Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - December 14, 2006

We are so fortunate to have such a "super" market in our town. I am speaking about Reliable Market, of course. I have discovered over the years that not only do they market wonderful meat, food, etc. that you expect from a market, but the entire store gives out this aura of friendliness and helpfulness. If you cannot find what you want, help is always there to assist you without a grumble. This happens even when the 20-pound brand bag of dog food I want is at the bottom of a pile of a dozen bags. Not only that, but I can personally attest to their amazing ability to find items you may have displaced. I myself have lost so many pair of sunglasses over the years that I think I need a device similar to lo-jack to locate them. They have recovered my lost gloves, glasses, and even a small gold earring over the years. Last week, once more, they returned my lost sunglasses (probably number five) to me. So for their generosity to all who need it and their constant friendship and reliability, the Act of Random Kindnesses goes to that very Reliable Market.

The quilting group at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, under the direction of Glenna Barkan, has been working with Jeanne Staples, Meg Spokus, Karen Flynn, and Margaret Penicaud on a new initiative of the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project. They will be traveling to Haiti in January to facilitate a quilting workshop. The goal is to form independent women's cooperatives creating one-of-a-kind art quilts utilizing authentic Haitian imagery. Help is needed! Donations of fabric, thread, needles, cotton batting and other quilting items are urgently needed. Donations may be dropped off at the Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop at the Tisbury Marketplace or the Vineyard Haven Library. For more information on donations or how you can get involved, call Jeanne Staples at 508-627-8363.

The annual Christmas party for kids with Santa at the PA Club will be held on Sun., Dec. 17, from 1 to 3 pm. This party jointly sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association and the PA club is always a popular event with games, gifts, refreshments and great joy.

When shopping for a Christmas tree, please be sure to check out the ones at Jim's Package store in Oak Bluffs. Each year Jim's donates the proceeds from their tree sales to a worthy cause. This year the proceeds will be given to help the VanDerlaske family.

The Senior Center Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 20 in the new room at the center. All department heads of the town are invited and they are expecting a special guest. The Oak Bluffs School Kindergarten will also be present that day.

We send Birthday Smiles to Mike Marchand on Dec. 15, Injy Lew on Dec. 19, and Bill Jones on Dec. 21.

Looking a bit ahead, the Oak Bluffs Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Tues., Jan. 30, 2007. To sign up, call Rose at 508-693-4509.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me, including nominations for the Act Of Random Kindness Award.