The Veterans Day weekend was unbelievable. I hope everyone took advantage of the warm, sunny days.
I have an up-lifting Veterans Day story for you: 91-year-old Eugene De'Felice had open heart surgery last week at Mass General Hospital. His wife is so happy that the doctors have told her that he will be released to our own MV Community Hospital this week, so soon after this surgery. He is doing very well.
Gene was a marine and served in World War II and the Korean War. He is still active in the local VFW and Legion organizations. He was well enough to participate in the Veterans Day service at Mass General, in partial uniform. I am sure his friends and family will be thrilled to see him home on the Island again.
The new Oak Bluffs School Advisory Council Parent Representatives are Bridget Mello and Maya Moran. As representatives of the parent community, Bridget and Maya will bring your questions, concerns, and ideas to our meetings. Other parent representatives are Joe Jims, Michael Hoyt, and Bill Howell.
The School Play "The Little Mermaid" will be shown on November 16, and 17 at 7 pm. There will be an afternoon show on November 18 at 2 pm. All take place in the Oak Bluffs School Cafetorium.
The Thursday night Fish Fry will be held this Thursday, November 15, from 5 to 7 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. Come and enjoy excellent food, great price and help fundraise for this benevolent organization.
Condolences to the family of Robert Hughes who passed away last week. Through the years I have heard wonderful stories of what a marvelous teacher he was to his Oak Bluffs students. He was much appreciated by both students and their parents for his high expectations and standards.
A free two-hour workshop for children and families who have lost a loved one to death will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 pm in the activities room at Windemere Nursing and Rehab Center. Registration is limited, so please call early to register with Amee Loth Rozam LMHC at 508-957-0267.
Up-coming events at the school include the Thanksgiving Pies and Sides sale on November 20. The school will be closed from November 21 until November 26, for the Thanksgiving Holiday Break. On November 26–28, the trip to Camp Alton Jones will take place.
The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Third Annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, November 29, from 5:30 to 8 pm, in the Parish House on 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Seventy-five originally designed and hand-decorated natural wreaths, for home and business, will be on display in the Meetinghouse for sale at $45 each. Admission is $10, which includes beverages and hors d'oeuvres. There will be a special wreath raffle, holiday basket raffle, and other surprises of value. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call Marna Waller at the church office at 508-627-4421.
The annual Turkey Run, which benefit's the Grace Pre-School, will be Saturday the 17th at 9 am. It begins in front of Bunch of Grapes and ends at Owen Park. The run is open to anyone who wants to join for a $5 entrance fee. There will be oranges, water, and medals at the end. For more info sign on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, Nov. 20., at 7 pm the all-Island Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at the First Baptist Church at the corner or Spring and William Streets in Vineyard Haven. There will be an offering to support the Homeless Initiative. All are welcome.
I received a chatty email from James Vanderhoop who now resides in Texas. James bought a home in El Paso about six months ago and he works as an engineer the state Highways Dept. Presently he is on vacation in California seeing some very good old friends. It's great that James can keep contact with Island news via the Times column.
We send birthday smiles to Barbara Dugan, Yvonne Ponte, Nathan Averill, Cathy Parker on the 18th, Jake Ponte on the 20th, and Susan deBettencourt on November 21.
Happy birthday to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.
Enjoy your week.