Thu, 05/14/2020 - 6:30pm

Clearing matters up

To the Editor:

During a Town Council meeting two weeks ago, Councilor André Boudreau expressed trepidation that the Hotel Manisses may be operating as a rooming house and moving staff into the Overlook housing.

Andre’s remarks upset my brother Blake and me because they are simply not true, and do not reflect our efforts to help protect Block Island during this pandemic. Indeed, Manisses has three employees on Block Island — that have been here since before the Town’s March declaration of emergency — and none of them live at the Overlook. Other than Island residents living at their island homes, all other Manisses staff are staying in mainland housing until travel to Block Island is appropriate.

André’s remarks were based on incorrect information. If that information were true, his remarks would have been entirely justified.

None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. It’s how we respond to mistakes that matters. In André’s case, he was immediately available to discuss what occurred, expressed genuine concern, and offered to help correct the public record.

So, the good news is that the Manisses is doing its part to keep Block Island safe. Even more important is that we have dependable Town leadership in these uncharted waters.


Paul Filippi

Coast Guard Road


Thank you all

To the Editor:

Heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who have wished me well into the next chapter of my life! Thank you for the quips, comments, cards and tokens of appreciation.

I shall truly cherish them.

Love to all,

Be safe. Stay healthy.

Donna Smith

West Side Road