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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.

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 The Dining Room Veranda Café

Get out of daily town6and enjoy the Island’s best kept secret! Open - 10pm outside seating available Serving lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Sunset appetizers 3 - 6pm

Veranda Café

Get out of town and enjoy the Island’s best kept secret! Opens June 18. Victoria’s Serving lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Parlor Sunset appetizers 3 - 6 p.m.

Cocktails 5pm - closing • Bistro menu 6pm - closing • outside seating available

Victoria’s Bistro & Parlor

Cocktails 5pm - closing

Bistro menu 6pm - closing

Martini Night

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Martini Thursdays 9:30Night - 12:30 p.m. Thursdays from June 22nd

Our brand new coffee and juice bar Serving garden fresh vegetable juice Light Breakfast Fare

Live Jazz with The WildGreens Every Friday Night 8 p.m.

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e-mail: mail@blockislandtimes.com webnews: www.blockislandtimes.com 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.

Pippi Seider Pippi is from Scarsdale, New York and will be a sophomore at her high school in September. She has been coming to Block Island for over thirteen years. She loves the natural beauty of the Island and while on Block Island enjoys running, sailing, spending time with her family, and going to the beach.

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Publisher .......................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor ........................................................................... Kari Curtis Production .................................................Macsperts/CRI Design Contributors .................................. Cassius Shuman, Pippi Seider Aisha McAdams, Alexandra Duggan, Corrie Heinz Keith Lang, Scott Comings, Ruth Perfido and Becky Ballard Sol Schwartz, Susan Bush, K. Curtis, Kim Gaffett Chief Vincent T. Carlone Photographers .....K.Curtis, Kim Gaffett, Alexandra Duggan, Ray Perry, T. Finn Photography,Tiffany Madrano Photography, Pippi Seider, Aisha McAdams, Alexandra Duggan, Judy Gray, Royal Bruce Ink, Malcolm Greenaway Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan Advertising Design ........... CRI 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: K. Curtis

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Alexandra Duggan Alexandra Duggan is 19 years old from Weston, Connecticut. She has spent every summer on Block Island since she was four years old, and lives at the end of Dories Cove Road on the West Side of the island. She currently works as a waitress at The Oar, and as an intern at The Block Island Times. She is going into her sophomore year at Hamilton College and serves as Co-Editor to the Opinion Section at her school newspaper, The Spectator.

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Aisha McAdams A recent graduate of Stonehill College, Aisha McAdams completed her degree majoring in communication and visual performing arts with a minor in journalism. With past internships with The Standard Times in New Bedford, MA, and her role as the photo editor and reporter for her college’s newspaper, McAdams continues to write as a freelancer. McAdams will finish up the summer on Block Island before heading to Brockton, MA, for a year of service and assistance in teaching at Trinity Catholic Academy.

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Father Daniel Berrigan (left) and theologian and civil rights lawyer William Stringfellow (below) belonged to an old American tradition— faithbased activism. During the tumultuous 1960s and later, they were among the leaders of resistance to the Vietnam War and campaigned for civil rights, nuclear disarmament, social justice, and the environment.

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SEEKING SHELTER EVENTS Tuesdays5:30–7PM IslandFreeLibrary 9DodgeStreet August 1 Film: Seeking Shelter August 8 JimWallis (at Harbor Church) August 15 Library book group discussesThe Sympathizer by VietThanh Nguyen August 22 Film: Seeking Shelter August 29 Panel with local remembrancesr September 5 Songs of Peaceful Protest with Atwater & Donnelly September 12 Bill Kellerman and Jim Reale share reflections …additional events and programming will be announced as scheduled

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In the face of opposition from both civil and religious authorities and hostile public opinion, their chosen path exacted a great personal toll. On Block Island, they, like many non-conformists and dissidents before them, found the renewal they sought in a community that accepted, welcomed, and sustained them.


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d n la s I k c lo B to e m o lc e W A Note from Police Chief Carlone

risks that are unnoticed by most Dear Visitors to Block Island, any natural environment there are In all. for be to e plac fun a and on vacation, your mind doesn’t It’s the busy season xed state of mind. When you are rela y full der won a h suc in are pletely safe. That’s okay, it is people because they impression that everything is com the get you and gers dan e sibl , or save you from injury. always alert you to pos a few things that may save your life ut abo w kno you let to d nee we mostly safe for sure, but accidents. There are lots Island, some seriously from bike ck Blo on r yea ry eve red inju e’s what to do to be safe. 1. Bicycles — People get traffic competing for the road. Her of lots and rs, ulde sho road r under wear them, but of steep inclines, poo law requires that people fifteen and The n. dre chil lly ecia esp et, Wear an approved helm Lock your bikes! STOP signs, ride I recommend that everyone should. law, and for your safety. Stop at by do to ired requ are you ch 2. Obey all traffic laws, whi everywhere. because the curves and hills are fast too e go ’t don and fic traf h wit re present, and be alert that ther or facing traffic, use sidewalks whe fic traf inst aga lk se. Wa plea — y, s full lker 3. Wa r children care close by as you walk. Watch you are all manners of vehicles coming ed if you fail to do so, please mon sum be l (it is the law) or you wil et helm a ar We — s ped Mo tal 4. Ren eatedly blow the hor n. obey all traffic laws, and don’t rep sands of pounds of clay f areas; they are unstable and thou bluf e larg w belo out tch Wa — s 5. Beache too far from a young children near the water; don’t be tch Wa ly. cted xpe une n dow e can com children. ng risk in the ocean for unattended child, there is an extreme drowni lic areas. Drinking in pub all in on any beaches and ted hibi pro is s Thi — l oho Alc 6. Drinking and will summons Off icers will be in plain clothes . way any idea d goo a not is the hot sun nsed liquor sales king anywhere other than in lice drin from ain refr se plea so , or arrest you medical staff and injured k to excess. We have a minimal establishments. Please do not drin ous injuries. n off the island for treatment of seri people end up having to be flow ective clothing when biking or ited lighting, so please wear refl 7. Night Time — There is lim walking. at bars and beaches, and lock s, watch your purse and cell phones 8. Valuables — Lock your bike your cars. officers are friendly and and if you need anything, all of our In closing, we are happy to see you necessary. approachable and will help you if Please have a safe vacation. Sincerely, Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

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BIMI Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.

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

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Summer Concert Series — Kevin Briody, Emmy-winning songwriter. St Andrew Parish. 7:30 p.m.

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Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15

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Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m.

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Triathlon Check-in. Fred Benson Town Beach. 4 - 6 p.m.

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35th Annual Block Island Triathlon. Fred Benson Town Beach. 9 a.m.

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

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23rd Annual “Mary D. Ball” Sullivan House. 7 - 11 p.m.

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ConserFest events. Narragansett Inn. 3 - 9 p.m.

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ConserFest events. Fred Benson Town Beach. 12 - 3 p.m.

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ConserFest events. Yellow Kittens. 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.

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Block Island Medical Center 5K Family Fun Run. Fred Benson Town Beach. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 9:30 a.m.

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B.I. Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Full Moon Cemetery Tour with stone carver Karin Sprague. Meet at Island Cemetery. 7 p.m.

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BINGO. Firebarn. 6:30 p.m.

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BIMI Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.

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

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Blues on the Block featuring Four Barrel Billy. 6 - 8 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach.

10 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 10 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 12 Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 12 Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church lawn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 12 Block Island Soccer Classic. Heinz Field. 10 a.m. Games all day. 12 Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Family Preserve, Corn Neck Rd. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 8:30 p.m. 13 The Great Toy Boat Race. Benefiting the B.I. Early Learning Center. Ocean Avenue Bridge. 9:30 a.m. 13

Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church lawn. 12 - 5 p.m.

14 Block Island Arts and Artisans Festival. Harbor Church lawn. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 15 BIMI Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 16 Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 16 Beane Point Open House. Arrive by kayak, paddleboard , dinghies or walk. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. 16 Summer Concert Series — Harold Lopez-Nussa trio, latin jazz. St. Andrew Parish. 7:30 p.m. 17 45th Annual House and Garden Tour. Tickets available at B.I. Historical Society. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 17 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 17 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 19 Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 20 B.I. Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 20 Block Party on the Block. American Legion Park . 5 - 8 p.m. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary. 21 Partial Solar Eclipse of 2017. 1:28 p.m. - 2:47 p.m. Look up! 22

BIMI Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.

23 Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 23 Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Family Preserve, Corn Neck Rd. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 8 p.m. 24 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 24 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 26 Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 26 Oysta’Fest. Block Island Maritime Institute. 3 - 5 p.m. 30 Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 30 Summer Concert Series — Jonathan Tortolano, cello and piano. St. Andrew Parish. 7:30 p.m. 31 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 31 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m.


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1. East of the River Nile, Chapel Street Hemp Backpack From Nepal, $36.95 2. Photo Dog, Water Street Block Island Porcelain Ornaments by local artist Celeste Halterline, $22 3. True North, Dodge Street Helly Hansen Crew Vest, $129 4. Bonnie & Clyde, Water Street Sugarlips Dress, $78 5. The Wave, Water Street Block Island Anchor Sweatshirt, $39.99 6. Mar Mar, Dodge Street Brackish Feather Bow Tie, $190 7. Full Moon Tide, Chapel Street Zand Amsterdam Skirt, $82 8. Marye Kelley, Dodge Street Large Glass Cutting Board 12”x15”, $58 9. Block Island Trading Co., Water Street Block Island Dish Towel, $22 10. Jennifer’s Jewelry, Water Street Block Island Gemstone Bracelet, $119-$150 PHOTOS BY PIPPI SEIDER

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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; 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 token showers are available.

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. Not for the faint of heart.


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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 to this fragile ecosystem.

Rentals at The Surf Beach

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.

These beach rentals are close to town and are located on the beach just below the Surf Hotel. Daily and hourly rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks are available through Labor Day weekend.


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Summertime Fun: Kayaking By Corrie Heinz of Pond & Beyond Kayaks

Pond & Beyond Kayaks offers rentals and tours on the Great Salt Pond. PHOTO BY K. CURTIS

Be Safe on the Water: A Beginners Guide • • • •

Be smart, be safe. Have fun; don’t be annoying! Practice defensive paddling. Never assume that a power boat can see you. • Avoid high traffic areas when possible, proceed with caution when you can’t. • Be aware of factors like fog and glare that make it more difficult for you to be seen. • You must have a life jacket (PFD) on your kayak. All children 16 and under must wear a life jacket at all times. While there are some situations where the kayaker has the right-of-way, you cannot assume that other boaters are able to see you or even know the rules. In narrow channels stay to the right, as close to shore

Bioluminescent Tour In the summer, bioluminescent comb jellies (non-stinging and not(PHOTO SUNRISE) true jelly fish) populate the warm coastal waters of the Block Island Sound, including the Great Salt Pond. On dark summer nights these invertebrates may be ‘seen’ when agitated in the water. People of all ages are enchanted by the glow emitted by these organisms — so bring the whole family. A bioluminescent tour will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 6:45 p.m. — but only if comb jellies are present in large numbers. Dress appropriately (layers); headlamp, f lashlight, or glow stick suggested, bug spray — can’t hurt. Reservations required, basic kayaking required and space is limited. For reservations contact Pond & Beyond Kayak at (401) 578-2773.

as possible, and do not impede vessels that must use the marked channels to travel safely. Boats entering waterways from slips or marinas will not see you. Exercise caution in those situations. • Don’t stand up in a kayak. • Do not drink alcohol before or while operating a kayak. Alcohol affects balance, coordination, and judgement. • If you paddle out solo, tell someone before you go. Be specific about where you plan to go and when you will be back. Be sure to report back in when you return. • Know the conditions before you set out. Always paddle within your abilities. • In general, kayaking on the Great Salt Pond is safe and fun. Just be smart.

Kids in Kayaks PHOTO BY CORRIE HEINZ

Kids in Kayaks A fun way for youngsters to learn to kayak and discover the natural world of the GSP in the company of other kids (no adults allowed). This intro program covers basic skills,

launching and exiting techniques, and fundamental strokes (forward/ back/turn/stop). For those willing, we will practice assisted rescues. Age 6 to 10. Space limited to 6 children. Reservations are required. This tour is based on the tides and is $40 per kid. Note to parents: believe it or not your six-year-old is ready to learn to kayak. Most kids ‘get it’ within the first twenty minutes. If not, we work with them until they do. The instructor carries along a tow rope to assist those who might need a break. A typical class starts with learning about your kayak and the correct way to hold the paddle. We leave the launch site and head into the shallows of Harbor Pond. Kids are never without supervision and never far from the shoreline. We stop along the way to swim and explore. Please arrive on time. Have your kids lubed up with sunscreen, wearing a bathing suit, appropriate shoes, and fed! Bring water and a healthy snack. Best photo ops are on the return when your kids are smiling and proud of their accomplishment. (Bring money to reward them with a Killer Donut after the lesson.) For reservations contact Pond & Beyond Kayak at (401) 578-2773.


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Water Bottle Refill Station New on Block Island this 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

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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 footbath at the Old Harbor Docks near the bike rental shop.

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Salmon and Cod at The Spring House

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he old adage “times have changed” certainly applies to The Spring House. In 1989, the first year that the DiBiase family owned The Spring House, they had a limited menu that included hotdogs and hamburgers. Over the years, the menu has expanded and evolved so that today both the formal restaurant and the more informal bistro have extensive, sophisticated menus that include farm-to-table vegetables and herbs, and fresh daily local seafood and fish, including tuna and swordfish. To expand on the “changing times” of this grand hotel that first opened in 1852, Frankie DiBiase, the Hospitality Manager, gave us a tour of

the formal dining room and lobby, which have been beautifully redecorated this past year in a manner true to their original Victorian charm. When you visit, be certain not to miss the extraordinary new swan stained glass windows, made by hand by a Connecticut artisan! After our tour, Brian Hebert, who is in his fifth year as the Executive Chef, served us two very different, but equally interesting and excellent, dishes — Faroe Island salmon (farmed salmon raised in open waters) with horseradish crust, braised kale, new potatoes, saffron mustard cream, and parsley pistou — and pan-seared, roasted native cod over

white beans, rainbow swiss chard and chorizo, and finished with lemon beurre blanc. Needless to say, we cleaned our plates. We then ended our visit with a discussion of some of the new menu items for the season — baby arugula and quinoa salad, yellowfin crudo and crispy duck leg confit — both of which sound delicious. And, remember that Monday night is movie night on the lawn complete with popcorn. The Spring House is open daily through mid-October for lunch and dinner except that it is booked for wedding dinners on each Saturday through Labor Day weekend. But see our review of The Barn for the Saturday dinner alternative. For more information visit www.springhouseblockisland.com or call (401) 466-5844. — Ruth Perfido and Becky Ballard

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Wednesday, July 5 - 10:00-11:00 a.m. Story hour with Susie Greenlee (ages 4-8) Drop your children off for stories and walk to the Farmer’s Market Thursday, July 6 - 5:00-7:00 p.m. Art class with Sharon Lehman (reservations required)

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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 Southeast Lighthouse and Mansion Beach.

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he words “new” and “exciting” describe the new chef, the new menus, and the exciting food at Restaurant 1879, located at The Atlantic Inn (which opened in 1879). Executive Chef Adi Mandel is new to Block Island (and is now a proud Block Island homeowner), but he is not new to overseeing sophisticated menus and kitchens like Restaurant 1879 and Eli’s (a story for another edition). During his career, Chef Mandel has participated in the opening of three hotels and seven restaurants. At Restaurant 1879, and Eli’s, he oversees a large staff that includes two sous-chefs, a pastry chef, and, because Restaurant 1879 is a teaching kitchen, six students from various culinary programs. Chef Mandel has developed exciting menus for the indoor restaurant and for the large, gracious porch and sloping lawn (a beautiful site for a wedding) where appetizers, tapas and drinks are served. And, in addition to the standard menus, there is a vegetarian menu and daily specials. The new menu focuses on sea-to-kitchen dishes, fresh vegetables, and homemade pastries, all of which, he explained, showcase his Argentinian background and love of fresh fish and seafood and the Mediterranean style of cooking. As you might suspect, with this introduction, we could not wait for our tasting. It was worth the wait. It was a beautiful day and we were served on the porch from which you can see the neighboring farm, the town and Old Harbor, the beach, the ocean

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and the sky beyond. The view was equaled only by the Sizzling Garlic Shrimp appetizer, the amazingly tender and tasty Espresso Bean Filet entrée – espresso-rubbed filet of beef – with sweet potato and ‘Nduja hash, caramelized red onion, blue cheese custard, and a mushroom cabernet jus — all

followed by a (really) chocolate cake filled with strawberry buttercream and coated in toasted marshmallows (presented by Pastry Chef Courtney Segal). Does the meal sound delicious? Indeed it was, in all respects! The Atlantic Inn and Restaurant 1879 are open from the beginning of

May until mid-October. Both dinner and tapas are served seven days a week — dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. and tapas from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information see www.atlanticin.com or call (401) 466-5883. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido


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Sushi bar at Ballard’s Inn

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allard’s is a big place with plenty of activity, but each year there’s something new, or improved, or simply moved into the spotlight. This year, it’s Ballard’s new sushi and raw bar that got our attention. Comfortably located between indoors and out, this exotic bar has a long list of popular seafood choices and a friendly staff to put it together in tempting combinations. Garfield Lewis prepared the Signature Ballard’s Sushi Roll for us. It’s made of all good things — lobster meat salad, avocado, and asparagus and rolled in tobiko rice. The best. Using chopsticks isn’t a must, but adds to the fun. If you fumble, it’s okay. And when you’re all done, you’ll want a second. Ballard’s assistant executive manager, Lauder Ribero, and his family live year-round on Block Island; his children go to the Block Island School. He knows what we all like to eat. He and head chef Ariel Fontanilla said that after multiple requests for a raw bar and sushi, they knew they had to respond. Also, there’s a new food cart out on the beach serving lobster rolls, hamburgers and hot dogs. Lauder brought out a tray of the Chilled Shellfish Platter from the menu. It’s filled with a whole Maine lobster, crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters and clams on the half shell. “Paradise for seafood lovers.” For evening dining, there’s a more extensive menu, but sushi, and everything from the raw bar, is still available. Guests can dine inside or out under the stars with music by long-time favorite, John Brazil (from 6 to 11 p.m.). And one last thing... there’s the pineapple drink. Any drink of your choice can be served in a pineapple, even beer. And yes, it can be served with a tiny, paper umbrella. Call (401) 466-2231, or visit ballardsbi.com. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido

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Award-winning chowder from Winfield’s PHOTOS BY LARS TRODSON

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his article could be titled “Southern Boy Makes Yankee Chowder and Wins Top Prize Two Years in a Row.” The “southern boy” is Winfield’s (and also Los Gatitos) executive chef Berke Marye, who’s originally from Texas. The wins were from the Block Island Maritime Institute’s annual “Chowda’ Cook-off” held each Memorial Day Weekend. Winfield’s Seafood Chowder is a

whole story in itself. Listed on the menu as an appetizer, this rich chowder is full of everything good — clams, shrimp, lobster, mussels, smoked bacon, grilled corn, and potatoes — with a cream base touched with a blend of Southern spices. It’s the best! Each bite is brimming with aroma, flavor and texture. For some guests, just adding a fresh salad and a good wine makes it a full meal.

Notable is that Winfield’s has a large number of hungry followers who return season after season. This year the Snapper with Coconut Cream Sauce, the Smoked/Braised Beef Brisket and the ever popular Duck Confit are the top choices. But as Berke said, “Still many people look for the same foods — their favorites — every year.” Shawn’s Chocolate Crème Brulee is a perfect finish.

With few exceptions, Berke’s kitchen crew comes back to Winfield’s every year, too. After working together for so long, he “trusts them, relies on them.” He gives them full credit for Winfield’s success. In the photo, top row from left to right, that’s Berke, Angus Gracey. Middle row: Byron Marin, Shawn Cosgrove. Bottom: T. C. Octigan, Hector de Paz. Joshua Diaz is not pictured. On Monday evenings from 9 to 11 p.m. there’s light jazz in the lounge. Cameron Greenlee is on the piano, Bill Sellar on the drums and, when the kitchen slows down, Berke adds his guitar. For more information, please visit winfieldsbi.com or call 466-5856. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido

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Into the Fog on a Breeze Sailing Block Island By Cassius Shuman A plethora of sailboats in varying sizes, shapes and colors, propelled by gusting winds, tacked amidst the dwindling haze on a rollercoaster ride of stormy, swelling seas. It was June, but not yet summer. The highly tuned vessels and their crews had survived being tied to their moorings for almost two days, as a thick fog had descended on Block Island taking it hostage. After it lifted, the foggy ocean environs gradually transformed into a sundrenched arena of strong winds, and undulating waves. While not for the faint of heart, these were optimal weather conditions for the seasoned racers who competed in Block Island Race Week 2017 and hoisted main sails, spinnakers and jibs, jockeying for position in what one might call organized chaos. When the harbor signal was given, they rushed down to the docks, gear in-hand, jumping aboard their vessels, and sailing out of the Great Salt Pond through the jampacked Coast Guard channel to the unfriendly, rough Atlantic Ocean. At first it didn’t appear to be a favorable environment for waging a

nautical battle on the high seas, as one by one the boats disappeared into the pea-soup fog that had blanketed the island and put a crimp in their plans. But, slowly, but surely, minute-by-minute, the murkiness began to dissipate into the ethers, giving way to blue skies and sunshine as the clouds parted, creating a window for the sun to shine through like a bright spotlight down on the white-capped nautical arena below. Appearing from the haze, breaking the waves, and hiking out were crews aboard sailboats named Gut Feeling, Morning Glory, Hooligan, Gossip, and Red Sky, to name a few. One of the boats that stood out from the pack was a 30-foot long navy colored C&C 30 with gray sails called Extreme2, which was one of the fastest boats competing in the field. Its crew, dressed in red and black foul-weather gear, looked like they were hanging on for dear life as the sailboat sped through the turbulent surf. The action was captured from motorboats that raced here and there trying to garner the best angle of the race. Photographers framed their photographs while being bounced

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The racing was fast and furious during Block Island Race Week in June. PHOTO BY RAY PERRY about, as the drivers steered through sizable surf, smashing their bows on the crests over and over again. About 150 sailboats competed in the Storm Trysail Club’s bi-annual event, so the ocean stadium was filled with fleets doing battle in every corner of the racecourse. Everywhere you looked sailboats dotted the horizon, filling the seascape panorama with color and excitement. There were boats from yacht clubs as far away as San Francisco, Texas, Florida, Missouri and Michigan, as well as boats competing in the race that represented the Navy and the Coast Guard. For the racers, days, weeks and months of training boiled down to a few defining moments off the coast of Block Island, where the unforgiving sea and the strong winds present a formidable challenge. The goal of the racing competition: bragging rights, and to be standing at the podium accepting the first place prize at each of the night’s award ceremonies. Before that could happen there was strategy; lots of strategy, as racers trimmed their sails, circling amidst a fleet of combatants, and calculated their tacks, anticipating a perfect

start. The objective was to monopolize the wind, keeping it from an opponent’s sails, while at the same time attempting to outmaneuver and outwit the competition. Prior to the gun sounding, signaling the start, there were tense moments of furious, frenzied tacking that could best be described as confusion mixed with calculated commotion. Crew members scrambled to tweak sails, make tactical adjustments, and shift from side-to-side, tacking their boats on a dime, trying to garner prime racing position. Then the warning would be given, noting that it was time to commence, counting down from two minutes to one minute, and then from 10 seconds, to 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 — and the race would begin; sailboats, which had been jockeying, circling hither and yon, rocketed ahead, surging past the anchored, flag-flying Race Committee boat, across the starting line. It may have been a day-and-a-half late, but the sailors all knew that it was well worth the wait. The competition was underway, and that was all that mattered.

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Star Gazing is About More Than the Stars By Kim Gaffett, OVF Naturalist at The Nature Conservancy “I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.� ~ Ptolemy, “Ptolemy’s Almagest� Find a dark spot in the evening, set up a comfortable beach chair, and gaze above and away from land-based lights towards the night sky; and, you will be doing what human beings have been doing for millennia. That is, looking to the stars, first, for the sheer beauty of the views, and then with questions of identification, meaning and awe. Night Sky Viewing is too limited a term for the endeavor. If you attend an Ocean View Foundation Night Sky Viewing program, the experience starts with a leisurely amble to a mowed viewing circle in the Hodge Preserve. Your ushers, in the long dimming twilight of August, will be the sound of

settling robins, sparking fireflies, and the silent shadow of a barn owl. When arriving at the viewing circle the buzz of activity – choosing a spot, laying out a blanket or stretching open a beach chair, and dousing flashlights and other electronic devices – gives way to peaceful moments of quiet, as eyes adjust to the growing darkness. Soon the curtain begins to rise, and the firmament is revealed; it is subtle at first, but on moonless nights, the deepening darkness allows uncountable numbers of stars to materialize. At first, only the brightest stars are seen. This is when constellations – a named pattern of stars – are most easily observed, because your eyes and mind are not confused by the great number of other stars looming in the same area of the sky. As a night of sky viewing progresses, the nuances of the celestial tapestry above can be glimpsed, for it is not only stars that can be discerned. The stars and constellations are draped in stories. It does not matter what the civilization or culture is,

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human beings around the earth, and throughout time, have made stories to accompany the night sky. And, some stars, are not stars at all, but rather planets two-stepping with us, in orbit around the same sun. Other observations in a night sky may include smudges of comets, distant galaxies, streaking meteors, satellites, and the marvel of the Milky Way. The gazing and wondering becomes mesmerizing; we are drawn like moths to light. Eventually, while our hearts and minds drifted skyward, the evening chills and the dew tugs us back to the summer field, where the fireflies have retired for the night, and the cricket chorus is summoning a reverse alarm - directing us to bed, and sleep, and dreams. Night Sky Viewing programs will be on August 12 at 8:30 p.m., August 23 at 8 p.m. (or the following night if sky conditions are unfavorable) at the Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Rd.

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Block Island Triathlon The Block Island Triathlon is on Saturday, August 5 at 9 a.m. This event is popular with both seasoned racers and beginners. The race starts with a 1/4 mile open water swim off of beautiful Crescent Beach. After the swim, racers hop on their bikes for a 12 mile ride around the island with stunning views of the Atlantic, old stone walls, pastures and rolling hills. The final leg of the race is back at the beach for a 4 mile run in the sand. Interstate Navigation is running a special 6 a.m. boat from Point Judith that morning to allow you to travel the same day. For those that are on-island the day before, check-in is available Friday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Fred Benson Town beach. All racers that are on-island, please check in at this time. Check-in will open at 7 a.m. race day at the Fred Benson Town Beach. For those that are looking to travel to Block Island on race day, you must depart on the 6 a.m. boat. To expedite the process the morning of, please purchase yours and those that are accompanying you,

passenger and bike tickets for the 6 a.m. boat online at http://ticketing.blockislandferry.com/WebStore/ shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=1&C=3. This will provide you with more time. Please give yourself ample time to unload your bike and belongings, park your car, and board the boat as there will be many of triathletes doing the same. Racers are cautioned to please be aware of traffic, and the public is asked to be cautious of the racers. Slow down and give the racers some space. Sign up by registering online at active.com. Registration is $60. For more information call the Recreation Department at (401) 4663223. BI Soccer Classic This event will be held on Saturday, August 12, starting at 10 a.m. at Heinz Field. Block Island’s own summer soccer tournament! Teams from off-island come over to compete against the best of Block Island. The maximum number of teams allowed to participate in the tournament is eight. Teams consist

Block Island Medical Center 5K Family Fun Run This event takes place on Sunday, August 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. A 3.2 mile/5K run on the most beautiful beach on Block Island. Check-in is located at the Beach Pavilion — a 10 minute walk from the ferry dock. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Pavilion. Race numbers and t-shirts will be available at the Fred

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Benson Beach Pavilion where the race will begin and finish. First, second and third place for men’s and women’s overall. First place only for men and women for the run: 12 and under; 13-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+; and first place Block Island student. All participants under 12 will receive an award. The race starts and ends on the beach. Get your friends and family together to enjoy this fun run!

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of seven players per side. Each team will play at least five games. The top two teams from each bracket will enter a playoff to decide the winner of the tournament. Bring a beach chair or blanket, some water and snacks and head up to watch some high-spirited soccer action. For more information call the Recreation Department at (401) 466-3223.

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Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer including the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, and the Tri-State 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 is on Ocean Avenue in New Harbor.

What a lot of people get the most excited about in August, is the arrival of the bonito and false albacore (albies). These small tuna typically arrive in second or third week of August and stay through most of September. The main reason that they are so highly anticipated is due to how hard these little fish fight. If you’re lucky enough to hook one, they have the speed and power to completely strip your reel clean before you have a chance to react! If you’re fishing from shore, keep an eye out for the fast moving podsright on the surface. The best place to catch them from shore is at the Coast Guard Channel using thin metal lures. Because of the especially cold winter we had, I believe that our slightly lower water temperatures will only improve fishing in Block Island’s hottest month. Last year striped bass fishing began to slow down in August like it normally does before it picks back up again in late September. But the cooler temps and huge amounts of bait are expected to keep them around longer this year. Additionally, the new lower limits (1 fish 28” per person per day) set on stripers this season will hopefully prove to be beneficial to the stock. In addition to the fish, squidding can be a lot of fun to try out. The warm temps are perfect for the squid, and on any given night you’re bound to do well off one of the piers in New Harbor. You can take your squid and use it as bait for the bigger fish as well! As always, it’s good to review the most current fishing rules and regulations as well as make sure your fishing license is up to date. August is a great month for fishing on Block Island. Give it a shot!

B.I. 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 Charters Linesider Fishing Charter 2, 3, and 4 hour trips Half & Full Days Capt. Eric Gustafson (401) 439-5386 info@linesiderfishing.com

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

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SPECIES BAG LIMIT / MINIMUM SIZE

American Eel

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

Pollock

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

(Fluke)4 fish/day - 19 inch minimum May 1 to Dec 31

Black Sea Bass

River Herring

Tautog

5 inch minimum May 25 to Aug 31 - 3 fish/day Sept 1 to Sept 21 - 7 fish/day Sept 22 - Oct 21 - closed Oct 22 to Dec 31 - 7 fish/day

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16 inch minimum

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

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No bag limit / 18 inch minimum - no limit 4” and greater - 200 fish/person per day

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

Monkfish

SPLIT SEASON April 15 to May 31 (3 fish/day) June 1 - July 31 (closed) August 1 to October 14 (3 fish/day) October 15 to December 15 (6 fish/day) In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

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Weakfish (squeteague)

1 fish/day - 16 inch minimum No closed season

Winter Flounder

Special note: All of Narragansett Bay, and in Potter Pond, Point Judith Pond and the Harbor of Refuge is closed. (section 11.19, RI fish regs) 2 fish - 12 inch minimum March 1 to Dec 31

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

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Turtle Crossing! If you see a turtle in the road.... By K.Curtis I saw a little green guy with cool red markings hanging out by the double yellow line the other day. I pulled over, got out of my car, and helped him to the other side. It was a good thing too. He nearly got squashed by an oncoming car before I reached him. This little guy was small enough that I could grab him at the sides of his shell and his back legs barely reached my fingers. His head was also tucked deep inside after that car whizzed past within an inch of him. If you come across a turtle in the road, be safe while helping the turtle — busy roads are dangerous for rescuers and turtles alike. Put on your hazard lights and pull fully off the road. Make sure other drivers see you before approaching a turtle in the road. By all means, help that turtle cross the road in the direction she (or he) was heading, if you can do so safely. But then leave it in the wild where it belongs. One will mostly see turtles crossing roads between April and October. They do this for many reasons. In the spring, male turtles are looking for females and territory to call their own, while females are looking for places to nest. During the late summer and fall, hatchling turtles are digging up from nests, looking for water and later on males and females are heading to places to hibernate. Drive 25 There are many reasons the island-wide speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour — clearly for the safety of all of us, including our island wildlife. There is no reason to drive faster on these roads — especially if you are here on vacation. Slow down, enjoy the scenery and watch out for these creatures in the road — because they love the island just like we do!

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How to Rescue Road Turtles According to the Turtle Rescue League • When picking up a small turtle, grasp it on either side of its shell behind the front legs. The turtle will still be able to kick at you, but many will choose to stay safely tucked in, during the short time you are moving them. • Keep the turtle low to the ground when moving them. Even small turtles have surprising strength. If a turtle pushes free of your grip, you do not want it to fall and injure itself. • If the turtle is large (with a long tail), it may be a snapping turtle, they can be a bit aggressive and you might not want to attempt picking it up, but you can still help it across the road. • Never, ever pick a turtle up by the tail — this can injure them very badly. • If you are helping a large snapper, simply push it from behind with a blunt object, don’t use anything sharp or pokey, you don’t want to

hurt the turtle. Although snappers can seem dangerous, they are just protecting the babies they are carrying. Like with any wild animal, you need to exercise caution. • Once you have the turtle across the road, you can sit and watch to make sure it is heading off and not turning back around. • Make sure to put the turtle in the direction it was heading, never turn them around. The turtle is on a mission, and if you turn it around, it will simply go back across the road when you drive away. • Although you may be tempted to relocate a turtle, don’t. Many turtles have “Home Ranges”, a territory they call home, and when relocated, they will search out ways back. Besides risking many additional road crossings, some turtles, if they cannot find their way back will stop eating and just wander listlessly.

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On The Trails With The Nature Conservancy & Others 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 percent of the island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people. Nature Walks — June 19 to August 25, 2017 MONDAY They Grow Like Weeds! at the 4th Graders Garden 9 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion Calling all (resident and visiting) rising 5th Graders to: meet each other, do light garden chores, and pick the week’s harvest. Block Island Bearings 11 a.m.: Location changes* A different conservation area with a local naturalist each week. Learn about the area’s unique mini environment and its relation to the island’s larger ecosystem. 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. 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.) Hiking Clay Head 9 a.m.: Clay Head Trail Meet at the parking lot, half-mile off Corn Neck Rd, down the dirt road across from the yellow house.

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. Upland Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.: Hodge Preserve Locate all sorts of species special to Block Island. Meet at the Hodge parking lot on Corn Neck Road. (Parents must attend.) Beach Meet-up & Clean-up 11 a.m.: Location changes* Everyone loves a clean beach. Come for a stroll and lend a hand! THURSDAY Cow Cove Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.: Settler’s Rock Shoreline scavenger hunt for families. Meet at Settler’s Rock, at the end of Corn Neck Rd. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) 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. Environmental Film Series 7 p.m.: Island Free Library Feature length films. Use side door for downstairs FRIDAY Ebbtide Exploration Low tide*: Ball O’Brien Park Meet at the park on West Side Road for a walk to the shoreline. Participants will identify and record “vital statistics” of the marine, shore-line, and salt marsh habitats. 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.

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’— a converted 1920’s gas station — located in downtown 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) are hidden on Block Island. Floats are dated, numbered, and stamped with the shape of Block Island. All floats are clear glass except for 17 (because it is 2017), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues indefinitely....it 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 www.blockislandinfo.com/glass-floatproject/register-floats. To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit www.blockislandinfo.com/glass-float-project/found-floats.

Night Sky Viewing — At the Hodge Property on Corn Neck Rd. 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.) August 12 — 8:30 p.m. (alt. date 8/13) August 23 — 8 p.m. (alt. date 8/24) Sense of Wonder Twilight/Night Walk - Locations to be announced. Suggested donation $5/person $20/ family. August 7 — 7:30 p.m. James Stover Exploration Series August — See ad in the weekly Block Island Times. Mystery Walk August 21 (Solar Eclipse) Donations suggested. *For more info: Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email BInature@tnc.org to receive automated message of up-to-date program information or stop by the B.I. Conservancy Education Center on Weldon’s Way.

Block Island Conservancy The Education Center is open daily for the summer season with an exhibit on the nature of B.I. 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 www.biconservancy.org.


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By Pippi Seider 1. Abram’s Animal Farm: Abram’s Animal Farm is a must see for kids on Block Island. The farm is home to a variety of species including camels, emus, and llamas. 2. Aldo’s: Aldo’s is right in the heart of town and sells hardpack ice cream and soft serve ice cream. In addition to ice cream, Aldo’s sells a variety of baked goods. 3. Bethany’s Airport Diner: Bethany’s is the perfect breakfast or lunch destination for families. Kids can enjoy chocolate chip, confetti, or fruit filled pancakes while watching planes take off and land at the airport. 4. Building Blocks: Kids can buy fun toys and games for the beach right after stepping off of the ferry. Building Blocks is right across from the ferry dock in Old Harbor and sells a variety of toys and games, especially ones for the beach, such as kites and boogie boards. 5. Blocks of Fudge: Kids can choose from a multitude of fudge flavors at Blocks of Fudge. Blocks of Fudge not only sells fudge, but all kinds of candy and homemade chocolates as well. Fudge flavors include chocolate, cookie dough, and cookies and cream. If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate, bulk ‘penny candy’ is available to fill your own goodie-bags. 6. The Block Island Club: The Block Island Club offers memberships ranging from one week to the entire summer and offers classes for kids of any age. Classes are offered in sailing, swimming, tennis, and arts and crafts. New to the club this summer is a fleet of larger

boats that are available for charter and rental. 7. The Block Island Maritime Institute: With programs running daily, the Block Island Maritime Institute is the perfect place to stop by with kids. Kids can learn about local marine life right next to Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. Afterwards, stop by nearby Payne’s Killer Donuts for freshly made donuts. 8. The Ice Cream Place: Located directly across from Aldo’s, The Ice Cream Place also sells creamy ice cream in a variety of flavors. In addition to regular ice cream, The Ice Cream Place also serves sundaes and baked goods. With many creative flavors ranging from Ginger, to Almond Joy, to Rainbow Sherbert, everyone is bound to find a flavor that pleases. 9. The Painted Rock: By far the most colorful rock on Block Island, the Painted Rock is a huge rock that both kids and adults can enjoy painting. The Painted Rock is located at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Mohegan Trail. Simply bring your own paint and brushes, and you can paint The Rock. Afterwards, take pictures, because The Rock is painted multiple times a day in the summer. The Rock can be painted for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or just for fun! 10. The Empire Theatre: Kids can enjoy popcorn and candy while watching movies at the old-fashioned Empire Theatre. A perfect rainy day activity, a trip to the Empire Theatre will never disappoint. PHOTOS BY PIPPI SEIDER AND K. CURTIS

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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 has an Interpretive Center with exhibits on loan from the B.I. Historical Society. The lighthouse building will be open from July 1-3 and July 6 until Labor Day, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours are available, but it 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.

3. CLAY HEAD NATURE TRAIL a.k.a THE MAZE a.k.a 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.

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.

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 75th Anniversary exhibit is “Surrounded by Sea.” The Gallery is showing oil paintings of artist C. Sperry Andrews, original photographs by Carmel Vitullo, vintage island photographs and historic maps. 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 blockhistory@gmail.com. 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.

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 a finely crafted pavilion and 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.

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 and is on display at the B.I. Historical Society.

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 daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Museum exhibits and gifts are available at the base of the tower. Group tours available by appointment. Info: (401) 466-5009.

11. MOHEGAN BLUFFS, to the west of the Southeast Lighthouse, has a magnificent view of the southern coast and its high cliffs, with Montauk, N.Y. 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 can be extremely difficult. This beach can be crowded and swimming is sometimes dangerous.

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.


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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.


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Ballard’s August 1-6,8-10,12-19,21-31 ..........................................................John Brazile August 4,5 ............................................................................................. Pop Rocks August 6,7 ....................................................................................................... Sugar August 4, 5,11,14,18,19,25,26,27 ..........................................................DJ Libre August 1-3,8-10,15-17,21-24,28-31 ................................................ Royal Blue August 11,12,13 .................................................................................... Radio Riot August 12 .................................................................... 94 HJY Rocks the Block August 16 ........................................................................................Lite Rock 105 August 19,20.......................................................................................Those Guys August 25,26,27 .................................................................................... Hot Date

August 1,8,15,22,29............Honky Tonk Tuesday August 2,9,16,23,30 .................................. DJ Dugan August 3,10,17,24,31............................ Root Steady August 4,5 ...............................................Those Guys August 6 ................................................... Conserfest August 7,14,21,28 ................................... Marc Philip August 11,12 .................................. 7 Day Weekend August 13 .................................................... Soul Shot August 18,19 ............................................Uncle Jesse August 20 ....................................................... Anthem August 25,26 ..................................The Complaints

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Walter McDonough- Live Folk/ Irish acoustic music 9ish p.m. ...................... Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. Izzy Malek ........................... Mon, Tues, Wed. Live Music - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ..Thurs. - Sun.

The National Hotel Live Music: Friday and Saturday 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The Spring House Aldo’s

Thursday: Live music at Martini Night 9 p.m. Friday: Wild Greens (Jazz) 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday & Fridays: Second Time Around (50’s, 60s, 70’s) 6 to 10 p.m

Club Soda Monday: Trivia Night 9 p.m. Tuesday: Karaoke 9 p.m. Wednesday: Open Mic Night 9 p.m. Thurs., Fri., Sat.: Live Music 10 p.m

Captain Nick’s August 4,5 .......................The Blushing Brides August 6,13,20,27 ...............The Young Guns August 11,12 ..............Darik and the Funbags August 18,19 ..........................West End Blend August 25,26 ................. Neal and the Vipers

Poor People’s Pub Every Week: Tuesdays: Service Industry Night (SIN Tuesday). Contests, deals, prizes. Thursdays: DJ ESP SWITCH 10 p.m. Electro, New Wave, 80s/90s Hip-Hop and R&B Fridays & Saturdays: 10 p.m. Dance Party w/ DJ Libre.

Every Week: Monday: Disco Night Tuesday & Wednesday: Piano Bar Thursday: So Fresh Thursdays Thursday - Sunday: Fathead Sushi 5 to 9 p.m.


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ConserFest 2017 August 5,6 Music on a Mission Originating on Block Island, ConserFest is focused on raising funds and awareness for environmental conservation and stewardship. ConserFest is a strictly grassroots effort that relies heavily on volunteers for events and year-round staff as the driving force in raising awareness about local environmental issues. The proceeds and donations from all ConserFest events help to support and fund local efforts dedicated to protecting Block Island’s natural environment and for the conservation and preservation of local land, heritage and culture. This year, ConserFest takes place on August 5 and 6 at various locations on the island. On Saturday, August 5, head to the Narragansett Inn in New Harbor from 3 to 9 p.m. for music, local artisans, vendors, environmental groups and lawn games. On Sunday, August 6, head to the Town Beach Pavilion for more music from 12 to 3 p.m. The main

event takes place at Yellow Kittens on August 6 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is a 21 and up show. Proceeds from the 2017 events will go towards the ConserFest school scholarship awarded to current and graduated Block Island School students in honor of Stephen Record, past Block Island Conservancy president. 2017 Artist Line up: Roots of Creation (NH) Freddy Loco (France) James & The Giants (Narragansett, RI) Root Steady (Block Island, RI) Geraldine(Providence, RI) Jay Lew (Pawtucket, RI) Homeslice (Block Island, RI) The Little Compton Band (RI) Kelly & the Cunninghams (Block Island, RI) Loveday (Providence, RI) Phil & David Turano (Westerly, RI) Mac Brown (Block Island, RI) Silas Monje (Block Island, RI) PHOTO BY T. FINN PHOTOGRAPHY

Join in on the fun! MONDAY: Trivia Night and 50 cent Wings All Night! TUESDAY: Karaoke and $2 Tacos WEDNESDAY: Open Mic and $6 Pizza AUGUST 3: Super Dope AUGUST 4: The Silks AUGUST 5: Morgan Macia Gallery Showing @ 7 p.m. AUGUST 5: 007’s AUGUST 18-19: The Bluff Crumbs AUGUST 20: Pig Roast SEPTEMBER 1: z boyz SEPTEMBER 2: The Silks SEPTEMBER 3: Pig Roast Noon - 1 a.m. Daily Takeout 401-466-5397 • clubsodabi.us • 35 Connecticut Ave.

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Island Arts & Galleries

Spring Street Gallery Jessie Edwards Studio

(401) 466-5314

(401)466-5374

Spring Street Gallery is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday Artist receptions:

Second floor, Post Office Building jessieedwardsgallery.com Through August 2 William T. Hall ~ “Block Island Nautical Life and Historical Views” Hall’s watercolors of old draggers, ferry boats, and sailors bring us back to an earlier time in Block Island’s sea faring days.

August 1 — Berke Marye, Paintings August 5 — Tom Kalb, Photography August 8 — Joan Kocak — Photography August 12 — Eileen Miller, Paintings August 12 — John Warfel, Ceramics

August 22 — Felicia Cinquegrana Puckett August 26 — Kate Bird, Paintings August 29 — Neil Lang, Paintings September 4 — Amy Ryan, Paintings

Artists Receptions 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visit springstreetgallery.org for the summer show schedule.

August 4 - August 16 Kate Knapp ~ New Images of Block Island Opening reception: August 5, 5-7 p.m. In her latest oils on canvas, Knapp finds new angles of vision in familiar Block Island scenes. August 18 – September 8 Peter Michael Gish ~ Recent Paintings Opening reception, August 19, 5-7 p.m. Gish, at 91, always has something new and fresh to show us in his subtly layered oils depicting his love of nature, especially on Block Island.

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. Celebr atin Research & Tours by appointment. 75 yea g Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person, rs! $4 seniors/students. Members, free. Visit blockislandhistorical.org Featured summer exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” August 7 — Full Moon Cemetery Tour with stone carver Karin Sprague. 7 p.m. $15. Meet at West Side Road entrance to the Island Cemetery. August 17 — 45th Annual House & Garden Tour – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring seven homes and gardens along Spring Street. Tickets also available on day of tour: $40 Adults; Members and Students $35. 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.

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Farmers’ Market

Legion Park and the Spring House Garden lawn are the places to be on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. 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 at two different spots. Every Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park on West Side Road and every Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Spring House Garden lawn on Spring Street.


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Healing Salve Muscle Rub Sleep Salve Vapor Rub Drawing Salve Citrus Deodorant Bug Off Lip Balm Essential Oil Perfumes Sunblock

Sabra Glen, Owner 401-466-2596 sabra02874@hotmail.com Sold at the Block Island Farmer’s Market Saturday at Legion Park

“Block Island Bracelet” Available at BI Farmers’ Market 401-996-9373 www.rachellemoine.com

Phone orders 401-578-1125 www.blockislandjewelry.com Showing at the Block Island Farmers’ Market

Emily Marye Pottery Unique Handmade Ceramics

Visit me at the Farmers Market

Saturday at Legion Park & Wednesdays at the Spring House Or by appointment emilymaryepottery@gmail.com

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

Leah Robinson Watercolors & Giclée Prints

Available at: Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fairs The Spring Street Gallery BI Farmer’s Market 508-331-3280 www.leahswatercolors.com

PAINTINGS • PRINTS • CARDS

“Block Island Wire Outline Ring” By hand - One at at time - On island - 43 years

At Watercolors and BI Guild Shows

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www.OMstack.com handmade stone stack jewelry

On the corner by the Empire Theater 401-466-5331 • 800-840-5331 www.malcolmgreenaway.com

SEAN HARTNETT

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Ben Wohlberg

Partial Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 Will be visible if weather cooperates By K. Curtis By now you've probably heard that on August 21 something epic is going to happen. We're talking about a solar eclipse like we've not experienced in a longtime and for some — never. If you will be on Block Island during this time, if the weather cooperates, we may be in for a pretty spectacular viewing. Solar eclipses occur when the Earth, moon and sun are aligned in the same plane and the moon passes between the earth and the sun, partially or completely covering our closest star. There are four types of solar eclipses: total, annular, partial and hybrid. In this area, a Partial Solar Eclipse will start at 1:28 p.m. with the maximum view at 2:47 p.m. and ending at 4:01 p.m. A partial solar eclipse occurs when only the partial shadow passes overhead. In these cases, a part of the sun always remains in view during the eclipse. It is strongly recommended to wear special eclipse viewing glasses — regular sunglasses will not be safe for your eyes. Be smart — do not damage your eyes, your kid’s eyes, or even your pet’s eyes by trying to look at the eclipse. You can order special viewing glasses online, Amazon. com sells them in multiple packs. For more information visit eclipse2017.org. Remember these safety tips: • Never look directly at the sun, even when it's partially covered by the moon. This can cause serious eye damage or blindness. • Use proper eye protection. Find out how to view the eclipse safely at eclipse2017.org. • Consider protecting pet’s eyes, as well.

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t’s no secret anymore about how much fun it is to have your wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a close-to-home, but worlds away destination celebration. Whether it’s just the two of you on a dock or on a beach, or hundreds of friends and family members renting houses together for a week of parties, you’ll have a picture-perfect time. Pick up a copy of Block Island Weddings for useful information while planning your island wedding and to read about other couples’ weddings — both big and small.

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Contrary to rumors, Sears Hometown Store in Wakefield is not closing! The entrance to the Transfer Station is at the end of West Beach Road. PHOTOS BY K. CURTIS By K. Curtis Officially called the Town of New Shoreham Transfer Station, run by Block Island Recycling Management, it is still what many people on the island affectionately refer to as “The Dump.” It is where to take all of your garbage — big and small, a lot or a little — and all of your recyclables. The trash cans in town, and around the island, are not where home renters, owners, or long term visitors should be leaving their garbage after a week long (or longer) stay. The dumpsters you may see around town are for private or commercial use only, and not a place to leave your garbage. You need to bring your trash and recyclables to the Transfer Station. Along with regular household garbage, there are many items that you can bring to the recycling center and drop off, for a fee. Your bags of garbage will

be weighed in at the scale house and you will pay 12 cents a pound to dispose of it — recyclables are free. Located on West Beach Road, head north on Corn Neck Road for about two miles until you come to West Beach Road on the left, where you will also see the Transfer Station sign. The Transfer Station is located at the end of West Beach road on the right. The new website will give you all of the pricing for items big and small — from household trash to appliances and cars. If you have any questions, give them a call. You can even call for a onetime garbage pick-up if you don’t have time to bring it to the Transfer Station yourself. The Transfer Station is open every day except for Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call (401) 466-2864 for hours and information, or visit blockislandrecycling.com.

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Located Southeast Locatedhigh high on on aa hill overlooking the Southeast Lighthouse, wonderful propertyhas hasspectacular spectacular Light, thisthis wonderful property ocean in several Sixthespacious ocean views views from nearly directions. every room in house. bedrooms and four large baths make this home Six spacious bedrooms and four large baths makea perfect placeatoperfect gather place friendstoand family. The third this home gather friends and floor boasts a sitting room/copula with 360-degree family. There is ample space to spend time together island thesome house is a time twoin theviews. large The mainlower livinglevel area,ofor quiet bedroom suitein with ample with a book the private cupola entrance. with 280 There degreeisviews. room to be together around a large main living room The lower level of the house is a two-bedroom and plenty of cozy spots to relax. You can see the suite with open living space and private entrance. ocean from nearly every room in the house. This This property encompasses 2.6 acres with a 4,000± property encompasses 6.2 acres with a 4,000± sq.an ft. sq. ft. house, an accessory studio/gazebo, and house, an accessory studio/gazebo, and an additional additional small lot of record. With the Mohegan small ofarecord. The away, Mohegan just Bluffslot just short walk this Bluffs specialare spot is aa short 5-10 minute walk. Asking $2,800,000 must see! Asking $2,800,000

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Located ocated off Pilot Hill Road on Seaweed Lane this wonderful 4 4-bedroom, bedroom, 22bathroom bungalow sits on 3 acres with a large yard, long range ocean views, and screened-in patio. Nice kitchen with maple cabinets, dining area, and an L-shaped living space make this home comfortable and easy for entertaining. Full, unfinished basement, with laundry, boasts plenty of storage and a recreation area. 5-bedroom septic allows for expansion. Asking $1,195,000

Beautifully designed contemporary home nestle nestled on the shores of Trim’s Pond boasts 5 en-suite bedrooms, an open living/dining room and a gourmet kitchen. Porches and decks encircle the curved home allowing for outdoor enjoyment in any wind direction. Attention to detail and energy efficiency, including solar panels, make this home economical to maintain and heat. Private access to the water and Great Salt Pond. Mature landscaping. Come discover this hidden gem. Asking $2,250,000

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This well maintained two bedroom, one bath “Kingston Cottage” has been loved and well cared for. Small renovations over the years have kept this low maintenance home comfortable and current. The large lot, with a yard that rolls down to the top of the bluff, is a great gathering place for family and friends. The unobstructed ocean views from both inside and outside of this home are incredible and must be seen to be believed. Asking $1,300,000

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Private setting on Beacon Hill, with boat boat-builder builder details and a beautiful kitchen on the walkout level. Comfortable and unique, this home is filled with incredible character and craftsmanship. Three bedrooms – one on main living level and two on third level. Full bathroom and one half bathroom. Central stereo system with speakers in private outdoor shower surrounded by lush gardens. Beautifully planted, and meticulously maintained, completely fenced grounds. Asking $1,350,000

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A Stroll up Spring Street & Southeast Road August 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual Historical Society House & Garden Tour The Block Island Historical Society is hosting the Annual House and Garden Tour on Thursday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will be available on day of tour: $40 adults; members and students, $35. The tour will begin near the Spring House Hotel at the Theve house (ca. 1891) and end at the home of Susie Wright on the right side of Spring Street, with spectacular views of Old Harbor and the Clayhead bluffs in the distance. The tour will highlight old and new architecture, including recently designed summer cottages. Each year, the Historical Society asks a small group of homeowners to open up their doors to over 200 participants with self-guided access in order to get a rare glimpse into the Island’s historic and architecturally inspiring homes. This annual event has been a tradition that helps support the Society’s operations and educational programs. This year, seven homes and select gardens have been chosen along Spring Street and Southeast Road. This area of the island was originally farmland and Spring Street was extended to Southeast Road after the breakwater was built in 1871 to allow delivery of materials to build the Southeast Lighthouse (1873) on Mohegan Bluffs. Potato fields lined the roadway where the Newhouse cottages now stand. The cow photograph on the poster for the Historical Society’s current exhibit was taken from a point just below the Spring Cottage. The Robison Cottage and Green Hill Cove Cottage are located off Southeast Road. According to folklore this area was deeded to Nathanael Greene in the 1700’s thus the name Green Hill Cove and Greene Farm. General Greene was a major general of the Continental Army under George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. He was also married to Block Island’s Katy

Littlefield. In his “History of Newport County RI (1888)” Richard Bayles writes “As a place of rest, Block Island has been comparatively unknown to the pleasure seeker till within the past few years. Hotel enterprise has however done much to disseminate a general knowledge of the place and the little sea girt isle with its natural charms, its equitable climate and its many superior advantages as attractions, receives now a host of tourists every season.”

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construction on Block Island today. 4. McManus House (Welcome Dodge and Bathshiba Littlefield Dodge house, 1865) This 1865 classic farmhouse boasts original ash floors and many other historic details. This house is a fine example of the one-and-three-quarter story house form that is so prevalent on Block Island (see exhibit in second-floor galleries of the Historical Society museum for details). These houses allowed more head room in the second story and also allowed space for small windows close to the floor in the second floor rooms. This fiveacre property on Old Harbor Point has wonderful views of Old Harbor. 5. Robison Cottage (Greene Farm, circa 1850 -1900) The Robison cottage was originally built as a classic island farmhouse on land originally owned by Nathanael Greene. In 1884, Victorian writer Pettee wrote: “Besides the houses already enumerated, there are many farmhouses where a few boarders are taken during the summer months, and some of which afford superior accommodations, at a very moderate rate. In addition to the usual varieties of food, the tables are generally abundantly supplied with fish and lobsters, fresh from the sea. The Block Island mutton has always been famous, and excels in flavor to that found in other sections of this country; no doubt owing to the peculiar climatic conditions and excellent grazing.” One can imagine sheep grazing in the fields below and adjacent to the ocean. The front porch with its sweeping views and the beau-

tiful interior carpentry are not to be missed. 6. Green Hill Cove Cottage (2017) Captain Faile’s 1925 cottage overlooking Green Hill Cove has been completely rebuilt with exquisite detail and construction by Scott Heinz and his crew of craftsmen and fine wood workers. Though a simple upgrade was originally planned, the house was in such poor condition that local architect, Dan Costa, Scott Heinz and friend and design consultant, Rick Foreman combined their skills to make this a new “classic” Block Island cottage. 7. Wright House , “Over the Hill” (1858 renovated farmhouse) This compound includes three buildings – a caretaker’s cottage (not on the tour), the Main house, and a guest cottage. The house was built in 1858 and is the year-round home of Susie Wright. It sits high on the crest of a hill and is named “Over the Hill”. This renovated farmhouse can be traced back to the Dodge family –one of the original European island families. Built as a 4-bedroom farm house it was renovated in 1992. This is a great place to start or end the tour – with commanding views across the ocean to the northeast. NOTE: House markers at the roadside will identify each house. You may enter the tour at any point; you are not required to follow the tour in any order. The Historical Society’s 75th Anniversary exhibit “Surrounded by Sea” will be open to all House Tour participants. Please show your ticket at the museum entrance.

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Island Living

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

Swede Hill Location: 1062 Dunne Town Road House size: 3616 Sq Ft Lot size: 4.1 Acres Price: $4,700,000 Contact info: Lila Delman Real Estate (401)4668777 Kaylan.McAleer@LilaDelman.com (401)8291595 Or Rosemary.Tobin@LilaDelman.com (401)741-1825

Peaceful West Side Location: Fire # 1027 West Side Rd., Plat 16, Lot 50 House Size: 3,128 sq. ft. Lot Size: 2.96 acres Price: $935,000 Contact Info: Ballard Hall Real Estate info@ blockislandproperty.com (401) 466-8883

Setting: One of Block Island’s premier properties, nestled between two tranquil coves, ‘Swede Hill House’ is set on one of the island’s highest elevations offering panoramic ocean views. Inside: This stunning four-bedroom home offers more than 3600 square feet of impeccable living by award-winning architectural firm Estes/Twombly. Built to the U.S Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards, Swede Hill was recently recognized with an AIAri Honor Award, 2013 for outstanding achievement in architectural design. Outside: Ascending the tree-lined driveway to this hilltop retreat, uninterrupted ocean views abound throughout this private four-acre sanctuary. The stone-walled entry garden warmly welcomes guests into this architectural masterpiece. The great room offers a spacious living room with stone fireplace and dining area with custom millwork and state of the art kitchen. Just outside, a spacious deck doubles as a breakfast and grilling area, while a sliding barn door offers added privacy. Beyond the glass wall of the great room rests a spectacular infinity pool, immaculate stonework and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. Adjacent to the swimming pool and blue stone courtyard is the home’s separate guest suite that delivers light and airy living, expansive storage and the convenience of an additional full bath. The guest suite has it’s own private deck complete with a Maine cedar hot tub. The master suite is an extension of the home’s seamless design with custom cabinetry, private balcony, soaking tub and limestone shower.

Setting: Classic pastoral west side setting with spacious home and two-stall horse barn. Limited water views, sunset skies, and walk to Dorries Cove Road and beach. Property is currently fenced for horses. Inside: Spacious light-filled open floor plan on two levels. Inverted plan with master bedroom and updated en suite bath on main living level along with an additional bedroom, updated hall bath, home office, living room, family room, new kitchen and dining room. The walk-out first-floor level offers a large family/media room, a smaller sitting room, a bedroom, updated full bath, large laundry room, and mudroom as well as a two-car garage, storage and utility areas. History: Meticulously maintained and improved by the current owner since 1999. During their ownership, the roof and siding have been replaced, front and rear decks have been replaced, kitchen and baths have been remodeled. Newly installed hardwood floors, new septic system with 5-bedroom capacity, and new gas lines. The pastures were cleared and new barn built with underground 100 amp service and water pump. This is an ideal home for a year-round or vacation homeowner looking for quiet surroundings and space for family & guests alike!


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Corn Neck Dream House

©2015 ROYAL BRUCE INK

Location: 1708 Corn Neck Road House size: 2763 sq. ft. Lot size: 5.1 acres Price: $3,100,000 Contact info: Attwood Real Estate, (401) 466-5582 Susan Weissman (401) 447-3569 info@attwoodrealestate.com

Setting: A dream-come-true island property located off Corn Neck Road with 360-degree water views and a private deeded path to the coveted beach nestled between Scotch and Mansion beaches. A wonderful base from which to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Inside: Island time all the time – this turnkey year-round, four-bedroom,two-and-a-half bath home has it all. Additional recreation room, office, and project room make this a perfect owner-occupied Block Island dream or a wonderful rental. Open living/kitchen flowing out to wrap-around decks are perfect for entertaining or privately enjoying family-time sunrise to sunset. Custom woodwork, hardwood floors, windows in every direction, and a third story cupola make this home unique and comfortable. Outside: Conserved land, selective mowing and plantings combined with height of the lot offer exceptional privacy and views. Easy approach to home and two-car garage add to making this an all-season home. Outdoor shower, large well maintained yard and covered porch greatly expand seasonal outdoor living space. Lot size is large enough to allow for possible auxiliary structure and/or footprint expansion.

It doesn’t get more Block Island than this! Since 1912, the Narragansett Inn, overlooking the Great Salt Pond, has been welcoming guests, making them comfortable, feeding them well, and offering them the best sunsets on Block Island. Come join us at the Sunset Lounge & Restaurant.

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Walk the Trails By Keith H. Lang and Scott B. Comings from “On This Island” The Greenway trail system is comprised of walks numbered four through nine. The Greenway runs east to west and north to south. The continuous system of trails makes it possible to walk from place to place from the shores of the Great Salt Pond in the north to the sea at Black Rock in the south and cross over only two paved roads and two dirt roads. Along the way are lots of side trails going towards the east and the west. For ambitious hikers, walking the entire Greenway is well worth the effort. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, pick out one section at a time and savor the experience. What follows are descriptions of the individual sections that comprise the Greenway and information and maps that illustrate how the segments interconnect to form a total of about 13 miles of walkways.

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Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve Location This preserve is one-quarter of a mile north of the Clay Head Preserve entrance directly off Corn Neck Road. Look for the parking lot outlined in split-rail fencing. The parking lot entrance is through a stonewall gap marked by a wooden post on either side. History of Trail For more than 20 years, the Hodge Property was a priority for conservation groups on Block Island. Finally in December 2002 the Block Island Land Trust, Block Island Conservancy, Town of New Shoreham and The Nature Conservancy purchased it from members of the Hodge Family. Conservation staff and volunteers constructed the trail and parking lot in March of 2003, and the Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve was dedicated in May of 2004. Description of trail This trail proceeds directly from the grass parking lot into a large meadow that is mowed annually in the spring and then is alive with wildf lowers thereafter. It is a wonderful place to come at any time, but especially in the spring at dusk to watch the ritual display of the American woodcock. This plump 11-inch bird has bulging eyes and a long bill, making it one

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of the strangest looking animals on the Island.With its wings whistling, the male f lies in widening spirals rising up to 100 feet, circling at the highest point, and then abruptly zigzagging to earth like a falling leaf. When he reaches the ground, he releases a nasal sounding “peent.” He then begins the process again; it is a display that is repeated many times in succession. When you reach the former house site situated next to a tall tree, there is a superb vantage point for observing the conserved land that continues from there to the North Light in the distance. Continuing on, the trail turns west (left) through a coastal shrub habitat important for migrating songbirds and raptors. When the trail reaches a spur, we recommend the right-hand route because it affords some of the most spectacular views on Block Island.

While walking through the meadows, watch for milkweed in the highest density found on the Island. Upon reaching the stonewall, the trail turns again to the west (left) and follows the stonewall boundary of the Breed Land, one of the first gifts to conservation in 1972. The spur trail eventually connects to the main trail and the opportunity to turn back east (left) to the parking lot or proceeding right (west) and a continuation of the walk. The extra effort is well worth it as the trail ends at Middle Pond, which is strikingly beautiful in its own right and also a great spot to see egrets, herons and bitterns in the spring and fall. It is also a wonderful destination in winter as this coastal pond provides shelter for wildlife from the ocean beyond the western dunes. On the way to Middle Pond, you may note houses for east-

ern bluebirds built by Island resident George Dodge.While this species does not currently nest on the Island, the hope is these boxes will inspire them to do so in the future. One of the nice aspects of this walk is the ability to take spur trails that make it possible to traverse different ground going and returning. If you desire a longer walk after arriving back at the parking lot, just walk out to Corn Neck Road and proceed south (right) for 150 feet where you will find the entrance to the Long Lot Trail, described separately in the Clay Head section of this guide. Views If you never left your car upon arriving in the parking lot, the reason why this property was so important for conservation would be readily apparent. There is hardly a place on the property where there is not an exceptional view. This is an especially beautiful hike at sunset because of the way the light unfolds across the landscape. From this preserve, you can see towards the north the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge along the West Beach, Sachem Pond, Cow Cove, North Light and Middle Pond, one of the most pristine examples of a coastal salt pond remaining in Rhode Island. Straight across Block Island Sound is mainland Rhode Island, and to the west, Connecticut. Natural and Historic Features One of the reasons this property was so desirable for conservation is because more than 150 acres of preserved land abut it, running unobstructed to the ocean. All of this is visible from the parking lot and one of the Island’s main roads.When pausing at the former house site, you can see across the fields towards the northeast to a house that is attached to a concrete observation bunker used to search for German U-boats during World War II. These virtually indestructible towers were scattered all around the Island during the war; the few that remain are incorporated into houses, like the one here. Many of the historic houses in the area represent different styles of East Coast architecture, from simple “Capes” to elegant Victorian cottages and “story and a half ” farmhouses.

Important Things To Keep in Mind While Enjoying These Trails By Keith H. Lang and Scott B. Comings • Bicycles and horses are prohibited on trails. Biking and horseback riding are a wonderful way to enjoy Block Island—but not on these trails. Both activities contribute to erosion and present safety concerns. These uses are prohibited on all walking trails and constitute trespassing. Biking and horseback riding are allowed on all publicly accessible dirt roads. • Lyme disease is common to Block Island. It is strongly suggested that you take proper precautions before setting out so that you avoid deer ticks, which are carriers of Lyme disease. It is advisable to wear long pants tucked into socks, stay clear of tall grass and overhanging vegetation, and check for ticks after any outdoor activities. Lightcolored clothing is also recommended, as it makes it easier to spot ticks. Further information about the disease

is available at the Medical Center or The Nature Conservancy office. • Observe rights of property owners. While much of the trail system proceeds through public land, a significant portion is open to the public through the generosity of private landowners. Please respect their privacy by staying on the trails, keeping noise to a minimum, and observing the rules for appropriate use. • Keep pets leashed or under control. If not properly monitored, pets can kill or harm wildlife and disturb the ability of others to enjoy the trails. They also can get lost or transport disease-bearing ticks indoors. Please clean up after your pets. • Beaches, dunes, and bluffs are fragile. Beaches, dunes, and bluffs are part of the island’s natural defense against storms and the sea. Please stay clear of

dunes and bluffs, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation, which holds these features in place. Many plants and animals that depend on the beach cannot survive without your help. • Keep trails clean. If you bring paper, cans, bottles, or other items with you, please be sure to dispose of any trash or waste properly. If you see litter on the trails, you can help out by picking it up and taking it with you. • Be aware of Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy flourishes on Block Island and is located in many places along the trails. For those unfamiliar with it, Poison Ivy is a vine with three leaves that are often shiny. The best approach is to follow the maxim “leaves of three, let it be.” If you do come in contact, wash the infected area as soon as possible with a strong soap and water. As with ticks, if you stay in the middle of the trail and

avoid direct contact with any vegetation, you will minimize your risk. • Hunting policy. Hunting is only an issue on weekdays between November and February. Hunting is allowed at Clay Head with landowner permission, and this area should be avoided during the week. On all other trails hunting is not allowed. To play it safe, it is best not to walk on the trails on hunting days. If you decide to walk anyway at these times, please where orange. Keep in mind, the beaches and roadsides are wonderful alternative places to walk, especially at this time of year. If you have any questions regarding hunting on Block Island, we advise you to call the police department, town hall, or The Nature Conservancy office. • Don’t forget your sunscreen and insect repellent.


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Turnip Farm & Elaine Loffredo Preserve Trails Location As in Nathan Mott Park, there are four ways to enter and exit Turnip Farm and Loffredo Preserve. The main Greenway trail comes in from Nathan Mott Park, winds through the farm, and then joins the path to Rodman’s Hollow on Old Mill Road, three-tenths of a mile from the West Side Road end. At about the midpoint of Old Mill Road is the main Turnip Farm entrance, where there is a parking area and a bike rack. To enter Turnip Farm from the west, look for the dirt lane at the bend of West Side Road east of the former West Side Baptist Church that is marked by a large rock with the words “Dodge Cemetery” engraved on it. Follow that lane to Dodge Cemetery and look for the turnstile leading to the trails. History of Trail Turnip Farm was the first purchase of the Block Island Land Trust in 1987. The farm was preserved with the generous help of its owners, Burt and Melanie King, for passive recreation and protection of wildlife habitat. Elaine Loffredo Preserve was protected by The Nature Conservancy with the help of Robert Loffredo and neighboring landowners. This land is preserved in remembrance of his wife, Elaine, whose life was tragically cut short in the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York, on July 17, 1996. Other properties in this part of the preserve include Shirley’s Pond, dedicated to the memory of Shirley Wood, who together with her husband, Peter, donated the pond and land surrounding it to The Nature Conservancy. This

is the site of the annual ecumenical service sponsored in August by conservation groups. Further to the west are properties protected to expand Turnip Farm Preserve and connect it to the historic, town owned Dodge Cemetery. There is also a walking easement generously donated by Dan and Jean Larkin, which provides a vital connection in the Greenway trail system. Description of Trail The Greenway trail enters Turnip Farm from the north at the boundary with Nathan Mott Park. As it winds through the farm, it runs primarily east to west. Look for signs where paths intersect with the main trail. One path connects to the main Turnip Farm entrance, which is the best place to park or leave a bike in this area of the Greenway. Another spur goes west into Loffredo Preserve where it comes back on itself or joins a path to the west and the trail to Dodge Cemetery. Further west along the main trail, there is an intersection by a small, wooden bridge. To the south is the through trail to Rodman’s Hollow. If you continue west at this point, the path leads out to West Side Road or connects to Loffredo Preserve and makes a circuit back through Turnip Farm. If you enter from Old Mill Road using the Turnip Farm entrance, look for the sandy soil, which provides ideal habitat for many types of wildflowers. Look for many small yellow flowers with hairy leaves: the mouse-ear hawkweed, which blooms in June. That is also the time of year to find another yellow flower: the bushy rockrose. The state-endangered northern blazing star, a spiked purple plant, blooms here in the fall. The domestic version of this plant, the gayfeather, can be found in many gardens. Autumn also finds

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migrating monarch butterflies filling the open fields by the trail’s edge. On Loffredo Preserve, the land climbs higher and you will come to a memorial stone, which sets the tone nicely for this part of the trail. The vegetation here is rich with black cherry, bayberry, and shadbush. Listen for the “Chickadee, dee, dee, dee” of the black-capped chickadee, and keep an eye out for owl pellets, regurgitated

fur, and bones left by barn owls, which hunt in the vicinity. Other raptors can also often be seen overhead looking for prey. When the berries are ripe in the fall, this is an excellent spot to go birdwatching. At Shirley’s Pond, the sound of green frogs calling can be heard in the summer. There are also large dragonflies See Trails, Page B29

Ahh... summer on Block Island. Sunset brings the promise of a beautiful tomorrow, and an opportunity to enjoy a quiet cocktail while the two of you pick up that ever-tempting discussion: “Wouldn’t it be great to own a place out here.”

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By Alexandra Duggan Every year since I was four years old, my parents would pack me and my three siblings into our old blue Suburban to make the drive to the Point Judith Ferry in Narragansett. We would play the old Pac-Man games they used to have on the Traditional Ferry as we made the rocky ride to Block Island. My older sisters and I would spend hours at the Great Salt Pond collecting and painting the backs of crabs with nail polish, only to search for them the next day. We would play capture the flag with our family friends in the backyard only to make our way to the Ice Cream Place for dessert when we finally tired of chasing each other through the grass. Whether we were spend-

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ing nights at The Oar on the lawn, or waking up early to get Payne’s Killer Donuts with my dad, Block Island was my favorite place to vacation for the summer. As I got older, the island I knew as a kid began to change. It was no longer a spot to vacation for a week, but where I spent the entirety of my summer. My too-short summers were filled with work at The Oar, bonfires on the beach, and late nights at the docks. My diet consisted of the Ice Cream Place’s ‘Walking Sundae,’ Rebecca’s Monster Veggie wraps, and the chocolate covered gummy bears from Blocks of Fudge. Days off were spent at the First Post at the beach, with only a small break to walk down to the Pots n’ Kettles food truck. Nights

were often spent watching the sunset from my porch with take-out from Sushi Bob’s. Unspoken traditions of meeting at the Old Post Office for bagels and coffee after a night out were created, and, before I knew it, my ‘friends for the summer’ became my best friends. There is an old saying that reads, “the place is formed by the company you share it with.” While I am lucky to have shared my memories of this island with my family and best friends, I believe this island is magnificent on its own accord—from the endless dirt roads and Greenway trails that snake their way through the island, to the endless number of perfect places to watch the sunset and sunrises. Block Island is filled with hidden paths leading to beauti-

ful views and maybe even one of the infamous glass orbs. Despite all the treasures Block Island holds, many people have asked me why my family chose to make this our home for the summer. Why not Nantucket, the Hamptons, Montauk or the infinite number of other places that seem to be like Block Island from an outside perspective? We chose Block Island because it is the kind of place where you feel comfortable making conversation with anyone around, because you know that they love this island just as much as you do. It is a place where you can be as you are and everyone knows your name. To me, Block Island is a place that easily and seamlessly became my home in just a matter of months.


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

Hurricane Planning 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.

Name: James Williams From: Detroit, Michigan Years on B.I.: 5 summers Where to find me: The Oar (Kitchen Manager) Favorite Restaurant: Poor People’s Pub — the food is great and it has a very relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss: All of the great photo opportunities. Favorite thing about Block Island: My favorite part of being on this island is taking beautiful pictures. And, Wednesdays are the best day to have off, because I play basketball.

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: UÊ …iVŽÊ ܜÀŽˆ˜}Ê Vœ˜`ˆÌˆœ˜ÃÊ œvÊ >Ê i“iÀ}i˜VÞÊ iµÕˆ«“i˜ÌÊ y>ŏˆ}…ÌÃ]Ê L>ÌÌiÀÞÊ powered radios. UÊ>ÛiÊi˜œÕ}…Ê«iÀˆÃ…>LiÊvœœ`Ê>˜`ÊÜ>ÌiÀÊÃÕ««ˆiÃʜ˜Ê…>˜`ÊvœÀÊ·xÊ`>Þð UʘœÜÊ܅iÀiÊ̅iÊ/œÜ˜Ê-…iÌiÀʈÃÊ>˜`Ê܅i̅iÀÊޜÕʅ>ÛiÊ>ÊÃ>viÊÀœÕÌiÊ̜ʈÌ]ʈvÊ necessary. UÊ Àˆ˜}ʈ˜Ê>ÊœœÃiʈÌi“ÃÊ>ÀœÕ˜`Ê̅iÊ«œÀV…iÃʜÀÊ«Àœ«iÀÌÞ° UÊ>ŽiÊÃÕÀiÊޜÕÀÊÛi…ˆViÃʅ>ÛiÊ}>ð UÊvÊޜÕʅ>ÛiÊ>Ê«Àœ«>˜iÊ}Àˆ]ÊÃiVÕÀiʈÌÊ>˜`ʎii«Ê̅iÊ«Àœ«>˜iÊÃÕ««ÞÊvՏ]ÊLÕÌÊ secured outdoors. UÊ œÛiÀʏ>À}iÊ܈˜`œÜÃÊ܈̅ÊÅÕÌÌiÀÃʜÀÊ«Þܜœ`° UÊ>ÛiÊ>ÊwÀÃÌÊ>ˆ`ʎˆÌÊ«Ài«>Ài`° UʈÊL>̅ÌÕLÊ>˜`ʏ>À}iÊVœ˜Ì>ˆ˜iÀÃÊ܈̅ÊÜ>ÌiÀÊvœÀÊÃ>˜ˆÌ>ÀÞÊ«ÕÀ«œÃið UÊ/ÕÀ˜ÊÀivÀˆ}iÀ>̜ÀÊ̜ʈÌÃÊVœ`iÃÌÊÃiÌ̈˜}ÃÊ>˜`ʎii«Ê`œœÀÊVœÃi`° UÊi`ˆVˆ˜iÊÀi˜iÜ>Ãʇʅ>ÛiÊi˜œÕ}…ÊœvÊޜÕÀÊÀi}Տ>Àʓi`ˆV>̈œ˜ÊvœÀÊ£‡ÓÊÜiiŽÃ° UÊ vÊ ÞœÕÊ >ÀiÊ Vœ˜ViÀ˜i`Ê >LœÕÌÊ ÞœÕÀÊ œV>̈œ˜Ê ˆ˜Ê >Ê Ã̜À“]Ê Vœ˜Ãˆ`iÀÊ }œˆ˜}Ê ÌœÊ >Ê friend’s house in a safer location. Corn Neck Road may not be passable due to …ˆ}…Ê̈`iÃ\Êyœœ`ˆ˜}Ê>˜`Ê>VViÃÃÊ̜Ê/œÜ˜Ê>˜`ʜÀÊ̅iÊ/œÜ˜ÊÅiÌiÀʓ>ÞÊLiÊVÕÌʜvvÊ for some time. UÊ …>“«ˆ˜Ê,œ>`Ê܈Ê“œÃÌʏˆŽiÞÊiÝ«iÀˆi˜ViÊÃ̜À“ÊÃÕÀ}iÊ>˜`Ê«iœ«iÊŜՏ`Ê evacuate from Champlin’s Farm seaward.

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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 on the docks between the ferry landing and Ballard’s Inn. 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 prepared to get wet! This is also a super fun way to see the waterfront. Call Bob at (401) 864-2474 for reservations.

Kayaks

Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

BIMI Daily Programs & Sea Life Observation Tanks 7-days-per-week, 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, and speed), Nautical Knots, Kites and Wind Power, Aqua Art, Shell Art, and Japanese Fish Printing. Check out bimaritime.org, BIMI on Facebook, and in The Block Island Times for schedules and more details. Questions? Call (401) 500-3501

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) 578-2773 or visit pondandbeyondkayak.com. 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 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.

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.


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Finding more than just an Orb By Aisha McAdams Floating by from the breeze on a typical foggy Block Island morning, a monarch butterf ly f luttered past me only minutes into my journey. With plenty of snacks, a water bottle and an overfilled backpack, I began the same hunt, that many intend on doing while on the island: finding a glass orb. According to Block Island Tourism Council’s website, 550 glass orbs were hidden throughout the island in early June for people to discover while exploring the island. In addition, over 600 glass orbs are still out there that had been hidden in prior years. So, like many, it became my goal that I would find one before the summer was up. I knew I was always the reigning champion during our annual Easter egg hunt so how hard could it be? If anything, I would have to be courteous and only take one of the orbs I discovered. To my surprise though, and probably many others, finding a glass orb is not as easy as it seems. I found myself bobbing my head up and down every time I went for a run, scanning the rock walls, stopping mid-stride to peek under a bush or scrummage through what I thought “definitely had an orb underneath it.” No luck. So, I decided to dedicate one morning strictly for orb hunting. No other distractions. Just orb hunting. I found myself close to home, on the trail around Fresh Pond. Only about 15 minutes into my journey I found myself sitting on a rusted-through bench looking out at the water, ref lecting on my past month on the island. Moments later a forgotten wrist-watch that laid next to me reminded me I had lost track of time,

a concept that is often lost here, and continue my search. 10:39 a.m. — the arms ticking away, just like my time here left on the island. I gathered myself and my belongings and continued on my merry way. Looking left, looking right, looking up, looking down, and all around. No luck. Curious to the rustling in the brush around the path I followed I soon discovered a muskrat friend. We had a stare off for nearly a minute and then we both continued on our ways in search of two very different things. Part of me wondered though whether it had come across any orbs. As I continued on, I was fortunate to meet a family who had never heard of The Glass Float Project. Coming with their daughter from Massachusetts, I explained to them how they could hunt for the glass orbs. We ended up teaming up to tackle the search. I looked on the left, they looked on the right and we both scanned up in the trees. We parted ways as the sun came out and they were on to their next adventure- Vail Beach. After parting with them, my snacks depleted, and my internal clock reminding me that it is far past lunch time I decided to wrap up my journey around Fresh Pond. As I hopped on my bike, two gold-finches swept by almost as if they were dancing. I went home empty-handed but finished my journey feeling full of positive energy and the beauty of Block Island. With just about one month left on the island I hope that luck may find my way to an orb. But for now, I am perfectly content with finding the other hidden gems of the island.

PHOTOS BY AISHA MCADAMS

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Lesson from the Snails: Move Slowly and Look Closely By Kim Gaffett, OVF Naturalist at The Nature Conservancy “To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.� - Leonardo Da Vinci This summer I became aware of two more (new to me) critters on the island, and both were snails. Smooth periwinkle (Littorina obtusata) is a marine snail living among the common periwinkles (Littorina littorea) in the New Harbor. Unlike the introduced common periwinkles, smooth periwinkles are native to New England. This native periwinkle is a bit smaller than the common and can be found in a variety of colors, including a beautiful yellow. To find this rarer, native periwinkle you have to look closely. The second snail that I’ve been aquainted with on the island is a land snail, brown-lipped snail or grove snail (Cepaea Cepaea nemoralis) nemoralis). Until a photo of this snail was sent to me I didn’t know there were terrestrial snails on Block Island. The brown-lipped snail is another introduced species from Europe (like the common periwinkle), but is now very common in North America. So far, I’ve only had reports of this snail on Block Island in

Trails

Continued from Page B21 on the prowl called common green darners. This beautiful pond is a good spot to see the American black duck and wading birds, such as the green heron and great blue heron. In the winter, it is outlined in black alder or winterberry, a shrub in the holly family. The bright red berries are a very important food source for wintering birds, especially ringnecked pheasants, during the cold weather months. The trail to the west passes by the site of an old sail-powered windmill, which gives the nearby dirt road its name. The mill’s foundation can be seen from the trail during the times of year when the vegetation thins. The trail ends at Dodge Cemetery, then the walk continues along the dirt road that connects to West Side Road, near the former West Side Baptist Church. Dodge Cemetery is an excellent example of the numerous small cemeteries on the Island, which harken back to the time when families were born, lived, and buried in the same area of the Island. Views The upper part of Turnip Farm is among the highest points on Block Island.As a result, there are wonderful views from the trails on the farm and the Loffredo Loop. To the south is Shirley’s Pond with the fields of Lewis Farm in the distance. Looking to the west, one

the area between Sands Pond and Fresh Pond. If anyone has run into this species on other parts of the island I would welcome the information. The only way to find a specific snail is to slow down and look closely, which seems like an apt lesson for every day life – especially if you happen to be on vacation. August is a time for slowing down and looking closely. Are the blackberries black yet? Have you found a Monarch caterpillar? What color is that periwinkle? Will it be a good year for beach plums? Can you see Orion in the eastern sky just before sunrise? Are the marsh mallows blooming? Are there stripers among the sand eels? Look closely and you can tell the difference between early and late August: are you still seeing fireflies in the evening, or have the beach rose hips turned deep, dark, red? The Nature Conservancy has several weekly programs (Block Island Bearings, Ebb Tide Exploration, Art & Nature, etc.) that are ideal for slowing down, looking closely, and thereby seeing the natural world in perhaps revealing ways. Background photo: Smooth Periwinkle (yellow) with Common Periwinkle found during TNC's Ebb Tide Exploration, New Harbor, BI. Foreground photo: Brown-lipped snail near Sands Pond Rd., Block Island. PHOTOS BY JUDY GRAY

can see Long Island Sound and, on clear days,Montauk Point at the tip of Long Island. It is a great spot to watch the sunset. The higher elevations also provide a wonderful prospect for seeing the preserve. This, combined with Nathan Mott Park, is one of the largest preserved areas, and it is possible to get a sense of the openness that was once common throughout the Island. Natural and Historic Features The rolling hills here are clear evidence of the glacial formation of this area of the Island. The open fields of Turnip Farm, which are mowed regularly, look much as they have for generations. There are numerous, globally imperiled morainal grasslands on the farm, mostly concentrated near the Old Mill Road entrance. Enclosures are erected there frequently to protect rare plants, such as the northern blazing star and purple needlegrass, from the deer. If these species of plants are not enclosed, they can be damaged by the browsing of deer. Dodge Cemetery, at the western end of the preserve, contains the grave of a veteran of the Civil War. Though the cemetery is named for a member of the Dodge Family, the majority of those buried here were Roses, another family of the earliest white settlers, who made their homes on the West Side. The mill, which once existed on the hill to the east of Dodge Cemetery, operated in the Nineteenth Century to grind the grain from neighboring farms.

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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 B.I. 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 for residents, $200 for non-residents. Call police station for hours and a list of requirements. 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. DO NOT burn wooden pallets.

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 shell fishing. 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 shell fishing 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: please refrain from riding in the downtown area.

POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on B.I.’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 conviction, 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

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 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. Please don’t shock such systems with paper products (including baby wipes), 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 Block Island Medical Center Police (non-emergency) Fire Department / Rescue Squad Coast Guard (Block Island) Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours RI Poison Control Block Island Airport Harbormaster (401) 466-3204 Town Clerk (401) 466-3200 Recreation Department Interstate Navigation (Block Island) Block Island Express Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry Transfer Station (401) 466-3234

(401) 466-2974 (401) 466-3220 (401) 466-3220 (401) 466-2086 (401) 789-0444 (800) 222-1222 (401) 466-5511

(401) 466-3223 (401) 466-2261 (401) 466-2212 (401) 466-2261

Town Ordinances Prohibit: • Drinking alcoholic beverages on streets, on docks, and on 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. • Shell fishing without a license. • Charcoal fires on boats tied up at docks. • Disturbing the peace. • Unleashed dogs. • Littering.

Block Island’s Rules Of The Road 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. ROLLERBLADES, 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 to cover the full costs of training, equipment, supplies and maintenance. Any contribution made to support this work will be welcomed and acknowledged. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Block Island, RI 02807.


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Top Selling Realtors on Block Island

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Ballard Hall

REAL ESTATE

NEW LISTING

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1267 West Side Road | MLS ID 1159300 | $1,945,000 Architectural Contemporary | Waterfront | 6 BR & 5 BA en suite

720 West Beach Rd. | MLS ID 1166064 | $929,000

Near Corn Neck Beaches | Great Salt Pond & Ocean Views | 4 BR & 2 BA

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1023 West Side Rd. | MLS ID 1162616 | $935,000 Pastoral 3 ac Site with Barn | 4 BR & 3 BA | Light-Filled Interior

822 Beacon Hill Rd | MLS ID #1100352 | $990,000

Historic Charm & Character | Near Greenway Trails | 4 BR & 2 BA

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1545 Lakeside Drive | MLS ID 1162960 | $1,350,000 Panoramic Views | 4 BR & 2.5 BA | Impressive Modern Design

403 Seaweed Lane | MLS ID 1138016 | $1,275,000

4 BR & 2 BA | Views of Clayhead & Atlantic Ocean | Landscaped

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1043 Pilot Hill Road | MLS ID 1157750 | $1,250,000 5.21 ac | Panoramic Ocean, BI Sound & Crescent Beach views

1047 Coast Guard Rd | MLS ID 1103723 Near Charleston Beach | $1,347,000

1604 Payne Rd | MLS ID 1156572 Architectural Tri-Level | $1,475,000

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

168 Old Town Rd | MLS ID 1133289 Heated Cottage & Barn | $795,000

COMMERCIAL LISTINGS

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

33 Ocean Ave. | Topside Cafe MLS ID 1144369 | $679,000

LAND LISTINGS 2.7 Acres | Corn Neck Rd | MLS ID 1073622 | $845,000 Private location /Near nature trails & beaches / See Website aerial video. 3.4 Acres | Champlin Rd | MLS ID 1048391 | $678,250 Ocean Views | Cleared Lot | Permitting Underway | Pond on Property 2 Lots | Mohegan Trail | MLS ID 1133938 & 1133940 | $500,000 each Close Ocean Views | Have 3BR & 4BR ISDS Permits

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

4.59 Acres | Center Rd. | MLS ID 1135940 | $800,000 Expansive Ocean Views | Site plan available | Private | Near Trails

Phone: 401-466-8883 Email: info@blockislandproperty.com Fax: 401-466-3119

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The August 2017 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island need to know.

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