Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:00am

Thank you

To the Editor:

Last Sunday, dozens of islanders got a taste of what’s on the menu at 11 of Block Island’s finest restaurants at the second annual Bite of Block Island event.  In the process, attendees provided funds to feed hungry islanders next winter. For the second year in a row, the event, sponsored by The Block Island Times, benefited Helping Hands.

On behalf of The Times, I want to thank all those who attended. I send a special note of appreciation to the restaurants that participated on a busy Sunday afternoon, often juggling lean staffs.

Becky and Mike Ballard, and Lyn and John Scott managed the event with grace and flair. Mark Philip entertained and his wife, Melissa Sitbon Philip, adorned the registration table with a beautiful floral display from her shop, My Oyster.

Thanks to all.

Michael Schroeder

The Block Island Times

Not New Boutique

To the Editor:

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church’s Not New Boutique held its 2017 Summer opening on Saturday, June 10 at the Parish Center. To say the day was an overwhelming success would be an understatement.  Due to the generosity of the Block Island community, the barn, conference rooms and lawn were filled to capacity with great clothing, coats and shoes for all ages. 

The Boutique offers affordable clothing to both island residents and visitors. Shoppers left with large bags of clothing for themselves and others. With prices ranging from $1 to $10, shoppers easily found something ‘they had to have’. 

Each summer begins with a new selection of clothing donations that start to accumulate in the Spring. This year the clothing barn got a ‘do over’ with reorganized shelving and a skylight, making the experience in the small barn more comfortable for shoppers. 

Special recognition and thanks should be extended to Pat Queally and Wendy Northup, who sorted and organized the donations this spring, until other volunteers arrived on the island. 

A special thanks to those volunteers who helped make the first day of sales a success: Pat Queally, Joanne Hutchins, Wendy Northup, Kathy Crocker, Linda Powers, Joanne Devlin, Hobbit Hubbard, Helen Lynch and Janet Merritt. 

Pat, Wendy, and Joanne Hutchins manage the Boutique during the summer, scheduling the volunteers for the weekly sales.  New volunteers are always welcome.

Clean, reusable clothing donations are needed throughout the summer and can be left in the plastic bin, near the basement door of the Parish House, any time of the day. 

The Not New Boutique has served the Block Island community for the better part of 25 years, operating in its current form for the past 10 years. Monies from all clothing sales support various needs of St. Andrews. 

After taking a week off to ‘restock,’ the Not New Boutique will be open every Wednesday, starting June 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for the white sign on Spring Street in front of the St. Andrew Parish Center. 

Kathy Crocker

West Side Road