Aquinnah: Afterschool club


Something really terrible happened in Aquinnah last week. Juli Vanderhoop was robbed of $6,000. Someone came into her home when she was not there and took it. This money was specifically set aside for her son Emerson’s tuition; he is in his sophomore year at Dartmouth. Needless to say this news is disconcerting on many levels. There is the violation of Juli’s home, the suspicion (it seems as if this may have been done by someone in town and/or that Juli knew), and the loss of much needed funds. If you have any information about this theft, please contact the Aquinnah police. We may not be able to do that much about catching this person, but we can help Juli recoup some (or all) of what she lost. At Barbara Wallen’s suggestion, a Go Fund Me page has been set up on Facebook, or you can send Juli a check at: 682 State Rd., Aquinnah, MA 02535. Every donation helps to restore our faith and keep Emerson in college.

Pathways’ winter season began this past Tuesday with its writers’ series. On Friday, Nov. 9, they will host the first “We Dance!” of the season. There will be a live performance, followed by dancing for all with DJ Kos. The program will start at 7 pm. There is no admission fee, and refreshments will be served. Pathways also has photography by Mia Strömberg on display in their gallery. Pathways Living Room Studios is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm, every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. They invite everyone who is working on a project to come and use the space. Wi-Fi and computers are available.

The Aquinnah library has its regular schedule this week: Story Time on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids can stop in on Saturday to make a craft from 11 am to 3 pm. The Afterschool Club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm. When you’re at the library, you can welcome Elissa Turnball, new to being employed at the library, but a familiar face in Aquinnah, who just started. Welcome, Elissa!

Our amazing town clerk, Gabriella Camilleri is hosting an Aquinnah Artisan’s Holiday Sale at the Old Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8, and she is looking for more artisans to participate. The sale will be from 10 am to 4 pm, and it’s $30 per table. The event is open to all artisans. She will choose artists on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, contact Gabriella Camilleri at or call 508-693-5969.

If you have thought about going back to school to become a teacher, now is your chance. Fitchburg State University, in collaboration with ACE MV, will offer a two-year master of education in curriculum and teaching program. It will start in January 2019. To begin the registration process, contact Shelby Cota at; she is the graduate admissions counselor for FSU. Cota will review your transcripts, answer your academic questions, and make sure that you have the courses you need to transition into the M.Ed. program. Please note that this program will not be offered again until January 2022.

Thank you to everyone who was on the trick-or-treat route in Aquinnah last week. You made some costumed children thrilled by giving them free candy, and you made some parents thrilled about not having to drive down-island.

Happy birthday to Frank Perez. who celebrates on Nov. 8, and Gabriella Camilleri, who celebrates on Nov. 9.

Filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth’s film “Keepers of the Light” will premiere on WBGH, channel 2, in one week! Set your DVRs for Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 pm. You can also purchase a copy of the film at their site,