Oak Bluffs

So now we have said goodbye to daylight savings time and our days are shorter and darkness creeps in earlier. The mornings are a bit lighter earlier and I am sure many of us looked forward to sleeping in last Sunday morning and enjoying that “extra hour.” I know I was, but alas, as the saying goes, “the best laid plans, etc. My plans certainly went astray as my Lab, Molly, decided to abide by daylight savings time and was relentless in waking me at 4:30 am. So at least I have been able to see some lovely sunrises. Please keep all Veterans in your thoughts and prayers as we honor them on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Richard DeBettencourt who passed away this week. Richard was a much loved husband, father, and grandfather who will be missed by so many people. We are so sorry.

Martha Coakley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, will be a guest at the Saturday, November 9, meeting of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard. The meeting will be at Howes House, West Tisbury, from 9 to 10:30 am. This will be a forum for voters to hear Ms. Coakley’s responses to questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend. For more information email info@mvdems.org.

The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging are once more planning for a Holiday Bazaar on December 17. Anyone who is interested in having a table at this popular event may call Mike Achilles at 508- 693-0165, to make arrangements.

The bingo program at the Senior Center will start on the second Wednesday in November, which is the 13th. The program takes place from 1 to 6 pm and all are welcome. The center will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11.

The Mansion House Health Club is pleased to announce that Special guest instructor Aida Palau, bodyART Ambassador, joins Brenda Wallis for three special classes — Nov. 16 at 8:30 am for bodyART; Nov. 17 at 10 am for deepWork; and Nov. 17 at 8:45 am for bodyART.

The First Baptist Church’s second Saturday breakfast will take place on November 9 from 9 to 11 am at the Parish House on William Street in Vineyard Haven. There will be a great menu including casserole, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, sweet rolls and beverages at a charge of only $8 for adults and $20 for a family of four. No reservations are required.

Wendy Bough wants to correct the phone number for the Senior Citizen tax work-off program for Oak Bluffs. The correct number is 508-693-3554, ext. 149.

On Sunday, November 17, 4–5 pm, the fabulous Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven will host the West Tisbury Library’s semi-annual Community Poetry Reading. This event features community members reading their own poems and/or the poems of others. West Tisbury’s Poet Laureate Justen Ahren will MC. Refreshments served and this event is free and open to the public.

Our Oak Bluffs Library is hosting the American Library Association’s 6th annual International Games Day on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 am to 12 noon. Fun will be for all ages. Come in and play Wii, chess, board games, and cards. More fall events are scheduled at our library including Turtle Time with Felix Neck on Thursday, November 14, 10:30–11:30 am. Learn about the Island’s four native turtle species in this collaborative program with Felix Neck. Then on November 23 at 11 am, celebrate Thanksgiving by making your own holiday decorations!

Please remember that the Hospice of M.V.’s Handmade from the Heart sale takes place in December at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. They will host an open house evening with the Preservation Trust on Dec. 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm with champagne and treats for $20 admission and again on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 am to 3 pm and free admission. All proceeds go directly to patient care which is provided for free. Anyone interested in donating to Handmade from the Heart, please call the Hospice office.

Rose Coglianno is looking forward to an upcoming visit from her twin sisters, Lisa Stack and Patrice Adams. The two women, who are fondly called the St. Patrick’s Day Twins as that is the day they were born, are arriving to visit their sister before the end of the month.

Ashley Rebello and Jared John Andrews married Sunday last in Key West, Florida. The pictures posted on Facebook show a beautiful bride and a beautiful setting for the ceremony. Among those attending from the Island were Ashley’s mother, Lynn Rebello, her two brothers James and Joel, and her uncle Tony Rebello. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.

We wend birthday smiles to Mark Landers on November 8, Todd deBettencourt and Trulayna Rose on the 10th, Amanda Gonsalves the next day, and Katie Davey on November 13. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile. Peace.