Oak Bluffs: Lots of Tears of Joy


I was looking for a quote to start the new year, and I couldn’t find the one I liked more than Primo Lombardi’s: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

There is a bench in honor of Primo that overlooks the beach in front of Ocean Park, where I like to sit and reflect on this quote about life. It sounds so simple and yet it says a lot. The last year brought many losses – too many friends and neighbors died in 2021 for me to try to list them all here. You can read their stories in a wonderful column in this article called “The Lives They Led”. Our island community has certainly been enriched by their wonderful life.

In the exciting news from Oak Bluffs (and personal): I am delighted to announce the engagement of my daughter Jenna Lambert to Zachary Sylvia. This happy event took place on Christmas Day at Inkwell Beach, much to the surprise and delight of Jenna’s parents and the couple’s two dogs. Zach’s parents, Tim and Janet Sylvia from West Tisbury, along with his brother Brandyn and niece Alyssa, were off the island for Christmas with her sister Brie. All were alerted via FaceTime and there were many tears of joy.

Wake up Wednesdays continue at the Oak Bluffs Library through January. Be there at 8 a.m. to start your day with coffee and a chat. The monthly virtual book club reads “The Emperor of Ocean Park” by Stephen Carter. It’s a beautiful story that spans the east coast to the island, depending on the fortunes and misfortunes of a family. The discussion will take place on January 27 at 7 p.m., so grab the book now.

This is what I need: decluttering and de-personalizing your home ”on January 13th with“ Mike the Appraiser ”Mike Ivankovich. Mike will present a fun and lightweight program explaining decluttering and sharing 50 Things You Can Throw Out Today. This Zoom program is free and starts at 7 p.m. Find the link and more information on the library website: oakbluffslibrary.org

Before you throw it away, remember that Chicken Alley Thrift Store needs your donations. They accept walk-in donations Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a maximum of two grocery bags. For larger donations (like the six bags I brought in last week) you can easily make an appointment online or call 508-693-2278. The Lagoon Avenue store in Vineyard Haven is open for in-person purchases Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. I prefer shopping in person because that’s when you find the items you didn’t know you needed! But Chicken Alley now has an online store where you can see a sample of the items available. Check it out at Poulailler.org. All sales benefit MV Community Services.

The Polly Hill Arboretum will offer a winter walk through the park on January 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a great opportunity to see the unique colors and textures this season brings to the beautiful plants and trees of the Arboretum. It will be run by horticulturalist Oliver Osnoss and it costs just $ 5 (free if you are a member).

Happiest birthdays for Sue Curley on the 9th and Sue’s favorite son-in-law who lives in Oak Bluffs, Richie Combra on the 11th. No more birthday balloons for Holly Thomas on the 7th, Brenda Leonard on the 10th and Jack deBettencourt on the 12th.

As for New Years Resolutions, this quote sums them up for me. Someone whom I greatly admired, Bishop Desmond Tutu, said to me: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little pieces of well put together that overwhelm the world.

Keep doing good, and let me know about you!


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