Oak Bluffs
Posted January 19, 2006

By Megan Alley - 508-693-0850 - Meganislandmegan@verizon.net

Rain and humid weather or sunny and very cold weather seem to surrounding us these days. But with it all we have the beautiful full moon, lovely sunrises and sunsets and a chance to catch our breath before things speed up again. How very fortunate we are.

A welcome to the world was given to newborn Jack Nelson deBettencourt who arrived on Jan. 12. Jack's parents are Michael and Erin deBettencourt and he has three sisters, Katherine, Molly, and Nicole and a brother Michael who was especially overjoyed at his arrival, as were his grandparents Melanie and Tony daRosa and Nelson and Sandra deBettencourt.

We send birthday smiles this week to Katherine deBettencourt who celebrated on Jan. 17, and Aurora Austin who had her birthday on Jan. 18. Tyrone Araujo was 3 on Jan. 16 and partied with his parents Mike and Misty, and his Aunt Nancy and Uncle Chris and their son Elias who came from Plymouth for the party. My granddaughter Talia Rogers turns 15 on Jan. 21 Additional birthdays include Buddy deBettencourt on Jan. 23 and Wayne Barrett on Jan. 25.

Genivieve Rogers had a small party for her 90th birthday on Saturday last hosted by her daughter Mary Ellen Rogers. Among the guests were Mary and Otis Rogers, Ginny Hall, Lorraine and Richard Mavro, James and Sylvia Rogers, and their daughter Cammy Rogers, Estelle Suprenant, Alice Coutinho, Jerry and Susan Rogers, with their daughters Amy and Julie, Patricia Costa, and Elizabeth Alley. The guests enjoyed strawberry shortcake and visiting with the guest of honor.

The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Hoops Club is holding a spaghetti supper on Jan 26 from 6:30 until 8:15 pm at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. Tickets may be bought from any member of the basketball teams or at the door. They are also holding a raffle for

2 tickets to the Celtics /Cleveland Cavaliers game in Boston. Tickets are $5 each or 12 for $50. Tickets may be purchased at any of the basketball games or from the players.

Every Thursday night at 6 pm is Family Games Night at the Oak Bluffs Public Library in the Children's Programs Room. Unfortunately parents do not seem to be showing up to take advantage of this, so children who attend end up playing on the computer. Games available are Clue, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Candyland, Dominoes and more! Doesn't that sound like the start of an enjoyable evening spent with your family?

On Fri., Jan. 27, author Kate Feiffer will visit the 6 to 11 year-olds' Story Times and read her new book, "Double Pink." Then everyone will make a very pink craft!

The library announces the start of a new program. On Feb. 2 in the meeting room, James H.K. Norton will begin a six-week discussion series based on the seventh edition of his 'Global Studies Series: India and South Asia.' This program will continue on Thursday evenings until March 9. All are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as they can. Copies of the book are available at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Sun Porch Books, and the Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs Public Libraries.

The PTO sends a big thank you to Officer Carrie White of the Oak Bluffs Police Department for taking time to come to their meeting last Tuesday evening to give a presentation about child predators. Most who attended this meeting were blown away by the statistics and information that were provided. It was decided to invite Office White back for another presentation.

Enjoy your week and please send news of your lives along to me.