Authors Posts by Megan Alley

Megan Alley

Megan Alley

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The beautiful scene of the Oak Bluffs Harbor may once more be viewed on the webcam. Last week I printed an inquiry from a Florida resident who had observed the camera continuously being aimed at a house on the harbor. Oak Bluffs Harbormaster Todd Alexander kindly e-mailed me to tell me that someone had somehow gotten the passwords to the camera, but now they have been changed, and hopefully the cam will give us the beautiful water view again.

Our condolences to the family of Clem Packish. He was our first and only UPS driver for a while and was so cheerful and helpful to everyone. We are so sorry.Paul Manzi, the Financial Director for the town died last week. He fought a long battle against melanoma, but still maintained his positive outlook. He made many friends while he was working here, and we extend our sympathies to his family.

Barbara Hoyle has returned from a trip to Clearwater, Fla., where she attended the wedding of her nephew, R. Brendan Penney, to Zee Tran. Brendan is the son of Dr. Rob and Barbara Penney of Middlesex, Vt., and the grandson of Bob Penney and Betty Daniels of Oak Bluffs. Zee is the daughter of Ms. Nguyen Hong Diep of Trinity, Fla. She recently graduated from the Stetson College of Law and proceeded to pass the Florida Bar exam. Brendan is completing a doctorate in astrophysics. The couple will reside in Tallahassee, Fla.

We remember all veterans on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. If you can, please help the volunteers at the Oak Grove cemetery in Vineyard Haven put up the flags for the Avenue of Flags at 7 am and take them down at 3 pm.

The flu clinic is also scheduled at the MVRHS on November 11, from 8 to 11 am. Contact your Senior Center for information and registration forms.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is launching the first in its series of cultural luncheons on Saturday, Nov. 13, at The Grill on Main restaurant in Edgartown from 12 noon to 2 pm. The program will offer a close look at the contributions and influences of the Wampanoag Tribe to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. For information, call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Living effort to secure a home for the Supportive Day Program, a day-care program for seniors.

The Freebie Sunday on November 7 at the Mansion House will be featuring Pilates with Toni Cohen.

The request in my column last week regarding information on Peter Boak’s missing cat, Squirt, brought an instant response from Christie Rose. Sadly, she told me that he was hit and killed by a car on Barnes Road. She recognized the description as he had often visited her home to observe her two cats and chickens. The news was passed on to Peter, who said, “while the story did not have a happy ending, at least I know where he is.” He thanks everyone who cared enough to notify him.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is presenting three films in November that tell wonderful stories: “Father of my Children,” “Strongman,” and “Monica and David.” All of these films are up on the MVFS website at

The Oak Bluffs School’s fabulous Book Fair is running through November 12. The fair runs from 8 am until 4 pm. Friday, Nov. 5, is grandparents day, when grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandchildren to the fair. The hours will be from 7 am to 6 pm on that day. Also there will be breakfast treats available for that day from 7 to 8 am. While there, be sure to visit the Hall of Heroes Display drawn by the students.

Nancy Gardella, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, will speak on “Business Forecasting, Trends, and Opportunities” at a breakfast program on Tuesday, Nov. 9, organized by the Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network. Registration for the program in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church will begin at 7:30 am. The program will start at 8 and last until 9:30 am, with a light breakfast. Cost is $15 for MVWN members pre-registering by Monday, Nov. 8, and $25 for all walk-ins. Pre-register at

Every fall the Garden Club awards “main street” businesses and/or organizations in each town with a certificate for the most beautiful window boxes or landscaping. The winners for 2010 in Oak Bluffs are as follows: The Madison Inn, Alison Shaw Gallery, Dockside Bike Rentals, Secret Garden, The Wesley House, and Sanctuary. Circuit House receives an Honorable Mention.

We send birthday smiles for the month of November to Aidlyberg Village residents Doris Gregory, Eugene Foley and Hector Santiago, and Woodside Village residents Marjorie Toenges, Phyllis Chase, Sophie Silverman, Nancy Eddy, Florence Bruder, Judy Andrews, Barbara Dugan, Sylvia Rogers, Ilka List, Betty Holt and Helen Blasi.

More birthday smiles to Randy BenDavid and Kerry Alley on November 5, Susan Peters the next day, Wendy Rose on the 7th, Mark Landers on the 8th, and Todd deBettencourt on the 10th.

Congratulations to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on November 5.

Remember that this is the weekend to set your clocks back one hour and to replace your smoke detector batteries.

Enjoy your week.Peace

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You just never know about weather in New England do you? Here I was resigned to the fact that it was almost November, getting used to less sunlight and cooler days and nights, and then we have a day like Monday last where it was springtime again.

The Edgartown Community Suppers are back again on Mondays at 5 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church and as always, all are welcomed.

Another free event at the Mansion House takes place on Halloween at 3:30 when Fae Kontje Gibbs will be teaching Inner Body Yoga. This still leaves you enough time to get back home to greet all the little ghosts and goblins at your door.

John Mayhew, who taught math at MVRHS from 1959 to 1986, now lives in Windemere. He will turn 90 on November 2, which is a weekday, and also Election Day. So his family is holding an open house birthday party for him in the downstairs dining room on October 31 (Halloween!) from 2 to 4 pm. We hope that many of his friends and former students will stop in to wish him a Happy Birthday and share a glass of wine and piece of birthday cake.

We send condolences to the family of Jenny Rollins Larson who died on October 18. Jenny was the daughter of Jack Rollins and the late Julie Hurley Rollins and leaves her husband Erik and children Julianna and Meghan.

A summer resident of O.B. since 1959 has some questions regarding the Oak Bluffs Harbor webcam. He said that during the year he frequently suffers the M.V. blues and longs to return, so was delighted to discover the webcams available on the Island. Recently he noticed a disturbing trend with the O.B. live cam. The camera consistently turns its focus onto one particular house along the harbor instead of the beautiful panoramic views on a daily basis. He called the harbormaster’s office twice in reference to this. First a young lady said she would look into it and changed the view at that time and then a man answered the next call and stated he would look into the problem. Once again the view has been changed to focus on the house again.

When I viewed the webcam it looked like the camera was focused on the Dockside Inn and the Wesley House. It may be a computer program or perhaps pilot error? Either way it detracts from the beauty, serenity, and public security the view of the harbor would provide. Anyone have a solution?

The Oak Bluffs School was so fortunate at last week’s Community Meeting to receive dictionaries from M.V. Rotary Club. This is the fifth year that Rotary has presented dictionaries to the third grade and the school is very grateful.

Parent Teacher conferences dates are November 2, from 1 to 5 pm, November 4 (2 to 6 pm), and November 8 (3 to 7 pm). Kids will be dismissed at noon on these days.

Stop & Shop offers an A+ School Rewards program to help our community schools. Now parents and other supporters can earn great awards for schools to use as they choose. Visit and click on A+ under the Our Stores tab. You can then register your Stop & Shop card to start accruing points with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used.

Reminder: on October 30 is the PTO Halloween Party from 4 to 7 pm, and the ever-popular Book Fair is being held from November 1 to 12.

Calling all bakers, jam makers, knitters, candlestick makers to lift your hearts and hands and share your talents making items for Handmade from the Heart For Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. On December 11 the doors of the beautiful Daniel Fisher house in Edgartown will be open once again to offer all the items and gifts made by our generous friends and supporters. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and homemade baked goodies after shopping. When you shop you give twice. Please help by creating your handmade items. Call Hospice at 508-693-0189 for information.

The M.V. Women’s Network is teaming up with the Island Grown Initiatives to offer a special program called From Farm to Market: Meeting the Local Demand. The program will be on November 1, from 6 to 8 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Geared to food entrepreneurs, from farmers to eaters, the program will feature a panel discussion on business planning and market opportunities for locally grown food. Light local foods will be served. Seating will be limited. Registration is required by tomorrow, October 29, by 5 pm and the Cost is $1 .

Peter Boak’s cat, Squirt, has been missing since October 18. The cat is a four-year-old Bengal, light beige with leopard spots, blue crossed eyes, very talkative, friendly. Peter is my neighbor on Columbian Avenue, off Hudson, near Alpine.

We send Birthday Smiles to Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tompkins today, Sally Leslie Mitchell on the 30th, Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, and Adam Rebello on November 1, and Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd.

Enjoy your week.Peace

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Fall is here with visions of warm cozy nights in front of fireplaces, slower pace to our living, and homemade cooking and baking. Just in time the good folk at Linda Jean’s Restaurant and their patrons have published a delightful cookbook. Not only does it have many delicious recipes, but it also has a beautiful and durable cover. And just to further entice you to buy one, the proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will be donated to the Island Food Pantry and the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. Good food, good people, and a generous donation to two worthy causes all wrapped up in a beautiful and useful package.

The Vineyard Crop Walk takes place this Sunday, Oct. 24. Check-in time is at St. Augustine’s in Vineyard Haven and the walk starts at 2 pm, walking to Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs and back, or any part of this six-mile walk. Twenty-five percent of the money raised goes to the Island Food Pantry. For more information, call Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.

Last year over 80 Island businesses made a contribution to the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School and in exchange they received a handsome scarecrow. This year’s Scarecrow Festival for the School — between October 23 and November 1 — will have a literary theme. Keep your eyes open for some imaginative creations.

Fitness Director Brenda Wallis will be teaching the free class at the Mansion House on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 pm. The class Boot Camp Strength uses a variety of strength training equipment plus the resistance of your own body weight.

Sondra Murphy has planned two fun events for children at the Oak Bluffs Library. There will be Spooky Crafts on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Spooky fun crafts include lollipop spider, thumbprint pumpkins, flying ghosts, and more. All ages are welcome and there is no need to sign up for this free event.

The Library Halloween Party will be on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 am to 1 pm. Fun tricks and treats including music, spooky games, costume contest with prizes, and more. All are welcome to this free event, which includes refreshments.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 pm the London Gold Group of young violinists and violists, ages 9 to 15, will perform at the Whaling Church. The concert is free for all young people, with a suggested $10 donation for adults. This is an extraordinary group of Suzuki-trained musicians, headed by Helen Brunner, founder of the London Suzuki Group.

Many people have asked when the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum is open. It is now open Saturday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon and on Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm. Hopefully the hours will be extended if everything works out.

Important dates to remember at the Oak Bluffs School are October 30 for the PTO Halloween Party and the Book Fair from November 1 to 12.

On October 15 the Oak Bluffs School said goodbye to their former principal, Laury Binney. The children showed their respect and love for Mr. Binney at the morning Community Meeting with admiration and sadness.

We send birthday smiles to Judy Williamson on October 22, Liz Field on the 23rd, Chris Look III the next day, Ann Baird on the 25th, Ashley DePriest on the 27th, and Simone McCarthy on Oct. 28.

Special long-distance birthday smiles to Emily Goldthwait, who will be 19 on October 22. She is in India, specifically outside of Phey, living and learning at SEMCOL for the semester.

Enjoy your week.Peace.

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Columbus Day weekend brought us most beautiful sunny, cool weather and the opportunities to work outside and catch up on some of those chores to get ready for colder weather… or we could have just enjoyed the beauty of the day. Now many businesses are being shuttered for the winter, and we see quite a few signs around town saying “closed for the season.” But from all the events taking place, it is obvious that the Island is never closed for any season.

October 19, at 1 pm at the Wakeman Center the monthly meeting of the M.V. Garden Club will be held. The topic for this month’s program is Do You Really Know What Organic Is? Lisa Fisher and Nancy Weaver will present the program. A hospitality hour with refreshments will follow the program. All persons interested in horticulture, flower arranging, and preserving the best qualities of the Island environment are welcome.

The Mansion House will offer a Free Aqua Aerobics class on Sunday, October 17, at 3:30. This class is ideal for a variety of fitness levels. Try a sauna to make your experience at the Mansion House complete.

The New Ag Hall in West Tisbury will be the site for a celebration Saturday, October 23, from 4 to 5:30 pm to honor Congressman William D. Delahunt and State Senator Robert O’Leary. They will be guests of honor at an event to show appreciation for their hard work in supporting and helping the Vineyard with many projects. You are asked to please bring a finger food. Beverages will be provided.

Get your tickets now for the 39th annual all you can eat Harvest Supper of the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, October 23, with servings at 5 and 6:45 pm. For reservations, call 508-693-1608. The tickets cost $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12.Picture Day at the school is scheduled for October 18. If you did not receive an order form, please ask your child’s teacher to provide you with one.

The school is still looking for community members to join the School Advisory Council (SAC). This important body helps the school to compose its School Improvement Plan and to set budget priorities, both very important tasks. If you know a community member who might like to serve, please ask him or her to contact the school.

Every Friday morning at about 8:30, the school-wide Community Meeting is held. Birthdays and holidays are acknowledged, and there are various activities and entertainment, and sometimes there is a chance for everyone to say goodbye to people who are important contributors to the Oak Bluffs School. Tomorrow, October 15, will be the time to say goodbye to former Principal Laury Binney. Please attend if you can.

On October 20, dismissal will be at noon to facilitate Staff Professional Day. Make plans to attend the PTP Halloween Party on October 30.

I have had a few responses to a couple of items in my column. Anna Tomlinson said that the item about summer visitors asking that all-too-familiar question “what do you to in winter?” brought back memories of her grade school teacher telling the students that “no intelligent person is ever bored.”

Genevieve Abbot, daughter of the late Bideau Abbot, and her husband feel they have an answer to my question, “I wonder if animals’ routines are changed by the shorter days and longer nights of winter?” They say definitely yes, because their two Labs and their rescue cat are exhibiting very different behavior as fall progresses. They don’t yearn to go out half as much, they all sleep on their bed much of the day and all of the night. And they seem much more content to just hang around the house and yard (much like us).

We send birthday smiles to Jen Combra on October 14, Lu Healey and Diane Clauson on the 15th, Renee Balter the next day, Richard Mello Sr. and Kayla Bryn deBettencourt on October 17. Vincent Frye and Fritz Knight share the 18th, Erich Luening and Herb Landers party on the 19th, and Nathan Francis and Saige Araujo on the 20th.

Tons of October birthday smiles are sent to residents of Aidylberg Village: Geneva Thurmond and Eleanore Tompkins, and Woodside Village residents: Constance Sanborn, Geoff Spence, Esther MacLean, Priscilla Parris, Enos Ray, Alma West, Pat Matola, Helen Dropick and Sonny Mendez.Enjoy your week.Peace.

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Windy, windy and rain seems to be the future for most of this week. It is now jacket weather and time to clean out the flower beds of those dying or dead summer plants. They are being replaced with the wonderful flowers of fall, especially those colorful mums: Think rust, yellow, and orange. Somehow those colors bring forth visions of warm cozy fires and longer nights. We will just be getting used to the dark when it is time to rise and then will come the end of daylight saving time and it will be lighter again. I wonder if animals’ routines are changed by the shorter days and longer nights of winter?

The free class at the Mansion House Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3:30 pm will be a Yoga class with Fae Kontje-Gibbs. Fae has been practicing Yoga for over 35 years and combines her knowledge of structural body work and Oriental medicine.

Thursday, Oct. 7, is the Open House for grades K through 5 at the Oak Bluffs School. It will take place from 6 to 7 pm and you will also be able to attend the pasta dinner in the cafeteria where you may enjoy great food and support the students. The dinner will be served from 5 to 7 pm.

After this week, please check out the school website for future issues of the weekly Carousel newsletters and the monthly lunch menu. This is part of the school’s efforts to go green. Next month, a paper copy of the lunch menu will no longer be going home. However, the office will always have paper copies of both the weekly Carousel and monthly lunch menu if you prefer.

On October 8: String lessons will be starting and continue on Fridays throughout the school yearParent-teacher conferences will be held on November 2, 4, and 8. This year, parents of students in all grades will be able to schedule their conferences online, and there will be more information about this process at the Open House.

Just a reminder that school will be closed for Columbus day, Monday, Oct. 11.

Katy Fuller, the marketing, membership, and special events manager for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, brings us news that the Museum is opening a new exhibit this Saturday called Your Town. Part of this exhibit includes town celebration days where residents of a specific town will get free admission to the Museum to see the exhibit and the other Museum exhibits as well as a discounted membership. Oak Bluffs day is Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 am to 5 pm.

On October 15 there will be a Cultural Festival from 6 to 9 pm at the Performing Arts Center.This a benefit for ACE MV and a celebration of Ethnic Studies Week.There will be an ethnic food court, booths and displays, and demos; and a fabulous concert.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living has scheduled its annual meeting. It will be held at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center, 24 Pine Tree Road in Vineyard Haven. All interested Islanders are welcome to attend.

Save this date. United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard will be hosting its annual (39th) Harvest Supper on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. More info will be forthcoming.

We send birthday smiles to Ann Knight and Daniel Blake on October 8, Todd Rebello and Mabel McCarthy the next day; to grandson Benjamin Alley, Anita Billings, and Maximus Metell on the 10th; Zack Sweeney and Joe deBettencourt on October 11; and Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis on October 13. Carol and Bink Bettencourt’s wedding anniversary is on October 9.Enjoy your week.Peace.

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At last it’s a bit cooler and you can actually get into town and find a parking space without too much trouble. The boat cruises are still docking outside the harbor and they bring in many sightseers, so we are hardly lonely, but at least now you probably recognize at least 50 percent of the people you meet on the street.

On Sunday it was exactly one month ago that our rescued yellow lab arrived at our home. Things have worked out unbelievably well. Molly was obviously well cared for, trained, and loved by her previous owners. I often wonder why she was relinquished and wish they could know how very happy she is here and what a loving addition to our home she is.

Don’t we all respond with a laugh when tourists ask quite seriously, “what do you people do in the winter?” All the events mentioned in my column this week are only a small portion of those happenings that keep us busy throughout the fall and winter and even into spring.

Sandra Fisher Thornton is visiting her sister Maureen Anderson for a few weeks. Sandra came especially to attend the 50th class reunion of her Alma Mater, New England Deaconess Hospital. She has enjoyed meeting many of her relatives and numerous friends here in Oak Bluffs.

The time of the free Sunday class at the Mansion House has changed from 5:30 to 3:30 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 3, Brenda Wallis will be instructing the class Butt N’Up. Come join in for this great workout!

On October 1 the M.V. Film Society autumn film series at the Katharine Cornell Theatre opens with “Ondine,” a new film from Irish director Neil Jordan starring Colin Farrell. Additional information can be found on the film society web site (including links to movie trailers) at

Carlin Hart will serve as auctioneer for the Oak Bluffs School Eighth Grade Auction to benefit the Class of 2011 at Farm Neck on Sunday, October 3. Once again, they have great items for you to bid on.

The 6th grade trip to Camp Alton Jones is planned for October 6 to 8. This is a very enriching experience for 6th graders.

The annual Open House for grades K-5 will be held on October 7. This event gives parents and others an opportunity to sample their child’s classroom and school environment (along with their child). The open house will be preceded by a pasta dinner, which is sponsored by the 8th grade to benefit their annual trip next spring.

The school’s fall production this year will be “Annie,” and they are opening up the chorus for children (especially girls) grades 1 and up. It is necessary for a parent, guardian, or babysitter of appropriate age to be present with your student at all rehearsals. Mark your calendars now for the performance dates, Friday through Sunday, November 19 –21. It should be a great show!

The grade 6-8 track meets are scheduled for Fridays, October 1, 8, and 15, at 3:30 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The Community Solar Greenhouse Fall Festival will be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 12 noon to 3 pm at 114 New York Ave. (next to Dick’s bait shop) in Oak Bluffs. There will be games, trifles, and treasures, raffle, free soup, music, and vendors.

The 3rd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School ’80s Dance Party and Rock Auction will be held this Saturday, Oct. 2, at Nectar’s. Silent auction starts at 6:30 and the live auction starts at 8 followed by Dancemania with DJ Jason Araujo. $25 includes Flatbread’s pizza and salad bar! There will be tons of great auction items, including a week in Virgin Gorda; chainsaw work; private Super Bowl Party; ski weekend in Vail; fishing trip with Louis Larsen; Dream Garden (bobcat work, landscaping, plantings); and Celtics tickets.

The Island Elderly Housing Arts and Crafts show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Woodside Village Building 2 from 1 to 3 pm. Come and see the many creations fashioned by these residents and you can probably get a head start on your holiday shopping.

We send birthday smiles to Grace Vanderhoop and Elyse Madeiras on Oct. 2, Will deBettencourt IV and Marc Hanover on Oct. 5, Tony White on Oct. 5, and Robert Moreis on the 6th.

Enjoy your week.Peace.

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A brief but moving ceremony, reflecting on the tragedy of 9/11, was held at the Nelson W. Amaral Fire station on Wing Road on Saturday. All the EMS and Fire Department vehicles were pulled out on the tarmac with lights flashing. Fire and EMS personnel in uniform stood at attention in memory of those who perished on that evil day.

Later that afternoon, the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum open house was well attended. We do appreciate the beauty of that corner of the Town and all the hard work of the people that made it possible.

Our condolences to the family of Erick Clements: his parents, Vera-Jean and Albert, and siblings, Albert, and his wife, Becky, and his sister, Summer-Anne. They have our deepest sympathy. What a loving tribute to Erick was the graveside service for him on Saturday last with so many relatives and friends attending to show their caring.

Condolences also to the family of Barbara Lewis especially her four sons. A cheerful hardworking person, she will be missed.

Looking for a high-intensity training class? The Mansion House offers a free fitness class on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 pm. Brenda Correa will challenge your fitness level and muscular endurance with a variety of equipment and movements.

Michelle Bettencourt is another Oak Bluffs resident who has been chosen to serve as an Muscular Dystrophy Association Jailbird, going behind bars to help Jerry’s Kids©. In order to be released, she needs your help to raise $1,600 bail.

The school is now in full swing and Back to School Night for grades 6, 7, and 8 is on September 17. Beginning October 1, the Carousel newsletter will no longer be distributed to each student. The Carousel will be available online as always and there will be a supply of the paper Carousel in the office. Please support the school’s effort to go green.

Once again it is Sally Foster time at the Oak Bluffs School. But this year they are using Meadow Farms Fundraising. The Meadow Farms packets have been sent home. This paper and gift sale is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised supports all of the things the PTO does to enrich life at the Oak Bluffs School. If you have any questions about Meadow Farms, please contact Carla Hoyt at 508-693-8481 or Paula Caron at 508-696-0642.

At the Oak Bluffs library on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 pm, there will be an author’s talk with Paul Samuel Dolman on his book “Hitchhiking With Larry David.” A question and answer session follows his talk. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 am to 2 pm, Puzzle Day in the Children’s Room for ages 3 and up takes place. There will be jigsaw puzzles, word games, a maze, and scavenger hunt . There will be prizes and the special craft time will be 11 am to 12 noon.

The Friday Conversations program will be at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center: 10 am to 11:30 am on Friday, Sept 17. The guest will be Paul Pimentel of the Vineyard Power Committee. This is a grass-roots group that wants to create a wind farm out in the ocean, beyond Nomans Land. Paul will discuss the feasibility, benefits, and the economics of a wind farm at that location.

Here is news about an upcoming Willoughby family reunion. It will be on September 18 from 1 to 6 pm at the P-A club. It will be potluck with a grill available. If possible anyone attending is asked to please bring pictures and pass the word. Folks from Virginia, Michigan,Connecticut, Nova Scotia, Vermont, North Carolina and who knows where else will be attending.

Many Woodside Village residents are celebrating their birthdays this month; we send special smiles to Jeannette Vincent, Spencer Hilton, Emma Goldhorn, Linda Andrews, Lillian Bush and also to Aidlyberg Village resident William Sullivan.

Also getting birthday smiles are Patti Moreis and Kathy Burton on September 17. Donald Combra sends birthday wishes to his son Michael Combra all the way to New Hampshire. Ronnie Klein celebrates on Sept. 19 with special wishes from wife Roxanne, Smiles to Cory and Amber Medeiros on Sept. 20, followed by Ruthie Metell on the next day.

Enjoy your week.Peace.

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Thank you to all the emergency workers that planned ahead for the possibility of disasters due to a hurricane. What a thankless job that sometimes is, especially when the disaster never arrives. But if it had, every one of those people would be getting high praise instead of the few, thank goodness, critical reviews.

We were fortunate that we were spared, and now we are getting closer to perfection in our preparedness for such events. It doesn’t seem as if many people fled the possibility of a hurricane hitting the Island last weekend as the streets were crowded on Sunday, and Monday morning, Labor Day, you could hardly walk, never mind drive, through the streets to shop or whatever you had to do. Soon there will be quite a change, but this wonderful weather seems to make people more reluctant than ever to leave here, and can you blame them?

Today from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Oak Bluffs library, there will be an artist’s opening and reception as Wilfred Dantis presents his vibrant work in a show titled Images of Haiti. Come and meet the artist. His pictures remain on display through September.

Next Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 10:30-11:30 am: The Poetry Group meets with Brigitte Lent. Enjoy poetry and read your own or the work of others in a relaxed atmosphere. This group meets the third Wednesday each month.

Have you always been interested in taking a “Spinning” class ? Now is your opportunity to try this great workout for free with Spinning instructor and Fitness Director, Brenda Wallis on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 pm at the Mansion House.

Mary Paula Hunter and her wonderful company of young dancers from Providence, R.I. will be at The Yard Saturday, Sept. 11, at 4 and 8 pm. If you would like more information, please contact The Yard at or 508-645-9662.

We know summer is over when all church services for the Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard change to their winter schedule of being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. St. Augustine’s in Vineyard Haven and St. Elizabeth’s in Edgartown are now closed until spring.

There will be a Monday Night Special at the Vineyard Playhouse on September 13 when they present a staged reading of a new play by Alice van Buren — “Ink,” a tale of captivity. In the wake of the great native revolt known as King Philip’s War, a woman who was “captured” must submit her tale on paper for the Puritan leaders. For more information regarding times and tickets, contact the box office 508-696-6300, ext. 21, or e-mail

The fifth annual Martha’s Vineyard Film International Film Festival will take place September 9-12. In just a few short years, the festival has become an end-of-summer highlight for many people.

We send birthday smiles to young Ryan Araujo on September 10, Linda Ben David on the 11th, and Emily deBettencourt and Valarie O’Donnell the next day. My daughter Mary Alley celebrates on September 13, Florence Ben David on September 15, and Rick Kelly on September 16.

The Oak Bluffs School, along with all the Island schools, opens this morning. It will be different in many ways with some new students, new staff, and of course a new principal, Carlin Hart. So best wishes and high hopes to all for a great year.Enjoy your week.Peace.

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The Island is quieter now for a moment before Labor Day weekend. Can you believe summer is drawing to a close? These past few weeks I have been busy making pickles and, thanks to a friend who donated the beach plums, I have been making jelly. Not having made it for quite a few years, I discovered one necessity I absolutely had to have this time around — my good eye glasses to read the recipe.

The President and all of his entourage left on Sunday. It felt and sounded like we were under invasion for a while with the noise and sights of numerous helicopters and very large planes. Hopefully, he and his family were able to enjoy some moments of peace. I always wonder if the President would appreciate being treated as a “regular tourist” or prefers all the attention being focused on him.

Pam Rogers, daughter of Bob and Jodie Falkenburg, who live in the Campground, had quite an adventure on her last night of working at the Beach Plum Inn on Friday evening. She ended up being the server for President and Mrs. Obama and their guests for dinner. She said they both were charming and very easy to communicate with.

Don’t forget that there will be an open house at the new Fire Museum at the Nelson W. Amaral Wing Road Fire Station in Oak Bluffs this Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome. Now is your chance to view the inside of this interesting building.

If you are interested in seeing what ACE-MV has to offer this fall you can download a copy of ACE-MV Fall 2010 catalog or pick one up soon. Registration is now available online.

The First Annual Buddy Harris Bid Whist Classic was held at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday, August 25, attended by nearly 75 vacationers and Islanders. For nearly 20 years, Buddy Harris was a vacationer on Martha’s Vineyard setting up housekeeping on Ocean Avenue near Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. Buddy had a love for playing cards and enjoyed challenging friends and visitors to daily games of Bid Whist. As a tribute to the life and legacy of Buddy, his friends organized this event.

At the 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, actor Matthew Modine will receive the Global Citizen Award. For any questions regarding the festival, mail film festival organizers at, or call 508-696-9369.

The Oak Bluffs library is moving ahead with a busy fall schedule. Tonight at 6 pm, the Movie Night film is the Noir classic “Laura,” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, and Clifton Webb, and directed by Otto Preminger. Free admission and popcorn. And on Friday at 11 am, Tom Dresser returns to discuss his new book, “African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit.”

The Woman’s Club of Martha’s Vineyard, organized by Sarah Joy Mayhew and Mary Wesley Worth, will be starting its 112th year of meetings on September 20th. New members are more than welcome. The objectives of the club are social, literary, civic, and philanthropic. For more information, call Janice Belisle at 508-627-4861. Please join them.

Remember that school opens next week and with so many students of all ages riding their bikes and walking between home and school and back again, please be very aware of their unpredictable maneuvers.

We send birthday smiles to Pam Melrose and Bink deBettencourt on August 30, Nancy Giordano, Sean Flynn and Les Phillips share the 31st, Tony Ferreira on Sept. 1, Ed Ben David Sr. and Evelyn Christopher will celebrate on the 2nd. Our favorite person behind the meat counter at Reliable Market, Bob Pacheco SHOULD take a few hours off on the 3rd to party. Young Skylar Christopher Hall gets his birthday cake on the 6th and the queen of Rosebud Balloons, Susan Phillips, gets a smile on Sept. 7.Enjoy your week.Peace.

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Monday was what I call a summer respite day. It was as if the Island got a much-needed shower to clean up after a very hot and busy summer. It gave us time to stop, take a breath, and relax while watching the rain and listening to the wind — that is if you were not trying to travel by auto to any town on the Island. Traffic was the slowest and busiest I have ever seen.

My, but there are an awful lot of people on the Island angry about many happenings in Oak Bluffs. People are angry about dirty beaches, lack of an animal control officer, no helpful responses from the health agent regarding beach closures, lack of police presence… and the list goes on. Seems to me most of these problems could be brought down to manageable size, if not solved, by proper communication.

On Saturday last, niece Kathy Farrissey traveled to Connecticut to pick up our adopted rescue lab, Molly. Molly arrived all the way from Tennessee on the “Last Chance Railway” after three months of negotiations with the lab rescue organization, labs4rescue. Somewhere between three and five years old and a bit overweight, she is a sweet yellow English Lab, comes when called, and an absolute gem. She fit right in with our family, and also all of our couches, and seems to want to make ours her forever home. Kathy felt it was quite an experience to go and watch the many rescued dogs being greeted by their new families as they got off the bus. Myself, I think Kathy would make a wonderful animal control officer for Oak Bluffs, even if only for emergencies. Any seconds on that nomination?

There is a new group forming, Friends and Neighbors of Sunset Lake (FANS of Sunset Lake), and they are doing a fabulous job working with the Town of Oak Bluffs, Conservation Commission, and Parks Department to clean and beautify the park. Special thanks to those who participated and donated to this worthwhile event.

Pam and Jim Butterick will once again open their home at 359 Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs and host An Evening of Music on the Lagoon on Sunday, September 5 at 6 pm. Please come and enjoy the musical trio consisting of John Gorman, Jan Hyer, and Matt Pelikan as they set the sunset scene for the final Sunday of the summer, while enjoying wine and appetizers. There is no admission charge, but a generous donation of any amount is encouraged that will directly benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic 1895 Hook and Hastings pipe organ of the Federated Church of Edgartown. Any questions please call 505-939-0335 or email

On August 29 at 5:30 pm, the Mansion House is offering a free fitness class with Brenda Wallis. The club’s fitness director will be hosting her class, Hard Core. Be prepared to work all your core muscles hard, using equipment such as gliding discs and stability balls.

At the Oak Bluffs library tonight at 5:30 pm, come and hear Susan Klein speak about Island communities, traditions, and transformations. See the new video and get your personally inscribed copy of the new book, “Martha’s Vineyard: Now & Zen.”

Shawn Broadly was chosen to serve as an MDA Jailbird and being Locked-Up to help Jerry’s Kids©. In order to be released on good behavior, he will need your help to raise his “bail,” which has been set at $1,600 to benefit individuals and families served by MDA who are affected by neuromuscular disease and to help this important cause.

On Sunday, August 29 from 4 to 6 pm will be the opening of the Art of the Ceramic Bowl show. Island potters will be making bowls for a cost of $25. You choose your bowl, and it will be filled with soup; the meal includes Rickard’s bread, beverages, and dessert.

The Rev. Robert Hensley of the Grace Episcopal Church, and the Island Ecumenical Council, will hold a special service on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 am followed by a picnic at the Tabernacle to provide support and financial assistance to residents of the Gulf Coast region. The Theme of this special worship service is “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” A free-will offering will be taken and donated to Community Services of Louisiana. Free tickets are available from the sponsoring churches. Other groups and businesses wishing to take part, donate food, participate, or who are seeking additional information are asked to contact the Rev. Robert Hensley at Grace Church: 508-693-0332

We send birthday smiles to Ginny Hall and her son-in-law Leon Holt and Erin deBettencourt on August 25, Christine Anthony on the 24th, Retired Chief Nelson Amaral and Ken Ruszyk on the 26th, brothers Matt and Andrew Marchand share the 28th along with grandson Chris Alley. And guess who turns 100 the 29th? Alice Rose, who still manages to keep her flower garden beautiful along Wing Road.

Enjoy your week.