Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted January 11, 2007

It is January, right? With the weather we've been having, it's been hard to tell. Trees and flowers seem just as confused. I hope that they, and we, don't get a rude awakening in the next couple of months.

I am happy to report that the Edgartown Public Library expansion project has made it past another hurdle! Last week, Angela Hyatt of Schwartz/Silver Architects, designers of the project, presented the proposal to the Historic District Committee, including the wish to demolish the Warren House, move the Carnegie Building, and construct a new building according to the design. Angela was ably assisted in this presentation by local engineer, John Lolley, who provided details pertaining to the moving of the Carnegie Building, as well as the inferior condition of the Warren House. Following the presentation, there was time for public opinion, which was positive, and then discussion among the committee members, with clarifications provided by Ms. Hyatt and Mr. Lolley as needed. The historic committee board members ultimately green-lighted the project, as outlined, with conditions set down to appear before them again when it was time to finalize the details of construction, such as windows and fences. It was a very exciting night for those of us who have been working on this project. I believe the next step in the process will be to go before the ZBA for approval and I will be sure to let you all know when that meeting is scheduled. Public support at that meeting would be great.

In other library news, the children's room is reopening and it looks beautiful. To celebrate the reopening, they will holding an open house this Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, so stop by to see what changes have taken place if you get the chance. Refreshments will be available, as will some great door prizes.

Happy birthday to Emily Gazzaniga whose big day was Jan. 3, though her clown party, complete with face painting by mom, Lisa, was held on Jan. 6; to Matt Morris, who turned 6 on Jan. 4; and to Kevin Ryan, who celebrated on Jan. 7.

Sandra Joyce wrote in to share that her mother's new house is due to arrive on the lot in front of Mike and Sandy's house this Wednesday. It's a modular home with a barge reservation made months ago, so hopefully everything will have gone as planned. So, as Sandy said, if anyone sees a house coming down the Edgartown Road early Wednesday morning, that's in all likelihood the one.

In other news pertaining to the Joyce family, Kerry Long, daughter of Sandy and Mike and Ray and Annie Long, became engaged to Bobby Branca, a former Oak Bluffs police officer and current State Trooper here on the Island, in December. Kerry works as a teaching assistant at Project Headway, the preschool based at the Edgartown School. The wedding will be this summer, so plans are beginning to take shape quickly. Congratulations and best wishes.

That's all the news. Have a great week.