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Publisher's Note: A time of new beginnings

Apr 07, 2012

Daffodils and forsythia in bloom have brought waves of bright yellow across the landscapes. The hammers and paintbrushes are in evidence downtown. The ferry schedule has expanded. There are signs everywhere that the winter that wasn’t is over.

Eli’s, the Mohegan Café and the Bagel Shop are open for the season, offering fresh places to gather for camaraderie and nourishment. And of course, our hats off to Mabel’s, Club Soda, Poor People’s Pub and Bethany’s, all fine establishments that stayed with us through the lean winter months. Just because other places are open, we promise we won’t forget you!

And now we learn that the Surf Hotel will reopen this summer with a new management team assisting long-time owners, the Cyr family. It will be so wonderful to see the rocking chairs back on the porch and the lobby lit at night. It is a new chapter in the life of this grand old institution.

Our editor, Pippa Jack, begins maternity leave this week and prepares for a new addition to her family. We just learned that she won a Rhode Island Press Association award for a story on Providence mayor Angel Taveras that she wrote last year for Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Congrats, Pippa, and we’ll see you in June.

Peter Voskamp returns (albeit from a long distance) to take the reins of our editorial enterprise. It’s impossible to call this a new beginning — Pete was reporter and assistant editor, editor and then former editor. Now he is acting editor. Pete, we’re grateful and happy that you’re stepping in.

Enclosed with this issue of the Block Island Times you will find our annual ode to the season, the spring issue of House & Garden. It appears as yet one more signal that the 2012 season is upon us. May we all enjoy it and prosper.

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