I am writing this letter as a board member of the Westerly Girls Softball League. The league is a nonprofit girls softball league that has provided Westerly area girls with the opportunity to learn and play the game of softball, both slow-pitch and, more recently, fast-pitch, for more than 40 years. We utilize the town-owned fields at Cimalore Field, and have helped maintain and make improvements to the facilities there over the years. The league offers low-cost non-competitive softball to all girls in the Westerly area and sponsors those who are unable to afford the registration fees. We are able to recoup some of these funds through concession sales at the concession stand that the league worked to build. Unfortunately, the concession stand has been vandalized and broken into several times over the past few years. In some of those break-ins, we have lost cash and inventory that would have gone to assist with the expenses of running the league.
On June 22 of this year, I got a 2 a.m. phone call from the Westerly Police dispatcher telling me that an officer has discovered yet another break-in at the concession stand. Some of our members had been at the concession stand just several hours earlier putting in candy and other goods for the next day’s season finale. The thieves had broken into our cash register, stealing a small amount of money. They also took candy and other items from the concession stand. Thanks to the good work of the Westerly Police, we were able to clean things up and be ready for the 9 o’clock start of games that morning.
On June 24 at 3:40 a.m., I received another phone call from the Westerly Police dispatcher alerting us that an officer had found that someone attempted to break into the concession stand yet again.
On June 25, I received another 2 a.m. call from the Westerly Police dispatcher telling me that an officer had discovered a break-in at the concession stand; but this time, they had captured two juveniles in the act. The would-be thieves had also committed acts of vandalism inside the stand. The thieves had their back-packs full of inventory from the stand, and no doubt would have come back for more if not for the excellent work of the Westerly Police Department.
I want to thank Chief Ed St. Claire for the excellent work of Detective Sgt. Peter Brancato, Sgt. Robert Greene, Cpl. Ailton Medina, and officers Brian Bruno, Nicholas Mouradjian and John Leddy, and the police dispatchers. I apologize if I missed anyone involved. It is a comfort to know that our police force is actively checking our town-owned facilities in an effort to prevent these unfortunate acts.
The writer is a Westerly Girls Softball League board member.