Town Column : Oak Bluffs
After so many windy, rainy weekends, what more can you say about the weather last weekend - except thank you, thank you, The sun brought out not just early spring flowers but also many walkers of all ages. Here's hoping it continues.
Volunteers are needed for the Eastville Beach invasive plant removal project on Saturday, March 27, from noon until 3 pm. The rain date will be the next day. Under the direction of environmental biologist Dick Johnson and the Eastville Beach Committee, MV Girl Scout Troops and volunteers will remove Japanese black pine, oriental bittersweet, Japanese knotweed and autumn olive that threaten the environmental health of Eastville Beach (located by the new, temporary drawbridge near the hospital). Gloves, tools, and garbage bags will be supplied.
I am so sorry to tell you that John Gibson succumbed to serious injuries after a motorcycle accident in Florida. John had struggled valiantly for the past few weeks. To his mother Bobby Ann, son James, sisters Pam and Paula, brother Michael and the rest of his extended family, we offer our deepest sympathy.
Funeral services for Peter Regan, former neighbor and friend, will be this Saturday at Our Lady Star of The Sea Church at 11 am. Condolences to his wife, Eulalie, and their children.
The new Martha's Vineyard Hospital building will open this spring. They are in need of volunteer ambassadors to escort patients and help staff the reception area. Volunteers are needed mornings and afternoons seven days a week. If you would like to be in on the ground floor of the move into the new building in April, please contact Sue Mill, director of volunteers, at either 508-693-0410 ext 218 or email . The Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new hospital will be Sunday, April 11, at 11 am in front of the new building. The entire Vineyard Community is invited to gather for this historic event and to join everyone for coffee and donuts and take a tour of the new building. Parking is limited, but there will be off-site parking at the MV Regional High School Performing Arts Center, and transportation to and from the school and hospital will be provided from 10:30 am to 3 pm.
If you have a problem with disposing of some of your recycling items your soda bottle/can returns would be appreciated by the Island Childrens' School, Federated Church Youth Group, and the Edgartown Library.
Old cell phones and empty printer cartridges can be dropped off at boxes at the Oak Bluffs Police Department, EduComp, daRosa's, VNA, MV Hospital, and the V.H. and W.T. Libraries.
Helene Hall traveled on last Sunday to go the Cape and Island Basketball All-Stars game, at Barnstable High. It was the 26th annual Cape Cod and Islands Basketball All-star game. Helene's daughter Jillian Sedlier, aka The Chief, led the Upper Cape with 10 points in the first half. She finished with the most points, 15, for the Upper Cape. Jillian is a junior center on the MVRHS girls varsity.
On Tuesday, March 30, the public is invited to an Oak Bluffs candidate forum at 7 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. This will offer an opportunity to hear statements from those running for office and to ask questions.
The Oak Bluffs PTO reports a grand total for the Basket Raffle of $2,445 at their recent games night.
And a reminder for parents that if you are registering your child for kindergarten for next year, please call Michelle at 693-0951.
On Thursday, April 1, from 6 to 7:45 pm, the Oak Bluffs Library will hold a special movie presentation of a funny, smart, and compassionate coming-of-age story starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard.
We send birthday smiles to James Rebello and Hannah Gibb on March 27, Grace Frye on March 28, Garrett Broadley the next day, and Robin Meader, Betty Rose, and Tyson Araujo on April 1.
Enjoy your week.