Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted November 1, 2007

There are so many beautiful sites on the Island this time of year. In Oak Bluffs go to Ocean Park, sit on one of the benches there and enjoy the beautiful flower beds and the view over the ocean. Or take a stroll through the Camp Grounds for a peaceful walk as most of the cottages are closed by now and only the rustling or crunching of leaves underfoot will interrupt your thoughts. A ride around East Chop will bring you views that many people will not see in their lifetime. If it is company you seek, just spend a few minutes at the David Healey Mall by the Post Office. I guarantee you will soon meet old friends and make a few new ones. Those are only a few places in our town and there are many more. In Vineyard Haven you might sit at Owen Park for a while where the view over the harbor will bring you some sailboats still at anchor and steamships coming and going. For a spectacular view of the ocean and the mainland off in the distance, a ride around West Chop in any kind or weather will show you the ever-changing motion of the ocean. These are only two towns on the Island so you have many more opportunities in the other towns also. All of this beauty with no admission charge and no reservations necessary to enjoy it.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Oak Bluffs School eighth grade will be hosting its annual auction to raise funds for the class trip to Philadelphia. It will take place at the P.A. Club. At 6 pm is the silent auction and preview for the live auction to follow. The auctioneer will be Ken Goldberg, and tickets, which are $15, include a buffet dinner and door prizes. There will also be a cash bar. The students have been very busy collecting donations from all over the Island and can offer original artwork, airline tickets, a private band performance, hotel nights, bi-plane and parasail rides, jewelry, and many more dinner and gift certificates. Tickets are available at Aboveground Records, Our Market, and Jim's Package Store.

At the Senior Center the chair-caning classes have been discontinued until next summer. Dick Brown continues with his wood carving classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 until 11 am.

Congratulations to former Oak Bluffs Police Chief Joe Carter, who is the new Commander of the Massachusetts National Guard. His wife, Rae, and daughter, Emily, attended the swearing-in ceremonies at Boston Common last week.

Happy Anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt on Nov. 5.

Eleven-year-old Jeremy Alley-Tarter ran in the Mayor's race in Boston last Sunday. Jeremy placed seventh in his age group, 10 to 14. He was accompanied by his mother Mary Alley, sister Talia, father, Richard Tarter, and his aunt Dianna. They were the guests of Heather and Leon Holt and their sons, Miles and Lucas, while they were off-Island.

The library continues with its interesting programs. Al Hurwitz is coming tomorrow, Nov. 2, for the age 6 through 10 story time from 3:30 to 4 pm. He will draw his way through a story about a dragon. Then the children can learn how to draw a dragon and the pictures can be put up for display. If the kids have a dragon item they want to bring, they are welcome to. Dragon books will also be on display.

Then join everyone for movie night on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Starting at 6 pm, the library will be showing a new DVD release on the giant screen. This will be a hilarious and uplifting comedy about a disagreeable antique dealer who engages in a wager with a business partner, with whom he must find a "real friend' in just ten days.

We send get-well wishes to "the best," mother-in-law Betty Alley, who is a patient at our Martha's Vineyard Community Hospital.

Parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled at the school for Nov. 6, 7, 8 and 14. Parents with children in kindergarten through fifth grade should receive their scheduled appointments in the mail. You may notify the school if the scheduled dates you receive are inconvenient. With the interim reports that they will receive this week, parents with children in middle school will receive instructions on how to schedule their conferences. By following the instructions, parents will be able to choose which teachers they wish to meet with and when. If anyone experiences problems with this new system, please contact the school.

Can you believe that the 147 students who participated in the PTO Sally Foster fund-raiser sold over $25,000 worth of their products? The school will receive half of that money, at least $12,000.

We send Birthday Smiles to Ryan Gonsalves tomorrow, to Randy BenDavid on Nov. 6, and to friends Sue Peters on Nov. 6 and Wendy Rose on Nov. 7.

Enjoy your week and don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour this Saturday night.