Town Column : Tisbury
Our cool damp spring weather has given way to occasional hours of warm sunshine. As more shops offer window boxes filled with bright yellow blooms, Main Street could be called Daffodil Alley.
Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Leroy Hazleton. He is recuperating at home this week.
I have some especially good news from your Vineyard Haven library: The library has this year's supply of passes to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This program was popular last year, so the Friends of the Library renewed the subscription. The pass allows two people a $5 MFA general admission. The pass is yours for the asking at the circulation desk. The pass also entitles each visitor to upgrade to a special exhibition ticket for an additional $8 per person.
There is more: The library also offers a Massachusetts Parks Pass. This entitles the bearer to free parking for one carload of visitors at over 50 facilities in the Massachusetts State Park system. There are 450,000 acres of parks, forests, mountains and beaches in your state. You'll find more information at mass.gov/dcr.
Do we need a county government? The Charter Commission has studied this question for over a year. They are preparing questions for the November ballot. The down-Island hearing at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center next Thursday, April 24, at 5 pm is your chance to affect what questions go on that ballot. The Charter Commission asks if we keep county government, do we want a professional county manager and how many county commissioners? Are there ways to make it more accountable and effective? If you have any questions, come to the hearing. The up-Island meeting is April 23 at the Chilmark library at 7 pm.
I hope you voted. You have no grounds for complaint if you didn't take the time to make some choices.
The Planning Board has put a lot of time and effort into determining what space our town officials need and what land the town now owns. They are proposing several changes. Learn about town office space needs and their suggestions to fill those needs. The public hearing is at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, April 30, at the Tisbury Senior Center.
Did you know you can register your cell phone on the Massachusetts do-not-call registry? Go to mass.gov/donotcall or call 866-231-2255.
Casual elegance is the dress code for An Evening Under the Stars at Mediterranean on Beach Road. The annual celebration benefits the Martha's Vineyard Cancer Support Group. It is not too early to order your tickets for Thursday, May 15. Tickets are $100. Checks should be payable to MVDSG and mailed to P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven. The group has a goal that no one with cancer needs to be alone. Help them help your friends and neighbors. The Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank is also a generous sponsor.
Belated congratulations go out to Clement and Johnnie Packish. They celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss last Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Ann Maley. Wish the best tomorrow to Donna Herczeg and Rozetta Hughes. Saturday belongs to Bob Tankard. Monday wish the best to Judy Nichols. Also celebrating on Monday is the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, though she usually has her official birthday in June.
Heard on Main Street: A closed mouth gathers no foot.