Fri, 06/30/2017 - 7:00am

Making the parade possible

To the Editor:

The Double Ender Committee would like to say thank you to the many members of the community that reached out and donated to the annual Fourth of July Parade. We’d like to say a special thank you to Dead Eye Dick’s and the New London Ferry for their generous support. All of you have made this year’s event possible.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Legion Park on Tuesday, July 4 and finishes at the Statue of Rebecca. This year’s theme is Block Island Memories. We’re going to have a great parade, so come out and see us!

Thank you,

The Double Ender Committee


Watch out for turtles

To the Editor:

I had an unfortunate experience Saturday while driving on Old Town Road. A westbound car was approaching as I was getting out of my car to divert traffic around an eastern painted turtle that was crossing the road. Unfortunately for the eastern painted turtle, the driver of the blue mini-station wagon failed to use his eyes and brain to detect the northbound transit of said turtle. In case readers are wondering, which I hope they are not, the auditory sequence of eastern painted turtle encountering the wheels of a blue mini-station wagon is snap, crunch, squish.

Could we all please use our senses while driving to protect these beautiful little inhabitants of our island?

Tim Dowling

Lakeside Drive

Ed. note: The image is not of this incident on Old Town Road, but on Corn Neck Road, further emphasizing the importance of Mr. Dowling’s message.


Your fire number is important

To the Editor:

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Block Island Volunteer Fire Department has a request for all homeowners on Block Island: Please be sure that your home and driveway are clearly marked with your fire number.

Fire numbers are the singular identifying number given to each dwelling unit on Block Island so that a home may be quickly located by fire and rescue personnel in an emergency situation. Though each home was given a number, many have disappeared or faded over time. It is as important as ever that these numbers be displayed on your home. In an emergency situation seconds count; it is in your best interest to assist volunteer fire and rescue personnel by clearly marking your fire number on your home and at the end of your laneway.

To this end, the Auxiliary is taking orders for new fire number signs. The new fire number plaques are metal with a reflective coating which will make them easily visible as headlights pass over them.

The true cost of each sign is over $20, however, the auxiliary is subsidizing the cost to encourage homeowners to mark their homes with the appropriate signage. The price to purchase each sign is only $10. 

Applications may be picked up at the Police Dispatch office or the Chamber of Commerce office. You may also send an email to bichamber@yahoo.com to request an order form. Please return the form ASAP as we are sending our next order in on July 15. 

In addition to clearly marking the exterior and entrance off the main road, we ask that each homeowner, especially those who rent their home, put signage inside their home (by a phone or on the refrigerator) to inform your renters of your fire number. 

The Ladies Auxiliary of the BIVFD raises funds by holding three evenings of Bingo each season. Bingo nights this summer are on the following Tuesdays: July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8. If you are on island, we hope that you'll come support the BIVFD Auxiliary and  enjoy a fun night of Bingo with great prizes generously donated by island businesses.  

Many thanks,

The Block Island Volunteer Fire 

Department Ladies Auxiliary members