Oak Bluffs


Monday was what I call a summer respite day. It was as if the Island got a much-needed shower to clean up after a very hot and busy summer. It gave us time to stop, take a breath, and relax while watching the rain and listening to the wind — that is if you were not trying to travel by auto to any town on the Island. Traffic was the slowest and busiest I have ever seen.

My, but there are an awful lot of people on the Island angry about many happenings in Oak Bluffs. People are angry about dirty beaches, lack of an animal control officer, no helpful responses from the health agent regarding beach closures, lack of police presence… and the list goes on. Seems to me most of these problems could be brought down to manageable size, if not solved, by proper communication.

On Saturday last, niece Kathy Farrissey traveled to Connecticut to pick up our adopted rescue lab, Molly. Molly arrived all the way from Tennessee on the “Last Chance Railway” after three months of negotiations with the lab rescue organization, labs4rescue. Somewhere between three and five years old and a bit overweight, she is a sweet yellow English Lab, comes when called, and an absolute gem. She fit right in with our family, and also all of our couches, and seems to want to make ours her forever home. Kathy felt it was quite an experience to go and watch the many rescued dogs being greeted by their new families as they got off the bus. Myself, I think Kathy would make a wonderful animal control officer for Oak Bluffs, even if only for emergencies. Any seconds on that nomination?

There is a new group forming, Friends and Neighbors of Sunset Lake (FANS of Sunset Lake), and they are doing a fabulous job working with the Town of Oak Bluffs, Conservation Commission, and Parks Department to clean and beautify the park. Special thanks to those who participated and donated to this worthwhile event.

Pam and Jim Butterick will once again open their home at 359 Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs and host An Evening of Music on the Lagoon on Sunday, September 5 at 6 pm. Please come and enjoy the musical trio consisting of John Gorman, Jan Hyer, and Matt Pelikan as they set the sunset scene for the final Sunday of the summer, while enjoying wine and appetizers. There is no admission charge, but a generous donation of any amount is encouraged that will directly benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic 1895 Hook and Hastings pipe organ of the Federated Church of Edgartown. Any questions please call 505-939-0335 or email antispung@aol.com.

On August 29 at 5:30 pm, the Mansion House is offering a free fitness class with Brenda Wallis. The club’s fitness director will be hosting her class, Hard Core. Be prepared to work all your core muscles hard, using equipment such as gliding discs and stability balls.

At the Oak Bluffs library tonight at 5:30 pm, come and hear Susan Klein speak about Island communities, traditions, and transformations. See the new video and get your personally inscribed copy of the new book, “Martha’s Vineyard: Now & Zen.”

Shawn Broadly was chosen to serve as an MDA Jailbird and being Locked-Up to help Jerry’s Kids©. In order to be released on good behavior, he will need your help to raise his “bail,” which has been set at $1,600 to benefit individuals and families served by MDA who are affected by neuromuscular disease and to help this important cause.

On Sunday, August 29 from 4 to 6 pm will be the opening of the Art of the Ceramic Bowl show. Island potters will be making bowls for a cost of $25. You choose your bowl, and it will be filled with soup; the meal includes Rickard’s bread, beverages, and dessert.

The Rev. Robert Hensley of the Grace Episcopal Church, and the Island Ecumenical Council, will hold a special service on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 am followed by a picnic at the Tabernacle to provide support and financial assistance to residents of the Gulf Coast region. The Theme of this special worship service is “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” A free-will offering will be taken and donated to Community Services of Louisiana. Free tickets are available from the sponsoring churches. Other groups and businesses wishing to take part, donate food, participate, or who are seeking additional information are asked to contact the Rev. Robert Hensley at Grace Church: 508-693-0332

We send birthday smiles to Ginny Hall and her son-in-law Leon Holt and Erin deBettencourt on August 25, Christine Anthony on the 24th, Retired Chief Nelson Amaral and Ken Ruszyk on the 26th, brothers Matt and Andrew Marchand share the 28th along with grandson Chris Alley. And guess who turns 100 the 29th? Alice Rose, who still manages to keep her flower garden beautiful along Wing Road.

Enjoy your week.