rec. Dept. at (401) 466-3223.

Co-ed summer softball at Heinz Field. Photo by K.Curtis Photo by Lars Trodson

June 2018


Page A7

Restaurant 1879 at the Atlantic Inn A Block Island Tradition

For an unforgettable evening with breathtaking views... Tapas, cocktails and sunsets... Or just relaxation at its best...

The Atlantic Inn Serving Nightly Tapas 5 p.m. Dinner 6-9 p.m. • 401-466-5883

Page A8


Treat yourself at the Block Island Farmers’ Market By Meg Victacco, Market Coordinator Summer is officially here when the Block Island Farmers’ Market starts. From June 9 through October 6, on Saturdays at Legion Park and Wednesdays at the Spring House Garden, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., you will find a collection of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, local honey, sea salt, island artwork, handmade jewelry, pottery, kombucha, lemonade, pickles, and even dog biscuits... all of which are island made or grown.  Rain or shine, we'll see you this summer at the Block Island Farmers’ Market.  

Photo by Tracy Finn

"My passion is capturing the daily moments on the island, all year round — the q uiet ones that may otherwise be missed. I want my photos to evoke wonder, gratitude, and delight in everyone who sees them." -Tracy Finn, T. Finn Photography

"My interest in farming was sparked when I began to realize the negative environmental impact of our current food system, which led me to seek jobs at various local farms that practice organic methods and permaculture. Now, with an ecologically conscious approach, I am providing local food to the community I grew up in."  -Kathryn Helterline, Green Gully Gardens

"Sugar Rush makes delicious pastries for breakfast and delectable treats to save for later. Our best sellers are Cinnamon Buns & Giant Chocolate Chip cookies."  -Kate Musso, Sugar Rush

"Inspired by my new granddaughter, I've added a silver baby spoon to our assortment of island jewelry, which includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings"  -Peter Gibbons Block Island Jewelry

"I combine my love of color and beads of antiq uity in creating a line of stackable bracelets and adjustable length necklaces for layering" -Rachel Lemoine

June 2018


Enjoy your getaway. We’re here if you need us.

Westerly Hospital Emergency Services 25 Wells Street Westerly, RI 02891 401-596-6000

Page A9

Page A10


Block Island 101 - Bike Around the Island There’s no better way to see the sights of Block Island than by biking. And the Block Island Tourism Council laid out the perfect route — a 7.5 mile loop that includes nine stops along major sights at the southern end of the island, plus an option to add 8.5 miles that wind through some of Block Island’s most beautiful landscapes. Bikers will see bright white and blue signs at various stops along an island loop, and on those signs they’ll see what is known as a QR code. They’re recognizable, even if everyone doesn’t know what they’re for. They look like digital spaghetti. Using the QR code application on your mobile device, you can either scan the QR code or take a picture of it. That code will

then take you to a website: org. And on that website will be a short video about the very site you’ve stopped at. The narrator of the videos will be familiar to many Block Islanders: Jessica Willi, Executive Director of the Tourism Council. The Tourism Council helped pay for the map and the signs for the project. The videos are brisk, well edited and provide brief descriptions of island locales. There are a dozen such videos, ranging from the expected (Fred Benson Town Beach) to the unexpected (get a little forgotten history about Dead Eye Dick’s). Willi said she has visited each site on the tour and there is cellphone access all along the way (never a minor consideration on

Block Island). There is also an informational brochure to go along with the video version, providing proof that we’re not completely out of the printed age just yet. Route maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce in Old Bike around the island. K. Curtis Harbor, at all bike rental shops and at Bluffs 6. Painted Rock 7. Rodman’s Hollow hotels and inns around the island. 8. Dead Eye Dick’s  9. Fred Benson Town 1. Tourist Center (off Water Street) 2. Beach  10. Great Salt Pond, New Harbor  1661 Farm & Gardens 3. Spring House 11. North Lighthouse  12. Water Street Hotel 4. South East Lighthouse 5. Mohegan

Visit us at our EDUCATION CENTER on Weldon’s Way



Join us for the FIRST ANNUAL

Thursday, August 16th 2:00-7:00 pm Solviken Nature Preserve Corn Neck Road Learn more at | 860.444.4624

Fe�l �� �om� ���h Di�� ���k

Cat����g �o ��� wi�� �p��o�s ��� p���ha��� �r �efi��n��� Our commitment to Rhode Island communities is demonstrated by our passion for financing your dream vacation home.

To l���� mo�� ��o�t ��� we ��� h��� yo�, co���c�: Kevin Owren, Residential Lender 131 Franklin Street, Westerly, RI • 401.596.4744 | NLMS# 768404

NLMS# 493990

Cocktail Hour

June 2018


Page A11

We make our own!

9 S& Y S











Dark and Stormy





Glass with ice 2oz. Dark Rum A squeeze of fresh lime Top with Ginger Beer Slice of lime on rim



7 AM-11:30 AM

All components available at The Red Bird Package Store


Sponsored by Red Bird Package Store On Dodge Street • 466-2441 • Open Daily!




Twin Engine Air Charter (401) 466-2000 • (800) 683-9330

The Block Island Club Sailing, children and adult Tennis Swimming Arts and crafts Paddle boards Kayaks Outdoor adventure Social events for kids, teens and adults New Keelboats! Six New 26’ Colgate Sailboats Sailboat charters, cruises and rentals (Charters available with a Captain even if you are NOT a member!)

New Docks! Boat slips available

Block Island’s Premier Charter Service • Weather radar for safety • Air conditioning for comfort • Fully instrumented for all weather operations

Weekly, monthly or summer memberships Group and private lessons Children (5+) and adults welcome

Corn Neck Rd. 401- 466 -5939

Piper Senecas Piper Navajo Chieftain

Page A12




THE BLOCK ISLAND SUMMER TIMES June 2018 IMPORTANT: THE DIALING OF 911 IS FOR EMER­GEN­CY USE ONLY! An emergency is when immediate police, fire or rescue as­sis­tance is nec­es­sary. 911 should not be di­aled for non-emer­gen­cy calls that do not involve or require im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. However, if you feel that there is an emergency occurring, but don’t know for certain, presume it is an emergen­cy and use 911. IF IN DOUBT, USE 911!

FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS Do exactly what the 911 op­er­a­tor tells you to do. Give the operator all nec­es­sary information, including the fire number on the house. (There are no street addresses on Block Island.  Instead, all buildings have fire numbers clearly marked on the outside of the house.) Remember, your assistance could make the difference between serious injury, life or death.

Block Island Nature Rules VEHICULAR BEACH RE­STRIC­TIONS Vehicles are permitted to drive on Crescent Beach only from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. No motor vehicle shall be allowed on the beach without a valid, updated permit from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Permits are available at the police department for $100/residents, $200/non-residents (June 20- Sept. 7) Sunday, 6-7 p.m., Monday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-4 p.m. All motor vehicles of any description are prohibited on dunes except on trails marked expressly for vehicular use. Vehicles are also not allowed on any lands designated “Open Space” and maintained by the town for the benefit of the general public. DUNE PROTECTION The dunes offer a home to countless species of plants and animals that, like the beach itself, need our protection if they are to survive. To help save the life of our dunes and beaches, we urge you to: • Use designated access paths and parking lots only. • Keep off dunes and beach vegetation. • Keep all vehicles off the beach, as they destroy vegetation and cause beach erosion. • Do not sleep on the beach overnight. BEACH FIRES Beach fires are prohibited without a permit. Permits are available at the police department, and are valid for one day, expiring at midnight. Fires must be at least 25 feet from dunes. Please clean up and dispose of all trash properly and extinguish fires completely before leaving the beach. POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on BI’s freshwater ponds. Pollutants and contaminants banned No discharging of any sew­­age, petroleum products, detergents, pesticides, or any other form of pollutants or con­tam­i­nants is permitted. Penalty for violation Any person violating this ordinance shall, upon con­ vic­tion, be subject to a fine of not more than $100, or confinement for not more than 10 days, or both such fine and confinement. Any person convicted

of a second violation shall be subject to a fine of not more than $200, or forfeiture of motor and equipment, or both. WILDLIFE REFUGES Protected wildlife areas Wildlife refuge areas on Block Island include Sachem Pond, Payne’s Farm, the Southeast Lighthouse, Rodman’s Hol­low, Lewis-Dickens Farm, Beane Point and Cormorant Cove. No one may hunt, shoot, trap, or annoy wildlife, or destroy or disturb the eggs, nest or nesting area of any wildlife within des­ig­nat­ed areas. Penalty for violation Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100, or be imprisoned not more than 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, together with costs of prosecution. SHELLFISH OR­DI­NANC­ES A license is required for shellfishing. Beds are currently closed to the harvesting of scallops and oysters. The harvesting of clams is restricted. For more info, call the Harbors Department at 466-3204 or stop by the Harbormaster’s shack in New Harbor (adjacent to the Boat Basin), where shellfishing licenses are sold. ANIMAL ORDINANCES Dogs must be licensed and wear tags on a collar.  Unless in a vehicle or on property of its owner, dogs must be leashed with a cord not exceeding 6 feet in length. For problems contact the Police Department at 466-3220. Horses: the New Shoreham Town Council requests that all persons refrain from riding horses in the downtown area.

Useful Island Information RECYCLING. All trash must be separated for recycling. Deposit your sidewalk trash in the recycling con­tain­ers marked for bottles, cans, or trash only. These special containers are not for household or boat trash. Those renting houses should use the Transfer Station, located on West Beach Road. Recyclables (news­pa­per, glass, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and tin cans) are free. Glass, cans, plastics and aluminum should be clean. Other trash is deposited at a charge of 12 cents per pound, paid in cash, by local check or credit card at the Transfer Station (466-3234).   RABIES NOTICE. State law and town ordinances require that all pets (cats, dogs or ferrets) brought to the island be vaccinated against rabies. In addition to vaccinating pets, people should stay away from all wild and stray animals. Rabies is always fatal unless treated before symptoms develop. Rhode Island rabies hotline: 1-800-482-7878, ext. 3. PLEASE CONSERVE WATER. While the island’s municipal water company has been producing a lot of good water this summer, water conservation is still encouraged, and the water is a precious island resource. On properties with septic systems, be sure not to overload the system with showers, dishwashing and clothes-washing all at once. And please don’t shock such systems with paper products, fats, oils and greases.

Advice for Visitors from the Block Island Medical Center LYME DISEASE: Don’t get ticked off. Lyme disease is a serious health threat on Block Island. Visitors should make a daily “tick check.” Look for at­tached ticks, no bigger than a pinhead, red areas and itchiness. Symptoms in­clude rashes, head­aches, joint stiff­ness, chills, fever, and nausea. Not all ticks carry the disease; not all people bitten catch it. Infection is uncommon if the tick is removed within 24 hours. Consult your phy­si­cian if you suspect you may have be­come infected. Treatment after early di­ag­no­sis is gen­er­al­ly effective, but be­comes more difficult if symp­toms are left untreated. Long pants and sleeves and insect repellant are sug­gest­ed for forays into wooded areas, brush and meadows.

Important Is­land Phone Num­bers BI Medical Center 466-2974 Police (nonemergency) 466-3220 Fire Department / Rescue Squad 466-3220 Coast Guard (Block Island) 466-2086 Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours 789-0444 RI Poison Control (800) 222-1222 BI Airport 466-5511 Harbormaster 466-3204 Town Clerk 466-3200 Recreation Department 466-3223 Interstate Navigation (Block Island) 466-2261 Block Island Express 466-2212 Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry 466-2261 Transfer Station 466-3234

Town Or­di­nanc­es Pro­hib­it: • Drinking alcoholic beverages in streets, on docks and beaches. • Camping, except by special permission. • Sleeping overnight in vehicles or on beaches. • Operating mo­tor­cy­cles between midnight and 6 a.m. • Beach fires and/or driving on the beach without a permit. • Dumping refuse on roads or in harbors. • Shellfishing without a license. • Charcoal fires on boats tied up at docks. • Disturbing the peace. • Un­leashed dogs. • Littering. • Single use plastic bags • Balloons

Block Island’s Rules Of The Road Please note: A ban on hand held cell phones, while driving, went into effect on June 1, 2018 in Rhode Island. Pedestrians. Pay special attention to traffic while in the downtown area. According to Rhode Island law, pedestrians must walk against traffic (on the left side) on roads without sidewalks. Bicyclists. Please take care when cycling the unique roads of Block Island. Ride with the traffic, obey traffic signs and adhere to all rules of the road. Hand signals are very helpful to other traffic and can prevent accidents. Keep on the right side of the road and ride single-file whenever possible. For nighttime riding, a light is required for the front of the bicycle and a reflector should be attached to the rear. Bicycles are not permitted on Greenway trails. Helmets are required for bicyclists age 16 and under, and strongly encouraged for adults. Automobile drivers. Please exercise extreme caution when traversing Block Island roads. The speed limit is 25 mph island-wide. Pass bicyclists and mopeds only when you are certain it’s safe. Roller Blades, Scooters, skateboards. Due to heavy congestion and safety concerns, rollerblading, skateboarding and scootering are not permitted in the downtown area or on Ocean Avenue. Skating and scootering is allowed north of Town Beach, south of the Spring House and on the west side of the island. Please travel with the traffic and adhere to all rules of the road. Scooters with helper motors (electric or gas) are not allowed on roads by RI state law.

Bicycles And Mopeds.

Bicycles are the preferred rental ve­hi­cles. You can ex­plore dirt roads with them. If you do rent a moped, please note — • Mopeds are not allowed on dirt roads. • By law, a helmet and eye protection must be worn. • Do not leave the training area until you are sure that you know how to operate the moped and its controls. • Once you are on the road, proceed slowly enough to examine on­com­ing road conditions. Do not drive on the shoulder of the road. Driver inexperience, heavy traffic flow, sandy shoul­ders, sharp curves, and uneven pavement are common causes of accidents on Block  Island. • Mopeds may be operated from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. only. • Passengers must ride behind the operator. ACCIDENTS. Do not hesitate to seek help from the Rescue Squad if you have or witness an accident.  First aid and am­bu­lance service is rendered at no cost to you. A por­tion of the Rescue Squad budget is met by town funds, but the Rescue Squad relies heavily on do­na­tions. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Block Island Volunteer Rescue



Passengers and bikes only • Reservations recommended

:30a, 2p, 5:45p

Point Judith, RI to Block Island

:15a, 11a, 3p, 5p

15a, 10a, 11:30a, 2:45p, 3p, p, 6:15p, 8p, 9p

15a, 10a, 11:30a, 2:45p, 3p, p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 1a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

15a, 11a, p, 5:45p

8:15a, 11a, 3p, 5p

Montauk, NY to Block Island

New London, CT to Block Island

Limited Pre-Season Schedule

DEPARTS DEPARTS PT. JUDITH BLOCK ISLAND M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p May 24 Jun 15 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 use Sunday schedule Jun 16 - Mon- 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, Sep 3 Sun 4:50p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p Labor Day - Monday, September 3 use Sunday schedule Sep 4 - Tue8a, 10a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 7 Fri M-F 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Sep 8 Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, Oct 8 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Columbus Day - Monday, October 8 use Sunday schedule Wed 1:30p, 5p 12:30p, 3p Nov 21 - Thur No Service Thanksgiving Nov 25 Fri 1p, 5p 10:30a, 3p Sat 10:30a, 4p 9:30a, 11:30a Sun 11a, 3:30p 9:30a, 1p DATES DAYS




Jun 23 - Sep 3

Mon -Sun

9:45a, 12:30p

11:15a, 5:10p




Jun 23 - Sep 3

Mon -Sun






Jun 23 - Sep 3

Mon -Sun



Block Island Express

Dock Location: 2 Ferry St. New London, CT 860-444-GO B.I. (4624)

9a, 2p, 5:45p

12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM 12PM

Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday Sept. 14 Saturday Sept 15 Sunday Sept. 16 Friday Sept. 21 Saturday Sept 22 Sunday Sept. 23 Friday Sept. 28 Saturday Sept 29 Sunday Sept. 30 Friday Oct. 5 Saturday Oct. 6 Sunday Oct. 7 Monday Oct. 8

10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM


Viking Fleet

Block Island Ferry

Dock Location: 462 West Lake Dr., Montauk, NY (631) 668-5700

Dock Location: 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett, RI (Point Judith) (401) 783-7996

Year-Round Daily Flights Summer Schedule

Westerly to Block Island:


7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day Thursday until 7:30 p.m.* Friday until 8:30 p.m.*


p, 5:30p


Limited Fall Schedule

Harbor & Marina 866-783-7996 Information

1p, 5:30p


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Sunday July 1 Sunday July 8 Sunday July 15 Sunday July 22 Sunday July 29 Sunday August 5 Sunday August 12 Sunday August 19 Sunday August 26



Extra July & August Sunday Departures

Dock address: State Pier, 1 Water Street Fall River, MA 02721


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri June 15 to Mon Sept 10


10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM 10AM

Begin Daily Service

Dock address: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Friday May 25 Saturday May 26 Sunday May 27 Monday May 28 Friday June 1 Saturday June 2 Sunday June 3 Friday June 8 Saturday June 9 Sunday June 10


10a, 2p, 5:30p

1p, 5:30p

Page A13

Jun 15 Jun 21

1p, 5:30p

15a,11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p


2018 Seasonal High-Speed Ferry Service


:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

June 2018

Old Harbor: Contact the Old Harbor Dockmaster at VHF Ch. 12, or (401) 466-3235 New Harbor: Contact the Harbormaster on VHF Ch.12, or (401) 466-3204. Free pump-out is available: Old Harbor at VHF Ch.72 New Harbor at VHF Ch.73

Block Island to Westerly:

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. — just about EVERY HOUR on the hour, Every Day! Monday, beginning at 7 a.m. Fri, Sat, Sun until 7p.m.* *NOTE: Schedule may vary. Please call/book your reservation in advance


For information or reservations call Westerly: (401)596-2460 or (800)243-2460

Block Island Boat Basin (401) 466-2631 Champlin’s Marina (800) 762-4541, (401) 466-7777 Payne’s Dock (401) 466-5572

To reach the Block Island office please call (401)466-5881

Year Round Traditional Ferry: Point Judith to Block Island MAY 29 TO JUNE 10, 2018 SCHEDULE

JUNE 11 TO JUNE 15, 2018


Week Day

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island


9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p

8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 7p

8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 6:45p, 7:45p


9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p

8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 7:45p

Wednesday 9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p

8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 7:45p


9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 5:45p, 7p

8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 7:45p


9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3p, 4:45p, 5:45p, 7p

8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 6:45p, 7:45p


9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 4:15p, 6p, 7p, 8p

8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 5p, 6:15p, 8p, 9p


9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 4:15p, 6p, 7p, 8p

8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 5p, 6:15p, 8p, 9p

** Holidays: Wed, July 4 & Mon, August 13 ** *Schedule subject to change without notice.

June 16 to August 26, 2018 {* See Holidays below }

Departs Point Judith 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p

Departs Block Island 8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p

Page A14

On The Beach


It’s a simple fact: all Block Island vacations include a day at the beach. Block Island has 17 miles worth of unspoiled coastline and pristine beaches. While numerous beaches offer strong, consistent swells for wave sports, others are calmer and more placid, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. There are beaches that are ideal for families with children seeking a low-key spot, beaches where you may be the only one around, or beaches that are more action-packed. Use this guide to help find the best beach for you.


12 Photos by K. Curtis

1. Cow Cove is located near Settlers Rock. Although the shoreline is rocky, it offers some of the best coastal views and also sports the historic North Light. This is not a safe place to swim because of a strong riptide. Be careful where you walk too: the beach is a nesting area for many rare birds.

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion


2.Mansion Beach lies at the end of a dirt road with the same name. The island’s most stately mansion once sat like a jewel on a hill overlooking Jerry’s Point. Fire destroyed the house and it was never rebuilt. However, the beach fits the name by being the island’s grandest.

11 3

13 14




6 15b

3. Scotch Beach is a quarter mile north of Fred Benson Town Beach. Scotch is a sandbox for kids and the place to go for vacationers looking for a hotly contested game of volleyball. There is a small parking lot between the road and the dunes.



Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion rentals Right smack in the middle of the big stretch of beach on the east side of the island is the Town Beach Pavilion which is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the full season. Beach chairs, boogie boards and umbrella rentals are available daily ($10 chairs, $15 umbrellas). Food is served all day with everything from cold drinks and ice cream to hamburgers and french fries. Bathrooms and showers are available (token showers). ATM on site.




4. Fred Benson Town Beach is home to Block Island’s fully equipped bathhouse. In addition to showers, lockers, food, and rental items, the beach is staffed with lifeguards in the summer months. There is also a small parking lot, which fills up fast.

5. Baby Beach is a well-sheltered beachfront at the south end of Crescent Beach, where children can easily play in the shallow waters. It’s also an ideal place to check out the abundant sea life such as small crabs and starfish and go hunting for shells and sand dollars. 

6. Ballard’s Beach is located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater and adjacent to Ballard’s restaurant. Staffed with lifeguards throughout the summer months, it is also a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and volleyball.

7. Mohegan Bluffs beachfront is found at the bottom of the steps that descend from the bluffs. A favorite spot for surfers, it’s also a beautiful and secluded place to swim. Be warned, however, erosion at the bottom of the stairs has made the path from there to the beach tough to navigate.

June 2018


Page A15

Please Help Protect Our Dunes

After Hurricane Sandy and subsequent 2013 winter storms devastated dunes along Corn Neck Road, and in particular those protecting Crescent Beach, volunteers installed snow fences to clearly mark rights of way to the beach from Corn Neck Road and beach parking areas. The fences help the dunes replenish, so please do not move them. And keep to these designated trails, so that new plantings to help anchor the sand have a chance to take root. They are an important line of defense in this fragile ecosystem.

Surfing anyone? Diamondblue Surf Shop

8. Vaill Beach is a large beach at the bottom of a hollow. The path to it is located at the bend in Snake Hole Road. At the base of the bend turn left and walk for approximately 50 yards. The surf here is rough and rocks line the shallows, so swimmers should exercise caution.

10. Mosquito Beach, also known as “Dinghy Beach,” is located just across the road from Scotch Beach, a quarter mile north of Fred Benson Town Beach. It provides a place for boaters in New Harbor to tie up their rafts and dinghies. There are majestic views of Great Salt Pond, making it a good backdrop for photos. 

11. Andy’s Way is the island’s premier clamming spot. Standing at the end of a dirt road that bears the same name, it’s a good place to take a stroll. Just north is Beane Point, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife property that is home to many rare birds.

9. Black Rock boasts expanses of sand and a series of coves at the base of a cliff. Swimming is difficult because of the large number of rocks, but it’s a perfect place for an oceanside hike. The area takes its name from a large, dark rock that rests offshore in about 15 feet of water and has spelled the end for many ships. Located a pace off the main road, it’s best to walk or bike to get there.

12. West Beach is lightly trafficked and has gentle surf. It’s perfect for walking and is close to the North Light.

13. Coast Guard Beach is at the end of Champlin Road and derives its name from the old Coast Guard station that was formerly located there. Don’t swim here, but it’s a good place for clamming and fishing. 

14. Charlestown Beach is popular with fishermen because it has a long jetty at its end. Typically uncrowded, it’s a nice spot to watch the boats come into the harbor or explore the former Coast Guard station that is now town-owned.

15. Grace’s, Dorry’s, and Cooneymus coves are secluded beaches on the west side of the island. They are perfect for a challenging hike or for those looking for an out-of-the-way spot to catch a sunset or a moonrise.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf or paddle board? You can do both at Diamondblue Surf Shop— it’s right on the way to the beach, located on the corner of Dodge Street and Corn Neck Road (across from the Bagel Shop) They offer individual and group surfing lessons that include a wet-suit and a board, and an hourand-a-half of instruction. You will need to call ahead to reserve a spot, as classes fill up quickly. Daily or weekly rentals of paddle boards, surf boards, boogie boards, wet suits and beach chairs are also available. You will also find other beach gear like bathing suits, sun screen, flip flops, kids’ snorkel gear, and beach umbrellas. Diamondblue is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations call 466-3145 and visit diamondbluebi. com for rates and other information.

Page A16


On The Trails

The Nature Conservancy

Explore Block Island.   From the gentle hills and open grasslands at Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve, to the narrow paths atop the Clay Head bluffs, to the critter-filled salt marsh at Andy’s Way, there’s something special for everyone to discover. Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island is made up of a diverse array of geographical features and habitats such as beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, morainal grasslands, maritime scrubland, salt ponds, kettle hole ponds, and various other freshwater wetland ecosystems. These habitats support a unique assortment of wildlife, including over 40 species classified as rare or endangered. It is thus one of the most ecologically significant areas in the state and in the entire northeast. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway.  Block Island is more than just home to rare and endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage.  The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 46% of the Island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people. Nature Walks — June 25 to August 31, 2018 MONDAY  Trail less traveled: 8 a.m.: Changing locations  Each week explore different conservation areas — less traveled trails — with a local naturalist, and learn about the area’s unique mini environment and its relation to the island’s larger ecosystem.  Marsh-Mucking for Kids 9 a.m.: Andy’s Way  A salt marsh scavenger hunt for families. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) TUESDAY  Bird Banding: 8 a.m. Ocean View Pavilion  A bird banding demonstration program for all ages. Everything you ever wanted to know about birds.  Hike to the Light: 9 a.m. Settler’s Rock  Take a walk where the land, pond and sea meet and learn about a unique ecosystem. Meet at Settler’s Rock at the end of Corn Neck Road. WEDNESDAY  Andy’s Way Bird Walk Low tide*: Andy’s Way  A bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet.  Ebbtide Exploration  Low tide*: Block Island Club 

Participants will identify and record “vital statistics” of the marine, shore-line, and salt marsh habitats. Meet at the Block Island Club parking area on Corn Neck Road.  THURSDAY  Coast to Coast: 9 a.m. Hodge Preserve  Stride out and hike from the Block Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Meet at the Hodge parking lot on Corn Neck Road for a quick paced hike with habitat highlights.  Stepping Stones 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion  A participatory program building a stepping stone path to the Pavilion. Each stone will be decorated with found objects.  Green Screenings — Environmental Film Series 7 p.m.: Island Free Library  Feature length films. Use side door for downstairs FRIDAY Wild West: 8 a.m. West Beach Road  Discover what makes this beautiful, rocky, ocean shoreline so dynamic; where natural ecosystems meet human impact.  Walk the Walls 10 a.m.: Martin Property  Meet at the corner of West Side Road and Old Mill Road.  Art & Nature 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion  A program for all ages. Basic art materials and natural models will be supplied. You bring the imagination and relaxed expectations. Night Sky Viewing — At the Hodge Property on Corn Neck Road. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a blanket or beach chair for your comfort. (Program will be on an alternate evening if sky conditions are not favorable.)

July 18 — 8 p.m.  August 26 — 7:30 p.m.

James Stover Exploration Series June 16 — Horseshoe Crab survey & tagging: 4 p.m. at Andy’s Way  July 14 — Salt Marsh Creatures: 4 p.m. at Andy’s Way 

Full Strawberry Moon June 28 at 8 p.m. Ocean View Pavilion Enjoy the sunset and full moon rise at the Ocean View Pavilion and build your own strawberry shortcake. For more info:  Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email to receive automated message of up-to-date program information.  Stop by BI Conservancy Visitor Center on Weldon’s Way (Open in late June).  

Block Island Conservancy

The BIC Education Center is open daily for the summer season in the end of June with an exhibit on the nature of BI and the history of Block Island Conservancy. The Education Center offers trail maps, a free water bottle refilling station, a schedule of nature walks that are cosponsored with TNC, and a neat series of fun children’s craft activities on rainy days.  For news, events and other information visit

June 30 — 9 p.m. (alt. date: 7/1)  July 11 — 9 p.m.  August 3 — 8:45 p.m. (alt. date 8/4)  August 11 — 8:30 p.m. (alt. date 8/12)  August 24 — 4 a.m. (location TBA)

Sense of Wonder Twilight/Night Walk - A nature walk — at night, using all of your senses. Call Kim to register, (401) 595-7055.  Locations to be announced. Suggested donation $5/person $20/family. July 6 — 8:30 p.m. 

The Glass Float Project Eben Horton creates “one of a kind” pieces on an individual basis out of his studio that he calls ‘The Glass Station’— located on High St. in Wakefield, R.I. This project is funded by the Block Island Tourism Council and a Kickstarter funding campaign. 550 Glass Floats (glass orbs about the size of a grapefruit) will be hidden on Block Island. Floats will be dated, numbered and stamped with the shape of Block Island. All floats are clear glass except for 18 (because it is 2018), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues only ends when all the floats have been found!  Floats will be hidden on the beaches and on the Greenway Trails. They will be above the high tide mark but never in the dunes or up the side of the bluffs. They will be within one foot of either side of any Greenway trail they are placed on. This is “finder’s keepers” but you are asked to only keep one per seeker, please. To register a float that you found go to  To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit www.blockislandinfo. com/glass-float-project/found-floats.

June 2018


Page A17

1 Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve 2 Clay Head Trail 3 Beacon Hill to New Harbor Link, Harrison Loop 4 Meadow Hill Greenway 5 The Greenway 6 Elaine Loffredo Memorial Preserve 7 Fresh Pond Greenway 8 Fresh Swamp Trail 9 Rodman’s Hollow 10 Elizabeth Dickens Trail Pocket maps with information about each trail can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce.






HELIBLOCK.COM Complimentary shuttle service

437243_00148_BIT_B_UD9_V1 4.875x3.875 13th March 2018

Page A18


On The Dock Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer like the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament and the TriState Canyon Shootout. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to charter boats that are ready to give you a taste of the thrill of hauling in a big fish — anything from a striped bass, a tuna, a bonito, mahi-mahi, bluefish or a shark! Surfcasting is always fun, with plenty of rocky shore or beach to cast from. For those who prefer freshwater fishing, there are ample angling opportunities. Popular fish in the local ponds include: large mouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch and more. Stop by one of the island’s two bait and tackle shops for gear, bait and suggestions on what’s being caught—and where. Twin Maples is on Beach Ave. and Block Island Fishworks in on Ocean Ave. in New Harbor.

June is catching time on Block Island By Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi June can be a wonderful month for those plying the Block Island waters for finned quarry. Whether you are an ardent seasoned surf caster, adept fly fisher, salty boat angler, or simply a beginner angler, there are a multitude of shoreline spots, and fantastic fishing grounds surrounding the island. Here's a brief overview of what types of fish are present, where they're most likely caught, and where they eat. Perhaps the most popular species of fish pursued, and what has made Block Island famous in saltwater angling communities, is the iconic striped bass. Small striped bass show up in early to mid-May, and the large "cow" stripers show up around the new moon of June. Stripers can be caught everywhere around Block Island. Shore based anglers have most success under the cover of darkness. They come into the docks and marinas at night to feed on squid and will cruise the surf zone looking to eat any fish they may fit in their mouths. Boat fishermen can find stripers among the many reefs and boulder fields around the island. The most common forage fish for the striper around the island is the sand eel. They travel in masses, often in the thousands, all around the island and the Great Salt Pond. Striped bass do taste great; however, we recommend only harvesting stripers from 28" to 34". Due to the massive fishing pressure placed on this species, spawning habitat degradation, and the fact that very large stripers carry unsafe levels of heavy metals, we strongly recommend releasing stripers over 40" for the good of the species and your health. The next most popular sport fish we see are tackle busting, sharp toothed, bluefish. Often referred to as "yellow eyed demons", bluefish build in numbers around the island in June. These are voracious, hard fighting, and potentially dangerous fish. Their mouths are lined with sharp serrated teeth and have incredibly powerful jaws. Great care must be taken unhooking these fish. Bluefish will come into the docks and marinas to feed on squid and are often mixed with striped bass. Bluefish get mixed reviews as food fish. But, when properly cared for and in sizes ranging from 18"-30", they grill nicely, sautée well, and make a beautiful paté when

smoked. Next on the fish species list is the summer flounder, also known as fluke. These are flat fish and look like halibut. They are extremely aggressive and lay on the bottom waiting to jump on hapless baitfish or squid swimming too close to the bottom. From shore they are most often caught in the Coast Guard Channel entering the Great Salt Pond. From the boat they're found in a variety of depths, and like flat bottom especially around the edges of rocks, which enhance their ambush feeding. These are one of the most delicious fish one may catch and are often on the menu at Island restaurants. Our next species readily caught from the boat all around the island is the black sea bass, aka BSB. The season opens on June 24 but they are often caught much earlier than that. These fish have seemingly bottomless pits when it comes to feeding, and are highly territorial, so merely invading their space will get a strike. They're a spikey finned fish and arguably one of the tastiest. Their white meat is as easy to prepare as fluke. It does well baked, sautéed, or fried and is best served family style – the whole fish on a plate.  Rounding out the species list is the scup, often called a porgy. They are great fun for children and easily caught all day with simple rigging. Then Coast Guard Channel is a great spot from shore once these fish move in. A big porgy is 18" or more. They taste very good but have a second bone structure that needs to be trimmed away. By far it is the most underrated as a food fish but is quickly gaining popularity due to their taste, numbers, and ease of catching. Last on our list of fish to catch, isn't a fish, but a mollusk, and that's squid. Squid fill the Great Salt Pond in May and are aggressively feeding by June. This is the easiest fishing as they swarm around the lights at the marinas. A small rod and reel, even hand lines, with an appropriate styled squid jig will catch everyone some squid. Squid not only make fantastic bait, but they are true calamari and are fantastic when freshly prepared. Worth the effort of catching and cleaning every time.  So this gives an idea of our most readily caught fish species. For detailed techniques on catching these various fish species, stop in and see us at Block Island Fishworks.

BI Fishworks on Ocean Ave. in New Harbor is a place to get bait, gear, and good fishing advice. You can weigh your fish here too. They also host the Striper Kings Fishing Tournament in June.

Fishing Charter Pale Horse Charters  Light tackle fishing for the whole family.  Half and full days.  Capt. John Hunnewell  (802) 379-0336

Twin Maples on Beach Ave. is a weigh-in station and also has bait, gear, fishing information and Eat Fish t-shirts.

June 2018


Page A19

2018 Rhode Island Marine Recreational FISHING REGULATIONS SPECIES BAG LIMIT / MINIMUM SIZE American Eel

Black Sea Bass

River Herring 


6 fish/day - 19 inch minimum May 1 to Dec 31 16 inch minimum

SPLIT SEASON  April 1 to May 31 (3 fish/day) June 1 - July 31 (closed) August 1 to October 14 (3 fish/day) October 15 to December 15 (5 fish/day)



Shore and Private Boat  30 fish/day - 9 inch minimum May 1 to Dec 31

15 fish/day - No minimum size (no closed season)

In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

Special Shore Area Provisions  Minimum size of 8 inches for anglers fishing from shore only at Fort Wetherill, Jamestown Fort Adams, Newport India Point Park, Providence Stone Bridge, Tiverton East and West Walls, Pt Judith/Narragansett Conimicut Park, Warwick Rocky Point, Warwick


10 fish/day - 22 inch minimum (no closed season)


No bag limit / 18 inch minimum (no closed season)


(Bunker, Pogies)  less than or equal to 4” - unlimited 4” and greater - 200 fish/person per day

Weakfish (Squeteague) 1 fish/day - 16 inch minimum No closed season

Party and Charter Boat  10 inch minimum May 1 - Aug 31: 30 fish/person/day Sept 1 - Oct 31: 45 fish/person/day Nov 1 - Dec 31: 30 fish/person/day


less than/equal to 14” 17 inch minimum (whole fish) 11 inch minimum (tail only) Bag: 50 lbs tails/day or 166 lbs whole/day

Striped Bass

1 fish/day - 28 inch minimum (no closed season) In addition, any striped bass, 34 inches and larger, must have the right pectoral fin removed upon harvest.

Pale Horse Fishing Charters

Capt. John Hunnewell (802) 379-0336

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

(Alewives, blueback herring) CLOSED   Possession prohibited

15 inch minimum June 24 to Aug 31 - 3 fish/day Sept 1 to Dec 31 - 7 fish/day

Light Tackle Fishing for the Whole Family


No bag limit / 19 inch minimum (no closed season)

25 eels/person/day - 9 inch minimum 50 eels/day per vessel for licensed party/charter vessels (no closed season)



Three generations on Block Island BEACH AVE • 466-5547

EXPLORE THE GREAT SALT POND ON A PADDLEBOARD 7YV½RKERH World’s 794 fastest PIWWSRW growing JSVEPP water EKIWERH sport. WOMPPPIZIPW Sunset Tours ~ Tours of B.I. Oyster Farm ~ Paddle Fit S.U.P. Classes



Richardson’s Farm Ice Cream

Located in the BI Maritime Institute

SURF CAMP • JULY AND AUGUST 401-466-3145 • Corner of Dodge Street and Corn Neck Road

Beach Rentals

Smitty’s proudly serves

A tasty place in New Harbor

Surfing • Lessons Standup Paddleboarding Beach Accessories • Apparel

Smitty’s Block Island

Beach Chairs • Umbrellas • Lounge Chairs (rented by the day or week!) Kayaks • Stand-up paddleboards Boogie Boards and more (rented by the half day or full day!)

Available at two locations! A Surf Hotel Beach (at the start of Crescent Beach) & Diamondblue Surf Shop

Page A20


On The Water

Block Island is the perfect place for those who love the water. Whether you prefer the exciting surf of the ocean, or the gentle waters of one of the island’s 365 ponds, you will find activities that make the most of each entity. On the water adventures are a favorite activity in the summer and there are plenty of options including sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing or parasailing, among others.

Parasail and Banana Boating

Block Island Parasail & Watersports is easy to find, right in Old Harbor between the ferry landing and Ballard’s Inn on the docks. Parasailing is a great, fun way to see the beautiful historic downtown and the beaches. The Banana Boat is a fun activity for groups or on your own, but be prepaired to get wet! This is also a super fun way to see the waterfront.  Call Bob at  (401) 864-2474 for reservations.


Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

BIMI Daily Programs & Sea Life Observation Tanks - 7-days-per-week, July 1 through August 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at BIMI in the New Harbor.  Daily programs are oriented toward students of all ages and include  activities like:  Plants and Animals in the Great Salt Pond, Dockside Critter Collection, Squid Dissection, Beach Botany, Be a Kid Scientist, Battling Boats (to teach stability, buoyancy, & speed), Nautical Knots, Kites and Wind Power, Aqua Art, Shell Art, and Japanese Fish Printing.

BIMI Harbor Tours: Beginning July 10 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Tours leave from the docks at BIMI and take in the wonders of one of Block Island’s  greatest natural resource, the Great Salt Pond.  Whether you were born on Block Island or are a first-time visitor, we will tell you something you didn’t know about this fascinating body of water while riding in one of Oldport Marine’s unique launches.  You supply the curiosity and they will supply the ice cold bottled water and a great trip that is both educational and beautiful.  Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (401) 500-3501 or stopping by the BIMI office. 

Come Learn with us! Check out, BIMI on Facebook, and The Block Island Times for schedules and more details. Questions? Contact Us (401) 500-3501

Sunset & Harbor Cruises

Kayaks at Fort Island have a “peek-a-boo” see through bottom. Pond and Beyond Kayak is located behind the BIMI Center in New Harbor. Pond and Beyond offers rentals, tours, and basic instruction via kayak. Also, upon request, other beyond the pond adventures such as hiking, bird watching, clamming 101, and snorkeling. For reservations, rates or more information call Corrie at (401) 5782773 or visit  Fort Island Kayaks is located adjacent to Block Island Fishworks and offers one of the best Block Island activities to try during your visit. Explore the Great Salt Pond via stable and beginner friendly sit-on-top kayaks. Single and tandem kayaks available (some accommodate 2 adults and a child). Kayak fishing tours are also available for the more experienced adventurers.  Kayak Fishing trips ~ Available for up to two anglers, each with their own kayak and accompanied by a fishing guide.   Kayak Storage ~ If you are visiting for a week or two and need a place to store your kayak we can provide locked rack storage and use of our water access. $10 per day.

Climb aboard the iconic FV Harley for a 1-to 1.5 hour sunset harbor cruise. Wine and cheese are served, or you can BYOB. Accommodating a party of up to six. Reservations are required and weather dependent. For more information including rates, reservations and more, visit or call Capt. Chris at (401) 466-5392 or (401) 742-3992. Take a sail on Ruling Passion, a 45-foot trimaran. Relax and enjoy a sailor’s view of Block Island, while Captain Larry Puckett and his crew take you, your family and friends on an unforgettable cruise. Make plans for a mid-day sail, or sail into the sunset on an evening wine and cheese cruise. Moonlight cruises are an enchanting way to spend an evening. In addition to scheduled sails, private cruises for weddings, rehearsal dinners and other special occasions are available. For schedules, rates and other information call (401) 741-1926 or visit

Shell Fishing

Want to have some local clams for dinner? Go dig your own! Just be sure to follow the rules and regulations below. The Town of New Shoreham is authorized to regulate the taking of shellfish and other fish in the Great Salt Pond.  • No one may take shellfish from Great Salt Pond without first obtaining a license. To obtain a license, you must appear in person at the Harbormaster’s office at the Boat Basin in New Harbor, with a photo ID.  • You must have your license on you while shellfishing. • You may not store or hang shellfish in any container anywhere in the pond. • You may not dig in or take shellfish from any of the closed areas. • Digging in barrier grass is prohibited. • You may only dig between sunrise and sunset. • Using SCUBA equipment or breathing apparatus to take shellfish is prohibited. • Shellfish must be measured before being placed in a basket/bag/container. • Harbors Department employees patrol the grounds daily and will enforce all regulations. To find out what areas of the pond are open to shellfishing, and hours for obtaining a license, contact the Harbors Department at (401)466-3204.

June 2018


Page A21


? g n i o G r O On Block Island, it’s often difficult to determine whether you’re coming or going. But either way we’d like to say,


THE BLOCK ISLAND FERRY Year round service

High Speed & Traditional

Point Judith • Newport • Fall River


Wednesdays, June 27 - August 29 (No tours July 4)

Visit for more information!



Page A22



DJ/Live Music every weekend! YELLOWKITTENS.COM

Rock The Block

Yellow Kittens June June June June June June June

Ballard’s June June June June June June

1-3, 8-30 ................................................................................ John Brazile 18-21,25-27 ............................................................................. Royal Blue 16,17 ............................................................................ The Drama Kings 22-24 .......................................................................................... Red Light 24 ........................................................................................... Dirty Deeds 29,30 ......................................................................................... Pop Rocks

1,8,15 ................................................. DJ Josh 2,6,9,13,16,20,27 ......................... DJ Dugan 3,10,17 ........ Reggae Night with DJ Libre 22,23 ........................ Take it to the Bridge 24,28 ......................................... Root Steady 26 ............ Open Mic Night with James III 29, 30 ......... Steve Smith and the Nakeds

Mahogany Shoals

(at Payne’s Dock)

June 14 through mid-September: Mon, Tues, Wed. Izzy Malek Thurs. - Sun. Live Music - 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Walter McDonough- Live Folk/ Irish acoustic music, 9ish p.m.

The National Hotel

Live Music: Fri.-Sat. nights  8 - 11:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. days   3 to 5:30 p.m. June 15,16 — Rob Davis June 22,23,29,30 —   Marc Douglas Berardo                     July 1—Marc Douglas Berardo

The Spring House Friday: Friday Night Jazz Club. 8 p.m.

Club Soda Monday: Trivia Night  9 p.m. Tuesday: Karaoke  9 p.m. (starts June 26) Wednesday: Open Mic Night 8 p.m. Thursday: Euro Night 10 p.m.

Captain Nick’s Poor People’s Pub

June 1 - 3  Summer Kick Off Weekend Saturday: All You Can Eat Pig Roast 12 p.m. til its gone Rhythmic Circus 1 p.m. DJ Libre 10 p.m. Sunday: Cool & Calm Combo 1 p.m. Rehab Brunch 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Every Week: Tuesday — Service Industry Night w/ DJ Libre 10pm Friday & Saturday — Dance Party w/ DJ Libre 10pm Sunday — Rehab Brunch 11:30-3pm

June June June June June June June

1,2 ...................... The Rob Davis Band 8,9 ...................... Bloomer and Friends 12 - 17 .... Block Island Music Festival 21 .................................. Learson’s Peak 22,23 ............ The Indobox:Box Island 24 .............................. The Young Guns 29, 30 — Fever

Every Week:

Monday — Disco Night Tues., Weds. — Piano Bar Thursday — So Fresh. DJ Lock Mess Friday - Sunday: Fathead Sushi 5-9 p.m.

June 2018



An eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, sea fossils, clothing and home furnishings from around the world.


Page A23





401-466-9900 401-302-4464 459 Chapel Street, Block Island





27 COMEDY 28 Reggae Night w/ DJ Libre

















Reggae Night w/ DJ Libre






June 15 & 16


June 23


June 30




























Soul Shot

The Silks 8





MONDAY: 50¢ Wings and Trivia at 9pm TUESDAY: Karaoke (starts June 26). WEDNESDAY: $6 Pizza and Open Mic at 8pm THURSDAY: Euro Night


Reggae Night w/ DJ Libre

The Teledynes July 3 and 4


Reggae Night w/ DJ Libre




12pm - 1am Daily Takeout


401-466-5397 35 Connecticut Ave.



CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE Corn Neck Road, next to Yellow Kittens • Open at 6 p.m. Visa/MC/AMEX/Discover cards accepted • air conditioned Reservations suggested, call 401-466-5856 •


The trip to Block Island takes about 12 minutes. We’ve been flying here for over 40 years.

Flights by Reservation 401-466-5881 401-596-2460 800-243-2460

Block Island’s Airline Since 1970

Page A24


A Victorian landmark with posh appeal Serving Daily: Raw Bar 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 p.m. Weekend Brunch 11:30 a.m. Call for Reservations


June 2018 Section B


Page B2


1312 Cooneymus Road

418 Payne Road

269 Spring Street

1630 off Payne Road





751 Corn Neck Road

1370 Lee’s Ridge Road

1143 Corn Neck Road

1545 Lakeside Drive





297 Southeast Road

549 Center Road

296 Southeast Road

250 Old Town Road





773 Mitchell Lane

1671 Mohegan Trail

1507 off West Side Road 1688 Mohegan Trail MLS# 1133746

MLS# 1158066





MLS# 1191888

MLS# 1191539

MLS# 1184803

MLS# 1101120

MLS# 1181573

MLS# 1187952

MLS# 1188374

MLS# 1115481

MLS# 1190999

MLS# 1182787

MLS# 1188007



MLS# 1150627

MLS# 1184982

MLS# 1188506

Land Listings Sands Pond $500,000 Mohegan Trail $425,000

800 Mohegan Trail

244 Spring Street



MLS# 1158208

MLS# 1143104

1731 Corn Neck Road $910,000

Highview Lane $430,000

Your Hometown Realtors with International Reach

Cynthia Pappas, Broker • Rebecca Pappas Clark, Linda Spak, Associate Brokers Gail Heinz, Shannon Morgan, Tony Pappas, Kathy Mulshine, Lynn Poston, Sales Agents Telephone: 401 466-5521 • Fax: 401 466-5369 • Email:

Each office independently owned and operated

June 2018


Page B3

Taste of the Island Kicking off Restaurant Week on June 10 The Block Island Times, in collaboration with the Helping Hands Food Pantry, will host the third annual “A taste of the island,” a tasting event that will feature 15 island restaurants offering small-plate samples of selected items from their 2018 menus.  Admission to the event grants unlimited access to chef-prepared small plates, which range from starters to desserts. Proceeds from the event go directly to Helping Hands, the island version of a food pantry, which is headquartered in the basement of Harbor Church from mid-October to mid-May, providing food to those in need. For only $20, attendees will enjoy a taste of 2018 menu items from the island’s finest restaurants. The event will be held on

Taste of the

Island Sunday, June 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Block Island Maritime Center in New Harbor. Tickets are available at the door. Don’t miss this kick off to the 2018 season and Restaurant Week!

LUNCH & DINNER DAILY Join us in our newly renovated dining room and patio! New menu featuring modern clam shack fare, lobsters, raw bar, craft cocktails & more! 212 WATER ST. BLOCK ISLAND, RI (401) 466-2473 (401) 466-2102, Fish Market INFO@FINNSSEAFOOD.COM


Block Island Oyster Bar & Grill Farm to Table menu items Fresh, local seafood • Gluten Friendly Open Nightly • 238 Ocean Avenue #1 on r so 401-466-8600 • vi Ad Trip



79 West Side Road at Champlin's Marina (Pool Side)

Lunch and Dinner • 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.


tering erly CbayK imb

• Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Summer Parties • Cookouts • Clambakes • Holiday Festivities

On and off-site catering

Ocean Ave., Block Island • (401) 465-6243

Page B4


Island Arts & Galleries

Spring Street Gallery (401)466-5374

Jessie Edwards Studio


Second floor, Post Office Building

Spring Street Gallery is open. Through June 22 — 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Sunday June 22 - September — 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Everyday June 16 — Marilyn Bogdanffy, paintings. June 23 — Michael Chapman, paintings. Artists Receptions 5 to 7 p.m. Visit Annual Memorial Day Weekend Open House May 26th-27th 10 - 5 p.m.  The 22nd season with new works by gallery artists plus a new reproduction – “Dune Shadows” by Jessie Edwards. Heidi Palmer Island View June 22-July 4  Opening Reception June 23, 5 - 7 p.m.

Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401)466-2481 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401)466-5331 

Open Daily. Water Street

Gallery and museum open daily , 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Labor Day.  Research & Tours by appointment.  Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students.  Members free.  Featured summer exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” Thursdays — Old Harbor walking Tour with Tour Guide – meet at the statue of Rebecca across from the theater. $15/person; member discount. 10 a.m. 

Farmers’ Market Beginning June 9th, the Farmers’ Market will be held Legion Park on Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m and at the gardens at the Spring House Hotel on Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Dozens of vendors are a part of the Block Island Farmers’ Market that sets up shop two days a week. Crafters and bakers, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand crafted items. The season runs through October 9.

June 2018


Page B5

Block Island Artists

Wildflower Honey Cinnamon Honey Honey Mustard Beeswax Candles Available at B.I. Farmers’ Markets and Craft Fairs 401 466 5364

Leah Robinson Watercolors & Giclée Prints

“Block Island Bracelet” Phone orders 401-578-1125 Showing at the Block Island Farmers’ Market

GREENAWAY GALLERY Exquisite Photos of Block Island

SEAN HARTNETT Stone Sculpture

by appointment 401-466-2310


julia’s jewelry handcrafted uniquely shaped cutting boards earrings & necklaces handmade stone stack jewelry

Available at: Spring Street Gallery 508-331-3280

AVAILABLE @ Block Island Farmers Markets and Block Island Art & Crafts Fairs

On the corner by the Empire Theater 401-466-5331 • 800-840-5331

CONTACT US: 401-864-1987 EMAIL US:

Emily Marye Pottery Unique Handmade Ceramics

Certified herbalist and aromatherapist 100% free of chemicals Available at the Block Island Farmers Market 401-864-5563

“Block Island Wire Outline Ring” By hand - One at a time - On island - 44 years

Phone orders 401-578-1125 Showing at the Block Island Farmers’ Market

Visit me at the Farmers Market

Saturday at Legion Park & Wednesdays at the Spring House Or by appointment

Laurie Lisi, Vice President Laurie Lisi, Vice President NMLS# 761786 Laurie Lisi, Vice President NMLS# 761786 Tel: 401.596.3185 | Cell: 401.258.2441 Tel: 401.596.3185 NMLS# | Cell: 401.258.2441 761786 101 Franklin Street, Westerly, RI

Tel: 401.596.3185 Cell: 401.258.2441 With 30 years experience With 27years years experience With 30 experience With 30 years experience With 27 years experience 101 Franklin Street, Westerly, RI South County ininSouth County

in Block County South County County ininIsland/South South

Eastern Bank NMLS#451827

Eastern Bank NMLS#451827


With 30 years experience in Block Island/South County

Beach Reads Page B6


By Island Bound Bookstore

It’s been difficult for us to narrow our favorite reads to just four or five, but here is our first round of recommendations. We invite you to come to Island Bound Bookstore to tell us about what you’ve been reading and what you would recommend.

Elizabeth Berg

“The Story of Arthur Truluv” Heartwarming, delightful read of an old man who goes to the cemetery every day to feel close to his deceased wife and encounters a teenage girl who marches to a different drummer. The girl becomes his friend, along with a lonely, elderly neighbor. The three — all of whom have suffered loss, come together in a different kind of family. You will love Arthur Truluv and it is the perfect read to offset the world around us. Here’s what one review said: “For several days after [finishing The Story of Arthur Truluv], I felt lifted by it, and I found myself telling friends, also feeling overwhelmed by 2017, about the book. Read this, I said, it will offer some balance to all that has happened, and it is a welcome reminder we’re all neighbors here.” (Chicago Tribune)

Georgia Hunter

“We Were The Lucky Ones” A New York Times Bestseller, this is historical fiction based on a true story of one Polish Jewish family that was separated at the beginning of World War II, but miraculously survived. Each sibling and their parents endured his/her own particular horror, which is woven together by

the author. This story is the story of the author’s family. Hunter wasn’t even aware that she was descended from Holocaust survivors until she was 15 years old and a teacher assigned a project that led her to interview her grandmother. A beautiful book that we defy you to read without weeping.

Hannah Kristin

“The Great Alone” An instant bestseller and a tour de force of a story set in Alaska. Love in all its forms — good and bad — is encompassed in this epic novel of a war-damaged man, his wife, and daughter who move to Alaska to start a new life. “The Great Alone” is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. A great read. “Epic.” (Washington Post)

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

“Waking Lions” An Israeli physician accidentally hits an Eritrean man with his car and leaves the scene. The story unfolds from here, incorporating the dead man’s wife, who was abused by her husband, but blackmails the physician to treat refugees; and the physician’s wife, who is a policeman. A page-turning thriller that is more than that as ethical issues are wrapped around everyone’s actions. “Waking Lions”, in a propulsive translation from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston, yokes a crime story to thorny ethical issues in ways reminiscent of Donna Tartt and Richard’s a rare book that can trouble your conscience

while holding you in a fine state of suspense.” (Wall Street Journal)

Tara Westover

“Educated: A Memoir” This has to be one of the best books of 2018. While non-fiction, it is a page-turner and one of those that make you believe that life is stranger (and sometimes worse)

than fiction. This is the story of a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist — and extremely abusive and dysfunctional — family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. “Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” (The New York Times)


Do you have your Eat Fish shirt yet?

fresh foods, baked goods, & fresh foods, baked goods, & locally roasted coffee locally roasted coffee breakfast&& lunch lunch daily breakfast daily visit us at visit us at

Island Bound Bookstore The place for all your summer reading Stop by Twin Maples on Beach Ave.

for catering, hours, & full menu (401) 466 5070 for catering, hours, & full menu (401) 466 5070

It’s summer going-out shirt. Visityour us online at

books | ebooks | art supplies cards | gifts Open Daily 466-8878 Post Office Building

Please visit our City and Town Pages at

Emergency? Call 911. Need to talk? Call The Samaritans 1-800-365-4044

Water bottle refill station New on Block Island last year is a water bottle refill station on the Solviken Property just across the street from the beach, and just past The Beachead restaurant, on Corn Neck Road. The water fountain includes a spot to refill your water bottle, and a drinking fountain for both people and pets — there is even a water dispenser at ground level for your four legged friend! Don’t forget to keep your furry friends hydrated — it’s hot! This watering spot was the home to the Solviken Restaurant in the 1950's and early 1960's and many years prior the building housed the Negus family and their blacksmith shop. The building was unused for many years and deteriorated to the point it could not be saved. Thanks to the efforts of the many generous donors in the community, the Solviken property was purchased by the Block Island Conservancy and the Block Island Land Trust in 2012. Other spots with public water access include a water fountain next to the public rest rooms at the Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Rd., a water jug-filling faucet at the boat ramp in New Harbor between BIMI and Dead Eye Dick’s, and a rinse off shower and foot-bath at the Old Harbor Docks near the bike rental shop.

June 2018


Page B7

McAloon's Taxi Prompt Service

Island Tours

Bike Rack • 401-741-1410 • Year-round

ATING 55 YEARS CELEBR 1963 – 2018 AN ISLAND TRADITION. Since 1963 island residents and visitors have enjoyed Doris Payne’s homemade donuts. You will find the delicious treats on Ocean Avenue by the bridge. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or another of our various morning delights. Nearby are charter boats and the Block Island Maritime Institute. Open daily from 7 AM.

Serving Ice Cream!

READ r e m m Su grams G



All the Page Book Club

in conjunction with 641 Cookbook Club present

Family Pizza Night!

Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

Bring your favorite pizza Then stay for a discussion with

Diana Asher, author of the kid’s book Sidetracked!

Book Around the Block invites everyone to read and discuss George Saunder’s Lincoln in the Bardo June 21, 2018 10 a.m. - Book discussion at the library 1 p.m. - Film screening of The Better Angels 6 p.m. - Book discussion at Island Bound Bookstore

So much to see...

Summer Reading Performer

BJ Whitehouse- The Shanteyman will be here!

June 28th at 10:30am presenting a program of music, poetry and stories of the sea!

Pop-up Library

with Ms. Morgan starts on June 29th!

Spreading the love of reading island-wide, Ms. Morgan brings her Storytime on the road! Fridays at 11am. Stay tuned for location announcements.


Make the most of your time on Block Island! Quality Mopeds & Bikes • Courteous Service Reasonable Prices • Right Across from the Ferry 401-466-5444


Dodge Street | 401-466-3233

Page B8


Sailing into tradition Block Island’s Race Week The Swan 42 Impetuous, pictured here racing in Newport, will be racing in this year’s Block Island Race Week. Photo by Michael Levitt By Cassius Shuman Race. Relax. Repeat. That’s the motto of the newly revamped Block Island Race Week, which is being hosted jointly by the Block Island and Duck Island Yacht Clubs in waters two miles to the west of the Great Salt Pond. The event will allow for Block Island Race Week to be hosted in an alternating fashion with the Storm Trysail Club, which hosts its own Block Island Race Week every other year. About 40 sailboats sporting a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, from regional yacht clubs will hoist their mainsails and cruise on a breeze out of New Harbor to do battle on the high seas. The navigable enjoyment of the competitors participating in the event is due to restorative efforts by a group of committed Block Island sailing enthusiasts who were intent on revamping an old Block Island-sponsored sailing race. Race Week is scheduled for Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22. The organizers are hoping to spark a tradition that will facilitate a “super local” gathering of the Block Island community. They are Block Island Yacht Club Vice Commodore Jim Fiorato, Commodore Ray Torrey, and member James Gallacher, who joined forces with Todd Berman, Commodore of the Westbrook, Conn.based Duck Island Yacht Club.  The Block Island and Duck Island Yacht Clubs decided to team up and form a joint partnership in order to restore the Block Island Race Week tradition. Fiorato said he and Berman began discussions about potentially hosting the event in 2016, but those discussions didn’t bear fruit until last year. That’s when, he said, “We kicked things into gear,” and began efforts designed to host the event. “The combination of the two clubs is a good fit,” said Gallacher, who was key in organizing the event, and will be part of the on-water logistics committee.   “The two yacht clubs contribute different and complementary backgrounds and experiences,” said Fiorato. “The Block Island Yacht Club, founded in 2010 with the mission of ‘The Club That Gives Back to the Community,’ brings a knowledge of Block Island's business and community interests to the event along with the knowledge of the wonders and challenges of island living. The Duck Island Yacht Club, founded in 1932, brings much experience and knowledge of organizing and running races. Many of their members enjoy visiting the island for significant

housed in a tent on Payne‘s Dock to accommodate race registration and the sale of merchandise and tickets. The week-long itinerary (Sunday through Friday) includes daily post race gatherings at the Block Island Maritime Institute, and Champlin’s Marina. Race Week will also feature the New England Multihull Association (NEMA) and Classic Yachts racing on Thursday and Friday, as well as daily trophy presentations. Fiorato said the main reason for restoring the event is to have “people enjoy the island, while sailing in the race,” and give an “economic boost to the island.” He said the organizers benefitted greatly from consulting with the local island businesses in “The support of so many business owners getting the event demonstrates their strong love for Block off the ground. “We didn’t have Island and a strong desire to contribute to the the expertise,” community.  We will be forever grateful to them he said, noting for their generous participation.”— Jim Fiorato that, “Local knowledge from the Block Island business community was key.” Sailing crews competing in Race Week “The level of sponsorship in support of will be gunning for the coveted first-place this new event has been incredible,” said prize from among a diverse field of vesFiorato. “Without the extremely positive sels. Sue Reilly will be the Principal Race response to our request for assistance Officer and sailing aficionado Henry for BIRW 2018, this event would not be duPont will be Chair of on-water logispossible. The support of so many business tics. There will be two races per day for owners demonstrates their strong love the majority of the fleet, starting at 11 a.m. for Block Island and a strong desire to and concluding no later than 4 p.m., to contribute to the community.  We will be allow participants time to indulge in what forever grateful to them for their generous Block Island has to offer. participation.” The group’s inaugural event will be

periods of time during the summer season. Together we complement each others strengths.” As for who will be racing in the event, Fiorato said, “The off-year Race Week tends to draw a more localized fleet from Long Island Sound up to Buzzards Bay. The fleet is comprised of generally smaller vessels due to the fact that many of the larger boats are participating in the Newport to Bermuda races. Our goal is to give those not competing in the Bermuda race an alternative adventure and to attract sailors that may feel slightly boxed out of the more traditional Grand Prix size event.”

Paul Zabetakis and his team racing aboard his yacht Impetuous. Copyright: ROLEX / Daniel Forster

“The Block Island business community stepped up with its sponsorships,” said Torrey, noting that Race Week will “jump start” the summer season, and the July 4th weekend. “They’ve been very generous.” Torrey added that, “Jim Fiorato deserves the lion’s share of credit for the work he has done. He’s the super organizer.” “The continuation of this tradition is significant to the history and future of the Block Island community,” said Fiorato. “Sailing and boating have always been an integral part of Block Island life.”  Torrey said he was excited about the Block Island and Duck Island Yacht Clubsponsored event. “We’re going to have a really good time,” he said. “We’re restoring a tradition.” The organizers said they are looking for volunteers to help run the event. For more information about Block Island Race Week go to: Block Island Race Week is being sponsored by the following businesses: Aldo’s, Atlantic Yacht Rigging, Ballard Hall Real Estate, Ballard's, Beach Real Estate, Block Island Boat Basin, Block Island Oyster Bar and Grill, the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, Block Island Express, Block Island Sport Shop, Cross Sound Ferry, Get Reel Productions, Gowrie Group, Granite Group, Grey Sail Brewing, J. Rondo’s Taxi, J/Boats, JLG Design, Kimberly’s, Lamar, Lila Delman Real Estate, Los Gattos Restaurant, Mahogany Shoals, MaryeKelley, Mig’s Rig Taxi, Mystic Shipyard, Narragansett Brewing, New England Airlines, Newport Vineyards, North U, Nuarca, Payne’s Dock, Phillip’s Real Estate, Red Bird Liquor Store, Regatta Craft Ginger Beer, RS Capital Group, Sullivan Sotheby's International Realty, Supply Time, The Beachead restaurant, The Bellevue Group, The Narragansett Inn, The National Hotel, The Oar, The Surf Hotel, Thomas Tew’s Rum, Vin McAloon’s Taxi, WindCheck Magazine, Winfield’s and Yellow Kittens Tavern.

June 2018


Page B9

By Block Island Parasail

by Operated il nd Parasa Block Isla f

Skip the straw Every day in the U.S., people use 500 million straws a day - enough to circle the planet more than two-and-a-half times. Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. Their

Premium Ice Ice Cream, Cream, Yogurt Premium Yogurtand and Sorbet Sorbet   Homemade Pastries, Hot Fudge and Homemade Pastries, Hot Butterscotch SauceFudge and Sauce Butterscotch  Cream Real Freshly Whipped Real(Regular Freshlyor Whipped Cream Chocolate) (Regular  or Chocolate)

o “30 years fun family !” rts! Waterspo

size and structure make them insidious polluters as they puncture, entangle, and are often consumed by marine animals and sea birds. So, what do we do about it? An easy step is to simply not use straws. When ordering your drink at a restaurant, simply say, "no straw, please," and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If you really love straws, you can use your own reusable stainless steel straws, which are available at places like Target and Amazon. It's important to recycle and clean up litter from our communities and beaches. But it's also critical to prevent the waste from getting there in the first place.

banana TRY a fun ! boat ride

Parasailing Rides Banana Boat Rides Old Harbor Dock


Bumper Boats Boat Rentals Paddleboards Kayaks at Champlin’s Marina in New Harbor!! For pricing, to reserve, or to inquire:


Freshly Baked Waffle Cones 

 Freshly Baked Waffle Cones

Through the Moongate and Left into thethe Bricked Back Yard Through Moongate and

Left Block into the Bricked Back Yard Island’s Original IceIsland’s Cream Parlor Block Original 35 Years of Accolades

Ice Cream Parlor

Famous for our 35 Years of Accolades Homemade Brownie Sundaes,

Cookie Crunches, and Walking Famous for our (Waffle Cone) SundaesSundaes, Homemade Brownie

Cookie Crunches, and Walking (Waffle Cone) Sundaes

WEDNESDAYS: 9-11:30am Spring House Garden Lawn

SATURDAYS: 9-11:30am Legion Park (Intersection of West Side and Center Road)

HandShowing Wrought Jewelry 50 Independent Artists

212 Water Street (Next to Ernies) | | 215-880-3922

T-shirts Hats Sweatshirts Onesies Stickers

Available exclusively at MarMar Jewels

212 Water Street (Next to Ernies)

Page B10


Block Island

1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and that also succumbed to the sea. At last, in 1867, the present sturdy building of Connecticut granite, hauled to the site by oxen, was completed. The North Light now leads a second life as an Interpretive Center with exhibits on loan from the B.I. Historical Society. The lighthouse building will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 5 until Labor Day, daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and is closed during inclement weather. The lighthouse is located in the Sachem Pond Wildlife Refuge and is less than a half-mile walk from Settlers Rock. Please don’t swim at Sandy Point as there are dangerous currents.

2. SETTLERS’ ROCK AND SACHEM POND are at the northern end of the island. The stone memorial was erected in 1911 in commemoration of the landing 250 years earlier of the first European settlers on Block Island. In April 1661, the families and animals of 16 men who had purchased the island for 400 pounds sterling arrived by barque from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Because the island had no natural harbor, they were forced to leave their ship and wade ashore. The cows swam ashore into the cove, known thereafter as Cow Cove. Bird watching, fishing, and sunset gazing are favorite pastimes at this location. 

5. THE B.I. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, GALLERY & GIFT SHOP, at Bridgegate Square across from the bank, was established in 1942. The building, originally known as Woonsocket House, houses an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the maritime culture of the island from early colonial days to the present. Exhibit rooms include furniture, textiles, boat models, fishing gear, Native American tools and more. This year the exhibit is "Surrounded by Sea."  For group tours, genealogy research or to donate anything with Block Island-related history, please contact Executive Director Pam Gasner at (401)466-2481 or e-mail The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Off-season open by appointment. Admission: $15 Family/group up to 4; $10 guided tour; Adult $6, $4 seniors and students. Members, free. 

6. OLD HARBOR is the year-round docking point for boats coming in from Point Judith, and accommodates seasonal ferries as well as the high-speed ferries. Prior to the breakwater it was known as Pole Harbor as islanders pulled ashore and secured their classic double-ender fishing boats to the poles in the sand. There is limited anchoring space within the breakwaters for pleasure craft and a maximum anchorage of seven days. It is nestled within the bustling downtown, where the majority of the island’s hotels, restaurants, and retail shops are located.

3. CLAY HEAD NATURE TRAIL aka THE MAZE aka BLUESTONE is reached via a dirt road leading off Corn Neck Road across from a yellow Victorian house just two miles north of the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. A paradise for walkers, Clay Head Trail leads to the northeastern shore of the island and meanders along the scenic bluffs of Clay Head for more than a mile until it reaches Settlers’ Rock and Sandy Point. Take care not to get too close to the edge of the bluffs for there is constant erosion, which means a danger of falling. Branching off the trail are other trails, which earned the area the nickname The Maze. One trail leads directly to the beach north of Jerry’s Point where one can still see remnants of the glacial formation called Pots & Kettles.

7. OCEAN VIEW PAVILION is a place for rest and reflection. The Ocean View Foundation is a nonprofit that secured this Old Harbor plot for the enjoyment of the public. The site features remarkable views. The largest hotel on the island, the Ocean View, once stood on this site until fire destroyed it in the summer of 1966. The pavilion is dedicated to the concept of expanding the public’s awareness of environmental issues. Visitors must walk in from Water Street across from the ferry parking lot just to the left of the post office building. The site is open from dawn to dusk.

4. MANSION BEACH is located at the northern section of Crescent Beach on the east side of the island. It takes its name from the Searles Mansion that stood there from 1888 to 1963. The mansion, unused in 1963, was destroyed that year by fire. Only the stone foundation and entrance pillars still remain. On good beach days there is very limited parking space available. Beautiful views and bigger surf are found here compared to the southern end of Crescent Beach. No lifeguards are available in this area.

8. THE STATUE OF REBECCA formally stands in stark white at the intersection of Water, High, and Spring streets. Named after the biblical Rebekah-atthe-well, the statue originally featured water troughs for horses and dogs and once had running water for human consumption. Installed in 1896 by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the statue is dedicated to abstinence from spirits. The much-loved statue was recast and reinstalled to celebrate her 100th anniversary. The conservationists who did the work concluded that the woman is not Rebekah but rather Hebe, cupbearer to the gods.

9. 1661 FARM & GARDENS has a diverse collection of exotic and domestic animals maintained by the owners of the 1661 Inn. The small farm between Spring and High streets is home to camels, llamas, emus, sheep, donkeys, goats, swans, and ducks. Visitors are free to view and pet the animals, which are accessible from Spring Street. Open to the public from dawn to dusk.

10. SOUTHEAST LIGHTHOUSE sits 200 feet above the sea on Mohegan Bluffs. When its powerful light was turned on in 1875, the beams reached 21 miles out to sea, farther than any other light in New England. When the National Historic Landmark was first constructed, a large field separated the house and tower from the cliff’s edge. By the late 1980s, the bluffs had eroded to within 60 feet of the building. Funding was obtained through federal, state and local channels to move it to safe grounds. The move took place in August of 1993 and a large stone now marks where the tower once stood. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Guided tower tours are available on weekends in the off season and daily in season. Museum exhibits and gifts are available at the base of the tower. Group tours available by appointment. Info: (401) 466-5009. Please park mopeds, bikes, and cars outside of the fenced area.

11. MOHEGAN BLUFFS, to the west of the Southeast Lighthouse, has a magnificent view of the southern coast and its high cliffs, with Montauk often visible 20 miles away. At Payne Overlook, you’ll find a wooden stairway that was built by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. It is a difficult climb for the elderly and the unfit, and the footing at the bottom is extremely difficult. This beach can be crowded and swimming is sometimes dangerous.

12. RODMAN’S HOLLOW, named after the island’s first doctor, is a wild and beautiful cleft in the rolling southwestern terrain left from the glacier, and is the haunt of hawks, whitetailed deer, and several rare species of wildflowers. In the 1960s developers bought it and proposed a dozen houses on the slopes. This so dismayed island residents that they formed the Block Island Conservancy, with the late Captain Rob Lewis as their leader, and raised enough money to buy it back so that it could be forever wild. Walking trails lead to Black Rock Beach.

June 2018


Page B11

Landmarks 1


4 3

Corn Neck



New Harbor

Si de R oa d


Be a

W e st



ve. hA

Oc ea n




Ce nt er R

8 oa

15. BEACON HILL, with its stone tower, is visible from almost any part of the island. From a height of 210 feet above sea level, it commands unsurpassed panoramic views. The Indians held tribal councils there, and watches were kept on Beacon Hill during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The tower was designed as a memorial to the island’s seamen. It is now a private home, so you’ll have to enjoy the site from a distance.



13 g Street



Block Island State Airport

S p r in

Cooneymus Road

12 Lakeside Drive





13. ISAAC’S CORNER, at the intersection of Center Road, Lakeside Drive, and Cooneymus Road, is named for Isaac Church, the island’s last surviving native Indian, who died in 1886. Nearby (to the east of the four corners) is an Indian burial ground where the headstones (small fieldstones) are set closely together. Indian custom dictated burial of the dead in an upright position, with a pot of clams or oysters beside them to speed them on their way to the next life. The town’s Heinz Recreation Playing Field, where summer camp and sporting events are held, is located just north of the corner. Take the first right. Parking available on the grass. There are also Greenway trails accessible across the street that meander around Fresh Pond.


14. SMILIN’ THROUGH is a gambrel-roofed cottage situated on Cooneymus Road, where composer and poet Arthur Penn and his wife Nell resided in the 1920s. Penn’s musical works include a song about the B.I. home, “Smilin’ Through.” The original cottage was built in the 1700s by Trustrum and Dorcus Dodge and was remodeled in 1950. The privately owned house sits on the edge of a sloping hill, which leads down to the waters of Fresh Pond.

16. THE COAST GUARD STATION opened in 1938 as one of the first Coast Guard stations on the East Coast. The station was one of two on the island, with the second one once standing at the site of the present-day Beachead. Before its reopening in the 1990s, the current station was boarded up by the U.S. Transportation Department that oversaw the Coast Guard before the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In the late 1980s the town worked with the federal government to transfer control of the property to the town of New Shoreham. The Coast Guard returned and initiated regular summer patrols of the harbors. The local police, who lack their own boat, appreciate the help on the seas.

17. NEW HARBOR is the first stop for those coming in on the Montauk ferry and is the docking and anchoring spot for most private boaters. New Harbor was, in fact, the site of the island’s first protected harbor, but the expense of keeping a breachway open between the Great Salt Pond and Block Island Sound caused it to be abandoned in 1705. A new breach was cut and a breakwater was constructed to establish a permanent access point in 1897. Docks, marinas and anchoring sites await boaters in the southwest corner of New Harbor, as well as shops, restaurants and hotel accommodations. Pumpout services are provided by the town harbormaster, as discharge in the pristine waters of the Great Salt Pond is prohibited.

Page B12


Block Island Restaurant Week

Wedding Favors Block Island Chocolates Variety of Fudges

Blocks of Fudge Since 1991

June 10 to 17

Voted “25th best fudge shop in America!”- msn lifestyle


Your only source for Island-made fudge!


Mig’s Rig



taxi - tours - bike rack - charter service

Calling all foodies! Block Island Restaurant Week takes place from June 10 to 17 this year and lots of restaurants on the island offer great specials, oyster tastings, wine tastings, beer tastings and other fun food events. The Block Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Block Island Restaurant Week and the Blue Ticket drawing. Participating restaurants offer a two-course prix-fixe lunch and a three course prix-fixe dinner. In addition, stores, restaurants, hotels, inns will be participating in the Blue Ticket Drawing.  Each time you spend $25 in a participating business, you will receive a blue ticket entering you into a drawing for cash prizes at weeks end. On Sunday, June 10, there will be a fun food event "Taste of the island" at BIMI from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sample the fare of a dozen island

restaurants, pick up menus and talk to the chefs. Proceeds of this event benefit Helping Hands, the Block Island food pantry. Because you will need to work up an appetite to fully take advantage of the week, other specials during the week include discounts on bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, mopeds and cars. Old Harbor Bike Shop will be giving visitors a discount of 50 percent off bike rentals and 20 percent off all moped and car rentals from June 11 through 17, and Ballard's will be offering complimentary beach chairs to their guests. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce to pick up a list of events and restaurant menus or visit www.BIrestaurantweek. com to read the menus of participating restaurants or visit the Facebook page "Block Island Restaurant Week" to read more about the events, menus, discounts and offers.







Kate Atwater Butcher, Broker Emily Butcher , Julie Kiley, Connie Finn, Megan Hennessy, - Licensees 596 Corn Neck Road Block Island RI 02807 401-466-5887




Specializing in authentic clam bakes & clam boils from backyard to Black Tie


T I G E R F I S H AsIaN iNsPiReD DiNiNg

Full Bar + Tiki Lounge CaLl fOr TaKe aWaY


(401) 466-2300 *vEgEtArIaN & GlUtEn FrEe oPtIoNs AvAiLaBlE

EmAiL TiGeRfIsHbI@gMaIl.cOm fOr CaTeRiNg & PrIvAtE EvEnTs InFo 33 Ocean Avenue

(401) 466-8533

wWw.TiGeRfIsHbI.CoM 126 CoRn NeCk RoAd

BlOcK IsLaNd

June 2018


Page B13


“Let us show you the most beautiful properties on Block Island.”

Nancy and Mary



opportunity large main house with charming guest cottage on secluded lot. Panoramic sunset views. Two 3-bedroom septic systems. Mature fruit trees, stone walls and storage building..

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, close to beach and town with strong rental history. A/C, high end finishes, lovely yard ready to use as extra living space. $1,150,000


OFF COONEYMUS ROAD: Adorable Cottage, 3 beds, 2 baths, pond views and access. $995,000

SOUTHWEST POINT: Handsome estate

with pool, tennis court and manicured gardens. 14 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths. Stone fireplace, paneled office, finished basement and rec room under the eaves! One bay garage. All custom woodwork and numerous built ins. Beautifully maintained. $3,900,000

WEST SIDE CHURCH: 3 bedrooms suites, 3.5 baths, patio, sunset views, next to conserved land. Elegant renovation. Turn key! $1,450,000

SANDS FARM RD: 3+ bdrm, 2 fireplaces. Near open space lots. Views of Clayhead.

LAND LISTING: AMY DODGE LANE: 1.1 acre lot, views.




Mary Stover, Principal Broker-Owner & Nancy D. Pike, Broker-Owner 84 Chapel Street Block Island, RI 02807 • 401-466-2312

Page B14


First ever Block Island Walking Festival June 11 to 13

By Kari Curtis

Photo by K. Curtis

The first annual Block Island Walking Festival will take place June 11 to 13. Guided walks by friendly local experts will give visitors and community members the opportunity to walk amongst the natural beauty and charm of this fascinating island. There will be walks for all levels including high intensity, challenging treks as well as gentler walks through town and historic inns. A welcoming reception kicks off the event on Monday, June 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Block Island Historical Society where visitors will meet guides and choose three walks per day from a variety of amazing choices. On Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 walkers will take in the sights, sounds and smells of beautiful Block Island. The event will conclude on June 13 with a reception at the Island Bound Bookstore from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It just so happens that the Walking Festival coincides with Block Island Restaurant Week (June 10 to 16) and Captain Nick's Music Festival (June 12 to 17). There will be discounts on hotels, bikes, mopeds, kayaks and more. The cost for the Walking Festival is $40 (you will get a free T-shirt) for two days of three walks per day. Be sure to register at Remember to be aware of weather and dress accordingly. Take precautions to avoid ticks by applying insect repellant and wear long pants tucked into socks. Try to stay away from tall grass, beware of poison ivy and don’t forget the sunscreen.

Great Salt Pond Boat Rides


Tag-A-Long Tour with Oldport Launch Adult - $10 Children - $5 On The Dinghy Dock at Block Island Boat Basin ON THE HOUR 8am - 4pm daily


401- 466 - 9939 WWW.BIPIZZAPIE.COM Delivery / SeaPod


401- 466 - 9939

1080 Kingstown Road, Wakefield 401.789.1700 • Audio | Video | Satellite | Data | HD Cameras

June 2018


Page B15

Boats ashore in Rat Island at New Harbor. Photo courtesy of the Block Island Historical Society.

Hurricane Planning Balloons found on a beach walk in April. Photo by Corrie Heinz.

Balloons and single use plastic bags voted off the island By Kari Curtis Over the winter, Block Island stepped up it’s commitment to protecting the environment by enacting a ban on both single use plastic bags and balloons. The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously (5-0) to prohibit the use and sale of all types of balloons on Block Island — they also banned the use of single-use plastic bags for the retail checkout of goods on the island in November of 2017. With several members of the community calling for “no balloons,” the Council approved the Planning Board’s recommendation of drafting and enforcing a general ordinance. The ordinance states: “The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the wildlife and coastal ecosystems of Block Island, the enjoyment of nature, and the health, safety, and welfare of Block Island’s residents, and visitors.” According to the ordinance, it will be “unlawful for any person to sell, use or distribute any type of balloon in any manner including by release into

the air.” The ordinance calls for a fine not to exceed $200, enforceable by the New Shoreham Police Department, and became effective on April 9. The new ordinance addressing single use plastic carryout bags was sparked by local high school students who started a petition advocating the ban and then took up their cause before various town boards and commissions, finally landing at the Town Council, which after two public hearings, approved the new ordinance in November, and went into effect on January 1, 2018. The ban only applies to retailers on Block Island giving out plastic bags at “the point of sale for the purpose of removing products purchased from retail establishment.” The goal is to reduce plastic waste that litters our road and water ways.   These items are commonly found washed up on our beaches, or entangled in bushes and trees, and have created a dangerous disruption to the fragile ecosystem we have here on the island — we need to help protect our wildlife in the water and on the shore.

for Residents and Visitors Everyone should be aware that the National Weather Service is warning the East Coast that a major hurricane will strike within the next few years. We are asking everyone who owns property on Block Island or will be visiting during hurricane season to create an individual plan for the eventuality of a hurricane warning being issued for Block Island.

Please read the following carefully and make your plans in advance. A) If you are a visitor in our hotels or B & B’s, please heed the directives to leave the Island if they are issued. All our ferries will cease operations and move to a safer harbor well before the hurricane arrives so you must react immediately when you are advised to leave. All hotels and B & B’s will be alerted and we ask that you cooperate with all directives. B) If you are renting a house on the Island, the same directives apply. Our capacity for shelter facilities is limited. Please leave the Island if that request is made. Ferries will try to get as many people and vehicles off the Island as possible, but they will cease running well before the hurricane arrives. C) If you are an Island resident, observe the following home preparedness: • Check working conditions of all emergency equipment flashlights, battery powered radios. • Have enough perishable food and water supplies on hand for 3-5 days. • Know where the Town Shelter is and whether you have a safe route to it, if necessary. • Bring in all loose items around the porches or property. • Make sure your vehicles have gas. • If you have a propane grill, secure it and keep the propane supply full, but secured outdoors. • Cover large windows with shutters or plywood. • Have a first aid kit prepared. • Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes. • Turn refrigerator to its coldest settings and keep door closed. • Medicine renewals - have enough of your regular medication for 1-2 weeks. • If you are concerned about your location in a storm, consider going to a friend’s house in a safer location. Corn Neck Road may not be passable due to high tides: flooding and access to Town and or the Town shelter may be cut off for some time. • Champlin Road will most likely experience storm surge and people should evacuate from Champlin’s Farm seaward.

If you have questions, please call Police Dispatch @ 466-3220, but please DO NOT CALL except for an emergency once the storm hits. Stay inside until the storm has passed. Do not venture out in the calm when the eye is overhead and do not go walking on any breakwater during the storm. Heavy rain may undermine bluff areas, so please do not walk along any bluffs during or following the storm. Use common sense; make sure family members know where you are.

Ocean View Rooms ...

Dining by the Sea !

EMERGENCY PREPARATION FOR PETS Complete these preparations in advance of visiting Block Island: • Have vaccinations up to date and a good supply of any medications used. • Have tranquilizers if pet becomes upset or agitated in unusual situations. • Have identification on the animal: tags, tattoo or chip. • Purchase a pet carrier that is large enough for the animal to lie down, turn around and stand up comfortably. Do not house different species in one carrier. • Take good pictures of the animal (front, left and right sides) that shows distinguishing marks. • Put pictures, licenses, medical records and ownership papers together in a waterproof bag. Just before leaving home, assemble a pet disaster kit which contains: • Above mentioned medications, photos and records. • Have a leash and properly fitted collar or harness for each pet. • Non-spill dishes and a two week supply of food and water in unbreakable containers. • Manual can opener, if canned food is used. • Grooming supplies and medical kit for injuries. • The pet’s blanket, comfort items. • Items to handle waste, including paper towel, plastic bags, disinfectant, cleanser, litter box and litter or newspaper to shred.

401-466-2241 P.O. Box C, 32 Dodge St, Block Island, RI 02807

Information provided by Block Island Volunteers for Animals

Page B16


Photos courtesy of the Block Island Historical Society

Island History

“Surrounded by Sea” Summer 2018 Exhibit By Pamela Gasner, Executive Director There’s much to celebrate this summer at the Block Island Historical Society. The 75th Anniversary Exhibit from last summer is now part of the museum’s permanent exhibit display. If you did not see it last year it is not to me missed. Restoration of the West Gallery room on the first floor and exhibit rooms on the second floor is underway with local contractor Dan McLaughlin tackling the challenging project of restoration and preservation of floors, sills and windows of the main building addition. The museum was known as the Woonsocket House in the 1870’s with an annex building on the hill behind. Working drawings have been prepared by architect Tracey Dillon based on preliminary schematics by architects, James Thomas and Christopher Heinzmann. This phase of restoration has been in the planning stages since 2006 with grant funding from the Roosa Fund, Champlin Foundation and 1772 Foundation supporting earlier stages of improvements. The Champlin Foundation is funding the window and door restorations. The four exhibit rooms that were renovated last summer will be on display as well as the “midden room” with cases of Manissean artifacts that are being readied for visitor viewing. Newly discovered information about the Manisseans is interpreted and displays of artifacts dating from over 4000 years ago are on display. Manisses was the name of Block Island prior to European settlement. The Native American exhibits feature panels produced by Professor Kevin McBride, archeologist and Director of the

Mashantucket Pequot Research Center. This summer the exhibit “Surrounded by Sea” will highlight the history of founding of the Society and the island. The story of the shift from a small Colonial maritime community to Victorian tourist center is at the heart of the exhibition. The new exhibit has been designed by Board member, Dr. Gerald Abbott and Executive Director/Curator, Pam Gasner. The hallway of maps is now located on the first floor and the fishing workbench and equipment display are still located on the second floor. All four newly painted rooms feature an engaging mix of fine art and artifacts – including hand-loomed rugs, sword fishing spears and a cheese press. Highlights of the exhibit are views of the Old Harbor in the 1890’s showing the manmade breakwater being built that helped change the island from a farming community to a summer resort. A model of a double ender fishing boat is exhibited next to a real cedar pole from “pole harbor.” The full size 22 foot replica double ender boat the Unity is on display on the south lawn. Restoration plans are being prepared to complete the outside display to celebrate our island history and connection to the sea. This boat design was original to the island and was used for cod fishing and transported people, livestock, and mail for over 250 years before the breakwater was build in the 1870’s, enabling transportation by the steam ferries. Period photographs and illustrations from the permanent collection of the Society are newly digitized and enlarged on informative exhibit panels. Newly scanned pencil drawings of island scenes by Laura Dodge are available for purchase in the Museum Shop along with selected vintage photographs.

Originally known as the Woonsocket House ca. 1871, the Historical Society building on the corner across from Dodge Street, on Old Town Road and Ocean Avenue was purchased in 1945 by the newly formed Society (1942). It was converted into a museum with changing exhibits in the early 1980’s. The Museum Shop & Gallery have interesting prints, maps, posters, cards, mugs, souvenirs and t-shirts for sale. This summer’s special events are an Art Auction Fundraiser at a private home on the Southeast side of the island under the tent on the edge of the ocean with a silent auction of local art and interesting antiques on Saturday, July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual House & Garden tour will be located on Corn Neck Road on August 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both are ticketed events and proceeds will help support the programs and operations of the Society. The Special off site tours, history scavenger hunts and programs can be booked at the Historical Society by appointment and are part of the Program Committee’s plan to invite the community into the building for fun events and functions. The Volunteer Committee is planning many new projects to include volunteers in assisting with collections, interpreting the exhibits, helping to keep the grounds and building refreshed and assisting at receptions and events. The “Old Harbor Walking Tour” will continue this season with new interns and volunteer guides coordinated by returning staff member Sean Kunic. The walking tours will begin June 5 at 11 a.m. or by appointment for later in the day. Meet at the Museum and stroll through Old Harbor to learn the history behind many of our historic hotels and homes along Dodge and Water Street. Admission is $6. The Society has been working hard over the winter to organize the collections and update it’s database. Amy Dugan is the Society’s collection/database manager and is happy to inform visitors of the benefits of membership to the museum. There are many wonderful items in the archives that include quilts, old tools, fishing equipment and a wonderful textile collection. The building has been kept open through membership and donations since l945. The building contains the cultural history of Block Island. The stories are waiting to be told. Another addition to the Society’s updated website is the online oral histories that were taped in 2001. The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours and research by appointment. Info: (401)466-2481. To learn more, visit

Historical Society Events: Exhibit Opening — Saturday, June 23: 5 to 8 p.m. ”Surrounded by Sea: Farming,fishing, life-saving, lighthouses and more” Art Auction — Saturday, July 21: 6 to 10 p.m. Under the tent at a private home. Summer fare, local artists and maps. A ticketed event. 46th Annual House & Garden Tour — Thursday, August 16: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring homes and gardens along Corn Neck Road. Tickets are available for pre-sale through July 16 for $30 at the Historical Society. $40, adults and $35 for members and students.

June 2018


Page B17

Where are Public Restrooms Located? Public Restrooms are located around the island starting with the Visitor’s Center in Old Harbor, in the parking lot just as you get off the ferry. Also in Old Harbor you will find a restroom at the Harbormaster’s building on the dock near Ballard’s. Other locations are at the Fire/Police station on Beach Avenue, the Island Free Library on Dodge Street, the Hog Pen Marina on Ocean Avenue in New Harbor, at Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Road (across from the Island Cemetery) and the Town Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Rd. Port-a-Johns are at the Southeast Lighthouse.

Capture a great Block Island Memory? We will print One Free Photo of your choice from your phone or zip drive with each Picture Frame purchased in our store while you wait!

and as always free gift wrapping!

Many designs to choose from.

233 Dodge Street Block Island, RI



UNPARALLELED VIEWS Seeing is believing! Embrace the wonders of this dramatic setting. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on the bluffs with sprawling ocean views. $679,000

SERENE ESCAPE A charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with remarkable ocean and sunset views - and within a short walk to Cooneymus Beach! Strong rental history. $1,139,000

NEW HARBOR COTTAGE Enjoy easy ownership and the convenience of this fully updated, 2 bedroom cottage built in 2000. Delightful water views from all windows. $749,000

COONEYMUS COTTAGE Tucked off of West Side Road, this sweet 2 bedroom cottage also features 2 out-buildings. Enjoy a leisurely walk down the dirt road to Cooneymus Beach. $899,000

WALK TO BOTH HARBORS Centrally located with beautiful water views with great yard and deck. Open living area with loft. Rental apartment on lower level. $1,095,000

PRIVATE WEST SIDE RETREAT Come see this truly magical year-round, 2.5 acre property with gently rolling terrain. Enjoy cherished sunsets and let tranquility sink in. $1,175,000

YOUR FUTURE AWAITS S.E. Lighthouse & ocean views featuring eco-friendly wind turbines. Inverted Lindal Cedar home boasts an airy and spacious great room w/ cathedral ceilings. $1,190,000

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Nestled in the heart of New Harbor, enjoy private access to Trim’s Pond and the Great Salt Pond from your own deck! Fantastic rental history. $1,199,000


SWEEPING OCEAN VIEWS Sun�illed, inverted 3 bedroom home sitting on almost 2 acres. Open living area with beamed cathedral ceilings & hardwoods throughout. Plenty of room for expansion! $1,225,000


PHENOMENAL GREAT SALT POND VIEWS Walk to the beach with this private year-round 3 bedroom home with plenty of room to expand. Extremely desirable summer rental! $1,470,000



Property overlooks picturesque Old Harbor & town, and is comprised of 9 retail/of�ice spaces: TOPSIDE CAFE 1,100 sq. ft. in prime location to be sold either as a turn-key cafe/wine bar or “bare bones” commercial condo. Great for year round business! $525,000

Jennifer Phillips, Broker

United States Post Of�ice, Phillips Real Estate, Jessie Edwards Art Gallery, Deep Water Wind, Clayhead Salon & Spa, Island Bound Bookstore, Calaveras Restaurant, New Prospectives Therapy Asking $2,920,000

Hanna Greenlee Martin, Carolyn Clouse, Sales Agents

EBBETT’S HOLLOW Enjoy sunsets overlooking Mill Pond & views of the Atlantic from this 1 acre parcel. Access to both town water & town sewer. Approvals for a 28x40 ft. footprint. $375,000

Located Above the Post Of�ice 401-466-8806

Page B18


Island Living

A glimpse of real estate opportunities to make Block Island not just a vacation destination — but your home.

Lovingly Restored Farmhouse  House location: 297 Southeast Road  House size: 2,281 sq. ft.  Lot size:  0.459 of an acre Price: $1,850,000  Contact Info: Cynthia W. Pappas, Sullivan Sotheby’s  Office: (401)466-5521 Cell: (401)864-0996                  

Luddy House House location: 1680 Spring Street  House size (sq. footage): 4025 sq ft.  Lot size: 2.94 (includes small 0.34 adjacent lot) Price: $2,800,000  Contact info: Edie Blane (401)466-7723 or Offshore Property LLC (401)466-5446 or 

Setting: On a clear day, you will see forever! Settle on the front porch and enjoy stunning views of the island’s east coast, the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound.  Observe the beauty of the landscape in each changing season in this family friendly house.  While the original bones of the house date back to 1850, a thorough renovation in 2008 restored the home’s gracious Victorian farmhouse lines.  Experience the “old” charm of Block Island, enhanced by modern conveniences, superb craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Inside: Main floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, 1/2 bath, laundry room and family room.  Second floor: master bedroom, suite, 4 additional bedrooms — one a double bunk room, full bath and 1/2 bath.  Outside: Lovely landscaped yard with parking area. 

Setting: Overlooking the Southeast Lighthouse, this well-built 6-bedroom, 4 bath contemporary home has stunning ocean views and offers plenty of space to gather your family. Including an additional small lot, there are 2.94 total acres. Studio and gazebo provide extra living space.  Inside: Spread out over four levels, this home is perfect for large families and features ocean views from nearly every room! On the main living level there is a wonderful light-filled chef’s kitchen with east-facing breakfast nook, large living space featuring a fieldstone fireplace and 180-degree ocean views, a formal dining room, full bathroom and a first-floor bedroom. Upstairs you will find two additional bedrooms that share a hallway bath plus the spacious master suite with ample closets and soaker tub. The fourth level is a large cupola room with stunning views in every direction. The lower level is set up as a separate living area with kitchenette, living/dining room, two bedrooms, one full bath, and private outdoor access.  Outside: This classic New England style shingled home features three separate ocean-facing decks and large front porch. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and mature plantings, the landscaping is designed to be low maintenance and enjoyed all season long. A short walk down a winding path will bring you to the studio and gazebo in the western corner of the property. Designed as an owner’s retreat, this area provides quiet and relaxation even during the busy summer season.

June 2018

Rankin House House location: off Cooneymus Road  House size: 1104 sq. ft.  Lot size: 1.9 acres including Warden’s Pond Price: $995,000  Contact info: Beach Real Estate (401)466-2312 


Setting: 1.9 acres with lovely pond and distant water view. The cottage sits high on the knoll looking down onto Warden’s Pond, it has a sunny back yard with a charming little garden setting.  The property has been mowed to create paths through stone walls down to the pond.    Inside: 3 bedroom, 2 bath with custom kitchen, gas fired woodstove in cozy livingroom. First floor bedroom has a dutch door for breezes. Two little bedrooms under the eaves with sitting area and full bath. Full basement with laundry area.  Outside: Iconic island home that everyone sees when they round the corner from West Side to Cooneymus Roads was completely rebuilt by Norris Pike Design Build in 2010. 


Priscilla Anderson Design Boston

Page B19

Block Island

617-947-4044 •

Page B20


Island Time [ time for news ] weather • tides • calendar • news • offers

The Stars of Old Harbor

Lesley A Ulrich

Where Island Workers Shop! Located in the Lobby of the National, we’re open later than any shop on the Block!

Don’t miss B-Eyes Sunglass Shop located in the Star Dept. Store Building on Water Street.

If you need it,


we’ve got it!

466-3168 S A L T W A T E R T A F F Y

Island’s largest selections of T-shirts • Sweatshirts • Hats • Sportswear Sandals • Kids T’s • Gifts • Toys • BI Stickers

photography family portraits & weddings

L I F E G U A R D S W E A T S 401-466-5858

Block Island Trading Company provisions for island time


B-EYES SUNGLASS SHOP Name brand sunglasses and accessories for all ages!

NEW: Shwood Wooden Sunglass Collection Oakley, Arnette, Von Zipper, Electric, Bolle, Ray Ban, Serengeti, Native, Peppers, Chillies, Panama Jack, Croakies, Cablz, and more!

9 am to 8pm 401-466-8676 •

Join our mailing list

PERFECT TOGETHER Celebrate your love, Block Island style. Say “I do” with Block Island Trading Company’s unique selection of bridal party jewelry, perfect gifts for groomsmen, wedding registry and so much more.

June 2018


Page B21

June: Gauzy white and verdant green Welcome to June, where spring transitions to summer.

The gauzy white fog hovers over the water and the land. Photo by Curt Milton

By Kim Gaffett The month of June often starts with cool, damp days shrouded in fog. Sometimes the fog is thick and muffling. Sometimes large batts of fog waft here-and-there; one moment Clay Head is enveloped, the next, Clay Head is revealed and the Old Harbor is blanketed. Often, the west side is draped the whole day, as if in a cloud, while the Great Salt Pond is sparkly and clear. And, sometimes the island is clear, but surrounded by great banks of fog laying just off shore. June always produces days that are veiled in gauzy white. It is June’s moist days of obscured sunshine that starts the transition to summer, and the wild, rampant, vibrant, days of July. It is as if the island is viewed in black

and white in early June, and full color by late June. May leads the way with the shad blooms, and beach plum flowering. June carries on the theme slowly adding a hint of color: many of the island’s apple blossoms range from white, to cream, to touched with pink. The whiteness continues in mid-June with the snowy flowering of chokecherry trees and chokeberry plants (Aronia). Look with intent, and you will notice that June’s theme of misty whiteness continues as the island becomes draped in multiflora rose late in the month. Even if hidden from view in the fog, while out for a walk, you will know multiflora rose has bloomed by its scent. It is as if the droplets of fog – that collect on eyebrows and lashes – has concentrated the delicate fra-

grance and perfumed the island. Among the last of June’s white flowers will be the dappling of blackberry blossoms. Eventually June’s cloak of white is rivaled by spots of vibrant colors: blue flag iris can be found in any wet spot, and magenta beach roses will form a matt of color on sand dunes. But, it is late June’s verdant greenness that is striking. At no other time is the island so green! Everything is growing in June’s foggy-rain, and finally the ubiquitous bay berry has leafed-out (the last to do so) in bright green, supple, new leaves. Take note, the island is never so green as it is in late June. (This green is the perfect background for July’s raucous explosion of color: red and pink rambling roses, orange tiger lilies, yellow black-eyed Susans….

but, that is another story.) Welcome to June. While noticing the shift from a hazy white palette to verdant green, also look for other signs of Juneness. This is the time when turtles leave their wet environs for dry egg laying spots – often crossing roads, so be careful. Morning song of birds – young and old alike – will be chorusing in the mornings. In the evenings, green frogs will be croaking; and, late in the month, on still nights, look for fireflies, another prelude to the bombast of July. The Nature Conservancy has several programs scheduled to help you enjoy June: Horseshoe crab tagging, bird walks throughout the month, and, the summer’s weekly schedule of programs start on June 25th.

Let us help you be here…

1431 Cooneymus Road Beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. 3-bedroom main house, 2-bedroom guest house and 2-car garage with office/guest room above on 4.37± acres for $3,595,000 | Now offered separately: 7± acre adjacent buildable lot with 5 BR site plan for $1,400,000. Offered together for $4,700,000

1680 Spring Street Overlooking the Southeast Lighthouse, this well-built 6 BR, 4 BA contemporary home has stunning ocean views and offers plenty of space to gather your family. Including an additional small lot, there are 2.94 total acres. Studio and gazebo provide extra living space. | $2,800,000


Little Beaver House

1629 Pilot Hill Road

Private setting off Beacon Hill Road, this 3 BR and 1.5 BA house has incredible character & boatbuilder craftsmanship. Deer-proof fencing surrounds this 3.1acre lot with lush, mature perennial gardens. Come home to this relaxing, one-of-a-kind property! | $1,250,000

Located high on a hill off Seaweed Lane, this 4 BR, 2 BA home has beautiful longrange ocean views and sits on 3.06 acres. Solid, well-built home perfect for year-round enjoyment. Septic suitable for 5 bedrooms, room for expansion. Strong rental history. | $1,195,000




1177 Corn Neck Road

33 Ocean Ave Unit 2

795 Mohegan Trail

Ebbett’s Hollow

Lovely, well-kept year-round cottage with fresh water pond access and pretty views. Just over half an acre, this tidy property offers privacy and convenience along with a great rental history. Walk to Clayhead Trail & Beach. | $940,000

Commercial condo includes a turn-key café in the heart of Old Harbor with indoor & outdoor seating. Successful history as seasonal and year-round operation. Or convert to a 1-bedroom apartment & use as residence. | $525,000

Enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean from this waterfront 2.47-acre property located off Mohegan Trail, just steps to Vail Beach. Two BR, 2 BA ranch home with 1 BR accessory building for guests. Freshly painted! | $1,800,000

One-acre lot, close to town, in peaceful Ebbett’s Hollow off High Street. Town water & sewer close by. Approvals for a 28x40 ft. footprint plus deck. Pretty views of the Atlantic and Mill Pond. Build your dream home! | $375,000

Robin Lewis Vila, Principal Broker / Owner Susan Black, Broker / Owner Edith Littlefield Blane, Associate Broker


Corlies Black, Sales Associate Kerri Gaffett, Sales Associate Krista Vila, Sales Associate

Page B22


Island Weddings

Photo by Lisa Wheeler

It’s no secret anymore how much fun it is to have, or attend, a wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a closeto-home, but worlds-away destination celebration. The key to planning a Block Island wedding is to know the ins and outs of throwing this type of event in a small place, only accessible by boat or plane. Many hotels and inns have built-in wedding services, and many are happy

to assist in the small details. The Block Island Wedding magazine is a great tool to use when wanting to find wedding vendors such as ceremony and reception sites, photographers, coordinators, caterers, cakes, etc. The most popular months for Block Island weddings are June and September. High season for weddings is July and August. When considering a date for your Block Island wedding, remember that at certain times there are


lots of visitors — yet a finite amount of lodging. July and August will be tough for your guests to find accommodations unless they book their rooms in January. If you have your heart set on July or August, start early and consider working with a venue that is all-inclusive. That way you may be able to negotiate room rates, book an entire inn or hotel or block enough rooms to ensure your guests will all get a place

to stay. Check in with some local real estate agencies too, rental homes are very popular. April, May, and June as well as September, October, and even November make great months for a destination wedding as well. A destination like Block Island takes a bit of creative planning. For instance, the weather can be unpredictable at any time of year. This doesn't just affect your wedding locale — a canceled ferry on your big day could affect the arrival of guests, a band or DJ, or a cake from an off-island bakery. Consider making your event a long weekend (come early and stay late) and encourage your guests to stay for several days — that way everyone can enjoy all that the island has to offer. A haven for outdoorsy types, the island offers brides and grooms and their guests plenty of ways to connect with nature: Hiking Clay Head Trail ,which winds high on the edge of the bluffs, exploring the Greenway Trails in search of Glass Floats, or a guided eco tour with Pond and Beyond Kayaks. Less ambitious couples can rent mopeds or cars in town and explore the island’s landscapes, shops and restaurants without working up a sweat. Or just spend the entire day basking in the sun and relaxing at the beach. The annual Wedding Show gathers vendors under a tent at the Sullivan House to showcase what they have to offer and to give invaluable advice as to planning an island wedding — if you are thinking about getting married on Block Island, do not miss it! The Wedding Show will be on Sunday, July 8 from 12 to 3 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

The Bird is the Word for Barbecues on Block Island. Come in and see our wide selection of wines for any occasion. Or, let us order exactly what you want.


Get hooked on Block Island with Jennifer’s catch of the day, hook bracelet. New Block Island Designs for 2018 Three NEW BI Beads for 2018! Whale Block Island Pendants Wave bracelet, rings, earrings and toe rings!

Block Island Jewelry in Sterling Silver & 14K

Located on Water Street (Under The Harborside)

Open 10am – 6pm 401-466-7944

The Red Bird Liquor Store Fine Wines, Liquor, Kegs, Cigars, Soda Case Discounts! HOURS Mon.-Thurs. 9am - 9pm Fri.-Sat. 9am-10pm Sunday 10am-6pm


June 2018


Page B23




2 3 4 5






1357 SNAKE HOLE ROAD Ocean Front 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1169159 $3,900,000 912 COAST GUARD ROAD Ocean + Pond Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1152124 $3,095,000 1033 CORN NECK ROAD Wide Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1064974 $6,900,000 1413 DICKENS ROAD S.W. Point Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1159218 $1,725,000 1137 OFF SOUTHEAST STREET Ocean Views on 2.8 Ac. 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1132938 $1,595,000








Page B24


Ballard Hall New Listing

475 Old Town Rd. | Ocean Views | MLS 1181937 | $998,000 Capt. William Rose House | House, 3 Bay Garage & Guest Suite

493 Old Town Rd. | $849,000 MLS 1181876 | Near town & beaches New Price

822 Beacon Hill Rd. | $945,000 MLS 1100352 | Victorian | 3 ac

525 Connecticut Ave. | $875,000 MLS 1100442 | Near Town & Beach

168 Old Town Rd. | $715,000 MLS 1133289 | Cottage & Barn

1043 Pilot Hill Rd. | $1,250,000 MLS 1157750 | Panoramic Views

54 Dodge St. | $1,950,000 MLS 1066476 | Gables Inn

New Price

1649 Lakeside Dr | $1,150,000 MLS 1172176 | Tri-Level | Views Sale Pending


1140 Corn Neck Rd. | $2,500,000 MLS 1172394 | Ocean Views | 4 ac

270 Spring St. | $1,525,000 MLS 1177223 | Waterfront Cottage

VACANT LAND LISTINGS 4.6 Acres | Cooneymus Rd. | MLS ID 1135940 | $650,000 NEW LISTING High elevation | Panoramic ocean & Great Salt Pond views | Pond on Property

2.7 Acres | Corn Neck Rd | MLS ID 1073622 | $695,000 Private location | Near nature trails & beaches | See Website aerial video.

SALE PENDING 3.4 Acres | Champlin Rd | MLS ID 1048391 | $678,250 Ocean Views | Cleared Lot | Permitting Underway | Pond on Property


1003 Payne Rd. | $929,000 MLS 1176240 | Main + Cottage

BALLARD HALL REAL ESTATE Corner of Ocean Ave. & Corn Neck Road (Between the Bagel Shop and the Bank)

Principal Broker: Gail Ballard Hall Associate Brokers: Blake Phelan, Judith Cyronak Licensees: Michele Phelan, David Graham, Chelsea Phelan Redd, Laurel Littlefield, Diane Kildea and Elizabeth Carlson (RI & CT) Office Assistant: Heidi Tallmadge

Phone: 401-466-8883 Email: Fax: 401-466-3119 *Based on information from State-Wide MLS for total sales volume during the period 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2016.

June 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

The June 2018 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island need to know.

June 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

The June 2018 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island need to know.