Oak Bluffs: Upcoming Holiday Celebrations

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We are now on the cusp of the whirlwind that starts the upcoming holiday celebrations, but let’s enjoy this quiet time while it lasts. Even the weather seems to be holding steady for these past few days, with calm winds and cool but sunny days. We now have time to stop and catch up on the news as we meet friends on the street and in the stores, although it still takes a bit longer if you are in Reliable Market, where everyone from cashiers to customers is your friend.

Many families are in the midst of moving back into winter rentals again as the Vineyard Shuffle starts. After speaking with a few families, I understand that sometimes the roadblock for obtaining a year-round rental is not always the monthly rental cost but the problem of coming up with the money for first and last rent and security deposit. That is often a huge amount to be able to save up when you are struggling to make your current high rental costs. Perhaps the Affordable Housing Committee and other helping agencies should start looking at a way to front this money for qualified renters.

A free annual Health Fair will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be holistic, traditional and nontraditional health care providers, and organ-donation screening and data. Dental-hygiene and health care providers will present educational and informative material in their conventional medicine and holistic fields of expertise. Among the speakers will be Dr. Roni DeLuz and keynote speaker Marie Doubleday. Topics to be discussed include Lyme Disease and Hidden Issues with Drug Abuse. This health fair is sponsored by the NAACP. For information or questions, please call Dr. Lorna Andrade at 508-627-9074.

Many grandparents are raising their grandchildren these days, and it is a different world from when they raised their children. Grandparents who find themselves raising their grandchildren don’t have to go it alone. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Family Center, in collaboration with the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, is co‐hosting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, led by experts in the field Kerry Bickford and Rick Bickford, LICSW. Information about trends and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren will be shared over coffee, and discussion on Nov. 7 from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center in Vineyard Haven. As preregistration for this group is required, please call 508-687‐9182.

The Oak Bluffs School is holding a picture-retake day on Nov. 19. If you were not satisfied with your pictures, please bring them to school that day, with a note listing what you wish to reorder. If you have a class group picture in your package, please remove it before you return your package. For refund info, log on to coffeepond.com/pdf/refund.

The school book fair in the Oak Bluffs School Library will continue for a few more days. On Nov. 6 and nine the hours are 8 am to 4 pm, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, the fair will run from 8 am to 6 pm. If you wish to shop online, you have until Nov. 15. Just go to the Oak Bluffs School homepage, click on the library line, and follow instructions to the link for online shopping.

Our Oak Bluffs Library has an opening for a library advocate to join the Oak Bluffs Library board of trustees. If you are an Oak Bluffs resident and would like to learn more about volunteering as a trustee, drop by the library or you may call 508-693-9433.

Randy BenDavid, a son of Ed and the late Linda BenDavid of Oak Bluffs, celebrated his upcoming 50th birthday at his annual pig roast party at Native Earth Teaching Farm, where he and his wife Rebecca reside. Friends from all over the Island attended, along with many family members. I had a great opportunity to catch up with Ruth Metell and her daughter Claudia. Ruthie was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Oak Bluffs after my marriage in 1955. And now this remarkable woman and friend has celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 21. So the biggest birthday smile is sent to you, my friend. We also send birthday smiles to Lana deBettencourt, who celebrates a milestone birthday on the 7th, and to Wendy Rose on the same day. Smiles to Mark Landers on the 8th, Arianna Peters the next day, Todd deBettencourt and Trulayna Rose on the 10th, and Amanda Gonsalves and Deanna deBettencourt on the 11th.

Please honor and thank our Veterans on Nov. 11 by attending the parade in Oak Bluffs. The parade will step off from Nancy’s Restaurant at 10:45 am and proceed to Ocean Park for a brief ceremony. The Avenue of Flags will also be displayed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.

Enjoy your week. Peace.