Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted November 15, 2007

Yes, I don't need to look at the calendar to know that fall is here. The weather is cold. Very few people are still running around in shorts, the leaves are falling and the sound of leaf blowers echo throughout the neighborhood. Now the pumpkin decorations are slowly being replaced with Thanksgiving figures and after Thanksgiving next week, I imagine we will start seeing Christmas decorations being erected. Time moves swiftly along, even if we are not ready for it to do so.

The school has found it necessary to move the bus location. Buses will now be relocated to the nurse's office and K-5 guidance counselor's side entrance. The change is necessary due to the high number of "near misses" with other cars as well as cars passing busses when children are loading. Please everyone, let's be more careful of our most precious children and pass the word along to everyone that they must be patient when driving through the school parking areas.

Mark Nov. 28 on your calendar with a giant star as that is the scheduled date for the tree lighting in the David Healey Mall or Post Office Square.

The annual 5K for KJ cross-country race/walk will take place at the high school on Sat., Nov. 24. Registration is from 8:30 am on and the race/walk starts at 11 am at the MVRHS track. This is a wonderful way to continue to remember Kevin Johnson.

This Friday, Nov. 16, the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be Robert Culbert. Rob is a well-known ecological consultant on Martha's Vineyard and a 30-year bird watcher. He will speak about the migratory patterns of birds that stop by the Island on their way to warmer climates. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am.

The Portuguese/English Story Time is back at our public library. On Sat., Nov. 17, at 10:30 am there will be stories about bears and a snack will be provided. There will also be a craft session.

If you get a chance, drive down Worcester Avenue and turn right down the narrow unpaved Oriental Avenue opposite Buddy's Auto, and you will see that the neighborhood consists of small cozy cottages. That is until you get almost to the end of the street. There on the right you will see a new house under construction with rather an attractive design. But the only problem is it is sited on a very tiny lot and only a minimum number of feet in front of the cottage in the back and appears to be over 30 feet tall. It is a mystery to many of us how this was allowed to be constructed in this neighborhood of small cottages and so close to the boundaries. If you have a buildable lot, is it really necessary to construct a house that completely dwarfs the surrounding homes? Suggestions anyone? There surely is a need for smaller houses especially with the increasing energy costs of today.

We send birthday smiles to "Four Fabulous" first and second grade assistants: Denise Sanfillippo who celebrated on Nov. 10 followed by Larry Tolher on Nov. 11, Larissa Bernat on Nov. 15, and Cathy Parker on Nov. 16.

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