Oak Bluffs

Didn’t the weather on Sunday last make for the perfect Mothers’ Day? I hope everyone had a day to fit their wishes. I spent a quiet day enjoying the weather and a little (very little) gardening, but besides cards and calls from my children and grandchildren, I had an amazing surprise. While watering the hanging plant on the porch, I discovered the start of a bird’s nest, mostly just a mud bowl, in the middle of the flowers. By nighttime, unseen by me, it had a nest of grass built into it. Then on Monday morning, the hair from the dogs brush on the rail of the porch had been pulled out to make a soft lining. I am trying to leave mother nature alone, so that the birds will not be warded off, but it is so tempting to keep checking up on this construction project.

As the “Lost and Hoping To Be Found” area at the Oak Bluffs school is bursting at the seams again, it needs your quick look. Wednesday started the take-what-you-want, for two weeks. After that, it is off to recycle. Some of the items are pink puffy jackets, Black Dog and Gap sweatshirts, Black jackets, Volcom, an excellent zipper boys hooded sweatshirt, etc.Parents of sixth graders, if you want to take advantage of the free VNA visit to give Tdap(tetanus) and 2nd Varicella at school on May 29th, please email or call the school nurse as she needs the numbers for the VNA nurse. It is quick and easy, and it is required. Paperwork will be coming home soon for you to sign.

The Oak Bluffs School String Recital will be held on Friday, May 18, at 5:30 pm. Students should arrive at 5:15 pm for tuning and wear any color formal or festive clothing. Please bring Refreshments for the end-of-the-year celebration following the recital.

On Friday, May 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at the YMCA, Dr. Martha Straus returns to the Island for her third year to share her wisdom and experience as both a parent and an adolescent therapist and present her program Intentional Parenting. The YMCA will also host the program, “Be a Parent, Not a Pal.” Social Host Liability with Mark Hoover will be held on Wednesday, May 30, from 6:30 to 8 pm. Be A Parent, Not A Pal is a multi-media program designed to educate students, parents, teachers, and members of the community about the Social Host Law and to illustrate the legal consequences of allowing those under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages.

The 8th grade students at OB school along with their parents have all been invited to the Ag Hall in WT for the second annual eighth-grade mixer on Friday, May 18. Thanks to a generous donation from the Dukes County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and a coordinated effort from parents representing all the Island schools, the future high school class of 2016 will gather for the first time. Parents meet and greet for the first hour, then the night is turned over to the kids for pizza, music, games, and dancing. The Minnesingers will be making an appearance, along with representatives from the high school and administration from all the elementary schools.

Movie Night at the Oak Bluffs Library for Thursday, May 31, at 6 pm is a popular film about a man who buys a zoo. It is rated PG and free. So bring the whole family along to enjoy this feature.

Caitlyn Clark of Oak Bluffs recently finished her time at Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida. She was two points away from making the president’s honor role as she received all A’s in her first semester there and one B+, but she did make high honors on the Dean’s List. Caitlyn attended Flagler College for her sophomore year. She took five classes, and also tutored a blind student in math between her studies and keeping up a home in St Augustine. Caitlyn is attending Flagler College to get a teacher’s degree in English so she can return to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, where she graduated, and teach English. She works several jobs each summer to earn her college tuition.

How proud her mom Carol Clark and grandmother Evelyn Christopher are of her, and rightly so.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are holding technology sessions, free to the public, on alternating Thursdays in May and June. On May 24 at 6 pm, Basic Computer Skills will be presented in the meeting room of the Oak Bluffs Public Library by MVRHS instructor Richard Hammond. In June, the Library Friends present the “Technology Answer Man” in the second floor Conference Room of the Library on June 7 and again on June 21, also from 6 to 7:30 pm. All sessions are first come, first served with no advance sign-up.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard has been given a special opportunity: we can now sell season tickets for the MV Sharks games at a discounted price. Season tickets are normally $100, but if purchased through Hospice, the tickets cost only $80, with half of the proceeds being donated directly to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Children’s tickets are also available for $40 (under 13 years of age).There will be an opportunity to purchase tickets at the Memorial Day OB Road Race registration area or directly through Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard by contacting a fundraising committee member or calling the office at 508-693-0189. You can also mail a check to Hospice at PO Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

We send birthday smiles to Andrew Farrisey, Louise Dahil, and Heidi Jardin on May 18; Bob Kinnecom, Keith Crossland, and twins Jaime and John Pacheco on May 20; followed by Annette Moreis on the 21st. Doreen Anderson celebrates on May 22, and neighbor Kay Manning on the 24th.Enjoy your week. Peace