Many Ways To Celebrate Veterans Day

Islanders will have a number of opportunities to pay their respects to servicemen and women on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

Oak Bluffs will mark the day with an annual parade, which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affiairs recently recognized as a special designation of regional importance. The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. at Our Market. From there, it will continue to the monument at Ocean Park and finish at the VFW, located at 14 Towanticut avenue. For more information about the Veterans Day parade, call 508-693-9261.

Controlled Burn Scheduled for Edgartown

The Martha’s Vineyard Prescribed Fire Partnership will conduct a controlled burn Tuesday afternoon at Pocketpaces, east of Pohoganot Road, in Edgartown. The odor of smoke may be temporarily noticeable in Edgartown during the burn. Smoke also may be visible above the south coast and in the vicinity of Edgartown-West Tisbury Road near the Vineyard Golf Club.

West Tisbury Library Begins Focus Groups

The West Tisbury Public Library will host the first in a series of focus groups tonight aimed at gathering community comment on the proposed renovation and expansion of its facility.

Tonight’s focus group, dedicated to parents, tutors and caregivers of children, will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Howes House, across from Alley’s General Store. Later in the evening, at 7 p.m., the general public is invited to express its views on the proposed library design during a meeting at the same location.

MVC Meets Tonight, May Reconsider Roundabount

The Martha's Vineyard Commission meets at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olde Stone Building in Oak Bluffs. Expected to top the agenda: a proposal to rescind its vote narrowly approving the controversial roundabout.

The move to reconsider was pressed last week by commissioner Leonard Jason Jr., an outspoken opponent of the roundabout.

The commission voted 7 - 6 two weeks ago to approve the controversial traffic improvement for the blinker intersection in Oak Bluffs.

Special Town Meeting

Bring your friends. That’s the message from Edgartown selectmen to voters on Tuesday night as they try again to hold a special town meeting at 7 p.m. in the Old Whaling Church. Originally set for last Tuesday, the meeting fell 20 voters shy of a quorum and was rescheduled to tonight. The 15-article warrant includes a request for money to commission an appraisal of the Capt. Warren House, and a request to convert the old silos at Katama Farm into cell towers. The quorum requirement in Edgartown is 159 voters. (So bring your friends.)

Halloween Activities Abound this Weekend

With the advent of fall, some weekends on the Vineyard can seem rather quiet. Not this weekend. The Island takes its holidays seriously and Halloween is no exception.

Geraldine Brooks Speaks To Benefit West Tisbury Library

A trio of lecture-discussions called the Speakeasy Series begins at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at State Road Restaurant with author Geraldine Brooks.

The second and third nights of the series feature author Tony Horwitz, and poets Fanny Howe and Jennifer Tseng.

Hors d’hoeuvres and light refreshments will be served.

The cost for the entire series is $300; individual nights are $125.

The series benefits the library’s capital campaign. For more information, or to make reservations, call 508-693-3489 .

Voter alert: Edgartown has a special town meeting tonight. Money to commission an appraisal of the Capt. Warren House, an update on the stalled library expansion project and a plan to convert the old silos at Katama Farm into cell towers are among the items on the 15-article warrant. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Old Whaling Church.

Community Supper

Community Supper

This week on Monday, Oct. 24, the Edgartown community suppers are starting up again. They will be held every Monday throughout the fall, winter and spring at the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The suppers are free and everyone is welcome. The evenings are an excellent resource for community as the Island grows colder, darker and, oftentimes, lonelier. They are also a welcome antidote to the very really issue of hunger as the off-season reality of fewer and smaller paychecks hits home.