Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted September 20, 2007

See what a difference a few days makes? That was a most welcome rain on Saturday, except perhaps for the damper it put on Tivoli Day, but the road race went on as scheduled. Eleven-year-old grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter placed third overall in that race. The next day the rest of the events went on as scheduled.

By all accounts the transition into the new school year at the Oak Bluffs School went very well. The fire department helped to organize a very successful fire drill on Sept. 11 and all 500-plus students and staff were able to evacuate the school in under two minutes and 15 seconds.

We send birthday smiles to twins Cory and Amber Medeiros who celebrate today, Ruthie Metell tomorrow, Kenny Davey on Sept. 24, Dennis Rose on Sept. 26, and Ray Dahill on Sept. 28.

The after-school library program has not begun yet, and parents will be notified as soon as it is started up. Mark your calendars for Sept. 26 as that is the date that individual student pictures will be taken. More info will be sent home with your child next week.

And of course that unwelcome guest has returned as it does every fall at the start of school. Head lice have again been showing up in multiple grades. The school nurse wants you to know that each student in each grade will be checked, but please keep a sharp eye out for any problem, and you may call her if you need assistance.

The Oak Bluffs Public Library has added a new research tool to its collection. Patrons may now access the Oxford African American Studies Center, an online collection of research materials focusing on African-American history, culture and more. Also in February of 2008, the library will be receiving the eight-volume set of the African American National Biography, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and others. You may go to the library and speak with a staff member to learn how you can access these new library resources.

Susan Klein has recently returned from a trip to Tallahassee. While there, she was the dinner speaker at the awards banquet for the United Partnership for Human Services. Susan said the organization is quite similar to our M.V. Community Services. Then later in the week she was the luncheon speaker for "The Alzheimer's Project." The luncheon was to honor caregivers. Now Susan is spending some time here at her Oak Bluffs home, working and enjoying a little free time.

News is somewhat slower these weeks as if everyone is taking a deep breath to relax after a most busy summer. The town still looks quite beautiful with the flowers in parks blooming colorfully and the grass is quite green thanks to the sprinkler systems installed there.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me please.

Peace.