Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The town meeting and the elections are over and things in that arena have quieted down a bit. But take a deep breath quickly, as the summer season is rapidly approaching. Don't be fooled by the cool weather because you know that one day we are wondering if the days will ever warm up and then suddenly we are in the midst of a heat wave. This is known as Vineyard spring. Merchants are very busy sprucing up their buildings and stocking their supplies and, as this is vacation week for many schools, many students are here with their families taking in the sights. Remember please that students are not in school this week and may be enthusiastically riding bikes around or playing games that end up expanding into the streets.
You will need a schedule to keep up with all of the programs offered by our town library. They have now launched a new web page for Lifelong Learners. Log onto this web page to find information on the topics of finance, health, technology, home and garden, work and activism, and local history. Then local author Joyce Salvo will discuss her book "Simple Answers to the Questions" on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 pm. There will be time for questions and answers following the talk, and refreshments will be served.
Last Wednesday, my sister and I decided to go to the mainland for the day and somehow I managed to lose the boarding pass in spite of the fact that I hadn't gotten out of my car. Bridget Tobin was standing at the gangplank and when I told her my dilemma, she calmly reassured me and re-ticketed me in a calm, helpful manner. The crew on the boat was very understanding also when I found the pass (in my pocketbook, of course) and one of the workers took it to Bridget, so everything worked out perfectly. For their calmness and understanding, The Act of Random Kindness Award goes to Bridget Tobin and the SSA crew.
The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council will hold its annual Community Input Session on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 pm at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Here is your chance to help shape the future of Martha's Vineyard's cultural life in the arts, humanities, and interpretative sciences. For more info, call Pia at 508-627-7837.
Delilah Ellen Butler, daughter of Nicholas and Olivia Butler and granddaughter of Pat and Jack Law, all of Oak Bluffs, turned one year old on April 14. She celebrated her birthday with a party at the American Legion hall in Vineyard Haven with lots of friends and family. On her first ride on the Flying Horses she and her mom caught the brass ring. She is the sixth generation of her family to ride the Flying Horses and she loved the horses so much she went back the next day.
Reminder that the annual kindergarten orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 29, in the Oak Bluffs School library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This is an important evening when the kindergarten teachers and staff provide parents with an overview of the kindergarten program, and parents will have a chance to visit classrooms and speak with staff also.
Congratulations to two students at the school: Jack Sayre who received the Super Saver Award from the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, and Peter Tennant, whose art work was selected by the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce to appear on the cover of the 2009-2010 Island Book.