Thu, 09/05/2019 - 8:45pm

A very happy ‘thank you’

The following was sent to Harbormaster Steve Land and copied to The Block Island Times:

Dear Harbormaster,

We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you, the medical staff at the trauma center and all involved in saving me and my wife’s life on Aug. 18.

We are writing this aboard our motor vessel Phin, repaired and cleaned, where we are recovering.

Since we cannot personally thank everyone, we would appreciate it if you would show this or post this so everyone can see how grateful we are.


John and Carolyn Courtney and Crew

M/V Phin

Avondale, R.I.


Bikes not the problem

To the Editor:

I read with interest your article on “Vehicle traffic of all kinds raising concerns” (August 24, 2019), but I was dismayed to see tired arguments made against “reckless bicycle activity.”

The public roads of Block Island are shared public spaces. We should place a priority on walkers, runners, cyclists, and other vulnerable users before considering vehicular throughput (and blaming bicycle riders for our problems). After all, Block Island is known and valued for its shared, safe, and slow roads, not for the speed with which you can drive your SUV from Rodman’s Hollow to The Maze. Yes, certain cyclists can be erratic, and bikers should be encouraged to ride single file, but the diversity of our road use has an overall traffic calming effect.

The only true solution to island congestion is to promote more alternatives to driving, such as offering pedal-assist bicycles and jitney service, and to remove vehicles, both moving and parked, from the roads and shoulders. I am an island driver, and I would be inconvenienced by such changes, but a day will come when the busiest town roads will need to be given over to pedestrian and bicycle use.

Until then, walkers should be put first, public events such as the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks should be closed early to cars, and drivers should be put on notice that their priorities come last on island roads.   

James Panero

Cooneymus Road


Stories well told

To the Editor:

The Island Free Library had another successful season of pop-up storytimes this summer. Jami and I had so much fun traveling all around the island to share the joy of reading! We could not have done it without the support from our amazing community.

Thank you to Paige and the Spring Street Gallery for hosting our first pop-up of the season. The front lawn under the trees was a perfect spot! Thank you to Andrea and the Sea Breeze Inn for hosting our second pop-up of 2019 — that backyard spot was such a cool space to read in, and it gave many of us a chance to see that view for the first time. Thank you to Lauri and the Block Island Cookie Company for accommodating us on a rainy day for our biggest storytime of the summer, with 36 kids and 34 adults in attendance, and for the special cookie treats. Thank you to Christy, Becca, and the Darius Inn for hosting our first August storytime in your glorious backyard.

We are so grateful to have such special neighbors. Thank you to Pam, Amy, and the Historical Society for hosting us under the tent, and allowing the kids to see inside the museum, which looks truly remarkable. Thank you to Valerie and the Block Island Maritime Institute for hosting us for the second year in a row-we love being down by the water and the backyard is an awesome place to read and dance. Finally, thank you to Steve and the Block Island Pizza Pie Company for hosting our final storytime, complete with a grand finale pizza party. We also traveled to Andy’s Way and the Solviken Property this summer to round out our summer 2019 season. At these pop-up storytimes, we were able to read to a total of 129 kids and 120 adults, and we encouraged each one of them to visit the library to join in the many on-site programs we offer. This year we were again able to distribute books to each child at every storytime to build up their own home library and encourage a love of reading.

Thanks for a terrific summer and we are looking forward to a great fall at the library.

Morgan Walsh

Youth Services Librarian

Island Free Library


Clambake a success

To the Editor:

On a beautiful August day overlooking the Great Salt Pond, the Block Island Lions Club held its 25th Annual Clambake on the lawn of the Narragansett Inn.

The food was delicious, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the country tunes of J. Whitaker and Co. lent a festive air to the proceedings.

The Lions send a huge thank you to the following parties who generously donated to the event:

- The Draper Family for the use of The Narragansett Inn

- Kimberly’s Restaurant

- Rosemary Connelli Graphic Design

- Block Island Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary

- The Town of New Shoreham

- Lamb’s Package Service

- Block Island Recycling Management

- Littlefield & Sons

- Peter Vican

I also want to acknowledge the many volunteer hours donated by our members, as well as by the friends of the Block Island Lions Club.

The success of the event has increased our ability to serve our Block Island community.

Dennis Riordan

President, Block Island Lions Club