Oak Bluffs

Along with wonderful fall weather, we were given the gift of a beautiful rainbow this past Sunday. The skies were so vivid blue along with clouds and during the showers a colorful rainbow rose from the horizon to perhaps remind us to take a breath and a break from the hectic pace of summer, and stop to “look at rainbows and smell the flowers.”

And there seem to be flowers galore throughout the town. The parks and home gardens are brimming over with color and enhance the landscape everywhere.The MVNAACP George V. Tankard Jr. Memorial 5K Road Race/Walk and 1-mile fun run will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, Tivoli Day. The fun run starts at 10:30 am and the 5K at 11 am. Runners may register at the Wesley Hotel.

And here is a heads-up on a fun event. Save the date for the Living Local Harvest Festival on September 28 and 29. More info on this may be found a next week’s column.

A recent message from Olivia Law-Butler informed us that recently Island native Tim Fullin was diagnosed with incurable and non-operable lung cancer. He is going through chemotherapy treatment in order to maybe slow the progress. Tim is the husband of Linda and the father of three children who are all locals as well; Veronica Fullin, T.R. Fullin who is an accountant, and Keith, who works with his father. He is a grandfather, uncle, brother, son, and an amazing friend. Through the help of Island people and businesses, there will be a benefit auction at the P-A Club on November 3, 2012. Any monetary donations or auction items would be gratefully appreciated. Silent auction will start at 6 pm with the live auction to follow. Anything will help, big or small, and the monies raised will help Tim and Linda defray some of the cost of travel, medications, copays and maybe even a house payment.

The 28th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Fall Golf Tournament at Edgartown Golf Club was a huge success, raising just over $9,000 to support the affordable youth programs of the MV Boys & Girls Club. One hundred and twenty golfers enjoyed a great day for golf with temperatures in the mid 70s, a little bit of cooling wind, and a course that was in absolutely perfect condition. The biggest winners of the day were undoubtedly the children and families of the Vineyard. Funds raised through the tournament help to support the affordable youth programs of the MV Boys & Girls Club, most notably the Club’s After School Program (ASP), which is open to all Island youth in grades K-6 for a nominal annual membership fee of just $20.

For more information about the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club please visit mvbgclub.org, or contact Peter Lambos, Executive Director at 508-627-3303 or bgclub@vineyard.net.

We will be celebrating the memory of Mary Maloy Walker, on Thursday, September 20, from 4 to 6 pm, at 105 Eastville Ave. Mary was an Islander who worked for the Steamship Authority and passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Mary’s family is accepting donations in Mary’s name made to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for new equipment in their maternity ward. Please feel free to stop by with a favorite “Mary Memory.” Contact Mmcc1022@aol.com for details.

The United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard has changed back to Winter Hours. This means that the Service at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs is at 10 am on Sunday, and there are no services on Sunday at either the Whaling Church (Edgartown) or the Stone Church (Vineyard Haven).

Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV) announces a series of three seminars focusing on healthcare reform policy taught by Dr. Grace Sullivan. Through films, readings, and panel discussion, this six-hour class will provide participants with an understanding of the driving and constraining forces affecting health care, enabling them to make more informed health care choices as citizens and consumers. For more information and to register, go to acemv.org or call 508-693-5364 or 774-310-1131, email lynn@acemv.org or spiritmovesyou@gmail.com. ACE MV catalogs and registration forms for all fall ’12 courses are available throughout the Island at libraries and schools and online.

Daughter Mary Alley was guest of honor at a surprise milestone birthday party at the P-A Club on Saturday last. The party was hosted by her daughter, Talia Rogers, and her friend Sonya Lima. Many friends, family and co-workers assisted and attended this fun affair, including her parents and her grandson Isaiah Geddis who came to wish his Nainie happy birthday.

We send birthday smiles to Florence BenDavid on September 15, Rick Kelley on the 16th, Patty Moreis and Kathy Burton the 17th, Michael Combra the next day and Ronnie Klein on the 19th.

Enjoy your week. Birthday wishes to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.Peace.