Publisher's note: That priceless sense of community
Last week dozens of islanders traveled north to Vermont to attend a memorial service for Becky Domski. In her decade on Block Island as a resident and business owner she had made many friends. Her untimely death hit the community hard, especially the younger working population.
Within a few days the news of the tragic deaths of Doris and Herman Hassinger reached the island. Herman’s forceful personality and public service and Doris’s quiet grace made them valued members of the community. Tomorrow scores of islanders will gather to remember them and celebrate their lives.
And then Hurricane Sandy arrived, sparing the island widespread devastation but still leaving scars. As dawn broke on Tuesday, Mike Shea and his road crew were already hard at work removing debris from the roads. Volunteers gathered to help Kimberly and Norman and Becky and Tim, and to remove sand and rubble surrounding the Beachead.
Ballard’s Inn suffered the worst from the storm — particularly unfortunate after the extensive renovation just completed this spring. Owner Steve Filippi said “The island first responders were unbelievable. Chief Carlone, Tristan Payne, Steve Land, Kevin Hoyt, Bill McCombe ad Kirk Littlefield went into Ballard’s during the height of the surge… they constantly put their lives on the line. Enough cannot be said about their bravery and courage last night.”
The ties that bind us are a comfort when we face sorrow or adversity. When it really counts, we come together as a community.