Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The thunderclap that woke me early Monday morning also brought along some downpours and hail. At least there was an absence of snow, so let's hope we have seen the last of that for another year.
Remember that you heard it here first. Two-year-old twins Teddy and Robbie Pacheco, of Reliable Market fame, are already in training to work at the market when they are old enough. I saw them this morning each with a broom in their hands, being instructed by their grandfather Bob on how to sweep the floors. Another of those "if only I had a camera with me" moments.
Congratulations to Sam Oslyn, an Oak Bluffs School eighth grader who recently received an Honorable Mention from "The Letters About Literature Program" for a letter he wrote to author Cynthia Kodohata sharing his response to her book "Kira Kira." In all, 54,000 students nationwide participated in this conversation and Sam will be formally recognized at an awards celebration at the State House in May.
The Second Annual Oak Bluffs School Trivia Night will be held on Friday, April 3, beginning at 6 pm. Ray Whitaker will be leading students and their families through several categories. There will be prizes, food, and camaraderie. This is a free family event. The school is still looking for anyone who has and is willing to donate a clothes dryer and a desktop PC computer to the school.
Deidre, Lucas (age 6), and Lylah (age 4) Diodati will be returning to Martha's Vineyard in late April after a winter in sunny Naples, Fla. Lucas will be enrolling in the first grade at Oak Bluffs School and he is very excited. Mother and daughter will keep busy readying their beloved Capricorn House for another season. This will be the 16th season that the Diodati family has run the bed and breakfast overlooking Nantucket Sound.
Paul Carrick's show will be at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, April 1-16. Featherstone is open every day from 12 noon until 4 pm and Paul will have posters and copies of his book at the opening reception on April 5 from 4 to 6 pm.
The Oak Bluffs Public Library will show a new DVD release on a large projection screen on Thursday, April 9. Sally Hawkins stars in this comedy about a jubilant schoolteacher named Poppy. The film is rated R. Popcorn and beverages will be served - just like being at the movies. Please call the library at 508-693-9433 to learn the movie's title.
The All Island Girls seventh and eighth basketball team came home with huge wins and a huge trophy on Sunday from the Bourne Basketball Tournament. The team won all five of their games. Team members Kat deBettencourt, Jenny Lindlen, Kendall Robinson, Tiana Souza, Maggie Riseborough, Katie Stewart, Katie Johnson, Hayley Maciel, and Hayley McCarthy were aptly led by their coaches Lynn Sylvia and Amy Maciel. Lynn is one of the daughters of the late Sancy Pacheco, former Superintendent of Schools, and basketball coach, which really shows that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
We send birthday smiles to Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo, and Betty Rose on April 1, Richard D. Combra on April 2, Heather Holt on April 4, Sandy Ferreira on April 6, David Tchorz on the 7th, followed by Ben Hall III on April 8, while Donald Combra and Richard Giordano share the next day. Don't forget town meeting on Tuesday, April 14, and the town elections on April 16.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.