Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. Memories come forth in waves to me during this time. This Island was so different during the 40s than it is now and as isolated as we were back then, World War II affected our lives greatly. I remember rationing, few cars, the USO, military personnel everywhere, blackouts, those terrifying air raid drills, and the sorrow of seeing small banners in house windows with a gold star in the center indicating another lost loved one. Stop and think how really different life would be today if not for the sacrifices of so many people. Remember and say thank you by participating in the Memorial Day observances. The Avenue of Flags and parade takes place on Monday, May 25, at the Vineyard Haven Cemetery. Help would be appreciated for erecting the flags at 7:30 am and again at 3 pm when they are taken down. This year there are eight new names added and there are over 450 flags. The parade starts from Legion Hall at 9:30 am and proceeds to the cemetery. Veterans, police and fire departments, scouts, and military personnel are all invited to participate in this parade. There will be a brief ceremony at the cemetery including the dedication of a World War II memorial to the Merchant Marines and there will be a fly-over. Afterwards units will proceed to Legion hall for food and drinks.
The Oak Bluffs School will be holding their Memorial Day celebration tomorrow at 2 pm in the school gym.
Due to lack of funding, two of the after-school programs at the school are coming to an end: the homework club for middle-school students and the library program.
The Oak Bluffs Library continues with its interesting program. Wii Play Games for all ages takes place Saturday, May 23, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Play Mario Kart and a wide selection of new and classic board games and enjoy refreshments and community fun. Congratulations to Lana BenDavid, daughter of Ed and Linda BenDavid, who received the Duke University Outstanding Service in Student Organization Advising Award. She received many congratulatory messages form Duke's staff and students.
The 16th Annual Oak Bluffs Memorial Day five-kilometer road race and one-mile fun run takes place this Sunday, May 24, at 11 am, starting at the Wesley Hotel. This will benefit Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, one of my most favorite Island charities. I first became aware of this wonderful organization in the 80s when they were relatively new, and they came to the assistance of my family when my mother was diagnosed with ALS. In the 90s I was able to return their kindness and help by working on their summer fundraisers under the direction of the late Marsha Campbell. So come and support them by participating or donating to this marvelous organization.
Sandra Macias and Rory Moreis proudly announce son Mitchell Antonio Moreis's commencement at Columbia University on Wednesday, May 20. Mitchell received his Bachelor's degree in Economic /Political Science.
Stacy Cotterill and Don Hatch were married at their home on April 25. Stacy was given away by her son, Josh, and her granddaughter, Juliane Toth, was her flower girl. After the ceremony the couple proceeded to the P.A. Club for a reception on their motorcycles with Stacy wearing a helmet over her veil and a "Just Married" sign attached to the back of the bike.