Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - November 2, 2006

The winds and rain of last weekend changed much of the landscape and the plans of many people as the storm battered us for those days. The wind chimes gave a continuous concert for the entire time, powered by those windy gusts.

The house is quiet once again as both my 18-month-old granddaughter and my teen-age granddaughter, who stayed with me to help, have both returned to their homes. We all had great fun and many laughs. We even survived many near casualties including dog's paws being stepped on, searching for items Paige would hide - and the best one was trying to reach the Vet Clinic and poison control center in case the dog's ear wash she found and started to drink was toxic. In the middle of this crisis, the power went out so I was trying to watch this active child in the dark and find the oil lamps so I could see what she was into. If her stay with us was a horse race, I must admit she would have been the winner by much more than a nose.

We send birthday smiles to Randy Ben David on Nov. 5, Sue Peters the following day, and Wendy Rose on Nov. 7. Special Wedding Anniversary smiles to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt who will mark 46 years on Nov. 5.

Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Nov. 3 will feature speakers Jenny Marlin and Margo Joyce of Ameriprise Financial Services (formerly American Express), who will speak about financial planning. The programs runs from 10 am until 11:30 am. Robert Iadicicco is the moderator for this senior program that always has a variety of interesting speakers.

Nancy Slonim Aronie will present a mini-sampler of her "Writing from the Heart" workshop at the Oak Bluffs Public Library on Nov. 7 at 6 pm. Come and join others who have dreamed of writing. Please call the library at 508-693-9433 to sign up for this workshop as there is limited seating.

So on Tuesday, Nov. 7, what is it we must remember to do? The answer is vote, of course, in the elections. You may call your town clerk for times that the polls will be open. Oak Bluffs residents now vote at our new public library. You may enter off of School Street for easy access. I have already driven to the Oak Bluffs Elementary School on two occasions to vote before I remembered the polls are no longer located there.

Parent-Teacher conferences at the Oak Bluffs School have been scheduled for Nov. 8, 14, and 16. An extra day for Middle School parents on Nov. 25 has also been scheduled. K-5 parents should receive their scheduled appointments in the mail and the school requests that you notify the school office it the times or dates are inconvenient. Middle School parents will receive instructions on how to schedule their conference by logging on via the Internet. By following instructions that are being sent to them, parents will be able to choose which teachers they wish to meet with and when. This is the first time this type of program has been used so please call the school if you experience problems with the new system.

The Fall School Book Fair will run from Nov. 6 through Nov. 17. This is a great chance to purchase holiday gifts for those on your list.

Send news of your activities and events along to me please and enjoy your week.