Oak Bluffs: Lots of birthdays, not many flowers

Megan-AlleyTook a stroll around the south side of my house this weekend, hoping to see signs of crocus or tulips. The only thing poking through the ground were a couple of clumps of brave or foolish daylily blades. Every once in a while there is an item in the paper about someone who has spotted a crocus breaking through the ground. So perhaps it was envy that sent me on the search, but I guess I will have to settle for a bumper sticker that says, my crocuses are smarter than yours because they are staying warm under the soil.

James Todd, 23, of Oak Bluffs, the son of Christine Todd and a graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He left for Indonesia on March 15 to begin training as an English education and teacher trainer volunteer. According to a Peace Corps press release, Todd will live and work at the community level to make a difference by increasing local teachers’ English language competency and conversational skills. Ultimately, Todd will help to create sustainable improvements in teaching that will impact generations of future students. During the first three months of his service, Todd will live with a host family in Indonesia to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. Todd will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Indonesia where he will serve for two years. Todd joins 203 Massachusetts residents currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since its establishment in 1961, 8,034 Bay State residents have served in the Peace Corps.

Here is a reminder about the Memory Cafe at Windemere which takes place the third Friday of the month. This Friday, March 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Michael Haydn will play the piano for guests. This community event will be held in the recreation room at Windemere and is open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. What a wonderful opportunity to socialize, and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. For more info, call Mary Holmes at 508-862-1944.

Our Senator Dan Wolf will be holding a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, March 26, at the MV Chowder House in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7 pm.  Come hear what’s happening in the state legislature, tell Dan what you think about the issues, and share your thoughts with friends.

Many areas of our town are getting a face lift. Just drive up Circuit Avenue to start, and you will see massive renovations at the Lampost, painting repairs at many of the other structures and and at the end of the avenue. The Edgartown National Bank Building shines in its newness, making you believe it has always been there. And more plans are in the works for new town hall and fire station. What a lot of changes there will be in a few years.

Condolences to the family of Stacy Viera, who died last week at such an early age. Stacy will be missed by many, including her children, family, and numerous friends.

We send birthday smiles to Erica Ponte, Cherrie Nunes, and John Goldthwaite on March 21. Ross Peters the next day, Maracelle BenDavid and Gene Defelice Sr. on March 23, Hunter Ponte on March 5, and June Manning on the March 26. Enjoy your week. Peace.