Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The birds are still missing from the feeders and only the pesky crows seem to be about. There are also fewer cars, fewer people, but still plenty of activities are available for everyone to keep this wintertime not quite so boring.
The Vineyard Smiles program will be back at the Oak Bluffs School in February. This program brings the dentist to the school on Feb. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. If you have not registered your child to see the dentist and would like to, obtain a registration form from the office and return it back to the office ASAP. If you have already submitted a registration form, you will be notified by mail of your child's appointment. If you have any questions, call Henrietta McElheny at 508-693-6488.
The school is looking for volunteers for their annual Cake Walk, which is scheduled for Jan. 26. Please let Michelle Moore know if you are interested. You may reach her at 508-693-7482. The PTO made a tremendous donation towards the rejuvenation of the cafeteria with the allocation of $15,000 towards this project. This is a big commitment to the children, the staff, and the building. It was only a few years ago that this very active group answered the call to improve the playgrounds and now they are willing to do so again with the cafeteria project.
We send birthday smiles to Marcia Valentzas on Jan. 19, Alfie Araujo the next day, granddaughter Talia Rogers on Jan. 21, Buddy deBettencourt on Jan. 23 and Joe Peters on Jan. 24. Marie Hearn came from West Newton for a few days to visit her mother Ann Hearn of Woodside Village. While she was here, the two of them, along with her aunt Megan Alley, enjoyed a lunch out to celebrate Marie's visit.
Here is a great chance to learn basic computer skills. The Oak Bluffs library will offer a program on Feb. 7 from 10:45 am to 12 noon to those wishing to learn very basic computer skills. No prior computer experience is necessary and this course is for absolute beginners. A second course will be offered in February as a follow up and for those that already have prior computer experience. As there is limited seating available for this program, please call the library to sign up at 508-693-9433.
Colleen and Andrew Farrissey recently returned from a ten-day visit to Kenya. While there, they took some marvelous pictures of the beautiful landscapes and animals in that section of the world. Their parents Kathy and Andy were glad to welcome them home, as the day the two siblings arrived in Kenya was the day the riots started there. But as they say, "all's well that ends well" and Colleen and Andrew will have memories of this adventure for years to come.
The words on the sign in front of the P.A. Club said it all: "We Love You Joe Nunes." After 97 years of living life joyfully, Joe Nunes passed away last week. Former Town dog officer, Field Driver, Leader at the P.A., friend, grandfather and long-time companion to Kay Manning, he also touched many lives, not only here in our town, but throughout the Island. What an empty space he has left in so many places. Our sympathies to all those who loved him
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.