Community Shorts

Posted December 21, 2006

Hansen home
Photo by Ralph Stewart

You can't miss it

Over the past 21 years, the Hansens of Tisbury have solidified their own holiday tradition, which many others can enjoy. Allen and Lincoln Hansen, who live on Lagoon Pond Rd., illuminate a large star on the top of their flagpole outside their home. The star of lights shines for all to see at night.

Welcome, Reverend

The West Tisbury Congregational Church welcomes Rev. Charles (Terry) Newberry as new Interim Minister. Rev. Newberry and his wife, Barbara, will be living in West Tisbury during his stay, while maintaining their home in Harwich Port.

Rev. Newberry, a graduate of Brown University and Princeton Theological Seminary, recently retired after serving 20 years in the pulpit of the Harwich Port Congregational Church.

The church invites all to meet the Newberrys during coffee hour at the conclusion of Sunday morning services, or call the church to arrange an appointment.

Felix Neck

A challenge for Felix Neck

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary recently received a $25,000 challenge grant. If they can raise $25,000 by Dec. 31 of this year, they will receive a matching grant from an anonymous donor. The money raised will be used to make improvements to their Nature Center, increase office space, and build a shed.

"Felix Neck will be able to update and refresh our facility for the benefit of the next generation of Islanders and visitors who come to Felix Neck to learn about the nature in the backyard," says Suzan Bellincampi, sanctuary director.

To donate, call 800-AUDUBON (283-8266) or visit

A second chance

Applications for the Second Chance Foundation awards and grants for the Fall/Winter of 2006/7 are now being welcomed. Include a brief description of the circumstances, and the specifics of the requested award, along with a complete address and phone number. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2007. The average amount for awards averages from $500 to $1,000.

Awards are given on a yearly basis to registered and recognized charitable organizations or funds such as hospital, police, senior citizen, and animal welfare charities. Past recipients include the Boys and Girls Club, the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, and the Wampanoag Cultural Center, among many others. Submit requests to the Second Chance Foundation, Attn. Jessica Pisano, P.O. Box 727, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Greet and eat with Santa

Today, Dec. 21, Santa Claus returns to Oak Bluffs. He will be at Pomodoro restaurant on Circuit Avenue to greet children from 5 to 7:30 pm, thanks to the Oak Bluffs Association and Pomodoro. The restaurant is offering an all-you-can-eat dinner special, $7.95 for children and $12.95 for adults. Sweepstakes winners will be drawn from all the entries received during the holiday shopping season.

Polly Hill welcomes Tom

The Polly Hill Arboretum welcomes Tom Clark to their staff as collections and grounds manager. Tom has broad knowledge in the field of horticulture, as he was most recently the gardens supervisor at the Mount Holyoke College Botanic Garden.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Mr. Clark majored in plant and soil sciences and minored in botany. He was trained in public gardening at the Threave School of Horticulture in Scotland, and at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He comes to the Island with his wife, Sandy.

Photo by Ralph Stewart

Caroling, caroling

Join the folks at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 pm for their annual holiday caroling.

Meet at the bookstore on Main Street for a bit of rehearsal and then take to the streets to lift you voice in song. After caroling, return to the store for refreshments. Bundle up and sing out this Friday night. Call 508-693-2291 for more information.