Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - October 5, 2006

I love the sound of the winds of early fall as it seems as if it is slowly rising to power after a summer of still, humid weather. The musical notes echoing from the wind chimes, caught in those first gentle whirls of motion, draw me into sleep like a lullaby as the song spreads across the porch through the open bedroom window. I know I will not appreciate it as much when it also brings the cold through the window, but for now it is just perfect for what I need, a song to go to sleep by.

We send our condolences to the family of Timmy Norton who passed away this week after a long and most courageous battle against cancer. An Island native who grew up and attended the Island schools, Tim was much respected and loved by so many. I still remember the first time I saw him when he must have been only four or five years old walking to church with his brother Ralph, his sisters Debbie and Dawn and his mom and dad, Billy and Betty Lou Norton. To his wife and all of his family and friends, please know how very sorry we all are.

The annual Open House for grades K-5 at the Oak Bluffs School will be held on Wed., Oct. 11, from 6 to 7 pm. This event gives parents and others an opportunity to sample their child's classroom and school environment and will be preceded by a pasta dinner which is sponsored by the eighth grade to benefit their annual trip next spring. Seatings for this feast begin at 5 pm and continue until 7 pm.

The school is also seeking volunteer help for both the library and editing of scanned texts for reading. If you are interested, please contact the school's office.

And most important: a reminder to be mindful of children using the crosswalks. Please use your turn signals, pay attention to the crossing guards and follow their directions. They are there to keep everyone safe.

We send birthday smiles to Grace Vanderhoop who turned 15 on Oct. 2, and Elyse Madeiras who shared the same day, Tyler Moreis who turns the big 16 on Oct. 5, Donna Joyce on Oct. 7, Mabel McCarthy and Todd Rebello on Oct. 9, and grandson Benjamin Alley on Oct. 10.

There is a surprising new creature that has come to stay in the Children's Room of the Oak Bluffs Public Library. It is a large, toy giraffe and boy is he/she cute! The library is having a contest to name their new friend so come to see. They will choose the winning name on Friday, Oct. 6, during their ages 6 through10 story time which starts at 3:30 pm and this week is about giraffes with Kate Hancock.

This Friday during the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, the featured speaker will be Larry Harrison who will discuss his latest book, "The Central Liberal Truth." Larry has met with this group several times, exploring the power of culture to shape behavior and it is always an interesting meeting.

Send news of birthdays, celebrations, and items of interest along to me please, remembering the deadline of Monday at noon. Enjoy your week.