Oak Bluffs: So many changes

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Today is Sept. 19, 2019. Just an interesting bit of info: The date could be written as 091919. How often does such a date appear?

So many changes here in the past years that I can hardly catch my breath before another one occurs. When I first moved into the Alpine Avenue neighborhood, the sides of the street were lined with wild blueberry and beach plum bushes so numerous that you could pick enough for a batch of jelly or to make a couple of pies within an hour. I have watched all the bushes vanish as the road has been widened or new houses have been remodeled or built, and it seems the first thing done is every living plant or tree gets dug out or mowed down. Along with those, the lovely mayflower plants have vanished. Then after the project is complete, trucks pull up with new trees and replant them, and reseed the lawns. Sometimes they stay put for a few years until the property is resold, and then once again, apparently displeased with the status quo, the whole process of destruction and replanting is repeated. So if you are lucky enough to have the disappearing beach plum bushes, mayflowers, or any of the cherished plant life we were so lucky to have, keep your eye on them, and try to protect them as best you can.

Congratulations to all Island EMS, police and fire departments, and other Island agencies, for the planning and success of the multiple-town drill on Sunday last. The drill took place near Inkwell Beach and the harbor on Sunday morning, and included apparatus, ambulances, boats and even a helicopter. What a good example of regional cooperation and successful results that perhaps could be absorbed by government.

We were so sorry to hear about the death of Eric Voshell, a valued member of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department, who after making a recovery from a serious motorcycle accident, although unable to return to that position, was made an honorary member. We send sincere condolences to his family and friends. 

The climate crisis is an emergency, and the world’s youth are not only concerned but acting to bring this reality to our attention. On Friday, Sept. 20, the United Church of Christ will be following their example in cities and towns across the planet. Young people want all citizens of the earth to join them by dropping business as usual and participating in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. Churches on the Cape and, led by the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, on the Island, are showing their support for the Climate Strike by ringing their bells on Sept. 20 at 11 am for 11 minutes. Faith communities will ring out in unison “at the 11th hour,” to signify the last possible moment to take action. 

The Oak Bluffs School PTO is looking for people to volunteer to be room parents for a classroom. Being a room parent is not a lot of work, but it is a huge help for the PTO. Your primary responsibilities would be to forward messages from PTO to the other families in your child’s homeroom, as well as help to organize your class basket for STEAM night. Please contact the school for information on how to sign up, and Corinna Black will get in touch with you with class info. 

Our Oak Bluffs Public Library invites you to meet librarian Jonathan on the O.B. fishing pier for a fishing adventure on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 pm. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. For beginner fisherman, or those looking to join the fun on a nice September afternoon! Preregistration is encouraged. Space is limited. Email: nferry@clamsnet.org, call 508-693-9433, or come to the reference desk with questions.

On Sept. 28 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, our library hosts “Hold Baby Shellfish” with M.V. Shellfish Group. This is an all-ages program taught by Emma Green-Beech from M.V. Shellfish Group. Learn about our fragile Lagoon ecosystem, and how local experts are seeding annually and ensuring sustainability of shellfishing and the environment. Participants will get to touch and hold baby shellfish. Call 508-693-9433 for more information. This program is part of Maritime Month, in honor of Gordon Goodwin.

We send birthday smiles to Corey and Amber Medeiros on Sept. 20, Alice June Thompson on the 22nd, Ken Davey, Ann Metell, and Annabelle Metell on the 24th, Dustin Shaw on the 26th, and Susie Wallo on Sept. 26. 

Enjoy your week. Peace.