So much for spring in Aquinnah. On Wednesday morning the temperature was 21 degrees with a frost covering. The daffodils are in full bloom this week and forsythia is blooming as well. Songbirds are still singing as well as the nightly chorus of pinkletinks. Porto Pizza has reopened for the season. And Martha’s Vineyard Bakery/Back Door Donuts opened Thursday.

At the library this week, a special story time will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. with guests from the Family Services Program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be kids crafts (mini kites). Tuesday marks the beginning of school vacation week and the library and they will have extra crafts all week. Check the Gazette calendar for details.

Barbara Lampson is substituting for Vera DellaRusso at the library for the month of April. Jennifer Burkin, librarian and artist, will lead her popular acrylic landscape painting workshop on Saturday, April 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the town hall. This has traditionally been a well-attended program; call the library to sign up at 508-645-2314.

Michele Dupon who leads Meals on Wheels, will be the guest speaker on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., following the morning service at the Federated Church. For information call 508-627-4421, email, or check their website at

April is sexual assault awareness month. CONNECT to End Violence will host the sixth annual walk to raise awareness about this important topic on Saturday, April 21. Pre-registration is $10. Proceeds go directly to meet client/survivor needs. For more information or to pre-register, call Isadora at 774-549-9667 extention 106, or email

The Islanders Talk benevolent fund kale soup contest is Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for children.

A memorial service for Ralph R. Devine Jr. will be held on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Ralph died unexpectedly on Feb. 17 in Colorado. Many of us enjoyed seeing him on his trip home in October when he joined us for a tribal elders luncheon.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Phillips (Flip) Harrington who died this week. It was always a pleasure to sit down and have a conversation with Flip. Often he told tales of his worldwide adventures, but we most enjoyed reminiscing about the old days in Menemsha when he went swordfishing in the 1960s or about our friends in Middletown and Newport. He could have filled volumes with his adventures.

Happy second anniversary wishes to Keith and Heather Devine on April 9.

Happy ninth anniversary wishes to Durwood and Jamie Sue Vanderhoop on April 17.

Belated birthday wishes to Douglas Vanderhoop who celebrated on April 8. Happy birthday this week to Paula Smith as she celebrates Friday. Louise Petersiel and Samuel Vanderhoop Lee share the day on April 14. Deborah Magnuson and Todd Keegan party on April 15. Linda Vadasz, Peyton Jeffers and Brooks Carroll will all celebrate on April 16. Greg Martino parties on April 17. April 18 is a day of celebration for Peter Ives, Josie Iadicicco, Barbara Dworkin Binder, Sam White, Christina Brown, Curtis Chandler, James Cisek and Mary Shea. Larry Mollin parties on April 19. Our beloved Up-Island Council on Aging director Joyce Albertine celebrates on April 21 and shares the day with Lauren Martin, Pam Maine Cavanagh, Linda Ridley Vanderhoop and James Mahoney.

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