Authors Posts by Megan Alley

Megan Alley

Megan Alley

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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Megan-AlleyTook a stroll around the south side of my house this weekend, hoping to see signs of crocus or tulips. The only thing poking through the ground were a couple of clumps of brave or foolish daylily blades. Every once in a while there is an item in the paper about someone who has spotted a crocus breaking through the ground. So perhaps it was envy that sent me on the search, but I guess I will have to settle for a bumper sticker that says, my crocuses are smarter than yours because they are staying warm under the soil.

James Todd, 23, of Oak Bluffs, the son of Christine Todd and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He left for Indonesia on March 15 to begin training as an English education and teacher trainer volunteer. According to a Peace Corps press release, Todd will live and work at the community level to make a difference by increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills. Ultimately, Todd will help to create sustainable improvements in teaching that will impact generations of future students. During the first three months of his service, Todd will live with a host family in Indonesia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. Todd will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Indonesia where he will serve for two years. Todd joins 203 Massachusetts residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since its establishment in 1961, 8,034 Bay State residents have served in the Peace Corps.

Here is a reminder about the Memory Cafe at Windemere which takes place the third Friday of the month. This Friday, March 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Michael Haydn will play the piano for guests. This community event will be held in the recreation room at Windemere and is open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. What a wonderful opportunity to socialize, and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. For more info, call Mary Holmes at 508-862-1944.

Our Senator Dan Wolf will be holding a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 26, at the MV Chowder House in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7 pm.  Come hear what’s happening in the state legislature, tell Dan what you think about the issues, and share your thoughts with friends.

Many areas of our town are getting a face lift. Just drive up Circuit Avenue to start, and you will see massive renovations at the Lampost, painting repairs at many of the other structures and and at the end of the avenue. The Edgartown National Bank Building shines in its newness, making you believe it has always been there. And more plans are in the works for new town hall and fire station. What a lot of changes there will be in a few years.

Condolences to the family of Stacy Viera, who died last week at such an early age. Stacy will be missed by many, including her children, family, and numerous friends.

We send birthday smiles to Erica Ponte, Cherrie Nunes, and John Goldthwaite on March 21. Ross Peters the next day, Maracelle BenDavid and Gene Defelice Sr. on March 23, Hunter Ponte on March 5, and June Manning on the March 26. Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyRemember, back in the day when we used to excitedly say “quick look out the window, it’s snowing!”

Now we look out and say, “Oh no: not again!” Just when you think the scary part is over, it starts snowing again. Hopefully after this week we will not see it again until next December.

We should all be very proud of the MVRHS boys’ basketball team. They have had a great season and won their first game of the State Championship only to lose the second game by one point in an overtime session. Thank you, guys, for working so hard and providing some excitement during this long somewhat dreary winter.

Welcome to new Oak Bluffs resident Bonnie Josephs. Bonnie is thrilled to finally becoming a year-round resident on the Vineyard. She recently moved to Beacon Avenue, which means she is my neighbor. Glad to have you near and know you will enjoy our town.

I am giving you a heads-up for the next fish fry at the P-A Club. It will take place on March 27 at 5 pm, so mark your calendars. There will be another reminder before the 27th.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a tasty manner at the Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. The dinner takes place on March 15 at 5:30 pm and includes beverage and dessert. The suggested donation is $12, and for more information, call 508 693-1539.

On Saturday, March 22, the West Tisbury Public Library begins a new chapter. At 10 am the doors will reopen and the public will be invited to celebrate the completion of the $6 million expansion program begun in 2010. There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments, speeches and music but the centerpiece will be a new library facility that nearly everyone in the town, in one way or another, has had a hand in shaping.

Ginny Hall is very proud of her grandsons’ Myles and Lucas Holt accomplishments in indoor track this season at Natick High School. They have both won several track meets and Myles is the 2014 Bay State League Champion in the 100 meters. The boys are the twin sons of Heather and Leon Holt, and besides being winners on the track, they are also on the high school honor roll.

The Memory Café at Windemere, which was launched last month, was a great success. So it is being planned for the 3rd Friday of each month. This is a community event held in the Recreation Room at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This month it will take place on Friday, March 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. This is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy light entertainment with Michael Haydn on the piano, and down some refreshments.  No RSVP is required and there is no cost. Please join us! For more info, contact Mary Holmes 1-508-862-1933 or

We send Birthday Smiles to Jenny Hart on March 13th,Will Farressey on the 14th, Followed by Jib Ellis and Bill Stafursky the next day. Edith Rouseau, and Kelley DeBettencourt, Joe Moujabber. and Jaime Leon share the 18th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Cold and snow and ice did not seem to stop friends and families from seeing in the New Year. As we do every year, I joined my longtime friends, Sylvia and Jim Roger, Jules and Barbara BenDavid, Wendy Rose, Nelson and Sandra deBettencourt, and Barbara’s sister, who had been visiting over the holidays, at an early dinner at the Grill on Main. Our circle of friends was not as full as it once was as we felt the loss of Linda and John from our group, and my husband, Denny, can no longer participate in these gatherings. Maureen and Bill Anderson, who usually were part of this celebration, were enjoying the warmth of Florida while we struggled to just keep warm. But we welcomed the New Year, about 4 hours early, and were most grateful to once more be blessed with our friendships. Also at the Grill that night were many members of the Combra family, come together to celebrate, as she proudly told me, the 93rd birthday of the family matriarch, Anita Combra. As they were leaving for home, just before us, we serenaded the group with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Our new year has unfortunately brought us news of the passing of three Oak Buffs residents. We send sincere condolences to the families of Scott Francis, Gerri Davis, and Lester White. Our thoughts and prayers go to all who loved them, and strength for the difficult days ahead. Their loss has changed the fabric of our town and left a space that will be difficult to close.

Dan Wolf, state senator for the Cape and Islands, will be a guest at the January meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard. The meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 am on Saturday, January 11, at the Howes House in West Tisbury, across from Alley’s General Store. Senator Wolf will discuss key legislative issues for the Island and the Commonwealth. The meeting will also identify priority issues for the gubernatorial candidates to address. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact MVDems at

Pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, juice and coffee for $8, breakfast for a family of four for $25,and $5 for each additional family member. Sounds delicious and reasonable doesn’t it? This is the menu for the second Saturday breakfast at First Baptist Church Parish House, on William Street in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, January 11, at 9 am. Reservations are not required and all are welcome. For Information, call 508-693-1539.

Winter activities continue at the Oak Bluffs Library. OnSaturday, January 11, from 10 am to 2 pm you can enjoy a round of Library Mini Golf. Families and kids play free mini golf in the library with free hot cocoa and an excellent raffle as well. Then Thursday, January 16, at 6 pm, Slow Food MV presents a documentary movie called “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives.” This film is concerned with the dangers of genetically modified foods.

We send birthday smiles to Brenda Leonard on January 10, grandson Sam Alley and Richard Combra Jr. on the 11th, Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro on the 12th, Gert Knowlton and Sue Sequinha the next day, Shamus Kelley on the 15th, and Jessica Peters on the 16th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

The town seems a bit empty with the schools on vacation. Many students and their families have left for warmer climates or, in some cases, headed north for ski holidays. I guess our warm weather is over for a while as single figure temperatures and possibly snow are predicted for this week. The birds have been flocking to the feeders as if feeling the need to stock up on seeds and even the deer are venturing into the yard from the surrounding woods, perhaps hoping to find a tasty treat also.

Featherstone is very excited about their 18th year and would like to invite you to attend their 18 x1 8 art show opening next Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 6 pm. They will be exhibiting art that is 18 by 18 inches or smaller and celebrating with some birthday cake, in honor of their 18th anniversary.

On Saturday, March 8, from 10 am to 12 noon, join decoy carver Chris Murphy in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library to learn the process of carving a duck decoy. Chris will teach the art of carving decoy heads. All tools and materials will be provided. A second session of this two-part workshop will be held on March 22. For more info and to reseerve a space, log on to or call 508-627-4441, ext. 110.

No excuses for boredom with all the programs our library is offering. Like Mardi Gras Mask Craft for Kids Saturday, March 1, 11 am to 12 noon, where you can make a fun mask for ages 2 and up. Adult supervision is required.

Holly Nadler leads The Curious Minds Forum monthly discussion on Thursday, March 13, 6:30–7:30 pm.

A Crossword Puzzle Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm and all levels are welcome.

Computer Basics: Microsoft Office will be taught by Miki Wolfe on Tuesday, March 4, at 2 pm and 6 pm. Basic introduction class includes Microsoft Office Suite, Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

The Documentary Film Night at 6 pm on Thursday, March 6, will take an in-depth look at honeybee colonies.

And at the St. Patrick’s Day for Kids program on Saturday, March 8, at 12 noon where there will be crafts, food and fun for ages 2 and up. Adult supervision required.

Join the First Baptist Church for Shrove Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 PM in the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. There will be fellowship, crafts and games followed by a brief closing service to start the Lenten observances. All are welcome.  Call to reserve and for more information, 508-693-1539.

Condolences to the family of Judy Davey. Judy was a member of the Oak Bluffs High School class of 1953 and will be missed by her family and friends. We are sorry.

We send birthday smiles to Heather Ferreira on March 2, Reggie Holland-Kuszewski and Cathy Case on March 3, Alison Ferreira, Amy Billings, and Christine Buckley share the 4th, and smiles to Marguerite Cogliano on March 5.

Enjoy your week, stay warm and peace.

Megan-AlleyOkay, so I was wrong last week when I said there was nothing different we could add to the weather mix than what we had already had. How wrong I was, was the thought that went through my head, when last week, with the snow storm heading our way, there were two explosions of thunder. The landscape looked more like a painting than real after Saturday night’s blizzard, with trees and shrubs frosted with snow and bowed down with the weight of it. The sun shining on the snow-covered limbs reflected a diamond-like sparkle everywhere.

All this beauty came with a price, however, as it meant endless hours of plowing, shoveling and even loss of power for many. For me it meant an ice dam on my sunroom roof, resulting in many puddles inside. Our highway department crews did a great job in clearing the roads and making them safe for travel. Thanks to many unknown good Samaritans, I have been helped out by having my driveway plowed and sanded, and on Sunday, SOS Services, in the person of owner Marc Rivers, came to my rescue and completely cleared my driveway. Now we are promised temperatures close to 50 at the end of the week. I wonder what else will come with it.

Jamie Harris has retired from his position in the operating room at the M.V. Hospital. Jamie has worked there for 38 years and I think he deserves a long and enjoyable retirement after all that time.

A new feature at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Vineyard Haven property, the former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre School of Sport, is a live streaming webcam. The webcam is located on the second floor of the building and shows views of the Lagoon, Hines Point, and Vineyard Haven harbor as well as the museum’s front lawn. To access the webcam, visit and scroll to the bottom right where you can click on a link to the streaming video.

The Memory Café, a new community event sponsored by Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation, is being held Friday, February 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Windemere. This event is open to the public and presents a venue where people who otherwise might not feel comfortable in a busy social environment can come socialize. For further info, check with Mary Holmes at Windemere.

Dear Grace Frye, whom I always called “the Queen of Avon,” died last week at the age of 95. Grace spent much time with me and friends in the 60s and 70s when she would come to our houses for her Avon presentations. Always a gentle lady, she brightened many a dreary winter for us as we listened and laughed with her as she willingly and patiently showed us her wares. We send deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We also send condolences to the family of Benjamin Araujo, who died last week, much too early in his life. We are so sorry.

The Oak Bluffs Writers Group will meet at the Library today, from 10 am to 12 noon. And for a very interesting evening, come to the Crossword Puzzle Tournament on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm. All levels welcome.

We send birthday smiles to Brenda Lehman and Linda Scott on February 21, Kaitlin Marchand and Rita Jeffers on the 22nd, followed by Melanie Marchand, Kristen Maclean and Paul Buckley Jr. the next day, Benjamin Peters, Wendy Macy and Linda Rice on the 25th, and Earl Peters on February 27. Belated birthday smiles to Simone Davis who turned 12 on February 12.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyNot warm, is it? I think I could just save the same weather description, use it each week and be 98 percent accurate each time. The icy streets and walkways are so dangerous, forcing us to creep along slowly holding our breaths till we safely reach our destinations. It has been an exhausting season for the highway department; thanks to them for their hard and seemingly endless work. And how about our Fire Department and EMS personnel holding rescue drills in this frigid weather? Great work and thanks from all of us for being so willing to be prepared no matter what the temperatures.

And of course our library is always a haven for warm and informative programs. Damien Brennan will be doing a presentation for those planning a visit to Ireland or interested in travel. Join in for this interesting event on Friday, February 21, at 3 pm.

The Book Club at our Oak Bluffs Library will discuss the novel “Defending Jacob” on

Wednesday, February 26, at 10:30 am. I found it not only a great read, and there are many twists and turns with a surprising ending. Refreshments will be served.

The MV Museum has some interesting events planned for this month. Interested in learning how to collect oral histories? Here is your chance as on Saturday, February 15, from 9 am to 1 pm, the first of a two session workshop series will be led by Oral History Curator, Linsey Lee. Participants will gain knowledge of interviewing and recording techniques, care of collections, and creative use of oral histories. In the process, you will be able listen to audio samples from the museum’s collection of over 1,400 interviews with Vineyarders. A second session of this two-part workshop will be arranged. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations required. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110, or e-mail

Then on Wednesday, February 19, from 3 to 4 pm in the museum gallery, join assistant curator Anna Carringer for a tour of the current exhibits on display. Anna will reveal her favorite objects in the exhibits. Refreshments will be served. This event is free for members and $7 for non-members.

Island schools will be closed on President’s Day on Monday, February 16, and then for the winter break, Feb. 23– 27, reopening on Monday, March 2. Yes March, which gives hope that we are slowly “marching” toward a warmer season.

We send birthday smiles to Tony Pasqualino on the 13th, Susan Christopher on the 14th, Smiles to brothers Eric and Michael deBettencourt and Lorraine Mavro on the 15th, Carol deBettencourt, Kathy Farrissey and Fr. Michael Nagle share the 16th, Carrie Tankard, and Joel Rebello on February 18th, and Patti Linn on the 18th.

Don’t forget your sweetheart on this Friday, our roses are red, violets are blue Valentine’s Day.

Please keep in contact with elderly or housebound neighbors to make sure they are warm and safe.


Did we really need a groundhog to tell us there would be six more weeks of winter? The snow [a]looks picture-perfect when it has first fallen and cleans up the landscape. Then, as New England weather does, the temperature rises a bit, the snow starts to melt, and we are left with a somewhat disappointing view of everything that remains until time for spring clean-up. But soon the cycle will begin again with falling temperatures and snow camouflaging what we don’t want to see. I guess we should be grateful for the water it brings because many parts of the country, especially California, are in such a serious drought they would certainly appreciate the rain and the snow. And besides, will complaining change anything?

If you are looking for a book to read during this cold, snowy winter, get a copy of “Everyday Heroes,” by Seamond Ponsart Roberts. This true story of a family’s life at lighthouses will give you a view of a way of life that has passed into history. Seamond’s father, Octave Ponsart was stationed at the West Chop lighthouse in 1946 and Seamond was a student at the Tisbury School. The book contains many chapters about her friends and her adventures on the Island.

Leaders of the new organization 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI) will be guests at the monthly meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard (a.k.a. MVDems).   The meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 am. on Saturday, February 8, at the Howes House in West Tisbury which is across from Alley’s General Store.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact MVDems at

Our Library will keep us active this winter and the latest program is a “Curious Minds Forum”

on Thursday, February 13, at 6:30 pm. Join Holly Nadler and guests for this monthly forum. The February topic is lucid dreams.

Valentine Making for Kids will take place on Thursday, February 13, 3:30 to 4:30 pm. It includes making and decorating paper valentines for or ages 3 and up. Adult supervision is required.

Get lost in a giant maze on Saturday, February 15, from 11 am to 2 pm. This will be fun for the whole family and you will have an opportunity to meet the maze makers,

Sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard at the Edgartown Public Library, the

documentary “Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives” will be shown on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 pm. This film explores the health dangers of food containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Come learn about GMOs, GMO labeling initiatives, and efforts to become GMO Free.  For more info, call the library at 508-627-4221

Bill and Maureen Anderson have just returned from five weeks in St. Pete Beach, Florida, visiting their daughter, Kristen Anderson, and grandson, Ian Thompson. While there, they went to Fort Myers and then traveled on the Key West Express for a visit to Key West. Another daughter, Gretchen Anderson, and her family, were also there to celebrate the holidays.

Whenever you have attended the Memorial Parade, over past years, you have probably seen the woman who was selling the red poppies That woman was Anna Duarte. After many years devoted to that project, Anna retired a few years ago. Now, due to health issues, Anna resides at Windemere. She would love to hear from old friends or perhaps new ones who would let her know how her hard work over the years was appreciated.

We send birthday smiles to Chloe Hoyt , Marc Rivers and Sally Scott on February 7, Adam Barmakian, Nelson deBettencourt, and Richard J. Mavro on the 10th, Juanita Suarez Espino and Cody Pachico on the 11th, and Melissa Kalagher on the 12th.

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Snow, cold, sunny warm-ups, rain, snow, etc. It goes on and on this winter, doesn’t it? My grandson from South Carolina got his wish to extend his visit to us and also see snow as he arrived at Logan on Tuesday to return home to the south, only to be told his flights had been canceled. So hopping on the first bus he could, he returned to the Island for two more snow-filled days. The weather didn’t seem to damper attendance at the Chili Fest contest on Saturday as it certainly was packed — good news for the Red Stocking Fund as this is their main fundraiser for their good works.

In spite of the the weather many events continue. The United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard holds two different Community suppers. The Oak Bluffs suppers are held at the Parish House of the Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground, (not the Good Shepard Parish as is stated online.) at 6 pm every Saturday. The Edgartown Community Suppers are held in the Whaling Church every Monday at 5 pm

Head to our Oak Bluffs Library and enjoy the movie night on Thursday, February 6, at 6 pm. The feature film will be a documentary about back-up singers, and besides being free, there will be a light supper.

Computer Basics program on Tuesday, February 11, at 2 pm and 6 pm, will unlock some of the mysteries of Email and Microsoft Office under the guidance of Miki Wolfe. This is also a free program.

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th season of Renaissance House: A Retreat for Artists and Writers taking place June, July, and September, 2014, in Oak Bluffs. Renaissance House is an artists’ and writers’ retreat sponsored by the Helene Johnson and Dorothy West Foundation For Artists In Need. There is an easyapplication process. Simply email a sample of your work along with a one page maximum letter telling why you need to get away. Send to: or send a hard copy to: Renaissance HouseAtt: Abigail McGrath, PO Box 3048, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Save the date for the PTO sponsored Cake Walk at the Oak Bluffs School on Friday, January 31, at 6:30 pm. Bring a cake and have some fun! Be creative and think outside the pan. If you need more information, please call Teri at 508-560-3351.

Oak Bluffs School Principal Rich Smith would like to invite you to a report card parent night at 6:30 pm tonight, January 30. His hope is that this explanation of the report card will be a mechanism to display each grade level rubric and create a method by which parents will be able to look at the standards and be offered strategies to support our children at home. Representative teachers from each grade level will be present to help facilitate this very important meeting. For those of you that are unable to attend, the school will send home a rubric with this same information so that you may benefit as well.

We send birthday smiles to Barbara Spain today, Bethany deBettencourt and David Madeiras tomorrow, Noah Hoyt and Judy Searle on February 1, Emma Williamson on Feb. 3, grandson Matt Rivers on the 4th, Maureen Anderson and Bella Pasqualine on the 5th, and Kelly Irene Pacheco on February 6.

Walk carefully in these snowy times.


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This past Monday morning, while writing this column, I was greeted by a “sky blue pink” sunrise in the East. The pastel colors streaked softly across the sky giving the impression of a serene start to the day. But what a difference colors can make as it was a “sky-on-fire” scene that greeted me as the day ended. The sunset colors were so red you could almost feel the heat. These color bookends to the day were perfect.

All lines lead to the Chili Fest on Saturday, January 25. Start lining up now to the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs for this popular festival that supports our Island Red Stocking Drive.

Tuesday, January 28, at 2 and 6 pm, there will be introduction to computer classes at the Oak Bluffs Library. The classes will include basic computer instruction with Miki Wolfe. Everything from powering up, mouse skills, and basic functions will be included. The classes are free, so here is a good opportunity to lean a new skill.

There will be a raffle ticket sale to benefit Save the Gay Head Light. There are wonderful prizes including 100 gallons of heating oil and 100 gallons of propane donated by Vineyard Propane. You may buy a ticket at Cronig’s Market, Vineyard Haven, from 11 am to 4 pm on January 25, January 31, and February 1. The winning ticket will be drawn by Beverly Wright on February 1.

Not wanting to compete with the Patriot’s play off game, The Federated Church Cabaret, which will be held in the Federated Parish House on South School Street in Edgartown, has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 25, at 7:30 pm. Peter Boak will be at the piano, while you enjoy appetizers, hear singing, comedy, see magic and more, for an admission fee of $15. Wine will available for $5 a glass. The admission fee benefits the Peace Quilts for Haiti project and The Federated Church. For more info you may call Marna Waller at the Federated Church, 508-627-4421 or email

We have been enjoying a visit from our son Dion Alley and my granddaughter Paige who flew in from Perth, Australia, on Thursday last. We also welcomed grandson Ben Alley who arrived from Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. It is summer in Australia so Paige will be here for ten days, but Ben had to leave last Tuesday to return to high school. He was hoping to see some snow while here, but I think he will miss it by a few hours.

Condolences to the family of Ruth Davin, who died last week. A lovely lady, she will be missed by her family and many friends.

We send birthday smiles to Buddy deBettencourt,, Michael Blake, Paul Buckley, and Holly Nadler on the 23rd. Joe Peters, BJ Bailey, and Megan Klein on the 24th, Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt on the 25th, Caroline Davey on the 27th, Michael Perry III on the 29th followed by Otis Rogers and his grandson Mike Giordano on the 30th. And a very special smile for Charlene Corrigan from her granddaughter Susan Garrett on the 27th. Charlene reside at Windemere and Susan would like us all to know that her grandmother will be 100 years old on that day.

Stay safe as there are predictions of a blizzard and freezing temperatures and check on your elderly and perhaps housebound neighbors.