The entire Island paid a loving tribute to the late Oak Bluffs Fire Chief Nelson W. Amaral on Friday night and even in the midst of the snowstorm on Saturday. Friday night, firefighters from all over the Island and off Island came and stood in line for hours to show their respect for the late chief and his family. Even on Saturday, when the snow and wind blew so hard at times that visibility was zero, townspeople, Islanders and fire personnel were not kept from saying their final goodbyes. Nelson served the town well through many changes. Before pagers, radios, and when communication was only through the firehorn sounding, he ran the Department efficiently and saw it through many changes. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and the townspeople on this loss.
The first storm of the season postponed the Foam Roller workshop at the Mansion House. However it is being rescheduled so for more information, visit www.mvmansionhouse.com or call 508-693-2200. Space is limited so make sure to register early!
The library is offering a great movie on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 pm. They are prohibited from using the movie's title in any advertisements but the movie stars Brad Pitt, baseball, and money, which equals Oscar buzz. The movie is free and the popcorn too.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 am come to the library to the Pokemon Club and join Pokemon lovers to watch episodes, decorate Pokeball cookies, and play a card game. All ages and free.
The Friends of Oak Bluffs will be placing a brick order in early February for inscribed bricks for around the Ocean Park Bandstand. If you wish to purchase a brick, information and application are available on friendsofoakbluffs.org . Only two orders are usually placed annually. Submit any questions you have online as well.
Attention all of you who look forward to Foxwood trips. Rose at the Senior Center told me there will be a trip on Wednesday, Feb. 15. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis as the bus only holds 29 people. The cost is $30 but you need to call Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3, to save your space and she needs your payment by February 8.
The Center is once again providing income tax assistance through the AARP Tax Assistance program. Please call Rose ASAP to make an appointment for intake and to schedule a meeting to complete your tax forms.
There will be a special Valentine's Celebration at Zephrus and the Mansion House when Chef Benjamin deForest will be serving a special and sumptuous Valentine's Day menu from February 10 to 19.
Belated birthday smiles to Chris Patalone who partied on January 16, smiles to Caroline Davey on the 27th, Michael Perry III on the 29th, Otis Rogers on January 30, Bethany deBettencourt and David Madeiras share the 31st and Noah Hoyt and Judy Searle on February 1. And special smiles to Charleanne Corrigan who is turning 98 on January 27th from her granddaughter Susan Garrett.
Enjoy your week.