Thu, 09/17/2020 - 5:30pm

Proud to serve, and thank you

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, I would like to thank the wonderful Block Island community for all of the generous donations and the numerous items that have been offered and left at the Rescue and Fire stations.

Everything from lobsters to cookies (lots of cookies), gift certificates and money have been donated to the Block Island Fire and Rescue Department throughout the summer. The countless number of people that have just stopped in to say thank you or hello, or waved and yelled thank you out the window as they drove by, was greatly appreciated.

We love what we do, and are proud to serve this great community!

Thank you!

Tracy Fredericks, Captain

Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad


Waiting for an answer

To the Editor:

Over the last several months I have listened to different council members recuse themselves from discussions and voting because of personal and/or professional conflicts. On Aug. 19, 2020, I sent an email to all of the Town Council members, as well as the two people running in this year’s election. I want to understand the conflicts that exist or are under review for potential conflict.

I sent a follow-up email on Aug. 24, 2020 requesting a reply with a third request for a reply sent on Aug. 28, 2020. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to me; I fully recognize the pressures this summer has placed on us all. It is now four weeks since my initial email, and I have received a response from everyone except for Chris Willi.

I am writing to the editor in hope that I will get the reply I have been waiting four weeks for. My request is not unreasonable, and I have given ample time for a reply.

Eileen Birk

West Side Road


Harbor Church opening its doors

To the Editor:

Indoor worship services will begin once more at 10a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 20.

We have done everything possible to ensure that these gatherings will be as safe as possible.

All Covid-19 protocols will be observed including deep cleaning and sanitation of facilities, social distancing, and wearing of masks by all in attendance. We hope you will consider joining us for this special celebration.

After Columbus Day, we plan to unlock our doors once more and invite community groups to resume some of their many activities on our campus. Please contact Pastor Peter for approval and arrangements.

Looking ahead, we also hope to host a few special events during the holiday season. We envision celebrating our annual Roll Call Dinner as a take-out event this year and invite you to express your support and appreciation for Harbor Church as an island institution through this important tradition.

Our prayers are with our students, teachers and administrators at the Block Island School as they begin a challenging fall term.

We look forward to seeing more of each other soon!

Your Friends at Harbor Church