My birds seemed to have disappeared from the neighborhood, but with this cold weather and hopefully a bit of snow moving in, perhaps they will soon return. Four squirrels, very well hidden in the russet leaves covering the ground, made their appearance in the yard this morning. One must have been familiar with this feeding station because when I went out on the deck with a handful of peanuts, it came running to me and sat up as if begging for a treat and with a look that almost said. "Remember me? I am the cute one that knocks on the back door if you don't come out with my peanut treats!" Most of the windows in the stores on Circuit Avenue are dressed to the nines with beautiful decorations and merchandise. Take a stroll around to the various businesses and you will be able to find many lovely and appropriate gifts for those on your list.
Reminder to Oak Bluffs voters: There will be a special town meeting on Dec. 11 at 7 pm at the Oak Bluffs School, located on Tradewinds Road. Articles 12 and 13 authorize a transfer of funds for engineering and architectural services for repairing and renovation of our in-town beaches and seawall for protection of the roadway. The articles will also provide final professional site drawings for the walkway/railing and the Farm Pond multi-user path interface with the Sea View Walkway. The town cannot apply for state and federal matching funds without this information, which they need to obtain over this winter. So, please be sure to attend to vote on these articles and the other important articles that will be presented. Remember that you are only allowed to complain about these town decisions if you attend the meetings.
The Oak Bluffs School fourth grade advisory group, Creative Crew, has adopted a school in Mantenopolis, Brazil. The school has few art materials to work with, so for the next few weeks the students will be collecting art supplies to send to Brazil. There are donation boxes in the office in the fourth grade classrooms.
Don't forget the Holiday Bazaar at the school on Sat., Dec. 15. We will be giving you more details later.
On Friday, Dec. 14, the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be Keith Gorman, newly appointed Director of the M.V. Museum (formerly the MV Historical Society). The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am, so come to meet and greet the new director.
The Dec. 4 Oak Bluffs Senior Center trip to Foxwoods that was canceled has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, March 25. If you are interested in attending, please call Rose at 508-693-4509.
Be sure and check out the children's room at our public library. They have some beautiful new picture books that are printed in both Portuguese and English on the same page. They are sometimes used in the monthly Portuguese/English Story Times but anyone may take them out from the Foreign Language section in the children's room.
Heather and Josh Kochin of Oak Bluffs announce the birth of their son, Beckett Michael Kochin, on Nov. 20, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Beckett weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and is welcomed by his grandparents Chip and Michelle Leonardi of West Tisbury and Jack and Christie Shea of Ashfield.
A very interesting and busy schedule is planned for the month of December for children's events at our public library. Today from 3:15 to 4:30 pm for ages 10 to 18 is Guitar Hero and DDR. Then tonight at 6 pm come play board games with your friends and family. Friday at the age 6 to 10 Story Time, there will be reading and craft with secret spy codes with Robin Tuck. The Wednesday Preschool Story time at 10:30 am will have a winter theme.
The Thursday Guitar Hero and DDR on Dec. 13 has been postponed for Library Friends of Oak Bluffs Holiday Celebration from 2 to 5 pm. Children may come and decorate cookies.
We send Birthday Smiles to Peter Williamson who partied on Dec. 3, followed by Estelle Suprenant the next day, Rose Cogliano tomorrow, Vamp Campbell on Dec. 8, and Tony Maseda and Patrick Parker on Dec. 10. Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.