Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted September 27, 2007

Our streets in town have become quite busy with the many patrons of the cruise ships that are continually calling here. This provides the shops with an extension of our summer season, as far as shoppers go, and also fills the town with many people, who have lucked out with perfect weather so far. Our summer is starting to creep into the fall months. While I look forward to crisper days and nights, many people love it happening this way. But remember that this might mean that our winter weather will creep into spring months.

We send birthday smiles to Elyse Madeiras and Grace Vanderhoop on Oct. 2, followed by Will deBettencourt and Marc Hanover on Oct. 3, Bill Norton and Tony White on Oct. 5, Dona Joyce on Oct 7, Todd Rebello parties on Oct. 9, and my grandson Benjamin Alley will celebrate on Oct. 10.

Yard sales are always enjoyable, but especially when the proceeds go to a good cause. This Saturday, Sept. 29, please be sure to stop by at 31 Worcester Avenue in Oak Bluffs for the Second Chance Animal Rescue's yard sale. All of the proceeds raised by this non-profit group are going to providing animal care, including medical needs, spaying and neutering, food, etc. The rain date, if needed, will be on Sunday.

The annual Oak Bluffs beach cleanup was held last Saturday. Five volunteers cleaned up the beach and grass bank from North Bluff to the Inkwell. Helping organizer Michael DelloRusso were Jim Considine, Mary Sharp, Nick Miller, Skip Davis, and Nancy Shai. M.V. Gourmet Café and Bakery provided coffee and donuts and Nancy Shai, owner of Body Art Jewelry, offered a free airbrush tattoo for volunteers. The town's Highway Department picked up the debris that was collected.

The Oak Bluffs Senior Center will hold an open house this Saturday from 12 noon until 2 pm. Come and see how great the building itself looks and learn about the many programs being offered. There will be entertainment and refreshments.

News from the library tells us that they are starting the age six to ten Story Time tomorrow, from 3:30 until 4:30 pm. Robin Tuck will be reading a story and teaching how to make shadow puppets who are characters in the story. Then the participants will hold their own puppet show of the story. Remember also that in October, Family Games night will switch to Thursdays at 6 pm.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6 pm , the Oak Bluffs Public Library will be showing a new DVD release on the library's big screen. It is just like being at the movies! Come and watch this heart wrenching drama about a man coping with his wife's struggle against Alzheimer's disease. You may call the library for more information at 508 693-9433.

The annual "Miles of Memories" walk for Alzheimer's will take place on October 14. Team Bink will be walking again this year in honor of Bink deBettencourt, a resident at Windemere. Everyone is welcome. There are usually twenty plus friends and family members who walk. Last year this team was the top team in fundraising. You may call Weezie at 774 830-4636 for more information regarding the walk and making a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause.

The Sally Foster Wrapping Paper fundraiser has now started at the Oak Bluffs School. The School receives fifty percent of all sales and the money has been used to rebuild the playgrounds and support the fourth grade Theatre Project, support our students and staff with classroom supplies and help out middle school students with their respective class trips. Last year our school received over $10,000 from this fund-raiser. Family and friends can purchase paper online at If you need further information, please call Meredith at 508 693-6939.

The Farm Institute has many offerings for its fall programs. Visit or call 508 627-7007 ext. 106 for more details or to register.

Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center tomorrow will have Lisa Nagy, MD and PR Chair of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine as their guest. She will speak about the toxins that we are exposed to every day and will make recommendations to enable us to mitigate their effects on our health. The program runs from 10 until 11:30 am.

Enjoy your week and send your news along.