Congratulations to Aquinnah selectman Jim Newman who won reelection on Wednesday and will once again serve our community well. As of Wednesday evening, I did not have the exact figures but do know that the over-ride also passed. There will be a special town meeting on Tuesday evening, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

Theresa A. Manning and Jamie L. Vanderhoop, coordinators for the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force, will be sponsoring chat and chowder dinners in the respective school cafeterias from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to be held on Monday, May 18, at the Tisbury School, Wednesday, May 20, at the Edgartown School, Thursday, May 21, at Oak Bluffs, and on Tuesday, May 26, at the West Tisbury School for the West Tisbury and charter schools.

In February 2009, all Martha’s Vineyard students in grades seven to twelve took a survey that asked questions concerning risky behavior and substance abuse. The Youth Task Force has the results of this survey and would like to share them with the parents and/or guardians of the students. It is a free evening of food, door prizes, and a presentation along with fellow parents of seventh and eighth grade students. As an added bonus, each location will have a Family Fun Pack valued at over $200, filled with gift certificates for Giordano’s, Dairy Queen, Island Cove Mini Golf, Entertainment Cinemas and more — awarded to one lucky attendee. If your child’s school has at least 25 per cent parental participation at the dinner, a $300 prize of choice will be awarded to the school. You may attend the meetings at the respective school for your child or any of the above listed meetings. For further information, please call Theresa or Jamie at 508-696-5304.

The Miles of Memories Walk/Kayak will take place on Sunday, May 17, at noon at the little bridge in Oak Bluffs. Participants have the choice of walking or kayaking. Donations will assist those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Reminder: the Tribal Environmental Health Expo will be held at the Harbor View tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reminder: the library’s strategic planning forum has been rescheduled for Monday evening, May 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cheryl Bryan, library consultant, will be facilitating the forum. Light refreshments will be served.

Mallory Butler returned home recently from a two-week trip to Aspen and a visit with her granddaughter Maeve, daughter of Jennifer and Kevin Sheehan. Mallory and Lenny will look forward to a visit from the Sheehan’s over the summer.

Joe and Faith Corbo have returned to their home on Sandcastle Lane after spending nearly three months at their home in Costa Rica and visiting with their children in Hawaii.

Sir Harry Ochs, aka Peter, and his wife, Gudrun Waltenstorfer, have arrived from their winter home in Vienna, Austria. They will be staying at the Jackson home for three months while visiting their friends and colleagues.

Philip and Penny Weinstein of Swarthmore, Pa., are at their home on Sandcastle Lane.

Nina P. Butler, daughter of Lenny and Mallory Butler, returned home this week after completing her studies at Wellesley College. She will be working at the Beach Plum Inn for the summer season.

Congratulations to Sonya Mayrand, daughter of Michael and Carol Mayrand, who graduated from Keene State College on Saturday. Sonya received a bachelor’s degree in health science and nutrition. They are very proud of Sonya’s success.

Tiffany Smalley, daughter of Jay and Millicent Smalley, arrived home on Wednesday after completing her sophomore year at Harvard University. She will be preparing for her summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Get well wishes to Ronald Jeffers who was transferred back to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Saturday after being hospitalized off-Island for the past month.

Get well wishes to famed fisherman Tom Osmers who is undergoing medical care. A fund-raising benefit will be held for him this weekend at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury on Sunday, May 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. This will be a potluck gathering, with music and a lot of fun.

Get well wishes to Nancy Porter of Camp We Did It who is receiving medical treatment near her home in Pennsylvania.

Venturing out over the Mother’s Day weekend, after a fantastic brunch at Farm Neck Golf Club with Paul, Theresa and Noah and amid so many friends and neighbors, it was a delight to visit the new Oak Bluffs General Store open on Kennebec avenue. It was even more of a delight to visit with Skye Sonneborn and John Hartzband and their young infant Grayson. John’s brother Michael Hartzband is the manager of the General Store. The Irish music on Sunday afternoon was great.

This coming weekend, the Sidecar Café will open on Kennebec avenue. Scott Mullin will have specials posted on the Facebook site.

Up-Island, Kevin and Elizabeth Oliver will be opening their Menemsha Market this weekend so we do not have to travel so far for those last minute essentials. The Menemsha Galley will also open this weekend and we are all looking forward to the ice cream cones especially.

Happy 23rd anniversary wishes to Michael and Bettina Washington as they celebrate on May 17.

Happy birthday wishes this week on May 16 to Lydia Fischer, who shares the day with Leigh Moreis and Herb Moody. Erin Corbo will party on the 17th and shares the day with Kyle Killebrew and Aquinnah Witham. Vineyard Bottled Waters owner Tom Seeman will celebrate a major milestone on May 17.

Grace Reeves, Genie O’Donnell, Faith Corbo, Malcolm Smith, Mark Wheaton and Anne Haughton will all share the day on May 18.

A very special happy birthday wish to Joan Kistner as she celebrates on May 19.

Captain Robert E. Kinnecom will celebrate on May 20. Aquinnah Library assistant Michelle Laurie celebrates her special day on May 20. Jean Entine will celebrate on May 21 as will Elsie Fantasia.