Oak Bluffs
Posted February 9, 2006

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

How quickly the town has quieted down. The activities now seem to revolve around the sports at the high school. If you would like to see some very good sporting activities, go to either the rink to watch the hockey teams or to the gym and see the basketball games. I like my cold and ice outside not inside, so I go to the basketball games. They are a pleasure to watch, but at one of the boys' games last week, a few frustrated fans heckled some of the New Bedford players and an ugly scene was narrowly averted. MVRHS team members did us proud with their restraint and at the end of the game even went toward the bleachers as a group to ask the fans to quiet down and please leave. We can learn a good lesson from both sides. I don't think we want Martha's Vineyard Regional High School students and fans to be known for their disrespectful behavior instead of their skills and hospitality.
Good news regarding basketball at the Oak Bluffs School also. The girls ' basketball team defeated their Edgartown counterparts in the championship game to capture the Island title. Congratulations to the players and the coach.

During the Games Night on Feb. 10, the seventh grade will be having a bake sale to benefit the class of 2007.

We send birthday smiles to one-year-old Emma Williamson whose birthday was Feb. 3 and was the cause for a double celebration as Emma returned home the same day after being hospitalized in Boston. Maureen Anderson partied on Feb. 5 while Adam Barmakian and Nelson deBettencourt Sr. had their parties on Feb. 10. followed by Nelson's sons Eric and Michael on Feb. 15.

Condolences to Brian, Moira and Noreen McGroarty on the death of their mother Mary Connors.

On Feb. 10 at 3:30 pm during the six-to-11-year-olds' story time at the town library, they will be doing Valentine theme crafts. You can buy roses for your favorite Valentine at Jim's Package Store from Sun. Feb. 12 through Tues., Feb. 14. Proceeds will benefit Hannah VanDerlaske.

What a difference one year makes: last year at this time we were having to shovel out snow day after endless day. Now we have days of 45-plus degrees and rain instead of the snow. I must confess I prefer the snow to the rain in winter, but then I do not have to do the shoveling.

Enjoy your week and send your news to me.