While we are finally finding time to relax and enjoy this fall weather, one of our friends is struggling with his health. Remember Tim Defelice, who worked the back checkout station at Reliable Market for so many years? Tim always enjoyed commenting on the Red Sox and helping us locate various items in the store. Tim is now in kidney failure, and is on the transplant waiting list at Mass General Hospital in Boston. In the meantime, he is facing the possibility of frequent dialysis treatments, which means limited working hours and income, and also has many medical and transportation expenses. Friends and family are sponsoring a fundraiser at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs on Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 pm. Come and enjoy a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and more, and help our friend. It would be most helpful if you have an item to donate to the silent auction. Please call Tim’s sister, Melissa Ogden, if you have a donation for the auction or any questions.
Heer is a reminder to set your clocks back an hour for the end of daylight saving time, which ends on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 am, and enjoy your extra hour of sleep.
We send condolences to the friends and family of Chilmark resident Harriet Poole Otteson. Harriet was my classmate at Tisbury High School, class of 1953. After living off-Island for many years, she returned here and became involved in town of Chilmark activities. Along with a few other classmates, we would meet for lunch a few times a year. I shall miss her tales of her travels to many countries, her blunt sense of humor, and her friendship.So very sorry. Her graveside service will be in the Chilmark Abel’s Hill Cemetery at 12:30 on Monday, Oct. 29.
Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is planning for their Homemade from the Heart fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. They are seeking any unique handmade items, including jewelry, knitted items, paintings, pottery photographs, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, and more. Please call 508-693-0189 if you have items you wish to donate. All proceeds from the sale of the items will go directly to the care of their patients and their families. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is a completely community-supported program.
Always wanting to learn French? Our Oak Bluffs library has a new program, Friday Afternoon French, starting this Friday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. This will be a facilitated lesson using the Mango language program. They will do one chapter a week for 10 weeks. It is a beginner-level course, and is free and open to all.
The library’s Halloween Party will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 to 11:30 am in the children’s room.
Our Oak Bluffs School PTO presents Literacy Night on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7 pm in the School Library. Come and hear suggestions from teachers that will support strong literacy skills at home, and shop the book fair.
Please consider donating to the Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Oct. 29, at Alex’s Place at the Y. Appointments are recommended but not required. For questions and appointments, call 800-RED-CROSS.
Houses of Grace is the Island’s overnight shelter, from Jan. 1 through March 31. It is completely volunteer-staffed and there are two shifts for volunteers. The earlier evening is from 6:30 to 9 pm, and overnight is 8:30 pm to 7 am. Orientations are Nov. 5 at 7 pm at St. Andrews Parish Hall, and Dec. 5 at 7 pm at Good Shepherd Parish Center in Oak Bluffs. Please contact Father Chip with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We send birthday smiles to Ashley DePriest on Oct. 27, Simone McCarthy on the 28th, Eleanore Tomkinson the 29th, Sally Leslie Mitchell on Oct. 31, and Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, and Adam Rebello on Nov. 1st.
Enjoy your week. Peace.