Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Recycling takes a major step forward at the Oak Bluffs School as they have recently contracted with Allied Waste Disposal Service to restructure how their recycling material is managed at the school. They have agreed to provide the school with a large recycling dumpster which will be a container for all of the recycling material. Students and staff may now dispose of any recyclable materials in the container remembering that all items must be clean. The School seeks to be a leader in reducing the amount of trash that is disposed of to minimize their impact on the increasingly fragile environment.
A small nudge but an important one to remind parents and students that any child using a scooter, skateboard, razor board, or bicycle must have a helmet on. It is the law that children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet.
My son Dion and his wife, Debra, and their three-year-old daughter, Paige, spent a few days with us last week. They flew up from S.C. where they live. Debra's cousin Morgan, who, along with Debra, hales from Australia and is living with the family for a year, accompanied them on their visit and even with the inclement weather enjoyed herself immensely. They, Along with Dion's siblings and their children, parents and of course their 96-year-old grandmother, they all had an informal but wonderful celebration dinner Saturday night just because we were all together once again. Mary Alley was surprised, and a bit embarrassed, when a birthday cake and song in her honor ended the evening.
Baskets full of get well wishes to Wendy Rose and Bill Anderson Sr. Speedy recovery to you both.
The ever-popular Sally Foster fundraiser is on once again for the benefit of the school. Students will be bringing catalogs and wrapping paper home or an order form can be picked up at the school office.
The After School Library programs for grades 2 through 5 and middle school homework club for grades 6 through 8 began on Monday.
Tom Dresser will be the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations program on Sept. 19. Tom will discuss his book "Mystery on M.V." which deals with the 1940 Rice School Murder on Martha's Vineyard. The program starts at 11:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center.
Check out the annual rummage sale for the benefit of the Methodist Church in the Campground. The sale takes place this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 am to 2 pm at the parish house in the Campground. There will be bargains galore and for a good cause also.
I received news from Pat Kelley about her busy family. They moved to Falmouth in June and Rick has retired from the State Police after 33 years and is enjoying playing golf on a daily basis. Son Shamus is in marketing and living in Haverhill, and Shelagh is a freshman this year at Endicott College in Beverly. Pat is still teaching fifth grade at the West Tisbury School, commuting each day from Falmouth. Pat and Rick will be celebrate their 30 wedding anniversary on Sept. 30. Congratulations.
We send Birthday Smiles to Rick Kelley who partied on Sept.16, Twins Corey and Amber Medeiros on Sept. 20, Ruth Metell on Sept. 21, Ken Davey on Sept. 24 and Dustin Shaw on Sept. 25.
Enjoy your week.