Oak Bluffs: ‘Tis the season for politics


I would say that the departure of March was a tie between a lamb and a lion. We had a beautiful lamb-like day on Saturday, with the sunshine and warm temperatures, but then the lion took over at the end of the day Sunday, with rain, clouds and cold. That fickle month is over for 2019, and now hopefully more sun and warmth lie ahead. The birds are singing our way into spring, and the fast-growing crocus, forsythias, and daffodils springing up everywhere color the path.

Now is the time to participate in that interesting spring season of politics. For Oak Bluffs voters, our town meeting is on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 pm. Head to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School PAC, where seats are plentiful and viewing of the speakers is possible for everyone. The most controversial item seems to be those questions regarding the Housing Bank. Much discussion has already gone on between Islanders who have experienced the impossibility of obtaining year-round rentals and those on the other side who seem to think this is not a proper way to proceed. As my grandmother used to say, “It depends on whose bull is getting gored.” It is a confusing question, but years of debates instead of actions do not solve the problem.

The Oak Bluffs Council on Aging always offers some interesting programs to seniors. Director Rose Cogliano tells me if there is enough interest, they plan on starting an art class with Melissa Knowles, artist and photographer, teaching the class. The cost will be $45, with participants paying for their own supplies. The class will be held one or two times per month on Tuesday afternoons. Please call Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3, for more info or to sign up.

Come and support our MVRHS track and field and cross-country teams at the Dine to Donate and Silent Auction tonight, April 4, at 5:30 pm. The Wharf will donate a portion of sales to our teams. Great silent auction items will be available also.

The Bunch of Grapes Book Fair for the Oak Bluffs School will be held from April 5 through the 12th. For more info, please call the school.

The Steamship Authority is holding a student art contest. The theme is “Sailing into Imagination.” Local students in grades K through 12 are eligible to enter their original artwork. All entries must be submitted by April 30, and are eligible for the grand prize.

Head to our library on April 6, from 10 am to noon, for a poetry picnic. There will be poetry games throughout the children’s room; this is best for ages 6 and up. Pen and Paper teen writing groups for ages 12 through 18 take place on Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm, and the weekly Lego club on Saturdays from 2 to 3:30 pm. Much more going on all the time at our library. Check out their website for complete listings.

We send birthday smiles to Sandy Ferreira on April 6, David Tchorz and David Hill on the 7th, Ben Hall III on the 8th, Donald Combra and Richard Giordano on the 9th, and Tevin Araujo on the 10th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.