9/11 memorials at the North Light
The North Light Commission has accepted the donation of a memorial bench from the fiancé of a person who died in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and has decided to install a matching bench in memory of all 9/11 victims.
The donor is Maureen Sullivan, who lives in Manhattan. Her fiancé was Derek Sword, a native of Scotland who worked for one of the banking and investment firms in the WTC. They had become engaged last August during a visit to Scotland, Sullivan said, and had visited Block Island several times, staying at the Neptune House.
The North Light Commission at its meeting last month debated where the benches should be placed and at length decided to put them on the north side of the building if possible. They will be placed after construction of a new brick apron on that side of the building.
Commemorative bricks are now being sold for that project. Gil Plumb, chair of the commission, reported that more than 600 bricks have been sold for the new apron and the goal is to have about 1,000 bricks.
A fifth grade class from Windsor Hill School in Johnston visited the lighthouse last month and left a $150 check from the school, according to Sue Levinsky, the lighthouse museum attendant.
The museum at the North Light will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Friday, July 5.