The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Jan 07, 2013
Courtesy of: Ruth Perfido Berti, the 13-month-old female Australian terrier recently adopted by Ruth and Leonard Perfido.

Janus at the door

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope your holidays were as happy as ours, and may we all turn over some new leaf, somewhere in our lives. If we want to.

To Romans of ancient times, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions, and therefore of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is portrayed with two faces, one looking toward the future and the other toward the past. The Romans named the month of January after Janus.

Block Island everywhere

Ben Smith is now employed by a nifty-sounding company called Five College Movers LLC, based in Amherst, Mass. The moving company is the official mover for University of Massachusetts Football, and is remarkable at building team spirit among its employees. Their web page,, features Ben and others with a detailed profile and picture of each, and it’s worth checking out. Along with each mover’s favorite foods, shows, and a quote to live by, is each one’s choice of the toughest object to move. Ben’s choice was “Either a sub-zero fridge or water heater.” Among his non-moving hobbies is listed, “spending time on Block Island,” where he grew up. Ben is a Legal Studies/Political Science major at the university, class of 2014. He is the son of proud parents Robert Ellis Smith and Kathryn Ritter-Smith, and a former employee of the Block Island Boat Basin.

Ruth and Leonard Perfido will visit Rwanda in February for three weeks, “to see the upland gorillas,” reported Ruth. While there, they will likely visit the Karisoke Research Centre established by the late Dian Fossey, renowned researcher and authority on mountain gorillas.

About town

Tom Wilkinson has been spotted around town lately at a party or two and at Bethany’s Airport Diner. We saw him at the ferry terminal in Point Judith on New Year’s Eve, on his way to the island, and learned that he is now able to visit Block Island for several days at a time: good news indeed. Tom is still living in Providence, and hopes to make frequent short trips here to see his many friends.

Trivia tease

A new trivia challenge has been presented by Block Island Trivia author Robert Ellis Smith, a question this columnist has not seen before. It is: “How far is Adrian Block School from Town Hall?” The answer will appear in our next column.

Of cakes and candles

A very happy 75th birthday to Leonard Perfido, as of January 7! Len and Ruth are frequently on the island these days, as Ruth is on the Deer Task Force and Len on the Block Island Conservancy board of directors. A new addition to their household is 13-month-old Berti, a female Australian Terrier.

Happy birthdays to: Beatrice Cyr, January 4 (the day this paper hits the street!); Maria Leone, matriarch of the Leone clan, January 6; Martha Wilson, Gary Ryan, Teri McCombe, and Martha Smith, January 7; Sue Torrey, Nathaniel Tripler and Justin Barrows, January 8; Abigail Willi, who turns four on January 9; Kathleen Mitchell, January 10; Madelene Salster and Manya Ritter, January 11; Clif Payne and Doug Gilpin, January 13; Dottie Graham and Bill Luddy, January 14; Ross Draper and Cheryl Moore, January 15; Tom Brielmann, January 16; Don DeMaggio, January 17; Judy Tierney, January 18.

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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