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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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Remember to bring a little music and art into your life. In recognition of Alzheimer’s awareness month, on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will offer a one-hour presentation followed by open discussion on care giving for all stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The session will include a special focus on music and art therapy as tools for increasing the quality of life for both caregivers and patients. It will be held in the hospital community room in the main lobby.

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