Update from Dr. Warcup

Update from Dr. Warcup

The following Covid-19 update was provided by Block Island Health Services on Tuesday, Jan. 12: The latest video update from Dr. Warcup is available at the link below:Dr. Warcup notes that the COVID-19 positivity rate in Rhode Island and surrounding states remains between 7 to 8 percent and it is im

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A Meadow in the Winter

A Meadow in the Winter

The following was sent to The Block Island Times from the Block Island Conservancy: January 7, 2021 – A Meadow in the Winter A dusting of snow fell on Block Island one evening this week and because it was so still there were still little heaps of snow the following morning between the stems of switc

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First cable conduit complete

First cable conduit complete

The following message was posted today, Jan. 8, by Facilities Manager Sam Bird: Last night the contractors for Orsted and National Grid successfully pulled the first of two cable conduits from the lift barges offshore to the beach parking lot. As of this morning, Crescent Beach is again open to walk

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Dredging project wraps up

Dredging project wraps up

The tugboat MV Aegean Sea has left the harbor. As promised, all the dredging work slated for this fall in Old Harbor has been completed. Harbormaster Kate McConville told the Harbors Committee at their Zoom meeting on Dec. 10 that the water around the old bait dock was now 17 feet deep. Pictures fro

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Champlin’s Marina sells for $19 million

Champlin’s Marina sells for $19 million

Champlin’s Marina and Resort was sold for $19 million in late December. Longtime owner Joseph Grillo, who bought the marina in 1986 under the entity name Champlin’s Realty Associates Limited Partnership, has sold the property to Great Salt Pond Marina Property, LLC of 1140 Reservoir Ave, Cranston RI

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Dr. Warcup provides update on allotment of vaccines

Dr. Warcup provides update on allotment of vaccines

Block Island Medical Center Director Dr. Tom Warcup provided an update on the delivery of vaccines to the island during the Town Council’s virtual meeting on Monday, Jan. 4. Last week, the Block Island Medical Center, which is designated as a Covid-19 vaccination site, received its first allotment o

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RIAC holds public meeting on 10-year aviation plan for BID

RIAC holds public meeting on 10-year aviation plan for BID

A 10-year general aviation strategic business plan study is being conducted by Rhode Island Airport Corporation to determine the needs of the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island – Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly – and to define the future direction of the airpor

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Update from Dr. Warcup

Update from Dr. Warcup

The following update was posted by the Block Island Health Services on Monday, Jan. 4: Please view an update regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine at the link below:Dr. Warcup explains that the Medical Center received 70 doses of Moderna vaccine last week designated for Fire, Rescue and Medical personnel.

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Planning Board holds public hearing on modification to subdivision

Planning Board holds public hearing on modification to subdivision

During the Wednesday, Dec. 9 Planning Board meeting, Attorney Erik Wallin was present for a public hearing on an application for a Preliminary Plan Review for a modification to the original subdivision on Plat 9, Lot 58-2 on Mohegan Trail. Wallin had previously presented the application to the Plann

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Holiday fiber arts tree

Holiday fiber arts tree

After only a few weeks of planning, island resident Sue Brown Black has almost realized her latest dream of creating a community art project that anyone can contribute to, and everyone can enjoy. The idea was to create a tree-shaped frame and cover it with “granny squares,” the traditional crocheted

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School readies for return to in-person learning

School readies for return to in-person learning

It’s back to school time for students on Block Island after several weeks of distance learning for most. Superintendent Mike Convery announced at the School Committee’s meeting on Dec. 21 that a limited in-person group would resume classes on January 4, with grades Kindergarten through seven startin

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The 2020 Top stories in The Block Island Times

The 2020 Top stories in The Block Island Times

2020 was an unpredictable and challenging year to many. While the year was mostly dominated by Covid-19, Block Island also saw new projects started and new leadership in the community. Here are The Block Island Times’s choices for the top news stories of 2020. First Covid-19 case arrives on island,

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Town Council examines proposed changes to Home Rule Charter

Town Council examines proposed changes to Home Rule Charter

The Town Council started a discussion on the Home Rule Charter’s proposed changes brought forth by the Charter Review Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 16, but had to continue the conversation to Monday, Dec. 21. The CRC has been reviewing the Home Rule Charter of New Shoreham (as adopted by the voters

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Covid-19 vaccines arrive on the island

Covid-19 vaccines arrive on the island

The first round of the Moderna Covid19 vaccines for Block Island was delivered on Monday, Dec. 28, by the town’s Emergency Management Co-Director Bill McCombe, who arrived at the Block Island Medical Center around 12 p.m. with the batch of vaccines from the mainland. McCombe then handed over the vac

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The Block Island Times would like to hear your 2021 resolutions

The Block Island Times would like to hear your 2021 resolutions

2021 is right around the corner. The Block Island Times would like to hear your resolutions and what you would like to accomplish in 2021 for publication in the paper. Stories are due Friday, Jan. 1. Please send stories and photos to rconnelli@blockislandtimes.com. Stories should be kept to a maximu

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Update from Dr. Warcup

Update from Dr. Warcup

The following Covid-19 update was provided by Block Island Medical Center Director Dr. Tom Warcup on Sunday, Dec. 27: Please watch the latest video update from Dr. Warcup at the link below:Dr. Warcup notes that the positivity rate in Rhode Island was trending down on Wednesday, from 7.8% the previou

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New walkway proposed for Andy’s Way

New walkway proposed for Andy’s Way

It was the Town of New Shoreham that was on the Planning Board’s agenda for its Dec. 9 meeting, presenting an application to construct a new public shoreline access walkway at Andy’s Way, and seeking an advisory to the Zoning Board for the construction. Building Official Marc Tillson, Town Manager M

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Revenue, programs stalled at Recreation Department

Revenue, programs stalled at Recreation Department

The halt to virtually all Recreation Department programs for the past nine months has not only impacted the kids who participate in those programs, but also department heads and the revenue that helps keeps its slate of activities afloat. With continued restrictions on activities, Recreation Departm

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Sharing life: BIMC staffer donates kidney to family member

Sharing life: BIMC staffer donates kidney to family member

Tom Hobin, the physical therapist at the Block Island Medical Center, had been considering donating a kidney for quite some time to an individual in need, but had no idea that his kidney would be a match with a close family relative. “I learned from my step-daughter Alexia Pettit that her father-in-

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Reflections on 2020

Reflections on 2020

2020 has been a year like no other. The Block Island Times asked readers and followers of the paper to share their stories and experiences over the past year. The following stories were edited for clarity and length. Carey and Chris Greggila Like many “COVID-couples” as March turned into April and M

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Thoughts for the Season

Thoughts for the Season

History of Hanukkah The Talmud (Rabbinical discussion of laws) says: “Our rabbis taught: On the twenty-fifth of [the beginning of] the eight days of Hanukkah, on which lamentation for the dead and fasting are forbidden. For when the Greeks entered the Temple, they defiled all the oils in it, and whe

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Diane, a story for Christmas

Diane, a story for Christmas

This is a story plain and simple about a woman on an island out at sea. Her name is Diane and that alone explains who she is, nothing more. If you live on this island you would know Diane. She is seemingly around the inner town on any given day when she isn’t working. Her work is helping to keep peo

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20th Annual Community Bird Census

20th Annual Community Bird Census

The following was submitted by the Ocean View Foundation: Feel free to participate as much or as little as you would like. The Bird Census will take place on Saturday, Dec. 26. 1. Kim Gaffett will have a spotting scope set up at Sachem Pond to look at, and count, winter ducks between 9 and 10 a.m. I

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The Four Roses

The Four Roses

Who knows at the time what memories will stay with them all their lives? Arriving on the island one morning just after the new year in 1973 with Peder Schaefer, a friend and co-worker from summers at the Narragansett Inn, I literally took off for an island tour in a jeep Eleanor Mott had graciously

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