Sisters organize climate change march

A global protest designed to highlight the challenges posed by climate change reached the shores of Block Island on Friday, March 15. The march, in which about 20 students and four teachers participated, was held at the Statue of Rebbeca. The march was inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, wh

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Fixed base operator to return to B.I. Airport

Sen. Susan Sosnowski has announced that, after meeting with representatives of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, they have agreed to start providing aviation services at the Block Island Airport on April 1 from the same vendor currently providing such services at Rhode Island’s four other genera

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Chamber, Visitor’s Center mission an uneasy fit

The members of the Block Island Tourism Council and the President of the local Chamber of Commerce began what almost certainly will be a lengthy discussion about how to best manage the Visitor’s Center that is located in Old Harbor. The issue has been a thorny one. The staff of the Chamber works out

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Another first for Block Island

After years of planning and developing a high-speed broadband fiber network, the Town’s Community Anchor Institution (CAI) Broadband Fiber Optic Network is here. Over the past several weeks, project activities have been highly visible on Block Island as line crews from Sertex, LLC could be seen by d

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Finding the right caregiver

The growing demand for caregivers on Block Island led Senior Coordinator Gloria Redlich to call for a better system of matching needs with available resources. She told the Senior Advisory Committee at its February meeting that Human Services Coordinator Maryann Seebeck agrees with her, and may be a

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Powerful little fundraisers

The pupils of Mrs. Hart’s kindergarten class, for the past 13 years, have rolled pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, only to turn those little stacks of coins into a powerful fundraising tool. Since 2006, Hart’s Block Island School students have raised more than $22,000 for the Pennies for Patient

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Poetry by and about women

I was a little nervous going to my first poetry reading, even though I wasn’t reciting. The event was called “Women in Poetry” — I had to try it. Being new to the community, I was timid at first, but within minutes the environment settled me down. Everyone was there to absorb and feel the words that

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Kindergarten screening and registration

The Block Island School will be conducting kindergarten screening for potential 2019/20 students on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Please bring the following information to the office on the day of the screening to register your child: Birth certificate and current immunization records. State law requires

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FlightLevel to return to B.I. Airport

Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski has announced that, after meeting with representatives of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, they have agreed to provide aviation services at the Block Island Airport on April 1, 2019 from the same vendor currently providing such services at Rhode Island’s four other gener

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DPUC opens investigation of Interstate Navigation

The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers has opened an investigation into Interstate Navigation for its “need and appropriateness” of plans to replace its 250-seat high-speed vessel the Athena with a larger, 500-passenger fast ferry. The proposal was put before the Division late la

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The Surf to keep its name — sort of

The historic Surf Hotel is keeping its name and its iconic sign on the building. The hotel, built in 1876, whose name is featured on its Dodge Street-facing façade is in the hands of new ownership that is renovating the property. Rob Blood, CEO of Lark Hotels in emails responding to questions from T

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Cause of loud boom still a mystery

Just Googling the words “unexplained boom” will lead an amateur sleuth toward a dozen different websites and articles, on sites primarily dealing with unexplained phenomena, that detail the many instances in which residents in communities across the globe report loud noises waking them or startling

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Winfield’s proposed ramp will be ADA compliant

Yellow Kittens and Winfield’s restaurant will be getting a newly redesigned front, street-side landscape, including a patio, staircase, and winding, ADA compliant ramp with handrails. The Historic District Commission spent 10 minutes reviewing the proposal, and then voted unanimously (4-0) to approv

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B.I. School senior headed to poetry finals

Block Island School senior Mary Conant is headed to the state finals in the Poetry Out Loud contest, marking another in a long line of Block Island students who have participated in the state finals in the past few years. To make it to the finals, Conant passed the first hurdle in English teacher Na

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Honor Roll

Block Island School Second Quarter Honor Roll Highest Honors Luke Brown – Grade 12 Mary Conant – Grade 12 Fiona Crawford – Grade 12 Julia Gasner – Grade 12 Laura Johnson – Grade 12 Mikhaela Brown-Padien – Grade 11 Ruby Crawford – Grade 11 Charlotte Hall – Grade 11 Mathias Heinz – Grade 11 Moira O’Ne

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(360 VIDEO) Ocean View Pavilion

(360 VIDEO) On a partly sunny and clear day with temps in the 20s, take a journey with The Block Island Times to and through the Ocean View Pavilion for a scenic, panoramic view of the surrounding grounds, the ocean and a glimpse of Old Harbor. (Click or pause and drag the video for different persp

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Loud boom shakes Block Island

A loud boom that startled islanders at about 4:20 a.m., Friday, March 1, did not cause any damage or injuries, according to the New Shoreham Police Department. Police dispatch said the boom was heard as far away as Charlestown. The Block Island Times will update as soon as more information is known.

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H.P. Lovecraft and Block Island

Stephen King holds the position of New England’s pre-eminent horror writer. But King’s literary canon would not exist without the inspiration of the author who was King’s predecessor: H. P. Lovecraft, who blended sci-fi and horror in ways that continue to shape both genres. And while Portland native

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Council nixes extra hunting days

There will be no deer hunting on Saturdays on Block Island. The New Shoreham Town Council rejected that request by the Deer Task Force, after careful consideration, with the public weighing in, at its Feb. 27 meeting. Councilor Chris Willi was absent from the meeting. The Deer Task Force serves as a

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Abutter objects to housing initiative

The Planning Board gave its approval to the first phase of the town employees’ housing initiative at its most recent meeting, making its decision after hearing objections that the town’s plans conflict with court-ordered restrictions on the use of the Thomas Property. Attorney Thomas Tarro III, repr

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RIAC to staff airport this summer

A senior representative of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has notified stakeholders of the Block Island State Airport that the island business that had received preliminary approval to provide airport services has withdrawn its proposal. Alan Andrade, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating

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Lacoste voices concern over food truck legislation

First Warden Ken Lacoste voiced his concerns to members of the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation regarding the local impact of proposed changes to the state’s food truck statutes, saying that the changes would adversely impact food truck and food carts on the island. Lacoste attended a

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