Now the lawn is covered with rusty colored leaves that made their annual flight down from the trees, bringing us into fall. They crunch underfoot and make good camouflage for the tennis balls I throw to my lab, Molly, requiring her to search endlessly in circles, tracking them. It is amazing to watch as she finally closes in on them and returns to the porch triumphant in her success. She seems to regain energy in these cooler times, as do I, and our reward for all this work, is coming into the house and enjoying the wood stove fire as it warms the house and us. It is no wonder that this time of year is such a favorite of so many of us.
Sunday last while driving on New York Avenue, two dogs suddenly ran into the road and only by me slamming the brakes on did they miss serious injury. They continued racing down the street back and forth, narrowly missing being hit. After I called Communications in request of the dog officer to respond before they caused an accident, I found out that in Oak Bluffs the dog officer does not respond to calls on weekends except in the case where an animal is restrained. We need to figure out how to change this, even though it means an increase in that budget before something serious happens because I am sure dogs do not understand they can only misbehave on weekdays. Ideas anyone?
The West Tisbury Library program, “Mother Goose is on the Loose,” is drawing to a close. For all of November, and part of December, Nelia and Amy will continue to read to children age 0-3 at two locations on the Island. On Thursdays, November 14 and December 12, at 10:30 am, story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library. There will be no story time on Halloween or on Thanksgiving, November 28.
The town of Oak Bluffs announces vacancies for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program. If you are over 60 and own property or are a trustee of property in Oak Bluffs, then you may qualify. The program offers a reduction in property taxes by Oak Bluffs residents volunteering their time and service to the Town. There are a number of openings in several Town departments including Council of Aging, Town Clerk and Town Hall. For applications and more information contact Wendy Brough 508-693-3554, ext. 149, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the personnel office at the town hall.
Fred Thornbrugh sends out a big thank you to all the volunteers for cutting and sewing the new dignity scarves for Windemere last month. The residents will begin to enjoy them next month, and they are beautiful.
Bob and Jodie Falkenburg, year-round Campgrounders, just returned from visiting good friends Lois and Bob Nordling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, they celebrated their 63rd anniversary! The only negative thing is that by the time they came back to the Island, all of their summer neighbors had left for the season.
If there were no TV or computers, we would still find ample entertainment and education at our Oak Bluffs Library. Interesting programs coming up include Halloween Movie and Pizza Night on Thursday, October 31, 6 pm. This documentary is based on “Amityville Horror” featuring Daniel Lutz. Free. Jazz Music Lecture is on Tuesday, November 5, at 2 pm. Leslie J. Stark presents “The Duke, The Count, and Louis. Lecture and music from 3 jazz greats.” Free. Literary Trivia Contest on Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 7:30 pm. Test your knowledge in a fun trivia game. Teams or individuals. Prizes. Free Documentary Thursday, November 7, at 6 pm features a film shot in the North Atlantic about commercial fishing industry. Pizza too. Free. Turtle Time with Felix Neck, is on Thursday, November 14, 10:30 to 11:30 am. Learn about the Island’s four native turtle species in this collaborative program with Felix Neck.
The Oak Bluffs School newspaper, “The Carousel,” printed its final issue last Friday. If memory serves correctly, I believe it is almost 20 years that we have been enjoying this publication that began when former Principal Robert Abbey first began this weekly paper. Now you may access the school news and notices on their website.
The Oak Bluffs School Student Council sponsors the school store which is open every morning from 8 to 8:20 am. in the front lobby. They sell pencils, erasers, water bottles, shirts and sweatshirts at great prices. Stop by the store and get your O.B. Blazer gear.
Please support the student council in their breast cancer fundraiser on Friday, November 1. Participating students are asked to wear some pink and in addition, students who donate a dollar, can wear any type of hat all day. Money will be collected by homeroom teachers and the money collected will be donated to breast cancer research.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday night.
We send birthday smiles to Barbara Morgan, Anne Davey, and Adam Rebello on November 1, Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd. James Moreis Sr. the next day, Randy BenDavid, Kerry Alley and Jeannie Moore on the 5th, Susan Peters on the 6th, and Wendy Rose on November 7. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.
Enjoy your week. Happy Halloween and Peace.