Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - October 19, 2006

Remember: the update on the reversible mortgage will be held today at 1 pm at the Senior Center.

There will be a graveside memorial service for Fred Glodis on Saturday at 12:30 pm in the Oak Grove Cemetery. He was a well-loved Tisbury school science teacher for many years. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 257 on Martin Road. All family, friends, teachers, and former students are welcome.

If you are confused by too many Nancy Gardellas, perhaps this will help. Our own Nancy Gardella is not the new director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce. Our own Nancy Gardella has lived on the Island for 30 years. She operates Gardella Home Services doing cleaning and caretaking. She has been the Vineyard Haven columnist for the other paper for 20 years. She has been a substitute teacher in the Island schools for 14 years, and also for four years she has taught English as a second language.

The other Nancy Gardella is new to the Island. She comes from Worcester and Cambridge. The new one is the director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Barbara Donald invites one and all to join the folks at Christ United Methodist Church for their 35th annual harvest supper on Saturday, Oct. 28. Supper includes turkey and all the fixings, served family style. Adult tickets are $15, children $8. There are two sittings, at 5 and 6:30 pm. Call Barbara at 508-693-1493 to reserve your space.

Ann Nelson is the featured speaker at the Library this Sunday at 3 pm. Her topic is one she certainly should be very familiar with, Island Authors. The talk is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and followed by refreshments. Winners of the Friends' auction for Byers Choice figures are Ken Ward, Paula Brown, Phyllis Williams, and Nan Carter. They can pick them up anytime. The Friends are still fund-raising for the curb-side book drop.

Dr. George Woodwell of the Woods Hole Research Center says that, if the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction. Global warming will bring extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics, and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. Dr. Woodwell presents a persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as just a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenge facing our global civilization. You are invited to learn more on Monday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Dr. Woodwell was founder and director of the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratories. He holds a doctorate in botany from Duke University and is the recipient of several honorary degrees. He can answer many of your questions about this complex subject. Compliments of your Vineyard Haven Library, this lecture is free and open to the public.

The library will continue to offer Wednesday afternoon at the movies at 3:15 pm, complete with popcorn, all fall and winter. Next week on Wednesday at 3:30 pm ages 12 and up will enjoy Teen Halloween at the Library.

If you cannot reach your friends this month, I am willing to bet they have jury duty. It seems every other person in Tisbury has been called up this month.

Tomorrow evening at 7:30 the Martha's Vineyard Film Society will present "Quand la mer monte" (When The Sea Rises). This is the story of Irene, a 45-year-old actress, traveling from one small French town to another with her one-woman show, "Dirty Business." Doors open at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Dylan Jacobs.

Heard on Main Street: "Be kind to animals. Kiss a shark."