All the towns did so well on voter turnout last Tuesday. If you were pleased or disappointed, try to work on solutions, not just criticism.
Veterans Day on November 11 is another thank-you day to all veterans who ensured our freedom. Thank you to so many who gave either their lives or moments out of their lives to give us this wonderful gift.
On November 19, Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center from 10 to 11:30 am will feature guest speakers Melissa Vincent and Veronica Modini of TRI: The Resource, Inc. They will discuss their program of Grants & Deferred Forgivable Loans for Home Improvements. Several previous attendees have taken advantage of their programs, and they will discuss this year's program.
Any of you thinking about getting a new pet or a friend for an existing pet might want to visit Martha's Vineyard Helping Homeless Animals shelter as it is packed with cats and dogs in desperate need of a home. Contact Kym Cyr at 508-221-6931 for more information and directions to the shelter on June Avenue in Oak Bluffs. They also have ongoing needs for volunteers to help care for these unwanted but not unloved animals.
Melanie and Mike Marchand hosted a surprise 50th wedding anniversary dinner party for Melanie's parents, Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt, last Friday. Those attending were the honorees' children Michael and Erin deBettencourt, Melanie and Mike Marchand. Son Eric was not able to be present because he was headed to Boston the next morning for back surgery, however his wife, Hope, was there to honor her in-laws. Also present were all 11 of the deBettencourt grandchildren, Mike Marchand' s parents, Carol and Paul Marchand, and long-time friends Wendy Rose and Megan and Dennis Alley.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, much humor, and a heartfelt toast to Sandra and Nelson by their son Michael. And now on this Monday, as I am writing this column, the family received word that Eric's surgery was successful and he is headed back home to Oak Bluffs, which I am sure is the best anniversary present ever.
Now that election stress is about over, many organizations have planned their holiday activities and fundraising.
The Oak Bluffs School Holiday Bazaar is Sunday, December 5, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the school cafeteria. This helps to raise money to benefit the 8th-grade Philadelphia Trip. Vendor space is still available, so if interested call Salissa King at 774-565-9470 for more information.
There is a large show ongoing at the upstairs gallery at L'Elegance Home Furnishings on the top of Circuit Avenue through the holiday season. Many of the works, which are mostly Vineyard scenes, are reasonably priced and would make great Christmas gifts.
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16. at 1 pm at the Wakeman Center. The program, "Holiday Creations," is presented by Dr. Else Membreno, who will demonstrate ideas and the techniques of creating floral arrangements and decorations for the home during the Thanksgiving holidays. For information, call Ginger Duarte at 508-693-6570 or the Garden Club Hotline 508-693-5334.
Trinity Parish House in Oak Bluffs will be holding their Annual Holiday Fair & Cafe on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 am to 2 pm There will be holiday gift tables, homemade items and more. A luncheon of homemade clam chowder, salad, pie, and beverage for $12 will be served from 11 am to 1 pm.
Featherstone's 8th Annual Holiday Gift Show will run from November 20 to December from noon to 4 pm
daily. There will be gifts from $5 to $250 to benefit Featherstone and local artists. Featherstone's Knitting for Others group will have items for sale with proceeds going to the Food Pantry.
The Oak Bluffs School is collecting items to send to our Island servicemen and women. Items such as handwarmers, soap, Arm & Hammer toothpaste, chapstick, Island calendars, socks, disposable cameras, cheese & cracker packs, granola bars, travel size tissues, gum and ramen noodles are requested and boxes will be placed in the school lobby for the next two weeks.
The friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging (FOBCA) are sponsoring two wonderful events. On December 4 will be the annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 am to 2 pm at the Center. There will be a luncheon, holiday gifts, greens, baked goods and lunch. Vendors are welcome. You may call Karen Achille at 508-693-0165 for info. Then on Tuesday, Dec. 14, there will be a trip to the Elms and Breakers mansions in Newport. There will be lunch and shopping in town and tours of the two mansions. Admission fee includes the admission and cost of the bus. For more info, call Rose at the Center at 508-693-4509, ext. 13.
The Oak Bluffs School Community Meeting last Friday was dedicated to the men and women who dedicate their lives for our freedoms in honor of the upcoming Veterans Day Observances. They honored several Island veterans including U.S. Army Sergeant Joanne Murphy (U.S. Army), Staff Sergeant Richard Monaco (U.S. Army), Corporal James Bishop (U.S. Marine Corps), Major Stan Mercer (U.S. Air Force), Staff Sergeant Randy Dull (U.S. Army), Lt. Col. David Berube (U.S. Air Force), Captain Gene DeFelice (U.S. Marine Corps). Also honored were Oak Bluffs School staff veterans Brian Weiland, Mike Magaraci, Rae Carter, and Chris Brown, son of Physical Education teacher, Deb Brown who is currently deployed.
The November PTO meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 pm in the school library. The special guests will be Principal Carlin Hart, Assistant Principal Jen Arnold, and the two guidance counselors, April Knight and Carmen Wilson.
Reminder that November 19, 20 and 21 are the dates for the Oak Bluffs School play, "Annie."
Our condolences to Patricia Dorsey and husband, James, on the loss of Pat's mother, Harriet Morello, who died November 1.
Vineyard youth are pursuing their dreams for their Island and for the world. Shawna Brown from Edgartown, Amoy Anderson, Kelsey Dandeneau and Ashleen Cafarelli from Oak Bluffs joined with 2,000 people from schools, organizations, and companies at the Bioneers by the Bay Conference in New Bedford.
Birthday Smiles to Trulayna Rose on November 10, Amanda Gonsalves on the 11th, Katie Davey on November 13, Patricia Alley and Barbara Humber on November 15, and Marion Morton on the 17th,
Enjoy your week.