Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - July 27, 2006

The crowds from the Shark Tournament have melted away and that excitement is over. The weather for last weekend was not that great, but this Monday morning is the best, being dryer, cooler, and sunny at last. Can you believe that July is almost over? We now look forward to those annual events like Illumination Night and of course the Oak Bluffs Fireworks, but that will also mean the end of our summer. Guess you can't have your cake and eat it too.

The act of random kindness award goes to the unidentified woman who found Matt Rivers's wallet outside of Tony's Market. Matt is very grateful that not only did she return it to the market where his mother works, but nothing was missing when it was returned.

We send Birthday Smiles to Rachel Barrett and Travis Bernard on July 29 followed by Heather White and Bernie Crossland on the 30th. And everyone all together now, send huge Birthday Smiles to Joe Nunes who will celebrate the big 96 on August 1. The first time I met Joe, some 50 years ago when he was the dog officer in Oak Bluffs, he told me that I had just hit a dog with my car and didn't stop. I was quite bewildered by his accusations until he started laughing and through the years I soon realized that his sense of humor was as big as his heart.

If you have admired those park benches you see in many of the parks in Oak Bluffs and around various places in Town, you have a chance to purchase one once again. They are now available through the Town Park Dept. or the Friends of Oak Bluffs. The cost of a bench - and a plaque to be placed on it stating the name of the person you wish to honor - is $500, with the proceeds benefiting Oak Bluffs. For more information, call Priscilla Sylvia at 693-0563 or e-mail her at phjelm@gis.net.

Lois DeBettencourt recently returned from a trip with her sister and brother-in-law Marion and Ted Linhares from Bourne. The trio drove to So. Milwaukee, Wisc., over the July Fourth weekend to attend the wedding of their great niece Meg Kitzke to Jeffrey Strasser. Numerous friends and family members attended and enjoyed a morning of golf, followed by the wedding and the reception.

Don't miss Della Hardman's art show at the library. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, July 29, at 3:30 pm. The art will be on display through Wednesday, August 3, during regular library hours.

When Michael deBettencourt, a coach for the championship Little League team, accompanied the team off-Island for one of their games, the coach of the opposing team was none other than Jay Debettencourt, Michael's Little League Coach when he was a team member. Another "small-world" happening.

John Cummings was given a wonderful 40th birthday party by his wife Maryanne LeBlanc at Farm Neck. The guests all played golf during the day and then enjoyed dinner and dancing that night. John is the son of Anne Thomas Cummings and John Cummings. Many off-Island guests attended, including John's sister Beth Kwiat and her husband Larry with their children, Katelynn and Ryan, and his brother Kevin and wife Susan and their boys, Max and Kyle. His sister Karen lives in San Diego and was unable to attend. Norman and Barbara LeBlanc, Maryanne's parents, also came from away to participate in this wonderful celebration.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.