Have you noticed the addition to the Nelson Amaral Fire Station on Wing Road? The trailer now housing the Fire and Ambulance Chiefs' offices was an innovative way of getting needed space without great expense. They managed to make it as attractive as possible, and it really gives the appearance of having existed by the station from the start.
At last, after 5 years, the plaque designating the former Waban Park as the Dennis P. Alley Community Park has been replaced with a new one that spells "Oak Bluffs " correctly instead of "Oak Buffs." Thank you to the Town, Highway Superintendent Richard Combra and Tricia Bergeron who lit the fuse to get this accomplished. We are grateful.
Martha's Vineyard Center for living luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday, October 20, at the Grill on Main in Edgartown. The guest speaker will be David White, the Artistic Director of The Yard. For reservations, please call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
Save the date for the Oak Bluffs School 8th Grade Auction to benefit their trip to Philadelphia. On Friday, Nov. 2, at 6 pm at Dreamland, there will be a silent and live auction, lottery ticket tree and door prizes. A light harvest supper will be provided by The Chowder Company including Chowder Bar, salad and appetizers. The auctioneer will be Carlin Hart. Tickets, at a cost of $30, will be available at Conroy Apothecary in Oak Bluffs, Jim's Package Store, The Oak Bluffs School, any Oak Bluffs School 8th Grader, and at the door.
Although Jodie Falkenburg says they are too "young for the role," she and husband Bob are new Great Grandparents. Their oldest grandson, Colin Duryea and his wife, Jessica, have presented them with their new son, Benjamin born on 10/11/12. Benjamin and his parents live in Maryland and he is a 6th generation Campgrounder.
Penny Wong is the new director at Grace preschool and they are having their first fundraiser on October 20. The Fall Frolick will be from 9 to 12 at Grace Church and will have pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, bake sale and a used "treasures" sale, mostly of children's items.
The newest staff member at the Oak Bluffs School is Mikaela "Miki" Wolfe, the new Reference Librarian and Adult Program Coordinator. The party will be a fun way to say hello. There will be a Meet and Greet Party Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 pm where you may welcome the new Reference Librarian. Mocktails and appetizers served. All ages welcome.
The Annual Chamber Music Society Thanksgiving Concert will be held on Saturday, November 24, at 7:30 pm in the Old Whaling Church. Come hear renowned musicians Hye-Jin Kim, Scott Woolweaver, Ronald Lowry and Delores Stevens performing music by Chopin, Hummel, Korngold, and Saint-Saens.
We enjoyed a 10-day visit from our son Dion, daughter-in-law Debra and granddaughter Paige. They will be moving at the end of the year from their home in South Carolina to Debra's homeland, Perth, Australia where Paige will get a chance to get re-acquainted with her Australian aunts, uncles, and cousins. So of course we tried to squeeze in as much family time as possible during this all too brief visit.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will present Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season. All local artisans from candlestick makers to bakers are invited to contribute to this holiday fundraiser for Hospice. Hospice is seeking any unique, handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, Christmas ornaments and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on December 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. All proceeds go directly to our patient care, which we provide for free. Anyone interested in donating to "Handmade from the Heart" can call the Hospice office 508-693-0189.
Jean Kaye was thrilled to receive the news that she has a new great granddaughter. Ashlynn was born in Mansfield, N.H.., weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. When she and her family come to visit Jean during Thanksgiving, Ashlynn will be the 4th generation at the holiday table.
We send belated birthday smiles to Mikaela Blake who partied on Oct. 6, and Janice Duarte who celebrated on October 17. Smiles to Vincent Frye, and Fritz Knight on the 18th. Erich Luening, and Herb Landers on the 19th, Nathan Francis, Saige Araujo and Jeanne Holenko on the 20, Judy Williamson on the 22nd, Liz field on the 23, Chris Look III on the 24th, and Ann Baird and Addison Blake on October 25th. Happy Birthday to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.
Enjoy your week.