• History's First Draft - 1913

    Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:45am


    If Block Island is to be expected to make good as a summer resort, to the extent that its natural resources deserve, it must be provided with certain reforms and improvements. The first and most important requirements are better police protection and proper lighting facilities.

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  • Michael Oppenheimer: Relaxing on Island, Reflecting on Choices and Cautioning the World

    Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:30am

    Though it’s been many years since I first sat down with Michael Oppenheimer on the open porch of his West Side island home, finding him there several weeks ago felt quite natural. The familiarity of the setting allows us to fall easily into conversation while looking out at rolling hillsides dissolving into an expansive view of ocean and summer sky.

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  • I Tried It!

    Full Moon Paddle

    Tue, 09/02/2014 - 9:45am

    On July 12th, as many admired the super moon (a full moon that appears even larger than usual because of its closeness to the earth) from their houses, I was lucky enough to be out on the Great Salt Pond, part of a group of kayakers on a tour led by Corrie Heinz, owner of Pond and Beyond Kayak Tours. 

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  • Featured House

    The Captain Faile House

    Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:00pm

    The Captain Faile House sits on the ocean side of Spring Street north of the Southeast Lighthouse. The Cushman family loves this house which was built in 1925, but it is not their first residence on the island.

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  • Under a Pink Pearl Moon

    Thu, 07/31/2014 - 5:45pm

    On the island with three friends in the house, I was looking for something interesting to do at night during their visits besides the usual drinks with dinner or a movie, and while I was thinking, I happened to focus on a postcard lying on the dining room table in a large pile of recent mail.

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  • The Bird Lady of Block Island, Miss Elizabeth Dickens

    Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:30pm

    Kim Gaffett and the Ocean View Foundation’s bird walks and bird banding demonstrations are two of many island traditions that are born of a rich legacy, that of Miss Elizabeth Dickens. Historian Robert Downie wrote about that legacy for the weekly Block Island Times and Edie Blane added her own childhood remembrances:

    One Robin
    by Robert Downie

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  • My First Time

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:45pm

    In our house we mark the passage of our lives not just by our jobs or child rearing experiences, but by where we live and what we drive. One of our automobile eras was that of the El Camino, a Chevrolet that was a compromise between a truck and a car. Behind the sleek front seat compartment was a long truck bed instead of a back seat or a trunk, and the whole vehicle was as low to the ground as any car.

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  • The Block Island Club Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:30pm

    This summer, the Block Island Club will celebrate 50 years of providing recreational activities to its members. The club, a not-for-profit run by a Board of Governors, is situated on the Great Salt Pond, and offers its members lessons in tennis, arts, swimming, sailing and other water sports.

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  • Walking with Leonard

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:15pm

    I first met Leonard Perfido last spring after he and his wife Ruth returned from a Great Ape Encounter tour in Africa. Like them, I am intrigued by the works of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey and chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall, but unlike them, I have never entertained the notion of trekking to Africa to see the preserves for myself. Interviewing the more adventurous Perfidos was my chance to hear a first hand account and to pass it on to Block Island Times readers.

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  • Memories of the Mansion

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:15pm

    “I try to have one project every winter,” Highway Department Head Mike Shea says, quickly qualifying it with: “Of course, it’s all weather dependent.” The comment brings to mind the clean-up of superstorm Sandy, winter storm Nemo, and several blasts in-between, which consumed their time last winter and spring — and a less demanding year when Mike and his crew cleared the Sheffield Cemetery, a gem hidden west of Corn Neck Road.

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  • Kayak for Conservation

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:45pm
    corrie heinz, pond and beyond kayak

    The Great Salt Pond is Corrie Heinz’s home away from home. As the owner/operator of Pond and Beyond Kayak, she’s out on the pond whenever the weather allows, so she knows the ins and the outs of the place and all the ecosystems and subcultures it holds. She grew up out here, went to school here, so her knowledge of all island life, be it plant or animal — including human — runs deep as well. The tours she leads are, then, always fun and informative.

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  • A is for Alphabet Book

    Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:00pm
    gloria hall daubert

    Gloria Hall Daubert wrote a book.

    To those who know her primarily as the longtime (29 years and counting) bartender at Winfield’s, the news come as a bit of a surprise. But the truth is she’s been pondering the book almost as long as she’s worked at Winfield’s.

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  • What’s New

    A sense of wonder in the digital age

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:00pm

    There is a timeless feeling when you walk into the Empire Theatre on Block Island. It isn’t just the vintage décor — the old wood floor, the high-beamed ceiling, or the classic sign that hangs over the back of the hall. The one that advertises roller skating for 30 cents.

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  • A Brief History of the Empire Theatre Building

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 5:00pm

    They came ashore with the paraphernalia of their journey, looking to Block Island for respite and a bit of refreshment after the sea voyage. Their destination was the site of the Empire Theatre, where also perhaps, as a bonus to their main purpose, entertainment might be found meeting the quaint local people, so rooted on their isolated island. 

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  • Block Island Short Walks

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 2:00pm

    Last week I fell in love with a book about the power of walking. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed is the story of her trek over the Pacific Crest Trail from southern California through Oregon. Though I have never trekked over mountains for long distances in great hardship, I do love to take walks and have covered many miles with my short walks over the many years of my life. So Strayed’s experiences resonated deeply with me. 

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  • A Community of Year-Rounders

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 1:15pm

    The bare, windswept shores of the island appear in sharp relief against the iron-grey sea. Block Island is stunning, even in the depths of winter’s grasp: an unspoiled haven of natural beauty. On such a day, it might appear bereft of human habitation.

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  • Block Island’s 1885 Pantry

    Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:45am

    While writers in big cities in the 1800s wrote wistfully of their imagined utopias, Block Islanders were living in one. Some of the 1,500 men, women and children here sustained themselves from the sea, some from the land, and many from both.

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  • Developing Block Island since 1970: Behind the lens with Malcolm Greenaway

    Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:30am

    Malcolm Greenaway laughs in disbelief as he shows me a recent printout from the internet he is posting to the door, which lists Greenaway Gallery as the leading attraction of Block Island, surpassing the Mohegan Bluffs.

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  • Living History

    Early beginnings as a fishing and farming community

    Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:30am

    Block Island’s history is a rich one, encompassing Native American tribes, Revolutionary War heroes, legendary shipwrecks, and its emergence in the late 1800s as one of New England’s premiere summer attractions. 

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