Harbors Committee gets update on Management Plan

Harbors Committee gets update on Management Plan

Kevin Cute of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council attended the Harbors Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18 to provide an update on the Harbor Management Plan. The committee last spoke with Cute in December 2020. Since that time, Cute has been reviewing and cross-referencing the plan to

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Town Council appoints interim police chief

Town Council appoints interim police chief

The Town Council appointed R.I. State Police Captain Matthew Moynihan as the interim chief of the New Shoreham Police Department at its Feb. 17 virtual meeting. Moynihan will start on March 1, succeeding Chief Vincent Carlone, who announced his retirement in December 2020. “In recent weeks I have be

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A bright moment for the community

A bright moment for the community

If you receive a phone call from Bill McCombe asking your age without first dispensing with the usual niceties, just answer the question. McCombe is co-director of the Emergency Management Task Group, and has taken charge of organizing Covid-19 vaccination events for full-time residents of Block Isl

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HDC approves proposed fencing for livestock

HDC approves proposed fencing for livestock

Windows were a common feature among applications the Historic District Commission considered at its Feb. 22 virtual meeting. New fencing for open areas at the Manisses Hotel was a separate concern. Paul Filippi, co-owner of the hotel, presented preliminary plans to rebuild an existing split-rail fen

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The Yellow-Rumped Warbler

The Yellow-Rumped Warbler

The following was submitted to The Block Island Times by the Block Island Conservancy: The yellow-rumped, or Myrtle, warbler is a migratory and wintertime songbird on Block Island. It is the only warbler that regularly spends its winter on Block Island, due to the fact that it is one of the few bird

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Senior services continue despite pandemic

Senior services continue despite pandemic

During the Senior Advisory Committee’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, Senior Coordinator Gloria Redlich updated the committee on the current programs and services available for the senior population on the island. Similar to many other organizations and groups that have had to adjust their programs an

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Planning Board closes hearing on Gelsomini project

Planning Board closes hearing on Gelsomini project

Nick and Pam Gelsomini went before the Planning Board for a third time on Feb. 10 with their plans to demolish an existing house off Corn Neck Road (Plat 4, Lot 63) and replace it with a new home and add other structures. The board closed the public hearing on the application after pointed comments

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Library celebrates Black History Month

Library celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Island Free Library is celebrating the work of Black writers. “Our main focus is two things – the daily post to our Facebook page that celebrates a Black poet, which Bethany [Petrik] is working on. She curates and researches the daily posts,” said Library Directo

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Block Island boys fight the good fight

Block Island boys fight the good fight

A vacation-depleted Hurricanes varsity boys basketball team traveled off-island again Saturday, Feb. 13, in yet again, bitter 8:00 a.m. frigid temps and matched up against the Rocky Hill Prep School Mariners in a barn-burner of a game that came down to the last few seconds. The Hurricanes led almost

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Send us your photos for the 2021 Block Island Tourism magazine!

Send us your photos for the 2021 Block Island Tourism magazine!

We are putting together the 2021 Block Island Tourism magazine, and are looking for high resolution (not cell phone) photos of Block Island in the summer — beaches, landscape, pets, sunsets, sunrise, boating, fishing, landmarks, lighthouses — show us what you’ve got! Think you have the perfect cover

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Broadband Committee unveils new website: broadbandbi.com

Broadband Committee unveils new website: broadbandbi.com

On Thursday, Feb. 4, at the beginning of the Broadband Committee’s virtual meeting, New Shoreham Finance Director Amy Land announced that the new website was ready to be launched the next day. It’s a step that many have been waiting for – a first look at what’s ahead for Block Island. Land invited t

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Council to consider proposals from RIPTA, taxi operators

Council to consider proposals from RIPTA, taxi operators

The Town Council is looking at two proposals submitted for a possible island transit service this summer season: one from R.I. Public Transit Authority, and one formed by the Commission for Motor Vehicles for Hire and island taxi operators. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, RIPTA presented its proposal to the T

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MOU scant on details

MOU scant on details

R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha’s Motion to Intervene in the Champlin’s case, now before the R.I. Supreme Court, is 38 pages long, but full of detail as to the history of the case in all its particularities, and the procedures the CRMC is expected to adhere to in evaluating a marina expansion. O

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Happy Valen-Times Day

Happy Valen-Times Day

My lovely Mermaidyes we are a million miles apart.You stole my heartNot a day goes by I’m not thinking of you andour Block Island love that has stayed so true.In my heart, love The Fisherman Geoffrey L:Roses are red, Violets are blue,Mr. Wonderful, We love you!!Love and Thank You, Mom and Dad Malc

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Block Island Chamber hires Social Media Coordinator

Block Island Chamber hires Social Media Coordinator

The Block Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that island resident Christine L. Peterson will be its new Social Media Coordinator. Peterson has a BFA in Creative Writing and a double minor in East Asian Studies and Arts Management from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Originally from

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Housing Board seeks inspiration for next project

Housing Board seeks inspiration for next project

Members of the Housing Board continued discussions planning the next affordable housing project for the island at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The available property is across the street from the Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Road (Plat 18, Lot 2-3). The board has been collecting potential ide

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Council sends revised moped rules to public hearing

Council sends revised moped rules to public hearing

After initial discussions began on Wednesday, Feb. 3 to address changes to the town’s moped ordinance, the Town Council, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, approved proposed amendments from Town Solicitor Kathy Merolla and set a public hearing date on them for Thursday, March 4. Councilor Keith Stover had first br

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R.I. Attorney General intervenes in Champlin’s court case

R.I. Attorney General intervenes in Champlin’s court case

For this week’s chapter of “What went on here,” The Block Island Times has the latest installment on Champlin’s Marina and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council versus everyone else. There are two important things converging: the controversial, back-door dealings of the CRMC and the

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Book Group to start new novel

Book Group to start new novel

The Senior Advisory Committee has announced that it will be starting discussion of a new book on Wednesday, Feb. 17 for its weekly Book Group meetings held over Zoom. For the coming weeks, the Book Group’s selection is Amy Tan’s “The Kitchen God’s Wife.” Book Group has changed from its once-a-month

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Town Council agenda

Town Council agenda

Amended New Shoreham Town Council Meeting Agenda Tuesday, February 9, 20217:00 p.m. The New Shoreham Town Council met via telecommunication pursuant toState of Rhode Island Executive Order 20-46 dated June 12, 2020Zoom access: dial toll free for cellular phone or landline (833) 548-0282, (877) 853-5

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AG’s office getting involved in Champlin’s case

AG’s office getting involved in Champlin’s case

February 8, 2021 – Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office petitioned the R.I. Supreme Court today to intervene in the case between Champlin’s Realty Associates, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, and the Town of New Shoreham following the news that a deal was made between C

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Zoning Board holds public hearing for Andy’s Way project

Zoning Board holds public hearing for Andy’s Way project

The application for a new public shoreline access walkway at Andy’s Way (Plat 3, Lot 155) was on the Zoning Board’s agenda on Wednesday, Jan. 27 for a public hearing. The ongoing application, submitted by the Town of New Shoreham, is seeking a special use permit, as is customary, and a variance for

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Tourism Council plans spring advertising campaigns

Tourism Council plans spring advertising campaigns

The Block Island Tourism Council declined to weigh in on the trolley proposal put forth by RIPTA to the Town Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The proposal is new and the council had received a letter from taxi owner Judy Clark requesting support for a possible alternative to be put forth b

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Opportunities to serve the community

Opportunities to serve the community

The following was sent to The Times by Town Clerk Fiona Fitzpatrick: The Town has vacancies or upcoming vacancies on several boards, committees or commissions. People who are interested in serving should send a letter of interest with your qualifications or experience to: New Shoreham Town Council,

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