Oak Bluffs: The political season

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Spring is slowly approaching, with most of the snow disappearing under the wee bits of sun we have seen, and we are hoping that my just-blooming bulbs that disappeared under the last snowfall survived and will display their color again. It is not only spring season, but it is also the political season. For Oak Bluffs residents it means their town meeting which will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 pm at the Performing Arts Center at our MVRHS. You can view the warrant for the meeting by clicking on the official website of the Town of Oak Bluffs. Elections will be held Thursday, April 12, at our public library.

Usually when Ronald Faust, perhaps better known as Hamburger, contacts me, it is to give me a humorous item for this column. But when he spoke with me on Sunday last, it was on a serious matter. Ronald told me that his daughter Felicia Faust has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Ron asked me to please let Felicia’s friends know her address if they would like to contact her or send her cards. So please take the time to send her a cheerful message at: Felicia Faust, 10 Woodclliff Ave., North Bergen, NJ 07047.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Robert Francis. Bob was a familiar figure in town, and was often the golfing partner of my late husband. He will be missed in so many places, and we are so very sorry.

On Tuesday, April 3, the Neighborhood Convention will be holding their monthly meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Vineyard Haven. The meeting will start at 11 am. Peter Meleney will speak about Restorative Justice. All are welcome to attend, bringing their bag lunch, with dessert and beverages being provided by the host church.

The next show at Featherstone Gallery is “Birds and Birdhouses,” which will be held at the Francine Kelly Gallery. Artist may submit bird-themed works in any and all media including actual birdhouses. The show will open Sunday, April 8, with a reception from 4 to 6 pm, and run through Wednesday, April 25. For more info, contact gallery manager Kate Hancock at kate@featherstoneart.org.

The public is invited to a free soil health workshop in West Tisbury on Saturday, April 7, from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 3:30 pm. The workshop will be held at the M.V. Agricultural Society Hall. Lunch will be provided by the Island Grown Initiative for those who preregister by April 2 by emailing Bill Wilcox at dukesdistrict@yahoo.com.

This year the Oak Bluffs School is participating in NOAA’s “Students for Zero Waste Week.” Our school will be joining a national movement the week of April 9 through the 13th as they investigate ways to find many practical solutions for achieving zero waste. Their focus this year is to make the cafeteria more sustainable by reducing plastic waste, particularly plastic utensils. They are holding a metal utensil drive to replace the plastic, and older students will be using the metal utensils to engineer travel kits, to prevent needing to use plastic at restaurants or while on the road. Please donate any extra metal spoons or forks to this worthy cause. There will be a donation box in the office, or your child can give to their homeroom teacher.

The highly anticipated PTO Basket Raffle date has been changed to be held on STEAM Night, Friday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Parents in each grade donate items to fill a basket in their category, and the baskets are then on display at the school from April 4 through the 6th. Raffle tickets may be purchased at drop-off or pickup, with the drawing being held at STEAM Night.

Calling all seventh and eighth grade girls to Alexandra M. Gagnon Day on Saturday, April 7, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at Airport Fitness M.V. for a fun-filled day including massage, cooking, yoga, strength training, and skin care. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and RSVP by April 6 by calling 508-696-8000.

We send birthday smiles to Garrett Broadley on March 31, Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo, and Sandy Moreis on April 1, Richard Combra on the 2nd, and Heather Hall Holt on the 4th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.