Oak Bluffs: Balmy weather

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Sun and springlike temperatures won out over snow and cold this past weekend. Sunday was a day for beach walking, strolls along the sidewalks, and lazy Sunday-driver rides. How lucky we are to be in New England, where change is the norm, not the exception. So many people were seen enjoying the day it was almost as if everyone had been released from the confines of the colder winter. We will take it though, thank you very much.

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The Oak Bluffs boys and girls basketball teams did their school proud this basketball season. Both teams were undefeated, and then went on to win the Island Championships. Great job, teams, and congratulations.

Our school PTO will meet at 7 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 10; and a reminder that the school is closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents’ Day.

The Friends of Oak Bluffs are holding a Dine to Donate event at Offshore Ale today for lunch, from 11:30 to 4 pm, and dinner, from 5 to 8:30 pm. There will also be a silent auction supported by donations from local businesses. So you can enjoy a meal and bid on something special, and support this great group.

Condolences to the family of Otis Rogers, who passed away last Tuesday. A man who loved his family, town, and Island, he was greatly honored by our Oak Bluffs Fire Department, where he had been a longtime member, and by many friends and family members at his funeral on Thursday. He will be missed by all of us.

Here are some interesting programs offered by our library during the month of February. The Quilt Guild will meet on Feb. 6 from 10 am to 1 pm. It will be an open studio quilting, and all levels of quilters will be welcome. For more information, contact Katherine Long at 508-693-6065. Marketing Trends and Best Practices 2016 is being held on Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 pm. Businesses need to succeed, this year and beyond. You may reach the leader of this program, C.J. Richard, at ci@localbizmom.com.

Got a sweet tooth? A Cookie Decorating class for children of all ages takes place on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 to 11:30 am. This is just in time to enjoy a little sweetness before Valentine’s Day by decorating a cookie with friends.

At the Family Dance Party at the library on Saturday, Feb. 13, you can dance away the winter blues from 10 to 11:30 am. This event is for all families.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services sold 850 Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plates, and submitted all completed applications to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) this week, after nine months of working on the project. The RMV will process each application, and the plates will be produced and shipped out within six to eight months.

The Martha’s Vineyard specialty plates will only be available for order through mvlicenseplate.com until Feb. 19. Once the application process has been taken over by the RMV, those interested in ordering a plate will have to wait until the plates are available through the RMV website and at designated Massachusetts RMV branches, which could be later this summer.

“Thanks to the RMV, we have been granted a final deadline of Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, to collect any last-minute applications and payments,” said Wiet Bacheller, Martha’s Vineyard License Plate Committee co-chair. “After this date we can no longer accept applications nor assign license plate numbers. Everything will be directly controlled by the RMV from that day forward.”

Those who have already registered and paid for a plate will receive notification via post mail from the RMV once their plate is available for pickup at their designated branch. This could be as early as March or as late as September 2016. The RMV states it can take up to eight months to produce the plates.

We send birthday smiles to Maureen Anderson and Bella Pasqualino on the 5th; Kelly Irene Pacheco on the 6th; Chloe Hoyt, Marc Rivers, and Sally Scott share the 7th; Adam Barmakian, Nelson deBettencourt, and Richard J. Mavro on the 10th; and Juanita Suarez Espino and Cody Pachico on the 11th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.