Edgartown: Getting older

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I managed to hurt myself last week. In a true sign of the aging process, I don’t know exactly what I did or when I did it, but I ended up with a very definite pulled muscle in my hip, where I didn’t actually know you could pull a muscle. So I had a couple of days of walking like Quasimodo, and upon arrival home Friday evening, I didn’t leave my place again until Sunday afternoon. The injury was a mixed blessing, I suppose, forcing me into a few days of rest from workouts, and I got my report cards done! I finally got out of the house on Sunday afternoon, taking the kids to see the movie “Hacksaw Ridge.” Have you seen it? It’s not for the faint of heart, being a graphic war movie and all, but it is an amazing true story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, in World War II.

The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC), in partnership with the Immigration Resource Center of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands, will bring expert legal advice to those on-Island needing help with immigration issues. On the first Friday of each month, an immigration attorney will be in the office from 9 am until 3 pm, and is available to provide advice and assistance with forms. Please note, an appointment is required to speak with the attorney. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 508-693-7900, ext. 400 for English-speaking, or ext. 410 for English- and Portuguese-speaking.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Island Counseling Center will be hosting a Ripple Support Group. The six-week series begins Monday, Feb. 6. This group seeks to provide a safe space for loved ones 18 and older to learn accurate and up-to-date information about addiction, recovery, treatment, and its effects, as well as provide support to each other and themselves in their roles as family and friends of those in active addiction or recovery. Preregistration is required by calling 508-693-7900, ext. 375. For more information, visit mvcommunityservices.com/events or contact Jaime Schwab at jschwab@mvcommunityservices.com.

Congratulations to Edgartown seventh grader Miles Wolff, this year’s champion of the Edgartown School National Geographic Bee. This is no minor feat! I’ve sat through many a geo bee at our school, and not only could I not get the right answer a lot of the time, I don’t always even understand the questions. Runner-up in the event was Michael “Vinny” Paciello, who gave Miles a good run for his money. I believe it took about five tiebreaker rounds to crown the victor! Other students who won their classroom bees to be part of the schoolwide event were Frankie Paciello, Kyle Levy, Jack Walsh, Marcos Rodrigues, Geovane Meikle, Parker BenDavid, Katie Purda, and Sara Creato. Well done, all!

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Family Support Center Program is providing children with special needs, their families, and friends an opportunity to enjoy a fun movie experience in a safe and accepting environment. During a sensory-friendly film presentation, the lights are brought up, the sound is turned down, and audience members are welcome to get up, talk, dance, or sing! Admission is free, but they do ask that you RSVP if you are interested in attending, so they have an idea of how many to expect. You can RSVP to Allyson Syslo at MVCS Family Support Center at 508-693-7900, ext. 206, or by email at asyslo@mvcommunityservices.com.

I wish you all a safe and happy week. Let us all remember that being a good person doesn’t depend on your religion, status, race, skin color, political views, or culture. It depends on how you treat others.