The latest community tradition to fall victim to the Corona Virus is the annual New Year’s Eve bonfire at Ninigret park.
Frank Glista, who has been building the bonfire for 13 years, said that after speaking with town officials, it was agreed that the bonfire would not take place this year.
Glista said he had announced the cancellation early out of fairness to the event’s major donor, Arnold Lumber, which collects and donates the pallets — about 400 last year.
“I have to let Arnold Lumber know way in advance, because they have to collect all the pallets from the different yards that they own, and they get them stacked and they do a great job for me,” he said. “But I didn’t want to let them go to the last minute and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, I need 500 pallets.’ I wanted to give everybody kind of a heads- up.”
Read the rest of The Westerly Sun article by Cynthia Drummond here.