By Jacqueline Sexton - August 17, 2006

In the midst of all the global chaos, or maybe because of it, poetry appears to be a flourishing art. And a surprising number of poets can be found among young people who are still in school. The library's annual Brickner poetry contest this year drew a record 61 entries from junior high school and high school students.

The winners assembled at the library on Monday for the awards ceremony presided over by Rabbi Barney Brickner, whose father, Balfour Brickner, started the contest many years ago. The winners who were still on-Island read their poems, and refreshments were served. Here are the winners: First place, high school category, was Zoe Bursztajn-Illingworth from Cambridge; second place, Marina Sharkovitz of West Tisbury. In the junior high category, first-place winner was Ava Geyer, of Watertown and Chilmark; Ola Levitas of Belgrade, Serbia, came in second.

The judges of the contest were Don Nitchie, John Maloney, and David Modigliani.

First-place winners in both categories received a $200 prize; second place, $100. Their poems are kept in a book in the Elisa Brickner poetry section of the library.

Stephen Meinelt, son of Terry and Kathy Meinelt of Topsfield and grandson of Polly and Ted Meinelt of South Road, won the Chimark road race last Saturday. His girlfriend Katy came in first in the women's division. They then went to Falmouth where Katy ran in the Falmouth race. Stephen's parents and his sister Sarah and her friend Mattie have all been visiting the Chilmark Meinelts.

The Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival will present two films at the community center next Wednesday, August 23. At 5 pm the kid's film, age seven and up, is "Viva Cuba!," a tale of two young runaways in Cuba who traveled the island by train, bus, car, oxcart and on foot. The film was the Cuban entry for the 2006 Academy Awards.

At 8 pm, the adult film, "The Film Not Yet Rated" by Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick will air. Mr. Dick investigates how and why films are rated and looks at a little-known but powerful "big brother" which arbitrates our taste.

A reminder: Marc Levin's "Protocols of Zion" will air tonight, August 17, at 7:30 at the community center.

The community center's summer program ends next Wednesday, August 23, after a busy season of activities celebrating their first 50 years. We look forward to their return next summer for the first year of their second half-century.

Hermine Hull and Ruth Kirchmeier will have a two-person show at the library starting this Saturday, August 19. Ruth will show her beautiful woodcuts of flowers and outdoor scenes and Hermine will exhibit one large painting of her father-in-law, the late Richard Hull, and his longtime friend, Nelson Bryant.

Pauline and Nelson Potter have been busy the last couple of weeks entertaining their three-year-old grandson, Donovan, who came from Dallas with his parents Christopher and Melissa Potter. Said his grandfather mid-visit, "Donovan likes Menemsha beach and Squibnocket, but he hasn't been to Lucy Vincent yet." Donovan is the senior Potter's first grandchild.

Kieran Maloney, elder son of John and Kristin Maloney, came from Boston last weekend with his friend Kate Murray to visit his parents.

Next Wednesday's talk at the library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be Deborah Poritz, the first woman chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Ms. Poritz, a Chilmark summer resident, will speak on the role of state supreme courts in the federal and state legal systems. Ms. Poritz, who became chief justice a decade ago, was also legal counsel to New Jersey governor Thomas Kean during his tenure as co-chair of the 9/11 Commission. She will talk on Wednesday, August 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

The walking women will meet next Thursday August 24 at 9 am to trek the Middle Ridge Preserve, which is off Tea Lane. For details, please call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460. Newcomers are welcome.