Town Column : Oak Bluffs
At last the green is starting to show, ever so faintly in some spots, but definitely new grass sprouting. Flowers are reacting to the sun and beginning to open up. The birds and also the squirrels are returning in increasing numbers to the feeders. Unfortunately, along with the beauty of springtime, the results of people using the earth for their own private trashcan are also showing. Please, treat the world as you would your home and take a few extra minutes to pick up your trash and dispose of it properly.
The Oak Bluffs School has many important events scheduled over the next few weeks. Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 30, in the Oak Bluffs school library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Kindergarten teachers and staff will provide parents with an overview of our program as they anticipate their child"s entrance in the fall. Parents will also have the opportunity to hear from the administration, counselors and school nurse and a chance to visit classrooms. If you wish to register your child for next year"s kindergarten, please call Michelle Bettencourt at 508-693-0951.
Please save the date May 8 for the string concert at the Performing Arts Center at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. It features grades one through eight, the elementary and junior high orchestras, playing Suzuki pieces and will take place from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Condolences to the family of Charles Marinelli who passed away last week. Charlie, always known as a hard worker, was also a well-read person who kept himself informed about many subjects. He will be missed by his family, friends, and townspeople. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm tonight and the funeral services will be held at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church in Oak Bluffs at 11 am tomorrow.
The Dukes County Charter Study Commission is holding two public meetings to keep us better informed about county government. They will make public their tentative decisions that they have reached in their 15 months of study. Among the subjects covered are: Should we keep county government? How many commissioners should there be? How long should their terms be? For up-Island, the meeting will be held at the Chilmark library meeting room on Wednesday, April 23, at 7 pm. For down-Island, the meeting will be at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Thursday, April 24, at 5 pm.
We send Birthday Smiles to Mark Baird on April 19, Gloria Steere on April 23 and Peter Martell on April 24. Bink and Carol deBettencourt will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on April 24.
Today from 3:15 to 4:30 pm, the library teen games program for ages 10 to 18 is offering Guitar Hero and DDR. Then tomorrow for the age five through ten story time and craft the theme will be "People who eat odd things!" It will include reading, "The Boy Who Ate America," "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," "There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Trout" and "How the Cat Swallowed Thunder." The pre-school story time at 10:30 am on next Wednesday will have a favorite books theme.
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