Oak Bluffs


Fall must be here: Ken Debettencourt on Wing Road has plowed up the remains of his beautiful field of zinnias and is preparing the area for a winter’s rest. The town is still busy, and you must be aware of all the detours as it appears that half of the streets closest to town are dug up while having new pipes installed. So be prepared to plan extra time to reach your destinations.

On October 7, Rita Jeffers from Oak Bluffs will be running in the 12th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team. Each of the nearly 500 Dana-Farber team members are committed to raising at least $500 to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.

Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the half marathon for ten years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $3 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support a runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go toRunDanaFarber.org/BAAHalf.

There is an open invitation to everyone to come on out and enjoy ballroom dancing from 7 to 9 pm on Sunday evenings at the P-A club in Oak Bluffs. Word is that everyone has a great time. Do not worry about a partner because you will always find one.

Living Local MV is sorry to report that they have had to cancel “Talk with Elders” this Friday night, September 28. They will be hosting the event this fall with storyteller and author Susan Klein. In its place, please join them on Friday, September 28, at 7 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury for “An Evening with David Fisher” of Natural Roots CSA, hosted by The FARM Institute and the Ag Society.

The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. announced this week that their “Dollar Tree” campaign had reached its thousand-dollar goal in less than a year. In November of 2011, an anonymous donor offered to match every $1 donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., up to the amount of $1,000. Each donation added a leaf, inscribed with the donor’s name, to a tree on the library wall. The challenge was inspired by the campaign to renovate and expand the West Tisbury Free Public Library, and the dollar tree was to benefit the new Children’s Room.

Jane and Phillip Dietterich celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 23.They live on Summit Ave. in Oak Bluffs and have been on the Vineyard for about 20 years. While living here, they have been involved with all kinds of musical groups. Their children include Gretchen Gilli, Hans Dietterich, and Krista Andress. Also keeping them very busy are their eight grandchildren. Congratulations.

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School seniors Isabella El-Deiry and Jacob Lawrence traveled to Boston to discover how our Massachusetts leaders support young people. The trip was part of the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI).

Lobster Roll fans! Don’t miss the last regular Friday Night Lobster Rolls this week at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. THe overstuffed lobster rolls are served with chips and beverage. Assorted pies too. Last chance for this season.

The Artists and Craftsmen of Island Elderly Housing sale will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 1 to 3 pm. There will be refreshments and entertainment also. The show will be at Woodside Village 2 Community Room at 60 b Village Road, across from the MVRHS.

Roberta Mendlovitz welcomed her youngest daughter with her very special friend as visitors from Colorado last week where Holly now makes her home. She is a2008 graduate from Bridgewater University and has many friends on the Island. Holly reports that Colorado is a truly gorgeous state and a sports paradise, although most housing is even more expensive than Martha’s Vineyard. She was happy to see her mom, old friends, the beaches, and the ocean. Holly was a devoted employee of nearly ten years at the Black Dog Tavern while living on Martha’s Vineyard.

We send condolences to the family and friends of Rodie Santos who passed away last week. She will be so missed by her children and grandchildren and her friends.

We send birthday smiles to Dennis Rose, Lauren Metell, and Keilla Geddis on the 27th, Martin Moreis, Ray Dahill, and Zachary Mathias on the 28th, Grace Vanderhoop and Elyse Madeiras on October 2, and Will deBettencourt IV and Marc Hanover on the 3rd.Happy Birthday to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.