Thu, 12/07/2017 - 8:15pm

A great crew

To the Editor:

‘Tis the season to be Merry... and grateful!

The Block Island Tourism Council would like to thank the dedicated band of volunteers who helped to make the annual Christmas Tree Lighting possible: John Cullen (the man who saves Christmas every year!), Sean McGarry and Block Island Recycling Management, Pastor Hollaway and the Harbor Church, Brad Marthens, Jr., Dave Sniffen, Hope Desmarais, Scott Heinz, Jim Chase, and the entire crew from the Block Island Ferry.  

Thanks also to the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department for making sure Santa arrived on time to kick off the season in style! 

Seeing the smiling faces gathered around the tree last night was a truly joyful beginning to another great holiday season on Block Island. (See the photo below.)

The Block Island Tourism Council


Happy Birthday!

To the Editor:

Last weekend was my grandmother's 90th birthday. When asked how she would like to celebrate she didn't hesitate with her response. "I'd like a party at Kimberly's!", she exclaimed.

So we asked Kimberly, who readily agreed that she would love to have us. I write this letter to thank Kimberly, who graciously hosts so many of our community events from weddings to birthdays to funerals, with love and enthusiasm. Kimberly always seems to put so much heart into everything she does and makes all who visit her establishment feel like a part of her family.

Thank you, your kindness has not gone unnoticed! And thanks to Norman, Patty, Turbo and the rest of your awesome crew. Pencil us in for Grandma Sam's 100th!

Zena Clark

Beacon Hill Road


To the Editor:

Hello, my name is MaryAnn Seebeck, and I am honored and excited to have been hired as the Director of Public Welfare/Human Services Coordinator for Block Island.  I am available to help people connect with services that they may need, such as applying for public assistance with food or housing, help with mental or physical health concerns, family caregiving needs or health insurance issues. I will be reaching out and advocating to local, state and federal groups and agencies to access programs and services that may benefit the Block Island community. 

If you or someone you know needs help to find these types of services, please contact me and I will get you confidentially connected with resources that may help you find potential solutions.  I will be downstairs at The Island Free Library every other Saturday, beginning Dec. 16, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by email at humanservices@new-shoreham.com, or by calling or texting (401) 603-8600 evenings and weekends.

I look forward to working for the community! I will be posting notices of upcoming human services events or items of interest on the B.I. Bulletin Board, new-shoreham.com, and The Block Island Times. 

MaryAnn Seebeck, RN