Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Slip, slip, slide and hopefully no falls are what we are facing with this spell of snowy weather. I have discovered that it is a lot prettier when you are looking at it out the windows of your home than when you attempt to navigate safely to your destination. We have even colder weather coming our way today and Friday, so "they" say. Lets hope that "they" are not right.
Of interest to Oak Bluffs residents might be the Sunday, Jan. 25, Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library winter lecture series. Pamela Street will speak about "Robert Morris Copeland's Plan for Oak Bluffs, Safeguarding the Legacy: From Speculative Subdivision to Historic District." The 2 pm talk will focus on the five plans Copeland, a noted 19th century landscape design architect, designed for this commission beginning in 1856.
We send birthday smiles to Catherine Deese and Jessica Peters on January 16 and a very special smile to Tyrone Araujo, who will be six on the same day. Tyrone will celebrate with a party with his friends and family. Katherine deBettencourt will party on January 17, Marcia Valentzas on the 19th, Alfie Araujo on the next day, and to granddaughter Talia Rogers, who will be the magic 18 on January 21.
A reminder from the Oak Bluffs school that tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 16, is a professional day for teachers and staff. There will be no school for students on that day.
Today at 9 am is the start of the Oak Bluffs school's geography bee in the cafeteria. Students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
The school also would like to ask visitors and parents to please not block cars during the parking/pick up at the school. It is becoming a safety issue and when the circle is full there are plenty of parking spaces at the back of the school past the athletic fields. Also in the next few weeks they will be conducting lockdown drills with the Oak Bluffs Police Department. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Binney or Ms. Patti.
The school will be closed on January 19 to Honor Dr. King.
The Oak Bluffs Public Library will be showing two new DVD releases on their large projection screen on January 17 from 1 to 4:45 pm. Meryl Streep stars a musical comedy featuring the huge hits of musical group ABBA. The second movie, starting at 3 pm, stars Keira Knightley, who plays the Duchess of Devonshire in a romantic drama. Both movies are rated PG-13.
Learn basic computer skills at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm. There will be time to ask specific computer questions; no prior computer experience is necessary. Due to limited seating, you are asked to call the library to sign up at 508-693-9433.
Jeremy Alley-Tarter placed first in the 11 to 12 age group at the New England Indoor Classic 800 meter race on Sunday. The race took place at the Reggie Lewis Arena in spite of all the snow and ice.
Head to the Martha's Vineyard Ice Arena this weekend to cheer on the high school girls hockey teams. Both teams will compete in the Annual Nan Rheault Hockey Tournament, Saturday, Jan. 17. The J.V. team will be playing Needham High School at 1 pm and the Varsity will be playing Cathedral High School at 5 pm.
Take time to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. During his short life he taught us so much and his lessons still go on.
Enjoy your week and send your news of vacations, visitors, travels, etc. along to me.