By KATE J. CONDE
Jake Sylvia had the good fortune of making Annie Murphy his bride recently. The celebration began in the garden of L’etoile and the festivities continued long into the evening at the Captain Henry Colt House on North Summer street. Jake is the grandson of the late Albert K. Sylvia, who served as chief of the Edgartown fire department for several years. Congratulations Jake and Annie!
Now that the sweltering days of summer are behind us we can start warming up the kitchen at the fire department. Our monthly dinners resumed this month with Engine One putting out a mouth-watering meal. Chef Matthew Millman and crew spoiled us with their Guiness-braised short ribs, fresh-cut green beans, mashed potatoes, baked bread and tossed salad. If you had any room left, tiramisu and cheesecake filled your plate for dessert. It felt like old times with so many honorary members in the house joining us for our first dinner of the season.
David Switzer of the rescue truck led us in the pledge of allegiance to start our first fall meeting. President Andrew Kelly started the meeting by congratulating everyone who helped out with this year’s successful golf tournament, held Sept. 22 at the Edgartown Golf Club. Over 100 people joined us for a round of swinging the clubs for a good cause. All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund that helps Island high school seniors pursue their academic goals. With sunny skies overhead and Ted Morgan checking in the players, the day couldn’t have been any better. The top 10 teams received fabulous prizes from local Island restaurants and businesses. All our players felt like winners when they stepped under the tent for lunch. Lobster rolls, roast beef sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, oysters and littlenecks on the half shell greeted famished players after the morning round and fueled up the afternoon crowd. A big thanks to Captain Sam Koohy and Stop & Shop for donating all of the food and to Cash and Carry for honoring our usual firefighter discount. Special thanks to Mark and Kathy at the Edgartown Golf Club for your tremendous efforts, the crew at Vineyard Vines for going above and beyond with your generosity, and Danny Larsen of Edgartown Seafood for donating the tasty raw bar — again. The association would also like to thank the many Island businesses whose bighearted donations made this tournament such a hit. If you missed joining us for a round of golf and would like to make a donation to our scholarship fund, please call 508-627-5167.
The association would like to welcome our newest members Asa Vought and John Shannon. A recent move to Edgartown finds Asa in our neck of the woods. We are delighted to have Asa aboard as he joins Engine Four after several years of experience with the departments of Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury. John fills the life-size job of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coordinator for the town of Edgartown. No task is too big or too small for John to handle after his many years in the EMS field.
Congratulations to Peter Valenti, who became a first time grandfather recently as his daughter Brianna gave birth to seven pound, seven ounce Lillian Mae. Proud new uncle Mike Valenti of Engine One made the trip off-Island to welcome his niece to the family. Belated congratulations also go out to Capt. Peter Wells who became a grandfather for the fourth and fifth time this summer, as his daughter Molly gave birth to identical twin girls, Erin and Emily.
It will be a little less spooky at the Edgartown School this Halloween, as members of the ladder truck pass out glow rings to all kids planning to go trick or treating. Engine One will be at the fire station passing out candy to all little ghosts and goblins that come our way.
We are looking forward to Engine Two heating up the kitchen next month.
Remember, as an unknown author once said, “Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over.”