Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Now that we can actually see the ground again, a lot of what we see needs to be picked up and raked. Is anyone else besides me surprised by all the rubbish people have causally tossed onto our roadsides and woods this winter? Let's all clean around our neighborhoods so we can enjoy the views of spring once more.
Whippoorwill Farm Community Supported Agriculture program is now accepting members for the 2009 season. Shares are available in large and small sizes and range in commitment from 5 to 24 weeks in duration from June through Thanksgiving. Interested residents can get more information on the website, whipoorwillfarm.com.
Save April 10 for the opening of Mediterranean restaurant. This well-known restaurant, formerly located in Vineyard Haven, is moving to Oak Bluffs at the former site of Lola's. You will be reading more about this event in the near future.
You may enjoy a wonderful chicken dinner at the Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, March 21. The dinner, sponsored by the legion will take place from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is only $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Wii bowling is returning to Oak Bluffs on Saturday, March 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. You may play one frame of bowling using the library's Nintendo Wii and you will be entered into a free gift card giveaway drawing. There will also be a brief slideshow and presentation about the historic bowling alleys of Oak Bluffs before the bowling starts at 2:45. The program includes free snacks and of course a lot of community fun.
The organization Connect To End Violence is looking to have a panel discussion titled Raising Boys either on April 6 or April 13. It would be held at Martha's Vineyard Community Services conference room from 6:30 to 8 pm. The organizers are interested in enlisting three or four men who have raised or are raising boys to be on the panel. If you are interested, please contact Aita Romain at 508-693-7900 ext. 218.
Carol Carrick is returning early from Florida this year in order to see her son Paul's original children's book illustrations for a book called "Wired," which explains for young children how electricity comes to their houses. He will also be showing his first written and illustrated book, "Watch out for Wolfgang." The show runs from April 1 to 15, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 5, when autographed books will be for sale.
The Oak Bluffs School needs parents' help in dealing with the problem of the number of students who are lingering after school hours. Some students are there because of the after-school activities, but the problems start following these activities, after 4 pm. The students are unsupervised and horseplay and roughhousing frequently ensue with the potential for serious injuries. We request that parents see that their children are only waiting for a short time for their rides home. And speaking to them regarding proper and safe behavior during these idle times would be greatly appreciated.
PTO Games Night is Friday, March 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Teachers open their classrooms for a night of game playing such as chess, bingo, snowball fight in the gym, and more. These are followed by the Theme Basket raffles. Games night is a free family event and there is something for everyone
Thanks to Kathy Burton for passing along to me information about the delays on the building of the temporary Lagoon Bridge. Seems as though there is a moratorium on construction on the water from January 15 to May because of the winter flounder spawning season. Is this what is meant by a "Fish Story?" Apparently there was an exemption granted as work once more has resumed. But my thanks to Kathy for searching out an answer.
We send birthday smiles to Jim Dorsey on March 19, Erica Ponte on March 21, Marcelle BenDavid on the 23rd, and Hunter Ponte on March 25.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.