The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.
The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile. That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.
The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.
United Healthcare has notified an unknown number of Rhode Island doctors that they’re being cut from its Medicare Advantage plan network. The news comes during Medicare’s open enrollment period and could affect thousands of senior citizens in the Ocean State.
Block Island Health Service officials say the state Department of Health has agreed to meet with them about the steep increase in Lyme disease on the island. Island officials want the state to take a more active role in fighting the disease.
Block Island Health Services officials say they’ve seen 68 cases of Lyme disease through August of this year. That’s up from 48 for all of the previous year. Health service head Barbara Baldwin says she decided it was time to ask for some help.
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking submissions from local artists for gallery space at TF Green and the Block Island airport.
An airport might not be the first venue that comes to mind when one thinks of an art gallery. But both the Block Island Airport and TF Green have set aside space to highlight the work of Rhode Island artists. Now the state’s arts council is looking for work to fill those spaces next year.
Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.
Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.
The owner of Block’s Island most historic theater said he will have to close later this year unless he can raise $50,000 to buy a digital projector. An online fundraising drive has raised about $9,000 so far.
At issue is the Empire Theatre, a rustic structure that started life as a roller rink in 1882. It’s been showing films since the dawn of the movie industry. But after Labor Day, films for its 35 millimeter projector will no longer be available. The industry is converting to digital.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island has a new state poet. Dr. Rick Benjamin of Warwick has been selected to replace outgoing state poet Lisa Starr of Block Island, whose 5 year term has expired. Benjamin lectures at Brown, RISD and is on the faculty of Vermont’s Goddard College. He has published two volumes of poetry and has edited several others.