Oak Bluffs: We All Need To Use These Tools

“Your success and happiness reside within you. Resolve to remain happy, and YOU and your JOY will form an invincible army against difficulties. -Helen Keller

I picked up two home COVID test kits from Oak Bluffs Town Hall last week. The process was so organized and easy; thank you to the municipal elected officials and volunteers! The kits will be offered for free as long as they continue to receive them from the state; check the city’s website for times. These kits are another great tool for us to combat this latest surge of COVID. You can report a positive test and get more information on what to do if you test positive, or have had a close contact, at rapidtestmv.org.

Vaccines and tests are available; we all need to use these tools, and we will get through it. You can get tested by Island Health Care at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. See ihimv.org for all the info. Testing at MV Hospital is also easy. Call 508-684-4500 for an appointment, the test tent is open every morning, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (until 11:30 a.m. Monday). See mvhospital.org for more information.

Speaking of our hospital, aren’t we lucky? No one ever wants to go to the hospital, but we happen to have a hospital that doubles as a fabulous art museum. Some hallways are filled with iconic photographs, others with historic rooms and stories, and incredible works by famous and local artists in the hallways and offices.

Watch your change! A new set of quarters was released this month, featuring female historical figures. The first new quarter, launched on January 10, features Maya Angelou. The “American Women Quarters” series will run through the year 2025, and each issue will feature a different woman who has made an impact on American history. The face of George Washington will always be on the back, even if his sculpture will be different from the one we are used to seeing. The new neighborhoods will feature the original 1932 sculpture of our first president; coin collectors will notice that it faces to the right.

Perhaps you would like to run for a local office? The League of MV Women Voters sponsors a series of interviews on MVTV with elected officials from different cities to share personal stories about running for office and serving the community. These interviews begin with Emma Green-Beach of the Oak Bluffs judging committee on January 18 at 11:30 a.m., but they will all be available to stream later. In February, interviews will feature Ben Robinson of the Tisbury Planning Board and West Tisbury Town Clerk Tara Whiting-Wells.

Need a date on Saturday night? Set the table, put on your apron, and access “Virtual Kitchen with Carolina” in our OB Library. She cooks a new dish straight from her kitchen every Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m., just in time for dinner. Find the Zoom link on www.oakbluffslibrary.org.

From virtual cooking to virtual exercise – join Bill White’s exercise class on Thursdays at 9 a.m. via Zoom, and/or workout with Floyd Lifton on Fridays at 9 a.m. Both courses are free and fun; Zoom links are in the Council on Aging newsletter. West Tisbury Library offers virtual yoga and Pilates classes; check their website for times and details.

Ronnie Spector, rock ‘n’ roll’s first bad girl, died on January 12. I’m pretty sure that around the age of 13, I once played “Be My Baby” with the phone held up to the Hi-Fi speaker, and I may have dialed the number of the boy I had a crush on before holding the phone to the speaker. And her mother may have answered the phone and said, “Hello? Hello?” several times before hanging up.

Happy belated birthday to Kim D’Arcy, who was too busy serving families at the family center and driving her kids to activities to tell me about her January 12th birthday. On the 21st we celebrate more Capricorns: Talia Rogers, Catherine Deese and Tristan Araujo. Happy Birthday to Holly Nadler on January 23 and 26 is Mary Leddy’s special day.

“Happy Birthday” was the suggested song to sing while we wash our hands, another tool we have to prevent the spread of COVID. Keep singing and washing, and as my friend Carla Montori says, “Keep your hands clean and your heart high!”

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