No matter what our outdoor plans might have been, I think most of us welcomed the rain these past few days. In spite of notifications that the fire danger was high and the dry conditions, on Saturday night someone in my neighborhood between Alpine and Hudson Ave. and County Rd. decided to set off some fireworks. Bear in mind that this was before any rain showers. I guess whoever did it just was not thinking about the damage just one stray spark from their "entertainment" could start. Please people, use common sense.
Cee-J Jones celebrated a great 95th birthday along with his many guests at a birthday party given in his honor on Sunday last at the home of his niece Jackie Robinson. Cee-J was always a familiar figure as a school crossing guard and as one of the volunteers at the information booth at Farland Square. He was pleasantly surprised and delighted to see so many of his relatives and friends. Lee Van Allen and Gwen Tucker Underwood, childhood friends of Jackie, were among those there to help him joyfully celebrate.
Come and enjoy the documentary movie film at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday, May 3, at 6 pm. This film tells the story of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM). It is an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM's formation, and charts the rise and fall of a movement that fought for the civil rights of American Indians. This film has not been rated and the title is not allowed to be announced.
The library will be opening late on Friday, May 4, for staff training. The hours on that day will be 1 to 8 pm.
Facebook fans be sure and check out the site "I grew up on Martha's Vineyard" where you can view some marvelous pictures and memories of the Vineyard back as far as the twenties. Many people have contributed to this on-going site and looking at some of the older pictures, it almost seems impossible that we are now living in the same place.
The coming months will be big ones for the Reliable Market Pacheco family. In May the store will be celebrating their 65th year of doing business on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. So many families on this Island have shopped there. I know that now my grandchildren make the 5th generation of our family doing business at this oh-so-customer-friendly store.
Soon Donna Pacheco's parents, Grace and Bernie Day will be arriving from their home in Florida to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on June 6. Plans for a large family get-together are in the works.
News from Rose at the Oak Bluffs Sr. Center is that a Mahjong class will be held every Monday at 1 pm starting on the first Monday in May. And the first Foxwood Trip of the season is on May 14. The cost is $30 with attendees paying for the boat fare and of course bringing their spending money. If you are interested in attending, please call Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3.
Celebrate your Island EMTs and Emergency Personnel on April 28 from 7 to 10 pm at the Harbor View as they "Take to the Catwalk" for a charity fashion show, in an effort to make us all aware of the importance of women's health. In honor of the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" campaign, the Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Association presents "Respond in Style." There will be the fashion show, raffles, auction, gift bags and door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets are $25 each and available at aboveground Records, The Green Room, Vineyard Hearth and Patio, Alley's General Store, and the Tisbury Ambulance facility.
We send birthday smiles to Patrick Garrett on April 26, Janet Moreis and Tabitha Clark on April 28, and Aaron Campos on April 29.
Enjoy your week.