Thu, 05/31/2018 - 9:15pm

Ask the residents first

To the Editor: 

I’m writing in response to the May 19th article “Harbors facility at Ball O’Brien gets a closer look.” As an owner at the Salt Pond Settlement and longtime past member of that board, I know that the residents there know all too well about the challenges we have had with trees on that property that were too close to the buildings. The supposed “mistaken” clearing of the land by the town was done after a simple request to trim some trees. Instead of trimming they were removed! The idea by Land Trust Chair Barbara MacMullan to go ahead with planting trees close to the stone border wall is not the right idea since they will grow to be too close to the buildings, which led to this problem in the first place. 

Here’s a suggestion. Please reach out to the Salt Pond Settlement board to ask them about what their concerns are before simply doing what is most convenient for the town, the Harbors Committee, and the Land Trust, while they all debate their 30-plus-year plan for the property. While it sure is convenient that the land is cleared and everyone can go there to consider various program alternatives for office space, boat ramps, and restroom facilities, it sure would be nice if a more permanent solution could be put in place for people using the Ball O’Brien Park and residents of Salt Pond Settlement. 

David Silverman

Salt Pond Settlement

West Side Road 


A blooming success

To the Editor:

The sun was shining and throngs came out to the Bake, Book, and Bloom fundraiser to support our wonderful library. 

The plants provided by Clark Farms were glorious. Many thanks to all the bakers who provided so many yummy treats. Hats off to the URI Master Gardeners who once again answered our questions and tested soil. 

The Silent Auction this year was huge due to the generosity of the following businesses: 1661 Inn, Adrift, Aldo’s Restaurant, Aldo’s Bakery, Atlantic Inn Restaurant, B.I. Times, Beachead Restaurant,  Becca Hollaway, Bethany’s Airport Diner,  Block Island Pizza, B.I. Reservations, BITs, Block Island Sports Shop, Block Island Trading Company, Block Market, Blocks of Fudge, Building Blocks Toy Store, Calaveras, Cameron Greenlee, Gerard Closset, Darius Inn, Dead Eye Dick’s, Diamondblue Surf Shop, East of the River Nile, Edie Blane, Eli’s Restaurant, Finn’s Seafood Restaurant, Golddiggers’s Jewelry, Harborside, Hunter Barto, Ice Cream Place, Interstate Navigation Co., Island Bound, Island Hardware, Janet Merritt, Jennifer’s Jewelry, Jerry’s Paint and Hardware, Jessie Edwards, Kimberly’s Restaurant, Koru, Lazy Fish, Leah Robinson, M & C Gas Station, Mahoney’s, Marilyn Bogdanffy, Marye-Kelley, McAloon’s Restaurant, Narragansett, New England Airlines, North Light Fibers, Ocean Adventures Block Island, Old Harbor Takeout, Old Post Office Bagel Shop, Photo Dog, Rebecca’s, Red Right Return, Salt Hair Shop, Salty Dog/Peppered Cat, Sea Breeze Inn, Smitty’s Ice Cream, Solstice, Star Department Store, Spring House Restaurant, Strings & Things, Surf Hotel, Ted Merritt, The National Hotel, The Oar, Three Sisters, Wave, Wildflowers Boutique, and Winfield’s.    

Interstate Navigation also provided the transportation for the Clark Farm’s truck.

As always, many Friends helped with the event during the planning stages and on the big day. The staff of the Library provided invaluable assistance. And, of course, there were all the people who came to enjoy the event and contributed to its success. 

To all of you, the Friends of the Island Free Library extend our sincere thanks. 

Mary Sue Record, President

Friends of the Island Free Library