Oak Bluffs


Christmas and holiday decorations are being taken down and there are no flowers and no tree foliage to keep the landscape attractive until spring. But the one thing we could do at this time of year to make the town more attractive is to not throw our rubbish out on the sides of the roads. I was astonished to see all the paper and trash along the roadsides. I think the Highway and Park employees have more than enough to do to keep our roads safe and take care of the parks without having to pick up trash left by people who are too immature to clean up after themselves. Everyone needs to be more careful and take more pride in the town’s appearance, please. Come on everyone, let’s do better.

Next Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Take a moment to remember the deeds of this peaceful man and the many dreams he had that make our lives so much better.

It is wintertime and that means it is time for community suppers. We are so fortunate that there are community suppers every evening of the week except Sundays. The Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center and Good Shepherd Parish launched their first Thursday night supper at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven on January 10. They are grateful for the many hot casseroles, desserts, salads and time from volunteers and also Stop @ Shop who donated a lot of produce. Volunteers and donation of food are always welcome. This group is doing potluck suppers that will continue until March 21.

The Winter ’13 ACE MV catalog offering over 40 classes is available in print (at all libraries and schools) and ready for online registration. So check out the many class offerings.

A festive Inaugural Ball at Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 20, offers Vineyarders the chance to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second term in style without traveling to Washington, D.C. The church parish hall, best known as a lobster roll destination, will be transformed into an elegant ballroom for the upbeat evening of feasting, dancing, and friendly fun. The social hour kicks off at 6 pm followed by dinner created by chef Jesse Martin of the popular Park Corner Bistro, Oak Bluffs. Guests may choose between a beef and fish entrée, and look forward to a special surprise dessert. Though many Obama fans are sure to be partying with gusto, Romney supporters are cordially invited to attend. Funds raised will help install needed new flooring in church meeting rooms. For more information, call 508-693 0332.

And if you still feel like dancing, why not attend the Obama inauguration ball at the Chilmark Community Center on Monday, January 21. from 7 to 10 pm. Dance to Johnny Hoy and The Blue Fish while in “Vineyard formal” attire for only $10 at the door. The MV Dems are excited to invite all supporters of the President and Senator Elizabeth Warren to this inaugural party!

Susan Klein’s storytelling program, Cozy Tales for a Winter’s Night, will be held January 18, February 15, and March 15 at 7 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. There is a suggested donation of $10. For information, call 508-693-0332. The story telling will immediately follow the Friday night community suppers.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will hold its first cultural luncheon of the year on Saturday, January 26, from 12 noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. This winter series of luncheons is focusing on the arts and cultural community of the Vineyard. The featured speaker for the January 26 luncheon is Ann Smith, executive director of Featherstone Center for the Arts. For reservations, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp @ 508-939-9440.

Congratulations to Sarah Thomas, Nayson Peres, and Colby Scarsella! These 8th-grade students have been nominated for the Mass Maritime Advanced Leadership program. This honor is designated for students who are dedicated to their studies and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Here are two important schedule announcements for the Oak Bluffs School. On January 18, school is closed for a Professional Development Day and onJanuary 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, there will be no school.

Our town library offers so much more than books these days. On Thursday, January 17, Family History 101 starts at 6 pm. The Chess group and Scrabble group programs both are held on Saturday January 19, at 10 am.

Just a reminder to everyone that the deadline for me to submit my column is no later than noon on Monday, so please send any news along before then. I have been receiving a lot of news much later than that deadline, so readers have missed some time-sensitive information.

We send birthday smiles to Katherine deBettencourt on the 17th, Brad Tanner on the 18th, followed by Marcia Valentzas the next day, Alfie Araujo on the 20th, my granddaughterTalia Rogers, Tristan Araujo, and Catherine Deese on the 21st and Buddy deBettencourt, Michael Blake, and Paul Buckley on the 23rd. Belated smiles to Sue Sequinha who celebrated on the 13th.

Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those who need a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.