Letters to the Editor, December 7, 2013

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 3:24pm

To the Editor:

For those of you on the island who were hoping for a weekend winter movie venue, we are very sorry to report that showing newly released movies over the winter will not happen. Attendance at the Empire Theatre after Labor Day was much lower than expected, even after lowering the ticket prices by $2.00.

From a business standpoint, it’s hard to justify the expense of setting up the projector in another location if there is little demand for it. The cost of relocating the projector ranges from $8,000 to $16,000 depending on the location. Despite these obstacles, we were willing to give it a try, and hopefully build an audience.

Hoping to create a respite from the winter blues, we put forward the idea of having a pot-luck dinner before the Friday night movies to entice people out of their homes and pizza night before kids movies.

After approaching any and all possible available spaces with a high enough ceiling, none were able to allow us the access it would have required to show movies on the weekends. There were a variety of reasons given for rejecting the proposal, ranging from financial, logistical or being deemed an inappropriate use of the space — such as the Town Hall meeting room.

We would like to thank the Block Island School, the Block Island School Friends, the Town Council, the Early Learning Center, the Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Recreation Department, the Community Center, the Harbor Baptist Church and St. Andrews Parish Center for allowing us the opportunity to present our proposal to each of them. We will reopen the Empire in the spring as soon as temperatures allow, hopefully sometime in April.

Gary and Jessica Pollard

Empire Theatre


To the Editor:

It is with heartfelt sadness that I read the headline that Sean McGarry had to resign his seat on the Town Council. He was a voice to be heard with opinions that challenged — the very reasons most people voted for him in the first place.

I understand the reasons for this painful decision. They are the conclusions of a mature, first-things-first adult.

Thank you, Sean, for your willingness to serve the larger community and to realize it is a service. Your greater accolades are known to a few of us on this island. They will be your everlasting honor.

Rev. Joseph Protrano, Pastor

St. Andrew Catholic Church



To the Editor:

There’s been a lot of chatter lately from the same few members of our community about the Deepwater Wind cable project. I thought I’d add my voice to the dialogue, as someone who lives on Burnside Avenue, one of the streets the Block Island wind farm cable will run below.

I support renewable energy, I support the Block Island wind farm, and I support the cable. Even if it runs below my street.

For all the hyperbole out there, let’s remember: This cable is no different than all the other underground cables that already run beneath our roads. The installation will be just like any new phone or cable TV wire. Cables, just like this one, are already below beaches on the Cape and Nantucket. It will have to pass multiple levels of permitting, and the public will have the chance to weigh in at every juncture.

Deepwater Wind listened to the Town of Narragansett when they urged the company to bury the cable and to avoid Narragansett Town Beach. I think the new route is a perfectly suitable one. The cable will land underneath Scarborough at “Stinky Beach.” Surely a cable buried six feet below the sand is no more disruptive than the ugly storm-water pipes already there?

I think the scare tactics and the personal attacks against Deepwater Wind and their Chief Eexecutive Officer are unfair. The company has talked with me and my neighbors, they’ve attended public meetings, they’ve talked to our local reporters, and they’ve posted all their permitting documents on their website for all to see.

It’s time for all of us South County residents to think beyond our own self-interest. Consider your neighbors on Block Island, who pay some of the highest electricity costs in the country. Consider what this project will mean to them, and to the rest of Rhode Island. We’re a community that cares about the environment — let’s show it by getting behind a project that could be the first offshore wind farm in the country.

Rhode Island has a real chance to lead here, and we shouldn’t swayed by the hyperbole.

Kevin M. Hunt

Burnside Avenue, Narragansett


To the Editor:

A total of $1,523 was raised for island non-profits by this year’s oyster benefit. We would not have raised this amount without the generosity of so many people who donated in excess of our suggestion donation amount.

Good job and thank you to everyone who participated. See you next year.

Bon appétit!

Christopher Warfel

Sun Oyster Farms