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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012 VINEYARD GAZETTE, MARTHS VINEYARD, MASS. NINE SKIP FINLEY 508-696-3742 ( Oak Bluffs has 33 named parks, four Martha's Vineyard Land Bank proper- ties (Tradewind, Pecoy Point, Southern Woodlands, Farm Pond), three small is- lands (Woodie in Farm Pond, Brush and GiZeat in Sengekontacket), one Sheriff's Meadow Foundation property (Dodg- er's Hole), one golf course (Farm Neck) and a tremendous set of wooded trails between County and Barnes Roads, or 43 pristine, protected parks encompass- ing perhaps 20 per cent of the town's land. The math computes to about 581 people per park when you include our summer guests. Tonight, however (rain date tomor- row), Ocean Park, one of the largest and certainly our prettiest, is put to its best use in hosting an enervated and excitedly diverse crowd of up- wards of 10,000 folks, again united and delighted to share the annual Oak Bluffs fireworks, thanks to the timely sponsorship of Black Entertainment Television. This past March, BET ex- ecutive Michael Pickrum, upon finding out that the event might be cancelled, offered to contribute financially. The charming Debra Lee, CEO and chair- man, says that BET's (Comcast cable channel 70) and its other cable chan- nel, the upscale Centric (channel 195), has long had a relationship with the Island. BET/Centric hosts a gala party that has become an annual event at Hooked, attracting BET audiences and vacationers and wide media cover- age. Anita Billings, the Oak Bluffs fire department administrative assistant/ secretary of the Firemen's Civic As- sociation that has hosted the event for 36 years, offered effusive praise to BET for its voluntary contribution, allow L ing the fireworks to continue another year. Absent any apparent banners of thanks or welcome, I hope BET has been acknowledged by our selectmen Sailing Commendation AI Nugent of Edgartown was one of four member of the Hobart College Sail- ing team who received a commendation at the college's annual Block H Awards dinner. Mr. Nugent received the Most troproved Sailor Award. ' A6Ming tO Ken DeB01t, direci6rof Athletic ('ommunications, Mr. Nugenrs hard work and determination in prac- tieqCd several quality finishes, including fifth place in B Division at the Kings Point Fall Open, a fifth place in A Division at the North No. 2 Regatta, and a fifth place team finish in the MAISA Sld6p Championship. or town administrator. My family is thankful for our fireworks traditions. Like many,, we stake out a spot in the park with beach chairs and blankets while someone runs into town for apple fritters from MV Gourmet and pizza from Giordano's. Brother Glenn provides young ones with glow sticks and supervises them as they run around and (hopefully) tire enough to enjoy the show before which we share Karen's fried chicken and deviled eggs. Thanks, BET and the Firemen's Civic Association. Renowned artist, scholar and curator David C. Driskell exhibits his art for the first time on the Vineyard, hosted by Meadow View Farm's Adrienne and Ron Childs and Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault at the Gault's home at 9 Spruce avenue today from 4 to 7 p.m. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, the Opportunity Agenda presents Learn- ing from Trayvon: How Media and the Law Can Better Serve Black Men and Boys at the Sailing Camp. Hosted by a committee of Vineyard personalities -- Reginald and Diane Felton, Prof. Henry Louis (Skip) Gates, Ron and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Valerie Mose- ley and Flash and Bennie Wiley among them -- Debra Lee of BET Networks provides opening remarks and Teresa Clarke, chairman and CEO of Africa. com is moderator. RSVP at events@ Longtime Oak Bluffs summer resi- dents, and my childhood friend, Barbara and Dr. Ken Edelin, and a host commit- tee of.Vineyard celebrities are joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Educa- tion Fund in bringing Martha's Vineyard a free public forum entitled Hijacking Democracy: Voter Suppression and the 2012 Elections, from 3 to 5 p.m. tomor- row. Lani Guinier and Debo Adegbile will discuss the strategies employed to combat restrictive changes in the elec- tion that could determine the outcome of the 2012 elections. RSVP to mbush@ for more information. At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association presents The Wynton Marsalis Quintet playing Treasures at Dusk at The Tab- ernacle; tickets available at the door. Artist Glenn Tunstull appears at Circuit avenue's Cousen Rose Gallery tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m.. The annual Ken Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is Sunday with a 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. tee time at Mink Meadows. This year features a $10,000 cash Hole-in- One prize. Details are at 2012kwmsgolf. The MVNAACP's Jazz Brunch, "It's a Family Affair," is at ttooked from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday featuring the Or- rin Evans Trio with Lezlie Harrison on" vocals and a conversation with award- winning journalist and author Michele Norris, known for NPR's All Things Considered. For information go to mar- On Sunday from 6 to 8 plm, my lofig- time playmate Michelle Stent co-chairs an illustrious committee of seasonal Vineyard ladies, including Adrienne and Sharon Lopez, who play host to Women Voters & the 2012 Presidential Election and Other Urgent Modern-Day Issues, at the Old Whaling Church. The honorable Congress member Barbara Lee, author Teri Williams, noted enter- tainment attorney Amy Goldson and TV journalist Carole Simpson are the panelists, moderated by Sabrina Lamb. There will be a reception for artist Michaele Christian at Featherstone's Pebble Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs- day, and the show continues to August 26. From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the Mar- tha's Vineyard branch of the National Association for the Study of African American Life and History holds its lOth anniversary at the high school. Call Bob Hayden for tickets at 508-693-8714. Howard University's Bisons on The Vineyard and the United Church of Christ invites all to Spirits Rejoice: Jazz on the Vineyard Thursday at 7 p.m. at Union Chapel. This benefits The Rev- erend Joseph H. Evans Pastoral Schol- arship Fund. Generations of us grew up waving to "Uncle" Joe and 'Aunt" Harriet Evans on the porch of their Nan- tucket avenue home, and many more knew him as the first African American president of the United Church. Tax- deductible tickets will be available at the door and additional contributions are welcome. Last Thursday's opening of the Mar- tha's Vineyard Harlem Fine Arts Festi- val at Hooked was thbulously elegant, rich in art and attendance. Oak Bluffs' Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates welcomed guests and thanked producer Dion Clarke for bringing the wonder- ful event to the Island. Apparently the insular Harthaven conclave invoked its special denying this Fine Arts Festival a permit for a tent, which would have protected the amazing and valuable exhibition of African American culture from last week's rain. The pe- culiar action also dramatically reduced the amount of work expected to have been shown -- despite sales estimated at $500,000. Longtime Oak Bluffs visitors public relations pro Anne Walker Marchant, producer Debra Martin Chase, film ex- ecutive Michael and wife Jamie Lynton and professor Skip Gates brought family and friends a special screening of the new movie Sparkle to the Island Theatre Monday night in advance of yesterday's Los Angeles premiere. Along with per- formances by songstress Jordin Sparks and Vineyard-based movie Jumping the Broom's Mike Epps, the late Whitney Houston gives an Oscar-worthy per- formance. The producers hosted a gala reception at Hooked after the screening, attended by quite a few celebrities in business, government and the perform- ing arts. Sparkle officially opens this evening. The Sand Theater does not. Recalling that we live in the County of Dukes County (yes, that's true), I cannot resist letting you know that the small park on Pennacook avenue is named Park Park2. I love this town! Let's all increase our contributions to the fireworks. EAST CHOP RICK HERRICK 508-693-8065 ( The Vineyard said goodbye to the Reverend Jim Kidd on Tuesday August 7. A service of remembrance was held at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury with the Reverend Cath- lin Baker presiding. Jim died on May 19 after a short illness. Jim was remembered as a gifted preacher and compassionate minister, receiving an honorary Doctor of Divin- ity for his work from Chicago Theologi- cal Seminary in 1969. He was a devoted husband to loann for 58 years. Reverend Baker praised him as a great mentor. Bob Blacklow characterized his life as defined by pure joy which he spread around with his belly laugh and big hugs. Jim both wrote the service and had the last word. At the end of the service a tape of Jim's last sermon at Asylum Hill Congregational Church entitled Remember Me was played. In the ser- mon Jim asked the congregation to remember him, but more important, he pointed out that if you do good while you're here on earth, God will remem- ber you. There's no way his many friends on East (;hop will ever forget his disarm- ing smile and his sportsmanship on the tennis court. Regulars at Union Chapel will long remember his dedicated work there. As was clear from the service at West Tisbury, we were saying goodbye to a very good and decent man, On another matter, I spoke recently with Wendy Reagan after work and after she had spent the afternoon at the beach club. She had logged onto her computer early that morning to handle some quality control issues for Neighborhood Health Plan, an HMO in Boston. Wendy is a senior data analyst for Neighborhood Health. Our topic for discussion was the Su- san G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk on July 27 through 29. Wendy participated in the walk for the sixth time, along with her mother, Carol Traenkle, and her daughter, Tori. There were several mother/daugh- ter teams at the walk, but only one team spanning three generations. Of the more than 1,000 participants in the walk, 24 women were singled out for special roles in the opening and clos- ing ceremonies. Wendy, Carol, and Tori were part of that elite group. "It was an emotional three days and a lot of hard work," Wendy said. "You walk 20 miles on each of the three days. We started in Framingham on Friday, wound our way around several suburbs of Boston on Saturday, and ended up at UMass Boston for the closing ceremony on Sunday, "We all did fine. Morn and I started training for the event in March. Tori winged the training part a bit, but she has young legs. Her only problem was a few blisters." I asked her how you spend your time on a 20-mile walk. "You talk about everything under the sun -- your children, cancer survivors you know, research the Komen Foun- dation is funding. Mom and I enjoyed reconnecting with women from earlier walks. "We spent two nights in two-person pup tents. It's touching to sleep among 500 pink tents. Everything went well until the rain on Saturday night. But we survived and, more important, we raised $3.2 million for the Komen Foun- dation. The foundation invests a lot of money in breast cancer research, but they also have an important focus on education. Their goal is to see that ev- ery woman in the country is screened. Early detection has led to huge progress in breast cancer survival. I am proud to have played a small part in this effort, and all three of us are grateful for the generous donations from our East Chop friends. They too played a role in this important cause." Dr. Charles G. Adams Will Speak at Union Chapel This Sunday, August 19, Union Cha- pel in Oak Bluffs will have Charles G. Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., come and preach. Until just past July, he was the William and Lucille Nickerson I'rofes- sot of Ethics and Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Born Charles Gilchrist Adams, Dr. Adams is one of the most prominent ministers in the United States. He is an acclaimed preacher and leader on faith-based urban revitalization. Dr. Adams has been pastor of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church since 1969. From 1962 to 1969, Dr. Adams served as pastor of the historic Concord Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Keep your foot on a rock. A prolific writer, Dr. Adams has . .,. .................... ...... :r ...... ,.,'(w,,, -,  ....  ...... .. ' ,.,,,:,,.. ,,,':t  been published locally and nationally in scholarly journals and daily and weekly newspapers, in September of 2002, Westminster John Knox Press published Power in the Pulpit, in which Dr. Adams describes how he prepares, writes and delivers his sermons. l)r. Adams is married to Agnes Had- ley Adams and is the father of Tara Adams Washington, M.D., and the Rev. Charles Christian Adams. All are welcome to come hear Dr. Adams's sermon "How God I)oes Busi- ness" and worship with the congrega- lion at the 10 a.m. service. Dr. Adams also brings with him the talented Hart- tbrd Male Chorus. Union Chapel is ex- pecting a large turnout, so early arrival ; for.3 seatig :suggested: . D THE ISLAND'S LARGEST FURNITURE STORE At e trtha' nmrxl Airport 508-693-9191 us  Faboc Se Vi N EYARDD E CO RATO RS,COM ii ir i i i ........ i H i .... i i Anthony Puwal, 94, Was Air Force Veteran Anthony (Tony) Puwal died on Mon day evening August 6, 2012, at the Mar tha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 94. Tony was born on May 5, 1918 in Pitts- burgh, Pa. to Frank and Josephine Puwal. He was the youngest of six children, three boys and three girls. He lost his mother when he was two years old and was raised by his older sisters, with whom he shared a strong bond tmtil their deaths. While growing up in Pennsylvania he worked extensively on the family farm and other farms. He also worked in the steel mills until he joined the Air Force in 1942. While in the Air Force he was an instrument and automatic pilot specialist. He traveled with the B34 Mobil IYaining Unit as an instructor. It was the first 9f its kind, in which the Air Force took functional mock-ups of the ('-54 operating systems to the students all over the world instead of having them return to the United States for instruction, tie traveled ex- tensively throughout the United States, Greenland, United Kingdom, Europe, the Mideast and Africa. He loved to share pictures and stories of his travels. He moved to the Vineyard perma- nently in 1946 and married his wifi2, Betty Daggett, in 1948. my and Betty never had children of their own, but were dew)ted to all of their nieces and nephews. Holidays and birthdays were always very special with huge family gatherings. He worked mostly as a carpenter and caretaker. He is predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Harry I'uwal: his sisters, Theresa Heck, Gertrude and Martha Gazaille; and nephews Louis Heck, David and Donald Gazaille and James Puwal. 1-Ie is survived by sister in law Mary Puwal; nephews Edward Puwal and his wife June, and William Gazaille; nieces Yvonne Burnham and her husband Rob- ert, Madelaine Perry and her husband Alfred, David Gazaille's wife, Donna, Donald Gazaille's wife, Mary, James Pu- wal's wife, Stephanie, and many grand nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, the Federated Church in Edgartown or the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m. in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown with military honors provided by the veterans of Martha's Vineyard. A memo- rial service will follow at the Federated Church on South Summer street in Edgartown at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. An online guest book is available at Hello, Bonnie Bethany Buaiz and Jon Jacobs of Oak Bluffs announce the birth of a daughter, Bonnie Montague Jacobs, born on Au- gust 14 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospi- tal. Bethany weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces at birth. AUGUST 21, @ DUAZ zzc HOMES LAND INVESTMENTS 508-627-0702 2|A NORTH WATER STREET EDGARTOWN PO BOX 363, EDGARTOWN, MA 02539 LAMBERTS COVE ULTIMATE ENTERTAINER Walk to Lambert's Cove Beach, West Tisbury. Pristine private retreat on over 2 landscaped acres with in-ground heated pool, a guest house with bath and kitchenette, fu[| outdoor kitchen and fire pit to relax at home. Five bedrooms, four baths with a newly renovated kitchen, including granite, mahogany and stainless state of the art appliances. 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