Oak Bluffs
Posted March 23, 2006

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

The thermometer may only read in the low 30s but the spring plants don't seem to realize that as they are struggling to bloom. I brought a forsythia cutting into the house on Sunday, placed it on my sunny kitchen windowsill, and you could almost hear it gasp and say, "Thank goodness, a warm place," as it burst into bloom on Monday.

We send birthday smiles to Bill Stafursky who celebrated March 15, Edith Rousseau on March 18, Benjamin Oteri who celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday with a party, Grace Frye, everyone's favorite Avon Lady, on March 28, and to John Swan on March 29.

Visitors to our home this past week were son Dion, his wife Debra and baby Paige Elizabeth Alley who arrived from their home in South Carolina. My grandchildren range from age 23 down to Paige who will be one at the end of April. There is almost a 10-year gap between her and my next youngest grandchild, and as she is one of only two granddaughters, the other seven being grandsons, you can imagine all of the attention she is getting. Even the dogs are charmed by her and tolerate a lot of petting and snuggling, but perhaps it is the remainder of the food she leaves in her wake as she creeps along the floors that is the attraction. Nonetheless, it is good to have all of the family together. While here they visited their grandmother, Betty Alley, who is recovering slowly from hip surgery at our community hospital, where she too is charming the staff and patients.

On Friday, March 24, from 10 to 11:30 am, Barbara Bellissimo of the Donor's Collaborative will be the speaker at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. This is an organization that matches financial donors with Island non-profits: i.e. they match donors with particular interests with non-profit groups that match those interests. They are serving about 75 non-profits, out of a total of 160 on the Vineyard.

It wasn't Breakfast at Tiffany's but still a royal one when Julia, Jacob, and Tim Peters claimed their prize their Mother Paula Peters won at the fall fundraiser at the Oak Bluffs School. The family was the lucky recipient of "Breakfast with the Principal." So last week the triplets along with Mom Paula were the guests of Principal Larry Binney at Linda Jean's. Mr. Binney not only treated for breakfast, but also presented each guest with a balloon and a bag of goodies.

Kindergarten registration time is rapidly approaching, so this a reminder for parents that if you are registering your child for kindergarten for next year, please call Sue Peters at 508-693-0951.

The tentative schedule for MCAS testing is planned for March 27 to April 7 for Grade 3 Reading and for Grades 4 to 8 ELA. March 28, Grades 4 and 7 ELA Composition, April 5, Grades 4 and 7 make-up, and May 15 to June 2, Grades 3 to 8 Math. More specific testing dates will be announced in next week's Carousel.

The annual Cake Walk sponsored by the PTO will be held on April 1 this year in the school cafeteria so don't forget to save the date.

Next Wednesday, March 29, at 11 am in the upstairs section (near the Martha's Vineyard collection) at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, Jane Brown will be giving a reading from her second book of poetry, "Breaking Through." You are invited to come early to enjoy coffee in the downstairs meeting room beginning at 10 am. Jane Brown has been a summer resident on the Island since she was nine and has been living on Martha's Vineyard year-round since 1999. Jane's first book of poetry was titled "Home at Last."

Please remember that the deadline for news is Mondays at noon, but as I am usually working on Mondays, I try to complete the column on Sunday night. So send your news along and enjoy your week.