Juleann VanBelle, R.N. will be at the Aquinnah town hall on Friday, Feb. 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Her services are free and accessible to all residents of Aquinnah. She will provide a basic physical assessment, health education counseling, and disease prevention, and will assist you in finding appropriate health care resources as needed. Perhaps now is the time to bring in all of your medications so that she may review them for appropriateness. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please call her at 1-774-563-0666.

An informational hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the town hall regarding the affordable housing planned for the site off Jeffers Way. The town housing committee will discuss the potential development of four rental apartments on a portion of town-owned land behind town hall. Please plan to come and learn more about the proposal, as well as to offer comments to the committee regarding their preliminary plans. Based on the comments, the committee plans to refine their proposal for presentation at a Feb. 12 special town meeting.

The Aquinnah Public Library will present a talk by Phil Weinstein of Aquinnah, professor of English at Swarthmore College, on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m. on Fictions of Race in 20th Century America. This will be a traveling book group series in the Vineyard library system. Professor Weinstein is on a sabbatical as he writes a new book.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Linsey Scott will display jewelry at the Aquinnah Public Library from 4 to 5:30 p.m..

Condolences to the family and friends of Judith Snowden Costa. Our family relationships go back more than half a century when our fishing families were always socially together. Judy worked at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for thirty years, of which we worked together for more than a decade.

Congratulations to Nancy Leport, who has joined the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Center for Women’s Health as a certified nurse midwife.

Congratulations to Theresa A. Manning on her new position as the Youth Task Force Coordinator for Dukes County. Theresa began her duties this past week.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Peter Williamson, the former Oak Bluffs police chief. Jyl and I just saw Peter two weeks ago and had a great conversation with him as he and Judy were looking forward to their annual trip to Florida. For 10 years during the 1980s, we enjoyed dining together during lunch at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Those were power-packed times if one can imagine dining with Peter, Sheriff Christopher Look, occasionally Bob Carroll and Ed Redstone, the late Al Brickman, and the late Freddie Ferro. Those were incredible strategic planning sessions and a lot was accomplished from them. Peter was not a fan of the media and did not like to give any interviews if he could avoid them. It may be hard to believe but in forty-five years of driving, the only speeding ticket I ever received was overturned by Peter in district court. He was a treasure that many of us will miss.

Happy 54th anniversary wishes to Raymond and Sybil Moreis as they celebrate on Jan. 30.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Antone Moreis who will be four years old on Jan. 26 and shares the day with Edith M. Andrews and Ed Belain Jr. Adriana Giles Ignacio will party on Jan. 27. Alexander K. Galbraith 3rd will celebrate on Jan. 28. David E. Vanderhoop will party on Jan. 29 and shares the day with Mary Vanderhoop who will be 11 years old. Mrs. Jennie (Nicki) Lana will be 91 years old on Jan. 30 and cards may be sent to her at Windemere. Christopher Camacho will be 15 on Jan. 30, and shares the day with Gimili Glavin.