Welcome to our newest family member, Kylee Rose Todd, who was born in Saginaw, Mich., on April 29, a few weeks earlier than expected. Kylee weighed in at 3 pounds 15 ounces and is 16.5 inches long. She is the daughter of Kayla Manning and Kyle Todd. Kylee is the first grandchild of Paul and Theresa Manning, and my fourth great grandchild. Paul spent a few days in Saginaw with Kylee and Kayla, returning home late Friday night.
Aquinnah Public Library will assist you in creating a mug for mothers — a kids’ craft — on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Then at 2 p.m. there will be a Mother’s Day English tea party, a traditional English tea with scones and treats. The library recently conducted a survey regarding the hours and days of operation. As it stands now, there will not be any changes as the results leaned heavily toward retaining the current hours.
Mother’s Day worship on Sunday, May 11, with the Rev. Ellen Tatreau at Community Baptist Church in Aquinnah is at 9 a.m. and at First Baptist Church in Tisbury at 11 a.m. Bring the special women in your life to the service.
The annual Aquinnah town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13, with a special town meeting at 6:45 p.m. and the annual town meeting commencing at 7 p.m. Voting will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 7 p.m.
Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force will sponsor the 2014 Junior Parent Dinner on Wednesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School culinary arts dining room. It’s a free evening of delicious food and lively conversation about the prom, dating, keeping kids on track, curfews and more. An amazing after-prom night has been planned by the Youth Task Force, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, prom parents and community members. It will be held at the YMCA from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. — a safe and secure environment for socializing after the prom and for regional high school junior class members who may not go to the prom.
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force will sponsor the annual eighth grade parent dinner (seventh grade parents are welcome) on Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the high school culinary arts dining room. The food will be prepared by the culinary arts program under the direction of chef Jack O’Malley. You can get to know parents from other towns while you speak with parents of high school students.
I am looking forward to the return of WMVY radio, which will be back soon at FM 88.7.
Condolences to the family and friends of Karl Burgess who passed away at his Aquinnah home on April 29. Karl had a long, illustrious career with Motorola and in his retirement served as a selectman for the town of Aquinnah. He was born and raised in New Bedford and was acknowledged for his sports during his school years, having almost made the big leagues. His friend Buddy Thomas wrote a wonderful piece about Karl and his sports in SouthCoast Today a week ago. Karl will be missed by his special friends Forrest Alley and his son Al Alley, as well as by many who have known him over the years in Aquinnah, Menemsha, New Bedford and beyond.
Congratulations to Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Rangers Curtis Chandler and Michael Sellitti Jr. who graduated a week ago from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Academy. There will be a potluck dinner this evening at the tribal building to honor their successes. Please bring a dish to share.
Condolences to the family and friends of Francis (Sandy) Fisher who passed away on May 1 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was the patriarch of his large and loving family, a fellow family of fishermen, and a wonderful historian with vast knowledge of local lore. A graveside service will be held on May 10 at 11 a.m. in the New Westside Cemetery. Congratulations and all the best to James Glavin and his bride Brenda Coriz who were married on May 3. James is the son of James A. Glavin and the late Penny Huff. He is the grandson of Constance Greenough Fuller Sanborn and the late Arlie Huff. James and Brenda returned to their home in Colorado on Tuesday. There will be a celebration of life for John Hoyt Hathaway of Edgartown, who passed away in December 2013 in New Bedford. As we prepare for our 50th reunion, his 1964 classmates, family and friends will all gather on Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the P.A. Club on Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will not be a memorial service, but a private burial. We may all share good stories, wonderful memories and photographs of John.
Get-well wishes to Ryan Malonson who underwent orthopedic surgery at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Sunday.
Get-well wishes to Capt. William D. (Buddy) Vanderhoop who was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday and is expected home by the weekend.
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.
Happy 15th anniversary wishes to Darren and Nancy Leport on May 15, and happy fourth anniversary wishes to our mail carrier Sean Cummings and his wife Kerry on May 10.
Happy birthday wishes tomorrow to Paul Cotton of Attaquin Way, and to Cookie Gazaille Perry and Bonnie Ciancio Parent who share the day. Robin Robinson and Paula Peters share the day on May 11. Youngest sister Jyl Manning will celebrate on May 12 and shares the day with Marjorie Vanderhoop Galbraith and Serel Garvin. Tim Fullin, Jeffrey Duarte, Ed Belain and Beverley Evans all share May 13. Bret Stearns will celebrate on May 14 and shares the day with Steve Garvin Sr., Sophia Welch and Phyllis Vanderhoop, who will be 99. Phyllis Meras will observe her special day on May 15, as will Katie Mayhew and Nick Bologna. May 16 will be a day of celebration for Jody Reston, Lydia Fischer, Herb Moody, Kathy Kendrick, James R. Taylor and Leigh Vanderhoop,