Thu, 12/12/2019 - 7:45pm

A mainland car inspection

To the Editor:

Letters to the editor are essential on a small island like ours. It may be one of the most effective ways to get a message out to the public.

Please note that cars can no longer be inspected for emissions here on Block Island. I was made aware of it by calling and getting the recorded message from our inspection center. That now means that you and your car must be ferried off island and back at a cost of $100.00 or more to add to the inspection cost and a day lost.

That’s not all.

New regulations, which may be the reason for the cessation of inspections on the island, may make it difficult to get Island cars to comply. Chief of Police Vin Carlone is aware of this and told me he will assist islanders with this predicament. I presently have a car at a local off-island car dealer inspection center that failed twice because of a dash engine light suggesting an “oxygen sensor” was defective. They replaced the sensor, but refused the window decals until I drove it 200 miles and bring it back, which I did for another round trip ferry ride ($100.00) and another day lost.

Try putting 200 miles on your car on Block Island, it will make you dizzy. My car is in pristine shape and runs great with or without an “oxygen sensor.” It failed the third time because the dash light was still on when I returned, which was supposed to be remedied. “We have to start all over again, sir, it’s the law.” So far my bill is over $500 and I refused to take the car until they put the sticker on the windshield. They are now holding it and driving 200 miles and checking it again and will call me. You will be given 30 days to have all of this done by Department of Motor Vehicles or the car must be re-registered. I am almost there.

One more note, if your license plate is dull or damaged you fail inspection and need a new plate. Your old number takes six weeks but you only have four weeks to do it so you will need a new registration and plate. Good luck, islanders,

Solution could be some help from the Town Council in getting an island inspection center opened again and while we are at it, a place for Peter Mott’s towing which is essential for this island. Fat chance!.

John Willis

Beacon Hollow Farm (Ride a horse.)


Fundraising for a good cause

To the Editor:

My name is Abigail Willi and I am 10 years old and in the fifth grade at the Block Island School. The past few years I have done a Bake Sale Fundraiser, once for Crossroads R.I. and last year for the New England Aquarium. With the help of my friends and community I raised almost $1,000 each year!

This year I am hoping to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise. Sandy Hook Promise is an organization that trains students and adults to know the signs of gun violence. I saw a video they put out in September at back-to-school and have been thinking about it ever since. That is why I chose them this year.

The bake sale will be Wednesday, December 18th, from 3:30 to 5-ish at the Island Free Library. If the weather is nice I will be set up outside, if not I will be inside. This is the first day of the Children's Christmas Market at the library.  It would be awesome if you would come by and support this cause and get a delicious treat!

This Saturday, Dec. 14, is the 7th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  If you want to watch the video that inspired me you can here: youtube.com/watch?v=b5ykNZl9mTQ.

Thank you for your help,

Abigail Willi

(Hello! Jessica here, Abigail's mom. Any questions please feel free to call or text me at (401) 486-9660. If you aren't on island but are interested in donating, you can make checks out to Sandy Hook Promise, with Abigail Willi in the subject line, and mail them to Jessica Willi, Box 1968, Block Island, R.I. 02807.)


A banking experience

To the Editor:

Who can you trust?

The day before leaving for Thanksgiving I activated my new ATM card issued by our local bank by calling the number on the card’s peel-off sticker.

The robot said I was all set, and I duly destroyed my old card.

To set the record straight, none of what follows reflects badly on our own local branch, God knows, they always bend over backwards to help.

But a ferry ride and a hundred miles later, at an ATM in Connecticut, I was in for a rude awakening when all I got out of the machine was a slip of paper saying my request for cash was denied.

At the counter, I learned that the new card was issued by mistake and was no good even though it was activated.

Not a good way to start off Thanksgiving far from home.

Then a few days later I called the bank’s Customer Solutions Center and was told that it was not their fault, it was the card issuer’s, that I should have been suspicious of having received a new card when my old one was still not outdated, and that I should have called the bank.


I’m as familiar as most of us with computer glitches.

I’m even able to imagine how new ATM cards might get mistakenly mailed, but I am baffled that at least a week later, as in my case, the activation process couldn’t have been stopped.

Wasn’t anybody paying attention?

No one could enlighten me at the main office.

Maybe sending me a lollipop would help.

Douglas Gasner

Corn Neck Road