The Block Island Times

In Case You Haven't Heard

By Fran Migliaccio | Jan 18, 2013

Privacy Journal publisher Robert Ellis Smith will speak on “Ten Myths About Privacy” before a colloquium at Brown University marking Data Privacy Day the afternoon of Monday, January 28. It will be held in Pembroke Hall Room 308, 172 Meeting Street, Providence. Also speaking will be Steven J. McDonald, general counsel of neighboring Rhode Island School of Design, and David J. Sherry, chief information security officer at Brown.
Some might enjoy an excursion to nearby Westerly, R.I., for the region’s annual Go Red For Women Ladies Lunch. The event will take place Friday, February 1, at noon, at Haversham Inn, 336 Post Road (Route 1) in Westerly. The price is $20 a person, with $5 of that going to the American Heart Association. There will be a cash bar and two heart-healthy entrée choices of baked haddock or half a roasted chicken. Attendees are asked to dress in red to show support and help increase awareness of heart disease as the number one leading killer of women in the U.S. Some silent auction items will be available to help raise additional funds for the AHA. The event is presented by the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island. Register by January 31 through the Block Island Chamber of Commerce at 466-2982.
About town
Congratulations to Cariona Corcoran and Kate Musso, on the start-up of their new business, Block Island Events. The dynamic duo will coordinate weddings, birthday parties, family reunions and anniversary celebrations, and they can be reached at 401-363-2525.
Trivia tease
In our last column, Block Island Trivia author Robert Ellis Smith presented a new trivia challenge: “How far is Adrian Block School from Town Hall?”
Answer: Adrian Block School is located in Flushing, N.Y., 150 miles from Block Island. The school is presumably named for the 17th-century Dutch explorer who cruised the waters of southern New England and what is now New York City, and for whom Block Island is named.
The school, known as Adrian Block 25, seems to have no official website, but a statement at, one of the many sites that mentions the school, notes that it “is a private company categorized under Public Junior High School. Our records show it was established in and incorporated in New York.”
Bob’s next tricky trivia tease is, “When was the last time a tornado hit the island? And when was the first time a tornado hit the island?”
The answer(s) will appear in our next column; in the meantime, guesses are welcomed by your columnist, via telephone or e-mail.
The award of the 2012 Bayberry Wreath to ConserFest is justly deserved by this group of young organizers who are now entering their sixth year of coordinating an annual summer music and art event to promote environmental stewardship. Founded by Justin Lewis, Cameron Greenlee, Travis Greenlee, Mary MacGill and Ben Edwards, ConserFest has blossomed into a day of concerts at the Town Beach, followed by evening performances at McGovern’s Yellow Kittens. A silent art auction, coordinated by Laura Michel Breunig and John Breunig, has been added to the festivity. The musical performances and art are all donated, and sales of ConserFest T-shirts bring additional revenue. Proceeds are given to conservation projects; last year, ConserFest made a donation of $14,000 to Block Island Conservancy to help with the purchase of the Solviken property. Over the past five years, ConserFest has been able to donate nearly $40,000 to the Block Island Conservancy.
Hearty congratulations to all in this well-organized group of enterprising young music lovers and conservationists. Keep up the great work!
Of cakes and candles
Happy birthdays to: Judy Tierney, January 18; Barbara Brennan, Carole Payne, Doug Gasner, twins Sara Sprague and Kate Sprague Turenne, and your columnist, all Capricorns of January 19 (the date on this paper!); Larry Breakstone, January 21; Patsy Easterly and Pete Tweedy, January 22; Cara Willi Tripler, January 23; Emma Rose Tripler-Frageau, Mike Ballard, Aloyise Pomeroy and John Henry Tripler (who is celebrating his 60th), all on January 24; Betty Fitzapatrick, Patrick Kelly and Linda Spak, January 25; Michelle Leone, January 28; Sarah Barkley, Charlie Pyne and Julia Butcher, January 29; Allan MacKay, January 30; Cheryl Blane and Ryan McGarry, January 31; Margaret Millikin, who will turn 98 on that same day; Roy Rowan, February 1; Cindy Pappas and Diane (Lady Di) Jones, 1959; Sandy Greenman and Kari Curtis, February 4; Debbie Filkins, February 7; Sue Littlefield and Carol Hill, February 8; Ellen Jacke, February 9; Elliot Taubman, February 10; Julia Gasner, February 11; Lillian Martin, Meghan Mitchell and Becky Ballard, February 16.

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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