Shellfish licenses renewal date

Sent in by the Harbors Department: New resident shellfish licenses do not expire until after May 15. Anyone interested in renewing a license should come in to the Harbors Department office after May 15. Shellfish licenses will be sold starting May 15, 2019, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at

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Financial Town Meeting is Monday, May 6

There will be no big-ticket items on the docket for voters to ponder over at this year’s Financial Town Meeting. The last time that happened was in 2016, when there were no additional borrowing authorizations on the warrant. Last year voters approved the $2 million West Beach stabilization project,

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Finanical Town Meeting is Monday, May 6

There will be no big-ticket items on the docket for voters to ponder over at this year’s Financial Town Meeting. The last time that happened was in 2016, when there were no additional borrowing authorizations on the warrant. Last year voters approved the $2 million West Beach stabilization project,

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Golden Grove, locale of many memories, is condemned

The old structure known as Golden Grove, modest palace to a generation of Block Island memories, has been condemned. According to Building Official Marc Tillson, his decision to condemn the building has as much to do with the condition of the structure as it does with the kinds of activities that ta

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Cherry Hill Lane RFPs to be re-issued

With members of the Housing Board gathered to open construction bids for the proposed Cherry Hill Lane affordable housing subdivision, an unhappy board Chair Cindy Pappas had some unhappy news for those assembled: “Unfortunately, our agenda has changed,” Pappas said. “We have received some bids, ho

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(360 VIDEO) Journey down Champlin’s Marina

(360 VIDEO) Take a walk on the Champlin’s Marina dock in New Harbor on a sunny April 29, courtesy of The Block Island Times. Temperatures were in the low 50s with a slight breeze. (Pause or click and drag the video around for different perspectives.) This video content is the proprietary property of

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Passover: A reminder of hard-won freedoms

Passover ends on Saturday evening, April 27. Passover 2019 arrives this year just as the daffodils and forsythia burst into bloom and for many of us after a long collective winter of discontent. The ancient holiday observed by Jews across the globe began this year at sundown on April 19, reminding u

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New group to focus on micro-businesses

A new collaborative that hopes to bring artists and craftspeople together has quietly popped its head up in the past week. On Island Collaborative is offering the very first in what it hopes will eventually be a series of workshops offered in public spaces focusing on a variety of different crafts.

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Downtown buildings undergo signage rebranding

Finn’s restaurant and the Harbor Grill in Old Harbor will be getting newly rebranded signage on their façades. Jessica Wronowski, in her second year as owner of Finn’s Restaurant, presented her application for signage at Monday’s Historic District Commission meeting. Wronowski, who also owns Dead Ey

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Filippi: Bills have ’shot of moving forward’

State Rep. Blake Filippi said the two pieces of legislation the town is pursuing in the Rhode Island General Assembly “have a shot at moving forward.” Filippi, Republican House Minority Leader, made that comment while speaking with The Block Island Times on Wednesday, April 17. He was referring to

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Harbors Committee keeping an eye on pump out fees

The Harbors Committee revisited the subject of charging marinas for pump-out services at its meeting on Thursday, April 18. The initial idea was to charge an annual fee based on the gallonage pumped from boats at each private marina — data the Harbors Department has. They have estimated that 40 perc

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Southeast Light getting its facelift

Restoration work at Block Island’s historic and iconic Southeast Lighthouse is moving ahead. Since last September, Abcore Restoration Co. Inc. of Narragansett, R.I. has been on-site carefully bracing the lighthouse tower, preserving and restoring original cast-iron components on the lighthouse decks

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First kelp harvested out of the GSP

The wind was picking up, so much so that it was moving Catherine Puckett’s small boat around, making it even more difficult to pull up the line that was heavily weighted down with long strands of kelp. But pull up the line she did, over and over and over, until exhaustion took over. In the end, Puck

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Count on PrintSource for quality and price

If you have an idea for a printed piece – small or large, simple or complex, a lot or just a few – the PrintSource Group can handle job. They will guide you through the design process to the finished piece, and are experts in getting into the right hands through mailings that will save money and get

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Eco double feature

The following was submitted by The Nature Conservancy and the Island Free Library: Island Free Library and The Nature Conservancy’s April Film & Soup offering will be featuring two short documentaries (30 minutes each): “Smog of the Sea” and “Straws.” Watch these short films about the plight of plas

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Cab owners apply some heat

There was some heckling. At a Motor Vehicles For Hire meeting. However boisterous the crowd may have been, the issue before those in attendance was serious: Changes to local taxicab ordinances and new regulations that could impose penalties up to something as serious as having one’s license revoked.

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Town’s legislation facing challenges

Two pieces of state legislation the Town of New Shoreham is pushing in the Rhode Island General Assembly were heard on April 11 and are facing challenges. Both are currently being held for further study. One bill is on the economic requirements for affordable housing, and the other bill would give t

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Block Island student releases first CD

Block Island School senior Luke “Mac” Brown isn’t just coasting toward graduation day. He’s already been accepted to college, and he’s finished his Senior Project. An extension of that project, however, is a new CD of original music that will be released on Friday, April 19. Brown, 18, started writi

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Rec Dept. seeks details on possible arts program

In an effort to expand the programming offered by the Recreation Department, a group calling itself the Art Ark is hoping it will be able to sponsor several arts-based programs that the Recreation Department will help it promote. Island residents Kristen Kiley and Sue Brown Black said they hoped to

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Team effort propels Hurricanes to first win

On Friday, April 12, the Block Island School Varsity Baseball team visited Providence Country Day School and used a combined pitching effort and opportunistic offense to record a thrilling 8-6 victory. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on consecutive hits by Mathias Heinz, Cole Mc

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Tourism Director suggests legal action over comments

Tourism Council Director Jessica Willi recommended the Tourism Board take legal action for what Willi felt were slanderous statements made by the former President of the Block Island Chamber of Commerce about her and members of the Tourism Council. The suggestion came during the Director’s Report at

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