Oak Bluffs: Halloween scene

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So is everyone getting prepared for the ghost, goblins, and trick or treaters on Friday night? Not only are many stores showing Halloween decorations, but it seems as if quite a few homes and yards are also dressed with scary  scenes. And once again the Charter School students have produced some delightful and realistic displays. However, please do not only have some delicious treat ready but also some coins, because this year many students at the Oak Bluffs School will be carrying bright orange collection boxes. Spearheaded by Ms. Robinson’s second-grade class, once again the school will be collecting for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Thank you to everyone who participates in the worthwhile endeavor.

Alicia Oliveira, from Oak Bluffs and a 2011 graduate of the MVRHS, is a cadet at Providence College with the Army  Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Patriot Battalion. Alicia was chosen as a female participant on a team with seven male cadets to participate in Ranger Challenge held at Fort Dix, N.J., on October 11 and 12. Team members were from various other colleges and each team has to have a female participant. The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to compete with each other on military tasks in addition to a written examination where cadets test their Army knowledge. There are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Providence College’s Patriot Battalion representing  the Eastern Region finished 2nd in the obstacle course and 10th place of all of 42 teams. Congratulations, Alicia! Your family and town are very proud of your accomplishments.

If you missed previous book talks about the book Music on Martha’s Vineyard, the next one will be held during Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 31, 10–11:30 am. The guest speaker will be Tom Dresser, the author. Then on November 6, at 6:30 pm, another event for the book will be held at the Oak Bluffs Library. Liam Weiland will play a few songs to open the event and Tom Dresser will speak about researching and writing the musical history of the Vineyard. Mary Jean Miner and Vintage Voices will sing a few numbers as well. All are welcome and there is no charge. Books will be available for purchase

There will be a weekly event at the Oak Bluffs Library, Knitting for Charity, on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. Make hats, mittens, and scarves for the Island Food Pantry to distribute this winter. Yarn will be available and there will be  some instruction.

Meditations of Peace will take place in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 pm. There will be peaceful forms of music, prayers, movement, poems and meditation/contemplation. The service is being sponsored by Island clergy, musicians, artists and writers and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. All are invited to attend. Contact Carolyn Eddy at  508-696-1839.

A Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 8,  at the First Baptist  Church Parish House on William Street, Vineyard Haven. A complete family-style meal will include turkey, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, beverage and pie, all for $15 per person There is limited seating, soplease call  (508) 693-1539 in advance to reserve your place or to purchase tickets for either the 5 or 6:30 pm seating.

Don’t forget the state election on Tuesday, November 4. Bring your red booklet which provides detailed explanations of each ballot question. It might make it a little clearer on the purpose of the questions, but I found myself agreeing with portions of both sides. After seeing what citizens of many countries have to endure just to register and to vote, we all should be grateful that we have this privilege.

We send birthday smiles to Jackie McGillicuddy  on October 31, Barbara Morgan, Anne  Davey and Adam Rebello on November 1, Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd, James Moreis Sr. on the 3rd, and Randy BenDavid, Kerry Alley, and Jeanne Moore on the 5th. Happy anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt on November 5.

Enjoy your week. Peace