Oak Bluffs


You just never know about weather in New England do you? Here I was resigned to the fact that it was almost November, getting used to less sunlight and cooler days and nights, and then we have a day like Monday last where it was springtime again.

The Edgartown Community Suppers are back again on Mondays at 5 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church and as always, all are welcomed.

Another free event at the Mansion House takes place on Halloween at 3:30 when Fae Kontje Gibbs will be teaching Inner Body Yoga. This still leaves you enough time to get back home to greet all the little ghosts and goblins at your door.

John Mayhew, who taught math at MVRHS from 1959 to 1986, now lives in Windemere. He will turn 90 on November 2, which is a weekday, and also Election Day. So his family is holding an open house birthday party for him in the downstairs dining room on October 31 (Halloween!) from 2 to 4 pm. We hope that many of his friends and former students will stop in to wish him a Happy Birthday and share a glass of wine and piece of birthday cake.

We send condolences to the family of Jenny Rollins Larson who died on October 18. Jenny was the daughter of Jack Rollins and the late Julie Hurley Rollins and leaves her husband Erik and children Julianna and Meghan.

A summer resident of O.B. since 1959 has some questions regarding the Oak Bluffs Harbor webcam. He said that during the year he frequently suffers the M.V. blues and longs to return, so was delighted to discover the webcams available on the Island. Recently he noticed a disturbing trend with the O.B. live cam. The camera consistently turns its focus onto one particular house along the harbor instead of the beautiful panoramic views on a daily basis. He called the harbormaster’s office twice in reference to this. First a young lady said she would look into it and changed the view at that time and then a man answered the next call and stated he would look into the problem. Once again the view has been changed to focus on the house again.

When I viewed the webcam it looked like the camera was focused on the Dockside Inn and the Wesley House. It may be a computer program or perhaps pilot error? Either way it detracts from the beauty, serenity, and public security the view of the harbor would provide. Anyone have a solution?

The Oak Bluffs School was so fortunate at last week’s Community Meeting to receive dictionaries from M.V. Rotary Club. This is the fifth year that Rotary has presented dictionaries to the third grade and the school is very grateful.

Parent Teacher conferences dates are November 2, from 1 to 5 pm, November 4 (2 to 6 pm), and November 8 (3 to 7 pm). Kids will be dismissed at noon on these days.

Stop & Shop offers an A+ School Rewards program to help our community schools. Now parents and other supporters can earn great awards for schools to use as they choose. Visit www.stopandshop.com and click on A+ under the Our Stores tab. You can then register your Stop & Shop card to start accruing points with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used.

Reminder: on October 30 is the PTO Halloween Party from 4 to 7 pm, and the ever-popular Book Fair is being held from November 1 to 12.

Calling all bakers, jam makers, knitters, candlestick makers to lift your hearts and hands and share your talents making items for Handmade from the Heart For Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. On December 11 the doors of the beautiful Daniel Fisher house in Edgartown will be open once again to offer all the items and gifts made by our generous friends and supporters. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and homemade baked goodies after shopping. When you shop you give twice. Please help by creating your handmade items. Call Hospice at 508-693-0189 for information.

The M.V. Women’s Network is teaming up with the Island Grown Initiatives to offer a special program called From Farm to Market: Meeting the Local Demand. The program will be on November 1, from 6 to 8 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Geared to food entrepreneurs, from farmers to eaters, the program will feature a panel discussion on business planning and market opportunities for locally grown food. Light local foods will be served. Seating will be limited. Registration is required by tomorrow, October 29, by 5 pm and the Cost is $1 .

Peter Boak’s cat, Squirt, has been missing since October 18. The cat is a four-year-old Bengal, light beige with leopard spots, blue crossed eyes, very talkative, friendly. Peter is my neighbor on Columbian Avenue, off Hudson, near Alpine.

We send Birthday Smiles to Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tompkins today, Sally Leslie Mitchell on the 30th, Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, and Adam Rebello on November 1, and Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd.

Enjoy your week.Peace