Authors Posts by Megan Alley

Megan Alley

Megan Alley

It seems impossible, but another Memorial Day has come and gone and for the first time in many years, the lilacs bloomed with perfect timing for the parades and ceremonies. When we were children, lilacs were always at the peak of perfection at this time of year, but the increasing temperatures over the years meant these fragrant blossoms had long since faded by the end of May. Many flags flew all over town as people proudly proclaimed their patriotism and remembered those who gave their lives so today we are free to live ours. Thank you to all veterans and also those who take time to arrange for parades and the display of flags and contribute in any way to this Memorial Day observance.

Last week was the annual Windemere Spring Dinner for family and friends of residents. Thirteen of my family were able to attend and have a delicious dinner while spending some time with my husband, their father and grandfather, who now makes his home at Windemere.  We are so fortunate to have this facility on the Island and so blessed to have such a caring staff. It is remarkable how patient and caring they are with each resident, many of whom require constant and difficult care. You have to be a very special person to take such loving care of these residents and we are most grateful and appreciative.

Longtime friend Joann deBettencourt, wife of Buddy, died on Memorial Day. Joann was a strong, hardworking woman who didn’t hesitate to express her opinions yet she also was a loyal wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her strength and determination, faith and sense of humor, enabled her to overcome many serious health problems over the past years. For many years, until the last few, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, Joann, Buddy, my husband Dennis and I would place the  firemen’s flags on the graves of firefighters in the Sacred Heart and Town cemeteries. Joann kept an accurate list and would direct us to the proper sites. The whole process always ended up as somewhat of a history lesson as everyone shared their memories of the person whose name was read off. How fitting that her passing occurred on this holiday, and we send condolences to her family and friends.

My sister Joyce Wadsworth has been visiting from Paso Robles for the past few weeks. While here she has been enjoying time with her daughter Lynn Rebello and two grandsons, James and Joel Rebello. She has been staying with Cynthia Schilling of Vineyard Haven during her visit. She, Cynthia, and I grew up together and we have enjoyed sharing many stories and much laughter.

Our busy library will be showing a coming of age story set on Cape Cod with Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph on library movie night, Thursday, June 5, at  6 pm. Not only will you be able to enjoy a great movie, but refreshments — sandwiches from Skinny’s Fat — will be served.

An outdoor yoga for kids program will start at the library on Thursday, June 5, and run  through August 28. The class will start at 4 pm. This is a drop-in class for ages 4 and up and will be canceled if raining. Bring a mat or towel. The instructor is Sondra Murphy.

The subject for the Curious Minds’ monthly forum for Thursday, June 12, is Continuing Consciousness After Death. This will be hosted by Holly Nadler and starts at 6 pm.

Celebrate Children’s Librarian’ Zoe’s birthday with games, crafts, and cake on Saturday, June 7, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Relay For Life and event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS) is this weekend starting at 9am Saturday May 31 until  Sunday June 1 at 9 am at the MVRHS track. Please visit the website or their facebook page Relay For Life Martha’s Vineyard for more information.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is welcoming Eric Jay Dolin back to the Island in preparation for the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th voyage, when the ship will dock at Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven, June 21–24. Mr. Dolan will talk about the history of whaling on June 3 at 5:20 pm at the Federated Church in Edgartown followed by a reception where an exhibit on the Morgan will be unveiled.

At the Oak Bluffs School Community Meeting last Friday, students and staff honored and remembered those who have served our country. They were fortunate to have the following veterans as their guests: US Army Artillery Specialist 4th Class Herbert, Combra, US Army Infantry 1st Lt Robert Falkenberg, USAF Senior Master Sergeant David Kann, USAF Lt Col David Berube, USAF Major Stan Mercer, US Army Sergeant and Dukes County Veterans’ Service Officer Joanne Murphy. Trumpeters Zach Smith, Fiona Smilie, Jacob Gurney, and Caleb Burt serenaded the crowd with America and Taps. Angela Hayes sang the National Anthem, and grades 1, 2 and 3 sang patriotic songs.

We send birthday smiles to Charlene Barbosa and Vicki Simione on the 31st, Jaime Reilly and Erika Destiney Cournoyer on June 1, Mia Rebello on the 2nd, Bert Combra on June 4, and my sister Ann Hearn on the 5th.

Enjoy your week.  Peace.

Megan-AlleyHow wonderful this change of weather has been. Now the windows can be left open and I hear the wind chimes singing through the night. The birds chattering early in the morning wake me to their musical songs. Their different sounds all blend in to make a symphony of perfect coordination. Then a little later in the morning, the neighborhood rooster shatters the tranquility with his boisterous cock-a-doodle announcement signifying either everyone up, as the day has begun, or the arrival of an egg. Leave it to a rooster to do the bragging after the hen has done the work. But those are the true sounds of spring.

We here in our town are as saddened and shocked by the death of Pat Gregory as the rest of the Island. We extend sincere condolences and  prayers  to the family and friends of this much respected and loved man.

Those delicious lobster rolls are once again on sale every Friday from 4 to 7:30 pm at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. Voted “Best of the Vineyard” for many years, they are still tasty and affordable.

Clothes to Go’s hours have now changed. The spring hours will be Monday and Wednesday, 2–4 pm, and Saturday, 9–11 am, at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven.

No other decade of the 20th century can be defined by change as much as the 1960s. From politics to music, the struggle for civil rights and landing on the moon, it was a time of volatility, excitement, and unease in America. But what was life like during these years on Martha’s Vineyard? Through objects, photographs, video and oral histories, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is exploring the stories that shaped the decade and forever altered the Vineyard in its latest exhibition, Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s. Sea Change will focus on some of the defining events of the decade, including the ferry strike of 1960, the formation of the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP in 1963, and the now infamous event at the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick in 1969.

Beginning on May 26 and running until August 31, the 1828 Meetinghouse of the Federated Church in Edgartown will be open from 1 to 3 pm every day. Hosts will be on hand to answer questions about the history and there is no cost nor need for an appointment.  For more information, please call Marna at 508-627-4421.

Annual Anniversary Open House at the Tisbury Senior Center takes place on Sunday, June 1, from 2 to 4 pm. There will be music by Christine McLeanand Serendipity. Refreshments will be served, and it is open to the public.

We send birthday smiles to Kay Manning on the 24th and Jack Garrett on the 25th. James Trip and Connie DeFelice share the 26th and smiles to Cheryl King on the 28th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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Megan-AlleyOak Bluffs is different these days and not just in appearance. Entering Circuit Avenue you will sense a feeling of excitement and anticipation as if awaiting special guests. People are scraping, painting, and repairing their buildings, conversing with the neighbors regarding how great everything is looking and how Oak Bluffs is becoming brand-new. It seems as if it only took the Lamppost renovation and encouragement from the town to inspire other shop owners to spruce up. The newness ranges from complete renovations to something as simple as sparkling clean display windows, but it all works, folks. Keep up the good work. I love to see the new looks and the new attitudes along the street.

Students from the MV Regional High School are the latest guest curators to open an exhibit in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Spotlight Gallery. Students from Corinne Kurtz’s Women’s Studies class have spent months studying the history of female criminal activity on the Island, and will now debut their work in the form of an exhibit entitled, “Women and Crime: Victims and Perpetrators,” which will open at the museum on Monday, May 19, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm for parents, families, and the general public. Admission is free to all and the exhibit will be up through June 1.

On Tuesday, May 20, Thomas Dresser and co-writers Herb Foster and Jay Schofield will speak at the Oak Bluffs Library about their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II.” The talk will start at 6:30 pm. They will talk about the old days on Circuit Avenue, and memories of the war effort. Then on Saturday, May 24, they will be signing copies of the book on the front porch of Edgartown Books.

Are you as bewildered as I am regarding Twitter? If so, come to the Oak Bluffs Library and learn the basics of Twitter with Miki Wolfe at 1 pm, Thursday, May 29.

Current superintendent of schools James Weiss and past superintendent Peter Palches will present a program based on the question, “Would Regionalization Improve Our Schools?” The program will be held at the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters, Martha’s Vineyard chapter, on Sunday, May 18, 1–3 pm, at Howes House in West Tisbury. The question will be posed by all, not just League members. The afternoon will begin with a free buffet brunch at 1 pm, followed by a short board meeting at 1:30, and the keynote presentation at 1:45. A question and answer period will follow.

Staff from Vineyard Nursing of Cape Cod, Veterans Services, Sostek, Greater Boston Health Care, Elder Services, Hope Healthcare and others will present a panel discussion on services for seniors and caregivers at the Tisbury Senior Center, 34 Pine Tree Road, Vineyard Haven on Monday, May 19, from 4 to 5:30 pm. It’s free and open to the public, but please call ahead to register, 508-696-4205.

Please take time to remember and make a donation if you can to Islanders Helping Islanders Fund where a fund has been set up to help Ellie Hanjian, and Ray and Tessa Whitaker and Laurel Redington Whitaker who were all injured in a car accident on April 29 while returning home from vacation. The group is facing long months of healing and rehab, so we need to send them healing prayers and help out with their expenses, if possible.

We sent birthday smiles to Andrew Farrissey, Louise Dahil, Heidi Jardin on the 18th, Bob Kinnecom, Keith Crossland, and Jaime and John Pachico on the 20th, Annette Moreis and Viviane Destefani on the 21st, and Doreen Anderson on the 22nd.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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The sunny yellow blossoms on the forsythia bushes and the new red hummingbird feeder have attracted a great many birds, and for the first time in many years a beautiful Oriole has been flitting, about adding another color to my view. Now everyone is busy sprucing up their yards and planting flowers and vegetables in hopes of a harvest of beauty and food. Here is a good site for purchasing seedlings and plants at great prices. The horticulture class at MVRHS will be holding their annual plant sale starting May 15 and running through May 23. The hours for the sale are 8 am to 2 pm. You will be very pleased and satisfied with the quality of your plants.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s annual spring concert will take place at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven on May 24. This concert is in celebration of National Chamber Music during the month of May. The concert will be held at 4 pm, and tickets may be bought at the door.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group will hold its “Evening Under the Stars” on Thursday, May 15, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. There will be a buffet dinner, drinks and dessert with music by Mike Benjamin. The MVCSG raises money to help island cancer patients and their families with the various costs of their treatment and every penny raised stays here to help those who need it most. Tickets are $100. For more info, please call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum have teamed up with Arcadia Publishing to create “Martha’s Vineyard,” a new pictorial history celebrating the rich history of the Island.

The book includes 220 photos from the museum’s extensive photograph collection that illustrate various aspects of the history of the Island. This collection, donated through the generosity of Islanders and visitors over the course of almost a century, provides a record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the 1970s. Many of them have never been published before. Bonnie Stacy will talk about the book and share images from it at the launch on Tuesday, May 13, at 5:30 pm in the museum library. Admission is free to all, however donations are encouraged. “Martha’s Vineyard” is available in the museum’s gift shop for $26.99.

Two great programs coming up this month at our Oak Bluffs library. A TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, “Redefining Success,” will be held Wednesday, May 14, at 12:30 pm. Come listen to a moderated discussion based on the popular TED talks series. Lunch will be served.Then on Tuesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm there will be a talk by authors Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield as they discuss their new book and how the tight-knit community of Martha’s Vineyard was changed by WWII.

The Mother’s Day Craft program at our library will be on Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am. Children ages 2 and up can participate in making a special gift for mom. Butterfly Release activity will take place on Tuesday, May 13, at 4 pm and will also include crafts. And on Saturday, May 24, at 11 am come and celebrate spring with a seed-planting craft for kids age 2 and up with supervision.

Would you believe a luau at our library? Well there will be one on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 pm. It will include a pig roast, hula and costume contests, ukulele band, making of leis, photo booth, and more. This event is for adults only. Donations accepted at the door. Children will have their own luau on Saturday, May 17, at 11 am. There will be hula dancing and crafts for children, but don’t forget that adult supervision is required for this program. Both programs are free.

We send birthday smiles to grandson Marques Rivers and Marguerite Cook on May 19, Olympia Hall, and Preston Michael Averill on the 11th, Marion Cardoza and Mary Beth Grande Naron on the 12th, Olivia Lew the next day, and Steve Garvin on the 14th. Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Nora and Gary Jardin on May 10.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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I guess we just have to go day by day as far as weather is concerned. I still had a few logs left by my woodstove and just as I was thinking of moving them into the shed for the summer, I used them up on that chilly Saturday. That saved me a job, but I would rather have had the heat from the sun at this time of year.

Melanie and Matt Marchand and their children, Matt, Katie, Abbe, and Andrew had a great family vacation last week. They traveled to Naples, Florida, and also took in the sights at Disney World. Between sightseeing and the rare chance of time together, the vacation was a wonderful family experience.

Learn to be creative with iPad painting and drawing with Miki. Bring your iPad and come to the iPad Art Workshop at our Library on Tuesday, May 6, at 2 pm. Then on Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 pm, Stephanie Smith will be reading from her new book “Content Burns” from the Warpaint trilogy.

The Annual May Musical Tea held at the Parish Hall of the First Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, May 3, 1-3 pm. In addition to their traditional musical offerings by Martha Child and Friends, bake sale and white elephant table, this year’s tea will feature a Hat Contest. Come wearing a hat creation to the tea. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest, most creative, funniest, etc. Tea, sandwiches and cake will be served throughout the program. You may stop by at any time, stay for a few minutes, stay for an hour or relax and enjoy the entire musical afternoon. Call the First Baptist Church office at 508-693-1539 for more information.

Tomorrow night at 6 pm is the annual P-A club scholarship auction. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 7 pm, followed by the auction. There are some wonderful items, including Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots ticket packages, many dinner gift cards and numerous other articles to bid on. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

Another P-A fish fry if coming up next Thursday, May 8. Come to the club anytime between 5 and 7 pm for a great fish fry with numerous sides and desserts.

Stephanie White is anticipating an upcoming trip to France this month, where she will visit her daughter, Sudara. Sudara has been living and working in central France for the past two years, and it has taken that long for her to persuade her mom to come and visit her. But Stephanie is very excited to be going there, not only to tour around France but also to have special time with her daughter.

We send birthday smiles to my granddaughter Paige Elizabeth Alley, all the way to Australia where she celebrated her 9th birthday on April 28, to Skip Campos on May 4, Fred Hall Jr. and Todd Alexander on the 5th, and Liza Cottrell on May 8. Best wishes to Andy and Kathy Farrissey who celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 6.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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Megan-AlleyTime is moving so very quickly. It seems like only a few weeks ago everyone was combing the stores for ice melt and now the top items on our shopping lists are fertilizer, seeds and rakes. The sulky image of winter seems to be over and we greet the warmer weather of mid April like an old friend that has been gone so long we have forgotten the warmth and sunny countenance of her face. We just hope she stays for a longer visit this time. But just as the weather has become more attractive many Islanders are off on vacation this week during the school break. Among those enjoying the scenery in England with the MVRHS lacrosse team is Emily deBettencourt. What a wonderful opportunity these class trips offer to the students. Our world has opened up broader horizons.

Doesn’t an Old Fashioned Sunday Chicken Dinner sound tempting? Next Sunday, April 27, you can enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, sides and assorted desserts at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. You may eat in or take out and enjoy dinner from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm This is a fundraiser for the Church Furnace Fund. There will be live music and the cost of tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. For more info or advance orders, please call 508-693-0332.

Movie Night at our Oak Bluffs Library will be on Thursday, May 1, at 6 pm. This is a documentary true story of a small town with a big sound. As usual refreshments will be served.

The children’s storytime hour summer schedule at the library will remain consistent throughout the summer. Wednesdays at 10:30 am will be Ring-A-Ding storytime with Zoe and children of all ages are welcome. Book Babies storytime with Zoe for ages 3 months to 22 months will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Children aged 2 and up may bring their favorite stuffed animal on Fridays at 10:30 am for the stuffed animal storytime with Zoe. Storytime Lab on Wednesday at 10:30 am has been shelved for the summer.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will present an Alzheimer’s forum and panel discussion on April 25 from 9:30 am until 12 noon at the Hebrew Center. Among the four presenters will be John Zeisel, PH.D, Suzanne Faith, RN psych, Nancy Langman, RN MS MPH DNP and Eileen Murphy, the M.V. Center for Living Supportive Day Program Supervisor. Call 508-939-9440 to register and for more information.

The schools are not in session this week as it is the annual April vacation, but there are a lot of events coming up that you should be aware of. The middle school report cards for grades 5 through 8 have been mailed and if you did not receive one for your student, contact Mr. Dorr at the school. Next Wednesday, April 30, there will be a meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students. The meeting will take place in the school library from 6 to 7 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get some valuable information on what you and your child can expect in kindergarten next September.

Neighbor Kay Manning had many family relatives join her for Easter this year. Coming from Bridgewater were grandson Ryan Cobb with his wife, Kelley Cobb, and their three children, Taylor, Isabella, and Cameron. She was also joined by granddaughter Caitlin Goodhile and her children, Maddy and Zachary. Completing this family gathering was Kay’s son Rick. Kay and I agreed that we are so fortunate to have family who enjoy spending time with us.

We send birthday smiles to James Moreis Jr. on April 24, Donna Pacheco, Andy Farrissey, and Lorraine Clark on the 25th, Patrick Garrett the next day, Janet Morris, Melanie Dickson, and Tabatha Clark on the 28th, and Aaron Campos on the 29th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleySometimes you just have to wait a bit for pleasant things to happen. Now the yellow flowers of spring are here, and Easter is this weekend. And many businesses are opening up for the season. Now spring is really here as the MV Gourmet Cafe and Bakery and Back Door Donuts is opening. The front door opens Thursday, April 17 and will be open daily until mid-October at 7 am daily. Back Door Donuts opens Friday the 18th at 7:30 pm. It’s tempting to get in line now, isn’t it? Owners Rita Brown and Janice Casey are ready for the crowds

The Social Security Video Display Computer Program will come to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on April 28. Doors to the center open at 8:30 am and the program will run from 9 am until 12 noon, strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have any questions, please call Rose at 508-593-4509, ext. 3. Rose also had a wonderful time with her daughter Marguerite on Saturday when the two of them found time in their very busy lives to have a pleasant afternoon together.

Holy Week Services for the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven start on April 17, at 6 pm for a Maundy Thursday/Passover Observance followed by a light supper at the parish house. On April 18 at 12 noon Good Friday Services will be held at the church. On April 20, at 9 am, Easter Sunday Service will be held at Eastville Beach, followed by a 9:45 am breakfast at parish house on William Street. The Easter Sunday “Alleluia” Service will take place at 11 am. Call the church office or Rev. Ellen T. Tatreau at 508-693-1539 if you would like more information.

Easter Triduum Services for Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard are  on Thursday, April 17, at 7 pm, and Good Friday, April 18, at 3 pm. Both at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. A Lenten Meal from 6 at 7 pm and Stations of the Cross at 7 pm will be held at St. Augustine’s in Vineyard Haven. Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 19, at 8 pm at Oak Bluffs, and Easter Sunday, April 20, there will be a Sunrise Service at 6 am at the Sheriff’s Meadow Beach in West Chop. Easter Masses are at 8 am in Vineyard Haven, 9:30 am at Oak Bluffs, 11 am in Edgartown, and at 11:30 am there will be a Portuguese Mass in Vineyard Haven. There will be a potluck luncheon at 1 pm that day at St. Augustine’s Hall in Vineyard Haven.

Sarah Mott Alwardt, a graduate of MVRHS and daughter of Wesley and Sandra Mott was selected as 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. Sarah teaches 5th grade at Powers Ferry Elementary school in Georgia. What a wonderful honor.

June Manning is wondering if people would be interested in a special Martha’s Vineyard license plate for $40 with proceeds going to CommunityServices?Please take a moment to let her know by following this link:

Just a reminder that the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser for 2014 at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place on Sunday, April 13, from 4 to 7 pm.  The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres catered by Quitsa Cuisine, mini desserts by Black Dog Bakery and The Scottish Bakehouse. Music by Michael Haydn. The doors open at 4 pm and the film “Away From Her” will begin at 5 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Mark Baird on the 19th, Viviane Destefani on the 21st, Shelby Ponte and Cee-J Jones share the 22nd, Gloria Steere on the 23rd, and Peter Martell on the 24th. Remember school is in recess next week. Have a peaceful Easter.

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Oak Bluffs firemen attended the Watertown funeral of Ed Walsh. — Courtesy Kyle Gatchell

Megan-AlleyNo longer are we insulated, as we once felt, from events outside of our little island. Our world has changed dramatically from this tiny bit of land, expanding in an ever widening circle, now encompassing the whole world and beyond. This was so evident by the caring and emotional reactions to the most recent event, the tragic fire in Boston, resulting in the deaths of two firemen. Without hesitation a group of firemen from the Island, including 12 from our own Oak Bluffs Fire Department, joined thousands of others of their ilk to honor those who perished.

The following is a quote from their Facebook page, expressing their emotions and experience, which only those who attended the services could so appropriately describe. “We stood at attention next to thousands of Firefighters. The sea of patches ranged from Boston, The Cape and both Islands, Western Mass, New England, The East Coast; to multiple cities including NYC, Dallas, Seattle, Columbus, Detroit, and even Montreal, Canada, just to name a small fraction. The deep bass of the drummers rattled the street beneath our boots, and threw a vibrating force through our chests. This is one of the most intense, amazing, experiences and we will never forget, and have gratefully been a part of. Our thoughts and prayers to the families of our Fallen Brothers.”  Yes, we are small but joining in with many increases our strength and divides our grief. So proud of you all.

Closer to home, please don’t forget the pasta dinner and auction for Lena Araujo Vanderhoop this Friday at 5 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. Lena recently underwent emergency open heart surgery and as a result will no longer be able to continue her work as a CNA. She has helped so many people for so many years, so let’s all pitch in and help her when she needs our assistance.

Fish Fry tonight folks at 5 pm at our P-A Club. Great food, company, and a good cause.

If you are weary of the political scene of spring, head to our library where you will find a variety of interesting programs scheduled. Computer basics class will be held on Tuesday, April 15, at 1:30 pm where you will learn about moving from Windows to Mac with Miki. Pajama Party for Kids takes place on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30 am to 12 noon. Kids can wear their PJs, have a light breakfast, and hear bedtime stories. Adult supervision is required. This is for ages 1 and up. The Cloak & Dagger Literary Society will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at 10:30 am where the special guest will be Judith Campbell who will discuss the craft of writing. Learn about Internet security and staying safe online with Miki on Thursday, April 17, at 3 pm. Curious Minds: Shamanic Journeying has been changed from April 10 to April 17 because of a conflict with Town Meeting. Holly Nadler will be leading this monthly forum starting at 6 pm and there will also be a drum demonstration.

Because of Parent Teacher conferences, students at the Oak Buffs School will be dismissed at noon on Thursday, April 10, Monday, April 14 and Wednesday April 16. Lunch will be served on these noon dismissal dates.

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Bunch of Grapes Book Fair on Friday April 11 through Friday April 18. If you mention mention Oak Bluffs School at the register 20 percent of your children’s and young adult purchases will go toward Oak Bluffs School K – 8 and classroom libraries!

We send birthday smiles to Tevin Araujo on April 10, Michael Rebello on the 12th, my Granddaughter-in-law Sarah Neubert on the 13th, and Nicholas Ben David on the 15th.

Enjoy your week.


Megan-AlleyDid you know that on January 7, 1891, the Good Will Hose Company of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department met with the following persons from Highland Hose No. 2 answering roll call with the still familiar names of Landers, Carter, Rice, Pease, Webb, Mayhew, Harriman, and Ripley responding? Neither did I, but you will find this information and much more at one of our town’s hidden treasures, the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum, which is tucked gently into the corner of Wing and County roads at the site of the Nelson W. Amaral Fire Station.

The museum was the dream of Donald Billings and the late Assistant Fire Chief William Norton. The dream became a reality when construction began in 2008. Donald tells me that the labor and materials that were donated to this effort totaled $98,000. The beautiful landscaping was done by Mark Crossland and Tony Rebello. In addition, many people were inspired to make cash donations that totaled around $60,000.

The 1929 Maxim truck is the pride of the exhibit. Purchased new by the department, it was retired in 1955 and was purchased by a New Hampshire resident. Another donor, who wished to remain anonymous, kindly donated it back to the museum and many people cooperated in helping it to be restored both with time and materials, including fire department personnel from Chilmark and West Tisbury. You will find many photos of fires and fire department members, from many years back to the present time. There is much written history, photos and trophies that will awe you when you realize what little equipment these dedicated people had to work with at one time. If you would like a tour of this piece of history, you may contact Donald at 508-693-0106. Donald also said he is usually there on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Many thanks to the people who had a part in preserving an important part of Oak Bluffs history.

The re-scheduled meeting with Senator Dan Wolf will be on Monday, April 7, at the MV Chowder house in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7 pm. All Islanders and any other interested people are invited to come and share you thoughts and ideas with Dan.

A Forum on Emergency Preparedness in the event of a winter storm or hurricane is planned on Monday, April 14, at 1:30 p, at the The Tisbury Senior Center. Speakers Chuck Cotnoir, Beth Toomey, Jim Klingensmith, and Chris Cini will answer Tisbury emergency-management questions.  Subjects will range from planning for shelter arrangements for your pets to contents of an emergency go-to bag. Call 508-696-4205 for further info and to sign up.

Beginning on April 16 the Alphabet Storytime class at the Oak Bluffs Library will be replaced by Storytime Lab on Wednesday each week at 10:30 am. This will be a hands-on STEM-based storytime for ages 2 and up. Stories and experiments with Zoe.

The Green Thumb Club, a monthly plantings club for adults, will take place on Tuesdays each month. The first meeting is April 22, from 11 am to 12 noon. The subject for April is “seed bombs.” The Activity changes each month.

And the ever popular Movie and Pizza Night will be on Thursday, April 3, 6 pm.

Phyllis Dunn, 749-549-9088, is having a solo photography exhibit at the Chilmark Library for the month of April. Opening reception is Saturday, April 5, 3–5 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

From April 7 through May 12 on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 there will be a free five week art program of “art looking” and “art making” for people with memory loss led by local artist, Nancy Cabot.  The group will meet at Featherstone, the M.V. Museum, and other Island galleries.  As space is limited, please contact Mary Holmes at 1-508-862-1933 or

On Sunday, April 13, at 4 pm, the MV Center for Living is holding its first fundraiser of 2014. The event will be held at the MV Film Society Center located at 79 Beach Road in the Tisbury Market Place, Vineyard Haven.The ticket is $25 per person and $20 for society members. The event will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, and mini-desserts prior to a showing of “Away From Her” a movie starring Julie Christie, about a marital relationship which is strained when the wife is sent to an Alzheimer’s facility. Her cognitive decline is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.  Following the movie there be a Q&A with Karen Achille as facilitator. Eileen Murphy, Supportive Day Program Administrator, and MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp will field the questions. For reservations, call Leslie at 508-939-9440.

We Send birthday smiles to Heather Hall Holt on April 4, Sandy Ferreria on the 6th, followed by David Tchorz and David Hill on the 7th. My birthday twin, Ben Hall 3rd, on the 8th, Donald Combra and Richard Giordano on the 9th, and Tevin Antone Araujo on the 10th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyChirping birds, a little bit of green leaves poking up from flower beds, sounds of hammers and construction all mean that spring is here. On Sunday, however, we were being alerted to a large nor’easter with snow set to arrive within a few days. As long as it is the last of the snow until 2015, I guess we will survive it.

With the coming of spring also comes spring cleaning so you may reduce your clutter in an environmentally friendly way while contributing to the programs and services of MV Community Services. Bring your personal or business’ old and tired: air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, TVs, washers, dryers, etc. to the MV Community Services campus on Saturday, April 12th from 9 am to 2 pm. Fees between $1-$30 and a 10 percent discount for car loads! All proceeds go to MV Community Services.

The League of Voters candidates forum for Oak Bluffs candidates is tonight, Thursday at 7 pm. The forum will be held in the Community Meeting Room of the Oak Bluffs Library. Here is your chance to listen to candidates for this April election speak to you about their ideas and qualifications.

The Vineyard Museum, in anticipation of the upcoming exhibit Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960’s, scheduled to open on May 23rd. is hosting a photo collection day to gather images from the community. They are looking for photos taken on Martha’s Vineyard during any portion of the 1960s and will be on hand this Saturday, March 29th from 10am-1pm in the Museum Library to scan your photographs, collect any information known about the photographs, and add the scans to the Museum’s growing digital collection. All images will be returned immediately. if you have any questions, please contact Assistant Curator Anna Carringer at 508-627-4441 x114 or email

Congratulations to grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter who won the St. Patrick’s Dayish race on Sunday. Jeremy came within 1 second of beating the record time for that race.

The PA has a lot of great activities in store for all ages. Plan on attending one of their fabulous breakfast on April 13. All kinds of great breakfast treats – eggs, bacon, sausages, and more will be served between 8:30 and 10:30 am.

Then just so you can plan ahead, I am giving you a head’s up about the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held on April 20th at 1 pm. Remember to get their early enough, because I have been informed that the candy disappears very quickly.

Tonight is another of their famous Fish fries with delicious fish and many different and exciting sides. Doors open at 5 pm so don’t miss out.

Wednesday, April 2 the Oak Bluffs School PTO will be holding a meeting. The meeting runs from 7 to 8 pm and is always most informative.

The Oak Bluffs Library children’s program special storytime for tomorrow, March 28 is Stuffed Animal storytime from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Storytime for April 2, from 10:30 am to 11:15 am, features the alphabet. Children may come, sing songs and read stories about the alphabet. Each week is a new letter adventure. Thursday, April 3 is Book Babies. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:30 am,

Clifton Paul Robinson, a MVRHS senior has entered the Hood Scholarship contest. If he gets enough votes he has a good chance of being one of the winners of a $5,000 scholarship. Please click on the link and follow the directions. It takes less than a minute and you can vote every day. The link is:

There is a benefit dinner and auction coming up on Saturday, April 12th for a very deserving Lena Araujo Vanderhoop. This is to help Lena defray her medical cost due to her recent emergency open heart surgery. There will be great food and lots of great auction items at this event which will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 5 pm at the PA Club. Plan on attending and supporting this effort and you know you will also have a great time.

We send birthday smiles to James Rebello and Hannah Gibbs on March 27, Kailyn Hart on the 28th, Garrett Broadley on the 31st and Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo, Sandy Moreis on April 1 and Richard D. Combra on April 2.

Enjoy your week. Peace

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