2 days ago, 05/28/2015 at 5:51pm
Islanders suffered a couple of terrible losses this week. Jo Finney appears to have perished in a fast-moving fire that engulfed her home late Sunday. While Islanders await a positive identification, which was not available at press time and may take weeks, Islanders grieve the loss of our friend and neighbor as we await final confirmation. An awful in-between place to be with hope battling grief.
The weekend also saw the untimely passing of Krysten Williamson, who many know from the Sandbar & Grille. Another young life ended far too soon, leaving more questions than answers and a lot of sorrow to live with.
Both deaths have cast a pall over our Island and brought a renewed perspective to many. There’s surprise and sadness and the inevitable, "I just saw her – how can this be?” "You just never know when your time is up, do you?”
As we all ponder the sudden loss of two of our own this week, the silver lining is already showing through the clouds. Islanders wasted no time in recognizing that in the same fire that claimed a life, two Islanders were wounded and lost everything they own. They need help and Islanders have responded.
The Beached Whale and Gulfshore Grill/The Cottage are holding a Block Party Benefit on Tuesday, June 2 for Paulie and Carol, injured in the fire. They’re looking for support and donations at the party that will have music, raffles and a silent auction.
A Yoga event will be held on the beach, just north of Newton House on Monday, June 1 at 8:15am. Yoga Instructor Cristina Denegre will match all donations up to $500.