Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted March 1, 2007

For those of you who find the slower pace of Island winter oppressive, I recommend a day trip to Boston. Boston is full of stimulating challenges, starting with finding a parking space within walking distance of your destination. There's a real feeling of accomplishment when, after circling five or six times, you beat an SUV into a space with a working parking meter. Be sure to have your walking stick handy to help navigate the piles of filthy snow packed along all the curbs. And if the Island's winter silence has gotten to you, you'll enjoy the blare of angry automobile horns and the continuous wail of sirens, which envelop the city 24/7. Terrorist attack? No, just the normal noise of a bustling city where all the streets are one-way the wrong way just to confuse visitors. Throw in a dentist appointment, and your day will be complete. I guarantee you'll hurry home with a new perspective on the Island's winter shortcomings.

A reminder to anyone interested in running for town office: This Monday, March 5, is the last day to pick up nominating papers at town hall, and Wednesday, March 7, is the last day to return them with signatures. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, April 4, 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 8 pm at town hall.

Carol Lashnits, executive director of Island Elderly Housing, called to let us know that Kevin Oliver, who has been on the maintenance staff since 2002, has been promoted to maintenance director of the entire housing complex. As director, he will supervise a crew of four and is responsible for all 18 buildings and 20 acres of land. Kevin and his wife, Elizabeth, are the owners of the Menemsha Market. Congratulations and good luck!

Beth Mayhew and Cindy Barrett are hoping to gather a respectable number of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School graduates from the class of 1962 to have a 45th reunion in the fall. Among the graduates are Jeff Kurth, Gus Ben David, Nancy Ireland, Eric Magnuson, George Athearn, Tim Baird and Sheila (Berube) Baird, Preston Harris, Antone Rezendes, David Steere, Lucinda (daRosa) Barrett and Daniel Whiting. Please drop a note to Beth Mayhew at P.O. Box 63, Chilmark, MA 02535 if you're interested in having a reunion.

Team captains of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life planning committee will meet March 21 at 6:30 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital cafeteria. There are 26 teams so far. Anyone wishing to start a team may pick up materials at the Vineyard Haven Library. E-mail Amy Sullivan at if you have any questions.

The Friends of the Library invite everyone to another movie night at the library next Wednesday March 7, at 7 pm. The film is "A Good Year," a romantic comedy, PG-13, based on the book by Peter Mayle and filmed in Provence. Ridley Scott is the director. A ruthless businessman inherits a French vineyard and finds true love. Everyone is welcome, and there is no admission charge.

Executive secretary Tim Carroll tells us that the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the Unsung Heroine award. It's nice to know our busy bureaucrats are keeping tabs on our status.

There will be a funeral at 11 am on Saturday, March 3, at the Chilmark Community Church for Carl Whitman, who died last Saturday. A reception will follow the service, and friends are asked to bring sandwiches, brownies, finger food or sweets and to leave them at the new education building before the funeral service. We send deepest sympathy to Mr. Whitman's wife, Ethel, and other members of his family. The Whitmans have been an integral part of the community for the past quarter-century.