Those delicately lit Christmas trees along the harbor bulkhead provide a welcome beacon to all who enter our town this holiday season. Circuit Avenue, Ocean Park, and the library grounds reflect the hard work and caring of the Highway and Parks Department and the willingness of many of the citizens of this town to enter the spirit of this time. Thank you to all for your hard work and the beautiful result. Private homes also are wonderfully decorated. I don't think there is a street throughout the town that does not have some decorations for us to appreciate.
There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser tonight at the PA Club to help the high school students who are going to Biloxi, Miss., to do Hurricane Katrina relief work. The dinner is from 5 to 7 pm. You may purchase tickets for $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door. Thirteen students from the MV Public Charter School will be returning to Biloxi in January to continue with relief work in the area. So come out and enjoy a good dinner and contribute to this most worthy cause.
You can hardly find the time to attend all the special Christmas holiday events that are planned for the next few weeks. Make time to attend the Oak Bluffs School Class of 2008 Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 am to 4 pm. There are lots of fun things for the whole family. There will be a kids' craft corner and baby sitting while you shop, pictures with Santa from 11 am to 1 pm, lunch items and baked goods, raffle tables, and grab bags for the kids. Come do your shopping and also find complete dinners and homemade soups to go.
The all-Island bands will perform their annual winter concert on Wednesday evening, Dec. 19, at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.
In further news from the school, Mr. Jones and Ms. Patti are working with the Anti-Bullying Congress (ABC) to develop ways to raise awareness regarding bullying. In the coming weeks, students in grades five through eight will be invited to participate in the ABC based on a student survey that was completed two weeks ago.
School will be dismissed at noon on Friday, Dec. 21.
Congratulations to Jessica Forend, a daughter of Lisa BenDavid and Pete Forend of Oak Bluffs. Jessica made the fall dean's list at Johnson and Wales College in Providence, R.I., where she is a freshman. She is studying equine business management. That is quite an accomplishment.
Be sure to stop by the Open House at the public library on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 5 pm. Santa will drop in around 3:30 pm for a visit. The children can make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and all ages can sample delectable home-baked treats.
Cub Scouts Pack 93 (which is made up of Tiger Scouts and Webelos) attended an overnight-camp in on Dec. 7 at the Museum of Science in Boston. Other scouts from different places from off Island were also there. A good time was had by all the scouts and adults.
The Cub Scouts meet each Wednesday at 4 pm upstairs in the Oak Bluffs Fire station. Anyone interested in joining is more than welcome to stop by and sign up.
If anyone has redeemable cans or bottles they would be willing to donate to the cub scouts, they will be more than happy to come take them off your hands. If you stop by the station on a Wednesday around 4 pm, they will make arrangements for pick up.
The Citizens Oil Assistance Program has a program on the Island for fuel assistance for this winter. Prospective clients may call the toll-free number, 877-563-4645, to apply for the program. You have until Feb. 29 to submit an application, which may be done over the phone. If you qualify you will receive a one-time delivery of up to 100 gallons of oil free. If you would like further information, please call the Oak Bluffs Senior Center and ask to speak with Susan VonSteiger.
Rainbow Place Preschool, a non-profit corporation, is planning a multi-family yard sale fundraiser this spring. Right now they are looking for someone to donate storage space for the collected items until spring. The contact person, if you can assist them, is Cindy Andrews, Director of the Rainbow Place Preschool. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We send Birthday Smiles to Jenna Gossen and Chuck Lehman who partied yesterday, Peter Tennant who celebrates today, daughter-in-law Debra Alley and Pat Law on Dec. 14, and Police Sgt. Mike Marchand on Dec. 15.
Enjoy your week and send your news along.