Oak Bluffs

The bits and pieces of snow we have been getting make the landscape a bit more attractive and picturesque, but I think the birds enjoy it more than the people do. Myself, I am more conscientious about keeping the bird feeders filled and they reward me by flocking to the feeders where I enjoy their differences and beauty— all from the inside of the house, of course.

Sympathies to the family and friends of Linda Marinelli, who left her mark on the town in many ways. A fearless questioner of anyone or anything she thought was “a bit off,” but she was also a staunch supporter when given answers and believed in a project. I remember when she was elected to the school committee and within a few months she was giving her energy in a positive manner to support the schools. Many of us will miss her.

Appreciation to the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs as that will be the location for a American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 to 4:30 pm. Do you know that just one pint of blood may save up to three lives? To make an appointment to donate, please call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

The Federated Church on S. Summer St. in Edgartown will offer free lasagna luncheons from 1 to 3 pm Sundays, starting Feb. 10, through Sunday, March 24. Any and all are welcome! So thanks to all the churches who have sponsored community meals for every day of the week.

There will be a Shrove Tuesday pancake and egg supper and service, with fellowship, games, and crafts, followed by a brief closing service to start the Lenten observances at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven at 6 pm on February 12. For information, please call 508-693-1539.

Come by the Pop-up Thrift Shop at the Oak Bluffs School on Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8, from 8 to 8:30 am and 2:30 to 3 pm, before and after school. The “shop” will be located by the nurse’s office. All items are free to take and take as much as you think you can use. Lots of clothing, mostly for women and girls sizes XS to XXL. Many items are new. Please do not bring items or take hangers, and observe the times that the shop is open.

A reminder that during the week of Feb. 11 to 15, the Oak Bluffs School will hold its annual Food Drive for the Island Food Pantry. We encourage all members of our school community to generously give to others during the week that we also celebrate Valentines Day. While hunger is a global concern, now more than ever, we can’t overlook our friends and neighbors right here at home.

The P.T.O. Cake Walk will be held on February 8 in the Oak Bluffs School Cafeteria from 6 to 8 pm.

Nobody should be without a coat this winter.There will be a community-wide winter coat drive through February 20 sponsored by Young Brothers to Men. Coats and clothing can be new or used, but must be clean and in good condition. There will be a drop-off box located in the O.B. School lobby.

Each month the Oak Bluffs Library screens a documentary movie. This month’s film, on February 7, is about two South Africans who set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. The film will start at 6 pm.

While the West Tisbury Library is in their temporary space, they will still be offering their story time programs at various locations on the Island. They will no longer be offering story times on Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesdays at 10:30 am, it will be at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Send get well wishes to Ruthie Metell who is recovering back at home now. She fell injuring her shoulder and spent some time with her daughter Corey on the Cape, but when I spoke with her on Sunday she was healing nicely. We are glad she is back and hope she continues to heal quickly. Get well wishes to Melissa Kalagher who fell and broke her wrist. No more falling please, all of you.

We send birthday smiles to Chloe Hoyt, Marc Rivers, and Sally Scott on the 7th. Adam Barmakian, Nelson deBettencourt and Richard Morris share the 10th, Juanita Suarez Espino and Cody Pacheco celebrate on the 11th, Melissa Kalagher on February 12, Tory Pasqualino on the 13th, and Sue Christopher on the 14th.

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