A decade after Sandy, dunes show healthy recovery

A decade after Sandy, dunes show healthy recovery

The Sea Level Rise Committee welcomed coastal geologist Bryan Oakley to its meeting on Tuesday, August 1, not for a formal presentation, but just more for a “conversation” and a bit of guidance on where the committee was going.Although he is a professor at Eastern Connecticut University, Oakley, who

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A story to tell

A story to tell

Scissors, cereal boxes, and glue are the tools of the trade for “pop artist” Michael Albert, and on Thursday, July 27 he visited the Island Free Library to share his art and enthusiasm with residents and visitors to Block Island. It was part of a 90-city tour throughout the United States and Canada,

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ART AROUND TOWN – Pamela DuLong Williams exhibit at Spring Street Gallery

ART AROUND TOWN – Pamela DuLong Williams exhibit at Spring Street Gallery

Pamela Dulong Williams will be exhibiting at the Spring Street Gallery, 105 Spring Street from August 5 to August 17. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.Dulong Williams has been painting, teaching and exhibiting since 1974. She has received many prestigious awar

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‘ABC Essential Tips for Parents’

‘ABC Essential Tips for Parents’

The Island Free Library will host an interactive presentation on Jane Emsbo’s new book “ABC, Essential Tips For Parents” on Wednesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. A short reception will follow.The introduction to the small book asks: “Why Read This Book?”Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys and challenge

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First look at short-term rental regs

First look at short-term rental regs

“In the end, we’re going to adjust everything for Block Island,” said Town Councilor Molly O’Neill at the outset of the council’s meeting on August 2 to discuss regulating short-term rentals.The meeting was a first attempt to craft an ordinance and everything was under consideration. The draft was c

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Perfect day of golf for B.I. Lions Club members

Perfect day of golf for B.I. Lions Club members

On Monday, July 24, The Block Island Lions Club held its annual July golf tournament at the Richmond Country Club. Eighty-eight players from the island, as well as many mainland golfers, joined together for a perfect day of golf.All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and educational enrichment pr

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Shark researcher Jon Dodd to speak at BIMI

Shark researcher Jon Dodd to speak at BIMI

Block Island’s great white sharks: How many, where are they, and what about the seals?Jon Dodd, the executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute, will be sharing everything the ASI has been doing with great white shark research around Block Island since 2019 as part of the Block Island Maritim

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Town looks to regulate short-term rentals

Town looks to regulate short-term rentals

“A very preliminary rough draft for discussion only” is the note on a proposed ordinance on short term rentals that will be discussed at the Town Council’s work session on Wednesday, August 2.“It’s a working document – a rough draft, but very nicely written,” said Councilor Molly O’Neill at the coun

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Block Island Rescue gets a new ambulance

Block Island Rescue gets a new ambulance

“It still has that new ambulance smell,” says Rescue Squad Captain Beth Rousseau of the brand new ambulance the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department took delivery of a month ago.The 2022 van-style ambulance was made possible by a grant from the Roosa Fund that the rescue squad applied f

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Lightning takes out town equipment

Lightning takes out town equipment

Early in the morning on June 28, just days before Fourth of July festivities were to begin, two lightning strikes hit Block Island in the vicinity of the intersection of Ocean and Connecticut Avenues. There was no apparent damage there, but the effects of the strike were felt a quarter of a mile awa

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Sharon Lehman paintings at Spring Street Gallery

Sharon Lehman paintings at Spring Street Gallery

She’s at it again. Sharon Lehman has been combing Block Island for all those things that inspire her: small views, intimate settings, and bright colors as well as laundry on lines, and chairs with a view. The fact that Block Island holds so many of these wonders only serves to intensify Lehman’s que

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Paul Trombly at Island Bound Bookstore Friday, August 4

Paul Trombly at Island Bound Bookstore Friday, August 4

Island Bound Bookstore invites parents and children to the bookstore on Friday, August 4 between 2 and 3:30 p.m. to meet author Paul Trombly, who will be available to sign copies of his book, “Papa, How Do You Know Animals Are Happy?” Illustrated by his daughter Anderson Trombly-Malone, this delight

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Kate Knapp to exhibit at Jessie Edwards Gallery

Kate Knapp to exhibit at Jessie Edwards Gallery

New paintings in oil on canvas by Kate Knapp will be on exhibit at Jessie Edwards Studio from July 18 to August 10, 2023.Knapp’s quintessential renderings of Block Island in all its bucolic and vibrant beauty are favorites among both regular visitors and new. Her expressive and painterly style is mo

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2023 midsummer report from the flats

2023 midsummer report from the flats

Like the island overall, clamming seemed to get off to a slow start. But, with the return of sunshine, it is now in full swing.We are seeing a lot of first time clammers. Many are young families with children. Clamming is a great outdoor activity that people of almost any age can partake in. In addi

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Tuesday Night Talks with Erica Cirino

Tuesday Night Talks with Erica Cirino

The Block Island Maritime Institute will host photojournalist and science writer Erica Cirino for its Tuesday Night Talk on July 18 at 7 p.m.Cirino is a science writer, author, and artist exploring the intersection of the human and nonhuman worlds, and recently began managing communications for Plas

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B.I. spared regional rains and flooding

B.I. spared regional rains and flooding

Block Island was spared the recent torrential rains and flooding experienced in much of the New England and New York area during the past week, although there were some passing showers here and there.But that doesn’t mean islanders aren’t worried about the effect of high waters, whether they come fr

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Town Council addresses several legal matters

Town Council addresses several legal matters

The agenda for the July 3 Town Council meeting indicated that three separate items were to be discussed in closed session: an errant stone wall, and two items related to collective bargaining.The inclusion of the stone wall, that, it is alleged, was built on town property was an error, according to

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Changes to 513 ordinance to get first challenge

Changes to 513 ordinance to get first challenge

Last fall, the Planning Board recommended several changes to the Zoning Ordinances governing Section 513 housing in order to make it more feasible for homeowners to provide year-round housing, in the form of a second dwelling unit, for Block Island residents.Some of the changes included increasing t

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CGSP Photo Scavenger Hunt

CGSP Photo Scavenger Hunt

This will be the fourth year that the Committee for the Great Salt Pond sponsors and runs this popular and free event. The contest was created during the early stages of the pandemic. Its purpose was to give the public an outdoor activity that would be “fun” but “safe.” We wanted to get people outdo

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Author Lenore Skomal to speak at Southeast Light

Author Lenore Skomal to speak at Southeast Light

Author Lenore Skomal is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her book “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter,” a popular biography of Newport’s Lightkeeper, Ida Lewis. Skomal says Lewis was “a true heroine in her time and someone that should be brought back to the national conscience.”Born in 1842, Ida Le

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Author Meg Mitchell Moore to appear at Island Bound Bookstore on Thursday

Author Meg Mitchell Moore to appear at Island Bound Bookstore on Thursday

You are invited to Island Bound Bookstore on Thursday, July 20 at 5 p.m. to meet author Meg Mitchell Moore, whose most recent book, “ S u m m e r Stage,” is set on Block I s l a n d . Moore’s first book set on Block Island, “The Islanders,” published in 2019, has been a favorite of Island Bound Book

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Falling in love with an island – the legacy of Peter Wood

Falling in love with an island – the legacy of Peter Wood

On Memorial Day 1962, a young writer and his wife took the wood-hulled ferry the Sprigg Carroll from Point Judith to Block Island. The couple were looking for a getaway from their lower east side Manhattan tenement where they were raising two young girls. The wife’s family had a place on Nantucket,

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Fourth of July fireworks and parade info

Fourth of July fireworks and parade info

The Double Enders Committee’s theme for the 2023 Fourth of July parade is “Your Favorite American Super Hero.” Although some get very creative with themes, others ignore them completely and just do their own thing. It’s all good. Past years’ themes have included favorite movies, television shows, Br

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Thursday Nights on Dodge gets a new flavor

Thursday Nights on Dodge gets a new flavor

The Town Council switched its role to Board of License Commissioners on June 21 to consider a liquor license request from Persephone’s, the coffee shop and café on Dodge Street. Owner Persephone Brown was asking for six F1 licenses.At the request of First Warden Keith Stover, Town Clerk Millie McGin

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