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

From farm to plate

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

The Dining Room

Open daily 6 - 10pm • outside seating available Veranda Café The Dining Room

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

Veranda Café

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

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

Victoria’s Bistro & Parlor

Cocktails 5pm - closing

Martini Night Bistro menu 6pm - closing

outside seating available

Has Begun! Martini Night

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

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

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

Smoothies Tazo Tea & Chai Coffee Drinks Daily Selection of Sweets Located in our main Lobby. Open 7 days a week from 7am-11am

Proudly Serving

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CELEBRATE JULY 4TH BLOCK ISLAND STYLE!

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K. Curtis

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

Sunday, July 2, 2017 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 

4th Annual Family Fireworks Picnic  

4th of July Parade

When: 6:30 - 10 p.m.   When: 11 a.m. Where: Block Island Maritime Institute in New Harbor Where: Parade begins at Legion Park in New Harbor and ends at the Statue of Rebecca in Old BBQ, music and games — all to raise money for the Committee for the Harbor Great Salt Pond Theme: “Block Island Memories”  Want to join in? Gather at 9:30 a.m. in the field behind The Oar Cost $35 for adults $20 for children  restaurant.

Music and Fireworks!  

Annual Fire Department Steak Fry

When: At Dusk, about 9 p.m.   Where: Crescent Beach (Raindate is July 3 at dusk) Concert: Town Beach Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks display. 

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

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

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Correction Policy

Publisher........................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor............................................................................ Kari Curtis Production..................................................Macsperts/CRI Design Contributors...Cassius Shuman, Ruth Perfido and Becky Ballard, Corrie Heinz, Susan T. Gibbons, Keith Lang, Scott Comings, Sol Schwartz, Susan Bush, Eileen Birk, K Curtis, Kim Gaffett, Jenna Mead, Chief Vincent T. Carlone Photographers................. K.Curtis, Kim Gaffett, Cassius Shuman, Michael Benson Photography, Lesley A. Ulrich Photography, Malcolm Greenaway, Jack Lynch, T. Finn Photography Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan Advertising Design................................. Macsperts, J.M. Swienton

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


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THIS SUMMER AT THE LIBRARY

Island Free Library’s Summer Reading Program Event Schedule

Tuesday, July 11 th at 3:30 & 5:30PM

Lola Matta: Hula and Polynesian Fusion Join us for two shows by Lola, bringing dances from Hawaii, Tahiti and the Maori people of New Zealand. Children of all ages are invited to watch, learn about the music, props, and costuming, and dance Hula at 3:30, and ages 12+ are encouraged to come learn the intricate steps of Polynesian Fusion at 5:30. Come move, groove and learn!

Thursday, August 10 th at 11AM & 3PM

Kites & Goldsworthy’s “Land Art” with RIMOSA How and why do objects fly? Explore aerodynamic forms, wind, friction, drag through the creation of a handmade art kite. Discover how to alter paper to fly, create paper airplanes, and make a sled kite. Design a simple graphic composition for their kites that will be visible from the sky and once complete, watch your art fly! Ages 5+. Registration is required for this event – please come by or call to register. Thursday July 13 th at 5:30PM Tuesday – Berrigan Exhibition program series. @ 5:30 pm Observe the unique way in which artist Andy Songs of the Sea with Atwater and Donnelly Events to include poetry readings, book talks and film premieres Goldsworthy uses the natural environment – and Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and ONLY the natural environment- to build decepTuesday – Family Games @ 7PM unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appatively simple works of engineering art. We’ll use Mahjongg, Cribbage, your choice! All levels and beginners welcome! lachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin natural materials to construct Goldsworthy-inwhistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, Wednesday – Storytime @ 10:30AM spired sculptures. Weather permitting, this class limberjacks and other surprises, including Bring your toddler/preschoolers to read some books, make a craft will be held outdoors. Weather not permitting, and eat a snack! Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian it will be held indoors. Ages 5+. Registration is footwork and Tap. At this family-friendly, all Wednesday – Bookmobile @10:30AM required for this event – please come by or call to ages event, explore how music was used hisIf injury/illness keeps you from the library, we’ll come to you! register. torically to aid in the work of sailors, as well Call us with your requests. as to tell vivid stories of life on and off shore. Thursday, August 17 th at 5:30PM Wednesday – Movie Matinee @ 1PM Music with Maria Sangolio Enjoy a different film and free popcorn every week. Thursday, July 27 th at 10:30AM Maria Sangiolo has been writing and performing Katie Fairhead/playSCIENCE Wednesday – Tech Talk @ 3:30PM for children and their families for the past ten Let’s wiggle, giggle, shake and shout! Join Free advice and troubleshooting for all your tech questions. years. Whether it’s under the moon singing a Miss Katie for an interactive music perforlullaby, in the garden building houses for fairies, Thursday – Mahjongg @10AM Kids will get to join the fun by help- by the sea watching dolphins diving or down on Saturday July 1, mance. 5-8 pm Come to learn and play – all levels and beginners welcome! ing sing and write songs; keeping rhythm the farm growing and eating veggies, Sangiolo Saturday July 1, 5-8 pm by playing percussion; and last but not least, challenges us to be our very best and be stewards Thursday – TNC Perch Program Film @7PM Enjoy a different environmental documentary every week dancing! Surrounded by Sea All ages welcome. of the planet at the same time. Come listen, sing – always family friendly! Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, along, and enjoy this all-ages performance! Surrounded by Sea

Weekly Programming

Exhibit Opening Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, Lighthouses, and more. AllLighthouses, are welcome more. Saturdayand July 1, 5-8 pm All are welcomeExhibit

Opening

SurroundedSaturday by SeaJuly 1, 5-8 pm Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving,

by Sea Lighthouses, andSurrounded more.

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

All are welcome

Exhibit Opening Saturday July 1, 5-8 pm

Surrounded by Sea

Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, Lighthouses, and more.

All are welcome

Porch Party Porch Party Saturday, July 29, 6–10 pm

Saturday, July 29, 6–10porch pm On the Historical Society

On the Historical Society porch and lawn. Refreshments and fun and lawn. Refreshments and fun Silent Auction Silent Auction

Porch Party Porch Party

Saturday, July 29, pm 6–10 pm Saturday, July 29, 6–10

On the Historical Society porch On the Historical Society porch and lawn. Refreshments and fun and lawn. Refreshments and fun Silent Auction Silent Auction

TEL: 401-466-2481 TEL: 401-466-2481 www.blockislandhistorical.org / e-mail: blockislandhiswww.blockislandhistorical.org / e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com tory@gmail.com

Exhibit Opening Block Island Society Block IslandHistorical Historical Society TEL: 401-466-2481 www.blockislandhistorical.org / e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com

TEL: 401-466-2481 www.blockislandhistorical.org / e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com

Corner of Dodge Street &Saturday Old Town July 1, Road 5-8Road pm Corner of Dodge Street & Old Town

Block Island Historical Society Museum and Museum and Shop Surrounded byShop Sea Corner of Dodge Street & Old Town Road

Block Island Historical Society Hours andand Admission: Hours Admission: Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving,

Lighthouses, and Corner of Dodge Street & Daily Old Town Road 11–4pm Daily / more. July 1st–Labor Day 11–4pm /Museum July 1st–Labor Day and Shop

TEL: 401-466-2481 www.blockislandhistorical.org / e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com

All are welcome Hours and Admission: Adults $6Seniors / Seniors Students Adults $6 / && Students $4$4 Museum and Shop 11–4pm Daily / July 1st–Labor Day Members & Children free Members & Children free

Block Island Historical Society

Hours and Admission: Adults $6 / Seniors &401-466-2481 Students $4 TEL: TEL: 401-466-2481 11–4pm Daily /www.blockislandhistorical.org July 1st–Labor Members & ChildrenDay free Corner of Dodge Street & Old Town Road www.blockislandhistorical.org TEL: 401-466-2481 Adults $6 / Seniors & Students $4 e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com www.blockislandhistorical.org Museum and Shop Members & Children free e-mail: blockislandhistory@gmail.com TEL: 401-466-2481 Hours and Admission: www.blockislandhistorical.org 11–4pm Daily / July 1st–Labor Day


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

Dear Visitors to Block Island,  ter season, with as little as one you again after a ver y slow win see to py hap are and you e a fun place to be for all.     We welcom n! Now it’s the busy season and ope ses ines bus any dly har and because they are in such a thousand residents, are unnoticed by most people that s risk are e ther t men iron sn’t always alert you to posIn any natural env are on vacation, your mind doe you en Wh d. min of e stat t’s okay, it is mostly safe wonderfully relaxed rything is completely safe. Tha eve that ion ress imp the get e you from injury.  sible dangers and you gs that may save your life, or sav thin few a ut abo w kno you let for sure, but we need to accidents. There are lots Island, some seriously from bike ck Blo on r yea ry eve red inju t to do to be safe. 1. Bicycles — People get competing for the road. Here’s wha fic traf of lots and rs, ulde sho road under wear them, but of steep inclines, poor law requires that people fifteen and The n. dre chil lly ecia esp et, Wear an approved helm Lock your bikes! ride I recommend that everyone should. your safety. Stop at STOP signs, are required to do by law, and for you ch whi s, law fic traf all y 2.  Obe everywhere.  because the curves and hills are with traffic and don’t go too fast re present, and be alert that there whe ks wal or facing traffic, use side fic traf inst aga lk Wa — s lker 3. Wa dren carefully, please.  e by as you walk. Watch your chil clos ing com s icle veh of s ner man are all ed if you fail to do so, please is the law) or you will be summon (it et helm a ar We — s ped Mo 4. Rental eatedly blow the hor n. obey all traffic laws, and don’t rep sands of pounds of clay areas; they are unstable and thou f bluf e larg w belo out tch Wa — far from a young 5. Beaches dren near the water; don’t be too chil tch Wa ly. cted xpe une n dow can come children. ng risk in the ocean for unattended child, there is an extreme drowni lic areas. Drinking in pub all any beaches and in on ted hibi pro is s Thi — l oho l summons 6. Drinking Alc s will be in plain clothes and wil icer Off . way any idea d goo a not d liquor sales the hot sun is g anywhere other than in license kin drin from ain refr se plea so or arrest you, medical staff and injured k to excess. We have a minimal establishments. Please do not drin ous injuries.  n off the island for treatment of seri people end up having to be flow ective clothing when biking or ited lighting, so please wear refl 7.  Night Time — There is lim walking. at bars and beaches, and lock s, watch your purse and cell phones 8. Valuables — Lock your bike your cars. officers are friendly and and if you need anything, all of our In closing, we are happy to see you necessary. approachable and will help you if Please have a safe vacation.   Sincerely, Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

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

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Historical Society Opening. 75th Anniversary exhibit “Surrounded by Sea.” 5 - 8 p.m.

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Fireworks Picnic at B.I. Maritime Institute. Tickets $35 Adults/$20 Kids. 6:30 p.m. (www. cgspblockisland.org).

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Pre-fireworks concert. Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. 7:30 - 9 p.m.

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

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

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July 4th Parade. Begins at 11 a.m. at Legion Park and ends on Water St. Line up for floats and judging at 9:30 a.m. at The Oar.

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33rd Annual Fire Department’s Steak Fry. BIVFD Fire Barn. $25/ person. 12 noon.

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Hot Dog Eating Contest. Poor People’s Pub. (www.pppbi.com)

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

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Blues on the Block. Fred Benson Town Beach. 6 p.m.

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

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

8-13 Pirate Days! Various events throughout the week. 8

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

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Pirate Days Nautical Map Reading. Island Bound Bookstore. (ages 6-12, sign up required) 10 - 11 a.m.

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

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Full Moon Kayak Tour. Pond & Beyond. Reservations call (401) 578-2773.

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Medical Center Dinner Dance at The Sullivan House. Live Jazz. Tickets available at Island Bound Bookstore. $50. 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

10 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond (Pirate Tour) . BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations only (401)500-3501. 11 Pirate Day Event: Walk to Fort Island. Historical Society host walk from Fort Island to the Museum with pirate charts,hunt for clues. $5 11 BINGO at the Firebarn. 6:30 p.m. 11 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 12 Ancient Mariners & Swiss Mariners Fife and Drum Corps will be roaming around the island with stops at the library and Historical Society. 12 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 12 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501. 12 Pirate Themed Story Hour. Island Free Library. 10:30 a.m. 12 Pirate Themed 611 Cookbook Club. Family friendly. Sign up at the Library. 6 p.m. 13 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 13 Pirate Days Map Reading. Island Bound Bookstore. (ages 6-12, sign up required) 10 - 11 a.m. 13 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 13 “Songs of the Sea” Atwater and Donnelly. Island Free Library. 5:30 p.m. 14 Night Sky Viewing. Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Road. Bring a blanket or beach chair. 9 p.m. 15 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 17 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501. 18 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 19 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 19 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501. 19 Blues on the Block. Fred Benson Town Beach. 6 p.m. 20 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 20 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 22 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 23 Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 23 Lisa Starr and Coleman Barks read poetry. Island Bound Bookstore. 4 - 6 p.m. 24 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501. 25 BINGO at the Firebarn. 6:30 p.m. 25 Tuesday Night Lecture Series. B.I. Maritime Institute. 7 p.m. 26 Farmers Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 26 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501. 26 Blues on the Block. Fred Benson Town Beach. 6 p.m. 27 Historical Society’s ‘Old Harbor Walking Tour’ Meet at statue of Rebecca. 10 a.m. $15 27 Night Market on Dodge Street. 5 - 9 p.m. 29 Farmers Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 29 Porch Party. Refreshments and silent auction. BI Historical Society. 6-10 p.m. 29 3rd Annual Great Salt Pond Swim. Andy’s Way. 11 a.m. (On-Site Registration closed at 10:15 a.m.) 31 Harbor Tour of Great Salt Pond. BI Maritime Institute docks. 10 a.m. Reservations (401)500-3501.


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Atlantic Inn

Tapas Sunset Cocktails &

K. Curtis

Dinner

Serving Nightly Tapas 5 p.m. Dinner 6 - 9 p.m.

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Island Shopping Score the summer goods that you won’t find anywhere else than from local island shops! 1. Glass Onion — Turkish Towels, $35. Silver decorative fish, starting at $125. Watermelon bowls, $10. Super soft cotton star t-shirts and sweatshirts, $32.99-$58. Pean Doubulyu hand-blown candle sticks made by local RISD grad, $184/ea. Assorted bracelets, $8. Fish napkins, $8. Embroidered cross body bags, $30. 2. My Oyster — Sterling and enamel Block Island necklace in three colors, $79. Mermaid necklace, sterling silver, $69. Mermaid Cuff, rhodium covered sterling plated and brass, $79.

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3. Mahoney’s Clothier — Vineyard Vines white dress, $158. Sand and Sea hat and bag set, $73. 4. Building Blocks — Garden spinners, kites, wind socks, $45 5. Building Blocks — Assorted beach toys, shovels, nets, volley ball, Kadima set, sand castle maker, $3.50- $16. 6. Kai Kai — Classic Kai Kai Block Island flip flops, exclusive, $69.99. Eliza B. Block Island flip-flops, $48.

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7. My Oyster — Chanler 4 Corners from Vermont - Block Island Rug, $110. Pillow, $78.

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On The Beach

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

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

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion

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

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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. There is also a small parking lot, which fills up fast.

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

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

7. Mohegan Bluffs beachfront is found at the bottom of the steps that descend from the bluffs. A favorite spot for surfers, it’s also a beautiful and secluded place to swim. Not for the faint of heart.  


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Please Help Protect Our Dunes

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

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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 and has spelled the end for many ships. Located a pace off the main road, it’s best to walk or bike to get there.

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

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

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

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

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


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We’ve Perfected The Art of Romance

Where are Public Restrooms Located?

“Block Island Script Ring”

Block Island’s most romantic B&B… Boston Best Guide

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

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

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SEEKING SHELTER EVENTS Tuesdays 5:30–7 PM Island Free Library 9 Dodge Street July 11 Opening, Frida Berrigan July 18, 25 Gloria Redlich leads book discussions on non-violent civil disobedience August 1 Film: Seeking Shelter August 8 Jim Wallis (at Harbor Church) August 15 Library book group discusses The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen August 22 Film: Seeking Shelter September 12 Bill Kellerman and Jim Reale

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


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A Summer Classic: Kayaking By Corrie Heinz of Pond & Beyond Kayaks

Corrie with young starter on the Great Salt Pond. Photo by K. Curtis

Beginners Guide: Kayaking and Paddleboarding • • • •

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

Silent Sunrise Kayaking Everyone loves the Full Moon Kayak tour but many have never experienced the absolute beauty of sunrise kayaking. Yes,it’s early — especially for vacation SUNRISE) — but there is(PHOTO nothing quite like gliding silently onto the water while daylight breaks and the day begins. Even the biggest non-morning people are always grateful they dragged themselves out of bed to witness the sounds and colors of early morning kayaking. In addition to witnessing the sunrise, this time offers one of the best chances for viewing birds. Another highlight is simply paddling through the quiet mooring field, silently, while the boaters sleep. During peak summer craziness, this is also a great way to beat the crowds and summer heat. Birdwatching opportunities change throughout the season; my personal favorite is low tide after mid-July when shorebird migration has begun. Both tours and rental kayaks are available upon request.  

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

Fun Fridays Photo by T. Finn Photography

Fun Friday Program A precursor to Fun Fridays —  Kids in Kayaks  was started when my son was 6 years old and just starting to kayak. Keeping mostly to the shallow waters of Harbor and Trim’s ponds and around Rat Island, we practiced our paddle skills,

speed, and mobility. This quickly turned into a favorite tour for friends and family, and then the general public. My intern that year created fun eco-based games and held team kayak races in these inner ponds which are, for the most part, protected by the winds and excessive motor boat activity. As the kayak skills improved, we ventured north to explore more of the harbor and its shorelines — thus creating the Fun Friday Program.  In a nutshell, this program is for those who have graduated from the Kids in Kayaks program and are ready and willing to take on a bigger kayak adventure. The program always starts early in the morning at the launch site located on the BIMI property. Participants are required to gather their own equipment (boat, PFD’s, and paddle), supplies (snacks, sunscreen, water, snorkel gear) and pack their own boats. We factor in the weather, wind speed and direction then choose our destination(s). The waters of the Great Salt Pond are pristine and offer many nooks and crannies to explore, with places to stop to snorkel or swim. A mixture of kayaking and eco-education, this program’s mission is to get kids together on the water and challenge them in a meaningful, fun adventure. This summer the program will be led by intern Sierra who will bring her amazing energy and sense of adventure to this program. 


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All private baths, jacuzzi tubs, suites, antique furnishings, large dining/meeting room, free WIFI, satellite TV On the corner of Ocean Ave. and Beach Ave. www.paynesharborviewinn.com • paynesinn@gmail.com • 401-466-5758


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ORDER THIS! By Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido t’s exciting watching our island restaurants open for the 2017 season. Many have been freshening up their places and menus, and staff is returning eager to get started. There are several restaurants with different owners; some with different names. ”Order This...” partners, Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido, along with photographer Kari Curtis, entered Dead Eye Dick’s and immediately realized they were in a familiar but “new” place. Besides all the busyness of opening up for the season, owner, Jessica Wronowski, has plumped her popular place up. There’s a sense of zing in the air that moves from the enthusiasm and confidence of Chef Scott Ferguson, and his brother, Sous Chef, Chad Lovett, to the personality, plus an extensive cocktail list of head bartender, Paul Baptista, to (big news) the new service on the back lawn overlooking the harbor.   First it’s all about the food. Scott and Chad are from Mobile, Alabama, and their southern touch on classic dishes with an extra bit of French, Asian and Italian is all their own. Growing up near the Gulf of Mexico, the brothers know their seafood and demand the freshest as well as a variety. There’s a large raw bar selection as well as delicious non-seafood items. It’s the brothers’ creativity that puts their food over the top. An example is the Mako with Creole Seasoning over a Summer Succotash of fresh corn, lima beans, roasted garlic and arugula laced with a lightly spiced rum beurre blanc. The mako comes from the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The intention was to just politely taste this colorful dish, but in the

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end there was nothing left on the plate.    At the bar, Paul is clearly up-to-date on the trendiest, most popular cocktails. Look for his Ginger Honey Margarita made with Robbie Murphy’s own honey, or the spicy mezcal cocktail made with habanero bitters named Toto Bien.   The biggest surprise at Dead Eye’s is out on the back lawn right up against the New Harbor.  Jessica has created a tasteful, gracious setting with Adirondack chairs, teak tables, fire pits, and strings of lights in a background of planters and trellises.  She envisions twilight dining from their

Bites Menu (a simplified version of their regular menu) and special cocktails while surrounded by the best of Block Island — “natural, coastal, quiet and peaceful”. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido       Dead Eye Dick’s is located in New Harbor. The phone is (401)466 -2654. Visit deadeyedicksbi.com. Photos by K. Curtis

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

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ORDER THIS! By Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido his year’s visit to Los Gatitos was a happy, wonderful experience. The quality of the Mexican food (with an American twist) has not changed — it was colorful, well-presented and very tasty. And the outdoor space that was redecorated last year has a new addition — a beautiful new, high awning with great lighting.  We first met with Kristen Kiley, the manager and one of the owners of Los Gatitos, who told us that while the menu has not changed in any major respect, meats are now being smoked on-site and once-a-week specials will be added. She also noted that the bar menu lists more than 20 tequilas, one of which was bottled in 1942, and that frozen mudslides and frozen margaritas continue to receive great reviews from customers. Berke Marye, the Executive Chef of both Los Gatitos and Winfield’s (another high spot in Block Island restaurant dining) stopped by to say hello, and Matt Imboden, the chef de cuisine at Los Gatitos then took time out of his busy day to spend a few minutes with us. We learned that Chef Imboden hails from Taos, New Mexico, attended the culinary school at Colorado Mountain College right out high school and has expanded his culinary talents by working in all areas of cooking and food delivery from restaurants out west, to south Florida, to St. Thomas, to private jets, kitchen management, and catering and had been involved in the revamp of the menu two years ago. He ended his visit with us by revealing that, in addition to the menu items, he loves cooking chocolates and desserts.

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So, what were we served? First, we had grilled corn with garlic mayo and cotiga cheese. We could have eaten three cobs each! Then came the famous nacho platter with eight ingredients, including incredible house smoked pulled pork, all over fresh corn tortilla chips. It was a feast. Los Gatitos is open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through late September if the weather cooperates. The number is (401)466-5855, or visit yellowkittens.com.

Photos by K. Curtis

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Featuring Fresh Seafood and Gluten-free Items

Kimberly Ward is a Block Island tradition, dating back to 1989. At her restaurant, your dining experience will be enhanced by our friendly, all-island staff who will take your order, mix your drinks, prepare your delicious meal, serve you and your family and friends, make you laugh, and look forward to your return. Kimberly would have it no other way!

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Cocktail Hour

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AN ISLAND TRADITION. Since 1963 island

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

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Watermelon Basil Margarita

Hot summer evenings were meant for relaxing on the porch or patio with friends and sipping cocktails - this one is refreshing enough to beat any heatwave. • Muddle watermelon and basil • Add ice • 2-3 oz. tequilla of choice • 1/2 oz. triple sec • Fresh squeezed lime (2-3 wedges) • Seltzer to fill • Shake and add salted rim (if desired) • Garnish with fresh lime and basil leaf

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By Jenna Mead The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night Bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the first dates being July 11 and July 25. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with Bingo calling starting shortly after 7 p.m. Get there early, the line for cards is often long and grabbing a good spot is a part of making a good evening great. After a busy day of island activities, sitting back in the sunset with the chance of real winnings make many return year after year.  The event is held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department to raise money for the Fire Department. For $5 per person, you receive three boards each, but you can buy as many cards as you like (just make sure you can handle them all). The night includes “normal rounds” which the purchased boards are used for and also “special rounds” where players can buy $1 paper cards to be used. This is not your typical mainland bingo; the event draws families back year after year to participate in this island tradition. The event has become a meeting place for families visiting for the summer, or week and those who live here year-round.  The fire barn is filled with tables for plenty of seating or bring your own chairs, or blanket if you would like to sit outside. The night rewards winners with great prizes from local businesses, like t-shirts, tumblers, gift cards to local businesses and even a cash payout of $100 during one of the “special rounds.” Summer is all about experiencing simple pleasures — and this is one of them!

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Fishing Block Island An expert angler's perspective

Block Island fishing expert Hank Hewitt tending his line beside the Currituck, which he calls a “fisherman’s friend,” at the Coast Guard channel. Photos by Leslie A. Ulrich Photography

By Cassius Shuman "Be confident in what you’re fishing with. You have to think like you’re the bait, and be dialed in to catch fish." That is the gospel of Hank Hewitt, a Block Island fishing aficionado who is more interested in helping fellow anglers and “paying it forward” than catching the biggest fish in the sea. Hewitt said that since Block Island is located some 13 miles out to sea it is an estuarine environment that is home to an assortment of species. “All fish are trophies,” he said, while standing at the edge of the Coast Guard channel with his line in the water. “They’re an incredibly valuable resource.” A few moments later, he snagged a fluke that he quickly reeled in, freed from the hook and then tossed back into the water. Hewitt said he gives back to the sport that he loves by volunteering his expertise to anglers who he feels might be in need of assistance. It’s not uncommon that he will gift someone one of the fancy handmade lures that he creates from scratch. “I’ll give some people instruction if they’re having trouble when they’re fishing,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for me to give half of my fly-box away.”  Hewitt, who works at Block Island Fishworks, passes most of his time on the island with his trusty dog, aptly named Angler, at his side, and fishing rod in-hand while toting an assortment of custom made lures that he casts from either the deck of his

Hewitt’s collection of homemade flies.

boat, the FV Harley, or the sandy shoreline. His motto in life is a variation on the biblical phrase Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” In that vein, Hewitt often fishes with novices, including the young anglers who live on the island, teaching them about the craft of the sport. “Teaching them fishing is teaching them a skill,” he said. “I make the lures that the kids use. If they catch a fish they get to keep the lure.” “Fisher Johnston caught his first striper (bass) using one of my needlefish lures two nights ago,” said Hewitt. Johnston is a sixth grader at the Block Island School. “Fishing is a positive learning experience for the kids. I tell them to help other kids who are fishing, and pay it forward.” Hewitt said he recently fished with Andrew McGarry, a sophomore at the high school, at the Coast Guard channel. McGarry snagged a “sand eel that the Currituck kicked up from the bottom of the channel.” Hewitt suggested that the young angler utilize the sand eel for bait. “He caught fish after fish after that,” said Hewitt, who noted that, “the bass were biting.” Hewitt admitted that the Coast Guard channel is one of his favorite spots to fish on Block Island. The Summer Times joined Hewitt on an excursion to the channel to learn about casting technique, essential gear and the subtleties of fishing, but discovered that there's much more to the sport than bait and hooks.

As Hewitt noted, fishing is about psychology, possessing the suitable mindset to confidently sink your chosen jig, or lure, into the water and land a prized keeper. Hewitt acknowledged that when you’re fishing you have to do so disguised as bait; guiding the lure to feign distress, swimming amidst the current and then in the blink of an eye, snatch an unsuspecting predator from the murky depths. “This is hunting,” remarked Hewitt, “and the channel is the best place to come when fishing with a light tackle.” Hewitt said that different settings, and targeted species require different types of equipment.  Part of that equipment is the custom handmade lures that he makes from wood and lead. The lead gives the lure weight to sink in the water. Each lure requires about 45 minutes to craft from scratch, while the eye-catching colorful paint he adds takes “about 24 hours to cure.” Hewitt said he uses “Gulp,” which is a synthetic, biodegradable plastic product that sits in a fishy solution to attract what he’s targeting. “This stuff is amazing,” he said, while using fishing vernacular to explain how it works. “I take the Gulp and hook it into a jig, and hop it underground. We hop it to get them to hit.” The translation: Hewitt gently bounces, or dances, the lure near the bottom of the channel when fishing for fluke since they’re bottom feeders. “It’s a bottom bouncing technique,” he said. While Hewitt was describing his technique, the Army Corps of Engineers’ dredging vessel called the Currituck appeared near where he was fishing. “Not a lot of people realize that the dredge is a fisherman’s friend,” he said. “The first time I was skeptical about it, but then I saw fish jumping in its wake, and I realized that something good was happening.” Hewitt said that when the dredge operates in the channel it unearths bait from the bottom creating a “chum pot. I use it as a tool,” he said. “The bait becomes an easy meal for predatory fish.” This became apparent to The Times’ reporter, who, after some instruction, cast a line into the water and instantly snared a feisty 14-inch fluke. Some might say it was a lucky strike, but the reporter thinks that the outcome was more likely attributable to Hewitt’s instruction when it’s put into practice.   Other places that Hewitt likes to fish are

the north rip, near the North Lighthouse, at Scotch Beach on a closeout break, and out near the Block Island Wind Farm turbines. “I fish a lot. I mean a real lot,” he said, noting that he sometimes fishes 15-hour days. Hewitt said that one of the most important things to remember is to always fish with decorum. “I understand the desire to catch fish, but you shouldn’t do it at somebody’s else’s expense,” he said. “We should all fish like we’re a team. We’re fishing in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

Hewitt’s handmade custom lures come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

Hewitt holding a Gulp lure in his hand.


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Healthy Living in New Harbor A new fitness studio offers spin, barre, yoga and more

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By Island Fitness There’s a new kind of barre on Block Island … and there is no food or alcohol served.  Island Fitness is a new group fitness studio offering spin, barre, yoga, and other fitness classes on Block Island. Eileen Birk has brought a new concept to the island to help promote fitness, and she has a unique story herself. Not many people can survive three strokes and go on to open a new fitness studio. The classes are energetic, fun and packed! Eileen has an infectiously positive attitude, and she has an ability to get people to push themselves harder than they think possible. Spin and barre classes had never been held on the island; they are also two of Eileen’s favorite classes. Open year-round, the off-season attendance was overwhelming. She is so excited to watch people come into class with the deer-in-theheadlight look only to see them walk out with their shoulders down and head held high with pride. She has several equally inspiring instructors working with her who share her approach toward fitness – make it fun and the results will come. The classes are unique – karaoke spin will bring your cardio capacity to a whole new level. Biker Barre is a combination of 30 minutes of high intensity spin followed by 30 minutes of lower body and core strengthening at the barre. There are also year-round yoga

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classes offered to help stretch out and relieve any muscle soreness and tension. Strength & Stretch has quickly become an island favorite as it combines two critical fitness components — weight training and stretching. While the classes can be challenging, Eileen has the unique ability to make every person, regardless of fitness ability, feel challenged and successful. If you are planning to come to the island for a day, a week, or for the season, be sure to check out Island Fitness’ class schedule. Classes are held in the Block Island Maritime Institute, which has beautiful and scenic views of New Harbor. Are you coming for a wedding, bachelorette party or other special occasion? You can have your own private class for you and your friends. Waterfront yoga or spinning to a specially themed ride can help make your occasion even more special and fun. There are classes for those who want an early morning workout with a few evening classes too. Eileen’s dedication to bringing fitness to Block Island is contagious. She designs her classes to help people build muscle tone and strength, improve balance, stability and cardiovascular health all while having fun. Block Island offers so many fun and exciting things to do — Spin and barre class have now been added to the list. It is even worth a 30-minute high-speed boat ride just to try out one of her classes.

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On The Dock

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July Fishing By Sol Schwartz

Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer including the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, and the Tri-State Canyon Shootout. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to charter boats that are ready to give you a taste of the thrill of hauling in a big fish — anything from a striped bass, a tuna, a bonito, mahi-mahi, bluefish or a shark! Surfcasting is always fun, with plenty of rocky shore or beach to cast from. For those who prefer freshwater fishing, there are ample angling opportunities. Popular fish in the local ponds include: large mouth bass, pickerel, yellow perch and more. Stop by one of the island’s two bait and tackle shops for gear, bait and suggestions on what’s being caught—and where. Twin Maples is on Beach Ave. and Block Island Fishworks is on Ocean Avenue in New Harbor. July is a great time for fishing on Block Island. It’s the time of year when the change in water  temperature brings around all types of baitfish, which in turn brings in the bigger ones close to our  shores. Whether you’re heading out with your friends and family on a charter trip, or just down to the  beach; you will not run out of things to do on the island.  Based on the June we had, even though it was fairly cool and wet, plenty of fish were caught. Block  Island is typically behind the mainland in the spring for fish showing up. But this year, we saw many fish,  mostly striped bass show up early. So based on June’s results, I have a feeling we will see a lot of fish  caught in the month of July.  What’s great about fishing on the island in the summer months is that there are more family friendly  activities. Catching squid off the local piers is really easy and can be a lot of fun. All you need for that is a  small fishing pole and a squid jig. It’s better to go at night and find some light to stand near because the  squid are attracted to the light. Dropping a crab line off either the piers or bridges is another great  activity for all. Block Island has many species of crab and they’ll bite on just about anything you attach to  the line (catch and release only). If spending the day at the beach and fishing is more your speed, then  you’ll want to head to the Coast Guard channel. It’s a great beach to relax and watch all the boats go by,  as well as catch all types of fish. Mostly what you’ll find during the day there is fluke, scup, stripers, and  the occasional bluefish.  The warmer waters in July definitely bring in bigger fish. This also means they’re chasing bigger bait. One  of the most popular baits on the island for the big fish is eels. You won’t see many people using them in  the spring, but as summer hits, eels are the best live bait for stripers. To catch the monster stripers that  Block Island is known for, it’s better to head out on the boat. If you don’t have one, there is a full fleet of  charters that go out every day and bring you right to the fish. Surf casting is also very popular out here.  Since we are 13 miles out at sea, you can always find a side of the island where fish are.  As always, It’s good to brush up on the regulations and to make sure your fishing license is valid and up  to date. One important thing to note about striped bass is the fin clipping. New regulations as of last  year require you to clip the right pectoral fin from any striped bass over 34 inches only, if harvested  recreationally.  If you’re lucky enough to be on the island in July, stop by one of the tackle shops for the most current  report, or book a trip on one of the many charter boats. Enjoy!

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

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

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

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


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2017 Rhode Island Marine Recreational FISHING REGULATIONS SPECIES BAG LIMIT / MINIMUM SIZE American Eel

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

Black Sea Bass

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

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 limit  4” and greater - 200 fish/person per day

Menhaden 

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

Monkfish

 17 inch minimum (whole fish)  11 inch minimum (tail only)  Bag: 50 lbs tails/day or 166 lbs whole/day

Pollock

Summer Flounder (Fluke)

River Herring 

Tautog

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

(Alewives, blueback herring) CLOSED   Possession prohibited

Scup Shore and Private Boat  30 fish/day - 10 inch minimum  May 1 to Dec 31   Special Shore Area Provisions  Minimum size of 9 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: 45 fish/person/day  Nov 1 - Dec 31: 30 fish/person/day

Weakfish

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

Winter Flounder 

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

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

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Tour the Great Salt Pond

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

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Sunset Photo Tours   Starting July 12, each Wednesday, in conjunction with the Spring Street Gallery, take a photographic journey around Block Island’s Great Salt Pond (with differing starting times late in the day depending on the time of sunset).  Learn how to take great pictures using the lengthening shadows of the impending sunset or just take in the beauty that the Great Salt Pond has to offer. Reservations are necessary by calling (401)5003501 or stopping by the little BIMI office in New Harbor.

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By Kim Gaffett, OVF Naturalist at The Nature Conservancy\

Metamorphosis 1. The action or process of changing in form or substance, esp. by magic or witchcraft, 1589. 2. A complete change in the appearance, condition, character of a person, of affairs, etc. 1548. 3. a. Physiology. Change of form in animals and plants, or their parts, during life, 1665. b. Morphology. The modification of organs or structures in form or function, 1836.

– OXFORD UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY on Historical Principles, 1955.

It is hard to fathom: the two creatures in the photos are of the same animal – Hyalophora cecropia, the cecropia moth. They are, as they say, as different as night and day. Metamorphosis (meta - from the Greek for “change”, morph - from the Greek for “shape”) is a process that most of us accept as amazing, while spending little, or no, time trying to understand how it works? How exactly does that naked larva (caterpillar) dissolve and reconstitute its body, first into a pupa (cocoon), and then into an adult moth? It is a question that can be answered by science. For many, it is enough to simply watch it happen – with eyes wide open and mouths agape. The story of the example at hand, the cecropia moth, is phantasmagorical. The cecropia is the largest moth in North America, and can measure up to six inches across (the males are slightly smaller, and there is variation in size based on the available food resources for the caterpillars). Cecropia moths are in the giant silk moth family, like the more often seen Io or polyphemus moths, and are generally nocturnal. They emerge (eclose) in late spring/

early summer and live for up to two weeks. Its sole job during that time is to mate and reproduce. The female emits a pheromone that can be detected by the males feathery antennae up to a mile away. Once the mating is over and the eggs laid (about 100 eggs per female) the adult moths flutter about until death. Cecropias, like all moths in the giant silk moth family, have no mouth parts or digestive tract for eating, as the important part of creating the next generation is over. The eggs hatch in early summer, and the first caterpillars are tiny and black. Throughout the summer the caterpillars eat, and grow, and molt up to five times; each time they shed a skin that has grown too small, it is replaced with a newly colored skin which eventually is green with tubercles that are yellow, orange and blue. By the fall the caterpillar has reached maturity and is four to four-and-a-half inches. At this point the cecropia caterpillar/larva molts one last time, and spins a cocoon/ pupa, which it attaches to a tree (or other wooden structure) where it over winters and

emerges as a full adult moth the following early summer. The cecropia caterpillar is a critter of the fall, and, of the daylight. If one is lucky, it may be found feeding furiously, consuming its last meal in preparation for over wintering and metamorphosis, among common Block Island trees - maples, apples, and cherries. The cecropia moth is a critter of the summer night; it is the time of wonder, a time when magic can be glimpsed. A darkUR night ELEBRATE allows for the sparkle of the Milky Way. It OME allows for the AKE glittering of bioluminescence

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With The Nature Conservancy & Others Explore Block Island    From the gentle hills and open grasslands at Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve, to the narrow paths atop the Clay Head bluffs, to the critter-filled salt marsh at Andy’s Way, there’s something special for everyone to discover. Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island is made up of a diverse array of geographical features and habitats such as beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, morainal grasslands, maritime scrubland, salt ponds, kettle hole ponds, and various other freshwater wetland ecosystems. These habitats support a unique assortment of wildlife, including over 40 species classified as rare or endangered. It is thus one of the most ecologically significant areas in the state and in the entire northeast. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway. Block Island is more than just home to rare and endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage. The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 46 of the island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people. Nature Walks — June 19 to August 25, 2017 MONDAY  They Grow Like Weeds! at the 4th Graders Garden 9 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion Calling all (resident and visiting) rising 5th Graders to: meet each other, do light garden chores, and pick the week’s harvest. Block Island Bearings 11 a.m.: Location changes* A different conservation area with a local naturalist each week. Learn about the area’s unique mini environment and its relation to the island’s larger ecosystem. TUESDAY  Bird Banding 8 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion A bird banding demonstration program for all ages. Everything you ever wanted to know about birds. Marsh-Mucking for Kids 9 a.m.: Andy’s Way A salt marsh scavenger hunt for families. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) Hiking Clay Head 9 a.m.: Clay Head Trail Meet at the parking lot, half-mile off Corn Neck Rd, down the dirt road across from the yellow house.

WEDNESDAY  Andy’s Way Bird Walk Low tide*: Andy’s Way A bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet. Upland Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.: Hodge Preserve Locate all sorts of species special to Block Island. Meet at the Hodge parking lot on Corn Neck Road. (Parents must attend.) Beach Meet-up & Clean-up 11 a.m.: Location changes* Everyone loves a clean beach. Come for a stroll and lend a hand! THURSDAY  Cow Cove Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.: Settler’s Rock Shoreline scavenger hunt for families. Meet at Settler’s Rock, at the end of Corn Neck Rd. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) Stepping Stones 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion A participatory program building a stepping stone path to the Pavilion. Each stone will be decorated with found objects. Environmental Film Series 7 p.m.: Island Free Library Feature length films. Use side door for downstairs FRIDAY Ebbtide Exploration Low tide*: Ball O’Brien Park Meet at the park on West Side Rd for a walk to the shoreline. Participants will identify and record “vital statistics” of the marine, shore-line, and salt marsh habitats. Walk the Walls 10 a.m.: Martin Property Meet at the corner of West Side Road and Old Mill Road. Art & Nature 10 a.m.: Ocean View Pavilion A program for all ages. Basic art materials and natural models will be supplied. You bring the imagination and relaxed expectations.

The Glass Float Project Eben Horton creates “one of a kind” pieces on an individual basis out of his studio that he calls ‘The Glass Station’— a converted 1920’s gas station — located in downtown Wakefield, R.I. This project is funded by the Block Island Tourism Council and a kickstarter funding campaign. 550 Glass Floats (glass orbs about the size of a grapefruit) are hidden on Block Island. Floats are dated, numbered, and stamped with the shape of Block Island. All floats are clear glass except for 17 (because it is 2017), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues indefinitely....it only ends when all the floats have been found!  Floats will be hidden on the beaches and on the Greenway Trails. They will be above the high tide mark but never in the dunes or up the side of the bluffs. They will be within one foot of either side of any Greenway trail they are placed on. This is “finder’s keepers” but you are asked to only keep one per seeker, please.  To register a float that you found go to www.blockislandinfo.com/glass-floatproject/register-floats. To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit www.blockislandinfo.com/glass-float-project/found-floats.

Night Sky Viewing — At the Hodge Property on Corn Neck Rd. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a blanket or beach chair for your comfort. (Program will be on an alternate evening if sky conditions are not favorable.) July 14 — 9 p.m. (alt. date: 7/15) August 12 — 8:30 p.m. (alt. date 8/13) August 23 — 8 p.m. (alt. date 8/24) Sense of Wonder Twilight/Night Walk - Locations to be announced. Suggested donation $5/person $20/ family. July 9 — 8 p.m. July 19 — 8 p.m. August 7 — 7:30 p.m. James Stover Exploration Series July 15 — Salt Marsh Creatures: Andy’s Way at 5:30 p.m.  August — TBD Great Salt Pond Stroll July 22 and 23 Mystery Walk August 21 (Solar Eclipse) Donations suggested.   *For more info:  Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email BInature@tnc.org to receive automated message of up-to-date program information or stop by the BI Conservancy Visitor Center on Weldon’s Way.

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


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1. Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve 2. Clay Head Trail 3. Meadow Hill Greenway 4. Greenway: Great Salt Pond to Beacon Hill 5. Greenway: South of Beacon Hill & Nathan Mott Park 6. Turnip Farm & Loffredo Memorial Preserve 7. Rodman’s Hollow 8. Fresh Pond Greenway 9. Fresh Swamp & Payne Farm Trail 10. Win Dodge Preserve & Lewis-Dickens Farm Trail 11. Ocean View Pavilion

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Mansion Beach MLS# 1157587 $769,000

Let the Vacation Begin MLS# 1096428 $1,050,000

Shir Shalom MLS# 1158208 $2,500,000

Mohegan Cottage MLS# 1115481 $1,900,000

West Side Contemporary MLS# 1133746 $2,000,000

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1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and that also succumbed to the sea. At last, in 1867, the present sturdy building of Connecticut granite, hauled to the site by oxen, was completed. The North Light has an Interpretive Center with exhibits on loan from the B.I. Historical Society. The lighthouse building will be open from July 1-3 and July 6 until Labor Day, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours are available, but it is closed during inclement weather. The lighthouse is located in the Sachem Pond Wildlife refuge and is less than a half-mile walk from Settlers Rock. Please don’t swim at Sandy Point as there are dangerous currents. 

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

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

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

5. THE B.I. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, GALLERY & GIFT SHOP, at Bridgegate Square across from the bank, was established in 1942. The building, originally known as Woonsocket House, houses an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the maritime culture of the island from early colonial days to the present. Exhibit rooms include furniture, textiles, boat models, fishing gear, Native American tools and more. This year the 75th Anniversary exhibit is “Surrounded by Sea.” The Gallery is showing oil paintings of artist C. Sperry Andrews, original photographs by Carmel Vitullo, vintage island photographs and historic maps. For group tours, genealogy research or to donate anything with Block Island-related history, please contact Executive Director Pam Gasner at (401)466-2481 or e-mail blockhistory@gmail.com. The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Off-season open by appointment. Admission: $15 Family/group up to 4; $10 guided tour; Adult $6, $4 seniors and students. Members, free.  

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

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

8. THE STATUE OF REBECCA formally stands in stark white at the intersection of Water, High, and Spring Streets. Named after the biblical Rebekah-atthe-well, the statue originally featured water troughs for horses and dogs and once had running water for human consumption. Installed in 1896 by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the statue is dedicated to abstinence from spirits. The much-loved statue was recast and reinstalled to celebrate her 100th anniversary and is on display at the BI Historical Society.

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

10. SOUTHEAST LIGHTHOUSE sits 200 feet above the sea on Mohegan Bluffs. When its powerful light was turned on in 1875, the beams reached 21 miles out to sea, farther than any other light in New England. When the National Historic Landmark was first constructed, a large field separated the house and tower from the cliff’s edge. By the late 1980s, the bluffs had eroded to within 60 feet of the building. Funding was obtained through federal, state and local channels to move it to safe grounds. The move took place in August of 1993 and a large stone now marks where the tower once stood. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Guided tower tours are available daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Museum exhibits and gifts are available at the base of the tower. Group tours available by appointment. Info: (401) 466-5009.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Starting July 20: Thursday & Friday 6 to 10 p.m. . Second Time Around (50’s, 60s, 70’s)

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

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July 4 — All day: Hot Dog eating contest. Winner takes home a custom Narragansett Surf Board. Every Week: Tuesdays: Service Industry Night (SIN Tuesday). Contests, deals, prizes.  Thursdays: DJ ESP SWITCH 10 p.m. Electro, New Wave, 80s/90s Hip-Hop and R&B  Fridays & Saturdays: 10 p.m. Dance Party w/ DJ Libre.

July 1 ........................................................... Fever  July 4, 5 ...................................... Sex Toy Party  July 7,8 ................................... West End Blend  July 14,15 .................. Darik and the Funbags  July 21,22 ..................... Bloomer and Friends  July 2,9,16,23,30 ................ The Young Guns  July 28, 29 ..................... The Blushing Brides Every Week:  Monday: Disco Night  Tuesday & Wednesday: Piano Bar  Thursday: So Fresh Thursdays  Thursday - Sunday: Fathead Sushi 5 to 9 p.m.


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Blues on the Block

Don't forget to stop by a Blues on the Block concert this summer! This year's concerts will be on July 5, 19, 26 and August 9. The concerts are family friendly, for all ages and are held at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion on Corn Neck Road from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, a light supper and a beverage and either sit and enjoy the sounds, or get on the dance floor and shake it down. Blues on the Block was conceived more than a decade ago when organizer George Dodge attended a Blues on the Beach event in Westerly. He immediately thought it would be a perfect fit for Block Island. After asking for money from local businesses to fund the event, he put one together and says that the event has "grown exponentially since then."

Join in on the fun! MONDAY: Trivia Night and 50¢ Wings TUESDAY: Karaoke WEDNESDAY: Open mic 9pm $6 pizza THURSDAY: Rap battle 10pm SUNDAY: Free Pool Noon - 1 a.m. Daily Takeout 401-466-5397 • clubsodabi.us • 35 Connecticut Ave.

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Island Arts & Galleries

Spring Street Gallery

(401)-466-5374 

Spring Street Gallery is open. Come see our new look! 

Jessie Edwards Studio (401)-466-5314  Second floor, Post Office Building www.jessieedwardsgallery.com Through July 5 Marilyn Bogdanffy ~ The Sea Around Us Bogdanffy’s new oils reflect her fascination with the sea in its many dynamic manifestations.

www.springstreetgallery.org  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday July 1 — July 3 — July 8 —

Amy Veldman-Wilson, Paintings  Karen Bruckner, Printmaking  Ted Merrit, Paintings  Lisa Sprague, Photography 

July 11 — Eben Horton, Glass Work  July 18 — Deborah Navis, Paintings  July 22 — Sharon Lehman, Paintings  July 25 — Peruko and Aymar Ccocpacaty

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

July 7 to July 19 Whitney Knapp Bowditch ~ “Island Atmosphere”  Opening reception: July 8, 5 - 7 p.m.  Bowditch continues her exploration of color and tone in her newly enriched palette depicting favorite aspects of Block Island.   July 21 to August 2 William T. Hall ~ “Block Island Nautical Life and Historical Views”  Opening reception: July 22, 5 - 7 p.m.  Hall’s watercolors of old draggers, ferry boats, and sailors bring us back to an earlier time in Block Island’s sea faring days.

Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401)-466-2481 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401)-466-5331

Open Daily. Water Street

Gallery and museum open daily, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Research & Tours by appointment.  Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students. Members, free. Featured summer exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea”  July 1 — 5 - 8 p.m. 75th Anniversary Exhibit Opening July 29 — 6 - 10 p.m. Porch Party Fundraiser

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Farmers’ Market

Legion Park and the Spring House Garden lawn are the places to be on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Dozens of vendors are a part of the Block Island Farmers Market that sets up shop two days a week. Crafters and bakers, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand crafted items. The season runs through October at two different spots. Every Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park on West Side Rd. and every Wednesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Spring House Garden lawn on Spring Street.

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GREENAWAY GALLERY Exquisite Photos of Block Island

PAINTINGS • PRINTS • CARDS

SEAN HARTNETT At Watercolors and BI Guild Shows

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By Cassius Shuman hen the blades of the Block Island Wind Farm’s five turbines were spinning at about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, May 1, Block Island became the first community in the United States powered by an offshore wind farm. That is when the Block Island Power Company first took receipt of wind-generated energy from the 30-megawatt wind farm to power the island. Eleven years ago that may have seemed like a farfetched idea. In 2006, Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri put a plan in place to supply the state with renewable energy sources and develop large-scale offshore wind projects in the region. Now that plan is a reality with the Block Island Wind Farm up and running, doing what it was intended to do: liberate Block Island from its dependency on diesel generated power. On that May 1 afternoon, with the foghorn sounding, BIPCo hosted an event at the Southeast Lighthouse bluffs to celebrate the historic switch over from the utility’s diesel burning generators to clean, wind-generated energy. Unfortunately, as New Shoreham First Warden Ken Lacoste said, “It’s typical Block Island — nature is having its way;” the intended backdrop of the wind farm’s five turbines was obscured from view by dense fog.    The fog, combined with unusually light wind conditions, did not put a damper on the celebration. The crowd that gathered on the bluffs commended state and local officials, as well as the project’s developers, Deepwater Wind, and National Grid, for their efforts in bringing the

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wind farm to fruition. “The weather is unfortunate, but welcome to Block Island,” said BIPCO Interim President Jeffery Wright, who hosted the event. “It’s a very good day for us. Congratulations Block Island.” “I can assure you, there are five wind turbines out there,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, gesturing in the direction of the five turbines located three miles from shore. “This is an incredibly special moment for us. It’s a historic day. It’s one I’m very proud of.” Grybowski said he learned “patience and persistence, and being able to have the mindset to weather the ups and downs,” while constructing the $300 million wind farm. “We’ve crossed a milestone,” said Lacoste, who noted the “significance of the moment, earlier this morning,” when “violent detonations of diesel fuel were replaced by graceful revolutions of sleek turbine blades as a symbol of Block Island’s main source of alternate energy.”  “It’s been a long time coming,” said Second Warden Norris Pike. “This is the reward of public life — to slog through a challenging process like this, and have the reward that it happened. It’s fantastic.”   “We did it,” said former First Warden Kim Gaffett. “I am thrilled. I think it’s great for Block Island.” During the event, Gaffett urged Wright to give credit to Deepwater Wind Project Manager Bryan Wilson, who serves as the island’s liaison for the project. Wilson stepped forward and received a round of applause, and words of praise from officials.  

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“This is a pretty exciting day. I want to jump up and down,” said State Sen. Susan Sosnowski. “I’m super excited that it is finally happening. The wind farm is giving Block Island energy independence.” State Rep. Blake Filippi said that although it was a “momentous occasion,” it was also “a wonderful opportunity” for the economy of Block Island. Filippi feels that the maintenance of the wind farm can be an educational and training tool and provide jobs on the island.   Brian Gemmell, Vice President, Strategy and Performance, National Grid FERC Jurisdiction, said that the utility company was “thrilled to be a part of this important project.” Gemmell called it an “incredible achievement,” and said that, “National Grid wants to see more renewable energy come onto the grid.” National Grid owns the $125 million cable transmission system associated with the wind farm.  Wright said that since the BIPCo employees have held the longstanding tradition of keeping “the light on since 1925” it was emotional shutting down the generators at the plant. Wright said Night Watchman James Milner got teary-eyed when he took the final set of readings at the plant on Sunday night. “I think he realized that an era had come to an end.” “It hit home this morning at BIPCo when the guys shut the engines off,” said Wright, who noted that when the loud, diesel-burning engines were shut off the BIPCo staff could hear the birds chirping.

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Annual Wedding Show, July 9 12- 3 p.m. at The Sullivan House

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A destination like Block Island takes a bit of creative planning. For instance, the weather can be unpredictable at any time of year. This doesn't just affect your wedding locale — a canceled ferry on your big day could affect the arrival of guests, a band or DJ, or a cake from an off island bakery. Consider making your event a long weekend (come early and stay late) and

encourage your guests to stay for several days — that way everyone can enjoy all that the island has to offer. A haven for outdoorsy types, the island offers brides and grooms and their guests plenty of ways to connect with nature: Hiking Clay Head Trail which winds high on the edge of the bluffs, exploring the Greenway Trails in search of Glass Floats,

or a guided tour with Pond & Beyond Kayaks. Or, people can rent mopeds or cars in town and explore the island’s landscapes, shops and restaurants without working up a sweat. Or just spend the entire day basking in the sun and relaxing at the beach. The Block Island Wedding Show is on Sunday, July 9 from 12 to 3 p.m. at The Sullivan House.


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Island Conservation

By Susan T. Gibbons, Vice- President, BIC This year Block Island Conservancy proudly celebrates the 45th anniversary of its founding. In 1972, when Captain John R. Lewis and other Island residents founded Block Island Conservancy, local land trusts were a little known idea. Since Block Island Conservancy Center on Weldon’s Way. then, grass-roots local Photo by K. Curtis. support and local, state, and national cooperation accomplished through education and real has resulted in over 46 percent of Block life experiences. Small strategies and Island being conserved and protected. actions add up, and all efforts at conserBlock Island Conservancy, Block Island vation do matter. Turn off lights, use less Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy water, give up those plastic bags, refill are vital partners and together with many your re-usable water bottles, walk more other organizations and federal and state and drive less, switch to and support the agencies sustain Block Island’s successes development of clean fuel sources, defend in conservation. evidence based science and conservation. Conservation efforts provide recreThere is no end to this list, and every action ational areas, preserve scenic views, supyou can think of has merit. port crucial habitats for rare plants and BIC’s Education Center provides a hub animals, and protect the natural recharging for conservation information and Land of the island’s sole source aquifer, our only Trust accreditation ties us to credible and fresh water supply. But there is still much documented decision-making, planning to be done. Land acquisition becomes more and practices. The fight for sustainable difficult as we approach 50 percent of conpractices and evidence based decision served areas on Block Island. We now need making to support the Earth as a whole and to focus on sensible actions that help us our individual community has never been combine our tourism-based economy with more important. Visit our education center resource protection and sustainable pracon Weldon’s Way, donate your time and/or tices critical to the heritage and character money to our efforts, and support the work that is Block Island. of all conservation organizations by makWhat can we all do? Activism and ing real efforts to carry out sustainable and personal responsibility begin at home, at efficient practices in your own life. school and in the community, and are

What is the difference?

     The number of conservation organizations active on Block Island sometimes amazes and often confuses both visitors and members of the community.  Why would such a little community have a Block Island Conservancy, a Block Island Land Trust, and an office of The Nature Conservancy too?    While the missions are very similar, there are significant differences in structure and funding.  These organizations have no formal affiliation, yet they work closely together, complementing each other’s strengths.  They collaborate and they cross-examine each other, sometimes moving together and sometimes acting independently.  Without a doubt, Block Island conservation is better served by the three organizations than it would be by just one of them.  Here is a comparison, by structure, mission and funding. 

Structure

• Block Island Conservancy (BIC) is the oldest of the Island’s land protection groups. It was founded in 1972 by island residents and remains a grassroots non-profit membership agency committed to protecting Block Island’s natural heritage and rural character, and maintaining public access to its resources. The membership elects a board of directors to manage its properties and acquisitions. • The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is an international organization with a strong and expert staff that focuses on biological diversity. It committed its talent and expertise to Block Island projects in the 1970’s, responding to the strong local support for land protection demonstrated by Block Island Conservancy. A local field office was established in 1991. • Block Island Land Trust (BILT) is a governmental body created by state and local legislation in 1986 to acquire open space for public benefit, financed by a land transfer fee. It is governed by a five member elected board of trustees.   

Mission

• BIC mission is even broader yet. A private charitable institution, its foremost work is in open space and land protection, but it seeks to preserve the cultural and historical character of the island as well. • TNC mission is to protect biological diversity, primarily by focusing on habitat preservation and species protection. • BILT mission is broader, including maintaining open space for public recreation, view shed, water resource protection, and maintaining agriculture. 

Funding

• BIC depends almost entirely on the financial support of private individuals. It maintains a membership list of persons and families and each year receives contributions from its donors.  • TNC solicits financial support from individuals, foundations and large private institutions and often enters into projects that ultimately receive federal and state funding. • BILT receives the revenue from a three percent fee on all real estate sales, with an allowance for first-time homeowners, and affordable housing. 

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Sean Kunic, center, meets with a group for the Old Harbor Walking Tour at the statue of Rebecca. Photo by K. Curtis

Old Harbor Walking Tour Sean Kunic, from New Milford, Conn., has been visiting Block Island his entire life, spending weeks at his grandparents’ house during the summer. After starting as an intern at the Block Island Historical Society during the summer of 2016, Sean has assumed new duties as Summer Assistant to the Executive Director, Pam Gasner. One of those duties is leading the Old Harbor Walking Tour on Thursday mornings during the summer. Sean assisted guide Eliot Nerenberg on the tour last year, learning the history behind one of the busiest parts of the island and he looks forward to making the tour his own and training any interested volunteers. Talking to visitors about the history of Block Island is his favorite part of working at the Historical Society.  He enjoys the conversations with visitors who show an interest in the island’s history as he does. With his time off, Sean likes to relax in the sand and swim at Mansion Beach, and walk through Rodman’s Hollow. This

fall, he will be returning for his senior year at Central Connecticut State University with a major in History and a minor in Religious Studies. Stop by the museum to meet Sean and the summer interns and volunteers. The Block Island Historical Society’s Old Harbor Walking Tour begins Thursdays at 10 a.m. meeting near the Statue of Rebecca on the sidewalk in front of The Empire Theatre. On the tour, your guide will give a brief explanation of Block Island’s history and industries prior to the building of the Old Harbor breakwater, and then describe the momentous changes that came with the heyday of Victorian tourism. The tour will then follow down Water Street connecting the buildings of today with the past. On Dodge Street, the architectural phases of renovation history of the Surf Hotel will be explained and the tour will continue to Bridgegate Square where the museum is located. Participants are invited to come into the Historical

Summer Events: • 75th Anniversary Exhibit Opening — Saturday, July 1, 5 to 8 p.m.  Surrounded by Sea: Farming, Fishing, Life-Saving, Lighthouses, and more.  All are welcome. • Porch Party — Saturday, July 29, 6 to 10 p.m.  On the Historical Society porch and lawn. Refreshments and Silent Auction. • 45th Annual House & Garden Tour — Thursday, August 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring seven homes and gardens along Spring Street.  Tickets are available for pre-sale at $30 through July 17 at the Historical Society.  After July 17: $40 adults, $35 for members and students.

This year's Special Exhibit: "Surrounded by Sea" is located in four newly updated rooms in the museum. Admission to the Historical Society is $6 per person; Members and children, free. Student and Senior rate: $4. Come meet our staff, Board of Directors and tour our unique collections. The special exhibit will be on display July 1 through Labor Day and weekends through Columbus Day with a special closing party in November. Special guided Tours of historic sites and cemeteries around the island are available upon request. Special fees apply. Hours and Admission: Daily 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Adults $6, Seniors & Students $4 Members and children, free. blockislandhistorical.org, email: blockislandhistory@gmail.com The Block Island Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its educational mission.

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or who wants to be taken back to an earlier time. $15 for Adults, $10 Members, $5 for Children.

Walking History Tours: 1. Discover Victorian Block Island Downtown guided walking tour starts at Statue of Rebecca ending at the Woonsocket House at Bridgegate Square (Historical Society Museum) $15/person includes admission to museum and a free set of postcards. Members: $10; Children $5 Thursdays at 10 a.m. or available by appointment from July to September. Learn about the architecture, moving of buildings, fires, and the establishment of the Old Harbor village.  2. Native American Village Site on Corn Neck Road Dating from 500 BC. Walk on a scenic Greenway trail on protected land (30 min walk) with a historical guide who will point out where one of the original Manissean villages was located including site of wigwam structures and living areas. Also includes tour of the museum’s arrowhead and stone tool collection. $75/group up to 4 persons; $10 each addition person. By appointment during the season. Sundays and Mondays Tour by Jesse Daubert, local archaeologist   3. Souls, Symbols & Stones Guided 45 minute tour exploring the Island Cemetery. Learn about the stonecarvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Block Island’s  history. Eight other smaller family cemetery tours also available by appointment, year-round. $75 up to 4 persons; Children, free.   4. Palatine Graves near Lewis Dicken’s 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 (1hour round trip tour- walking 25 minutes)  By appointment year round. During summer season only available on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Beautiful island laneway and views of Lewis Farm fields and stonewalls. $100/group up to 4 people.   5. Tour of the month - 11 a.m. Presented by a guest guide, offered the 3rd Tuesday of the month July to September. $15/person $10 Historical Society Members.  For more info call: (401)466-2481


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Members of the Storm Trysail Club compete in the Race Around the Block event on Wednesday, June 21. Photographer Malcolm Greenaway went out on the media boat and snapped these photos on a day that alternated between sunny and foggy. Photo by Malcolm Greenaway ©2017

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Meeker House Location: 1629 Off Pilot Hill Road  House size: 1164 sq.ft.  Lot size: 3.06 acres Price: Asking $1,195,000  Contact info: Offshore Property (401)466-5446 offprop@verizon.net. Presented by Robin Lewis Vila and Corlies Black

Setting: This wonderful home sits high upon a hill on Seaweed Lane with sweeping, long-range ocean views. The 3+ acre lot provides a large yard for playing and many options for the expansion of living space. Just one mile from town, this property is very private but close to all Block Island has to offer. Inside: This sturdy and pretty, dormered Cape was designed and built by island contractor John Spier in 1993. It has four bedrooms and two baths, a nice kitchen with new cabinets, an L-shaped living/dining area. The full walk out basement with washer and dryer and a ping-pong table could easily be finished as extra living space.

The former West Side Baptist Church property was lovingly renovated in 2005 with great attention to detail and to preserving the history of this beloved landmark. The steeple was completely restored. The original bell (462 lbs.) was restored by a master welder from the Groton Sub Base and features the names of many past prominent islanders, including Elizabeth Dickens, a previous church treasurer. The bell wheel is now made of mahogany. The play of light and views through the large arched windows are magnificent from sunrise to sunset. You can gaze out at the stars or see the moon reflected in the ocean on certain magical evenings.

West Side Church Location: West Side Road, Plat 16, Lot 35  House size: 1812 sq. ft.  Lot size: .81 acres  Price: $1,565,000  Contact info: Beach Real Estate info@bibeachrealestate.com (401)466-2312

Setting: Lovingly restored historic West Side Church on beautiful lot with stone walls and outbuilding. Sunset and water views to the west and north from all rooms. Inside: Three equal master suites with full baths. Large open chef’s kitchen and dining area, spacious great room with gas fireplace, high ceilings, and original details including lovely large windows and hardwood floors. Church exterior with rebuilt bell tower and church entry doors.


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Coastal Living Location: 1688 Mohegan Trail House size: approx. 2688 sq. ft  Lot size: 18,295 sq. ft. Price: $2,150,000 Contact info: Gail Heinz (401)741-0149 or gail@sullivanbi.com Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty  PO Box 144, Block Island, RI 02807 (401)466-5521

Setting: This beautiful jewel of a home is a rare opportunity to experience coastal living at its best.  Completely renovated in 2012, this tasteful home has many custom features and unique amenities.  Come be captivated by views of spinnakers, shore birds, and magical moments.  Inside:  Main floor has a gourmet kitchen/living room with wood burning fireplace, deck for outdoor entertaining, den with gas fireplace, and half bath. Second floor has two en-suite bedrooms each with a gas fireplace, deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and full tiled baths. Lower level has a comfortable family room, bedroom with full bath, and walk out doors to stone patio with custom outdoor shower.   

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Walk the Trails

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

WALKING TIME

45 minutes one-way

Degree of Difficulty

DISTANCE`

1 mile one-way

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1.5 miles to north entrance 1.7 miles to south entrance

Moderate-\ some steep slopes & uneven ground

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Distance from Old Harbor ferry landing: 1.5 miles to north entrance; 1.7 miles to south entrance Location This is the northern end of the Greenway trail system, and there are two entrance points. The first is by the granite “Greenway” marker on West Side Road, nearly opposite the end of Champlin Road. It is also possible to begin at the Ball-O’Brien Park, opposite the main entrance to the Island Cemetery, accessing the trail in the southwest corner of the cemetery. The other end of the path is approximately at the halfway point of Beacon Hill Road, directly across from the entrance to the South Beacon/Nathan Mott Park trail, the access point for those who wish to continue further south along the Greenway. Degree of difficulty: Moderate (some steep slopes and uneven ground) Walking time: 45 minutes Distance of trail: l mile (one-way) History of trail This was the last major addition to the Greenway trail system. There were a number of people involved in conservation who wanted to create a path that would link the waters of Great Salt Pond with the bluffs at Black Rock. This was made possible in the fall of 1998—thanks to the generosity of landowners in this area of Beacon Hill—and opened for

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walking the following spring. The Beacon Hill Homeowners Association and the Erlanger, Tonner, and Harrison families all granted walking easements over their property. Christopher Walling sold a key parcel to the Block Island Conservancy at a bargain price, and the path system was complete. Description of trail There are two ways to start this walk. The trail begins off West Side Road at the “Greenway” marker near the end of Champlin Road. You can start at this point and take in the Harrison Loop or, if you prefer, begin at the Ball-O’Brien property by the shore of Great Salt Pond and proceed up the hill into the Island Cemetery. Just past the top of the rise, take the first right and proceed west to the corner of the cemetery where there is a wooden step over the stone wall to the trail on the other

side. The path then follows the undulating hills, crossing stone walls at different points and eventually reaching Beacon Hill Road, where you can continue on across the lane to the Enchanted Forest and Turnip Farm or retrace your steps back to New Harbor. This trail provides a winding journey through the center of the island, a relatively remote area where few people travel—even in the summer months. The landscape is thickly covered with mature shrubs and trees, and there are many places where the vegetation joins to create a canopy above your head. It is possible to forget you are on Block Island as you pass through an enclosed area where the brush is dense and impenetrable, and the light is filtered through overhanging leaves and branches. The wildlife abounds in this environ-

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ment, and it is common to see Whitetailed Deer and many different species of birds. Common nesting birds include the Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Carolina Wren, Song Sparrow, and Common Yellowthroat. Ring-necked pheasant, which were introduced to the island, are common here and can bring you abruptly out of your reverie if you flush one and experience the ruckus they make upon being disturbed. The young of these beautiful birds are a common source of food for the American Burying Beetle. This federally endangered insect is discussed in detail in the Rodman’s Hollow / Black Rock section of the guide. Watch for the rare, Golden-winged Warbler in the spring and fall. Listen also for the Eastern Towhees in the summer; their song sounds like they are singing, “Drink your tea.” In the winter, one can often hear the White-throated Sparrows whistling, “Poor old Sam Peabody, Peabody.” It is possible to see great flocks of birds in this part of the island at any time of year. Views While the vegetation prevents the wide views that are common in many other areas of the trail system, there are still nice vistas to be found on this path. At different points, the landscape opens up, making it possible to see glimpses of town, New Harbor, and Clay Head. The Ball-O’Brien property is the only conservation area on this part of Great Salt Pond and was protected by the Block Island Land Trust and the Town Of New Shoreham to preserve access to the water for the public. The hill in the center of the property provides a wonderful prospect of what is arguably the island’s foremost natural resource. Natural and historic features The distinctive features of this trail are the verdant vegetation and rolling hills. The habitats found on this walk are different than any other trail on the island. In the summer, there are places where the thick vegetation and cacophony of wildlife sounds create an almost jungle-like feel. The Island Cemetery is the main burial place on Block Island. There are a number of distinctive headstones, particularly in the old part of the cemetery, which can be found on the hill above West Side and Center Roads. The view from here is one of the finest on the island, providing a wonderful prospect of Great Salt Pond, Crescent Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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

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

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

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


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Fresh Pond Trail

Distance from Old Harbor ferry landing: 2 miles Location The Fresh Pond trail has two access points. The main entrance is by a granite "Greenway" marker on Lakeside Drive, just south of where it intersects with Cooneymus Road. The other end of the path is on the ridge above Rodman's Hollow, where it merges with the Rodman's Hollow / Black Rock trail. Degree of difficulty: Hard (steep slopes and uneven ground) Walking time: 1 hour Distance of trail: .8 mile (one-way) History of trail This trail came about because of the desire to extend the Greenway west to east, as well as north to south. It passes through two former farms. The easternmost section, or Smilin’ Through, runs through property protected in 1989 by the Block Island Land Trust with the help of a state open-space grant. The Peckham Farm portion is the result of an agreement with the Peckham Farm Homeowners Association, who agreed to donate an easement and open the property to the public in exchange for help from island conservation groups in purchasing undeveloped lots, thus reducing the density of the subdivision. Description of trail The Fresh Pond trail is part of the Greenway trail system, connecting with the Fresh Swamp/Payne Farm trail on Lakeside Drive. There is a distance of .2 mile between the access points of the two paths, with the Fresh Pond trail lying to the north. Both entrances are clearly defined by granite "Greenway" markers, located by the side of the main road. Beginning in the east, the Fresh Pond trail passes through open meadows and by the side of the pond, before it proceeds

July 2017 uphill toward the Peckham Farm neighborhood. There is a spur trail leading to an overlook on the way up to the ridge. Once in the Peckham Farm Homeowners Association, follow the signs until you reach the connecting point with the Rodman's Hollow trail and the continuation of the Greenway to the west. The fields around Fresh Pond are a good place to look for raptors, such as the state-endangered Northern Harrier, best identified by the white patch on its rump. Vagrant Bald Eagles and Ospreys can also be seen in this area. By the pond shore, there is a bridge across a creek where Green Frogs can be found. Past the creek is a cove that is home to many dragonflies and Eastern Painted Turtles. Listen and see if you can hear the "Concurree" of the Red-winged Blackbird. The trail passes through a succession of various shrubs; Bayberry, Arrowwood, and Shadbush are the most common. When you reach the hilltop, be sure to take the time to walk the spur trail and enjoy the pastoral view across open fields running to the pond shore. Just before the path begins its descent into Rodman's Hollow, note how gravelly the soil becomes in contrast to the verdant fields on the other side of the ridge. This is the edge of the glacial outwash or meltwater channel that formed the hollow. Views There are two spectacular views from this path. From the ridge looking east, one can see open fields that run down to the shores of Fresh Pond. On the trail's western end, there is a wonderful panorama across Rodman's Hollow. This is an excellent vantage point to see the beginning of the glacial formation as it begins its southerly run to the sea at Black Rock. In the distance to the west, the houses and barns of Lewis Farm are outlined on the horizon.

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Natural and historic features Fresh Pond is the deepest freshwater pond on the island and serves as a reserve reservoir for the town's water system. The Manisseans had camps here, and the first white settlers dug caves by the pond to live in temporarily until they could build more permanent structures. Across the road from the trail entrance is Indian Cemetery. On the southwest corner of the intersection of Cooneymus

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Road and Lakeside Drive, known locally as Isaac's Corner, is the former site of the home of Isaac Church, the last of the Manisseans, who died in 1886. From the trailhead, you can see a weathered, shingled, gambrel-roofed cottage, which is a replica of the home of Arthur Penn, composer of the song “Smilin’ Through,” for which the house and this part of the trail are named.

WALKING TIME

1 hour one-way

Degree of Difficulty

DISTANCE`

.8 mile one-way

FROM OLD HARBOR FERRY LANDING

2 miles

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it’s a lot of Saturday nights watching movies with friends you’ve known for so long they might as well be siblings. It’s a lot of sports; played with the teammates you’ve shared the court or field with since before any of you could tie your own cleats. It’s hours spent driving around aimlessly, exploring any one of the hundreds of dirt roads that even some of us islanders don’t know about. But no matter what we’re doing, it’s fun; because we’re doing it together. There is an “unspoken planning” that goes on with the kids who grow up here. When it snows, you meet at the Spring House to go sledding. After school, we meet at this or that person’s house before practice to have a snack. On Friday nights, we meet at the Rec Center in the basement of the Harbor Baptist Church to watch movies and play pool. We don’t have to text or call each other to make these plans; it’s

just what you do. Nowhere else in the world will you find a group of community members who put as much time and energy into their community as you will on Block Island. The town’s Fire Department and Rescue Squad are completely staffed by volunteers, some of which are even high school students (myself included). The volunteers go about their lives normally every day, working on the island as carpenters, chefs or business owners, but will spring into action at a moment’s notice when someone is in need of help. It’s not rare to see an islander driving a cab in the morning, an ambulance in the afternoon, and tending bar in the evening; in fact, it’s quite normal. You’ll also never find a community that cares about their environment as much as Block Island’s does. Kids are taught about the wildlife and ecosystem of B.I. from day one,

and gain a profound respect and admiration for nature by the time they are adults. The island is also home to the first offshore wind farm in the United States, a move that is considered a step in the right direction for this country by many islanders and which I believe only adds to the beauty of the southwest side of the island. Sometimes I envy the people who, on a Saturday night, can go catch a movie, or meet new people everyday at school, or run over to CVS at a moment’s notice without having to buy a boat ticket and spend the entire day off-island. But it only takes a game of pool with some close friends, a sunset on the beach in mid-February, or cruise around the island on a Sunday afternoon with nothing but my own thoughts to make me realize I wouldn’t trade life on Block Island — or the people I share it with — for anything.  

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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.

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

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

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On The Water

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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.

Parasail and Banana Boating

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

Kayaks

Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI)

BIMI Daily Programs & Sea Life Observation Tanks 7-days-per-week, July 1 through August 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at BIMI in the New Harbor. Daily programs are oriented toward students of all ages and include activities like: Plants and Animals in the Great Salt Pond, Dockside Critter Collection, Squid Dissection, Beach Botany, Be a Kid Scientist, Battling Boats (to teach stability, buoyancy, and speed), Nautical Knots, Kites and Wind Power, Aqua Art, Shell Art, and Japanese Fish Printing. Check out bimaritime.org, BIMI on Facebook, and in The Block Island Times for schedules and more details. Questions? Call (401) 500-3501

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

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


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Island Traditions Block Island School Graduation

By K. Curtis With a year-round population of just over 900 people, Block Island is a pretty quiet place once the summer season is over. School starts up just after Labor Day and during this past school year, there were 114 students in grades K to 12. This year's graduation was held on Saturday, June 10 at the Narragansett Inn, on the lawn, where the backdrop is the view of the Great Salt Pond. The weather was warm and the sun was brightly shining for the five graduating seniors. On Graduation day, the whole school attends. Every student from kindergarten all the way up to the graduates themselves, along with teachers and staff, family members, friends and islanders attend this special day on the island. Most of these kids have grown up on the island and have attended the Block Island School since kindergarten. Some have not, but jump right into the mix and are introduced to the closeness a small school with small classes offers. After graduating, many of the kids choose to go off to college, some choose to experience living elsewhere, while work-

ing, and some choose to stay on the island. This year's graduating class has some plans after a busy summer season of working: Yenifer Barillas will be attending the Community College of Rhode Island to study law. Violet Brown will be majoring in pre-elementary education at Eastern Connecticut State University. Bridgette Keane will be attending Duke University with interest in science and law. Silas Monje aims to become a doctor and will be attending Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine. Barbara Trujillo will be attending the University of Rhode Island with an interest in computer sciences. The island is very proud of the school, and every child that attends. We watch these children grow up in this tiny community and we all feel the vibe of  "It takes a village." We care for other's children like our own. We always miss these kids when they leave, and always love to see them come home — year after year, at any age. Congratulations and best wishes to the Block Island School Class of 2017! 

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

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THE BLOCK ISLAND SUMMER TIMES July 2017 IMPORTANT: THE DIALING OF 911 IS FOR EMER­GEN­CY USE ONLY! An emergency is when immediate police, fire or rescue as­sis­tance is nec­es­sary. 911 should not be di­aled for non-emer­gen­cy calls that do not involve or require im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. However, if you feel that there is an emergency occurring, but don’t know for certain, presume it is an emergen­cy and use 911. IF IN DOUBT, USE 911!

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

Block Island Nature Rules VEHICULAR BEACH RE­STRIC­TIONS Vehicles are permitted to drive on Crescent Beach only from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. No motor vehicle shall be allowed on the beach without a valid, updated permit from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). Permits are available at the police department for $100 for residents, $200 for non-residents. Call police station for hours and a list of requirements. All motor vehicles of any description are prohibited on dunes except on trails marked expressly for vehicular use. Vehicles are also not allowed on any lands designated “Open Space” and main­tained by the town for the benefit of the general public. DUNE PROTECTION The dunes offer a home to countless species of plants and animals that, like the beach itself, need our protection if they are to survive. To help save the life of our dunes and beaches, we urge you to: • Use designated access paths and parking lots only. • Keep off dunes and beach vegetation. • Keep all vehicles off the beach, as they destroy vegetation and cause beach erosion. • Do not sleep on the beach overnight. BEACH FIRES Beach fires are prohibited without a permit. Permits are available at the Police Department, and are valid for one day, expiring at midnight. Fires must be at least 25 feet from dunes. Please clean up and dispose of all trash properly and extinguish fires completely before leaving the beach. DO NOT burn wooden pallets.

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

POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on B.I.’s freshwater ponds. Pollutants and contaminants banned No discharging of any sew­­age, petroleum products, detergents, pesticides, or any other form of pollutants or con­tam­i­nants is permitted. Penalty for violation Any person violating this ordinance shall, upon con­ vic­tion, be subject to a fine of not more than $100, or confinement for not more than 10 days, or both such fine and confinement. Any person convicted of a second violation shall be subject to a fine of not more

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

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

Important Is­land Phone Num­bers Block Island Medical Center Police (non-emergency) Fire Department / Rescue Squad Coast Guard (Block Island) Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours RI Poison Control Block Island Airport Harbormaster 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 on streets, on docks, and on beaches. • Camping, except by special permission. • Sleeping overnight in vehicles or on beaches. • Operating mo­tor­cy­cles between midnight and 6 a.m. • Beach fires and/or driving on the beach without a permit. • Dumping refuse on roads or in harbors. • Shell fishing without a license. • Charcoal fires on boats tied up at docks. • Disturbing the peace. • Un­leashed dogs. • Littering.

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

Bicycles And Mopeds.

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


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Top Selling Realtors on Block Island

for the 5 th Consecutive Year*

Ballard Hall

REAL ESTATE

NEW LISTING

1023 West Side Rd. | MLS ID 1162616 | $935,000

Pastoral 3 ac Site with Barn | 4 BR & 3 BA | Light-Filled Interior

1267 West Side Road | MLS ID 1159300 | $2,250,000

Architectural Contemporary | Waterfront | 6 BR & 5 BA en suite

NEW LISTING

1545 Lakeside Drive | MLS ID 1162960 | $1,350,000

Panoramic Views | 4 BR & 2.5 BA | Impressive Modern Design NEW LISTING

1043 Pilot Hill Road | MLS ID 1157750 | $1,400,000

5.21 ac | Panoramic Ocean, BI Sound & Crescent Beach views

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

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

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

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

SALE PENDING

1193 Beach Ave | MLS ID 1101621 | $1,675,000

2.92 ac | On Trim’s Pond | Shared Dock | Near Beaches

525 Connecticut Ave. | MLS ID 1100442 688 Skippers Island Rd | MLS ID 1124323 Near Town & Beaches | $875,000 Private | Near Great Salt Pond | $1,190,000

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

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

LAND LISTINGS 2.7 Acres | Corn Neck Rd | MLS ID 1073622 | $845,000 Private location /Near nature trails & beaches / See Website aerial video. 3.4 Acres | Champlin Rd | MLS ID 1048391 | $678,250 Ocean Views | Cleared Lot | Permitting Underway | Pond on Property 2 Lots | Mohegan Trail | MLS ID 1133938 & 1133940 | $500,000 each Close Ocean Views | Have 3BR & 4BR ISDS Permits 4.59 Acres | Center Rd. | MLS ID 1135940 | $800,000 Expansive Ocean Views | Site plan available | Private | Near Trails

822 Beacon Hill Rd. | MLS ID 1100352 Victorian with 3 acres | $1,100,000

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

Ballard Hall Real Estate Corner of Ocean Ave. & Corn Neck Road (Between the Bagel Shop and the Bank) Principal Broker: Gail Ballard Hall Associate Brokers: Blake Phelan, Judith Cyronak Licensees: Michele Phelan, David Graham, Chelsea Phelan Redd, Laurel Littlefield, Diane Kildea and Elizabeth Carlson (RI & CT) Office Assistant: Heidi Tallmadge

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

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July 2017 Block Island Summer Times  

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

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