Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted June 21, 2007

The weather has been much more like summer and as I drive up Wing Road, I see the straight green rows of flowers, planted at the DeBettencourt gardens have grown many inches with this warmth we have been enjoying. Now that we get used to the longer days and shorter nights, it is hard to believe that the days will start getting shorter again in a few days. In the meantime, we have many weeks ahead of us with increasing traffic and congestion. If you can safely do so, try letting cars out of side streets into the main stream of traffic. You will be amazed at the many smiles of thanks you will receive. I think time has changed since I was a child as it goes by twice as fast as it used to. It is if I am trying to fit a yard of living in an inch of space.

I had an interesting few days when I suddenly lost my Internet connection on Wednesday night. After two tech calls to my internet provider and following numerous instructions to unplug this and plug this in and disconnect many wires, I finally convinced one of them to check to see if this was an outside problem. Finally they admitted it was, along with a few apologies. By this time my computer was in many pieces all over my office floor and I felt like I had been through basic training physical exercises. When it came back on line Friday night, I still was unable to connect so another tech, after two hours of instructions, I kid you not, showed me what to do to reconnect but only for a short time. I apologize if any information that was sent to me was lost as my Internet connection still is not right. I am trying to figure out when I will have another two hours of "spare" time to make another call and try to get the problem corrected.

Many off-Island relatives came from Boston to join in helping Marguerite Cogliano celebrate her graduation from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School on June 10. Among those joining in the festivities were her uncles and aunts, John and Liga Cogliano and William and Lisa Stack, her aunt, Patrice Adams and cousins, Vanessa, Pamela, Ryan, and Nolan Adams, and Alexandra and Austin Stack. It was a joyous celebration for all who attended.

On Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 pm, there will be a book talk by Corinna Majno-Kaufman, author of "How to Quit Whatever You Want to Quit, Ten Steps to Overcoming Lifelong Addictions." Corinna will discuss her book and more. It will be informative, fun, and possibly life-changing. You may call the library for more information.

Seven-month-old Charlotte Trembath, the daughter of Andrea Trembath of Oak Bluffs, was baptized at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury on June 12.

Just a reminder from Rose at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging that the knitting class under the leadership of Nancy Mejos is ongoing every Thursday at 1:30. The class is not just for accomplished knitters but for anyone who enjoys knitting or even if you are having problems with a project.

Ten-year-old Jeremy Alley-Tarter, the son of Mary Alley and Richard Tarter of Oak Bluffs, ran in the 2007 New England Association USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship race on Saturday last. Jeremy placed first in the ten- to twelve-year-old group, running the 1,500-meter race in five minutes and ten seconds. Now he is looking forward to competing in the race in New York in July.

Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Program called "Catch the Beat @your Library" at the Children's Desk starting June 21. Get ready to start earning prizes for your summer reading! Teens aged 12 to 18 can sign up right now on line at They can go to the "For Teens" section and find out how. Get ready for the Fourth of July with Red, White and Blue crafts on Saturday, June 30, at 10:30 am. Ages 4 through 104 welcome.

Pam Martisauskas, the Oak Bluffs School Secretary for the last 21 years, was treated to a fabulous retirement party last Thursday evening at the Portuguese-American Club. In attendance for this "toast or roast" were many school staff members, family, and friends. We all heard marvelous stories, poems, songs and that memorable song and dance routine by the "Blues Brothers" otherwise known, in this case, as Colin Hart and Laury Binney. Pam got a marvelous send-off and we wish her well in her retirement.

We send Birthday Smiles to John O'Donnell who celebrated on June 20, Paula O'Connor on June 22, and Fran Alwardt on June 24.

At the Community Meeting at the School on Friday, staff, students and community members got a chance to say their farewells to Pam and also to Liz Cornell who has taught in the primary grades for the last 19 years. These two faithful staff members will be greatly missed.

We welcome new residents Nancy and Andrew Farrissey, Sr. to our community. They are former residents of Fall River and now will join their son and daughter-in-law Andy and Kathy Farrissey and their children as residents of our town.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.