The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Oct 27, 2012

Oscar (O.J.) Berlin, as of this writing, is in intensive care at South County Hospital, and is expected to be released to nursing care as soon as is possible.

“He is much, much better!” said his elated wife, Mitzi, who is able to be in touch with her husband on a regular basis by telephone. “I am so pleased at the progress he has made in just one week! The hospital did a fantastic job, and that fighting spirit of his came through. I can’t speak highly enough of the doctors over there.”

O.J. is allowed visitors but on a limited basis, so if anyone is planning on being over that way, it would be wise to check with the hospital before expecting to be able to visit.

Once O.J. is stabilized, he is expected to return to South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation, on South County Trail in West Kingston, R.I.

Painter Susan Dwyer recently opened a show of new work in Pawtucket, R.I., entitled “Homemakers,” featuring her first artistic love of 1950s pop culture iconography. This time around, she has re-imagined and re-imaged classic scenes of 1950s American domestic life with same-sex couples. Dwyer also produced a number of new paintings of dachshunds, another of her first loves, disporting themselves in fanciful settings. The reception was enthusiastically received by a large crowd, and is still running at Machines With Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket.

Susan, as most on Block Island know, grew up here in the summers and is the daughter of Bobbie and Kip Reynolds. Her brothers are Troy and Carl Reynolds, and her husband is Pat Dwyer, who served as a summer policeman here for several years.

About town

Last weekend, the P.J. Theve Striped Bass Tournament held its 20th annual event on Block Island. Started in 1992 by Cliff Theve, the tournament honors the memory of his father, P. Jerome Theve. Each year, Cliff invites fishing enthusiasts he knows to spend a weekend at the Theve house on Spring Street, do some fishing, and see who can snag the largest bass.

We checked in with Cliff at the Theve residence, after receiving this information from his mother, Betsy Theve, and learned that this year’s winner was Drew Price, of East Lyme, Conn., with a 40” long, 26-pound striper. The bass was released, as are all the fish caught in this event.

“It’s nice to have a bunch of guys just enjoying the island and fishing,” observed Cliff. “These are all dedicated guys who come back every year, and it’s off-season and very enjoyable. It will keep going, too — this year, we had a 15-year old, and the younger members coming in will help carry it forward.”

Cliff’s mom, Betsy, added a bit of interesting background on her late husband’s fishing expertise: “Actually, Jerry (and Pete, his Dad) went after swordfish in the 1940s, but that was another era and another story.”

Trivia tease

A trivia question from Block Island Trivia author Robert Ellis Smith that appeared in this space two weeks ago was: “What entity on Block Island has no ZIP code?”

The answer: “It’s the Town of New Shoreham itself, which is the official name of the town but not a geographical place, and so the Postal Service has not assigned a Zip Code to it. Edie Littlefield Blane discovered this in her years attending real-estate closings as a broker.”

This week’s trivia question from Bob is, “What’s the unemployment rate on Block Island?”

Answers and guesses are welcome, emailed or phoned in to your columnist at the email address and phone number that appear at the end of the column.

Of cakes and candles

Happy birthdays to: Kip Reynolds, Joan Ballard and Gail Pierce, October 27 (the date on this paper!); Bobby Rose, October 28; Peter Mott, Christina Papa and Kenn Fischburg, all Halloween babies of October 31; Frank Magennis, surely a saint of All Saints Day, November 1; Marc Scortino, November 3; Larry Rose, November 4; Campbell Coviello, who turns eight on November 10, and Lisa Sprague, whose birthday is the same day.

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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