Oak Bluffs


Summer is definitely here. The Harbor Fest on Saturday last was busy as ever, and finally the weather cooperated with the sun shining throughout the day. Antique cars were parked the whole stretch of parking area along the bulkhead, attracting many viewers as well. And on Wing Road at the DeBettencourt flower farm, the green lines of future flowers have poked through the ground and before you know it the colorful blossoms with be decorating many a house for the summer.

There is another addition to the Reliable Market Family. Eddie and Erin Pacheco had a baby girl, Margaret Catherine, on June 10 at Falmouth Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds and 1-1/2 ounces. She is doing great and her brothers Robby and Teddy and sister Kelly all love her and cannot stop kissing her. She is fondly called Maggie. I think the market will have to enlarge to make room for all of these future employees.

Fourth-grade teacher Sheila Muldaur, who is retiring after 22 years of teaching at the Oak Bluffs School was given a fond farewell at last Friday’s School Community Meeting. Sheila had uncommon expertise in the field of education, especially her knowledge of reading and writing techniques.

Each year, the MV Chamber of Commerce chooses art work by six island students to grace the cover of their phone directory, “The Island Book.” One of this year’s awards goes to sixth-grader Kaitlyn Marchand. She will receive a $100 US savings bond.

Report cards will be in the mail after July 2. Students with outstanding lunch balances and/or library books that need to be returned, may pick up report cards in the front office which is open in the mornings during the summer.

VTA student bus passes are available in the school office. The pass is $25 and is valid through December 31. Remember, checks only, made payable to VTA.

June 24 is the last day of school with noon dismissal and September 7 will be the first day of school for the 2010-11 school year.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of Martha’s Vineyard is planning its Second Annual Pancake Breakfast to celebrate the independence of our country and honor those who fought for our freedom. Breakfast will start at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 3, at the LDS chapel, Merchants Mart, State Road, Vineyard Haven (across the parking lot from the Black Dog Cafe). Island veterans will speak, patriotic songs will be sung, and the winning 8th grade patriotic essay will be read.

What could be more relaxing than to listen to a band concert in our beautiful Ocean Park on a summer evening. The concert dates for this summer in Oak Bluffs are on Sunday evenings: June 27, July 11, 25, August 8, and 22. If it is raining, concerts are held at the Tabernacle.

Question of the week is what happened to the Telegraph Hill Sign at the East Chop Light? It’s not looking too well.

On Friday, June 25 from 6 to 8 pm there will be a summer party featuring a silent and mini-live auction of garden items and unique planters created by local artisans to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard at the Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden in West Tisbury. For $50 per person (rain or shine) you may enjoy cocktails, plentiful hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Dendy Dancetheater and Hard Working Bodies present New Works from the Yard 2010 Dance Company Residency on June 25 and 26 at 8 pm and June 27 at 6 pm, with an additional free family matinee on Saturday at 4 pm. The Yard is off Middle Road near Beetlebung Corner in Chilmark.

Every Sunday at the Mansion House at 5:30 pm, a free exercise class is offered. A different class is offered each week and is taught by one of their qualified instructors. Over the next couple of weeks they will be featuring Pilates, Hard Core, and Power Hour.

The MVCenter4Living will hold its first fundraiser, Summer Welcome, at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs on Friday, June 25, from 6 to 10. The evening of Island-style fun includes dinner, dancing, door prizes, and silent auction. The tickets cost $10. There will be a cash bar, and proceeds go toward finding a permanent home for the Supportive Day Program.

We send birthday smiles to Fran Alwardt on June 24, Ashley Rebello, Leanne Giordano, and Chuck Fisher on June 28, and Abbey Grace Marchand and Donna Leon on June 30.

Enjoy your week.