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  • Fri, Sep 1
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    The ocean glistens as the sun’s rays cast a warm light on the placid surf beyond the breakwater as the Block Island Ferry cruises into Old Harbor. The large white vessel backs into its slip, unloading a stream of vehicles followed by a parade of visitors, who cart bags, bicycles and belongings as...
  • Wed, Jun 28
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    "Be confident in what you’re fishing with. You have to think like you’re the bait, and be dialed in to catch fish." That is the gospel of Hank Hewitt, a Block Island fishing aficionado who is more interested in helping fellow anglers and “paying it forward” than catching the biggest fish in the sea...
  • Fri, May 26
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    “It’s such a beautiful place — unspoiled — and this project captures that.” That’s what glass blowing artisan Eben Horton said about Block Island and its relationship to his Glass Float Project. The project involves Horton’s production of hundreds of glass floats, or sphere-shaped ornaments,...
  • Fri, Sep 2
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    Here are the aggregate components, tools and methods that Deepwater Wind and National Grid have employed during the past year to construct the five turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm: Unusual, futuristic looking lift-boats LB Caitlin, LB Paul, LB Robert and the Michael and Lacie Eymard...
  • Sun, Jul 31
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    Weddings have become a booming business on Block Island, and the number of events being held here is only growing. Melissa Sitbon Philip comes to Block Island every summer to create floral arrangements for some of these brides through her current business Painted Rock Designs, which was named in...
  • Sun, Jul 31
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    The hunt for “Jaws” came to Block Island and Payne’s Dock in New Harbor on a sunny and steamy July weekend. This incarnation had nothing to do with the Steven Spielberg directed summer classic, or the fictional great white shark that antagonized its characters while frightening beach-loving...
  • Fri, Jul 1
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    “My paternal grandfather, Charles Baldwin Westcott, was born in the Southeast Lighthouse in 1900, or 1901,” said Suzanne Westcott-England. Suzanne Westcott-England’s life seems to be inextricably linked to Block Island and its landmark Southeast Lighthouse. Not only was her grandfather born in the...
  • Tue, Jun 28
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    There's a new business to help care for our four-footed, drooling friends on Block Island. Mutt Hut is run by Meg Vitacco and Josh Maldonado and of course their dog Radar. The idea for the business came after the humans discovered that it was difficult for them to find high quality dog food without...
  • Wed, Jun 1
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    This year marks the 16th year of the Block Island Music Festival, the musical celebration geared for the local Block Island population. The Festival is run by Marc Scortino, owner of Captain Nick's. Every year he receives hundreds of demo tape submissions from bands wanting to take part, from every...
  • Mon, Mar 28
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    PROVIDENCE — Having been the first gubernatorial candidate to include a detailed policy statement about the importance of tourism to the state, Gov. Gina Raimondo today unveiled a marketing logo and tagline for a new statewide campaign aimed at boosting Rhode Island's tourism industry. The logo was...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Millie Starr just graduated from the Block Island High School. In the fall, she'll be going to the University of New Hampshire to study Psychology. "I might add a minor in Education," she said, sounding excited rather than worried about her future plans. Starr grew up on Block Island and made her...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    If you're looking for something fun to do that also supports the Block Island environment, then ConserFest is for you. It's two days of music all across the island and all the proceeds go to nature conservation efforts. The idea of ConserFest came about in 2007. Board of Directors President Cameron...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    In Tom's memory, his family and friends are establishing an endowed scholarship to foster a connection between the Block Island School and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The program will be open to Block Island School students and alumni, ages 14-25, to take courses in RISD's Continuing...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Something you might not expect to see when you visit Block Island is a pair of Bactrian camels, a pair of kangaroos, a Zedonk or a troop of Lemurs. Exotic animals on Block Island? Yes, there sure are — and you can find them at Abrams Farm. Justin Abrams and family, owners of the Hotel Manisses and...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Breakfast 1661 Inn Aldo’s Bakery Bethany’s Airport Diner B.I. Boat Basin B.I. Grocery Harbor Grill La Cucina Luca's Farmstead Market National Hotel Old Post office Bagel Shop Payne’s Donuts Persephone's Kitchen Seaside Marketplace Spring House Hotel Surf Hotel Topside Cafe Lunch Aldo’s Restaurant...
  • Tue, Jun 9
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    Dial 911 for emer­gen­cy IMPORTANT: THE DIALING OF 911 IS FOR EMER­GEN­CY USE ONLY! An emergency is when immediate police, fire or rescue as­sis­tance is nec­es­sary. 911 should not be di­aled for non-emer­gen­cy calls that do not involve or require im­me­di­ate as­sis­tance. However, if you feel...
  • Tue, Jun 9
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    1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and...