Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - November 16, 2006

I am still waking to scenes of leaf-covered streets, lawns and porches but it doesn't dismay me but brings rather a softening to the view and the days. Somehow it seems to slow everything down to a more restful pace as if we are preparing for a rest before the fast-approaching holidays.

Otis and Mary Rogers quietly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 9. They are the parents of two children, Russell Rogers and Nancy Giordano, and three grandchildren, Danny Rogers and Leanne and Michael Giordano. Congratulations.

The Friends of Oak Bluffs held their annual corporate meeting last Wednesday and discussed their current fund-raising projects, which include the memorial park benches, bricks for Ocean Park and lampposts. They are now assisted by Richard Combra Jr., and his crew in installing the benches. There are still two lampposts on the harbor available in this phase of the project. Following the meeting at Estelle Surprenant's, they worked on the holiday decorations for the downtown area. Present at the meeting were Judy Williamson, Rene Balter, Nancy Billings, Priscilla Sylvia, Susie Wallo, and special guest Heather Wey.

Judy Searle received word that her son Dave Wright (who she affectionately calls the running fool) was in the Cape Cod Marathon a few weeks ago. It was his first marathon and he came in 214. Although he registered under his Allston address, he is still an Oak Bluffs kid at heart. Both Dave and his wife Carolyn Jones work at Harvard.

An introductory meeting will be held at the school today at 6 pm to give parents an overview of the fifth grade Shenandoah trip. Information regarding costs and payment schedules will be given out and Captain Douglas will be there to answer any questions. Sign-up for the trip will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 am at the school office. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis. There are 30 spaces available, including chaperones.

The annual Tree Lighting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a food donation for the Island Food Pantry. More information on this will be forthcoming.

Fabulous food table, new gifts and old treasures will be available at Woodside Village 2, across from the regional high school, on Nov. 25 from 9 to 2 pm. This Christmas Bazaar is always well attended and helps the Woodside Tenants Association provide extras for its residents. Come and see us, you'll find something you want for the holidays. Knit goods and Christmas cards are available as well as goodies! For more information, call Rita Reynolds at 693-3606 or Roberta at 696-5342.

The Box Tops for Education fund-raising continues at the school, so please continue to clip and save those coupons. The goal is to earn $1,000 this year.

One more reminder: for one of the best places to do your holiday shopping visit the annual Holiday Bazaar at the school for the benefit of the eighth grade. It takes place this Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 am to 4 pm.

SFC Pete Forend returned to the Island on Friday after his 18-month military assignment in Kuwait. Relatives, friends, Island citizens, and a large contingent of Island firefighting personnel along with fire apparatus greeted him with loud cheers and sirens when he arrived. Pete is the Assistant Fire Chief in Oak Bluffs and that Dept. along with everyone else were most pleased that he has returned safely home to the Island.

We send cheery get-well wishes to Sandra deBettencourt who is rapidly recovering after surgery in Boston.

Birthday Smiles go out to Todd deBettencourt who celebrated on Nov. 10, Susan deBettencourt on Nov. 21, and Gina deBettencourt on Nov. 23.

Recent college graduates and long-time school chums, Allison Wilson and David Stamas have taken another step towards independence as they headed to Florida last week. There they will be seeking employment and expanding their horizons as they take up residence in that sunny state.

Congratulations to Susie Wallo of Good Shepherd Parish on the Island. Susie will be the recipient of the Marion Medal, given each year to outstanding volunteers in each parish. On Sunday Susie, her family and friends will be present at the Cathedral in Fall River where medals will be presented to those people.

The Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24.

The SPCA is looking for dogs that were adopted from the Vineyard Shelter to participate in this year's Christmas in Edgartown holiday parade. All shapes, sizes, colors, and ages are welcome to help them celebrate adopted animals everywhere. Owners can show off their special friends while proudly prancing them down Main Street as they don their Alumni bandanas! The parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 am. Please call Jen Morgan, Projects Coordinator at 627-8662, if you and your dog are interested in participating

You are also invited to join the MSPCA at the Adoption Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 12 to 3 pm for pictures with Santa. Bring your dogs, cars or any other pet and the kids. Enjoy refreshments while they sit with Santa in his sleigh and have their photo taken. Pictures make great holiday cards. A $15 donation is suggested.

I thought we just celebrated Labor Day a few hours ago, but I guess it was longer ago than that as Thanksgiving is next week. Remember both parts of that word: thanks and giving. My parents most always found room for an unexpected guest during that holiday time and it was always an interesting experience and one that frequently led to new friendships. That was a tradition I tried to continue. This year our dinner guests will arrive from South Carolina, Australia, possibly two friends from Romania and of course the Island joining us, ranging in age from 18 months to 94 years. So look around carefully and you might find someone who could share your fellowship and bounty. They would give thanks and you would be giving. I wish you time with friends, family or whoever brings joy to your life this time of year. Enjoy your week.