Oak Bluffs: A change in the air

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That change in the air has arrived when you know that fall is here. Of course, fewer long lines, less traffic, and fewer people also give a hint of where we are headed. But nothing signals the end of summer and the true beginning of fall as positively as Tivoli Day. It is Oak Bluff’s annual street fair, block party, and old-fashioned September festival in downtown Oak Bluffs. Can you believe that it has been celebrated for four decades? There will be live entertainment, street vendors, dancing, arts, end-of-the-summer sales, food — lots of food — and the Ring Challenge in memory of Jenna Pothier at the Flying Horses. So head to downtown Oak Bluffs on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 am to 6 pm, and bid farewell to summer and welcome to fall. Spelled backwards, Tivoli spells I lov it, and don’t we all.

The Oak Bluffs School staff, along with many other professionals, are becoming seriously concerned because middle school e-cigarette use is on the rise, with an estimated 5 percent of all middle schoolers regularly using e-cigarettes. Vaping and e- cigarettes are now being linked to lung disease and fatalities. Due to nicotine content, e- liquids are dangerous to small children and animals. In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals. Lana Schaefer, RN, BSN, NCSN, the Oak Bluffs School nurse, has more detailed information regarding this trend. If you are concerned about someone who has this problem, please call her at 508-693-0951 for information and help.

The Vineyard Family Tennis afterschool tennis program has started. This program is for students ages 4 through 18. You may choose one-, two-, or three-day-a-week sessions, and sessions run for eight weeks. There also is a 10 percent multiple child discount. For more information, call 508-693-7762, or go to vineyardfamilytennis.org.

It’s time to register for the Martha’s Vineyard Children’s Chorus. Starting on Nov. 18, rehearsals take place on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 at the Edgartown School music room. If your child is interested, you may register online at marthasvineyardchildrenschorus.com.

Our Oak Bluffs Public Library will be hosting the Martha’s Vineyard Vegan Society Outreach Program on Friday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 5 pm in the community room. The Vineyard Society Outreach Program was created to improve and increase the variety of foods available to the community, and create a healthier food environment. This free program focuses on providing Martha’s Vineyard families with fresh fruit and vegetables. Also on the same day, from 5:15 to 7:15 pm come and enjoy live music in the library meeting room with Austin Miller, whose interest in music emerged at a young age. Raised all-American on Springsteen, Petty, and piano lessons starting at 3 years old, there was rarely a moment when a radio wasn’t playing or a record wasn’t spinning. But it wasn’t until college that he began putting pen to paper, thanks to a weeklong Dylan binge. Today, those influences have been met with a short history of shows spanning 40 states and 13 countries. Miller exerts a worldliness beyond his 28 years, not only in his confident croon, but also in his rambling rhythm and thoughtful guitar work. 

We send birthday smiles to my daughter Mary Alley on Sept. 13, Florence BenDavid on the 15th, Rick Kelly on Sept. 16th; Pattie Moreis, Natasha Huffam, Kathy Burton, and Vani Personi share the 17th, smiles to Michael Combra on the 18th, and Ronnie Klein on the 19th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.