Town Columns


By Jacqueline Sexton - November 9, 2006

Congratulations to Melanie Becker, town treasurer for the last three years. She is now a Certified Massachusetts Municipal Treasurer. She took the test last summer, the first time she was eligible to take it.

Families and friends of Chilmark School students are invited to an information session at the library next Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 6 pm to learn about the school library program. Refreshments will be served.

Good news is on the way for coffee drinkers, who are now deprived of their morning rounds in Menemsha's coffee houses. The Friends of the library plan to open the ChilLib Off-Season Café in December when they will serve coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with pastries in the meeting room. The coffee hours will be free of course, everyone is invited, and it would be nice if everyone talked about books, but you don't have to. Stay tuned for opening dates.

The library is also standardizing its opening hours to make them easier to remember. The library will be open on Mondays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm; Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; Wednesdays 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Thursday hours will remain the same: 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

It's now possible to renew books you have taken out by e-mail. There are easy printed instructions on how to do it at the circulation desk.

John Wightman is having a fall holiday art party at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard to introduce his new photographs to the public. He invites everyone to stop by tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 8 pm for a glass of wine, lots of cheese, and maybe some holiday shopping. He is showing images of all our beautiful seasons and some giclée prints.

Even though nature put on its howling wind and rain show early this year the Halloween party was a great success with costume prize winners receiving certificates and two crisp dollar bills. The winners are Serogia Bernier, Andrei Bernier, Madia Bellabuono, Bradley Carroll, Ava Stearns, Katy Smith, Kayleigh Bollin, Alistair Morgan, Peter Ruimerman, Mariah Campbell, and Jessica Campbell. (No one kept a list of winners, and we are missing the name of one of them. If the missing 12th winner's parents would call or e-mail me, we'll put it in next week's column.) New this year were "for fun" adult costume winners - Christian Soulagnet, Christina Soulagnet, and Janet Weidner. Judges were Linda Thompson, Cathy Thompson, Ali Flanders, and Margaret Maida. Bryce Cioffi, dressed as a cuddly bear, was the youngest celebrant at almost three months old.

Katie Carroll, who organized the party, thanks all the parents who brought cookies and other goodies, and the firefighters who set up and cleaned up afterwards.

After the festivities at the center, a group traipsed through the winding paths in the Menemsha woods for trick or treating and ended up having their photograph taken at the Coast Guard station with the station dog, Bridger, bounding about in his post-surgery big collar.

Yee Chung Lee will give a free demonstration of breathing techniques and a guided meditation tonight, Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7 to 9 pm in the church's education building.