Oak Bluffs


Springtime is spruce-up time also. The sound of saws, hammering, and lawn equipment echoes throughout many neighborhoods, but isn’t everything starting to look great? Even most of the paving has been completed, so traveling down the street is no longer a bumping swerving adventure. Just be patient a moment longer and the work will soon be completed.

I thought I was going to have the pleasure of a purple finch family living on my porch this spring, but, alas, sometime during the last few days, their nest was pulled out of the corner where it was built and scattered over the porch floor. I suspect perhaps a cat or a hawk: I guess they really need a safer location. Two summers ago, a bird family built a nest in one of my hanging plants and there were at least two groups of hatchlings that survived.

Island Autism Group will be hosting a Future Financial Planning Seminar for families with children with special needs. It will be held on Saturday, May 11, at the Edgartown School Library from 1 to 3 pm. A New York Life financial advisor and a couple of colleagues including Attorney Fred Misilo (who helped produce the PBS documentary “Autism: Coming of Age”) will be leading the seminar.

Boston Symphony Cellist Dejardin and Clarinetist Wayne will headline the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Spring Concert. Honoring a tradition that stretches back for decades, the society will present its Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 26, at 4 pm in Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church. The program will include music by classic composers Beethoven and Franck, then move to the 20th Century with works by Piazzolla and Connesson. There are no advance ticket sales, but you may purchase tickets at the door 30 minutes before the concert at a cost of $20 for adults with students admitted free.

On the following Thursdays at 10:30 am: May 16, May 30, and June 13, West Tisbury story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library.

And at our library on the second Saturday of each month, reference librarian Miki Wolfe tackles your technology questions in Tech Soup. On May 11, at 2 pm, the topic will be How Not to Annoy People Online. And Leslie J. Stark continues his exploration of jazz on Saturday, May 11, at 2 pm. Mr. Stark will present a program titled, Cool Jazz, Modern Jazz and the West Coast Sound.

Lindsay Lehman has completed her Masters degree in marriage and family therapy at Eastern Nazarene with high honors. She is graduating May 4 and is presently employed at a health clinic in Jamaica Plain. Congratulations, Lindsay: we are all so proud of your accomplishments.The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network’s 4th Annual Garden Tea Party & Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 4 pm. Reservations are required.

As the weather gets warmer, a friendly reminder about the Oak Bluffs School dress code, which can be found in the School Handbook. Briefly, children should come to school dressed in clean, comfortable clothing which allows them to participate in the many types of activities that occur through the school day and student dress should reflect respect and pride in each student.

The school nurse, having seen an increase in tick bites over the past few weeks, wants to remind everyone that ticks are prevalent on Martha’s Vineyard and we have a higher incidents of tick borne illness than anywhere else in Massachusetts.

The P.T.O. needs your help with Staff Appreciation Week, May 21–25. They will be collecting thank-you notes for teachers and staff beginning next week. Be on the lookout for the big red mailbox that they will be putting in the lobby. Thanks to all those who donated to help fulfill classroom wish lists. They will continue to collect donations for the next two weeks. There is a collection box in the office, and every little bit helps.

Join M.V. Democrats on Saturday, May 11, at Howes House from 9 to 10:30 am, to plan democratic participation in the campaign for the June 25 U.S. Senate election. For more info, contact MVDems at info@mvdems.org

We send birthday smiles to Marguerite Cook and my grandson Marques Rivers on May 10, Olympia Hall and Preston Michael Averill on the 11th, Marion Cardoza and MaryBeth Grande Naron on the 12th, Olivia Lew the next day, Steve Garvin on the 14th, and Lester White on the 15th. Congratulations to Nora and Gary Jardin who will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on May 10. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smiles.Enjoy your week.Peace.