Town Column : Oak Bluffs
So here we are in January and a new year awaits us. The weather is still playing games of alternating winter and spring days back and forth, to further confuse us. At least this helps keep our consumption of heating fuel down a bit, which is appreciated in these days of higher and higher fuel prices. Soon everyone will be engrossed in analyzing the town budgets and of course the national and local elections. Sometimes I think that campaigning goes on continuously until it makes you so annoyed that you vote for the candidate who is the least abrasive, not necessarily the best qualified.
Rose Cogliano is looking for adults who would like to participate in an adult Scrabble group at the Senior Center in Oak Bluffs. The group would meet every Friday morning at 9 am. It sounds like an interesting way to escape the boredom of some of these winter days. Anyone interested in participating may call Rose at the center at 508-693-4509.
Thelma Luce Baird celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 8 with a party given by her niece Lorraine Clark. Thelma resides at Windemere where she is lovingly cared for by the staff there and also by Lorraine .
We send birthday smiles to Brenda Leonard on Jan. 10, Grandson Sam Alley and Richard Combra, Jr. on Jan. 11 followed by Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro the next day. Gert Knowlton and Gen Rogers celebrate on Jan. 13 and Roddy Santos on Jan. 15. Jessica Peters, Catherine Deese and Tyson Araujo share Jan. 16 with Katherine deBettencourt having her party on Jan. 17. Special wishes to Pat Dorsey who celebrates a milestone birthday on Jan. 14.
Join the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group at their potluck party celebrating survival and support on Sun., Jan. 13, at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs from 5 to 7 pm. This is free of charge and open to everyone who wishes to come and share their story (or not), enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the group's wonderful and happy history of support and survival. It is a party, not a fundraiser. For more information, call 508-693-8296.
The programs at our public library will keep you and your family very busy during these winter months. Today, Guitar Hero is from 3:15 to 4:30 pm for ages 10 to 18. This Friday at 3:30 pm the theme at the age 6 to 10 story time is Snowmen and Snow Families. After reading some fun stories about them, children will be making 3D snow people from buffalo snow. And at the preschool story time on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 am there will be a mitten theme.
Shake off those post-holiday blahs and enjoy a killer five-course meal in the cozy warmth of the Dr. Daniel Fisher House. Once again, distinct international-themed meals will be served to support the International Travel Fund at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School. This year's International Dinners will be in January, just the time of year when you need a little sizzle and spark to melt away the frost.
On Jan. 12, a dinner of traditional fare from India will be served. Then on Jan. 26, get ready for a taste of Jamaica. Both events begin at 6 pm and are $55 per person for a five-course meal. B.Y.O.B. Ticket sales have begun, so reserve yours at The Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School, 508-693-9900, or Midnight Farm, 508-693-1997.
Reports from the school show that congratulations are in order for students and staff who raised almost $1,000 for the Red Stocking and Cape & Islands Red Cross Funds. Thanks to everyone who made this possible. The Blazer boys and girls basketball teams season has started. The first boys' game is Tuesday, Jan. 15 and the girls' game is Thursday, Jan. 17. Both games are against Edgartown and scheduled to be played at Oak Bluffs so come out and cheer them on. VTA bus passes are now available in the office for students at a cost of only $25 for the year.
From the lack of news in the recent columns it would seem that no one is traveling or having guests at their homes here on the Island. The last two weeks have been a bit confusing because, due to the holidays, the deadline for news was noon on the Friday before the following Thursday. Now we are back to a regular schedule of the deadline being Monday noon before the Thursday publication, so send your news of visitors, birthdays, parties, and whatever else might interest readers of The Times along to me. Enjoy your week.