Sharon needs a hand

Sharon Rzemien: Photo by Ralph Stewart
Sharon Rzemien. Photo by Ralph Stewart

By Julian Wise - March 30, 2006

At its best, a community is a web of support that comes together when one of its members faces a time of unexpected need. This Saturday, April 1, a gathering of Island residents and musicians will gather at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs to support Sharon Rzemien, the Tisbury Animal Control Officer who suffered a stroke last June and has been unable to continue her work for the town.

Due to eligibility requirements, Ms. Rzemien doesn't qualify for long-term disability insurance. While she has recovered from her stroke, she found when she attempted to return to work that she lacked the stamina and strength to perform at the required level.

Tristan Israel, Denys Wortman, and several other concerned individuals have organized the benefit event to provide material and emotional support to Ms. Rzemien.

"Sharon is someone who has always been a giver," Mr. Wortman says. "The benefit we are having for her is our way of helping her and a way for the public to show their appreciation to someone who always said 'yes' when asked for help."

The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm and will include an auction with Trip Barnes, a potluck supper, and music by Johnny Hoy, Maynard Silva, Sabrina, Paul Thurlow, and Tristan Israel. To contribute to the event or to find out more information, call 508-696-7100.

The benefit for Sharon Rzemien is Saturday, April 1 at 6:30 pm at the Portuguese-American Club, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $25.

An interview with Sharon Rzemien will be aired on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 at 8 pm on MVTV, channel 13.

Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.