Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted May 3, 2007

Welcome to the "Merry" month of May. It brings back memories of childhood here on the Island when we used to carefully craft a small basket out of whatever materials we could find - paper, grasses, or pieces of wood. Then would begin the search for flowers - usually wild ones we found in the woods or along the roadsides. After filling the basket we would pick out a family we wished to give it to, creep to their front door, place the basket in front of it and after a quick knock, scamper off to hide and watch someone discover our gift. Does anyone do that anymore? Send me some special memories of this to share with our readers.

A friend sent me an interesting e-mail note. At three minutes and four seconds after 2 am on the sixth of May the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07.

Congratulations to Michael Marchand on his promotion to Sergeant in the Oak Bluffs Police Department. His parents Carol and Paul Marchand came from their home in Connecticut to witness the swearing in ceremony on Thursday last. Also present were his in-laws Nelson and Sandra deBettencourt, Michael and Eric deBettencourt and his wife Melanie and children Matthew, Kaitlin, Abbey Grace, and Andrew.

Congratulations are also due to Pete Forend, who will become Chief of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department on July 1. We wish you both success in your new positions.

Julie Immelt, a Mary Kay rep, is volunteering her services for teens only for a Mary Kay Makeover for the prom. This event will take place at the Oak Bluffs Public Library on Thurs., May 10, at 6 and 7 pm. Call the library at 508-693-9433 to reserve your spot.

We send birthday smiles to Fred Hall and Todd Alexander on Sat., Lisa Cottrell on May 8, and grandson Marques Rivers on May 10. Special wedding anniversary smiles to two couples, Andy and Kathy Farrissey on May 6, and Nora and Gary Jardin on May 10.

On Sunday, Apr. 22, a group of children from Good Shepherd Parish received their first communion in a ceremony at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church. This past weekend the confirmation class for the Parish participated in a weekend retreat at the Parish Center on School St. There were guest speakers, small group meetings, prayers and meals served to all the participants. Then on Sunday, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Bishop Coleman officiated over the confirmation ceremony for all of those candidates.

Reminder that tonight is family game night at the Oak Bluffs Library. Come and play board games with your family and friends and you may even bring snacks or supper if you want to play while you eat in the programs room. Tomorrow the age 6 to 10 story time features a flowers, seeds and garden theme with Kristina. On Saturday there will be another Portuguese English Story time at 10:30 am. Hear Dr. Seuss stories read in both languages and make stick puppets with Cat in the Hat characters. There will also be Brazilian snacks. May 9 at preschool story time at 10:30 there will be a Mother's Day Theme where you may read about moms and then make a card.

Tomorrow at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center at 10 am the guest speaker will be John Johnson of Harbor Mortgage Solutions, who will discuss and explain reverse mortgages.

This is the month that the teachers in grades K-4 and the Principal and guidance staff will be making decisions about the placement of your children with a teacher for the 2007 - 2008 school year. Many factors are taken into consideration regarding this placement and parents wishing to have input are requested to follow the school policy guidelines. Input must be in writing and must be submitted to the Guidance Office by May 4.

The amazing Annual School Book fair is running through Friday, May 11. It is open Monday through Thursday, 8:20 am to 4 pm, and Fridays until 3 pm.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.