Thu, 12/31/2020 - 5:00pm

Thanks for a successful fundraiser

Dear Block Island Community (and beyond!),

Thank you for another successful fundraiser. With your generosity, I was able to raise $1,264 for the Block Island Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments. I hope this money will be able to help them with all the important things they do for Block Island.

Thank you for your support over the years and I look forward to next December!

Abigail Willi

High Street


Ice Bucket Challenge

To the Editor,

It’s sad there will not be an official Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1, 2021, an event I encourage everyone to try at least once. Talk about bragging rights!

However, I am deeply touched and grateful the B.I. Lions Club is encouraging people to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and donate to the ALS Association in honor/memory of my brother, John Henry Tripler. Thank you for thinking of JH and other people with ALS.

I would like to encourage those who are planning to do the Ice Bucket Challenge to “shop locally” by sending their donations to the ALS Association of Rhode Island (a chapter of the national ALS Association). This wonderful organization supports Rhode Islanders with ALS, and their caregivers, in many ways. Among their programs is the monthly ALS Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital where a caring and competent multi-specialist team provides comprehensive, personalized follow-up for each person with ALS. And, this team is always on call. Our family never could have managed, especially in the sometimes frantic last few weeks of John Henry’s life, without their help, direction and love.

Here is their contact info:

ALS Association of R.I.
2374 Post Road Suite 103
Warwick, RI, 02886-2270
(401) 732-1609

Here are the best instructions/rules I could find for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: www.mtv.com/news/1904680/icebucket-challenge-rules

Finally, the above photo of John Henry and George Tripler was taken by an ALS Clinic volunteer at John Henry’s visit on July 13, 2018.

Happy New Year, everybody! I believe 2021 will be wonderful!

Judy Tripler Katz


Expression of gratitude

To the Block Island Community,

We at Island Bound Bookstore want to express our gratitude for all the support you have shown us over this past year. We couldn’t be here without you and we do appreciate your choosing to shop at your local bookstore.

Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Susan Bush
Laura Parsons
Chet Desmarais


Blood drive on Jan. 7

Our first blood drive of 2021 will take place on Thursday, Jan. 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harbor Baptist Church. We hope you make every effort to be there. Every donor will receive a very warm winter hat with handsome writing, naming you as a blood donor. All appropriate precautions have been taken by the blood staff. These drives have the full support of the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Block Island Medical Center.

Appointments are the preferred method of signing up. This will permit donations to be spread out and not all bunched together. To make an appointment, visit website http://www.ribc.org/drives or call (401) 453-8383.Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will come first. Walk-ins will be accepted if safe spacing exists when they arrive.

Here are some things to remember:

• Age 16 May donate with parent s permission

• Age 17 and above may donate and there is no upper age cutoff

• Those who have had Lyme disease may be able to donate. Those who had babesiosis can give after two years. If you have any questions of eligibility call (401) 453-8307 and speak with a specialist.

• Bring a photo ID

 So, you are essential. You. can save lives. The need is greater than ever before. Give hope and please donate blood.

Peter Greenman, Coordinator

Rhode Island Blood Center