Thu, 06/25/2020 - 6:15pm

No Bingo this summer

To the Editor:

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Block Island Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all of our “regulars” for their support year after year, and let you all know that we will not be holding Bingo at the Fire Barn this season. Later in the summer the group size will increase, but the health and safety of our dedicated volunteers and participants is our number one priority so we will not be planning any events this year.

We would like to thank all of the businesses that normally donate prizes so generously to the BIVFD Ladies Auxiliary and wish them all a successful season during this most unusual summer.

To our attendees we would ask that you please stay healthy and, while on island, support our island shops, restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, kayak rentals, fishing charters, ice cream shops and other unique businesses. Normally these business owners are so generous to island non-profits like ours.

This year we all need to show them our generosity.

We’d also like to wish Michael Aaron of Clayhead Salon our very best and thank him for the summers of calling Bingo at the Fire Barn.

Please have a safe and healthy summer!

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Block Island Volunteer Fire Department


A parable

To the Editor:

Firstly, a big thank you to André Boudreau for encouraging young folks to get involved in the political process. I’d like to add that there are almost always vacancies on various boards and commissions, which all could use some fresh ideas and points of view. For example, I serve on the Conservation Commission, where the average age of members is about 70.

Secondly, regarding the article “Responses to Raimondo’s ferry remarks show deep division” (The Block Island Times, June 20), I’m reminded of the parable about Mike and Pauly. During a rather spirited disagreement at the pub, Pauly bloodied Mike’s nose. Finding himself before the judge, Pauly asked, “Isn’t this a free county?” The judge replied, “It is. However, your freedom stops just short of Mike’s nose.”


Fred Leeder

Beacon Hill


Hail to the chief

To the Editor:

For the past 10 years, Block Island has been an integral part of my personal development and an experience I would trade for nothing. Starting as a Jamaican J1 student to becoming one of the managers at Ballard’s, has been a rewarding experience. What makes Block Island special is not only its natural beauty, but its amazing people that contribute to an experience that is second to none and the great relationships developed here.

One such person is Chief Vincent Carlone of the New Shoreham Police Department. Over the past decade, I have had countless interactions with Chief Carlone and it is without a doubt that I can say he is among the best and is an asset to his department and this island. It’s not often you find an authoritative figure that strikes the perfect balance of commanding respect while also remaining humble, approachable, and willing to provide assistance in any way possible and does it solely on the basis of your humanity. Chief Carlone possesses every trait and does a great job as a leader every day and every way. He has conducted himself with dignity while carrying out the mandate of his office as a public servant with excellence.

In these very turbulent times of racial divide, when the police are constantly being demonized, it is my duty to give credit where it is due as a person of color. I would like to publicly thank Chief Carlone for his continued service and support, not only to the people of Block Island, but also to the workers and foreign students and making this a great place to visit and an even better place to work.

Markodane Lorne

Block Island