Oak Bluffs: Don’t forget to vote

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We are slowly but certainly, and perhaps reluctantly, wending our way into winter. If the leafless trees, wilted flower beds, and shortened daylight hours aren’t giving you a clue, then other signs should. More people are now wearing jackets than shorts, and the sight of fishing poles on the roofs of cars is being replaced by hunters dressed in orange inside those same cars. Now we are being advised of freezing temperatures at the end of this week, but that is winter and should not be unexpected. Wisdom from the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” advises that turkeys perched on trees and refusing to descend indicates snow, so keep your eyes on the trees and turkeys.

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Bill Stafursky, who died last week. Veteran, husband, father, and grandfather, but most of all loved by many who knew him and were helped by him; he will be missed by all. We are so sorry.

Our Oak Bluffs Council on Aging has two great programs coming up. Once again, thanks to the generosity of the Oak Bluffs taxpayers, the Friends of Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, and the Cottagers, Oak Bluffs residents may enjoy bowling on Wednesdays for only $10 per game, which also includes a lunch. Please call Rose at the Senior Center a week ahead to reserve a space.

Don’t hesitate to sign up for the council’s annual trip to Boston’s North End. It will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6; the $85 cost includes the bus, meal, and tip. If you plan on going, as there is limited space, please call Rose to get on the list. This is always a popular trip, as the North End is decorated for Christmas and you will have an opportunity to sightsee and shop.

Busy time for Oak Bluffs, as there will be a special town election on Thursday, Nov. 15, as a follow-up to the town meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The voting will take place at our town library meeting room from 10 am to 7 pm. It is important that everyone who can takes the time to vote. For more info, log on to the town of Oak Bluffs website or the town clerk for more information on the financial impact of the proposed articles.

Middle School Hangout at Alex’s Place at the Y in Oak Bluffs will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9 pm. Grades 6, 7, and 8 can enjoy free food and drink, play video games and pool, and dance for $5.

A Dena Photography Workshop will be held at the library on Friday, Nov. 16, from 3:15 to 5:30 pm. The Tech Help Drop-In program continues on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 am to 12 noon, when you can receive help with your device from the technology librarian. Call Nina at 693-9433 to sign up for a 30-minute slot. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving, all day on Nov. 22 through the 23rd.

It’s that time of year when the calendar offers many Christmas and holiday bazaars and programs. The United Methodist Church of M.V. will be holding its Holiday Bazaar in the Parish House in Trinity Park in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 am to 2 pm. There will be baked goods, knitted and handmade goods, Christmas items and ornaments, Grandma’s Attic jewelry, white elephant, and more. And lunch will also be available, starting at 11 am. For more info, contact umcmvEvents@gmail.com or call 508-693-4424.

All schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break on Wednesday the 21st, and reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.

Our Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has received funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to fund the Transportation Access Program (TAP) to assist Island residents with off-Island travel expenses due to medical and/or behavioral health appointments and issues related to substance use disorder (SUD). TAP funds help individuals and families with excessive costs of off‐Island travel due to long-term illness; health or behavioral health needs requiring services not available on Martha’s Vineyard; chronic illness requiring regular off‐Island appointments; or acute health, behavioral health, or SUD emergencies. Families and individuals are eligible to receive up to $750 per person, and are encouraged to think of upcoming travel expenses when applying for the program. TAP funds can cover the cost of ferries, gas, bus fares, etc.; helping to alleviate the financial stress of traveling off-Island. TAP applications for Martha’s Vineyard residents became available on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and can be found online at mvcommunityservices.com/tap or in hard copy in the administration building at MVCS and the Island Wide Youth Collaborative.

Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 6 pm is the date for the annual Festival of the Wreaths at the Federated Church Parish House, in Edgartown. Stop by to see over 75 all-natural, hand-decorated wreaths for sale for $50 to $70, or more if you choose. There is no cost to come and look, and also there will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres at the parish house while you view the terrific raffle and auction items. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and preservation of the 1832 Sara Joy Mayhew Parsonage on 75 South Water St.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury’s annual Christmas Faire will be on Saturday, Dec. 1st, from 9:30 to 2:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to pick up festive holiday decorations and gifts for friends, and everything is hand-crafted. All proceeds of this fundraiser support the work of the church in our Island community. For more information, call 508-693-2842.

Next Thursday brings us Thanksgiving, with visions of family, friends, turkeys, and the usual celebration. We are so thankful for our friends and families but in our gratefulness, please remember those who lack, perhaps not only material goods but the hand of friendship and acceptance. Show your thanks by reaching out to those in need, not just on Thursday but every day.

We send birthday smiles to Barbara Dugan, Nathan Averill, and Cathy Packer on Nov. 18, Julie Ponte on the 20th, and Sue deBettencourt on the 21st.

Enjoy your week. Peace.