I had an email from a resident of the North Bluff who is very concerned about the changing of the parking from parallel to the sidewalk to slant parking, like the parking on downtown Circuit Ave. As this is a residential zoned area, he spoke with several neighbors, and none of them had received any notification of the changes. As of this writing, he still awaiting a response from the selectman with whom he left a message. He wanted people to be forewarned that now cars will be parked front to the sidewalk which means when a large vehicle is parked front wheels to the curb, it will decrease the sidewalk width. For people who use wheelchairs it will make it difficult, if not impossible to get off the sidewalk, if the chair is powered by the occupant instead of being pushed. So please check it out and make your opinions known to the Selectmen.
Join foster parents and social workers from the Cape and Islands DCF office today, June 14, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm at the Oak Bluffs Public Library to learn more about becoming a foster parent. You can also call the Department of Children and Families for more information and begin the process prior to foster parent training in the fall. For more information, call 508-760-0200 or 1-800-KIDS-508 or visit dsskids.org.
Emily Reich was just named an all-American sailor. Now sailing for Old Dominion University, Emily started sailing at the East Chop Yacht club, progressed through Sail MV, and was a member of the MVRHS sailing team. She was an all American sailor last year as well. It is a huge achievement for her and also shows the kind of sailors that our little island creates.
Now that we have just marked the 68th anniversary of D-Day, Bruce Doten will present a travelogue of Normandy, Brittany, and Paris, on Friday, June 22, at 7 pm, at the Federated Church Parish House on 45 South Summer St., Edgartown. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Women Empowered's latest offering will take place on Wednesday, July 20, when Ken White of Vineyard Haven, retired as a career coach at M.I.T., will conduct a four-hour interactive workshop entitled Is Your Job Fun? The workshop will be held at the MV Financial Group offices on State Road in West Tisbury. A bag lunch is included. Call 508-696-3796 for more information or to register.
The library continues to offer some interesting story times. On Friday, June 15, at 10 am join Sondra for "Les Petits Francophones" a storytime for kids who speak French and for kids who want to learn the language. Make crafts, learn basic French, sing songs and more. All ages welcome. Free.
Then on Friday, June 22, at 10 am, Jessica Carroll will lead a sing-a-long with tunes you know and some you might not know but will love. This program is for kids up to age 6 and their families, and it's free. Space is limited. Also on July 20. Free.
I erred in reporting about the New Farmer's Market on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. It will be held on Saturdays in July and August from 10 am to 2 pm.
Zoe Shanor Crossland recently graduated from U Mass Amherst with a BS degree in Plant Insect and Soil Sciences. She was chosen to address her classmates at the ceremonies. She will continue to work for her father, Mark Crossland, at Crossland Landscape Inc.
Don't forget that Windemere is holding its annual auction to benefit the activity programs tomorrow, Friday, June 15, from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall with wine, desserts, and light fare. Admission is free. There will be both live and silent auctions as well as a raffle.
The Oak Bluffs School 4th Grade Theater Project takes place on June 15 at 5 pm at the school. June 18 is Field Day and June 19, is the last day of school with a noon dismissal.
What a sad week it has been for many of us this past week due to the loss of three remarkable women. Condolences to the families of Lu Healey, always greeting us with a smile and a "crunchy" expression; Estelle Suprenant, long-time secretary at the superintendent's office and the ultimate volunteer to many organizations; and Linda BenDavid my friend for over 50 years, a marvelous wife, mother, and grandmother and cook extraordinaire who could turn a bologna sandwich into a feast for a king. How we shall miss them all. We are so very sorry.
Send birthday smiles for the month of June to Woodside Village residents Louisa Luening, Ann Hearn, Jane Searle, Suzanne Walker, Agnes Bryant, Samuel Drake and Joseph Amil. Jaime Young and Gerry Moriarity share the 14th, Davey Debettencourt on the 16th, Jane Maseda, Tony Lima, and Sharon Mello on the 19th and Pam Swan, John O'Donnell, and my husband, Dennis Alley, on the 20th.
Enjoy your week