Thu, 08/15/2019 - 9:15pm

Safety on the water

To the Editor:

I want to thank the Harbormaster and his team for their swift action during the June 30th squall. Being a mooring holder here for the past 35 years we have never witnessed such a well-oiled team. This storm blew in here very quickly but it was evident from the harbor patrol’s actions prior to the blow they were planning ahead. They were swift in making sure everyone entering the harbor was safe. During the storm they were literally responding as quickly as possible to the most urgent situations. From our perspective we saw maybe a couple of dozen boats dragging. Not all needed the harbor patrol’s help, but those who did they were responding to them as fast as humanly possible. And to top it all off in the middle of all of this boat crisis, they responded to an emergency medical call.

The professionalism and courtesy of the harbor patrol has been noted and appreciated in the past as well as what we witnessed on the 30th. We are grateful for their service to the boaters.

Paul and Jane Riggio

Mooring 418: Woodwind


To the Editor:

Anyone who has spent time around boats has heard the saying that boating is hours of enjoyment interrupted by moments of panic.

On the evening of July 19, my wife and I experienced one of those moments of panic onboard our boat (Kelly Ann) moored in the Great Salt Pond.

At around 9:30 p.m. our onboard generator, which had been operating normally for several hours, suddenly stalled and our cabin began to fill with smoke. I expected to find that the smoke was due to a burned-out belt. However, upon opening the hatch I discovered that the alternator for the generator was glowing red hot.

The heat and smoke made it impossible for me to get to my battery switches or otherwise isolate the alternator electrically. Also, the use of three onboard fire extinguishers had little effect.

At that point, I closed the engine room hatch and placed a call to the Block Island Harbormaster. I received an immediate reply and after giving my position I was told that help was on the way. Due to a thick fog that evening I stood by on the fly bridge waving a flashlight to help the Harbormaster locate my vessel.

With the use of two additional fire extinguishers we were finally able to get the alternator to stop glowing. Harbormaster Steve Land asked the Block Island Fire Department to evaluate the condition of my boat to ensure that we were safe. While BIFD was working, Steve also began making calls to see if he could find us a hotel room for the evening in the event we could not stay on board. BIFD helped me isolate the generator electrically to prevent any further issues.

As I’m writing this I realize that words can’t express the level of concern I had for my wife and two dogs before help arrived. But I will add that I spent a few moments considering that the red hot alternator was separated from over 250 gallons of gasoline only by a thin bulkhead.

I would like to thank all of the people who went above and beyond to ensure the safety of my family that evening. From the Harbors Department: Harbormaster Steve Land, Jameson Padien, and Nick Phillips. Block Island Fire Department: Assistant Chief Bain Transue, Officer Chris Hobe, Officer Chris Reeves, Reilly Hobe, and Charlie Weber. Thank you all for your rapid response, professionalism and the care and concern you showed to us (which even included an offer to put us and our dogs up in the home of a BIFD member (Chris Reeves). All of you turned a potential disaster into another example of just what a special place Block Island really is.

We have some repairs to make but I hope to see you all again on the island as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Mike and Kelly Cardente (Kelly Ann)


Safety on the land

To the Editor:

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the fine first responders who came to our aid after our cottage was struck by lightning.

Appreciation also to the Block Island Power Co., for restoring our service so quickly.

You are all a credit to our Block Island community.


Ellie and Bob Krusewski

Southeast Light Road


Honoring vets

To the Editor:

The Island Cemetery and the American Legion Post #36 are committed to recognizing fallen veterans. Your local Post #36 replaces flags and missing identification plaques twice a year on every known veteran location. If you know of an honorably discharged veteran who has been overlooked, please contact the American Legion.

Provide full name, branch of service, approximate dates of service, and location in the Island Cemetery. We will locate the site and include it in our efforts to remember their service.

Information may be sent to: American Legion Post #36, Box 777, Block Island, R.I. 02807. Or contact Tony Miller at (401) 466-2674, or at tonymiller@verizon.net.

Thank you,

Tony Miller


No parking

To the Editor:

Not too long ago, the Block Island Conservancy and The Land Trust joined together to purchase the Solviken property. My understanding is this purchase was done to preserve waterfront land for the benefit of islanders, visitors, and guests.

The intent was definitely not to provide parking for Beachead employees, contrary to what the proprietors of the Beachead might think.

This should stop immediately.

Geoffrey Lawrence

Old Town Road