This past weekend was all about fun in the sun, with the temps finally giving us a little taste of what lies ahead. I settled for a spot on State Beach Saturday afternoon, as it’s still a bit windy to drive out to the usual Norton Point summer headquarters. Many were brave enough to even take a dip or two. Alas, not me. I will wait for the water to warm up a bit, thank you very much.

This Sunday, it’s hats off — mortarboard hats, that is — for the MVRHS senior class, and it is exciting to hear everyone’s plans for the fall. I was talking to Erika and Tony Bettencourt about Cassidy’s preparation for starting at Westfield State, my brother’s alma mater. Drop me a line with other folks’ fall plans. I’d love to share with everyone.

Congratulations to Lucy (née Orazem) and Michael Pelham on last week’s visit from the stork. Baby Nancy Magnolia made her debut weighing in at 6 pounds and 2 ounces. The happy family now lives in Melrose, in the house that Lucy’s mother — baby Nancy’s namesake — lived in as a young girl. Grandparents Garett and Deborah Mello Orazem are overjoyed with this new addition.

There is still space available for the Super Kid Summer Program the Vineyard Montessori School: a weekly theme-based summer program full of creativity and fun. Inspired by a hit PBS Kids show encouraging literacy through adventure, your child will take a magical journey with events and activities based on a specially selected, highly acclaimed children’s book that changes each week. Counselors and kids will bring the story to life through multi-sensory activities such as movement, music, visual and theatre arts, scientific exploration, water play, neighborhood and beach walks, and cooking. This unique, creative experience will foster a lifetime love of reading and exploration in your child. Contact Deborah J. Jernegan at 508-693-4090.

Join the MV Democrats on Saturday, June 8, at Howes House, West Tisbury, from 9 to 10:30 am, to kick off Island participation in the Ed Markey campaign for the June 25 election for the U.S. Senate. Pick up campaign literature, get absentee ballot information, and sign up to volunteer for phone banks and canvassing. Contact info@mvdems.org for more information.

I’ve had word from Alison Enos that as of June 1, the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard Clothes To Go program’s summer hours will be Wednesdays, 2–4 pm, and Saturdays, 9–11 am. For more info, call 508-693-4424 or visit www.umc-mv.org.

The MV Center for Living is planning a major benefit on Tuesday, June 18, at the ArtCliff Diner featuring a raw bar and delicious tapas created from locally grown food by super chefs Gena Stanley and Teddy Diggs — plus beer, wine, and soft drinks. There are two seatings, at 5 and 7:30 pm. This is the Center for Living’s most important fundraising event for the summer, folks, and it is vital to the success of ongoing programs that include the Supportive Day Program (senior social daycare program); the medical taxi program which provides free transportation for off-Island medical appointments for seniors; publication of the 55 Plus MV Times supplement; the monthly luncheon program with the MVRHS Culinary Arts Department; administration of FEMA funds (a supplement to the fuel assistance program); and the administration of the Emergency Food Pantry Program which distributes over 50,000 pounds of food yearly to an average of 175 Vineyard households. Call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp for reservations at 508-939-9440.

Happy birthday Denise Searle! This year, I’m officially going to report on the correct date: June 6. Hope you have a lovely day with lots of sunshine.

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