Oak Bluffs: Perhaps we can do better


We are told that we will be receiving hard winter weather starting next week, and have we not been fortunate with the warming cycle we have experienced over the past month. But there is a downside to this, as global warming rears its ugly head. My 10-year-old great-grandson has expressed his fears to me that everyone is going to die in four years because of the threat of global warming. We have had discussions about what we have been doing and will be doing to help reverse this dilemma. It is distressing that 10-year-olds are concerned about such subjects, but the more knowledge we have, perhaps we can do better. 

Our town has been the subject of much notorious news these past few months, and it is time to talk about the “elephant in the room.” The actions of some of our Fire Department personnel and town leaders whom we put our trust in have been exposed as deplorable. Although rumors had circulated for years, and gotten worse over these past few months, they were continuously denied by the participants and their supervisors. Now the truth has finally been publicly declared, and we are left to acknowledge that we were lied to by those we put our trust in. But they will have to live with that deception. Unfortunately, the collateral damage, so to speak, from these activities has brought sorrow and trouble to many innocent people. I know one thing for sure after living in this town for over 60 years. Oak Bluffs people are strong. We will not let this net of deception be cast over those faithful EMTs and Fire Department personnel who have carried on with their duties. So show them your support wherever and whenever you can, and insist on the truth from everyone concerned. 

Kindergarten registration for September 2020 started last Thursday, and runs through Friday, Feb. 14. To register your child, please contact the school in the town in which you live, and school staff will provide you with information on necessary registration requirements and registration materials. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is this Monday, Jan. 20. Our M.V. branch of the NAACP will honor Dr. King at a membership luncheon at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs, from 1 to 3 pm. The keynote speaker will be LaSella L. Hall, who is the New England Area Conference youth and college adviser. The subject of his address will be “Focus on our Youth.” 

Oak Bluffs School PTO Winter Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Oak Bluffs School. There will be food, fun, music, an auction, and an amazing weekend adventure prize basket valued at over $1,000. It includes many items, including a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge. Tickets are only $5, and are available either at the school office or from Oak Bluffs students. 

Don’t miss the All Island String Orchestra Winter Concert on Thursday, Jan. 23. The concert takes place at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center, starting at 6pm. Students from all the Island schools make up this talented group. 

M.V. Playhouse Monday Night at the Movies on Jan. 27 is the film “An American in Paris.” Movies start at 7, and are $5, cash only, at the door. Another Wicked Good Musical Revue at the Playhouse will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 pm (which is Locals Night), Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 pm, and Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 pm. Tickets are now available online, and may also be available at the door on the night of the show.
We send birthday smiles to Kat deBettencourt and my great-grandson, Noah James Gibson, on Jan. 17, Brad Tanner on the 18th, Marcia Valentzas and Patti Linn on the 19th, Alfie Araujo on the 20th, Tristan Araujo, Cathereine Deese, Rosemary Hildieth, and my granddaughter Talia Rogers on the 21st, and Buddy deBettencourt, Michael Blake, Paul Buckley, and Holly Nadler on the 23rd. 

Enjoy your week. Peace.