The Block Island Times

Letters - March 15

Mar 14, 2014

To the Editor:

In the report on the meeting of the Senior Advisory Committee in the paper [of March 1], I am quoted as saying that the island “really needed a social worker for senior concerns.” That may be exactly what I said but, if so, I misspoke. The fact is that Block Island should have a social worker for all of its residents, regardless of age, who need the services of such a professional.

Bill Wilson

Cooneymus Road

To the Editor:

Our last blood drive was a significant success. We had 38 donors on Block Island. One faithful Block Island donor was off island that day but donated at the Narragansett office of Rhode Island Blood Center. That ties a record of 39 for a drive we held in 2007. Ten people in the last hour were turned away because the attendants must close the center at 2:45.

There is an enormous job breaking down the center, loading it into the truck and all onto the last boat. So we thank all donors and those that wanted to be. We will accommodate you next time. This was a great tribute to Block Islander Tim Connor, who contracted leukemia last July and is in frequent need of blood.

Needless to say, the Rhode Island Blood Center was delighted with the turnout.

Our next drive is May 8 and will be held at the school. This presence shows our students the value of donating and makes it easy for them and school workers to donate. There will be plenty of notice beforehand. Thank you once again for your generosity.

Peter Greenman

Rhode Island Blood Center

To the Editor:

This morning, I learned that the Coastal Resource Management Commission has two remaining deadlines: April 3 and 18. They cannot take any concluding vote until May.

Read the late Peter Lord’s “Saving Block Island: How John R. “Rob” Lewis led the way.” (

Mr. Lord, born in Matunuck, died at 60, full of honors, four years ago. His tribute, at the University of Rhode Island on a lovely day, was standing room only.

Read his work. Slowly. In the piece, Rob borrowed language from a land trust in New Canaan, Conn., in 1972, an organization he called the “Block Island Conservancy.” Read on, about Weldon Dodge, Herbert Whitman, Luella Ball, mother of the future First Warden Martha Ball. Adrian J. Mitchell, a young highway worker, was assistant treasurer.

Capt. Lewis includes the story of Rodman’s Hollow. John Chafee’s “Green Acres” program was in place.

Many, many others have worked to save this beautiful place, and work today.

Do not lose it.

Do not lose the stars.

For Rodman’s Hollow, among the first Capt. Lewis solicited were his older children, Keith and Nancy. Though both were just out of school, each gave their father $1,000.

Mr. Lord quotes his friend, “I earnestly plead with those who are relentlessly pursuing the courses of development, speculation, etc., to spare this lovely spot… I would plead that you consider now what you would finally gain in the end when it is all over... Everybody who ever grew up on Block Island always loved this place.”

Mr. Lord writes, “One of his favorite places was a field of daisies so bright that on moonlit nights, they seemed to glow.”

Helen Farrell Allen






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