Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted January 4, 2007

Welcome to 2007! I hope everyone had a happy and healthy New Year's Eve. Ours was quiet, as usual. Jamie worked as he usually does, the kids went to bed, and I laid low myself. I've never been a big reveler on New Years. It just never seemed like a big deal for me, and I always erred on the side of caution. I figured with all the partiers out there, who needs to be driving around, making yourself a target? I'd rather light a fire and curl up with a dog or two, a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book.

Driving down Main Street this morning at 9 am brought me back to the day after Labor Day when I was a kid. I think there was only one car parked from the top of Main Street down to the Edgartown Yacht Club parking lot. It's a rare occasion when you see town that desolate these days. I loved it!

Congratulations to Gerret and Dianne Conover and welcome to their new daughter, Miss Carly Conover, who arrived in the world on Dec. 27, 2006. Not surprisingly, mother and daughter were both doing well and scheduled to return home on Saturday. Dianne just seems to have a quiet serenity about her that would make one expect that everything would go smoothly. Personal experience tells me that motherhood is one thing that could put a crimp in some of that serenity, but somehow I expect not. My guess is that she will remain unflustered through each twist and turn parenting brings. Welcome to parenthood. If I can wish one thing for you it would be that you are able to get some sleep in the next three months!

I received word that Steve Green, a painter by trade on the Vineyard in the summer and a visitor to Thailand in the winter, recently suffered an accident in Thailand while doing some work on his home there. Apparently, Steve fell from a ladder, breaking six ribs and collapsing one lung. He spent several days in the hospital down there, with no insurance, which unfortunately depleted his bank account. But he is on the mend and still hopes to return to the Island in April. If you know Steve and would like to find a way to help him out, please feel free to contact me and I can put you in touch with those who know more about his condition.

There's a lot going on at the Edgartown Council on Aging (EEOC) this month. On Jan. 19 at 9:30 am Attorney Tom Kosman will present "A Home Owner's Workshop: Legal Matters You Should Know Regarding Your Estate." This workshop will cover law issues pertaining to trusts and Medicaid, reverse mortgages, and the Homestead Act. Please register in advance for this event at 508-627-4368.

If you are interested in having your sidewalks or driveways shoveled, call the ECOA at 508-627-4368, and they will put your name on a list and give you more information about the Shovel Our Snow Program (or S.O.S). They are working on this with Edgartown school kids grades 5-8 to shovel for a small fee or work towards their community service hours.

In the event of stormy weather you can also be put on a list of Edgartown residents to call to make sure you are safe. If you would like to be included on this list, call the ECOA and provide them with your contact information.

The ECOA men's breakfast is on Jan. 9 at 8 am, while the women's breakfast is scheduled for 8 am on Jan. 12. Additionally, the ECOA is also hosting their Friday Cafés on Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 27, offering various delicious menus for a suggested donation of $3 to $5.

That's it for this week, folks. Be sure to get me some news in the coming months, or the Edgartown column just might reflect how long and boring winter on Martha's Vineyard can really be. Have a great week and Happy New Year.