Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted May 10, 2007

As I said a few weeks ago, April showers bring May flowers, and aren't there beautiful blossoms just everywhere? I have to confess, though, the last place I expected to find flowers was in a May basket at my front door. Last week I made mention of the tradition of May baskets when we were children. Then Friday afternoon when I went out onto my front porch, what did I find but an exquisitely petite basket fashioned from a small glass jar with a braided wire handle. Inside this container were lovely flowers in my favorite blue colors and also cleverly included was a small stem of bleeding heart. I have inquired of a few people who I thought might have been the giver of this lovely gift but so far no answers. I must admit I would dearly love to know who left it so I could thank them personally but hoping that they read this column, I will send them my thanks for bringing this thoughtful gift to me.

Lois DeBettencourt was visiting her son Jay, his wife Rebecca and his family in Sandwich last Saturday to attend the First Communion for her grandson Dylan. Jay was recently honored at the opening Sandwich Little League Game when he received the President's Award. The plaque he received was inscribed as follows: "Given in recognition to Jay DeBettencourt in appreciation for 25 years of dedicated service as a board member, coach, and volunteer. His personal support has helped our league flourish and become what it is today." And to add to the honors, the Little League Onset Cup was officially re-named this year as the DeBettencourt Cup in Jay's honor. Then to add to Lois's joy, her grandson, Jay's son Jordan, of the Little League Royals, struck out 17 batters and gave up only one hit against the Yankees. This will bring back memories of when Jay played Little League here on the Island and when he was about the same age (twelve) that Jordan is now, he too was an outstanding pitcher. Congratulations to this fine family.

Among the six students chosen as winners of the Island Book cover art project were two Oak Bluffs students. We congratulate Mike Hill and Tharmaris Marta for their artwork, which you will be able to view on the cover of the Island Phone Book for the next year. These two students will also receive a $100 United States Savings Bond.

Just a reminder that Staff Appreciation Week at the Oak Bluffs School is this week and there is still time if your child wants to bring in a note or kind word about a staff member.

We send Birthday Smiles to Marguerite Cook today, Olivia Lew on May 13, Steve Garvin on May 14, Lester White on May 15, and Andrew Farrissey, Louis Dahill and Heidi Jardin who all share May 18.

Charles and Gaynell Downs have recently returned after a two-and-a-half-week visit in Bethesda, Md., where they accompanied their son Kurt while he was a patient at the National Institute of Health. While there, they managed to fit in some sightseeing and most of the time were lucky enough to enjoy great weather.

Irene Tweksbury, children's librarian at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, wants you to know that they finally got all of the equipment to start a Dance Dance Revolution Program. They just have to figure out how it goes together and then they will start advertising DDR game days.

On Tuesday, May 15, at 6 pm, the Library will be showing a new DVD release concerning Queen Elizabeth II, Tony Blair and the events following the tragic death of Princess Diana. Come view this popular biography/drama on the library's big screen. The first meeting for the Scrabble Group will be on Saturday, May 19, at 10 am. All ages and levels are welcome and there will be separate groups to allow people to play, both for fun and more competitively. Bring a Scrabble set if you own one.

Here is a great way to start your garden off. Check out the Community Solar Greenhouse's Mother's Day Seedling sale. The dates for the sale are May 12 through the May 28, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group will hold An Evening Under The Stars III at the Mediterranean Restaurant on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven on Thursday, May 17. A wide selection of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, and drinks will be served from 6 to 9 pm. Music will be provided by Mike Benjamin and tickets are $100 per person. Please remember that all of the money raised stays here on the Island to help cancer patients and their families.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.