Condolences and sympathy to the family, friends and former students of John Morelli, who died on Oct. 17 after a long illness. Mr. Morelli was an English teacher at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School for many years. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.
A lot of us had lobster for dinner on Sunday, thanks to Larsen's (Betsy's) lobster sale blitz on the last day of the season. By 12:30 there were no littlenecks, only three lobster rolls and an August-size line waiting to snap up the remaining lobsters.
Polly Brown, well-known Island-wide for her volunteer efforts on behalf of Hospice of Martha's Vineyard as well as the Martha's Vineyard Endowment Fund, was awarded the Spirit of Martha's Vineyard award at a breakfast in her honor at the Howes House last Saturday. Ms. Brown, ironically, was also the founder of the award itself. Congratulations from us all.
The parents of David Furino, who died in a car accident in 2004, were co-hosts at the annual walk-a-thon in memory of Justin Coleman, who died in a car accident in 2003. The Justin Coleman Foundation raises funds for organ donation, while the Furino family's Drive for Life focuses on safe driving among high school students.
A reminder that the Women's Symposium, in its tenth year of consecutive meetings, meets at the community center on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 am till 12 noon. The theme this year is "What I didn't say then." Speakers will be followed by small discussion groups. Refreshments will be served. The event is free, but a donation to cover expenses is appreciated.
The Friends of the Library will be celebrating Halloween next Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a movie in the meeting room at the library. The movie will be Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" with Johnny Depp in the Ichabod Crane role, searching for the Headless Horseman. If all that sounds too spooky, there will be free popcorn and cider to see you through it. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.
Marsha Winsryg's African Artist's Community Development Program will show a 20-minute film, "Waging Peace in Namibia," at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven next Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm from 6 to 8 pm. There will be a silent auction at the center of antique ceremonial cloths and wall hangings and other Zambian crafts. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. A $10 donation is suggested.
It's hard to think scary thoughts of ghosts and evil spirits in the bright sunlight of the last few beautiful days, but Halloween is indeed upon us and neighbors are busy dreaming up costumes, from frightening to dramatic. And the opportunity to exercise our imagination making leering, toothsome pumpkin faces lit with candlelight presents itself as it does every year at this time.
Orange is a fall color, and it's a good idea to wear it if you're planning walks for the next month or so. Not evil spirits but deer hunters are lurking in the woods. The deer will be restless, so drive with caution and walk carefully.