North Light Faces 2018 #4

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:30am

7/13, MANDIA family in matching shirts: 

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Laura and Bill Mandia, Cherry Hill, NJ, with their sons (left to right) Dylan, Will and Shane: On the family's sixth visit to Block Island, they rented a house for the week. The boys listened well to an illustrated storybook about lighthouses – including some of those modeled in the case behind them. 

Llona Van Leer & Grace Thom, 7/26 

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Llona Van Leer and Grace Thom, both of Long Island, NY: Llona is a gardener on a private estate. Grace is also a gardener, happily retired, an avid sailor, and an honest one: “I spend more time working on my boat than playing on it.” They frequently sail and kayak together. “This is the first time I've been on Block Island without my boat,” Grace continued. They stayed at the 1661 Inn, out for a wedding of two sailors with many other yacht club members.

Laura Shepherd and daughters, 7/20:

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Laura Shepherd (center) with her daughters Hannah Hinzman (left) and Halle Shepherd: “I brought Hannah to Block Island for the first time when she was 12,” Laura said. This year, Halle is 12, and “it worked out” that all three could come together. Laura, a nurse, and Halle live in Kansas City, MO. Hannah is a Realtor near Washington DC and is expecting her first child.

McMellon family, 7/15 by flagpole, their family's brick in foreground

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Phoebe and Charles W. McMellon Jr., with sons Charles and Liam, Brooklyn, NY: Charles's parents, Tobee and Charles Sr., sailed to Block Island in the 1960s and eventually built a small house on West Side Road, still in the family. They also bought a brick in the apron (in the foreground) during a fundraiser for the lighthouse's restoration, inscribed with the names of Charles Jr. and his twin brother Edward. “This is the most special place for me and my family,” Charles said of Block Island; “this is our home, where what we do makes a difference.”