The kids are out of school for vacation beginning tomorrow, and with any luck, we’ll soon be hearing news of Santa’s sleigh circling the Martha’s Vineyard Airport amid the single props. Or maybe Katama Airfield?

If you see Mike Creato around, ask if he has any intel on the Big Guy. I gotta tell you, I feel a little bad for Santa this year, running around in all that fur while the temperature stays in the high forties and low fifties. Maybe this year instead of milk and cookies we should be leaving out some refreshing iced tea or lemonade?

Congratulations to Derek and Brooke Avakian, who will be celebrating Christmas this year in their new home. Derek and Brooke were the first names chosen in Edgartown’s innovative home “buydown” program, in which the town works with qualified buyers to find suitable property on the open market, then provides a subsidy to bring the price of the home down to an affordable level. It is so exciting to see the payoff of these new creative solutions to affordable housing that enable us to keep awesome people like Derek and Brooke, a builder and an elementary school teacher, here in Edgartown. Yay, voters; yay, Edgartown; and yay, Derek and Brooke. May your new home be filled with good times.

Linda and Paul Condlin are off to Florida for the winter next week, so if you see them around, tell them not to hog all the sun over the coming months. Hope you guys have a nice, relaxing time.

Congratulations to Steve Ewing, the new Edgartown Poet Laureate. Steve joined fellow Edgartown poets Ellie Bates, Valerie Sonnethal, and William Waterway, and a host of island poets in a celebration of the Winter Solstice with poetry and song on Dec. 21 at the Vineyard Haven Library.

I like to let you folks know when I come across something in our little town that is new to me. And I need to ask, why have you all been holding out on me with this one? Dave and I have had several meals over the past couple months at The Grill on Main, after years of driving right by, and I gotta tell you, the food there is awesome! We already have favorites on the menu, and the specials we have tried are incredible. Our compliments to the chef, Antonio Saccoccia. We will definitely be back for more.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative would like to invite you to participate in their 2nd Annual Job Shadow Day, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2012 from 2:30 to 5 pm. A reception will be held from 5-6 pm where students and their mentors share their experience. MVYLI youth will be matched with Vineyard businesses so they have firsthand experience about jobs in their fields of interest. These young people aspire to become architects, economists, engineers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, small farm lobbyists, environmental scientists, or professionals in financial services or international relations. To sign up and get more information, please email: mvyouthleaders@gmail.com.

Interested in a nursing career? The Diman Tech School of Nursing will be offering a class starting in August. Meet with Lorna Andrade Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6 pm in the first floor conference room at Windemere (located across from the cafeteria) to discuss the preparation courses required before taking the TEAS test for admission. For more information, email LANDRADE5@partners.org.

Have you heard? There will be fireworks over the harbor this New Year’s. The Harbor View will fill the sky with festive pyrotechnics to welcome 2012. So whatever your plans, get out and see this. If you need a little more by way of something to do, the Harbor View will also host a party featuring fine foods and dancing with the Sultans of Swing. For ticket information, call 508-627-7000.

Happy birthday to Michael Brown, who celebrates the big 3-0 on Dec. 24. Welcome to your thirties, buddy. Glad to have you on the team.