A letter from the Chief
To the Editor:
Earlier this month on a Friday night, a few teenaged kids, good friends, left a gathering in South Kingstown and ended up in a serious car crash that resulted in a 17 year-old boy named Aiden Mulligan receiving a critical, life-threatening brain injury. Aiden is from a good South County family, with hard-working parents, who are still gathered around him in the hospital where he remains in very serious condition. The cause of the crash was said to be excessive speed and the driver, another young man from a good family, is now facing the serious criminal charge of driving to endanger with serious personal injury resulting.
Two friends’ lives are now hanging in the balance. One is unconscious fighting for his life in a hospital bed, the other is facing the brunt of the criminal justice system and could end up in prison; both lives forever altered in very significant ways.
This could be any community; we all get a turn, it seems. It is important for all communities to understand that these accidents are preventable. I would ask that all families talk to their children of driving age about this, and set good examples for your kids by driving politely and obeying the driving laws, even in the winter!
All communities should stick together when these terrible things happen. I would also ask everyone to keep Aiden in your prayers, he is hanging in there, but it’s very serious. It would also be kind of you to donate to his gofundme account to help with the mounting medical bills. If anyone would rather drop off a check for the family, you can bring it to the New Shoreham Police Department, made out to Sharry Cota Mulligan, Aiden’s mother.
Here’s something positive. As I pulled into work at 7:30 on a recent Sunday morning, I saw several of our teenagers geared up and washing the fire trucks with several members of our Fire Department. I think that means that our kids were home early on Saturday night. We had some accidents earlier in the winter involving some young people, resulting in court action. The Fire Department saw the problem, and it seems most of our teenagers were encouraged to join, and have been training every weekend and other days all winter. We haven’t had any more accidents as a result.
Good work, Block Island Fire Department. Thank you!
Chief Vin Carlone
Chief of Police
To the Editor:
I am writing to thank all the students who have attended my Block Island Yoga classes over the last 23 years. Although I will still be leading seasonal retreats, I have decided that my commuting days are over and I will not be teaching weekly classes in 2019. I am so grateful to Jim Reale, my first yoga teacher, who started leading classes at St Andrew Parish Center in 1995. My teaching began a year later when I covered Jim’s classes while he studied in India. Certified in 1997, I taught year-round until 2015 and have commuted for the last three summers.
I wish to express my gratitude to all those who have offered space for Block Island Yoga classes: St Andrew Parish, Harbor Church; B.I. Community Center, Block Island Club; the former Encore Gallery; former Ete store; and many galleries above the Post Office.
To my students: it has been such an honor to lead you in practice and to learn with you and from you. Many of you have been with me for decades. I love and appreciate you all! I am so grateful for your presence, for your trust, for your commitment to yourselves and your well-being.
I am passing the torch to Gwendolyn Alker who will take over the Kripalu Yoga classes at the Parish Center this summer. Exact schedule will be announced. Gwendolyn started with Jim as well and has been studying with me for 20 years. The lineage continues.
Susan J. Littlefield
Block Island Yoga