The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Jun 21, 2012
Newly confirmed, from left, Alessandra Marie Chieffo, Timothy Michael O'Neill, Kiley Lyn Hall and Kathleen Ann Hemingway with Bishop Tobin.

Not to miss
A benefit in honor of Meg Millea Snyder will be held Saturday, July 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Captain Nick’s front porch. Families and children are welcome, and donations will be accepted at the door.
The purpose is to lend needed support to Meg who, at age 35, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The daughter of Rosemary and Dan Millea, Meg lives in Portland, Oregon with her family — husband Tom and sons Benjamin, 6, and Wyatt, 4. She is currently receiving medical treatment there and will need much more care in the months ahead. The family’s medical coverage will go only so far, and help is needed to bridge the gap.
As an additional fundraiser, raffle tickets are being sold at Essentials, located in the lobby of the National Hotel, for gift certificates to various island restaurants and businesses and a chance to win a week’s vacation in September at the house of Dan and Rosemary Millea on Amy Dodge Lane.
The New Shoreham Democratic Town Committee will hold a family picnic June 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sullivan House. All are welcome to attend, with a donation asked. State and federal officeholders have been invited, and several, including Representative Jim Langevin, are expected. See ad, page 21.
Highest congratulations to all of our Block Island School Class of 2012 graduates: Danielle June Woodward, Valedictorian; Noah Littlefield Gasner, Salutatorian; Michael Hanson; Theoren Evan Mott; Kody Nicastro; Kyle Schwarzer; and Sam Spier. Please know that all of us in this community, whether we have children in the school or not, are extremely proud of you and entirely supportive of our Block Island students and our school.
Scott Comings, Field Director of The Nature Conservancy on Block Island, has taught these students in nature studies from their earliest years and was their chosen guest speaker for graduation. His address to the senior class harked back to bird studies originated on Block Island by Elizabeth Dickens. In his speech, Comings imagined that he and the class were on yet another excursion across the island, spotting various species of birds, and he correlated each graduate, and his or her special characteristics, to a particular bird.
Walter Filkins IV graduated from Williams College on June 3, with a dual major in mathematics and economics. Walter’s proud parents are Walter and Debbie Greenberg Filkins.
Walter’s grandmother, artist Lee Greenberg, traveled to Williamstown, Mass., for the graduation. Lee, now age 94 (can you believe it — we cannot!) was recently honored by the Rotarians in Westport, Conn., for her years of outstanding service.
Confirmed at St. Andrew Church on Sunday, June 3, were: Alessandra Marie Chieffo, Kiley Lyn Hall, Kathleen Ann Hemingway and Timothy Michael O’Neill. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin officiated with Monsignor Albert Kenny, Vicar of the Diocese of Providence, and Father Joseph Protano, Jr. The service was followed by a brunch at St. Andrew Parish Center. Congratulations to all of those confirmed, and their families!
Much happiness to Joanne and “Hutch” Hutchins on the occasion of their 36th wedding anniversary, June 18; to Kathy and Keith Lang, on their 27th wedding anniversary of June 22; and to Donna and Duncan Lang, married 23 years on June 24.
About town.
Opening night at Harry’s was well-attended by a hometown crowd hungry for pad thai and other specialties dished up by chef/owner Tripp Pearce. Located on Ocean Avenue next to Block Island Grocery, Harry’s has undergone an impressive interior renovation. Other menu items that caught our eye were baked stuffed lobster with lobster stuffing (available on weekends only), a well-rounded wine list, and desserts starting with baklava. Service is friendly and polished, and the Spragues, Littlefields and Risoms (among many others there) within our viewshed were happy diners.
Another island establishment that has received an eye-popping makeover is Ballard’s. The bar has been raised and relocated, the porch area improved, the décor made warm and welcoming and the restrooms renovated. The menu is revamped to show that Ballard’s is indeed the place for foods of the sea: lobster 10 ways, oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, snow crab, you name it — without neglecting steak or burgers for the turf-minded, and cozy down-home sides of corn on the cob, jasmine rice, red bliss potatoes and other favorites.
Abrams Animal Farm has added two East African Crowned Cranes to its population, and they are absolutely beautiful to behold. They are housed at the south end of the property, in the enclosure where the lemurs once lived. A wonderful addition is a small gate adjacent to the crane house, inviting guests to enter, close the gate behind them and walk through. The walkway beyond the gates leads to North Light Fibers, the brainchild of Sven and Laura Risom. Along the way, the fortunate walker will be on the same side of the fence as six gentle alpacas, acquired to provide wool for North Light Fibers as well as delight the eye. The day we saw them, some had been recently clipped but still sported top-knots of wool on their heads and woolly, bushy tails. They resembled  cuddly, soft creatures that might appear in a children’s picture book.
Farmers Market has begun — go out for breads, granola, jewelry, photographs, flowers, vegetables, preserves, knitted wear, and a plethora of other fine items, and support our hardworking local cooks, artisans, gardeners and handcrafters as they do what they love best! The market is at Negus Park on Saturdays and the Manisses parking lot at the corner of Spring Street on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Not New Boutique at St. Andrew Parish Center is still accepting donations of clothing in the box at the south end of the building, and will continue to offer clothing sales on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Block Island everywhere
Spotted in the New York Times Book Review, an ad for Jack Lynch’s novel, “Sword,” set on and around Block Island during the 1940s to the 1990s. In this new volume, eminent fisherman, writer, and history enthusiast Lynch describes the industry of harpoon swordfishing, offering a look at a bygone era and way of life on Block Island. “Sword” is available at Island Bound Bookstore.
“I’m going to a high school reunion next week,” Arlene Tunney said. She added that her high school was the High School of Music & Art in New York City, and promised to report details of interest when she returned.
“There was really nothing to the reunion,” Arlene said with a shrug when next I saw her. “The arranger for Tony Bennett and Cher was there, and he played ‘Over the Rainbow’ — he was really phenomenal! Another grad, a woman, sang ‘Cabaret,’ and she was terrific! And there were slide shows of the work of some of the art graduates. But really, nothing that special.” Though it certainly sounded quite special to this columnist!
Sandy and Peter Greenman report that they ventured to Theatre By the Sea in Matunuck recently, and found the production of “Forever Plaid” incredibly wonderful. Shows coming up this summer are “The Sound of Music,” June 22 to July 14; “9 to 5: The Musical,” July 20 to August 11; and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” August 17 to September 2. For further information on show times, preview performances, and tickets to this very accessible summer theater just across the water, go to or call 401-782-3800.
Of cakes and candles
Belated happy birthdays to Janelle Costa, June 8; Batchelder “best friend” Olive, a gorgeous white German shepherd, June 8; Liam Batchelder Anderson, June 10; Keith Lang, and Becky Hogan, June 13; Brent Lang, June 14.
Happy current and upcoming birthdays to: Shelley Topf, and twins Aldo and John Leone, June 16 (the date on this paper!); twins Carol Rachels Silverman and Madeleine Rachels Burns, June 17; Kyle Draper and Sharon Lehman, June 18; Jim Sniffen and Ray Boucher, June 19; Jason Shields, who will be 37 on June 20. (“Egads,” writes his dad, Michael Shields, from Key West, “Time just zooms right along, doesn’t it?”); Jim Hinthorn, June 20; Annie Voskamp, who will be three on June 21; Mike Lofaro, June 22; Vin McAloon, June 25; Renée Batchelder, June 26; Sam Spak, and twins Eva Milliken Mott and Ruth Milliken Sprague, June 26; Justin Lewis, Gail Heinz and Dorothy McCluskey, June 28; Tony Musante and Cameron Lang, June 30. Cameron, by the way, is the 26-year-old daughter of proud parents Betty and Fraser Lang, and is a medical student at Brown University.
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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