One Square Mile: Block Island

Local Features
2:15 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

One Square Mile: The rise of tick-borne diseases

The panel at our Block Island forum
Photo by: Catherine Welch

Block island Forum

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OSM: Block Island
4:41 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

One Square Mile: Block Island memories

PROVIDENCE, RI – Several listeners responded to our request for Block Island memories. One listener gave us more than 20 memories, another told us how he met his wife on the island, and another gave us a fascinating story of adventure on the island.

Not all of the memories made it on the air, so we laced them together for this special addition to our online coverage of One Square Mile: Block Island.

Enjoy.

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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

One Square Mile: The story of the Southeast Lighthouse

The Southeast Lighthouse.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

Providence, RI – In 1875, workers constructed the Southeast Lighthouse on the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs. It worked for more than a century to help keep sailors safe. But in the 1990s, erosion forced the islanders to make a decision: save the lighthouse, or let it fall into the sea.

Islanders chose the former. And the Southeast Lighthouse continues to shine. But the story of the Southeast Lighthouse is something more.

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OSM: Block Island
4:53 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

One Square Mile: Justin Lewis takes the baton

The abandoned Solviken restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Block Island Conservancy.

Providence, RI – Over the last 40 years or so, residents of Block Island have worked to conserve nearly half of the island. But there's still more work to do. So Justin Lewis who is continuing the effort. Lewis is in his thirties, and a surfer. But he's also the next generation of a family that's synonymous with conservation on the island.

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OSM: Block Island
3:17 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

One Square Mile: Directions to the Forum on Sat. Sept.8th

Map from the ferry to the forum at Smugglers Cove

PROVIDENCE, RI – Join us for a forum about research into tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease and Babesiosis, hosted by RIPR's Kristin Gourlay. It's at Smugglers Cove (next to Payne's Killer Donuts) on Saturday September 8th from 1-2pm.

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Top Stories
8:50 am
Fri September 7, 2012

One Square Mile: A talk with the First Warden

First Warden Kim Gaffett
Photo by: IAN DONNIS

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of our `One Square Mile' reports on Block Island RIPR talks with Block Island top elected official First Warden Kim Gaffett. Her family has deep roots on the island, and Gaffett has been interested in local government since she was a schoolgirl. As she told Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis on a recent drive around Block Island, the demands facing the island change dramatically with the seasons.

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Local Features
7:16 am
Fri September 7, 2012

One Square Mile: Can you get there from here?

The closest Block Island comes to an address.
Photo by: CATHERINE WELCH

PROVIDENCE, RI – Turns out that on Block Island, nobody really knows the address of where they work or live because there are no addresses on Block Island. This intrigued Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch so as part of our series One Square Mile: Block Island, Catherine sat down with editor of The Block Island Times, Pippa Jack, to find out how anyone on the island gets mail.

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Top Stories
10:19 am
Thu September 6, 2012

One Square Mile: Babesiosis in the blood supply

Yale doctor Peter Krause
Photo by: KRISTIN GOURLAY

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of our series One Square Mile: Block Island, we've been exploring the rise of diseases spread by ticks, which are a big problem on the island. But the problem is spreading to the mainland. RIPR health care reporter Kristin Gourlay speaks with our Morning Edition host Chuck Hinman about the rising threat of babesiosis in the region's blood supply.

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Local Features
7:09 am
Thu September 6, 2012

One Square Mile: One of the most expensive schools in RI

The cost per pupil is $38,000 on Block Island
Photo by: Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Block Island, a single public school serves all of the island's year-round residents. Kindergartners and high school seniors have classes in the same building and eat lunch in the same cafeteria. It's a close community, but it's also one of the most expensive public schools in the state.

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Local Features
3:42 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

One Square Mile: new disease gains a foothold

Satiated female ticks in test tubes.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

PROVIDENCE, RI – There's another, even more serious disease than Lyme on Block Island. That disease is called babesiosis. Like Lyme disease, babesiosis will make you think you have the flu - fever, chills, body aches, sweats. But if your immune system is already weak, it can kill you. It's spread by a parasite. And you can only get it from the bite of an infected deer tick. Now, most people try to avoid them. But for Lindsay Rollend, they're a living.

"So this is our tickery!"

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