In 1954, I helped distribute information about the plans for the MVRHS by going out door to door in Tisbury. During that era, even the mention of regionalization would bring a response of anger and mistrust. But one by one, each town voted to agree to the concept, with Tisbury being the last town to finally accept the district. Now when I look at the news that is emailed to me for each week’s column, most of it is from all over the Island but which includes invitations to every town. At last, many people are accepting the benefits that come from regionalization. Perhaps the first organization to extend its programs to the whole Island was the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ Club, now known as the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ and Girls’ Club. And now that club is offering the Samuel D. Leighton Memorial Basketball program, a coed program, welcoming all Island students. Biddyball for Grades 1 and two will run afternoons from Nov. 16 through Dec. 21, Grades 3 and four will meet two nights per week from Dec. 1 to Jan. 28, 2016, and grades 5 and six will also meet two nights per week, from Feb. 2, 1016, through March 31, 2016.
Congratulations to the P.A. Club and Tricia Bergeron, who are this year’s recipients of the Spirit of the Vineyard Award. This award is given annually to a person or organization that has served one or more nonprofit organizations on the Island, and whose work has made a difference to individuals and the community as a whole. Tricia is a familiar figure in Oak Bluffs, where she was born. She lived away for most of her school years when her family moved away, but when she returned to the Island, she found a place to help her community within the P.A. Club. The club was founded in 1930; Tricia’s grandfather, Bill Amaral, was one of the founding members, and her aunt BobbiAnn Gibson was a past president. The club has hosted many events, including scholarship auctions, parties, family get-togethers, fish dinners, and untold other occasions that bring the community together. Their goal is to raise money so that they can give it to others in the community. This is a well-deserved award to Tricia, the club, and so many people who make it work.
Enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. There will be a complete family-style meal of turkey, gravy, potatoes, squash, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing, beverage, and pie, all for $17 per person. Call 508-693-1539 and make your reservation for either 5 or 6:30 pm.
Come to the “Drive-In” Movie for Kids at the Oak Bluffs Library on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 am to 12 noon. You will create and decorate your own cardboard car, then “drive in” and watch a movie. The event is open for all ages.
Thanks to Richard Paradise and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, and the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI) for making it possible for everyone 18 and under to receive a free ticket, while they last, to view the movie “He Named Me Malala” on Nov 1. After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and becomes the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. For advance tickets for the Nov. 1, 4 pm, screening, go to mvfilmsociety.com/2015/10/he-named-me-malala. Normal admission prices for adults and Film Society members.
Get ready for the Oak Bluffs School’s Halloween Party tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the K-through-4 playground. They need cars and your help for their first-ever Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration. Cars should arrive after school and before 4 pm. If you need help creating a spooky display and trunk full of surprises, contact Jen Wiggin ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a note at the front office. If you would like to help but are not available to attend, please drop off a bag of treats or candy at the front office.
The School Advisory Council (SAC) will be meeting at the school on the third Thursday of the month at 3 pm. The SAC is made up of parents, staff, and community members and current members have agreed to continue to serve on the council, so at this point there is no need to have SAC elections.
Rehearsals for the upcoming Oak Bluffs performance of “Shrek” start this month. Opening night for the play is Friday, Nov. 20.
The Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging invite you to a Halloween Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 12 noon at the center. The menu includes soup and pumpkin bread, and entertainment will be provided by Tristan Israel on guitar. Reservations can be made by calling 508-696-4205. The cost is $5. The Friends of the TCOA raise funds to help support the Senior Center with items not covered in the Tisbury COA budget.
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday, and it is also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Wedding anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt on Nov. 5.
We send birthday smiles to Sally Mitchell on the 30th and Jacquie McGillicuddy on the 31st. Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, and Adam Rebello share Nov. 1; smiles to Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd, and to James Moreis Sr. the next day, and Randy BenDavid, Kerry Alley, and Jeannie Moore on the 5th and Susan Peters on the 6th.
Enjoy your week. Peace.