Amazing — that is all many of us can say over the past few days. Carl Widdiss has been very private regarding his medical care over the past few years, but a request for donations on Facebook went viral this week when his family and friends generously donated and reached one goal in about 36 hours. To donate on Facebook, type in Widdiss and find the Gofundme set up for Carl.
Carl is now undergoing treatment in Phoenix, Ariz. He has not been able to work while undergoing chemotherapy as well as holistic treatment for his cancer in Boston and at home. His bills have been adding up — cost of treatments in Boston, travel to Phoenix, and the cost of medical care and medications not covered by insurance are adding to his disease. He anticipates being able to return home for a few weeks and then will return to Phoenix to continue his treatment. Everyone has asked what they could do for Carl. So, in the meantime, we have rallied around to support Carl in his time of need. He is one of the most selfless in our midst, always there to assist a friend or neighbor. It is anticipated that a fund will be set up with You’ve Got a Friend for donations to be sent to West Tisbury. You can send a check directly to Carl at 5 Harpoon Hollow, Aquinnah, MA 02535. For further information, contact yours truly at 508-645-2574 or Paul Manning at 508-645-9340.
Wednesday’s pizza night has returned to Orange Peel Bakery — bring your own topping, buy a pizza and share with whomever — the conversations are priceless.
Natalie Francis would like to remind everyone that the landfill drop-off is open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon throughout the summer, in addition to the regular Thursday and Sunday hours.
The Aquinnah Public Library will present Fizz, Boom, Read for the summer reading program. There will be a sign-up celebration on Saturday, June 21, with cookies and lemonade. Every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. will be story time and craft time for younger children. Every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. there will be drop-in crafts and fun for the kids.
The long-awaited whaling ship Charles W. Morgan sailed into Vineyard waters this week. There will be a film of the Mystic Seaport premier of the Charles W. Morgan at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society on Beach Road in Tisbury on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. with special guest writer/producer/director Bailey Pryor making a presentation. In conjunction with the arrival, the Vineyard Playhouse presents the Whaleship Essex, written by Joe Forbrich and presented from through July 12 at the playhouse. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has many events planned throughout the stay of the Morgan and will have a tent at Packer's wharf. The museum’s education director Ann Ducharme will display some of the work the students have prepared in her classes this year. The West Tisbury School second grade students have worked on their whaling projects for the past six months and are very anxious to step aboard the Charles W. Morgan.
The celebration of life services for Patricia Brown, longtime Edgartown resident and all-Island school nurse, will take place on Friday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Main street in Edgartown, to be followed by a reception in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. Tributes may be sent to Jennifer Marlin, Box 1311, Edgartown, MA 02539.
Condolences to the family and friends of Bernice Dourmashkin who passed away on May 27. She and her late husband, Dr. Leonard Dourmashkin, and their children Thomas, Barbara, Michael and Peter were longtime residents of Moshup Trail. She will be missed.
Joanne Vanderhoop Robey will be remembered at a memorial service on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p..m. at the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head with Rev. Ellen Tatreau. Family and friends are invited to attend, followed by a potluck gathering at the tribal building.
Condolences to the family and friends of Susan Parker who served for many years on the school committee, representing the interests of the up-Island students. Services for Susan were held this week with a gathering at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday.
Gary and Lisa Foster have arrived for their summer sojourn.
Judge James Hubert and his wife Jody were at their Lighthouse Road home over the weekend, opening their home for the season. They will return in two weeks for a longer stay. However, their summer vacation will be shortened as Judge Hubert will be campaigning for his re-election.
Bill and Joan Kistner returned to Poughkeepsie on Tuesday after spending a long weekend with our grandson Noah and his parents. There was a family dinner at Gio’s on Friday, Nancy’s on Saturday and the Red Sox game at Fenway on Sunday. It was Bill’s first visit to Fenway Park, and their seats near the dugout were a special treat for Father’s Day. Monday was Noah’s 8th birthday and he invited his second grade class, family and friends aboard the Skipper for two hours of fishing with Capt. John Potter and his first mate Jeffrey.
Phil and Penny Weinstein have arrived for the summer. Phil will be the guest speaker at the Vineyard Haven library on June 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. when he presents James Joyce’s Dubliners.
Arnold and Norma Zack have arrived for their summer sojourn. They will be looking forward to visits from their family and friends over the season.
Happy 50th anniversary wishes to Emmett and Kathy Carroll who celebrated their special day on June 17 with a family dinner at the Chilmark Tavern.
Happy 44th anniversary wishes to Bruce and Adriana Ignacio on June 27.
Happy birthday wishes this week to longtime friend and former co-worker Matthew Stackpole who shares the day with Fawn Vanderhoop Fantasia on June 22. Adam Wilson parties on June 23, as will Josh Montoya. Tnisha Chandler, Damon Runyan and Fran Alwardt as they share the day on June 24. Robert Schiller shares the day with Carly Simon on June 25. Judy Lana Peterson and Eddie Fantasia share the day on June 26. Kathy Carroll, Anna Cotton, and Jonathan Kaye share the day on June 27.