Oak Bluffs: Gio’s opens


Hopefully May will be a wee bit sunnier and drier than April was, because as of Monday, we had only 12 days of sun for the entire month. If April showers bring May flowers, we should be knee-deep in blossoms by the first week in May.

One of the long-awaited signs of spring is the opening of Giordano’s Pizza and Clam Bars. Well, you can relax and enjoy, as they say, as both takeouts will be opening this weekend. This annual event seems to herald our way into summer.

For the 29th year, the Kids Trout tourney, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, will take place at Duarte’s Pond. From sunrise (5 am) to 10 am on Saturday, May 4, kids accompanied by a parent or guardian will enjoy this longstanding rite of spring.

Hooray for Steve Amaral, who recently received the long-awaited three medals he had earned while serving in Korea during the 1950s. Not only did he serve his country well, but he’s been a volunteer here at home in various capacities: Steve was the first Oak Bluffs rep on the M.V. Commission, and for many years was a volunteer fireman with the Oak Bluffs Fire Department.

Head to the Fire Department’s Nelson W. Amaral Station on Sunday, April 28, from 10 am to 12 noon for the Open House, where you will tour the facility and equipment, meet Fire/EMS personnel, and find out how to become a volunteer. There will be opportunities to learn how to use your fire extinguisher, fire safety tips, the File of Life, and much more. There will be space at the Oak Bluffs School for parking, with a shuttle bus providing transportation between the school and fire station.

The Martha’s Vineyard Community Greenhouse, formerly known as COMSOG, will hold its annual fundraiser plant sale beginning May 11 at 10; it will continue throughout the summer. The sale takes place at the greenhouse at 114 New York Ave.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs will be gathering books for their summer book sale this Saturday, April 27, from 12:30 to 2:30. Please consider donating books that are in good to excellent condition that you can bear to part with, as this sale funds many of the programs that everyone enjoys at our library.

Two more early dismissal days at the Oak Bluffs School due to parent/teacher conferences: Conference and noon dismissal days are today, April 25, and Monday, April 29.

And if you desire some cake, the Oak Bluffs School is the place to be this Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 8 pm. The annual PTO Cake Walk, which is a fundraiser for the PTO, will be held there. It works like this: You may donate or purchase cakes or cupcakes, and all cakes will be on display. You may purchase tickets, and if you are

standing on the drawn number when the music stops, you win the cake of your choice. Sort of a tasty musical chairs.

There are still openings for the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging Foxwoods trip on Wednesday, June 19. For a cost of $35, which includes your bus ride, you will enjoy a visit to the casino and lunch, as food is included. The trip will leave on the 7 am Vineyard Haven boat, returning at 6:15 pm. You only need to purchase your boat ticket and bring some spending money. Please confirm with Rose at the Senior Center to reserve your spot.

We send birthday smiles to Patrick Garrett on April 26, my granddaughter, Paige Alley, on the 27th, Janet Moreis, Tabatha Clark, and granddaughter Melanie Dickson on the 28th, and Aaron Campos on the 29th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.