BIPCo ready for storm

BIPCo ready for storm

Block Island Power Company President Jeffery Wright has been keeping a very close eye on Henri and reports that he and his crews are ready for the worst. While the track of the storm changes from time to time, as of mid-day today (Saturday) Henri has increased in intensity, reaching hurricane status

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Important Message from Town Manager Maryanne Crawford

Important Message from Town Manager Maryanne Crawford

The Town of New Shoreham is under a hurricane watch, along with much of southeastern New England. The Town is taking the necessary steps to prepare for high surf along with astronomically high tides, strong winds, and potentially flooding rains in the next forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Depending

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Henri headed our way

Henri headed our way

Block Island visitors and residents should be prepared for incoming Hurricane Henri. The track of the storm is moving closer to the island, and may make a direct hit, and the timing is sooner than was expected. Block Island Power Company President Jeffery Wright warns that: “With no doubt the island

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Risom named to CRMC reorganization commission

Risom named to CRMC reorganization commission

Second Warden Sven Risom has been named to a commission to study the reorganization of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council. The new commission was formed as a result of R.I. House of Representatives legislation that was approved on June 29.According to a press release from the RI G

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Jenny Noonan  at Spring Street Gallery

Jenny Noonan at Spring Street Gallery

Jenny Noonan, longtime summer resident, is returning to the Spring Street Gallery with her colorful works inspired by the vivid colors of Block Island and beyond. Each painting brings together a diverse palette of colors for a bright and lively presentation.Noonan is constantly capturing images as s

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Bird banding at the Ocean View

Bird banding at the Ocean View

Kim Gaffett of The Nature Conservancy led a multi-generational group of bird lovers in her bird banding program at the Ocean Viewproperty Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. “We had two-and-half years old all the way up to grandparents in their 70s,” Gaffett said.She has been catching, banding, and rele

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Town inventories accessory apartments for compliance

Town inventories accessory apartments for compliance

Building inspector Tom Risom has spent the summer investigating the Section 513 accessory apartment situation on Block Island. These apartments are intended to provide year-round rental housing and seasonal rental housing for island workers. Under the current Zoning Ordinance, only one dwelling unit

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What turned off the wind?

What turned off the wind?

Contrary to popular belief, the island’s electricity does not cut off if the wind turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm stop turning. But that did not stop people from noticing that four of the five turbines are not moving.Orsted spokesperson Meaghan Wims told The Times, “Our ongoing routine summer

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2020 Census yields a surprise

2020 Census yields a surprise

Block Island is used to thinking of its year-round population being “about a 1,000.” The 2020 U.S. Census data suddenly tells a different story. Population data by city and town was released last week and New Shoreham’s population has somehow increased by awhopping 34.2 percent, from 1,051 in 2010 t

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Covid-19 testing

Covid-19 testing

The following was submitted by Rescue Capt. Tracy Fredericks:Free asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rescue Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.If you have symptoms, please call Block Island Health Services, (401) 466-2974 or Rescue Capt. Tracy Fredericks at (207)

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Covid testing continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Covid testing continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Visitors and residents lined up for Covid testing on Thursday August 19. Virus cases continue to climb, with 14 in the past two weeks. If you feel at all ill, or think you may have allergies, get a test. It’s free and can help prevent the spread. (Photo: S. Hester)Block Island Times – Read More

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Quarters to the rescue benefit for the BI Medical Center and BI Rescue Squad

Quarters to the rescue benefit for the BI Medical Center and BI Rescue Squad

Islanders and visitors to Block Island will see donation boxes asking for quarters to benefit the Block Island Medical Center and the Block Island Rescue Squad. Building on last year’s Quarters Against Corona fundraiser, which raised almost $7,000 for these two vital organizations, this year’s campa

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BI School mandates face covering for beginning of school year

BI School mandates face covering for beginning of school year

The Block Island School will require all persons entering and attending the school to wear a face covering – for at least the beginning of the school year. The School Committee made its decision based on recommendations from both outgoing Superintendent Mike Convery and Block Island Medical Center D

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The power of a uniform

The power of a uniform

“Our beach was perfectly calm,” said Barbara MacMullan, chair of the Block Island Land Trust the day after the 8-hour long Reggae Fest at Ballard’s Beach Resort. The beach in reference is just south of Ballard’s beach and under-age drinking has been a problem there in the past.On July 4, there was a

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Renovation and expansion at the Medical Center

Renovation and expansion at the Medical Center

The Block Island Medical Center, built in 1989, is seeking to expand the facility with a two-story wing to the existing building, and a second-floor addition above the existing clinical wing. The two-story addition will contain a new clinical wing on the first floor and residential area on the secon

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Fundraisers around town

Fundraisers around town

Silent Auction at Block Island Maritime InstituteBIMI will be holding a silent auction on August 17 and 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. Featuring items from over 30 local businesses, there will be gift certificates, gift baskets, and lots of other cool stuff including fishing charters, yoga classes, Patriots C

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Sachem Pond off limits

Sachem Pond off limits

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Sachem Pond on Block Island due to a blue-green algae bloom. Blue- green algae (cyanobacteria) can produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. All re

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Nature Van’s first year a success

Nature Van’s first year a success

Anyone who lives and works on Block Island in the summer is sure to be asked a lot of crazy questions. For Cici Conroy, answering those questions is all part of a day’s work. Conroy mans the Nature Van, a new endeavor by the Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.The Nature Van operates

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Medical Center and NAMI-BI team up for Fun Run

Medical Center and NAMI-BI team up for Fun Run

Race Week on Block Island connotes more than June sailboats to many people, as Saturday saw the culmination of the “fittest” islanders competing in the annual Triathlon and then later in the day, the 5K Fun Run on the beach. This was a fundraiser for the Block Island Medical Center and the National

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Eileen Miller and John Warfel  at Spring Street Gallery

Eileen Miller and John Warfel at Spring Street Gallery

For the fourth consecutive summer, oil painter Eileen Miller and ceramic artist John Warfel will exhibit their newest work together at the Spring Street Gallery withan opening reception on Saturday, August 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Please visit us for some refreshments and conversation on the front lawn a

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Southeast Lighthouse reopens its doors  to the public after 28 years

Southeast Lighthouse reopens its doors to the public after 28 years

Through storms, shipwrecks, foggy weather, eroding bluffs and massive renovations including moving the whole structure, the Southeast Lighthouse has remained a popular destination on Block Island, drawing thousands of visitors annually to tour the tower and the grounds. But there is more to the ligh

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Return to the North Light

Return to the North Light

Don Lawson was the last keeper of the North Light, located on the northern tip of Block Island, serving from 1955 until 1956. It was no accident that he ended up there.“I was serving in the Coast Guard, on an ice breaker called the East Wind. My wife was going to have a baby, so I asked for a transf

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