What a horrific week in Boston. Not being one to really care about watching television, I must have watched for 12 hours as the news unfolded. Boston certainly showed strength through the ordeal and there are so many professional people who are to be thanked for all their amazing work including the federal, state and local law enforcements agencies, emergency medical personnel, volunteers, the hospitals and staff, and everyone who offered their support. President Obama to Governor Patrick to Mayor Menino, and to Police Commissioner Davis. It was an impressive week. Donations may be made to The One Fund, Inc. in Boston. The scalloping season is still in full swing in Aquinnah, which has been very helpful to those fishermen still scalloping each day. The season has been extended later than usual and if the state agrees, it will be extended another two weeks.

Aquinnah town clerk Carolyn Feltz would like to remind everyone that there will be three elections over the next three months. The primary election for the senate is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, with the polls being open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available. The annual Aquinnah town meeting will be held on May 14, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. The annual town election will be held on Wednesday, May 15, from noon to 7 p.m. at the town hall. The senate election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Requests for absentee ballots must be in writing or visit with Carolyn in person.

The 31st Women’s Symposium will be held tomorrow at the Chilmark Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. The topic will be The Power of Words. There will be great speakers introduced by emcee Betty Eddy. Call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214 for more information.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chapter of the International Order of Saint Luke, the Physician, is offering a day of healing on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Tisbury. The day of workshops, praise and worship and laying of the hands will be led by Rev. Kit Tobin of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. Ms. Tobin is from Martha’s Vineyard and is the sister of Matthew, Dorsey, and Hallett Tobin. She is a certified hospital chaplain and Episcopal priest, and has worked with nurses on healing touch. Ms. Tobin has led seminars on end of life issues, stress, trauma, and grief. Rev. Carolyn Eddy will lead a workshop on meditation in the afternoon. For further information, call Mrs. Bebe Green at 508-693-1737, Rev. Alden Besse at 508-693-3930, Mrs. Parrish Warner at 508-457-0240, or Mrs. Ginger Duarte at 508-693-6570. A suggested donation is $10. IF you go, please bring your own lunch with you.

Chilmark Chocolates reopened yesterday for the season. The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will host the annual Spring Social on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 4 p.m., at the tribal building on Black Brook Road. There will be a potluck luncheon, drumming, dancing and visiting with one and all. Please bring a dish to share, beverages will be provided.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum presents Pints From the Past on Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at Dreamland at 90 Oak Bluffs avenue in Oak Bluffs. Reservations are required so please call 508-627-4441, ext. 110. A history of beer, ale and brewing in the 18th and 19th centuries will be presented by beer historian Christopher Bowen. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be the recipients of Dine to Donate at Sharkey’s in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown on Tuesday, May 7. There will be a raffle and a silent auction at the Edgartown site for the night. Please support this worthy cause as MVC4L anticipates the need for a permanent home for the Supportive Day Program. Jane N. Slater has officially opened Over South Antiques today for the season. This is Jane’s 39th season in her shop on Basin Road. I had sort of a preview with Coco Adams to assist Jane on a recent visit. The shelves are stocked, many eclectic items including nautical, English dinnerware, Vineyard books and postcards, quilts, antique furniture and more are at the shop. The art is hanging on the walls, including something by Anthony Benton Gude, and the showcases are full. Jane is anticipating a wonderful season.

Get well wishes to Mrs. Marguerite Cottle who has returned to her home following six weeks at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Windemere. She is grateful to be back at home where she is surrounded by family and friends.

Get well wishes to John Feltz who is presently a patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after arriving to visit his daughters Carolyn and Janice. He anticipates being discharged very soon.

Condolences to the family and friends of Antone Rezendes Sr. who passed away on April 18 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Services were held on Monday at the West Tisbury Cemetery.

Happy 10th anniversary wishes to Gordon Perry and Dona Marie Mazza as they celebrate on May 3.

Happy birthday wishes to Martha Cottle on April 25 and Jean Lince on April 27. Naomi Scott will party on April 28 and shares the day with Ron Tolin and Michelle Duarte. Albert E. Rose will party on April 29 and shares the day with Judd Fuller. Deborah Moore will party on April 30. Ella Mahoney and Nick Bologna celebrate on May 1. Jim Wallen will party on May 2. May 3 will be a day of celebration for Avrum Morrow, Duncan Caldwell, Amy Vanderhoop, Betsy VanLandingham, and Jack Runyan will be two years old.