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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.

The Dining Room

Open daily 6 - 10pm

Outside seating available


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

Lunch On The Veranda

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

Sunset appetizers 3 - 6pm

Martini Night Thursdays

Friday Night Jazz Club

Live Jazz - Fridays at 8pm

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CELEBRATE JULY 4TH BLOCK ISLAND STYLE! Consider making a donation this year to the Double Ender Committee to help fund the ongoing parades and fireworks year after year. They would not happen without these donations! Make checks out to “Double Ender Committee” and mail to PO Box 808, Block Island, RI 02807. In the event of rain on July 2 (in the evening for fireworks), the raindate is July 3 at dusk. Please DO NOT call the Police Station for this information — Call the Chamber of Commerce at (401) 466-2474.

Monday, July 2




Music and Fireworks!

Concert: “Take it to the Bridge” Town Beach Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks display. Fireworks: At Dusk, about 9 p.m. Where: Crescent Beach (Raindate is July 3 at dusk).

Wednesday, July 4 4th of July Parade

Theme: “Your favorite movie.” Want to join in? Line up for floats and judging at 9:30 a.m. at the field behind The Oar. Start: 11 a.m. Where: Parade steps off at Legion Park in New Harbor and ends at the Statue of Rebecca in Old Harbor.

Annual Fire Department Steak Fry

When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Fire Barn, Beach Avenue Steak, corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad, rolls, beer, wine, soda and watermelon. $25 per person

Our Staff Publisher .......................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor ........................................................................... Kari Curtis Production .................................................Macsperts/CRI Design =Ocean Avenue, Box 278, Block Island, RI 02807 Contributors Anneliese Slamowitz, Meg Vitacco, Cassius Shuman, Susan Bush, Haley Marshall, Kim Gaffett, Jenna Mead, Chief VinPhone: (401) 466-2222 Fax: (401) 466-8804 cent T. Carlone, Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi, Evalene e-mail: Deane webnews: Photographers ..........................K.Curtis, Allie Lauzier, Anneliese The Block Island Times was founded in 1970 by Dan Rattiner, publisher, Slamowitz, Kim Gaffett, Cassius Shuman, Kiyah C Photography, and Margaret Cabell Self, editor. Hank Hewitt, Corrie Heinz, Cheryl Moore The Block Island Times is a member of the New England Press Association, Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan The National Newspaper Association, The Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce. Advertising Design ......Macsperts, J.M. Swienton, It is printed on partially recycled newsprint by The Republican Company in Springfield, MA.

Correction Policy 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 is published four times a year in June, July, August and September. Cover Photos: K. Curtis

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Block Island Times Intern Anneliese Slamowitz is an aspiring journalist from New York City. She recently graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, and will be attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the fall. Anneliese has been spending the summer on Block Island for the last eleven years and worked as a server and hostess at The National Hotel for four of the eleven years.

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Welcome to Block Island A Note from Police Chief Carlone

Dear Visitors to Block Island,

, with as little as one in after a ver y slow winter season aga you see to py hap are and place to be for all. In We welcome you Now it’s the busy season and a fun n! ope ses ines bus any dly har are in such a wonderthousand residents, and oticed by most people because they unn are that s risk are e ther t to possible dangers any natural environmen your mind doesn’t always alert you n, atio vac on are you en Wh d. for sure, but we fully relaxed state of min safe. That’s okay, it is mostly safe ely plet com is ing ryth eve that and you get the impression save you from injury. things that may save your life, or few a ut abo w kno idents. There are you let to d nee nd, some seriously from bike acc Isla ck Blo on r yea ry eve red what to do to be 1. Bicycles — People get inju fic competing for the road. Here’s traf of lots and rs, ulde sho road wear lots of steep inclines, poor ires that people fifteen and under especially children. The law requ et, helm ed rov app an ar We : safe ne should. Lock your bikes! them, but I recommend that everyo your safety. Stop at STOP signs, are required to do by law, and for you ch whi s, law fic traf all y 2. Obe are everywhere. fast because the curves and hills ride with traffic and don’t go too re present, and be alert that whe ks ng traffic, use sidewal faci or fic traf inst aga lk Wa — s 3. Walker r children carefully, close by as you walk. Watch you ing com s icle veh of s ner man all there are please. you fail to do so, law) or you will be summoned if the is (it et helm a ar We — s ped 4. Rental Mo n. and don’t repeatedly blow the hor and please obey all traffic laws, thousands of pounds and e large bluff areas; they are unstabl 5. Beaches — Watch out below don’t be too far from er; ly. Watch children near the wat of clay can come down unexpected ded children. tten drowning risk in the ocean for una a young child, there is an extreme s. Drinking in area lic all pub prohibited on any beaches and in l summons wil 6. Drinking Alcohol — This is and hes way. Off icers will be in plain clot liquor sales the hot sun is not a good idea any d nse lice drinking anywhere other than in f and injured or arrest you, so please refrain from staf medical k to excess. We have a minimal establishments. Please do not drin ries ous inju . n off the island for treatment of seri people end up having to be flow clothing when biking or lighting, so please wear reflective 7. Night Time — There is limited walking. at bars and beaches, and watch your purse and cell phones s, bike r you k Loc — les uab Val 8. lock your cars. our officers are friendand if you need anything, all of In closing, we are happy to see you you if necessary. ly and approachable and will help Please have a safe vacation. Sincerely, Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD


Comfy Kai-Kai Sandals For Kai Costanzo, founding a business has been an odyssey sparked by personal need. A triathlete since he was young, Costanzo collected sandals as he traveled about the world, surfing and racing triathlons. Yet, he wasn’t satisfied with the footwear he discovered. They were either uncomfortable, unsturdy or both. Fed up with the world’s imperfect sandal selection, Costanzo decided to begin producing his own brand of sandals. “I wanted to create a simple sandal that would stay on your foot well,” he explains. As a runner, Kai knew “a bit about feet” and he drew upon this knowledge during his quest for the perfect sandal design. Arch

support was important, he decided- flat flops would not do. The initial process took about a year, Kai admits. After all, he didn’t want to sell a shoddy product. He gathered samples from five countries, including Peru, Brazil, and Colombia before finally selecting a design that met his expectations. Today, the sandals are produced in Peru and Brazil. He found that development year frustrating “but nice because you get Christmas presents [for your family]” he says, smiling. In 2004, Kai-Kai Sandals emerged on the market in Montauk, his hometown. Buyers there were supportive and eager, “repeat

customers helped;’ says Kai. With his sister, Gabrielle, he established two stores in Montauk. While Kai is the founder of the company, he says that Gabrielle has provided constant support: “She has been with me every step of the way, building the brand:’ The sandals are best known for their comfort, which was Kai’s main objective in creating them. Sought after for their arch support and thick strap, Kai-Kai sandals mold to the feet, but do not have a painful break-in period, says Costanzo. They’re “comfy right off the bat:’ Instead of a warranty, Kai’s “Swap your Flop” program creates customer loyalty at all three of his locations in Montauk, Block Island,

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Kai Costanzo, with sister Gabrielle on the porch of the Inn at Old Harbor, shows off a pair of B.I.-soled Kai-Kais. PHOTO BY BROOKE ORTEL Key West and soon to Island in order to surf his cousin Miriam. Kai’s be, fourth location, the hurricane swells in father Conrad helps to Provincetown, Mass. October 2012. While size customers and is Old pairs of the brown, staying at the Inn at as enthusiastic about thick strap are donated Old Harbor, Kai and his the sandals as his son. to the homeless and sister, Gabrielle, hit it you receive 40% off a off with the owner and “We’ve had people new pair. a deal was quickly put running in flip-flops,” Encouraged by the into action. After many Conrad remarks. “It’s positive feedback in trips in an inflatable the Brazilian rubber Montauk, Costanzo boat, they closed and great arch,” When started to wholesale on the property two Conrad’s not helping his sandals to stores months later. in the store, he can be on Block Island. Two Kai Kai sandals are days after his sister’s sold in the front store, found eating sweets at wedding, they piloted formerly occupied by the ice cream parlor in his new boat to Block Rag’s and managed by the rear of the building.

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July Calendar 2

Pre-fireworks concert with live music from “Take it to the Bridge.” Town Beach Pavilion. 7:30 p.m.


Fireworks at Crescent Beach. Dusk (around 9 p.m.). Rain date July 3.


Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.


Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.


July 4th Parade. Begins at 11 a.m. at Legion Park and ends on Water Street. Line up for floats and judging at 9:30 a.m. at The Oar. (Theme “Your favorite movie.”)


34th Annual Fire Department Steak Fry. Fire Barn. 12:30 p.m. $25/person


Hot Dog eating contest at Poor People’s Pub. 12 p.m.


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


Sense of Wonder Evening Walk. A nature walk, at night. Call Kim (401) 595-7055 to register, get location info. 8:30 p.m.


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


Block Island Wedding Show. The Sullivan House. 12 - 3 p.m.


Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn.

10 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour.’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. 10 Bingo at the Fire Barn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 10 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 11 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 11 First Blues on the Block Concert. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. 6 p.m. 11 Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 9 p.m. 12 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m. 14 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 17 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. 17 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 18 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 18 Sense of Wonder Evening Walk. A nature walk, at night. Call Kim (401) 595-7055 to register, get location info. 8 p.m. 19 American Folk Song sing-along concert: Theodore Kruzich - violin, Cameron Greenlee - piano. Harbor Church. 3 p.m. 19 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m. 21 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 21 Historical Society’s Art Auction & Fundraiser. Under the tent at a private home. Summer fare, local artists. A ticketed event. 5 to 8 p.m. 22 Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 22 Medical Center Summer Fundraiser Party. The Sullivan House. 5:30 - 9 p.m. 24 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m.. 24 Bingo at the Fire Barn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 24 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 25 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Spring House gardens. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 25 Blues on the Block. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. 6 - 8 p.m. 26 Night Market on Dodge. Fun family events along Dodge Street. 6 - 8 p.m. 26 Full Moon Cemetery Tour with Karin Sprague. Meet at West Side Road entrance. 7 p.m. 28 Annual Fair and Auction at the Harbor Church. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 28 Block Island Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 28 Great Salt Pond Swim 4. 11 a.m. at Andy’s Way. Register for swim on or at 10 a.m. day of swim. 29 Tri-state Canyon Shootout Fishing Tournament. B.I. Boat Basin. Continues until August 2. 29 Farewell Folk Festival for retiring pastor Stephen Holloway. Harbor Church. 4 - 6 p.m. 31 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at the Chamber of Commerce. 10 a.m. 31 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m.


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Block Island Farmers’ Market By Meg Vitacco, Market Coordinator The Block Island Farmers’ Markets is on Saturdays at Legion Park and Wednesdays at Spring House Garden, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. You will find a collection of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, local honey, sea salt, island artwork, handmade jewelry, pottery, kombucha, lemonade, pickles, and even dog biscuits... all of which are island made or grown! Rain or Shine, we’ll see you this summer at the Block Island Farmers’ Market.

“ Stop by our table for our small batch kombucha crafted with local ingredients!” -Lucy, Luluna Kombucha

“ I’ve been selling my pottery at the farmers for the past nine seasons and every year I am more inspired. My work continues to evolve because of the people that come back year after year looking to add a new piece to their collection.” -Emily Marye Pottery

“ Block Island Salt Works is located on Block Island’s Southwest Point. We draw ocean water from our rocky coast to produce small-batch, solar evaporated sea salts that are bottled by hand.” -Austin Barr, Block Island Salt Works

“ Visit the MUTT HUT table for our signature Block Island Peanut Butter cookie, single ingredient Sweet Potato Jerky, and recycled rope leashes. Your dog will thank you!” -Meg & Josh, MUTT HUT

“ Our table has been at the market for more than 10 years; my daughter began helping out about 5 years ago. Together, we pick local fruit and make over 2000 jars of jams, jellies, salsas and pickles.” -Terri & Paige Gaffett, In A Pickle

“ The photographs on my custom notecards represent all that I love about Block Island from the grandeur of the cliffs against the sea to the smallest nuance of color in the clouds.” -Michele Fontaine

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The Fire Barn on Beach Avenue. PHOTO BY K. CURTIS

Bingo at the Fire Barn By Jenna Mead The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the first two nights on July 10 and July 24. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with bingo calling starting shortly after 7 p.m. Get there early, the line for cards is often long and grabbing a good spot is a part of making a good evening great. After a busy day of island activities, sitting back in the sunset with the chance of real winnings make many return year after year. The event is held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department to raise money for the Fire Department. It is $5 per person to play, receiving three boards each, but buy as many cards as you would like (just make sure you can handle

them all). The night includes “normal rounds” which the purchased boards are used for and also “special rounds” where players can buy $1 paper cards to be used for the single “special” round. This is not your typical mainland bingo; the event draws families back year after year to participate in this island tradition. The event has become a meeting place for families, both those visiting for the summer, week or even who live on the island year-round. Bring your own chairs, or blanket if you would like to sit outside, but the fire barn is filled with tables for plenty of seating. “B” prepared for excitement and eagerness as your card hovers with four in a row. The joy of winning a card is not limited to the glory you have, the night congratulates winners with great prizes from local businesses, like t-shirts, tumblers, gift cards to local businesses, and even a cash payout of $100 during one of the “special rounds”.

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Island Traditions

Annual Fire Department Steak Fry set to sizzle again By Hayley Marshall If you’re looking for a great way to follow up watching the parade or a visit to the beach on Independence Day, stop by the Block Island Fire and Rescue for the annual 4th of July Fire Department Steak Fry. The cookout has been an island staple since at least the mid 1980s. It is the second largest fundraiser for the Fire and Rescue here on the island, providing great assistance in purchasing necessary equipment and providing training for all members.  The steak fry is entirely planned, set up, and run by the Fire and Rescue departments.  “It’s all hands on deck,” said Beth Rousseau, who has been in charge of the steak fry since taking it over in the 90s, and who can normally be found manning the dispatch office.  Everyone comes to help out, including the Ladies’ Auxiliary and volunteers from town. Many of those who will be serving at the event also drive the trucks in the parade, so look for familiar faces when they dash back to fire up the grills.  The event is a great time for the whole family, serving up steaks, potato and garden salads, corn on the cob, cole-

slaw, buttered rolls, and watermelon for dessert, of course. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available and the party starts once the parade finishes going by the station. It lasts until the food is gone, usually around 4 to 6 p.m., but the famous potato salad is always the first to go, so if you’re looking forward to that, get there right away!  Fire and Rescue pay for the steaks themselves, but all other beverages, ingredients, and dishes are donated. The party still goes on regardless of the weather, as the seating is inside the fire barn.  “We’ve done it in the rain,” commented Rousseau. In fact, the only time the date has changed was a few years ago when a hurricane landed on July 4th.  It was held the next day instead.  Admission is $25 per person, and there will be plenty of things available to purchase to further support Fire and Rescue, including t-shirts, hats, and Ladies’ Auxiliary cookbooks.  If you’d like to lend a hand, any and all help is appreciated, and set up begins early in the morning at the station.  If you can’t make it but would still like to help, donations are accepted via mail, or they can be dropped off at the dispatch office in person. 


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

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

Block Island Nature Rules VEHICULAR BEACH RESTRICTIONS Vehicles are permitted to drive on Crescent Beach only from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. No motor vehicle shall be allowed on the beach without a valid, updated permit from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Permits are available at the Police Department for $100/residents, $200/non-residents (June 20- Sept. 7) Sunday, 6-7 p.m., Monday, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Friday, 3-4 p.m. All motor vehicles of any description are prohibited on dunes except on trails marked expressly for vehicular use. Vehicles are also not allowed on any lands designated “Open Space” and maintained by the town for the benefit of the general public. DUNE PROTECTION The dunes offer a home to countless species of plants and animals that, like the beach itself, need our protection if they are to survive. To help save the life of our dunes and beaches, we urge you to: • Use designated access paths and parking lots only. • Keep off dunes and beach vegetation. • Keep all vehicles off the beach, as they destroy vegetation and cause beach erosion. • Do not sleep on the beach overnight. BEACH FIRES Beach fires are prohibited without a permit. Permits are available at the Police Department, and are valid for one day, expiring at midnight. Fires must be at least 25 feet from dunes. Please clean up and dispose of all trash properly and extinguish fires completely before leaving the beach. POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on BI’s freshwater ponds. Pollutants and contaminants banned No discharging of any sewage, petroleum products, detergents, pesticides, or any other form of pollutants or contaminants is permitted. Penalty for violation Any person violating this ordinance shall, upon 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 than $200, or forfeiture of motor and equipment, or both. WILDLIFE REFUGES Protected wildlife areas Wildlife refuge areas on Block Island include Sachem Pond, Payne’s Farm, the Southeast Lighthouse, Rodman’s Hollow, Lewis-Dickens Farm, Beane Point and Cormorant Cove. No one may hunt, shoot, trap, or annoy wildlife, or destroy or disturb the eggs, nest or nesting area of any wildlife within designated areas. Penalty for violation Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100, or be imprisoned not more than 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, together with costs of prosecution. SHELLFISH ORDINANCES A license is required for shellfishing. Beds are currently closed to the harvesting of scallops, soft-shell clams and oysters. The harvesting of clams is restricted. For more info, call the Harbors Department at 466-3204 or stop by the Harbormaster’s office in Town Hall where shellfishing licenses are sold. ANIMAL ORDINANCES Dogs must be licensed and wear tags on a collar. Unless in a vehicle or on property of its owner, dogs must be leashed with a cord not exceeding 6 feet in length. For problems contact the Police Department at 466-3220. Horses: the New Shoreham Town Council requests that all persons refrain from riding horses in the downtown area.

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

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

Important Island Phone Numbers BI Medical Center Police (nonemergency) Fire Department / Rescue Squad Coast Guard (Block Island) Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours RI Poison Control BI Airport Harbormaster Town Clerk Recreation Department Interstate Navigation (Block Island) Block Island Express Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry Transfer Station

466-2974 466-3220 466-3220 466-2086 789-0444 (800) 222-1222 466-5511 466-3204 466-3200 466-3223 466-2261 466-2212 466-2261 466-3234

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

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

Bicycles And Mopeds.

Bicycles are the preferred rental vehicles. You can explore dirt roads with them. If you do rent a moped, please note — • Mopeds are not allowed on dirt roads. • By law, a helmet and eye protection must be worn. • Do not leave the training area until you are sure that you know how to operate the moped and its controls. • Once you are on the road, proceed slowly enough to examine oncoming road conditions. Do not drive on the shoulder of the road. Driver inexperience, heavy traffic flow, sandy shoulders, sharp curves, and uneven pavement are common causes of accidents on Block Island. • Mopeds may be operated from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. only. • Passengers must ride behind the operator. ACCIDENTS. Do not hesitate to seek help from the Rescue Squad if you have or witness an accident. First aid and ambulance service is rendered at no cost to you. A portion of the Rescue Squad budget is met by town funds, but the Rescue Squad relies heavily on donations. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Block Island, RI 02807.



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Passengers and bikes only • Reservations recommended

PT. JUDITH TO BLOCK ISLAND Point Judith,304 RI to Block Island Dock address: Great Island Road Narragansett, RI 02882

Montauk, NY to Block Island

New London, CT to Block Island

Limited Pre-Season Schedule

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




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Block Island Ferry

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

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Viking Fleet

Block Island Express

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

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

Year-Round Daily Flights Summer Schedule


Westerly to Block Island:

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day Thursday until 7:30 p.m.* Friday until 8:30 p.m.*


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Harbor & Marina 866-783-7996 Information

1p, 5:30p


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Limited Fall Schedule



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

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


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

Fri June 15 to Mon Sept 10


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

Begin Daily Service

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


Depart Depart Montauk Block Island

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2018 Seasonal High-Speed Ferry Service


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July 2018

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

Block Island to Westerly:

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


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

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

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

Year Round Traditional Ferry: Point Judith to Block Island JULY 1 TO AUGUST 26, 2018



Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island

Departs Point Judith

Departs Block Island


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

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

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

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Island Shopping Score the summer goods that you won’t find anywhere else than from local island shops! 1. Full Moon Tide, Chapel Street — Check out this BI Rug ($38.95), trivet ($9.95), and coasters ($2.50). They’re 100% jute fiber and can be purchased individually or as a set.

6. Jennifer’s Jewelry, Water Street — Jennifer’s hot item of the season are these sterling Block Island Wave pendant and bracelet, $49 and $79 respectively.

2. East of the River Nile — Head to East of the River Nile for canvas bags, backpacks, and messenger bags in different styles, for approx. $40-60.

7. Bonnie & Clyde, Water Street — Head to Bonnie & Clyde for these trendy anchor heart tee shirts ($34), not sold anywhere else. They come in a variety of colors with different fun phrases.

3. Photo Dog, under the National — This classic BI store was founded in 1997 and offered 24 hour film processing. Since then it has transitioned to a gallery with lots of local art, including owner Leslie’s hand-painted driftwood, which ranges in price from $6.99 to $50. 4. Wave, Water Street — Check out these fun Block Island long sleeve shirts, available in different colors and styles for $29.99.



5. Block Island Trading Co., under the National — This store offers an “eclectic collection of Block Island gifts and accessories,” where you can find quirky collectibles like the periodic table of Block Island seen here. It is available printed on a tea towel for $22, a thermosafe, bph-free plate for $59, or on a ceramic plate for $99.

8. Gold Diggers, Chapel Street — Known for its fine jewelry and custom work, Gold Diggers is carrying new styles of collectible Block Island hook bracelets this season. Prices range from $120485, and the most expensive has a 14 karat gold hook. 9. Marye Kelly, Dodge Street — Go to Marye Kelly to find these Block Island napkins ($6) and reusable Block Island cups ($12 for 6). They are dishwasher safe and can be customized with your boat, family, or house’s name printed on them. 10. Diamond Blue Surf Shop, Dodge Street — Ditch plastic water bottles for these custom eco-friendly Corcsicle canteens, found at Diamond Blue Surf shop for $32-36. They keep drinks cold for nine hours or hot for three.


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8 Written and photographed by Anneliese Slamowitz


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Fourth Annual Great Salt Pond Swim By Anneliese Slamowitz The upcoming Great Salt Pond Annual Swim will take place at 11 a.m. on July 28, 2018. Up to one hundred and fifty swimmers, ages fifteen and up (or by permission of the swim director if under 15 years of age), will meet at Andy’s Way to have fun, get some exercise, and raise money to protect the Great Salt Pond. From Andy’s Way, they will swim out towards Beane Point, in a straight line, marked by buoys, and then back to where they started for a total distance of one mile. The swim brings together people of all different backgrounds and skill types. It is important to note that “this is not a timed race or event.You will find triathletes, college/ex-college swimmers, leisurely swimmers, and those who are there to socialize with their friends in waves with the use of

You can sign up for the swim online at www.CGSPBlockIsland. org. The registration fee is $55 and on-line registration will close July 27 at 11 p.m. Registration is also available on site until 10 a.m. the morning of the swim. inner tubes, snorkels, fins and kick boards,” says Cheryl Moore, vice president of the board of directors for the Committee for the Great Salt Pond. “This event is so much fun because it is held in such a beautiful place, and the event includes all levels of swimmers.” The swim is a fundraiser for the Committee for the Great Salt Pond, a not-for-profit, whose mission is to “protect and enhance the environmental quality of the Great Salt Pond and its watershed” and to make people aware of the GSP. The Great Salt Pond is one of Block Island’s most significant natural features and the backdrop of lots of summer fun. Every year, boaters and landlubbers alike are drawn to the pond to paddleboard and swim, for events like Block Island Race Week and the Block Island Giant Shark Tournament, or to grab a mudslide at the Oar. Swimmers will help protect this local asset, as all proceeds from the swim will go towards additional water testing in recreational swim areas as well as the CGSP’s other efforts to keep the Great Salt Pond clean and its marine life healthy. The Committee Continued on next page

Swim because you can. Swim because you know how. Swim because your mother said it could save your life someday. She’s right, you know. Swim for your glutes. Your back. Your heart. Swim to start off a great day. Swim to shake off a bad one. Swim for your school. For your city. To turn disability into strength. To become a better runner. A better athlete. Join us for The Great Salt Pond Swim 4 and Swim for it. Whatever it may be.

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Continued from previous page for the Great Salt Pond’s initiatives include the Dunes & Buffer Protection Project as well as NonPoint Source Water Pollution, and Water Quality Testing initiatives. The Dunes & Buffer Protection Program focuses on repairing the dunes that were damaged in 2012 by Super Storm Sandy and protecting the pond’s vulnerable dunes to prevent a breach in the next big storm. The Non-Point Source Water Pollution initiative is working on eliminating pollution that is not caused by a single source but by many small pollutants (e.g. fertilizers). The Water Quality Testing initiative is similar to the Non-Point Source Water Pollution initiative, however, it focuses on tracking the source of contaminants, such as raw sewage and fuel leakage that are directly deposited into the pond. For testing, CGSP follows the guidelines of the University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch Program, which costs about $10,000 per year. This is why CGSP is dependent on donations and events like the Great Salt Pond Annual Swim for financial support.

Photo to the left: 2017s top finishers. Right: There is lots of swag when you register. PHOTOS BY CHERYL MOORE



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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.



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

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion


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

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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.



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




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

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

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

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

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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 in this fragile ecosystem.

Surfing anyone? Diamondblue Surf Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On The Trails

The Nature Conservancy

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

Low tide*: Block Island Club Participants will identify and record “vital statistics” of the marine, shore-line, and salt marsh habitats. Meet at the Block Island Club parking area on Corn Neck Road.

Locations to be announced. Suggested donation $5/person $20/family.

THURSDAY Coast to Coast: 9 a.m. Hodge Preserve Stride out and hike from the Block Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Meet at the Hodge parking lot on Corn Neck Road for a quick paced hike with habitat highlights. Stepping Stones 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion A participatory program building a stepping stone path to the Pavilion. Each stone will be decorated with found objects. Green Screenings — Environmental Film Series 7 p.m.: Island Free Library Feature length films. Use side door for downstairs

James Stover Exploration Series

FRIDAY Wild West: 8 a.m. West Beach Road Discover what makes this beautiful, rocky, ocean shoreline so dynamic; where natural ecosystems meet human impact. Walk the Walls 10 a.m.: Martin Property Meet at the corner of West Side Road and Old Mill Road. Art & Nature 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion A program for all ages. Basic art materials and natural models will be supplied. You bring the imagination and relaxed expectations.

July 6 — 8:30 p.m. July 18 — 8 p.m. August 26 — 7:30 p.m.

July 14 — Salt Marsh Creatures: 4 p.m. at Andy’s Way

For more info: Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email to receive automated message of up-to-date program information. Stop by BI Conservancy Visitor Center on Weldon’s Way.

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

Night Sky Viewing — At the Hodge Property on Corn Neck Road. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a blanket or beach chair for your comfort. (Program will be on an alternate evening if sky conditions are not favorable.) June 30 — 9 p.m. (alt. date: 7/1) July 11 — 9 p.m. August 3 — 8:45 p.m. (alt. date 8/4) August 11 — 8:30 p.m. (alt. date 8/12) August 24 — 4 a.m. (location TBA)

Sense of Wonder Twilight/Night Walk - A nature walk — at night, using all of your senses. Call Kim to register, (401) 595-7055.

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

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Block Island Trail System

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On The Dock

July Fishing The Sensational Sea Bass

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 in on Ocean Ave. in New Harbor.

“Big Hank” on the Harley with a beautiful Black Sea Bass. PHOTO BY CAPT. HANK HEWITT By Capt. Hank Hewitt and Capt. Chris Willi Historically, when we think about the Block Island fishery, the first species of fish comes to mind is the iconic striped bass, followed closely by the voracious blue fish, and taking up the rear to complete the catching triad is the succulent summer flounder, also known as fluke. For the past few years however, there's a been a surge in the popularity of another target species that’s arguably the tastiest in Block Island waters and that's the sensational black sea bass! The black sea bass, centropistis striata, is a member of the grouper family. It has an interesting life cycle. They are protogynous hermaphrodites, which means they are all born as females, yet when reaching a certain age of maturity become males. Larger mature dominant males grow a lump, called a “nuchal hump” in front of their dorsal, which is why they are often referred to as “knot heads.” The black sea bass has long been in New England waters but has taken a firm root on the fishing grounds in bigger numbers in the past five years. They are found as far south as Florida and, as of recent reports, all the way to Maine. These fish have the reputation as schoolyard bullies of the fishing ground. They are quite territorial, and will often hit a lure, or bait, not for nourishment, but rather out of territorial aggression, just to kill it or move it out of its space! They love mollusks and crustaceans but will eat pretty much

anything. The presence of the black sea bass offers wonderful angling opportunity for anglers of all ages, looking for a "Block Island Angling Experience", and offers exquisite table fare! The fishing methods employed to catch the black sea bass are effective and easily learned when fishing on a local Block Island charter boat. The black sea bass, aside from being readily caught, are also hard fighters and bend the rod deep when being pulled from their bottom dwelling lair! As for table fare, few species of fish rival the palatable nature of sea bass fillets. They give up firm white meat and need nominal culinary ability to prepare. Simply flour-dredging the fillets and sautéing in olive oil perfectly treats this fish or grill it whole to be served family style. If you see it on a local menu – get it, it will be one of the freshest fish caught locally. Black sea bass fishing is an awesome family activity and great fun. Anglers can keep 3 fish each that are over 15 inches. So, if you wish to put bountiful, most delectable fillets on your plate, hire a local charter boat and fill the cooler. Our boat Harley, with Capt. Hank at the helm, offers “bottom dweller trips” that target black sea bass, fluke, and porgy and is very kid friendly. Call Block Island Fishworks for reservation or referral for a local charter boat to take you on an adventure! Enjoy your Block Island visit and Cath ‘em Up!

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

Fishing Charters Linesider Fishing Charters Wind Farm tours, 2,3 & 4 hour trips, Full day & half day from Old Harbor Dock, Capt. Eric (401) 439-5386

Pale Horse Charters Light tackle fishing for the whole family. Half and full days. Capt. John Hunnewell (802) 379-0336 Sakarak Family fishing with Capt. Mitch, Full days and half days (401) 486-3476

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

help child happy an 2018 Rhode Island Marine Recreational anglers. A FISHING REGULATIONS classes a available.

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American Eel

Black Sea Bass

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

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


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

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

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



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

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


River Herring


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


Summer Flounder (Fluke)

(Alewives, blueback herring) CLOSED Possession prohibited

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



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

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

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

Pale Horse Fishing Charters Light Tackle Fishing for the Whole Family

In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

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

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

Striped Bass

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



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


Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

BIMI Daily Programs & Sea Life Observation Tanks - 7-days-per-week, through August 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at BIMI in the New Harbor. Daily: Creature Feature. An interactive talk focusing on a species currently living in the touch tank. (M/W/F 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; S/T/Th/Sa 1:30 to 2 p.m.) Open Tank guided discovery of the touch tank. Experience the wonder of animals living in the Great Salt Pond. Squid, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and others. (M/W/F 12 to 1:30 p.m.; S/T/Th/Sa 2 to 3:30.)

BIMI Harbor Tours: Beginning July 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., tours leave from the docks at BIMI and take in the wonders of one of Block Island’s greatest natural resources, the Great Salt Pond. You supply the curiosity and they will supply the ice cold bottled water and a great trip that is both educational and beautiful. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (401) 500-3501 or stopping by the BIMI office. BIMI Lecture Series - Tuesdays, June 26-August 28 (except July 3), 7 p.m., at BIMI in the New Harbor.

Come Learn with us! Check out, BIMI on Facebook. See daily schedules in the weekly Block Island Times. Questions? Contact Us (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 Fort Island Kayaks is located adjacent to Block Island Fishworks and offers one of the best Block Island activities to try during your visit. Explore the Great Salt Pond via stable and beginner friendly sit-on-top kayaks. Single and tandem kayaks available (some accommodate 2 adults and a child). Kayak fishing tours are also available for the more experienced adventurers. Kayak Fishing trips ~ Available for up to two anglers, each with their own kayak and accompanied by a fishing guide. Kayak Storage ~ If you are visiting for a week or two and need a place to store your kayak we can provide locked rack storage and use of our water access. $10 per day.

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 Town Hall, 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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Saving Block Island one beach grass stem at a time By Kim Gaffett “A steady sea wind sweeping across the beach carries grains of sand inland. When its motion is interrupted by a log or grass clump, the wind drops its burden of sand. Slowly, a mound builds up. Growing higher, broader, merging with other mounds, it becomes a hillock, a ridge – a dune. Rolling up the face of the dune and tumbling over its crest, the wind-blown sand gives the dune its characteristic shape – a gentle slope on the windward side and a sharp drop on the lee.” – Dorothy Sterling, “The Outer Lands.” Block Island’s dunes are nothing if not dynamic. They can be built and moved by prevailing winds. And, they can be destroyed when high winds and surf eat into the sub-dune

structure of woven beach grass roots and stems. Block Island’s dunes are also an incredibly important protective system, which functions as the ramparts for our island home. In this epoch of climate change, leading to increasing sea level rise and more extreme weather events, we have seen our dune structures compromised. Dune systems along Crescent Beach that have built up over decades since the devastation of the 1938 hurricane, are now under siege, and in some areas were breached in the 2012 super storm Sandy. Rebuilding a sand dune system quickly is not easy. It requires a source of replacement sand, new vegetation, and good luck. Over the past four years there has been a considerable effort made to stabilize the

island’s dunes systems, most notably along the south end of Corn Neck Rd. The Town of New Shoreham has orchestrated the effort by placing sand, blown into the Town Beach parking lot during the winter, on the severely diminished “dune”. Beach grass culms (stems) have been purchased by the town, and with donations from Block Island Residents Association, and this year, from ConserFest. Beach grass (Ammophila breviligulata - ammophila meaning “sand lover”) is uniquely adapted to its environment. Beach grass thrives in nutrient poor, and dry, sandy conditions. It can withstand harsh winds and salt spray. When the plant is covered over with sand it puts up new shoots from its buried stems and rhizomes, thus growing a stabilizing

mesh of plant parts below and within the dune. But, this root structure cannot endure soil compaction caused by foot or vehicle traffic. Over the past winter 14,400 culms were planted by Block Island School students and community volunteers. The Nature Conservancy has continued the work of coordinating beach grass planting as part of the nature education program at the BI School. This is the fourth year of the beach grass planting program, and thanks must go to the town for their infrastructure and budget support, to the non-government organizations for their monetary support, and to Block Island students for their work, saving Block Island one beach grass culm at a time. So, spread the student’s admonishment: Stay Off Our Beach Grass!

Block Island School grades four and five planting beach grass in the 2018 winter. Don’t Walk on our beach grass! PHOTO BY KIM GAFFETT

CELEBRATING OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY! “gifts for pets and their humans”


Block Island collars, leashes & treats ▲ Toys & treats for cats and dogs Fun pet themed items and gifts for humans Water St., Block Island

Strings & Things Celebrating 32 Years of Cool!!!


*Washable Linen. Hemp; and Comfy Cotton Clothing *Seaglass. Shell. Natural Stone & Block Island Jewelry *Incense, BI Coasters, Cards, Giftware and so much 31 Year s other “Really Cool Stuff!!!” 104 Water Street (near Rebecca) 401.466.5666 In Celebration of our 32nd year, come check out our $38 dress rack!


with Captain Mitch on the “Sakarak”

• 2, 3 & 4 Hour trips available • 1/2 and full day trips • Leaving from Old Harbor Dock • Stripers, Blues, Fluke, Sharks & Tuna Contact Captain Eric: (401)


Full Days and Half Days • Inshore Fishing 401-486-3476 A family business celebrating its 53rd year!

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30 NAYA ROCKERS OPEN MIC feat Sarah Brindell with and guest JAMES IIII Nena Belén


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28 Reggae Night w/ DJ Libre

Soul Shot 8 Anthem 15

22 MICHIGAN w/the Ghetto People Band



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Blues on the Block Don't forget to stop by a Blues on the Block concert this summer! This year's concerts will be on July 11, July 25, August 1, and August 15. The concerts are family friendly, for all ages and are held at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, a light supper and a beverage and either sit and enjoy the sounds, or get on the dance floor and shake it down.

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

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

Block Island’s Airline Since 1970

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Island Traditions

Block Island School Graduation By Kari Curtis With a year-round population of just over 900 people, Block Island is a pretty quiet place once the summer season is over. School starts up just after Labor Day and during this past school year, there were 114 students in grades K through 12. This year’s graduation was held on Saturday, June 16 at the Narragansett

Full Moon Tide

Got Mermaids? Coastal Home Decor, Dresses, Casual Wear, Hats, Menswear Handblown Glass, Accessories, Soaps, Giftware, Sleepwear, Table Linens, Sterling, Seaglass & Pearl Jewelry 459 Chapel street - 401.466.2422

Inn, on the lawn, where the backdrop was the view of the Great Salt Pond. The weather was warm and the sun was brightly shining for the seven graduating seniors. On Graduation day, the whole school attends. Every student from kindergarten all the way up to the graduates themselves, along with teachers and staff, family members, friends and islanders attend this special day on the island. Most of these kids have grown up on the island and have attended the Block Island School since kindergarten. Some have not, but jump right into the mix and are introduced to the closeness a small school with small classes offers. After graduating, many of the kids choose to go off to college, some choose to experience living elsewhere, while working, and some choose to stay on the island. The island is very proud of the school, and every child that attends. We watch these children grow up in this tiny community and we all feel the vibe of “It takes a village.” We care for other’s children like our own. We always miss these kids when they leave, and always love to see them come home — year after year, at any age. Congratulations and best wishes to the Block Island School Class of 2018!

The Class of 2018 had their commencement ceremony at the Narragansett Inn on June 16. PHOTOS BY K. CURTIS

Block Island, Alma Mater Block Island, Alma Mater, all hail, all hail to thee. Behind thee towers thy heritage, around thee roars the sea. Thy sons and daughters ever, thy praises loud shall sing. Block Island, Alma Mater, accept our offering! We love thee old Block island, and to the Red and White. Where’er our work shall call us we’ll be right there to fight! We’ll ever guard thy honor, bright shall thy memory be Block Island, Alma Mater, all hail, all hail to thee!

Celebrating our 41st Anniversary

Home of the Original Block Island Pepperoni Bread


An Italian restaurant & pizzeria

A taste of Italy on Block Island Full Air Conditioned Bar • Gluten Free Pasta Available Featuring Fresh Seafood, Choice Veal, Chicken and Beef Weldon’s Way ~ in the heart of Old Harbor 401-466-5871 Daily: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Delivery available - powered by SeaPod! Homemade sauces to go The Leone and Papa families serving Block Islanders since 1970 Founder ~ Aldo Leone

Visit for full menu and catering menu.

Ask about our table side flaming Parmigianino cheese wheel! Come in and enjoy our specialty drinks! Having a party? Ask about our catering menu!

Second Time Around Music of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond! Every Thursday & Friday night 6 - 10 p.m.

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Rock The Block Yellow Kittens July July July July July July July July July

Ballard’s July July July July July July July July

1, 2, 6-31 .................................................................................. John Brazile 9-12, 16-19, 23- 27, 30, 31 ................................................... Worldwide 1, 2, 20, 21, 22 ...........................................................................Pop Rocks 3, 4 ......................................................................................................... Sugar 5 ...............................................................................................Country Fest 6, 8, 28, 29 ............................................................................... Those Guys 7 .........................................................................................The Bernadettes 13, 14, 15 ....................................................................................Radio Riot

1 ........................................................ Soul Shot 3, 4 ......................................... Never in Vegas 6, 7 .................................... Jamie’s Junk Show 11, 18, 25 ........................................ DJ Dugan 8 ........................................................... Anthem 5, 12, 19, 26............................... Root Steady 13, 14 ................................. Wayz and Means 20, 21 ............................................Complaints 27 28 ................................... Free Downloads

Mahogany Shoals (at

Payne’s Dock)

Mon, Tues, Wed. Izzy & friends 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Thurs. - Sun. Live Music - 4 p.m.-7p.m. Thurs. - Sun. - Walter McDonoughLive Folk/ Irish acoustic music, 9:30ish p.m.

The National Hotel Live Music: Fri.-Sat. nights 8 - 11:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. days 3 to 5:30 p.m. July 1, 20, 21............. Marc Douglas Berardo July 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 ..............................Marc Philip July 13, 14 ..“Yes, We’re Twins” - Acoustic Rock Duo July 27, 28 ....................................Krys Jackson

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

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

Captain Nick’s

Poor People’s Pub

4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest: 12 p.m. Win a Narragansett Surf Board. Every Week: Tuesday — Service Industry Night w/ DJ Libre 10 p.m. Wheel of SIN, contests with prizes each week. Friday & Saturday — Dance Party w/ DJ Libre 10 p.m. Sunday — Yacht Rock Rehab Brunch 11:30 a.m.

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3,4 ......................................Sex Toy Party 4 .............Bloomer and Friends 12 p.m. 6, 7 .....................................................Fever 13, 14 ................ Darik and the Funbags 20, 21 ............................West End Blend 27, 28 ..................... The Blushing Brides

Every Week:

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


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Summer Reading Performers


July 11 at 11 a.m.

Nathan the Magician!

Local RI Magician here to perform his special art!

July 3 and 4

July 27 at 11 a.m.

The SilkS

Greg Lato Musician and storyteller!

STay Tuned for upcoming live bandS!

He’ll read from his book TRY, an inspiring and motivational singalong book about not being afraid or discouraged to take a chance on anything you want to do.

Cookbook Club July 18 at 6 p.m.

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

Bring your best BBQ dish!

Pop-up Library

with Ms. Morgan - Fridays at 11am. Spreading the love of reading island-wide, Ms. Morgan brings her Storytime on the road! July 6 - Ball O’Brien Playground July 13 - Block Island Maritime Institute July 20 - Fred Benson Town Beach

12pm - 1am Daily Takeout

401-466-5397 35 Connecticut Ave.

Weekly Programs

Mahjongg, Canasta, Ted Talks and more… Go to for up-to-date, daily schedule.


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Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals A Block Island Landmark

Mahogany Shoals

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Inside/Outside/Upstairs Bar Live Entertainment

Family Owned and Operated Meet New Friends and Have a Great Time! Family Friendly

Clif Payne

Sands Payne

"Clif and Sands here to help you tie up safe and secure every time!" 401-864-3832 New Harbor, New Shoreham, RI “It doesn’t get any better than this!”

The Upstairs Room

Events Space; Rehearsal dinners, small weddings, birthday parties, meet and greet parties and more!

The Shop at Payne’s Dock

Clothing, Block Island Gear, Beach Supplies, Unique Items

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

Each office independently owned and operated

Beach Reads

By Island Bound Bookstore

“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult Based on a true event, a nurse, who is a woman of color, with years of experience in the obstetrics unit of a hospital in a small town in Connecticut is told by a white supremacist man that she cannot provide medical care to his wife or his newborn son. The crisis that results causes her to confront her lifetime of beliefs about herself as a woman of color in the United States. Piccoult forces us to consider how individuals from different backgrounds — or even the same backgrounds — think about and act upon their beliefs about race. “Picoult says this novel represents her grappling, as

Island Bound Bookstore The place for all your summer reading books | ebooks | art supplies cards | gifts Open Daily 466-8878 Post Office Building

someone ‘white and class-privileged,’ with issues of racism, both individual and institutional. ‘I was writing to my own community — white people — who can very easily point to a neo-Nazi skinhead and say he’s a racist . . . but who can’t recognize racism in themselves.’” (The Washington Post) This book forces the reader to think deeply about herself or himself. It is a gripping read and it stays with you for days. “Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck A story involving three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined, ‘Women in the Castle’ takes place at the end of World War II. An affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel, Shattuck combines piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, offering a dramatic portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship. A New York Times bestseller, “Women in the Castle” was a GoodReads Choice Awards Semifinalist. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah A New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a motion picture, “The Nightingale” is set in France during World War II and is the story of two sisters separated by age, experience, and life paths, who are confronted with impossible choices in order to survive. It is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. A novel for everyone. “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See Bestselling author Lisa See’s most recent

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book, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” is a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. The novel spans three generations of women, who move from a culture bound by tradition to the modern world, back to a search for one’s origins. A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and the complexity of the mother/daughter bond. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee “Pachinko” chronicles four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japaneseoccupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself from the years before World War II to the late 1980s. Pachinko, the slot-machine-like game ubiquitous through-

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out Japan, is the metaphor for how chance determines so much of fate. This is a vivid, immersive multigenerational saga about life for Koreans in Japan as well as a tale of resilience and poignant emotional conflict that also explores issues of identity, homeland and belonging. “Much of the novel’s authority is derived from its weight of research, which brings to life everything from the fishing village on the coast of the East Sea in early 20th-century Korea to the sights and smells of the shabby Korean township of Ikaino in Osaka – the intimate, humanizing details of a people striving to carve out a place for themselves in the world.” (The Guardian) A great read with women as the main characters who shape their lives even as they push the restrictions of a paternalistic culture!

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Island Arts & Galleries

Jessie Edwards Studio

Spring Street Gallery

Second floor, Post Office Building

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day July 1 — Tom Kalb, photography July 3 — Sarah Warda, painting July 10 — Morgan Macia, photography July 14 — Eileen Miller, painting John Warfel, ceramics July 17 — Thea Monje, photography


The 22nd season with new works by gallery artists plus a new reproduction – “Dune Shadows” by Jessie Edwards. Through July 4 — Heidi Palmer — Island View


July 24 — Pamela Gelsomini, painting July 28 — Ted Merritt, painting July 31 — Mary Alice Huggins, mixed media & sculpture Artists Reception Tuesdays and Saturdays 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

July 6-July 18 — Whitney Knapp Bowditch ~— Drawings and Paintings of Block Island Opening Reception July 7, 5 to 7 p.m. July 20-August 1 — William T. Hall — Historic Perspectives of Block Island Opening Reception July 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401)466-2481

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401)466-5331

Open Daily. Water Street

Gallery and museum open daily , 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Research & Tours by appointment. Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students. Members free. Summer exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” Tuesdays — Old Harbor Walking Tour with tour guide. Meet at The Chamber of Commerce. $15 per person, member discount. 10 a.m. Full Moon Cemetery Tour — with Karin Sprague — Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at West Side Road entrance.

Art Auction & Fundraiser — Saturday, July 21 5 to 8 p.m. Under the tent at a private home on the Southeast side. Summer fare, local artists and maps. A ticketed event. Tickets available at the museum. 46th Annual House & Garden Tour — Thursday, August 16 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring homes and gardens along Corn Neck Road. Tickets are available for presale through July 16 for $30 at the Historical Society. After July 16: $40, adults and $35 for members and students.

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

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The newly renovated Fred Benson Beach Pavilion at Block Island’s Town Beach. PHOTO BY K. CURTIS

Beach pavilion gets a facelift By Cassius Shuman “It looks beautiful.” That’s what Recreation Department Assistant Cindy Lemon said when asked her thoughts about the newly renovated Fred Benson Beach Pavilion, which will be opening full-time this Saturday for the summer season. The pavilion has been freshly stained an eye-catching blue on its exterior walls and is framed with white trim. “I love the color,” Recreation Department Director Dave Sniffen told The Block Island Times. “It was colored Manitou green — (some have called that sea foam, or State Beach Green) — but now it has a nice contrast. Everything looks clean and fresh.” “We’re excited about it,” said New Shoreham Town Manager Ed Roberge. “There have been positive comments about the quality of the work. People seemed to be pleased.” New Shoreham Town Councilor Martha Ball posted a photo of the beach pavilion on her Facebook page and received primarily favorable reviews. Some comments included: “Matches the sky!” and ”Perfect color!” while others were worried that the color may fade. A few people didn’t approve, and some were undecided. “They did a good job. We had a fairly tough building to work with,” said Town Facilities Manager Sam Bird, who has been overseeing the project and chose the exterior wall color. Bird said the project came in under its $940,000 budget, and “the change orders were less than one percent.” The change

orders accommodated components that needed to be addressed on the project. The design schematic was provided by Northeast Collaborative Architects. It’s been a long haul for the beach pavilion as the town had tried unsuccessfully over the past few years to engage a contractor for the work. That changed in August of 2017 when Lincoln-based contractor Mill City Construction, Inc. bid $843,585, and was awarded the project. Mill City Construction began the light renovation work in the fall, installing new amenities in the women and men’s restrooms and two dormitory-style rooms (three bedrooms) for rental by town-employed lifeguards. Sniffen said the three lifeguards have been hired and are occupying the rooms in the building. He noted that the Town Beach will be staffed with a total of seven lifeguards for the summer season. “The lifeguards seem to like living there,” said Sniffen. “What’s not to like when you wake up and walk out your front door and you’re at the beach?” Sniffen said the lifeguards have “a microwave and a mini fridge” in their rooms, while also having access to the bathroom and shower facilities. As for an official unveiling ceremony, Lemon said the town is “planning to do a tribute to Fred Benson in the fall on the wall of the beach pavilion with pictures and a bio.” The late Fred Benson has a storied and charitable history, which included winning $500,000 in the Rhode Island State Lottery, providing scholarships for college students, and serving as Chief of Police, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Fire Chief on Block Island.

New amenities in the bathroom. PHOTO BY CASSIUS SHUMAN

The beach pavilion color prior to its renovation. PHOTO BY K. CURTIS

The hallway to the new showers. PHOTO BY CASSIUS SHUMAN

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

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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 now leads a second life as an Interpretive Center with exhibits on loan from the B.I. Historical Society. The lighthouse building will be open from July 5 until Labor Day, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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A 19th Century brick culvert, long hidden underneath the bridge on Old Town Road, was given an upgrade and is much more visible now that the long-planned bridge restoration project is complete. Four layers of new brick were merged with the culvert’s 100-year old bricks. PHOTOS BY CASSIUS SHUMAN

Historic Mill Pond Bridge restored Century old culvert upgraded By Cassius Shuman Boring into pavement; digging a trench to install an iron water main-pipe, and a concrete slab; creating a water-tight dam in pond water; lifting a 20-ton concrete culvert, and setting it in its place; restoring a more than century old, four-layer brick culvert, brick by brick; moving earth, and stones, and cutting brush; fashioning a pedestrian walkway; adding railings; and widening and repaving Old Town Road. That was some of the laborious work involved in restoring the historic Mill Pond Bridge. The small bridge sits nestled beside the Mill Pond, constructed in the same spot where a stone house and a wooden mill once stood, built in the 1660s by early settler James Sands. The project’s contractor, J.H. Lynch & Sons, was tasked with restoring the old culvert, the bridge and the road, step by step, working sometimes in harsh winter conditions. The aim: to restore the Mill Pond Bridge so that it could support vehicular traffic and distribute water, fed from Mill Tail Pond, south to north through the brick culvert. The Mill Pond Bridge on Old Town Road had been deteriorating so badly that it drew the concerns of New Shoreham officials in the 1990s, but failed to be addressed because officials wanted to tear it down instead of restoring it. The late Merrill Slate, who lived in a house near

the bridge, repeatedly campaigned with former Town Manager Nancy Dodge to preserve the historic bridge. Slate, and later resident John (Doc) Willis, took photos of the brick culvert revealing the historic feature of the bridge, which alerted town officials to the importance of its preservation. In Nov. of 2016, restoration action commenced with Town Engineer Jim Geremia consulting with the New Shoreham Town Council before filing an Emergency Repair request with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Geremia, and former New Shoreham Second Warden, the late Norris Pike, made it their mission to restore the Mill Pond Bridge, and the notable culvert to its original luster. Pike, who was Slate’s nephew, and Geremia, would often tour the bridge to assess and check on its condition, sometimes following meetings at Town Hall. Interest in making reparations to the bridge and culvert were a hot topic at town meetings over the past few years. In Jan. of 2017, the Allstate Drilling Company, based in Riverside, R.I., utilized a truck-mounted drill to conduct the first phase of restoration efforts: boring holes in the road to determine the condition of the bridge and its culvert. In Oct. of 2017, Pike and his fellow Council members unanimously approved awarding the contract to refurbish the

The 20-ton concrete culvert covering was lifted into place by a crane.

Technicians worked brick-by-brick to restore the old culvert. Mill Pond Bridge to Cumberland-based J.H. Lynch & Sons, a contractor familiar with Block Island after installing National Grid’s sea2shore cable in unforgiving winter conditions. Grid’s cable is part of the electrical transmission system, which delivers wind-generated energy from the Block Island Wind Farm. J.H. Lynch & Sons was the lowest of three bidders on the project, submitting a bid amount of $695,920. Finance Director Amy Land said $745,000 of the $821,126 estimated budget for the project would be financed “through the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank’s Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund.” Authorization

for borrowing the funding for the project was granted at the 2014 Financial Town Meeting, and the balance would be paid from the town’s 2017 and 2018 operating budgets. During early March, J.H. Lynch & Sons kicked off construction, and began the task of restoring the Mill Pond Bridge and its culvert. Prior to construction the bridge had been relegated to a single lane down the middle of the road, with alternating traffic, in an attempt to preserve its integrity. When the contractor commenced its work, it arrived with an assortment of vehicles, equipment and materials, all parked in front of Town Hall on Old Town Road. Orange and white barriers were set up, and a few “road closed to thru traffic” signs were installed, alerting motorists of the road closed ahead. J.H. Lynch & Sons quickly went to work; excavating the road, and installing the water main and concrete slab in short order. That was followed by construction of a water-tight dam in the pond with technicians wearing wetsuits so work could be conducted on the pond-side culvert in dry conditions. Several large pump tanks were installed on the bridge; utilized to keep the water in the pond level. A variety of materials were delivered via barge from the mainland, transferred into dump trucks, and trucked to the work site, where technicians used excavators to reposition large stones, and deposit soil and gravel from here to there. Like a carefully orchestrated ballet, in what appeared Continued on next page

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Continued from previous page to be organized chaos, the contractor conducted the coordination of machinery and men. A tall crane hoisted the specially fabricated 20-ton concrete culvert from atop the road and swung it into place, deftly landing it in the gully on an orange chalk line on the north side of the bridge. Technicians then installed a wooden brace to help aid the merging of the old world with the present-day world; uniting the four layers of old bricks with four layers of brand new bricks. At the same time, the new pedestrian walkway was installed, with wooden guardrails along both sides, and the road was freshly paved with a three-inch thick layer of asphalt. The historic Mill Pond Bridge has finally been refurbished: feeding water through its culvert, and supporting vehicle and pedestrian traffic on its newly fortified foundation. J.H. Lynch & Sons completed the project on June 7. The J.H. Lynch & Sons crew who worked on the Mill Pond Bridge restoration project are: Project Manager: Greg Monast; Project Superintendent: Derek Marshall; Foremen: Francys Sosa, and Robert Allard; Carpenters: Tim Bonner, Todd Donahue, Antonio Visinho, and Mark Bulygo II; Operators: Joel Slater, and Gary Myers; Paving Operator: Kevin Teixeira; and Laborer: Keven Carmona. (The subcontractors who worked on the project are: Sprague Farm, BayCrane, Portadam, Cosco Inc., and Lockwood Remediation Technologies.) The Times witnessed the process from beginning to end capturing various stages of construction on video. Go to The Block Island Times’ website, Facebook and YouTube pages to view the video segments.

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oss Audino is the executive Chef and co-owner, with his wife Brenna, of Tigerfish, now in its second season on the island. He has created a menu based on his travels through southeast Asia and his food reflects a creative fusion of the familiar, with a twist. You can order the dishes you’re familiar with — from crab rangoons to a PuPu Platter — and be wonderfully surprised by the heat in the duck dumplings, the medley of flavors in the teriyaki beef skewers, and the abundance of lobster, pineapple and curry in the Lobster Fried Rice. A steak frites entrée showcased a Korean BBQ marinade, scallion butter and fries sprinkled with a delicious Asian seasoning. Pork spare ribs are transformed by a traditional char sui (literally means forkburn/roast) preparation which makes the ribs tender with an authentic street-food taste. The Vietnamese fish stew, one of Ross’s favorite dishes, was perfect for two (or a very hungry one) in terms of flavor, balance, heat and complexity. This stew involves the five tastes of sweet, salty, sour, savory, and umami; an abundance of seafood and a bit of rice make the dish complete. If you have room for dessert, my friend and I could not stop eating the Vietnamese coffee ice cream with homemade donut sprinkled with toasted coconut. As we got to know Ross’s food, we wanted to know more about Ross: What’s your earliest food memory that made you think: I want to

work in a restaurant? Everyone in my family cooked or baked. I spent much of my youth helping my grandmother, great-aunt, father and mother fold ravioli, decorate cookies, or make Sunday gravy. My first jobs were washing dishes in the local restaurant and cooking at my family restaurant. I suppose I always knew in my heart I wanted to chef, but it was not until my junior year of college that

I decided to commit. I dropped out of school, packed my bags, and moved to Italy where I had the opportunity to work for some of the best chefs in the world. I still love what I do. What made you want to be a chef on Block Island? I wanted to chef here because I saw a future for myself, and because seasonal work allowed me to travel during the winter. Having the opportunity to see other cultures and how they developed their food is an amazing and eye-opening experience. How many people get to say they've done that?! What is your favorite food to cook with on the island? Definitely the clams. I enjoy the whole experience of taking my four-year old son into the water and harvesting, shucking and cooking clams with wine and butter. I also love watching my two-year old daughter eating them as fast as we can cook them. What is the one food you never want to eat again? I am hard-pressed to find a food that I have tried and wouldn't want to try again. Although, I still would probably have a hard time with the fried grubs in Thailand. Something about the creamy texture got me… If you’re eating out on the island, what other restaurant do you go to and what do you order?. If my wife and I ever score a night off together, we like to bounce around and have apps at as many places as we can. Truthfully, there are a lot of great food options here on Block Island and it’s fun to see what other people are doing. That said, I am a sucker for Sushi Bob sushi rolls. Who was your most memorable customer? One time, Whoopi Goldberg lent me her deodorant. It’s a long story. What’s your favorite dish to cook right now that you wish everyone would order at least once? My favorite dish to

Chef Ross Audino. PHOTOS BY K. CURTIS cook at Tigerfish is our Vietnamese-style fish stew. It’s so complex and nourishing and one of those dishes that leave you feeling healthy, renewed, and satiated. To me, it’s just spicy enough, and the layers of flavor are somehow rich and fresh at the same time. I also like making PuPu platters, because I want people to be able to try, and see samples of what we are doing here. I feel there is something for everyone, and hopefully it'll leave them wanting for more! What would you want to eat for your last meal? A Calabrese-style pizza with San Marzano tomato, spicy salame, and chilis, my father’s lasagna, a big bowl of Vietnamese-style fish stew with fresh herbs and lime, all of my mom’s Christmas cookies, and ricotta pie. Oh, and the obligatory peanut butter and jelly on a toasted pumpernickel bagel. That would be a good way to go out.

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Exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” Block Island Historical Society

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Ø Diapers, cloths

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Exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, Lighthouses, and more.

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Art Auction & Fundraiser

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July 21st, 5 - 8 p.m.

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My Block Island By Evalene Deane Block Island is a very unique place, to say the least. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, but also filled with gorgeous trails. It is a place that I love to call home. The way I grew up was much different than the other island kids, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I grew up racing motocross, hunting, fishing, and just being outdoors on our


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summer long. I have fond memories of when I was younger and going fishing often with my dad. When the summer season is over, and the fall finally rolls around, it’s time to hunt. Once I learned how to hunt, I realized what I wanted to do after I graduate — become a butcher and a taxidermist. I plan on starting both of these businesses up in Maine in the future. Hunting and fishing have shown me


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some stunning views on this island, that have really made me appreciate the beauty of where I live. I am so thankful to have grown up in such an interesting place that allows me to do all of these not-so-everyday things. I’m thankful my dad taught me these great skills, and for my mom’s support in everything I do. Block Island has been a great place to grow up and there is no other place I’d rather call home.

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Island Recipe Block Island Stuffies

B.I. STUFFIES 1 green bell pepper, chopped ½ tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tsp. black pepper 1 lb. fresh chopped clams 2 Tbs. fresh thyme, chopped 1/3 cup fresh parsley, 2 cups Italian flavored breadcrumbs 30 Ritz crackers, crushed 2 cups grated parmesan cheese 2 cups frozen corn, thawed (or fresh, lightly steamed and removed from cob) 2 lemons, juiced (about ½ cup)

20 large cherrystone clams 1 bottle beer ½ lb. bacon 1 small loaf Italian or Ciabatta bread, day old (about 4 cups 1” cubed breadcrumbs) 3 Tbs. olive oil 1 ¼ sticks butter 2 medium onions, chopped 5 large garlic cloves, chopped 2 jalapenos, finely chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped ½ lb. chorizo links, pre-cooked and chopped into ½” dice


In a large shallow pot, over medium high heat, steam the clams in beer until just opened (cover the pot and vent slightly to avoid boiling over). Strain the cooking liquid through a fine sieve and set aside. Remove clam meats from the shells and line empty shells up on a baking sheet covered with tinfoil. Rough chop clam meats into bite size pieces and set aside. If the clams are very large, chop them in a food processor so they are not tough. Arrange the bacon on a foil covered sheet and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until crisp. Do not discard the bacon fat. Chop the bacon and set aside. Cut the bread into ½” cubes and spread out on the baking sheet with bacon grease. Toss to coat and toast in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place in a large bowl and set aside In a large skillet with sides heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Sauté the onions, garlic, and jalapenos and cook for 5 minutes more until the onions are translucent and fragrant. Add red and green peppers, red pepper flakes and black pepper to the skillet. Cook for another 7-10 minutes until peppers are tender. Add chorizo and cook for another 5 minutes until veggies begin to lightly brown and caramelize. Remove from heat and add to the bowl with bread pieces.

Fresh seafood and Rhode Island go handin-hand. From locally-caught fish to succulent shellfish, seafood lovers can satisfy all of their cravings right here on the island. Whether you catch it and cook it yourself, or buy at a local fish market or straight off a lobster boat, there are so many ways to take advantage of Block Island’s coastal bounty. Island resident Pam Gelsomini has traveled the world to find eclectic local fare and Block Island is where she creates her award-winning dishes. Check out her blog and website called “Dish off the Block” for more recipes and ideas at Pam points out that “I also use this recipe to make ‘bite-size’ stuffies with littlenecks. This makes a great appetizer and you can make them ahead and freeze them to use as needed!” This recipe won first place in the 2015 Block Island Stuffies Contest and first place in the Newport Irish American Club Stuffie Smack-down in 2018.

Add chopped clams (both from the shells and the additional pound), thyme, parsley, Italian breadcrumbs, crushed Ritz, Parmesan, corn and lemon juice to the bowl and mix well. Add as much of the reserved cooking liquid as needed to create a moist, but not wet, stuffing that holds together nicely. Fill each shell with a mound of stuffing and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until hot and lightly browned and crusty on top. Drizzle and garnish with more lemon wedges and fresh parsley.

Pam Gelsomini in her kitchen on Block Island. PHOTOS BY K. CURTIS

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

Hurricane Planning Balloons found on a beach walk in April. PHOTO BY CORRIE HEINZ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Island History

Block Island: Portrait of an Era 1870-1910 By E. Beatrice Ball Dodge Excerpts from the introduction to: “Block Island: Portrait of an Era 1870-1910” Block Island, RI 1982. For hundreds of years, explorers who passed by Block Island referred to it by various names, while the Indigenous people who lived here called it ‘Manisses’ — which was translated by S. T. Livermore in 1877 as ‘The Island of the Little God.’ In 1614, the Dutch explorer Adrian Block gave the island the name it bears today. In 1661, sixteen European families left the oppressive atmosphere of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to make their homes where they might live in a “civil freedom that should exercise no authority over the religious convictions of any, so long as those convictions did not disturb the peace of the community.” The merchants, farmers, fishermen, as well as the professional people who settled here, learned to farm and to fish; they were quite self-sufficient for over two hundred years. The opening of The Government Harbor in the 1870s, now called The Old Harbor, brought many changes to the physical appearance of the island, and to the way of life of its people: vacationers thronged to the island in summer, bringing glimpses of another world and life style. Peddlers appeared with stylish goods for the ladies; farmers sold their produce and animals, not only to hotels and stores, but to mainland markets. The vacationers built summer homes, and hotels and large Victorian houses, which could accommodate borders, began to appear all over the island. These buildings, although different from the low, story-and-a-half homes, which had prevailed up to that time, did not compete with the island landscape, but blended-in handsomely. Today, though we may enjoy many island conveniences, it seems only yesterday when life centered around home and church. Children walked to school, and ran home for lunch from five elementary schools, where now there is only one school building which was consolidated in 1933. Cars were stored in outbuildings for the winter because snow and mud made lanes impassable. Low, snug houses were banked with seaweed to keep out winter gales. The appearance of drummers signaled the end of winter, as they called on the merchants for summer orders. The

infrequent bell of the ice-cream man and his wagon was heard in the country lanes. Neighbors pitched-in to help with haying, butchering, barn-raising, and laying out the dead. As our past recedes farther and farther into the background, we become more interested in our roots, and in the way things were. We want to know who our forebears were, what they wore, what they ate, how they coped, and what message they have for us. These drawings are a record of the way things were. Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur. Tempore paredum. (Times change and we are changed in them. We must move with the times.) FROM THE HYGEIA LOOKING EAST Ca: 1890 Prior to completion of the Government Harbor (Old Harbor) Breakwater in 1879, now called the Old Harbor Breakwater, Block Island was picturesque and peaceful. There were few visitors, as the only passage from vessel to shore was by rowboat. With the opening of the harbor came great numbers of visitors, and there

ed space in the Old Harbor fish houses, in which they stored their gear. These structures have long since disappeared from the Old Harbor area, as has the fishing fleet itself. Peak fishing seasons were spring and fall. Block Island boats, then operating under sail, brought in about $75,000 annually. Fish, thrown ashore and divided among the crew, were dressed and salted or packed in ice for export. In summer, surfcasters brought in the bluefish that were in high demand by island hotels in Newport and New York. This gasoline fishing boat, the I.C.U., was a familiar sight at the Old Harbor at this time. THE BLOCK ISLAND Ca:1900 Block Island had several steamboats in service connecting her with Newport, Providence, New London, Norwich,

the Island Belle, the May Archer and the Elizabeth Ann. Among the boats on the Connecticut and New York runs were the Montauk, the Shinnecock and the Block Island, which was built in Noank, Conn. in 1882 for the New London Steamboat Company. FIRST CATCH OF THE SEASON Ca: 1900 Spotted by a lookout on the mast, then harpooned by a fisherman below who was known as “The Striker” who stood on a small pulpit projecting from the bow of a schooner. Swordfish was (and still is) considered a prize catch, especially when it was the first such catch of the season. Sold

to island markets and hotels or packed in ice and exported to Newport and New York. Swordfish sold for only slightly more than lobster did in 1880, about 15¢ per pound.

Historical Society Summer Events was a surge of activity on the island. Road and property improvement began, both schools and churches grew in number, while markets, summer cottages and hotels sprang up all over. In this view of Crescent Beach, from a window at the Hygeia Hotel, which burned in 1916 and is survived today only by the Hygeia House (previously the Hygeia Annex). On the Harbor Pond, in the foreground, sat one of several pre-revolutionary houses which still stands today. The Ocean View Hotel covered most of the hill just to the south of the Old Harbor Breakwater; the jailhouse and the second Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station built in 1887 that overlooked both the pond and breakwater is seen in the distance. LOBSTER POTS Ca: 1915 As part of a fishing fleet of well over 100 boats, all Block Island fishermen rent-

Stonington and in her Victorian heyday, New York. The best known among them were the New Shoreham, built in 1901, running year-round and municipally owned, and the Mount Hope, which began summer service in 1888, boasting not a single trip lost in 21 years. These boats were rivals on the Block Island, Newport, Providence run; the New Shoreham at the New Harbor and the Mount Hope at the Old Harbor, they docked just outside the inner harbor basins. Both were fitted with Victorian era decor, including mirrors, carpeting, and with staterooms. Before the New Shoreham, the G.W. Danielson served on the Providence run. After the G. W. Danielson, a succession of boats served on this run — including

“Surrounded by Sea: Farming ,fishing, life-saving, lighthouses and more” Art Auction & Fundraiser— Saturday, July 21, 5 to 8 p.m. Under the tent at a private home. Summer fare, local artists and maps. *A ticketed event. Full Moon Cemetery Tour — with Karin Sprague — Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Meet at West Side Road entrance to Island Cemetery. 46th Annual House & Garden Tour — Thursday, August 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring homes and gardens along Corn Neck Road. Tickets are available for pre-sale through July 16 for $30 at the Historical Society. $40, adults and $35 for members and students.

*Seven original framed graphite drawings by Laura Dodge will be auctioned off at the Art Auction Fundraiser on July 21. Tickets to attend the silent auction are $75/ person for this catered event under the tent at a private home on the Southeast side of the island. Unframed first edition prints are available in the Museum Shop ranging from $45 to $95. Proceeds benefit the summer operations at the Museum.

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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 the Southeast Lighthouse.  

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

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

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

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Island Living

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

On the Bluff House location: 1357 Snake Hole Road House size: 4172 sq. ft. Lot size: 3.39 Acres Price: $3,900,000 Contact Info: Rosemary Tobin, Lila Delman Real Estate (401)741-1825

Itzkoff House House location: 1728 Corn Neck Rd : Crescent Beach Cottage House size: 2288 square ft Lot size: Part of Home Owners’ association which owns in common 12.477 acres. Cluster Development. Price: $2,100,000 Contact info: Susan Weissman: (401)447-3569 or Jeannie Anderson : (307)751-0070, Attwood Real Estate:(401)466-5582 460 Chapel St,

Setting: “On the Bluff” is a magnificent home off Snake Hole Road capturing sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, with Montauk and the Deep Water Wind Farm, the first wind farm off of the coast of the United States. Located on the Southern bluff of the island close to Vail Beach and Black Rock and abuts acres of the impressive first conservation effort, Rodman’s Hollow. Not only is this water front home located in a desired part of the island, but the owners have left “no stone unturned” and have outfitted this property with thoughtful design and top of the line finishes. Inside: Sit amid furnishings from Seabrook Classic, Wesley Allen, Currey Company and Fix Reed, all adorned with custom made accessories and bedding from Serena & Lilly. This home is move-in ready, making you feel as if someone knew exactly what you wanted and luxuriously made it happen. Thoughts were not forgotten for the exterior, finished decks with Brazilian IPE decking and Kingsley Bate furnishings. Outside: With unobstructed views of enchanting meadows and fields that quietly adorn the island. Wherever you decide to inhabit “On the Bluff” you will see and hear the ocean. In addition to the main house “On the Bluff” is beautifully accompanied by a newly built cottage. You and your guests will enjoy the solitude of this composition of one bedroom, a full bath and a substantial living area all with the same quality décor and sweeping, remarkable views.

Setting: Special waterfront cottage with a path to the best stretch of Crescent Beach. You can’t get any better than this! Inside: Nicely appointed 3 Bedroom house with wonderful stretch space in lower level, 2 1/2 baths, bright and sunny living with large windows to capture the dramatic views from Mansion Beach and Clayhead to Old Harbor. Outside: Well maintained winterized home. Great big play area in front of house, safe for little kids with no traffic.

July 2018

Windrose House location: 1273 High Street, adjacent to the Bellevue House House size: 2056 sq. ft. Lot size: 23,087 sq. ft. (.53 acres) Price: $1,250,000 Contact info: Gail Hall, Principal Broker, Ballard Hall Real Estate, (401)741-7001 See photos and floor plans at


Setting: Set back off High St, next to Bellevue Inn, in the Old Harbor (Town) Residential C zone. The neighborhood is predominantly residential with a few smaller inns and is served by sidewalks into the town center. Landscaped lot provides much privacy from street and inn activities. Ocean views over Old Harbor rooftops. Ample parking on the lot. Inside: The well-maintained home was built in 1997. The design is traditional with hardwood on the first floor and carpet upstairs. There are two bedrooms and baths on the main level and two more bedrooms and baths on the second floor. The open and spacious kitchen/dining area is open to the comfortable living room which then flows out to the inviting outdoor living areas. Layout and location of the home is ideal for generation of high summer rental income on a weekly or nightly basis. Connected to private well and town sewer. Outside: Appealing Block Island farmhouse style home with Victorian detail to fit the historic character of the neighborhood. There are traditional two-over-two windows, Island-style dormers, and a welcoming wraparound front porch with “gingerbread” detail. The secluded backyard garden features a deck for outside dining and relaxation; mature trees for shade; lovely perennial plantings and a 198 sq. ft. shed for storage. The yard is mostly enclosed by privet hedge, fence and beautiful old stone wall. The large in-town lot is a truly unique and convenient spot for summer or year-round living close to Old Harbor and the beaches.


Priscilla Anderson Design Boston

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Block Island

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A world of flavors at Mohegan Café

Foods from many cultures can be ordered at the Mohegan Café, such as the Burmese Tea Salad with salmon, seen above, or the Jerk Chicken with Jamaican Slaw and Banana Rum Sauce, seen below. Bottom right, Chef Peter Pietrobono. PHOTOS BY K. CURTIS By Amy Lockwood MacDougall There’s a lot to like about the Mohegan Café and Brewery. Pioneers of #skipthestraw, owners Marc and Katie note on their website that “Plastic drinking straws are another top polluter of the environment and as a high volume restaurant we’d be remiss not to try and do our part to further the island’s reputation as a place where the ecology is taken seriously. So please help us take another step towards making Block Island a leader in environmental activism.” There’s also the ambiance of watching the ferries come and go from the windows overlooking Old Harbor. And then there’s the food, courtesy of executive chef Andrew Brushett and the chef who runs the kitchen at Mohegan, Peter Pietrobono — which, translated from Italian means Peter Good Peter. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Peter the other afternoon, and we talked about a fateful road trip from Florida to Block Island, his infamous alter ego, and our mutual love of the magnificent chef Anthony Bourdain. What made you become a chef? Well, my best friend Joseph Miller and I were working for a pizza place in Florida in 2012, and through a friend’s friend, Joe’s dad asked if we wanted to work on Block Island for a summer. I Googled it and it looked great, so we quit our jobs, loaded up the car, and left Florida at 2 a.m. We drove straight to the ferry, got on the boat and met Andrew Brushett, who is the executive chef at Mohegan and the Harbor Grill. We got jobs making fries at the Grill and now I’m running this restaurant, Joey’s running the Harbor Grill, and we owe it all to Chef Andy. Who’s been your greatest influence as a chef? Anthony Bourdain — I read his book “No Reservations” and it was such a good book. He started out just like me, making fries in Provincetown. I think about his career and how well he treated the people he worked with, the respect he has for cooking and food, and it gives me a goal for myself. What do you like about working on Block Island? I love the adrenaline rush out here, the speed of the kitchen, getting so many meals out in one day. I also love the culture —

meeting people from all over the world and learning about how they live and their food. What’s your favorite food to cook with? Clams — my dad was a clammer in Florida and I have great memories of him bringing home bushels of clams. We’d fire up the grill, wait till they open, add a little butter and there’s just nothing else like it. What food would you never eat again? Fruit. I just don’t like it. Everyone tries to get me to like something — cherries, strawberries, none of it tastes good to me. Who was your most memorable customer? I have two answers for this. One is a group of people — the Jamaican people out here are amazing. I’ve learned so much from them about food, culture, and spices. They’re always bringing me stuff to try and I am inspired by the flavors. Right now we have a special Jerk Chicken with Jamaican Slaw and Banana Rum sauce that comes right from their influence. The other is a guy named Doc Westchesterson. He’s this rapper who always walks in here and acts like he owns the place. Where do you like to eat and what do you order if you go out? I never get to see my best friend Joey, the guy I came here with, because he’s always working and so am I. So on my night off I’m going to the Harbor Grill to have the Lamb Shank Bolognese — I hear it’s off-the-hook good. What’s your favorite dish at Mohegan

you wish people would order? We have a Burmese Tea Leaf Salad with lentils, sunflower seeds, fried garlic and peanuts, that is really good and healthy. The tea leaves are soaked and then made into a pesto. We also have great Tuna Tacos with radishes, wasabi coleslaw, spicy mayo and avocado. What would you eat for your last meal on earth? I’d eat a big bowl of threeway (steaming spaghetti covered with a secret recipe chili, topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese) from Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, Ohio. Why are you wearing a sequined headband? Because Monday is Disco Night at Captain Nick’s, and I will be there appearing as my alter ego — Glitter Boy. He’s a wild-card guy who sports a mullet and wears a fanny pack filled with glitter to “glitter the ladies.” **** The two dishes I tried were not dusted with glitter, but certainly were bursting with flavor. The Burmese Tea salad with salmon was delicious — I loved the novelty and taste of the tea leaf pesto which

was a nice counterbalance to the blackened salmon, romaine lettuce, peanuts, sunflower seeds, lentils, sliced fried garlic, and lemon that made up the rest of the salad. Mixing the pesto and lemon in with the rest of the salad was a delicious alternative to a traditional salad dressing with the tea leaves adding an extra zip of seasoning. I also tried the day’s special, Jerk Chicken with Jamaica Slaw and Banana Rum Sauce. The chicken was fork-cut tender and the sweetness of the banana rum sauce coupled with the spice in the Jamaican slaw struck a perfect balance. With each taste there was never too much of either flavor, but equal notes of both in every bite. The menu at Mohegan is reflective of the restaurant’s desire to accommodate today’s patrons, including those with food allergies and aversions. Many food cultures are well-represented — Cajun Louisiana with a Muffuletta sandwich — with salami, capicola, ham provolone, pickled vegetable, olive tapenade, and grilled Asiago focaccia; or a Middle East influenced Arabian Falafel with hummus, banana peppers, tzatziki dressing, lettuce, tomato, and onion. There is the traditional New England Lobster Roll served hot with butter or cold with mayo, celery and onion on a toasted roll. I’ll leave you with an Anthony Bourdain quote: “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, [or] raw oysters... food, for me, has always been an adventure.” Enjoy your own food adventure at the Mohegan Café.

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Come home to this wonderful island estate with stunning ocean views! Beautiful 5,000± sq. ft. 3 BR Main House, 2 BR Guest House and 2-car Garage with office/ guest room above on 4.37± acres for $3,595,000 |Offered with Cooneymus Vacant Land for $4,700,000

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

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

Little Beaver House

1629 Pilot Hill Road

1177 Corn Neck Road

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

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

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

33 Ocean Ave Unit 2 Commercial condo, currently used as a café, in the heart of Old Harbor with indoor & outdoor seating and successful history. Run your own business or make into a 1-bedroom apartment & use as residence. Class BVL license additional | $525,000

Cooneymus Road

Lovely 7-acre lot with approved site and septic design for a 5 BR home. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, spectacular sunsets, and an easy stroll to the beach at Cooneymus from this beautiful spot that is just waiting for your dream home! $1,400,000

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

Ebbett’s Hollow

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


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

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Island Weddings


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

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

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

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

Block Island

Wedding Show Sunday, July 8, 2018 12 - 3 p.m. Sullivan House

Flower shop Fresh bouquets daily. Delivery available. Beach Provisions both fashionable and essential Custom designed BI T-shirt’s Accessories

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

Melissa Sitbon Philip, Owner & Designer

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


Plan your perfect day. Dozens of vendors all in one place

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1538 CENTER ROAD New Harbor Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1194120 $3,600,000 1673 AMY DODGE LANE Waterfront 3 Bed 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1195108 $1,380,000 1357 SNAKE HOLE ROAD Oceanfront, Sweeping Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1169159 $3,900,000 1193 BEACH AVENUE Pond + Ocean Views Web ID: 1195571

401.466.8777 $1,495,000

1181 CORN NECK ROAD Fresh + Salt Water Views 401.466.8777

Web ID: 1194413









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Ballard Hall

New Listing

475 Old Town Rd. | $998,000 Atlantic Views | MLS 1181937

1604 Payne Rd. | Sheffield Farm | MLS 1196128 | $1,395,000 Expansive Ocean Views | Architectural Tri-Level | 4 BR & 2.5 BA New Listing

1273 High Street | Old Harbor Locale | MLS 1194049 | $1,250,000 Windrose House | Close to Town & Beaches | 4 BR & 4 BA | Private back yard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

403 Seaweed Lane | $1,175,000 MLS 1193818 | Atlantic Views

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

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

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

July 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

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

July 2018 Block Island Summer Times  

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