The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Dec 19, 2011

Not to miss: Santa will be at the Fire Barn, Sunday, December 18, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., to see babies, toddlers and children 4th grade or under.

A “Celebration of Christmas” will be presented December 18, 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish Center by the B.I. Ecumenical Choir, the Ecumenical Ministries and island musicians. The music will be glorious, all are welcome, and refreshments will follow.

Tuesday, December 20, 4 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, the Block Island 350th Anniversary Committee will wrap up Block Island’s Semiseptcentennial Celebrations with a special closing reception for all 350th Committee members, supporters, donors, and others who made possible this year of great events. All are welcome to join in!

The grinder sale last Sunday, in aid of the annual Block Island students’ Ski Trip, offered a welcome respite from Sunday supper preparations. The meatball grinders were hot and fresh, the Italian and veggie ones cool and tasty, and we hope the enterprising students did well with their nicely organized effort!

The “Merry Notes of Christmas” were merry indeed, as Carrie Todd’s piano students offered their annual Christmas recital a week ago Wednesday at St. Andrew Parish Center. We counted no fewer than 40 piano students, and all did their wonderful best to usher in the festive Christmas season for their listeners. Kudos to all who played, and to Ms. Todd for her gift of teaching music to Block Island students.

It’s always great to meet new neighbors, and this year we enjoyed making the acquaintance of Ed Heron, Marty Dunne and daughter Julia Dunne, next door neighbors of Sandy and Peter Greenman on Center Road. Julia, by-the-bye, helped good friend Rosemary Tobin decorate the latter’s Old Town Road house for Halloween.

Wonderful to see Elisa and Mike Hundt at St. Ann’s By-the-Sea last Sunday. Though their property has sold and they will be relocating to Wakefield, Elisa will continue to be a part of the Block Island community that she and Mike have supported so strongly for many years; she will make weekly trips to take part in Helping Hands and the Block Island knitting group. Thank you, Elisa and Mike, for all that you have done and continue to do!

Yours truly has had an uplifting experience recently, with a house that has been elevated two feet higher. Thank you Red Heffernan, for your care and expertise in doing that phase of the job, and thank you, John Spier and crew, for your excellent and reliable building and contracting ideas and skills. The doglets and I are in good hands.

Red Heffernan, by-the-bye, is retiring at the end of this year, following a long and distinguished career of raising buildings, with a sure and calm hand and without mishap, on Block Island and the mainland. My house and the Eureka share the distinction of being Red’s last jobs here on Block Island. Happy days, Red!

How doing?

Henry duPont is recovering from an injury to both knees, incurred while working at a wind farm in Peru. Henry would welcome cards and notes, in care of wife Barbara MacMullan, at their address, PO Box 457, Block Island, RI 02807.

Jack is back in town! Jack Sisto is continuing his rehab at home on Old Mill Road, and cards and well-wishes would be most welcome at P.O. Box 232, Block Island, RI 02807.

Block Island everywhere

Summer residents Tom and Merve Brielmann celebrated Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family in Istanbul, Turkey. Although Turkey does not celebrate Thanksgiving, the couple reportedly enjoyed turkey on Thanksgiving, in Turkey. How’s that for a twist? This was followed by an adventure to Turkey’s Prince’s Islands for Merve’s birthday on November 30. Tom writes, “The Prince’s Islands (not to be confused with Princess) offer spectacular vistas and tame “wild” horses that roam freely. The only vehicular traffic allowed is horse drawn carriages and emergency vehicles. Like stepping back in time! An hour ferry ride from bustling Istanbul, these islands have an “off the beaten path” feel, with pleasant shopkeepers, wonderful dining, and inhabitants who are warm and gracious hosts. Summer is the high season, but great deals and no crowds are found in the gorgeous shoulder seasons. Sound familiar?”

Tom added, “I visited John and Sharon Lehman in Atlanta, Georgia, where I serve as Chairman of the New York Pilots of Delta Air Lines for the Air Line Pilots Association. John and I explored a giant indoor flea market, as Sharon was in a cast, nursing a broken ankle. We had two wonderful dinners, one night at a fabulous French restaurant, Anis, across from a gallery where Sharon was showing some beautiful paintings; and again at an awesome Italian spot, Pricci, Sharon’s favorite and now mine as well. Both highly recommended!”


A very happy wedding anniversary to Meg and Dan Barker, December 19.

Of cakes and candles

Happy birthdays to: Sally Marte and Dot Leslie, both on December 19, and we hope we’re not spilling the beans when we say that Dot’s birthday is an important one this year; Meg Barker, Sara McGinnes and Roberta Closter, December 20; Andy Transue, December 20; Henry Hill, Troy Reynolds and Jen Lighty, December 26; also on December 26 this year, Bill Blake celebrates his 85th, and cards will reach him at 5204 Lake Village Dr., #77, Sarasota, FL 34235-2018; Bob Newhouse and Nancy Pike, December 28; Bo Gempp, December 29; and Gail Dugan, the youngest of the 1949 babies, December 30.

Lest auld acquaintance be forgot before this column next appears, and because we’re coming up on the holidays with lightning speed, we wish happy birthdays to Lorraine Cyr and John Willis, December 31; and New Year babies Bill Crawford, Noella MacMullen, Beverly Sniffen and Anne Dickinson, January 1!

Let us know what’s happening! Visiting relatives, special occasions, updates on friends near and far, projects… Deadline is Tuesday morning, and Fran can be reached at 466-2892 or

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