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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 The Dining Room seating available Open daily 6 - 10pm

outside seating available

Veranda Café Veranda Café

Get town the best Island’s bestOpens keptJune secret! Get out out ofoftown and and enjoy enjoy the Island’s kept secret! 18. ServingServing lunch 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m. • Sunset appetizers 3 - 6pm lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunset appetizers 3 - 6 p.m.

Victoria’s Bistro & Parlor

Cocktails 5pm - closing

Victoria’s Bistro menu 6pmParlor - closing outside seating available

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

Martini Night

Thursdays from June 22nd

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

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

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

401-466-5844 • •

401-466-5844 • •

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Event Calendar September 2 2 6 7 9 9

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Farmers’ Market. Legion Park. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Annual Lions Club Clambake. Narragansett Inn. 1 - 4 p.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Night Market on Dodge. Special events on Dodge Street. 4 - 8 p.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 42nd Annual 15K Run Around the Block. 1:30 p.m. at Isaac’s Corner. Register at Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Night Market on Dodge.  Special events on Dodge Street.  4 - 8 p.m. 8th Annual “Taste of Block Island” Weekend. Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament. B.I.V.F.D. “80’s Prom“ at Poor Peoples Pub. 9 p.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m.

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Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Night Market on Dodge. Special events on Dodge Street. 4 - 8 p.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m.

28 Night Market on Dodge. Special events on Dodge Street. 4 - 8 p.m. 30-Oct. 1 Rhode Island Audubon Birding Weekend. 30 Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. 30 Oktoberfest at Poor People’s Pub. All day.

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Farmers’ Market. Spring House. 9 - 11:30 a.m. Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild and Farmers’ Market. Historical Society lawn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Block Island Half Marathon. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. 11:30 a.m. Register at

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28th Annual Shopping Stroll. 13th Annual 5K Turkey Trot. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. 1 p.m.

December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebrations. 9 p.m. Yellow Kittens.

January 1

Annual Polar Plunge. 12 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.

Photo by K. Curtis

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

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

Our Staff

Correction Policy

Publisher........................................................... Michael Schroeder Editor............................................................................ Kari Curtis Production..................................................Macsperts/CRI Design Contributors................................... Cassius Shuman, Pippi Seider Scott Comings, Ruth Perfido and Becky Ballard Sol Schwartz, Susan Bush, K. Curtis, Kim Gaffett Chief Vincent T. Carlone Photographers.................. ...K.Curtis, Kim Gaffett, Trever Holden Photography, Sol Schwartz Pippi Seider, Malcolm Greenaway Advertising............................................................ Shane Howrigan Advertising Design............ CRI Design, Macsperts, J.M. Swienton

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

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Photo: Elizabeth D. Boepple


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.

SEEKING SHELTER EVENTS Tuesdays 5:30–7PM Island Free Library 9 Dodge Street September 5 Songs of Peaceful Protest with Atwater & Donnelly September 12 Bill Kellerman and Jim Reale share reflections September 19 Dance as social and political protest with Susan Matheke September 26 Closing Reception Please join us in celebrating the exhibition’s success. Food, drink, music and more!

Photos: Bob Fitch

…additional events and programming will be announced as scheduled (401) 466-3233

Photo: Ken Yellis

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

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

Dear Visitors to Block Island, 

ause they are in such a wonare unnoticed by most people bec that s risk are e ther t men iron alert you to possible dangers In any natural env ation, your mind doesn’t always vac on are you en Wh d. min of safe for sure, but we need to derfully relaxed state ely safe. That’s okay, it is mostly plet com is ing ryth eve that ion and you get the impress from injury. that may save your life, or save you let you know about a few things 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 wear them, but I of steep inclines, poor road ires that people fifteen and under requ law The n. dre chil lly ecia esp Wear an approved helmet, Lock your bikes!  recommend that everyone should. r safety. Stop at STOP signs, ride required to do by law, and for you are 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 facing traffic, use side or fic traf inst aga lk Wa — s 3. Walker dren carefully, please.  e by as you walk. Watch your chil clos ing com s icle veh of ners man are all ed if you fail to do so, and is the law) or you will be summon (it et helm a ar We — s ped Mo 4. Rental don’t repeatedly blow the hor n.  please obey all traffic laws, and 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 the pub any beaches and in all on ted hibi pro is s Thi — l oho mons or arrest 6. Drinking Alc will be in plain clothes and will sum s icer Off . way any idea d goo a sales establishhot sun is not re other than in licensed liquor whe any g kin drin from ain refr you, so please staff and injured people end ess. We have a minimal medical ments. Please do not drink to exc .  nd for treatment of serious injuries up having to be flown off the isla clothing when biking or ve ecti refl r wea se plea ited lighting, so 7. Night Time — There is lim walking.  nes at bars and beaches, and s, watch your purse and cell pho 8. Valuables — Lock your bike lock your cars. our officers are friendly and if you need anything, all of In closing, we are happy to see you if necessary. and approachable and will help you

Please have a safe vacation. Sincerely, Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

What’s missing from your evening?

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September Shopping Don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself! By Pippi Seider 1. Diamond Blue on Dodge Street — Otis Scratch Resistant Sunglasses, $180-$250 2. Strings and Things on Water Street — Kritter Klips, $28


3. Block Island Sport Shop Water Street — Patagonia Nano Puff Bivy Pullover, $219 4. Goldiggers on Chapel Street — The Original Block Island Hook Bracelet, $120-$195 5. Mutt Hut on Chapel Street — Floating Anchor and Buoy Toys, $16 6. Wildflowers on Water Street — Block Island S’well Bottle, $40 7. B.I. Tees on Water Street — Block Island Long Sleeve T-shirt, $28.99 8. Watercolors on Dodge Street (next to the Beachcomber) — Hand Embroidered Animal Pillows, $57


9. B-Eyes on Water Street, Ray Ban Clubmasters — $140(not polarized)-$200 (polarized)

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at the

Atlantic Inn


Sunset Cocktails &


K. Curtis

Tapas 5 p.m. Dinner 6 - 9 p.m. Nightly through September 3rd. Beginning September 7th: Thursday - Sunday


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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.


12 Photos by K. Curtis

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

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion

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

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



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




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

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

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

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

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Please Help Protect Our Dunes

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

Rentals at The Surf Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ORDER THIS! For a late July day the weather was unusual — dark and stormy — but The Manisses Restaurant was as expected: warm and cheery, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and excellent food. Christiane Fogo, the General Manager, met us with a smile and an umbrella and walked us through the lobby bar before escorting us to the restaurant where we met Doné Roos, the sous chef, who presented us with a perfectly cooked Seared Day Boat Codfish, which is served over delicious lobster risotto with wilted spinach and a checca sauce made of tomatoes, buffalo milk mozzarella, salt, pepper, and olive oil. And, we must report that while we were chatting and waiting for our main tasting, we were treated to warm, right out of the oven, not-to-miss rolls. Chef Roos hails from South Africa and is delighted to be on Block Island and at The Manisses for her first summer stint in the States. We learned that she spent the winter in Florida after working both in South Africa at a five star lodge, and a restaurant in Cyprus. After our tasting, we took a tour of the various eating venues, each of which has a different feel and view. The Lobby Bar has comfortable couches and chairs to relax and enjoy appetizers, drinks, desserts and eight varieties of Flaming Coffee. In the restaurant area, you have many choices including the large bar area, the rotunda with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens and the fountain, or one of two outside garden areas.    We ended our visit with an explanation of both new items on the menus such as bacon wrapped filet mignon and miso

Seared Day Boat Codfish at The Manisses

Photo by K. Curtis

crusted halibut, and the chef line-up. Ariel Fontanilla, the Executive Chef of both the Manisses and Ballard’s, oversees seven chefs at The Manisses with the assistance of Chef Roos — a grill chef,

a pasta chef, two fish chefs, two pantry chefs (salads) and a dessert chef who makes all of the desserts.   The Manisses Restaurant and the lobby bar is open for dinner from early

May until Oct. 1. Dinner is served from 6 to 10 p.m.. seven days a week. For reservations or more information call (401) 466-9898. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido

Wedding Favors Block Island Chocolates Variety of Fudges

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berly ’s m i K

Since 1991


Featuring Fresh Seafood and Gluten-free Items

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


Your only source for Island-made fudge!

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!




Featuring local seafood and island favorites

466-8600 / 401-465-6243 Top-ranked BI Restaurant

Serving lunch & dinner

Happy Hour specials

Rotating taps

Easy walk to the ferries

Selection of Irish Whiskeys

Live Entertainment

Dog friendly patio seating

Watch your favorite teams on our flatscreens!

596 Corn Neck Rd • 401.466.2928

Asian, Fusion, Classic, Contemporary Ocean Avenue •

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We offer elegant on- and off-site catering. And our new venue in New Harbor! Ask Kimberly about: Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Summer Parties, Cookouts, Clambakes and Holiday Festivities.

401~ 465 ~ 6243

Join Us!

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• Island Faces •

Name: Milos Latinovic From: Serbia Years on B.I.: 5 summers Where you can find me: Serving food at The Beachead on Corn Neck Road. Favorite restaurant: The Beachead, of course! Ideal island day: Breakfast at the 1661 Inn, a long beach walk from Surf Beach all the way to the tip of the island, spending time with friends, and making a call home. Don’t miss this: September — the ocean is perfect and warm. Favorite thing about B.I.: It is my summer home and I love the feeling of belonging I have when I am here — the energy is great!


An eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, sea fossils, clothing and home furnishings from around the world. 401-466-9900 401-302-4464 459 Chapel Street, Block Island


Water Bottle Refill Station New on Block Island this year is a water bottle refill station on the Solviken Property just across the street from the beach, and just past The Beachead restaurant, on Corn Neck Road. The water fountain includes a spot to refill your water bottle, and a drinking fountain for both people and pets — there is even a water dispenser at ground level for your four legged friend! Don’t forget to keep your furry friends hydrated too. This watering spot was the home to the Solviken Restaurant in the 1950's and early 1960's and many years prior the building housed the Negus family and their blacksmith shop. The

building was unused for many years and deteriorated to the point it could not be saved. Thanks to the efforts of the many generous donors in the community, the Solviken property was purchased by the Block Island Conservancy and the Block Island Land Trust in 2012. Other spots with public water access include a water fountain next to the public rest rooms at the Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Rd., a water jug-filling faucet at the boat ramp in New Harbor between BIMI and Dead Eye Dick’s, and a rinse-off shower and foot-bath at the Old Harbor Docks near the bike rental shop.


BIC inv i te s you to our

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locate d on We ldons Way

join our BIC SCAVENGER HUNT and earn your BIC BADGE ...for all ages!

GS Maps and NOAA Charts Unique Delightful Jewelry Body Care Home Accessories Fun Summer Accessories Hats, Bags and Clothing

Visit our Education Center to get started with the SCAVENGER HUNT!


VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE Part of Ned PhilliPs Jr. & Co., Water street, old harbor, bloCk islaNd

with our online store!


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ORDER THIS! By Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido No sooner had we climbed on the bar stools than Kimberly (owner/manager of the restaurant by the same name) began mixing up a Ginger Cosmopolitan. With some of this and more of that, she made the cold, delicious, summer-fresh drinks that have become a favorite among her guests. They’re pink (as a Cosmopolitan should be), and in a lovely, stemmed glass — it’s tart kick is not just for the ladies. We barely had our first sips when the kitchen crew (led by Kimberly’s husband Norman) paraded in with three different lobster items from their menu. Even better, they’re Block Island lobsters from Jon Grant who delivers them fresh daily.  We first tasted Norman’s favorite, Lobster Bouillabaisse, which he discovered in Stonington, Conn., several years ago. On the “Dinner Specials” menu, it’s made with plenty of steaming lobster in a saffron tomato broth with fennel and corn over pasta. Real good New England food! The Crab Stuffed Lobster Tail was just as rich and savory. The lobster was tender and sweet, and a nice pairing with the crab and crumb stuffing. The third item was another creative lobster dish. Called Sticky Grilled Lobster, it is tossed in a robust lemon, Thai, chili vinaigrette, with toasted corn and served over steamed rice. A great finish is Kimberly’s Chocolate Mousse with fresh whipped cream. It’s

Lobster and crab at Kimberly’s

made daily from their own time-tested recipe.     As it has increased in popularity, Kimberly has added more picnic-style tables under the trees inside its picket

fence. Guests enjoy their dinners in the dappled shade and sea breezes of the early evening, and later by candlelight. To add, Kimberly’s is happy to cater for any occasion — weddings, reunions, town events, birthdays, barbeques, etc. in any location. They “can accommodate any number of people from two to 300,” she said. For more information, call Kimberly’s at, or call (401) 466-8600. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido Photos by K. Curtis


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.




Madden Kent, CT




Warwick, RI


Orlando, FL


Ahoy, everyone! Paddle on over and meet the crew at

BI Boat Basin, New Harbor • Open: 11:30am • Take-out available • Bring the kids! COME AND ENJOY OUR GREAT SUSHI BAR!


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Comfy Kai-Kai Sandals ForKaiKai Costanzo, founding a busiFor Costanzo, founding a business ness has been an odyssey sparked by has been an odyssey sparked by personpersonal A since triathlete since he al need. A need. triathlete he was young, was young, Costanzo collected sandals Costanzo collected sandals as he travas he traveled about the world, surfing eled about the world, surfing and racing and racing triathlons. Yet, he wasn’t sattriathlons. he wasn’the satisfied with isfied with Yet, the footwear discovered. the footwear he discovered. They were They were either uncomfortable, uneither uncomfortable, unsturdy or both. sturdy or both. Fed up with the world’s Fed up with the world’s imperfect imperfect sandal sandal selection, selection, Costanzo Costanzo decided decided to to begin producing producing his begin his own own brand brand of ofsansandals. “I “I wanted wanted to dals. to create create aa simple simple sansandal that would stay on your dal that would stay on yourfoot footwell,” well,” he explains. AsAsa arunner, runner,Kai Kaiknew knew“a “a bit bit about about feet” and he drew upon this this knowledge knowledge during his quest for the perfect perfect sandal sandal design. Arch Archsupport support was important, was important, he he decided — flat flops would decided — flat flops would notnot do. do. The initial initial process processtook tookabout aboutaayear, year, The Kai admits. After all, all, he he didn’t didn’t want want to to sell shoddy product. product. He He gathered gathered sell aa shoddy samples fromfive fivecountries, countries, includsamples from including ing and Colombia Peru,Peru, Brazil,Brazil, and Colombia before before finally finally selecting design met his selecting a designathat metthat his expectaexpecta-tions. Today, thearesandals are tions. Today, the sandals produced produced Peru and Brazil. in Peru andinBrazil. foundthat thatdevelopment development year year HeHefound frustrating nice because because you you get get frustrating “but “but nice Christmas presents [for your family]” he Christmas presents [for your family]” he says, smiling. says, smiling. In 2004, 2004, Kai-Kai Kai-Kai Sandals Sandalsemerged emergedon on In the market in Montauk, his hometown. the market in Montauk, his hometown. Buyers there were supportive and eaBuyers there were supportive and ger, “repeat customers helped,” says Kai. eager, “repeat customers helped,” says With his sister, Gabrielle, he established Kai. With his sister, Gabrielle, he estab-

Buy a Kai-Kai Sandal and get a free Freefrom Bracelet small scoop Block Island Ice when you try on a Kai-Kai! cream facing the ferry. Kai Costanzo, with sister Gabrielle on the porch of the Inn at Old Harbor, shows off a pair of B.I.-soled Kai-Kais. Photo by brooke ortel two stores in Montauk. While KaiKaiis lished two stores in Montauk. While the founder of the company, he says is the founder of the company, he says that Gabrielle Gabrielle has has provided provided constant constant that support:“She “She has has been been with with me me every every support: step of the way, building the brand. step of the way, building the brand.”” Thesandals sandalsare arebest best known known for for their their The comfort, which was Kai’s main obcomfort, which was Kai’s main objecjec-tive in creating them. Sought after tive in creating them. Sought after for for their support their archarch support and and thickthick strap,strap, KaiKai-Kai sandals mold to the feet, but Kai sandals mold to the feet, but do do not have a painful break-in period, not have a painful break-in period, says says Costanzo. They’re “comfy right off Costanzo. the bat.” They’re “comfy right off the bat.” Instead of a warranty, Kai’s “Swap TheyFlop” don’t have creates a warranty, but your program customer Costanzo created a “Swap Your Flop”

loyalty at which all three of his locationstoin program, allows customers Montauk, Block Island, Key West pair and receive 40 percent off of a new soon to be,while fourth location, Provincof sandals their old pairs are etown,toMass. Old pairsDesigned of the brown, given the homeless. to fit thick strap are donated to thesandals homea wide variety of feet, Kai-Kai lessoffered and youinreceive 40% sizes, off a new pair. are children’s various Encouraged by the positive feedwidths, and top out at a men’s size 15! back in Montauk, Costanzo started Encouraged by the positive feedback to wholesale his sandals to stores on in Montauk, Constanzo branched out, Block Island. Two days after his sister’s selling his sandals to a couple of stores wedding, they piloted his new boat to on Block Island. However, Block Island in order to surfthis theyear, hurthat changed when Kai bought theWhile Inn ricane swells in October 2012. at Old Harbor. Now theHarbor, Inn is run by staying at the Inn at Old Kai and Costanzo and his family. The sandals his sister, Gabrielle, hit it off with the are sold in the rear of the building. Kai's

ownerConrad, and a deal quickly putrear into father, is awas fixture on the action. After many trips in an inflatable deck overlooking the ferry. He helps to boat,customers they closed onisthe two size and as property enthusiastic months about thelater. sandals as his son. “We’ve Kai sandals areinsold in the front hadKai people running flip-flops,” he store, formerly occupied by Rag’sand and remarks. “It’s the Brazilian rubber managed great arch.” by his cousin Miriam. Kai’s father Conrad helps to size customers Kai says that currently, he and his and is as enthusiastic about the sandals family learning how to running run an as his are son.“just “We’ve had people inn successfully.” That doesn’t mean in flip-flops,” Conrad remarks. “It’s the that he’s not brainstorming new Brazilian rubber and great arch.” ideas When for his brand, though.inHe Conrad’s not helping thehopes store, to he develop some non-thong styles, well can be found eating sweets atas the ice as a greater variety children’s designs cream parlor in theofrear of the building. in the near future.

Sweatshirts! Buy One, Get One FREE Shoes/Sandals! Buy Two, Get One FREE (On select styles while supplies last) Thank you for a banner first year in our new location SPEND $299 IN STORE and get a Free Night Stay at the Inn at Old Harbor



231 WATER ST (631) 804-5619

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ORDER THIS! This is a big year for the Papa family and their staff at Aldo’s Restaurant. Having started on a small scale in 1977, this is their 40th season and a true success story.  Each time we visit we see the reason why the restaurant has grown and done so well. Their’s is not only a family owned business, but more important, it’s a family involved business. Family and staff are out front greeting guests — locals, old friends who are returning for another season, and new folks who are soon to be folded right into the friendly mix.   From the kitchen, Steve Papa, Sr., Steve, Jr., and sous chefs Daniel Scinicariello and Rafael Garcia served us their Veal Saltimbocca, a specialty on their lengthy menu. The veal is layered with prosciutto and provolone cheese, and served on a bed of savory, steamed spinach. Both the veal and a side of pasta are topped with a rich sauce made of pan juices, beef stock, sherry and butter.  Steve said, “It’s a hot ticket dish.”    Aldo’s Flaming Cheese Wheel listed on their nightly specials menu has plenty of fans, too. Steve, Sr. prepares it tableside. The top of a 100-pound wheel of parmigiano reggiano is flamed with cognac. The melted cheese is then tossed with linguini fini for a savory, aromatic — and dramatic — adult mac and cheese. “Guests love it.”  Anna and her daughter Christina talked about the restaurant’s catering and take-out services. They can serve any size group either in the restaurant or private homes. For special occasions — rehearsal dinners, baby showers, family reunions, etc. — they can prepare items from their

Veal Saltimbocca at Aldo’s

catering menu, and only need 24-hour notice. For take-out after a day on the beach, you can order anything on the menu by noon and pick it up at your convenience

after 6 p.m. Aldo’s will close this season on September 23. For more information visit or call (401) 4665871. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido

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

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

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

Ice Cream Parlor

Famous for our 35 Years of Accolades Homemade Brownie Sundaes, Fresh seafood simply prepared Block Island Cookie Crunches, and Walking Famous for our (Waffle in a traditional New England Cone) Sundaesstyle. Homemade Brownie Sundaes, Oysters!

Photos by K. Curtis

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

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

The largest selection of lobsters on the Island!

Bring the Kids!

Cookie Crunches, and Walking (Waffle Cone) Sundaes


Call or check our website for hours • 466-2473 •

FISH MARKET Live lobster • Fresh & smoked fish • Shellfish • Chowder-to-go • Ice Lobster Bakes in a tin. Just add water, cook and enjoy!

Call or check our website

(Order one day in advance) for hours • 466-2102 •

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ORDER THIS! Every once in a while something special happens that you don’t expect. Well, this week it was our interview at Eli’s. It was late morning and no one was in the kitchen except for Adi Mandel, Executive Chef of the Atlantic Inn and Eli’s, and us. So, sitting on high stools, we chatted with Chef Mandel as we watched him perfectly prepare and beautifully plate three very different but equally exceptional dishes — one appetizer and two entrées. We then moved into the cozy restaurant, with its newly painted walls and new floor and lights, for our tasting. The appetizer was an unusual charcuterie plate — not a typical meat and cheese plate, but a delicious seafood charcuterie, which was chilled mussel salad, scallop mousse, and smoked baby octopus with roasted carrot hummus. Our first entrée was Pan Seared Halibut with preserved lemon caper gremolata, roasted fingerlings, and creamed broccoli and spinach pie (his mother’s recipe). It was superb, with the halibut cooked to perfection and the pie a real “don’t miss.” This was followed by a wonderful Grilled Pork Belly Steak with Kentucky spoonbread, sautéed rainbow chard, and a bourbon molasses glaze.  As we tasted, we talked with Chef Mandel and Brad Marthens, who with his wife Anne, has owned Eli’s since 2001 and who has just added a new partner, Rosemary Tobin, a member of the front of house staff for a number of years. We also learned that the menu changes on a fairly regular basis and that all desserts are made in-house. The current offerings sound delicious so hurry in for blackber-


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The rich flavors Eli’s

Photo by Ariel Carlson

ry crème brûlé, dream pie (chocolate, of course) or sweet corn cheesecake. Eli’s is open from mid-March until

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary!


An Italian restaurant & pizzeria A taste of Italy on Block Island

Home of the Original Block Island Pepperoni Bread

mid-November. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. It reopens for New Year’s Eve with a prefixed menu, so reserve early! Please call

(401) 466-5230, or visit elisblockisland. com.

Strings & Things Celebrating 31 Years of Cool!!!

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

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


Take-out available Homemade sauces to go The Leone and Papa families serving Block Islanders since 1970

Visit for full menu and catering menu

Founder Aldo Leone

Open for Lunch and Dinner 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily through Sept. 4th

L o cal R aw Bar

Beginning Sept. 7 Thur. - Sun. Dinner Fri.- Sun. Lunch

Fresh Fish • Lobster The Beachead Crew is looking forward to seeing you! Take out 466-2249

125 Corn Neck Road (next to Yellow Kittens) Call for hours - 466-9939

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Taste of Block Island weekend

September 15 to September 17 Don’t miss the 8th Annual Taste of Block Island. Over 50 Block Island businesses have joined together to highlight the many different events and activities island visitors can enjoy. Taste of Block Island Buttons will be available for purchase at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce Office for $5 per button. The buttons identify participants of A Taste of Block Island to the merchants.

Mig’s Rig



taxi - tours - bike rack - charter service

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

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

Block Island’s Airline Since 1970

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

On the island, take it slow.

Daily Trips run through September 11th Weekends through October 9th Departing Montauk at 10 a.m. Departing Block Island at 5 p.m.

Additional Sunday Departures: Departing Montauk at 2 p.m. Depa Departing Block Island at 12 p.m.

To the island, make it fast. Traditional Ferry

Departs daily from Point Judith and Old Harbor

AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 3 Day Departs Point Judith Mon-Fri 8:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p Sat-Sun 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p

8a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p

SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 10 Day Departs Point Judith Tues-Fri 8:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p Sat-Sun 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

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

Departs Block Island

SEPTEMBER 11 - OCTOBER 5 Day Departs Point Judith Mon-Thu 9a, 11a, 3p, 5p Fri-Sun 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

High Speed Ferry

Departs Block Island

Departs Block Island

Get to Block Island in just over an hour via the fastest ferry from the mainland.

860.444.GO BI (4624)

8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Departs daily from Point Judith and Old Harbor

JUNE 17 - SEPTEMBER 4 Day Departs Point Judith Mon-Sun 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 4:50p, 6:45p

Departs Block Island 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p, 3:30p, 5:50p, 7:35p

SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 8 Day Departs Point Judith Tue-Fri 8a, 10a, 12:30p, 5:45p

9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p

Departs Block Island

SEPTEMBER 9 - October 9 Day Departs Point Judith Mon-Fri 8a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p

Departs Block Island

9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p

Sat-Sun* 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p, 5:45p *Columbus Day Schedule (401) 783-4613

High Speed Ferry

Departs daily from Fall River and Old Harbor




Departs Fall River to Block Island 8:30a

Departs Block Island 5:10p (401) 783-4613

High Speed Ferry

Departs daily from Newport and Old Harbor




Departs Newport to Block Island 9:45a, 12:30p

Departs Block Island 11:15a, 5:10p (401) 783-4613

Block Island Express

Departs daily from New London and Old Harbor

JULY 5 - SEPTEMBER 3 Day Departs New London Sun, Thu-Fri 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p Mon-Wed, Sat 8:30a, 11:50a, 6:30p

Departs Block Island 10:05a, 1:25p, 4:55p, 8:10p 10:05a, 4:55p, 8:10p

SEPTEMBER 4 Day Departs New London Tues 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p

Departs Block Island 10:05a, 1:25p, 4:55p, 8:10p

SEPTEMBER 5 - OCTOBER 1* Day Departs New London Fri 10:00a, 3:10p, 6:30p Sat-Sun 8:30a, 11:50a, 6:30p *Sept 10 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p

Departs Block Island 1:25p, 4:55p, 8:10p 10:05a, 4:55p, 8:10p 10:05a, 1:25p, 4:55p, 8:10p

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

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

NOTE: NO TRIPS TO OR FROM BLOCK ISLAND JUNE 5-8 or JUNE 12-15. (855) 256-2547

New England Airlines Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day!

Day Departing Westerly Day Departing Block Island Sat-Wed 7:30a - 6:30p Mon 7:00a-6:00p Thu 7:30a - 7:30p Tue-Thu 8:00a-6:00p Fri 7:30a - 8:30p Fri-Sun 8:00a-7:00p* *Schedule may vary. Please call/book in advance) (401) 466-5881

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Full Moon Tide

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

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

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Inspired by Rebecca’s Logo & Great Food

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459 Chapel street - 401.466.2422

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Make the most of your time on Block Island! Quality Mopeds & Bikes • Courteous Service CReasonable ELEBRATE O•UR 26 TH A NNIVERSARY Prices Right Across from the Ferry

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



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Block Island Jewelry in Sterling Silver & 14K

Located on Water Street (Under The Harborside)

Open 10am – 6pm 401-466-7944

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



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

9 am to 8pm 401-466-8676 •

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Touring Block Island An explorer’s perspective

The Sullivan House view from Corn Neck Road. Photos by K. Curtis By Cassius Shuman The ocean glistens as the sun’s rays cast a warm light on the placid surf beyond the breakwater as the Block Island Ferry cruises into Old Harbor. The large white vessel backs into its slip, unloading a stream of vehicles followed by a parade of visitors, who cart bags, bicycles and belongings as they descend on “the last great place.” Wearing shorts, sandals and sunglasses, some of them hop into vehicles, or taxis, while others enter the Welcome Center and check in with the Block Island Chamber of Commerce to get their bearings. Some march straight up to Water Street to grab a burger at Rebecca’s, or stroll, visiting the assorted shops and restaurants along the way. Some take an immediate left turn after departing the ferry, and journey to Ballard’s at the beach. Block Island may only be a three by seven mile island, but it offers a variety of enjoyments, everything from kayaking and sailing on the Great Salt Pond, to fishing at the Coast Guard Channel or out on the high seas by the foundations of the Block Island Wind Farm. There is also the search and discovery of Eben Horton’s glass floats, for some lucky souls, during a leisurely trek through the Greenway Trails, Clayhead Trails, or Rodman’s Hollow, to name a few. For others, their journey leads them down Water Street to the new wooden stairway in front of the National Hotel, right near the Surf Hotel, where they descend and are deposited on the sandy shoreline. From there they can either join their boating enthusiast friends in the harbor’s inner basin, or find a patch of sand on Crescent Beach to enjoy some sunbathing and a dip in the ocean. Another alternative is walking down Water Street, around the notable bend where it turns into Dodge Street, past the Island Free Library, some shops and inns, to Bridge Gate Square. Heading straight through the intersection onto Ocean Avenue leads past the Block Island Grocery store, and restaurants, toward New Harbor and the Great Salt Pond. Turning right directs them onto Corn Neck Road and some eateries, or the wind-swept dunes equipped with walkways to the beach. A sightseeing adventure down Corn Neck Road delights with a view of the Sullivan House and its wedding tent perched on a hill, or to the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion and a day at the beach. Venturing down “the Neck,” as it’s called by the locals, leads past Scotch and Mansion Beaches and a variety of rightsof-way, including Andy’s Way, the Hodge Family Preserve, until the trip ends at Settler’s Rock, Sachem Pond and the North Lighthouse.

Of course, before getting that far down Corn Neck Road, a left turn onto Beach Avenue takes them over a small bridge with a pictorial view of the pond. After glimpsing boaters and paddlers cruising under the bridge, a jaunt up the road and a right turn at the Police Station onto Ocean Avenue, brings them over another bridge and then straight to Payne’s Dock. Or, the adventure can include a left turn onto West Side Road, and a right, to arrive at the Block Island Boat Basin, where a breathtaking view of the sun setting can be enjoyed from The Oar, or the deck of a boat. West Side Road also provides for a cruise through a rustic environs to Grace’s Cove, Dorry’s Cove, and a collection of beaches on the west side of the island.   Turning left at Bridge Gate Square, they would find the sandwich shop called Three Sisters, or travel past on Old Town Road and find the New Shoreham Town Hall. Keep going and the journey leads through a rural landscape to Club Soda, on Connecticut Avenue, or, further down the road, a left turn onto Center Road, and up the hill, to the Block Island Airport.     One option after embarking from the ferry is taking a left on Water Street and traveling onto Spring Street, past the Spring Street Gallery, Hotel Manisses, the 1661, and the Abram’s Farm, as well as The Spring House, or continuing up the hilly road to the Southeast Lighthouse. The red brick lighthouse on the bluffs offers a scenic, panorama view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Block Island Wind Farm. Past the lighthouse, down the road a short distance, is the Mohegan Bluffs stairway, a steep 100-foot descent to the beach. An enjoyable trip could entail continuing along Mohegan Trail, and arriving at the landmark known as Painted Rock, which is a rock painted over and over again in the spirit of the theme of the day. For instance, the July 4th holiday saw the rock painted red, white and blue, or decorated to resemble a colorful, giant egg to celebrate Easter Sunday. There is also the trip up High Street, by a general store, The Nature Conservancy, the Atlantic Inn and some other inns and residences, to the Block Island School and the Block Island Medical Center. High Street is the first right after The Empire Theatre off of Water Street. Picturesque scenery, breathtaking views, and 17 miles of sandy shoreline. There are a myriad of experiences and activities that Block Island has to offer a restless explorer seeking adventure on a remote, alluring, idyllic island. It’s all just 13 miles from the mainland and a boat ride away, where memories are made.  

The ferry unloading upon arrival to Block Island.

1661 Farm & Gardens on Spring Street. The North Light at the end of Corn Neck Road.

Nature Trail on Beach Avenue.

Southeast Light at Mohegan Bluffs.

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Bronze Bottle Openers

Lesley A Ulrich

Where Island Workers Shop!

photography family portraits & weddings

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

FARMERS’ MARKET OR 401-578-1125

Copyrighted Designs

COME SEE WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017!! If you need it,

we’ve got it!

466-3168 401-466-5858

ALL Sizes!


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

Many designs to choose from.

and as always free gift wrapping!

Unique & Original designs Diamond & Gold Blocks!

Block rings & charms!


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

independent jeweler

233 Dodge Street Block Island, RI

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

401-466-2611 •

The SHOP@ Payne’s Dock New Harbor Beach accessories Helly Hansen Spear fishing supplies Mahogany Shoals t-shirts



Paynes Dock t-shirts Guy Harvey Surf & skim board supplies Coolers

And much, much more!!


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On The Trails With The Nature Conservancy & The Ocean View Foundation

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 for plants, animals, and people.

Andy’s Way Bird Walk

A bird walk for all skill levels. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet. Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at 8 a.m.

Night Sky Viewing

Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Hodge Preserve, Corn Neck Rd.

International Coastal Cleanup

Island-wide beach clean-up. Meet at the Town Beach Pavilion to get trash bags and sign up for a beach. Sunday, Sept. 17: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

James Stover Block Island Exploration Series Raptor Migration

Unique opportunity to see and learn about these migrants which depend on Block Island’s optimal habitat. September 23 at 3 p.m. Meet at Lewis Farm, Follow the signs off Cooneymus Rd. For more info:  Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Email to receive automated message of up-to-date program information. 

Block Island Conservancy The Education Center is open daily in the summer season with an exhibit on the history of Block Island Conservancy and offers trail maps, a free water bottle refilling station, a schedule of nature walks that are cosponsored with TNC. For news, events and other information visit

September/October 2017

1.1. Hodge HodgeFamily FamilyWildlife Wildlife Preserve Preserve 2.2. Clay Head Trail Clay Head Trail 3. 3. Meadow MeadowHill HillGreenway Greenway 4.4. Greenway: Greenway:Great Great Salt Salt Pond Pond to to Beacon Beacon Hill Hill 5.5. Greenway: South of Beacon Hill Greenway: South of Beacon Hill && Nathan Nathan Mott Mott Park 6.6. Turnip Farm & Loffredo Memorial Preserve Turnip Farm & Loffredo Memorial Preserve 7.7. Rodman’s Rodman’sHollow Hollow 8.8. Fresh FreshPond PondGreenway Greenway 9.9. Fresh FreshSwamp Swamp&& Payne Payne Farm Farm Trail Trail 10. Win Dodge Preserve & Lewis-Dickens 10. Win Dodge Preserve & Lewis-Dickens Farm Farm Trail Trail 11. 11. Ocean OceanView ViewPavilion Pavilion


GOURMET POPCORN BUY 3 BAGS GET A 4TH FREE! Also, visit our three mainland location: • Olde Mystic Village • • Prov Place Mall • • Smithfield Crossing • 800-767-9781 Chapel Street Next to Blocks of Fudge


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Acclaimed Dining Open 7 nights a week 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Weeknights 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Fine dining in a beautiful, refined setting Call for reservations 401 466 9898

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Mohegan Cottage MLS# 1115481 $1,385,000

Trim’s Ridge MLS# 1102770 $1,385,000

Shir Shalom MLS# 1158208 $2,500,000

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

West Side Contemporary MLS# 1133746 $1,950,0000

Anchors Aweigh MLS# 1150627 $995,000

Mohegan Trail MLS#1158066 $1,995,000

Mitchell Lane MLS# 1101120 $1,130,000

1704 Corn Neck Road MLS# 1156900 $1,295,000

Spring Street MLS# 1143104 $1,800,000

Corn Neck Contemporary MLS#1165400 $945,000

Panoramic Views MLS# 1141059 $1,675,000


Mansion Beach MLS# 1157587 $769,000



Coastal Retreat MLS# 1126581 $3,150,000



Trim’s Pond Waterfront MLS# 1158822 $1,250,000



Great Salt Pond Peninsula MLS#1112478 $3,600,000

Your Hometown Realtors with International Reach Cynthia Pappas, Broker • Rebecca Pappas Clark, Linda Spak, Associate Brokers Gail Heinz, Shannon Morgan, Tony Pappas, Kathy Mulshine, Lynn Poston, Sales Agents

Telephone: 401 466-5521 • Fax: 401 466-5369 • Email:

Each office independently owned and operated

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Powered by Wind

Photo by Malcolm Greenaway

By Cassius Shuman When 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. The wind turbines are located off the southeast side of the island, and are

quite a site to see. For more information and history of the Block Island Wind Farm visit

Surfing • Standup Paddleboarding Lessons • Rentals • TOMS Beach Accessories • Apparel


Corner Dodge Street and Corn Neck Road

1080 Kingstown Road, Wakefield 401.789.1700 •

Audio | Video | Satellite | Data | Surveillance

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Block Island

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

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"  For group tours, genealogy research or to donate anything with Block Island-related history, please contact Executive Director Pam Gasner at (401)466-2481 or e-mail The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day. Off-season open by appointment. Admission: $15 Family/group up to 4; $10 guided tour; Adult $6, $4 seniors and students. Members, free. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. There are also Greenway trails accessible across the street that meander around Fresh Pond.

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


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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whalers Rhode Island

Rock The Block

Yellow Kittens


September 1, 2................................ Wicked Peach  September 3...........................................Hope Road  September 6, 16, 23, 30........................ DJ Dugan  September 8, 9...............................Never in Vegas

September 1-10, 15, 16, 22,29,30................................................. John Brazile  September 1...........................................................................................Royal Blue  September 2, 3, 4..................................................................................... DJ Libre  September 2, 3, 4...........................................................................................Sugar  September 9.............................................. Rockfest, 94HJY Rocks the Block

Mahogany Shoals

(at Payne’s Dock)

Through September 17:  Walter McDonough- Live Folk/ Irish acoustic music  9ish p.m...........................Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. Izzy Malek.............................. Mon, Tues, Wed. 

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

Poor People’s Pub 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. September 15......................................................................................“80’s Prom“   September 30.................................................................................... Oktoberfest

The Spring House

Friday: Wild Greens (Jazz)......................................................................................................... 8 to 10 p.m.

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

Captain Nick’s

  Friday - Sunday: Fathead Sushi 5-9 p.m. September 1................. Dave Flamand 6 p.m.  September 1, 2.......................... DJ Lock Mess  September 2, 3.... Booze Beggars 6 - 9 p.m.  September 4......................... Last Disco Night

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Annual Lions Club Clambake

Standing in line is well worth the wait! Photo by K. Curtis By K. Curtis It wouldn’t be Labor Day on Block Island without the annual Lions Club Clambake.   This is the 19th year of the event — so invite your friends and family to join and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 2 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. It all takes place on the grounds of the charming and historic Narragansett Inn, where you’ll enjoy views of all  the boats in the Great Salt Pond. The Block Island Lions Club is a group that mixes socializing and service — doing lots of good for the Block Island community all year long. The Clambake is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Other  fundraisers include two annual golf tournaments — held at different golf courses on the mainland — and the annual St. Paddy’s Day dinner at Yellow Kittens.       Thanks to these great fundraising events throughout the years the Lions Club has built the Ball O’Brien Park playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and in partnering with the Ian Kortbek Fund — paid for half of the skateboard park. Most recently the Lions built the covered picnic area at the Ball O’Brien Park with picnic tables and grills.   The Lions also fund educational trips and classes for islanders and maintain a travel fund for local people with serious medical needs — as well as eyesight needs, like eyeglasses. Each year the Lions help fund the

school’s seventh grade week-long sailing trip and at graduation a $1000 renewable four-year scholarship is given to a Block Island senior. These hard-working Lions plan this fundraiser for months in advance, so come bid a fond farewell to the summer with food, fun, live music, friends, raffle drawings and more. Lobsters and clams and mussels, Yes! Homemade Block Island clear chowder, corn on the cob and sausage, too. Not a seafood lover? Not to worry. The Lions put out a fine spread with yummy hamburgers and hot dogs, as well. Tickets are purchased at the event and are available beginning at noon. Full clambake is $40 and the BBQ menu is $20. Hope to see you there!

The Bird is the Word It all takes place on the grounds of the charming and historic Narragansett Inn, where you’ll enjoy views of all of the boats in the Great Salt Pond.

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

Join in on the fun! Weekly Schedule MONDAY: Trivia Night and 50 cent Wings All Night! TUESDAY: Tacos WEDNESDAY: Open Mic and Pizza THURSDAY: Dollar dogs FRIDAY: $9.99 Fish and chips SUNDAY: Industry night $5 drink special


Noon - 1 a.m. Daily Takeout 401-466-5397 • • 35 Connecticut Ave.

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


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Island Arts & Galleries Spring Street Gallery (401)466-5374 

Spring Street Gallery is open: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday September 3 — “Y-art” Sale at the Spring Street Gallery Artwork and creations by gallery members at discounted prices. Featuring pieces from past years that have perhaps never been sold before or have been around the “Block” once too often. Sunday, September 3 from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. on the lawn of the gallery. Raindate: Monday September 4 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. No early birds, please. September 3 — Aleksandar Baba-Vulic, Photography September 5 — Amy Ryan, Paintings September 16 — Enid Braun, Plein Air painting Artists Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

Jessie Edwards Studio

(401) 466-5314 

Second floor, Post Office Building

Celebr atin 75 yea g rs!

August 18 – September 8 Peter Michael Gish ~ Recent Paintings Gish, at 91, always has something new and fresh to show us in his subtly layered oils depicting his love of nature, especially on Block Island.

Historical Society Museum and Gallery (401) 466-2481 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401) 466-5331

Open Daily. Water Street

Gallery and museum open: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun. through Columbus Day. Admission is is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students. Members, free. Research & Tours by appointment. Featured exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea” Sept. 9 — Annual meeting, public welcome. 5 p.m. Reception to follow. A special guided tour “The Island’s Attic” — interesting objects from the archives and special items celebrating the 75th anniversary: Sept 15 — noon and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 — 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 17 — 11 a.m. $10/person $5, children. Tour includes a free poster & postcard set.                     

Farmers’ Market

Saturday, September 2 — Last Farmers’ Market at Legion Park 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Remaining weeks are held at The Spring House garden lawn on both Wednesdays and Saturdays) Monday, October 9 — Farmers’ Market with the Arts & Crafts Guild on the Historical Society lawn. Dozens of vendors are a part of the Block Island Farmers’ Market that sets up shop two days a week. Crafters and bakers, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand crafted items. The season runs through October 9 — every Saturday and Wednesday from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the Spring House Garden lawn on Spring Street.

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

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Block Island Artists

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GREENAWAY GALLERY Exquisite Photos of Block Island

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

Showing at the Block Island Farmers’ Market

Leah Robinson Watercolors & Giclée Prints

Available at BI Farmers’ Market 401-996-9373

Block Island Naturals

All natural & organic balms, salves, & essential oil perfumes.

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

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

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

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

SEAN HARTNETT Stone Sculpture

by appointment 401-466-2310


julia’s jewelry handcrafted uniquely shaped cutting boards earrings & necklaces handmade stone stack jewelry AVAILABLE @ B.I. Farmers' Markets and Arts and Crafts Fairs

CONTACT US: 401-864-1987 EMAIL US:

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

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

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Call us today at 888-806-2872 for an appointment at our convenient Block Island loan office, located at 90 Chapel St., New Shoreham, R.I. Or apply online at Member FDIC Member DIF Applies to purchase transactions only. All loans are subject to credit approval. $500 closing cost credit cannot be combined with any other offer. Must apply by October 31, 2017. The $500 credit will be issued at the time of settlement.


NMLS# 403238

401-466-5446 1431 COONEYMUS ROAD Rare opportunity to own 11.37 ocean view acres on Block Island. This property has a 6,000-sq. ft. Main House, a 2-car garage with guest room/office above, and a separate 700-sq. ft. Guest House. Main house is an ideal 4.37-acre estate with sweeping views. Additionally, offered with a 7.0-acre buildable lot approved for a 5-bedroom home with site plan.

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Sale Options: Main House with 2 Accessory Buildings on 4.37 Acres: $3,595,000. Offered with Additional 7 Acre Buildable Vacant Lot: $4,895,000

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Located high highonon a hill overlooking the Southeast Located a hill overlooking the Southeast Light, Light, this wonderful property has spectacular this wonderful property has spectacular ocean ocean views viewsnearly from nearly every in room the house. 6 BR4and from every room the in house. 6 BR and BA 4 BA make this home a perfect to gather friends make this home a perfect placeplace to gather friends and and family. area, cupola with 260family. LargeLarge main main livingliving area, cupola with 260-degree island lower the of house is a twodegreeviews. island The views. The level loweroflevel the house is a bedroom suite suite with private entrance. 2.6 acres two-bedroom with private entrance. 2.6with acresa 4,000 ft. house, an house, accessory & gazebo, with a± sq. 4,000± sq. ft. an studio accessory studioand & an additional small lot of record gazebo, and an additional small (0.3 lot ofAcres). record. Asking $2,800,000 Asking $2,800,000

Beautifully designed contemporary home nestled on the shores of Trim’s Pond boasts 5 en-suite bedrooms, an open living/dining room and a gourmet kitchen. Porches and decks encircle the curved home allowing for outdoor enjoyment in any wind direction. Attention to detail and energy efficiency, including solar panels, make this home economical to maintain and heat. Private access to the water and Great Salt Pond. Mature landscaping. Asking $1,945,000

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

MLS #1158847

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

Located on Seaweed Lane this wonderful 4 BR, 2 BA cape style home sits on 3 acres with a large yard, long range ocean views, and screened-in patio. Nice kitchen with maple cabinets, dining area, and an Lshaped living space make this home comfortable and easy for entertaining. Full, unfinished basement, with plenty of storage and a recreation area. 5bedroom septic allows for expansion. Asking $1,195,000

Classic, well-kept Berger Cottage in a wonderful Corn Neck Road location. Private and peaceful 1.4 acres, walk to Clayhead trail, the beach, and Bluestone (the Maze). Spacious bedrooms with lots of closet space, large living room, kitchen and dining room, and bright east facing sunroom. Large shed holds all of your yard and garden equipment. 3-bedroom septic allows for the possibility of expansion. Asking $925,000

Robin Lewis Vila, Principal Broker / Owner Corlies Black, Sales Associate

Susan Black, Broker / Owner Kerri Gaffett, Sales Associate

Edith Littlefield Blane, Associate Broker Krista Vila, Sales Associate

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Island Weddings I

The Perfect Place For a Wedding

t’s no secret anymore how much fun it is to have, or attend, a wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a closeto-home, but worlds-away destination celebration. The key to planning a Block Island wedding is to know the in’s and out’s of throwing this type of event in a small place, only accessible by boat or plane. Many hotels and inns have built-in wedding services, and many are happy to assist in the small details. The Block Island Wedding magazine is a great tool to use when wanting to find wedding vendors such as ceremony and reception sites, photographers, coordinators, caterers, cakes, etc. The most popular months for Block Island weddings are June and September. High season for weddings is July and August. When considering a date for your Block Island wedding, remember that at certain times there are lots of visitors — yet a finite amount of lodging. July and August will be tough for your guests to find accommodations unless they book their rooms in January. If you have your heart set on July or August, start early and consider working with a venue that is all-inclusive. That way you may be able to negotiate room rates, book an entire inn or hotel or block enough rooms to ensure your guests will all get a place to stay. Check in with some

local real estate agencies too, rental homes are very popular. April, May, and June as well as September, October and even November make great months for a destination wedding as well. A destination like Block Island takes a bit of creative planning. For instance, the weather can be unpredictable at any time of year. This doesn’t just affect your wedding locale — a canceled ferry on your big day could affect the arrival of guests, a band or DJ, or a cake from an off island bakery. Consider making your event a long weekend (come early and stay late) and encourage your guests to stay for several days — that way everyone can enjoy all that the island has to offer. A haven for outdoorsy types, the island offers brides and grooms and their guests plenty of ways to connect with nature: Hiking Clay Head Trail which winds high on the edge of the bluffs, exploring the Greenway Trails in search of Glass Floats, or a guided eco tour with Pond and Beyond Kayaks. Less ambitious couples can rent mopeds or cars in town and explore the island’s landscapes, shops, and restaurants without working up a sweat. Or just spend the entire day basking in the sun and relaxing at the beach. Pick up a copy of Block Island Weddings for useful information while planning your island wedding, and to read about other couples’ weddings — both big and small.

Photo by Trever Holden Photography

Beautiful Home Decor An eclectic mix of island rustic charm Fashion jewelry custom Block Island jewelry found only at My Oyster Flower shop Fresh bouquets daily. Delivery available. Beach Provisions both fashionable and essential

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

Melissa Sitbon Philip, Owner & Designer

Open 10-6 (401) 466-2076 cell (631)-704-3221

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Change of Season The Birds of Fall Migration








By Scott Comings, The Nature Conservancy Did you know Block Island is very important for migratory birds in the fall? After a hard night’s flight these tired migrants reach Block Island and rest and refuel for their trip south.  These “stopover” birds stay between one and ten days depending on condition and the wind direction.  The best time to see these birds is after a northwest wind (blows migrating birds out to the island).   Test your bird identification skills with these 30 bird photos and accompanying information. In the fall, some of the birds are very common while others rare.         1) Yellow-rumped warbler - The most common fall migrant.  This species is one of the few that can digest the waxy bayberry and turn it into energy. 2 Common yellowthroat – A summer resident that migrates as far as Panama.  Males have the black mask and females don’t.  3) American redstart – This is one of the more common fall migrants.  Note the yellow color in the tail which the bird often flicks.  4) Baltimore oriole – while majestic in the spring this species has molted to its winter or basic plumage which is very drab. 5) Black-billed cuckoo – This summer nester is found near swampland and has a long tail with white tips.  6) Black-throated blue warbler – This is a non-descript female.  Males are blue in color.  Be sure to look for the white patch in the wing that verifies it is this species.   7) Black-throated green warbler – This long distant migrant flies as far as Panama.  Note the black feathers on the throat and flanks.  8) Blackburian warbler – This vibrant warbler has molted to its fall plumage.  Note the facial pattern and white in the wings.   9) Blue-headed vireo – This species looks like it is wearing white spectacles. It is one of the larger vireos with a hooked bill.    10) Brown creeper – This species does circles around the trunk and has a long bill for probing.  11) Chestnut-sided warbler – This is one of the few warblers with a bright yellow head.  It also has a black eyeline and chestnut on the flanks.  12) Eastern towhee – A common nesting species often heard singing “drink your tea.” It migrates to the southeastern United States.  13) White-breasted Nuthatch - Note the slightly upturned bill and white breast.  This species makes a low “yank, yank, yank” call and is not afraid to run down a tree trunk head first. 14) Gray catbird – the most common nesting songbird on Block Island.  This bird migrates from Block Island to the southeastern part of the United States. 

15) Great crested flycatcher – this beautiful flycatcher makes a “weep” call in the fall. It is easily distinguishable by its blue throat, yellow belly, and cinnamon colored tail.  16) Yellow-bellied sapsucker – this migrating woodpecker doesn’t have a yellow breast and can often be seen banging on old shad bushes or apple trees. 17) Merlin – the medium sized falcon on the island.  Can be seen found in interior shrubland looking for its next songbird meal.  18) Nashville warbler – Note the eye ring and its small size.  Males will have a little chestnut colored feathers on the head.   19) Ovenbird - note the orange “mohawk” of this bird.  Standing on its slender pink legs it can often be seen foraging in the leaf litter on the ground. 20) Palm warbler – this bird has yellow feathers under the tail (under tail coverts) and it’s easily distinguishable because as it moves it is always bobbing its tail.  21) Pine warbler – this common fall warbler is found in more forested or shrubland areas throughout the late fall. 22) Prairie warbler – Note the cheek pattern of this species and its mostly yellow body with black striping on the flanks.  23) Red-breasted nuthatch – Note the slightly up turned bill and red breast.  This species makes a nasally “yank, yank, yank” call and is not afraid to run down a tree trunk head first.  24) Slate-colored junco – Note the white in the outer tail.  This bird usually travels in groups and is found on or near the ground.  25) Scarlet tanager – while majestic in the spring this species has molted to its winter or basic plumage which is very drab.  26) Orchard oriole – one of the rarer fall migrants.  Note the black throat and sharp, pointed bill. 27) Peregrine falcon – the largest of the falcons this apex predator likes to eat songbirds and can often be seen riding the thermals near Mohegan Bluffs.  28) Fox sparrow – this species comes to the island in late October and November.  Note the rusty streaking and rump patch.  29) Sharp-shinned hawk – The smallest of the hawks, this bird is mourning dove size.  It eats small songbirds and insects.  30) Blue-winged warbler – Listen for the “beeee bzzz” of this rare bird.  The wing color is the clue to the naming of this species which is often found probing for insects in the dead pine trees.

















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CORN NECK ROAD: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage. Path to Clayhead, western views. $925,000

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WEST SIDE CHURCH: Total renovation, 3 beds, 3.5 baths, patio, sunset views, abuts conservation lot. $1,565,000

AMY DODGE: 1.1 acre lot, views.

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


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Island Living

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

Beach Breezes House Location: 151 Corn Neck Road House Size: approx.  1976 sq. ft. Lot Size:  1.11 acres Price: $1,675,000 Contact:  Becky Pappas Clark, (917) 620-5578,

Turkey Hollow Location: 1125 Connecticut Avenue House Size:  3,312 sq. ft. Lot Size: 2 acres Price:  $935,000 Contact Info:  Phillips Real Estate 30 Water Street, Suite 206, Above Post Office Building (401)466-8806

Setting: This newly constructed custom home is steps away from a premier, sandy beach on the east and abuts Harbor Pond to the west for kayaking, paddle boarding and beachcombing. Wrap around porch with built in custom bar lets you enjoy the views from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Salt Pond.  Inside: Perfect for year round use with heat and a/c.  Main floor features a spacious living/dining/kitchen room, bedroom with doors to porch, and a full bath with shower.  Second floor has two large bedrooms each with their own custom bathrooms, comfortable sitting area with TV and decks off each side.  East deck has 180 degree views of Crescent Beach from Ballard’s to Clayhead with the mainland in the distance.  West deck views take in Harbor Pond with all the water sports. Design available for permitted additional buildings.  Great rental income and high end make this the ultimate Block Island vacation home.

Setting: This spacious and stylishly finished multi-level home presents a seldom seen opportunity to own an investment property where rental income exceeds $70,000 per year! The sun-filled 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home has an abundance of Island charm, with sprawling bucolic views. This property can be enjoyed as a family compound, or the buyer can choose to utilize the year-round, town approved accessory apartment on the lower level. Inside: The Gambrel style allows maximum living space of this 3,300 sq. ft. energy efficient home. There are unique finishes throughout, multiple levels of decking, and a private porch off the master bedroom with rooftop lookout to peaceful Mill Pond. Outside:  Overlooking 36+ acres of protected space, this house is located on a peaceful lane just a mile from town.

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Montgomery House Location: 1431 and 901 Cooneymus Road House size: 6000 sq. ft. main house, 700 sq. ft. guest house, and separate 2 car garage with living space above. Lot size: 4.37 acres, with an additional 7 acre lot available. Price: Main House with 2 accessory buildings on 4.37 acres, $3,595,000. Offered with additional 7-acre buildable vacant lot, $4,895,000. Contact info: Robin Lewis Vila, Listing agent and Principal Broker, (401)465-7986 Offshore Property, LLC.


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Setting: This stunning property is thoughtfully placed in a tranquil and private location, high on a hill, with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful stonework and low maintenance landscaping enhance the peaceful feeling of this family compound. Walk to Cooneymus Beach. Inside: The well thought out layout and classic design of this home has wonderful, spacious places to gather family together, but also provides separate cozy spaces for reading and relaxing. Built in cabinets and many closets have been designed so there is a place to put everything away, and there is a gorgeous library with a fireplace to enjoy in cool weather. Outside: The many decks allow outside enjoyment on even the windiest of days! Beautiful details throughout.

Surrounded by Sea:

Summer Exhibit: “Surrounded by Sea”

Block Island Historical Society 75th Anniversary Exhibit

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

Photo by Judith Watts

Museum Shop Sale:

Celebrating 75 years of collecting and sharing Block Island History

July 1st - December 1st, 2017

Block Island Historical Society Corner of Ocean Ave. & Old Town Road

Museum, Shop & Gallery

Hours and Admission: Sept 1st - Oct 9th: Fri - Sun, 11am - 4 pm Adults $6 / Seniors & Students $4 Members & Children free

TEL: 401-466-2481 email:

Posters,Maps & Prints Four new T- Shirt designs mugs & notecards with Historic Images

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September Yellow By Kim Gaffett, OVF Naturalist at The Nature Conservancy September is the last hoorah of yellow. Yellow is a color of spring. But, look broadly and you will find yellow in September. Goldenrod, of course, makes a strong showing in mid-September. If you count amber and copper to be in the family of yellow, then the seed spikes of beach grass and Spartina, late summer hay, and Monarch butterflies are all part of September’s yellow pallet. But, true, vibrant, lively yellows are all but gone from the island’s landscape. In September you may find some late dandelion blossoms, but not the lemony brightness of hawkweeds. Only if you are lucky and observant will you discover a stalk of sundrops or a yellow warbler, during the first weeks of September – these are the last of summer’s yellow.  September is a month of out-migration. We on Block Island are familiar with bird migration – and, people migration. The yellow warbler is among the first birds (in May) to return to the island from their more southern wintering grounds. So too, May is when friends, workers, and summer residents return to the island for a season of industry – creating temporary nests, enjoying comfortable weather, and harvesting the resources of summer. When September comes, yellow warblers (and many other

The Nature Conservancy has several September programs (Andy’s Way Bird Walk, Night Sky Viewing, and Autumnal Walk) that will be ideal for appreciating the golden hues of September. See schedule: northamerica/unitedstates/rhodeisland/ placesweprotect/block-island.xml


Yellow warbler - a hatching year bird, headed south for the winter.

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) Do you have your Eat Fish shirt yet?

Block Island breeding birds) migrate away – as do many of the island’s summer residents. Among warblers, yellow warblers have the broadest ranges of summer and winter habitats; most yellow warblers that summered on Block Island will have started their return migration to winter homes (southern U.S. to Peru) by September 1st. If you happen to see a yellow warbler in September, it is likely a migrant that spent its summer further north, and is enjoying a

brief respite on the island before continuing on its southward migration – a stop over visit during the shoulder season. Pure yellow is a rarity in September, look for it if you must, enjoy its fleeting sparkle, but, it is the golden hues of yellow that gives September its brilliance. To enjoy September on Block Island is to note that the late afternoon light is tinged with soothing gold and, punctuated by burnt orange Monarchs on goldenrod.

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• Glass & Keys Made • Stainless Hardware • Automotive • Garden • Benjamin Moore

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Fiduciary? Means we’ve got your back. Our fiduciary standard ensures we put your interests first. As our clients’ fiduciary, we subscribe to a code of ethical conduct that mandates we act for their sole benefit and interest at all times. Are your advisors held to the same standard? Don’t you deserve the added protection, especially in today’s complex financial markets? To learn more, contact Holly M. Knott, CFP®, Vice President & Planning Officer, at 401-348-1572 or

Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 401-466-5831

Banana Boat Rides

aRe Back!

Est. 1989

Old Harbor Dock

Parasailing Rides Call 401-864-2474 Banana Boat Rides Parasailing Rides Old Harbor Dock Banana Boat Rides


beach chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, kayaks, corn hole games, boogie boards and more! Surf Hotel Beach

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Champlins Water Sports

Owned and operated by Block Island Parasail

JUST ACROSS THE POND 4 0 1 .7 8 3 . 4 3 1 0 62 whitford street, wakefield, ri

Bumper Boats, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboard rentals Champlins Marina


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A Runner’s Paradise Two island road races not to miss

42nd Annual 15K Run Around the Block — Saturday, September 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Isaac’s Corner. Register at The race course is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of rolling black top roads arranged in a loop. The starting line is at Isaac’s Corner near Fresh Pond, on Center Rd. The finish line is at Champlin’s Marina, in New Harbor. The roadway is marked at 1 mile intervals; there are four water stops on the course. Proceeds from the race benefits the "Michael & Daniel Batchelder Memorial Scholarship Fund". For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at (401) 466-2474.


STRONG RENTAL & INVESTMENT PROPERTY This well appointed multi-level residence can also be enjoyed as a family compound. Relaxing, 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom sunfilled home with island charm. $1,175,000

UNPARALLELED VIEWS Seeing is believing! Embrace the wonders of this dramatic setting. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on the bluffs with sprawling ocean views. $729,000

Block Island Half Marathon — Sunday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. Register at This half marathon will begin and end at the Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion. The beginning of the race heads north in a flat stretch followed by a gentle uplift to some steeper hills and turns. Runners will see the Great Salt Pond, beach dunes, The North Lighthouse and much more. At the North Light, turn back and get ready for a challenging loop around the beautiful west side of the island. Lots of hills and turns. Rolling pastures, stone walls, farmhouses and the beautiful blue Atlantic are the backdrop. The last stretch takes you down Center Road, past the airport and back to the Pavilion.


PHENOMENAL GREAT SALT POND VIEWS Walk to the beach with this private year-round 3 bedroom home with plenty of room to expand. Extremely desirable summer rental! $1,710,000


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

Nestled in the heart of New Harbor and close to the island’s prime destinations. Private Dock. Sold together or seperately. Asking $1,999,000

PRESTIGIOUS SOUTHWEST POINT LOCATION Large glass doors in 5 of the 7 rooms opening to a 1,000 sq. ft. deck. Dazzling ocean and sunset views. $1,299,000


The Post Office Building comprised of 9 retail/ office spaces in addition to the U.S. Post Office. Property overlooks picturesque Old Harbor & town. Call for additional information. Asking $2,920,000

Jennifer Phillips, Broker

YOUR FUTURE AWAITS Tasteful Lindal Cedar home with ocean and Southeast Lighthouse views. Inverted floor plan includes 3 bedrooms and an airy, spacious great room with cathedral ceilings. $1,289,000 $1,190,000


RISE TO THE TOP 2.7 acre parcel to find this sun-filled home with sweeping island & ocean views. Architectural plans for tasteful home expansion available. $935,000

ENCIRCLED BY OVER 9 ACRES OF PRESERVED LAND Cozy appeal resounds from this property! 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with plenty of room to grow. Beautiful ocean & sunset views. $1,175,000



SERENE ESCAPE A charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with remarkable ocean and sunset views - and within a short walk to Cooneymus Beach! Strong rental history. $1,289,000


Celeste Helterline, Hanna Greenlee Martin, Carolyn Clouse, Sales Agents

TOPSIDE CAFE Commercial condo in prime location to be sold with a turn-key cafe/restaurant. Includes equipment & beer + wine license. Great for year round business! $679,000


OLD MILL ROAD 2 acre parcel in a country setting with long-range views from the east and north to Clay Head. PRICE REDUCED! $615,000 $490,000 AMY DODGE LANE 1.1 acre parcel atop Amy Dodge Lane with pond & ocean views. $499,000

Located Above the Post Office 401-466-8806

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Beach Reads By Susan Bush from Island Bound Bookstore Classics Revisited – Rediscover why these books have endured: a classic is a book that has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.

War and Peace

by Tolstoy Tolstoy said “War and Peace” is “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle.” It is a book about characters enduring extreme experiences and how those experiences change them. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse background — peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers — as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving — and human — figures in world literature.

Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about sharecroppers struggling to survive the Great Depression, fleeing the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma for California, is as harsh and gritty as its time. It goes directly to the matter that the land is no longer free, having been mortgaged, bought and finally bankrupted by a succession of anonymous companies, banks, politicians and courts, “as angry a novel ever to be written about America. A man wants

to build a wall, a house, a dam, and inside that a certain security to raise a family that will continue his work.” But there is no security for a single family. Little by little the narrative makes you realize that not only a family but a whole culture is being uprooted and will never be replaced. Perhaps this novel is more relevant today than ever. We may not be living in the Dustbowl or the Depression but the displacement of people and their inability to provide for their families parallels the Joad family in “Grapes of Wrath.”

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know. In a still puritanical nation, Twain reminded adults that children were not angels, but fellow human beings, and perhaps all the more lovable for their imperfections and bad grooming.

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes Cervantes tells the “idle reader” that Don Quixote was “begotten in a prison, where every discomfort has its place and every sad sound makes its home.” Cervantes’ imprisonment caused him to face a dilemma that he resolved to our joy: either succumb to the bitterness of despair or let loose the wings of the imagination. The result was a book that pushed the limits of creativity, subverting every tradition and convention. Cervantes realized that

“we are all madmen constantly outpaced by history, fragile humans shackled to bodies that are doomed to eat and sleep, make love and die, made ridiculous and also glorious by the ideals we harbor.” It was Cervantes, in writing the first modern novel, who discovered the vast psychological and social territory of the ambiguous modern condition. “Captives of a harsh and unyielding reality, we are also simultaneously graced by the constant ability to surpass its battering blows.”

Things to take home from Block Island Round beach rocks Exotic driftwood Lots of T-shirts A beautiful tan Wonderful family memories A desire to return next summer

FREE waterproof bag with $100 purchase

Island Bound Bookstore The place for all your summer reading

And… the phone number, website and email addresses of Attwood Real Estate

books | ebooks | art supplies cards | gifts

For more than 45 years we’ve been helping families and friends fulfill their Block Island dreams.

Open Daily 466-8878 Post Office Building

©2017 Royal Bruce Ink

460 Chapel Street, Block Island • 401-466-5582 email:

“Block Island Script Ring”

Women, Men & Baby Located on Chapel St

next to Golddigger’s Jewelers.

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

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Cocktail Hour

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

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

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

If you have questions, please call Police Dispatch @ 466-3220, but please DO NOT CALL except for an emergency once the storm hits. 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

Autumn Sangria

What’s not to love about the island in autumn? Here is the perfect pairing to cooler temperatures and fireside get-togethers — make one, or a big batch! Glass with ice Green and red apples cut into pieces Red wine (your preference) Apricot brandy Apple cider Add Sprite and some orange juice Shake ingredients Garnish with a sugar and cinnamon rim and a cinnamon stick

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







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

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On The Water

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

Parasail and Banana Boating

September Fishing By Sol Schwartz

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


Pond and Beyond Kayak is located behind the BIMI Center in New Harbor. Pond and Beyond offers rentals, tours, and basic instruction via kayak. Also, upon request, other beyond the pond adventures such as hiking, bird watching, clamming 101, and snorkeling. For reservations, rates or more information call Corrie at (401) 578-2773 or visit  Fort Island Kayaks is located adjacent to Block Island Fishworks and offers one of the best Block Island activities to try during your visit. Explore the Great Salt Pond via stable and beginner friendly sit-on-top kayaks. Single and tandem kayaks available (some accommodate 2 adults and a child). Kayak fishing tours are also available for the more experienced adventurers.  Kayak Fishing trips ~ Available for up to two anglers, each with their own kayak and accompanied by a fishing guide.   Kayak Storage ~ If you are visiting for a week or two and need a place to store your kayak we can provide locked rack storage and use of our water access. $10 per day. 

Kayaks at Fort Island have a “peek-a-boo” see through bottom.

Don’t tell the summer folks this, but the real fishing on Block Island is in the fall! As the beach crowd thins out, the fishing crowd shows up. Block Island is legendary for its fall fishing. Most fishing books that mention the island always talk about the “fall run” which is the migratory run of striped bass down south. September is all about catching the tail end (get it?) of the warm summer waters, and transitioning to fall fishing, which lasts well into November. Striper and bluefish fishing will start to pick back up from its late summer lull in the second half of September. The cooler nights help bring the surface temperature of the water down enough to bring the bigger fish in closer. If you prefer bait fishing, a great thing to do is head earlier in the night to one of the docks and catch some squid and then use that as bait. Mostly what you’ll find is that striper fishermen will use lures. Needlefish are the most famous lure on the island, but there are many options that work. One of the biggest attractions for early fall is the tuna. Last year when the bonito and albies (false albacore) showed up in late August, they stuck around through all of September. It was some of the best small tuna fishing I had ever seen on Block Island. For those of you that don’t know, bonito and albies are both part of the tuna family and because of that, are known for their incredibly hard fight. These fish are typically spotted at the Coast Guard channel, and will blitz the shore periodically throughout the day. To catch one, you have to use fairly light tackle and cast thin, shiny metal lures such as Deadly Dicks and retrieve them quickly. If you’re lucky enough to get one, just know that most people enjoy the taste of the bonito over the albie much more. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that on the albies they’ll have 5 spots on the side, and the bonito will have either horizontal or vertical hash marks.  Bottom fishing is still very good in September as well. One thing to note is that as of September 1 st , the limit for black seabass jumps from one per person to seven per person per day (14 inches). The seabass are mostly caught by boat, but fluke and scup fishing can be done from shore at either the channel or Charleston Beach. Many say that the fall is the most beautiful time on the island, and I would agree. Fishing out here can  be such a blast this time of year. Hope you can get out there and enjoy it!

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Your link to the Block. The Sea Breeze is an intimate B+B located on the eastern coast of Block Island, off the beaten path yet convenient to the town of Old Harbor. Featuring comfortable rooms with authentic island vintage furniture and modern newly renovated bathrooms. Simple and understated. Perennial gardens, wildflower meadow, pond and ocean views. Affordable rates and the best in hospitality, with over 30 years in business. Breakfast included. Please call or email for availability.

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



• 2, 3 & 4 Hour trips available • 1/2 and full day trips • Leaving from Old Harbor Dock • Stripers, Blues, Fluke, Sharks & Tuna

Box 141, 71 Spring Street Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-2275

We’ve Perfected The Art of Romance

“gifts for pets and their humans”

Contact Captain Eric: (401)




Three generations on Block Island BEACH AVE • 466-5547

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

Home Sweet Home

For reservations call (800) 992-7290 (401) 466-5891

Pale Horse Fishing Charters Light Tackle Fishing for the Whole Family Capt. John Hunnewell (802) 379-0336

Pond and Beyond Fall



It felt like home the minute I moved in. Where you live has everything to do with how you live. Masonicare at Mystic is the area’s newest senior living community. Our thoughtfully designed apartments present a wide range of rental living choices. Masonicare at Mystic is pleased to have several move-in specials designed to make your experience of moving easier. We have different limited-time incentives for our one- and two-bedroom Independent Living apartments, as well as special reduced monthly pricing for Assisted Living and Memory Care for a full year.

Fall Full Moon Kayak 9/5 & 9/6 Eco-Tours available weekends reservations required for tours 401-578-2773

Call us at 860-415-2500 for more information or a personal appointment! Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care Masonicare at Mystic, 45 Clara Drive, Mystic, CT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Is­land Phone Num­bers BI Medical Center (401) 466-2974 Police (nonemergency) (401) 466-3220 Fire Department / Rescue Squad (401) 466-3220 Coast Guard (Block Island) (401) 466-2086 Coast Guard (Galilee) 24 hours  (401) 789-0444 RI Poison Control (800) 222-1222 BI Airport (401) 466-5511 Harbormaster  (401) 466-3204 Town Clerk (401) 466-3200 Recreation Department  (401) 466-3223 Interstate Navigation (Block Island) (401) 466-2261 Block Island Express (401) 466-2212 Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry (401) 466-2261 Transfer Station  (401) 466-3234

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

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

Bicycles And Mopeds.

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

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1357 SNAKE HOLE RD Black Rock 3.39 acres 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1169159 $4,200,000


966 DORRY’S COVE RD Beachfront 12 acres 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1133066 $5,900,000


1079 CORN NECK RD Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1113176 $1,999,000


1805 HIGH ST Sea Winds Condo Web ID: 1161577

401.466.8777 $995,000


1657 PILOT HILL RD Turtle Pond Web ID: 1157211

401.466.8777 $1,175,000



1033 CORN NECK RD Ocean Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1064974 $6,900,000


1181 CORN NECK RD Great Salt Pond Views 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1121212 $2,595,000


708 CORN NECK RD Ocean Views Web ID: 1166663


1272 COONEYMUS RD, UNIT 3 Cooneymus Beach 401.466.8777 Web ID: 1166478 $575,000

DICKENS RD 10 1413 Ocean Views Web ID: 1159218


401.466.8777 $697,000

401.466.8777 $1,725,000









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Top Selling Realtors on Block Island

for the 5 th Consecutive Year*

Ballard Hall




1267 West Side Road | MLS ID 1159300 | $1,945,000

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



1545 Lakeside Drive | MLS ID 1162960 | $1,285,000

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

1604 Payne Rd. | MLS ID 1156572 | $1,475,000

Expansive Ocean Views | Architectural Tri-Level | 4 BR & 2.5 BA


1043 Pilot Hill Road | MLS ID 1157750 | $1,250,000

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


403 Seaweed Lane | MLS ID 1138016 4 BR & 2 BA| Landscaped | $1,275,000

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

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

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


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

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

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

September/October 2017 Summer Times  
September/October 2017 Summer Times  

The September/October 2017 edition of the Block Island Summer Times, full of all the news and event information visitors to Block Island nee...