Oak Bluffs

A perfect weekend just ended, and our town was very busy. Tivoli Day was very successful and drew a lot of people onto Circuit Ave. and about. Then on Sunday the Annual Kids Fishing Derby day on the SSA wharf was a scene of much activity. Congratulations to Kayla deBettencourt, who won first in her age group for her black bass. I guess it tasted good too.

Congratulations to Dick Brown, who received the Alumnus of the Year award for 2011 from his alma mater, Mass. Maritime Academy. This award is given to a graduate who has achieved excellence in his or her career pursuits. Dick, who graduated in 1931, is an expert in the operation and maintenance of ship steam engines and has sailed just about every sea and ocean in the world. Dick and Carolyn, his wife, live in Oak Bluffs, and he was the Academy’s Guest of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 17, at their football game in Buzzards Bay, where he and his family were an important part of the game’s half-time festivities.

The Electronic Disposal Day is Saturday, October 1, from 9 am to 2 pm. The disposal site location is Martha’s Vineyard Community Services on the Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road across from the high school. Turn in all your old toaster ovens, hair dryers, refrigerators, tape recorders, etc., at very low cost and remember all the fees benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Kits Blair, who died last week. A gentle women with a smile to match, she will be missed by all.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will present the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, where the audience gets to vote with the rest of the world on the selection of the winning film. This year they will be screening the complete 120-minute program on two nights at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, to launch the return to their off-season venue. The nights are this Friday Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 pm. The first film will be”Black Sheep by Day; Trio by Night.”

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network welcomes you back with their annual social networking evening tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 pm at 18 North Summer Street, Edgartown. There will bea brief, fun “cocktail” program with international branding expert Bill Engler. Bill will do a quick historical tour of the evolution of branding: where we’ve been, where we’re going, and seven steps to building your brand.

The Oak Bluffs School 8th grade auction, which benefits the annual trip to Philadelphia, will take place at 6 pm on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Farm Neck. Free babysitting is available, and there are fantastic items you may take a chance on or bid for during a live and silent auction. Just to name one, how does a case of Sweet Neck oysters sound? Carlin Hart will be the returning auctioneer.

Please sign up to ride Cycle Martha’s Vineyard on Oct. 1.This is a benefit Ride for Rotary of MV as well as Windemere at MV Hospital. There are two rides 50K and 100K, and both have a fabulous pig roast afterwards and an awesome band to help you celebrate your accomplishment. Visit their web site at www.cyclemarthasvineyard.org

Our condolences to the family and friends of long-time library employee Anita Parker, who passed away recently. She was always a kind and most helpful presence there, and you may wish to sign the condolence book at the library circulation desk. The book will be given to Anita’s family. Anita had many friends in this community.

The Oak Bluffs Library book group is beginning again. The book chosen is “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005. Books are available at the Circulation Desk at the library. A lively discussion will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10:30 am. Refreshments will be served.

Join the Knitting for Others group, led by Judy Campbell, at the library each Thursday afternoon, from 2 to 4 pm. The group will meet weekly through December 1.

It’s not too early to be thinking about holiday gifts, and already various organizations are planning crafts shows. Woodside Village II will be the site for the 4th Annual Island Elderly Housing Arts and Crafts show. The show will be held on October 8 from 1 to 3 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Kenny Davey and Annabelle Metell on Sept. 24, Dustin Shaw the next day, Dennis Rose, Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th, and Martin Moreis, Ray Dahill, and Zachary Mathias on the 28th.Enjoy your week.Peace.