Oak Bluffs: Easter celebration


How wonderful it was to have the sunny, if somewhat cool, weather on Sunday. None of the traditional outside Easter services had to be canceled and Easter egg hunts went on as usual, well attended by children and parents alike. I know our family’s hunts stretched from Flat Point Farm in West Tisbury to the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. After the hunts, the next goal in sight was the Flying Horses, which was mobbed as usual.

Now that the spring season has arrived, we are starting to prepare for the tourist season. It seems as if we do not have time to take a breath between winter, spring, summer, but as we have been doing for many years, we will accept it and move along, attempting to take time to enjoy the moment.

The special town meeting and the annual town meeting for Oak Bluffs will be held on April 12 at 7 pm. The meetings will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Remember, this is the place to ask questions and get information on department budgets and other items.

I see that many people are upset at the condition of our beaches. When did we become so neglectful of one of our greatest assets in this Town? Was it the result of working so hard to improve the appearance and success of our downtown area or did it just seem to be too overwhelming a problem to correct? Now that it has been brought to the attention of the powers that be, hopefully there will be improvements in the near future. Ideas anyone?

Kathi Hackett, the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Disability Services Family Support Center Coordinator received a “Supporting  Families  Through Family Support” award from the Massachusetts Department of Development Service and the Statewide Advisory Council. Kathi was  acknowledged  during a celebration and awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, March 23.

Head to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on April 9 for their 21st Annual Health Fair. There is no admission fee and there will be demonstrations, free events, and screenings from Island health and human services providers along with goodies and giveaways. The fair will take place from 8 am to 12 noon. For more information and updates, call 508-693-4645 or log on to mvhospital.com/healthfair.

Along with flowers and hopefully warmer weather, spring brings us music and parent conferences at the schools. The Oak Bluffs School spring concert for kindergarten and grade one will take place on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 pm. The monthly PTO meeting starts at 7 pm the same evening. Thursday, April 7, and Monday, April 11, will be  noon dismissal days for parent teacher conferences.

The Civil Discourse series starts on April 5 from 6 to 7 pm at our Oak Bluffs Library. This is a series designed to encourage conversation and understanding among our diverse population in order to promote a sustainable and peaceful community. The theme for April is “Keep Oak Bluffs Sparkling Clean.” And don’t forget the Library mini-golf event on Friday, April 1, for adults and Saturday, April 2, just for families.

We send birthday smiles to on April 1 to Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo and Sandy Moreis, to Richard D. Combra on April 2, Heather Hall Holt on April 4, Sandy Ferreira on the 6th, and David Tchorz and David Hill on the 7th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.