There is a sudden lack of things yellow and black this week, as the school buses are off the road, resting up for next year, and so are our beloved Bruins. What a dramatic playoff season. With all of the overtimes, I started to wonder if hockey would be better off with quarters instead of periods. (My apologies to Kurt Mundt for this sacrilege, but I had to say it.) So be careful out there on the roads, please — there are a lot of wild children and depressed hockey fans roaming around.

I have been reporting on Leah (Phillips) D’Amato’s little ladies, Mallory and Maddy, for quite some time now, and yesterday I finally had the pleasure of meeting this dynamic duo. The two were out making the rounds with their grandmother, Barbara Phillips and were quick to introduce themselves, ask my name, and compliment my outfit. These smiley, friendly, outgoing kids are further evidence that the apples really don’t fall far from the tree.

Join Motema Music and Media Voices For Children at Flatbread for an Afrobeat Dance Party with Awa Sangho Thursday, July 11. The VIP reception begins at 8 pm, followed at 9:30 with the concert and dance party. The event will benefit The Same Heart, a global campaign to help children in poverty. Advanced tickets are available online at ticketsmv.com and Aboveground Records. For further info, contact Media Voices for Children at 508-693-0752.

Congratulations go out to our best and brightest on their recent Best of the Vineyard accolades, bestowed by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Our Edgartown winners include Mad Max Sailing Adventures, Wheel Happy, Fern & Feather Day Camp at Felix Neck, Christmas in Edgartown, CB Stark, The Black Dog, Sharky’s Cantina, Atria, Soigne, Morning Glory Farm, Mad Martha’s, Rosbeck Builders, Walter Smith Plumbing, Helene Schaeffer of Island Dentistry, MV Savings Bank, Stagecoach Taxi, Harbor View Hotel, Winnetu Oceanside Resort. And for runners-up, we have Coop’s Bait & Tackle, Wharf Pub and Restaurant, Alchemy, Entertainment Cinemas, Edgartown Books, Claudia, The Seafood Shanty, Espresso Love, Humphreys Bakery, The Newes from America, Donaroma’s, Edgartown Hardware, Granite Ace Hardware, Landscope Landscape Company, Dolby Electric (We’ll get ’em next year, Dad!), Sandpiper Realty, John Hartley, Edgartown National, AdamCab, Dave Tuminaro of Caring for Animals.

Happy belated birthday to Colleen Seadale, who celebrated June 23. Upcoming on the birthday docket this week, we have Kelley DeBettencourt, June 27; Diane Smadbeck and Bobby Brown, June 28; Thomas McManus, June 29; Andrew Smith II, July 1; Megan Anderson, July 2; and Kate Walpole, July 3. Wishing Kelley a pile of SD cards and perfect lighting, with a side of sauerkraut; for Diane, the hope that all the boys remember to call home; for Bobby, I must protect the privacy of my “little birdy”; for Thomas, sunshine and a cold brew; for Megan, a cute new dress and something bubbly to sip on; for Kate, Jeep top down, radio on, Zoe riding shotgun. And for my favorite little buddy, Andrew, I promise you the biggest lollipop I can find.