Spring has come to Circuit Avenue and along the bulkhead in Oak Bluffs. Beautiful spring flowers in shades of yellow and blue are blossoming in all the buckets along the harbor front and at the base of all the trees along Circuit Avenue. Such a lovely parade of color seems to bring promises of brighter and warmer days to come to all who view this welcome sight. I know that this was made possible by the cooperation of the Oak Bluffs Business Assoc. and the most generous spirit and hard work of Crossland Landscape. I will try to get more details for next week's column, but in the meantime thank you, thank you to everyone responsible for brightening up our days.
An Island welcome home was given to Matt Bradley at the Martha's Vineyard Airport last Saturday afternoon. Fire trucks, ambulances, a group from the VFW, and a large crowd of family and friends were there to show their love for Matt, who returned from Iraq. Matt is a Naval Reservist who was serving as a Hospital Corpsman for the Marines while serving his country in that faraway place. A faithful EMT for the Town of Oak Bluffs, he was joyously greeted by everyone present. We are so glad you are here with us again.
Friday, April 13, from 2 to 5 pm will be Scrabble Day at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Come and play a game of Scrabble and make new friends. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served. Please bring a Scrabble set with you if you own one.
And the children's librarian Irene Tewksbury, invites you to come to a Portuguese/English Easter Story Time with stories, crafts and snacks this Saturday, April 7, at 10:30 am. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Send great bundles of get-well wishes to Kay Manning, who is a patient at our Community Hospital while recovering from surgery. When I visited her last week, she was her usual content and happy self and most grateful that she was feeling better and anxious to heal and return home.
We send Birthday Smiles to Tyson Araujo and Robin Meader who celebrated on April 1, and Richard D. Combra on April 2, Heather Hall Holt on April 4, Sandy Ferreira on April 6, my birthday partner Ben Hall on April 8, Donald Combra and Richard Giordano on April 9, and Audie Espino on April 10.
This Saturday, April 7, there will be a rabies and micro-chipping clinic from 10 am until 1 pm at the MSPCA building next to the Vineyard Vet Clinic. The suggested donation is $10 for the rabies vaccination and $30 for the microchip.
On Easter the United Methodist Cooperative Parish will hold an Easter Sunrise worship service and breakfast at 6 am at the Bend in the Road Beach in Edgartown. The breakfast will follow the sunrise service on the beach and in the event of rain the service and breakfast will be held at the Old Whaling Church at 6 am.
The Good Shepherd Parish will hold their Easter Sunrise service at 6 am at the Sheriff's Meadow Beach at West Chop on Easter Sunday.
Reminder from the school that due to Parent Conferences Tuesday, April 10, Thursday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 25, will be half day release days for students, with dismissal at 12 noon.
Pond View Farm will be hosting a children's pony camp for interested students during school vacation week. It will run beginning April 16, 11 am to 3 pm. Call 508-693-2949 for more information.
Remember town meeting is Tuesday, April 10, at 7 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center and Election is the following Thursday. Unless you have a very good excuse for not attending the meeting or voting on Thursday, you are not allowed to complain about the workings of the town.
The Fourth Annual Report of the Finances of Cottage City for the year ending March 1884 list the following: School Budget $1,280.35, Police $470.30, Collector of Taxes $230 and total taxes assessed $21,688. My, how we have grown.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me please.