Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - October 26, 2006

The annual contest with the falling leaves has already started. It seems as if it is an impossible task to keep your lawn clear of leaves for more than a few minutes before they flutter down again. My plan would be to wait till they all have fallen then start raking, but then of course I don't rake leaves. I love the look of fall with the shorter days and the autumn colors of those leaves on the trees or even on the ground and the fall flowers that are at their peak now. The colors seem muted and restful while the color of the ocean and especially the Lagoon is such a sharp shade of blue that it makes you wish you were in the middle of it on a small boat so you could bathe in that aura of blue.

The class of 1966 at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School had their 40th class reunion recently. Organizers of the many events were Herb Ward of Tisbury, and Ann Boren Ross and Leslie Ingram Bunker of Oak Bluffs. Out of a graduating class of 96, approximately 33 former students attended. The events started with an informal get together at the Lookout Tavern on Oct. 13. The official reunion was the next Saturday at the P.A. Club, where everyone enjoyed the delicious food prepared by Lani Bonito and caught up on all the news. Then on Sunday, there was a brunch at Farm Neck Café. It seems as if they wanted the reunion to last forever. In fact everyone had such a good time that it was decided to hold the next reunion in five years instead of waiting another 10. Brent Ferreira, who came all the way from California, actually enjoyed not only his class's reunion, but was also here for his mother Catherine's 80th birthday party.

The Oak Bluffs Public Library ha a new web site Visit the site to learn about upcoming events, find library information and news, access the library catalog, and more. All feedback and opinions about the new web site are greatly appreciated. You may e-mail the library at

Woodside Village held an 80th birthday celebration for Mary O'Hayre, a long-time resident, on Oct. 24.

The annual Halloween Party at Woodside 1 with costumes, prizes, candy for children, food, and fun will be on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 pm. They will have dancing and music too. Children are invited to attend until 7 pm. Costume prizes will be given for the weirdest, most glamorous, and most original. Call Roberta at 508-696-5342 for further info.

We send birthday smiles to Ann Baird on Oct. 25, Ashley DePriest on Oct. 27, Felicia Taylor on Oct. 29, and Leslie Mitchell on Oct. 30.

Calling all vendors. The annual Holiday Bazaar for the benefit of the eighth grade at the Oak Bluffs School will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 am to 4 pm at the school. Anyone interested in reserving a table, please call either Judy Pizzella at 508-693-8764 or Cindy Hygham at 508-693-4294. This is one of the fund-raisers for the eighth grade spring trip.

Congratulations to students and staff and parents of Oak Bluffs School students on the excellent results of last spring's MCAS testing. The good scores show the hard work everyone has done. You all should be very proud.

Thanks to Amerigas Propane and the School Days program it is offering our school, we have the opportunity to earn some money towards improving the education experience for our students. Propane receipts that the school collects between now and June 26, 2007 will earn half a cent for every gallon shown on those receipts. It can really add up quickly so start collecting receipts, please, and bring them to the school office.

The Treasure Our Island After School Program is offering a reduced rate of $2 or $3 for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. For more information, please call the YMCA at 508-696-9119.

The PTO is sponsoring the Halloween party on Sat., Oct. 28, and it promises to be a blast. Thanks to everyone who attended the last meeting, committee slots are being rapidly filled.

Tim Walsh, CEO of Martha's Vineyard Hospital, will be the speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Oct. 27. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am and Mr. Walsh will discuss the current status of their expansion program.

On Friday, Oct 27, at the Oak Bluffs Library from 3:30 pm, there will be a Halloween Story Time for children ages 6 to 10. There will be reading, spooky crafts and a mini party so come in costume if you can. Then on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 5 pm., meet in the Children's Room at the Library, dressed in costume, for a Halloween Parade. Please come a few minutes early so you can all line up and admire each other's outfits, then there will be a parade through the library and, weather permitting, the parade will circle the building. After the parade come and enjoy treats in the Children's Program Room.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.