Town Column : Oak Bluffs
If you admire the flower buckets in Farland Square and all the flowers about our town as much as I do, then you have the park and highway department and Crossland Landscaping to thank for these displays. The colors of all these flowers add a happy and welcoming feature to our town.
With the observance of Memorial Day we are officially at the start of our summer season, but it seems to me that the crowds are somewhat thinner than last year. It is nice to see some of the familiar faces that we missed over the winter.
When the Oak Bluffs School staff and student body held their recognition of Memorial Day last Friday, the veterans present included staff members Ray Frazio, Rae Carter, and Brian Weiland, as well as special guests US Army Sgt. Joanne Murphy (ret.) and retired US Army Sgt. Mev Good (ret.), courtesy of the American Legion Post 257 and VFW. Students performed songs, recited poems, and read passages reflecting our country's respect and homage to our brave veterans.
Thanks to the PTO for their immediate help, the after-school homework club and after-school library programs have been reinstated. They had been canceled do to a loss of funding, but the ever-helpful PTO has once again come forth with immediate assistance.
Oak Bluffs student Sam Oslyn was honored at the Massachusetts State House with an award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book, as one of the finalists in the Letters about Literature contest. Over 3,500 letters across the Commonwealth were reviewed for this award.
Movie night at our Oak Bluffs Public Library on June 4 features a new DVD release on the large projection screen. Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson star in a romantic comedy set in London. Call the library to learn the movie's title.
Come and learn about the importance of preserving the stories of our lives at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Susan Klein, storyteller and author, will lead an introduction to her popular workshop, Spice Of Life. This free workshop will be held on Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm in the meeting room. Seating is limited, so please call the library to reserve your spot.
Before I send new birthday smiles, I have to apologize for a mistake in last week's column when Kayden Devine was referred to as Jasmine Devine's sister. Of course, we know that Kayden is Jasmine's brother. So sorry, Kayden.
Birthday smiles are sent to Mia Rebello on June 2, Bert Combra on June 4, and my sister Ann Hearn on June 5.
Enjoy your week and send your views along to me.