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25 MUST SEE B5 Things in September

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Orrin and Millie and Brother and Me Orrin and Millie and Brother and Me we lived for a time in a home by the sea that was yellow and stately and noble and fair on a place called Block Island— have you ever been there? They learned to tell time by the tide, not the hour, and they learned of the ocean—its force and its power. From a place that is holy, and light years away, Brother borrowed a dog suit and joined us one day. And for eight perfect years, how he loved us like grace with his fierce, faithful heart and his sweet golden face. We made castles with sand, and driftwood, and love, While seagulls and ospreys soared gladly above. We daydreamed and watched the clouds drift through the sky while sandpipers danced in the surf right nearby. Orrin was steady, and cautious, and mild while Millie was busy and urgent and wild. The girl ran on chaos, the boy — he loved order; he kept his things tidy and she was a hoarder. While she dressed in costumes, he tucked in his shirt; he liked white bread—no crust, while she thrived on dessert. While they were babies, then toddlers, then teens, the two of them gave me their lovely extremes. Orrin was born with a gift for the sea, and could sail a boat solo by the time he was three. Millie’s great gift is her generous heart— the depth of it shining so bright from the start. And I discovered a sand dollar tree that left its small fruit on the tideline for me. Each time that I found one I made a small wish, then carried it home to the sand dollar dish. Some wishes were simple, and some quite profound, and my life, it grew richer, with each sand dollar I found. Oh,  how we loved this life near the water, and frolicked, me and my dog, son, and daughter. But the tides rise and fall and the world spins too fast, and not even the finest of childhoods can last. You all know the story—you’ve heard it before— how time races past while we dream by the shore. High school and driving and bright jewels of knowledge, and the blink of an eye, and they’re both off to college. So first the dog left, then my girl and my boy, and with them the wellspring of much of my joy. I’d told them, and meant it, the world’s waiting for you and then it occurred that it waits for me, too. Sometimes we must lose things in order to grow, like a house on a hill and its fine yellow glow. Sand castle, sandpiper, sand dollar, me— I’ll miss you forever, yellow house by the sea. ~ Lisa Starr

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.

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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 Photo: Thea Monje

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lock Island Welcome to BCh ief Carlone A Note from Police

Dear Visitors to Block Island,  ter season, with as see you again after a very slow win to py hap are and you e com wel We the busy season and ly any businesses open! Now it’s hard and ts, den resi d san thou little as one unnoticed by most environment there are risks that are ral natu any In all. for be to e are on vacation, a fun plac relaxed state of mind. When you ully derf won a h suc in are they e people becaus ion that everye dangers and you get the impress sibl pos to you t aler ays alw sn’t your mind doe need to let you know y, it is mostly safe for sure, but we thing is completely safe. That’s oka your life, or save you from injury. about a few things that may save seriously from bike accievery year on Block Island, some 1. Bicycles — People get injured of traffic competing ines, poor road shoulders, and lots dents. There are lots of steep incl especially children. be safe. Wear an approved helmet, for the road. Here’s what to do to end that everyone mm en and under wear them, but I reco The law requires that people fifte should. Lock your bikes!  your safety. Stop at STOP are required to do by law, and for 2.   Obey all traffic laws, which you hills are everywhere.  go too fast because the curves and signs, ride with traffic and don’t re present, and be alert or facing traffic, use sidewalks whe 3.  Walkers — Walk against traffic tch your children s coming close by as you walk. Wa that there are all manners of vehicle carefully, please.  moned if you fail to do so, et (it is the law) or you will be sum helm a ar We — s ped Mo l enta 4.  R don’t repeatedly blow the hor n.  and please obey all traffic laws, and thousands of pounds of e bluff areas; they are unstable and larg w belo out tch Wa — hes eac 5.  B ’t be too far from a Watch children near the water; don ly. cted xpe une n dow e com can clay ttended children.  drowning risk in the ocean for una eme extr an is e ther d, chil ng you lic areas. Drinking ted on any beaches and in all pub hibi pro is s Thi — l oho Alc ing 6.  Drink hes and will sumway. Off icers will be in plain clot any idea d goo a not is sun hot in the licensed liquor drinking anywhere other than in from ain refr se plea so , you st arre mons or l medical staff and drink to excess. We have a minima sales establishments. Please do not serious injuries.  of nt tme off the island for trea n flow be to ing hav up end ple injured peo clothing when biking or lighting, so please wear reflective 7.   Night Time — There is limited walking.  at bars and beaches, and s, watch your purse and cell phones 8.    Valuables — Lock your bike lock your cars.   officers are friendand if you need anything, all of our In closing, we are happy to see you you if necessary.  ly and approachable and will help Please have a safe vacation.     Sincerely,  Chief Vincent T. Carlone NSPD

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September Events

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Events Calendar October Events


Block Island Lions Club Annual Clambake. Narragansett Inn.  1-4 p.m.


Oktoberfest at Poor People’s Pub ( )


Night Sky Viewing. Meet at Hodge Preserve on Corn Neck Road. 8 p.m.


Archeology Day at the Historical Society Museum. See p. C5 for details.


Bird Walk at Andy’s Way. Corn Neck Rd. 5 p.m.


Last Farmer’s Market for 2016. 9-11:30 a.m.


Run Around the Block 15K Road Race. 1:30 p.m. Register at


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


Bird Walk at Andy’s Way. Corn Neck Rd. 10 a.m.


Yellow Kittens Halloween Party. 9 p.m.

16 “80’s Prom Party”  at Poor People’s Pub. 10 p.m. 16-18 The Taste of Block Island Weekend. See page D3 for more information.

November Events

16-18 Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament. Contact Fishworks (401)742-3992.

25-27 The 27th Annual Holiday Shopping Stroll.


Historical Society Annual meeting, program & brunch. Bridgegate Square. 10 a.m.



International Coastal Clean-up. Island-wide. 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Meet at Beach Pavilion.


Night Sky Viewing. Meet at Hodge Preserve on Corn Neck Road. 7:30 p.m.


Bird Walk at Andy’s Way. Corn Neck Rd. 5 p.m.


Rock’n Roll Dance & Dinner. Sponsored by St. Ann’s Church. Ballards 6:30 p.m.


Bird Walk at Andy’s Way. Corn Neck Rd. 10 a.m.

5K Turkey Trot. Register on

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Atwater and Donnelly performance at the Island Free Library. 5 p.m.


New Year’s Eve Party. Yellow Kittens.  Fundraiser for BIELC. 9 p.m.

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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.

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

3. CLAY HEAD NATURE TRAIL 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. 

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

5. THE B.I. HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, GALLERY & GIFT SHOP, at Bridgegate Square across from the bank, was established in 1942. The building, originally known as Woonsocket House, houses an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the maritime culture of the island from early colonial days to the present. Exhibit rooms include furniture, textiles, boat models, fishing gear, Native American tools and more. This year the lead exhibit is “Block Island Idyll: Memories of Manisses.” The gallery is showing oil paintings of artist C. Sperry Andrews, original photographs by Carmel Vitulo, vintage island photographs from 1913, and Wetherbee artist proofs and historic maps. For group tours, genealogy research or to donate anything with Block Island-related history, please contact Executive Director Pam Gasner at 401-466-2481 or e-mail 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 (2 day pass); Adult $6.00, $4 seniors and students. Members, free. 

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

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

8. THE STATUE OF REBECCA formally stands in stark white at the intersection of Water, High, and Spring streets. Named after the biblical Rebekah-at-the-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. Museum exhibits and gifts are available at the base of the tower.  Group tours available by appointment. Info: 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. May be under construction. This beach can be crowded and swimming is sometimes dangerous.

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

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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, white-tailed 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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A Little Bit of Retail Therapy Goes a Long Way

Island Shopping

Block Island holiday ornaments in a wide variety. Some handmade on the island. Exclusively at Photo Dog (under The National) $12 and up.

Glass mosaic Turkish lamps from Istanbul. Varying sizes starting at $52.95. Exclusively at East of the River Nile (Chapel Street)

Block Island Jute Rugs are 100% natural and eco friendly. Exclusively at Strings & Things on Water Street and Full Moon Tide (Chapel Street) Trivets, $9.95, rug, $38.95.

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


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We’ve Perfected The Art of Romance

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.

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island bound BOOKSTORE

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Island favorites with an Irish flare Watch your favorite sports from one of our big screen TV’s!

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Beach Reads

White Trash

by Nancy Isenberg  Nancy Isenberg reveals a dark and muddled American secret: the pervasive persistence of white poverty. She takes a close look at the history of poor whites in America and asks readers why it is seemingly acceptable to use such terms as white trash, crackers, and rednecks to describe this group of people. Isenberg reveals that America does not have a class-free society where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Her story goes back to pre-colonial times, when Great Britain realized America could function as one giant workhouse. Poor indentured servants were sent overseas in droves, with the hope that a life of hard work would train their offspring to be better members of society. But are they?  

Truly Madly Guilty 

by Liane Moriarty  One small decision made to attend a barbecue reverberates through the lives of six adults on one ordinary day. Clementine and Sam have a rock-solid marriage and are parents to two beautiful little girls. Clementine’s best friend Erika and her husband, Oliver, enjoy their childfree lifestyle. Friends since their youth, Clementine and Erika have a complicated relationship. Tiffany and Vid enjoy entertaining in their mansion with the sprawling backyard, but they have their secrets. They all come together when Vid invites Erika and Oliver to their house for a cookout at the last minute, and she in turn, invites Clementine, Sam, and their girls. What starts out as an ordinary after-

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By Cindy Lasser — Island Bound Bookstore

noon quickly takes a turn for the worse. Alternating between present day and the day of the barbecue, the author builds the suspense. The readers see the events unfold through each person attending the barbeque and how very differently they were affected by the developments of the day. 

Dark Matter

by Blake Crouch Married 15 years to his first true love, Jason Dessen is the proud father of a teenage son and teaches a subject he adores. After toasting the achievement of a fellow scientist one night, he is sucker punched on the way out of the bar. This stranger inserts him into territory unknown in every sense of the word. When he wakes up Dessen is a foremost authority in quantum physics, celebrated for his innovation in the exploration of alternate timelines. It’s also a world in which he never married his wife, a place where his son never existed and a reality where his life is threatened by those who want to control his work. Jason embarks on a terrifying journey to return to the place and the people he belongs with. This is a mind-bending odyssey that includes parallel worlds. Lots of suspense in this one.


by Jonah Berger Jonah Berger a professor at The Wharton School explains why certain products and ideas become popular and what makes them go viral. He asserts that advertising is not what is spreading the word, it is people and peers. Berger lays out a plan to help you get your ideas and message out to

the masses, how to get folks talking about your product. He lays out a plan for small business owners, politicians etc., to boost awareness, to get the word out. This book will help you get your product or idea to catch on. YOUNG ADULT

The Thing about Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin There is no way Franny could have drowned. She was a strong swimmer, at least in Suzy’s mind. Prior to Franny’s death, Suzy and Franny had a falling out, and she has been riddled with guilt and regret. Suzy’s determined to search for

a different explanation for her friend’s death. She believes that Franny was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. Suzy is intelligent, but her transition into adolescence has been tough. She finds herself with no friends and lots of time on her hands. It doesn’t help that she has decided not to speak. Ali Benjamin begins to reveal the truth about Suzy; the girls’ friendship was over long before Franny’s death. Suzy actually lost her longtime best friend twice; first when Franny shifted away from her and into a clique of pretty girls, and permanently with her death the following summer. Eventually, Suzy plans a secret trip to Australia to consult a jellyfish specialist in hopes of finding answers to her questions about Franny’s death.

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: h s r a lt M Sa“It is not half so important to know as to feel.” ~ Rachel Carson

By Kim Gaffett, Ocean View Foundation Director & Naturalist “To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” – Rachel Carson  We know the area, variously, as Andy’s Way, Skipper’s Island, Gunner’s Hill, and the Old Breach, but the area’s true identity is that of a salt marsh. Block Island has several areas of salt marsh around the Great Salt Pond. The marshes that are the buffer between sea and land at Mosquito Beach, at Harbor and Trimm’s Ponds, at Cormorant Cove are also salt marsh habitats. And, as salt marshes, they are ecosystems that perform important functions connecting sea and land-based webs of life. A salt marsh is a transition zone where fresh and salt water mix, and is characterized by spongy mats of vegetation that are at times as solid as peat, or as spotty as tussocks of cord grass. The plants found in a salt marsh

are adapted to tolerate salt, and able to endure wide fluctuations in water level that comes with the ebbing and flowing of tides, and, at times, the gush or trickle of upland fresh water. A salt marsh is an ideal nursery for young fish, crustaceans, mollusks, insects, birds and mammals. And, a salt marsh can act as an absorbent barrier protecting the land from the erosive forces of tidal inundation and wind-driven waves. However, for all the goodness of a salt marsh, the functions of the ecosystem become both more evident and less important when one walks among them. A walk at Andy’s Way is both thrilling and soothing. To walk (preferably bare-footed) along the sand and watch hundreds of fiddler crabs duck into their holes, or march en masse towards the Spartina is an exercise in amazement. To probe the mud and find a baby horseshoe crab, or find and comprehend its molted shell is an exercise in awe. What is important during a walk at Andy’s Way is not so much the facts of the place, but rather, the feel of the place. The plant life is a loosely woven rug of vegetation: salt meadow cord grass (Spartina patens) at the upper beach gives way to smooth cord grass

(Spartina alterniflora). Standing in the water, they are the warp and woof of the rug. Beauty comes with the adding in of sea lavender, seaside goldenrod, glasswort, high tide bush, and other marsh plants. The tapestry is then accessorized by the zipping of dragonflies, and the peeps and whistles of any number of shore birds that breed or feed at Andy’s Way. To know the Andy’s Way salt marsh, one must be there. To walk at Andy’s

Way – with toes splashing the summer mud, or booted on a winter-matrix of mud and ice crystals – even if you don’t know the name of a single animal or plant, is a salve to the soul. Note: To learn more and enjoy the Andy’s Way salt marsh, join Ocean View Foundation’s Bird Walk at Andy’s Way, every Wednesday in September at low-ish tide. For times, check the BI Times, call (401)595-7055, or go to

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Island Traditions

Annual Lions Club Clambake By Kari Curtis It wouldn’t be Labor Day on Block Island without the annual Lions Club Clambake.  This is the 18th year of the event — so invite your friends and family to join and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 3 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 new 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 peo-

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ple 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. Over four years ago, the Leos Club was introduced on the island and today there are 22 active youth who are learning the ropes of the membership — volunteering wherever there is a need and raising money for island organizations. The Leos step right in to help with these big fundraisers as well, learning how to run a fun and successful event. These hard-working Lions plan this

A fabulous feast for all! 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 —$40 and BBQ menu — $20.  Rain date is Sunday, September 4.

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25 Must See Things on Block Island In September

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By Scott Comings at The Nature Conservancy



n honor of the 25th Anniversary of the opening of The Nature Conservancy’s Block Island Office here are 25 natural wonders (in no specific order) to see in September. How many have you seen?

1) Northern Blazing Star – Block Island is

14) Circumnavigating the island via its

the only place this state-endangered spe-

beaches – The 17-mile trek from the Coast

cies is found in Rhode Island. This purple

Guard Station to Beane Point is worth

wildflower is best seen at Turnip Farm.

the walk to gain a new perspective on the

2) Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve – This

island while experiencing areas that few

spectacular preserve has views of Middle



15) Confusing Fall Warblers – in the fall there

Sandy Point, and Sachem Pond. It is a

are over 30 species of warbler all drab

must see for anyone who visits the Island.

yellow in color that migrate through Block

3) Maryland Golden Aster – Block Island

Island on their way south. Even for the

is the only place in New England this

most accomplished ornithologist they can

state-endangered plant is found. It has

be difficult to tell apart. They are beautiful

yellow blooms in the fall and can be seen at Lewis Dickens Farm.


moraine, this is where the glaciers stopped.

the way the island used to look with rolling

While always eroding it is awesome in its

hills and stone walls. The views of Montauk

natural beauty with the Southeast light

and the Atlantic Ocean are amazing too.

to the east, the newly constructed wind

5) Monarch Butterflies – This large orange and black butterfly migrates through Block


first time. Sometimes we get a “fallout” of

only place these large scarab beetles

them when they cover the trees or bushes

(about an inch) are found in the state.

in an area.

The males have a horn (hence the Rhino 18) Andy’s Way –The largest un-ditched salt

island. If you choose one of the many side

marsh left in the state, Andy’s Way is

trails you are in the 10-mile maze of trails

an important feeding area for shore and

that are marvelous to explore also.

wading birds while harboring amazing fish

7) Arrowwood – this Viburnum species has

diversity. Salt marshes are the most threat-

blue fruit in September and October. It

ened habitat (from sea level rise) in the region.

songbirds that are migrating through. The

19) Block Island Meadow Vole – This vole is a

fruit has a high lipid count and anti-oxidant

sub-species (longer snout and shorter tail)

properties important during this birds’ long

that is only found on Block Island in mead-


ows. It is brown above and gray below and

with a little blue right before the abdomen.

is bigger than a mouse and smaller than a rat. 20) Nathan Mott Park – The first conservation

After spending the summer here, they start

area preserved in 1941, the park has a

their migration south to the mid-Atlantic

variety of different habitats including vernal

states. They store their fat (energy) for the

pond, morainal grassland, shrubland, and

journey on their translucent wings, giving

meadow. Be sure to walk to the top of the

them an amber appearance.

hill for the view of town and beyond. It is

9) Spotted Turtle – The most elusive of the freshwater turtles to find. They can have up to 100 yellow or orange spots.

one of the highest spots on the Island. 21) Sunsets from Charleston Beach – Sunsets on Block Island are always spe-

10) Sandy Point – The tip of the island is worth

cial. Watching the sun disappear into the

the walk. The raw natural beauty of this

water makes makes Charlestown Beach a

area is breathtaking.

magical place

11) Ocean View Foundation Pavilion – This

22) Surf Casting – Striped bass and blue fish

oasis from the hustle and bustle of town is a

are running this time of year and it is pos-

great spot to take in nature and nurture the

sible to catch a fish from any beach on the

soul while watching the world go by.


12) Rodman’s Hollow/Black Rock – This is

23) Sachem Pond – This brackish pond is a

the largest conservation area on the island

haven for all types of wildlife and offers

with sweeping views of the fields, shore


names) and females don’t.

walk is the most spectacular trail on the

est of the dragonflys that are mostly green


west. 17) Rhinoceros Beetle – Block Island is the

8) Common Green Darner – This is the larg-


turbines to the south, and Montauk to the

Island in the fall on its way to Mexico for the

is the most important fruit for migratory


in their mysteriousness. 16) Mohegan Bluffs – Called the terminal

4) Lewis Dickens Farm – Journey back to

6) Clay Head Preserve – The two-mile bluff


people visit.  

Pond, Block Island Sound, North Light,

and ocean. This was the birthplace of the conservation movement in 1972. 

vistas that can’t be matched.   24) Barn Owl – This state-endangered raptor can often be seen flying over meadows at

13) Sunrises from Mansion Beach – It is a

dusk. Black Rock, Clay Head and Dickens

commitment to get up for the sunrise but

Farm are the best spots to see this spec-

you will be rewarded by watching the sun come out of the ocean from one of the most beautiful places to start a new day.

tacular species. 25) Fresh Pond – The largest freshwater pond, it has amazing water clarity, allowing you to see straight to the bottom even in the



deepest areas.

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On The Trails

Ocean View Foundation

The Ocean View Foundation educates visitors and islanders on the natural history and beauty of Block Island. We encourage the celebration of its maritime culture, vernacular architecture and preserved open spaces. The Foundation has preserved four-plus properties on the island. The most visible and the first project encompasses a little over an acre, on a beautiful site, overlooking the Old Harbor. It was once the grounds of a grand, late 19th century Victorian hotel. The Ocean View Hotel was originally created as a destination for long summer holidays. Now all that remain are the low stone ruins of its foundation. By acquiring this commercial land and protecting it from development, the Ocean View Foundation has created a new destination providing views, rest, peace, and quiet. On the meadow now stands a small open-air pavilion, completed in 2000, which is open to the public from dawn to dusk: The Ocean View Pavilion. To learn about the Donate a Tree Program and stewardship at the Pavilion site, contact Ocean View Foundation Director, Kim Gaffett, at 401-466-2224 or The OVF is host to annual community events held at the Pavilion: Earth Mother’s Day in May and a Community Pot Luck in October. During the summer, the Pavilion is the venue for a weekly schedule of programs that includes a Nature Walk around the site, Bird Banding, and an Art & Nature drawing program. Daily programs through September 3rd WEDNESDAYS in September Bird Walk at Andy’s Way at low-ish tide: Meet at Andy’s Way parking area off Corn Neck Rd. All skill levels welcome.  For times, check the BI Times, call 401-595-7055 THURSDAY Stepping Stones 10 a.m. A participatory program building a stepping stone path to the Pavilion...step-by-step. Each stone will be decorated with found objects.  FRIDAY Art & Nature: Sketching, Journaling & Seeing 10 a.m. A program for all ages. Practice observing details of the natural world. Basic art materials & natural history models will be supplied. You bring the imagination and relaxed expectations. SATURDAY Andy’s Way Exploration: Sea Level Change (tidal & otherwise) 9 a.m. A citizen science program for all ages. Some days we will investigate animals, some days plants, some days mud and peat and currents, - all days will be hands-on and FUN. This OVF program is presented jointly with Block Island Maritime Institute. Night Sky Viewing Bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a blanket or beach chair for your comfort. (Program will be on the following evening if sky conditions are not favorable.)  Sept. 3 — 8 p.m.

Sept. 22 — 7:30

International Coastal Clean-up Sept. 18 from 10 -1. Beach-wide.

Bike Around The Island

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

The Nature Conservancy Explore Block Island

From the gentle hills and open grasslands at Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve, to the narrow paths atop the Clay Head bluffs, to the critter-filled salt marsh at Andy’s Way, there’s something special for everyone to discover. Formed by glaciers nearly 10,000 years ago, Block Island is made up of a diverse array of geographical features and habitats such as beaches, sand dunes, coastal bluffs, morainal grasslands, maritime scrubland, salt ponds, kettle hole ponds, and various other freshwater wetland ecosystems. These habitats support a unique assortment of wildlife, including over 40 species classified as rare or endangered. It is thus one of the most ecologically significant areas in the state and in the entire northeast. Thousands of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds also depend on the island as a stopover point on their journey north and south along the Atlantic Flyway. Block Island is more than just home to rare and endangered plants and animals. It also supports a vibrant, active human community with a strong sense of its cultural and natural heritage. The overwhelming local commitment to conservation inspired The Nature Conservancy to name Block Island one of the original “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. With the hard work of many individuals and an assembly of conservation organizations, over 46% of the island is protected; protected for plants, animals, and people.

For more info: Call The Nature Conservancy at (401)466-2129 or Stop by BI Conservancy Visitor Center on Weldon’s Way

There’s no better way to see the sights of Block Island than by biking. And the Block Island Tourism Council laid out the perfect route — a 7.5 mile loop that includes nine stops along major sights at the southern end of the island, plus an option to add 8.5 miles that wind through some of Block Island’s most beautiful landscapes. Bikers will see bright white and blue signs at various stops along an island loop, and on those signs they’ll see what is known as a QR code. They’re recognizable, even if everyone doesn’t know what they’re for. They look like digital spaghetti. Using the QR code application on your mobile device (if you don’t have one, there are many and some are free), you can either scan the QR code or take a picture of it. That code will then take you to a website: And on that website will be a short video about the very site you’ve stopped at. The narrator of the videos will be familiar to many Block Islanders: Jessica Willi, Executive Director of the Tourism Council. The Tourism Council helped pay for the map and the signs for the project. The videos are brisk, well edited and provide brief descriptions of island locales. There are a dozen such videos, ranging from the expected (Fred Benson Town Beach) to the unexpected (get a little forgotten history about Dead Eye Dick’s). Willi said she has visited each site on the tour and there is cellphone access all along the way (never a minor consideration on Block Island). There is also an informational brochure to go along with the video version, providing proof that we’re not completely out of the printed age just yet. Route maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce in Old Harbor, at all bike rental shops and at hotels and inns around the island. 1. Tourist Center (off Water Street) 2. 1661 Farm & Gardens 3. Spring House Hotel 4. South East Lighthouse 5. Mohegan Bluffs 6. Painted Rock 7. Rodman’s Hollow 8. Dead Eye Dick’s 9. Fred Benson Town Beach 10. Great Salt Pond, New Harbor 11. North Lighthouse 12. Water Street

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1 Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve 2 Clay Head Trail 3 Meadow Hill Greenway 4 Beacon Hill to New Harbor Link, Harrison Loop 5 The Greenway 6 Elaine Loffredo Memorial Preserve 7 Rodman’s Hollow 8 Fresh Pond Greenway 9 Fresh Swamp Trail 10 Elizabeth Dickens Trail Pocket maps with information about each trail can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce.

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 16 (because it is 2016), which are special colored orbs. One super special float is covered entirely in gold leaf. The hunt continues only ends when all the floats have been found! Floats will be hidden on the beaches and on the Greenway Trails. They will be above the high tide mark but never in the dunes or up the side of the bluffs. They will be within one foot of either side of any Greenway trail they are placed on. This is “finder’s keepers” but you are asked to only keep one per seeker, please.  To register a float that you found go to To see the list of globes that have already been found, visit

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On The Beach

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



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

Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion

Photos by K. Curtis

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.





4. Fred Benson Town Beach is home to Block Island’s fully equipped bathhouse. With showers, lockers, food, and rental items, the beach is staffed with lifeguards through Labor day weekend. There is also a small parking lot, which fills up fast. 

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, with bathrooms and showers (token showers), lifeguards and rentals ($10 chairs, $15 umbrellas). and is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

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 through Labor Day weekend, 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. Recent repairs at the bottom make the descent easier to navigate than in the past.

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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 In an effort to help protect, and preserve the dunes, please use the new walk-overs provided for accessing the beach. Park bikes in bike defense to this fragile ecosystem. racks provided. Please do not walk on, park your bike on or climb over these dunes.

8. Vail 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 is located there. Don’t swim here, but it’s a good place for clamming and fishing. 

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.

Rentals at The Surf Beach 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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Block Island Wedding Guest Guide

By Jenna Mead The invitation arrived months ago. The excitement did as well. Finally, the time has arrived, a Block Island wedding awaits! Coming to Block Island for a wedding is an added element for wedding guests. Based the location you are likely spending an evening (or more likely two) on the island. But when properly prepped for the wedding trip, you can turn your attendance for the lovely couple into a memorable weekend for yourself while being a stellar guest as well.    Seize the Day There is likely a full schedule of events for you as a wedding guest, but try to find some time to get away. Block Island in September has so much to offer beyond the ceremony. Explore the island, especially if you haven’t visited before.  If the ceremony is in the late afternoon or early evening, take advantage of the morning to break a sweat and see some sites. The Run Around The Block road race on September 10 is a perfect opportunity to see the island as well as giving something to brag about at cocktail hour as it just about 9 miles. On Saturdays in September the Farmers’ Market is open in New Harbor at American Legion Park from 9-11:30

a.m. with Block Island grown and made products. Another option for making the most of your free time is to pick up an Art Trail Map. This map highlights a number of art galleries and showrooms on Block Island. Many are within walking distance from Old Harbor. Be Self-Sufficient The (almost) newlyweds are likely very busy preparing for the big day. Don’t crowd them with logistical questions about the island. Consult the Chamber of Commerce for information on local businesses, ask at your accommodations for personal recommendations for dining or grab a Best Bites of Block Island, the local dining guide.   Dress for Success When you plan your wedding wardrobe remember to consider that Block Island is a windy place and that once the sun sets, the temperate drops rapidly. With many ceremonies and receptions taking place outside,

Great place to kick off a sightseeing tour of the island


Windows to the Past: Recent Discoveries

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weather is a serious factor. A hairdo that is wind-proof is nearly impossible, so an up-do is strongly suggested. And if a jacket or coat hides your wedding wear too much consider a large scarf worn as a wrap. Carry-On Luggage When you arrive at the wedding there will likely be a place where you can stow a bag or clothing. Don’t be afraid to bring supplies. The “island factor” means it is always best to expect the unexpected. Pack extra safety pins and save the show when the bride loses a button. Weddings on Block Island always seem to bring out the best dance moves.  Wear shoes that allow you to move and keep up. If possible bring along “dancing shoes” stowed in a purse if space allows. Sometimes between the ceremony and reception there is a little bit of a lull in the action while the bridal party takes photos. Kids might get agitated and you might get bored. Pack a deck of cards to calm an restless crew.  

Gift Right If you are looking to give the wedding couple a gift that is Block-inspired keep in mind that the couple likely already has a packed car worth of necessities for the Big Day. Couples likely will appreciate receiving something small or having the purchase shipped to their home address. Need some gift ideas? Here are a few of our favorites of the season (no registration required). Trax Bow Ties from the Mutt Hutt ($24). If Fido will be making a appearance in the couple’s wedding make sure he’s up to snuff with the latest fashion. Hat from The Wave ($19). A pair of matching Block Island hats will be useful on their (hopefully) sunny honeymoon. Block Island bracelet from Jennifer’s Jewelry ($32). She’ll never forget her wedding day and a simple Block bangle lets her reminisce daily. Block Island Blend Cigars from Block Island Cigar ($9). Buy two to enjoy with the Groom during the reception. If you forgot a card, Island Bound Bookstore on Water St. has you covered. Pop in for a card and find yourself a page-turner for the ferry ride home. Even with all that Block Island has to offer, remember why you are visiting. Be sure to be on time for the big event and enjoy celebrating!

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St. Andrews Parish Center, Spring St. Program 4:30 p.m.: Photos from the 1970’s by Dennis Lopez Oct. 1st: Archeology Day: Lectures 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Stone Tool making demonstration 401-466-2481 •

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The Perfect Place For a Wedding   It’s no secret anymore about how much fun it is to have your wedding on Block Island. Every year more and more couples choose the island for a closeto-home, but worlds away destination celebration. Whether it’s just the two of you on a dock or on a beach, or hundreds of friends and family members renting houses together for a week of parties, you’ll have a picture-perfect time. Be sure to check out the 2017 Block Island Weddings magazine in January.

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The Birds of Fall Migration








By Scott Comings, The Nature Conservancy As you may 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 distance 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 of a tree 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 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 it moves and 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 upturned 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) Sharp-shinned Hawk – The smallest of the hawks, this bird is mourning dove size.  It eats small songbirds and insects.  29) Fox Sparrow – This species comes to the island in late October and November.  Note the rusty streaking and rump patch. 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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Block Island in the 1950’s


By Fraser Lang These photos were provided by John Swienton of Twin Maples. They were taken by a friend of his father, Mac Swienton. One of the first things you will notice is that the land is now covered by brush and trees that obscures the view. Photo number one is from Twin Maples looking across Harbor Pond towards town, all the buildings clearly visible in the background. Photo number two is of Pier 76, the site of today’s Champlin’s Marina. Notice how much smaller the dock is than todays structure and how many fewer boats are tied up. The haystack in the middle of the field to the right indicates a recent mowing of the open field. Pier 76 was a popular nightclub and the building now contains guest rooms. Photo number three is of Old Harbor before the present ferry docks were built in 1965. The harbor docks in the lower right corner of the picture were used by the fishing fleet and occasional private boats. In the winter the ferry boat Sprigg Carol docked here. During the season the Point Judith and New London ferries docked in New Harbor at Payne’s Dock.  The picture also includes the massive Ocean View Hotel and the building behind that once housed the servants who accompanied hotel guests. The Ocean View Annex, called the Shamrock Inn appears between the hotel and the Harbor Baptist Church.  The full wing off the back of the Hotel Manisses is also visible.



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

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

Fall Fishing Fun By Sol Schwartz Curious about fishing on Block Island in the fall? Well don’t worry — it only gets better! 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 of the warm summer waters, and transitioning to fall fishing which lasts well into November (sometimes December!!). Striper 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. This year we saw huge bluefish show up late in August on the west and south sides of the island and I expect they will also stick around for the fall, 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. 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(first light is great as well).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 five 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, the limit for black seabass jumps from three per person to seven per person per day (15 inches). The seabass are mostly caught by boat, but fluke and scup fishing can be done from shore at either the Coast Guard 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!

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

Fishing Charters G. Willie Makit Charters 2, 3, and 4 hour trips  Capt, Bill Gould  (401) 466-5151/(484) 431-7131

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

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

Hula Charters Inshore Fishing, Sunset Cruises, Family Day Trips, Circle Island Tours Capt. Matt King  (401) 263-FISH (3474)

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Island History

New Perspectives on the History and Archeology of Block Island By Block Island Historical Society As summer winds down, the Block Island Historical Society acts as a time machine for guests to escape the hectic activity outside. Visitors are welcome to visit the Gallery and Museum Shop or to enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs on the recently restored front porch. Inside the Museum, the Block Island Historical Society is excited to continue this year’s special exhibit “Windows to the Past: Recent Discoveries” with a new focus: “New Perspectives on the History and Archaeology of Block Island”. The new panels for the exhibit room on the second floor were produced by Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Research Center. Following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, McBride and his team of archaeologists and students conducted systematic walkover surveys along 23.5 miles of the seaward and salt pond shorelines to identify artifacts and features (ie. hearth, wigwam post) eroding out of the bluffs, beaches and dunes. In the second phase of the survey, thirty-three HDADs (Hurricane Damaged Archaeological Deposits) were selected for metal detector surveys, with archaeologists identifying potential Contact (16001675) or Early Historical Period sites. Due to the surveys done by the Mashantucket Pequot Research Center, new discoveries on Manissean subsistence, settlement, and land use have come to light. The research team’s findings have gone a long way

in painting a picture of the indigenous Block Island people’s culture, as well as uncovering information on how the first European settlers used the land in the late 1600’s To complement these new panels, the Historical Society also has a replica shell midden dated to 500 B.C. on display. Executive Director Pam Gasner notes “the museum is honored to display and interpret the history and culture of the Manisseans prior to European settlement. We hope visitors will learn more about our fragile and special environment that was inhabited for over 4000 years. Another “Recent Discoveries” exhibit on display in the museum highlights handmade models of the passenger vessels that ran during the 1970s. Model maker Joe Giglietti crafted The Yankee, Block Island, Quonset, and Manisee and has loaned them to the Society for the season, and notecards are left with the models for

visitors to share their favorite ferry memories and stories. In addition to the special exhibits, the Historical Society proudly displays treasures of Block Island history, including the original Statue of Rebecca at the Well, Elizabeth Dicken’s organ and photographs, original Block Island fishing equipment and much more. Photo slideshows and films are available for showing upon request as well. “It is amazing to see so much of Block Island’s history preserved and on display” says summer intern Sean Kunic. “I think it makes you look at the island in a different way, you become more aware of the history behind it all.” A big hit for the 2016 season has been the new “Old Harbor Walking Tour” started by Southeast Lighthouse Foundation Board member Eliot Nerenberg. Beginning at the statue of Rebecca, the tour strolls through town as the guide

illustrates the importance of the Old Harbor stone breakwater and details the vivid histories behind the historic buildings that make up Water Street. Tours are available weekdays through October 15th by appointment. Look for schedule in The Block Island Times and on the Historical Society’s website: blockislandhistorical. org. Please save the date: Oct 1 is Archeology Day at the Museum. This event features lectures by Joseph Waller of the Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (11 a.m.) and Kevin McBride of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center (1 p.m.), and includes a stone tool making demonstration by Timothy Ives of the RIHPHC (2:30 p.m.). The Museum is open weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Call (401) 466-2481 or email for more information.

LINESIDER FISHING 2, 3 & 4 Hour Trips Available CHARTERS 1/2 & Full Day Trips Leaving from Old Harbor Dock Stripers, Blues, Fluke, Sharks & Tuna Contact Captain Eric: (401) 439-5386

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



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Island Arts & Galleries

HeartSpace Gallery  Water Street

Jessie Edwards Studio (401-466-5314) 

Celebr atin 20 yea g rs!

Second floor, Post Office Building Annual Group Exhibit ~ Labor Day and Beyond  The season may be winding down but not the gallery or artists. The changing light, warmer waters and lessened crowds make an island visit a very inspired and beautiful time to be here.

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

Gallery and museum open weekends , 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Weekdays, tours and research by appointment.  Admission is $6 per person, $4 seniors/students. Featured exhibit: “Windows to the Past” 

September 18 — Annual meeting and brunch. 10 a.m. October 1 — Archeology Day at the Museum. See p. C5 for details.

Spring Street Gallery (401-466-5374)  Spring Street Gallery is open. Come see our new look!  Open through October : 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Open Daily. Water Street

August 31 - Sept. 6   Eben Horton - glass: Reception - Thursday, Sept.1st  Sept. 7 - Sept. 13 Jason Klein - photographs: Reception - Thursday - Sept. 8th Sept. 14 - 20 Lisa Robb - acrylics: Reception - Thursday - Sept. 15th

Note: Receptions start at 5 p.m. with refreshments and music on the deck. 

Malcolm Greenaway Gallery (401-466-5331) 

Farmers Market

Legion Park and the Spring House Hotel Garden lawn are the places to be on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Dozens of vendors are a part of the Block Island Farmers Market that sets up shop two days a week. Crafters and bakers, painters, photographers, jewelers and more — selling their hand crafted items. The season runs through October at two different spots. Every Saturday from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at Legion Park on West Side Rd. and every Wednesday, 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the Spring House Hotel Garden lawn on Spring St.  ** Last Farmers Market of the season is on Saturday, October 8.

September 2016


Block Island Artists


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Live music every weekend! YELLOWKITTENS.COM

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Ballard’s Sept. 1,2 .......................................................................... John Erikson 2-6 p.m.  Sept. 1-5, 9,10,16,17,23,24 ............................................ John Brazil 7-11 p.m.  Sept. 3,4 ........................................................................... Those Guys 2-6 p.m.

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Yellow Kittens

Sept. 1, 8, 15.........................................................................................Marc Philip Sept. 2,3 ........................................................................................ Wicked Peach  Sept. 4 ............................................................ Hope Road at 3 p.m. & 10 p.m.  Sept. 9, 10 .................................................................................... Never in Vegas Sept. 16, 23, 30................................................................................................ TBD Sept. 7, 17, 24, Oct.1.............................................................................DJ Dugan Head over to Yellow Kittens Tavern and you’re not just going to a favorite island hangout, you’re stepping into a piece of history. A fixture on Corn Neck Road since 1876, Yellow Kittens comes in as the 97th oldest bar in the country. They must be doing something right to stay popular for well over a hundred years, and it all comes down to the big three — the drinks, dancing, and people-watching are second to none.

Through mid-September: Walter McDonough Live Folk/ Irish acoustic music 9ish p.m. — Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun.

The National Hotel Live Music: Fri & Sat 8 - 11:30 p.m. Sat & Sun 3 - 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5............................ Marc Douglas Berardo 

Old Island Pub Check the weekly edition of The Block Island Times for music schedule.

Club Soda

Poor People’s Pub Sept. 4 ................ 11:30 a.m. Rehab Brunch with Rootdown Hoe Down.  Sept 16 ................... 80’s Prom Party, Wear your best 80’s formal attire, Vote for 2016 PPP Prom King & Queen October 1 ................. Oktoberfest with a live Oompah Band, contests, Bavaria food & beer specials.

Every Week:

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

Monday: Trivia at 9 p.m. Tuesday:. Karaoke 9 p.m. Wednesday:. Open Mic Night 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Live Music 10 p.m.

Captain Nick’s Sept. 1 ............................................. Superdope  Sept. 2 .......................... Dave Flamand 6 p.m.  Sept. 3, 4 ................... Booze Beggars 6 p.m.  Sept. 5 ........ Last Dico Night of the Season

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Kelly Walsh releases third CD

By Lars Trodson Kelly Walsh, smiling barista and head honcho at Topside Café, is also a musical fixture on the island, often seen at the Old Island Pub fronting her band, Kelly and the Cunninghams. She doesn’t just belt out rock and roll chestnuts, she’s also an accomplished songwriter, and is celebrating the release of her third CD, “Sandscript.” It’s a six-song cycle of personal reflections and stories, nuanced by her clear, strong voice. This is the third CD Walsh has released on her label, Zazen, the name of her beloved dog. Walsh said her songwriting process is uniquely personal, as is almost all artistic endeavors. She said she has “to write a whole bunch of crappy songs to get to the good ones.” Even with that winnowing process, she and her band still had to whittle the good ones down to six songs that fill the CD. (Three of the songs were co-written by Providence-based musician Robert John Hanson.) The song “Club 27” started with a dream. (The title is a reference to the fact that many famous rock stars, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Curt Cobain, died at the age of 27.) “I had a dream of Jimi Hendrix and I found his suitcase and in it were all these things that belonged to him, and the song is about what else was in that suitcase.” “Summer Song” is a bouncy light rock-




*TUESDAY - SERVICE INDUSTRY NIGHT *Wednesday - Caylpso er about a summer revel right here on Block Island. When asked if the songs came out like she heard them in her head, she said, “for the most part, yes. Some of them came out better.” Although Walsh is listed as either the writer or co-writer of each song, she also recognized the contributions that her bandmates make during the recording process, helping to fill in parts or tweaking the melody here and there. “I really love my band,” she says. She has known her bandmates for years, they all went to the same school, she used to follow them around when they played gigs on the mainland, and are friends off stage as well. “I always dreamed I would be with the band,” she said, “Now I’m in the band.” For more information, visit kellywalsh. com.



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AN ISLAND TRADITION. Since 1963 island residents and visitors have enjoyed Doris Payne’s homemade donuts. You will find the delicious treats at Smugglers Cove on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Westside Road. Have a seat on the deck, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or another of our various morning delights. Nearby are charter boats and the Block Island Maritime Institute. Open daily from 7 AM.



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“gifts for pets and their humans”

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

Boats ashore in Rat Island at New Harbor.


Ocean View Foundation

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.

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

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


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Island Recipe

Panzanella (Tomato Bread Salad) What to do with all of these tomatoes?

By Kathy Crocker and Dennis Valade We wait all summer for local tomatoes and now they are everywhere – home gardens, farmer’ markets, local grocers. There is nothing quite as good as a freshly picked, juicy tomato sprinkled with salt, or a plain tomato sandwich. However, if you’re looking for a new way to use those tomatoes that are beginning to look a little tired, but are still full of flavor, try making Panzanella. Panzanella (pantsa’nella) is a tomato bread salad from the Tuscan region of Italy.  This salad is hearty enough for a lunch or light supper. In a nutshell, it consists primarily of chunks of soaked bread,

tomatoes, onions, basil, vinegar, plenty of olive oil, and other ingredients, as desired. Historically, the recipe used stale bread, but fresh country style bread adds richness.  Just make sure whatever bread you use thoroughly dries out in the oven, so it won’t turn to mush.  Although one is tempted to serve this delightful salad right away, it’s an ideal make-ahead dish.  As the mixture sits, the bread soaks up the juices of the tomato mixture, improving the flavor. The recipe below has been adapted from Melissa Clark’s “Panzanella with Mozzarella and Herbs,” (

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PANZANELLA 4-6 oz. ciabatta, baguette, or country loaf, cut into 1-inch cubes (up to 4 cups) 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, more to taste ¾ tsp. kosher sea salt, more to taste 2 lbs. very ripe tomatoes, preferably a mix of varieties and colors 6 oz. fresh mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces ½ c. thinly sliced onion, about half a small onion 2 garlic cloves, grated to a paste

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar, more to taste Large pinch of red pepper flakes (optional) ½ tsp. Dijon mustard Black pepper to taste ½ c. Thinly sliced cucumber, about 1 small cucumber. ½ c. torn basil leaves ¼ c. parsley leaves, roughly chopped

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 2 tbsp. of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake until they are dried out and pale golden brown at the edges, about 7-15 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. 2. Cut tomatoes into bite-size pieces and transfer to a large bowl. Add mozzarella, onions, garlic paste, 1 tbsp. vinegar, ¼ tsp. salt and the red pepper flakes if using. Toss to coat and set aside. 3. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp. of vinegar, the mustard, ¼ tsp. salt and some black pepper to taste. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the remaining 4 tbsp. of olive oil until mixture has thickened. Stir in the cucumbers, basil and parsley. 4. Add the bread cubes and cucumber mixture to the tomatoes and toss well. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. Toss with a little more olive oil, vinegar, and salt, if need just before serving.


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Island Living Turbines and Toys Constructing America’s first offshore wind farm By Cassius Shuman Here are the aggregate components, tools and methods that Deepwater Wind and National Grid have employed during the past year to construct the five turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm: Unusual, futuristic looking lift-boats LB Caitlin, LB Paul, LB Robert and the Michael and Lacie Eymard employ spider-like legs to rise high above sea level. Swiss Army-type vessels like the cargo ship BBC Ruby; the crew transfer vessel Atlantic Pioneer; the cable-laying-barge CLB Big Max; and the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern, perform complex tasks while cruising offshore. On the island, assorted Tonka-toy-type trucks, excavators and cranes, roam the sand, dirt, and pavement, coordinating installation of a complex cable transmission system. The fabrication of a cleverly designed and engineered technology, welding tons of intricate steel apparatus, strategically placing equipment utilizing GPS coordinates, dredging a six-foot deep trench in the seabed while embedding a cable loaded with fiber optics, drilling through rock and under dirt and sand, installing rocket-like tower sections that extend to the sky, and fastening rivets and bolts and connecting cables. These are what Project Manager Bryan Wilson frequently called the “toys” of the project. Think what you will, pro or con, about the wind farm, but you have to marvel at the utilization of ingenuity and imagination to accomplish such a large-scale project. It’s a project that Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski has called “big and complicated.” On Sunday, July 26, 2015, Deepwater Wind officials witnessed a 500-ton capacity crane situated on a floating barge lift a 450-ton, 110-foot tall steel wind farm foundation from its deck and deposit it in 90 feet of unforgiving ocean three miles off the coast of Block Island. The very next day, Gov. Gina Raimondo joined a contingent of state and federal officials in celebrating the “steel in the water” moment by touring the wind farm site aboard a Rhode Island Fast Ferry. In siting its $290 million pilot project, Deepwater Wind may have carefully chosen a suitable high wind zone for constructing its pilot offshore wind farm, but there were a few bumps along the way as a result. The company discovered the challenges of installing an offshore wind farm in such a harsh environment after some early missteps led to setbacks. Deepwater Wind Chairman Bryan Martin acknowledged that constructing America’s first offshore wind farm would be a learning process. So, after damaging a foundation at the onset of installation, Deepwater Wind deployed Montco Offshore’s lift-boats to rise above the swells to facilitate construction. Things went smoothly after the LB Robert arrived on the scene and installed the steel foundations in rather expedient fashion. While installing the $107 million cable transmission system on Block Island, National Grid went through its own learning curve when it unearthed ancient Native American artifacts on Block Island and experienced drilling delays at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett. The delays caused National Grid to regroup, and after negotiations, get approval from the

town of New Shoreham to extend its deadline at the Town Beach until later than was originally planned. National Grid worked through the winter months, conducting cable installation activities seemingly in isolation, amidst rain or snow, when very few people were watching. Excavators dug holes in the earth. Concrete was poured in the rain. Cable was installed in duct banks while snow and wind whipped all around. In late spring, after the landscape had thawed, 15 sections of the five, 260-foot tall and 440-ton wind turbine towers were delivered from Spain to Deepwater Wind and General Electric’s temporary dockside assembling facility at the Port of Providence. Shortly thereafter, the 15, 241-foot long, 29-ton, blades for the wind farm followed, arriving from a manufacturing plant in Denmark. When summer arrived, National Grid greeted CLB Big Max at the Town Beach, where the utility company’s 20-mile long sea2shore submarine cable was brought ashore via a jet-plow, airbags and divers, routed under the dunes, and spliced with the project’s terrestrial cable in a north parking lot manhole. It was a temperate June 23 morning when the sea2shore cable landed and made history by connecting the island to the mainland. On Sunday, July 31, after traveling 3,300 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from France aboard the Brave Tern, the nacelles, the power generating component that sits atop the towers and hold the blades, docked in Newport Harbor. Two days later, the lift-boats LB Caitlin and LB Paul joined the Brave Tern at the offshore wind farm site and began the process of installing the first wind turbine tower. Another historic moment was then achieved on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m., when Deepwater Wind completed installation of the first wind turbine tower. For the first time people could see what the wind turbine towers would look like once fully installed at the wind farm site. The pilot project had come a long way since Sept. 4, 2014, when the wind farm was granted final approval for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers. At the time, one New Shoreham official remarked, “We’re the smallest community in the smallest state, and we’ll have the first offshore wind farm in the country. A lot of people have put a lot of work into this and I think it’s great. Great for the ratepayers and great for the environment.” Whether the wind farm will reduce energy bills of Block Island ratepayers is anybody’s guess, but its transformative impact on the island may be evident in its attendant cable transmission system that boasts the potential of stable electric rates and building an island-wide broadband network. The wind farm may be decommissioned in 20 years, with the turbine towers removed from sight, but the cable system will exist for many decades. In the meantime, the fascination over the Block Island Wind Farm captures our imaginations and leads us to ponder what its technology will deliver in the coming days when the switch has been flipped, and the blades are spinning. In a matter of months, the nation’s first offshore wind farm will be producing electricity, but not before it races deliberately and methodically toward the finish line. The Block Island Wind Farm. Courtesy of Deepwater Wind.

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West Side Classic Contemporary Trim’s Ridge MLS# 1133746 MLS# 1102770 $2,000,000 $1,550,000

Mitchell Lane MLS# 1101120 $945,000

Coastal Living Gem MLS# 1123943 $1,395,000

Clayhead Hideaway MLS# 1095220 $1,775,000

Let the Vacation Begin MLS# 1096428 $1,250,000

Snave House MLS# 1115478 $1,100,000

Mansion Beach MLS# 1124414 $799,000

Corn Neck Road MLS# 1101920 $985,000

Sea Meadows MLS# 1124790 $3,300,000

Ocean & Great Salt Pond Views Cottage Living MLS# 1126581 MLS# 1130669 $3,400,000 $975,000 LAND LISTINGS Sands Pond • 200 ft frontage on Sands Pond • 1.9 acres property on a tree canopied road $500,000 Center Road • Level property located steps from New Harbor • Easy walk to marinas, playground and beaches $549,000 Highview Lane • Convenient location for this 18,913 sq. ft. lot. • Walk to town & beaches. $455,000

Spring Street MLS# 1115472 $1,800,000

Mohegan Bluffs MLS# 1103625 $2,500,000

Mohegan Cottage MLS# 1115481 $1,900,000

Seaweed Lane • Gorgeous 2+Acre Lot is an ideal building site. • High elevation in great neighborhood. $875,000 Hull’s Pond • Enjoy all nature has to offer. • Lovely 4+ acre lot offer opportunities. $680,000

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8th Annual Taste of Block Island September 16- 18

The Eighth Annual Summer Taste of Block Island, September 16 to September 18, will showcase many different events and activities island visitors can enjoy – from kayak, taxi and farm tours to wine and beer tastings. Shops will offer discounts, lodging packages will be available and restaurant specials will abound. There will be a wide range of events taking place all around the island. Shopping fans are invited to explore the local stores and take advantage of discounts offered only during this weekend.  Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn how to paddle-board, tour an animal farm, or go kayaking, as well as take advantage of many discounts offered by bike and moped rentals. For more historical information, take a tour of the Historical Society or the Southeast Lighthouse. The food and cooking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the actual tastes of Block Island. Taste of Block Island Buttons will be available for purchase at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, Diamond Blue Surf Shop at Bridgegate Square or The Beachcomber on Dodge Street for $5 per button. Contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce at (800)383-BIRI (2474) with any questions that you may have, and to book any of the activities that need prior reservations. Make your reservations early as they fill up quickly.


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Tasteful Lindal Cedar home with ocean & Southeast Lighthouse views. Decks on three sides to enjoy outdoor dining & entertaining from. Inverted floor plan includes three bedrooms & an airy & spacious great room with cathedral ceilings. $1,289,000

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Island Living

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

Sprague Lot Location: Plat 16 / Lot 51 – West Side Road Lot size: 1.9 Acres Price: $340,000 Contact: Robin Lewis Vila at Offshore Property LLC 401-466-5446,

Donnelly Location: 1193 Beach Avenue House size: 1,888 sq. ft. Lot size: 2.92 acres Price: $1,675,000 Contact: Michele Phelan, Listing Agent, Ballard Hall Real Estate , michelezphelan Cell:  (401)741-6577

Description: Nicely cleared 1.9 rolling acres across from Dorry’s Cove Road. This is a great location to hike and bike from and just a short walk to the beach. Open, pastoral feel with plenty of room for lawn, gardens, and recreation. This lovely property has an up-to-date approved 4 bedroom septic and site plan and an architect’s rendering of a potential home design. Reasonably priced, giving you the opportunity to build your own Block Island dream home! MLS # 1124493 

Setting: Two-hundred plus feet of frontage on Trim’s Pond. House is situated on the highest point with views of the Great Salt Pond and the Atlantic Ocean.  The lawn goes down to the pond and provides access to the shared dock with one neighbor.  Easy access from Beach Avenue with paved driveway.  Within a mile to the beach, New Harbor and the airport.  Private trails throughout the wooded section of the property.  Located in the RB zone and can be expanded. Inside: Current owners built the house which has water views from three levels.  First level has 3 bedrooms (one with access to the porch) and full bath.  Second level is a large kitchen/living/dining area with decks on two sides of the house and a full bath.  Third level has a substantial loft which is currently used as a family room.  Plenty of windows to take in the views.  Full basement.  Winterized. Outside: The house has been properly maintained and enjoyed throughout the years.   Large outdoor shower.  Porch and deck provide plenty of space for outdoor cooking and entertaining.  Dock is ideal for small boats, kayaks, and canoes and provides access to the Block Island Sound through the Great Salt Pond.

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Red Gate Farmhouse Location: 838 Center Rd. House size: 1448 sq. ft. Lot size: 1.30 acres Price: $1,149,000 Contact: Susan Park Weissman, Attwood Real Estate (401) 466-5582 

Description: 1830 Historic cottage overlooking Great Salt Pond. Walk or bike to everything. A piece of Block Island history. Fabulous 3 story barn with stretch space.  Property in public sewer district.


CORN NECK ROAD: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage. Close to north beaches, views. $985,000

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SOUTHWEST POINT: 4+ bedroom home, 3 baths. Fireplace, views. $1,225,000


NEW SOUTHWEST POINT: Compound with main house, guest quarters and barn. Views. $2,800,000

OFF CENTER ROAD: Restored Farmhouse, guest barn w/garage, distant ocean views. $1,250,000

WESTSIDE RD: 2.5 acre lot, sunsets. $550,000

CENTER ROAD: Charming rebuilt farmhouse, views, walk to New Harbor, marinas. $895,000

SANDS FARM RD: 3+ bdrm w/2 fireplaces. Abuts open space lot, views. $949,900

AMY DODGE: 1.1 acre lot, views.

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Traditional Ferry 860.444.GO BI (4624)

Departs daily from Point Judith and Old Harbor

AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 4 Day Departs Point Judith Departs Block Island Mon-Fri 8:30a, 11a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:15p, 7p 8a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:15p, 7:45p Sat-Sun 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, SEPTEMBER 5 Day Departs Point Judith Departs Block Island Mon 8a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:45a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5p, 6p, 7p 8:15a, 10a, 11:30a, 12:45p, 3p, 4p, 5:30p, 7p, 8p SEPTEMBER 6 - SEPTEMBER 11 Day Departs Point Judith Tue 8a, 9a, 11a, 3p, 5p Wed-Thu 9a, 11a, 3p, 5p Fri 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

Departs Block Island 8:15a, 10a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p 8:15a, 11:45a, 3p, 5p 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p

SEPTEMBER 12 - October 6 Day Departs Point Judith Mon-Thu 9a, 11a, 3p, 5p Fri, Sun 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p Sat 9a, 11a, 1p, 5p

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

October 7 - October 10 Day Departs Point Judith Fri, Mon 9a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p Sat, Sun 9a, 11a, 1p, 5p

Departs Block Island 8:15a, 11a, 1p, 3p, 5p, 7p 8:15a, 11a, 3p, 5p

High Speed Ferry

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

Departs daily from Point Judith and Old Harbor

JUNE 18 - SEPTEMBER 5 Day Departing Point Judith Mon-Sun 7:15a, 9a, 11:10a, 1:20p, 4:40p, 6:45p

Departing Block Island 7:55a, 10:05a, 12:15p , 3:30p, 5:45p, 7:35p

SEPTEMBER 6 - October 10 Day Departing Point Judith Mon-Fri 78a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 5:45p Sat-Sun 8:15a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 3:30p, 5:45p

Departing Block Island 9a, 11:30a, 4:30p, 6:30p 9a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 4:30p, 6:30p (401) 783-4613

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

Block Island Express

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

SEPTEMBER 5 & 11 Day Departing New London Mon, Sun 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p

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

SEPTEMBER 6 - SEPTEMBER 25 * Day Departing New London Fri 10:00a, 3:10p, 6:30p Sat, Sun 8:30a, 11:50a, 6:30p

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

* Note: Sunday, September 11th departs New London 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p

Departs Block Island 10:05a, 1:25p, 4:55p, 8:10p (855) 256-2547

New England Airlines

Piper Seneca III

Departs daily from New London and Old Harbor

JULY 5 - SEPTEMBER 4 Day Departing New London Mon-Wed, Sat 8:30a, 11:50a, 6:30p Sun, Thu, Fri 8:30a, 11:50a, 3:10p, 6:30p

Westerly to Block Island

Half past almost EVERY HOUR, Every Day!

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

Day Departing Block Island Mon 7:00a-6:00p Tue-Thu 8:00a-6:00p Fri-Sun 8:00a-7:00p*

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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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West Side Road: Plat 16 / Lot 51 Recently cleared 1.9 rolling acres | Approved Septic and Site plan | Asking $340,000

859 West Side Road: 8 BR | 8 BA | Three Unique Buildings | Heated Saltwater Pool | Ocean & Pond Views Asking $2,995,000

448 Ocean Avenue P.O. Box 1210 Block Island, RI 02807

West Side Road: Plat 16 / Lot 51 Recently cleared 1.9 rolling acres | Approved Septic

Edith Blane, Associate Broker Richard Foreman, Sales Associate Corlies Black, Sales Associate

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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 im­me­di­ ate 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 for residents, $200 for non-residents. Call police station for hours and a list of requirements. All motor vehicles of any description are prohibited on dunes except on trails marked expressly for vehicular use. Vehicles are also not allowed on any lands designated “Open Space” and main­tained by the town for the benefit of the general public. DUNE PROTECTION The dunes offer a home to countless species of plants and animals that, like the beach itself, need our protection if they are to survive. To help save the life of our dunes and beaches, we urge you to: • Use designated access paths and parking lots only. • Keep off dunes and beach vegetation. • Keep all vehicles off the beach, as they destroy vegetation and cause beach erosion. • Do not sleep on the beach overnight. BEACH FIRES Beach fires are prohibited without a permit. Permits are available at the police department, and are valid for one day, expiring at midnight. Fires must be at least 25 feet from dunes. Please clean up and dispose of all trash properly and extinguish fires completely before leaving the beach. DO NOT burn wooden pallets.

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

POND PROTECTION Gas motors banned All forms of gasoline or diesel fuel-powered motors on boats are prohibited on 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

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

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

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

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

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

Bicycles And Mopeds.

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


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12 OCEAN VIEW ACRES | WEB ID: 1133066 $5,900,000 | 401.466.8777

OCEAN VIEWS | WEB ID: 1132938 $1,795,000 | 401.466.8777

BLOCK ISLAND - OCEAN VIEWS 5 BEDROOMS | WEB ID: 1113176 $2,390,000 | 401.466.8777


PRIVATE 7 ACRES | WEB ID: 1121212 $2,875,000 | 401.466.8777

BLOCK ISLAND - NEW HARBOR 2 BEDROOMS | WEB ID: 1095172 $875,000 | 401.466.8777

SWEDE HILL | WEB ID: 1130141 $4,700,000 | 401.466.8777



8+ ACRES | WEB ID: 1064974 $6,900,000 | 401.466.8777


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BLOCK ISLAND - OLD HARBOR MULTI. ZONED | WEB ID: 1086006 $1,095,000 | 401.466.8777


BLOCK ISLAND - WALK TO BEACH BLOCK ISLAND - NEW HARBOR 3.37 ACRES | WEB ID: 1064134 $1,100,000 | 401.466.877

1 BED CONDOS | WEB ID: 1102379 STARTING AT $325,000 | 401.466.8777



MULTI. USE | WEB ID: 1106374 $1,489,000 | 401.466.8777

SACHEM POND | WEB ID: 1107930 $995,000 | 401.466.8777

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Traditional Farmhouse | MLS ID 1127708 | $1,275,000

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Sweeping Ocean Views | MLS ID 1115058 | $1,195,000 1641 Spring St. | 1.8 acres | 3 BR & 2 BA First Floor MBR | Ocean, Clayhead & mainland shore views Contact Gail Hall 401-741-7001 NEW PRICE

On Trim’s Pond | MLS IS 1095846 | $2,250,000 1267 West Side Rd. | 1.38 acres | 6 BR & 5.5 BA Architectural contemporary near New Harbor attractions Contact Judith Cyronak 401-741-7732 NEW PRICE

“Mermaid Hill” | MLS ID 1114032 | $1,750,000

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1073 Corn Neck Rd. | 1.92 Acres | 4158 sq. ft. Spectacular ocean & North Light views | Access to Sachem Pond Contact Gail Hall 401-741-7001

1604 Payne Rd. | Sheffield Farm | 4 BR & 2.5 BA Expansive southerly ocean views | 2248 sq. ft. Contact Ballard Hall Real Estate 401-466-8883

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Island Bound Bookstore | Turnkey Business For Sale

Privacy & stunning views of CG Station, Ocean & New Harbor Contact Gail Hall 401-741-7001

Post Office Building lease available | Established 1995 Loyal clientele | Books, games, crafts | Island Treasure Contact Gail Hall 401-741-7001

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

Phone: 401-466-8883 Fax: 401-466-3119 • •

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