Sun, 12/08/2019 - 9:45am

‘Incorrect and misleading’

To the Editor:

Regarding your reporting of my stepping down as the Block Island School Food Service Manager, the first sentence of your article is incorrect and misleading. To be clear, no questionable food handling practices have occurred since my employment and, as far as I know, under any previous management. Please choose your words more carefully. Inaccurate statements are confusing, potentially inflammatory and could cause unnecessary concern.

If you had been considerate enough to communicate with me before publishing out-of-context bits and pieces of a letter I wrote two months ago, I would have brought you up to date. You would have avoided misconstruing my motivation and unnecessarily raising parents’ concerns. My reasons for wanting to move on are personal and varied; I implicate no person or particular issue for my decision. Since writing to Supt. Michael Convery and Principal Kristine Monje on Sept. 29, some of the specifics I noted have been resolved or at least addressed. In particular, the grease trap has been repaired and is now easier to maintain. My letter was an opportunity to offer some personal perspective as the school hires its next food service manager.

The Food Service Manager position has been an enlightening experience with many rewards. Until I am replaced, preparing wholesome, nourishing food for the children of Block Island will continue to be my driving force. The most gratifying aspect of the job is being around this unique group of kids.  They are kind, appreciative, funny, bright — they have been the highlight and a true joy.


Cindy Kelly

Coast Guard Road

Ed. Note: See related story on page 10.


Bon appetit!

To the Editor:

I wanted to let you know that the Sun Farm Oyster fundraiser raised the equivalent of $2,360 in a little over two hours last Tuesday for Block Island non-profits. That’s about 2,700 oysters! The Block Island Historical Society used a mix of maize and a donation jar in a wicker basket to receive the $50 first prize bonus for the most creative donation jar. (We are limiting the size next year). I know also that The Block Island Times alerted its readers several times to this event, helping get the word out. A special thanks to the firm of Gaffett, Gaffett, and Musso for bringing much-needed sustenance to the oyster baggers: sommelier/farmer Sadie Flateman and myself. Keeping us hydrated kept us going.

Seriously, we would not have raised this amount without the generosity of so many people who donated in excess of our suggested donation amount. Good job and thank you to everyone who participated. See you next year. (I’ll update the sign at the Surf.) Bon appetit!                


Christopher Warfel

Sun Farm Oysters, LLC


‘Be very proud’

To the Editor:

I wanted to congratulate the girls volleyball team on an amazing season. I was able to watch the last home game and was impressed by the  athleticism, skill, sportsmanship, and teamwork exhibited by this very new team. And, yes, it would have been sweet to win the championship but be very proud of what you accomplished. We are!

John Warfel

Dunn Town Road


A runaway success

To the Editor:

More than 200 participants entered the 15th annual Block Island Turkey Trot, enjoying a fun run on a cold and blustery day. This year the Trot welcomed runners from all over New England and drew the interest of runners from Oregon, Illinois and North Carolina. The first male finisher was John Fuller, from Block Island, and the first female finisher was Kimberly Battipaglia. Results are posted at SNERRO.COM.

Thanks to everyone that helped to make this year another success. Special thanks to the following: Cindy Lasser and the Block Island Chamber staff, Moira O’Neill and Tadhg O’Neill, and Jaime Johnston’s McPick Services. Once again, the Mansion Beach water stop was manned by Dennis Riordan and Thomas Szabo. Finally, our thanks to all the volunteers for their support before, during and after the race.

Please remember the race sponsors: Kimberly’s, Aldo’s, Ballard Hall Real Estate, Diamond Blue Surf Shop, Summer Sisters, Dish Off the Block, The McCollam Insurance Agency, Smitty’s, Lepizzera Laprocina, New York Life, Interstate Navigation, Block Island Accommodations, North Light Fibers, Clarey Clayworks, Glass Onion, Rebecca’s Seafood Take-out, and Block Island Musicians.

For the Turkey Trot,

K. Trustrum Coords and Megan Hennessy