Oak Bluffs: A happy, laughing time

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Well, there are only so many words you can use to describe rainy weather, and after the past few weeks, I have used them all. We are encouraged by hints of sunshine in the morning, but when we go outside to enjoy the warmth, the glow and the warmth are gone. Perhaps it is time we started building an ark and gathering all animals two by two to fill it.

There was no lack of warmth or sun on Saturday last as friends and family of Melanie Dickson, soon to be bride of Matt Rivers, gathered to shower her with love. The bridal shower took place in the yard of Melanie’s grandmother, Eleanor Amaral, a.k.a. Ooma. Guests were attired in fancy dress, including hats, and colored the area as brightly as the flowers blooming in the yard. A happy, laughing time was had by all, and as Eleanor and I were next-door neighbors for years when our children were growing up, memories of silly, happy neighborhood adventures were floated among many of those present. A beautiful cake made by Matt’s mother Kati Alley, and his great-aunt and -uncle Pat and Kerry Alley made a fabulous centerpiece. Many generations were present, and Melanie’s sister Amanda Parker, her bridesmaids, mother, and so many others contributed to a most enjoyable afternoon filled with celebration and love.

Condolences to the family and friends of William Carroll, who died last week. Bill was not only a member of our Tisbury class of ’53, but a longtime friend and neighbor and member of the Daggett Ave. Gang, as we called it. The Carrolls, with their large family, my sisters, and other neighborhood children were lucky enough to grow up In the times when the noon test of the fire whistle or streetlights coming on was the signal to head for home for lunch or supper. What carefree, happy times those were. After graduation Bill went on to college, and then had a long career in the Air Force, retiring back here on the Island with his wife Tarzie. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Meetings for Oak Bluffs eighth graders include those on Thursday, May 23: STING (students transitioning into ninth grade) students come to school and will be bused to MVRHS for this event, which takes place from 9 am to 1 pm. Please contact David Weinberg with any questions about this event, and a meeting of students regarding the Philly trip at 1:15 pm in Eve Heyman’s classroom. This will be an Informational meeting about the trip. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has been awarded $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to establish a recovery support center on the Island in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, to be located in the Red House, adjacent to the hospital. The four-year contract is one of eight awarded for recovery support centers by DPH, out of 29 applications submitted across the state.

As part of the Federated Church’s Community Partners program, please join them on May 19, following the 10:30 am church service, to listen to executive director Phil Wallis speak about the future plans for the Edgartown campus of the museum, as well as what is new at the Vineyard Haven location. They encourage neighbors who may have questions to please join them. This is a free event, and all are welcome.

Our Oak Bluffs library is the center for knowledge and activities for all ages. On May 18, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, come to the library for a NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) program: “Using Estate Planning to Leverage Treatment & Improve Mental Health Outcomes.” Find out how you can use estate planning to protect, preserve assets, and minimize family conflict. Presented by Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Ph.D., and Bryce J. Hefler. For more information, please contact Lisa Belcastro, or see NAMI’s Facebook posting, or email namionthevineyard@namicapecod.org.

And the ever-popular Game Night at the Barn will continue on May 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, upstairs at the Barn Bowl & Bistro for a variety of board games and socializing. The group meets weekly at 7:30 pm, and newcomers are always welcome.

Game on for young adults, ages 12 to 18, includes Nintendo Switch, VR, and board games, to be held in the children’s program room on Saturday, May 18, from noon until 2 pm. Also on May 18 is gaming afternoon for young adults, ages 12 to 14, from 1 to 3 pm. This event will be held in the children’s program room.

Birthday smiles to Andy Farrissey, Louse Dahil, and Heidi Jardin on May 18, Keith Crossland and Jaime and John Pachico on the 20th, Annette Moreis and Viviane Destefani on May 21, and Doreen Anderson on the 22nd.

Enjoy your week. Peace.