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  • Tue, Jun 30
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    In Tom's memory, his family and friends are establishing an endowed scholarship to foster a connection between the Block Island School and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The program will be open to Block Island School students and alumni, ages 14-25, to take courses in RISD's Continuing...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Something you might not expect to see when you visit Block Island is a pair of Bactrian camels, a pair of kangaroos, a Zedonk or a troop of Lemurs. Exotic animals on Block Island? Yes, there sure are — and you can find them at Abrams Farm. Justin Abrams and family, owners of the Hotel Manisses and...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Natchez Burning Greg Iles $9.99 Natchez Burning is the first installment (862pages) in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets of the past and present in a thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. The size is at first daunting but you will...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Surfing is a sport enjoyed by people in all walks off life at all times of the year in a variety of conditions. If you’ve had the fortunate experience of catching a wave, you’ll understand the true meaning of being at one with nature. “Surfing is the source,” said 15-year old Block Islander Gavin...
  • Tue, Jun 9
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    1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and...
  • Kristin & Nicholas:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “My parents stumbled on this little island over 30 years ago after their vacation plans to Nantucket fell through, and they’ve returned every summer since,” says Kristin Brennan, 28, from Katonah, New York. “My sister and I grew up knowing that perfect days exist only on Scotch Beach. In 2005, I...
  • Melissa & Branden:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Melissa Silver, 32, and Branden Watson, 31, grew up two hours from each other, he in East Freetown, Mass., she in Sunapee, New Hampshire. But it was in Denver that they met and fell in love — the first year each had moved out there! How did Block Island enter the picture? Ever since high school...
  • Monica & Jacob:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Monica Dancu, 32, is a design director in the Home division at Ralph Lauren, and Jacob Simmons, 35, is a design director in the Men’s Design division. Jacob grew up in Charlestown, R.I., and his family used to go day tripping to Block Island, so he’s always loved it here. Monica fell in love with...
  • Julie & Mikey:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Mikey Kiley, 32, and his family own and operate the Yellow Kittens tavern and Winfield’s Restaurant on Block Island. He and Julie Garosshen, 28, met eight years ago when Mikey was walking his dog, Grace, on the beach. He proposed six years later in the lantern of the North Light. All four island...
  • Zahavah & Brian:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Zahavah Williams, 35, and Brian Hartman, 38, say it’s only natural that they would have a destination wedding, “because we live a destination life,” says Zahavah. The two spend summers working in the restaurant industry on Block Island, winters they head to Aspen to do the same. It was in Colorado...
  • Lily & Zach:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “Zach proposed the best and only way I would find acceptable: with a cake,” says Lily Pike, 29. “I had gone home for the weekend and Zach was stuck in New York for work. He figured that was his best chance to pull off a surprise and spent the whole weekend figuring out how to make a Funfetti cake...
  • Jenna & Gil:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Jenna McCann, 26, grew up spending summers on Block Island with her family. She says she had dreamed about getting married on Block Island, and at the Sullivan House in particular, since she was a little girl. Jenna met her future husband James (Gil) Messer, 27,when they were students at the...
  • Felicia & John:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “Every aspect of our wedding was done by someone we knew, every aspect,” marvels Felicia Cinquegrana, 38, a jewelry designer who lives on Block Island year round. “It reminds me of the old days when a townsperson would get married and the town would come together and bring their skills and goods to...
  • Erin & Michael:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Ignoring the fact that the couple at the table next to them seemed to be breaking up, Michael Kennedy, 36, popped the question to Erin Broughton, 31, at a favorite restaurant in the west village. She said yes and on September 13 the two, along with 100 close friends, tied the knot at the Atlantic...
  • Emily & James:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Emily Epstein, 28, and James Rouse, 39, met in England, where James is from and where Emily was studying in London for a semester. First chance she got, Emily brought James to her grandparents house on Block Island. Just as she had, says Emily, “He fell in love with the natural beauty and relaxed...
  • Mary & Eric:
    Wed, Feb 18
    “When we first visited Block Island, it just felt like home,” says Mary Elizabeth Gange, 28 of Long Island of the trip she took with fiancé Eric Rizzo, 33, of Buffalo, New York. Then, “when we went to the wedding show at The Sullivan House and saw the tent all dressed up, we were certain that this...
  • Kathleen & Alex:
    Wed, Feb 18
    Kathleen Wittels, 37, met Alex Dulavitz, 31, when she traveled to Bonaire to complete her open water dive for scuba certification and he turned out to be one of the trip leaders. The two knew they wanted to get married outside overlooking the water and say that the moment they saw the views from...
  • Jessica & Peter:
    Wed, Feb 18
    They met on match.com, but it was their first trip away together to Block Island that solidified the relationship for this couple from western Massachusetts. “I brought Pete [Peter Houser, 31] to the island for his birthday a few years back after a couple months of dating,” says Jessica Petit, 29...
  • Jessica & Christian
    Wed, Feb 18
    It was New Year’s Eve on the Brooklyn Bridge and 10 minutes to ball drop. A German studying in Canada and visiting New York City for the evening’s merriment and a Rhode Islander living in New York and showing her under-21 cousins a night in the big city find each other. The next fall she heads to...
  • Andressa & Jeff
    Wed, Feb 18
    Andressa Rodrigues, 30, grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Jeff Kershaw, 29, in Rhode Island. They met three summers ago on Block Island at Yellow Kittens tavern and were married at the Sullivan House on June 1. Their 100 guests included a number who flew in from Brazil, among them pastor Eric Thompson who...
  • 25th Anniversary
    Wed, Nov 26
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Holiday Shopping Stroll, a three-day event that will have some 30 stores and art galleries decorating their windows and opening their doors for a unique Block Island shopping experience — one that often comes with a cup of hot cider, cocoa and a...
  • Featured House
    Tue, Sep 2
    The Dickinsons have spent ten weeks a summer in this west side home for the last two decades. It was the first house they bought just after they were married. “We lived in an apartment in Harvard Square back then,” recalls Pam Dickinson. “We had a little bit of money because my husband had sold a...
  • Cult Following
    Tue, Sep 2
    Coffee lovers are finding an extra fix these days at Ben & Jerry’s on Water Street, where owner Steve Papa came up with a drink that marries the intense B&J’s flavor Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz with that uniquely Rhode Island coffee syrup known as Autocrat. Throw in a little milk, put it...
  • Judy's Picky Picks
    Tue, Sep 2
    I know a lot of people who pride themselves on their cooking. One of them is my sister-in-law Regina, a grad of the Culinary Institute, in other words, a real chef. One of her favorite eyewitness stories is of working in a New York City restaurant with two feuding kitchen guys, one of whom ended up...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    “The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.” – Roald Dahl , James and the Giant Peach...
  • Behind the Photos
    Tue, Sep 2
    Photographing in tight spaces can be difficult — the photographer is unable to move far enough back to include all he or she wants in the picture. One solution is to use an extreme wide angle lens. For example, the remarkable 8mm. fisheye lens has a 180-degree field of view. What this means is that...
  • 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...

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