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A look at what other towns are doing

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
The Broadband Committee continues to work on investigating the best options for internet service on Block Island (including what we could add on as well). We have researched several communities similar to ours and would like to share their stories...

Council debates plastic bags

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
The banning of plastic bags for retail check-out of goods on Block Island is the question facing the New Shoreham Town Council. Council members spent almost two hours discussing the subject with members of the Block Island community on...


Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 4 days ago
Sometimes government action can overdo things, and sometimes it's late to the table. Out in the big wide world such excesses or deficiencies may have dire consequences; here on Block Island, not so much. But still. Three examples come to...

Ballots due back Tuesday

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
Wright told The Block Island Times that the newly elected board will “have a lot of work to do, and the sooner they form the new company the sooner we all benefit. It will be the birth of a new not-for-profit electric utility and a new start for...

Council approves temporary permit

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
A week after being shut down, the Block Island Power Company's construction of an above-ground storage tank facility was given permission to proceed. That's because the New Shoreham Town Council stepped in and issued a six-month temporary...

On the horns of a (housing) dilemma

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
With the current travails of Edward Roberge, the Town Council appointed Town Manager, whose negotiations are on hold until he finds housing on Block Island, the Town of New Shoreham is facing what Town Councilor Chris Willi says is a “critical...

Hotel tax numbers for July too low?

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
“It was also low,” Land told The Block Island Times. “For July our hotel number was $69,267.” It was $103,902 in July 2016 and $79,771 for 2015. Land also said the July number might be incomplete. Willi said the state has a new tracking...

To see or not to see... The Orville

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
Now that that's done, I am going to go watch some “Next Generation.” The Orville was created by and stars Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad) and is shown on the Fox network. Mark Hunnewell lives in Vermont and Block Island. He is a...

MVFH: Keeping Uber and Lyft off the island

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
Block Island has 32 separate cab licenses, most of which operate between Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekend. Only two operate all year long. The discussion about staying exempt from state law dates back to last year. MVFH Chair Brad...

Power issues at town plants are down

Block Island Times (press release) (blog) - 3 days ago
Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department member Pete McNerney also said, at the most recent joint meeting of the Water and Sewer Commissions, that “our calls are significantly down” — meaning the alarm calls to homes that are...

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