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Linley Dolby

Linley Dolby

Oh hey, look! It’s snowing again! These are the words I have found myself exclaiming repeatedly these past few weeks. Well, this weekend I am off to Texas for what was meant to be a quick respite from winter woes, but the South doesn’t seem to be faring much better these days, with temperatures at record lows. Oh well, maybe I won’t be able to wear a T-shirt, but at least I can opt for cute footwear without the risk of breaking an ankle on the ice.

But you know what? That’s enough complaining. Let’s focus on all the awesome things about living in a wintry ice village. First off, there are winter sports. The Shemeth-DeOliveira gang has been finding ponds on which to play pickup hockey and just skate around. Doriana Klumick recently dusted off the cross-country skis for a woodsy adventure. I personally brought the snowshoes out of storage, but that was more out of necessity than anything else — I had to employ them in order to clean off my heating vents.

Culinary pursuits have been another enjoyable pastime for some. Amanda Hollyfield tried her hand at Indian cuisine with the help of ACE MV, and Ryan Murtha has been reveling in the results. In Mikey Harmon’s kitchen, anything that can be sous vide-d or turned to stock is not safe. Then there are the kiddos experimenting with various flavors of snow ice cream.

A few of us partook last week in a puzzle challenge, seeing who could complete a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle in the least amount of time. I came in second place, but I have since scored extra credit for completing yet another one. Mom is still working on her first — sorry Mom.

When all else fails, I continue to live vicariously through others, as Alex and Maggie Morrison explore French Polynesia, Barbara Courtney bops around Bali, the Walpoles lounge in Key West, the Robertses relax in Marathon, and Timmy Scott fishes along the shores of Costa Rica. I enjoy each water view, sunset, cocktail, and exotic fruit shared on social media. So please continue to share. Because I really can’t handle another picture of the Island Home or the Chappy ferry ripping through sheets of ice. I shiver just thinking about it!

Luckily, we change the clocks this weekend, and things seem to move pretty quickly after that. Even without the time change, we remarked on how light it was outside after five o’clock this past weekend. Next thing you know, we’ll be hearing pinkletinks and kids out on the Little League field. Music to my frozen ears.

Andrea Dello Russo will offer another session of her class “Basic Auto Maintenance for Women,” beginning March 11 at 5 pm at McIntosh Motors. This five-week course is for women (or men) with no prior experience in auto mechanics. The course will cover the basics: You’ll take a tour of your car both under the hood and under the body and learn some fundamentals. You will be instructed how to use basic tools safely and properly, and you’ll learn five basic maintenance checks you can do on your own car, including changing your own oil. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. For more information and to reserve your space, visit

Also on tap through ACE MV, Northeastern University faculty will lead a five-week series of seminars focusing on our oceans and sustainability issues. The seminars will take place Saturdays, March 7 to April 11, from 1 to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School library. Call 508-693-9222 for more info.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Gail Avakian and Cheri Mason, who celebrate March 6; to Simon Athearn, March 7; to Paul In, March 8; and to Richard Prieto, Mike Benjamin, Polly Maciel, and Derek Gamble, March 10.

Linley-DolbyHere I am, reporting once again from the Arctic tundra, with no end in sight to the icy spectacle. Between the treacherously slippery ground and the stalactites of certain death hanging from every eave, at this point, you really are taking your life into your hands just walking beyond your front door. In fact, I just had to pause in the writing of this column to greet some guests in the driveway, and took a little spill myself. The proof is in the pudding, as they say.

Meanwhile in Florida, Main Street USA at Disney World is bearing a close resemblance to Main Street Edgartown these days, as Vineyard multitudes have converged on the Magic Kingdom for February break. Ellie and Caroline Dolby braved Splash Mountain yesterday, then dined with the likes of Minnie Mouse and Pluto; the Freemans had a quick visit in Orlando en route to their Disney cruise; Anina Garvin and her besties the Smith girls made friends with multiple princesses.

Some partook of Disney’s offerings closer to home in the form of Frozen on Ice (which really sounds like an apt description for life in general lately). Madeleine and Mallory D’Amato gawked at Elsa with grandmother Barbara Phillips, while Georgia and Mabel DeRoche hung with Mom and Dad, Joanne and Joel, for their Frozen fun.

A long-awaited honeymoon was on the schedule for Kraig and Ashley Mundt, who have anticipated their first getaway as husband and wife since they exchanged their vows last June. The two were off to St. John for some well-deserved R & R, and were soon joined by friends Jade and Dan Deslauriers, who made the very intelligent last-minute decision to tag along. Hope you all have a great time.

The so-called “staycationers” out there have had much to partake of, thanks to the Edgartown library children’s librarians, who have provided a full week of activities. Still to come, you can check out Polar Bear Day, Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 pm. Enjoy Larry the Polar Bear stories and blueberry muffins, then make your own polar bear craft, and try fishing with your paws like bears do. Next, on Saturday, Feb. 28, celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day, beginning at 3 pm, with stories and crafts, including the chance to make a tooth fairy pouch. For more info, call 508-627-4221.

Looking for some laughs this weekend? The Harbor View is hosting “An Evening of Comedy,” Friday, Feb. 27, featuring comedians Orlando Baxter, Amy Tee, and Shaun Bedgood. Special guests Johnny Showtime and Dan Cassidy will be the evening’s MCs, and will host a preshow comedy-themed game of trivia. Doors open at 7 pm for trivia, and the comedy show starts at 9 pm. For more information, call 508-627-7000.

Ready to expand your mind this winter? Clear the cobwebs from your brain area with ACE MV: Spring classes start on March 3rd. Walk-in registration will take place at the MVRHS lobby on Tuesday, March 3, between 5 pm and 6:30 pm. This sessions offerings include fertilizer safety, pesticide licensure, tick and mosquito control, ServSafe food handling, financial planning, women’s history, Cuban history, cooking, and more. Sign up at or call 508-693-9222. Catalogs are available at the library.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Linda Condlin and Melanie Oliver, who celebrate Feb. 27; to Kurstin Moore and Julia Smith, Feb. 28; to Rico Robb, our favorite Leap Day kid, for whom we will say Feb. 28 (observed); to Mark Hess, March 1; to Ryan Barbini, March 2; to Kathie Case, March 3; and to Laura Bryan and Lizzie Wallo, March 4. Have a great day.

All you snow lovers out there must be ecstatic right now, and the rest of you are getting the best upper-body workout you’ve had in years with all that shoveling. But the real winners in all this are our beloved plow drivers. Y’all are working your tails off, but man, it’s been a lucrative month. Any of those spouses out there who thought that that plow was a bad investment are eating their words right now!

I have the luxury of working from home, so if I don’t feel like finding my car, I just don’t go anywhere. But cabin fever can be a serious motivator. The other day I needed a particular ingredient for a recipe — ham hocks for my Mardi Gras red beans, natch — and they were all out at Stop and Shop. My husband was shocked I would go all the way to Oak Bluffs for this acquisition, then he stopped and thought about it: “You just want to go for the ride, don’t you?” Yes, that is exactly it. A sunny ride along Beach Road, seeing the sand dunes covered in peaks of white, Senge glistening with snowy ice, seagulls dropping their scallops to be broken open upon contact with the cold, hard pavement, and all of this from the seat-heated comfort of my new-old Jeep, with some classic rock on the radio.

Sara Piazza has been loving the snow, according to her Facebook updates, in which she proclaims her unrepentant enjoyment of our cold white bounty. Never one to slow down much, Sara has been snapping incredible photos and keeping the music turned up. In fact, she will be hosting friends and fellow musicians Rose Clancy and Stuart Peak on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 pm for “a rousing evening of music and fun” at her spot, 117 Upper Main Street. So perhaps you nonbelievers should get down there and witness winter worship done right.

We had a surprisingly event-filled weekend for mid-February, with Valentine, Mardi Gras, and life-milestone celebrations abounding. Friday night, I had three stops to make on the social circuit, beginning with Tracker’s open house. I ran into a ton of familiar faces, which resulted in a slew of dinner dates for this week, including the Harbor View’s peel-and-eat shrimp special that is currently happening each Thursday. Patricia Giumarra and I plan to get our hands dirty and our bellies filled, and hope to be joined by Sharon Johnson, if she’s not too busy packing for her epic winter meanderings to Southeast Asia that commence next weekend.

Saturday, we celebrated the 50th turn about the sun for Mark Lima. His sisters and friends planned an Island tour by bus, which made stops at various places relevant to Mark’s life, and at each stop picked up the people with whom Mark shared memories of that place. There was a requisite trip to Right Fork to visit the beloved log at which much of Mark’s summer days have been spent lounging in the sun, and the final destination was of course the P.A. Club, where many memories have been made through the years.

Welcome to Olive Grace Rosbeck, who made her debut Feb. 10. Olive, the most recent addition to our Edgartown populace, joins parents Caitlin and Peter, and big brother Pete, who has been preparing for Little Sis’s arrival for quite some time. Congratulations all around.

Want to know more about the night sky? Join Mark Alan Lovewell for a night of stargazing and a lesson in basic astronomy, Friday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 pm at Felix Neck. Beginners will view the stars and planets and discover winter constellations, then warm up inside the Nature Center with hot cocoa and tea. This program will only run on a clear, cloudless night, so call 508-627-4850 the day of the program to check for cancellations or postponements.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Ben Brittle, who celebrates Feb. 19; to Rick Convery, Feb. 21; to Justine DeOliveira and Robb Moriarty, Feb. 23; and to Brooke Avakian and Cory Appleman, Feb. 24.

The Edgartown school 7th graders skied at Gunstock, in NH, last week. – Courtesy the Edgartown School

It is nice to see the pink and red heart decorations beginning to peek through all the snow out there, as we prepare for Valentine’s Day. It is cold and treacherously icy outside, but there’s nothing like a little bit o’ love to warm things up. So make sure you share some good vibes with a loved one this weekend, whether it be a significant other, a best friend, or your mom. Let’s all feel the love.

Mike Poirier and Emily Phillips have a lot to celebrate this Valentine’s, as they just recently eloped. The two tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Jan. 28, with a ceremony presided over by an 85-year-old female volunteer with a diamond-stud nose ring. Best wishes to the two of you.

Stephanie Teller had a very special birthday this past Sunday, as daughter and son-in-law Sara and Doug Moses welcomed baby Henry (“Hank”) Douglas Moses to the world. That makes two grandchildren for Stephanie, as Hank joins sister Eloise in this happy tribe, and that would be another great-grandchild for Tommy and Estey Teller. Congrats all around.

I have once again been helping out with the Annual Town Report, assisting with the editing of our town’s summary of the goings-on of yet another calendar year. It really is fascinating each year to read the reports regarding everything from harbor emergencies to wastewater maintenance. There is so much that goes into the smooth running of our little town, and it’s interesting to check out all the little intricacies thereof.

As always, my favorite report is Barbara Prada’s Animal Control summary, where each year she shares a couple of entertaining anecdotes regarding our furred and feathered fellow citizens. A highlight for 2014 was a macaw who ended up in a tree, and each time the owner asked the bird to come down, he replied “OK!” but never budged. If you read nothing else in the Town Report, read the Animal Control page, where in addition to our parrot friend, you will be acquainted with Chilly the sheep and Tyson the dog and the wacky hijinks in which they engaged.

Speaking of sheep, Featherstone will be featuring these creatures in “I Love Ewe: Year of the Sheep,” a show that celebrates the Chinese New Year. Whether it’s something you wear or something you admire, the gallery will be transformed with the presence of these sweet animals. Artists from all mediums have been invited to be a part of the show, and with so many sheep lovers on the Island, they expect a fantastic turnout. During the opening reception, Sunday, Feb. 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm, you can partake of everything from spinning demonstrations to sheep cupcakes. Sheep are creative and gentle creatures that bring us warmth and inspiration during these cold months, so come get warm and check it out. Hey, you never know — maybe you’ll see Chilly there! The show continues through March 11. For more info, visit

In other animal news, Island Alpaca Co. was so excited to be part of the Edgartown Library’s story time on Friday, Feb. 6, which featured a visit by the popular storybook character Llama Llama and a reading of stories from a number of Llama Llama’s favorite books. Island Alpaca Co., home to 70-plus Alpaca, brought along Bosco and Atticus Rex, who received a warm welcome from all those in attendance, and were introduced as Llama Llama’s second cousins. A good time was had by all.

Join Tracker Home Decor during the week of Feb. 7th–15th to see the design team’s favorite LEE picks, and receive 30% off their retail shop plus 30% off all special orders from LEE Industries. Highlights of the week will include the LEE Loves Tracker Cocktail Party, Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Sip and shop, and perhaps win a prize drawing from a local Island vendor. If you can’t make that, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, Tracker has teamed up with the Art Cliff Food Truck! Stop by for a Valentine’s Day lunch. Ten percent of event proceeds will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree.

Please join Sense of Wonder Creations’ young people this Saturday, Feb 14, Valentine’s day from 10 am to 2 pm and after to place your homemade heart on the Linden tree on Main Street in Vineyard Haven (next to Capawock), with your heartfelt hopes, dreams, or prayers for your family, friends, the world or anyone that you know who is in need.

Then, it is up to you and universal love to make your valentine promise come true.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. make it waterproof if possible, or we can help with that.

Write Pam Benjamin with any questions:

Birthday wishes go out this week to Stephanie Vincent, Drew Smith, Steven Dunayer, and Steve Saxonis, who celebrate Feb. 12; to Melissa Lewis, Feb. 14; to Tim Starzyk, Feb. 15; to Mr. Ed Jerome, Feb. 16; and to Barbara Paciello, Feb. 17. Hope you all have a great day.

From left: Rosie Cassidy, Dan Cassidy, Paul Roberts, John McCarron and Dan Deslauriers celebrate a Patriots touchdown during the Super Bowl at The Wharf in Edgartown. – Photo by Michael Cummo

Well, last week was basically canceled due to snow. School, activities, work, life — pretty much all things were canceled or postponed, perhaps with the exception of mass consumption of bread and milk. Luckily, there was no need for battery-operated lighting, despite the many warnings offered on our voicemail by the NSTAR robot. What a lot of snow! And that wind — I thought our whole building might collapse at certain points.

And then there are the pets who require the outside for particular relief. Social media was in a great divide during the storm between dogs who absolutely LOVE the snow and those who find the cold, fluffy white stuff and its accompanying wind a fate worse than death. While Galen Brew and Robbie Robertson were out throwing a ball for an ecstatic Neely, and Whaler Ready was happily burying himself in snowy sand dunes, TeeCee Flynn was cowering under blankets, and my own Enzo and Charlie were looking at me as if I was the meanest human alive. The basic sentiment from the K9 contingent seems to fall into two very separate camps: “Ohboyohboyohboy!!!” and “What exactly did I do to you to earn this abject torture, and if I promise I will absolutely never do it again, will you please for the love of God make all this white stuff go away?” Poor dudes.

Some people were granted their five minutes of fame during the storm, with news trucks on-Island and cable weather stations accepting photo submissions by email and text. Renee and Alissa Habekost graced the NECN weather report in front of a massive snowbank on Planting Field Way. I also saw the Harbor View Hotel on several reports. Perhaps the storm was not quite as historic as we had been warned, but it was most definitely newsworthy. It’s finally feeling like winter in New England.

Speaking of New England, what a Super Bowl! I’m pretty sure that game took years off my life. We had a small crowd of brave souls over at the Shed for an indoor-outdoor “Crock-Pahty”: four Crock-Pots boasted various delicious offerings, which we nervously nibbled through during that nail biter of a game. I’m still in slight disbelief that things ended the way they did — I mean, we thought it was over! But in true Patriots fashion, an opportunity presented itself in the eleventh hour, and our boys got it done. With games like that, we’ll need to equip the Shed with a defibrillator and oxygen masks. Holy cow! Now I suppose it’s time to pack up the hats and jerseys until next year, when this accidental football fan once again hops aboard the roller coaster ride that is New England sports. Good job, Pats! Well done. My heart is slightly the worse for wear, but phew! You certainly finished the job.

We have a new K9 Pats fan on the block this week. Welcome, Cassius! Regular column contributor Hilary Grannis has adopted a boxer puppy, who was recently rescued from Puerto Rico. I’m sure we will be receiving frequent updates on Cassius and his hijinks as he adjusts to Island living. Can’t wait to report on his opinions of snow.

For those of you who were able to escape the recent weather for warmer climes, please take a moment from your sun worship and ambrosia nibbling to share your stories, so that those of us here in the Arctic tundra can bask in the warm golden rays vicariously through you. Seriously. Tell me about your trips, friends. I just wore snowshoes to dig out a heat vent. Throw a girl a bone here.

MV Girls Hockey will be hosting their annual auction Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 pm at the Wharf, so grab your sweetheart and go help support these talented ladies. Tons of awesome donations will be up for bidding, and yummy appetizers will be provided for your munching pleasure. Find a player and buy your tickets in advance, or else you can score them at the door.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Julianna Nevin Hagerty, who blew out her first candle Jan. 29. Hope you had a good one!

Birthday wishes go out this week to Karen Jardin and Max Sherman, who celebrate Feb. 6; to Stephanie Teller, Feb. 8; to Kelsey Berry, Feb. 9; and to Arielle Hayes, Feb. 11.

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Put on your game-day face, and shirt, and hat, and snacks.

Michael Snowden, Dave Rossi and Pam Dolby helped cheer the Patriots to victory at a recent playoff game. — Photo by Linley Dolby
Zoe Walpole finds that the Pats win when she wears her cap. – Courtesy Kate Walpole — Photo by Kate Walpole
Zoe Walpole finds that the Pats win when she wears her cap. – Courtesy Kate Walpole — Photo by Kate Walpole

Whether it is a special Mexican dip you must prepare, a beverage to be shared at exactly five minutes to kickoff, or a pair of socks you have to wear (or will never, ever wear again), game-day superstitions are nearly as important as the game itself.

Alexandra Taylor, Posie Haeger and Shannon Smith sport lucky Patriots caps. — Photo by Linley Dolby
Alexandra Taylor, Posie Haeger and Shannon Smith sport lucky Patriots caps. — Photo by Linley Dolby

In Patriots Nation, we hear Coach Bill Belichick repeat the phrase “Do your job” over and over, and even as onlookers from afar, that reminder resonates. Many of us feel that call to support our team in whatever way feels right. The neon lights will be on in my dad’s shed at 10 am on Super Bowl Sunday, my husband will be wearing a red throwback jersey, and I will have on the blue-striped — NOT red-striped — beanie with the Flying Elvis turned respectfully toward the east, as out in Arizona, our boys launch through much more rigorous preparations for the big game. So what are the rules in your house? I’ve reached out to some of our local fans for the scoop (as in “story,” not as in the Scoops! tortilla chips that absolutely have to accompany the aforementioned Mexican dip — wink, wink). Here’s what they had to say!

Tysean and Dreyden Thomas, West Tisbury, have their own Pats uniforms. – Courtesy the Thomas family.
Tysean and Dreyden Thomas, West Tisbury, have their own Pats uniforms. – Courtesy the Thomas family.

“Paul Moreau and I have a special portable Pats chair that comes out only for important games. It is placed in the center of the room during the game. Nobody sits in it. When there is a very important play, Paul will move to the chair. It brings Tom luck and guarantees he will make a successful pass.” —Hilary Grannis, Edgartown

“I always make chili on game day!” —Joanne Brine, Chappaquiddick

“I smoke or grill whatever our opponents are, like Ravens/wings, Colts/ribs, and of course, this week Seahawk!” —Dylan Morgan, Vineyard Haven

“I just cross my fingers and pray.” —Kate Walpole, Edgartown

“My ritual is skiing at Sunday River, three years in a row now. They have a Super Bowl party there, too!!! Go PATS!” —Stephanie Teller, Edgartown

As I sit here typing, the blizzard outside my window is beginning to pick up steam. The skylights are nearly covered, and the branches are laden in white. The milk and bread are put away in their respective places, and somewhere there are flashlights and the batteries with which to power them — I’ll have to remember to look for those. Tomorrow, the kids will be out on the sledding hill, and lawns will be adorned with new frosty family members. Me? I say Let It Snow.

It has been quite a stormy snap, with the rain and wind last Saturday making for a nice little afternoon, cozying up in a booth at the Newes. With the exposed beams and the fireplace, and Magoo behind the copper bar, it’s one of my favorite winter spots. It really gives you that feeling of a harbor alehouse in an older time. And man, I love those onion rings!

I caught up with Jim Mullen, who was in town for the annual Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters’ awards banquet and meeting, which took place last Saturday at the Old Whaling Church. On hand were some great raffle prizes and silent auction donations, plus an outstanding buffet. For more info about M.V. Surfcasters, visit

The Wharf will host a special bonus trivia night to benefit Relay for Life this Friday, Jan. 30, at 6 pm. Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event is $5 per person and limited to 12 tables, so when calling for a reservation, make sure you specify to the Wharf staff that you will be there for the event. Wings, chowder, and cupcakes will be provided, and a gift basket will be awarded to the winner. Call 508-627-9966 to reserve your table.

Attention seniors: The Anchors is planning a trip to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts that will take place Wednesday, Feb. 18 (8:15 am boat off, 5 pm boat back). Among other exhibits that you can check out are these two interesting ones: “Gordon Parks, Back to Fort Scott,” displays groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kan., focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, captured by one of the most celebrated African-American artists of his time. And “Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls” shows images of women by Chinese artists from the 11th through 20th century. Please call the Anchors to sign up, 508-627-4368.

And Anchors visitors have been invited by the Martha’s Vineyard Supportive Day Program to join in on drumming workshops with Rick Bausman, Wednesdays at 1:30 pm through Feb. 18. Please call if you plan on attending, 508-627-4368. Bring your sense of rhythm, and yourself!

Mark your calendars for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School 2015 Science and Engineering Fair, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm at the high school. Learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists. The students ask great questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas. The culmination of their projects is to present their work to judges, parents, peers, and you and me. They do this with enthusiasm, poise, pride, and delight. The event is open to the public, so don’t miss it.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Rebecca Brown, who celebrates Feb. 1; to Ninon Garvin, Feb. 2; and to Ralf Pirozzi, Feb 4.

Updated, 4:45 pm, Thursday, Jan. 22. *

It is time for me to buy stock in Kleenex and chicken broth, because I have officially caught every virus with which I have come into contact this winter. The past few days have been lost in a fog of medicine head and the resulting narcolepsy, so if I start spouting gibberish, please don’t mind me. (In fact, to whomever’s deft editorial hands this column meets on its way to publication, let me just say right now how pretty/handsome you look today, and that sweater really brings out the color of your eyes.)

Previous to the viral squall in which I currently find myself, it was quite a fantastic week. Now, those of you who have been following along with me for a while will understand the sheer wonderment at the story I am about to relate. We had friends in from Minnesota last week, and Dave decided it would be nice to air down the tires on the new-old Jeep and take the guys for a ride out on Norton Point. I opted to ride along, with the unspoken motive of seeing my first snowy owl of the season. (I have made a pact not to mention the snowies this year, because in Dolby column parlance, that would be “sooo 2014,” but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out looking.) Well, on this particular beach ride, I spied THREE of my off-season besties. THREE! Man, that was cool. And my obsession was contagious, as our guests were nearly as pumped about the sightings as I was.

If you are still waiting for your own super-cool owl sighting, you can join the folks at Felix Neck on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm for the Big Moon Owl Prowl, featuring a full-moon-lit walk and other educational activities. For more info, call 508-627-4850.

I’m still processing the news about Chief Tony Bettencourt’s retirement from the Edgartown Police this spring. This chief has accomplished so much in what seems such a short time. I can’t yet quite wrap my cold-addled head around a department without Tony at the helm, and seeing as his exit is still a few months out, let’s discuss some other news from the Bettencourt household: K9 buddy Hooper has a new friend! The Bettencourts recently welcomed the tiny Chi as sidekick and complement to the large Hooper, and wacky big dog/little dog hijinks continue to ensue. I look forward to seeing Tony walking this odd couple along Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road in his retirement.

I met up with a few folks for bingo at the Wharf last Thursday, and in case anyone has seen the ads and is wondering if it is any good, let me tell you, we had a blast. With Johnny Showtime at the mic, “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Night” is one part gaming, one part standup comedy. What you don’t bring home in winnings, you’ll gain in belly-aching laughter. So get on down, so I can win all your money. Bingo takes place Thursday nights at 8 pm in the Wharf’s back bar.

In other bingo news, Winter Regifting Bingo will take place Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4 pm at St. Andrew’s Church. Your requirement for admission is a wrapped regifting “prize” to be won. The regifting will continue until prizes are gone, so bring as many prizes as you wish to clear out of your house. Edgartown Second Hand Store will provide coffee and popcorn for nibbles. For more info, call Barbara at 774-310-0209, or Heather Anne at 508-627-5330.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Jade Deslauriers, who celebrates Jan. 22; to Justin LaVigne, Jan. 23; to Louis Paciello and Jeff Donaroma, Jan. 25; to Kathy Vincent, Jan. 26; and to Dana Grant and Nancy Whipple, Jan. 28. And of course, GO PATS!

* An earlier version of this story stated that Bingo at the Wharf was on Wednesdays. It has been corrected to the right day of the week: Thursdays.

Is someone missing a bunch of tennis balls? Because there had to be at least 50 balls bouncing around the streets of Edgartown this weekend. I was talking to Nick Prescott, who had seen a ton of them downtown, and I said, That’s funny. I saw a few near the Stop and Shop parking lot, and didn’t think much of it. Then Alyssa Starzyk also asked about the tennis balls, and we all agreed that it was officially “A Thing.” At least, the kind of “Thing” that passes for entertainment or perhaps even performance art in our sleepy town on a frigid afternoon in January.

In other winter exercises in futility, we found ourselves stuck in the standby line in Woods Hole — or as I prefer to call it, the place where homeward-bound dreams go to die — during yet another weather event on Friday, so of course I took the time to catch up on social media, wherein I discovered the others stuck in the same proverbial pickle. Kelsey Berry had posted a pic of her slipper-shod feet, taken from the vantage of the bed she had assembled in her back seat to wait out the wind. And once we were all aboard, Dave Lawrence got to witness what happens when I am extremely past due for a nap: I believe I came up with close to 25 puns for the word “hull,” much to no one’s amusement but my own.

Also aboard the motor vessel Martha’s Vineyard was first-time ferry passenger Greyson Lucero Antik, with just about two days as a human under his belt — or diaper tabs, as the case may be. This handsome little devil was welcomed by happy moms Hadley and Ruby Antik on Jan. 6, weighing in at 7.1 pounds of absolute perfection. Looks like we’ll have another one running around the fire station, ringing the bell, while Mama Hadley is out saving lives as a paramedic. Congrats to all.

It was not only stormy weather but heavy hearts we encountered this week, as we lost a beloved part-time Edgartonian and full-time friend with the passing of Boatner Reily. I will always remember Mr. Reily for his beaming smile and booming voice, and fantastic sense of humor. As a child, he taught me the right way to eat crawfish and the “real” way to play croquet; as an adult, a fondness for Irish whiskey and an appreciation of pink wine. I loved that his reading tastes were dictated by whatever he could find on the shelves at the Dock Street Coffee Shop, and though he could have his choice of automobiles, his favorite Island car was a 1995 Ford Escort that could barely contain his tall frame. We will miss you dearly, friend, and our thoughts go out to the whole Green Hollow family.

Back by popular demand, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is once again celebrating the faces of Martha’s Vineyard with a second “Island Faces” portrait competition in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts. Three years ago, the museum held its first portrait contest, inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s annual contest. A panel of judges from the Island’s art community will jury the competition. The winning portraits will debut in an exhibit opening at the Museum on Sept. 4, 2015. The public will once again be able to vote on a separate “People’s Choice” category, the winners of which will be featured at Featherstone beginning Nov. 8, 2015. Details and rules are available on the museum’s

As part of their new Veterans Outreach Program, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will host a presentation on traumatic brain injury on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 am to 12 noon at the American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the second session of the Martha’s Vineyard Veterans Support Series, representatives from the Home Base Program, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Providence VA, and SAVE (Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment) will be speaking on the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for TBI. Following the presentation there will be an expert speaker’s panel, including an interactive discussion. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Jan. 23 to Julie Meader at 508-693-7900, ext. 222, or

Birthday wishes go out this week to Jill Zadeh, who celebrates Jan. 16; to Eric Klaussmann, Jan. 17; and to Barbara Morgan, Jan. 19. Have a good one, and GO PATS!

I love the angle of the light this time of year, particularly on the drive from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown along State Beach. The colors are just so stark and bright, like driving through a Hopper painting. And of course, we know the real purpose of these afternoon drives is to spot my snowy bird friend in the dunes. I have yet to spot the owl this year, not for lack of trying, but I won’t let the ongoing obsession hijack the column this year.

So happy for Dayce and Kurstin Moore, who are finally off on their honeymoon. These two tied the knot back in June, but the summer season allowed no rest for these busy bees — Dayce is a patrolman with the Edgartown PD, and Kurstin serves up the martoonies at Alchemy. The two will spend their well-earned break on Antigua. Enjoy!

I’ve had word from Linda Condlin that daughter Alicia Jean Nicholson, who fell last September and dislocated her knee and broke several ribs, is still working toward recovery and is currently awaiting surgery that will lay her up for three or four more months. Because medical expenses are difficult, and she has been forced to miss some work, her co-workers from the Lookout Tavern will hold a fundraiser on Jan 10 at 6:30 pm at the PA Club. Money Shot and Mike Benjamin will play, and there will be items for raffle. Best wishes to Alicia on the road to recovery.

Chilmark Writing Workshop will be offering a Write from the Heart winter workshop January 23 and 24 (Friday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm). Yes, this takes place in Chilmark, not Edgartown, but having attended one of Nancy Aronie’s writing workshops back in September, I can’t recommend the experience enough, and for those of you who can’t get the free time during the busy summer months and/or can’t afford the usual tuition, it’s a great opportunity to get a kick-start on winter writing or try something new. Also, homemade soup and hot bread, so yum. This special winter session is offered for $199. Get it all out in two days — ongoing therapy is much more expensive. Call Nancy at 508-645-9085 to reserve your space. You might very well see me there.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center welcomes Island artists to enter their work for possible exhibit in the Feldman Family Artspace for the 2015 season. Island artists interested in exhibiting their work in the entry lobby of the Film Center should go to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society web site ( for an application and additional information. The deadline for entry is March 1.

The Federated Church will resume serving free lasagna dinners from 12:30 pm to 2 pm every Sunday starting Jan. 11 thru the final Sunday in March. All are welcome, Island-wide. For questions, or in the case of inclement weather, please email

Seniors: The Martha’s Vineyard Museum welcomes you Monday, Jan. 12 at 1 pm for a free tour. Exhibits include “Nancy Luce — Madonna of the Hens,” and “Dogs vs. Cats” — see objects, photographs, and archival material that feature these loveable furry friends, and cast a vote for your favorite. Please call the Anchors to sign up, 508-627-4368.

This Sunday, Jan. 11, please join Vineyard Conservation Society for their third Winter Walk of the season: a visit to Katama Farm, home of the FARM Institute. The walk is expected to include the new interpretive hiking trail that opened last year, and may branch out to other areas of the farm as time allows. FARM Institute staff will add their knowledge of current farm operations and the surrounding area to discussion of the conservation history of the property. Although Katama Farm is now quite well-known (largely due to the popularity of the FARM Institute), many of its current visitors are likely unaware of the unusual history of this special place. The walk will start at 1 pm, and last approximately two hours. For more information, contact VCS at 508-693-9588.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Kristin Warriner, who celebrates Jan. 9; Peter Shemeth, Jan. 10; Becky Beeson, Jan. 11; Tad White, Jan. 12; and Jeff Smadbeck, Jan. 15.