Oak Bluffs: The kids are out

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If you wonder why there are so many kids seen about town, it is because it is winter break time until next Monday, March 6, when all Island students head back to their schools. Spring bulbs are also starting to flower here and there, giving us encouragement that warmer weather will start making its appearance.

Our Town Park Commission has been working diligently to restore the town parks. They have applied for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to restore Pennacook Park, and this request will be voted on at the annual town meeting in April. A conceptual plan has already been completed, and can be viewed on the Park and Recreation page, under “Resource Inventory & Conditions Assessment (Phase 2).” Public discussions will be held with all interested neighbors and residents who wish to assist with the final design. The Park Commission’s website is very informative and well presented.

I tried to watch the Oak Bluffs selectmen’s meeting on MVTV on Sunday, but gave up as it was impossible to understand or hear what was being said. Isn’t there a way to get rid of that constant noise that prevents viewers from hearing what is being said?

Springtime brings the daffodils, and Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s Daffodil Time is coming. On Friday, March 17, starting at 9 am, bunches of daffodils will be sold at $10 per bunch at the Edgartown Stop and Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, and also at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital starting at 11 am, while supplies last. Cancer is the leading cause of death on the Island, and brings not only emotional and physical pain, but often financial difficulty. One hundred percent of the monies collected will be used to help patients and their families with these expenses.

Some of our Martha’s Vineyard Community Services events and groups occurring in March include “Baby’s First Year,” an open discussion with Marney Toole for parents with children up to 1 year old. Parents will have an opportunity to share concerns and questions, and discuss issues. The group will meet today, March 2, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center in Vineyard Haven.

The Caregivers Support Group continues, for caregivers caring for a loved one with a physical illness or dementia. The meeting takes place today from 10:30 am to 12 noon at the Island Counseling Center, Building C.

The fourth session of the Ripple Support Group will take place on Monday, March 6, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Island Counseling Center. This is an educational and supportive group for loved ones (age 18-plus) of those experiencing substance abuse. Registration is required at 508-693-7900, ext. 305.

Nothing beats a fisherman’s story, and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s downstairs Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby is the place to hear some interesting ones as local fishermen share harrowing and humorous “fishing stories.” On Friday, March 10, at 7:30 pm, the program will start. One of the group’s tale tellers will be Albert O. Fischer. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the $25 admission includes dessert and beverage. All proceeds benefit the playhouse’s winter programming.

If the kids are looking for something to do during vacation week, our Oak Bluffs library’s Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt continues on the top floor of the library through Saturday, March 4, during the hours that the library is open. Search for everyone from the Cat in the Hat to Yertle the Turtle. If you find 11 Seuss characters, you will win a prize. It’s for all kids, including readers and prereaders.

Then on Friday, March 3, from 2 to 3 pm, kids 3 and up can learn how to make creative structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. That afternoon from 2 to 3 pm, Wii U Afternoon for teams takes place for ages 10 to 19. Challenge friends to multiplayer games.

We send birthday smiles to Alison Ferreira, Amy Billings, and Christine Buckley on March 4, Marguerite Cogliano on the 5th, and Bill Rankin on the 9th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.