Oak Bluffs

The weather seems to go from snowy winter to promises of spring to come. As soon as I spread the Ice Melt, the sun comes out and the temperature goes up 10 or 15 degrees. The birds keep sending out their cheerful songs as if to keep our spirits up and let us know that we are headed for our long-awaited spring weather.

Amy Billings let me now that her husband, Chris Welch, is in Miami this weekend doing an obstacle course race (this one is 8-10 miles) called a Spartan race. Marc Hanover and Tony Lima are also signed up to run in this race. Chris has been doing the Spartan races around New England for the past two years. The Spartan races are from 3 to 15 miles and include water obstacles. This is not a marathon or a triathlon; it is a whole different breed of “spartans.”

Richard Fried is concerned about air pollution on Martha’s Vineyard especially the area by the blinker where the round-about will be constructed. To learn about his research and ideas, contact him at friedrichard@aol.com.

The 13th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival begins on Friday, March 15, and ends on Sunday, March 17. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 1. If you’d like to reserve a couch for the entire weekend, email info@tmvff.org.

Pulled Pork Dinner on Saturday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. There will be corn bread, baked beans, coleslaw, beverage, and desserts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Take-out is available. For information, call 508-693-1539.

Once again winter lobster rolls will be available at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. They will be sold on Sunday, March 3 from 12 noon until 2 pm or until sold out. The bargain price of $15 includes: lobster roll, chips, beverage. Pie is $4/slice. For info or large orders call 508-693-0332.

Popular Vineyard storyteller Susan Klein will cast her magical spell at Grace Episcopal Church, Vineyard Haven on Friday, March 8. Ms. Klein will spin a selection of “Tales for a Winter’s Night” beginning at 7 pm immediately following the weekly Community Soup Supper. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, please call 508-693-0332.

Nutrition Coach Griffin Hughes teaches a Stress and Weight Control Workshop at Mansion House Health Club on March 4 at 6:15 pm. The class is part of a monthly series of nutrition workshops held at the Health Club. For more information, visit mvmansionhouse.com.

One of the School Improvement Plan goals is increased security within the protocols and building. This goal has been and always will be a priority of the school. Here is an update on building security measures that are being taken. There is lettering on the entrance doors request that all visitors sign in at the front office. During February break, there will be a door installed in the vestibule that makes up the main entrance. The interior doors of the main entrance will be locked when the school day begins. This will require that you enter the school through the main office lobby and sign in when you enter. It is hoped that our community will be patient with this change. The Oak Bluffs School and police have worked in concert to devise a plan that may address the desire for daily police presence in the context of the challenge of funding such an endeavor. The plan is to provide the police with office space and the necessary infrastructure that will allow the police to complete their clerical responsibilities while in the school building. The Oak Bluffs police will not be in the building to conduct police business other than this clerical work. Their presence will naturally strengthen the relationship between school and local law enforcement and provide opportunities to support the school community as a whole as they interact with staff and children alike. Your input will be much appreciated and you are invited to any of the weekly Wednesday parent forums in the library at 8:15 am or the next PTO meeting on March 20 at 7 pm, or call Principal Richie Smith at 508-693-0951.

Birthday smiles to Heather Ferreira on March 2, Reggie Holland-Kuszewski and Kathie Case on the 3rd, Allison Ferreira, Amy Billings and Christine Buckley on the 4th, and Marguerite Cogliano on March 5th. Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to anyone needing a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.