I missed the Portuguese Feast Parade this year for the first time ever. I missed out last week on informing readers that it was happening on the 16th and 17th, and I apologize for that. Not only that, but my family and I did not head to Vineyard Avenue on Sunday in time to cheer on and give support to all the marchers who, despite many obligations, carry on this long-time tradition.
So many of the old Portuguese people that were residents of Vineyard Avenue are no longer present: among them Fanny and Frank Simmons, Tony and Annie Alley, the Albert Sylvias. Elvira and Gus BenDavid, Stella and Arthur Ben David, the Correiras, Ruth and Snooky Fisher and of course my late mother-in-law, Elizabeth Alley. They really made up their own little village on that one street and loved and took care of each other, raising all the children, and many of those children still remain close friends today.
Now that street is different. Ed and Linda BenDavid, Betty Rose, Anita Combra and Tony and Jane Maseda are the last of the long-time residents on Chicken Street, as it was called by old timers. Times change, but thanks to Tricia Bergeron and her faithful workers, the feast and parade still go on. Thank you, and I will do better next year to support you all.
The Vineyard Playhouse Monday Night Specials begin This Monday July 18 with a reading of "Dangerous Woman" by Cathy Tempelsman, a play based on the life of George Eliot. Following the reading, there will be a brief Q&A upstairs and an informal reception downstairs.
On July 28, 1951, Lillian Viera of Oak Bluffs married Ed Colligan. This year they will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to this happy and very active couple.
Grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter ran in the 800-meter race at the Needham Youth Classic Invitational Meet on Saturday, July 16. Not only did Jeremy win his race in the 15-16 year old class, but he broke the 12-year record of 2 min 6.5 seconds with his winning time of 2 min .05 seconds.
Two Salem State University faculty members have been awarded prestigious Fulbright fellowships. Thomas Hallahan of Oak Bluffs will travel to Amman, Jordan. Reference and instruction librarian Zachary Newell of Marblehead will travel to Alexandria, Egypt.
The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging are holding a flea market on Saturday, July 30. from 9 am to 1 pm at the O.B. Senior Center. Tables cost $25 and anyone who would like to be a vendor or to sell some yard-sale kinds of "stuff" should call Mike at 508-693-0165 to sign up. There will be a table of items donated by members of FOBCOA and also a table of baked goods. Cold beverages will also be available for sale.
Don't forget that the Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven is still selling lobster rolls on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7 pm. Here is a chance to support veterans and their good work.
The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard will be holding the Cool Pool Party fundraisers this summer with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the YMCA of MV in support of programs and scholarships. The first one will be on Saturday, July 23. For more information please contact Jennifer Nightlinger, Development Coordinator, at 508-696-7171, ext. 104.
Besides weekly community sings every Wednesday night at 8, the M.V. Campmeeting Association holds Family Movie Nights at the Tabernacle. On Monday, July 25, at 7 pm the feature is "The Water Horse."
An informational session for getting certified in Phlebotomy, EKG, and Coding will be held on August 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm at the Windemere conference room with Dr. Stan Rome.
We have a correction in time and ticket price for the benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction for Lisa BenDavid Scannell. It will be held on Thursday, July 21, at 5 pm and tickets are $12. Lisa was seriously injured in a riding accident and faces long rehabilitation and expenses on her road to recovery.
We send birthday smiles to Charlene Alley on July 22, Aiden and Logan Araujo and Pat Rose on the 24, and Paul Robinson and Joann deBettencourt on July 26.
Enjoy your week.