Oak Bluffs honors fathers and friends


Father’s Day gave us the best day so far. The weather was great for the beach, picnics, or whatever you wished to do. How nice to see the families gathered at the Nelson W. Amaral Fire Station at 10 am radio check time on Sunday.

My grandson Ben Alley, now a high school graduate, arrived from Charleston, S.C., for the summer. He will be staying with his aunt Mary this summer while he works here. He has been living in Charleston since the age of two and I am trying to get used to the southern accent and the “yes Ma’ams” and “no Ma’ams.” I  am more used to “yes Gram” and “no Gram.”

Peter Herman has given me some news of former Oak Bluffs resident Billy Faria. Billly was born in Oak Bluffs and I still remember when all the high schools on the Island were on their senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and we received the news that he had been wounded in the fighting in Korea.

Well, Billy recovered well, returned to Oak Bluffs, married his wife Hazel, and the two raised two sons. He retired to Arizona around 10 years ago, and Peter tells me that he has recently had some serious health issues. Peter thought perhaps some of his Island friends could send him a card or note, so here is his address: 17454 West Papago St., Goodyear, AZ 85338

The Gloria Michelle, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel, will be at Memorial Wharf in Edgartown on Friday and Saturday, June 21–22. Science classes from the high school, home schoolers, and seniors will be visiting on Friday. She will be open to the general public from 2 to 4 pm on Friday and all day Saturday. The senior officer on the vessel is Lt. Villard-Howe who grew up on Chappaquiddick and worked as a deckhand and captain of the Chappy Ferry before joining NOAA. On Thursday, she will be joined by scientists from NOAA who will explain the work they do.

Back by popular demand: Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield will discuss their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War 2” on Wednesday, June 25, at 10:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Library. They will share slides and photos, stories, and memories and be open to questions and comments about the book. It is hoped that Linsey Lee will join them for this discussion, with her recordings of people who have memories of the war years.

The Forever Young Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 24, at 7 pm. For adults who enjoy YA book, this month’s selection, “The Hear and Now,” will prove to be most interesting.

The Celebration of Life services for Patricia Brown, longtime Edgartown resident and all-Island school nurse, will take place on Friday, June 27, commencing at 11 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown to be followed by a reception to celebrate Pat’s life in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church.

Join Edgartown poet laureate Steve Ewing, and M.V. poet laureate Lee McCormack and 14 other performers at Featherstone from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 19. Come celebrate music and the spoken word on the outdoor stage.

Enjoy a nice spaghetti supper, without having to cook. The First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven will be serving up a spaghetti supper with sausage, meatballs, or clam sauce on Tuesday, June 24, at 5 pm. There will be a free will offering taken to support the

Mission Trip to New Orleans.

Last week I met two former pastors at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church. Over 25 years ago. Fr. Gomes and Fr. Correira were being given a tour of the Island by Islander Fr. Tom Lopes.  All three have now retired and reside at the priests retirement home in Fall River. Needless to say, they found many changes and were most impressed by the new hospital.

Rose Cogliano, Acting Director of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, informed me that the Friends of Oak Bluffs Council on Aging are once again sponsoring a Foxwoods

Trips, a fun way to spend a day with new or old friends. The trips will be on Tuesday, July 22, and Tuesday, August 26. They are able to accommodate about 55 people on the coach bus, which costs $30 per person for transportation from Woods Hole to the casino and back.  Participants provide their own SSA ticket and spending money. They will depart on the 7 am ferry from Vineyard Haven and return on the 6:15 pm boat that arrives in Vineyard Haven at 7 pm. If people have any questions, they are welcome to contact Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3.

Lobster rolls and chowder will once again be served at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 pm starting Tuesday, June 24.

We send birthday smiles to my husband, Dennis Alley, Pam Swan, and John O’Donnell who all share June 20, grandson Jeremy Allley-Tarter and Teddy and Robbie Pacheco on the 21st, Paula O’Conner the next day, Jay Schofielld on the 23rd, Fran Allwardt on the 24th, and Arthur BenDavid on the 25th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.