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  • One Last Thing
    Tue, Sep 2
    Renée Meyer captured this look at the Great Salt Pond from the totally Peanuts-like red biplane we’ve been seeing in the B.I. skies all summer. The plane is a recently restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 that was originally used as a WWII trainer. Did she feel like the Red Baron? Most definitely. For more...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Brad Marthens knows his wine. It’s evident as he excitedly gushes about the wine list at the Atlantic Inn, the island hotel he and his wife Anne own and manage. It’s evident, too, why the Inn and its restaurant, Restaurant 1879, have once again won a Wine Spectator award. In fact, they’ve...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    The path to the North Light Fibers mill, store and farm is marked by the sight of exotic animals from Abrams Animal Farm in the periphery: the cool stare of the caged lemur, a llama eating kibble from a child’s hand, even kangaroos and a giant tortoise stand by. Walk past these animals and through...
  • Worker’s Perspectives
    Tue, Sep 2
    For the past 13 summers on Block Island, the majority of my time here has been spent at my home away from home, the Block Island Club. Located on the northeastern side of the Great Salt Pond, the club was a place for me to further my passion for sailing, expand my (short-lived) interest in tennis,...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    As the sun’s golden rays begin to cast longer shadows in the early evening over the rolling fields of Block Island and there’s just a hint of a chill in the night air, we cling to the balmy days of summer all the more ferociously. To banish thoughts of summer’s impending departure, I plan as many...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Though it’s been many years since I first sat down with Michael Oppenheimer on the open porch of his West Side island home, finding him there several weeks ago felt quite natural. The familiarity of the setting allows us to fall easily into conversation while looking out at rolling hillsides...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    Andiamo (C’mon, let’s go) to Aldo’s Seafood and Pizza Restaurant for this month’s Picky Pick. There are many good restaurants on the island, some even include a few Italian dishes on their menus or serve pizza, but there is only...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    It’s never hard to convince me to go on a bird walk at Andy’s Way with Kim Gaffett, director of the Ocean View Foundation, whether it is a Crazy as a Coot meet-up or another OVF activity, it’s always fun and informative. I’ve done a few and will likely do many more. They are almost always at low...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Some say going to Block Island is like stepping back in time. Stepping into Red Right Return on Dodge Street is like taking a second step back. There’s no signage indicating “Antiques Store” but that seems to be how people describe it. “I’m at the antiques store” is an oft uttered phrase into cell...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Sep 2
    All summer long people come into the store to tell me how good certain books are, to tell me I simply must read this or that. But summer on the island is so (happily!) busy for island shopkeepers that I don’t get around to reading most of these recommended books until winter. Winter on the island,...
  • I Tried It!
    Tue, Sep 2
    On July 12th, as many admired the super moon (a full moon that appears even larger than usual because of its closeness to the earth) from their houses, I was lucky enough to be out on the Great Salt Pond, part of a group of kayakers on a tour led by Corrie Heinz, owner of Pond and Beyond Kayak...
  • Cottage Industry
    Tue, Sep 2
    The beauty of Block Island can be as arresting as a siren’s call: rolling hills, salty air, the resplendent smell of Rosa rugosa. It’s no surprise then how...
  • Local Flavor
    Fri, Aug 29
    Some things are just non-negotiable. That’s the way it is with joining our friends from Indiana (Missy and Bill, in photo at top) for mudslides at The Oar. They come to the island for a week every July-into-August and one of the first things we do is plan what night we’ll have dinner at The Oar,...
  • Fri, Aug 29
    Cars and dogs... We can’t help but notice how these two go so well together, especially when the sun comes out and the wind is just right. Perhaps it’s the necessities in life that never go out of style. Vintage or new, capricious or predictable, dogs and cars have personalities all their own...
  • Behind The Bar
    Thu, Jul 31
    Tiffany Hewitt on the ferry Anna C. Q:How long have you been bartending on the ferry? A:I've been working for Interstate 17 years. I started out answering phones and selling tickets and in the summer of '98 I started bartending. The owner Sue Linda is my great aunt. My mom worked with Sue...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    On the island with three friends in the house, I was looking for something interesting to do at night during their visits besides the usual drinks with dinner or a movie, and while I was thinking, I happened to focus on a postcard lying on the dining room table in a large pile of recent mail. Maybe...
  • What's New
    Thu, Jul 31
    This summer, three food trucks have opened around the island after the town rewrote an ordinance to add more licenses. In previous years, there had been one Hawkers and Peddlers license, for a food cart at Settlers’ Rock. In August last year the Town Council voted 4 to 1 to allow up to three of the...
  • Local Flavor
    Thu, Jul 31
    An island institution for forty years, Finn’s Seafood Restaurant is the quintessential something-for-everyone place. It’s hard to find an island resident who doesn’t have a favorite Finn’s menu item. Summer visitors have their favorites, too, the things they look forward to all winter. It’s almost...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    A look at some of this summer’s most popular reads, fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult, from Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound Bookstore. We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride This is my favorite book of the summer. Four narrators tell a story set in...
  • Cottage Industry
    Thu, Jul 31
    I watch oyster farmer and entrepreneur Dave Deffley swim out to his boat; while I take photos from the dry shoreline my sense of adventure pales in comparison. He swings around the back pond and picks me up at the Hog Pen, camera and note pad in tow. Once aboard, I find a place to perch amidst tubs...
  • I Tried It
    Thu, Jul 31
    From a distance, I have often watched the banana boats serpentine through the harbor. With great curiosity, I would listen to the shrill cries of the people aboard these absurd canary yellow, banana-shaped tubes as they tore through the water with accelerating speed. I would watch them send a few...
  • Mon, Jul 28
    Kim Gaffett and the Ocean View Foundation’s bird walks and bird banding demonstrations are two of many island traditions that are born of a rich legacy, that of Miss Elizabeth Dickens. Historian Robert Downie wrote about that legacy for the weekly Block Island Times and Edie Blane added her own...
  • Sarie Monieson takes us on a Block Island video tour while
    Fri, Jul 25
    Eben Horton is a glass artist and the owner of The Glass Station, a 1920’s-style glass studio located in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He created “The Glass Float Project” on Block Island where he has hidden hundreds of glass floats along Greenway trails and beaches. Islanders and tourists set out to...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    On winter mornings when even the sun has difficulty deciding whether it should rise, almost nothing stirs on Block Island, not man nor beast nor machine. On our road, unless the transfer station is open, Howie’s yellow school bus is often the first and only vehicle to pass by my house until mid...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    The group of volunteers meets at a most civil hour – 9 a.m. at the office of The Nature Conservancy on High Street. On this Wednesday there are a dozen. Some have done this for years, some, such as this writer are first timers. They are quite good natured for an army, and quite welcoming of the new...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    The Not New Boutique is a signature island rummage sale event. It used to run once or twice a summer, now it is open every Wednesday through the tourist season. For weeks ahead of its opening date, we year-rounders search through our closets for clothing we no longer can use and then drop it into a...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Jul 1
    We all know that sand is bad for book bindings, but it’s also no fun for us readers to be carting heavy hard cover books to the beach. So I’m always happy to see some of my favorites come out in paperback just in time for summer. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn A great who–done-it that has readers...
  • An Ideal Day
    Tue, Jul 1
    Gary Ryan became a town councilor this past December and he’s been a member of the Rescue Squad out here for 25 years. But most of us know Gary best as the knowledgeable butcher and friendly face behind the deli counter at the Block Island Grocery store. We caught up with him recently at the BIG...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    Wednesday July 2, 2014 Beach Clean Up with The Nature Conservancy When: 9 - 10 a.m. Where: Scotch Beach Thursday July 3, 2014 2nd Annual Fireworks Picnic When: 6:30 - 10 p.m. Where: Sullivan House, Corn Neck Road BBQ, music and games — all to raise money for the Committee for the...
  • Sun, Jun 29
    I’ll always remember the first striped bass I caught while surfcasting on Block Island. It took place in 1985 when my wife Karolyn and I visited the island together. I had gone into Twin Maples Bait & Tackle to seek advice on where to fish. Shop proprietor, the late Mac Swienton, gave me sound...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    In our house we mark the passage of our lives not just by our jobs or child rearing experiences, but by where we live and what we drive. One of our automobile eras was that of the El Camino, a Chevrolet that was a compromise between a truck and a car. Behind the sleek front seat compartment was a...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    This summer, the Block Island Club will celebrate 50 years of providing recreational activities to its members. The club, a not-for-profit run by a Board of Governors, is situated on the Great Salt Pond, and offers its members lessons in tennis, arts, swimming, sailing and other water sports. In...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    When visiting Block Island you may be struck by the beauty of all the wildflowers, the sight of song and shore birds, the occasional glimpse of a butterfly, the darting iridescent beauty of the dragonflies. It doesn’t matter the season, there is always the beauty of nature here, be it the flash of...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first met Leonard Perfido last spring after he and his wife Ruth returned from a Great Ape Encounter tour in Africa. Like them, I am intrigued by the works of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey and chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, but unlike them, I have never entertained the notion of trekking to...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first came to the island as a small girl in the 1950s. I loved its history, it beauty and its quiet simplicity. It captured my heart as a child and still does to this day. I feel especially blessed to have known the island before it was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1980s. We stayed at Cuttings Cottages...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    “I try to have one project every winter,” Highway Department Head Mike Shea says, quickly qualifying it with: “Of course, it’s all weather dependent.” The comment brings to mind the clean-up of superstorm Sandy, winter storm Nemo, and several blasts in-between, which consumed their time last winter...
  • Hidden Block Island
    Mon, Jun 9
    By the time Memorial Day hits, there’s no shortage of places to get pizza on Block Island (In February, meanwhile, year-rounders are oh-so-grateful to Club Soda and Poor People’s Pub for baking pies). And the grand Spring House Hotel may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    The Great Salt Pond is Corrie Heinz’s home away from home. As the owner/operator of Pond and Beyond Kayak, she’s out on the pond whenever the weather allows, so she knows the ins and the outs of the place and all the ecosystems and subcultures it holds. She grew up out here, went to school here...
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  • Mon, Jun 9
    Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound bookstore, shares a few books she thinks would be perfect for your summer beach bags. For adults The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin A charming and quick read about selling books and finding love, this novel takes place in an adorable independent...
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  • Mon, Jun 9
    Gloria Hall Daubert wrote a book. To those who know her primarily as the longtime (29 years and counting) bartender at Winfield’s, the news come as a bit of a surprise. But the truth is she’s been pondering the book almost as long as she’s worked at Winfield’s. “It’s a bucket list thing,” says...
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  • What’s New
    Thu, Jun 5
    There is a timeless feeling when you walk into the Empire Theatre on Block Island. It isn’t just the vintage décor — the old wood floor, the high-beamed ceiling, or the classic sign that hangs over the back of the hall. The one that advertises roller skating for 30 cents. The Empire is one of the...
  • Behind the Photo
    Thu, Jun 5
    The winter has seen the explosion of snowy owls in the Arctic and a subsequent migration to the lower 48 states in search of food. Snowy owls have been showing up in places that have never seen a snowy owl before. These magnificent birds started to appear all over the United States right around...
  • Tue, Apr 29
    May 10, starting at the Block Island School at 1 p.m. Contact the Recreation Dept. at 466-3223 for more information. OR register at www.active.com before May 5
  • Tue, Feb 25
    Block Island is a great place to train, whether it’s on the beach, on the roads, or in the water. The island is a small slice of heaven, particularly when viewed from an athlete’s perspective. It offers a respite from crowded city sidewalks and an alternative to doing laps in a pool. For the same...
  • Mon, Feb 24
    The brightly-colored sign on the storefront reads “North Light Fibers,” the lettering sandwiched between two rows of yarn rolled into round bundles. As you step across the threshold, you enter another realm, a world of fiber: jewel-toned skeins of oh-so-soft alpaca yarn, neatly tucked onto shelves...
  • Mon, Feb 24
    I started getting into running seriously about two years ago after joining my high school cross-country and track teams in northern California. There’s certainly no shortage of beautiful, shady trails out there, which means I’m never bored. In search of a similar range of running routes in the...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    The efforts to preserve Block Island’s natural beauty — with nearly 45 percent of the island’s open space now protected — are the stuff of legend, the legacy of more than four decades of toil. But would younger generations, those enjoying the fruits of previous efforts, carry on with the cause?...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    The breakfast buffet at The 1661 Inn is one great way to start a day. There are many other places to buy a fine breakfast on Block Island. You can find muffins and bagels and doughnuts and pancakes and eggs in a number of restaurants or even in the supermarket. You can sit down at a table or take a...
  • Fri, Feb 21
    Grace O'Neil has grown up on Block Island for the past 18 years. Below is her list of the top 10 restaurants for families. 1. Aldo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant As the only fully Italian restaurant on the island, Aldo’s offers a variation of pizzas, pastas, and all the other Italian...

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