Wed, 11/27/2019 - 8:15pm

The tree lighting will go on

To the Editor:

On Thursday November 21, 2019 the Block Island Tourism Council began the annual endeavor of putting up the Community Christmas Tree.

We would like to start off by recognizing the King of Christmas, John Cullen! You make Santa proud.

Thank you to Sean McGarry and his crew at BIRM for storing the tree.

Thank you to Pastor Peter Preiser and the Harbor Church for so graciously giving this community event a home.

The tree went up in record time this year, thanks to our awesome volunteers: Brad Marthens, Hope Desmarais, Logan Chase, Julie Fuller, Jorge Aragao, Miguel Chicoj, Dave Sniffen, Jim Chase, and the crew from the Block Island Ferry: Colin Waitkun, Ronnie Bodell, Dante Marinaro, Drew Tedeski, Zach Curzake and Steve Yekelchik.

We can’t wait to see you all at the Tree Lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by the Block Island School kids under Ms. Hennessy. We will be welcoming, once again, a very special visitor from the North Pole. We strive to light the tree as close to 6 p.m. as possible!

Jessica Willi

Director, Tourism Council


An island event

To the Editor:

The generosity, community spirit, and environmental awareness were on full display on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at the Old Island Pub. The Bo Gempp Memorial Fundraiser always brings out the best in the island’s concern for “The crown jewel of Block Island” — the Great Salt Pond. The Bo Fund Family is happy to thank the hosts of this year’s event: Nat, Paige, Terri and The Old Island Pub family. Their hospitality and flexibility made the day warm and inviting. Further thanks go out to two island aquaculturists, Chris Warfel and Perry Phillips, for their generous contributions to the tribute. Last but not least, we wish to thank the volunteers who opened their hearts and purses and gave of their culinary talents to ensure the total success of the fundraiser.

The most asked question of the day was, “Where do donations go?” At this point, the funds have gone to the bank. As those of us who knew Bo will attest, he would ask us to spend the funds with the most positive long-term impact on the environmental resource. The fund is looking at several avenues that will make a difference, including addressing such issues as shellfish stock production, exploring different methods of green crab control, and student scholarships for those interested in the health of the Great Salt Pond.

In moving forward, the Friends of Bo Gempp understand that partnering with island organizations and businesses is essential to ensuring the long term health of the Great Salt Pond.

Again, we thank you all for your support and we will keep you updated as our project support is clear.

Please send your tax deductible contributions to The Bo Gempp Fund, PO Box 818, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807

Bob and Pat Hoyt

and all the friends of the “Bo Gempp Fund”


A town service

To the Editor:

Re: 'Mott seeking location for impound business/Appeals violations for using his own property,” in the Oct. 31 edition. Precisely how is Mr. Mott going to “come into compliance” when the only property available to him is zoned solely for residential use that allows for "no more than two dismantled, junk or abandoned vehicles” to be stored there? He is asked to impound vehicles numbering many more than that by the same town that penalizes him for using his only current choice of property for a place of impoundment.

Mr. Mott has been responsive to the Town of New Shoreham and the New Shoreham Police Department whenever they have called him for help and service, and it would seem that the least the town can do is provide him with,  and lease to him, an acceptable space for performing the work he is asked to do.  

Fran Migliaccio

Sands Pond Road