Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs

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So here we are headed toward what the calendars say is Spring but just getting the start of winter weather. It’s as if mother nature is two months behind. Does this mean summer will not arrive until September or should we just hope for short winter?

Many people are not taking the risk of waiting and have headed for warmer shores this winter vacation. The restaurants, streets, and stores have less than half the usual people around and you practically have your choice of parking spots wherever you go. Let’s see if snow predicted for Wednesday night actually transpires.

Pat and Jim Dorsey bid a bittersweet goodbye to fellow parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish on Saturday afternoon. They are looking forward to their next adventure. After many years as summer residents then year-round, the Dorseys who were very involved in Oak Bluffs affairs, are moving to a warmer place, Fort Myers in Florida. They plan on returning for short visits during the summer, but we shall miss their presence here in town.

Condolences to the family and friends of Pat Suarez. She was devoted to her family, children and grandchildren and is greatly missed.

Condolences also to the family and friends of poet and photographer Julian Robinson, a quiet, friendly man who took marvelous photos of birds, which we will enjoy for many years.

Don’t forget that lobster rolls are coming on Sunday, March 4, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church. Come and enjoy your usual summer treat in the winter, for a change.

At the Oak Bluffs Library, the first Thursday of each month will be Documentary Thursday. A different feature will be shown each month. On March 1 at 6 pm, the film will chronicle a group of people whose lives are dramatically transformed by a virtual world, a game called Second Life. You may enjoy free popcorn while watching the film.

The second annual sleepover at the library for stuffed animals will be held on Friday, March 9. Bring your favorite stuffed friend to spend the night in the library with Sondra. The next morning reunite with your stuffed animal over breakfast. This was such a popular event last year that Sondra had a Stuffed Animal Camp-Out in the summer. This is a free event.

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network’s Networking Night is Thursday, March 8, at the Atria-Brick Cellar Bar, 137 Main Street, Edgartown. This is a free event open to both members and non members. A cash bar and dinner menu will be available.

There will be an after school family fitness hour hosted by B-Strong. Join Craig Yuhas and Heather Neal (owners of the gym) on Thursday, March 15, 2012 for an hour of fun-filled exercise and nutrition tips in the Oak Bluffs School Gym, beginning at 3 pm.There will be a drawing for a free one-month gym membership for any adults that participate, as well as prizes for the kids who correctly answer the B-Strong challenge questions. Parents, students, & teachers of all fitness levels are encouraged to attend.

The Oak Bluffs School Spelling Bee is on Monday, March 5.

ACE MV is offering ENL 101 English Composition I, a Cape Cod Community College three-credit course on the Island. You must sign up with ACE MV by March 6 and register with CCCC by March 9. To sign up, write lynn@acemv.org.

We send birthday smiles to Heather Ferreira on March 1 and her sister, Alison, on the 4th, when Amy Billings and Christine Buckley will also celebrate. Special smiles to Marguerite Cogliano, who I am sure will be our country’s president some day, on the 5th and Andy Farrissey the first on the 9th.Enjoy you week.Peace.