Oak Bluffs


Is it going on forever this winter, this cycle of snow, showers, then freezing up and ice?

I need ice skates (and better balance) to navigate from the back porch to the car. Even Molly, my lab, who loves to run in the snow chasing tennis balls, carefully picks her way across the lawn. Now snow turning to rain is predicted for Tuesday of this week. So at least it will be a bit warmer and hopefully will not immediately drop to freezing again.

Joe and Nicole deBettencourt welcomed a new baby daughter, Alaina Rae, on Friday last. Alaina was welcomed by her two older sisters, Angela and Leah, and brother, Joe.

Due to a forecasted storm in the NYC area, The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network was forced to re-schedule their program of Goal Setting, GPS Your Life and Career. It will now be held on Tuesday, January 25, with check-in at 11:30 am for the program that begins at noon. A light lunch will be served. The program is sponsored by the Mansion House and tours of the Fitness Center and Spa will be available starting at 11 am.

Oak Bluffs residents Terry Pothier and Kathy Spiro were featured in the Not Summer issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Along with four other Island friends, these Oak Bluffs women walked the 63-mile perimeter of Martha’s Vineyard. It is a most interesting story about their 40-hour, six-day expedition.

On Saturday, January 22, from 11 am to 1 pm, come join others at the Oak Bluffs Library in a Snowflake Craft workshop. Beat the winter blues by making your very own snowflakes. Rubbing plates, stamps, beading crafts, and more. This is for all ages.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., has a large exhibition of Lois Mailou Jones’s artwork. Her 75-year career included time on Martha’s Vineyard, and there are several Island paintings and references. You can Google it to see a description of LMJones exhibition.

Speaking of art, if you have occasion to visit the M.V. Hospital, you will notice that there are a few paintings hung in some of the waiting rooms and lobbies. These have all been donated to the hospital and certainly enhance the areas where they are found.

Many Vineyard youth are looking forward to the New Year. Some were busy during this holiday season working towards their dreams. Oak Bluffs resident Adrian Aristide held a College Scholarship Workshop at the Oak Bluffs Library. She just graduated from Salem State University as a psychology major. Last summer, Adrian served as first Project Coordinator for the Youth Summit at the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership andStone Soup Leadership Institute.

Congratulations to young Jarek Peters who has graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Norwood as a Diesel/Industrial Technician. He is certified to work on diesel engines and to handle universal refrigerants, very high, high, and low-pressure systems. Jarek is the son of Cathy and Mark Peters and is currently living back on the Vineyard where he will celebrate his birthday on January 30.

Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) is offering some exciting cooking classes taught by talented Island chefs and healthy cooking experts. On January 25, MJ Delekta, director of the Sacred Circle of Yoga, will be teaching The Yoga of Food Cooking Workshop.

We send get well wishes to Father Mike Nagle of Good Shepherd Parish who is recovering from recent surgery.

Birthday smiles go out to Alfie Araujo today, Granddaughter Talia Rogers on the 21st; Buddy deBettencourt, Michael Blake, and Paul Buckley on January 23; Joe Peters, Megan Klein, and BJ Bailey share the 24th; and Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt on the 25th.Enjoy your week.Peace.