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Welcome to Block Island A Note from Police Chief Carlone

  with as little as one thousand Dear Visitors to Block Island,  in after a very slow winter season, aga you see to py hap are and you e to be for all. In any natural     We welcome it’s the busy season and a fun plac Now n! ope ses ines bus any ly such a wonderfully relaxed residents, and hard most people because they are in by ed otic unn are that s risk are sible dangers and you get the environment there d doesn’t always alert you to pos min r you n, atio vac on are you we need to let you know state of mind. When okay, it is mostly safe for sure, but t’s Tha . safe ely plet com is ing impression that everyth your life, or save you from injury. idents. There are lots about a few things that may save nd, some seriously from bike acc Isla ck Blo on r yea ry eve red inju what to do to be safe. 1. Bicycles — People get fic competing for the road. Here’s traf of lots and rs, ulde sho road r and under wear them, of steep inclines, poo law requires that people sixteen The . dren chil lly ecia esp et, Wear an approved helm uld. Lock your bikes! but I recommend that everyone sho your safety. Stop at STOP signs, ride are required to do by law, and for you ch whi s, law fic traf all bey 2.  O rywhere. because the curves and hills are eve with traffic and don’t go too fast present, and be alert that there re whe ks wal facing traffic, use side or fic traf inst aga lk Wa — s lker 3. Wa r children carefully, please. close by as you walk. Watch you ing com s icle veh of ners man all are if you fail to do so, and the law) or you will be summoned is (it et helm a ar We — s ped Mo 4. Rental ’t repeatedly blow the hor n. please obey all traffic laws, and don sands of pounds of f areas; they are unstable and thou bluf e larg w belo out tch Wa — s 5. Beache be too far from a tch children near the water; don’t Wa ly. cted xpe une n dow e com clay can ttended children. drowning risk in the ocean for una young child, there is an extreme lic areas. Drinking pub all hibited on any beaches and in 6.  Drinking Alcohol — This is pro hes and will summons clot n icers will be in plai Off . way any idea d goo a not is liquor sales in the hot sun anywhere other than in licensed king drin from ain refr se plea so , or arrest you ical staff and injured k to excess. We have a minimal med establishments. Please do not drin injuries.  ous off the island for treatment of seri people end up having to be flown when biking or hing clot lighting, so please wear reflective 7.  Night Time — There is limited walking. at bars and beaches, and watch your purse and cell phones 8. Valuables — Lock your bikes, lock your cars. officers are friendly and if you need anything, all of our In closing, we are happy to see you if necessary. and approachable and will help you Please have a safe vacation. Sincerely, Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

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Events Calendar

September

1 Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn. 3 Soundwaves Movie Night: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (PG-13). Fred Benson Town Beach. 7:30 p.m. 4 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 7 15K Run Around the Block Road Race. 11:45 a.m. at Isaac’s Corner on Center Road. 7 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 10 Soundwaves Movie Night: “Romeo & Juliet” (PG-13). Fred Benson Town Beach. 7:30 p.m. 11 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 14 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 17 Soundwaves Movie Night: “My Cousin Vinny” (R). Fred Benson Town Beach. 7:30 p.m. 18 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 21 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 22 Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn. 22 International Coastal Clean-up. Meet at Fred Benson Town Beach. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 24 Soundwaves Movie Night: “The Life Aquatic” (R). Fred Benson Town Beach. 7:30 p.m. 25 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 27-29 Experience Block Island Weekend. See article on page A-11 for more information. 28 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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2 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 9 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 12 Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair and Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical Society lawn. 13 Block Island Half Marathon. Fred Benson Town Beach. Register at active.com.  

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“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “The Goldfinch” is a mesmerizing triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate — a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind. Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction. “The Genius of Birds” by Jennifer Ackerman The Wall Street Journal’s review said: “A gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book. Jennifer Ackerman provides a masterly survey of research in the last two decades that has produced a revolution in our understanding of bird cognition.” “This is a lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence,” (Scientific American). At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, “The Genius of Birds” celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.   Bees   “Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees” by Thor Hanson Conservation biologist Thor Hanson has written a natural and cultural history of bees. Called “an insightful observer of evolution, at his most elegant when digging deep into the science…” by the Wall Street Journal. This book is popular science at its intelligent best.   “The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees” by Meredith May After her parents’ divorce, Meredith May ended up with her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old bus. This is the story of how her encounter with bees taught her all she needed to know about life and family. Bees and beekeeping became her escape from the troubled reality of her family. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, “The Honey Bus” is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.   Trees   “The Overstory” by Richard Powers A monumental novel about trees and people. Remaking environmental fiction, Richard Powers turns trees into vivid and engaging characters. An absorbing, overwhelming book that is a must read. “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.” (Citation from the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction)   “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben This international bestseller offers a stunning journey into the diversity and wonder of trees. Visually stunning, readers’ eyes are opened to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. The Well-Read Naturalist says the book is “A superb fusion of images and ideas, all dedicated to proclaiming the message that trees, and the forests, of which they form a surprisingly interconnected part, are far more remarkable than most of us ever previously dreamt.”


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September Walks & Programs BLOCK ISLAND CONSERVANCY Andy’s Way Bird Walk

Wednesdays at Low Tide 9/4 at 4 pm, 9/11 at 11 am, 9/18 at 4 pm, 9/25 at 9 am A bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet. Meet at Andy’s Way parking lot.

Walk the Walls

Fridays at 10 am through October 11 Corner of West Side Rd and Old Mill Rd. Unique opportunity to experience the topography of the agricultural fields that blanketed Block Island from the late 1600’s to the early 20th century. (no walk on 9/6)

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Saturday Sept 14 at 3pm Meet at Cormorant Cove Everything you ever wanted to know about clam species and clamming.

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Sunday Sept. 22: 9 am - 1 pm Join the International Coastal Clean-up! Meet at Town Beach for bags then head off to clean your favorite beach.

Sunset-Moonset Walk

Monday Sept. 30: 6:30 pm Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road Sunsets are beautiful, so is the setting of a crescent moon; both will be seen during this walk at Hodge.

John and his wife Becky. Photo by Robin Langsdorf. By John Hoge Flashback….1958. My Dad had a friend, Charlie Martin, who lived on Block Island. After many invitations, that summer, Dad packed up the family truckster in Wooster, Ohio and we headed east. I was 5 years-old at the time. We stayed at the Old Town Inn. We instantly fell in love with Block Island. Everything was perfect. We only stayed a few nights that first trip, if I remember right. The next summer when vacation conversation came up, my brother Jim, sister Barb, and I all said, “we want to go back to Block Island!!” This time we stopped in Bristol, CT and met up with my Dad’s brother Arthur Hoge’s family and both families (Art. Jr, Amy, Christine, and Becky) headed out to Block Island. Again, love at first sight for both families. We stayed at Twin Maples each summer for the next 15 years or so. John Swienton’s family owned (owns) the Twin Maples. We spent many hours renting fishing boats from John, to catch our fill of flounder in the Great Salt Pond. Also spent a lot of time catching crabs off of

the dock behind Twin Maples. Scotch Beach was always our go-to beach. We all became pretty proficient at bodysurfing. In 1974, my brother, Jim, my cousin Kirk, and I worked at the Yellow Kittens for the summer. What a once in a lifetime experience for these Ohio boys. We were cooks, bartenders, and bouncers all wrapped up into one (mostly cooks). We stayed at the Royal Hotel (now the Harborside Inn). We had one room and it cost us each $20 per week. What a deal. Fast-forward to 2007. We hadn’t been to B.I. for a number of years, but in 2007, I put together a trip for our entire family (minus my Dad who passed away the previous year) to stay at the Old Town Inn once again. This time, owned and operated by Dave and Lucinda Morrison. Needless to say we’ve been staying there every summer since. One great memory was the summer of 2011 when Lucinda and I staged and pulled off a surprise wedding vow renewal for my wife Becky and me. We held it in the expansive backyard at the Old Town Inn and celebrated the event with a special dinner at the Spring House. Memories we will cherish forever.

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Block Island Farmer’s Market By Meg Vitacco The Block Island Farmers Market is an Island tradition over 35 years old. Visit the market to find fresh produce, veggies, flowers, herbs, baked goods, local honey, dog biscuits, lemonade, pottery, photography, jewelry, and so much more. Everything is handmade or homegrown by island residents. The first Market of the season is on June 15, and the final Market is on October 12. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Spring House, top of the hill on Spring Street; Saturdays at Legion Park on West Side Road.

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

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

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

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Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion is open Memorial Day through Labor Day Right smack in the middle of the big stretch of beach on the east side of the island is the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion which is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the full season with Lifeguards and beach rentals. After Labor Day, bathrooms are available daily through Columbus Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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. This spring the parking lot was expanded to accommodate more cars.

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 can make 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 to this fragile ecosystem.

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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 that 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.

Diamondblue Surf Shop beach rentals are close to town and are located on the beach just below the Block Island Beach House (old Surf Hotel). Daily and hourly rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas, stand-up paddle boards, surf boards, and kayaks are available through Labor Day weekend.


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By John Alpert I’ve been coming out to Block Island my entire life and to me there is no better place. For the earlier parts of my life, it was a place of family gatherings, reunions, and spending as much time as possible at the beach and in the water. If there is one sure thing that the Hyde family shares, it’s the appreciation for this island. As I got older, my perspective of the island grew from knowing what’s between our house and the beach, to finding new areas, and new things to learn. Fishing was one of those things. With help from Sol and John at Twin Maples, I started figuring out when and where to catch fish. I started splitting off from the group to fish from the beach at night. This small island suddenly seemed bigger, there was more to it than what I had thought. I started meeting people who work out here, some seasonal, some

year-round. I had never pictured myself working out here; I never expected to have the opportunity. Surprisingly, I received a job offer to work on a fisheries research project out here. This was an opportunity that I wasn’t planning on letting pass. There were a few barriers between making it happen and not. I had no housing (as our house is rented for the summer), no parking spot for the vehicle that I needed for work, and no way to cook food. These challenges seemed miniscule, I had no doubt that things would work out, and sure enough, they did, thanks to a lot of support from people on this island. I had heard from a friend that there was an unexpected open room at the National Hotel’s worker housing community referred to as “the ghetto”. I was lucky they had offered it to me as the only non-employee there. There is a picnic table behind the National that served as a hub for the peo-

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to help prep and open the restaurant. The early morning hours worked perfectly for my schedule and from then on I assisted them in exchange for a daily meal. The fact that I had help from several people and several businesses to be able to make that summer happen, shows how tight-knit the community really is. There was always someone who could help, and if they couldn’t they sure knew someone who could. That is what I truly appreciate about this island. The sense of community, the sense of pride for the people, the land, and the attitude of the island is something that isn’t found anywhere else. Businesses help businesses, people help people. This island has been a constant part of my entire life. It’s a place that I’m fortunate to continue to share with my friends and family.


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13th Annual Experience Block Island September 27 to 29

By Block Island Chamber of Commerce Come sample delicious food, charming lodgings, pristine beaches, fun-filled activities, unique shopping, all delivered to you with our warm island hospitality. Take advantage of the many specials offered on this very special weekend! This remarkable event is organized with one main objective in mind; we would like you to experience what Block Island is really about and fall in love with the island. The 13th annual Experience Block Island will showcase many different events and activities island visitors can enjoy — from kayak, taxi and farm tours to wine tastings and a chance to design your very own ice cream sundae. Shops will offer specials, lodging packages will be available and restaurant specials will abound. There will be a wide range of events taking place

all around the island — everyone will find something that caters to their interests. Take an historic bus or taxi tour around the island; your guide will tell you all about the island lore and legends. For more historical information, take a tour of the Historical Society or the Southeast Lighthouse. Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn how to paddle-board, tour an animal farm, or go kayaking, as well as take advantage of many discounts offered by the bike and moped rentals. The food and cooking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the actual tastes of Block Island. Shoppers are invited to explore the local stores and take advantage of specials offered only during this weekend.  Experience Block Island buttons will be available to purchase at The Block Island Chamber of Commerce, located just steps away from the ferry in Old Harbor for $5 per button.

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DINING TRAVEL SCHEDULES Block Island Beach House porch dining. Photo by K. Curtis

WE HAVE *AIR CONDITIONING!*

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Restaurant 1879 at the Atlantic Inn A Block Island Tradition

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

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


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On The Trails The Nature Conservancy & The Ocean View Foundation & Block Island 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 north-

east. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway.  Block Island is more than just home to rare and

endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage. The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 46 percent of the island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people. The BIC Education Center offers trail maps, a free water bottle refilling station, a schedule of nature walks that are cosponsored with TNC, and is open weekend through Columbus Day. For news, events and other information visit www.biconservancy.org.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS 2019:

  Night Sky Viewing  Sit, or lay back, in the mowed circle at Hodge Preserve, while an amateur star gazer annotates the night sky pointing out constellations, planets, named stars and passing satellites. Aug. 31 at 7:45 p.m. *In the case of poor viewing weather, the program will be the following evening. Andy’s Way Bird Walks: Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.  Sept. 11 at 11a.m.  Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.  Sept. 25 at 9 a.m.   Clam Walk: Sept 14 at 3 p.m.   International Coastal Clean-up: Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Sunset Moonset Walk: Sept. 30 at  6:30 p.m.   For more info:  Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or visit natureblockisland.org for up-to-date program information.

The Glass Float Project

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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 19 (because it is 2019), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues indefinitely — it only ends when all the floats have been found!  Floats will be hidden on the beaches and on the Greenway Trails. They will be above the high tide mark but never in the dunes or up the side of the bluffs. They will be within one foot of either side of any Greenway trail they are placed on. This is “finder’s keepers” but you are asked to only keep one per seeker, please. To register a float that you found go to www.blockislandinfo.com/glass-f loat-project/ register-floats. To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit www.blockislandinfo. com/glass-float-project/foundfloats.


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Block Island Trail System

North Light

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Settler's Rock

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Sachem Pond

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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.

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 New Harbor Boat Basin, 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.

Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

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 prepared to get wet! This is also a super fun way to see the waterfront.  Call Bob at  (401) 864-2474 for reservations.

BIMI Sea Life Observation Tanks 7-days-per-week at BIMI in the New Harbor.  Check out bimaritime.org, BIMI on Facebook, and The Block Island Times for schedules and more details.

Kayaks Pond and Beyond Kayak is located behind the BIMI Center in New Harbor. Pond and Beyond offers rentals, tours, and basic instruction via kayak. Also, upon request, other beyond the pond adventures such as hiking, bird watching, clamming 101, and snorkeling. For reservations, rates or more information call Corrie at (401) 578-2773 or visit pondandbeyondkayak.com. 

Fort Island Kayaks is located adjacent to Block Island Fishworks and offers one of the best Block Island activities to try during your visit. Explore the Great Salt Pond via stable and beginner friendly siton-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.

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Mon - 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p May 23 - Fri Jun 21 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 27 use Sunday schedule Jun 22 - Mon- 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, Sep 2 Sun 4:50p, 6:45p 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p Labor Day - Monday, September 2 use Sunday schedule MonSep 3 - Fri 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p Oct 14 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, Sat - 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p 3:30p, 5:45p Sun Columbus Day - Monday, October 14 use Sunday schedule Wed 4:30p 3p Thur No Service Thanksgiving Nov 27 - Fri 1p, 5p 10:30a, 3p Dec 1 Sat 10:30a, 4p 9:30a, 11:30a Sun 11a, 3:30p 9:30a, 1p

NEWPORT TO BLOCK ISLAND Dock address: Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

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DEPARTS BLOCK ISLAND

DEPARTS NEWPORT

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FALL RIVER TO BLOCK ISLAND Dock address: State Pier, 1 Water Street Fall River, MA 02721

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10AM

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10AM

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10AM

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Viking Fleet

Year-Round Daily Flights Summer Schedule

Westerly to Block Island:

Harbors

866-783-7996 Marinas

New Harbor Boat Basin (401) 466-2631 WWW.BLOCKISLANDFERRY.COM Champlin’s Marina (800) 762-4541, (401) 466-7777

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.*

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

Payne’s Dock (401) 466-5572 Public dinghy dock for visiting boaters is adjacent to Dead Eye Dick’s in New Harbor

1p, 5:30p

5PM

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8:30a Harbor & 6:30p Marina Information

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

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Friday, Sept. 6

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

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

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

Year Round Traditional Ferry: Point Judith to Block Island AUGUST 31 TO SEPTEMBER 2, 2019† Day

Departs Point Judith

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Thursday

9a, 11a, 3p, 5p

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Thursday

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Friday

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Tuesday

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9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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Saturday

9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

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Departs Block Island

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ORDER THIS! By Amy Lockwood MacDougall Block Island is replete with barns dotting the landscape. Some are old and covered with vines, others are still in use as woodsheds, second dwellings, or have hay and horses peeking out the windows.  The Barn at the Spring House, however, is more than decorative.  A simple kitchen with a wood-fired grill fills this barn with the smell of delicious “farm-to-fork” food served every week from Wednesday through Sunday. Chef Tom works his magic with fresh ingredients that come straight from the magnificent Spring House gardens. Each morning he meets with gardener Humberto and dinner that night will reflect what comes out of the question: “What do you have that’s fresh?” The answer is reflected in every dish on the menu that night.  Sous Chef Carter and Chef Tom keep it sweet and simple, letting the flavors in each dish speak for themselves. Sweet garden tomatoes that “never see a fridge” make their way into panzenella salad, and soon will be featured in tomato jam and relish that will accompany upcoming dishes. Look into the Spring House Garden on the way to The Barn and whatever looks ready to pick is probably what you’ll be eating that night. See (and Smell!) This: One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in is the smell of apple wood smoke that makes you feel like you’re at a campfire, or in a house with a wood stove. Everything smells like home.  The open kitchen complements that

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feeling perfectly. The kitchen is surrounded by an L-shaped counter; you’re welcome to have a front row seat to watch the staff prep and cook your meal. Chef Tom is personable and does a wonderful job paying attention to his craft while interacting with guests, answering questions about himself and how he does what he does. The dining room is simply set with elegant wood tables covered with Kraft paper runners. Sunflowers in Mason jars adorn each one. An indoor-outdoor patio seating area proPork osso bucco from The Barn at The Spring House. Photos by K. Curtis vides shelter from the elements while providing ing: dy, honey and herbs, later reduced to a a stunning view of the southeast side of Peter from Idaho and Kerry from demi-glace, the pork was succulent and the island —Tom says it reminds him of California have been here before, and love appealing in the savory sauce, which was his home in New Hampshire. Down the the wood-fired grill and the “cozy space, hillside a small garden is full of fresh kale, rich but not overpowering. Locally-caught great menu and cool bar area.” Peter swordfish was smoky and sweet, served garlic, and hot peppers. Old tools from the pronounced the Osso Bucco “the perfect with charred onions and a pepperanada: farm adorn the walls, along with portraits savory dish” and Kerry said the local red and yellow bell peppers, capers, and a of islanders painted by long-time resident swordfish was “excellent.” Both added tangy sweet and sour balsamic sauce that John “Doc” Willis. In the bar, pieces of that “we are glad that The Barn is open binds it all together. Vegetables picked wood from the old barn rafters cover the this summer. We usually have come in earlier in the day appeared on both plates walls, each one signed by staff members the fall and are happy to be able to visit — after spending some time on the woodwho lived in the barn while working at the now too!” A group from Connecticut: fired grill — sprinkled with salt, pepper, a Spring House at the turn of the century.   John, Marge, Theresa, Andy Pammie, little extra virgin olive oil. No need to add Taste This:   and Tracy were here for the first time anything to vegetables so fresh; creamy Pork Osso Bucco surrounded by and came based on the reputation of potatoes and squash taste like the sun and squash and potatoes was so tender it earth that nourished them hours ago. practically fell off the bone. Braised for What everyone else is eating and drinkover five hours in a mix of cider, branContinued on next page

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Continued from previous page The Barn’s sister restaurant, The Spring House. “We like The Spring House and so we thought we’d try this, too. They are very accommodating — we first sat inside and then asked to be moved because it’s so nice outside, and they were great. Service was excellent.” Two had the Osso Bucco — “awesome;” two had the risotto — “delicious;” and two had the turkey “also really delicious.” All shared the salumi board — a selection of cheese and meats — and the Brussel sprouts, panzenella salad, and potato soup. “Very generous portions and very good food,” was the overall consensus from the Connecticut six. The Barn also fit the bill for justoff-the-ferry Lauren and Colin from Billerica, Mass. The couple was staying at The Spring House and were delighted to find such great food and a fantastic view. They sat outside and remarked it was “nice to be outside. It’s really relaxing to be here.” Lauren and Colin had the turkey and swordfish, and were especially impressed with the Brussel sprouts, saying the “aioli was a great surprise.” They would recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants “fresh vegetables, good ambience and farm to table food.” What makes The Barn unique is that it feels like you are in someone’s home at a big family gathering while the chef

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prepares fresh ingredients and puts them together in such a way that the entire dish is so much more than the sum of its parts. Your experience at The Barn can be an intimate dinner for two or a great way to make new friends and learn a thing or two about what goes into cooking the food you’re about to eat. Barns on Block Island each have their own character. Come see what The Barn has in store for you.

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IMPORTANT: THE DIALING OF 911 IS FOR EMER­GEN­CY USE ONLY! An emergency is when immediate police, fire or rescue as­sis­tance is nec­es­sary.  911 should not be di­aled for non-emer­gen­cy calls that do not involve or require im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. However, if you feel that there is an emergency occurring, but don’t know for certain, presume it is an emergen­cy and use 911. IF IN DOUBT, USE 911! S   GENCIE R E M E FOR 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 B.I.’s freshwater ponds. Pollutants and contaminants banned No discharging of any sew­­age, petroleum products, detergents, pesticides, or any other form of pollutants or con­tam­i­nants is permitted. Penalty for violation Any person violating this ordinance shall, upon con­ vic­tion, be subject to a fine of not more than $100, or confinement for not more than 10 days, or both such fine and confinement. Any person convicted of a sec-

ond 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, oysters, and softshell clams. The harvesting of clams is restricted. For more info, call the Harbors Department at 466-3204 or stop by the Harbormaster’s shack in New Harbor (adjacent to the Boat Basin), where shellfishing licenses are sold. ANIMAL ORDINANCES Dogs must be licensed and wear tags on a collar.  Unless in a vehicle or on property of its owner, dogs must be leashed with a cord not exceeding 6 feet in length. For problems contact the Police Department at 466-3220. Horses: the New Shoreham Town Council requests that all persons refrain from riding horses in the downtown area.

Useful Island Information RECYCLING. All trash must be separated for recycling. Deposit your sidewalk trash in the recycling con­tain­ers marked for bottles, cans or trash only. These special containers are not for household or boat trash. Those renting houses should use the Transfer Station, located on West Beach Road. Recyclables (news­pa­per, glass, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and tin cans) are free. Glass, cans, plastics and aluminum should be clean. Other trash is deposited at a charge of 15 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.

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Important Is­land Phone Num­bers BI Medical Center Police (non-emergency) 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

(401) 466-2974 (401) 466-3220 (401) 466-3220 (401) 466-2086 (401) 789-0444 (800) 222-1222 (401) 466-5511 (401) 466-3204 (401) 466-3200 (401) 466-3223 (401) 466-2261 (401) 466-2212 (401) 466-2261 (401) 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 do­na­ tions to cover the full costs of training, equipment, supplies and maintenance. Any contribution made to support this work will be welcomed and ac­knowl­edged. Donations are tax-deductible. Mail donations to: Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Block Island, RI  02807.


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By Block Island Historical Society The Block Island Historical Society Museum, Gallery & Shop is located in a three-story building with red mansard roof at the intersection of Old Town Road and Ocean Avenue. The intersection is known as Bridgegate Square. The building is the headquarters for the Historical Society. It is listed as part of the National Register in the Old Harbor Historic District and was originally the home and farm of Gideon Rose. In 1871 it was rebuilt as a summer hotel called the Woonsocket House. The Historical Society purchased the building in 1945 and continued to rent rooms to summer visitors until the 1970s.  The Museum has an extensive collection of significant artifacts related to

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Block Island’s history, from Manissean stone tools and points to early New England maritime and farming displays, colonial memorabilia and enlarged vintage photographs capturing life during the Victorian age. Two floors of exhibits include fine furniture, Victorian collectibles, textiles, quilts, boat models, tools, fishing gear, historic maps, and other interesting displays. History Tours: 1. Discover Victorian Block Island Downtown guided walking tour starts at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce (right across from the ferry) ending at the Historical Society Museum. Learn about the architecture, moving of buildings, fires, and establishment of the Old Harbor Village. Booked by appointment. Great for school groups, etc. 

Old Harbor walking tours are available in the off season by appointment. Great idea for groups, or school groups.

Laurie Lisi, Vice President NMLS# 761786

$15 per person includes admission to the museum and a free set of postcards. Members, $10, children, $5. 2. Native American Village Site on Corn Neck Road Dating from 500 B.C., walk on a scenic Greenway Trail on protected land with a historical guide who will point out where one of the original Manissean villages was located, including the site of wigwam structures and living areas. Also includes a tour of the museum’s arrowhead and stone tool collection. The walk is 60 minutes.  $75 for a group up to four people, $10 each additional person. By appointment during the off season. 3. Souls, Symbols and Stones Guided 45 minute tour exploring the Island Cemetery. Learn about the stone carvers, their art, and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Block Island’s History. Eight other smaller

family cemetery tours are also available by appointment, year round. $75 for a group up to four people. Children are free. 4. Palatine Graves near Lewis Dickens Preserve Learn about the 1738 shipwreck Princess Augusta on which Whittier based his famous poem that has now become island folklore. Historical monument is on private property, therefore guided tours must be arranged through the Historical Society. This is a one hour round trip tour, with 25 minutes of walking on a beautiful island laneway with views of LewisDickens Farm fields and stonewalls.  $100 for a group up to four people, $10 each additional person. By appointment year-round. For more information, call The Historical Society at (401) 466-2481.

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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. Self guided tours are available, but it is closed during inclement weather. The lighthouse is located in the B.I National 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 1661, the families and animals of 16 men who had purchased the island for 400 pounds sterling arrived by shallop from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Because the island had no natural harbor, they were forced to leave their small 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. Exhibit rooms include furniture, textiles, boat models, fishing gear, Native American tools and more. This year the exhibit is “Block Island Beginnings” in the new West Gallery. 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 Sept. 15, weekends through Oct. 14. Old Harbor Walking Tours and Family & Guided tours by appointment. Admission: $10, $8 seniors, and $6 students. Members and children, 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 a finely crafted pavilion and remarkable views. The largest hotel on the island, the Ocean View, once stood on this site until fire destroyed it in the summer of 1966. The pavilion is dedicated to the concept of expanding the public’s awareness of environmental issues. Visitors must walk in from Water Street across from the ferry parking lot just to the left of the post office building.

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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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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Happy as a Clam By by Kim Gaffett (The Nature Conservancy’s OVF Naturalist) The whole phrase is “happy as a clam at high tide”, and generally means that one is in a state of delight. Or, if you are a clam at high tide, you are enjoying the mud and waters when you are least likely to be dug and cooked for dinner – clearly a happy situation. For many, September is the beginning of Block Island’s happiest season. Generally the air is cooling and drying out, the ocean water is still warm and refreshing, the night skies more crystalline, the landscape washed in the yellows of a dozen goldenrod species, and morning birdsong is replaced by a parade of migrating bird species. Who wouldn’t be happy as a clam in this season of autumn tapestry? If you are lucky enough to be on Block Island in September – walking the bridge between summer and fall – here are some “must do” activities, so that you too can have moments of being happy as a clam at high tide: • Take a walk along Rodman’s Hollow, following the Black Rock Road path between Sept. 10 and 20th: the goldenrod will illuminate the trail like gold leaf. • Spend a day at the beach reading a book. • Swim among the rocks north of Mansion beach on a hot afternoon, at high tide, and hope to come eye to eye with a striped bass. • Make a point to be outside during every sunset. (Sunset on Sept. 1st will be at 7:19pm, and on Sept. 30th at 6:29pm.) • Walk along Andy’s Way at low tide marveling at the migrating shorebirds, bathing bare feet in salty mud, watching for spitting clams.

The Northern Quahog, Mercenaria mercenaria is the Rhode Island State shell. Mercenaria, (in Latin, roughly meaning money) is how Linnaeus honored the native American use of wampum (money) which was made from the purple part of the clam shell. Clams in photo thanks to Laura Andrelevich. • Eat a meal of local foods: garden tomatoes, steamed (or otherwise) clams, bread from the Farmers’ Market, and whatever else presents itself. • Gather and make beach plum jelly or wind-fall apple pie (it looks to be an amazing wild apple year.) • Or, ________________ fill in your own “happy as a clam” activity. A word, or two, about quahogs. First, they are delicious raw or cooked – in a chowder, on the half-shell, fried, or steamed as part of a clam bake. They are bountiful in the waters of the New Harbor, but, one must have a license to go clamming. Licenses may be obtained at the Harbor Department building at the New Harbor Boat Basin through the end of September (Friday -

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and at Town Hall after that. Clamming techniques vary from digging with ones feet, using a rake, or hand digging with a skimmer shell. Humans are not the only animals that eat clams; gulls, oystercatchers, and moon snails also devour clams for sustenance. To learn more about clams – not just the difference between quahogs, cherrystones, little necks, skimmers, razors and soft-shells – but also, clam biology/ecology, clamming tools, and for demonstration, come along on The Nature Conservancy Clam Walk on September 14, at 3 p.m. A quahog may be happy as a clam at high tide, but the “hunter/ gatherer” in us will be happy at low tide. The Nature Conservancy has several programs in September that may make you happy as a clam: Bird walks on Wednesdays at Andy’s Way; Clam Walk on Saturday, Sept. 14th; and, Sunset:Moonset Walk on Sept. 30th. Go to www.natureblockisland. org or see ads in The Block Island Times for more information and details.

Marlon Orlando has a plan

Marlon Orlando has released his first full album of original music, “B.I. Times,” that he hopes will be the start of a long career. Photo by K. Curtis By Lars Trodson

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Marlon Orlando has things mapped out like this: First, release new music that was inspired by his time on Block Island. Second, become famous. Orlando started on this singular path this summer with the release of music that he called “B.I. Times.” This is not a reference to the newspaper, but rather a nod to his experiences on the island. Orlando, who is 22, works at the Beach Pavilion, where he had his first concert on Friday, Aug. 8. Orlando wasn’t particularly into music until he enrolled at Smithfield College. At the end of his freshman year he released his first single, “The Next Chapter,”

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which, he said, “did really well” but now considers an embarrassing early effort. At school he was friends with Jake Tarbox, son of Block Island School Physical Education teacher and baseball coach John Tarbox, who had some recording equipment and he wrote and recorded more music. The floodgates opened. “I released three songs over the next three days,” Orlando said. The music is hip-hop, and Orlando said he does not have a routine when it comes to writing lyrics. “I listen to the music until I get a feeling I can put into words,” he said. He described creating the music for “B.I. Times” as “really fun,” a process that took more than two months to complete, but he also knows that he is in a very competitive field. If he is going to make it, “you have to be a cut above,” he said. “I have the highest aspirations. I definitely have the ability,” he said. He also has the commitment. He left school, and quit his job. “It’s crazy what you put yourself through,” he said. On “B.I. Times” he did it all: writing, mixing, mastering, and engineering the music, and he enjoys it all. He describes the album as “jazzy. There’s a lot of jazz influence. It’s smooth. Just the instrumentals alone have character.” He said that making the record finally freed him of his own inhibitions. “It doesn’t make any sense to be restricted when I’m trying to create,” he said. He’s headed to Tijuana after the summer to set up shop in space owned by the Hautkini company, which he said will get him closer to California, which is where he wants to be. He’s asked where he’d like to be after that. “Coachella,” he said.


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Yellow Kittens Aug. 30, 31 .................................................... Wicked Peach  Sept. 1 ............................................................... Reggae Night  Sept. 4,11 ................................................................ DJ Dugan  Sept. 6, 7........................................................Never in Vegas

Ballard’s Sept. 1 - 15, 20-22, 27- 29 ...................................................John Brazile  Sept. 1, 2 ...........................................................................Hazzard County  Sept. 7 .............................................................................................Rock Fest

Mahogany Shoals (at Payne’s Dock) Sept 1.............................................................................................................................. Scott Baer 4 to 7 p.m.  Sept 1.............................................................................................................Dave Lefkin 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Sept 6 ..........................................................................................................Dan Watson 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Sept 7 .............................................................................................................. Scott Baer 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.  September 13............................................................................................................ .Ben 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. September 15 (closing night) Izzy ............................................................................. 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Sept. 2 .................................................................................................. The Z Boys, 9 p.m. Every Week:  Monday: Half price wings all night & Trivia at 9 p.m.   Tuesday:  Karaoke (June 25-Aug.27)   Wednesday: $7 Pizza & Open Mic at 8 p.m.   Friday & Saturday:  Live Music    Sunday: Acoustic Jam 7 - 10 p.m.

Sept. 1, 2 ........................... Marc Douglas Berardo  Sept. 6, 7 ............................ Marc Douglas Berardo Friday and Saturday nights: 8 to 11:30 p.m.   Saturday and Sunday days: 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Tigerfish Sept. 13 .................................................. Drag Cabaret w/ Gia Deveroux, Jealousy Jonz + DJ SoundWaves 10 p.m. (Tickets for sale starting Sept 1)  Friday Sept 6, 27, Oct 4, 11 ...DJ Libre in the Tiki Room  Every Week: Saturday: Karaoke: Martimus & Lambo 10 p.m. Sunday: Soca with DJ Libre 10 p.m. (every Week through Oct.13)

Poor People’s Pub Every Week:   Tuesday — Service Industry Night with DJ Libre 10 p.m. (Every Tuesday through October)  Saturday — Dance Party with DJ Libre 10 p.m. (Every Saturday through October) Friday Sept 13, Oct 18, Oct 25 ....................... DJ Libre Dance Party Friday Sept 20 ...........................Annual 80’s Prom Party w/ DJ Libre  Dress to Impress to win King and Queen Sundays through Labor Day: Rehab Brunch 11:30 a.m. ,then NFL Sunday football.

Captain Nick’s August 31.............................................................................................................The Booze Beggars, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 .................................................................................................... ............The Booze Beggars, 5:30 p.m. Sept 1........................................................................... .DJ Lock Mess, 9 p.m.  Dr. Westchesterson   10 p.m.   Sept. 2 ................................................................................................. Last Disco Night of the season, 9 p.m.


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Galleries & Museums Spring Street Gallery (401)466-5374 Gallery hours: Open daily, 11a.m.- 6 p.m through Labor Day Sept. 7 — Marta Abbott, natural inks  Sept. 14 — Ted Merritt, paintings  Sept. 14 — Enid Braun and class, plen air painting  Sept. 21 — Cindy Wilson, photography Artists Reception — Saturdays, 5 to 7 p.m.     Visit springstreetgalley.com for more info or call the gallery at (401)466-5374 to inquire and to sign up! Call or email Coordinator Paige Gaffett at heartspacebi@gmail.com.

Jessie Edwards Studio (401)466-5314  Second floor, Post Office Building www.jessieedwardsgallery.com William T. Hall ~ Island Maritime Paintings 

Through September 4  Opening reception: August 24, 5 to 7 p.m.  Hall’s paintings of old Block Island ferries, such as the Quonset, the Yankee, and the Sprigg Carroll, recall the maritime history of travel to and from the island.

Group Show ~ Rocking the Rocks 

Through September 10  Art meets geology in this group show. Rocks from pebbles to boulders abound. They are in carefully-balanced stacks, scattered on the shoreline, and washed by tidal pools. They are covered by moss and mussels, bathed in moonlight, and bleached by the sun. They are perches for shorebirds; sofas for seals. They form breakwaters and serve as landmarks along the coast. They are the bedrock of Block Island.

Historical Society Museum Shop and Gallery (401)466-2481  blockislandhistorical.org The Museum Shop open: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through September 15, weekends through October 14, and in off season by appt. Admission is $10 per person, $8 seniors/ $6 students. Kids under 12 and members are free. Research and tours available. 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401)466-5331  Open Daily. Water Street www.malcolmgreenaway.com

Sept. 1 — Art Guild Fair & Special History Program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sept. 8 — Annual Meeting and Program, 11 a.m. The Narragansett Inn. Sept. 22 — Art & Crafts Guild Fair & Special History Program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sept. 27, 28 — Experience Block Island weekend special tours. 3 p.m. October 12 —Art & Crafts Guild Fair and Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours:  Tuesdays — “Discover Victorian Block Island” – Take a guided walking tour of Block Island’s historic Old Harbor Village. Meet at the Chamber of Commerce building benches.10 a.m. $15 Adults,

$10 Members, $5 Children. No tour on Sept. 17. “Local Perspectives” – Art from 1950s – 1980s, featuring works from Carmel Vitullo, C. Sperry Andrews, and Laura Dodge. Limited to 12 per tour. Meet at the Historical Society Museum. 3 p.m. $15 adults,$5 children. By appointment. ”The Island’s Attic” — Interesting objects from the archives and special items highlighted in the exhibits. 3 p.m. $15/Adults, $5 Children. Limited to 12 per tour. By appointment. Tours include a free poster, and admission to the museum.

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. through October 12. 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.


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Island Weddings

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

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

Please read the following carefully and make your plans in advance. A) If you are a visitor in our hotels or B & B’s, please heed the directives to leave the Island if they are issued. All our ferries will cease operations and move to a safer harbor well before the hurricane arrives so you must react immediately when you are advised to leave. All hotels and B & B’s will be alerted and we ask that you cooperate with all directives. 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.

Photo by Trevor Holden Photography

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 close-to-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 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. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to fishing charter boats that are ready to give you and your wedding party a taste of the thrill of hauling in a big fish — anything from a striped bass, a tuna, a bonito, to mahi-mahi or bluefish. 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.

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. Information provided by Block Island Volunteers for Animals

Are you going to have a Block Island Wedding? Did you get engaged on Block Island? Email Kari at kcurtis@blockislandtimes.com to possibly be included in the Block Island Wedding Guide!


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Run Around the Block 15K Road Race Saturday, September 7 at 11:45 a.m.

By Block Island Chamber of Commerce The Run Around the Block 15K Road Race is one of the oldest races in Rhode Island. This challenging course remains unchanged. It is a hilly, winding run along paved roads. The race begins adjacent to Fresh Pond at Issac's Corner on Center Road. From there the runners take a left and loop all the way around West Side Road, then take a right onto Center Road where they will run up "airport hill" to the top of the hill and take a right to loop around the west side a second time. The race ends at Champlin's Marina where there will be food, drinks and where runners can take a dip in the pool. The race course has four water stops. The west side of the island provides beautiful pastoral scenery; runners will pass freshwater ponds, fields, horse paddocks and residential dwellings. The pavement is marked at 1 mile intervals and there is also temporary in-ground signage at each of those locations. This is a timed race (timing provided by Snerro) and the Men's course record is 45:32,  the Woman's course record is 55:41.  The first 275 finishers will receive a medal. The top 3 finishers in each division will receive prizes. Fred Benson Award – 1st Male Finisher First Place in Men’s Open Division (1-29)    First Place in Men’s (30-39), (40-49), (50-59)   First Place in Men’s (60 -69)   First Place in Men’s

(70 & up)    Andrew Leone Award Youngest Male Finisher        Champlin Award – 1st Female Finisher First Place in Women’s Open Division (1-29) First Place in Women’s (3039), (40-49), (50-59) First Place in Women’s (60 -69) First Place in Women’s  (70 & up)    Andrew Leone Award - Youngest Female Finisher. The proceeds from this race support the "Michael and Daniel Batchelder Memorial Scholarship.” This scholarship is awarded each year to students from the Block Island School who played three sports while in high school. Event details and schedule: In response to input from longtime runners, the start time has been bumped up.  New race start-time this year will be 11:45 a.m. The Block Island School Bus will transport runners from the Old Harbor ferry parking area up to Issac's Corner on race day beginning at 9:30 a.m. Runners may pick up their numbers/goody bag/T-shirt at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce office on Thursday, September 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. or Friday, September 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Otherwise they may be picked up at the starting line on September 7 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Please bring your ID with you. There is parking available at the starting line.  Portable toilets will be available at the starting line.  Once again, Lambs Package Service will be providing a truck to transport participants’ belongings from the starting

line to the finish line. The truck is large enough to transport bicycles, strollers, backpacks, etc. The New Shoreham Police Department will be assisting with the race at intersections.  Traffic will continue along the roads with runners and signage will indicate that they proceed with care. The finish line is at Champlin's Marina on New Harbor.  Champlin's has offered the use of their pool to runners.  Bathrooms and showers are also available at Champlin's Marina.  Finisher medals will be distributed as runners exit the chute.  Food and beverages will be available at the end of the chute. Prizes will be awarded beginning at 1 p.m. The School bus will pick up runners at the finish line beginning at 1:15

p.m. and take you to Old Harbor if you would like. The last ferry to Point Judith is at 7 p.m.(www.blockislandferry.com) and to New London at 8:10 p.m. (www.goblockisland.com). The ferry to Montauk, NY departs directly from Champlin's Marina at 5 p.m. No dogs will be permitted on the race course. Please check the weather prior to traveling. You may wish to bring layers of clothing to wear prior to and following the race. If rain is expected you will want to bring a rain jacket and a weatherproof bag for your belongings. Be sure to check the ferry schedules carefully and to allow time to park on the mainland. If you have any questions prior to, or after, registration, email  info@ blockislandchamber.com.

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REAL REAL ESTATE ESTATE BOATING BOATING & & FISHING FISHING Old Harbor docks. Photo by K. Curtis

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584 Beach Ave $1,575,000

883 Cooneymus Road $1,950,000

838 Center Road $895,000

1678 Lakeside Drive $1,290,000

1688 Mohegan Trail $1,795,000

1143 Corn Neck Rd $1,549,000

472 Old Town Road $1,450,000

1770 Corn Neck Rd. $1,600,000

548 Center Road $1,095,000

1257 High St $1,025,000

72 West Side $599,500

1712 Corn Neck Rd $1,250,000

27 High St, Unit #4 $595,000

Land Listings Center Road .......$525,000 Mohegan Trail ...$399,000 Highview Lane...$415,000

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Wind Farm celebrates 3rd anniversary Still attracting attention

The Block Island Wind Farm is a tourist attraction at the Southeast Bluffs. Photo by Lars Trodson By Cassius Shuman There was no band or bunting at the Southeast Bluffs celebrating the third anniversary of the Block Island Wind Farm’s construction. The pilot project’s developer, Deepwater Wind, completed construction using a large marine vessel to affix the final blade to tower number five on Thursday, August 18 of 2016. The anniversary brought back a flood of memories, including some early foibles that Deepwater Wind described as being

part of its learning curve. There was also the deployment of unique vessels, which vaguely resembled the alien ships in “War of the Worlds,” elevating above the turbulent surf on three long legs to conduct the installation process. In rather expedient fashion, the turbines were assembled atop their foundations in a little over two week’s time, like an erector set on an undulating sea three miles off the southeast coast of the island. Turbines, nacelles, and blades seem to be installed with relative ease utilizing

the Brave Tern., Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s 433-foot long lift boat. (See accompanying photo.) According to General Electric, the five large Haliade turbines are capable of generating enough power to produce about 125,000-megawatt hours of electricity, with one six-megawatt turbine capable of providing more than enough energy to power Block Island. At 560 feet tall, the turbine towers, are twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. The diameter of the rotor/blades — 490

feet — is more than double the wingspan of a 747 jumbo jet. Construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm did not begin smoothly, as the first foundation, weighing more than 1,500 tons, was damaged while being placed from a barge into 90-feet of water. During that construction phase, a barge containing three of the wind farm’s decks broke loose on Block Island Sound, leading to a scramble by a tugboat to retrieve it. See Wind farm, Page D4

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COAST GUARD COTTAGE Reminiscent of former summer days, enjoy this 5 bedroom seasonal home on highly desirable Coast Guard Road. Just minutes away from New Harbor! $869,900

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE This wondrous 2.5 acre West Side property is bordered by stone walls and conservancy land. Come see this truly magical, whimsical home with gently rolling terrain, and let tranquility sink in. $995,000

FORMALLY TOPSIDE CAFE Now is the time to take advantage of this rare opportunity to own a desirably located condo with the luxury of being approved for commercial or residential use. 1,100 sq. ft. of livable and workable space opens up endless ways to enjoy downtown living at it’s best!

VACANT LAND

YOUR FUTURE AWAITS S.E. Lighthouse & ocean views featuring eco-friendly wind turbines. Inverted Lindal Cedar home boasts an airy and spacious great room w/ cathedral ceilings. Wrap around deck is perfect for entertaining! $995,000

OLD MILL ROAD 2 acre parcel in a country setting with long range views from the east to Clayhead Trail. $409,000 $397,000

WATERFRONT FAMILY COMPOUND Nestled in the heart of New Harbor, enjoy private access to Trim’s Pond & the Great Salt Pond from your own dock! Fantastic rental history. $749,000/$1,199,000

Jennifer Phillips, Broker

OLD HARBOR COMMERCIAL Last undeveloped parcel in Old Harbor area with over 100 feet of frontage on well traveled Chapel Street. Just steps from downtown activity and commerce. $899,000

Hanna Greenlee Martin, Carolyn Casady, Sales Agents

PHENOMENAL GREAT SALT POND VIEWS Walk to the beach with this private year-round 3 bedroom home with plenty of room to expand. Extremely desirable summer rental! $1,350,000

Located Above the Post Of�ice 401-466-8806 www.phillipsonbi.com


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Wind farm Continued from Page D3 The 30-megawatt wind farm began delivering clean, stable energy to Block Island on May 1, 2017; powering the island year-round, while sending excess energy to the Independent System Operators of New England via National Grid’s sea2shore cable. While there have been issues associated with National Grid’s cable, the wind farm has operated without any major problems. The Times spoke with people visiting the Southeast Bluffs to get their reaction to the wind farm’s third anniversary; some were witnessing the wind farm for the first time. Most were aware of view-shed concerns and opposition regarding the project. “We saw the wind farm for the first time coming over on the ferry, and we both said, ‘Wow!’” remarked Caroline Gear, who along with Jim Olsen, traveled from Northampton, Mass. to see the wind farm. “It’s great. We are amazed it’s located three miles offshore, and that just one of the turbines can power the whole island.” “What’s not to love?” exclaimed Olsen. “That’s our future — I hope.” He added: “Thirty turbines would be too many, but five is okay. It’s great.” “It’s an interesting sight,” said Rochelle Moss, standing beside her husband, Brian, and daughter, Gina Shepro, gazing out at the wind farm for the first time. “We haven’t been here, on Block Island, for five years. We say, ‘Why can’t there be more offshore wind farms in America?’” “We see them everywhere in Europe,” added Brian. They were struck by the size of the turbines. Rochelle said the turbines look like they are located a mile from the island. Rochelle and Brian live in Atlanta, while

their daughter resides in Luxembourg. “I knew about the controversy surrounding the project. I heard the different arguments,” said Shepro. “I think longterm it was really the right move. I have no problem with them disturbing the view, and considering the energy it provides, it’s not the worst tradeoff.” Shepro, who makes visiting the bluffs a regular occurrence during trips to Block Island, said she “usually stops by the Southeast Lighthouse” to see the wind farm. “I can see that people are curious about it. My impression is: people have grown to accept it.” “It’s interesting that we’re on the leading edge” in this country with the wind farm, said Pat Elmer from Wakefield, Rhode Island, who said she first saw the wind farm right after it was completed. “It was after the peak season, when we were traveling to the island on the ferry. One of the managers of Deepwater Wind told us that he was meeting with some investors to see the wind farm close up.” “They seem about the size that I thought they would be,” noted Elmer. “I don’t mind them. We have to look at other

sources of energy.” New Shoreham Second Warden André Boudreau, The final blade of the Block Island Wind farm is installed on who operates the food August 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deepwater Wind truck, Southeast Light Delights, at the bluffs, everyone’s electric clocks run on time said, “It was three years ago from today now, but the system strength allows us to when they were finalizing putting the ride through lightning storms and other blades on. It’s a sign of 21st century progexternal impacts with barely a flicker.” ress. People realize that and want to come First Warden Ken Lacoste said, “I’m see it.” still proud to have been a part of the wind Boudreau, who also lives on the propfarm development process. I think the erty, said he couldn’t recall anyone comchanges that have and will come about plaining about the wind farm. He showed because of the wind farm and the undersea The Times a utility box attached to his cable, are important. We are in a much truck containing a fake set of switches that better situation now electrically and will pokes fun at the wind farm. Boudreau said soon catch up with most of America in people visiting the bluffs find the prop terms of broadband. Virtually all of the amusing. visitors to the island I have encountered Jeffery Wright, President of the Block are impressed by the island’s bold step to Island Utility District, said, “The wind accept the new technology and fascinated farm and cable have been a real game by the turbines themselves.” changer for us. Since connecting the island’s distribution grid to the wind farm and submarine cable, our system reliability and power quality has improved so much that everyone comments on it. Not only do

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André Boudreau, owner of the Southeast Light Delights food truck, gestures toward a fake set of switches that pokes fun at the Block Island Wind Farm. Photo by Cassius Shuman

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Grilled baby lamb chops

By Pam Gelsomini Lamb — the other red meat! Mix up your grilling routine and try this super flavorful dish highlighting baby lamb chops with a twist on your classic pesto.

THE CHOPS: 2.5 to 3 pounds baby lamb chops, cut into single chops 6 large cloves of garlic, chopped 3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, stripped from the stem and chopped 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper ¼ cup olive oil

Place the lamb chops in a large bowl or ziplock bag. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the chops. Toss to thoroughly coat. Let marinade at least one hour or up to overnight. Let the chops come back to room temperature before grilling. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Chop the woody ends (about 2 to 3 inches) off the ends of the asparagus spears, then chop the remaining part in half and spread evenly on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss with your hands to evenly coat all of the asparagus pieces. Bake for 10 minutes until the asparagus is crisp tender and fragrant. Remove from oven and set aside. To make the risotto, heat the butter

THE ASPARAGUS: 2 bunches of asparagus ¼ cup olive oil ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. black pepper

and olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the onions until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the rice to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently until the rice is toasty. At this point, stirring almost constantly is required to create a creamy delicious result. Add the wine to the pan and stir until almost completely absorbed and the bottom of the pan shows no liquid when you pull the rice to the side. Gradually add the chicken stock in 1/2 cup increments, stirring constantly, waiting to add more stock until the liquid is almost fully absorbed. Continue adding the stock until the rice is plump and tender (but with some ‘tooth’) when you taste it.

THE RISOTTO: 3 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 large sweet onion, chopped 6 large garlic cloves chopped 1 ½ cups Arborio rice 1 cup dry white wine 3-3 ½ cups chicken stock ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. black pepper ½ cup heavy cream ¾ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese 1 cup frozen peas, thawed ¼ cup flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped You may not need all of the stock. Add the salt, pepper, and heavy cream to the pan. Stir to combine and let the cream absorb, about 1 minute. Add the parmesan, peas, parsley, and asparagus to the rice and stir to fully combine, about 1-2 minutes.  To make the pesto, add the mint, garlic, pine nuts and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times until well combined. Drizzle the olive oil in with the processor on low speed until a saucy paste forms. ​ Set your grill on medium high heat and let preheat for 20 to 30 minutes before add the chops. Place marinated chops to the grill and cook about 3 to 4 minutes per side. If there is a fatty edge, turn the chops on the side to render that fat as well. Cook to about 130 degrees for medium rare done-

THE PESTO: 1 cup fresh mint leaves 3 garlic cloves, rough chopped ½ cup pine nuts ¼ tsp. salt 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil

ness. Let rest, covered with foil for 10 minutes before serving. Serve two lamb chops over about 3/4 cup of the risotto and drizzle with the mint pesto. Garnish with more parsley and mint leaves. This recipe also works well for a crowd with a large leg of lamb (6 to 8 pounds). Cut slits all over the leg and insert slices of garlic into each slit. Rub the leg all over with fresh chopped rosemary, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Place in a large baking pan, cover with saran wrap, and let marinade overnight. Place in a 325-degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes per pound. Carve on the bias in thin slices.


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Island Living

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

Sea to Summit House location: 859 West Side Road, MLS #1227057 House size: Main House, Cottage and Barn/Studio with a total square footage of 3765 (3765 not including screened in porch, decks, patios or two bay garage, and finished storage area on the first floor of the barn studio.) Lot size: 2.6 Acres Price: $3,495,000 Contact info: Gail Ballard Hall, Principal Broker, Ballard Hall Real Estate  (401)466-8883 office, (401)741-7001 cell  gail@blockislandproperty.com

Setting: One of a kind property offering beautiful views of Block Island Sound with Montauk Long Island in the back ground. The main house, studio/barn style building and cottage offer comfort for a few or accommodation for everyone you would like to invite for a holiday. The main house and cottage were completely renovated in 2008/09 and the studio is a new structure built in 2009. Architecturally designed finish & custom features with Block Island in mind. Each building heated and air conditioned. An in-ground heated pool sits well into the landscape while offering enjoyment for all between visits to the beach or hiking the expansive Greenway Trail system. Access to a good size pond for fresh water fishing. Fenced in garden currently housing an array of rose bushes requiring minimal maintenance with room for expansion for the avid gardener. Contents are by and large included, which have assisted in the betterment and accomplished rental history. Please view the aerial video and floor plan virtual tour for an introduction to this unique real estate.

Calico Hill Victorian Location: 472 Old Town Road, or Old Harbor House Size: 2726 sq. ft. Lot Size: 9,777 sq. ft. Price: $1,450,000.00 Contact info: Shannon Morgan, Shannon@sullivanbi.com Cell: (401)580-0521

Setting Description: Nestled in the heart of Old Harbor, this classic Victorian is walk-able to all Block Island has to offer, beaches, shops, restaurants and the ferry. This prime location offers accessibility and the convenience of not needing a car. Pop over for the weekend, and stroll right on up to the house. Inside description: This home has been impeccably maintained and updated while still retaining its charm. The property offers two separate living units, with the option of renting and enjoying your vacation home at the same time, a rarity on the island! Crown moldings, stained glass windows and gingerbread decorative woodwork evoke the style of a bygone era. Outside Description: Lovely covered porch and decks, to sit outside and watch the Old Harbor activities. Ocean views of the town to Clayhead can be enjoyed from the top two levels.


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Montgomery House Location: 1431 & 901 Cooneymus Road House size: 5000+ Main House, 500+ Garage with Guest Suite/Office, 700+ Guest Cottage Lot size: 4.37 Acres Price: $3,290,000 Contact info: Offshore Property LLC. (401) 466-5446, offprop@verizon.net

Setting/Outside: At the beautiful sunset end of Cooneymus Road sits a stunning three-building family compound. This oversized lot is lined with beautiful stone walls and thoughtfully designed mature perennial gardens. The main house and two-car garage with guest suite/office sit high on a hill to take advantage of the sweeping ocean and sunset views. Separate two-bedroom guest cottage located near entrance to the property allows for privacy. Inside: Enjoy compelling water views from most rooms in this contemporary home featuring 3 oversized bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Bright and airy kitchen, dining room and living room open to large decks with ocean and stonewall views. House features a dehumidified library with woodburning fireplace, sewing room, office, TV room with kitchenette, tons of storage areas and a one-car garage. Separate two-car garage adjacent to the main house has one bedroom or office with bathroom. The modest guest cottage (designated 513 accessory apartment for year-round rental) has two bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and full kitchen with living space – continue to rent year round or convert to guest space by removing kitchen.

OFFSHORE PROPERTY LLC Real Estate Sales & Vacation Rentals

Looking to Buy, Sell, or Rent on Block Island? Let us help you be here!

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At the quiet sunset end of Cooneymus Road sits this stunning threebuilding family compound on an oversized 4.37-acre lot lined with stonewalls and mature perennial gardens. The three-bedroom main house features a chef’s kitchen, large formal dining room, spacious living room, dehumidified library, large West-facing decks and much more. Two additional buildings with living space and garages. | Asking $3,290,000

This peaceful and private 1 -acre lot has many mature native trees, lovely freshwater pond views, and distant vistas of the ocean and Clayhead from a build site set to optimize viewsheds. Walking distance to town makes this a desirable area for summer rentals and year-round enjoyment. Town water and sewer lines in close proximity. Previous approval (expired) for home with footprint of 28'x40' plus decks | Asking $375,000

Commercial Opportunity! Commercial condo in the heart of Old Harbor with endless possibilities! Spacious interior with large wrap around deck. Strong seasonal and year-round operational history. 2 parking spots in rear of building. Or convert and use as a residence! Asking $319,000

Under Contract!

Under Contract!

Little Beaver: Private setting off Beacon Hill Road. Incredible character and stunning boatbuilder craftsmanship. This house has 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a cozy living room with fireplace| $995,000

Cozy three-bedroom two-bath Cape on 1.2 acres on the quiet West Side. Four-season home with oil heat and cozy wood stove, cherry cabinets, fresh paint & refinished hardwood floors! | $839,000

Robin Lewis Vila, Principal Broker / Owner Susan Black, Broker / Owner Edith Littlefield Blane, Associate Broker Corlies Black, Kerri Gaffett, Krista Vila, Laurel Nelson & Gina Quick, Sales Associates

401-466-5446 offprop@verizon.net offshorepropertyllc.com


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

Fall Fishing By K. Curtis If you have not spent time on Block Island in the fall, you should. There is less traffic on the roads, the beaches are not as congested, the locals are, well, friendlier….and the fishing can’t be beat. Let’s face it — fresh fish and Rhode Island go hand-in-hand. Locally caught fish is a seafood lovers dream — and September and October is a choice time to take advantage of Block Island’s coastal bounty. False albacore, Bonita and striped bass are great catches this time of year. Hula Charters offers fishing packages in the shoulder season — guiding anglers to some of the best fishing on the East Coast. Capt. Matt King has perfected the art of fly-casting and has brought this particular skill set to Block Island — sight fishing — fly-fishing the island’s shallows for elusive stripers and false albacore. The slow-down of the busy summer months allows Hula’s Flats boat to get into the Great Salt Pond for this. Chartering a boat is a great option for both the beginner, and the expert. A charter will provide all gear, bait, and tackle and you will not need to buy a saltwater license to fish. Hula’s fishing charters run from May through October, but the calm of the island’s off-season is a prime time to book a trip — whether offshore, or in the pond. Experience the best fishing in New England, in one of the best seasons of the year — the fall.

A young angler with a bluefish caught while fly fishing off the island’s east side. Photo courtesy of Hula Charters.

Hula Charters is located in Old Harbor. Photo by K. Curtis

Fishing Charters Pale Horse Charters  Light tackle fishing for the whole family. Half and full days. Capt. John Hunnewell (802) 379-0336 Location: Hog Pen, New Harbor Linesider Fishing Charter 2, 3, and 4 hour trips, Half & Full days Capt. Eric Gustafson (401) 439-5386 info@linesiderfishing.com Location: Old Harbor Dock

Hula Charters  Inshore Fishing, Sunset Cruises, Family Day Trips, Wind Farm Tours  Capt. Matt King  (401) 263-FISH (3474)  www.HulaCharters.com Location: Old Harbor Dock

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

Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals A Block Island Landmark

Mahogany Shoals

Welcome to Block Island

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!"

PaynesDock.com 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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2019 Rhode Island Marine Recreational FISHING REGULATIONS SPECIES BAG LIMIT / MINIMUM SIZE

American Eel

River Herring 

Black Sea Bass

Scup

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

(2 may be 17”, rest must be 19” or larger)  When fishing from shore at the following:  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

(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

Shore and Private Boat  30 fish/day - 9 inch minimum  May 1 to Dec 31 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 Party and Charter Boat  10 inch minimum  May 1 - Aug 31: 30 fish/person/day  Sept 1 - Oct 31: 50 fish/person/day  Nov 1 - Dec 31: 30 fish/person/day

Bluefish

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

Cod

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

Haddock

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

Menhaden 

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

Tautog

16 inch minimum  SPLIT SEASON  April 15 to May 31: 3 fish/day  June 1 - July 31: closed  August 1 to October 14: 3 fish/day  October 15 to December 31: 5 fish/day In addition there is a 10 fish boat maximum per day

Weakfish (Squeteague) 1 fish/day - 16 inch minimum  No closed season Winter Flounder  2 fish - 12 inch minimum  March 1 to Dec 31

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.

Monkfish

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

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

6 fish/day - 19 inch minimum  May 1 to Dec 31 Special Shore Area Provisions  Minimum size of 17 inches (2 fish only).  Total possession 6 fish 

Pollock

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

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s e n e c S 9 1 0 2 Summer

Scenes from Summer — Beautiful beach days, kayaking and paddle boarding on the Great Salt Pond, Neal and the Vipers rock ’n rollin’ at Captain Nick’s, surfing, and stellar sunsets were all a part of a busy and fun summer on Block Island. With absolutely stunning weather, how could we ever want it to end? Photos by K. Curtis


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BLOCK ISLAND, RI 1432 COONEYMUS ROAD Catering to coastal lifestyle, this exclusive residence immaculately presents privacy and genuine sophistication while offering panoramic ocean views.In a class of its own, no detail has been overlooked in this extraordinary Block Island retreat. $3,600,000 | 401.741.1825

No.

1 in Rhode Island Luxury Real Estate

*

BLOCK ISLAND, RI

BLOCK ISLAND, RI

BLOCK ISLAND, RI

1635 & 331 SOUTHEAST ROAD

$5,150,000

1357 BLACK ROCK ROAD

$3,650,000

1320 PECKHAM FARM ROAD

$1,925,000

12 Oceanfront Acres with Two Homes

401.741.1825

Oceanfront Contemporary on 3.39 Acres

401.741.1825

Private 5-Bed Island Home w. Views

401.741.1825

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$1,825,000

1079 CORN NECK ROAD

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Award Winning Contemporary with Views

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5-Bed on 3.93 Acres with Beach Access

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BLOCK ISLAND, RI

LILA DELMAN REAL ESTATE OF BLOCK ISLAND 61 DODGE STREET *No. 1 luxury ranking based on highest total dollar volume of sales over one million dollars in the state of Rhode Island for 2018. This representation is based on information from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and Statewide MLS for the period of January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2018. The MLS does not guarantee and is not in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market


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With gratitude, Ballard Hall Real Estate is proud to be the Top Selling Agency in 2018.*

Ballard Hall

New Price

New Listing

1278 Cormorant Cove | MLS ID 1197000 | $1,745,000 Waterfront Cottage & Dock with Keel Boat Depth | 120’ New Harbor frontage Spectacular Views of former Coast Guard Station & Block Island Sound

1548 Coast Guard Rd. | MLS 120425 | $2,250,000 Vacation Style 5 BR & 3 BA | 4.6 Acres | Beach Stone Fireplace Conservation land to the South & West | Access to Rodman’s Pond

New Price

844 West Side Road MLS 1218182 $895,000 Ocean & Sunset Views

859 West Side Road | MLS 1227057 | $3,495,000 New England Style Compound | Main House, Cottage & Studio | 8 BR & 7.5 BA | Beautiful Ocean Views In Ground Heated Pool | Custom Features Throughout

Two-Family

37 Beach Ave MLS 1212827 $1,385,000 Waterfront Harbor Pond

741 Corn Neck Road MLS 1218347 $905,000 North Light Views

Sale Pending

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

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

898 Cooneymus Rd. MLS 1226985 $1,295,000 Breathtaking Views.

VACANT LAND LISTINGS New Listing

2 Acres | Off West Side Road | MLS ID 1229530 | $345,000 Peaceful setting | Approved 4 bedroom septic design | mowed lot. 0.86 Acres | Mohegan Trail lot | Ocean Views | $550,000 Includes survey & approved DEM permit for 4 BR OWTS.

380 High St MLS 1208879 $895,000 Classic Cottage | 3 Acres

822 Beacon Hill Rd MLS ID 1228879 $975,000 Historic Charm on 3 Bucolic Acres

Sale Pending

Sold

1649 off Lakeside Drive MLS 1172176 $995,000 Ocean & Pond Views

1043 Pilot Hill Road MLS 1157750 $1,100,000 Panoramic Views | 5+ Acres

Ballard Hall Real Estate Corner of Ocean Ave. & Corn Neck Road (Between the Bagel Shop and the Bank)

New Listing

1 Acre | Payne Road | MLS ID 1220653 | $310,000 New Listing Sounds of the Atlantic Ocean | Serene Setting | Large Pond on Property. 3.4 Acres | Champlin Rd. | MLS ID 1048391 | $678,250 Ocean Views | Cleared Lot | Permitting Underway | Pond on Property.

New Listing

Sold

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

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

www.blockislandproperty.com *Based on information from State-Wide MLS for total sales volume during the period 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2016.

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