Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - May 25, 2006

Thank you, thank you for the few sunny days we received this past week. You appreciate them all the more when they are rarer.

There was sunshine and smiles and laughter galore at Pam Melrose's retirement party on Sunday last. After 20 years of service as teacher and school librarian at both Tisbury and Oak Bluffs, Mel, as she is know by friends and former students, will be leaving the school this June. She was the recipient of special songs, special good wishes, poems, laughter, and a few tears during this celebration.

We send birthday smiles to William Barry Macdonald Maciel Lima who will be nine on May 26. His mother Sonya has notified me that there is a fund set up at the Dukes County Savings bank called "Ozzy's Recovery Fund." The dog, which belongs to Sonya's neighbor, was hit by a car and left to die, yet he survived but is in the animal hospital needing surgery. Donations to the fund will make the necessary surgery possible.

Don't miss the bake sale at the Arcade on Circuit Avenue on Saturday, May 27, from 9 am to 1 pm. The Arcade is the opening into the Campground from Circuit Avenue. There will be some delicious homemade food and the sale is for the benefit of the Trinity United Methodist Church in the Campground.

Mary Alley and her children Talia and Jeremy, along with Lenore and Lucas Tsikitas, traveled to Albany, N.Y., last weekend to attend a Greek Festival. While there, they were the guests of Lenore and Lucas's parents. Dr. Bill Tsikitas and his wife Marianne.

Saturday, June 3, has been designated "Public Safety Day" in Oak Bluffs. The Oak Bluffs Police Department, under the coordination of Chief Eric Blake and Officer Mike Marchand, will be providing free refreshments, a live DJ, lots of free giveaways, helicopter rides, and much more. This event will be held at Waban Park from 11 am to 2 pm. Three bicycles will be raffled off, and bike helmets, car booster seats, T-shirts and CO2 detectors for the home will be given out.

The Memorial Day Parade will take place in Vineyard Haven on Monday, May 29, starting at 9:45 am from the Legion Hall to the Oak Grove Cemetery. Be sure to go and show your support to all our service men and women and also don't forget to thank all the people who work so hard putting up and taking down the flags and do all of the planning to make this event happen.

Congratulations to Mrs. Thomas's sixth-grade math students who participated in the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Math-A-Thon and raised more than $2,178. What a great accomplishment for a wonderful cause.

The Secret Garden is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Memorial Day weekend. Events include book signings on Saturday, May 27, from 11:30 am to 1 pm for "Coco's Vineyard Vacation" with Sharon Kelly; "The Greatest Place on Earth" with Llana Macklin from 1 to 3 pm; and on Sunday, May 28, from 11:30 am to 1 pm "Chappaquiddick Lullaby" with Stacy Hall, Judy Pfeiffer, and Kate Taylor. There will free giveaways, candy and good cheer!

There are many pluses to living on this Island but one of the few negatives is the difficulty of attempting to get a boat reservation on the day and time you desire. This is especially frustrating for those of us who have lived our entire lives here and remember when no reservations were necessary even on Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. Life doesn't happen on schedule, so frequently reservations must be obtained or changed at the last minute. Well this process has been made less painful by the extremely helpful and cheerful counter help at the airport office of the SSA, especially Shari and Mary. They always do their very best to get the reservations you need and guide you through the process of getting those "preferred spaces." Even in those rare occasions when they are unable to get you what you want, you leave feeling at least someone listened, really tried, and really cared. So thank you, ladies: you are an asset to the SSA and the Island.

The approaching summer keeps everyone very busy with late spring chores but don't forget to send your news along to me and enjoy your week.