Thu, 05/21/2020 - 7:30pm

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To the Editor: 

I’ve been alerted to the fact that upgrading work has commenced on Andy’s Way. The road is an important one on the island and it’s heartening to know that the town considers it a valuable asset and continues to maintain and improve it.

In reference to that, next year will be the 50th anniversary of the death of Andy Starr, in whose memory his parents, Al and Norma Starr, bought and donated the land that is Andy’s Way. The family has roots on the island going back to the fi rst settlers and both Al and Norma contributed their time, money and a deep love of the island during their lifetimes. It would be fi tting that fi nally there is some kind of permanent memorial be erected to honor Andy and his family so that the thousands of residents and visitors who use Andy’s Way can know of and remember this generous gift; given in sorrow, but used with joy.


Susan A. McGregor

North Kingstown, R.I.

Ed. note: Please see our story on page 1.


… and another

To the Editor:

Re: The Town Council meeting of May 6.

It seems to me that the Council is trying to shut the barn door after the horse is gone.

Regarding off-island workers:

The builders should be in the primary position and the town in the secondary position regarding the work force coming to the island.

It is incumbent that the builder has each worker tested for the COVID-19 virus. Proof of the workers safety is to be provided to the town.

It is incumbent that the builder provide safe and healthy lodging for each worker. Conditions should be approved by Building Official Marc Tillson.

Workers would then be under the mandate of the state of Rhode Island.

Block Island is an enclosed community with only one doctor. Therefore, extreme caution should be taken to ensure the safety and the health of the people who live here.

Jane Hopkins

Block Island