It's a big week, Edgartown! Now that I know you all attended Town Meeting, as no respectable reader of mine would shirk his or her civic responsibility, natch, I hope you'll all go to the polls today (Thursday, April 12) and vote. Polls are open until 7 pm, so if you haven't gotten down there yet, make it happen.
There's nothing I like more than seeing one of our younger residents stepping up to serve the community, so consider writing in Joel Graves for Park Commissioner. Glen Searle has served us well, but has decided not to run for reelection, so who better to fill his shoes than Joel, who has patrolled South Beach on a four-track for years now?
I have seen the signs all over town, and finally got a chance to talk to Megan Anderson about her run for School Committee. With two kids in the Edgartown School and a history as a special ed teacher, Megan really knows the ins and outs of education, particularly here in Edgartown. It was interesting to hear about trends in everything from teaching to feeding students healthy lunches. Election season is always educational.
Speaking of the Edgartown School, I was clicking around on the school's website, as I do each week to see if there is anything you folks should know about, and I came across the school's Community Service blog, on which students post about issues they feel passionate about as well as their work with organizations such as the animal shelter. If you want a chance to appreciate these cool kids we're turning out, visit the blog at edgartownschool.org/commservice. Pretty cool stuff.
Felix Neck is certainly gearing up this spring with a full schedule of events, both fun and educational, including full moon and woodcock walks, classes on foraging for the wild edibles that grow all around us, lectures and slideshows about horseshoe crabs and climate change, hands-on nature classes for the little ones, and of course their ever popular Pinkletink Pizza Party. For a full schedule of events, call 508-627-4850 or visit massaudubon.org/felixneck.
The Vineyard Conservation Society will host their 20th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean-up on Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to 12 noon, so pick your favorite beach where volunteers will provide everything you need to pitch in, or else you are welcome to bring your own recycled bags and gardening gloves. Edgartown beaches include Fuller Street, Lighthouse, Wilson's Landing, South Beach (Left and Right Fork), and State Beach. Once everything's spick-and-span, join VCS at Tisbury Wharf Co. at noon for refreshments and pizza from Flatbread Co. For more info, call Penny at 508-693-4295 or check vineyardconservation.org.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Nancy Shemeth, who celebrated her day April 6 with the gift of a new iPad. That should come in handy with all the wedding planning coming up in the Shemeth household, that is, if grandson, Mateo, doesn't take over the device. Frankie Paciello celebrated his Easter birthday, April 8, with bunny cupcakes. Yum.
Upcoming this week, birthday wishes go out to my buddy, Mike Harmon, who celebrates April 14. Heinekens and weebits for you, my friend. Happy birthday to Megan Shai who celebrates April 17. Hope the sun is shining.