A simple wish
At 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 (Eastern Standard Time) the tiny independent island state of Samoa, located in the South Pacific, will be the first inhabited place to welcome in the 2019 New Year.
A mere 102 miles to its east lies American Samoa — it’s right over the International Date Line that was re-established in 2011 — which will be the last place to ring in 2019 at 7 a.m., Jan. 1, 2019 (our time).
A lot can and will happen in between those 26 hours, so to try to mine the significant events that occur over the course of any 12-month period seems rather fruitless. So, mercifully, we’re not going to boil down 2018 in the space we have available here.
We will say that from our perch, Block Island, as a whole, as a community, had a pretty good year. The economy was fine, there were some public accomplishments, and a major public works project — broadband — is underway. No major political or social upheavals, at least not out here.
As for next year, this is all we can say: Let us hope that 2019 sees our accomplishments amplified and our setbacks minimized, and that we wish for everyone in our extended Block Island community a joyous and healthy 12 months ahead.
Happy New Year!