Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The slowing down for winter has begun. Some of the stores in town have started to close for the winter, but I wanted to thank those stores who leave an attractive display in their windows even after they have closed. The two I noticed were The Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Café and Bakery/Back Door Donuts building in the David Healey Mall and, even though they have not closed for the winter yet, Mary's Linen Store. We appreciate the time taken to make these stores a little bit brighter for the winter months. Perhaps more seasonal stores could take this hint and brighten things up for us year-round folk. How about a contest to see who can make the most attractive window display for the winter? Any ideas, Oak Bluffs Business Association?
I hope people will remember that many areas in town are named in honor of citizens who served our town well in past years and call those areas by their true names. I have heard these areas referred to by old names, even by our Selectmen at their televised meetings. For instance: Farland Square so named after a former Oak Bluffs Fire Department Chief, it is not the information booth square; David Healey Mall is named after a truly caring citizen who labored to make the town more beautiful, it is not the Post Office Mall; Dennis Alley Community Park is no longer named Waban Park; and The Everett Rogers Municipal Building, is not named the Old Town Hall. It just takes practice to get it right.
The last fall parent conference at the Oak Bluffs School takes place on Monday, Nov. 2. Dismissal will be at 12 noon and a bag lunch will be served. Transportation for the Boys and Girls Club bus will be at 12 noon as well.
The Vineyard Smiles dental program will be at the school on October 29 and 30. There will be no school on November 11, Veterans Day.
The new season of the Edgartown Community Suppers began on Monday, Oct. 26 and will continue on Mondays from 5 to 6 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. All are welcome.
Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:45 pm, the Oak Bluffs Public Library will show a new DVD release on a large projection screen. It is a popular musical and performing arts documentary that takes viewers inside the casting and making of "The Chorus Line."
The M.V. Women's Network is sponsoring a Geek Girl Camp on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Espresso Love in Edgartown from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available for sale. You might ask what exactly is it? Well, it consists of a Social Media Scavenger Hunt: The Ultimate Learning by Doing. Cost is $35 for non-members and $25 for members.
Makes Sense Communication sends word that summertime, derby, and storm debris has collected on our beloved Eastville Beach. Everyone is invited to help with a final clean up for 2009. Please bring your own gloves. Garbage bags and treats will be provided, and costumes are optional. The spooky stuff needs to disappear. Just meet on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 am to 12 noon. This is the beach on the right just before the bridge after you pass the hospital. Rain date will be on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 12 noon to 2 pm. For more information or to check on a rain date, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We send birthday smiles to Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tomkins on October 29, Barbara Morgan, Anne Davey, and Adam Rebello on November 5, Ryan Gonsalves on November 2, and Randy BenDavid and Kerry Alley on November 5. Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt will be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary on November 5.
Enjoy your week.